EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/19/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.8 
 2. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.2 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.8 
 5. Car, Zadar18.7 
 6. Zoric, KK.18.4 
 7. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.8 
 8. Young, Crvena Z.16.7 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.6 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Zoric, KK.8.9 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.8 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.8 
 5. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 7. Booker, Krka6.3 
 8. Gist, Partizan6.0 
 9. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 10. Nikolic, 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. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.3 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 6. Drca, Crvena Zvezda4.0 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona3.9 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 9. Car, Zadar3.5 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
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. Radosevic, Cibona2.2 
 6. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 7. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 8. Troha, Cedevita1.9 
 9. Car, Zadar1.9 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Crvena Zvezda
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 2. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 3. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 4. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 6. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.9 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 8. Booker, Krka0.8 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.6 


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


Semifinalists are set in Benin - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals:

Condors - Kano Pillars 67:61
Condors celebrated a tough win at the quarterfinal stage of Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. They held off Nigerian Kano Pillars. Condors came from behind in the fourth frame to deliver the victory. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) came up with 28 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Cameroonian side.
Kano Pillars entered the game confidently. They knocked down 21 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. Kano Pillars enjoyed a 7-point buffer after ten minutes of action. Condors continued to struggle offensively in the second term. They managed to score just 12 points in the frame allowing Kano Pillars to grab a 34:26 halftime lead. But things changed in the third frame. Condors adjusted at both end of the court. They outscored Kano Pillars 20:14 to get closer. The intense fourth frame saw Condors surge ahead. They held the Nigerian team to only 13 points in the period and eked out a tough win at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) delivered 14 points for Condors. Jacques Steeve Mbog (93) had 13 points in the win. Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Kano Pillars. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) dropped 16 points in the loss.
Condors are set to take on AS Sale later tonight.

Condors: Christian Bayang 28, Marc Ouboung 14, Jacques Steeve Mbog 13
Kano Pillars: Aboubakar Usman 27, Ibrahim Yusuf 16


AS Sale - InterClub 71:41
AS Sale made it into the semifinals at Africa Champions Cup in Benin. The Moroccan champions overcame InterClub at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. AS Sale will now take on Condor of Cameroon for the spot in the championship game.
The first term turned into a battle of well-matched squads. InterClub stayed close as they trailed by a single point after ten minutes 16:17. The Congo-Brazzaville team did not allow AS Sale to clear off in the second period either. AS Sale led by only two points at halftime 29:27. But the third term proved disastrous for InterClub. AS Sale increased the tempo and ran away for good. The Moroccan side outgunned their opponents 27:5 to enter the fourth quarter up by 24 points. InterClub had little to answer with in the reminder of the contest as AS Sale coasted to the victory. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) netted 11 points for AS Sale. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) added 10 points and 6 boards in the win. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds for InterClub. Guerlin Ndzondzoko (87) delivered 6 points in the losing case.

AS Sale: Brandon Fields 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 11, Abderrahim Najah 10
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 8+10 boards, Guerlin Ndzondzoko 6


1 De Agosto - Manga 66:38
1 De Agosto put on a clinical defensive performance en route to a confident quarterfinal victory at Africa Champions Cup. The defending champions defeated Manga Basket of Gabon to enter the semis. 1 De Agosto will take on Mazembe later tonight. Filipe Abraao (194-F-79) came up with 13 points to pace the winners.
1 De Agosto quickly pulled in front in this one. They posted a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The Angolan champions stretched their lead to as many as 18 points at halftime. They did not slow down in the second half piling up the advantage. Manga faced a 22-point deficit heading into the fourth period and never recovered. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for 1 De Agosto.

Mazembe - Maxaquene 67:48
Mazembe celebrated the playoff victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They held off Maxaquene at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu (90) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the D.R. Congo team. Mazembe will now face the defending champions 1 De Agosto of Angola in the semifinal.
Mazembe entered the game firing from all guns. They quickly posted the lead and rolled to a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. Maxaquene struggled to find an offensive rhythm. They accounted for just 10 points in the second period as Mazembe built a 30:23 lead at halftime. D.R. Congo side continued to keep their opponents at bay in the third period. Mazembe arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 47:39. The intrigue was never restored in this one. Maxaquene chipped in just 9 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Aubin Junior Kasongo (86) and Kabangu knocked down 10 points each for Mazembe. Doudou Ilunga Tshimanga netted 8 points in the win. Cameron Echols (203-F-81, college: Ball St.) and Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) replied with 14 points each for Maxaquene. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) provided 11 points in the losing effort.

Mazembe: Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu 19, Aubin Junior Kasongo 10, Kabangu 10
Maxaquene: Cameron Echols 14, Kim Adams 14, Fernando Mandate 11



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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto march into Africa Champions Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Manga 66:38

1 De Agosto put on a clinical defensive performance en route to a confident quarterfinal victory at Africa Champions Cup. The defending champions defeated Manga Basket of Gabon to enter the semis. 1 De Agosto will take on Mazembe later tonight. Filipe Abraao (194-F-79) came up with 13 points to pace the winners.
1 De Agosto quickly pulled in front in this one. They posted a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The Angolan champions stretched their lead to as many as 18 points at halftime. They did not slow down in the second half piling up the advantage. Manga faced a 22-point deficit heading into the fourth period and never recovered. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for 1 De Agosto.



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  ARGENTINA   


Tough Defeat!! - by Joshua Pittman
As many should know by now we suffered a tough defeat in the first round of the Super 8! Atenas played a better game and proved to be the better team two nights ago. It was a difficult defeat that left a very sour taste in our mouths. Hopefully we will learn a lesson in defeat and come back stronger in 2011!! Now it is time to take a many break and enjoy some much needed time with friends and family for the Christmas holidays. I wish all players and coaches a safe trip home. Appreciate and cherish time with every family member you have. We never know what tomorrow may bring so enjoy their company as much as possible. Peace and Love to all!!!

Super 8 day 2 - by Facundo Iatzky
Penarol 80 - Olimpico 68
Penarol played a solid last quarter ant it was enough to finish with the ilussions of olimpico. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) was outstanding as usually and there was a good production of the bench of penarol, especially of Selem Safar (190-G-87). Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) was the best player of olimpico.

Penarol (80): Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 14, Kyle Lamonte 9, Marcos Mata 8, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 19, Martin Leiva 2 () Facundo Campazzo 9, Selem Safar (190-G-87) 15, Nicolas Lauria 2, Alejandro Diez 0, Alejandro Reinick 2. coach Sergio Hernandez.

Olimpico (68): Lucas Picarelli 10, Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) 13, Diego Cavaco 6, Diego Guaita 4, Djibril Kante 10 () Nicolas De los Santos 5, Cristian Romero 11, Enzo Ruiz 0, Cristian Amicucci 9. coach Guillermo Narvarte

Regatas 79- La Union 67
Regatas surprissed the host team letting them out of the tournament in the first round. Regatas was clearly superior during the game, except in the beggining of the last quarter when la union improved their game. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) scored most of the points of their team, while Ariel Pau (186-G-84) was the key of La union.

Regatas (79): Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) 18, Eduardo Villares 9, Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) 18, Federico Kammerichs (x) 10, Tyler Field (x)7 () Scott Rodgers 7, Roberto Lopez 6, Nicolas Romano 4, Alejo Montes 0. coach: Fabio Demti

La Union (67): Nicolas Aguirre (x) 7, David Jackson 10, Federico Ferrini 1, Gabriel Mikulas 12, Derrick Alston 5 () Ariel Pau (186-G-84) 18, Pablo Barrios 11, Lucas Perez 3, Ariel Zago 0. coach: Gabriel Piccato


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Svjetlost Slavonski Brod inks Luka Petkovic - by Eurobasket News
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod announced signing of Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) for rest of the season. The 22-year-old guard started it with Zagreb having very limited playing time. He appeared just in four games. Petkovic is a product of Sibenka Sibenik, where he played until the January this year. Than he moved to Siroki TT Kabeli winning the title in Bosnian league.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.6 
 3. Osby, TT.18.2 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.3 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas17.2 
 6. Saage, Rakvere17.0 
 7. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 8. Kleiza, Alytus Alita16.3 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis16.1 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Osby, TT.11.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.6 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 4. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.7 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.5 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai7.9 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere7.8 
 9. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris7.7 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 2. Kriisa, TT.5.9 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.1 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis5.1 
 6. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.9 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.5 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.2 
 5. Saage, Rakvere2.1 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 10. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 6. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 7. Silinskis, Techasas1.2 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudupis1.2 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.1 
 10. Beard, Liepaja1.1 


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


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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros/Sky enter Paulista League Final - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky became the first Paulista League finalists. They swept their semifinal series against Vivo/Franca. Pinheiros/Sky claimed a 103:79 road win to seal the sweep. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) and Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) knocked down 25 points each to lead the winners. Vivo/Franca got to an aggressive start. With their backs against the wall the hosts claimed a 22:17 lead after the opening period. But Pinheiros/Sky gradually took over. The visitors surged ahead for a 39:36 lead at the interval. Pinheiros/Sky started to get away in the third quarter. They earned a 13-point buffer with one quarter to go. Vivo/Franca collapsed defensively in the final period conceding 38 points and losing the game. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Fernando Penna (189-G-83) answered with 19 points for Vivo/Franca. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) provided 15 points in defeat.
In the meantime Lupo/Araraquara outscored Winner/Limeira 100:94 to level things up at 1-1 in the semifinal series. Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa) delivered 23 points and 6 assists to pace the hosts. Lupo/Araraquara trailed by one point after the starting term but managed to recover taking a two-point lead at halftime. Winner/Limeira drew things level before the fourth term and the teams traded baskets till the end of regulation. Lupo/Araraquara and Winner/Limeira had to play overtime to decide on the winner. The hosts eked out a tough win at the end to stay alive in the series. Luisinho da Silva (181-G-78) accounted for 19 points for the winning team. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) chipped in 19 points for Winner/Limeira.




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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Harper, Levski25.8 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.24.7 
 3. Lauderdale, Cherno.22.4 
 4. Bozov, Balkan19.4 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja18.7 
 6. Stankov, Spartak17.6 
 7. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.5 
 8. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.15.6 
 9. James, Lukoil A.15.4 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.12.9 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja12.0 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.3 
 4. Georgiev, Levski7.7 
 5. Iliev, Cherno More7.4 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Todorov, Spartak7.3 
 8. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.2 
 9. Bowman, Lukoil A.7.1 
 10. Cekovski, Levski6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Hristo ZAHARIEV
  Chernomorets
  (197-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Zahariev, Chernomo.5.3 
 2. Crowe, Levski5.2 
 3. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.9 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja4.7 
 5. Bozov, Balkan4.4 
 6. Diakovski, Spartak4.1 
 7. Gruev, Rilski S.4.0 
 8. James, Lukoil A.3.8 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hrisimir DIMITROV
  Spartak
  (197-G/F-74)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dimitrov, Spartak2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. James, Lukoil A.2.0 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.2.0 
 5. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.9 
 6. Crowe, Levski1.8 
 7. Tsenov, Spartak1.7 
 8. Roshmanov, Chernomo.1.7 
 9. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 10. Davidov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.6 
 2. Vaklinov, Rilski S.1.2 
 3. Doychinov, Balkan1.1 
 4. Petkov, Tundja1.1 
 5. Varbanov, Tundja0.9 
 6. Traykov, Spartak0.8 
 7. Cvetkovic, Tundja0.8 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More0.7 
 10. Zahariev, Chernomo.0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 10-0 
 2. Levski 7-2 
 3. Balkan 6-3 
 4. Cherno More 4-5 
 5. Rilski Sportist 3-6 
 6. Tundja 3-6 
 7. Chernomorets 3-7 
 8. Spartak 1-8 


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  CAMEROON   


Condors reach Africa Champions Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Condors - Kano Pillars 67:61

Condors celebrated a tough win at the quarterfinal stage of Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. They held off Nigerian Kano Pillars. Condors came from behind in the fourth frame to deliver the victory. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) came up with 28 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Cameroonian side.
Kano Pillars entered the game confidently. They knocked down 21 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. Kano Pillars enjoyed a 7-point buffer after ten minutes of action. Condors continued to struggle offensively in the second term. They managed to score just 12 points in the frame allowing Kano Pillars to grab a 34:26 halftime lead. But things changed in the third frame. Condors adjusted at both end of the court. They outscored Kano Pillars 20:14 to get closer. The intense fourth frame saw Condors surge ahead. They held the Nigerian team to only 13 points in the period and eked out a tough win at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) delivered 14 points for Condors. Jacques Steeve Mbog (93) had 13 points in the win. Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Kano Pillars. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) dropped 16 points in the loss.
Condors are set to take on AS Sale later tonight.

Condors: Christian Bayang 28, Marc Ouboung 14, Jacques Steeve Mbog 13
Kano Pillars: Aboubakar Usman 27, Ibrahim Yusuf 16



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  CHINA   


Singleton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward James Singleton (203-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Xinjiang and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Qingdao DS (#10, 1-2) 105-93. Xinjiang is placed at 3rd position in Chinese league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Xinjiang won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Singleton turned to be Xinjiang's top player in his first season with the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Singleton is in league's top in points (9th best: 24.5ppg) and averages solid 4.5spg and 77.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian. He is American center in his first season at Fujian. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 20 rebounds. It was enough for Fujian to edge Jilin (0-3) in overtime by 2 points 112-110. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jones is a newcomer at Fujian and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS (#10). Gaines scored 29 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Gaines' great performance Qingdao DS lost 93-105 to Xinjiang (#3, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Qingdao DS not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gaines could try to bring Qingdao DS's a little bit higher in the standings. Gaines has individually a great season in China. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 35.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79) of Shanxi Zh. - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 37 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of DongGuan - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Liaoning - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. David Young (196-G/F-81) of Jilin - 43 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dong Hanlin (208-F-91) of Guandong - 24 points and 10 rebounds

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


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AS Sale cruise past InterClub in Benin - by Eurobasket News
AS Sale - InterClub 71:41

AS Sale made it into the semifinals at Africa Champions Cup in Benin. The Moroccan champions overcame InterClub at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. AS Sale will now take on Condor of Cameroon for the spot in the championship game.
The first term turned into a battle of well-matched squads. InterClub stayed close as they trailed by a single point after ten minutes 16:17. The Congo-Brazzaville team did not allow AS Sale to clear off in the second period either. AS Sale led by only two points at halftime 29:27. But the third term proved disastrous for InterClub. AS Sale increased the tempo and ran away for good. The Moroccan side outgunned their opponents 27:5 to enter the fourth quarter up by 24 points. InterClub had little to answer with in the reminder of the contest as AS Sale coasted to the victory. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) netted 11 points for AS Sale. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) added 10 points and 6 boards in the win. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds for InterClub. Guerlin Ndzondzoko (87) delivered 6 points in the losing case.

AS Sale: Brandon Fields 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 11, Abderrahim Najah 10
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 8+10 boards, Guerlin Ndzondzoko 6



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  CROATIA   


Svjetlost Slavonski Brod inks Luka Petkovic - by Eurobasket News
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod announced signing of Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) for rest of the season. The 22-year-old guard started it with Zagreb having very limited playing time. He appeared just in four games. Petkovic is a product of Sibenka Sibenik, where he played until the January this year. Than he moved to Siroki TT Kabeli winning the title in Bosnian league.

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


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEK
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Aleksic, AEK18.7 
 2. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 3. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.4 
 4. Davis, AP.16.6 
 5. Camacho, Apollon16.0 
 6. Hanavan, AP.15.6 
 7. Radunovic, ENAD15.3 
 8. Djikanovic, Achilleas15.3 
 9. Sims, Apollon15.1 
 10. Berdiel, AEK14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. King, Etha10.9 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.1 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD9.0 
 4. Aleksic, AEK8.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos6.7 
 6. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.6 
 8. McLain, Omonia6.3 
 9. Camacho, Apollon6.0 
 10. Collins, ENAD6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stiggers, Apollon5.0 
 2. Berdiel, AEK4.4 
 3. Razis, ENAD4.0 
 4. Kounounis, AEL3.9 
 5. Stallings, Apollon3.7 
 6. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.6 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.3 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia3.1 
 9. Price, ENAD3.1 
 10. Frasor, Achilleas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tony BOBBITT
  Huracanes
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.2 
 4. Price, ENAD2.0 
 5. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 6. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 7. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 8. Pantouris, Achilleas1.8 
 9. Tzakopoulos, Achil.1.7 
 10. Stiggers, Apollon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.0 
 2. Johnson, Keravnos1.7 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.4 
 4. King, Etha1.4 
 5. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 6. Fells, Keravnos1.0 
 7. Collins, AEK0.9 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.9 
 9. Clark, AEL0.7 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.7 


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Smith, BC Kolin18.2 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.16.8 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin15.9 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava15.0 
 5. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.8 
 7. Novak, Plzen14.4 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.4 
 9. Horak, Svitavy14.3 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Meno, Basketbo.11.9 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.3 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.9.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.9.1 
 5. Houska, BK Decin8.4 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy8.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava7.1 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
 9. Frana, Plzen6.6 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.7 
 2. Carnecky, B&W O.4.3 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen3.8 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.6 
 6. Channels, Novy Jicin3.5 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Toth, BK Pardubice3.3 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.3.3 
 10. Macela, Svitavy3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.8 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin2.1 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen2.0 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.2.0 
 6. Holloway, Basket.2.0 
 7. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.8 
 9. Hatcher, BK Decin1.7 
 10. Macela, Svitavy1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.6 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy1.3 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.2 
 4. Houska, BK Decin1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.1.0 
 7. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 8. Frana, Plzen0.9 
 9. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Prostejov 11-2 
 2. BK Pardubice 10-2 
 3. Novy Jicin 10-3 
 4. BK Decin 10-3 
 5. NH Ostrava 8-5 
 6. BC Kolin 6-7 
 7. B&W Opava 6-8 
 8. Basketbol Brno 5-9 
 9. USK Praha 3-10 
 10. Plzen 1-11 
 11. Svitavy 1-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


Brno Upends Visiting Opava 71-60 to Start off Round 15 of the NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) led all players with a game high 15 points as Basketball Brno cruised to a 71-60 victory over BK Breda & Weinstein Opava last night in Brno. After a close first quarter the home side took control and improved to 5-9 with the victory. Opava, which was led by Jakub Sirina (185-G-87)'s 14 points falls to 6-8.
BRNO: Peter Sedmak (15pts+7reb), Stephen Castleberry (8pts+12reb), Emmanuel Holloway (14pts), Stepan Reinberger (11pts+7reb)
OPAVA: Jakub Sirina (14pts), Michal Carnecky (11pts+5ast), Branislav Brit (10pts+6reb), Marek Stec (4pts+6reb)



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Mazembe ease past Maxaquene into ACCM semis - by Eurobasket News
Mazembe - Maxaquene 67:48

Mazembe celebrated the playoff victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They held off Maxaquene at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu (90) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the D.R. Congo team. Mazembe will now face the defending champions 1 De Agosto of Angola in the semifinal.
Mazembe entered the game firing from all guns. They quickly posted the lead and rolled to a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. Maxaquene struggled to find an offensive rhythm. They accounted for just 10 points in the second period as Mazembe built a 30:23 lead at halftime. D.R. Congo side continued to keep their opponents at bay in the third period. Mazembe arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 47:39. The intrigue was never restored in this one. Maxaquene chipped in just 9 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Aubin Junior Kasongo (86) and Kabangu knocked down 10 points each for Mazembe. Doudou Ilunga Tshimanga (79) netted 8 points in the win. Cameron Echols (203-F-81, college: Ball St.) and Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) replied with 14 points each for Maxaquene. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) provided 11 points in the losing effort.

Mazembe: Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu 19, Aubin Junior Kas
ongo 10, Kabangu 10
Maxaquene: Cameron Echols 14, Kim Adams 14, Fernando Mandate 11




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Roberts' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old power forward Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Team FOG Naestved and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Horsens IC (#4, 8-8) 67-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Naestved maintains the 3rd position in Danish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naestved will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. Roberts turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. Findlay (OH) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Roberts. Roberts is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.3ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side) of SISU Copenhagen. He is former international forward in his 2nd season at SISU. In the last game Soltau recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as SISU was edged by the higher-ranked Svendborg (#2, 13-1) 82-80. This loss caused SISU to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Soltau is well-known at SISU and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#1). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of league's leader Bakken Bears. Christoffersen scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Bakken, leading his team to a 88-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Aabyhoj (#6, 7-9). Bakken have amazing season winning all 15 games without a single defeat. Christoffersen turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Christoffersen has a very solid season. In 8 games in Denmark he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 67.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Aalborg - 23 points and 14 rebounds
5. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Bonell Colas (206-F-82) of Vaerlose - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80) of Svendborg - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Bakken - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tyler McGinn (198-F-84) of Aalborg - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. David Harder (196-G/F-87) of SISU - 20 points

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


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


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 9-2 
 2. Erie Bay H. 6-4 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 6-4 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 2-8 
 5. Dakota W. 2-9 
Southwest Division
 1. New Mexico 7-4 
 2. Austin T. 7-5 
 3. Rio Grande 6-4 
 4. Texas L. 6-4 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 6-5 
 6. Maine RC 5-6 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 7-4 
 2. Utah F. 6-5 
 3. Bakersfield J. 6-6 
 4. Springfield A. 3-7 
 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.21.9 
 3. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.9 
 5. Edwards, New M.19.8 
 6. Ewing, Reno B.19.5 
 7. Sims, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Johnson, Dakota W.19.4 
 9. Major, Dakota W.19.2 
 10. Weaver, Iowa E.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marvin PHILLIPS
  Ft.Wayne MA
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.8 
 2. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.10.1 
 4. Williams, Tulsa 66ers9.9 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.5 
 6. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.1 
 7. Pittman, Sioux F.9.0 
 8. Sims, Iowa E.8.8 
 9. Harris, Maine RC8.6 
 10. Sims, Maine RC8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns10.2 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.9 
 3. Russell, Ft.Wayne.8.2 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.6.5 
 7. Kruger, Utah F.5.6 
 8. Smith, Maine RC5.4 
 9. Jackson, Idaho S.5.2 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.9 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 3. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.2.2 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Hamilton, Utah F.2.1 
 8. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.1 
 9. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 10. Ewing, Reno B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno Bighorns
  (213-F-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.4 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.2 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 7. Brackins, Spring.1.8 
 8. Goodridge, Spring.1.7 
 9. Weaver, Iowa E.1.7 
 10. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.7 


Friday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Bakersfield J. 111-99
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers beat the Bakersfield Jam 111-99 on Friday in front of a crowd of 4,400 to move to 4-0 at home this season. The Vipers (6-4) jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the opening four minutes. Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU), making his first start of the season, had five points and three rebounds during the run. The Vipers poured it on from there, and led by as many as 22 in the first half. Faye finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for his first career double-double. The Jam (6-6) outscored the Vipers 32-23 in the third quarter as Trey Johnson scored 13 of his 25 points and former-Viper Kenny Taylor (2007-08 season) hit four of his five three-pointers while scoring 14 of his 17 points. The Vipers held Johnson to four points and Taylor to zero while outscoring the Jam 21-17 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The Vipers were led in scoring by adidas player of the game Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88, college: SE Louisiana), who scored a career-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. Richard Roby contributed 18 points while Terrel Harris finished with 15 points. Marqus Blakely played well for the Jam, scoring 18 points. The Vipers and Jam play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Hidalgo. *Courtesy of www.valleycentral.com

Iowa E. - Erie Bay H. 104-103
Forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Robert Morris) scored with seven seconds remaining in the game to give the Iowa Energy a thrilling 104-103 victory over the Erie BayHawks Friday night in Des Moines. Erie jumped out to a 53-48 halftime lead behind a strong start from Cleveland Cavalier assignee Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) who had 11 points before the break. Iowa rallied in the 3rd quarter as the Energy outscored Erie 33-19 in the quarter, including 13 points from guard Curtis Stinson. A Courtney Sims free throw gave the Energy a commanding 81-72 lead heading into the final stanza. Erie opened the 4th quarter with a 10-3 run, capped by a Nate Linhart 3-pointer to cut the Energy lead to two points. The two teams traded baskets before a quick Energy spurt gave the home team a 100-93 lead with only 2:54 remaining in the game. Erie's responded with a Kyle Goldcamp bucket and a 3-pointer by Eyenga to narrow the lead to two once again. A pair of free throw by Jeffers gave Iowa a 102-98 lead with 1:13 remaining in the game. Erie's Cedric Jackson drew a foul on Jeffers, and made the first free throw, but missed the second. BayHawks forward Tasmin Mitchell grabbed the rebound and found Linhart open under the hoop for a layup to cut the lead to 102-101 with under a minute left. Iowa Jeffers' then lost the ball to Mitchell, who fed Cedric Jackson for a break-away layup to give visitors a 103-102 lead. After a Jeffers miss, Sims fouled Erie big man Jeff Adrien with 35.9 seconds remaining. Adrien missed both free throws giving Iowa the ball down by one point. With just 24.2 seconds remaining, Stinson missed a leaning jump shot that was rebounded by Eyenga, who was called for traveling, giving the Energy possession of the ball. After an Energy timeout, Stinson missed again, but corralled his own rebound. The Energy point guard then found Chris Lofton open for a 3-pointer, but his shot missed short with 8.9 seconds remaining. With the ball being fought for, Jeffers emerged from the pack and made an easy layup to give the Energy a 104-103 lead with 7.0 seconds on the clock. After an Erie timeout, Cedric Jackson found an open Eyenga on the left wing. Eyenga's 3-pointer bounced off the front of the rim as the horn sounded, giving Iowa the victory. Stinson finished with 22 points and 12 assists while Jeffers finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Erie was led by Jackson's 15 point, 14 assist night while Linhart added 20 points and 12 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

New Mexico - Reno Bighorns 96-89
The Bighorns took an 81-68 lead into the fourth quarter, but the New Mexico Thunderbirds outscored Reno 28-8 in the final frame to escape with a 96-89 victory Friday night in the Santa Ana Star Center. The huge fourth quarter handed Reno its second-straight loss against New Mexico and third-straight defeat overall. Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Nevada) led the 'Horns with 19 points, but the Thunderbirds' late-game defense proved to be the difference. New Mexico was led by Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul), who poured in 25 points off the bench. Shane Edwards added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the T-Birds, who salvaged the win despite shooting just 38.4% from the field. The Bighorns got double-doubles from Patrick Ewing, Jr. (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Aaron Miles (14 points, 10 assists) in the losing effort. Reno heads to Austin Sunday afternoon for a 3 p.m.PT tip against the Austin Toros. All Bighorns road games can be seen live for free on NBA Futurecast by visiting nba.com/dleague. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA 80-92
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants (6-4) topped the Tulsa 66ers (6-5) by a 92-80 final Friday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The two teams split the back-to-back set, as Tulsa took game one on Thursday night by a 100-93 overtime final. Tulsa led 43-38 at halftime Friday evening but scored just five points in the third quarter, allowing the Mad Ants to enter the fourth with a 69-48 lead. The 66ers rallied and cut the deficit to 10 points in the final quarter but came up short. 'The lesson we have to learn is we need to be ready to bounce back,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'We can't hang our heads because we've got a great team coming in here next in Iowa. I have confidence that our guys will come out strong and focused on Sunday.' Guard Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) led the 66ers in scoring with 16 points and Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) racked up a team-high nine rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Ryan Reid with 15 points, Tweety Carter with 14 points and Zabian Dowdell with 10 points. Leading Fort Wayne with double-doubles were Marvin Phillips with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Chris Hunter with 14 points and 12 boards. The team's high scorer was Walker Russell with 16 points. Oliver Lafayette and Roderick Wilmont chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tulsa returns to the court this Sunday, Dec. 19, when it hosts the Iowa Energy at 4 p.m. inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers will celebrate the holiday season on Sunday with special performances by the 66ers junior dance team, Oklahoma Dance Academy and the 66ers dance team. *Courtesy of www.gtrnews.com

Dakota W. - Texas L. 115-102
The Texas Legends fell 115-102 to the Dakota Wizards in the opening game of a two-game set from the Bismarck Civic Center on Friday night. The Legends trailed the Wizards by only two points going into the second quarter, when Vernon Hamilton scored seven straight points to give Dakota a strong nine point lead. Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) also caught fire in the first half with 16 points and three three-pointer's. However, aside from Dentmon only three other Legends players scored in the first half, including Dominique Jones, Sean Williams and Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia). Texas found themselves trailing 57-48 going into the break. The Wizards maintained a solid lead until the Legends went on a 13-6 run to end the third quarter and make it just a three point deficit. The teams fought back and forth throughout the fourth quarter, but it was Renaldo Major and recent assignee from the Memphis Grizzlies DeMarre Carroll late in the game fuelling the Wizards to just their second win all season. Justin Dentmon was unstoppable through the first three quarters scoring all of his career-high 24 points, however was silenced and held scoreless in the fourth. Joe Alexander in his return from a foot injury provided the teams lone double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Carroll, Major, Chris Johnson and Darren Cooper all had 20 or more points in the win for Dakota as the Wizards led from the tip-off until the final buzzer. The loss drops Texas to 6-4 on the season, while the Wizards improved to 2-9. For the first time in franchise history the Legends have lost back-to-back games. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Utah F. 101-106
The Utah Flash defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 106-101 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday night. Sioux Falls took a three-point lead, 91-88, midway through the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half, but Utah made the key plays down the stretch to pick up its league-leading fifth road win of the season. Sioux Falls (2-8) jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first three minutes of the game, but Utah went on a 14-0 run over the next five minutes to go ahead 17-10. Utah (6-5) would not relinquish the lead the rest of the first half and took a 54-41 lead into the locker room. Sioux Falls closed the gap to eight points, 56-48, early in the second half before Flash center Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) made three 3-pointers in a five-minute span to push Utah's lead back to 15 points, 71-56. Sioux Falls ended the third quarter with a 10-0 spurt over the final two minutes and trailed 79-73 heading into the final stanza. A reverse lay-up by Anthony Harris gave Sioux Falls its first lead since the first quarter, but they could not hold on for the win and fell to 1-5 at home. Costner scored a season-high 23 points on the strength of 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point field range. Andre Ingram (6'3''-G-85, college: American) added 19 points, while Ryan Thompson provided a spark off the bench with 15. Dexter Pittman finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for Sioux Falls. Harris posted a season-high 19 points in his first start of the season and Leemire Goldwire scored 17 points in a reserve role for the Skyforce. The same two teams tangle tonight at the Sioux Falls Arena at 6 p.m. MT. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 112-117
They still may be a work in progress, but the Maine Red Claws are showing signs of improvement. The Red Claws used their backcourt quickness to end a three-game road losing streak Friday night with a 117-112 victory over the Springfield Armor. An announced crowd of 2,558 saw the Red Claws win for the second straight night. For most of the game, the Red Claws (5-6) made it look easy, thanks to lights-out shooting and a strong transition game. But they let the Armor hang around and needed big plays in crunch time. 'We've played well the last two games, but I think it's our youth that causes us to go through some stretches where we're just not into it mentally,' Red Claws Coach Austin Ainge said. 'Our mental toughness needs to get better and we still have a lot of work to do.' Tiny Gallon (19 points) returned Thursday after a back injury, and adding Sherron Collins (18 points) on assignment from the Charlotte Bobcats has helped. The roster has 11 healthy bodies and the Red Claws were able to use balance to beat the Armor (3-7). 'We've got guys who can score and play defense. We're starting to jell,' said DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan), who led the Red Claws with 25 points. Eugene Spates (6'8''-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and Jamar Smith 13. Early on, the Armor were plagued by poor interior defense, resulting in layups for the Red Claws. JamesOn Curry scored 17 of his 38 points in the opening quarter for Springfield. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com




Blazers recall Luke Babbitt from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) from the NBA Development Leagues Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.

In four games with the Stampede, Babbitt posted averages of 18.0 points (20-21 FT) and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes. He totaled highs of 23 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on Dec. 11 vs. the Utah Flash.

Babbitt, 21, has appeared in eight games for the Trail Blazers, recording four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes Nov. 6 vs. the Toronto Raptors.

Acquired by Portland in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves after being selected 16th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, Babbitt is expected to join the Trail Blazers in time for todays game vs. Golden State.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Original Viper Stanley Asumnu returns to team - by Eurobasket News
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Friday that they have re-acquired forward Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Union Sports, college: Tennessee) who was has been out since November 30 due to personal reasons.

He has also changed his number back to 23, the number he wore for his first three years with the team. Asumnu wore #7 during the early portion of this season.

Asumnu is averaging 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.0 minutes in three games off the bench.

Asumnu takes the roster spot of forward Stanley Robinson (6-9, 210, Connecticut), who was waived due to injury on Thursday. Robinson has been out since December 8 with a right leg injury.

Robinson is averaging 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in three games off the bench.

Courtesy of www.valleycentral.com


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 14-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 13-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 12-3 
 4. Rakvere 9-6 
 5. Rapla 6-9 
 6. Valga/CKE 5-10 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 5-11 
 8. Parnu 4-12 
 9. Voru KK 1-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.9 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.3 
 3. Raap, Parnu17.4 
 4. Brown, Va.16.9 
 5. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 6. Vares, Va.15.9 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK15.7 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere15.6 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.2 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.3 
 2. Brown, Va.12.3 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.4 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.3 
 5. Osby, TT.9.2 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere8.6 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla8.5 
 10. Hughes, TT.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.8 
 2. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.5 
 5. Oja, Va.3.3 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.2 
 7. Winston, Va.3.1 
 8. Karner, Parnu3.1 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere3.0 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Veideman, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 8. Archibald, TT.1.9 
 9. Erm, Rapla1.9 
 10. Keedus, TT.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 3. Osby, TT.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 6. Brown, Va.0.9 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.8 
 9. McGee, Rakvere0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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Valencia extends Pietrus for another month - by Eurobasket News
Power Electronics Valencia announced signing of one-month contract extension with Florent Pietrus (202-F-81). The French forward joined the squad in October inking a two-month deal. He appeared 9 times in Euroleague averaging 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Pietrus added 2.9 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 8 games in ACB.
Florent Pietrus started the season with Caja Laboral Vitoria.


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KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto was tough - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 21: Last season finalists Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Pyrinto (Tampere) met eachother on Friday the third time this season. ToPo won the season opener at the end of September 89-79, but in the middle of November Pyrinto was better in Tampere (86-74). This time visitor Pyrinto won again and with the same figures as last time: 74-86 (30-50). Quarters: 8-25, 22-25, 15-21, 29-15. The game was over in 12 minutes. Pyrinto was leading at that point 8-32, during the half time 30-50 and still after the third quarter 45-71. Then Pyrinto stopped defending and ToPo got more nice digits as the result. LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) led again ToPo with 23 pts. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) added 15 and Eero Lehtinen (191-G-85) 10 pts. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) scored 22 pts for Pyrinto. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) played well and netted 20 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 18pts/11rbs+six assists. These two teams started the Christmas break. All the other teams (10) will follow after tonight.

VTB United League: Size matters! - by Rauno Hurmalainen
VTB United League, Round 5: Size matters! At least on basketball court. When Russian Top Team Unics Kazan visited on Friday in Espoo, Finland, the tall visitors won the
rebounds vs Honka 43-14 and by the same the game 77-110 (50-62). Quarters: 28-34, 22-28, 13-20, 14-28. Honka was quite too small as Unics Kazan has several players a lot over 200 cm. Honka (0-5) had four players in double digits: Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) 26, John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) 15, Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) 13 and Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) 11. American G Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) led Unics Kazan (4-1) with 22 pts. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) added 14, Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) 11 and Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) 10 pts.


Korisliiga Round 21: LrNMKY defeats leader KTP-Basket - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KTP-Basket (17-4) in Lappeenranta on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked LrNMKY (6-15) 94-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KTP-Basket won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LrNMKY made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 20 points and 10 assists for the winners. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for KTP-Basket. LrNMKY did not change their tenth position in the standings. KTP-Basket managed to keep top place. LrNMKY are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against Kouvot in Kouvola and is hoping to win this game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between UU-Korihait (12-9) and n Vilpas (5-16), which took place in Salo. Higher ranked UU-Korihait lost to eleventh ranked Vilpas in a road game 73-80. Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Nicchaeus Doaks chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) with 18 points and 4 assists. Salon Vilpas did not change their eleventh position in the standings. UU-Korihait dropped to the sixth place. Salon Vilpas will play against higher ranked Espoo Honka (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UU-Korihait will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 12th ranked Tarmo (3-18) and third ranked Joensuun Kataja (14-7) in Porvoon on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Joensuu outscored Porvoon Tarmo 93-55. American players dominated the game. Darren Fells nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Jonathan Heard came up with 22 points for Porvoon Tarmo in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja did not change their third position in the standings. Porvoon Tarmo keeps the last place with a total of 18 lost games. Joensuun Kataja will meet at home LrNMKY (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 21 Karhu was beaten by Namika Lahti on the road 88-79. ToPo lost to defending champion Pyrinto on it's own court 74-86.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 21 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists by Jeremiah Wood of Karhu.


Namika Lahti - Karhu 88-79

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Namika Lahti (9-11) beat at home 8th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (9-12) 88-79 on Saturday. Kauhajoen Karhu trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 28-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Guard Roope Suonio (176-82) nailed 25 points for the winning side and American forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) added 24 points respectively for Kauhajoen Karhu in the defeat. Five Namika Lahti and four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Namika Lahti did not change their ninth position in the standings. Kauhajoen Karhu dropped to the seventh place. Namika Lahti will meet higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karhu: V.Makalainen 24+2ast, J.Wood 21+19reb+5ast, J.Allen 14+7reb+5ast, E.Skamo 13+4reb+3ast, A.Huuskonen 7+4reb, C.Middleton 0+1reb+2ast
Namika Lahti: R.Suonio 25+1reb+3ast, R.Ayers 15+7reb, T.Hendley 15+9reb+2ast, C.Latimer 14+7reb+1ast, A.Vereen 13+6reb+2ast, V.Streng 2+3reb
gschID: 106510


Tarmo - Kataja 55-93

The game between 12th ranked Tarmo (3-18) and third ranked Joensuun Kataja (14-7) in Porvoon on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Joensuu outscored Porvoon Tarmo 93-55. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Porvoon Tarmo's 30 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 39-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) came up with 22 points and forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Porvoon Tarmo in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja did not change their third position in the standings. Porvoon Tarmo keeps the last place with a total of 18 lost games. Joensuun Kataja will meet at home LrNMKY (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tarmo: J.Heard 22+4reb+2ast, A.Scott 9+5reb, J.Young 8+9reb, L.Trice Little 6+2reb, S.Marouf 5+1reb+1ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 3
Kataja: D.Fells 18+14reb, J.Newson 18+7reb+2ast, P.Virtanen 13+4reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 12, S.Lehtoranta 11+4reb, J.Nenonen 10+4reb
gschID: 106511


Salon Vilpas - Korihait 80-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between UU-Korihait (12-9) and n Vilpas (5-16), which took place in Salo. Higher ranked UU-Korihait lost to eleventh ranked Vilpas in a road game 73-80. UU-Korihait was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 50-35 second half run of Salon Vilpas. Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) with 18 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Salon Vilpas did not change their eleventh position in the standings. UU-Korihait dropped to the sixth place. Salon Vilpas will play against higher ranked Espoo Honka (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UU-Korihait will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Korihait: N.Moore 18+4reb+4ast, M.Jalonen 17+2reb+3ast, J.Reaves 10+14reb, B.Sarcevic 10+4ast, L.Wright 8+7reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 8+6reb+2ast
Salon Vilpas: N.Okorie 18+8reb+4ast, R.Ahonen 16+4reb+2ast, N.Doaks 13+8reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 12+3reb+2ast, S.Kaaresvirta 11+8reb+1ast, Thompson 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 106512


LrNMKY - KTP 94-87

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KTP-Basket (17-4) in Lappeenranta on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked LrNMKY (6-15) 94-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KTP-Basket won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LrNMKY made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists for the winners. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-89) added 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for KTP-Basket. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. LrNMKY did not change their tenth position in the standings. KTP-Basket managed to keep top place. LrNMKY are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against Kouvot in Kouvola and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Fields 20+6reb+5ast, J.Lehtoranta 20+3reb+1ast, M.Holme 13+2reb+1ast, C.Jones 13+8reb+1ast, J.Ivey 12+4reb+2ast, S.Barrett 9+3reb
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 31+7reb+1ast, M.Moore 20+3reb+10ast, P.Riihela 17+11reb, V.Pekkola 13+4reb+1ast, H.Coleman 10+6reb+1ast, V.Vanjoki 3
gschID: 106513


ToPo - Pyrinto 74-86

Very expected game when 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (10-11) lost to second ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (15-6) in Helsinki 74-86 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Torpan Pojat managed to win fourth quarter 29-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) accounted for 22 points. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Torpan Pojat in the defeat. Defending champion did not change their second position in the standings. Torpan Pojat dropped to the eighth place. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play against Namika Lahti (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: L.Blanchard 23+9reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 15+9reb, E.Lehtinen 10+9reb+1ast, F.Richards 8+7reb+6ast, E.Kajander 5+3reb, M.Pounds 5+4reb
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 22+3reb+1ast, A.Lehto 20, D.Williams 18+11reb+6ast, A.Williams 12+7reb, J.Niemi 7, J.Harjula 3+3reb
gschID: 106508




KORISLIIGA: 10 days Christmas break - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 21: 21/44 rounds is done out of the regular season. It's time for a 10 days Christmas break. A couple of upsets tonight. Vilpas (Salo) defeated Korihait 80-73 as
Nick Okorie (185-G-88, college: Texas Tech) led the hosts with 18 pts (16 pts during the second half). And YMCA Lappeenranta beat KTP (Kotka) 94-87. The game MVP was James Lewis (191-G-86, college: Fresno Pacific), who scored 31 pts for YMCA LPR.
Vilpas - Korihait 80-73 (30-38). (Nick Okorie 18, Roope Ahonen 16, Nicchaeus Doaks 13 - Nigel Moore 18, Mikko Jalonen 17, James Reaves 10/14).
YMCA Lappeenranta - KTP 94-87 (48-39). (James Lewis 31, Malik Moore 20/10a, Pasi Riihela 17/11 - Jerald Fields 20, Juho Lehtoranta 20, Clifton Jones 13).
YMCA Lahti - Kauhajoki 88-79 (43-35). (Roope Suonio 25, Todd Hendley 15, Ryan Ayers 15 - Vesa Makalainen 24, Jeremiah Wood 21/19, John Allen 14/5a).
Tarmo - Kataja 55-93 (25-44). (Jonathan Heard 22, Aubie Scott 9, Jerrah Young 8 - Darren Fells 18/14, Jared Newson 18, Petri Virtanen 13).

The season goes on Dec 28.
KTP Basket (Kotka) on the top with record 17-4 followed by Pyrinto (Tampere) 15-6 and Kataja (Joensuu) 14-7. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 17-4 
 2. Pyrinto 15-6 
 3. Kataja 14-7 
 4. Kouvot 13-8 
 5. Honka 12-8 
 6. Korihait 12-9 
 7. ToPo 10-11 
 8. Namika Lahti 9-11 
 9. Karhu 9-12 
 10. LrNMKY 6-15 
 11. Salon Vilpas 5-16 
 12. Tarmo 3-18 


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.7 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.3 
 4. Manning, Huima22.1 
 5. Hall, SayRi20.8 
 6. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.1 
 7. Thomas, SayRi20.0 
 8. Bojang, BC Nokia19.8 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET18.5 
 10. Still, Lapua18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  BC Nokia
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Bojang, BC Nokia16.1 
 2. Brown, Namika II15.8 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo14.2 
 4. Douglas, Huima14.2 
 5. Nelson, Lapua14.0 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET13.6 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.7 
 8. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.8 
 9. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 10. Wilson, Huima10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Timo RIIHELA
  BC Nokia
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Riihela, BC Nokia5.8 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo5.5 
 3. Manning, Huima5.4 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket4.8 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla4.2 
 7. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo2.6 
 9. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
 10. Silvonen, Honka2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Horton, LoKoKo3.5 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 4. Hall, SayRi2.3 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET2.1 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket2.1 
 7. Foreman, FoKoPo2.1 
 8. Still, Lapua2.0 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.8 
 10. Stamper, LoKoKo1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 3. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.8 
 4. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 5. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 6. Pahn, Kerava ET0.7 
 7. Alanen, Namika II0.7 
 8. Mantymaa, Huima0.7 
 9. Nelson, Lapua0.7 
 10. Viitamaki, SayRi0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 2. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 3. Moore, LrNM.19.6 
 4. Wilson, Honka19.2 
 5. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 6. Williamson, Honka18.8 
 7. Walker, Kouvot18.7 
 8. Wood, Karhu18.6 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto18.4 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Wood, Karhu14.8 
 2. Young, Tarmo10.6 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.5 
 4. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 5. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 6. Vinson, Kouvot9.6 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 8. Fells, Kataja9.0 
 9. Belser, Honka8.8 
 10. Coleman, LrNM.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.0 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait3.8 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.4 
 9. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.2 
 10. Fields, KTP3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wood, Karhu2.3 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Sarcevic, Korihait2.0 
 4. Fields, KTP2.0 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 9. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Walker, Kouvot1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Heard, Tarmo0.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu0.8 
 4. Young, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 8. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.6 
 10. Graham, ToPo0.6 


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  FRANCE   


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


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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Denain 13-2 
 2. Bordeaux 13-3 
 3. St Quentin 11-5 
 4. Angers BC 49 10-5 
 5. Sorgues 9-6 
 6. Blois 9-7 
 7. Brest 8-7 
 8. Challans 8-8 
 9. Denek 7-8 
 10. St Etienne 7-8 
 11. St Chamond 7-9 
 12. Orchy 7-9 
 13. Souffel 6-9 
 14. Get Vosges 6-9 
 15. Le Puy 6-9 
 16. Lievin 5-10 
 17. Roche 4-12 
 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. Mejia, Cholet17.2 
 4. Woodside, Gravelines17.2 
 5. Darden, Nancy16.9 
 6. King, Le Havre16.5 
 7. Massie, Limoges16.5 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.16.1 
 9. Haynes, Chalon16.0 
 10. Jefferson, AS.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Vichy
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.9.2 
 3. Massie, Limoges9.1 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.7 
 5. Jefferson, AS.8.6 
 6. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans8.1 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy7.9 
 9. Walsh, AS.7.8 
 10. Darden, Nancy7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Reid, Vichy6.6 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.4 
 3. King, Le Havre6.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 5. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.7 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Diabate, Roanne5.3 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.7 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.5 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.5 
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.2.1 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 5. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 6. Diabate, Roanne2.0 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.2.0 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines1.9 
 9. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 10. Sangare, Le Havre1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Vichy
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elegar, Vichy2.0 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 3. Koffi, Le Mans1.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Badiane, Poitiera.1.4 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.2 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.1 
 9. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.0 
 10. Lewin, Vichy1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Nate CARTER
  Nanterre
  (199-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Carter, Nanterre17.8 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest17.6 
 3. Sonko, Maurienne17.4 
 4. Harris, Lille17.1 
 5. Ingram, Antibes16.6 
 6. Davis, Le Portel16.4 
 7. Siggers, Rouen16.1 
 8. Watson, Evreux15.8 
 9. Cummard, Fos Ouest15.7 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Maurienne
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Mathis, Maurienne10.8 
 2. Barber, Nantes10.5 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.9.3 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 5. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.6 
 7. Rouse, Charleville8.4 
 8. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 9. Sonko, Maurienne7.9 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux9.1 
 2. Downey, Nantes6.2 
 3. Denave, St Vallier5.4 
 4. Taylor, Rouen5.2 
 5. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.4.9 
 7. Craven, Dijon4.9 
 8. Akono, Nanterre4.7 
 9. Ingram, Antibes4.6 
 10. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.9 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 3. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 4. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.5 
 5. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 6. Da Silva, Evreux2.4 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 8. Haquet, Fos Ouest2.3 
 9. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 10. Melody, Dijon2.2 
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. Monds, Bourg1.3 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont1.1 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.1.0 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.0.9 
 8. James, Bourg0.8 
 9. Giles, Rouen0.7 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne0.7 


ProB Round 14: Dijon is defeated by Rouen - by Eurobasket News
Round 14 of the ProB was played on Friday and Saturday evening.
The most important game in the last round took place in Dijon between third-ranked Dijon (9-5) and sixth ranked Rouen (9-5) on Saturday night. The home squad was defeated by Rouen in a tough game 77-84. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 42-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Rouen (9-5) to climb to the third place. They are looking forward to promotion back to the ProA after one year in the ProB. Rouen share it with defeated Dijon and Fos Ouest. Rouen is looking forward to face Antibes (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dijon will play against Bourg (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - Evreux (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Bourg (5-9) 89-78. Naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) notched 6 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the effort and Daviin Davis who supported him with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) did not help to save the game for Bourg. Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Evreux has a solid four-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Bourg who is 5-9 went down to fourteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Evreux will play against league's second-placed Nanterre on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bourg will play against Dijon (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eighth ranked Chalons-Reims (8-6) crushed at home 18th ranked Quimper (3-11) on Friday night by 22 points 81-59, which is the biggest margin this round. The best player for the winners was Julien Bestron who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aurelien Toto N'Kote produced 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the guests. Chalons-Reims has a solid four-game winning streak. The victory allowed Chalons-Reims (8-6) who are in their first season in the ProB to climb to the sixth place. They share it with Boulazac and Maurienne. Quimper is currently on the bottom position with a 3-11 record as they suffered their eleventh loss. Chalons-Reims will meet Clermont (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimper will play against Charleville-Mezieres and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Nantes won against Charleville on the opponent's court 66-55. St Vallier unfortunately lost to Nanterre in a home game 74-80. Lille recorded a loss to Fos Ouest on the road 65-78. Boulazac was defeated by Maurienne on it's own court 71-80. Boulogne beat Le Portel in a road game 88-78. Antibes won against Clermont at home 79-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 9 rebounds by Darryl Monroe of Boulogne.


Charleville - Nantes 55-66
Very expected game when 17th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-11) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Nantes (6-8) 66-55 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds and guard Daye Kaba (191-86, college: Marist) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory allowed Nantes (6-8) to climb to the eleventh place. They share it with Le Portel and Antibes. Charleville-Mezieres lost seventh consecutive game. The team is currently in seventeenth position with a 3-11 record. Nantes will meet at home Le Portel (#12) in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Quimper (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: N.Gayon 23+5reb, A.Cel 14+7reb+2ast, T.Downey 12+6reb+6ast, J.James 8+2reb+2ast, K.Barber 7+9reb+1ast, S.Dondon 2
Charleville: D.Kaba 13+5reb+3ast, C.Rouse 12+18reb, T.Peterson 12+1reb, G.Florimont 8+8reb, J.McClark 4+8reb+1ast, Y.Zachee 4+1reb+6ast
gschID: 100450


Dijon - Rouen 77-84
The most important game in the last round took place in Dijon between third-ranked Dijon (9-5) and sixth ranked Rouen (9-5) on Saturday night. The home squad defeated by Rouen in a tough game 77-84. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 42-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Rouen players scored in double figures. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Rouen (9-5) to climb to the third place. They are looking forward to promotion back to the ProA after one year in the ProB. Rouen share it with defeated Dijon and Fos Ouest. Rouen is looking forward to face Antibes (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dijon will play against Bourg (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 20+5reb+2ast, C.Thioune 15+4reb, D.Giles 12+5reb+1ast, P.Poupet 12+7reb+4ast, D.Williams 11+4reb+3ast, R.Taylor 8+3reb+2ast
Dijon: J.Leloup 13+2reb+1ast, E.Bing 11+7reb+2ast, E.Craven 9+7reb+1ast, D.Melody 9+4reb+3ast, B.Monclar 9+1reb+1ast, S.Dia 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 100451


Evreux - Bourg 89-78
ProB top team - Evreux (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Bourg (5-9) 89-78. Evreux made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) notched 6 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the effort and American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) who supported him with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) did not help to save the game for Bourg. The former international swingman Cedric Ferchaud (195-80) added 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the guests. Four Bourg players scored in double figures. Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Evreux has a solid four-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Bourg who is 5-9 went down to fourteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Evreux will play against league's second-placed Nanterre on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bourg will play against Dijon (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Davis 20+1reb+2ast, C.Watson 19+1ast, L.Chelle 12+1ast, B.Toffin 12+2reb, M.Correa 9+5reb, D.Reed 8+11reb+2ast
Bourg: C.Ferchaud 18+3reb, P.Bitee 16+2ast, D.Coleman 15+5reb+3ast, D.Monds 11+5reb+1ast, I.Koma 9+2reb+1ast, K.Corre 4+5reb
gschID: 100447


St Vallier - Nanterre 74-80
Very predictable result when second ranked Nanterre (12-2) defeated on the road 15th ranked Saint Vallier (4-10) 80-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) produced 22 points and Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory allowed Nanterre (12-2) to maintain a leadership position. They share it with Evreux. Saint Vallier lost ninth consecutive game. The team is currently in fifteenth place with a 4-10 record. Nanterre will meet at home league's leader Evreux in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Vallier will play against Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: N.Carter 27+5reb, X.Corosine 17+2reb+5ast, M.Riley 14+10reb+4ast, G.Pons 7+2reb, J.Passave-Ducteil 7+6reb+1ast, L.Akono 6+1reb+9ast
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 22+4reb+1ast, B.Vounang 15+9reb+2ast, D.Denave 15+1reb+3ast, C.Bronchard 8+2reb, K.Bichard 5+1reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 5+4reb
gschID: 100448


Fos Ouest - Lille 78-65
Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Lille (7-7) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Fos Ouest (9-5) 78-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Fos Ouest. Lille managed to win fourth quarter 25-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fos Ouest outrebounded Lille 37-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fos Ouest made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) chipped in 14 points. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory allowed Fos Ouest (9-5) to climb to the third place. They share it with Rouen and Dijon. Lille who is 7-7 went down to ninth position as they suffered their seventh loss. Fos Ouest will meet Boulogne (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille will play against Boulazac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 19+9reb+2ast, L.Cummard 14+3reb+1ast, K.Atamna 14+3reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 11+5reb, P.Haquet 8+3reb+2ast, B.Cisse 5+1ast
Lille: S.Barnette 25+4reb, A.Harris 12+4reb+1ast, O.Gouez 9+7reb+1ast, B.Gillet 6+1ast, R.Chery 5+2reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 3+3reb
gschID: 100449


Boulazac - Maurienne 71-80
There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne (8-6) beat on the road 5th ranked Boulazac (8-6) 80-71 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boulazac won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aix-Maurienne made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne outrebounded Boulazac 40-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Sierra Leonean forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agency: Warren Sports International) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne have an impressive six-game winning streak. The victory allowed Aix-Maurienne (8-6) to climb to the sixth place. They share it with defeated Boulazac and Chalons-Reims. Aix-Maurienne will meet at home Saint Vallier (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac will play against Lille (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: J.Mathis 18+15reb+1ast, M.Sonko 16+10reb, E.Joldersma 14+2reb+3ast, C.Dunn 13+5reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 10+2reb+3ast, J.Hoyaux 3
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 17+9reb+4ast, Y.Gaillou 13+1reb+1ast, C.McIntosh 12+2reb+3ast, F.Adjiwanou 11+3reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 10+1reb+3ast, A.Kerckhof 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100444


Le Portel - Boulogne 78-88
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Boulogne and 11th ranked Le Portel had identical 6-7 record. But Le Portel was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Boulogne 78-88 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 88-78. Boulogne made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Lithuanian-Slovenian guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Boulogne (7-7) who are in their first season in the ProB to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Lille. Le Portel is currently in eleventh position with a 6-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss. Boulogne will meet at home higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Portel will play against Nantes (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: D.Monroe 28+9reb+3ast, T.Stanley 16+3reb+2ast, L.Milbourne 15+8reb, K.Patiejunas 9+9reb+8ast, M.N'Diaye 6, L.Kante 4+2reb
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 16+8reb+2ast, C.Davis 16+4reb+2ast, M.Campbell 13+5reb, E.Choquet 12+8reb+6ast, J.Ludon 8+6reb+3ast, F.N'Kembe 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100445


Antibes - Clermont 79-71
No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Antibes (6-8) won at home against 16th ranked Clermont (4-10) 79-71 on Friday. Clermont was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of Antibes, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four Antibes players scored in double figures. American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Clermont's coach Regis Racine let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory allowed Antibes (6-8) to climb to the eleventh place. They share it with Le Portel and Nantes. Clermont is currently in fifteenth position with a 4-10 record as they suffered their tenth loss. Antibes will meet higher ranked Rouen (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Clermont will play against Chalons-Reims (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Massot 20+12reb+6ast, S.Ho You Fat 13+2ast, L.Sambe 12+4ast, M.Bojovic 10+5reb+3ast, J.Ingram 8+3reb, S.Traore 8+3reb+2ast
Clermont: O.Bassett 25+5reb+3ast, D.Bouldin 16+6reb+1ast, S.Cisse 11+2reb+3ast, P.Beye 9+5reb, R.Wilson 4+1reb, M.Guichard 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100446


Chalons-Reims - Quimper 81-59
Eighth ranked Chalons-Reims (8-6) crushed at home 18th ranked Quimper (3-11) on Friday night by 22 points 81-59, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Quimper managed to win fourth quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalons-Reims forced 19 Quimper turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Julien Bestron (204-86) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Florian Thibedore (194-90) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Chalons-Reims has a solid four-game winning streak. The victory allowed Chalons-Reims (8-6) who are in their first season in the ProB to climb to the sixth place. They share it with Boulazac and Maurienne. Quimper is currently on the bottom position with a 3-11 record as they suffered their eleventh loss. Chalons-Reims will meet Clermont (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimper will play against Charleville-Mezieres and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 14+6reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 12+4reb+1ast, J.Bestron 12+8reb+1ast, G.Radonjic 12+4reb, B.Mangin 8+3reb+4ast, D.Wilson 7+2reb+2ast
Quimper: A.Toto N'Kote 22+7reb, J.Volcy 9+5reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 8+5reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 7+2reb+4ast, B.Matanga 5+4ast, G.Lessort 4
gschID: 100443




Cholet's Vule Avdalovic hands 13 assists, 1 short of the Euroleague single-game record - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated magnificent performance in Round 9 of the Euroleague regular season. The 29-year-old Serbian ran the show effectively for the French champs Cholet with 8 points and 13 assists - 1 short of the Euroleague Basketball single-game record. Cholet outplayed Cibona 81-65 jumping to 4-5 record in Group C. Unfortunately for Cholet, Lietuvos Rytas grabbed thriller win against Regal Barca so the last round will decide will the French champion make it to Top16 or not.

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1 De Agosto march into Africa Champions Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Manga 66:38

1 De Agosto put on a clinical defensive performance en route to a confident quarterfinal victory at Africa Champions Cup. The defending champions defeated Manga Basket of Gabon to enter the semis. 1 De Agosto will take on Mazembe later tonight. Filipe Abraao (194-F-79) came up with 13 points to pace the winners.
1 De Agosto quickly pulled in front in this one. They posted a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The Angolan champions stretched their lead to as many as 18 points at halftime. They did not slow down in the second half piling up the advantage. Manga faced a 22-point deficit heading into the fourth period and never recovered. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for 1 De Agosto.



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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel20.9 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim19.9 
 3. Shepherd, Osnab.19.8 
 4. Burnette, Osnab.19.3 
 5. Gause, Freiburg19.2 
 6. Watts, Dragons18.8 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.8 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim18.6 
 9. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.4 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Watts, Dragons8.8 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.8 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.7 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.5 
 6. Fuller, Crailsheim7.7 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim7.6 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz7.3 
 9. Henry, Hannover7.3 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Barth, Heidelberg5.5 
 4. Johnson, Webmoebel5.3 
 5. Gray, Crailsheim5.3 
 6. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.5 
 7. Lowery, Braves4.4 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.3 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.4.3 
 10. Larsen, Dragons4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.3 
 2. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.7 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.2 
 5. Scott, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Gray, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz2.0 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.1.9 
 9. Mendez, Heidelberg1.9 
 10. Turnbull, Hannover1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.8 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 3. Hansbro, Freiburg1.4 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.4 
 5. Hill, Jena1.3 
 6. Ferguson, Crailsheim1.3 
 7. Fuller, Crailsheim1.3 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim1.3 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. Williams, Karlsruhe1.2 


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Wood, Dt.16.6 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.15.9 
 3. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.6 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.15.2 
 5. Callahan, Bremerha.15.2 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .14.5 
 7. Rice, Art.Dragons14.4 
 8. Anderson, Goett.14.4 
 9. Zwiener, TBB Trier13.9 
 10. Hunt, Telekom .13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.6 
 5. Peacock, LTi 46ers7.3 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.3 
 7. Watts, Walter T.7.1 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.7.1 
 10. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.2 
 2. Jordan, MBC4.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier4.7 
 4. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.6 
 5. Wood, Dt.4.6 
 6. Campbell, EWE B.4.5 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .4.2 
 9. Copeland, Bremerha.4.2 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Dorris, Phoenix .1.8 
 3. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 4. Martin, Bremerha.1.6 
 5. Trice, ratiopharm1.5 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 10. Wood, Dt.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.1 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.3 
 4. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 5. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.0 
 7. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Seward, Phoenix .0.9 


Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To New Yorker Phantoms Game December 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig December 18th.

How well has the team digested the 90-85 loss to Frankfurt?



It was hard to digest but we can take a lot of positives from this game because we played better than in the last few weeks.

Did you get an early Christmas present from the doctor telling you that you can play again soon?

We will have to see right now I'm feeling ok. Its a day to day thing.

How difficult were the days after the loss not knowing what your situation was? How did you cope with everything?

It was better after I got the MRI and saw that it wasn't a major problem. I got lucky with this one!!!

What impression has Gabriel Hughes made for you?


He is a good player. He is long and athletic and protects the rim-something we need right now.

The next game is against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What ahs been your impression of the team this season?

Braunschweig is good team. They are very experienced.

Tony Skinn has really exploded, but he seems to not get as much press as other players. Does the league know how good Skinn really is and what do you like about his game?

I think the coaches and players know how good he is. He can put the ball on the floor and shoot it.

What will be key in winning against Braunschweig?


We have to do what we do. Increase the tempo and run.

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


The Knicks are a solid team but they are one player away from being good (Carmelo). They will be a playoff team.

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

I didn't really have a favorite gift but I was thankful for everything that I got.

Thanks Quentin for the chat.



Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To BBC Bayreuth game December 19th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against BBC Bayreuth December 19th.


How well has ratiopharm Ulm digested the 89-75 loss to EnBW Ludwigsburg?

That was a tough loss for us. We had played very well in the first half and then second half didnt play well. We have had a good practice this week so hopefully we can get this win this weekend.

Ratiopharm has two big home games coming up. How important and timely are these two home games at this stage of the season?


This is very big. But we have to come and get are fans into the game and play hard and hopefully get some wins.

Ratiopharm Ulm has a great team, but has lost 4 of the last five games. What is the biggest problem on the court at the moment for the club?


I think we are just finding ourselves. We really have a very good team and when we start to click i think we can be very good.

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth that surprisingly is in 17th place. They are way to talented to be so far back. What has been your impression of the team?


Your right they are a talented team. Thats just shows you how good the German basketball league is.

You will be playing against Marcus Ginyard. What is your memory of playing and seeing him play for North Carolina?


Ginyard is a tough player. He was a very good player at North Carolina.

BBC Bayreuth has a very talented scoring point guard in Danny Gibson who led the Dutch league in scoring. As a defense specialist, do you do your own individual scouting of the opponents guards that you might be playing?


Yes of course. I try to always watch tapes of the opponent.

What will be key in winning against BBC Bayreuth in the Kuhberg Halle?


I think Just playing smart and matching their intensity.

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


Amare is a BEAST. I think they are playing very good as a team.

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


DEAD PRESIDENT FACES. ( THATS MONEY)

Thanks Travis for the chat.


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


Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game in 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?


I think we have been moving the ball better and rebounding

What has been the focus in practice this week?


Defense

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

I remember them killing us at their place. It was pretty bad and a low point for us as a team

What is your impression of Phoenix Hagen this season?

They can really shoot it and their uptempo play has helped them lead the league in scoring. They seem to be a better team than last year

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


He is definitely with them if not quicker

What will be key to winning this game?


Defense...always

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


Maybe with Melo they would be a conference finalist but without one more piece or maybe more experience I dont see them making it passed the second round but still its crazy to see NY back in the mix


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


A backpack from my brother with my name airbrushed on it. I thought I was the man lol


Thanks Brandon for the chat.


Danny Gibson (BBC Bayreuth) Pregame Thoughts To Ratiopharm Ulm Game December 19th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Madison, Indiana wo is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Olney Central JC (NJCAA) from 2002-2004. From 2004-2006, he played at Southern Indiana (NCAA2).In his senior year, he played games: 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3Pts: 40.6%, FT: 76.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for tue NVV Lions Moenchengladbach averaging 22,1ppg, 4,0rpg, 5,1apg and 1,7spg. In 2007-2008, he played the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.0%. Last season, he led tue Dutch league in scoring and played for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 43 games: Score-1 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against Ratiopharm Ulm Decmber 19th.

How well has BBC Bayreuth digested the 85-84 loss to The EWE Baskets Oldenburg?


It was really tuff to take but you got to learn from it and move on!

Where lies the biggest problems in the BBC Bayreuth game at the moment?

I think defense and finishing off games.

The next game is against Ratiopharm Ulm. What do you remember the most from the Kuhberg halle from your Nordlingen season?


Its just a great place to play because the fans are right there on you and it makes it really exciting to play in that gym.

How well has German national player Per Guenther developed? You played against him two seasons ago. What do you remember most about his play?

Well from watching him this year looks like his game is really starting to develop and he has a very bright future.

What will be key in winning against a very offensive hungry Ratiopharm Ulm team?


Trying to slow them down and get stops!

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

I think they are solid and will make the playoffs, but they still need to make another move to get a player like Carmelo to be a real contender.

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


Money

Thanks Danny for the chat.


Antoine Jordan Returns To BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BG Goettingen got active on the transfer market bringing back Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena) who gets a short term contract for two months. Jordan is a 196cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that played for BG Goettingen last season helping the team win the Eurochallenge. Last season the American played EuroChallenge: 8 games: 3.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg; German League: 18 games: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg. 'We had to get active again on the market to help compensate for our injuries. Antonie knows Goettingen and our playing style. He is a good rebounder and plays good team basketball', stressed BG Goettingen coach John Patrick. Jordan played at Siena from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games averaging 17.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, FG: 46.9%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 81.8%. After his NCAA career, he took part in the 2006: Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 2 games: 8.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, 0.5bpg, 2FGP: 40.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for TDShop.it Livorno (Italy-SerieA): 8 games: 4.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, in Feb.'07 moved to Fort Worth Flyers (D-League): 6 games: 1.2ppg, played also shortly at BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: Baltic League: 1 game: 8pts, 4reb, 1ast, 2steal, 1block; FIBA EuroCup: 3 games: 0pt. In 2007-2008, he played for Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five): 21 games: 13.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP-1 (58.8%), FT: 77.5% and Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie): 37 games: 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 81.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0apg, left team in Dec.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie): 4 games: 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2.8spg.

Source: BG Goettingen




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  GHANA   


GABBA releases All Star lists - by Charis BX
Lebanon House, Tudu - The GABBA yesterday came out with the final lists of the players selected to participate in the first ever GABL All Star game. The selection was done by a committee of coaches headed by Lawal Perigrino Brimah a.k.a Ororo. Members of the selection committee included Prosper Agbleta (reformers), Kweku Jackson (Holy Family), Feranmi Olunlonyo (Panthers), Raphael Ahadji (Lions) and Kojo Antwi (Police). Find the list of the various teams and their training times below...

MEN
TEAM A
Emmanuel Abgesi - Reformers
Mohammed Yakubu - Reformers
Nii Ayi Aryee - Reformers
Reginald Lartey - CEPS
Dodzie Baniba - CEPS
Nicholas Amuzu - CEPS
Enoch Borsah - Tema Youth
McMartey Lawer - Tema Youth
Meme Falconer - Hoops
Winston Cole - Hoops
Abdulrazak Abdulwahab - Hoops
Ismaila Soula - Lions
Emmanuel Dickson - Police
Coaches: Emmanuel Quaye (Tema Youth) and raphael Ahadzie (Lions)
NB:TEAM A players practice at Lebanon House on the 6th and 8th December, 2010 at 7am.

TEAM B Jeffery Djimate - Holy Family
Nii Kpakpo Pappoe - Holy Family
Ebenezer Borsah - Tema Youth
Cyril Clarke - Tema Youth
Emmanuel Otoo - Panthers
Boamahh Djan Kwame - Panthers
Hashim Brimah - CEPS
Patrick Gameli - CEPS
Richard Darko - CEPS
Shadrack Nii Kwei Kottey - Magic
Fredrick Yeboah - Hooops
Paul Tsagli - Reformers
Kofi Asirifi - Warriors
Coaches: William Kissi (Police), Claudius Thompson (Hoops).
NB:TEAM B players practice at Lebanon House on the 7th and 9th December, 2010 at 7am.

WOMEN

TEAM A
Anita Bonney - CEPS
Georgina Ntow - CEPS
Berikisu Sadat - CEPS
Catherine Plange - CEPS
Issha Barry - Police
Mavis Ofori Atta - Police
Aishata Bangourah - Police
Augustina Afful - Police
Regina Ayaovi - Police
Mavis Martey - Magic
Elizabeth Atebkah - Reformers
Eva Alhassan - Reformers
Olivia Agbenudzi - Reformers
Mumuni Mamunatu - Turbo Jets
Coaches: Seth Okine (CEPS), Kojo Antwi (Police).
NB:TEAM A players practice at Lebanon House on the 6th and 8th December, 2010 at 7am.

TEAM B
Alatakor Bertha - Police
Rahinatu Sulemana - Police
Zenabu Musah - Ploice
Angela Larsey - Holy Family
Dionne Otchere-Darko - Holy Family
Barbara Asante - C.Y.O
Felicia Sarpong - C.Y.O
Patience Adesane - C.Y.O
Linda Nketia - Reformers
Sarah Adukpo - Reformers
Belinda Tawiah - CEPS
Belinda Lartey - CEPS
Grace Inamyah - Turbo Jet
Cynthia Sosavi - Magic
Coaches:Kweku Jackson (Holy Family), Simon Aboagye (police).
NB:TEAM B players practice at Lebanon House on the 7th and 9th December, 2010 at 7am.

Courtesy www.reboundgh.blogspot.com


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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Palacio, Kavala18.8 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.8 
 4. Grundy, AEK16.0 
 5. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 6. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.0 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.0 
 9. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Simmons, Kavala11.3 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros9.3 
 3. Looby, Peristeri GS8.8 
 4. Bagaric, Marousi8.7 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.0 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi7.0 
 8. Tucker, Aris6.9 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 10. Byars, Panellinios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.5 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.1 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Tsamis, VAP K.3.8 
 7. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.5 
 9. Tepic, Panathinaikos3.4 
 10. Diamantidis, Panath.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Iraklis
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 3. Grundy, AEK2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 5. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.9 
 6. King, Peristeri GS1.9 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.9 
 8. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 9. Pelekanos, Olympiakos1.8 
 10. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.4 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi2.0 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.8 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 8. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 10. Nielsen, Olympiakos0.7 


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


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  HOLLAND   


Mills number one in Holland for round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rotterdam (#10, 1-17) with 26-point margin 88-62. Eiffel Towers maintains the 3rd position in Dutch DBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Eiffel Towers will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Mills turned to be Eiffel Towers' top player in his first season with the team. Julien Mills averages this season 14.1ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of Upstairs Weert. Minter had a very good evening with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as BS Weert lost that game 57-72 to slightly higher-ranked Eiffel Towers (#3, 13-5). BS Weert managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Minter is a newcomer at BS Weert and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom (#8). Tiedeman scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Giants, leading his team to a 95-65 easy win against Landstede (5-12). Giants can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tiedeman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tiedeman has a very solid season. In 15 games in Holland he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Magixx - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Giants - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) of Magixx - 15 points and 14 rebounds
7. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Rotterdam - 10 points and 12 rebounds
9. Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90) of Rotterdam - 16 points and 6 assists
10. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Eiffel Towers - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 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, Magixx15.6 
 7. Voorn, ABC14.6 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.5 
 9. Marshall, Lands.14.3 
 10. Humphrey, Magixx14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam9.9 
 2. Haryasz, GasTerra9.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 4. Griffin, Giants9.3 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.3 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.7 
 7. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.1 
 9. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.8 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.4 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.8 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 8. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.5 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.1 
 10. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants2.3 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 6. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.1 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.0 
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. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 8. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 9. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 10. Mullery, Landstede0.8 


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  HONG KONG   


Ateneo-Adamson 'Blue Birds' lose heartbreaker, 91-85, win hearts - by Ryan Asis Maniago


HONG KONG - The boys of Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University came to within a heartbeat of completing a giant come-from-behind upset against tournament favorites Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) but fell short, 91-85, at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium here.

The erstwhile undefeated SCFA, a US-based team featuring tall, athletic African-Americans, found its match in the feisty Filipinos, who gave them their first real scare in the tournament -- magically erasing an 18-point lead with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter behind the heroics and Adamson's Alex Nuyles and Ateneans Kirk Long and Nico Salva.

Nuyles was unleashed in the final quarter and played like a man possessed, electrifying the crowd with an array of breakaway dunks including an in-your-face, and-1 tomahawk slam over 6'7 Jerome Moton that ignited the rally and elicited a thunderous roar among the audience rarely seen in prim-and-proper Hong Kong.

The game started close, with Salva drilling in 13 points in the first quarter and drawing oohs and aahhs with his Kobe-esque post moves against defenders who were 5-6 inches taller. The Americans managed to shut him down in the second quarter and dominated the boards, which enabled them to score second- and third-chance points against the smaller Filipinos to build a 53-38 cushion at halftime.

SCFA, behind the bullying tactics of 6'7, 115-kg 'Baby Shaq' Tarron Williams (200-F-76, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and 6'9 Robert Curtis, continued to pound the ball inside in the third quarter and managed to fend off repeated rallies by the Filipinos, piling up leads as high as 21 points entering the final canto.

The fourth quarter was all heart. With a potential blowout staring them in the face, the 'Blue Birds' refused to fold and staged one big fight that gave the Americans a run for their money and which won over the hearts of local Hong Kong and Filipino fans alike.

Long, who once again provided a steadying presence in the backcourt together with Adamson's Lester Alvarez, scored a game-high 24 points, including clutch threes in the final minutes. Nuyles and Salva each added 20 points.

The rotund and deceptively menacing Williams, on the other hand, provided much comic relief with his on-court antics and topscored with 18 points for the winning side together with youtube sensation David Kalb.

After the game, the Filipinos were mobbed by a small crowd of local fans that had assembled outside the stadium and who gamely posed for photographs with their newfound idols -- once again -- proof that there is as much respect to be gained from winning as there is from going down with a fight.

The 'Blue Birds' will face the Hong Kong National Team in the battle for third place, while China's Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team, which earlier beat Hong Kong, 72-59, will square off with SCFA for the championship.

SCFA 91 - Williams 18, Kalb 18, Mark 13, Moton 12, Goodrich 11, Curtis 11, Yeung 6, Erikson 2

PHL 85 - Long 24, Nuyles 20, Salva 20, Alvarez 8, Camson 7, Colina 2, Austria 2, Dela Cruz 2


- Ryan Asis Maniago




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  HUNGARY   


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


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  ICELAND   


Icelandic Express L. round 11 best performance: Palmi Sigurgeirsson - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Ungmennafelagio Snaefell, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat KR (#4, 7-4) 94-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Snaefell to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Snaefell has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Sigurgeirsson had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Snaefell and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Palmi Sigurgeirsson averages this season 17.3ppg and 4.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Hayward Fain (196-F, agency: Strategic Sports) of U.M.F. Tindastoll. Fain had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Tindastoll to another comfortable win 78-65 over Njardvik (4-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Tindastoll to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Fain is a newcomer at Tindastoll, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ben Stywall (196-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports) of Fjolnir (#9). Stywall scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Stywall's great performance Fjolnir lost 99-107 to slightly lower-ranked IR (#11, 3-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Fjolnir not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stywall could try to bring Fjolnir's a little bit higher in the standings. Stywall has individually a great season in Iceland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Semaj Inge (193-G-87) of Haukar - 34 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sean Burton (175-G-86) of Snaefell - 21 points and 8 assists
6. Kristinn Jonasson (205-F/C-84) of IR - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) of Fjolnir - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) of KR - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Ryan Pettinella (206-F/C-84) of Grindavik - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) of Stjarnan - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  IRELAND   


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


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. Foley, Ulster Elks22.6 
 6. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.4 
 7. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.2 
 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.13.2 
 5. Van, UCC Demons12.6 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.11.4 
 7. Turner, Killester11.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune10.2 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.9.3 
 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.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.2 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.7 
 5. Noonan, Neptune3.8 
 6. Nihill, Moycullen3.5 
 7. Westbrooks, Killester3.5 
 8. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 9. Clarke, Killester3.4 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.3 
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. Donnelly, DCU S.2.4 
 6. Noonan, Neptune2.3 
 7. Lacey, DCU Saints2.2 
 8. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.2 
 9. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
 10. Turner, Killester2.1 
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. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. Louisme, Neptune2.0 
 7. Longmire, Belfast .1.7 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.3 
 9. Duggan, UCC Demons1.3 
 10. Ambler, Moycullen1.2 


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


Ferrara adds guard Ryan Hoover - by Eurobasket News
Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) is a new member of Ferrara. The American/Belgian guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Hoover arrives from Scavolini Spar Pesaro, where he spent last two months. For three games in SerieA he had 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.3 assists. From 2008 until the last summer Ryan Hoover played for Banca Tercas Teramo.

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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.2 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes18.7 
 3. Lavrinovic, Montepas.17.4 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.9 
 5. Thomas, Air AV16.1 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.8 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.15.6 
 8. Dean, Air AV15.4 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR15.4 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.1 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.9.0 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.6 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 5. Hall, Banca Tercas8.2 
 6. Suton, Angelico BI8.1 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.9 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna7.9 
 9. Slay, Cimberio VA7.8 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andre COLLINS
  Scavolini PS
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Collins, Scavolin.6.3 
 2. Green, Air AV6.2 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.4.6 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.4 
 5. Diener, Dinamo S.3.8 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 7. Markovic, Benetton.3.3 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA3.3 
 9. Hackett, Scavolin.3.3 
 10. Green, Bennet Cantu3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Scavolini PS
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hackett, Scavolin.3.2 
 2. Di Bella, Pepsi C.3.0 
 3. Hawkins, Armani MI2.8 
 4. Milic, Vanoli CR2.8 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.2.7 
 6. Washington, Lottomat.2.7 
 7. Collins, Scavolin.2.7 
 8. Poeta, CS Bologna2.6 
 9. Dean, Air AV2.6 
 10. Rocca, Armani MI2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.2 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.8 
 3. Smith, Benetton TV1.4 
 4. Polonara, Banca T.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 6. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.0.9 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi0.9 
 9. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Crispin, Barcellona25.7 
 2. Whiting, Aget Imola24.2 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer20.8 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.4 
 5. Gordon, Forli20.2 
 6. Pecile, Fileni BPA18.9 
 7. Beck, Trenkwalder18.5 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco17.6 
 9. Boyette, N.Ferrara17.2 
 10. Varnado, Tuscany PT16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT10.4 
 2. Lollis, Immobili.9.6 
 3. Johnson, San Severo9.3 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.7 
 5. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.6 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.8.4 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola8.3 
 8. Chiacig, Sunris.8.0 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Porta, Tezenis .4.4 
 2. Clark, Umana Reyer4.3 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 4. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 5. Crispin, Barcellona3.7 
 6. Williams, Snaidero.3.7 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.5 
 9. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.3 
 10. Piazza, Forli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.6 
 2. Davis, Sunrise .3.1 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.3.0 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.8 
 6. Stefanov, San S.2.8 
 7. Hunter, Sunrise .2.7 
 8. Smith, Trenkwalder2.7 
 9. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.2.6 
 10. Lollis, Immobili.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.6 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.3 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Radulovic, Sunris.1.0 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.8 
 9. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 
 10. Chiacig, Sunris.0.7 


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  JAPAN   


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .17.5 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin17.0 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin16.9 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.9 
 5. Orimo, Hokkaido16.8 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin15.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.7 
 8. Lett, Mitsubishi14.4 
 9. Smith, Hitachi S.13.9 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.13.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.6 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota8.7 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.5 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi7.4 
 6. Custis, Panasonic7.2 
 7. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
 8. Maraker, Hokkaido6.9 
 9. Honeycutt, Panas.6.8 
 10. Ricci, Toyota6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hiroyuki KINOSHITA
  Panasonic
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.0 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.9 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.7 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.5 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.3 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.3 
 9. Nishimura, Hitachi S.3.2 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi .3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin1.5 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.3 
 6. Lett, Mitsubishi1.2 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.2 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.2 
 9. Custis, Panasonic1.1 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.3 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 3. Lett, Mitsubishi1.0 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.0 
 5. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 6. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 7. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 8. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 9. Yamada, Hokkaido0.6 
 10. Holcomb, Tochigi Brex0.5 


JBL Round 21: Toyota Alvark beats Tochigi Brex by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked Tochigi Brex (8-13) used it's home court advantage to challenge second ranked Toyota Alvark (14-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Fuchu managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 17 points after three quarters before their 28-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). His fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds for Tochigi Brex. Toyota Alvark did not change their second position in the standings. Tochigi Brex lost third consecutive game. Last year champion dropped to the sixth place. They have the same record like Mitsubishi. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Fuchu and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Another interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (16-5) which played in Kanagawa against Toshiba Thunders (11-10). First ranked Aishin Sea Horses won 81-72. The former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Kosuke Takeuchi chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Toshiba Thunders stay at the fourth place. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between seventh ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-12) and 8th ranked Hokkaido (5-16) in Osaka on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Hitachi Sunrockers outscored guests from Saporro 82-62. Tyler Smith nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Takehiko Orimo came up with 16 points for Hokkaido in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitachi Sunrockers jumped to the fifth spot. Hokkaido keeps the last position with a total of 16 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home bottom-ranked Hokkaido (#8) in the next round. Hokkaido will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 21 Panasonic beat Mitsubishi on the road 99-85.


Toshiba - Aishin 72-81

Another interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (16-5) which played in Kanagawa against Toshiba Thunders (11-10). First ranked Aishin Sea Horses won 81-72. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-11. But Toshiba Thunders won second quarter 25-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Aishin Sea Horses and four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Toshiba Thunders stay at the fourth place. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toshiba: C.Violette 17+7reb, C.O'Bannon 14+8reb, Y.Uda 11+5reb+3ast, Y.Miyanga 10+4reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 6+2reb+1ast, K.Sato 6+3reb+2ast
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 17+10reb, R.Forehan-Kelly 15+3reb+2ast, R.Frahm 14+1reb, S.Asayama 13+2reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 13+12reb+4ast, T.Furukawa 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 102925


Tochigi Brex - Toyota 73-75

Fifth-ranked Tochigi Brex (8-13) used it's home court advantage to challenge second ranked Toyota Alvark (14-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Fuchu managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 17 points after three quarters before their 28-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). His fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American-Libyan power forward Randy Holcomb (204-79, college: San Diego St., agency: Edge Sports) added 13 points in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Four Toyota Alvark and five Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Toyota Alvark did not change their second position in the standings. Tochigi Brex lost third consecutive game. Last year champion dropped to the sixth place. They have the same record like Mitsubishi. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Fuchu and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 24+5reb+2ast, R.Holcomb 13+4reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 11+5reb+2ast, S.Merritt 10+3reb, S.Ito 10+8reb, Y.Tabuse 3+3reb+6ast
Toyota: Y.Okada 21, J.Gibbs 15+7reb, P.Ricci 11+8reb+2ast, T.Ito 11+1reb+3ast, T.Kumagai 7+1reb+3ast, M.Saido 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 102926


Hitachi S. - Hokkaido 82-62

The game between seventh ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-12) and 8th ranked Hokkaido (5-16) in Osaka on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Hitachi Sunrockers outscored guests from Saporro 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by Hitachi Sunrockers. Hokkaido managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hitachi Sunrockers shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) came up with 16 points and American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Hokkaido in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitachi Sunrockers jumped to the fifth spot. Hokkaido keeps the last position with a total of 16 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home bottom-ranked Hokkaido (#8) in the next round. Hokkaido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 16+3reb, T.Abe 9+3ast, R.Sakurai 9+1reb+4ast, J.Lewis 6+7reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 5+4reb, C.Maraker 4+8reb
Hitachi S.: T.Smith 27+9reb+2ast, K.Matsui 13+2reb, F.Nishimura 10+3reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 10+10reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 10+1reb, H.Ueyama 3
gschID: 102927


Mitsubishi - Panasonic 85-99

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Panasonic Trians (13-8) beat 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-13) in Nagoya 99-85 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Panasonic Trians made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Panasonic Trians outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 44-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and international guard Makoto Nagayama (184-77) accounted for 25 points. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) came up with 27 points and 7 rebounds and American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach rotated ten players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panasonic Trians. They did not change their third position in the standings. Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth place. They have the same record like Tochigi Brex. Panasonic Trians will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against Panasonic Trians (#3) in Osaka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: R.Hale 27+7reb+1ast, O.Lett 18+6reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 10+1reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 9+7reb, K.Igarashi 8+2reb+2ast, S.Kajimaya 5+3reb
Panasonic: M.Nagayama 25+2reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 19+7reb+6ast, F.Aono 14+7reb+1ast, A.Custis 11+8reb+2ast, T.Onishi 9+3reb+1ast, J.Honeycutt 9+4reb
gschID: 102928




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 16-5 
 2. Toyota 14-7 
 3. Panasonic 13-8 
 4. Toshiba 11-10 
 5. Hitachi S. 9-12 
 6. Tochigi Brex 8-13 
 7. Mitsubishi 8-13 
 8. Hokkaido 5-16 


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 9-1 
 2. BS Ogre 7-2 
 3. Ventspils Aug. 7-3 
 4. Saldus 6-2 
 5. ASK/Buki 6-4 
 6. BS Daugava 5-5 
 7. Zemgale/Jun. 5-5 
 8. DSN Riga 4-3 
 9. Barons/Ridzene 3-9 
 10. Liepaja-2 2-5 
 11. Livani 1-7 
 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. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 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. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.7 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.7.5 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 9. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 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, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Piternieks, LU3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 10. Metra, Zemgale3.0 
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. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 6. Slisans, LU2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.8 
 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 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 9-2 
 2. Ventspils 8-1 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 7-3 
 4. Zemgale 6-7 
 5. Valmiera 4-5 
 6. Barons 4-5 
 7. Turiba 3-7 
 8. LU 0-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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  LEBANON   


Anibal holds down Riyadi in Zahle... - by Rabih Khoury
Finally Anibal Zahle did it and won over one of the first 4 teams, after all their games ended by loosing in the last 2 or 3 minutes. Yesterday night Anibal Zahle did it and won over the Champions, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in Zahle where the game ended 62-57... Again, coach Toni Vujanic 's players proved that they have the best defensive team in the league and hold down the champions scoring only 57 points in 40 minutes. Also to note that this game was postponed last saturday due to weather conditions, but also if they game was played saturday, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut would have missed Nate Johnson and Jean Abdel Nour... But yesterday night, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut were in full Roster, and Anibal Zahle played with the newcomer Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) who dominated the game against his former team. Anibal Zahle proved again that the team is ready to beat everyone in the league and can make it to the Final 4....
The stats are Below... :

Anibal Zahle 62-57 Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut

Stats:

Anibal Zahle:
-Alpha Bangura 26Pts, 2Rbs, 1Ass (12/25 FG + 0/2 3's + 2/2 FT) in 39 min
-Jihad Murr 12Pts, 5Rbs (4/13 FG + 3/6 3's + 1/2 FT) in 35 min
-Roy Samaha 11Pts, 6Rbs, 2Ass (3/5 FG + 5/8 FT) in 27 min
-Terrence Shanon 8Pts, 13Rbs (3/15 FG + 0/2 3's + 2/2 FT) in 39 min
-Rodrigue Akl 5Pts, 7Rbs, 6Ass (2/9 FG + 1/2 3's) (Added 4 Steals + 2 TO) in 40 min

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
-Nate Johnson 19Pts, 5Rbs, 3Ass (7/16 FG + 1/5 3's + 4/6 FT) (Added 6 TO) in 40 min
-Jean Abdel Nour 16Pts, 6Rbs (7/15 FG + 0/4 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 7 TO) in 40 min
-Joe Vogel 10Pts, 5Rbs (4/12 FG + 1/6 3's + 1/2 FT) in 33 min
-Loren Woods 6Pts, 14Rbs (3/4 FG + 0/2 FT) in 40 min


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  LIBYA   


Royal Hoopers edge Al Ahly Benghazi - by Eurobasket News
Royal Hoopers - Al Ahly 73:63

Royal Hoopers avoided the last place at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They held off Al Ahly Benghazi in the classification round yesterday. The victory allowed Royal Hoopers enter the game for the 9th-10th place at the tournament. The Libyan team stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Victor Anthony Koko (F-92) came up with 14 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Al Ahly got to the better start. They outscored the Nigerian team 17:12 in the opening period. Royal Hoopers however quickly bounced back. They went on a 22:11 run in the second term to take a 34:28 halftime lead. Al Ahly tried to stay close throughout the third term. The Libyan side trailed by just 4 points at the final intermission. But Royal Hoopers limited their opponents to only 13 points in the fourth quarter and celebrated the victory. Moses Daudu (182-G-88) netted 13 points for Royal Hoopers. Dike Azuoma (188-G-89) provided 11 points in the winning effort. Khaled Matrud (89) replied with 13 points for Al Ahly. Ibrahim Eslam chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Royal Hoopers: Victor Anthony Koko 14+12 boards, Moses Daudu 13, Dike Azuoma 11
Al Ahly: Khaled Matrud 13, Ibrahim Eslam 10



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  LITHUANIA   


Radavicius' 32-point game gives him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old guard Liudas Radavicius (188-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Meresta Pakruojis and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds for Meresta in his team's victory, helping them to beat Akademija (#13, 5-14) 93-84. Meresta maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Meresta will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Radavicius had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Meresta, through which he has constantly improved. Liudas Radavicius averages this season 13.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side) of Mazeikiai. He is a forward in his first season at Mazeikiai. In the last game Gabsys recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Mazeikiai to edge the lower-ranked Perlas-MRU (#9, 8-12) by 3 points 86-83. Mazeikiai's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gabsys is a newcomer at Mazeikiai and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas Kaunas (#4). Sragauskis scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of LKKA-Atletas, leading his team to a 79-70 win against the lower-ranked Silute (#10, 7-13). LKKA-Atletas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Sragauskis has a great season in Lithuania. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.3% and 3PT: 45.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of Akademija - 14 points and 8 rebounds
6. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Laurynas Jacevicius (193-G/F-88) of Perlas-MRU - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Darrick Leonard (188-G-84) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Robertas Stankevicius (196-F-77) of Delikatesas - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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


NKL Round 22: Zalgiris-Sabonio is defeated by LKKA-Atletas in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 22 most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: LKKA-Atletas (#4) and Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3). LKKA-Atletas (14-6) won against visiting Zalgiris-Sabonio (13-7) 79-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Atletas. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) scored 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Tomas Urbonas (214-92) chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LKKA-Atletas has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed LKKA-Atletas (14-6) to climb to the third place. Zalgiris-Sabonio who is 13-7 went down to fifth position as they suffered their seventh loss. LKKA-Atletas are looking forward to face Radviliskis (#4) at home in the next round. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Erelita-KTU managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they outleveled thirteenth-ranked Akademija in Vilnius 86-46. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 40-point difference suggests that Erelita-KTU is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) notched 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Rokas Cepanonis supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) did not help to save the game for Akademija. Akademija's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Erelita-KTU (6-15) to climb to the thirteenth place. Akademija who is 5-15 went down to fourteenth position as they suffered their fifteenth loss. Erelita-KTU will play against league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Akademija will play on the road against the league's second-placed Meresta (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (20-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (11-9) in Klaipeda 85-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. Mantas Virbalas fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Julius Kazakauskas produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive twelve-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Nafta Universitetas is currently in seventh place with a 11-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet Erelita-KTU (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nafta Universitetas will play against Mazeikiai (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where ABRO-Universitetas (#12) beat higher ranked Triobet Malsta 77-74 on their own court. Worth to mention a great performance of Aivaras Kvedaravicius who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds. The victory allowed ABRO-Universitetas (7-14) to climb to the eleventh place. Triobet Malsta is currently in eighth position with a 8-12 record as they suffered their twelfth loss. ABRO-Universitetas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in Kaunas and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Fifth ranked Radviliskis (14-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Mazeikiai (13-8) by 22 points 90-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. Audrius Mineikis had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The victory allowed Radviliskis (14-7) to climb to the fourth place. Mazeikiai is currently in sixth position with a 13-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss. Radviliskis will face higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#3) in Kaunas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mazeikiai will play at home against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 Puntukas lost to Silute on the opponent's court 73-87. Perlas-MRU unfortunately lost to Meresta in a home game 76-84.


Silute - Puntukas 87-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Puntukas' (6-14) road loss to tenth ranked Silute (8-13) 73-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Silute. Puntukas managed to win third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Silute dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Puntukas' 36. Silute forced 23 Puntukas turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Puntukas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) scored 20 points. The victory allowed Silute (8-13) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Perlas-MRU. Puntukas who is 6-14 went down to twelfth position as they suffered their fourteenth loss. Silute will have a break next round. Puntukas will play at home against Perlas-MRU (#10) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Kaupaitis 23+8reb+2ast, E.Jurkus 21+5reb+1ast, V.Nedzinskas 14+8reb+10ast, J.Nausedas 9+3reb+1ast, E.Ramanauskas 9+7reb+2ast, M.Mockus 5+3reb+3ast
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 23+5reb+3ast, L.Hall 20+2reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 12+3ast, A.Urbonas 6+8reb+1ast, K.Jonuska 6+2reb, M.Norkus 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 110104


LKKA-Atletas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 79-66

Round 22 most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: LKKA-Atletas (#4) and Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3). LKKA-Atletas (14-6) won against visiting Zalgiris-Sabonio (13-7) 79-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Atletas. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) scored 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Tomas Urbonas (214-92) chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) scored 15 points. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LKKA-Atletas has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed LKKA-Atletas (14-6) to climb to the third place. Zalgiris-Sabonio who is 13-7 went down to fifth position as they suffered their seventh loss. LKKA-Atletas are looking forward to face Radviliskis (#4) at home in the next round. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 40+6reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 10+16reb+1ast, S.Vingelis 9+3reb+5ast, D.Gricius 9+3reb+6ast, P.Malasauskas 4+5reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 4+1reb
Zalgiris-Sabonio: E.Ulanovas 15+3reb+3ast, G.Zyle 15+6reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 13+2reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 8+1reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 6+8reb, P.Sorokas 5+2reb
gschID: 110105


Akademija - Erelita 46-86

Bottom-ranked Erelita-KTU managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they outleveled thirteenth-ranked Akademija in Vilnius 86-46. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 40-point difference suggests that Erelita-KTU is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Erelita-KTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Erelita-KTU forced 26 Akademija turnovers and had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Akademija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) notched 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Erelita-KTU players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) did not help to save the game for Akademija. Guard Paulius Lescinskas (188-93) added 13 points for lost side. Akademija's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Erelita-KTU (6-15) to climb to the thirteenth place. Akademija who is 5-15 went down to fourteenth position as they suffered their fifteenth loss. Erelita-KTU will play against league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Akademija will play on the road against the league's second-placed Meresta (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Erelita: M.Lisajevicius 19+2reb+1ast, R.Cepanonis 15+7reb, M.Sapiega 12+5reb+6ast, V.Metelica 11+2reb+6ast, M.Mackevicius 10+3reb, A.Pelss 9+6reb+4ast
Akademija: P.Lescinskas 13+1ast, E.Mockevicius 12+9reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 9+5reb, A.Jankaitis 3, K.Alekna 3+4reb+2ast, J.Armalis 2+1reb
gschID: 110100


Perlas-MRU - Meresta 76-84

Very predictable result in Vilnius where second ranked Meresta (16-5) defeated 9th ranked Perlas-MRU (8-13) 84-76 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perlas-MRU won fourth quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perlas-MRU was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tomas Balciunas (186-79) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Gabrielius Ramonas (196-88) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Meresta has a solid three-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just four points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Perlas-MRU lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in ninth place with a 8-13 record. Meresta will face Akademija (#14) in Vilnius in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perlas-MRU will play on the road against Puntukas (#12) in Anyksciai.
Top scorers:
Meresta: S.Slivka 26+9reb+4ast, T.Balciunas 17+5reb+4ast, T.Druktenis 16+7reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 11+5reb+5ast, A.Andriusaitis 8+4reb+2ast, A.Povilaitis 4+4reb
Perlas-MRU: G.Ramonas 18+5reb+3ast, K.Brusokas 12+12reb, M.Kazonas 12+10reb+1ast, L.Jacevicius 12+9reb+4ast, D.Nazarovas 8+1reb, M.Sakalauskas 4+2reb
gschID: 110101


Radviliskis - Mazeikiai 90-68

Fifth ranked Radviliskis (14-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Mazeikiai (13-8) by 22 points 90-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Mazeikiai managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radviliskis outrebounded Mazeikiai 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Martynas Binza (202-82) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Vilius Gabsys (199-79, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points. The victory allowed Radviliskis (14-7) to climb to the fourth place. Mazeikiai is currently in sixth position with a 13-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss. Radviliskis will face higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#3) in Kaunas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mazeikiai will play at home against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 28+13reb+1ast, M.Pukinskas 17+4reb+2ast, M.Binza 16+9reb+2ast, L.Valantinas 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 8+3reb+10ast, L.Pipiras 8+2reb+5ast
Mazeikiai: B.Harrison 19+5reb+4ast, V.Gabsys 13+4reb+1ast, D.Vaitelis 10+5reb, M.Sumskis 9+2ast, M.Sidlauskas 7+5reb+3ast, I.Griksas 4+1reb
gschID: 110102


ABRO-Univ. - Triobet Malsta 77-74

And what about another game where ABRO-Universitetas (#12) beat higher ranked Triobet Malsta 77-74 on their own court. ABRO-Universitetas forced 19 Triobet Malsta turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Triobet Malsta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Povilas Rasamavicius (195-87) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) replied with 23 points and forward Zilvinas Danielius (195-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Triobet Malsta. Four Triobet Malsta players scored in double figures. The victory allowed ABRO-Universitetas (7-14) to climb to the eleventh place. Triobet Malsta is currently in eighth position with a 8-12 record as they suffered their twelfth loss. ABRO-Universitetas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in Kaunas and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: A.Kvedaravicius 28+8reb+1ast, P.Rasamavicius 15+5reb+1ast, V.Liutych 12+6reb, E.Vaupsas 7+5reb, A.Gurklys 7+4reb, P.Knyza 4+2reb+2ast
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 23+4reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+4reb+4ast, Z.Danielius 12+8reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 10+3reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 7+10reb, A.Sakalauskas 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 110103


Nafta Universitetas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 74-85

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (20-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (11-9) in Klaipeda 85-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Nafta Universitetas managed to win third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Pieno Zvaigzdes won last quarter 25-15. Power forward Mantas Virbalas (204-88) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Deivydas Anuzis (182-92) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive twelve-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Nafta Universitetas is currently in seventh place with a 11-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet Erelita-KTU (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nafta Universitetas will play against Mazeikiai (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: M.Virbalas 22+8reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 15+7reb+2ast, G.Vileita 14+3reb+4ast, D.Leonard 12+5reb+2ast, D.Griskenas 9+4reb+2ast, M.Mundadi 5+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: D.Anuzis 20+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 17+5reb+2ast, A.Vaitiekus 15+5reb, A.Bulsis 7+2reb+1ast, T.Klimas 6+6reb+1ast, A.Zymantas 5+6reb+4ast
gschID: 110099




Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 20-1 
 2. Meresta 16-5 
 3. LKKA-Atletas 14-6 
 4. Radviliskis 14-7 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 13-7 
 6. Mazeikiai 13-8 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 11-9 
 8. Triobet Malsta 8-12 
 9. Silute 8-13 
 10. Perlas-MRU 8-13 
 11. ABRO-Univ. 7-14 
 12. Puntukas 6-14 
 13. Erelita 6-15 
 14. Akademija 5-15 
 15. Delikatesas 5-15 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus19.3 
 2. Ruikis, Neptunas18.8 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis18.0 
 4. Janavicius, Siauliai17.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas17.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis16.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.7 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas16.5 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris16.3 
 10. Bajramovic, Lietuv.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Kieza, Juventus12.4 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.3 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis8.0 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.3 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis7.2 
 7. Silinskis, Techasas7.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.7.0 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas6.9 
 10. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.6 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.5 
 4. Collins, Zalgiris5.4 
 5. Janavicius, Siauliai5.3 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.8 
 7. Dainys, Rudupis4.8 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
 9. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.4 
 2. Viskontas, Perlas2.4 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis2.1 
 5. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.1 
 7. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas2.0 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas2.0 
 10. Janavicius, Siauliai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.6 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.5 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.3 
 7. Galdikas, Neptunas1.1 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.0 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.9 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.25.4 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.20.3 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.8 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas19.1 
 5. Jurkus, Silute19.0 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.17.3 
 7. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.2 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.5 
 9. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.2 
 10. Gabsys, Mazeikiai15.3 
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.9.5 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Keras, Delikatesas8.1 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.9 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 8. Pupinis, Erelita7.5 
 9. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.1 
 10. Jucikas, Delikatesas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.5 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.8 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita4.9 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.7 
 5. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.6 
 6. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.3 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.2 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas3.8 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vygantas METELICA
  Erelita
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Metelica, Erelita3.1 
 2. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.0 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.8 
 4. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.6 
 5. Kutra, Delikatesas2.5 
 6. Petraitis, Delikate.2.4 
 7. Padgureckas, Meres.2.4 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 9. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 10. Slivka, Meresta2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Puntukas
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.8 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.7 
 5. Pupinis, Erelita1.5 
 6. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.5 
 7. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 8. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.2 
 9. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 
 10. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.0 


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  MEXICO   


LNBP Round 31: Huracanes defeat Halcones Rojos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The closest game of round 31 was only three-point road defeat of 5th ranked Halcones Rojos (19-11) to eighth ranked Huracanes (19-12) 68-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones Rojos won third quarter 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Huracanes won last quarter 25-24. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Huracanes made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. The former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican center Jeffrion Aubry (205-76, college: Cornell, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Huracanes (19-12) to climb to the seventh place. Halcones Rojos lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in fifth position with a 19-11 record. Huracanes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Halcones UV Xalapa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones Rojos will play against Ola Verde in Poza Rica and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third-ranked Toros (21-8) against twelfth ranked Potros (15-16) on Thursday night. Host Toros were edged by Potros (15-16) in a tough game in Nuevo Laredo 74-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toros. It was an exceptional evening for American-Guyanese forward Gordon James (198-79, college: Bridgeport) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sammy Monroe accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. Ivorian-American forward Brice Assie (201-83, college: W.Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Toros in the defeat. Potros has a solid series of four victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at twelfth position. Toros dropped to fourth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Potros will play against higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#3) in Monterrey in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toros will play at home against Soles in Mexicali and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LNBP top team - Pioneros (24-7) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventeenth ranked Volcanes (2-29) in Cancun 140-64. Stephen Soriano fired 25 points and 7 assists for the winners. Larry Morinia produced 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Pioneros has a solid series of four victories in a row. They stay at first position. Volcanes are currently in seventeenth place with a 2-29 record. Pioneros will meet Volcanes (#17) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Volcanes will have a break next round.
Eighteenth-ranked Jaguares (1-30) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Lechugueros (17-13) in Nayarit. The visitors from Leon managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Mike Smith who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Lechugueros have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. The victory allowed Lechugueros (17-13) to climb to the ninth place. Jaguares lost seventeenth consecutive game. They are currently on the bottom position with a 1-30 record. Lechugueros' next round opponent will be Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes. Jaguares will play at home against Abejas (#14) in Guanajuato.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 31: Lobos Grises destroyed Jaguares on the opponent's court 115-91. Fuerza Regia outscored Soles in a home game 101-77. Abejas recorded a loss to Panteras on the road 96-91. Angeles defeated Lobos Grises on it's own court 78-74.


Jaguares - Lechugueros 79-82
Eighteenth-ranked Jaguares (1-30) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Lechugueros (17-13) in Nayarit. The visitors from Leon managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-7 Jaguares' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-79 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Mike Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lechugueros players scored in double figures. American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Bahamas power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC) added 22 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Jaguares. Lechugueros have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. The victory allowed Lechugueros (17-13) to climb to the ninth place. Jaguares lost seventeenth consecutive game. They are currently on the bottom position with a 1-30 record. Lechugueros' next round opponent will be Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes. Jaguares will play at home against Abejas (#14) in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Johns 19+3reb+4ast, M.Smith 19+8reb+4ast, M.Jackson 18+7reb, A.Sanchez 12+2reb+3ast, R.Moss 8+5reb, E.Zuniga 4+3reb
Jaguares: F.Hooks 24+9reb+5ast, C.Turnquest 22+11reb, Q.Demariet 14+5reb+3ast, E.Halgunseth 7+3reb+3ast, J.Garcia 4+1ast, J.Carlos Amador 4+5reb
gschID: 102555


Pioneros - Volcanes 140-64
LNBP top team - Pioneros (24-7) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventeenth ranked Volcanes (2-29) in Cancun 140-64. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Volcanes to just 5 points in first quarter. Pioneros jumped out of reach of Volcanes shooting 71.6 percent from the field. Pioneros outrebounded Volcanes 59-26 including a 47-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Pioneros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Volcanes' players. International forward Stephen Soriano (201-84, college: Mesa St.) fired 25 points and 7 assists for the winners. American center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) produced 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Calvin Roland (208-83, college: Va Commonwealth) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Pioneros has a solid series of four victories in a row. They stay at first position. Volcanes are currently in seventeenth place with a 2-29 record. Pioneros will meet Volcanes (#17) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Volcanes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: S.Soriano 25+4reb+7ast, N.Brumfield 24+4reb+3ast, R.Allen 21+8reb+2ast, J.Villanueva 16+7reb+1ast, K.Young 15+13reb+3ast, H.Llamas 13+14reb+3ast
Volcanes: L.Morinia 25+7reb+4ast, A.Velarde 19+3reb, C.Roland 10+11reb+1ast, I.Herrera 6+3reb, D.Reyes 4+2reb, M.Connor 0
gschID: 102556


Jaguares - Lobos Grises 91-115
Very expected game in Nayarit where 18th ranked Jaguares (1-30) were crushed by sixth ranked Lobos Grises (18-12) 115-91. The game was mostly controlled by Lobos Grises. Jaguares managed to win fourth quarter 34-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lobos Grises forced 26 Jaguares turnovers. They were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Jaguares' players. It was a very good performance for American guard Germaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import forward Cedric Patton (201-78, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jaguares. Both teams had five 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 was the fourth consecutive win for Lobos Grises. Despite that win Lobos Grises went down to eighth position due to points difference. Jaguares lost their seventeenth straight game in a row. They are currently on the bottom place with a 1-30 record. Lobos Grises' next round opponent will be Titanes (#16) in Mexico City and are hoping to win another game. Jaguares will play at home against Abejas in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Lobos Grises: C.Patton 23+3reb+1ast, N.Jones 17+2reb+4ast, G.Jackson 15+3reb+11ast, M.Gray 15+8reb+2ast, B.Heredia 14+4reb+8ast, M.Thomas 11+3reb
Jaguares: C.Turnquest 22+7reb+2ast, F.Hooks 18+17reb+2ast, R.Rose 17+5reb+4ast, Q.Demariet 15+3ast, E.Ortiz 11+5reb+1ast, S.Escobar 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 119044


Huracanes - Halc.Rojos 71-68
The closest game of round 31 was only three-point a road defeat of 5th ranked Halcones Rojos (19-11) to eighth ranked Huracanes (19-12) 68-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones Rojos won third quarter 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Huracanes won last quarter 25-24. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Huracanes made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. The former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican center Jeffrion Aubry (205-76, college: Cornell, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Huracanes (19-12) to climb to the seventh place. Halcones Rojos lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in fifth position with a 19-11 record. Huracanes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Halcones UV Xalapa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones Rojos will play against Ola Verde in Poza Rica and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 24+4reb+3ast, O.Quintero 16+5reb+3ast, A.Fuqua 10+11reb, T.Bobbitt 8+2reb+4ast, A.Hunter 7+4reb, W.Auguste 6+7reb+1ast
Halc.Rojos: P.Stoll 12+2reb+4ast, C.Rivera 11+6reb, L.Hill 11+9reb+1ast, J.Aubry 10+12reb, J.Lloreda 9+7reb+1ast, B.L. Robinson 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 102551


Toros - Potros 74-76
Very important is a home loss of third-ranked Toros (21-8) against twelfth ranked Potros (15-16) on Thursday night. Host Toros were edged by Potros (15-16) in a tough game in Nuevo Laredo 74-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toros. Toros was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 24-9 third quarter run of Potros. It was an exceptional evening for American-Guyanese forward Gordon James (198-79, college: Bridgeport) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Ivorian-American forward Brice Assie (201-83, college: W.Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Toros in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Potros has a solid series of four victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at twelfth position. Toros dropped to fourth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Potros will play against higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#3) in Monterrey in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toros will play at home against Soles in Mexicali and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Potros: G.James 15+12reb+1ast, S.Monroe 15+2reb+7ast, R.Perez 13+4reb+2ast, F.Harris 13+1reb+1ast, K.Penn 7+11reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 6
Toros: B.Assie 21+9reb+1ast, E.Vasquez 13+3reb+1ast, A.Rougeau 11+6reb+1ast, Q.Joseph 11+10reb+1ast, A.Henning 7+4reb+2ast, W.Pagan 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 102552


Fuerza Regia - Soles 101-77
Very predictable result in Monterrey where fourth ranked Fuerza Regia (22-9) smashed 9th ranked Soles (17-14) 101-77. Soles were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 64-37 second half run of Fuerza Regia. Visitors shot 61.2 percent from the field and also had a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fuerza Regia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Soles' players. It was a very good performance for Bahamas forward Mitchell Johnson (196-85, college: Jarvis Christian) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. International guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) answered with 21 points and the former international center Omar Lopez (203-80, college: Cal.Baptist) added 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Soles. The victory allowed Fuerza Regia (22-9) to climb to the third place. Solestenth position as they suffered their fourteenth loss. Fuerza Regia's next round opponent will be Potros (#12) in Ciudad Obregon and are hoping to win another game. Soles will play on the road against Toros in Nuevo Laredo.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 19+4reb+4ast, M.Johnson 16+6reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 16+8reb+4ast, S.Bowie 15+3reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 14+2reb+5ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 9+1reb+3ast
Soles: A.Pedroza 21+1reb+3ast, R.Garces 12+3reb+2ast, O.Lopez 12+5reb+1ast, T.Thomas 9+3reb+2ast, D.Davis 9+5reb+1ast, M.Osimani 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 102553


Panteras - Abejas 96-91
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Abejas' (9-20) road loss to thirteenth ranked Panteras (13-16) 91-96. Despite the victory Panteras stay at thirteenth position. Abejas are currently in fourteenth place with a 9-20 record as they suffered their twentiethth loss. Panteras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Lechugueros (#9) in Leon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Abejas will play on the road against Jaguares (#18) in Nayarit.
gschID: 102554


Angeles - Lobos Grises 78-74
Everything could happen in Puebla at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Angeles and 6th ranked Lobos Grises had identical 18-11 record. This time Angeles used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Durango 78-74. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second quarter ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 19-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Diego Guevara (184-77, college: Charlotte) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Cedric Patton (201-78, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Germaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Lobos Grises. Lobos Grises' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory allowed Angeles (19-11) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Halc.Rojos. Lobos Griseseighth position as they suffered their twelfth loss. Angeles' next round opponent will be Algodoneros (#15) in la Comarca and are hoping to win another game. Lobos Grises will play on the road against Titanes (#16) in Mexico City.
Top scorers:
Angeles: D.Guevara 20+2ast, A.Sucre 18+10reb+1ast, J.Walker 14+4reb+1ast, G.Vargas 8+5reb+6ast, J.Gonzalez 8+4reb+1ast, C.Morris 4+4reb+1ast
Lobos Grises: C.Patton 27+7reb, G.Jackson 12+3reb+6ast, B.Heredia 9+2reb, J.Lopez 8+2reb, M.Gray 6+10reb+1ast, D.Staple 5+4reb
gschID: 102548




Soriano number one in Mexican LNBP for round 31 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American forward Stephen Soriano (201-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, four rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Volcanes (#17, 2-29) with 76-point margin 140-64. It allowed Pioneros to consolidate first place in the American LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pioneros has a very solid 24-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Soriano's second year at Pioneros and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Stephen Soriano averages this season 6.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Bahamas Christopher Turnquest (203-F/C-83) of Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit. Turnquest had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Jaguares was edged by the higher-ranked Lechugueros (#9, 17-13) 82-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Jaguares is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 30 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Jaguares managed to get this year. Turnquest is a newcomer at Jaguares, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun's star - Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-C-84). Young scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Pioneros, helping his team with a 140-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Volcanes (#17, 2-29). Pioneros confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 7 lost games. Young has a very solid season. In 27 games in Mexico he scored 10.3ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 66.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nathan Brumfield (196-F-86) of Pioneros - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Germaine Jackson (195-G-76) of Lobos Grises - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Fred Hooks (198-F-82) of Jaguares - 18 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Fred Hooks (198-F-82) of Jaguares - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Rammel Allen (210-C-79) of Pioneros - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) of Pioneros - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brice Assie (201-F-83) of Toros - 21 points and 9 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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AS Sale cruise past InterClub in Benin - by Eurobasket News
AS Sale - InterClub 71:41

AS Sale made it into the semifinals at Africa Champions Cup in Benin. The Moroccan champions overcame InterClub at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. AS Sale will now take on Condor of Cameroon for the spot in the championship game.
The first term turned into a battle of well-matched squads. InterClub stayed close as they trailed by a single point after ten minutes 16:17. The Congo-Brazzaville team did not allow AS Sale to clear off in the second period either. AS Sale led by only two points at halftime 29:27. But the third term proved disastrous for InterClub. AS Sale increased the tempo and ran away for good. The Moroccan side outgunned their opponents 27:5 to enter the fourth quarter up by 24 points. InterClub had little to answer with in the reminder of the contest as AS Sale coasted to the victory. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) netted 11 points for AS Sale. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) added 10 points and 6 boards in the win. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds for InterClub. Guerlin Ndzondzoko (87) delivered 6 points in the losing case.

AS Sale: Brandon Fields 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 11, Abderrahim Najah 10
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 8+10 boards, Guerlin Ndzondzoko 6



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Mazembe ease past Maxaquene into ACCM semis - by Eurobasket News
Mazembe - Maxaquene 67:48

Mazembe celebrated the playoff victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They held off Maxaquene at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu (90) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the D.R. Congo team. Mazembe will now face the defending champions 1 De Agosto of Angola in the semifinal.
Mazembe entered the game firing from all guns. They quickly posted the lead and rolled to a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. Maxaquene struggled to find an offensive rhythm. They accounted for just 10 points in the second period as Mazembe built a 30:23 lead at halftime. D.R. Congo side continued to keep their opponents at bay in the third period. Mazembe arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 47:39. The intrigue was never restored in this one. Maxaquene chipped in just 9 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Aubin Junior Kasongo (86) and Kabangu knocked down 10 points each for Mazembe. Doudou Ilunga Tshimanga (79) netted 8 points in the win. Cameron Echols (203-F-81, college: Ball St.) and Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) replied with 14 points each for Maxaquene. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) provided 11 points in the losing effort.

Mazembe: Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu 19, Aubin Junior Kas
ongo 10, Kabangu 10
Maxaquene: Cameron Echols 14, Kim Adams 14, Fernando Mandate 11




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  NBA   


Blazers recall Luke Babbitt from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) from the NBA Development Leagues Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.

In four games with the Stampede, Babbitt posted averages of 18.0 points (20-21 FT) and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes. He totaled highs of 23 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on Dec. 11 vs. the Utah Flash.

Babbitt, 21, has appeared in eight games for the Trail Blazers, recording four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes Nov. 6 vs. the Toronto Raptors.

Acquired by Portland in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves after being selected 16th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, Babbitt is expected to join the Trail Blazers in time for todays game vs. Golden State.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Jason Richardson trade to Magic official; Hedo Turkoglu, Vince Carter also moving - by Eurobasket News
All parts of today's two blockbuster Orlando Magic trades have been made official. Orlando's deal sending Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for GIlbert Arenas was made official by the NBA earlier. Since then, Orlando's trade sending Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina), Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84), Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side), cash and a first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.), Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88, college: Louisville) has been made official.

The deal shakes up a team expected to vie for the a trip to the NBA Finals in the Magic, who lost to the Lakers in the 2009 Finals but were vanquished in the East finals by the Boston Celtics last season. The Magic get a top scorer with an expiring contract in Richardson, and a familiar face who can be a playmaker at small forward in Turkoglu. Clark, a second-year player with an expiring contract, likely won't play much, but has promise as a playmaking forward.

The Suns similarly shake things up, with a big win in grabbing Gortat, the best back-up center in the NBA and a solid pick-and-roll player. Losing Richardson, Phoenix's top scorer, will require Steve Nash to look for his shot more often and will require Carter to play hard every night for the Suns to have a chance at playoff success.

The pick Phoenix has received from Orlando won't be worth too much, unless the Magic's experiment goes terribly wrong.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Okur returns to Jazz from long absence - by Eurobasket News
Utah's Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) is playing for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles' tendon last season.

The 6-foot-11 forward came off the bench during the first half of Utah's game against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Okur was bothered by tendinitis late last season before the rupture occurred during the playoffs against Denver last April.

He missed the remainder of the playoffs as well as the first 26 games this season.

Last season, Okur started 73 games, averaging 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Orlando Magic trade for Gilbert Arenas, send Rashard Lewis to Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic capped a blockbuster day of wheeling and dealing by trading one franchise cornerstone for another, sending Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) on Saturday.

That trade followed news of a deal that sent Vince Carter to the Phoenix Suns in a six-player swap that returns Hedo Turkoglu to the Magic.

The Magic, losers of five of their last six games, also get Jason Richardson and Earl Clark from the Suns in exchange for Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick and cash considerations.

'We're very excited to welcome these three players to our family,' Magic president Otis Smith said in a statement. 'Jason is a tremendous athlete who runs the floor, can shoot the ball and loves to compete. We're obviously familiar with Hedo. He is a great shooter and is a player that has flourished in our system. We liked Earl in the draft a few years ago, and he will help fortify our frontcourt. Vince, Marcin and Mickael did a lot for our organization and we wish them great success in the future.'

The Arenas-Lewis deal doesn't include other pieces.

'Gilbert is a proven All-Star in this league and we're excited to add him to our team,' Smith said in a separate news release. 'He is one of the top scoring guards in the game, he can create scoring chances for his teammates and he is as tough as they come. Rashard was important in helping our franchise get to the next level, and we wish him and his family all the best.'

The Magic and Wizards had been discussing a deal involving Arenas off and on since last summer.

Arenas and the Wizards have been open to parting ways since Washington landed point guard John Wall with the No. 1 pick and thereby providing a new face for the franchise.

Arenas was suspended last season for the final 50 games by commissioner David Stern after a locker room incident involving gun play with former teammate Javaris Crittenton came to light last Dec. 23.

The Magic used lucrative pieces to close both deals, including Lewis' contract with 2 years remaining on the original $118 million for six years. It lines up with Arenas' backloaded contract -- which still has about $60 million left.

Arenas was at Washington's morning shootaround but did not speak to reporters.

Smith has been a close friend and mentor to the Arenas going back to their days together at Golden State, when Smith was in the front-office and Arenas was a young player. Smith has said in the past that Arenas' troubles, which, in addition to last year's 50-game suspension, included faking an injury to sit out a preseason game this year, are not a concern.

Arenas, a three-time All Star, has had several knee problems that limited him to 47 games over the previous three seasons. But while playing alongside -- and often behind -- Wall this season, Arenas has showed flashes of his old self.

He has averaged 17.3 points and 5.6 assists per game this season, including a season-high 31 points in a loss against the Magic on Nov. 27. The Magic have made strong pushes to acquire Denver's Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans' Chris Paul, but with those talks showing little progress, they might be forced to make another move.

Orlando has lost five of its last six games, including a frustrating 1-3 West Coast trip, falling from first to fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Magic were set to host Philadelphia on Saturday night, and Washington was hosting Miami.

'I circled the West Coast trip on our schedule a long time ago,' Smith said earlier Saturday. 'The West Coast trip, to me, was going to decide whether or not we're going to either fix our woes or continue down the same path. I don't think we've played particularly well leading up to the West Coast trip. So, we were on the West Coast trip and some of our woes continued, so you start to explore opportunities that are out there.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Lakers' Joe Smith is excited to join his latest team - by Eurobasket News
Even Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) had to laugh, saying he had 'lost count' of how many NBA teams he has played for over a 16-year career.

That would be 12 since the Lakers acquired him from New Jersey on Wednesday in a multiteam trade that sent Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) to the Nets.

Smith was an observer at the Lakers' optional practice Thursday after he took a physical in the morning. He also got a quick tutorial on the triangle offense as the team prepared to play the 76ers on Friday night.

At 35 and in the last stages of a career in which Smith was the first overall pick in the 1995 draft, he had pondered whether his chance at winning an NBA championship had passed.

'I did. But I was still hopeful that something could happen that I could end up in a place like this,' Smith said about joining the back-to-back NBA champion Lakers. 'I was excited when I got the phone call kind of sad and excited.

'It's kind of a two-way street. You are leaving a young group of guys you've grown close to. But at the same time you have to look at a bigger picture, especially at this point in my career.'

Smith played in four games this season for the Nets, averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds.

Smith is known as a versatile 6-foot-10 player who can play forward and center and is a good defender with the ability to knock down 15- to 18-foot jump shots.

'On the basketball court, [I'll bring] the same energy I always brought throughout my career,' Smith said. 'Defending, rebounding the ball, knocking down shots.'

Smith said he got an idea Tuesday he was part of trade talks but was not sure where he was going until his agent informed him. 'I heard Los Angeles Lakers and I smiled the whole game,' Smith said, laughing.

Smith joked that the Lakers are the 'first team I've been on with no [former] teammates on it.'

Things have already changed for Smith, who opened a Twitter account about a month ago. ''I had 90 [followers] before yesterday,' he said 'Now I'm like 1,100. That's the quickest turnaround ever.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Magic discussing deal for Arenas - by Eurobasket News
Orlando and Washington are engaged in serious discussions for a trade that would send Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) to the Magic, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Arenas has privately told people for days that he believes a deal will soon send him to Orlando, where hell be reunited with Magic general manager Otis Smith, a friend and mentor from Arenas days with the Golden State Warriors. Sources said Orlando has escalated its pursuit of a deal in recent days. After losing five of their past six games, the Magic have shown more urgency to find a perimeter scorer who can help them stay a viable contender in the Eastern Conference.

Still unclear was whether Orlando would send the expiring contract of Vince Carter as part of the package or build a trade around longer-term contracts, including that of backup center Marcin Gortat, sources said. The Wizards also have been angling to get a first-round pick in return, sources said.

Arenas has four years and $60 million left on his Wizards deal. Following his 50-game suspension for bringing guns into the Wizards locker room last season, Arenas became further expendable after Washington drafted No. 1 overall pick John Wall.

The Magic have discussed Gortat with other teams, sources said. Several teams, including Houston and Portland, have inquired about the 7-footers availability. If the Magic are going to take on the remainder of Arenas contract, it could be important for them to trim some other deals to spare their luxury-tax hit with whats already a league-high $94.7 million payroll.

Orlando has had discussions on several fronts, sources said. Phoenix has been making calls to shop forward Hedo Turkoglu and had a conversation with Orlando about the former Magic forward. Turkoglu is in the second season of a five-year, $53 million contract. The Toronto Raptors traded him to the Suns over the summer, but Phoenix is already looking for ways to get off the remaining four years, and $44 million on his deal, sources said.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.4 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers26.1 
 4. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.8 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.24.4 
 6. James, Miami Heat24.2 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.24.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.23.9 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.8 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat23.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.3 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.12.1 
 4. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 5. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.12.0 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 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 Suns10.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 5. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.8 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 5. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.2.1 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 9. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 10. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.6 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 


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


Rudy Gay suspended for foul on Luis Scola - by Eurobasket News
Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay (206-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) has been suspended one game without pay after a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter of a game against Houston.

Gay was ejected after being given a flagrant-two foul with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the game Friday night. He knocked Luis Scola to the ground in the lane as Shane Battier made a three-point shot.

The Grizzlies trailed 94-74 at the time of his ejection and he led the team with 19 points.

NBA vice-president Stu Jackson announced the suspension Saturday. Gay was due to sit out the Grizzlies' game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


NBA fines Nuggets' Karl $25,000 for post-game comments - by Eurobasket News
Nuggets coach George Karl and Portland Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) have both been fined for separate incidents, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president basketball operations.

Karl has been fined $25,000 for public comments about the officiating following the Nuggets' 113-112, last-second home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

'Refereeing is hard to understand sometimes,'' said Karl, who watched in disbelief as Carmelo Anthony's apparent game-winning shot was waved off because of a charging call. 'There are so many things that ... it's just strange. Some of the things, it's just strange sometimes.'

Karl was particularly upset with the calls that went against Nene.

'Nene, I think is the probably No. 1 guy in this league (that doesn't get respect from the officials). He got three touch fouls at the beginning of the third quarter. He had three fouls called on him. One that took away a dunk.''

The three fouls all were called between the 10:19 and the 9:56 mark of the third quarter.

'If we show them on film, they don't exist,'' Karl said. 'We have films that we send into the league office that (fouls) don't exist. And here's a guy that's close to an All-Star, and he just doesn't get a lot of respect. I think it affects you. We tell them to fight through it, forget it, refereeing will come back and all that stuff. It just sometimes seems that we don't get the whistles sometimes I think we earn by how hard we're playing and how well we're playing.''

Miller has been fined $25,000 for throwing the ball in the stands following the Blazers' 103-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Friday's games (11) review - by Eurobasket News
Houston R. - Memphis G. 103-87
The Houston Rockets needed a lift after learning that Yao Ming was lost for the season. They found it against the Memphis Grizzlies, with Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Carolina) scoring 34 points to lead Houston to a 103-87 win Friday night. It was a positive end to a day where they learned their star center would miss the rest of 2010-2011 because of a stress fracture in his left ankle. 'We have to keep going,' Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) said. 'Yao is not here and some way we have got to move on. This is our job and we have to try to win games.' The Rockets have won seven straight overall against the Grizzlies and nine in a row over Memphis at home. Martin scored 20 points in the first quarter alone, staking Houston to a 34-13 lead. The Grizzlies, who entered the game with a four-game winning streak, never got closer than 16 points after that. 'It was a perfect first quarter,' Houston coach Rick Adelman said. 'Obviously we were very good. They missed a lot of shots and ... we didn't give them second shots.' Rudy Gay and Sam Young scored 19 points each to lead the Grizzlies, but Gay was ejected for a flagrant foul with about six minutes remaining. The Grizzlies haven't won in Houston since April 2006 and Houston's last seven wins over the Rockets have all been by at least 10 points. *Courtesy of www.ksl.com

Dallas M. - Phoenix Suns 106-91
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored 18 points apiece and the surging Dallas Mavericks took advantage of an injury to Phoenix guard Steve Nash, beating the Suns 106-91 on Friday night. Caron Butler added 17 points, Shawn Marion had 15 and Tyson Chandler pulled down 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won 14 of 15. The Suns played without their star point guard for the final three quarters after Nash left because of what the team called a 'stinger.' With 7:17 left in the first quarter, Nash and Chandler collided while going for a loose ball in the Phoenix backcourt. Nash's neck appeared to drive into Chandler's hip, and Nash was down for several minutes before walking slowly to the bench. Nash, who started the night averaging 18.1 points and 10.6 assists per game, finished with four points and one assist. Hakim Warrick had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Goran Dragic contributed 14 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who have lost four of five. Phoenix started the night averaging a league-high 109 points per game. Dallas was holding opponents to 93.2 per game. Only five NBA teams were better defensively. *Courtesy of www.azstarnet.com

Portland TB - Minnesota T. 107-102
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) tied a career high with 36 points and Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) added a career-high 26 to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-102 Friday night. Aldridge went 15 of 22 from the field, scored six baskets on dunks off lob passes, and had 10 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers win their 13th consecutive game over Minnesota. The Timberwolves haven't beaten Portland since March 25, 2007. Fernandez made four 3-pointers and had a season-high six assists. Wesley Matthews scored 21 points for Portland, which ended a three-game losing streak. Michael Beasley scored 33 points to lead Minnesota, which lost its fourth consecutive game. Kevin Love had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves (6-21). Martell also scored 19 points. Minnesota outrebounded Portland 49-37. Aside from Love, Kosta Koufos grabbed 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves. *Courtesy of www.sctimes.com

Atlanta H. - Charlotte B. 90-85
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 16 points in his return to the Hawks' lineup, Al Horford assisted on a crucial basket by Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) with just over a minute remaining, and Atlanta held off the Charlotte Bobcats 90-85 Friday night. Johnson was back on the court only 2 1/2 weeks after undergoing elbow surgery that was supposed to keep him out for at least a month. He hit two free throws to help seal the victory with 24 seconds remaining. With the Hawks clinging to an 82-79 edge and the 24-second clock winding down, Horford wound up with the ball at the top of the key, looking around desperately for an open man. He spotted Williams underneath, feeding him the pass for an easy lay-in with 1 second left on the shot clock. Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 22 points apiece. Charlotte shot just 38 percent from the field. Johnson, wearing a thick, white sleeve on his right arm, struggled a bit with his shooting touch - not surprising given he underwent surgery Dec. 2 to remove loose cartilage from his elbow. But his return clearly sparked the Hawks, and he contributed in ways beyond scoring, doling out eight assists and grabbing five rebounds. Horford and Williams also scored 16 points each, while Josh Smith had 12 and Mike Bibby 10 to put all five Atlanta starters in double figures. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - LA Clippers 88-109
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) put together his 14th consecutive double-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers downed Detroit, 109-88, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence) added 18 points while Eric Gordon chipped in with 15 points and six assists for the Clippers, who won for the first time in 12 tries on the road this season and ended a 15-game skid away from home. Charlie Villanueva came off the bench to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds while Ben Gordon supplied 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost five of their last six games. *Courtesy of www.wzzm13.com

N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz 100-71
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) 's accuracy and Utah's shooting slump combined to give the Hornets an easy night. West scored 23 points, Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 11 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans won its second straight, 100-71 over the Jazz on Friday night. Hornets reserve guard Marcus Thornton, seeing a sudden surge in playing time, scored 19 in his second-straight double-digit performance, while Trevor Ariza scored 17. The Jazz came in 10th in the NBA in scoring at 101.4 points per game, but shot poorly and got few second chances as the Hornets finished with a season-high 53 rebounds, 29 more than Utah. The Jazz shot 35.8 percent and finished with a season low in points. Paul Millsap had 14 points for Utah, which lost for the fourth time in 11 road games. Deron Williams and Al Jefferson each scored 10. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Oklah.City T. - Sacramento K. 102-87
With the Sacramento Kings refusing to go away, it took a solid second effort for the Oklahoma City Thunder to earn their fifth straight win. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and Nick Collison came up with a series of key offensive rebounds to give the Thunder a cushion, and Oklahoma City used a trio of fourth-quarter spurts to put away the Kings 102-87 on Friday night. Sacramento, which has an NBA-worst five wins, stayed within single digits most of the night and trailed 83-77 midway through the fourth. Then, the Thunder had two separate runs of eight straight points to put the game away. 'That's where you win games at,' Green said. 'We've been playing well in the fourth quarter and getting stops, most importantly, and being precise on offense.' Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 24 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 21 for the Thunder, who held an opponent to 21 points or fewer in the final quarter for the fifth time in six games. 'It feels good, especially when we're winning the way we are - with defense,' Green said. 'Getting defense and getting out in transition. We've just got to keep it going.' Serge Ibaka added 12 points and 10 rebounds, Collison had 12 points and eight rebounds and Green had 11 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and DeMarcus Cousins and Beno Udrih added 19 apiece for Sacramento, which has lost 18 of its last 20 games. Cousins, the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, also had a career-high 16 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - Cleveland C. 108-99
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 30 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat Cleveland 108-99 on Friday night, extending the Cavaliers' losing streak to 10 games. Granger had struggled during Indiana's three-game losing streak, but he bounced back to make 12 of 22 shots, including four of seven 3-pointers. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown), Mike Dunleavy and Brandon Rush each scored 15 points for the Pacers, who are 3-0 against Cleveland this season. Mo Williams had 22 points and 11 assists for the Cavaliers. Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison each scored 17 points and Anderson Varejao added 15 for the Cavaliers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Miami Heat 91-113
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) always said he loved playing here. He must have really, really loved it Friday night even with a deafening chorus of boos ringing in his ears. James delivered another vintage performance at Madison Square Garden, scoring 32 points and finishing with his 30th career triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 113-91 for their 11th straight victory. James had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, silencing a star-studded crowd that once cheered him lustily in fact, he was always an MSG favorite but jeered him this time because he snubbed the Knicks in free agency. The frostiness didn't seem to faze him, certainly not his game. 'This is a great building,' James said. 'Myself and D-Wade talk about it all the time. Certain buildings in this league that you just thrive on and you're excited about, and this being the Mecca of basketball as a kid you always envision not only playing in the NBA but also having a chance to play in Madison Square Garden.' Though it was hardly a warm welcome, James' first visit in more than a year was heralded by nonstop hype on TV and in the tabs and was a must-see for celebrity fans including Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Liam Neeson and Tracy Morgan. What they saw was the league's MVP toying with a Knicks team hoping to prove it belonged with the big boys but was, instead, overwhelmed by his brilliance. James is the active scoring leader in the arena with 30.5 points per game, the only visiting player besides Michael Jordan with multiple 50-point games. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh each scored 26 points, extending Miami's longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from Feb. 26-March 19, 2005. The Heat beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time. New York's Amare Stoudemire was limited to 24 points on 11-of-28 shooting, snapping his franchise-record streak of nine straight 30-point games. He grabbed 14 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points, but the Knicks lost their second straight after an eight-game winning streak. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Philadelph.76 - LA Lakers 81-93
Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) scored 11 points during a fourth-quarter Lakers surge, leading Los Angeles to a 93-81 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Odom scored a season-high 28 points in all for the Lakers, who used a 23-4 run early in the fourth to win their fourth straight game. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Matt Barnes had 15 points in the win. Kobe Bryant struggled for the field for a season-low nine points, but his teammates were able to pick up the pace. Los Angeles outscored Philadelphia, 35-19, in the fourth quarter. Spencer Hawes continued his recent strong play with 18 points and 13 rebounds, but the Sixers lost for only the second time in their last nine home games. Andre Iguodala also had 18 points, but nobody else on Philadelphia broke double digits in scoring. *Courtesy of www.philly.sbnation.com

Toronto R. - New Jersey N. 98-92
After a quiet first half, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) was sensational in the second. Bargnani scored 24 of his 32 points after halftime, adding nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets for the sixth straight time, 98-92 on Friday night. Back in the lineup after missing Wednesday's loss to Chicago with a sore left knee, Bargnani made just four of 11 shots in the first and second quarters, then connected on 10 of 15 attempts after the break. 'We knew we were going to go to him, we just wanted to ease him back in a little bit,' Raptors coach Jay Triano said. 'In the second half, we needed to get the best player the basketball.' Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, college: Missouri) had 18 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds, and Jose Calderon returned after missing four games with a sore left foot to put up 15 points and 14 assists for Toronto. 'Bargnani is a tough cover for anybody and he had a big night,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. 'We gave him a lot of different looks. He beat some of our coverages.' The Raptors had lost two straight and six of seven. Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Devin Harris had 15 for New Jersey, while former Raptor Kris Humphries had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Bargnani was getting treatment on his knee after the game and did not speak to reporters. Lopez said Bargnani's offensive versatility makes him especially difficult to guard. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com




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  NEW ZEALAND   


Breakers go top after away double - by Mike Lacey
The Breakers secured an outstanding road game double at the weekend to ensure they would be top of the ANBL ladder for the festive season.

On Friday the Breakers ended the unbeaten 15 home game run of the Wollongong Hawks, defeating the New South Welshmen 89-85 at the WIN Entertainment Centre.
The scores were locked up at 47 apiece at half time but a strong third quarter propelled the visitors to a 72-60 advantage at the next break. Hawks point guard, and the leagues leading scorer, Gary Ervin scored 16 points in the final quarter as the home side tried desperately to maintain their proud home record but despite closing to within two points in the last few minutes, could not prevent the Breakers recording just their second win in Wollongong in 12 attempts.
Ervin top scored in the game with 31 points but the more even spread of scoring from the Breakers triumphed. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) led the Breakers with 22 points (8 from 17) He was ably supported by CJ Bruton (4 from 7 plus 5 from 5 free throws) and Gary Wilkinson (15 points and 7 rebounds).
During the game Dillon Boucher recorded his 1000th ANBL point to complete the double of 1000 rebounds and 1000 points.
Less than 24 hours later the Breakers needed to dig deep to overcome the Melbourne Tigers 90-80.
The Tigers led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter but by half time the Breakers trailed just 47-44 which became 64-64 at three quarter time. The Breakers took the lead with the first basket in the fourth quarter and never trailed from that point. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was dominant in the period knocking down four of his six threes. He was ably assisted by Gary Wilkinson, 18 points and Kevin Braswell 16 points the three of them shooting a combined 12 from 20 (60%) from beyond the arc. Tom Abercrombie made a couple of trade mark alley oops off Braswell passes as he contributed 10 points at an efficient 4 from 5 shooting.
Corey Williams was the best of the Tigers posting an interesting triple double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and an unhealthy 10 turnovers. The later being testimony to the relentless attention from the Breakers defence.
Interestingly, the Breakers lost the rebounding battle in both contests but with their shooting purring along at 52% in both games, they had too much fire power for the high flying Hawks or the lowly Tigers.
The Breakers boast the best away record in the league (6-1) and will look to improve that further as they travel to Townsville on New Years Eve and Adelaide on January 8th before returning to the NSEC on January 13th to face Cairns.



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  NIGERIA   


Royal Hoopers edge Al Ahly Benghazi - by Eurobasket News
Royal Hoopers - Al Ahly 73:63

Royal Hoopers avoided the last place at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They held off Al Ahly Benghazi in the classification round yesterday. The victory allowed Royal Hoopers enter the game for the 9th-10th place at the tournament. The Libyan team stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Victor Anthony Koko (F-92) came up with 14 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Al Ahly got to the better start. They outscored the Nigerian team 17:12 in the opening period. Royal Hoopers however quickly bounced back. They went on a 22:11 run in the second term to take a 34:28 halftime lead. Al Ahly tried to stay close throughout the third term. The Libyan side trailed by just 4 points at the final intermission. But Royal Hoopers limited their opponents to only 13 points in the fourth quarter and celebrated the victory. Moses Daudu (182-G-88) netted 13 points for Royal Hoopers. Dike Azuoma (188-G-89) provided 11 points in the winning effort. Khaled Matrud (89) replied with 13 points for Al Ahly. Ibrahim Eslam chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Royal Hoopers: Victor Anthony Koko 14+12 boards, Moses Daudu 13, Dike Azuoma 11
Al Ahly: Khaled Matrud 13, Ibrahim Eslam 10



Condors reach Africa Champions Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Condors - Kano Pillars 67:61

Condors celebrated a tough win at the quarterfinal stage of Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. They held off Nigerian Kano Pillars. Condors came from behind in the fourth frame to deliver the victory. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) came up with 28 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Cameroonian side.
Kano Pillars entered the game confidently. They knocked down 21 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. Kano Pillars enjoyed a 7-point buffer after ten minutes of action. Condors continued to struggle offensively in the second term. They managed to score just 12 points in the frame allowing Kano Pillars to grab a 34:26 halftime lead. But things changed in the third frame. Condors adjusted at both end of the court. They outscored Kano Pillars 20:14 to get closer. The intense fourth frame saw Condors surge ahead. They held the Nigerian team to only 13 points in the period and eked out a tough win at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) delivered 14 points for Condors. Jacques Steeve Mbog (93) had 13 points in the win. Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Kano Pillars. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) dropped 16 points in the loss.
Condors are set to take on AS Sale later tonight.

Condors: Christian Bayang 28, Marc Ouboung 14, Jacques Steeve Mbog 13
Kano Pillars: Aboubakar Usman 27, Ibrahim Yusuf 16



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  PBL   


Jones steps up for Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
Kavon Jones was embarrassed by his team's performance in its first pre-season game in front of Metro Centre fans.

The rookie forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., helped atone for that effort by scoring 11 points in the last period Friday night as the Halifax Rainmen used a fourth-quarter barrage to dump the Quebec Kebs 114-104. Theyd squandered a late lead in a 91-88 loss to the Saint John Mill Rats the previous evening.

'We had to get this W,' said Jones, 23, who finished with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in his third Premier Basketball League pre-season game, played before a sparse but spirited crowd of 1,978.

'We felt like we could have played better yesterday and won the game and we didnt and everybody went home with a (bad) taste in their mouth and we had to make up for that.'

Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) scored 21 to top the Rainmen, who connected on 13 of 22 shots in the fourth quarter, reversing a Thursday night slide in which they made only five of 22 in the final dozen minutes.

Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88) added 19 points, Tommy Mitchell and Mike Mercer chipped in with 14 each and Terrance Roberson netted 12.

Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC), who played with Halifax in 2008-09, paced the Kebs with 17 points and Maurice Acker scored 16. Quebec has split two exhibition games, while Halifax has won two of three.

The two clubs hook up again Sunday on the Kebs home court.

After the Mill Rats and Rainmen played in front of 7,127 on Rogers Slam Dunk Night, both Quebec and Halifax appeared to lack cohesion at times Friday as the teams substituted freely, using a total of 25 players, nearly all of them seeing significant minutes.

The Rainmen led 23-18 after the first quarter and went up by as many as 14 in the second. But Quebec chipped away at its deficit and Yannick Anzulunis long-range trey to beat the buzzer sent them into halftime down only 52-49.

In the third quarter, the Kebs took the lead about 5 minutes in as Quinnell Brown scored the first of two straight Quebec lay-ups off Halifax turnovers. The teams traded baskets most of the remainder of the period, with the Kebs holding an 82-80 advantage at the end.

But the Rainmen took control by scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter, including five by Jones and the hoop of the game, an emphatic dunk by Mercer off an alley-oop pass from Porter two minutes in.

'We were struggling the first three: execution, turnovers, just playing too fast, not having control of the ball,' Jones said.

'In the fourth quarter, we took control, slowed down and let the offence come to us and we executed and we won.'

Porter, the backup point guard who played a game-high 32 minutes, said the Rainmen will get better as the roster is settled for the regular season.

The team had 14 players on its roster heading into Friday nights contest and has to cut that group down to 10 before its opener Jan. 2 at the Metro Centre against the Vermont Frost Heaves.

'Once pre-season is over and we get our team, I think this could be a special group,' said Porter, noting Halifaxs 34-point fourth quarter came as coach Les Berry shortened his rotation for the final dozen minutes.

'But theres still room for improvement,' he said. 'We got off to a slow start, weve still gotta get better.'

RAINDROPS: Small forward Desmond Ferguson remains sidelined by a calf injury suffered early in training camp. Ferguson said he hopes to be ready to return for the regular-season opener . . . Starting point guard Taliek Brown was held out of the lineup to free up minutes for other Halifax hopefuls . . . Centre Aaron Spears, released by Halifax last weekend and just signed by Quebec, didnt dress for the Kebs.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  PHILIPPINES   


Ateneo-Adamson 'Blue Birds' lose heartbreaker, 91-85, win hearts - by Ryan Asis Maniago


HONG KONG - The boys of Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University came to within a heartbeat of completing a giant come-from-behind upset against tournament favorites Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) but fell short, 91-85, at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium here.

The erstwhile undefeated SCFA, a US-based team featuring tall, athletic African-Americans, found its match in the feisty Filipinos, who gave them their first real scare in the tournament -- magically erasing an 18-point lead with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter behind the heroics and Adamson's Alex Nuyles and Ateneans Kirk Long and Nico Salva.

Nuyles was unleashed in the final quarter and played like a man possessed, electrifying the crowd with an array of breakaway dunks including an in-your-face, and-1 tomahawk slam over 6'7 Jerome Moton that ignited the rally and elicited a thunderous roar among the audience rarely seen in prim-and-proper Hong Kong.

The game started close, with Salva drilling in 13 points in the first quarter and drawing oohs and aahhs with his Kobe-esque post moves against defenders who were 5-6 inches taller. The Americans managed to shut him down in the second quarter and dominated the boards, which enabled them to score second- and third-chance points against the smaller Filipinos to build a 53-38 cushion at halftime.

SCFA, behind the bullying tactics of 6'7, 115-kg 'Baby Shaq' Tarron Williams (200-F-76, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and 6'9 Robert Curtis, continued to pound the ball inside in the third quarter and managed to fend off repeated rallies by the Filipinos, piling up leads as high as 21 points entering the final canto.

The fourth quarter was all heart. With a potential blowout staring them in the face, the 'Blue Birds' refused to fold and staged one big fight that gave the Americans a run for their money and which won over the hearts of local Hong Kong and Filipino fans alike.

Long, who once again provided a steadying presence in the backcourt together with Adamson's Lester Alvarez, scored a game-high 24 points, including clutch threes in the final minutes. Nuyles and Salva each added 20 points.

The rotund and deceptively menacing Williams, on the other hand, provided much comic relief with his on-court antics and topscored with 18 points for the winning side together with youtube sensation David Kalb.

After the game, the Filipinos were mobbed by a small crowd of local fans that had assembled outside the stadium and who gamely posed for photographs with their newfound idols -- once again -- proof that there is as much respect to be gained from winning as there is from going down with a fight.

The 'Blue Birds' will face the Hong Kong National Team in the battle for third place, while China's Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team, which earlier beat Hong Kong, 72-59, will square off with SCFA for the championship.

SCFA 91 - Williams 18, Kalb 18, Mark 13, Moton 12, Goodrich 11, Curtis 11, Yeung 6, Erikson 2

PHL 85 - Long 24, Nuyles 20, Salva 20, Alvarez 8, Camson 7, Colina 2, Austria 2, Dela Cruz 2


- Ryan Asis Maniago




PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.0 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.9 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.6 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.3 
 6. Buenafe, Air2117.2 
 7. Mercado, Rain o.17.0 
 8. Santos, San Miguel16.6 
 9. Alapag, Talk N Text16.3 
 10. Isip, Barako16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harvey CAREY
  Talk N Text
  (191-F-79)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Carey, Talk N Text12.9 
 2. Hatfield, Ginebra11.9 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.10.8 
 4. Washington, San M.9.9 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text9.6 
 6. Thoss, Alaska9.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska9.0 
 9. Al-Hussaini, Air218.8 
 10. Thiele, Barako8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.2 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.6 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.3 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.9 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.5 
 6. Miller, Ginebra4.3 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska4.2 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.3.9 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.3 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.1 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 5. Baguio, Alaska1.3 
 6. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 7. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.2 
 8. Villanueva, Derby A.1.1 
 9. Cabagnot, San M.1.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.6 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.6 
 5. Devance, Alaska1.3 
 6. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 7. Santos, San Miguel1.2 
 8. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 9. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.9 
 2. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.17.0 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Witos, GKS Tychy16.2 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.1 
 7. Jankowski, Polonia .15.9 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Pamula, Tempcold.15.5 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lancut15.5 
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. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.7.9 
 9. Sterenga, Gornik7.8 
 10. Lichodzijews., ISS S.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.4 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia6.1 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.4.9 
 4. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.9 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Basinski, MMKS D.4.7 
 7. Sikora, Start Lublin4.6 
 8. Pacocha, AZS S.4.2 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 10. Kardas, Rosasport4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Przemyslaw SZYMANSKI
  Znicz Basket
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Szymanski, Znicz B.3.5 
 2. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.1 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.1 
 5. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .2.8 
 7. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.4 
 8. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 9. Sterenga, Gornik2.2 
 10. Sikora, Start Lublin2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.6 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.4 
 6. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.3 
 7. Sudowski, AZS S.1.2 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Nikiel, Rosasport0.9 
 10. Karwowski, Tempcold.0.9 


Andrzej Misiewicz gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
Andrzej Misiewicz (201-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Znicz Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 14 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Tempcold AZS (#1, 11-2) 91-88. Znicz Basket maintains the 9th position in Polish 1Liga. Znicz Basket is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-7 record. Misiewicz turned to be Znicz Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Daytona Beach CC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Misiewicz is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-F-83) of KPSW Astoria Bydgoszcz. Szyttenholm impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Astoria cruised to a 76-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked GKS Tychy (#13, 3-9). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Astoria left the very bottom place moving slightly to 15th position. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Astoria managed to get this year. Szyttenholm is one of the most experienced players at Astoria and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Mariusz Bacik (207-G/F-72) of GKS Tychy (#13). Bacik scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Bacik's great performance GKS Tychy lost 66-76 to slightly lower-ranked Astoria (#15, 3-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. GKS Tychy can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bacik he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bacik has a very solid season. In 11 games in Poland he scored 9.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michal Przybylski (194-G-84) of Rosasport - 11 points and 11 rebounds
5. Lukasz Wilczek (189-G-86) of Tempcold AZS - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jaromir Szurlej (180-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rafal Kulikowski (204-C-85) of Spojnia - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Kamil Sulima (192-G/F-80) of SKK Siedlce - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Adam Lisewski (206-F/C-80) of MMKS DG - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Radoslaw Basinski (188-G-78) of MMKS DG - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.6 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Bennerman, Energa C.17.3 
 4. Bogavac, AZS K.16.8 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.6 
 6. Goffney, Siarka15.7 
 7. Burgess, Zastal15.6 
 8. Hodge, Zastal15.4 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.15.3 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.8 
 2. Burgess, Zastal10.3 
 3. Truscott, Siarka9.6 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.7 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.3 
 6. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.9 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.8 
 8. Easley, Polonia Azbud6.6 
 9. Archibeque, Polph.6.5 
 10. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.0 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.5.7 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.6 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.3 
 6. Brown, Asseco P.4.3 
 7. Vaughn, Polpharma3.9 
 8. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.7 
 9. Thomas, Anwil3.6 
 10. Thompson, Anwil3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  PGE Turow
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Thomas, PGE Turow2.1 
 2. Ewing, Asseco P.2.0 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.1.9 
 4. Brown, Asseco P.1.8 
 5. Thomas, Anwil1.8 
 6. Harrington, Trefl S.1.8 
 7. Hodge, Zastal1.7 
 8. Wichniarz, Poloni.1.7 
 9. Hinson, Polonia Azbud1.7 
 10. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud2.1 
 2. Harris, SKK K.1.7 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.5 
 4. Giddens, Asseco P.1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Hicks, Anwil1.1 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.0.9 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.9 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud0.9 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 12-3 
 2. Ploiesti 12-3 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 11-4 
 4. Mures 11-4 
 5. Steaua Turabo 10-4 
 6. Oradea 10-5 
 7. CSM Bucuresti 8-7 
 8. Otopeni 8-7 
 9. Pitesti 8-7 
 10. CSU Sibiu 7-7 
 11. Rovinari 7-8 
 12. Timisoara 6-9 
 13. Craiova 5-10 
 14. Politehnica Iasi 2-13 
 15. Brasov 1-14 
 16. Miercurea 1-14 


Gaz Metan Medias - CSU Asesoft Ploiesti preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The highlight of this year's last round will be the meeting between CS Gaz Metan Medias and CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. These two teams are the first two in the rankings and they scored the most points this season: 1282 points for CS Gaz Metan Medias and 1164 for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. Moreover, both of these teams won their matches played against the Top 5 teams, so this will be the first match lost for one of these teams in a clash with another one from the Top 5.
Let's have a look of how the teams did up to this moment: CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is on a 12-2 record, having surprisingly lost not against well-situated teams, but against low-ranked teams: on the road against SCM CSU Craiova and on home ground against CS Municipal Bucuresti. CS Gaz Metan Medias lost against CS Municipal Bucuresti as well, but on the road. The other losses of CS Gaz Metan Medias have been done by BC Steaua Turabo CS Municipal Bucuresti, after overtime, and by CSU Sibiu. It is interesting that CS Gaz Metan Medias have won each game played on home ground, all of the three losses being suffered on the road. According to this statistic, CS Gaz Metan Medias would be the favorite of winning this match.
Referring to the point difference, CS Gaz Metan Medias has a difference of 254 points (1282 scored for and 1028 against) while CSU Asesoft Ploiesti has a difference of only 189 (1164 scored for and 975 against). But this is not relevant, given the fact that CS Gaz Metan Medias scored huge amounts of points in the matches with the lower-ranked teams, while CSU Asesoft Ploiesti coach Vladimir Arnautovic preferred to play his entire roster, and CS Gaz Metan Medias did the same, but CS Gaz Metan Medias roster is more powerful than CSU Asesoft Ploiesti.
In personal statistics, Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) has the highest average in points per game, with 19, while CSU Asesoft Ploiestis leader in this stat is Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) with 16.5 points per match. CS Gaz Metan Medias stands better at rebounds as well: Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) is the best rebounder in the league, with 11.77 boards per game, while the same Catalin Burlacu has the most rebounds for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, 10 per game. However, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is leading the field in what regards the assists: Adrian Blidaru (182-G-85) has a statistic of 5.92 assists per game, while CS Gaz Metan Medias point guard, Jarrett Howell, and has 5.55 assists per game. According to this statistic, CS Gaz Metan Medias looks better in the paint, but CSU Asesoft Ploiesti looks more organized outside the two-point zone. A prognostic is hard to make, but in my opinion, CS Gaz Metan Medias has the better odds.
The history between these two teams has not been very interesting up to the last season, when CS Gaz Metan Medias started to strengthen its roster. Out of the last 10 meetings from the regular season 9 were won by Asesoft, but the last one has been won by CS Gaz Metan Medias. CS Gaz Metan Medias has also won the sole match played between these two teams in the Romanian Cup, last season at the Final Four from CSU Sibiu. These two teams have also met in last-years semifinal, and everybody expected it to be a long and disputed series, but, in fact, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti rolled over CS Gaz Metan Medias, winning the series 3-0, and the shortest margin was 13 points. Eventually CSU Asesoft Ploiesti went on to defeat Cluj 4-0 in the championships final. According to this chapter, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti may look stronger.
However, a prognostic is difficult to make, but the most basketball fans from Romania expect it to be an interesting clash, between two of the most powerful teams of this season.
The match will take place on the 18th December, starting 18:00 in the Municipal sporting hall from Medias and will be refereed by Doru Vinasi, Alexandru Olaru and Bogdan Podar.
The match will not be broadcasted live, but recorded, Sunday starting 18:00 on TVR 3.



Div.A Round 15: Ploiesti loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Div.A is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Round 15 in Div.A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise was when host Gaz Metan's (12-3) victory at home over league's leader Ploiesti (12-3) 120-118 on Saturday evening. It also means the end of Ploiesti's six-game winning streak. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Ploiesti managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Gaz Metan who were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 32-30. 37 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jarrett Howell (188-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 31 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 24 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Westrol (191-88, college: Bentley, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded 30 points. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gaz Metan have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Ploiesti. Ploiesti will play next round against CSU Sibiu trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gaz Metan will try to continue on it's current victory against fifteenth ranked Brasov on the road.
Very important is a home loss of third-ranked Steaua Turabo (10-4) against fourth ranked U-Mobitelco (11-4) on Saturday night. Host Steaua Turabo was defeated by fourth ranked U-Mobitelco (11-4) in Bucuresti 88-75. It was a good game for the former international forward Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. Zoran Krstanovic contributed with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Maltese-American guard Joshua Jackson (188-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 24 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Steaua Turabo. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for U-Mobitelco. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Mures. Steaua Turabo at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. U-Mobitelco will play against Pitesti (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Steaua Turabo will play against Miercurea (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica Iasi managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time newly promoted Politehnica Iasi won against fifteenth-ranked Miercurea 95-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Politehnica Iasi is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was a great evening for LeRoy Dawson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Enrico Tucker with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Politehnica Iasi (2-13) moved-up to fourteenth place. Miercurea lost their tenth straight game in a row. Miercurea at the other side, also first year in the league, dropped to the bottom position with fourteen games lost. They share it with Brasov. Politehnica Iasi will meet at home higher ranked Craiova (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miercurea will play against Steaua Turabo in Bucuresti.
Otopeni (8-7) survived in overtime against Oradea (10-5) by two points 88-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Oradea. It was an exceptional evening for Cortney Scott who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Otopeni. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pitesti and CSM Bucuresti. Oradea at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Otopeni's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#11) at home.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Pitesti, where higher ranked CSU Sibiu (7-7) lost to eleventh ranked Pitesti (8-7) in a road game 81-91 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Donte Gennie who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. Pitesti moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Otopeni and CSM Bucuresti. Loser CSU Sibiu dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Pitesti will face higher ranked U-Mobitelco (#3) in Cluj Napoca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSU Sibiu will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ploiesti (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Rovinari was crushed by Timisoara in a road game 97-68. CSM Bucuresti smashed Craiova at home 101-68. Mures destroyed Brasov on the opponent's court 100-63.


Politehnica Iasi - Miercurea 95-79

Bottom-ranked Politehnica Iasi managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time newly promoted Politehnica Iasi won against fifteenth-ranked Miercurea 95-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Politehnica Iasi is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and winning the game by 16 points. Politehnica Iasi made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Bryan McCullough (198-83, college: NC-Asheville, agency: 011 Sports) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was American-Mexican guard Enrico Tucker (180, college: San Diego) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Levi Levine (198-82, college: Albany) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Politehnica Iasi (2-13) moved-up to fourteenth place. Miercurea lost their tenth straight game in a row. Miercurea at the other side, also first year in the league, dropped to the bottom position with fourteen games lost. They share it with Brasov. Politehnica Iasi will meet at home higher ranked Craiova (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miercurea will play against Steaua Turabo in Bucuresti.
Top scorers:
Miercurea: E.Tucker 22+10reb+6ast, Y.Coleman 21+7reb, L.Levine 13+10reb+5ast, B.Dragus 10+2reb, B.Cormos 5, Z.Samuila 4+2reb+1ast
Politehnica Iasi: L.Dawson 39+10reb+4ast, B.McCullough 19+4reb+3ast, I.Hurjui 14+1ast, M.Nicolae 12+3reb+4ast, C.Amarghioalei 8+2reb, D.Anghel 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 91216


Steaua Turabo - U.Mobitel.CN 75-88

Very important is a home loss of third-ranked Steaua Turabo (10-4) against fourth ranked U-Mobitelco (11-4) on Saturday night. Host Steaua Turabo was defeated by fourth ranked U-Mobitelco (11-4) in Bucuresti 88-75. The game was mostly controlled by U-Mobitelco. Steaua Turabo managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Steaua Turabo was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. Maltese-American guard Joshua Jackson (188-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 24 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Steaua Turabo. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for U-Mobitelco. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Mures. Steaua Turabo at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. U-Mobitelco will play against Pitesti (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Steaua Turabo will play against Miercurea (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Steaua Turabo: J.Jackson 24+2reb+5ast, H.Nikolov 15+7reb+2ast, V.Carutasu 9+13reb, A.Mandache 8+2ast, V.Stanescu 8+6reb, U.Lucic 7+3reb
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 29+2reb+2ast, Z.Krstanovic 19+14reb, S.Thomson 16+6reb+1ast, B.Cuic 13+7reb+4ast, P.Chetreanu 5+2ast, K.Dykes 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 91217


Pitesti - CSU Sibiu 91-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Pitesti, where higher ranked CSU Sibiu (7-7) lost to eleventh ranked Pitesti (8-7) in a road game 81-91 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pitesti forced 23 CSU Sibiu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. His fellow American import forward Chad Eichelberger (206-82, college: St.Andrews) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was guard Octavian Calota (185-84) who recorded 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American power forward Michael Harrison (206-84, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Pitesti and four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. Pitesti moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Otopeni and CSM Bucuresti. Loser CSU Sibiu dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Pitesti will face higher ranked U-Mobitelco (#3) in Cluj Napoca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSU Sibiu will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ploiesti (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: O.Calota 19+2reb+2ast, M.Harrison 15+8reb, E.Brown 14+3reb+1ast, L.Seals 10+6reb+3ast, J.Loyd 8+3reb+3ast, A.Masiulis 8+9reb
Pitesti: D.Gennie 18+6reb+13ast, C.Eichelberger 17+11reb, S.Isleam 17+3reb+1ast, I.Stefanovic 16+3reb, D.Vujacic 12+2reb+2ast, A.Voinescu 11
gschID: 91218


Timisoara - Rovinari 97-68

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Rovinari (7-8) was crushed on the road by twelfth ranked Timisoara (6-9) 97-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Milos Pesic (202-84) who scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian forward Nenad Markovic (199-80) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Timisoara players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 14 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Timisoara maintains twelfth place with 6-9 record. Loser Rovinari dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Timisoara will face higher ranked Mures (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: P.Troupe 15+5reb+3ast, L.Darby 14+4reb+2ast, S.Nikolic 14+3reb+2ast, R.Bigus 8+4reb, A.Capusan 7+4reb, R.Stroescu 3
Timisoara: M.Pesic 31+6reb+5ast, N.Markovic 24+6reb+4ast, N.Covington 15+3reb+1ast, D.Andrei 13+4reb+3ast, I.Miskovic 10+11reb, D.Paltinisanu 2+1reb
gschID: 91213


Otopeni - Oradea 88-86 OT

Otopeni (8-7) survived in overtime against Oradea (10-5) by two points 88-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Oradea. It looked good early as Oradea took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Otopeni had a 22-16 second quarter charge getting the lead. Then Oradea managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 10-12. Otopeni made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Milan Medvedj (183-79) accounted for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Serbian forward Andelko Mandic (198-76) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosnian center Sasa Topcov (206-80, agency: 011 Sports) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Oradea in the defeat. Four Otopeni and five Oradea players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Otopeni. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pitesti and CSM Bucuresti. Oradea at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Otopeni's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#11) at home.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Topcov 19+5reb+1ast, N.Maric 16+6reb+3ast, A.Mandic 16+6reb+6ast, T.Mitchell 12+10reb+3ast, M.Schachtner 10+4reb+1ast, V.Stefan 6+1reb+1ast
Otopeni: C.Scott 28+10reb, M.Medvedj 15+5reb+9ast, B.Burell 12+3reb+1ast, M.Minea 10+2reb+1ast, A.Belanovic 10+5reb+1ast, D.Popescu 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 91214


CSM Bucuresti - Craiova 101-68

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked CSM Bucuresti (8-7) smashed at home 13th ranked Craiova (5-10) 101-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by CSM Bucuresti. Craiova managed to win fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSM Bucuresti shot 63.3 percent from the field and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. CSM Bucuresti had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Craiova's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-82) chipped in 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). CSM Bucuresti's coach Mladen Ostojic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Menelik Barbary (208-83, college: San Jose St.) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Marius Bulancea (185-86) added 16 points respectively. CSM Bucuresti moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pitesti and Otopeni. Craiova lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. CSM Bucuresti will face higher ranked Oradea (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Craiova will play against Politehnica Iasi (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: M.Barbary 21+6reb, M.Bulancea 16+4reb+1ast, I.Corneanu 8+3reb, I.Dodoc 7+6reb+1ast, I.Albu 7+1ast, K.Simms 6+6reb
CSM Bucuresti: B.Tomic 32+6reb+6ast, M.Paul 24+2reb+2ast, A.Santana 15+6reb+3ast, M.Bennett 8+8reb, D.Waterstradt 6+4reb+1ast, D.Tudosa 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 91215


Gaz Metan - Ploiesti 120-118 2OT

Round 15 in Div.A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise was when host Gaz Metan's (12-3) victory at home over league's leader Ploiesti (12-3) 120-118 on Saturday evening. It also means the end of Ploiesti's six-game winning streak. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Ploiesti managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Gaz Metan who were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 32-30. 37 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jarrett Howell (188-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 31 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Westrol (191-88, college: Bentley, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded 30 points and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Four Gaz Metan and five Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gaz Metan have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Ploiesti. Ploiesti will play next round against CSU Sibiu trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gaz Metan will try to continue on it's current victory against fifteenth ranked Brasov on the road.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: J.Westrol 30+2reb, A.Blidaru 23+2reb+3ast, C.Burlacu 20+11reb, Q.Calhoun 18+11reb, D.Mack 12+4reb+2ast, N.Ilic 10+2reb
Gaz Metan: J.Howell 31+4reb+9ast, T.Nicoara 24+12reb, T.Dumitrescu 22+4reb, D.Mitchell 20+9reb+2ast, I.Dragusin 8+2reb+1ast, F.Muntean 5+2reb
gschID: 91211


Brasov - Mures 63-100

Very expected game when 14th ranked Brasov (1-14) was rolled over at home by fifth ranked Mures (11-4) 100-63 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Mures. Brasov managed to win second quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Brasov's 38. Mures forced 20 Brasov turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Dwight Lewis (196-87, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 22 points. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Mures' coach Csaba Deri felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Radu Paliciuc (198-88) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Mures and four Brasov players scored in double figures. Mures moved-up to third place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN. Brasov lost their fourth straight game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with fourteen games lost. Mures will face Timisoara (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasov will play against the league's leader Gaz Metan in Medias.
Top scorers:
Brasov: Z.Bubanja 14+2reb+4ast, O.Boian 13+3reb+3ast, R.Paliciuc 12+9reb+1ast, A.Andries 11+3reb+2ast, H.Codin 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tatu 3
Mures: D.Lewis 22+1reb+2ast, A.Mladenovic 16+6reb+2ast, L.Dumitru 14+5reb+1ast, J.Cooley 13+5reb+1ast, V.Pora 11+4reb+1ast, J.Forte 11+9reb+2ast
gschID: 91212




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Dawson, Polite.21.6 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.2 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.19.1 
 4. Scott, Otopeni18.9 
 5. Wohlleb, Craiova18.4 
 6. Darby, Rovinari18.4 
 7. Vujacic, Pitesti18.1 
 8. Tomic, CSM B.17.1 
 9. Nicoara, Gaz Metan17.0 
 10. Seals, CSU Sibiu16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Titus NICOARA
  Gaz Metan
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Nicoara, Gaz Metan11.7 
 2. Simms, Craiova11.2 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.6 
 4. Forte, Mures9.3 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.3 
 6. Coleman, Miercurea8.6 
 7. Scott, Otopeni8.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Mures8.0 
 9. Paltinisanu, Timis.7.9 
 10. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  CSM Bucuresti
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 2. Cooley, Mures7.0 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.6 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.5 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Maric, Oradea4.5 
 7. Gennie, Pitesti4.5 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.5 
 9. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.4 
 10. Tucker, Miercurea4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donte GENNIE
  Pitesti
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gennie, Pitesti2.7 
 2. Paliciuc, Brasov2.7 
 3. Dawson, Polite.2.6 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.5 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.5 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 7. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.4 
 9. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.3 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.9 
 3. Mladenovic, Mures1.6 
 4. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.3 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Anghel, Polite.1.2 
 9. Dumitru, Mures1.1 
 10. Carutasu, Steaua T.1.0 


Gaz Metan Medias - CSU Asesoft Ploiesti preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The highlight of this years last round will be the meeting between Medias and Ploiesti. These two teams are the first two in the rankings and they scored the most points this season: 1282 points for Medias and 1164 for Ploiesti. Moreover, both of these teams won their matches played against the Top 5 teams, so this will be the first match lost for one of these teams in a clash with another one from the Top 5.
Lets have a look of how the teams did up to this moment: Ploiesti is on a 12-2 record, having surprisingly lost not against well-situated teams, but against low-ranked teams: on the road against Craiova and on home ground against Bucuresti. Medias lost against Bucuresti as well, but on the road. The other losses of Medias have been done by Steaua, after overtime, and by Sibiu. It is interesting that Medias have won each game played on home ground, all of the three losses being suffered on the road. According to this statistic, Medias would be the favorite of winning this match.
Referring to the point difference, Medias has a difference of 254 points (1282 scored for and 1028 against) while Ploiesti has a difference of only 189 (1164 scored for and 975 against). But this is not relevant, given the fact that Medias scored huge amounts of points in the matches with the lower-ranked teams, while Ploiesti coach Vladimir Arnautovic preferred to play his entire roster, and Medias did the same, but Medias roster is more powerful than Ploiestis.
In personal statistics, Jarrett Howell has the highest average in points per game, with 19, while Ploiestis leader in this stat is Catalin Burlacu with 16.5 points per match. Medias stands better at rebounds as well: Titus Nicoara is the best rebounder in the league, with 11.77 boards per game, while the same Catalin Burlacu has the most rebounds for Ploiesti, 10 per game. However, Ploiesti is leading the field in what regards the assists: Adrian Tudor has a statistic of 5.92 assists per game, while Medias point guard, Jarrett Howell, and has 5.55 assists per game. According to this statistic, Medias looks better in the paint, but Ploiesti looks more organized outside the two-point zone. A prognostic is hard to make, but in my opinion, Medias has the better odds.
The history between these two teams has not been very interesting up to the last season, when Medias started to strengthen its roster. Out of the last 10 meetings from the regular season 9 were won by Asesoft, but the last one has been won by Medias. Medias has also won the sole match played between these two teams in the Romanian Cup, last season at the Final Four from Sibiu. These two teams have also met in last-years semifinal, and everybody expected it to be a long and disputed series, but, in fact, Ploiesti rolled over Medias, winning the series 3-0, and the shortest margin was 13 points. Eventually Ploiesti went on to defeat Cluj 4-0 in the championships final. According to this chapter, Ploiesti may look stronger.
However, a prognostic is difficult to make, but the most basketball fans from Romania expect it to be an interesting clash, between two of the most powerful teams of this season.
The match will take place on the 18th December, starting 18:00 in the Municipal sporting hall from Medias and will be refereed by Doru Vinasi, Alexandru Olaru and Bogdan Podar.
The match will not be broadcasted live, but recorded, Sunday starting 18:00 on TVR 3.


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 5-2 
 2. Lokomotiv 5-2 
 3. Khimky 4-1 
 4. Spartak SP 4-3 
 5. Enisey 4-3 
 6. CSKA 3-2 
 7. Triumph 2-4 
 8. Dynamo 2-5 
 9. Krasnie Krilya 2-5 
 10. N.Novgorod 1-5 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Enisey20.9 
 2. Langford, Khimky19.4 
 3. Popovic, Unics15.6 
 4. Domercant, Spart.15.4 
 5. Lampe, Unics15.0 
 6. Paunic, N.Novgorod14.7 
 7. Baxter, Enisey14.7 
 8. Labovic, Enisey14.1 
 9. Gordon, CSKA13.4 
 10. Lyday, Unics13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Monya, Khimky8.4 
 2. Vorontsevich, CSKA8.3 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv8.3 
 4. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.6 
 5. Paunic, N.Novgorod7.0 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.1 
 7. Eze, Khimky6.0 
 8. Brezec, Krasnie .6.0 
 9. Lampe, Unics5.9 
 10. Labovic, Enisey5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anton PONKRASHOV
  Spartak SP
  (200-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.3 
 2. Williams, Enisey5.1 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.0 
 4. Aleksic, N.Novgorod4.5 
 5. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 6. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 7. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics3.2 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky3.2 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. Langford, Khimky2.0 
 3. McCarty, Unics1.9 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 5. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.6 
 6. Jeretin, Lokomotiv1.6 
 7. Kulagin, N.Novgorod1.5 
 8. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 9. Pashutin, Unics1.4 
 10. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Benjamin EZE
  Khimky
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Eze, Khimky1.6 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.4 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.3 
 4. Zhukanenko, Dynamo1.2 
 5. Varlamov, Triumph1.2 
 6. Lampe, Unics1.1 
 7. Vranes, Unics1.0 
 8. Vorontsevich, CSKA1.0 
 9. Sokolov, CSKA1.0 
 10. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 


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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 7-1 
 2. Elektra 6-3 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 6-3 
 4. Helios 6-3 
 5. Polzela 5-4 
 6. Sentjur 5-4 
 7. Maribor Messer 3-6 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-7 
 9. Parklji 0-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Jersin has 21 points and 16 assists as Elektra demolish Maribor - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and Geoplin Slovan used huge second quarter to get sixth win of the season, Elektra never trailed in comfortable win over Maribor and Sentjur beat Parklji to spoil Igor Keselj's coaching debut with the worst team in Telemach League.
Helios-Hopsi 93-79: There were 15 lead changes and 14 ties in the first quarter before Helios used a 31-8 spurt to take a 54-33 halftime lead. Drazen Bubnic and Vlado Pasalic finished with 18 points each, Grega Mali, Klemen Prepelic and Marko Lekic scored 13 points apiece and Ziga Zagorc handed out 9 assists. Hopsi outrebounded the home team 36-25, picking up 15 offensive boards, but commited 23 turnovers to Helios' 12. Matej Venta and Andrej Podvrsic scored 15 points each, Gregg Thondique collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, but he had 9 turnovers, and Dmitry Sviridov posted 13 points.
Sentjur-Parklji 87-77: Sentjur went on a 15-4 run in the final period to go ahead 79-67. Dwayne Harmason scored 28 points, Ivan Drzic came off the bench for 16 points, Teo Simovic had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Anze Pelc posted 15 points. Sentjur's reserves outscored Parklji's bench players 33-12. Parklji was led by Dario Krejic with his game-high 29 points on shooting 5-of-7 behind the 3-point line, Jaka Cebasek added 14 points, Milos Paravinja 12 and Jure Erzen 10.
Elektra-Maribor 85-51: Elektra never trailed after opening the game with a 13-2 run. Boris Jersin (183-G-85) scored 21 points on shooting 9-of-12 from the field, and handed out 16 assists, Milos Miljkovic posted 17 points, Salih Nuhanovic 12, Dorde Lelic 10 and Sinisa Bilic had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Maribor was outscored 24-52 in the second half. Bojan Jovanovic finished with 13 points, Aljosa Remus added 10.
LTHcast Mercator-Geoplin Slovan 66-75: After trailing, 8-21, going into the second period, Slovan outscored the home team 26-7 until half-time and never looked back from there. Slovan's bench players outscored its starters 52-23. Matej Krusic scored 14 points, Miha Fon 13 and Dalibor Djapa was the only starter in double figures with 13 points. LTH was outrebounded 19-32. Blaz Mahkovic posted 20 points and Tomaz Mezek added 17.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round 19: Samsung Thunders defeat Sonic Boom KT in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The closest game of round 19 in the KBL was only three-point a road defeat of 3rd placed Sonic Boom KT (13-7) to fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (14-7) 99-102 in the game for the third place. Samsung Thunders made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Sonic Boom KT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds. The victory allowed Samsung Thunders (14-7) to climb to the third place. Sonic Boom KT who is 13-7 went down to fourth position as they suffered their seventh loss. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena SK Knights.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (16-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Anyang KGC (6-15) in Wonju 81-75. It was a quality performance for American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Joo-Sung Kim accounted for 12 points and 6 assists. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) came up with 30 points and 5 assists for Anyang KGC in the defeat. Anyang KGC's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They stay at first position. Anyang KGC lost third consecutive game. The team is currently in ninth place with a 6-15 record. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sixth ranked LG Sakers (10-11) beat at home 10th ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-17) by 15 points 82-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Chris Alexander fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Laurence Ekperigin produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite the victory LG Sakers stay at sixth position. Mobis Phoebus lost their sixth straight game in a row. Defending champion They are currently on the bottom place with a 3-17 record. LG Sakers will meet at home Anyang KGC (#9) in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will play against Daegu Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 Elephants won against Daegu Orions on the opponent's court 88-75. KCC Egis managed to outperform SK Knights in a home game 79-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 21 rebounds by Chris Daniels of KCC Egis.


Daegu Orions - Elephants 75-88

Very expected game when 8th ranked Daegu Orions (7-15) were defeated at home by second ranked ET Land Elephants (16-5) 88-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and winning the game by 13 points. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and the former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for ET Land Elephants. The victory allowed ET Land Elephants (16-5) to maintain a leadership position. They share it with Dongbu Promy. Daegu Orions lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently in eighth place with a 7-15 record. ET Land Elephants will meet KCC Egis (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Daegu Orions will play against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elephants: H.Hill 26+12reb+5ast, J.Stevenson 20+5reb+5ast, J.Seo 14+4reb, Y.Jung 12+4reb+5ast, H.Lee 8, K.Shin 3+1reb+4ast
Daegu Orions: D.Jun Lee 17+7reb+1ast, O.George 15+15reb+2ast, I.Heo 13+1reb, J.Park 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Oh 9+1reb+3ast, M.Park 8+1reb+7ast
gschID: 114141


Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 102-99

The closest game of round 19 in the KBL was only three-point a road defeat of 3rd placed Sonic Boom KT (13-7) to fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (14-7) 99-102 in the game for the third place. Samsung Thunders made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Sonic Boom KT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds and American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Five Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Samsung Thunders (14-7) to climb to the third place. Sonic Boom KT who is 13-7 went down to fourth position as they suffered their seventh loss. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena SK Knights.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 31+7reb+5ast, K.Lee 19+3reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 19+8reb, N.Dixon 8+5reb, J.Lee 7+2reb+6ast, D.Kim 7+1reb+6ast
Sonic Boom KT: S.Park 29+6reb+2ast, J.Johnson 24+5reb+3ast, C.Rhodes 15+2reb, S.Cho 15+8reb+3ast, D.Cho 10+3reb+4ast, W.Yaung 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114137


LG Sakers - Mobis Phoebus 82-67

Sixth ranked LG Sakers (10-11) beat at home 10th ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-17) by 15 points 82-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by LG Sakers. Mobis Phoebus managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite the victory LG Sakers stay at sixth position. Mobis Phoebus lost their sixth straight game in a row. Defending champion They are currently on the bottom place with a 3-17 record. LG Sakers will meet at home Anyang KGC (#9) in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will play against Daegu Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: C.Alexander 23+18reb+2ast, S.Cho 22, G.Stevenson 14+11reb+5ast, H.Jeon 8+1reb+2ast, S.Ki 6+1reb+2ast, H.Park 4
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 20+4reb+4ast, L.Ekperigin 13+12reb+3ast, C.Song 11+3reb, J.Park 6+4reb, K.Gransberry 6+2reb, K.No 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 114138


KCC Egis - SK Knights 79-74

There was a small surprise in Jeonju where seventh ranked KCC Egis (9-13) defeated 5th ranked SK Knights (11-10) 79-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 79-74. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) chipped in 16 points. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) produced 31 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Hee-Jung Joo (181-77) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for KCC Egis. Despite the win they stay at seventh position. SK Knights are currently in fifth place with a 11-10 record as they suffered their tenth loss. KCC Egis will meet at home league's second-placed ET Land Elephants in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul Samsung Thunders.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: C.Daniels 23+21reb+2ast, S.Ha 16+4reb+1ast, T.Chon 14+2reb+5ast, E.Kang 8+1reb, S.Jung 7+1ast, S.Choo 4+2reb+3ast
SK Knights: T.Leather 31+7reb, H.Joo 12+7reb+6ast, K.Hoon Byun 12+5reb+3ast, H.Kim 11+3reb+1ast, S.Shin 4+2reb, I.Baek 3+3reb
gschID: 114139


Dongbu Promy - Anyang KGC 81-75

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (16-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Anyang KGC (6-15) in Wonju 81-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anyang KGC won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy dominated on the defensive end, holding Anyang KGC to just 6 points in second quarter. They were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Anyang KGC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Five Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) came up with 30 points and 5 assists and international guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for Anyang KGC in the defeat. Anyang KGC's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They stay at first position. Anyang KGC lost third consecutive game. The team is currently in ninth place with a 6-15 record. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 28+13reb+1ast, J.Kim 12+4reb+6ast, J.Park 11+2reb+5ast, J.Hwang 11+2reb+4ast, H.Yoon 11+5reb+2ast, V.Thomas 6+4reb+1ast
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 30+4reb+5ast, S.Kim 14+3reb+1ast, C.Park 10+3reb+8ast, J.Kim 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kim 6+3reb+1ast, J.Lee 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 114140




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 16-5 
 2. Elephants 16-5 
 3. Samsung Th. 14-7 
 4. Sonic Boom KT 13-7 
 5. SK Knights 11-10 
 6. LG Sakers 10-11 
 7. KCC Egis 9-13 
 8. Daegu Orions 7-15 
 9. Anyang KGC 6-15 
 10. Mobis Phoebus 3-17 


Stevenson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
35-year old forward Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Inchon ET Land Elephants and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He got a double-double of 25 points and 14 assists, while his team beat Samsung Th. (#4, 13-7) 89-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Elephants maintains the 2nd position in South Korean league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Elephants will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Stevenson had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Elephants' top player in his first season with the team. University of Richmond graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stevenson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.7ppg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 41.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT. He is American forward in his first season at Sonic Boom KT. In the last game Rhodes recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Sonic Boom KT to another comfortable win 80-63 over the lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#10, 3-16) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Sonic Boom KT to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 13-6 record is not bad at all. Rhodes is a newcomer at Sonic Boom KT and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights (#5). Leather showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of SK Knights, leading his team to a 84-72 win against the lower-ranked Daegu Orions (#8, 7-14). SK Knights needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Leather has a great season in South Korea. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Seung-Jin Ha (222-C-85) of KCC Egis - 26 points and 12 rebounds
5. Herbert Hill (203-F-84) of Elephants - 21 points and 5 rebounds
6. Laurence Ekperigin (201-F) of Mobis Phoebus - 25 points and 8 rebounds
7. Seung-Jin Ha (222-C-85) of KCC Egis - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Greg Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. David Simon (207-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Otis George (205-C-82) of Daegu Orions - 10 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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