EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/20/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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.17.9 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.6 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.3 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita15.2 
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. Milosevic, Crvena Z.6.1 
 9. Gist, Partizan6.0 
 10. Nikolic, Crvena Z.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.8 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Morovic, Siroki TT4.4 
 4. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.3 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona3.9 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.3.6 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Car, Zadar3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.4 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.3 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona2.2 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.2.1 
 7. Ozbolt, Union O.2.0 
 8. Car, Zadar1.9 
 9. Troha, Cedevita1.9 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jan VESELY
  Partizan
  (211-F-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 2. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 4. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.9 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 8. Booker, Krka0.8 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Pinkney, Union O.0.7 


Round 12 review - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - CEZ Nymburk 92-84
Czech CEZ Nymburk (5-7) faced with defeat on the court of Croatian KK Zagreb CO on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by KK Zagreb CO 92-84. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by CEZ Nymburk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian guard Damir Mulaomerovic (195-74, agency: FCM) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) replied with 29 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Radek Necas (204-80) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO improved its record to 7-5. CEZ Nymburk lost fifth consecutive game. KK Zagreb CO is looking forward to face Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round. CEZ Nymburk will play at home against Buducnost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 29+4reb, A.Nissim 11+2reb+2ast, M.McKay 9+2reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 6+4reb, C.Simmons 6+1reb, R.Necas 6+9reb+2ast
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 30+14reb, D.Mulaomerovic 20+6ast, M.Kasun 14+6reb+3ast, D.Rancic 11+2reb+3ast, P.Babic 8+2reb, K.Simon 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92522


Siroki TT - Igokea 76-72
Another exciting game for Siroki TT Kabeli (7-5) which hosted in Siroki Brijeg against Igokea (5-7). Siroki TT Kabeli won 76-72. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Igokea was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) who added 14 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Siroki TT Kabeli's coach Ivan Velic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points and 8 assists and Serbian swingman Milan Dozet (203-79) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Igokea: M.Dozet 16+3reb+2ast, N.Joksimovic 14+3reb+8ast, D.Harvey 12+8reb+1ast, M.Pantic 9+6reb+1ast, M.Djerasimovic 9+2reb+3ast, S.Nadjfeji 7+6reb+3ast
Siroki TT: S.Spralja 19+7reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 16+4reb+2ast, I.Grgat 15+5reb+1ast, V.Morovic 14+3reb+8ast, D.Planinic 6+3reb, I.Ramljak 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 92519


Cedevita - Radnicki 98-87
An interesting game was also road defeat of Serbian Radnicki in a game in Zagreb versus Croatian Cedevita 87-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 53-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cedevita made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists and swingman Robert Troha (194-77, agency: Court Side) supported him with 18 points. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Michael Lee (207-86) did not help to save the game for Radnicki. Guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 17 points and 4 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. Cedevita jumped to 7-5, while Radnicki dropped to 6-6 record. Cedevita will meet Igokea in the next round. Radnicki will play against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: M.Lee 21+7reb+3ast, M.Rakic 17+1reb+4ast, A.Gaddefors 17+2reb+2ast, M.Cakarevic 10+5reb+1ast, S.Markovic 6+2reb+5ast, M.Spica 6+2reb+1ast
Cedevita: D.Draper 23+4reb+11ast, D.Rudez 20+2reb, R.Troha 18+3reb+1ast, T.Petrovic 15+4reb, C.Edwards 7+5reb, V.Vukusic 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 92520


Union Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 80-67
We should not miss a home victory of Slovenian Union Olimpija (8-4) over Serbian Crvena Zvezda (3-9) 80-67. The game was mostly controlled by Union Olimpija. Crvena Zvezda managed to win third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Union Olimpija forced 19 Crvena Zvezda turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points. Four Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Union Olimpija's next round opponent will be Radnicki in Kragujevac. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 18+5reb, U.Nikolic 13+7reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 9+3reb+2ast, D.Balaban 7+3reb, S.Milosevic 5+8reb+1ast, L.Drca 5+4reb+1ast
Union Olimpija: G.Jagodnik 19+2reb+1ast, D.Markota 15+7reb+2ast, K.Pinkney 12+5reb+3ast, K.Gregory 10+3reb+2ast, S.Ozbolt 8+4reb+1ast, V.Ilievski 8+5ast
gschID: 92521


Buducnost - Cibona 80-71
And finally the game worth to mention about is Buducnost's win against Cibona 80-71. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Buducnost made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian forward Marko Scekic (207-81) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Buducnost players scored in double figures. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used a eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) replied with 27 points and guard Rok Stipcevic (188-86) added 14 points in the effort for Cibona. Buducnost has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion improved to 8-4, whole Cibona dropped to 5-7 record. Buducnost will face CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round. Cibona will play against Partizan in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 27+3reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 14+3reb+2ast, J.Lalic 12+2reb, G.Vrbanc 6+5reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 5+5reb, T.Brnas 4+3reb+2ast
Buducnost: M.Scekic 14+6reb+2ast, V.Mihailovic 14+4reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 12+3reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+2reb+2ast, V.Dragicevic 12+9reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 5
gschID: 92516


Partizan - Krka 75-50
Serbian Partizan (6-6) crushed Slovenian Krka (7-5) in Beograd 75-50 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Krka managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Krka's 24. Partizan forced 22 Krka turnovers. It was a good game for American forward James Gist (203-86) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80) replied with 14 points and power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Krka. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Partizan will face Cibona in Zagreb in the next round. Krka will play at home against Hemofarm.
Top scorers:
Krka: G.Ikonic 14+1reb, C.Booker 8+1reb, Z.Dragic 8+1reb+1ast, S.Pavic 6+6reb+1ast, J.Balazic 6+7reb, D.Djordjevic 5+3reb+2ast
Partizan: R.Katic 16+4reb, N.Jawai 13+3reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 12+2reb, J.Gist 11+9reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 9+4reb+3ast, V.Lucic 5+3reb
gschID: 92517


Hemofarm - Zadar 74-88
There was an upset when Serbian Hemofarm (6-6) lost to Croatian Zadar (4-8) in Vrsac 74-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and winning the game by 14 points. Zadar looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for swingman Marko Car (188-85) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Zadar players scored in double figures. Guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) replied with 17 points and forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hemofarm. Zadar will face league's leader Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Hemofarm will play on the road against Krka in Novo Mesto.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: B.Krstovic 17+4reb+2ast, M.Macvan 15+3reb+4ast, M.Pavkovic 12+2reb+7ast, J.Jordan 9+11reb, M.Sutalo 9+2reb+3ast, M.Borisov 7+3reb
Zadar: M.Car 23+2reb+8ast, J.Vladovic 19+4reb+5ast, B.Brown 15+1reb, M.Bilan 12+3reb+1ast, M.Dundovic 8+5reb+4ast, P.Marcinkovic 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 92518




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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


1 De Agosto to defend their title against Condor - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals

1 De Agosto - Mazembe 79:67
The Angolan champions 1 De Agosto are staying the race to defend their Africa Champions Cup title. They overcame Mazembe of D.R. Congo to secure the spot in the title game. 1 De Agosto will now take on Cameroonian Condor in the battle for the trophy. Mazembe will play against AS Sale in the consolation final.
1 De Agosto did not waste too much time to mark their ambitions in this one. The Angolans went on a 23:9 run in the first quarter to clear off. Mazembe however were ready for the challenge. They increased the tempo in the second term and stunned their opponents with 25 points. Mazembe cut the deficit to just 4 points at halftime 34:38. 1 De Agosto had to shake off sloppiness and start working hard for the win. Led by Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) the reigning champions were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 26 points to secure a 16-point advantage with ten minutes to go. Mazembe never surrendered as they outscored their rivals in the final stanza but it was not enough to avoid the loss.
Joaquim Gomes connected for 20 points in the victory. Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71) delivered 17 points, while Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) had 10 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Johnny Buzangu Mualaba (88) responded with 22 points for Mazembe. Guelor Kubala Nkatu (87) had 10 points in the loss.

1 De Agosto: Joaquim Gomes 20, Miguel Lutonda 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 10+17 boards
Mazembe: Johnny Buzangu Mualaba 22, Guelor Kubala Nkatu 10

Condor - AS Sale 68:44
Condor became the first Africa Champions Cup finalists. They held off AS Sale of Morocco in the semifinal clash in Benin yesterday. Condor will take on the defending champions 1 De Agosto in the championship game later tonight. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) paced the Cameroonian side with 27 points and 6 rebounds.
It was the second game between the teams at the tournament. AS Sale celebrated victory in the first round of the competition. They looked confident and solid in the opening frame of this one. Led by Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) the Moroccan team earned an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Condor responded with a stifling defense in the second frame. They limited AS Sale to only 8 points in the second quarter to gain a 32:26 halftime lead. The offensive struggles continued for AS Sale after the break. They came up with only 11 points in the third term allowing Condor to clear off to an 11-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Condor held their opponents below 30% shooting accuracy and just kept on running away in the fourth quarter. AS Sale scored 7 points in the frame and had to yield at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) knocked down 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Condor. Manganba added 10 points in the victory. Zakaria El Masbahi accounted for 10 points for AS Sale. Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) netted 9 points in the loss.

Condor: Christian Bayang 27, Marc Ouboung 13, Manganba 10
AS Sale: Zakaria El Masbahi 10, Zouheir Bourouis 9

5-8 place

Manga - Maxaquene 64:57
Manga Basket celebrated another victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They knocked down Maxaquene in the classification round yesterday. The Gabonese team will now take on Kano Pillars in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Maxaquene will face InterClub for the seventh overall place.
Manga got to the better start. They held the Mozambique side to only 12 points in the first quarter to post a 3-point lead. Maxaquene adjusted offensively in the second period. The shots started to fall for Maxaquene as they erased the deficit and eventually eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. They maintained the margin throughout the third period. Maxaquene entered the fourth quarter up by six points 48:42. But Manga had their own thoughts about this one. The Gabonese team stunned Maxaquene with a 22:9 rally in the fourth period and celebrated an impressive win at the end. Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Manga. Aymar Boundou (82) added 15 points in the winning effort. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) replied with 16 points for Maxaquene. Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) provided 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Manga: Fabien Bissielou 23, Aymar Boundou 15, Meryl N'Sangou (188-G-88) 10
Maxaquene: Fernando Mandate 16, Kim Adams 14+10 boards

Kano Pillars - InterClub 60:41
Kano Pillars overcame InterClub at the classification round of the Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. The Nigerian team will now face Manga Basket of Gabon in the fight for the fifth overall place at the tournament. InterClub will play versus Maxaquene for the seventh position.
InterClub bravely entered the game. They pulled in front in the opening stanza and posted a 17:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Kano Pillars gradually recovered. They found the right rhythm in the second stanza and erased the deficit. InterClub accounted for only 6 points in the frame to face a 6-point deficit at halftime 23:29. Kano Pillars continued to dominate at both ends of the court in the third quarter. They outscored their opponents 18:7 in the period to enlarge the cushion to 17 points. InterClub never came back to life in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Matheo Ogenyi (86) and Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) delivered 13 points each for the Nigerian team. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) contributed 8 points in the victory. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) replied with 13 points for InterClub. Arnold Boungou (180-G/F-89) had 9 points in defeat.

Kano Pillars: Matheo Ogenyi 13, Aboubakar Usman 13, Ibrahim Yusuf 8
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 13, Arnold Boungou 9

9-10 place
Royal Hoopers - ASO Modele 76:66



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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto hold off Mazembe in Africa Champions Cup semifinal - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Mazembe 79:67

The Angolan champions 1 De Agosto are staying the race to defend their Africa Champions Cup title. They overcame Mazembe of D.R. Congo to secure the spot in the title game. 1 De Agosto will now take on Cameroonian Condor in the battle for the trophy. Mazembe will play against AS Sale in the consolation final.
1 De Agosto did not waste too much time to mark their ambitions in this one. The Angolans went on a 23:9 run in the first quarter to clear off. Mazembe however were ready for the challenge. They increased the tempo in the second term and stunned their opponents with 25 points. Mazembe cut the deficit to just 4 points at halftime 34:38. 1 De Agosto had to shake off sloppiness and start working hard for the win. Led by Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) the reigning champions were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 26 points to secure a 16-point advantage with ten minutes to go. Mazembe never surrendered as they outscored their rivals in the final stanza but it was not enough to avoid the loss.
Joaquim Gomes connected for 20 points in the victory. Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71) delivered 17 points, while Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) had 10 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Johnny Buzangu Mualaba (88) responded with 22 points for Mazembe. Guelor Kubala Nkatu (87) had 10 points in the loss.

1 De Agosto: Joaquim Gomes 20, Miguel Lutonda 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 10+17 boards
Mazembe: Johnny Buzangu Mualaba 22, Guelor Kubala Nkatu 10



1 d'Agosto won the African Champions Cup for Men - by Antonio Santos
1 de Agosto won their 4th straight title on the XXVth African Champions Cup for Men, after to beat Condor on the final for 73 x 41 at the end of the game. Playing thought defense they dominated the game since the begining. Condor only score 2pt during the 2nd quarter. Parcials 20x11; 28x2; 17x9; 18 x 19. Best performance from Joaquim Gomes with 27pt + 20reb; Miguel Lutonda 16pt; Felizardo Ambrosio 11pr + 17reb. Coach Luis Magalhes won this competition 3 times in a row.

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  ARGENTINA   


Super 8 day 3 - by Facundo Iatzky
Atenas 86- Libertad 60
Atenas defeated Libertad easily and advanced to super 8 final for second year straight. They played a terrific deffensive game and dominated all the game. Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who is in a great level, guided the victory. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) was unstoppable in the low post. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) and Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) were the best players of libertad.

Atenas (86): Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 21, Bruno Barovero 9, Matias Lescano 14, Gregory Lewis 14, James Williams 12 () Felipe Pais 5, Miguel Gerlero 8, Mariano Garcia 3, Tomas Acosta 0, Pablo Orlietti 0.Coach: Sebastian Gonzalez

Libertad (60): Matias Ibarra 7, Sebastian Ginobili 11, Alex Galindo 3, Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) 16, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 16 () Juan Fernandez Chavez 3, Emiliano Correa 0, Sebastian Porta 0, Lucas Diaz 0, Dan Langhi 2, Marcos Saglietti 2.coach: Flor Melendez

Penarol 81 - Regatas 68
Penarol took revange of Regatas, that have beaten them last week in Liga de las americas. This tiome deffensive job of Penarol was better and Regatas was never comfortable. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) and Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) were the key of the victory and there was a good production of the bench again. In regatas, Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) was the best.

Penarol (81): Pablo Sebatian Rodriguez 10, Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) 19, Marcos Mata 0, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 14, Martin Leiva 14 () Facundo Campazzo 11, Alejandro Diez 5, Selem Safar 4, Nicolas Lauria 4, Alejandro Reinick 0, coach: Sergio Hernandez

Regatas (67): Javier Martinez 13, Eduardo Villares 3, Ramzee Stanton 12, Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) 14, Tyler Field 0 () Nicolas Romano 9, Scott Rodgers 8, Roberto Lopez 4, Alejo Montes 3, Martin Gandoy 0. coach: Fabio Demti


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ervin, Hawks23.8 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.4 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 4. Sanders, Sydney K.18.3 
 5. Williams, Tigers16.7 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.6 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.5 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans15.6 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.4 
 10. Clark, Blaze15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.7 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.7 
 4. Williams, Tigers7.5 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.5 
 6. Vukona, Breakers7.2 
 7. Forman, Hawks7.1 
 8. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 9. Freeman, Croco.6.4 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ervin, Hawks5.2 
 2. Saville, Hawks4.9 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.8 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.8 
 5. Williams, Tigers4.5 
 6. Cooper, Sydney K.4.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Saville, Hawks1.8 
 2. Penney, Breakers1.6 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.6 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 5. Martin, Wildcats1.5 
 6. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.3 
 8. Carter, 36ers1.2 
 9. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.1 
 2. Hudson, Blaze1.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.0 
 4. Devendorf, Tigers1.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 6. Knight, Wildcats0.8 
 7. Weigh, Wildcats0.8 
 8. Corletto, Tigers0.8 
 9. Williams, Tigers0.8 
 10. Clark, Blaze0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 10-2 
 2. Hawks 9-3 
 3. Taipans 7-3 
 4. Wildcats 7-4 
 5. Crocodiles 6-7 
 6. 36ers 4-6 
 7. Blaze 4-7 
 8. Tigers 2-9 
 9. Sydney K. 1-9 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 12-2 
 2. Furstenfeld 10-4 
 3. Kapfenberg 10-4 
 4. Oberwart 9-6 
 5. Klosterneub. 8-6 
 6. UBSC Graz 8-6 
 7. Arkadia 8-7 
 8. Wels 7-8 
 9. BC Vienna 5-10 
 10. Gussing 5-10 
 11. St.Polten 4-10 
 12. Worthersee 1-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia21.1 
 3. Houston, Arkadia20.1 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.19.5 
 5. Kennedy, Worth.19.2 
 6. Nagler, Klostern.19.2 
 7. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.2 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.17.8 
 9. Ray, Furstenfeld17.7 
 10. Mayes, Gmunden17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna10.9 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart8.9 
 3. Mayer, Gmunden8.5 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 5. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.6 
 7. Slack, Gmunden7.5 
 8. Vay, Arkadia7.5 
 9. Opoku, St.Polten7.3 
 10. Klette, Wels7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.5 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Danek, Arkadia6.6 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 5. Parker, Oberwart4.9 
 6. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.4 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 9. Woschank, Kapfe.4.0 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.7 
 2. Parker, Oberwart2.5 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 4. Woschank, Kapfe.2.2 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna2.0 
 7. Slack, Gmunden1.9 
 8. Fields, Wels1.9 
 9. Ray, Furstenfeld1.9 
 10. Payton, Arkadia1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.4 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.2.2 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 4. Vay, Arkadia1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Horace, Kapfenberg0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 10. Heard, Gussing0.8 


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  BELGIUM   


Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster will no longer be coached by Ivica Skelin who was released earlier in the week. For this weekend game vs Antwerp the team was led by former assistant-coach Serge Pollet. One of the candidates to succeed Skelin is former Optima Gent head-coach Eric Rogiers.

Bad news again for Optima Gent who lost point guard Domien Loubry (186-G-85) in the final minutes of the loss to Aalstar yesterday.
He suffered a broken wrist and could be out for about 3 months. At present it is not known if surgery is needed.
There was however a postitive note too for Optima Gent and that was the return of Olivier Foucart and Maxime De Zeeuw.



Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 9-2 
 2. M.Hainaut 8-2 
 3. Antwerp 7-5 
 4. Charleroi 6-1 
 5. Oostende 5-7 
 6. Leuven 4-6 
 7. Liege 3-7 
 8. Gent 2-8 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 2-8 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Copeland, Aalstar17.7 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut17.2 
 3. Waters, Verviers.17.0 
 4. Miller, Leuven16.4 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.4 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp15.2 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven14.7 
 8. Gomis, Charleroi14.7 
 9. Mallet, Charleroi14.7 
 10. Freeman, Leuven14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Randle, Gent8.6 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar8.1 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.7.3 
 4. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.8 
 5. Tofi, Leuven6.8 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.5 
 8. Hill, Charleroi6.2 
 9. Jackson, Verviers.6.2 
 10. Thomas, Oostende5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.1 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.4 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.7 
 5. Miller, Leuven3.7 
 6. Hill, Charleroi3.3 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
 9. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.0 
 2. Mitchell, Oostende2.6 
 3. Jenkins, Liege2.4 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi2.0 
 8. Greene, Charleroi2.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Santiago, Charleroi0.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Randle, Gent0.8 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 10. Ebong, Oostende0.4 


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil still unbeaten, makes it a perfect 10 - by Maria Mitzova
Lukoil Academik Sofia is still unbeaten on the top of the Bulgarian National League. The champions won on the road against Chernomorets Burgas 99:57.
After clinching a place in Last 16 in EuroChallange during the week, Lukoil had no problems in Bourgas and after a tied first quarter, eased the game. Chernomorets Burgas was once again this season without their star player Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State), nursing an injury.
At halftime Chernomorets Burgas was already down by 14 33:47, and the situation swirled downwards to make it an easy one to take for Lukoil.
Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) nailed double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds for just 18 minutes on the floor. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) also made it in double figures 16 points and 11 rebs, while Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Virginia St.) and Bozidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points each.
Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) and Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) were the only one to score more than 10 for Chernomorets Burgas. Zahariev finished with 14, and Naydenov with 13.



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


Rilski sportist ended a losing streak against Balkan - by Maria Mitzova
Rilski Sportist Samokov finally broke the dark spell against Balkan Botevgrad, and won 95:74 at home, after almost 4 years without a victory against this opponent in the League.
After a hard contestant first half, the host team was leading only by a point at the break 45:44. The decisive point of the game was the injury of Balkans main guard Jordan Bozov (191-G-79). As one of the most important players on the team, his absence proved to be the key and Rilski sportist dominated the game afterwards. The hosts were off after the break, and quickly gained some advantage, slowly increasing it to 20 points at the end.
Excellent debut for Rilski sportist made the new acquisition Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84, agency: Alti Sport), who scored 23 points. Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) had the best game of his season so far with 25 points, and Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) added 19.
Young Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) was the top scorer for Balkan with 20 points, while Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) added 15.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Harper, Levski25.8 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.24.1 
 3. Lauderdale, Cherno.22.4 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja18.9 
 5. Bozov, Balkan18.6 
 6. Stankov, Spartak17.6 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak16.9 
 8. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.5 
 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, Tundja10.9 
 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. Morton, Balkan7.1 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.7.1 
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. Diakovski, Spartak4.2 
 6. Bozov, Balkan4.1 
 7. Gruev, Rilski S.3.9 
 8. James, Lukoil A.3.8 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Hrisimir DIMITROV
  Spartak
  (197-G/F-74)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dimitrov, Spartak2.1 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.0 
 3. James, Lukoil A.2.0 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.2.0 
 5. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.9 
 6. Crowe, Levski1.8 
 7. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 8. Roshmanov, Chernomo.1.7 
 9. Harper, Levski1.6 
 10. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.6 
 2. Vaklinov, Rilski S.1.2 
 3. Doychinov, Balkan1.0 
 4. Petkov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Tundja0.8 
 6. Cvetkovic, Tundja0.8 
 7. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 8. Traykov, Spartak0.7 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More0.7 
 10. Zahariev, Chernomo.0.6 


Second victory for Spartak in close affair with Yambol - by Maria Mitzova
BC Spartak Pleven got its second victory this season, and first at home, after 94:93 against Tundja Yambol.
Both teams showed for a second time a very close game, and after their first meeting was decided by 4 points, in this one a point was enough.
Spartak had slight advantage after the first quarter, but Tundja Yambol stepped up in the second to tie it at the break at 47. It kept going the same way almost till the end.
Spartak led by 8 with three minutes to go, but Tundja Yambol cut it to one with 30 seconds on the clock. Both teams were very sharp from the line to score 5 out of 6 each, what brought the final score to remain still with a point for Spartak.
Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) scored 28 points in his second game after returning from an injury. Simon Finzgar (196-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was top scorer in the game with 32 points, not enough for Tundja Yambol though.



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  CAMEROON   


Condor edge AS Sale to reach Africa Champions Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Condor - AS Sale 68:44

Condor became the first Africa Champions Cup finalists. They held off AS Sale of Morocco in the semifinal clash in Benin yesterday. Condor will take on the defending champions 1 De Agosto in the championship game later tonight. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) paced the Cameroonian side with 27 points and 6 rebounds.
It was the second game between the teams at the tournament. AS Sale celebrated victory in the first round of the competition. They looked confident and solid in the opening frame of this one. Led by Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) the Moroccan team earned an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Condor responded with a stifling defense in the second frame. They limited AS Sale to only 8 points in the second quarter to gain a 32:26 halftime lead. The offensive struggles continued for AS Sale after the break. They came up with only 11 points in the third term allowing Condor to clear off to an 11-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Condor held their opponents below 30% shooting accuracy and just kept on running away in the fourth quarter. AS Sale scored 7 points in the frame and had to yield at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) knocked down 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Condor. Manganba added 10 points in the victory. Zakaria El Masbahi accounted for 10 points for AS Sale. Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) netted 9 points in the loss.

Condor: Christian Bayang 27, Marc Ouboung 13, Manganba 10
AS Sale: Zakaria El Masbahi 10, Zouheir Bourouis 9



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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional: Espanol de Talca is the champion - by Daniel Valencia
Deportivo Espanol de Talca is the champion of Liga Nacional 2010. On friday night, Espanol defeated to Boston College 84-62, with Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) and Sebastian Saez (190-G-84) leading the way with 15 points each. On saturday night, Espanol won the game 75-71, led by Francisco Bravo with 18 points and Brandon Crawford (198-F-89, college: Jacksonville St.) with 16 and 11 rebounds. These are the complete results for

Game 3

Espanol de Talca 84 - Boston College 62
Esp: Francisco Bravo 15 pts. Sebastian Saez 15 pts.
Bos: Jorge Valencia 24 pts. Marcus Sikes 14 pts.

Game 4

Espanol de Talca 75 - Boston College 71
Esp: Francisco Bravo 18 pts. Brandon Crawford 16 pts.
Bos: Wilfred Benjamin 15 pts. Rodrigo Espinoza 14 pts.

Espanol won the series 3-1

Now as the chilean champion, Deportivo Espanol de Talca will represent the country in the upcoming group c of the Liga Americas, playing against Mavort, Quimsa and Flamengo.


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Shocked by Beijing Upset, Guo Ailun Begins to Make His Mark - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang defeated Shandong 101-73. Quincy Douby had 27 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. James Singleton had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 15. Mengke Bateer had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Maiwulan had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Myron Allen led Shandong with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists against his old team. Rodney White had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Sui Ran scored 11. Young Tao Hanlin had 4 points and 7 rebounds.

Shanghai defeated the Zhejiang Lions 96-89. Michael Harris had 34 points and 17 rebounds. Liu Wei had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Veterans Wang Yong and Wang Ligang each scored 11. Devin Green had 7 points and 6 rebounds, hitting only 2 of 12 shots. Peter John Ramos had 24 points and 16 rebounds for Zhejiang. Lin Chih-Chieh had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Javaris Crittenton scored 11, hitting 4 of 12 shots. Zhang Wei had 9 points and 7 rebounds.

Yang Ming scored 30 points as Liaoning beat Fujian 106-95. Guo Ailun (193-G-93), China's most promising youngster who starred on the U-17 and U-18 teams, had his first big game with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Donta Smith had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Chris Richard had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Dwayne Jones had 36 points and a remarkable 31 rebounds for Fujian. Zhao Tailong and Yang Genglin each scored 14. Jones was the only import Fujian used and I have heard reports that Chris Porter is no longer with the team.

Bayi topped Jilin 91-83. Wang Zhizhi had 29 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Lei had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Mo Ke had 13 points and 6 rebounds. David Young had 21 points and 5 rebounds for Jilin. Yu Shulong had 22 points and 3 assists. Jameel Watkins had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 steals.

Foshan defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 96-91. Zhao Yonggang had 22 points. Zheng Zhun and Stephon Marbury each scored 18. Jin Jiming had 14 points and 3 assists. Olumide Oyedeji had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Leon Rogers had 33 points and 8 rebounds for Foshan. Hou Bing scored 16. Osama Dahglas had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals.

Jiangsu edged Zhejiang 101-95. Hu Xuefeng and Yi Li each scored 22. Meng Da and Tang Zhengdong each scored 17. Liu Yahui scored 14. Ricky Davis had only 7 points and 4 rebounds. Jerome Moiso had only 8 points and 9 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Michael James scored 16 and Jin Lipeng scored 11. This is one of very few CBA games where imports were totally in the background.

Zaid Abbas had 26 points and 18 rebounds as Beijing shocked Guangdong 80-78. Ronald Morris had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Steve Francis played 5 minutes and scored 2 points. Li Hsueh-Lin scored 13. Chen Lei had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 17 points and 9 rebounds for Guangdong. Du Feng had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Xiaoyu had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Dong Hanlin had 10 points and 13 rebounds. seven-foot import David Harrison is reportedly seriously injured and may need to be replaced. Su Wei and Wang Zheng, Guangdong's native seven-footers, played only 10 minutes, scored only 4 points between them, and were completely ineffective.



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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 35
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS35.0 
 2. Morris, Beijing33.0 
 3. Lamizana, TianJ.31.5 
 4. Akognon, DongGuan29.3 
 5. James, Zhejiang C.28.5 
 6. Young, Jilin25.3 
 7. Douby, Xinjiang25.0 
 8. Crittenton, Zhejia.24.3 
 9. Harris, Shanghai24.3 
 10. Wang, Bayi23.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Jones, Fujian20.5 
 2. Lamizana, TianJ.19.0 
 3. Ramos, Zhejiang.15.0 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.7 
 5. Benson, TianJin R.14.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin14.0 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan14.0 
 8. Abbaas, Beijing13.5 
 9. Richard, Liaoning12.8 
 10. Singleton, Xinjiang12.7 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.10.0 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan7.3 
 3. Marbury, Foshan6.0 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu6.0 
 5. Lamizana, TianJ.6.0 
 6. Douby, Xinjiang5.7 
 7. Jones, Guandong5.5 
 8. Allen, Shandong5.3 
 9. Lu, Fujian5.0 
 10. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.4.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang4.0 
 3. Zhang, TianJin R.4.0 
 4. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.0 
 5. Zhong, Jilin4.0 
 6. Singleton, Xinjiang3.7 
 7. Hu, Jiangsu3.5 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan3.3 
 9. Green, Shanghai3.0 
 10. Wang, Bayi3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.5.5 
 2. Jones, Fujian4.5 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.3.0 
 4. Abbaas, Beijing3.0 
 5. Wang, Bayi3.0 
 6. Zhang, Shanghai2.5 
 7. Moiso, Jiangsu2.3 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan2.3 
 9. Watkins, Jilin2.3 
 10. Ba, Shanxi Zh.2.0 


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Kano Pillars outlast InterClub in Benin - by Eurobasket News
Kano Pillars - InterClub 60:41

Kano Pillars overcame InterClub at the classification round of the Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. The Nigerian team will now face Manga Basket of Gabon in the fight for the fifth overall place at the tournament. InterClub will play versus Maxaquene for the seventh position.
InterClub bravely entered the game. They pulled in front in the opening stanza and posted a 17:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Kano Pillars gradually recovered. They found the right rhythm in the second stanza and erased the deficit. InterClub accounted for only 6 points in the frame to face a 6-point deficit at halftime 23:29. Kano Pillars continued to dominate at both ends of the court in the third quarter. They outscored their opponents 18:7 in the period to enlarge the cushion to 17 points. InterClub never came back to life in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Matheo Ogenyi (86) and Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) delivered 13 points each for the Nigerian team. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) contributed 8 points in the victory. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) replied with 13 points for InterClub. Arnold Boungou (180-G/F-89) had 9 points in defeat.

Kano Pillars: Matheo Ogenyi 13, Aboubakar Usman 13, Ibrahim Yusuf 8
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 13, Arnold Boungou 9



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  CYPRUS   


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. Radunovic, ENAD16.3 
 6. Camacho, Apollon16.0 
 7. Hanavan, AP.15.6 
 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, ENAD9.1 
 4. Aleksic, AEK8.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos6.9 
 6. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.6 
 8. McLain, Omonia6.3 
 9. Collins, ENAD6.2 
 10. Camacho, Apollon6.0 
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, Keravnos3.4 
 8. Price, ENAD3.3 
 9. Dunovic, Omonia3.1 
 10. Palalas, AEL3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tony BOBBITT
  Huracanes
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.2 
 4. Price, ENAD2.1 
 5. Kent, ENAD2.0 
 6. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 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, Keravnos1.4 
 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 


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


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Pardubice 11-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 11-2 
 3. BK Decin 11-3 
 4. Novy Jicin 10-4 
 5. NH Ostrava 9-5 
 6. B&W Opava 6-8 
 7. BC Kolin 6-8 
 8. Basketbol Brno 5-9 
 9. USK Praha 4-10 
 10. Plzen 1-12 
 11. Svitavy 1-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


NBL Round 15: BK Pardubice takes a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BK Pardubice as it allowed them to take a leadership position in the league after previous leader did not play in round 15. BK Pardubice smashed 10th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen at home 79-59. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Pavel Frana (212-77) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Pardubice has a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BK Prostejov. Lokomotiva Plzen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with twelve games lost. They share the position with Svitavy. Lokomotiva Plzen will play next round against NH Ostrava trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Pardubice will try to continue on it's current victory against first ranked BK Pardubice. It will be another interesting game as BK Pardubice is their local rival from Pardubice.
BC Kolin (#6) forced the game against NH Ostrava (#5) into an overtime, but lost by ten points 97-107. It was a good game for American forward Dwight Burke (203-86, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Andrew Spagrud contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward David Machac (204-80) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for BC Kolin. NH Ostrava maintains fifth place with 9-5 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with B&W Opava. NH Ostrava will play against Lokomotiva Plzen (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Kolin will play against BK Decin (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third-ranked Novy Jicin (10-4) against fourth ranked BK (11-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Novy Jicin was defeated by fourth ranked BK (11-3) in a tough game in Decin 82-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Novy Jicin. It was a great evening for Pavel Houska who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Corey Muirhead with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Novy Jicin's coach Zbynek Choleva tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Decin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser Novy Jicin dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. BK Decin will meet BC Kolin (#7) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against Basketbol Brno and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 15 USK Praha defeated Svitavy in a road game 63-58. Basketbol Brno beat B&W Opava at home 71-60.


NH Ostrava - BC Kolin 107-97 OT

BC Kolin (#6) forced the game against NH Ostrava (#5) into an overtime, but lost by ten points 97-107. It looked good early as BC Kolin took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then NH Ostrava had a 25-23 second quarter charge getting the lead. Then BC Kolin managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 5-15. NH Ostrava dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 46 and made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. BC Kolin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Dwight Burke (203-86, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward David Machac (204-80) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Stanislav Zuzak (206-80, college: Cal-Irvine) added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BC Kolin. Five NH Ostrava and four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava maintains fifth place with 9-5 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with B&W Opava. NH Ostrava will play against Lokomotiva Plzen (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Kolin will play against BK Decin (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: D.Burke 21+14reb, M.Stuchly 18+2reb, A.Mason 18+1reb, A.Spagrud 16+4reb, L.Palyza 13+4reb, J.Stehlik 12+2reb+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Machac 21+6reb+3ast, S.Zuzak 20+10reb, T.Smith 17+3reb+2ast, P.Hemmy 17+2reb, J.Jelinek 8+2reb+1ast, B.Jones 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 91930


Svitavy - USK Praha 58-63

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-12) was defeated at home by ninth ranked USK Praha (4-10) 63-58 on Saturday. Basketbal Svitavy was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for international forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and center Radim Kramny (212-85) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. USK Praha maintains ninth place with 4-10 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with twelve games lost. They share it with Plzen. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against B&W Opava (#6).
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Klimes 14+8reb+1ast, L.Kotas 14+7reb+3ast, V.Hruban 13+4reb, M.Bjegovic 8+3reb+3ast, L.Moravec 8+5reb+2ast, R.Hanke 4
Svitavy: L.Horak 21+8reb, R.Kramny 9+6reb, J.Spacek 9+3reb, T.Macela 8+3reb+1ast, T.Teply 6+3reb, J.Sedlak 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 91927


Basketbol Brno - B&W Opava 71-60

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Basketbol Brno (5-9) defeated at home 6th ranked B&W Opava (6-8) 71-60 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Basketbol Brno. B&W Opava managed to win fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Stepan Reinberger (201-81) helped adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) with 14 points and 4 assists and international guard Michal Carnecky (184-85) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basketbol Brno maintains eighth place with 5-9 record. B&W Opava lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. Basketbol Brno will meet higher ranked Novy Jicin (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 15+7reb+3ast, E.Holloway 14+2ast, S.Reinberger 11+7reb+2ast, S.Maio 9+1reb+4ast, S.Castleberry 8+12reb, D.Gajdosik 5+2reb+4ast
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 14+1reb+4ast, M.Carnecky 11+3reb+5ast, B.Brlit 10+6reb+1ast, J.Dihel 7+3reb+1ast, J.Blazek 6+7reb+1ast, M.Vanak 5+4reb
gschID: 91928


BK Decin - Novy Jicin 87-82

Very important is a road loss of third-ranked Novy Jicin (10-4) against fourth ranked BK (11-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Novy Jicin was defeated by fourth ranked BK (11-3) in a tough game in Decin 82-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Novy Jicin. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 87-82. It was a great evening for international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Miroslav Soukup (200-82) helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Novy Jicin's coach Zbynek Choleva tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Decin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser Novy Jicin dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. BK Decin will meet BC Kolin (#7) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against Basketbol Brno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 19+14reb+1ast, L.Sanders 18+4ast, W.Hatcher 14+3reb+8ast, M.Soukup 13+12reb+3ast, A.Alic 9+2reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 6+4reb+2ast
Novy Jicin: R.Sarovic 17+4reb+5ast, C.Muirhead 16+6reb+4ast, W.Channels 13+3reb+6ast, D.Pandula 10+2reb, D.Hajek 10+3reb, R.Pelikan 7+5reb
gschID: 91929


BK Pardubice - Plzen 79-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BK Pardubice as it allowed them to take a leadership position in the league after previous leader did not play in round 15. BK Pardubice smashed 10th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen at home 79-59. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Pavel Frana (212-77) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Pardubice has a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BK Prostejov. Lokomotiva Plzen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with twelve games lost. They share the position with Svitavy. Lokomotiva Plzen will play next round against NH Ostrava trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Pardubice will try to continue on it's current victory against first ranked BK Pardubice. It will be another interesting game as BK Pardubice is their local rival from Pardubice.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 14+6reb+2ast, P.Bohacik 13+3reb+1ast, M.Marek 13+1reb, M.Arnold 12+7reb+2ast, M.Sykora 7+5reb, Z.Pospisil 6+7reb+1ast
Plzen: P.Frana 15+8reb+2ast, M.Soukup 12+8reb, J.Kovanda 8+3reb, V.Honomichl 7+1reb+1ast, L.Pecka 6+4reb, T.Kubiznak 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 91926




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Smith, BC Kolin18.1 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.16.8 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin15.8 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava15.4 
 5. Houska, BK Decin15.3 
 6. Horak, Svitavy15.0 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.6 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.4 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.1 
 10. Muirhead, Novy Jicin13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Meno, Basketbo.11.9 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.6 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.9.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.9 
 5. Houska, BK Decin8.8 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy8.2 
 7. Spagrud, NH Ostrava7.8 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava7.1 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
 10. Frana, Plzen6.7 
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. Hatcher, BK Decin3.9 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.8 
 5. Channels, Novy Jicin3.6 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin3.4 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen3.4 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.3.3 
 9. Toth, BK Pardubice3.2 
 10. Jones, BC Kolin3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.6 
 2. Hampton, BK Pardu.2.1 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 4. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Basket.2.0 
 6. Smith, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen1.8 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.7 
 9. Macela, Svitavy1.7 
 10. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.0 
 5. Houska, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 7. Spagrud, NH Ostrava1.0 
 8. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 9. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Frana, Plzen0.8 


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  D.R. CONGO   


1 De Agosto hold off Mazembe in Africa Champions Cup semifinal - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Mazembe 79:67

The Angolan champions 1 De Agosto are staying the race to defend their Africa Champions Cup title. They overcame Mazembe of D.R. Congo to secure the spot in the title game. 1 De Agosto will now take on Cameroonian Condor in the battle for the trophy. Mazembe will play against AS Sale in the consolation final.
1 De Agosto did not waste too much time to mark their ambitions in this one. The Angolans went on a 23:9 run in the first quarter to clear off. Mazembe however were ready for the challenge. They increased the tempo in the second term and stunned their opponents with 25 points. Mazembe cut the deficit to just 4 points at halftime 34:38. 1 De Agosto had to shake off sloppiness and start working hard for the win. Led by Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) the reigning champions were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 26 points to secure a 16-point advantage with ten minutes to go. Mazembe never surrendered as they outscored their rivals in the final stanza but it was not enough to avoid the loss.
Joaquim Gomes connected for 20 points in the victory. Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71) delivered 17 points, while Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) had 10 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Johnny Buzangu Mualaba (88) responded with 22 points for Mazembe. Guelor Kubala Nkatu (87) had 10 points in the loss.

1 De Agosto: Joaquim Gomes 20, Miguel Lutonda 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 10+17 boards
Mazembe: Johnny Buzangu Mualaba 22, Guelor Kubala Nkatu 10



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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 9-2 
 2. Erie Bay H. 6-4 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 6-4 
 4. Dakota W. 3-9 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-9 
Southwest Division
 1. New Mexico 7-4 
 2. Austin T. 7-5 
 3. Rio Grande 6-5 
 4. Texas L. 6-5 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 6-5 
 6. Maine RC 5-6 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 7-4 
 2. Utah F. 7-5 
 3. Bakersfield J. 7-6 
 4. Springfield A. 4-7 
 5. Idaho S. 2-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.27.2 
 2. Johnson, Bakersfi.27.2 
 3. Greene, Utah F.21.9 
 4. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.9 
 6. Edwards, New M.19.8 
 7. Ewing, Reno B.19.5 
 8. Sims, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Weaver, Iowa E.18.9 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.18.8 
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. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 4. Williams, Tulsa 66ers9.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.4 
 7. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.2 
 8. Williams, Texas L.9.1 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.9.0 
 10. Sims, Iowa E.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns10.2 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.9 
 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. Smith, Maine RC5.4 
 8. Kruger, Utah F.5.4 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.3 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.9 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.2.2 
 4. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 8. Hamilton, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 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.3.1 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Brackins, Spring.1.8 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.8 
 10. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.7 


Saturday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls S. - Utah F. 97-98
The Utah Flash defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 98-97 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday night. Utah only trailed once in the game and held off a furious Sioux Falls rally to complete the weekend sweep. Anthony Mason, Jr. made a lay-up to give Sioux Falls (2-9) a 2-0 lead but it would be their only lead of the game. Utah (7-5) led 52-46 at halftime behind 17 points from Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette). Utah led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter but Sioux Falls went on a 7-1 spurt to end the quarter and only trailed by seven points (76-69) heading into the final quarter. Keaton Grant made a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to four points but Utah responded with seven straight points to push the lead to double digits (83-72). Chris McCray converted a lay-up to get the Skyforce within one point (91-90) with two minutes to go in the contest but Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) hit a shot clock buzzer-beating 3-pointer to make it a two-possession game. Sioux Falls had chance to win the game in the final seconds but Leemire Goldwire missed a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer as Sioux Falls dropped their third straight home game. All five Utah starters reached double figures led by Greene and Kruger with 22 and 19 points, respectively. Brandon Costner (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Bennet Davis (10 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles. Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman just missed his second consecutive double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds. Mason, Jr. added 18 points while Goldwire scored 16 of the team's 20 bench points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande - Bakersfield J. 93-99
Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored 11 of his game-high 24 points from the free-throw line as the Bakersfield Jam beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 99-93 on Saturday night in McAllen, Texas. The Jam (7-6) climbed back above .500 and avoided a three-game skid by holding off the Vipers (6-5) in the fourth quarter. Marqus Blakely added 19 points and 13 rebounds for Bakersfield, which held a 51-44 advantage on the glass. Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88, college: SE Louisiana) scored 21 points to lead five Rio Grande Valley players in double figures. The Jam returns to action Dec. 28 at home against the New Mexico Thunderbirds. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Springfield A. - Idaho S. 109-102 OT
Make no mistake, the MassMutual Center was unusually crowded because Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) visited town. Maybe the fans will return in the future, even when Walker does not provide a drawing card - the game itself certainly did not disappoint. Walker's Idaho Stampede erased a 15-point second-half deficit, but the Springfield Armor used a gritty, balanced effort, and two Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87, college: Villanova) three-pointers in overtime, to escape with a thrilling 109-102 win. 'These guys,' said Springfield coach Dee Brown, 'they just don't like to lose.' Springfield opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter, and it briefly looked like the game would become a blowout. But Idaho wasn't easily deterred. On the back of Luke Jackson's relentless, attacking style and eight third-quarter points, the Stampede chipped away at the lead. By the time the third quarter horn sounded, the deficit had been cut to 77-68. Suffocating Stampede defense and a quick scoring spurt by Lance Hurdle (13 points) helped Idaho erase the Armor lead entirely in the fourth quarter. When Walker banked home a five-foot baby hook with just under six minutes remaining in the game, Idaho took its first lead of the night. Walker hit a three-pointer with fewer than two minutes left to stretch the Stampede lead to seven points, and followed it with his trademark shimmy. But Springfield would not be denied, not on this night, not even by a former NBA All-Star. A furious charge capped by a pair of Tre Whitted free throws sent the game to overtime, where the Armor outscored Idaho, 11-5. 'We adjusted our defense, ' said Brown. 'We tried to, obviously, get the ball out of [Jackson's] hands, out of [Walker's] hands. We tried to make somebody else make plays.' Brown continued, 'Antoine Walker, he's shown he can beat teams. He's done it in the NBA. So we made other guys make shots, they missed shots, and we settled down a little bit.' Walker, attempting a return to the NBA after a long layoff, did not disappoint his supporters. He finished with 27 points, seven assists, and four rebounds (and, yes, the one Walker Wiggle), but missed a potentially game-winning fadeaway jumper as time expired in regulation. Two years, nine months and nineteen days since his most recent NBA game - and five years, five months and eleven days since his last game as a Boston Celtic - Walker's professional return to Massachusetts still elicited a strong, and split, reaction. Some fans cheered Walker, while others heckled. One small boy, searching for an autograph, stood in wonderment. He asked whether the 6-foot-9, 240-pound behemoth standing by his side really was 'the' Antoine Walker. Walker nodded, signed the boy's program and proceeded to participate in the fiercely contested game. The Armor didn't treat Walker with the same awe displayed by the young boy. Despite Walker's 13 first-half points, a balanced and unselfish Armor attack surged ahead in the second quarter. In that second frame, Springfield limited Idaho to 5-14 shooting and forced six turnovers, flipping a 22-22 tie into a 54-44 halftime lead. Backup Armor guard Jerry Smith contributed six points and four assists in the period. Reynolds and forward Vernon Goodridge led Springfield with 18 points apiece, and Smith added 17 points and seven assists. In a losing effort, Jackson pitched in 27 points, six rebounds, and five helpers. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Dakota W. - Texas L. 101-95
Saying Mike Anderson (6'7''-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) had a career night in the Dakota Wizards' 101-95 victory over the Texas Legends on Saturday doesn't do him justice. Sure, the reserve forward put up career highs with 20 points and 14 rebounds. But it was also the kind of night when Anderson's hustle led to at least one play that defied belief. Like when the Wizards were clinging to a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter and Anderson grabbed the last of his eight offensive rebounds - from the seat of his pants. Then Anderson bounced a pass through a defender's legs for a 3-point basket by Vernon Hamilton (6'0''-G-84, college: Clemson) on of the game's most important plays. 'I was trying to box out, and I actually slipped,' Anderson said with a laugh. 'I saw the ball coming to me, so I was like, ‘Please nobody grab it before it comes to me.' 'I caught it and I saw everybody trying to crowd around me. I saw Vernon in the corner, and he had just hit one, so I figured he could get off a good shot.' It was a nice reward for a night when Anderson did the dirty work on both ends of the court. He was in the thick of it when the Wizards took control with a 20-1 run. Anderson's effort is earning him an increased role even as the Wizards are adding talent. 'He's a player that's going to get up and down the floor,' Wizards coach Rory White said. 'He's an active guy, and that's why he's having success.' Hamilton also came up big in his second game with the Wizards. He scored 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and also contributed six assists and three steals. Hamilton was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, including two 3-pointers in the final three minutes. 'When he got released from Austin they thought he couldn't keep teams honest with outside shooting,' White said. 'He's focused on it. I think he's determined to show the league that he can shoot. If he keeps shooting it like that, good things are going to happen for him as well.' The Wizards came out ice cold, making just 1 of their first 10 shots. But Anderson came off the bench and gave Dakota a quick boost, scoring eight points during a 14-3 run. The Wizards moved ahead before the end of the first quarter and kept the lead most of the night. The Legends' best quarter was the third. They freed up Joe Alexander, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the period. Sean Williams (23 points, 14 rebounds) also heated up, as Texas moved ahead 71-66. But then Dakota's defense clamped down hard, and it led to offense. The Wizards scored eight unanswered before a free throw by Texas' Dominique Jones closed out the third. Then the Wizards rattled off the first 12 points of the fourth quarter. During that stretch the Wizards forced six turnovers and harried the Legends in to missing their only four field goal attempts. 'That's what we pride ourselves on, playing defense and trying to get out and get easy shots,' Anderson said. '... We're very athletic. If we can get out on the wings and run, we're going to get easy buckets.' Legends coach Nancy Lieberman said the turnovers, especially during that stretch, were a killer. 'We can't give them 27 points (off turnovers),' Lieberman said. 'I mean I know it's Christmas, and I like Rory, but we can't give a team like this that many opportunities. It puts duress on our defense to have to play that many more possessions.' That's where the loss of veteran Antonio Daniels - out four to six weeks with a wrist injury - came back to haunt Texas. 'I don't ever want to make any excuses,' Lieberman said. 'The fact that we don't have Antonio is pretty tough. That's like losing Steve Nash. That's like losing Chris Paul. That's not having the head of the snake.' The Wizards got quality play from Darren Cooper, who had 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, plus seven assists. DeMarre Carroll, on assignment from Memphis, had 19 points and five rebounds in his second game with Dakota. The Wizards have a week off to enjoy their two-game winning streak. *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com




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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 14-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 13-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 12-3 
 4. Rakvere 9-6 
 5. Valga/CKE 6-10 
 6. Rapla 6-10 
 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. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Vares, Va.15.8 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK15.7 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere15.6 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.2 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony BROWN
  Valga/CKE
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Brown, Va.12.7 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK12.3 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.4 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.3 
 5. Osby, TT.9.2 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere8.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla8.4 
 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. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 5. Oja, Va.3.3 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.2 
 7. Karner, Parnu3.1 
 8. Winston, Va.3.1 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere3.0 
 10. Pokla, Rakvere2.8 
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. Brown, Va.1.0 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.8 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 10. McGee, Rakvere0.7 


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  FINLAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Nelson, Lapua25.2 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.3 
 4. Manning, Huima22.0 
 5. Hall, SayRi21.4 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia21.4 
 7. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.1 
 8. Thomas, SayRi19.8 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET19.5 
 10. Still, Lapua18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Brown, Namika II15.8 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia15.5 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo14.2 
 4. Nelson, Lapua13.8 
 5. Douglas, Huima13.6 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.6 
 8. Wilson, Huima11.0 
 9. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.8 
 10. Banks, SayRi10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Timo RIIHELA
  BC Nokia
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Riihela, BC Nokia6.1 
 2. Manning, Huima5.6 
 3. Horton, LoKoKo5.5 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket4.8 
 5. Ahila, Jyvaskyla4.2 
 6. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.3 
 8. Pehkonen, TomPo II2.7 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo2.6 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Horton, LoKoKo3.5 
 2. Valentine, Lapua3.1 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.4 
 4. Hall, SayRi2.2 
 5. Ramey, Ura Basket2.1 
 6. Still, Lapua2.1 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET2.1 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo2.0 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 10. Ahila, Jyvaskyla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.9 
 3. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 4. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 5. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.7 
 6. Viitamaki, SayRi0.7 
 7. Nieminen, SayRi0.7 
 8. Alanen, Namika II0.7 
 9. Mantymaa, Huima0.6 
 10. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 


1st Division Round 11: Tapiolan Honka is upset by Saynatsalon Riento - by Eurobasket News
1st Division is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left.

The game between third ranked Tapiolan Honka (7-4) and eleventh ranked Saynatsalon Riento (3-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Honka was defeated by Saynatsalon Riento in a tough game in Tapiola 84-89. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Juho Helenius (195-91) produced 16 points for the hosts. Tapiolan Honka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saynatsalon Riento moved-up to ninth place. Tapiolan Honka at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with BC Nokia and Lapua. Saynatsalon Riento are looking forward to face higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against Kerava Energia Team (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Forssan Koripojat delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Kerava Energia Team (3-8) 88-49. Forward Markus Molenius (203-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Andre Foreman contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for Kerava Energia Team. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Kerava Energia Team lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with TomPo II. Forssan Koripojat will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) at home in the next round. Kerava Energia Team will play against Tapiolan Honka (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 72-84 loss to sixth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (6-4) in Lahti on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Damion Dantzler who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Carlton Brown responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains sixth place with 6-4 record. Loser Lahden NMKY still closes the standings with eleven games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet Ura Basket (#8) in the next round. Lahden NMKY will play against Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 11 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
BC Nokia was defeated by Lapua in a road game 94-88. Huima beat TomPo II at home 93-87. Jyvaskyla won against Ura Basket on the opponent's court 90-75.
The best stats of 11th round was 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Baboucarr Bojang of BC Nokia.


Lapua - BC Nokia 94-88

There was a minor upset when 4th placed BC Nokia (7-4) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (7-4) 94-88 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Nokia won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tyrwone Still (198-77, college: W.Virginia St., agency: GOTathletes) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) and swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) scored 18 points. Lapuan Korikobrat has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia and Honka. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nokia will play against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: B.Bojang 37+10reb, O.Heinonen 18+3reb, A.Vaenerberg 12+4reb, V.Tuominen 9+2reb, T.Riihela 8+2reb+8ast, J.Koskinen 2+3reb+1ast
Lapua: D.Nelson 30+12reb+2ast, T.Still 19+6reb+2ast, J.Turja 16+1reb+1ast, B.Valentine 12+4reb+7ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 12+1reb, K.Siven 5+5reb
gschID: 106795


FoKoPo - Kerava ET 88-49

Leader Forssan Koripojat delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Kerava Energia Team (3-8) 88-49. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kerava Energia Team to just 6 points in third quarter. Forssan Koripojat forced 29 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. Kerava Energia Team was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Markus Molenius (203-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Naturalized American swingman Andre Foreman (198-69, college: Salisbury St.) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and guard Ossi Korhonen (185-74) added 9 points in the effort for Kerava Energia Team. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Kerava Energia Team lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with TomPo II. Forssan Koripojat will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) at home in the next round. Kerava Energia Team will play against Tapiolan Honka (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: A.Towa 30+12reb, O.Korhonen 9+3reb+3ast, H.Alatyppo 3+2reb, M.Tuunanen 3+3reb+1ast, D.Kraznotzhon 2+12reb+1ast, S.Harjula 2
FoKoPo: M.Molenius 23+4reb+1ast, A.Foreman 18+5reb+3ast, K.Brace 11+4reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 10+4reb+4ast, T.Viertola 7+4reb+5ast, J.McCulloch 6+13reb+2ast
gschID: 106796


Honka - SayRi 84-89

The game between third ranked Tapiolan Honka (7-4) and eleventh ranked Saynatsalon Riento (3-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Honka was defeated by Saynatsalon Riento in a tough game in Tapiola 84-89. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Juho Helenius (195-91) produced 16 points and guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Tapiolan Honka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saynatsalon Riento moved-up to ninth place. Tapiolan Honka at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with BC Nokia and Lapua. Saynatsalon Riento are looking forward to face higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against Kerava Energia Team (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Honka: V.Kopio 17+3reb+1ast, J.Helenius 16+4reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 13+6reb, I.Sirola 9+4reb, K.Cato 7+3reb+1ast, H.Hohteri 6+2reb
SayRi: D.Marcus Hall 27+12reb+1ast, E.Thomas 19+12reb+1ast, V.Pylkkanen 14+8reb, E.Pasanen 8+3reb+4ast, E.Nieminen 8+5reb, J.Lehto 6
gschID: 106797


Huima - TomPo II 93-87

No shocking result in a game in Aanekoski where eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (5-6) defeated 10th ranked Torpan Pojat (3-8) 93-87 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 29-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Nathan Wilson (200-85, college: S.Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) helped adding 21 points and 8 assists. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Vesa Linturi (195-83) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Five Aanekosken Huima and four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ura Basket. Torpan Pojat lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kerava ET. Aanekosken Huima will meet at home Saynatsalon Riento (#9) in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play against Lahden NMKY in Lahti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TomPo II: P.Rainamaa 22+11reb+1ast, V.Linturi 21+9reb, K.Rinaldo 19+5reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 16+7reb+2ast, V.Chepurnoy 4+3reb, J.Heinikoski 3+7reb+1ast
Huima: T.Manning 21+2reb+8ast, S.Mantymaa 20+6reb+1ast, N.Wilson 20+16reb+3ast, J.Douglas 13+10reb+4ast, T.Ovaskainen 10, L.Paanala 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 106798


Namika II - LoKoKo 72-84

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 72-84 loss to sixth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (6-4) in Lahti on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. Lahden NMKY managed to win second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 27 Lahden NMKY turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Damion Dantzler (203-76, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) helped adding 26 points and 6 rebounds. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Jimi Koskinen (194-88) scored 24 points and 4 assists. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains sixth place with 6-4 record. Loser Lahden NMKY still closes the standings with eleven games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet Ura Basket (#8) in the next round. Lahden NMKY will play against Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Namika II: J.Koskinen 24+4reb+4ast, C.Brown 20+13reb, V.Heinonen 7+1reb+2ast, A.Alanen 6+2reb+3ast, S.Booker 6+1reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 5+1reb+3ast
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 26+6reb+2ast, D.Dantzler 24+18reb+1ast, J.Kinnunen 15+1reb+6ast, M.Horton 12+3reb+5ast, J.Kivinen 7+1reb+1ast, T.Karppinen 0
gschID: 106799


Ura Basket - Jyvaskyla 75-90

Very expected game in Kaarina where 7th ranked Ura Basket (5-6) was defeated by second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (9-2) 90-75 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 30-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. BC Jyvaskyla dominated on the defensive end, holding Ura Basket to just 7 points in third quarter. BC Jyvaskyla outrebounded Ura Basket 44-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Tuukka Ahila (183-86) helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Niilo Lehtila (195-83) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds and guard Miska Ahokas (198-90) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. BC Jyvaskyla have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just one point less than leader FoKoPo. Loser Ura Basket keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Huima. BC Jyvaskyla will meet at home BC Nokia (#4) in the next round. Ura Basket will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 29+6reb+1ast, J.Mattila 16+2reb+1ast, M.Ahokas 14+7reb+1ast, J.Alanko 8+9reb, Z.Ramey 3+3reb+9ast, P.Lammi 3+3reb
Jyvaskyla: T.Robinson 25+14reb+2ast, T.Ahila 19+9reb+4ast, J.Nissinen 17+5reb+1ast, A.Siimes 7+3reb+1ast, J.Parkkinen 5+3reb, N.Pantsu 5+1ast
gschID: 106800




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  FRANCE   


ProA Round 11: Last-ranked JA Vichy beats Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they edged ninth-ranked Le Mans 71-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy, agency: Lanshire Group) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. JA Vichy maintains sixteenth place with 2-9 record. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. JA Vichy are looking forward to face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Entente Orleans 45 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Chorale de Roanne delivered the ninth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-4) 80-74. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Souleyman Diabate contributed with 16 points for the winners. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) answered with 25 points and 5 assists for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Chorale de Roanne (9-2) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Cholet. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Chorale de Roanne will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Paris-Levallois (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ASVEL (5-6) survived in overtime against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-6) by seven points 95-88 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Davon Jefferson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Travon Bryant responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ASVEL will meet higher ranked STB Le Havre (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against the league's leader Chorale de Roanne and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Orleans. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 11th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (4-7) to fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (8-3) 76-77 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Marquez Haynes who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 assists. Chalon/Saor moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 lost their third straight game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Cholet at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Le Mans (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Poitiers, where higher ranked STB Le Havre (6-5) lost to fifteenth ranked Poitiers (3-8) in a road game 54-63 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. The best player for the winners was Rasheed Wright who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Poitiers maintains fifteenth place with 3-8 record. Loser STB Le Havre keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Poitiers will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 11 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hyeres-Toulon defeated Limoges in a road game 76-71. Nancy beat Paris-Levallois at home 77-70. Strasbourg lost to Cholet on the opponent's court 84-88.
The best stats of 11th round was 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Ricardo Greer of Strasbourg.


Vichy - Le Mans 71-68
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they edged ninth-ranked Le Mans 71-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy, agency: Lanshire Group) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Antoine Diot (191-89) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. JA Vichy maintains sixteenth place with 2-9 record. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. JA Vichy are looking forward to face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Entente Orleans 45 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 17+6reb+1ast, R.Lewin 13+11reb, T.Larrouquis 12+4reb+1ast, K.Reid 9+1reb+8ast, J.Shuler 9+1reb+2ast, C.McFadgon 4+1reb
Le Mans: A.Acker 25+6reb+4ast, A.Diot 11+8reb+1ast, M.Kakiouzis 7+1reb+1ast, B.Dewar 6+3reb+3ast, A.Koffi 6+9reb+1ast, M.Pellin 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 100177


Limoges - Hyeres-Toulon 71-76
There was no surprise when 12th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-7) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Hyeres-Toulon (6-5) 76-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-71. Hyeres-Toulon outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 42-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Le Havre. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Sluc Nancy (#3).
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: K.Houston 18+2reb+6ast, D.Krupalija 18+15reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 12+5reb+1ast, T.Ford 10+8reb, A.Dobbins 8+3reb+2ast, S.Fein 6+4reb+1ast
Limoges: C.Massie 18+9reb, T.Adams 11+1reb+2ast, Z.Wright 10+3reb+8ast, R.Guinn 10+10reb+1ast, A.Salmon 8+1reb, R.Desroses 6
gschID: 100173


Nancy - Paris-Levallois 77-70
No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sluc Nancy (8-3) defeated at home 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (4-7) 77-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Swedish guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Sluc Nancy. They maintain third place with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader Roanne, which they share with Chalon. Paris-Levallois lost their sixth straight game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Sluc Nancy will face Limoges CSP Elite (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque.
Top scorers:
Nancy: K.Grant 19+5reb+5ast, A.Akingbala 17+3reb+1ast, T.Darden 16+10reb+3ast, W.Deane 15+4reb+2ast, V.Samnick 7+11reb+2ast, M.Badiane 2+4reb+1ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Ball 14+5reb+5ast, A.Albicy 13+3reb+5ast, M.Sommerville 11+12reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 11+3reb, M.Morandais 9+4reb+1ast, W.Aka 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 100174


Orleans - Chalon 76-77
A very interesting game took place in Orleans. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 11th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (4-7) to fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (8-3) 76-77 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agency: ZAG Advocates) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Entente Orleans 45 in the defeat. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 lost their third straight game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Cholet at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Le Mans (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Haynes 18+1reb+6ast, B.Schilb 14+3reb+1ast, A.Aminu 11+3reb, N.Lang 8+1reb+2ast, B.Smith 7+2reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+6reb
Orleans: T.Bell 15+5reb+1ast, A.Sy 12+3reb+1ast, L.Vaty 11+10reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 11+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Moss 9+4reb
gschID: 100175


Poitierarleys - Le Havre 63-54
We should mention about the upset which took place in Poitiers, where higher ranked STB Le Havre (6-5) lost to fifteenth ranked Poitiers (3-8) in a road game 54-63 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the first quarter 17-14. But STB Le Havre won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Robert Conley (198-77, college: Clayton St.) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and Ousmane Camara added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Poitiers maintains fifteenth place with 3-8 record. Loser STB Le Havre keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Poitiers will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: R.Conley 18+3reb+4ast, R.Wright 18+8reb+2ast, K.Younger 11+6reb, P.Badiane 7+7reb, P.Guillard 6+5reb+3ast, E.Fournier 2+1ast
Le Havre: J.Cox 18+6reb+1ast, B.McKnight 10+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+4reb+1ast, N.Pope 6+1reb, O.Camara 6+8reb+2ast, B.King 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 100176


ASVEL - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 95-88 OT
ASVEL (5-6) survived in overtime against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-6) by seven points 95-88 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 25-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 19-11. ASVEL forced 19 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida, agency: Arik Krayn Services) helped adding 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Travon Bryant (206-83, college: Missouri) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Demetric Bennett (193-85) scored 20 points. Five ASVEL and four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ASVEL will meet higher ranked STB Le Havre (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against the league's leader Chorale de Roanne and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Gelabale 21+6reb+1ast, M.Walsh 20+6reb+7ast, D.Jefferson 19+12reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 17+3reb+3ast, K.Tillie 13+6reb+4ast, L.Westermann 3
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Bennett 20+2reb+2ast, A.Mendy 16+4reb+1ast, T.Bryant 15+7reb+2ast, S.Rimac 14+6reb+1ast, L.Sciarra 9+6reb+2ast, J.Morency 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100170


Cholet - Strasbourg 88-84
Very expected game when 10th ranked Strasbourg IG (4-7) was defeated on the road by second ranked Cholet (9-2) 88-84 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Strasbourg IG trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 33-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-88 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke, agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) produced 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St.) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cholet. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Roanne. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Cholet will face Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Poitiers (#15).
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 20+2reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 20+4reb+3ast, D.Nelson 20+3reb+4ast, M.Diarra 10+1reb, A.Robinson 10+7reb+3ast, C.Marquis 4+3reb+2ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 25+9reb+4ast, S.Essart 15+1reb+2ast, P.Pasco 14+11reb, J.McCord 12+3reb+6ast, A.Digbeu 9+9reb+3ast, A.Jeanneau 5+1reb
gschID: 100171


Gravelines - Roanne 74-80
Leader Chorale de Roanne delivered the ninth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-4) 80-74. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-17 Gravelines-Dunkerque's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-74 at the end of the game. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Ivorian guard Souleyman Diabate (180-87) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) answered with 25 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Dounia Issa (198-81) added 5 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Chorale de Roanne (9-2) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Cholet. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Chorale de Roanne will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Paris-Levallois (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Braud 20, S.Diabate 16+4reb+2ast, A.Gordon 12+2reb+3ast, D.Page 10+5reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+11reb+6ast, K.Rivers 5+6reb+1ast
Gravelines: B.Woodside 25+4reb+5ast, Y.Bokolo 15+2reb+2ast, J.Johnson 10+1reb, J.Greer 9+3reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 9+6reb, D.Issa 5+13reb+2ast
gschID: 100172




French ProB round 14 best performance: Darryl Monroe - by Eurobasket News
American forward Darryl Monroe (202-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SO Maritime Boulogne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Le Portel (#12, 6-8) 88-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Boulogne maintains the 10th position in French ProB. Boulogne 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. Monroe turned to be Boulogne's top player in his first season with the team. Former George Mason University star has very solid stats this year. Monroe is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.6rpg) and averages impressive 56.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Nate Carter (199-F/C-83) of league's second-best Nanterre. Carter had a very good evening with 27 points and 5 rebounds. It was enough for Nanterre to edge the lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 4-10) 80-74. Nanterre's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 12 matches. Carter is well-known at Nanterre and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#1). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-G-86) of Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (#16). Bassett scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Bassett's great performance Clermont lost 71-79 to the higher-ranked Antibes (#11, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Clermont can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bassett he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bassett has a very solid season. In 14 games in France he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 3.2apg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83) of Antibes - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Sherman Gay (201-F-82) of Fos Ouest - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Nicolas Gayon (190-F-82) of Nantes - 23 points and 5 rebounds
8. Sean Barnette (195-F-86) of Lille - 25 points and 4 rebounds
9. James Mathis (199-F/C-84) of Maurienne - 18 points and 15 rebounds
10. Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) of Evreux - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists

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


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


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 12-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 11-2 
 3. Rabotnicki 10-3 
 4. Torus Skopje 8-4 
 5. Ultimate Basket 4-8 
 6. Ovce Pole 4-8 
 7. Lirija 4-8 
 8. ABA Strumica 4-9 
 9. Kumanovo 2009 4-9 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-11 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Taci, Lirija26.0 
 2. Matic, Kumanovo.24.5 
 3. Jovanovic, Ultima.19.9 
 4. Morban, Lirija19.3 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.6 
 6. Jeter, Lirija17.5 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.2 
 8. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 9. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.5 
 10. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.6 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.3 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Taci, Lirija8.0 
 7. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.8.0 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.7.8 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica7.3 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.8 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.6 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.5 
 5. Taci, Lirija4.2 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.8 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.6 
 8. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 9. Vukadinovic, Pelist.3.3 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija2.0 
 4. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.7 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.5 
 6. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 7. Berat, Lirija1.5 
 8. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bogdan VUKADINOVIC
  Pelister Bitola
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Vukadinovic, Pelist.1.3 
 2. Jeter, Lirija1.0 
 3. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 4. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.7 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.0.7 
 6. Lazic, Ultimate.0.7 
 7. Kurciev, Ultima.0.7 
 8. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.7 
 9. Anakievski, Pelist.0.6 
 10. Petkovski, Pelist.0.6 


Mirakovski still unstoppable!! - by Interperformances
Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances), the 5'11'' point guard of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje, proved to his team his potential, putting on an amazing show in the game against KK Kumanovo 2009. In 38 minutes of playing, the Macedonian PG secured 35 points, making 8 of 10 field goals, 3 three pointers and 10 of 14 attempts from behind the charity line. Dimitar also grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and had 2 steals. With a final valuation index of 45, Mirakovski has been the key player of his team, helping Rabotnicki to outscore Kumanovo 90-83, despite the 13 fouls on him.
Dimitar is a member of the FYR Macedonian National Team and last season he's been named Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Bosmans Team 2010. With his latest performances Dimitar is really showing the world what he's capable of.



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  GABON   


Manga rally past Maxaquene in Benin - by Eurobasket News
Manga - Maxaquene 64:57

Manga Basket celebrated another victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They knocked down Maxaquene in the classification round yesterday. The Gabonese team will now take on Kano Pillars in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Maxaquene will face InterClub for the seventh overall place.
Manga got to the better start. They held the Mozambique side to only 12 points in the first quarter to post a 3-point lead. Maxaquene adjusted offensively in the second period. The shots started to fall for Maxaquene as they erased the deficit and eventually eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. They maintained the margin throughout the third period. Maxaquene entered the fourth quarter up by six points 48:42. But Manga had their own thoughts about this one. The Gabonese team stunned Maxaquene with a 22:9 rally in the fourth period and celebrated an impressive win at the end. Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Manga. Aymar Boundou (82) added 15 points in the winning effort. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) replied with 16 points for Maxaquene. Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) provided 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Manga: Fabien Bissielou 23, Aymar Boundou 15, Meryl N'Sangou (188-G-88) 10
Maxaquene: Fernando Mandate 16, Kim Adams 14+10 boards



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  GEORGIA   


Superleague Round 9: Energy Invest defeats MIA in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Superleague round 9 closest game took place in Tbilisi between Energy Invest and MIA. Sixth ranked Energy Invest (6-2) got a very close victory on the road over second-best MIA (7-2). Energy Invest managed to escape with a 1-point win 61-60 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 18-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energy Invest dominated on the defensive end, holding MIA to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 MIA turnovers. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) chipped in 14 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) with 10 points and 8 rebounds. MIA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Energy Invest has a solid series of four victories in a row. The victory allowed current champions Energy Invest (6-2) to climb to the fifth place. MIA is currently in second position with a 7-2 record as they suffered their second loss. Energy Invest are looking forward to face GSAU (#9) in Tbilisi in the next round. MIA's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
GTU has finally registered their first victory this season after eight consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Tbilisi, where they defeated Samedicino-Academia (3-6) 90-80. The game without a history. GTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Samedicino-Academia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds. Four GTU players scored in double figures. GTU's coach Zurab Tomaradze allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tariel Tavartkiladze (193-91) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Giorgi Gulisabedashvili (194-88, agency: Court Side) added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for Samedicino-Academia in the defeat. GTU (1-8) celebrated their first victory after eight consecutive losses. The victory allowed GTU (1-8) to climb to the tenth place. It was Samedicino-Academia's third loss in a row. The team is currently in seventh position with a 3-6 record. GTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Superleague top team - Army Sport Klub (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Batumi (2-7) 98-65. The best player for the winners was Zviad Babiashvili who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Ivane Maisuradze who recorded 28 points. Army Sport Klub have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They stay at first position. Batumi lost fifth consecutive game. They are currently in eighth place with a 2-7 record. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
10th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (1-9) was outscored at home by third ranked Kutaisi (7-2) with the biggest margin this round 103-56. It was a good game for Viktor Koguashvili who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kutaisi. The victory allowed Kutaisi (7-2) to climb to the second place. They share it with MIA Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their ninth straight game in a row. They are currently on the bottom position with a 1-9 record. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GTU.
Let's mention also a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: TSU (#4) and GSAU (#9). GSAU was crushed at home by 28 points 73-101 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Richard Matiashvili stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Coach Nugzar Cheishvili's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for TSU. Despite the win they stay at fourth position. GSAU lost their sixth straight game in a row. They are currently in eighth place with a 2-7 record. TSU will have a break next round. GSAU will play on the road against Energy Invest (#5) in Rustavi.


GSAU Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 73-101

Let's mention also a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: TSU (#4) and GSAU (#9). GSAU was crushed at home by 28 points 73-101 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-73. TSU forced 21 GSAU turnovers and outrebounded them 51-25 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and forward Mikheil Panchulidze (192-83) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Coach Nugzar Cheishvili's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) with 20 points and power forward Kakhaber Mumladze (201-92) scored 16 points. Four GSAU players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for TSU. Despite the win they stay at fourth position. GSAU lost their sixth straight game in a row. They are currently in eighth place with a 2-7 record. TSU will have a break next round. GSAU will play on the road against Energy Invest (#5) in Rustavi.
Top scorers:
GSAU Tbilisi: R.Chachanidze 20+3reb+1ast, K.Mumladze 16+4reb+1ast, G.Javakhshvili 12+4reb+1ast, G.Khaniashvili 10+4reb+2ast, G.Gemazashvili 5+4reb+2ast, N.Sigua 4+2reb+6ast
TSU Tbilisi: R.Matiashvili 24+16reb+2ast, M.Panchulidze 17+3reb+2ast, M.Chitashvili 12+2reb+1ast, Z.Dekanoidze 11+2reb+1ast, D.Khizanishvili 11+4reb, I.Londaridze 7+13reb+1ast
gschID: 114862


MIA Tbilisi - Energy Rustavi 60-61

Superleague round 9 closest game took place in Tbilisi between Energy Invest and MIA. Sixth ranked Energy Invest (6-2) got a very close victory on the road over second-best MIA (7-2). Energy Invest managed to escape with a 1-point win 61-60 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 18-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energy Invest dominated on the defensive end, holding MIA to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 MIA turnovers. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) chipped in 14 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Troy Cotton (185-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) scored 16 points. MIA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Energy Invest has a solid series of four victories in a row. The victory allowed current champions Energy Invest (6-2) to climb to the fifth place. MIA is currently in second position with a 7-2 record as they suffered their second loss. Energy Invest are looking forward to face GSAU (#9) in Tbilisi in the next round. MIA's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: T.Cotton 16+1reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 10+8reb+2ast, D.Imnadze 8+6reb+2ast, G.Nikoladze 8+3ast, L.Lapanashvili 7+3reb+2ast, G.Markoishvili 5+3reb+1ast
Energy Rustavi: S.Lamu 22+8reb, B.Tsivtsivadze 14+4reb+3ast, T.Toudjani 7+11reb+3ast, D.Sanadze 6+3reb+1ast, M.Abaishvili 6+4reb, L.Tsekvava 4+6reb+6ast
gschID: 114863


Dinamo Tbilisi - Kutaisi 56-103

10th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (1-9) was outscored at home by third ranked Kutaisi (7-2) with the biggest margin this round 103-56. The game without a history. Kutaisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Dinamo Tbilisi's 40. Kutaisi outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 55-21 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for center Viktor Koguashvili (204-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Russian guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lasha Edzgveradze (185-87) added 13 points in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kutaisi. The victory allowed Kutaisi (7-2) to climb to the second place. They share it with MIA Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their ninth straight game in a row. They are currently on the bottom position with a 1-9 record. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GTU.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Edzgveradze 13+3ast, I.Alkhanaidze 11+7reb+2ast, G.Tvauri 9+2reb+1ast, T.Tavamaishvili 6+7reb+2ast, G.Pataraia 4+1reb, S.Tsiklauri 4+3ast
Kutaisi: M.Bolkvadze 20+4reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 17+7reb+3ast, B.Kvimsadze 17+1reb+3ast, T.Babunashvili 15+5reb+7ast, V.Koguashvili 12+15reb+4ast, B.Berishvili 11+4reb+2ast
gschID: 114864


Samedicino - GTU Tbilisi 80-90

GTU has finally registered their first victory this season after eight consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Tbilisi, where they defeated Samedicino-Academia (3-6) 90-80. The game without a history. GTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Samedicino-Academia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds. Four GTU players scored in double figures. GTU's coach Zurab Tomaradze allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tariel Tavartkiladze (193-91) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Giorgi Gulisabedashvili (194-88, agency: Court Side) added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for Samedicino-Academia in the defeat. GTU (1-8) celebrated their first victory after eight consecutive losses. The victory allowed GTU (1-8) to climb to the tenth place. It was Samedicino-Academia's third loss in a row. The team is currently in seventh position with a 3-6 record. GTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: T.Tavartkiladze 18+6reb+3ast, T.Niniashvili 16+4reb, I.Lezhava 12, G.Gulisabedashvili 11+5reb+6ast, B.Bekauri 6+7reb+1ast, P.Rodumta 6+5reb
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 37+11reb+3ast, V.Beruashvili 19+16reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 11+8reb+5ast, A.Lomouri 11+3reb+3ast, G.Lashkaradze 7+1reb, G.Jangveladze 4+1reb
gschID: 114865


Batumi - Army 65-98

Superleague top team - Army Sport Klub (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Batumi (2-7) 98-65. The game without a history. Army Sport Klub led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 22. Army Sport Klub outrebounded Batumi 60-30 including a 42-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Army Sport Klub players scored in double figures. Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ivane Maisuradze (194-85) who recorded 28 points and the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Army Sport Klub have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They stay at first position. Batumi lost fifth consecutive game. They are currently in eighth place with a 2-7 record. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Batumi: I.Maisuradze 28+4reb+3ast, L.Keshelava 13+11reb+1ast, L.Eliadze 10+3reb, I.Mikeladze 5+4reb+4ast, N.Ramishvili 4+2reb+1ast, M.Ninua 3+2ast
Army: Z.Babiashvili 25+9reb+2ast, V.Minashvili 19+7reb, K.Tugushi 14+10reb+4ast, A.Boisa 11+8reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 9+4reb+2ast, G.Pirvelashvili 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 114861




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lasha PARGHALAVA
  Sokhumi
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.9 
 2. Chikviladze, GTU T.21.3 
 3. Panchulidze, TSU T.20.2 
 4. Tugushi, Army18.3 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi17.4 
 6. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi17.1 
 7. Matiashvili, TSU T.16.8 
 8. Maisuradze, Batumi16.6 
 9. Berishvili, Kutaisi16.0 
 10. Chachanidze, GSAU T.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.6 
 2. Keshelava, Batumi11.5 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.10.3 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.3 
 5. Ugrekhelidze, Army10.0 
 6. Tugushi, Army9.9 
 7. Damus, Sokhumi9.8 
 8. Bekauri, Samedicino8.9 
 9. Toudjani, Energy R.8.4 
 10. Lominashvili, Kutaisi8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.9 
 2. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.9 
 3. Tugushi, Army5.8 
 4. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.5.0 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 6. Didia, Kutaisi4.6 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.5 
 8. Berishvili, MIA T.4.3 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi4.1 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Giorgi GULISABEDASHVILI
  Samedicino
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gulisabedash., Samedi.3.8 
 2. Antadze, GTU T.3.0 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.9 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.8 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 6. Beruashvili, GTU T.2.6 
 7. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.4 
 8. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 9. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.2 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (205-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino1.8 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.8 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.8 
 4. Lamu, Energy R.1.8 
 5. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.4 
 6. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 7. Boisa, Army1.3 
 8. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.2 
 9. Toudjani, Energy R.1.0 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi1.0 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 8-1 
 2. MIA Tbilisi 7-2 
 3. Kutaisi 7-2 
 4. TSU Tbilisi 7-3 
 5. Energy Rustavi 6-2 
 6. Sokhumi 6-3 
 7. Samedicino 3-6 
 8. Batumi 2-7 
 9. GSAU Tbilisi 2-7 
 10. GTU Tbilisi 1-8 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-9 


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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. EnBW L'burg 8-7 
 9. Telekom Baskets 7-6 
 10. Goettingen 7-7 
 11. TBB Trier 7-8 
 12. ratiopharm 5-8 
 13. Walter Tigers 5-8 
 14. LTi 46ers 5-9 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 5-9 
 16. MBC 3-10 
 17. Bayreuth 3-11 
 18. Duesseldorf 2-11 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Herten 10-3 
 2. Stahnsdorf 10-3 
 3. Vechta 10-3 
 4. Schwelm 9-4 
 5. ALBA Berlin II 7-6 
 6. Wulfen 7-6 
 7. Leipzig 6-7 
 8. Rist-Wedel 5-8 
 9. SU Medien 4-9 
 10. Bayer Giants 4-9 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 4-9 
 12. Bernau 2-11 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 12-1 
 2. NBC 10-3 
 3. Licher Baeren 10-3 
 4. Langen 8-5 
 5. Leitershofen 8-5 
 6. TSV Troester 6-6 
 7. BG Illertal 6-7 
 8. Gotha 5-8 
 9. Schwenningen 4-9 
 10. Giessen 3-9 
 11. Dt.Bank SKY II 3-10 
 12. Konstanz 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. Callahan, Bremerha.15.2 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.14.7 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .14.5 
 7. Rice, Art.Dragons14.4 
 8. Anderson, Goett.14.4 
 9. Benzing, ratio.14.1 
 10. Bryant, ratiopharm13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm9.7 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.2 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.3 
 6. Peacock, LTi 46ers7.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.7.1 
 8. Watts, Walter T.7.1 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 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. Wood, Dt.4.6 
 5. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.6 
 6. Campbell, EWE B.4.5 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.4 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .4.2 
 9. Copeland, Bremerha.4.2 
 10. Rice, Art.Dragons4.1 
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. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 7. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 8. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 9. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 10. Trice, ratiopharm1.4 
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, ratiopharm1.2 
 4. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.0 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 8. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 10. Seward, Phoenix .0.9 


ProA Round 13: No surprise as #1 Bayern Muenchen defeats Cuxhaven BasCats - by Eurobasket News
The round 13 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (2-11) 82-61. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Cuxhaven BasCats managed to win fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) stepped up and scored 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Robert Garrett (193-77, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Ethan Shaw (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They stay at first position. Cuxhaven BasCats lost eighth consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom place with a 2-11 record. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Webmoebel Baskets (#10) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against GiroLive-Ballers (#6) in Osnabrueck and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Eleventh ranked Science City Jena (6-7) crushed at home 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-9) by 23 points 78-55, which is the biggest margin this round. American forward Jamil Tucker (206-87, college: Virginia) nailed 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Larry Cunningham accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Science City Jena's coach Tino Stumpf felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Morgan Lewis (193-87, college: Findlay (OH)) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for ETB Wohnbau in the defeat. The victory allowed Science City Jena (6-7) to climb to the seventh place. They share it with five other teams. ETB Wohnbau is currently in thirteenth position with a 4-9 record. Science City Jena will play against higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Hannover Tigers (#8) in Hannover and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Karlsruhe were destroyed by Webmoebel on the opponent's court 112-89. Heidelberg unfortunately lost to Kirchheim in a home game 89-95. Chemnitz managed to beat Dragons on the road 88-73. Freiburg were crushed by Crailsheim on its own court 72-93. Wuerzburg smashed Hannover in a road game 99-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Gary Johnson of Chemnitz.


Jena - ETB Wohnbau 78-55

Eleventh ranked Science City Jena (6-7) crushed at home 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-9) by 23 points 78-55, which is the biggest margin this round. ETB Wohnbau was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Science City Jena dominated on the defensive end, holding ETB Wohnbau to just 7 points in third quarter. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jamil Tucker (206-87, college: Virginia) nailed 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Larry Cunningham (190-85, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Science City Jena's coach Tino Stumpf felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Morgan Lewis (193-87, college: Findlay (OH)) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian power forward Dario Fiorentino (205-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for ETB Wohnbau in the defeat. The victory allowed Science City Jena (6-7) to climb to the seventh place. They share it with five other teams. ETB Wohnbau is currently in thirteenth position with a 4-9 record. Science City Jena will play against higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Hannover Tigers (#8) in Hannover and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: M.Lewis 11+5reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 10+5reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 10+2reb+2ast, K.Chones 9+5reb, C.Alexander 7+2reb+2ast, T.Schoeps 5+4reb+1ast
Jena: J.Tucker 20+9reb, M.Hall 13+1reb+1ast, C.Hoffmann 10+3reb+2ast, L.Cunningham 10+9reb+2ast, A.Hill 8+4reb, J.Eichler 8+5reb
gschID: 93466


Webmoebel - Karlsruhe 112-89

There was a minor upset in Paderborn where 9th ranked BG Karlsruhe (6-7) was crushed by twelfth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (6-7) 112-89. BG Karlsruhe was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 67-39 second half run of Webmoebel Baskets. They were unselfish in offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) nailed 31 points for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Coach Thomas Glasauer's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for BG Karlsruhe in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Webmoebel Baskets. The victory allowed Webmoebel Baskets (6-7) to climb to the seventh place. They share it with five other teams including defeated BG Karlsruhe. Webmoebel Baskets will play against league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Karlsruhe will play against USC Freiburg (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: D.Thorne 19+1reb+4ast, R.Roessler 17+5reb+7ast, A.Rueck 16+4reb, T.Williams 14+4reb+2ast, J.Cox 13+4reb+1ast, J.Black 6+7reb
Webmoebel: M.Samarco 31+3reb+1ast, T.Hampton 19+1reb, K.Johnson 17+5reb+9ast, D.Burns 13+5reb+8ast, B.Fumey 12+9reb+1ast, K.Roemer 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 93459


Cuxhaven - B.Muenchen 61-82

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (2-11) 82-61. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Cuxhaven BasCats managed to win fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) stepped up and scored 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Robert Garrett (193-77, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Ethan Shaw (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Robert Huelsewede (198-90) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They stay at first position. Cuxhaven BasCats lost eighth consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom place with a 2-11 record. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Webmoebel Baskets (#10) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against GiroLive-Ballers (#6) in Osnabrueck and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: E.Shaw 12+6reb+1ast, J.Capel 9+1reb+1ast, R.Frohlich 8+5reb+1ast, R.Huelsewede 7+5reb+5ast, D.Yearby 7+6reb, S.Eco 6+2reb+1ast
B.Muenchen: R.Maras 12+2reb+1ast, J.Wallace 11+2reb+2ast, A.Nadjfeji 10+5reb+2ast, C.Prewitt 9+3reb, S.Hamann 9+1reb+5ast, R.Garrett 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 93460


Heidelberg - Kirchheim 89-95

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Kirchheim Knights (8-5) defeated on the road 7th ranked USC Heidelberg (6-7) 95-89. It looked good early as USC Heidelberg took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kirchheim Knights had a 29-12 second period charge getting the lead and USC Heidelberg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-95. American guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) nailed 32 points and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) accounted for 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agency: Impact Basketball) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for USC Heidelberg in the defeat. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Kirchheim Knights (8-5) to climb to the fourth place. They share it with Chemnitz. USC Heidelberg is currently in seventh position with a 6-7 record. Kirchheim Knights will play against Science City Jena (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Heidelberg will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 19+11reb+4ast, J.Wright 18+2reb+5ast, L.Mendez 16+2reb+2ast, G.Baker 13+2reb+3ast, O.Komarek 9+2reb+3ast, D.Barthel 7+1reb+1ast
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 32+2reb+5ast, R.De Michael 15+10reb+4ast, R.Tomasevic 11+4reb+3ast, B.Lischka 9+2ast, S.Adeberg 8+3reb+2ast, T.Koch 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93455


Dragons - Chemnitz 73-88

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (4-9) was defeated at home by sixth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (8-5) 88-73. The game was mostly controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. Dragons Rhoendorf managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BV Chemnitz 99 forced 19 Dragons Rhoendorf turnovers. American forward Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) nailed 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) accounted for 30 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 18 points respectively for Dragons Rhoendorf in the defeat. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory allowed BV Chemnitz 99 (8-5) to climb to the fourth place. They share it with Kirchheim. Dragons Rhoendorf lost their fourth straight game in a row. They are currently in thirteenth position with a 4-9 record. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#3) in Homburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragons Rhoendorf will play on the road against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dragons: S.Watts 18+4reb+2ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 16+12reb, F.Thulig 12+5reb+2ast, K.Moore 10+2reb+2ast, T.Kasper 6+2reb, R.Howard 6+5reb
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 30+7reb+2ast, T.Harbut 29+8reb+3ast, T.Shaw 6+1reb, J.Schmidt 5+1reb+1ast, T.Lipke 5+1reb+2ast, D.Lawson 4+3reb
gschID: 93457


Freiburg - Crailsheim 72-93

Everything went according to plan when twelfth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (6-7) outscored on the road 15th ranked USC Freiburg (3-10) 93-72. It looked good early as USC Freiburg took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crailsheim Merlins had a 31-22 second period charge getting the lead and USC Freiburg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-93. American forward Reggie Fuller (198-86, college: Binghamton) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Frank Young (196-84, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 22 points. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Brian McKenzie (193-88, college: Providence) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for USC Freiburg in the defeat. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four USC Freiburg players scored in double figures. USC Freiburg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Crailsheim Merlins (6-7) to climb to the seventh place. They share it with five other teams. USC Freiburg lost their sixth straight game in a row. They are currently in fifteenth position with a 3-10 record. Crailsheim Merlins will play against USC Heidelberg (#7) at home in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against BG Karlsruhe (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: M.Jost 14+6reb+1ast, J.Heindel 13+4reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 12+6reb+2ast, P.Gause 12+2reb+5ast, J.Nutter 9+4reb+4ast, X.Hansbro 5+4reb
Crailsheim: R.Fuller 27+9reb+1ast, F.Young 22+3reb+3ast, R.Ferguson 15+5reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 11+7reb+3ast, R.Anderson 11+3reb+4ast, L.Kieser 4+1reb
gschID: 93453


Hannover - Wuerzburg 76-99

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Hannover Tigers (6-7) were outplayed at home by second ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-2) 99-76. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hannover Tigers' 40. s Oliver Baskets forced 20 Hannover Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. American power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) accounted for 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Coach Marcel Schroeder's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center David Arigbabu (203-75, college: Rhode Island, agency: Court Side) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Hannover Tigers in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for s Oliver Baskets. Despite the win they stay at second position having just one point less than leader B.Muenchen. Hannover Tigers lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently in seventh place with a 6-7 record. s Oliver Baskets will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hannover Tigers will play against ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hannover: L.Phillips 17+1ast, D.Arigbabu 16+6reb, S.Turnbull 13+3reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 11+4reb+3ast, S.Janzen 9+1reb+3ast, C.Henry 9+9reb+4ast
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 19+3reb+5ast, J.Levy 18+3reb+5ast, I.Elliott 16+10reb+1ast, T.Baker 13+9reb, C.Henneberger 11+2reb, M.Fleischmann 9+2reb
gschID: 93454




Pascal Roller Gets A Pre Christmas Gift Finding His Shot Propelling The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Past TBB Trier 72-55. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DaShaun Wood couldnt even take a break against TBB Trier after the track meet last weekend against Mark Dorris as he had to be sharp, focused and have his track speed on course against Lebron James friend Dru Joyce. Wood had to be alert against the crafty, smart, diminutive Joyce like Miley Cyrus will have to be even more alert against the paparazzi after her embarrassing confrontation with a bong, The way three time BEKO BBL team Brose Baskets Bamberg will have to be ready every weekend for every BEKO BBL team who will be gunning for them more and more especially Alba Berlin after being humiliated 103-52 on the road, as well as The New England Patriots having to be alert for teams who want to deny them winning a fourth Super Bowl like the Green Bay Packers and people in Central Europe knowing how to cope with any additional snow coming in the coming days. However Wood didnt have any serious lapses against Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) as he was able to win the point guard duel on the court and help lead The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a comfortable 72-55 win in the Ballsporthalle. 'This was the first time that I played Joyce in a professional game in Europe. We played each other in college. Joyce plays like Jason Kidd (192-G-73, college: California) and has gotten better and smarter. He is a leader and is not the kind of player that will lose a game for you. He just to shoot from way outside, but now he gets into the lane well and passes great on the pick and roll, stressed DaShaun Wood. We played against each other in college and I am familiar with his game. He is doing agreat job in Frankfurt and led his team to the win. He has a lot of poise which comes with experience. His game has really matured, commented ex Ratiopharm Ulm guard Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). Even though Wood won the scoring duel 15-11, the matchup seemed pretty equal. It was a good duel and I think that nobody got the better of each other, said TBB Trier American John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). It was a good duel, but I think that Wood was a bit quicker, warned Giessen 46er center Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). Wood-Joyce was a good matchup. Frankfurt did a good job keeping Joyce out of the lane, but our offense should of helped him out more, said TBB Trier American Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.). Wood played better. Our defense played strong on the ball screen and pressured Joyce on the ball, expressed Skyliner forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) Frankfurt won their third game in a row and even though the result looked like na easy win, it wasnt. The game was a lot harder than it seemed. TBB Trier played hard on offense and defense. They really make you work at both ends of the court. It was a tough game and we had to fight it out, warned DaShaun Wood. We withstood runs, but then again also had some droughts where we couldnt score. We have to play good for 40 minutes, stressed Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.).

With Christmas only a week away, the winter wonderland that has surrounded the Ballsporthalle already had a holiday feeling as one entered the arena. Inside the home of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, it felt most definitely like Christmas which was only a short time away. Christmas songs were blaring away in the arena as the players were slowly coming onto the floor for warmups. The most famous TBB Trier figure has to be physical therapist Aggi Mock who could easily join the rock group ZZ Top and fill in at a gig if one of the members was sick as his beard is one just worth examining. Mock came from the locker room and already had that Christmas spirit as he was singing along to Paul Mccartney and his song Merry Christmas everyone. Mock also let it known that his favourite Christmas song is Dreaming of a white Christmas. I like the version from Bing Crosby. Thats the best version, warned Aggy Mock. My favourite Christmas song is Silent Night, added ex Utah Jazz forward Roger Powell. I like We wish you a merry Christmas, stressed Giessen 46er Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) who had the weekend off and was visiting the game. My favourite Christmas song is Let it snow from Boys to Men, said DaShaun Wood. With Christmas only a short time away, one could see many red Santa Claus hats gleaming around the arena. Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong had his wife with him again for support and had a cute Santa Claus hat on as was firing up the fans on his scooter. The Ballsporthalle also gave that Christmas touch in that it wasnt smug like in front of the fire place in the living room, but more chilly as if some doors had been left open letting unwanted brittle air come in. Its cold in here. Tell them to crank up the heat, stated Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). Roger Powell had a coat on and was ready for a good 40 minutes of basketball as were the TBB Trier fans who made the long and slow journey from Trier.

With Christmas around the corner and people still busy searching for the perfect Christmas gift as well as the overflow of snow hindering people to leave the couch, only 3,870 people wanted to see the basketball game in the Ballsporthalle between the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and TBB Trier. With TBB Trier only allowing 68 points per game, Frankfurt was up for a real test on offense and had difficulty in the early going finding a steady and solid offensive rhythm. TBB Trier took the early lead 3-0 as Tennessee native Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.) hit a three pointer. However, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners struck back going on a mini 4-0 run to lead 4-3 as DaShaun Wood tested the TBB Trier defesne early penetrating to the hole and scoring and Frankfurt then playing perfect fast break basketball as Wood got a rebound fed Jimmy Mckinney and he found a streaking Dominik Bahiense De Mello to the hoop and making the lay up. TBB Trier then retook the lead as Akron alumnist Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) made a bank shot and then drowned tow free throws for the 7-4 TBB Trier lead. Frankfurt kept up the comeback pressure retaking the lead 9-8 as Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) scored on the fast break after getting a crisp feed from DaShaun Wood and Mckinney then scoring a three pointer after getting a kick out pass from Wood.

TBB Trier then retook the lead 10-9 as German forward Philip Zwiener (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) scored on a pretty turn around shot over Wood. Zwiener had an off day scoring only six points and grabbing three rebounds in 21 minutes. I dont think he has pressure to have to be the leading scorer every night for us. We have enough other guys who can lead the team in scoring, warned Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.). It continued to be the quarter of mini runs as Frankfurt commenced on another 4-0 run to lead 13-10 as Wood made a spectacular penetration finishing with a finger tip role as he was falling to the right and Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) scored on a lay in after Bucknor found Wood streaking to the hoop with a bounce pass and the American fed the big guy for two points. TBB Trier then retook the lead for the last time 14-13 as Stewart scored inside. Frankfurt finished the first quarter with a 5-0 run to lead 18-14 as there had been seven lead changes. Wood made a tip in on an own miss and Mckinney got free dropping a three pointer. It was no surprise that the first quarter was so tight. TBB Trier had won 7 games and you cant dominate any team in this league, stressed Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside while TBB Trier was shooting 45% from the field and 50% from outside. TBB Trier had the 9-6 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had only one turnover.

It took both teams a long while before getting any points as 3.30 minutes had gone by before German Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) was able to nail three free throws after being fouled in the parking lot. Frankfurt slowly found its rhythm going on a 12-2 run to lead 30-19. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) was being his aggressive self getting to the basket and drawing fouls making three free throws. In the run, Frankfurt got massive support from Kimmo The Iceman Muurinen who continues to play the under the boards as if he is a one man wrecking crew making two tip ins on a Wood miss. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) nailed the first of five three pointers in this game as he is slowly finding the shooting touch back. I am happy about my performance. I had a tough start into the season, but in the last 2-3 weeks, there has been more calmness in my game and I have been working more on my shot with assistant coach Klaus Perwas . Perhaps in the past, I was just hoping my shots would just go in, said Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Pascal hit big shots tonight. I love to play with him in games and in practice. He is such a consistent shooter and is leading us, said Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). TBB Trier got some more production from ex Alba Berlin forward Phillip Zwiener and from California native John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) who made a tip in on a long rebound. However Frankfurt was able to keep their big lead as Roller hit another three pointer and Bucknor made a shot after getting an offensive rebound. Frankfurt led 37-23 after two quarters. The score was a bit of a surprise for me, because has been playing well this season and play good team defense. The 24-15 rebound edge for TBB Trier was also a big surprise since the Frankfurt guards do a good job at getting rebounds, stressed ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig center Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). We still ran the same plays in the second and the only difference was that we were more consistent hitting our shots, said Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 36% form the three point line while TBB Trier was shooting 30% from the field and 17% from the three point line. TBB Trier had the overwhelming 24-15 rebound lead, but had nine turnovers while Frankfurt had only one turnover.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners came out of half time strong and were able to go on a 11-4 run and have their biggest lead of the game 48-27. TBB Trier did get some help form ex Alba Berlin forward Dragan Dojcin (205-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) who scored inside twice, but Frankfurt had a surplus of weapons getting action as Roller scored, Mckinney made another jumper, Wood scooting by Joyce in the lane and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) scoring on a nice feed from Muurinen. However basketball remains a game of runs and now it was time for TBB Trier to make a run as they closed out the third quarter with a 15-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to only 52-42. Frankfurt was suffering more turnovers as they had five after only having one in the first 20 minutes and TBB Trier had a longer span of consistency on offense. In this run Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) nailed two big three pointer including a bomb at the end of the third quarter. If Joyce wasnt scoring, he was setting up his teammates with quick passes as German talent Maik Zirbes scored inside with a soft dunk. Luxemburg native Samy Picard who only played 8 games last season came in and hit a huge three pointer. Zirbes scored again inside as he was all free as Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) was not in sight. We didnt execute as well on offense. TBB Trier went on a run which is only normal in the game of basketball, stated Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while TBB Trier was shooting 35% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. TBB Trier was still winning the rebound duel 31-21, but had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to keep their lead and despite TBB Trier fighting, they were unable to be able to cut the Frankfurt lead to lower than nine points. Captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) started the attack with another three pointer as Frankfurt led 55-43. TBB Trier found a trace of daylight as ex Bremerhaven guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) found an open slot and scored on a floater and forgotten German Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) nailed a three pointer with a line drive shot as TBB Trier trailed only 57-48. After Zirbes and Nolte traded free throws, it Was De Mello that nailed a jumper as Frankfurt led 61-50. De Mello wasnt as active in the scoring department finishing with four points, but there were enough other teammates who carried the load. A positive note this season has been the rising play of De Mello especially his mix of self confidence and killer instinct that is visible in his eyes when preparing and firing a jumper. TBB Trier was bale to cut the lead down to 64-55 as Fassler hit another bomb form the Feld Berg a she was falling back and Dojcin hit a free throw. However that was the last breath of TBB Trier as Frankfurt closed out the game with a 8-1 run to win 72-55. Muurinen scored on a tip in after getting his own rebound. All 6 points form Muurinen were on tip ins. After a Nolte lay in, Pascal Roller (180-G-76) closed out the scoring with a three pointer as emotions were present on the faces of the 34 year old captain and Nolte as they both did the chest bump. Nobody will remember the two missed free throws by Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) in the last seconds. The key to winning this game was our defensive pressure not letting them get back into the game, said Roger Powell Frankfurt had the home court advantage and shoot very well. TBB Trier fought back, but it wasnt enough, stressed Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). We played defense pretty well, but there was a stretch of 5-7 minutes where we didnt execute our offense the way we wanted to and Frankfurt took advantage of it and took control. Its tough playing catch up, stressed Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). DaShaun Wood still had a strong game and showed that he doesnt have to penetrate consistently for 40 minutes to be effective. TBB Trier took me away from the lane in the first half so I got other guys involved. In the second half, I got into the lane better, because Dabbert and Nolte were rolling faster, stated DaShaun Wood.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Pascal Roller (180-G-76) with 17 points. DaShaun Wood added 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) was his usual steady self producing 10 points, two rebounds and two assists. TBB Trier was led by Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) produced nine points, four rebounds and two assists. Dragan Dojcin (205-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) added seven points and six rebounds.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners go into the short Christmas holiday with a three game winning streak in the BEKO BBL. The club played hard for 40 minutes and one never had any fear that they could loose. TBB Trier is a good team and we had a lot of respect for them, but our heart really carried us today and has the whole season. We have a respect for each other to play hard, stressed Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). It was the fifth game this season where Frankfurt kept their opponent to less than 60 points and the club is showing that their defense isnt letting them down too much this season. The Frankfurt defense is so tough. They have such active hands, pressure the ball and made us work for every shot, warned Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). The biggest surprise and weak point in the game was the Frankfurt rebounding which they lost 40-32 against a weak rebounding team. They crashed the boards well. They got some long rebounds and we didnt box out well. Rebounding has do with effort and we didnt show that under the boards, added Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). TBB Trier had too many offensive rebounds (18) which shouldnt happen, warned Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). With the first half of the season almost completed, how close are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to teams like Bamberg and Alba Berlin? Frankfurt can compete with those teams. The Frankfurt guards can compete with their guards, stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The only that Frankfurt is missing is a very strong inside presence that is a bit more dominating. However I dont want to take anything away from Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) who is playing a great season and is a big part of the Frankfurt success, warned Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners play their last Eurochallenge game on Tuesday December 21st against Kimky Yunzy.




1.Bundesliga Round 14: Brose Baskets defeat ALBA Berlin in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
1.Bundesliga round 14 most important game was a victory of Brose Baskets over 3rd ranked ALBA Berlin 103-52 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ALBA Berlin to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Brose Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin's 22 and made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while ALBA Berlin only scored six points from the stripe. Brose Baskets forced 19 ALBA Berlin turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 13 points for ALBA Berlin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Brose Baskets (14-0) have an impressive fourteen-game winning streak. Defending champion (14-0) of course still keep top position in the standings. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 8-4 record. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: EWE Baskets beat Bremerhaven on the road 87-74. ratiopharm won against Bayreuth on its own court 82-73. EnBW L'burg outscored Duesseldorf in Ludwigsburg 88-66. Art.Dragons managed to beat MBC at home 85-81. TBB Trier was defeated by Dt.Bank SKY on the opponent's court 72-55. Phoenix Hagen was beaten by NY Phantoms in a home game 81-92. Walter Tigers was destroyed by Goettingen on the road 76-48.


Bremerhaven - EWE Baskets 74-87

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked EWE Baskets (9-6) beat on the road 4th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-6) 87-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-74. EWE Baskets made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. EWE Baskets had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agency: 540 Sports) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets jumped to the fourth spot. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dropped to the sixth position. They have the same record like NY Phantoms. EWE Baskets are looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against ALBA Berlin (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+4reb+1ast, O.Stevic 16+7reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 16+6reb+5ast, L.Bogdanovic 9+1reb+1ast, E.Gill 8+5reb+5ast, C.McNaughton 8+3reb
Bremerhaven: S.Denison 17+8reb, T.Martin 11+6reb+3ast, P.Schwethelm 10+2reb+3ast, A.Drevo 8+2reb, D.Copeland 6+2reb+2ast, R.Chaney 6+1reb
gschID: 92999


ratiopharm - Bayreuth 82-73

Rather expected game when 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (3-11) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (5-8) 82-73 on Sunday. BBC Bayreuth trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded BBC Bayreuth 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American forward Koko Archibong (202-81, college: Pennsylvania) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Walter Tigers. BBC Bayreuth lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place. ratiopharm Ulm is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round where they are favorite. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 23+12reb+2ast, R.Benzing 21+10reb+2ast, R.Trice 13+5reb+2ast, P.Guenther 10+6ast, S.Betz 6+7reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 5+1reb
Bayreuth: J.Harris 19+1reb, J.Reiner 16+6reb, M.Ginyard 15+2reb, K.Archibong 11+7reb+3ast, D.Gibson 5+1reb+6ast, P.Campbell 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93000


Duesseldorf - EnBW L'burg 66-88

Very predictable result when ninth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-7) rolled over bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (2-11) in Duesseldorf 88-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by EnBW Ludwigsburg. Gloria Giants managed to win third quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg outrebounded Gloria Giants 42-27 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American swingman Toby Bailey (198-75, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. The other American import forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Nigerian-Canadian guard Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-84, college: Arkansas) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Gloria Giants. Gloria Giants' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. EnBW Ludwigsburg have an impressive five-game winning streak. They jumped to the eighth spot. Gloria Giants lost third consecutive game. They keep the last position with a total of 11 lost games. EnBW Ludwigsburg are looking forward to face higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gloria Giants will play on the road against ratiopharm Ulm (#12) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: J.Bowler 21+6reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 15+8reb+3ast, D.McCray 14, J.Green 13+4reb+7ast, T.Bailey 12+17reb+2ast, A.Harris 7+3reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: O.Famutimi 15+10reb+3ast, D.Haynes 10+5reb+5ast, R.Brempong 9+4reb+3ast, J.Tatum 8+2reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 8, J.Buck 6+2reb
gschID: 92995


Art.Dragons - MBC 85-81

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (3-10) lost to fifth ranked Artland Dragons (9-5) in Quakenbrueck 81-85 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mitteldeutscher BC won fourth quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) replied with 23 points and forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. Five Artland Dragons and four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. Mitteldeutscher BC lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position. Artland Dragons are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn in the next round where they are favorite. Mitteldeutscher BC will play on the road against Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 26+6reb+3ast, N.Peavy 15+4reb+1ast, D.Fenn 13+7reb+3ast, A.Hess 11+3reb+1ast, R.Boumtje 11+8reb+2ast, J.Strasser 6+2ast
MBC: R.Ross 23+2reb+1ast, W.Bernard 18+1reb+2ast, G.Grunheid 16+5reb+1ast, S.Leutloff 14+7reb+2ast, D.Roberts 4+7reb, V.Radinovic 3+3reb
gschID: 92996


Brose Baskets - ALBA 103-52

1.Bundesliga round 14 most important game was a victory of Brose Baskets over 3rd ranked ALBA Berlin 103-52 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ALBA Berlin to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Brose Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin's 22 and made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while ALBA Berlin only scored six points from the stripe. Brose Baskets forced 19 ALBA Berlin turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 13 points and his fellow American import guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) added 10 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets (14-0) have an impressive fourteen-game winning streak. Defending champion (14-0) of course still keep top position in the standings. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 8-4 record. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: R.Terry 27+6reb, A.Gavel 16+2reb+1ast, B.Roberts 13+2reb+4ast, P.Suput 12+3reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 8+3reb+2ast, K.Hines 7+9reb+1ast
ALBA: D.Allen 13+4reb+1ast, I.McElroy 10+3reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 9+4reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 5+5reb, S.Schultze 3+2reb
gschID: 92997


Dt.Bank SKY - TBB Trier 72-55

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-3) defeated 9th ranked TBB Trier (7-8) in Frankfurt 72-55 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. TBB Trier managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Pascal Roller (180-76) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) replied with 11 points and guard Oskar Fassler (198-88) added 9 points in the effort for TBB Trier. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners has a solid three-game winning streak. They did not change their second position in the standings. TBB Trier dropped to the eleventh place. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TBB Trier will play against LTi 46ers (#14) in Giessen and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: P.Roller 17+1ast, D.Wood 15+8reb+4ast, J.McKinney 10+2reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 9+6reb+1ast, M.Nolte 9+3reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 6+5reb
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 11+4reb+2ast, O.Fassler 9+4reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 8+2reb, D.Dojcin 7+6reb, J.Bynum 6+6reb+2ast, P.Zwiener 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92998


Phoenix Hagen - NY Phantoms 81-92

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Phoenix Hagen (5-9) lost at home to seventh ranked New Yorker Phantoms (8-6) 92-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 35-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 assists. American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. American guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Yorker Phantoms has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Bremerhaven. Phoenix Hagen lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place. They have the same record like LTi 46ers. New Yorker Phantoms is looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) at home in the next round. Phoenix Hagen will play against BG Goettingen (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: L.Greer 15+2reb+1ast, T.Skinn 15+2reb+6ast, J.Cain 15+7reb, B.Thomas 14+4reb, M.Goree 11+5reb+1ast, K.Visser 9+3reb+1ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 20+2reb+5ast, Z.Jonusas 18+6reb+1ast, M.Dorris 16+4reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 9+3reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 8+2reb+4ast, B.Kruel 8+6reb
gschID: 92993


Goettingen - Walter Tigers 76-48

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked BG Goettingen's (7-7) home victory over 12th ranked Walter Tigers (5-8) 76-48 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-48. BG Goettingen outrebounded Walter Tigers 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds and forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford, agency: Court Side) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Walter Tigers. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BG Goettingen has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the tenth spot. Walter Tigers keep the twelfth position. They have the same record like ratiopharm. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face Phoenix Hagen (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Walter Tigers will play against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: M.Scott 18+8reb+2ast, L.Dale 10+4reb+3ast, J.Boone 10+9reb+2ast, C.Tetzner 9+6reb+2ast, R.Kulawick 7+4reb, A.Waleskowski 6+3reb
Walter Tigers: A.Kashirov 10+3reb, B.Ratkovica 10+4reb+3ast, D.Watts 8+12reb, J.Herber 7+3ast, C.Oliver 6+9reb+2ast, R.Markovic 3
gschID: 92994




ProB Round 13: SG Schwelmer Baskets lost to SC Rasta Vechta - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (9-4) recorded it's fourth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (10-3) 102-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. It was a key game for the top position in group North. SG Schwelmer Baskets trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 29-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-102 at the end of the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) fired 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Marcus King-Stockton (206-85, college: Colorado) chipped in 23 points and 14 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) produced 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of group North leader, which they share with Stahnsdorf and Herten. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. SC Rasta Vechta is looking forward to face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against USC Leipzig (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked SC Rist Wedel (5-8) made lots of trouble for second ranked RSV Eintracht (10-3) in Stahnsdorf. RSV Eintracht managed to secure only eight-point victory 75-67. However their fans expected much easier game. RSV Eintracht keeps a position of group North leader, which they share with Vechta and Herten. SC Rist Wedel lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. RSV Eintracht will play against BSV Wulfen (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SC Rist Wedel will play against ALBA Berlin II and hopes to get back on the winning track.
TV 1862 Langen (#4) forced the game against NBC (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 82-83 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TV 1862 Langen. Desmond Yates stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Auryn MacMillan responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for NBC. They maintain second place in group South with 10-3 record having just 0 victories less than leader Ehingen, which they share with Licher Baeren. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Leitershofen. NBC will meet at home Giessen Pointers (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TV 1862 Langen will play against Baskets Konstanz (#12) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
We should not miss the game which took place in Breitenguessbach where seventh ranked TSV Troester (6-6) edged by three points 6th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (6-7) 70-67. Erik Land nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TSV Troester moved-up to sixth place in group South. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. TSV Troester's next round opponent will be Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#11) in Frankfurt which should be theoretically an easy game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play at home against Licher Baeren (#3).
Leader Ehingen/Urspringschule delivered the twelfth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Leitershofen (8-5) 71-53 in Diedorf. Kristian Kuhn fired 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Ehingen/Urspringschule. They maintain first place in group South with 12-1 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#9).

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North Bernau was defeated by Wulfen in a road game 97-88. SU Medien was beaten by Leipzig at home 76-82. Herten won against Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 81-77. Wolfenbuettel unfortunately lost to ALBA Berlin II in a home game 62-70.
In Group South Gotha managed to beat Giessen on the road 87-81. Konstanz defeated Dt.Bank SKY II on it's own court 82-66. Schwenningen was beaten by Licher Baeren in a road game 79-63.
The best stats of 13th round was 36 points (!!!) and 7 assists by Steve Briggs of Wulfen.


Group North
Wulfen - Bernau 97-88

There was no surprise when 12th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-11) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked BSV Wulfen (7-6) 97-88 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BSV Wulfen shot 64.3 percent from the field and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for BSV Wulfen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) fired 36 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Power forward Dreshawn Vance (203-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: Rasmussen Services) produced 27 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. BSV Wulfen moved-up to fifth place in group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. SSV Lok Bernau lost their sixth straight game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with eleven games lost. BSV Wulfen will face league's second-placed RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SSV Lok Bernau will play at home against Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bernau: D.Vance 27+3reb+2ast, C.Brock 20+4reb+3ast, M.Dathe 15+2reb+2ast, S.Trzcionka 10+4reb+1ast, F.Schekauski 7+1reb, J.Heide 7+2reb+2ast
Wulfen: S.Briggs 36+3reb+7ast, J.Henley 20+9reb+2ast, S.Hummelt 14+2reb+1ast, T.Reuter 9+1reb+1ast, R.Bakoa 6+3reb+1ast, N.Janoschek 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93978


SU Medien - Leipzig 76-82

No shocking result in a game in Braunschweig where seventh ranked USC Leipzig (6-7) defeated 9th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (4-9) 82-76 on Friday. Spot Up Medien Baskets were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of USC Leipzig, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Center Frank Theis (200-82, agency: Heinrich Sports) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and center Daniel Theis (205-92) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains seventh place in group North with 6-7 record. Loser Spot Up Medien Baskets keep the ninth position with nine games lost. USC Leipzig will face higher ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against the league's leader Hertener Loewen (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: F.Theis 17+8reb, D.Theis 12+11reb, P.Noch 10+3reb+1ast, M.Obradovic 9+4reb+3ast, J.El Domiaty 8+5reb+2ast, D.Campbell 7+3reb+1ast
Leipzig: M.Pratt 23+16reb+5ast, L.Morinia 20+6reb+5ast, A.Spalke 11+2ast, K.Schweiger 10+1reb, R.Schirmer 6+5reb, K.Kranz 6+1reb
gschID: 93974


Stahnsdorf - Rist-Wedel 75-67 OT

Eighth-ranked SC Rist Wedel (5-8) made lots of trouble for second ranked RSV Eintracht (10-3) in Stahnsdorf. RSV Eintracht managed to secure only eight-point victory 75-67. However their fans expected much easier game. RSV Eintracht keeps a position of group North leader, which they share with Vechta and Herten. SC Rist Wedel lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. RSV Eintracht will play against BSV Wulfen (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SC Rist Wedel will play against ALBA Berlin II and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 93975


Bayer Giants - Herten 77-81

Very expected game in Leverkusen where 10th ranked Bayer Giants (4-9) were defeated by third ranked Hertener Loewen (10-3) 81-77 on Friday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hertener Loewen. They keep a position of group North leader, which they share with Stahnsdorf and Vechta. Bayer Giants lost their fifth straight game in a row. They dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Hertener Loewen will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayer Giants will play on the road against SSV Lok Bernau.
gschID: 93976


Schwelm - Vechta 94-102

Top ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (9-4) recorded it's fourth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (10-3) 102-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. It was a key game for the top position in group North. SG Schwelmer Baskets trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 29-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-102 at the end of the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) fired 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Marcus King-Stockton (206-85, college: Colorado) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. King-Stockton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) produced 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists and naturalized American forward Kristofer Speier (206-81, college: Lewis-Clark) added 23 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of group North leader, which they share with Stahnsdorf and Herten. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. SC Rasta Vechta is looking forward to face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against USC Leipzig (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Holmes 33+7reb+9ast, K.Speier 23+10reb+2ast, D.Bunts 15+3reb+3ast, M.Dohmen 12+1ast, T.Doll 3+1ast, J.Malbeck 2+6reb
Vechta: M.Reid 35+5reb+7ast, M.King-Stockton 23+14reb, D.Krause 17, C.Thompson 10+4reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 9+3reb+1ast, P.Heitzhausen 4
gschID: 93977


Wolfenbuettel - ALBA Berlin II 62-70

Very predictable result when fifth ranked ALBA Berlin II (7-6) beat on the road 11th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-9) 70-62 on Wednesday. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Joshiko Saibou (188-90) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four ALBA Berlin II players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted ALBA Berlin II maintains fifth place in group North with 7-6 record, which they share with Wulfen. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. ALBA Berlin II will face SC Rist Wedel (#8) at home in the next round. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against SC Rasta Vechta.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: J.Sexton 15+5reb+1ast, B.Giles 9+4reb+1ast, H.Knopke 8+6reb+3ast, M.Kemp 7+1reb+1ast, T.Granz 7+3reb, M.Schwarz 6+3reb+1ast
ALBA Berlin II: A.Seiferth 17+11reb+2ast, F.Lennartz 14+4reb+4ast, J.Saibou 12+8reb+3ast, J.Ney 10+2reb+1ast, M.Ziegenhagen 7+1reb+1ast, T.Grauel 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93973


Group South
Giessen - Gotha 81-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Giessen Pointers' (3-9) home loss to ninth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (5-8) 81-87 on Friday. Giessen Pointers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Parnell Smith (198-84, college: Buffalo) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 24 points. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Alexander Khartchenkov used a eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Giessen Pointers players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to eighth place in group South. Giessen Pointers lost their third straight game in a row. Giessen Pointers at the other side, also first year in the league, keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giessen Pointers will play on the road against the league's second-placed NBC (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Giessen: K.Barrett 20+8reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 15+6reb, M.Johnson 14+2reb+2ast, V.Zabel 10+3ast, T.Wosnitza 10+3reb+3ast, D.Czepczynski 6+2reb+3ast
Gotha: P.Smith 24+6reb, J.Boucher 24+2reb+1ast, R.Scruggs 10+3reb+3ast, A.Kuppe 8+3reb, D.Kreis 7+9reb+2ast, N.Valentic 5+2reb
gschID: 93984


Konstanz - Dt.Bank SKY II 82-66

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (2-11) won at home against 11th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (3-10) 82-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Baskets Konstanz. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II managed to win second quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskets Konstanz looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Deutsche Bank Skyliners II's players. American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. DR Congolese forward Jerry Otshumbe (196-80) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Fabian Franke (198-88) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Baskets Konstanz maintains twelfth place in group South with 2-11 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II lost their fifth straight game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Baskets Konstanz will face higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY II: F.Franke 16+4reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 13+4reb, J.Otshumbe 13+7reb+5ast, F.Theilig 11+4reb+3ast, B.Nicolay 5+5reb, A.Klisura 4+4reb+1ast
Konstanz: M.Lay 17+3reb+14ast, R.Louisme 16+10reb+3ast, P.Leidig 13+2reb+1ast, E.Foth 13+10reb+3ast, M.Heberlein 9+3reb+1ast, C.McKnight 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 93981


Licher Baeren - Schwenningen 79-63

There was no surprise when 8th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-9) was defeated on the road by third ranked Licher Baeren (10-3) 79-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. BV Villingen-Schwenningen managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Licher Baeren made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Stanley International) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Naturalized Austrian forward Armin Willemsen (200-85, agency: Heinrich Sports) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward James Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St., agency: 22ft) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Licher Baeren moved-up to second place in group South, which they share with NBC. Newly promoted BV Villingen-Schwenningen dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Licher Baeren will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf.
Top scorers:
Schwenningen: B.Young 19+5reb+1ast, M.Hallgrimson 17+1reb+1ast, J.Robert 16+13reb+1ast, J.Fikiel 4+3reb+1ast, B.Goehrke 3+8reb, G.Rietti 2+3reb
Licher Baeren: W.Gardner 19+5reb+5ast, A.Willemsen 16+7reb+2ast, V.Klassen 16+2ast, P.Wente 14+3reb, R.Scholz 6+3reb+5ast, R.Christen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93982


Leitershofen - Ehingen 53-71

Leader Ehingen/Urspringschule delivered the twelfth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Leitershofen (8-5) 71-53 in Diedorf. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. Leitershofen managed to win third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) fired 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Australian center Timothy Lang (206-85, college: Stetson) chipped in 14 points. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Dominik Veney (200-87) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Ehingen/Urspringschule. They maintain first place in group South with 12-1 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#9).
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 14+6reb+1ast, J.Genck 11+1reb+2ast, D.Veney 9+8reb+1ast, M.Mathey 6+4reb+4ast, L.Vrkas 5, V.Zenk 4+3reb
Ehingen: T.Lang 14+3reb, V.Matthews 12+2reb+3ast, A.Templeton 12+1reb, K.Kuhn 10+7reb+2ast, G.Raebel 7+2reb, K.Bright 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93983


TSV Troester - BG Illertal 70-67

We should not miss the game which took place in Breitenguessbach where seventh ranked TSV Troester (6-6) edged by three points 6th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (6-7) 70-67. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 37-31 second half run of TSV Troester. Center Erik Land (203-90) nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) came up with 23 points and center Andreas Wenzl (209-93) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TSV Troester moved-up to sixth place in group South. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. TSV Troester's next round opponent will be Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#11) in Frankfurt which should be theoretically an easy game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play at home against Licher Baeren (#3).
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 23+2reb+2ast, A.Wenzl 16+8reb+1ast, E.Williams 13+9reb, M.Simic 4+1reb+1ast, B.Butler 4+3reb, N.Kekic 3+5reb+1ast
TSV Troester: M.Stuckey 22+6reb+2ast, E.Land 20+8reb+2ast, P.Zeis 7+2reb, J.Dippold 6+2reb+1ast, I.Pavic 6+8reb, S.Dinkel 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93979


NBC - Langen 83-82 OT

TV 1862 Langen (#4) forced the game against NBC (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 82-83 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TV 1862 Langen. TV 1862 Langen was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 15-14 charge of NBC, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-9. NBC outrebounded TV 1862 Langen 45-25 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Desmond Yates (201-86, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and swingman Juan Reile (186-87) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Australian center Auryn MacMillan (203-88, college: Gardner-Webb) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for NBC. They maintain second place in group South with 10-3 record having just 0 victories less than leader Ehingen, which they share with Licher Baeren. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Leitershofen. NBC will meet at home Giessen Pointers (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TV 1862 Langen will play against Baskets Konstanz (#12) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Langen: N.Drury 14+2reb+4ast, N.Barth 14+1reb, J.Domdey 14+2ast, A.MacMillan 13+9reb+1ast, P.Heckmann 9+1reb+4ast, M.Voeller 9+7reb+3ast
NBC: D.Yates 26+5reb, W.Chavis 14+3reb+3ast, J.Reile 12+8reb+1ast, E.Washington 7+10reb+2ast, D.Schneider 6+8reb, S.Schroeder 6+1reb
gschID: 93980




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A1 Round 9: Reds and Greens stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Olympiakos smashed 4th placed Peristeri GS in Athens 101-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Peristeri GS. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Peristeri GS's 42 and made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Olympiakos forced 22 Peristeri GS turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a good game for international center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). contributed with 14 points for the winners. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Peristeri GS. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Olympiakos (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They are at the top of the standings together with PAO. Peristeri GS dropped to the fifth position with 5-4 record. They have the same record like Aris and Marousi. Peristeri GS will play next round against Panellinios trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens - Panellinios. Olympiakos will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked VAP Kolossos in Rodou.
Ilysiakos' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Athens, where they defeated Panellinios (1-8) 82-70. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Jimmy Baxter chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ilysiakos celebrated their first victory after eight consecutive losses. Of course they jumped to the thirteenth spot. They share the position with defeated Panellinios. It was Panellinios' loss in a row. Ilysiakos will play against higher ranked PAOK (#8) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
7th ranked PAOK (4-5) fell to ninth ranked Marousi (5-4) in overtime by five points 76-81 on Saturday night. Nestor Kommatos nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris used a eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Justin Gray came up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for PAOK in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Marousi. Of course they jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Peristeri GS and Aris. PAOK dropped to the eighth place. They have the same record like Ikaros. Marousi will meet Aris (#7) in the next round. PAOK will play against Ilysiakos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
We should definitely mention a derby match between two teams from Thessaloniki: Aris (#6) and Iraklis (#12). Aris (5-4) won against visiting Iraklis (2-7) 94-85. The best player for the winners was Konstantinos Sloukas who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Aris jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Peristeri GS and Marousi. Iraklis lost their sixth straight game in a row. They keep the twelfth place. Aris' next round opponent will be Marousi (#6) at home. Iraklis will play against AEK (#10) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And finally worth to mention about is a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and AEK (#10). AEK was crushed at home by 17 points 78-95. It was a good game for Kostas Tsartsaris who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Of course defending champion (9-0) maintains a top position. They share it with Olympiakos. AEK lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the tenth place with 3-6 record. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.

In the last two games of round 9 VAP Kolossos beat Ikaros on the road 84-69. Panionios lost to Kavala on its own court 73-79.


Aris - Iraklis 94-85
We should definitely mention a derby match between two teams from Thessaloniki: Aris (#6) and Iraklis (#12). Aris (5-4) won against visiting Iraklis (2-7) 94-85. They made 31-of-38 charity shots (81.6 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Iraklis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward P.J. Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Matt Bouldin (196-88, college: Gonzaga) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Of course Aris jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Peristeri GS and Marousi. Iraklis lost their sixth straight game in a row. They keep the twelfth place. Aris' next round opponent will be Marousi (#6) at home. Iraklis will play against AEK (#10) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: E.Jazvin 16+10reb+1ast, M.Bouldin 16+4reb+1ast, N.Koprivica 15+2reb+1ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 15+3reb+3ast, A.Eitutavicius 14+4reb+2ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 7+1reb
Aris: K.Sloukas 17+5reb+6ast, C.Tapoutos 15+2reb+2ast, N.Hatzivrettas 14+1reb+1ast, P.Tucker 13+6reb+1ast, B.Dunston 13+3reb+1ast, K.Charalampidis 11+1reb+5ast
gschID: 103775


Marousi - PAOK 81-76 OT
7th ranked PAOK (4-5) fell to ninth ranked Marousi (5-4) in overtime by five points 76-81 on Saturday night. PAOK was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 12-11 charge of Marousi, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-10. The former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Marousi players scored in double figures. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris used a eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) came up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for PAOK in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Marousi. Of course they jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Peristeri GS and Aris. PAOK dropped to the eighth place. They have the same record like Ikaros. Marousi will meet Aris (#7) in the next round. PAOK will play against Ilysiakos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PAOK: J.Gray 25+7reb+4ast, L.Papadopoulos 18+5reb+1ast, R.Marshall 17+4reb+1ast, R.Dozier 6+4reb, T.Gechevski 4+7reb+2ast, G.Dedas 4+1reb+1ast
Marousi: D.Bagaric 17+7reb+2ast, N.Kommatos 17+8reb+3ast, T.Weeden 15+3reb+4ast, Y.Gagaloudis 14+2reb+6ast, A.Bojic 8, F.Kojadinovic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 103776


Ikaros - VAP Kolossos 69-84
No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked VAP Kolossos (6-3) beat 8th ranked Ikaros (4-5) in Kalitheas 84-69 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Ikaros was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Costas Harissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. International guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) answered with 19 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ikaros. Four Ikaros players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for VAP Kolossos. Of course they jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Kavala. Ikaros keeps the eighth place. VAP Kolossos will face league's leader Olympiakos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ikaros will play on the road against Kavala (#3).
Top scorers:
Ikaros: G.Kalambokis 19+3reb+3ast, L.Harris 16+7reb+1ast, V.Karaboulas 13+4reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 11+2ast, D.Thompson 6+4reb, C.Petrodimopoulos 2+3reb+1ast
VAP Kolossos: A.Tsamis 18+5reb+2ast, C.Harissis 15+7reb+1ast, J.Jordan 14+1reb+7ast, P.Kalathis 9+6reb+1ast, J.Golemac 9+2reb+3ast, A.Asimakopoulos 8+2reb
gschID: 103777


Olympiakos - Peristeri GS 101-64
Olympiakos smashed 4th placed Peristeri GS in Athens 101-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Peristeri GS. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Peristeri GS's 42 and made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Olympiakos forced 22 Peristeri GS turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a good game for international center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). contributed with 14 points for the winners. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Peristeri GS. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Olympiakos (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They are at the top of the standings together with PAO. Peristeri GS dropped to the fifth position with 5-4 record. They have the same record like Aris and Marousi. Peristeri GS will play next round against Panellinios trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens - Panellinios. Olympiakos will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked VAP Kolossos in Rodou.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: M.King 18+3reb+2ast, K.Looby 13+13reb+1ast, E.Scott 9+1reb+2ast, A.Petroulas 5+1reb, J.Mocnik 5+1reb+6ast, E.Mantzaris 5+1ast
Olympiakos: L.Mavrokefalides 21+1reb+4ast, 14+3reb+3ast, 14+2reb+3ast, I.Bourousis 13+3reb+1ast, T.Papaloukas 11+3reb+6ast, R.Nesterovic 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 103778


Panellinios - Ilysiakos 70-82
Ilysiakos' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Athens, where they defeated Panellinios (1-8) 82-70. Panellinios was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 41-27 second half run of Ilysiakos. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Panellinios was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Panellinios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ilysiakos celebrated their first victory after eight consecutive losses. Of course they jumped to the thirteenth spot. They share the position with defeated Panellinios. It was Panellinios' loss in a row. Ilysiakos will play against higher ranked PAOK (#8) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: S. Smith 13+10reb+1ast, S.Udrih 11+3reb+3ast, M.Bailey 10+2reb, D.Ostojic 10+5reb, J.Krabbenhoft 7+2reb+2ast, V.Xanthopoulos 6+5reb+2ast
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 27+6reb+2ast, J.Baxter 18+5reb+5ast, M.Todic 14+9reb+1ast, L.Kaselakis 8+7reb+2ast, G.Galiotos 7+5reb, 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 103779


Panionios - Kavala 73-79
Very expected game when 10th ranked Panionios (3-6) lost to third ranked Kavala (6-3) in Athens 73-79 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Kavala made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Panionios was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-79) answered with 21 points and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) added 9 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Panionios. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Kavala did not change their third position in the standings. Panionios lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the tenth place. Kavala will face Ikaros (#9) in Kalitheas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Panionios: N.Barlos 21+3reb, K.McLeod 15+1reb+4ast, C.Elonu 9+13reb, M.Vujanic 9+1reb+1ast, M.Batis 9+2reb+1ast, V.Jankovic 5+4reb
Kavala: C.Simmons 24+8reb, M.Palacio 17+5reb+9ast, S.Karapostolou 13+4reb+4ast, S.Huff 9+2reb, B.Jorovic 8+1reb+1ast, 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103773


AEK - Panathinaikos 78-95
And finally worth to mention about is a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and AEK (#10). AEK was crushed at home by 17 points 78-95. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. AEK managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos outrebounded AEK 34-18 including a 26-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for the former international forward Kostas Tsartsaris (210-79) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 28 points and the former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AEK. Four AEK players scored in double figures. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Of course defending champion (9-0) maintains a top position. They share it with Olympiakos. AEK lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the tenth place with 3-6 record. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.
Top scorers:
AEK: A.Grundy 28+1reb, D.Dikoudis 18+5reb+1ast, P.Nikolaidis 11+3reb+6ast, L.Mack 11+1reb+1ast, T.Castle 8+4reb+3ast, 2
Panathinaikos: K.Tsartsaris 19+7reb+2ast, D.Diamantidis 17+2reb+4ast, D.Nicholas 11+2reb+1ast, M.Tepic 9+4reb+3ast, I.Vougioukas 8, K.Kaimakoglou 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 103774




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Palacio, Kavala18.6 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.9 
 4. Grundy, AEK16.0 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.3 
 6. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 7. Simmons, Kavala14.3 
 8. Dikoudis, AEK14.0 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris14.0 
 10. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.9 
 2. Looby, Peristeri GS9.2 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros8.7 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.0 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi7.0 
 8. Tucker, Aris6.9 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Byars, Panellinios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.1 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.4 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.4 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Palacio, Kavala4.1 
 7. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 8. Tsamis, VAP K.3.6 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.3.4 
 10. Tepic, Panathinaikos3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Iraklis
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.1 
 4. Grundy, AEK2.0 
 5. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.9 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.9 
 8. King, Peristeri GS1.8 
 9. Carroll, Ikaros1.8 
 10. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.6 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi2.0 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.2 
 5. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 8. Mavrokefalid., Olympi.0.9 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 10. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.19.5 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apollo.17.7 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati17.3 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio17.0 
 5. Magounis, AGOR16.9 
 6. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada16.7 
 7. Koupidis, Near East16.7 
 8. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.4 
 9. Koutroulias, Olimp.15.9 
 10. Totsios, Ikaroi S.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kartelo, AE.9.3 
 2. Karavanas, Panery.8.4 
 3. Kosanovic, Koroivos8.3 
 4. Amato, Near East8.3 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati8.0 
 6. Sigounas, Panele.7.7 
 7. Jovanovic, KAOD7.6 
 8. Latovic, AGOR7.4 
 9. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.7.1 
 10. Papargiropou., Amynta.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Savvas KABERIDIS
  Ikaroi Serron
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 2. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.7 
 3. Nikou, Panelefs.4.7 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.6 
 5. Katsares, KAOD4.4 
 6. Sourlis, KAOD4.3 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.9 
 8. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.8 
 9. Koukas, Ikaroi S.3.4 
 10. Kartelo, AE.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MAKRIS
  Olimpiada
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Makris, Olimpiada2.1 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas .2.0 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.7 
 4. Michalos, Pagrati1.6 
 5. Sourlis, KAOD1.6 
 6. Pettas, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Moschovitis, Near E.1.4 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Papargiropou., Amynta.1.4 
 10. Prodromou, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.3 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.7 
 4. Psathas, Apollon .1.3 
 5. Kasabalis, AE.1.0 
 6. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 7. Karavanas, Panery.0.8 
 8. Manavopoulos, Panele.0.7 
 9. Ifantis, Koroivos0.7 
 10. Tsouk, Periko/A.0.7 


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


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


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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. Borha, Landstede16.7 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.9 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.6 
 7. Marshall, Lands.14.7 
 8. Voorn, ABC14.6 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.5 
 10. Humphrey, Magixx14.5 
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. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.3 
 5. Griffin, Giants9.3 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.7 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.3 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. de Randamie, ABC8.1 
 10. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.8 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.8 
 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. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.2 
 7. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 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. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 9. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 15-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 13-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 13-5 
 4. Magixx 11-7 
 5. DeFriesland 9-9 
 6. BS Weert 8-9 
 7. ABC 7-10 
 8. Giants 5-12 
 9. Landstede 5-13 
 10. Rotterdam 1-17 


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  HONG KONG   


US-SCFA crowned champions in Hong Kong - by Ryan Asis Maniago


HONG KONG - The Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) of the US put a final exclamation point on its campaign here by beating China's Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team, 93-78, at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai.

The Los Angeles-based SCFA, a team composed mostly of former collegiate players in the US, beat all of its opponents in the tournament in double figures, including host Hong Kong by 30 points, 88-58.


Its only close game was against the Philippines, represented here by Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University, which almost pulled off an upset against the Americans in the semi-final round before succumbing, 91-85.

Xin Cheng Holdings, representing China's Fujian province, earned its championship berth by beating Hong Kong, 72-59, in its own semi-final duel, but could not get its shooting game going against the highly physical Americans.

SCFA stood head and shoulders above the competition here in terms of heft, athleticism and experience. Its frontline paraded a legit 7-footer in David Erickson, 6'9 Robert Curtis, 6'7 Jerome Moton and 6'7, 260-lb 'Baby Shaq' Tarron Williams (200-F-76, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.).

The Hong Kong National Team, the defending champions, settled for third place by beating the Philippine 'Blue Birds', 61-45. The Filipinos, composed of collegiate players who are having their first taste of international hoops, looked drained from last night's tightly fought game with the Americans, but nonetheless gave a good account for themselves in the tournament with their passionate brand of basketball.


- Ryan Asis Maniago





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


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Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 15-2 
 2. Pelita Jaya 14-1 
 3. CLS 12-4 
 4. ASPAC 12-4 
 5. Garuda 9-8 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 7-9 
 7. Stadium Jak. 7-10 
 8. Bima Sakti 3-13 
 9. Angsapura 1-15 
 10. Citra Satria 1-15 


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Frates takes the helm in Reggio Emilia - by Gianni Pascucci
Trenkwalder Reggiana Reggio Emilia announced yesterday that coach Alessandro Finelli decided to resign. The team officials decided to replace him with Fabrizio Frates, who inked a contract till 2013. Frates comes back in Reggio Emilie after having coached there three consecutive seasons, from 2003 to 2006. He will be introduced to media in a press conference tomorrow, Monday 20, at 12:00. The team will be coached today, in the game vs. Umana Venezia, by Coach Assistant Massimiliano Menetti

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. Zoroski, Banca T.17.8 
 4. Lavrinovic, Montepas.16.8 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.8 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
 7. Thomas, Air AV15.1 
 8. Dean, Air AV15.1 
 9. Troutman, Air AV15.0 
 10. Winston, CS Bo.15.0 
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. Suton, Angelico BI8.4 
 4. Davis, Banca Tercas8.3 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 6. Hall, Banca Tercas8.2 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.9 
 8. Slay, Cimberio VA7.8 
 9. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.7 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Air AV6.3 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.5.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.6 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.4.3 
 5. Diener, Dinamo S.3.8 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.7 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA3.5 
 8. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.3 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Scavolini PS
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hackett, Scavolin.3.0 
 2. Di Bella, Pepsi C.3.0 
 3. Hawkins, Armani MI2.8 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.2.7 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR2.7 
 7. Sosa, Angelico BI2.7 
 8. Rocca, Armani MI2.7 
 9. Green, Air AV2.6 
 10. Collins, Scavolin.2.6 
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. Polonara, Banca T.1.4 
 4. Smith, Benetton TV1.4 
 5. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 6. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.0.9 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi0.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.8 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


SerieA Round 10: Cimberio Varese is defeated by Banca Tercas - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Varese between third ranked Cimberio Varese (6-4) and sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (2-8) on Sunday night. Cimberio was defeated by Banca Tercas in a tough game at home 91-98. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-91. Banca Tercas made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Banca Tercas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) scored 26 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Banca Tercas (2-8) to climb to the fifteenth place. They share it with Enel Brindisi. Cimberio Varese who is 6-4 went down to fourth position. Banca Tercas is looking forward to face Enel Brindisi (#15) at home in the next round. Cimberio Varese will play against the league's second-placed Armani Milano (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (6-4) 104-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) notched 17 points to lead the effort and Tomas Ress supported him with 15 points. Even 12 points by American forward Morris Almond (198-85, college: Rice) did not help to save the game for Scavolini Pesaro. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Current champion stay at first position. Scavolini Pesaro is currently in fourth place with a 6-4 record. Montepaschi Siena will play against Benetton Treviso (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Pepsi Caserta (4-6) outlasted Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (4-6) in overtime by two points 89-87 on Saturday night. The game took place in Montegranaro. But there were guests from Caserta who were better at the end. Fabio Di Bella fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Sharrod Ford produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. The victory allowed Pepsi Caserta (4-6) to climb to the tenth place. They share it with four other teams including defeated Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. Pepsi Caserta will meet Air Avellino (#13) on the road in the next round. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Scavolini Pesaro and hope to secure a win.
A very close game took place in Biella between Lottomatica Roma and Angelico . Thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (4-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Angelico Biella (5-5). Lottomatica Roma managed to escape with a 2-point win 102-100 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Darius Washington who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The victory allowed Lottomatica Roma (4-6) to climb to the tenth place. They share it with four other teams. Angelico Biella is currently in sixth position with a 5-5 record. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be Dinamo Sassari (#12) at home.
An interesting game took place in Avellino where higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (5-5) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Air Avellino (5-5) 83-69 on Sunday. Chevon Troutman had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The victory allowed Air Avellino (4-6) to climb to the tenth place. They share it with four other teams. Vanoli-Braga is currently in sixth position with a 5-5 record. Air Avellino will face Pepsi Caserta (#11) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Benetton TV won against Dinamo Sassari on the opponent's court 92-87. Bennet Cantu outscored Enel Brindisi in a home game 85-62. Armani MI managed to beat CS Bologna on the road 94-81.


Cimberio VA - Banca Tercas 91-98

The most important game in the last round took place in Varese between third ranked Cimberio Varese (6-4) and sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (2-8) on Sunday night. Cimberio was defeated by Banca Tercas in a tough game at home 91-98. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-91. Banca Tercas made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Banca Tercas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) scored 26 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jobey Thomas (193-80, college: Charlotte) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Banca Tercas (2-8) to climb to the fifteenth place. They share it with Enel Brindisi. Cimberio Varese who is 6-4 went down to fourth position. Banca Tercas is looking forward to face Enel Brindisi (#15) at home in the next round. Cimberio Varese will play against the league's second-placed Armani Milano (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: I.Zoroski 26+2reb+2ast, J.Davis 21+7reb+1ast, K.Fletcher 13+9reb, B.Ahearn 12+3ast, A.Polonara 8+3reb+3ast, D.Diener 8+5reb+6ast
Cimberio VA: R.Slay 25+8reb+3ast, J.Thomas 18+3reb+4ast, P.Goss 17+1reb+5ast, G.Galanda 11+2reb+2ast, A.Righetti 9+2reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 96103


Angelico BI - Lottomatica 100-102

A very close game took place in Biella between Lottomatica Roma and Angelico . Thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (4-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Angelico Biella (5-5). Lottomatica Roma managed to escape with a 2-point win 102-100 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) replied with 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Angelico Biella. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Lottomatica Roma (4-6) to climb to the tenth place. They share it with four other teams. Angelico Biella is currently in sixth position with a 5-5 record. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be Dinamo Sassari (#12) at home.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: D.Washington 22+2reb+3ast, L.Datome 19+4reb+1ast, V.Dasic 18+6reb+1ast, N.Dedovic 13+5reb+4ast, A.Crosariol 12+5reb+1ast, C.Smith 10+2reb+1ast
Angelico BI: E.Sosa 24+4reb+6ast, G.Suton 20+11reb+2ast, M.Soragna 13+1ast, A.Slaughter 11+7reb+3ast, M.Salyers 11+4reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96104


Dinamo Sassari - Benetton TV 87-92

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Benetton Treviso and 11th ranked Dinamo Sassari had identical 4-5 record. But Dinamo Sassari was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Treviso 87-92 on Saturday night. Dinamo Sassari trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 33-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-92 at the end of the game. Benetton Treviso made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Dinamo Sassari was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Swiss forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) responded with 18 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 23 points. Four Benetton Treviso and five Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Benetton Treviso (5-5) to climb to the sixth place. They share it with three other teams. Dinamo Sassari lost third consecutive game. The team is currently in tenth position with a 4-6 record. Benetton Treviso will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dinamo Sassari will play against Lottomatica Roma (#14).
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: H.Peric 20+5reb+3ast, D.Motiejunas 16+3reb, D.Smith 16+2reb+4ast, G.Brunner 13+15reb, R.Toolson 11+2reb, J.Wojciechovski 7
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 23+1reb+3ast, T.Diener 18+4reb+7ast, O.Hunter 14+10reb+1ast, M.Pinton 10+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 10+3reb, D.Tsaldaris 5+1ast
gschID: 96105


Bennet Cantu - Enel Brindisi 85-62

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Bennet Cantu (7-3) smashed at home 15th ranked Enel Brindisi (2-8) 85-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-62. Bennet Cantu looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Enel Brindisi's players. Belgian guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Kristoffer Lang (211-79, college: N.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (200-82, college: Pepperdine) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bennet Cantu has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed Bennet Cantu (7-3) to climb to the third place. Enel Brindisi is currently in fifteenth position with a 2-8 record. Bennet Cantu will face Angelico Biella (#6) on the road in the next round. Enel Brindisi will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: J.Tabu 20+4reb+1ast, V.Micov 17+4reb+3ast, B.Ortner 13+7reb+2ast, M.Green 9+1reb, N.Mazzarino 9+2reb+7ast, M.Mian 6+3reb+2ast
Enel Brindisi: K.Lang 21+6reb, Y.Diawara 10+6reb, A.Giovacchini 8+3reb+3ast, G.Maresca 7, H.Toure 7+5reb, B.Dixon 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 96099


CS Bologna - Armani MI 81-94

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked CS Bologna (5-5) was defeated at home by second ranked Armani Milano (8-2) 94-81 on Sunday. CS Bologna was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Armani Milano forced 20 CS Bologna turnovers. American guard David Hawkins (193-82, college: Temple) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 18 points and the former international forward Valerio Amoroso (202-80) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the victory Armani Milano stay at second position having just one point less than leader Montepaschi. CS Bologna is currently in sixth place with a 5-5 record. Armani Milano will face Cimberio Varese (#4) at home in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: S.Mancinelli 21+1reb+3ast, D.Hawkins 19+8reb+7ast, I.Jaaber 13+5reb+3ast, M.Mordente 11+3reb, M.Finley 9+1reb+5ast, M.Rocca 8+6reb
CS Bologna: K.Winston 18+3reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 17+6reb, P.Koponen 12+5reb+5ast, G.Poeta 9+2ast, V.Sanikidze 8+3reb, D.Gailius 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 96100


Fabi Shoes - Pepsi Caserta 87-89 (OT)

Pepsi Caserta (4-6) outlasted Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (4-6) in overtime by two points 89-87 on Saturday night. The game took place in Montegranaro. But there were guests from Caserta who were better at the end. Pepsi Caserta forced 21 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. The former international guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 17 points. Five Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory allowed Pepsi Caserta (4-6) to climb to the tenth place. They share it with four other teams including defeated Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. Pepsi Caserta will meet Air Avellino (#13) on the road in the next round. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Scavolini Pesaro and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 18+2reb, T.Bowers 17+1reb+3ast, F.Di Bella 16+2reb+4ast, J.Jones 14+5reb, E.Williams 11+5reb, L.Koszarek 5+2reb
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 19+6reb, S.Ford 18+14reb+1ast, A.Ray 16+2reb+2ast, A.Maestranzi 10+1reb, B.Jones 9+7reb, D.Cavaliero 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 96101


Air AV - Vanoli CR 83-69

An interesting game took place in Avellino where higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (5-5) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Air Avellino (5-5) 83-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. Vanoli-Braga managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Vanoli-Braga's 30. Air Avellino outrebounded Vanoli-Braga 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 22 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 15 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Air Avellino (4-6) to climb to the tenth place. They share it with four other teams. Vanoli-Braga is currently in sixth position with a 5-5 record. Air Avellino will face Pepsi Caserta (#11) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Air AV: C.Troutman 24+11reb, M.Green 22+2reb+7ast, S.Szewczyk 13+7reb+1ast, T.Dean 12+10reb+1ast, O.Thomas 6+3reb, V.Spinelli 4+3ast
Vanoli CR: A.Drozdov 16+5reb+1ast, E.Rowland 15+2reb+5ast, B.Sekulic 10+6reb, M.Milic 10+3reb, J.Foster 5+2reb+2ast, L.D'Ercole 5+3reb
gschID: 96102


Montepaschi - Scavolini PS 104-61

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (6-4) 104-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Scavolini Pesaro to just 6 points in third quarter. Montepaschi Siena made 28-of-30 charity shots (93.3 percent) during the game, while Scavolini Pesaro only scored twelve points from the stripe. Montepaschi Siena forced 25 Scavolini Pesaro turnovers. Scavolini Pesaro was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) notched 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international power forward Tomas Ress (211-80, college: Texas A&M) supported him with 15 points. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Even 12 points by American forward Morris Almond (198-85, college: Rice) did not help to save the game for Scavolini Pesaro. Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) added 8 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Current champion stay at first position. Scavolini Pesaro is currently in fourth place with a 6-4 record. Montepaschi Siena will play against Benetton Treviso (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Lester McCalebb 17+4reb+3ast, T.Ress 15+4reb, D.Moss 12+2reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 11+3reb+2ast, N.Zisis 9+1reb+5ast, A.Michelori 8+4reb+3ast
Scavolini PS: M.Almond 12+3reb+1ast, G.Diaz 11+1reb, D.Cinciarini 10, N.Aleksandrov 8+6reb, A.Collins 6+3reb+1ast, D.Hackett 5+3ast
gschID: 96098




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BJ League Round 19: Fukuoka Rizing defeats leader Hamamatsu Phoenix - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (17-2) on the court of fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Fukuoka Rizing 104-99. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and winning the game by 5 points. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hamamatsu Phoenix's 36. 31 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) contributed with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing (12-7) jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Okinawa GK. Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to keep top place. Fukuoka Rizing is looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of first-ranked Shiga Lakestars (13-6) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) on Saturday night. Host Lakestars were defeated by fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) in Shiga 100-82. It was a great evening for American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 assists. Ayodokun Akingbade helped adding 15 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Akita Happinets jumped to the fourth spot. Shiga Lakestars dropped to the second position. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga Lakestars will play at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Hannaryz (9-10) and 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-12) in Kyoto on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kyoto Hannaryz outscored guests from Toyama 117-88. It was a quality performance for Wendell White who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Matthew Kyle came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Kyoto Hannaryz did not change their fifth position in the standings. Toyama Grouses lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place. They have the same record like Takamatsu FA. Kyoto Hannaryz will meet at home Toyama Grouses (#6) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Osaka Evessa beat Miyazaki on the road 85-79. Niigata Albirex won against Shimane on it's own court 77-70. Oita H.Devils managed to outperform Saitama Bron. in a road game 83-73. Takamatsu FA recorded a loss to Okinawa GK at home 69-84.


Fukuoka Rizing - Hamamatsu P. 104-99

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (17-2) on the court of fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Fukuoka Rizing 104-99. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and winning the game by 5 points. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hamamatsu Phoenix's 36. 31 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing (12-7) jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Okinawa GK. Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to keep top place. Fukuoka Rizing is looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: R.Nixon 23+9reb, J.Dixon 23+1reb+4ast, W.Arnold 21+1reb, J.Parmer 7+5reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 6+2reb+2ast, K.Ohta 5+1reb+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: N.Murry 31+6reb+1ast, T.Cordeiro 15+7reb+1ast, M.Kano 14+2reb+2ast, M.Parker 12+6reb+2ast, J.Henderson 10+13reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 10+4ast
gschID: 105867


Miyazaki - Osaka Evessa 79-85

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Osaka Evessa (14-5) beat on the road 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (6-13) 85-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and winning the game by 6 points. Osaka Evessa made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Miyazaki Shining Suns in the defeat. Osaka Evessa have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep top position. Miyazaki Shining Suns stay at the eighth place. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: E.Palmer 18+11reb+3ast, B.Cole 12+12reb+1ast, H.Fujita 11, J.Manuel 11+8reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 9+4reb+5ast, T.Ito 9+1reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 28+10reb+2ast, W.Knight 17+10reb+3ast, H.Takada 14+1reb+2ast, W.Marshall 10+12reb, H.Katsumata 6+1ast, S.Konno 6+5reb
gschID: 105868


Niigata Albirex - Shimane 77-70

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Shimane Magic (8-11) lost on the road to third ranked Niigata Albirex (8-9) 77-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Shimane Magic 49-36 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) accounted for 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex did not change their third position in the standings. Shimane Magic keeps the sixth place. Niigata Albirex will meet at home Shimane Magic (#6) in the next round. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 22+7reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 12+7reb+8ast, W.Caudle 11+5reb, T.Evans 10+7reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 5+1reb+1ast, F.Fisher 5+2reb
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 27+12reb+1ast, Z.Andrews 25+16reb, W.Veasley 8+10reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 7+3reb, I.Konare 4+4reb, H.Kondo 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105862


Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils 73-83

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-10) won on the road against 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (4-15) 83-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oita Heat Devils. Saitama Broncos managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oita Heat Devils dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 46. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Rolando Howell (206-82, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) came up with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Saitama Broncos in the defeat. Oita Heat Devils did not change their seventh position in the standings. Saitama Broncos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Saitama Broncos will play against Oita Heat Devils (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: G.Klaiber 15+6reb+1ast, K.Satterfield 13+8reb+9ast, K.Hatano 11+7reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 11+1reb+2ast, B.Nash 8+4reb+2ast, G.Leach 7+6reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 19+7reb+3ast, K.Sato 14+1reb+2ast, R.Howell 12+8reb, T.Finger 12+6reb, W.Smith 11+1reb, H.Sato 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105863


Shiga Lakestars - Akita 82-100

Very important is a home loss of first-ranked Shiga Lakestars (13-6) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) on Saturday night. Host Lakestars were defeated by fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) in Shiga 100-82. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Shiga Lakestars were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 assists. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) helped adding 15 points and 15 rebounds. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Akita Happinets jumped to the fourth spot. Shiga Lakestars dropped to the second position. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga Lakestars will play at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: G.Hamilton 26+22reb+4ast, L.Rice 16+3reb+2ast, M.Marshall 14+5reb+7ast, M.Joho 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Okada 7, T.Fujiwara 5+1reb+1ast
Akita: A.Burks 26+2reb, S.Henry 20+3reb+13ast, K.Shoji 17+1reb+1ast, A.Akingbade 15+15reb, P.Butorac 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 5+11reb+1ast
gschID: 105864


Kyoto Hannaryz - Toyama Grouses 117-88

The game between fifth ranked Hannaryz (9-10) and 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-12) in Kyoto on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kyoto Hannaryz outscored guests from Toyama 117-88. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannaryz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Toyama Grouses' 46 and made 24-of-24 free shots (100.0 percent) during the game. It was a quality performance for American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) accounted for 24 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side. American center Matthew Kyle (211-86, college: Yale) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) added 19 points respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz did not change their fifth position in the standings. Toyama Grouses lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place. They have the same record like Takamatsu FA. Kyoto Hannaryz will meet at home Toyama Grouses (#6) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 19+4reb+3ast, M.Kyle 18+14reb+1ast, J.Davis 16+6reb, H.Johnson 14+9reb+1ast, T.Mito 9+1reb+3ast, M.Kato 7+2reb+4ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 27+11reb+3ast, K.Trim 24+13reb+1ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 21+2reb+4ast, K.Setoyama 10+2ast, M.Fey 10+7reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 105865


Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 69-84

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (5-12) lost at home to third ranked Okinawa GK (12-7) 84-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA managed to win second quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) accounted for 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Takamatsu FA in the defeat. Four Okinawa GK and five Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK did not change their third position in the standings. Takamatsu FA dropped to the sixth place. They have the same record like Toyama Grouses. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Takamatsu FA will play against Okinawa GK (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: R.Sparks 14+7reb+4ast, M.Suzuki 13+3reb+1ast, J.Price 12+5reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 10+1reb+2ast, T.Farley 10+7reb, M.Kita 7+2reb
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 25+6reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 14+2reb+1ast, J.Newton 13+11reb+5ast, A.Kuso 12+4reb, T.Yonamine 8+2reb+5ast, A.McHenry 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 105866




Smith's 27 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old power forward Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hitachi Sunrockers and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 27 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Hitachi Sunrockers in his team's victory, helping them to crush Hokkaido (#8, 5-16) with 20-point margin 82-62. Hitachi Sunrockers is placed at 5th position in Japanese league. Hitachi Sunrockers 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 9-12 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Hitachi Sunrockers, through which he has constantly improved. The Pennsylvania State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.9ppg) and averages solid 52.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses. He is former international in his 4th season at Aishin. In the last game Takeuchi recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Aishin cruised to a 81-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Toshiba (#4, 11-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Aishin consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 16-5 record. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Aishin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6). He also registered 11.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex (#6). Kawamura scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Kawamura's great performance Tochigi Brex lost 73-75 to the higher-ranked Toyota (#2, 14-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tochigi Brex not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kawamura could try to bring Tochigi Brex's a little bit higher in the standings. Kawamura has individually a great season in Japan. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) of Panasonic - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Makoto Nagayama (184-G-77) of Panasonic - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cory Violette (203-C/F-82) of Toshiba - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi S. - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


JBL Round 22: Toyota Alvark defeats Tochigi Brex in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

Sixth-ranked Tochigi Brex (8-14) gave a tough game to second ranked Toyota Alvark (15-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Fuchu managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-73. Toyota Alvark forced 20 Tochigi Brex turnovers. Strangely Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 42-27 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tochigi Brex helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Tochigi Brex's coach Bruce Palmer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite the victory Toyota Alvark stay at second position having just two points less than leader Aishin. Tochigi Brex lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion The team is currently in sixth place with a 8-14 record.


Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Panasonic Trians (14-8) in Nagoya. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) notched 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Fumihiko Aono who supported him with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panasonic Trians has a solid four-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at third position having just three points less than leader Aishin. Mitsubishi Dolphins are currently in sixth place with a 8-14 record as they suffered their fourteenth loss.

Quite upsetting was Toshiba Thunders' home defeat in a game versus Aishin Sea Horses 79-87. J.R. Sakuragi fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Yatsutoshi Uda produced 23 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses (17-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Toshiba Thunders are currently in fourth place with a 11-11 record as they suffered their eleventh loss.

Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) were upset in Osaka by eighth ranked Hokkaido 74-78. Worth to mention a great performance of Jai Lewis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field). Despite the victory Hokkaido (6-16) stay at eighth position. Hitachi Sunrockers are currently in fifth place with a 9-13 record as they suffered their thirteenth loss.

Toshiba - Aishin 79-87

Quite upsetting was Toshiba Thunders' home defeat in a game versus Aishin Sea Horses 79-87. Toshiba Thunders were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Aishin Sea Horses, which allowed them to win the game. The former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) produced 23 points and guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses (17-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Toshiba Thunders are currently in fourth place with a 11-11 record as they suffered their eleventh loss. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba: Y.Uda 23+4reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 17+2reb, Y.Miyanga 12+4reb+6ast, C.Violette 10+5reb, Y.Kagami 7+4reb, S.Kikuchi 6+2reb+1ast
Aishin: J.Sakuragi 20+11reb+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 19+5reb, T.Furukawa 17+3reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 16+8reb+3ast, R.Frahm 6+2reb, S.Asayama 5+1reb+1ast


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Tochigi Brex - Toyota 73-74

Sixth-ranked Tochigi Brex (8-14) gave a tough game to second ranked Toyota Alvark (15-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Fuchu managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-73. Toyota Alvark forced 20 Tochigi Brex turnovers. Strangely Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 42-27 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tochigi Brex helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tochigi Brex's coach Bruce Palmer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite the victory Toyota Alvark stay at second position having just two points less than leader Aishin. Tochigi Brex lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion The team is currently in sixth place with a 8-14 record. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 26+8reb, S.Merritt 13+10reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 10+7reb+4ast, S.Ito 9+4reb, K.Takeda 5+2reb, K.Tanaka 4+3reb+1ast
Toyota: J.Gibbs 17+9reb+3ast, T.Shonaka 11+1reb+1ast, P.Ricci 10+5reb, T.Ito 8+2reb+4ast, R.Ono 8+1reb, Y.Okada 7+3reb
gschID: 102930


Hitachi S. - Hokkaido 74-78

Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) were upset in Osaka by eighth ranked Hokkaido 74-78. Hitachi Sunrockers were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-20 charge of Hokkaido, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hitachi Sunrockers' 38. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field). The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) contributed with 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Five Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Despite the victory Hokkaido (6-16) stay at eighth position. Hitachi Sunrockers are currently in fifth place with a 9-13 record as they suffered their thirteenth loss. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: T.Smith 27+9reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 12+10reb+4ast, D.Kobayashi 11+1reb, K.Matsui 10+2ast, H.Ueyama 10+4reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 4+1reb
Hokkaido: J.Lewis 32+13reb+3ast, T.Orimo 18+2reb+7ast, D.Yamada 11+5reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 7+2reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 5+1ast, H.Kashiwakura 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 102931


Mitsubishi - Panasonic 63-65

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Panasonic Trians (14-8) in Nagoya. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Mitsubishi Dolphins took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Panasonic Trians had a 19-16 second quarter charge getting the lead and Mitsubishi Dolphins were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-65. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) notched 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who supported him with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panasonic Trians has a solid four-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at third position having just three points less than leader Aishin. Mitsubishi Dolphins are currently in sixth place with a 8-14 record as they suffered their fourteenth loss. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: O.Lett 15+5reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 14+5reb, K.Nakagawa 9+3reb+1ast, R.Hale 6+6reb, K.Igarashi 5+8reb+4ast, S.Utsumi 4+4reb+1ast
Panasonic: K.Hirose 17+5reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 9+5reb+2ast, J.Honeycutt 8+5reb+1ast, F.Aono 7+8reb+1ast, S.Kobayashi 6+4reb+3ast, A.Custis 6+4reb
gschID: 102932




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 17-5 
 2. Toyota 15-7 
 3. Panasonic 14-8 
 4. Toshiba 11-11 
 5. Hitachi S. 9-13 
 6. Tochigi Brex 8-14 
 7. Mitsubishi 8-14 
 8. Hokkaido 6-16 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 17-2 
 2. Sendai 89ers 10-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 8-9 
 4. Akita 7-12 
 5. Tokyo Apache 6-4 
 6. Toyama Grouses 5-12 
 7. Saitama Bron. 4-15 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 14-5 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 13-6 
 3. Okinawa GK 12-7 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 12-7 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 9-10 
 6. Shimane 8-11 
 7. Oita H.Devils 7-10 
 8. Miyazaki 6-13 
 9. Takamatsu FA 5-12 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .18.2 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin17.2 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin17.0 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido16.9 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.5 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin15.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.2 
 8. Smith, Hitachi S.14.5 
 9. Lett, Mitsubishi14.4 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.9 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.4 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota8.7 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.6 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 6. Custis, Panasonic7.0 
 7. Violette, Toshiba6.9 
 8. Honeycutt, Panas.6.8 
 9. Maraker, Hokkaido6.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hiroyuki KINOSHITA
  Panasonic
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.0 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.0 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.5 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.3 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.2 
 9. Nishimura, Hitachi S.3.1 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi .2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin1.4 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.2 
 7. Lett, Mitsubishi1.1 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.1 
 9. Ito, Toyota1.0 
 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. Yamada, Hokkaido0.6 
 7. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 8. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 9. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 10. Uda, Toshiba0.5 


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 10-2 
 2. Ventspils 8-1 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 7-3 
 4. Zemgale 6-7 
 5. Valmiera 4-5 
 6. Barons 4-6 
 7. Turiba 3-7 
 8. LU 0-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Veselovs, Valmiera18.0 
 3. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.8 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.16.7 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 7. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja15.7 
 9. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.8.5 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.8 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 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. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.5 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
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. Mitchell, Liepaja2.2 
 5. Slisans, LU2.1 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
 9. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 10. Motivans, Turiba1.8 
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, Liepaja1.2 
 6. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 7. Skirmants, Barons0.8 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Mednis, Turiba0.7 
 10. Mejeris, Liepaja0.7 


LBL Round 11: Ventspils defeat Zemgale in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Round 11 most important game was a victory of Ventspils over 4th placed Zemgale 86-71 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 86-71. Ventspils made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Sandis Buskevics (190-77, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) answered with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Zemgale. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils (8-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Zemgale keeps the fourth place with 6-7 record. Ventspils are looking forward to face Turiba (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zemgale will have a break next round.
LBL top team - Liepaja (10-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (0-11) 85-75. It was a great evening for the former international guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jurijs Aleksejevs helped adding 16 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) responded with 21 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Latvijas Universitate's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Liepaja. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Latvijas Universitate lost their eleventh game in a row. They still at the very bottom. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
LBL top team - Liepaja (10-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Barons (4-6) in Riga 75-71. It was a quality performance for Ashton Mitchell who led the winners and scored 30 points and 4 assists. Aigars Vitols came up with 19 points for Barons in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Liepaja. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Barons lost their third straight game in a row. Last year champion stay at the sixth place. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 11 Zemgale were beaten by Valmiera on the road 67-61.


Valmiera - Zemgale 67-61

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Valmiera (4-5) beat at home 4th placed Zemgale (6-7) 67-61 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Center Klavs Ansons (202-83) accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Valmiera's coach Gatis Melderis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Scott Wilson (198-83, college: Wright St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Zemgale in the defeat. Valmiera jumped to the fifth spot. Zemgale keeps the fourth position. Valmiera will meet Turiba (#7) on the road in the next round. Zemgale will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: S.Wilson 22+10reb, K.Kanbergs 10+2ast, I.Bergmanis 9+2reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 9+7reb, E.Krumins 4+2reb+1ast, S.Metra 4+6reb+5ast
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 16+8reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 16+2reb+3ast, K.Ansons 12+11reb, E.Slesers 6+2ast, K.Bedritis 5+3reb+2ast, J.Kaufmanis 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 108914


Liepaja - LU 85-75

LBL top team - Liepaja (10-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (0-11) 85-75. It looked good early as Latvijas Universitate took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liepaja took control eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. Liepaja outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 45-23 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) helped adding 16 points and 15 rebounds. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) responded with 21 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and power forward Edmunds Tukiss (200-89) scored 16 points. Latvijas Universitate's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Liepaja. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Latvijas Universitate lost their eleventh straight game in a row. They still at the very bottom. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 21+4reb+1ast, E.Tukiss 16+2reb, E.Volkops 12+5reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 9+4reb, K.Piternieks 8+3reb+3ast, R.Rozitis 7+1ast
Liepaja: R.Vaikulis 24+7reb+5ast, J.Aleksejevs 16+15reb+3ast, J.Kosuskins 14+7reb+2ast, A.Ate 11+6reb+5ast, K.Miglinieks 9+5reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 108915


Zemgale - Ventspils 71-86

Round 11 most important game was a victory of Ventspils over 4th placed Zemgale 86-71 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 86-71. Ventspils made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Sandis Buskevics (190-77, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) answered with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Scott Wilson (198-83, college: Wright St.) added 13 points in the effort for Zemgale. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils (8-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Zemgale keeps the fourth place with 6-7 record. Ventspils are looking forward to face Turiba (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zemgale will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: S.Wilson 13+3reb+1ast, K.Krumins 11+2reb+1ast, I.Bergmanis 10+2reb+2ast, A.Justovics 9+4reb, S.Metra 8+6reb+5ast, J.Rozitis 6+7reb
Ventspils: L.Blaus 13+4reb, S.Kuzminskas 13+5reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 12+6reb+2ast, R.Anderson 11+1reb+1ast, A.Berzins 10+5reb, A.Strelnieks 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 108916


Barons - Liepaja 71-75

LBL top team - Liepaja (10-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Barons (4-6) in Riga 75-71. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the first quarter 20-14. But Barons won second quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Liepaja won last quarter 20-18. It was a quality performance for American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) who led the winners and scored 30 points and 4 assists. International center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. International guard Aigars Vitols (192-76, agency: Stanley International) came up with 19 points and guard Raimonds Feldmanis (192-82) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Barons in the defeat. Four Barons players scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Liepaja. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Barons lost their third game in a row. Last year champion stay at the sixth place. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Barons: A.Vitols 19+3reb+3ast, R.Feldmanis 12+6reb+3ast, A.Cavars 12+5reb+1ast, R.Grafs 10+3reb+3ast, M.Skirmants 9+10reb, A.Butjankovs 3+2reb
Liepaja: A.Mitchell 30+3reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 14+9reb, R.Vaikulis 10+5reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 8+9reb+3ast, N.Beard 5+4reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 108917




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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 22 best performance: Audrius Mineikis - by Eurobasket News
Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Radviliskis, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Mazeikiai (#6, 13-8) with 22-point margin 90-68. Radviliskis is placed at 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radviliskis will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Mineikis had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Radviliskis' top player in his first season with the team. Audrius Mineikis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 50.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas Kaunas. Sragauskis had a very good evening with 40 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead LKKA-Atletas to another comfortable win 79-66 over slightly lower-ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5, 13-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed LKKA-Atletas to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Sragauskis is one of the most experienced players at LKKA-Atletas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.4ppg (#1). He also registered 5.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-F/C-84) of Silute (#9). Kaupaitis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Silute, leading his team to a 87-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Puntukas (#12, 6-14). The chances of Silute not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kaupaitis could try to bring Silute's a little bit higher in the standings. Kaupaitis has a very solid season. In 21 games in Lithuania he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 10 points and 16 rebounds
6. Mantas Virbalas (204-F/C-88) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 22 points and 8 rebounds
7. Martynas Binza (202-F-82) of Radviliskis - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Simonas Slivka (194-G-86) of Meresta - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Povilas Rasamavicius (195-G/F-87) of ABRO-Univ. - 15 points and 5 rebounds

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


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MNE1A - 9 Round : New win for Lovcen and Teodo - by Dragan Scepanovic
LOVCEN Cetinje - ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi 102:69
Cetinje - SRC Lovcen.Spect: 250. Reff: Dragojevic, Sundic (Podgorica), Filipovic (Niksic). By-Q. : 34:18, 18:13, 27:12, 23:26.
LOVCEN : Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 5, Pejakovic 2, Boricic 23, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 12, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 9, Vucurovic 5, Martinic 18, Lopicic 8, Koprivica 2, Todorovic 16, Popovic 2.
ABS : Stefan Arapovic (190-G/F-90) 2, Ivan Misinezovic (188-F/G-92) 6, Sutulovic 10, Denis Arapovic (186-G/F-92) 2, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 9, Popovic 15, Bulatovic, Medic, Kovacevic 3, Ivan Zejak ( 204-F/C-87) 19, Matovic, Marjanovic 3.

TEODO Tivat - LJUBOVIC Podgorica 90:70
Tivat - SC Zupa.Spect : 250. Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar), Muhadinovic (Cetinje).By-Q. : 24:14, 23:18, 23:16, 20:22.
TEODO : Boskovic 11, Bulatovic 2, Stanicic 3, Lazovic 4, Osmajic, Bozovic, Bulajic 12, Subotic 12, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 18, Aco Mandic (204-F/C-84) 21, Radonjic, Marko Calic (197-F-86) 7.
LJUBOVIC : Ratkovic 5, Djurovic 7, Markovic 10, Bogojevic 14, Rajko Tapuskovic (193-G/F-86) 9, Pavicevic, Pejovic 12, Milosevic 3, Mijailovic, Djurisic 6, Martinovic, Milic 2.

JEDINSTVO B.Polje DANILOVGRAD 75:56
Bijelo Polje SC Nikoljac.Spect : 200. Reff : Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Sanjevic (Podgorica), G. Vojinovic (Niksic).By-Q. : 13:15, 24:13, 22:18, 16:10.
JEDINSTVO : Damjanovic, Musovic 3, Korac 17, Miljic 10, Ticevic, Omerovic 4, Babaca 12, Boban Medenica (201-F-87) 5, Petrovic 5, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 3, Milosev, Marko Ljujic (205-F/C-90) 16.
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic 8, Perovic, Djerkovic, Grabovica 6, Skendzic, Marko Milatovic (191-G-88) 3, V. Jovanovic, Z. Jovanovc 15, Sekulic, Mrdak 3, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 10, Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) 11.



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


Standings - 1B
1B regular season Standings
Group A
 1. Centar BP 6-1 
 2. Bonus 5-2 
 3. Rudar 5-3 
 4. KK Podgorica 4-1 
 5. Buducnost II 3-4 
 6. Novljanin 2-6 
 7. LIM 0-8 
Group B
 1. Sutjeska 7-1 
 2. S.Centar 5-1 
 3. Un.Mediteran 5-2 
 4. Ibar Rozaje 5-2 
 5. Kotor 2-5 
 6. Zeta 1-6 
 7. KK Cetinje 0-7 


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Condor edge AS Sale to reach Africa Champions Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Condor - AS Sale 68:44

Condor became the first Africa Champions Cup finalists. They held off AS Sale of Morocco in the semifinal clash in Benin yesterday. Condor will take on the defending champions 1 De Agosto in the championship game later tonight. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) paced the Cameroonian side with 27 points and 6 rebounds.
It was the second game between the teams at the tournament. AS Sale celebrated victory in the first round of the competition. They looked confident and solid in the opening frame of this one. Led by Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) the Moroccan team earned an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Condor responded with a stifling defense in the second frame. They limited AS Sale to only 8 points in the second quarter to gain a 32:26 halftime lead. The offensive struggles continued for AS Sale after the break. They came up with only 11 points in the third term allowing Condor to clear off to an 11-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Condor held their opponents below 30% shooting accuracy and just kept on running away in the fourth quarter. AS Sale scored 7 points in the frame and had to yield at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) knocked down 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Condor. Manganba added 10 points in the victory. Zakaria El Masbahi accounted for 10 points for AS Sale. Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) netted 9 points in the loss.

Condor: Christian Bayang 27, Marc Ouboung 13, Manganba 10
AS Sale: Zakaria El Masbahi 10, Zouheir Bourouis 9



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Manga rally past Maxaquene in Benin - by Eurobasket News
Manga - Maxaquene 64:57

Manga Basket celebrated another victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They knocked down Maxaquene in the classification round yesterday. The Gabonese team will now take on Kano Pillars in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Maxaquene will face InterClub for the seventh overall place.
Manga got to the better start. They held the Mozambique side to only 12 points in the first quarter to post a 3-point lead. Maxaquene adjusted offensively in the second period. The shots started to fall for Maxaquene as they erased the deficit and eventually eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. They maintained the margin throughout the third period. Maxaquene entered the fourth quarter up by six points 48:42. But Manga had their own thoughts about this one. The Gabonese team stunned Maxaquene with a 22:9 rally in the fourth period and celebrated an impressive win at the end. Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Manga. Aymar Boundou (82) added 15 points in the winning effort. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) replied with 16 points for Maxaquene. Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) provided 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Manga: Fabien Bissielou 23, Aymar Boundou 15, Meryl N'Sangou (188-G-88) 10
Maxaquene: Fernando Mandate 16, Kim Adams 14+10 boards



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Saturday's games (8) review - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - Golde State W. 96-95
These Portland Trail Blazers could nearly be dubbed The Replacements. With starters Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum and Marcus Camby among those out with injuries, the Blazers had just nine available players but held off the Golden State Warriors for a 96-95 victory on Saturday night. Six of the available Blazers scored in double figures. 'Being shorthanded it was tough, said second-year forward Dante Cunningham, who made his first start of the season and had 13 points. 'We definitely needed everybody.' 'Definitely,' echoed LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas), standing nearby. Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blazers, but he missed a key jumper with 9.9 seconds to go in the game. That gave the Warriors a chance to win it on the other end, but Monta Ellis' long jumper with 0.8 seconds left was off and fell into the hands of Portland swingman Rudy Fernandez to end it. 'It sure felt good leaving my hand,' Ellis said. 'It wasn't a bad shot. It just didn't go down.' Golden State was coming off a 108-99 victory Tuesday over Minnesota, which snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Warriors have dropped 13 of 15 overall. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) contributed 17 points and eight assists while Fernandez had 15 points for the Blazers. *Courtesy of www.wtop.com

Milwaukee B. - Utah Jazz 86-95
It took Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) and the rest of the Jazz 24 hours to get over how badly they played in New Orleans. Good thing Utah never seems to repeat a poor performance. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) scored 22 points and added 11 assists, leading the Jazz past the Milwaukee Bucks 95-86 and overcoming a double-digit deficit for the ninth time this season on Saturday night. The Jazz (19-9) avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since starting 0-2 and shook off a season-low 71 points on Friday in New Orleans with a second-half surge after falling behind by 12 early to Milwaukee. 'I just don't see we could play worse than that. There was no chance of playing worse than that, no chance of shooting worse than that,' Williams said. 'We're a resilient team. We took last night personal. It was an embarrassing loss and we had to put forth a better effort tonight.' Jefferson had 18 points and nine rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 16 points and Paul Millsap had 15 for the Jazz, which had 10 of its 14 offensive rebounds in the second half. 'We were attacking the basket, got a couple of lucky bounces. We were just aggressive,' Jefferson said. 'We don't never panic, last night was just one of them nights where we never could get our heads back above water, but other than that, we really don't panic.' The effort against the Hornets was the type coach Jerry Sloan said would keep him up at night, but he'll sleep soundly now continuing this four-game, 4,300-mile road trip that finishes with stops in Cleveland and Minnesota. 'We've had games like we did last night. It's not the first time. The important thing as a group and as an organization, you hope that they come back and see the importance of the game,' Sloan said. Andrew Bogut scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and John Salmons returned from back spasms to contribute 18 points, but the Bucks couldn't hold on to the lead. *Courtesy of www.fox13now.com

San Antonio S. - Memphis G. 112-106 OT
A third consecutive San Antonio Spurs game was coming down to the final seconds, and Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had the ball in his hands again. This time, he wasn't the hero. It was Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) 's turn. Parker scored 37 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Spurs pulled off another dramatic triumph for their eighth consecutive victory, 112-106 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. 'As long as we're winning,' Parker of another nailbiter, 'I'm OK with it.' There was no Ginobili clincher this time. Coming off beating Milwaukee on a 17-footer at the buzzer, followed by hitting a twisting game-winner Thursday at Denver, Ginobili muddled through an off night and passed up the final shot in regulation on a pick-and-roll with Tim Duncan. Duncan charged toward the basket but flipped the ball to Richard Jefferson after being met by Zach Randolph. It was an open look for Jefferson, but his 14-footer didn't even reach the rim. That left it up to Parker in overtime. He made both his shots in the extra period, including an 8-footer with 1:01 left that pushed the lead to six and sapped the Grizzlies. Parker wouldn't have minded a crack at the final shot in the fourth, too. 'Definitely. I was ready,' Parker said. 'I was ready, but I thought [Ginobili] made a great pass to Timmy. I thought Timmy was open, but he passed it to Richard and everybody was being unselfish. Richard had a good look, but it didn't go in.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Denver N. - Minnesota T. 115-113
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 24 points and had a key block to help the Denver Nuggets withstand Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) 's career-high 43-point performance for a 115-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Ty Lawson added 23 points and J.R. Smith had 18 for the Nuggets, who dealt the short-handed Timberwolves their 11th straight road loss. Michael Beasley had 17 points for Minnesota and Martell Webster and Jonny Flynn added 12 points apiece for Minnesota. Love also had 17 rebounds for his 14th consecutive double-double. It didn't help that the Timberwolves were missing two of their top post players, center Darko Milicic and forward Nikola Pekovic, who were both sidelined with sprained ankles. The Nuggets were without guard Chauncey Billups (wrist) for a third consecutive game but still had plenty of firepower to beat the Timberwolves for the 18th time in 22 meetings. *Courtesy of www.nbc11news.com

Orlando M. - Philadelph.76 89-97
Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) scored 24 points, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the undermanned Orlando Magic 97-89 on Saturday night. Elton Brand finished with 20 points to help Philadelphia to a relatively easy victory on a day the Magic made a pair of blockbuster moves to overhaul their roster. The Magic had only eight players available after the two major trades. They acquired troubled guard Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards, and Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson from the Phoenix Suns. That left them with almost no help and no room for error against Philadelphia. The Magic managed to keep things close for a half until the Sixers pulled away with a strong second-half defensive push, handing the Magic their sixth loss in seven games. The game was the first of eight straight on the road for the Sixers. Their grueling trip will cover some 9,300 miles, and they won't play another game in Philadelphia until Jan. 5. Orlando even gave them a send-off gift by putting up little resistance. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Washington W. - Miami Heat 94-95
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) converged on Kirk Hinrich, who was driving toward the basket for the layup that could end the Miami Heat's winning streak. Contact by James. Contact by Bosh. Hinrich is helpless as he floats a shot that comes nowhere close as time expires. No call by the officials. The Heat beat the Washington Wizards 95-94 on Saturday night, pulling out their 12th straight victory with a few late breaks against a last-place team missing No. 1 overall pick John Wall and the just-traded Gilbert Arenas. 'It's the law of verticality. He went straight up; I went straight up,' said James, explaining the final play. 'The Miami Heat getting a break? I don't think so.' It sure looked that way to the Wizards, even if it's a call that rarely seems to be made in the frenetic closing seconds of a game. 'The referees have a tough job. I felt like I was fouled,' Hinrich said. 'I saw the replay and thought it was an obvious foul. I don't know what to say.' So the Wizards lost their seventh straight, and James had the same experience he's had everywhere else lately: He got booed and won, only this time he and his teammates celebrated with on-court hugs as if they were the team starved for success. 'It was a celebration of, 'We found a way to win,'' James said. 'Being down like that, being down five with 30 seconds to go ... and just willing a victory like that. Wins like that, you don't just walk off the court. You feel good about those wins, because those don't come very much in the NBA season.' James finished with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, shooting 9 for 19 from the field with a pair of jump-shot air balls in the second half. He also committed four turnovers, including a charging call when he barreled into Hilton Armstrong with the Heat trying to play catch-up in the fourth quarter. Bosh and Dwyane Wade both finished with 20 points, with Wade making a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds to play to give the Heat their only lead of the fourth quarter. Miami overcame a four-point deficit with 17 seconds remaining, starting when Bosh made two of three free throws after getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer. Then came James Jones' two free throws after he made a steal on the Wizards' inbounds pass. Hinrich, who gave a gutsy performance by playing all but 6 seconds of the game on a night when his team was severely undermanned, then made only one of two at the line to put the Wizards ahead by one with 13 seconds to go. That gave the Heat the opening they needed. Wade responded with the two free throws, and Hinrich ran into the two-man wall at the buzzer. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - New York K. 109-102 OT
Seeing his team's losing streak end was an early birthday present for Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama). Williams, who turns 28 on Sunday, scored 23 points, including the tying basket late in regulation and six points in overtime, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 109-102 victory against the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Cleveland broke its longest losing streak since 2002-03, the season before LeBron James was drafted, when it lost 15 in a row. Williams, who also had 14 assists, planned on starting his celebration a few hours early. No one could blame any Cleveland player for being in a festive mood. The Cavaliers had been outscored by an average of 17.5 points during the losing streak, but their last two losses had been by six and nine points. 'We've been right there,' Williams said. 'We showed our grit. We wanted to see some wins to start believing.' The victory was Cleveland's first since beating Memphis on Nov. 27. Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina), who added 21 points, and Anderson Varejao each made two baskets in the extra session. 'We had opportunities where we could have failed, but we kept grinding it out and got the win,' Williams said. Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each scored 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost three straight after winning 13 of 14. Stoudemire missed a fadeaway 12-footer at the end of regulation that could have won the game. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Chicago B. - LA Clippers 99-100
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was confident he'd make both free throws with 0.8 seconds left. His former coach, Vinny Del Negro, thought so, too. Rose hit the first Saturday night to bring the Chicago Bulls within a point. But he misfired on the second, the horn sounded and Del Negro had a triumphant return to the United Center as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Bulls 100-99. 'You never want to see that. Derrick is a tough kid. He's made so many and he'll make so many more in his career — free throws, big shots,' Del Negro said 'The game should have never come down to that.' Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 29 points and 12 rebounds for his 15th straight double-double to lead the Clippers, who stopped Chicago's seven-game winning streak. Before winning a pair of road games the past two nights, Los Angeles had lost 15 consecutive games away from home, including its first 11 this season. The Clippers had an eight-point lead with 1:08 left after a pair of driving baskets by Baron Davis. But Rose brought the Bulls back with a three-point play and then a feed to Carlos Boozer for a layup that cut it to two. After a miss by the Clippers, Rose took the ball to the basket between two Clippers and was fouled by Rasual Butler just as the buzzer sounded. Officials checked a replay to make sure he was fouled before time expired. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.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.26.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers26.1 
 4. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.8 
 5. James, Miami Heat24.5 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.24.5 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.3 
 8. Anthony, Denver N.24.0 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat23.6 
 10. Gordon, LA Clippers23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.12.5 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.4 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.3 
 5. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.8 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.2 
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 Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.8 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Wall, Washington W.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. Miller, Portland.1.9 
 10. Felton, New Y.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers2.2 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 21-4 
 2. New York K. 16-12 
 3. Philadelph.76 11-16 
 4. Toronto R. 10-17 
 5. New Jersey N. 7-20 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 16-9 
 2. Indiana P. 12-13 
 3. Milwaukee B. 10-15 
 4. Detroit P. 8-19 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-19 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 21-8 
 2. Atlanta H. 17-11 
 3. Orlando M. 16-10 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-17 
 5. Washington W. 6-19 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 19-8 
 2. Utah Jazz 19-9 
 3. Denver N. 16-10 
 4. Portland TB 14-14 
 5. Minnesota T. 6-22 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 20-7 
 2. Phoenix Suns 12-13 
 3. Golde State W. 9-17 
 4. LA Clippers 7-21 
 5. Sacramento K. 5-19 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 23-3 
 2. Dallas M. 21-5 
 3. N.Orleans H. 16-10 
 4. Memphis G. 12-16 
 5. Houston R. 11-15 


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Montana nip Idaho 64-63 - by Milord Nikolic
Junior guard Derek Selvig drained an 8-foot jumper with 5.5 seconds remaining as Montana edged Idaho. When Montana had taken a 62-61 lead with 34 seconds to go, it had a chance to up its advantage by three points, but junior guard Jordan Wood missed a pair of free throws, giving Idaho a chance to retake the lead. Idaho took advantage of two missed free throws and took a one-point (63-62) lead on its next possession with 15 seconds, when senior guard Shawn Henderson connected on a jump shot. After Hendersons go-ahead shot, Will Cherry dished the ball to Selvig, who then made the game-winning shot. Idaho had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but a jumper by junior guard Deremy Geiger was off the mark. Montana was led by freshman forward Kareem Jamar with a career-high 17 points. The Vandals were led by Geigers 14 points. It was Montanas second win of the year against Idaho, as they beat the Vandals 75-33 earlier this season. The Grizzlies are on the road for another non-conference game next Wednesday, Dec. 22, playing the Cal State Fullerton Titans.



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Caltech continues winning ways - by Arnault Desira
For the first time since the 1997-1998 season the Caltech men's basketball team posted back-to-back wins as they knocked off Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) 87-53 on Monday evening at the Braun Athletic Center.

The 34-point margin of victory is the largest win for Caltech (2-5) since the 1992-93 season. It is the school's first win over a NCAA Division III opponent in two seasons.

Elmquist scored a team high 28 points. The senior went 10-for-17 from the field while knocking down all but one of his five shots from behind the arc. Elmquist needs two more points to reach the 1,000 career point barrier. He would become the 11th men's player at Caltech to accomplish the feat.

Mike Edwards posted a 26-point effort on the strength of a 10-for-18 shooting night. Edwards knocked down all but two of his six attempts from behind the arc. The sophomore also grabbed nine rebounds.

Todd Cramer posted his third straight double-double as the freshman tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. He also dished out a team high eight assists.




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Kano Pillars outlast InterClub in Benin - by Eurobasket News
Kano Pillars - InterClub 60:41

Kano Pillars overcame InterClub at the classification round of the Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. The Nigerian team will now face Manga Basket of Gabon in the fight for the fifth overall place at the tournament. InterClub will play versus Maxaquene for the seventh position.
InterClub bravely entered the game. They pulled in front in the opening stanza and posted a 17:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Kano Pillars gradually recovered. They found the right rhythm in the second stanza and erased the deficit. InterClub accounted for only 6 points in the frame to face a 6-point deficit at halftime 23:29. Kano Pillars continued to dominate at both ends of the court in the third quarter. They outscored their opponents 18:7 in the period to enlarge the cushion to 17 points. InterClub never came back to life in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Matheo Ogenyi (86) and Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) delivered 13 points each for the Nigerian team. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) contributed 8 points in the victory. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) replied with 13 points for InterClub. Arnold Boungou (180-G/F-89) had 9 points in defeat.

Kano Pillars: Matheo Ogenyi 13, Aboubakar Usman 13, Ibrahim Yusuf 8
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 13, Arnold Boungou 9



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US-SCFA crowned champions in Hong Kong - by Ryan Asis Maniago


HONG KONG - The Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) of the US put a final exclamation point on its campaign here by beating China's Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team, 93-78, at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai.

The Los Angeles-based SCFA, a team composed mostly of former collegiate players in the US, beat all of its opponents in the tournament in double figures, including host Hong Kong by 30 points, 88-58.


Its only close game was against the Philippines, represented here by Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University, which almost pulled off an upset against the Americans in the semi-final round before succumbing, 91-85.

Xin Cheng Holdings, representing China's Fujian province, earned its championship berth by beating Hong Kong, 72-59, in its own semi-final duel, but could not get its shooting game going against the highly physical Americans.

SCFA stood head and shoulders above the competition here in terms of heft, athleticism and experience. Its frontline paraded a legit 7-footer in David Erickson, 6'9 Robert Curtis, 6'7 Jerome Moton and 6'7, 260-lb 'Baby Shaq' Tarron Williams (200-F-76, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.).

The Hong Kong National Team, the defending champions, settled for third place by beating the Philippine 'Blue Birds', 61-45. The Filipinos, composed of collegiate players who are having their first taste of international hoops, looked drained from last night's tightly fought game with the Americans, but nonetheless gave a good account for themselves in the tournament with their passionate brand of basketball.


- Ryan Asis Maniago





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PLK Round 11: Trefl Sopot beats PGE Turow in overtime - by Eurobasket News
PLK is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left.

Trefl Sopot (7-4) survived in overtime against PGE Turow (6-4) by two points 83-81 on Sunday night. The game took place in Zgorzelec. But there were guests from Sopot who were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of PGE Turow. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 19-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. 24 personal fouls committed by PGE Turow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Pawel Kikowski (193-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trefl Sopot has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. PGE Turow at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Trefl Sopot are looking forward to face AZS Koszalin (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PGE Turow will play against the league's leader Energa Czarni (#1) in Slupsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zastal (6-5) against ninth ranked Polpharma (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Zastal was crushed by ninth ranked Polpharma (5-6) in Starogard 82-61. The former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Deonta Vaughn contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Chris Burgess (209-79, college: Utah) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for Zastal. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Polpharma moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Polonia Azbud. Newly promoted Zastal dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Polpharma will play against bottom-ranked Siarka (#12) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Zastal will play on the road against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Siarka managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Friday night. This time newly promoted Siarka won against tenth-ranked SKK Kotwica in Kolobrzeg 97-87. It was a great evening for Stanley Pringle who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Ted Scott responded with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. SKK Kotwica's coach Dariusz Szczubial tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Siarka maintains twelfth place with 2-9 record. SKK Kotwica lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Siarka will meet higher ranked Polpharma (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Kotwica will play against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia and hope to secure a win.
Leader Energa Czarni delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Polonia Azbud (5-6) 82-78 in Warszawa. It was a quality performance for Jerel Blassingame who led the winners and scored 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Energa Czarni's coach Dainius Adomaitis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Energa Czarni maintains first place with 10-1 record. Polonia Azbud at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Energa Czarni's next round opponent will be PGE Turow (#3) in Zgorzelec, which may be the game of the day. Polonia Azbud will play at home against Anwil (#6) in Wloclawek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 PBG Basket was defeated by AZS Koszalin in a road game 81-76.


Polpharma - Zastal 82-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zastal (6-5) against ninth ranked Polpharma (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Zastal was crushed by ninth ranked Polpharma (5-6) in Starogard 82-61. It looked good early as Zastal took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Polpharma had a 22-20 second period charge getting the lead and Zastal was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-82. Polpharma were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Chris Burgess (209-79, college: Utah) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Trenton Marshall (194-87, college: Jacksonville St.) added 16 points in the effort for Zastal. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Polpharma moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Polonia Azbud. Newly promoted Zastal dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Polpharma will play against bottom-ranked Siarka (#12) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Zastal will play on the road against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zastal: T.Marshall 16+3reb+1ast, W.Hodge 11+2reb+3ast, C.Burgess 10+13reb+2ast, G.Kukielka 7+3reb, Z.Comagic 7+7reb+1ast, M.Flieger 6+1reb+6ast
Polpharma: R.Skibniewski 19+3reb+2ast, U.Mirkovic 12+6reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 10+5reb+6ast, B.Gilmore 9+1reb+1ast, K.Chanas 9+1reb+2ast, T.Cielebak 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 98180


PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 81-83 OT

Trefl Sopot (7-4) survived in overtime against PGE Turow (6-4) by two points 83-81 on Sunday night. The game took place in Zgorzelec. But there were guests from Sopot who were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of PGE Turow. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 19-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. 24 personal fouls committed by PGE Turow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Pawel Kikowski (193-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trefl Sopot has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. PGE Turow at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Trefl Sopot are looking forward to face AZS Koszalin (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PGE Turow will play against the league's leader Energa Czarni (#1) in Slupsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: M.Brkic 17+3reb+1ast, T.Thomas 13+6reb+8ast, I.Zigeranovic 11+5reb, B.Bochno 9+1reb, M.Kuebler 8+1reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 8+10reb+3ast
Trefl Sopot: P.Kikowski 21+7reb+3ast, A.Waczynski 13+2reb, G.Gustas 11+4reb+2ast, L.Harrington 10+5reb+2ast, D.Ceranic 9+3reb, F.Dylewicz 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 98177


AZS Koszalin - PBG Basket 81-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked PBG Basket (4-7) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked AZS Koszalin (4-6) 81-76. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 PBG Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-76 at the end of the game. AZS Koszalin made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while PBG Basket only scored five points from the stripe. AZS Koszalin brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by PBG Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: KMG Sports Management) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. American guard Cliff Hawkins (186-81, college: Kentucky, agency: Lanshire Group) came up with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for PBG Basket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PBG Basket's coach Milija Bogicevic let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS Koszalin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place. PBG Basket lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. AZS Koszalin's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trefl Sopot at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PBG Basket will play against SKK Kotwica (#11) in Kolobrzeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: V.Tica 16+7reb, E.Miller 14+2reb, C.Hawkins 12+9reb+9ast, P.Okafor 10+2reb+1ast, D.Kulig 7+5reb, T.Ochonko 7+1reb+3ast
AZS Koszalin: G.Reese 18+5reb+4ast, I.Milicic 15+3reb+5ast, W.Frazier 15+9reb+1ast, M.Sroka 13+4reb+2ast, G.Arabas 6+2reb, M.Lopatka 6+3reb
gschID: 98178


SKK Kotwica - Siarka 87-97 (OT)

Bottom-ranked Siarka managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Friday night. This time newly promoted Siarka won against tenth-ranked SKK Kotwica in Kolobrzeg 97-87. The game was mostly controlled by Siarka. SKK Kotwica managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where SKK Kotwica used huge preassure winning it 23-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-18s. Siarka made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Filipino-American guard Stanley Pringle (185-87, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Kevin Goffney (196-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Siarka players scored in double figures. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and the other American import center Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. SKK Kotwica's coach Dariusz Szczubial tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Siarka maintains twelfth place with 2-9 record. SKK Kotwica lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Siarka will meet higher ranked Polpharma (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Kotwica will play against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SKK Kotwica: T.Scott 41+13reb+2ast, D.Harris 14+8reb+3ast, A.Fisher 13+3reb+2ast, M.Woloszyn 5+4reb+2ast, S.Sikora 3+7reb+2ast, T.Zablocki 3+2reb
Siarka: S.Pringle 27+6reb+6ast, K.Goffney 20+5reb+4ast, L.Truscott 13+11reb+1ast, D.Wall 12+8reb+1ast, M.Baran 10+3reb+1ast, M.Deloach 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98179


Polonia Azbud - Energa Czarni 78-82

Leader Energa Czarni delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Polonia Azbud (5-6) 82-78 in Warszawa. It looked good early as Polonia Azbud took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Energa Czarni had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Polonia Azbud was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-82. 24 personal fouls committed by Polonia Azbud helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Krzysztof Roszyk (200-78) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Five Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. Energa Czarni's coach Dainius Adomaitis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Puerto Rican guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) came up with 30 points and 5 steals and naturalized Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Polonia Azbud in the defeat. Energa Czarni maintains first place with 10-1 record. Polonia Azbud at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Energa Czarni's next round opponent will be PGE Turow (#3) in Zgorzelec, which may be the game of the day. Polonia Azbud will play at home against Anwil (#6) in Wloclawek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Polonia Azbud: D.Hinson 30+4reb+3ast, H.NaNa 23+7reb+2ast, L.Wichniarz 7+9reb+2ast, T.Easley 6+4reb, D.Palmer 5+7reb+1ast, M.Kwiatkowski 4+1ast
Energa Czarni: M.Cesnauskis 18+2ast, J.Blassingame 14+4reb+8ast, Z.Bialek 13+3reb+3ast, C.Bennerman 11+2reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 10+7reb+1ast, K.Roszyk 10+10reb+2ast
gschID: 98176




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


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. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.9 
 4. Bennerman, Energa C.16.7 
 5. Goffney, Siarka15.7 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.6 
 7. Hodge, Zastal15.4 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.15.2 
 9. Jovanovic, Anwil15.2 
 10. Miller, PBG Basket14.7 
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 Azbud8.5 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.6 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 8. Archibeque, Polph.6.5 
 9. Miller, Anwil6.4 
 10. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.2 
 2. Thomas, PGE Turow5.8 
 3. Milicic, AZS K.5.6 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 5. Brown, Asseco P.4.3 
 6. Hodge, Zastal4.3 
 7. Vaughn, Polpharma3.9 
 8. Thomas, Anwil3.6 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.3.6 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.2.1 
 2. Thomas, PGE Turow2.1 
 3. Ewing, Asseco P.2.0 
 4. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 5. Harrington, Trefl S.1.9 
 6. Brown, Asseco P.1.8 
 7. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.8 
 8. Thomas, Anwil1.8 
 9. Hodge, Zastal1.7 
 10. Wichniarz, Poloni.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 2. Harris, SKK K.1.7 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.5 
 4. Giddens, Asseco P.1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Frazier, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Hicks, Anwil1.1 
 8. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.9 
 10. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 8-1 
 2. Benfica 7-2 
 3. Academica 6-3 
 4. Sampaense 5-4 
 5. Ginasio 5-4 
 6. Vitoria SC 5-4 
 7. CAB 5-5 
 8. Ovarense 4-5 
 9. Illiabum 3-6 
 10. Lusitania 3-7 
 11. Penafiel 2-6 
 12. Barreirense 1-7 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 6-1 
 2. Sangalhos 6-1 
 3. Angra 5-2 
 4. Galitos FC 5-2 
 5. Fisica 5-2 
 6. Electrico FC 3-4 
 7. Terceira Basket 3-4 
 8. Guifoes 3-4 
 9. Povoa 2-5 
 10. Maia Basket 2-5 
 11. Alges 2-5 
 12. Seixal 0-7 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Austin, Vitoria SC22.5 
 2. Jackson, Sampaense21.6 
 3. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 4. Curnell, Barreirense19.6 
 5. Luettgerodt, Sampa.19.6 
 6. Crutchfield, Illiabum18.9 
 7. Shaw, Academica17.9 
 8. Brown, Vitoria SC17.4 
 9. Eddie, Academica17.0 
 10. Goode, Penafiel17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.1 
 2. Jackson, Sampaense9.8 
 3. Brown, Vitoria SC9.8 
 4. Eddie, Academica9.6 
 5. Momplasir, Lusitania9.6 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.9.4 
 7. Harris, Illiabum9.4 
 8. Cortez, Ovarense9.1 
 9. Shaw, Academica8.7 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Diogo SIMOES
  Academica
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Simoes, Academica5.6 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense5.6 
 3. Reveles, Ginasio5.5 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.1 
 5. Fernandes, CAB4.7 
 6. Felix, Illiabum4.6 
 7. Minhava, Benfica4.4 
 8. Ogirri, Porto F.4.3 
 9. Sing, Sampaense4.3 
 10. Menefee, CAB3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.6 
 2. Goode, Penafiel3.6 
 3. Madison, CAB3.3 
 4. Cortez, Ovarense2.7 
 5. Barroso, Ginasio2.7 
 6. Eddie, Academica2.7 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.2.1 
 8. Felix, Illiabum2.0 
 9. Ramos, Benfica2.0 
 10. Crutchfield, Illiabum1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania4.1 
 2. Brown, Vitoria SC1.8 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.6 
 4. Coelho, CAB1.3 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.3 
 6. Nolen, Penafiel1.3 
 7. Curnell, Barreirense1.1 
 8. Gray, Sampaense1.0 
 9. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 10. Austin, Vitoria SC1.0 


Proliga Round 7: Undefeated Barcelos lose their first game against Fisica - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Barcelos (6-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Fisica (5-2) 77-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Barcelos. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fisica made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guinea-Bissau center Anastacio Sami (207-76) helped adding 14 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. The victory allowed Fisica (5-2) to climb to the third place. They are looking forward to promotion back to the LPB after one year in the Proliga. Fisica share it with Galitos FC and Angra. This loss did not change Barcelos' (6-1) top position in the standings as they suffered their first loss. They share the it with Sangalhos. Fisica is looking forward to face Maia Basket (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barcelos will play against Alges (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-7) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to second ranked Sangalhos (6-1) 54-74. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Luis Fonte accounted for 16 points. Forward Tiago Magalhaes (192-76) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for Seixal in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sangalhos has a solid series of four victories in a row. The victory allowed Sangalhos (6-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Barcelos. Seventh consecutive loss means that Seixal is still at the bottom of the standings. Sangalhos will play against Galitos FC (#4) in Barreiro in the next round. Seixal will play at home against Electrico FC (#6) in Ponte de Sor and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Maia between Alges and Maia Basket. Eleventh ranked Alges (2-5) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Maia Basket (2-5). Alges managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 in the fight for the ninth place. Fidel Mendonca fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Alges' coach Flavio Nascimento used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Joao Diamantino produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. The victory allowed Alges (2-5) who are in their first season in the Proliga to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Povoa and defeated Maia Basket. Alges will meet league's leader Barcelos on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maia Basket will play against Fisica (#5) in Torres Vedras and hope to secure a win.
6th ranked Guifoes (3-4) were outscored at home by eighth ranked Terceira Basket (3-4) with the biggest margin this round 96-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Nate Bowie who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guifoes' coach Rui Gomes gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Terceira Basket (3-4) to climb to the sixth place. They share it with Electrico FC and defeated Guifoes. Terceira Basket's next round opponent will be Povoa (#9) on the road.

In the last two games of round 7 Angra won against Povoa on the opponent's court 94-84. Galitos FC managed to outperform Electrico FC in a home game 67-56.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 16 rebounds by Terrence Mack of Angra.


Povoa - Angra 84-94

Very expected game when 9th ranked Povoa (2-5) was defeated at home by third ranked Angra (5-2) 94-84. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second quarter ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 30-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Angra made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-83, college: Prairie View A&M) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Povoa. Five Angra and four Povoa players scored in double figures. Despite the victory Angra stay at third position having just one point less than leader Barcelos. Povoa lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in ninth place with a 2-5 record. Angra's next round opponent will be Guifoes (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Povoa will play against Terceira Basket in Angra Heroismo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Povoa: R.Coelho 20, A.jr. Oha 19+10reb+3ast, N.Oliveira 18+8reb+8ast, G.Ehiagwina 10+8reb, L.Pires 8+4reb+1ast, A.Silva 6+5reb+3ast
Angra: T.Mack 26+16reb+1ast, K.Jolley 25+9reb+4ast, J.Pereira 15+3reb+6ast, A.Kravtsov 13+1reb+1ast, P.Magalhaes 11+2reb+3ast, F.Gomes 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 101284


Galitos FC - Electrico FC 67-56

Rather predictable result in Barreiro where fourth ranked Galitos FC (5-2) defeated 7th ranked Electrico FC (3-4) 67-56. Electrico FC was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 40-22 second half run of Galitos FC. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Electrico FC to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Galitos FC outrebounded Electrico FC 47-30 including a 35-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Pilgrim (203-84, college: LSU-Shreveport, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Malcolm Thomas contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Pilgrim is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Tiago Brito (180-85) answered with 11 points and 5 assists and swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) added 11 points in the effort for Electrico FC. Electrico FC's coach Andriy Melnychuk rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Galitos FC has a solid series of four victories in a row. The victory allowed Galitos FC (5-2) to climb to the third place. They share it with Fisica and Angra. Electrico FC is currently in sixth position with a 3-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Galitos FC's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sangalhos at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Electrico FC will play against Seixal (#12).
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: J.Afonso 11+4reb, T.Brito 11+1reb+5ast, B.Suca 8+4reb, D.Neves 7+5reb+2ast, E.Ferreira 6+2reb+1ast, P.Raminhos 5+3reb+1ast
Galitos FC: M.Pilgrim 21+12reb+1ast, M.THOMAS 15+12reb+3ast, A.Coelho 10+2reb+4ast, A.Brito 8+4reb+2ast, A.Pires 5+6reb+5ast, R.Quintino 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 101280


Barcelos - Fisica 69-77

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Barcelos (6-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Fisica (5-2) 77-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Barcelos. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fisica made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guinea-Bissau center Anastacio Sami (207-76) helped adding 14 points and 12 rebounds. Underwood is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Fisica players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and guard Carlos Fechas (180-81) scored 15 points and 7 assists. The victory allowed Fisica (5-2) to climb to the third place. They are looking forward to promotion back to the LPB after one year in the Proliga. Fisica share it with Galitos FC and Angra. This loss did not change Barcelos' (6-1) top position in the standings as they suffered their first loss. They share the it with Sangalhos. Fisica is looking forward to face Maia Basket (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barcelos will play against Alges (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: P.Silva 19+15reb+3ast, S.Duarte 16+4reb, C.Fechas 15+2reb+7ast, T.Barreiro 8+7reb+3ast, J.Moreira 7+7reb+1ast, P.Antonio 2+1reb
Fisica: J.Underwood 21+9reb+2ast, C.Dias 18+7reb+2ast, A.Sami 14+12reb+2ast, M.Salvador 13+3reb+6ast, A.Cordeiro 8+5reb+3ast, R.Rodrigues 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 101281


Maia Basket - Alges 64-65

A very close game took place in Maia between Alges and Maia Basket. Eleventh ranked Alges (2-5) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Maia Basket (2-5). Alges managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 in the fight for the ninth place. The guests trailed by 17 points after three quarters before their 27-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cape Verdean forward Fidel Mendonca (191-84) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ricardo Robalo (165-84) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Alges' coach Flavio Nascimento used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Joao Diamantino (201-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and guard Andre Dara (180-83) added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. The victory allowed Alges (2-5) who are in their first season in the Proliga to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Povoa and defeated Maia Basket. Alges will meet league's leader Barcelos on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maia Basket will play against Fisica (#5) in Torres Vedras and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: J.Diamantino 18+11reb+1ast, J.Gomes 15+5reb+1ast, R.Monteiro 9+5reb+4ast, J.Oliveira 7+3reb, A.Dara 7+9reb+6ast, L.Ferreira 5+4reb+2ast
Alges: F.Mendonca 21+7reb+3ast, R.Robalo 14+3reb+4ast, A.Joaquim 10+8reb+1ast, N.Monteiro 8+1reb+1ast, J.Vicente 4+3reb+1ast, E.Santos 3+4reb
gschID: 101282


Guifoes - Terceira Basket 74-96

6th ranked Guifoes (3-4) were outscored at home by eighth ranked Terceira Basket (3-4) with the biggest margin this round 96-74. Guifoes were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 56-33 second half run of Terceira Basket. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Guifoes to just 7 points in third quarter. Terceira Basket forced 23 Guifoes turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 57.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Four Terceira Basket players scored in double figures. Swingman Miguel Faria (187-80) answered with 19 points and forward Joao David (198) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Guifoes. Guifoes' coach Rui Gomes gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Terceira Basket (3-4) to climb to the sixth place. They share it with Electrico FC and defeated Guifoes. Terceira Basket's next round opponent will be Povoa (#9) on the road.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: M.Faria 19+1reb+3ast, J.David 13+7reb+1ast, A.Libanio 8+5reb+2ast, O.Conceicao 7+6reb, J.Gaspar 7+6reb+1ast, P.Morais 6+2reb+3ast
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 33+6reb+4ast, D.NEVELS 18+16reb+2ast, D.Goncalves 16+5reb+1ast, F.Tavares 14+5reb+4ast, A.Pimentel 6+1reb+1ast, A.Pontes 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 101283


Seixal - Sangalhos 54-74

Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-7) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to second ranked Sangalhos (6-1) 54-74. The game was mostly controlled by Sangalhos. Seixal managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Seixal to just 4 points in second quarter. Sangalhos forced 21 Seixal turnovers. Strangely Seixal outrebounded Sangalhos 41-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Forward Tiago Magalhaes (192-76) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Daniel Machado (190-90) added 17 points respectively for Seixal in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sangalhos has a solid series of four victories in a row. The victory allowed Sangalhos (6-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Barcelos. Seventh consecutive loss means that Seixal is still at the bottom of the standings. Sangalhos will play against Galitos FC (#4) in Barreiro in the next round. Seixal will play at home against Electrico FC (#6) in Ponte de Sor and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Seixal: D.Machado 17+3reb+1ast, T.Magalhaes 13+18reb+4ast, E.Ferreira 7+7reb, T.Severino 5+2reb, R.Galveia 4+3reb+1ast, E.Mouco 3+2reb+1ast
Sangalhos: L.Fonte 16+4reb+2ast, E.Silva 16+5reb+3ast, F.Martins 15+3reb, N.Bizarro 7+7reb+2ast, F.Mota 6+4reb, A.Marques 5+1ast
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LeRoy Dawson gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Div.A - by Eurobasket News
American LeRoy Dawson (188-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Politehnica Iasi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 29-year old guard had a double-double of 39 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Miercurea (#16, 1-14) with 16-point margin 95-79. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Politehnica Iasi is placed at 14th position in Romanian Div.A. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Politehnica Iasi have already lost 13 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Dawson had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Politehnica Iasi's top player in his first season with the team. Southern Nazarene University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dawson is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.6ppg. Dawson is in league's top in and averages solid 2.6spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of CSM Bucuresti. Tomic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead CSM Bucuresti to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Craiova (#13, 5-10) 101-68. This victory allowed CSM Bucuresti to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tomic is a newcomer at CSM Bucuresti and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#8). He also registered 7.7 boards per game.

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