EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/24/2010

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  ABA   


Arlington Bulldogs defeat North Texas Fresh - by Gianni Pascucci
The Arlington Bulldogs matched up with North Texas Fresh over the weekend and came out on top in a 74-73 thriller. The Bulldogs came out of the locker room in a defensive stance as they held the Fresh to 28 percent shooting from the field in the first half. The Bulldogs took a commanding 45-38 lead into the locker room. Richard Thomas (6'5''-G), Obi Ezem (6'6''-F-83), and Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) led the Bulldogs in the first half. Thomas put up 10 points and 3 rebounds. Ezem posted 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Johnson tallied 9 points and 5 rebounds.
The Second half began much like the first as the Bulldogs defense continued to suffocate the Fresh, while the Bulldogs post players dominated the paint on the offensive end. The third quarter came to a close as the crowd witnessed the Bulldogs explosive, talented rookie guard Kevin Ricard expose his talents as he went on a 7-0 run himself to give the Bulldogs a 60-53 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Fresh stormed back behind athletic swingman, A'Daeron Duncan (6'5''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky) to take a 69-64 lead with three minutes remaining in the game. The Bulldogs came out of a time-out with one focus, to execute the game plan. Roland McDougal (6'6''-F) ran the pick-n-roll with Obi Ezem for a quick basket resulting in an andone situation. Ezem knocked down the free throw to pull the bulldogs within two. The Bulldogs came up with a huge stop as McDougal took one of his three charges of the night giving the ball back to the Bulldogs who were only down two. The Bulldogs then ran a set play for Richard Thomas resulting into him knocking down a three point basket to put the Bulldogs up 68-67 with 1:58 remaining in the game. Both teams went back and forth on the offensive ends leaving the Bulldogs in the lead 74-73. With only 13 seconds left on the clock the Fresh came out of a time-out with a chance to win the game, but the overpowering defense of the Bulldogs proved to be too much as Duke Abalama got a monster block on a potential game winning three point attempt at the final buzzer.
The Bulldogs are now off to a 1-0 start on the young season.
Ezem led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Johnson put up 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while Thomas finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Abalama had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Ricard finished with 7 points and 2 assists. McDougal had 5 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steels.
The Bulldogs will travel to participate in defending ABA National Champions Southeast Texas Mavericks Holiday Shoot-out December 28-30, game times to be announced. They will take on ABAs Texas Fuel and Houston Red Storm. The games will be held in the new state-of-the-art Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Complex, the largest entertainment complex in Southeast Texas ( www.nuttyjerrys.com )


Mavericks defeated on the road in Mississippi - by Gianni Pascucci
For the first time this season and for the first time in 20 straight regular season games the #1 ranked and defending ABA Champions Southeast Texas Mavericks (9-1) suffered defeat at the hands of the Gulf Coast Flash on the Mississippi Coast.
The Mavericks found themselves in a tough and hard fought game on Tuesday night, December 21st as Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) and the rest of the Flash battled the Champions from the opening tip. The Mavs found themselves down by 16 points early in the second quarter. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) came off the Mavericks Bench to start a 21-2 run that put the Mavericks back up by 5 points 58-53 at half-time.
Taylor led a consistent effort in the third period of play and the Flash tied the game 80-80 heading into the fourth quarter. The teams battled shot for shot until SETX pulled ahead by 5 points with four minutes to play. The Mavericks took that lead into the final minute of play, but missed four of five free-throws down the stretch and the Flash converted to pull ahead by 2 with 4.4 seconds left in the game. When Odell Bradley missed on a 3 pointer set up off of a full-court play at the buzzer the Mavericks winning streak was over and the Flash had a hard earned 2 point win.
Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) led the way for SETX with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Thrash scored 23 points. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) chipped in 15 points. DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) followed up with 12 points. Taylor had a banner night with a game high 27 points and 13 rebounds. Courtney Brown (6'7''-F-71, college: SW Minnesota St.) and Carl Henderson (6'7''-F, college: S.Mississippi) each scored 14 points respectively.
The Mavericks are off until after Christmas and will host the SETX Mavericks Holiday Shoot-Out Classic at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Texas Fuel, Houston Red Storm, and Arlington Bulldogs will also participate in the Classic. Games will be at 6 PM and 8:30 PM on Tuesday, December 28th and Thursday, December 30th.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.8 
 2. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.2 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.8 
 5. Zoric, KK.18.4 
 6. Car, Zadar18.2 
 7. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.9 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.6 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.3 
 10. Morovic, Siroki TT15.4 
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 TT4.5 
 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. Renfroe, KK.3.4 
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. Radosevic, Cibona2.2 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.2.1 
 7. Ozbolt, Union O.2.0 
 8. Car, Zadar2.0 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 10. Troha, Cedevita1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 4. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 6. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.9 
 7. Booker, Krka0.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 9. Pinkney, Union O.0.7 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Obera TC 7-3 
 2. Alvear 6-4 
 3. San Mart.C. 6-4 
 4. Union Progr. 6-4 
 5. A.Italiana 6-4 
 6. A.Espanola 6-4 
 7. Adelante 1-8 
 8. Tucuman BB 1-8 
Zona Sur
 1. Ciclista 8-3 
 2. Union S. 7-3 
 3. Quilmes MP 6-4 
 4. Firmat SF 6-4 
 5. Bragado 6-5 
 6. Banda Norte 5-5 
 7. San Mart.MJ 2-8 
 8. Gimnasia VP 1-9 


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


We just hope, YOU wont regret! - by Maarouf Mawloud
By: Faissal Kalaawi

I cant understand the decision that was took to take away the Asian basketball tournament from the hands of the Lebanese and give it in a split of a second to the Chinese. Is it because they are risky not to qualify to the Olympics? Do we have to see a one sided tournament in all aspects? Do we have to witness another world cup semi final qualifier? Do we have to LIE MORE? We saw one of the worst or the worst Asian tournament in 2009 so we repeat this mistake! Why? Who can answer me!

Simply I will answer myself, because we saw a good stankovic cup that was held in Lebanon, and all the teams were close to the court like the host, practice was divided into 4 courts and a free schedule for all the teams. Or is it because china rules in everything in this Asian basketball association. I dont know how can this ever happen the last tournament was held in china and the new one in china why dont we do it only in china? Doesnt the rule say one time in the east and the other in the west! Let me remind you rule abiders the last time the west held it was in year 2005 in Qatars capital Doha. At the end I wont regret! You will but I hope you wont, I hope we will see good refereeing when its not a foul not to call it and vice versa. I hope all the teams will be staying next to the court and not a 3 hour bus ride. I hope more than 2 televisions will broadcast the games. I hope we will witness a good Asian tournament, and I really hope ASIA 2013 WONT BE IN CHINA! (3 consecutives are just too much)! I promise I wont forget but promise me you wont regret!

China on behalf of my country well remove the hate or I can say the wrong and big misunderstanding and I hope youll host a good lets say moderate but FAIR tournament good luck !




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


VEF Riga releases Cheyne Gadson and Derek Willjam - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga announced that Cheyne Gadson (192-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.) and Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) are no longer members of the team.
Cheyne Gadson arrived to the club a month ago. He appeared in five EuroCup games averaging 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He also played two games in Baltic League registering 11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2 apg.
Derek Willjam joined the club last summer. He had 12.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg for six EuroCup games. His digits were lower in Baltic and VTB league.


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Ventspils 9-2 
 2. Nevezis 8-2 
 3. VEF Riga 8-2 
 4. TU/Rock 7-4 
 5. Rudupis 7-4 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 6-5 
 7. Siauliai 6-6 
 8. Norrkoping 5-5 
 9. Perlas 5-7 
 10. TTU/Kalev 3-8 
 11. Liepaja 3-9 
 12. Valmiera 0-13 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Zemgale 6-2 
 2. Neptunas 6-2 
 3. Alytus Alita 4-4 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-6 
 5. Naglis-Adakris 2-6 
Group B
 1. Juventus 6-2 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 5-3 
 3. Techasas 4-4 
 4. Sakalai 3-5 
 5. Rakvere 2-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.5 
 3. Osby, TT.18.2 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.3 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis16.1 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.9 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas15.8 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Osby, TT.11.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.6 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.8 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 5. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.5 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.3 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera7.7 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 2. Kriisa, TT.5.9 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis5.1 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.1 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.9 
 8. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.7 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 3. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.2 
 4. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 10. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 6. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.3 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudupis1.2 
 9. Silinskis, Techasas1.2 
 10. Beard, Liepaja1.1 


Round 12: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 12 of Baltic League caused a major change at the very top of the standings. Second defeat of league's leader VEF Riga against second ranked Ventspils 89-93 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended VEF Riga's two-game winning streak. It was a key game for the top position in Elite Division. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-89. Ventspils shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for VEF Riga. Ventspils has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Elite Division leader. VEF Riga at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Nevezis. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ventspils. VEF Riga will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Ventspils will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Rudupis in Prienai.
Sakalai (#4) forced the game against Aiscai Kaunas (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 93-95. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 assists and Vytenis Jasikevicius who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Aiscai Kaunas' coach Mindaugas Lukosius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) with 17 points and 9 assists. Aiscai Kaunas maintains second position in Group B with 5-3 record having just one point less than leader Juventus. Sakalai at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Alytus. First ranked Latvian Zemgale (6-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Lithuanian Alita (4-4) 84-83 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Kristaps Kanbergs who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by Paulius Kleiza did not help to save the game for Alytus Alita. Zemgale maintains first position in Group A with 6-2 record. Loser Alytus Alita keeps the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another important game to mention about took place in Utena. First ranked Juventus (6-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Techasas (4-4) 72-69 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Zydrunas Urbonas who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Juventus maintains first position in Group B with 6-2 record. Techasas at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another important game to mention about took place in Vilnius. Fourth ranked Lithuanian Sakalai (3-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (2-6) 86-84 in the fight for the fourth place. It was a good game for Virginijus Sirvydis who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Sakalai maintains fourth position in Group B with 3-5 record. Loser BC Rakvere stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12:
In Group A Naglis-Adakris was smashed by Neptunas on the road 108-64. Alytus Alita lost to Neptunas on its own court 79-86. Naglis-Adakris unfortunately lost to Zemgale in Jelgava 77-82.
In Group B Rakvere recorded a loss to Juventus at home 78-87.
In Elite Division winless Valmiera was defeated by Perlas on the opponent's court 75-63. Siauliai smashed Liepaja in a home game 92-67. Perlas won against Valmiera on the road 82-73. TU/Rock unfortunately lost to Kalev/Cramo on its own court 80-90. TTU/Kalev recorded a loss to Norrkoping in Norrkoping 78-87.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Joosep Toome of Kalev/Cramo.


Challenge
Alytus Alita - Zemgale 83-84

Important game to mention about took place in Alytus. First ranked Latvian Zemgale (6-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Lithuanian Alita (4-4) 84-83 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-83. The winners were led by guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) supported him with 20 points. Even 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by forward Paulius Kleiza (195-88) did not help to save the game for Alytus Alita. Swingman Rytis Adomavicius (199-83, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zemgale maintains first position in Group A with 6-2 record. Loser Alytus Alita keeps the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: E.Krumins 20+1reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 17+6reb+2ast, S.Wilson 15+6reb, I.Bergmanis 14+4reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 8+4reb+1ast, S.Metra 8+1reb+2ast
Alytus Alita: P.Kleiza 25+6reb+6ast, R.Adomavicius 18+7reb+3ast, V.Luksa 13+5reb, S.Dumbliauskas 11+7reb+1ast, M.Silale 9+4reb+3ast, A.Birgelis 7+1reb+10ast
gschID: 110483


Sakalai - Rakvere 86-84

Another important game to mention about took place in Vilnius. Fourth ranked Lithuanian Sakalai (3-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (2-6) 86-84 in the fight for the fourth place. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BC Rakvere was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Lithuanian swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Joosep Pokla (195-86) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BC Rakvere. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sakalai maintains fourth position in Group B with 3-5 record. Loser BC Rakvere stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: V.Sirvydis 18+4reb+6ast, M.Janisius 18+8reb, O.Varanauskas 14+7reb+6ast, Z.Stankus 10+1reb+2ast, R.Matulis 8+8reb+2ast, M.Kadzevicius 8+3reb
Rakvere: V.Viljar 20+7reb+1ast, J.Pokla 14+10reb+2ast, H.Frier 12+2reb+2ast, K.Saage 11+2reb+4ast, B.McGee 10+4reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 110484


Juventus - Techasas 72-69

Another important game to mention about took place in Utena. First ranked Juventus (6-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Techasas (4-4) 72-69 on Saturday evening. Techasas were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Juventus, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Techasas only scored nine points from the stripe. Juventus outrebounded Techasas 38-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Techasas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who recorded 18 points and guard Tomas Cerneckis (191-88) added 17 points respectively. Juventus maintains first position in Group B with 6-2 record. Techasas at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 16+8reb+3ast, M.Prekevicius 13+3reb+6ast, V.Cepukaitis 13+3reb, A.Adomaitis 12+6reb, Z.Sestokas 6+1reb, G.Matulis 5+2reb+1ast
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 18+4reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 17+4reb+1ast, D.Silinskis 12+4reb, T.Rinkevicius 7+3reb+1ast, R.Streikus 5+3reb+1ast, V.Volkus 4+1reb
gschID: 110485


Neptunas - Naglis-Adakris 108-64

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Neptunas (6-2) crushed bottom-ranked Naglis-Adakris (2-6) in Klaipeda 108-64 on Sunday. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis-Adakris' 36 and made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Neptunas outrebounded Naglis-Adakris 55-25 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naglis-Adakris were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American center Luke Bonner (213-85, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 17 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. Guard Mindaugas Reminas (187-86) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and guard Mantas Mockevicius (188-93) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Naglis-Adakris. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Neptunas maintains second position in Group A with 6-2 record. Loser Naglis-Adakris dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Heiman 18+4ast, M.Mazeika 17+4reb+2ast, L.Bonner 15+15reb, V.Vasylius 13+6reb, A.Grant 12+6reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 8+4reb
Naglis-Adakris: M.Reminas 18+3reb+4ast, M.Mockevicius 14+3reb+5ast, C.Lowe 9+1reb+1ast, V.Dilys 8+4reb+1ast, R.Danys 7+9reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 6+2reb
gschID: 110486


Alytus Alita - Neptunas 79-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Alytus Alita's (4-4) home loss to second ranked Neptunas (6-2) 79-86 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. It was a good game for American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Neptunas' coach Rytas Vaisvila used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) replied with 20 points and 4 assists and center Saulius Dumbliauskas (203-81, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Alytus Alita. Five Neptunas and four Alytus Alita players scored in double figures. Neptunas maintains second position in Group A with 6-2 record having just 0 victories less than leader Zemgale. Loser Alytus Alita keeps the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Ruikis 17+4reb+2ast, R.Bitinas 14+1reb+1ast, D.McClure 13+7reb+4ast, M.Mazeika 13+6reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 10+3reb, A.Grant 7+2reb+1ast
Alytus Alita: A.Birgelis 20+2reb+4ast, S.Dumbliauskas 14+9reb+1ast, S.Kazevicius 12+1reb+1ast, R.Adomavicius 12+4reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 8+2reb+3ast, V.Luksa 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118098


Zemgale - Naglis-Adakris 82-77

Rather predictable result when first ranked Latvian Zemgale (6-2) won against bottom-ranked Lithuanian Naglis-Adakris (2-6) in Jelgava 82-77 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zemgale made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Zemgale players scored in double figures. Forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) replied with 27 points and 7 rebounds and forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia, agency: FCM) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Naglis-Adakris. Zemgale maintains first position in Group A with 6-2 record. Loser Naglis-Adakris dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: I.Bergmanis 18+5reb+4ast, A.Senkans 13+1reb+2ast, E.Krumins 12+2reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 11+9reb, A.Brunins 10+6reb+1ast, S.Metra 9+4reb+5ast
Naglis-Adakris: V.Dilys 27+7reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 21+9reb+1ast, C.Lowe 11+3reb+4ast, R.Danys 6+3reb+1ast, M.Reminas 6+1reb+5ast, V.Petkus 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 118099


Aiscai Kaunas - Sakalai 95-93 OT

Sakalai (#4) forced the game against Aiscai Kaunas (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 93-95. Sakalai was tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they could not keep up in overtime eventually losing that period 21-23. Aiscai Kaunas forced 19 Sakalai turnovers. Sakalai was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 assists and guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Aiscai Kaunas' coach Mindaugas Lukosius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) with 17 points and 9 assists and center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Aiscai Kaunas and five Sakalai players scored in double figures. Aiscai Kaunas maintains second position in Group B with 5-3 record having just one point less than leader Juventus. Sakalai at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aiscai Kaunas: S.Vasiliauskas 29+2reb+5ast, R.Uzas 22+4reb, V.Jasikevicius 17+6reb+3ast, G.Kurtinaitis 10+1reb+4ast, P.Cukinas 8+15reb+2ast, S.Kymantas 4+4reb
Sakalai: A.Gydra 20+2reb, V.Sirvydis 17+2reb+3ast, O.Varanauskas 17+4reb+9ast, R.Matulis 15+9reb+1ast, E.Baniulis 11+7reb, M.Kadzevicius 5+6ast
gschID: 118100


Rakvere - Juventus 78-87

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (2-6) lost at home to first ranked Lithuanian Juventus (6-2) 87-78 on Tuesday. BC Rakvere was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-14 charge of Juventus, which allowed them to win the game. BC Rakvere was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) replied with 30 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Rakvere. BC Rakvere's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Juventus maintains first position in Group B with 6-2 record. Loser BC Rakvere stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 18+8reb, V.Cepukaitis 16+8reb+3ast, T.Markevicius 15+4reb, M.Prekevicius 12+4reb+4ast, Z.Sestokas 11+2reb, G.Matulis 7+1reb
Rakvere: M.Hall 30+4reb, R.Anderson 14+2reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 11+7reb+4ast, J.Pokla 8+4reb+3ast, B.McGee 5+4reb, V.Viljar 4+2reb
gschID: 118101


Elite
Perlas - Valmiera 75-63

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Lithuanian Perlas (5-7) defeated bottom-ranked Latvian Valmiera (0-13) in Vilnius 75-63 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Perlas made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Aidas Viskontas (185-86) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Dovydas Redikas (193-92) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Perlas players scored in double figures. Power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Oskars Virsis (191-89) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas maintains ninth position in Elite Division with 5-7 record. Loser Valmiera still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Perlas will face higher ranked TU/Rock (#4) in Tartu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Valmiera will play at home against Liepaja (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Perlas: A.Viskontas 20+2reb+5ast, E.Bendzius 13+5reb, D.Redikas 11+7reb+5ast, A.Valeika 11+4reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 7+2reb+2ast, T.Slezas 4+3reb
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 16+8reb, J.Kaufmanis 9+4reb+1ast, K.Ansons 9+6reb, J.Graudins 8+2ast, O.Virsis 6+7reb+2ast, J.Berzins 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117238


Siauliai - Liepaja 92-67

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (3-9) was outleveled on the road by eighth ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (6-6) 92-67 on Thursday. The game without a history. Siauliai 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 Liepaja's 44. Siauliai outrebounded Liepaja 43-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Liepaja's players. It was a good game for Ukrainian center Roman Gumenyuk (221-87) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Liepaja. Siauliai moved-up to seventh place in Elite Division. Loser Liepaja dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Siauliai will face Norrkoping Dolphins (#8) in Norrkoping in the next round. Liepaja will play on the road against Valmiera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: R.Gumenyuk 18+9reb, D.Weaver 14+2reb+1ast, E.Ruzgas 14+2reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 12+3reb+4ast, V.Sarakauskas 12+6reb+3ast, D.Gvezdauskas 7+5reb+3ast
Liepaja: A.Mitchell 22+6reb, M.Kravcenko 12+1reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 8+8reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 8+1ast, N.Beard 8+3reb, D.Lejasmeiers 4+6reb
gschID: 117239


Valmiera - Perlas 73-82

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Lithuanian Perlas (5-7) beat on the road bottom-ranked Latvian Valmiera (0-13) 82-73 on Sunday. Valmiera was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 28-13 charge of Perlas, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Aidas Viskontas (185-86) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 assists. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and center Janis Graudins (201-78) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas maintains ninth position in Elite Division with 5-7 record. Loser Valmiera still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Perlas will face higher ranked TU/Rock (#4) in Tartu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Valmiera will play at home against Liepaja (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Perlas: A.Viskontas 20+2reb+6ast, D.Redikas 15+1reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 14+8reb, S.Kulvietis 8+2reb+2ast, A.Valeika 6+3reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 5+1reb
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 18+5reb, J.Graudins 17+5reb+1ast, K.Ansons 12+7reb+1ast, O.Virsis 7+5reb+2ast, K.Bedritis 6+4reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 106714


TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 80-90

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked TU/Rock (7-4) lost to sixth ranked Kalev/Cramo (6-5) in Tartu 80-90 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. TU/Rock managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TU/Rock was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Joosep Toome (202-85) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Forward Rait Keerles (201-80) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Center Janar Talts (205-83) replied with 23 points and guard Rain Veideman (192-91) added 18 points in the effort for TU/Rock. Kalev/Cramo maintains sixth position in Elite Division with 6-5 record. Defending Estonian champion TU/Rock keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round. TU/Rock will play at home against Perlas (#9) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: J.Toome 25+9reb+2ast, R.Keerles 17+3reb+1ast, T.Sokk 14+4ast, G.Dorbek 13+5reb, M.Dunigan 11+7reb, G.Arbet 7+2reb+1ast
TU/Rock: J.Talts 23+3reb+1ast, R.Veideman 18+4reb+2ast, V.Allingu 12+3reb, G.Tsintsadze 8+5reb+2ast, S.Sokk 6+2reb+2ast, C.Eziukwu 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 106715


Ventspils - VEF Riga 93-89

Round 12 of Baltic League caused a major change at the very top of the standings. Second defeat of league's leader VEF Riga against second ranked Ventspils 89-93 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended VEF Riga's two-game winning streak. It was a key game for the top position in Elite Division. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-89. Ventspils shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for VEF Riga. Four Ventspils and five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Ventspils has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Elite Division leader. VEF Riga at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Nevezis. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ventspils. VEF Riga will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Ventspils will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Rudupis in Prienai.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: R.Anderson 19+3ast, M.Gulbis 14+4reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 13+3reb+4ast, S.Kuzminskas 12+13reb+2ast, I.Bankevics 9+3ast, J.Strelnieks 8+3reb+6ast
VEF Riga: K.Berzins 20+10reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 18+7reb+3ast, D.Bertans 16+5ast, C.Gadson 13+3reb+3ast, D.Willjam 12+5reb+5ast, M.Laksa 5+1ast
gschID: 106711


Norrkoping - TTU/Kalev 87-78

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (5-5) won at home against 10th ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (3-8) 87-78 on Sunday. Norrkoping Dolphins made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Norrkoping Dolphins made 8 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lithuanian guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for TTU/Kalev. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Swedish champion maintains eighth position in Elite Division with 5-5 record. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will face higher ranked Rudupis (#5) in Prienai in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev will play at home against the league's second-placed Nevezis (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: J.Kjellbom 23+9reb+1ast, M.Lindqvist 16+3reb+3ast, T.Gaidamavicius 15+3reb+7ast, A.Saks 11+6reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 7+4reb+2ast, C.Grace 6+8reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev: K.Makke 16+5reb+1ast, B.Osby 15+8reb+1ast, E.Keedus 13+3reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 12+5reb+4ast, C.Archibald 9+6reb+4ast, I.Pilk 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 106713




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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BRAZIL   


Pedro Maciel in a new college - by Paulo Freire
Pedro Maciel (188-G-89) a Brazilian born September 22, 1989, in Sao Paulo that took his first steps on basketball court in the Hebraica Club (SP).

Pedro went to the U.S., and followed a different way of many Brazilians who go to the land of Uncle Sam. Pedro went to a high school at St. Stanislaus College, in one of the poorest states in the U.S., Mississippi. In the Prep School, he helped his team get over 90 wins and just 17 losses, achieving a place at the state tournament. He average 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, his performances have earned him awards and nominations such as 'All-State selections' and a call for two stars games, the South vs. North Mississippi All-Star game and Miss. vs. Alabama All-Star game.

After receiving three letters from different colleges for recruitment, Pedro agreed to play for Centenary College in the city of Shreveport in Louisiana.

In his sophomore year in college,
Pedro Maciel (188-G-89) decided to move on, this time returning to Mississippi to play at the Pearl River Community College., A Junior College under head coach Richard Mathis, with 20 years experience.


Winner/Limeira joins Pinheiros/Sky in Paulista League Final - by Eurobasket News
Winner/Limeira advanced into the Paulista League Final. They overcame Lupo/Araraquara in the best-of-five semifinal series. Limeira celebrated a 90:69 win in Game 4 to clinch a 3-1 success in the series. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) scored 24 points to pace the winners.
Winner/Limeira ensured a quick start in this one. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the opening quarter. They cleared off to an 18-point lead at the first break. Lupo/Araraquara stopped the rot in the second stanza. The visitors led by Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80) trimmed the deficit at 13-point mark at halftime. Lupo/Araraquara stayed aggressive in the third period. They got within 12 points heading into the fourth frame. But Winner/Limeira pulled together in the fourth period. They stiffened their defense limiting Lupo/Araraquara to just 10 points. Winner/Limeira knocked down 19 points and cruised to the win at the end. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) nailed 19 points for the winners. Eric Tatu Romualdo (185-G-83) delivered 16 points and 7 assists for Winner/Limeira. Jefferson Sobral replied with 24 points for Lupo/Araraquara. Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa) accounted for 13 points in the loss.
The championship series is slated to tip off on January 5. Pinheiros/Sky will hosts the opener.



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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.25.3 
 2. Harper, Levski23.9 
 3. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 4. Bozov, Balkan18.7 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja18.3 
 6. Stankov, Spartak17.6 
 7. Naydenov, Chernomo.17.0 
 8. Dimitrov, Spartak16.8 
 9. Finzgar, Tundja15.3 
 10. Davidov, Balkan15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.8 
 4. Morton, Balkan8.0 
 5. Georgiev, Levski7.6 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.6 
 7. Todorov, Spartak7.6 
 8. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.3 
 9. Cekovski, Levski7.1 
 10. Finzgar, Tundja6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Zahariev, Chernomo.5.0 
 3. Govedarov, Tundja4.6 
 4. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.5 
 5. Bozov, Balkan4.4 
 6. Diakovski, Spartak4.2 
 7. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.4.1 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil Academik
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.0 
 2. Bozov, Balkan1.9 
 3. Dimitrov, Spartak1.9 
 4. Finzgar, Tundja1.8 
 5. Crowe, Levski1.8 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.8 
 7. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.7 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.6 
 10. Todorov, Spartak1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Vaklinov, Rilski S.1.1 
 3. Varbanov, Tundja0.9 
 4. Doychinov, Balkan0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja0.9 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More0.7 
 7. Traykov, Spartak0.6 
 8. Cvetkovic, Tundja0.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.0.5 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More0.5 


NBL Round 11: Levski wins overtime game against Tundja - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Tundja (3-8) gave a tough game to second ranked Levski (9-2) in Yambol on Wednesday. The visitors from Sofia managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Levski made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Tundja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) helped adding 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski maintains second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Levski are looking forward to face Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
A very close game took place in Samokov between Rilski Sportist and Chernomorets. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (5-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Chernomorets (3-8). Rilski Sportist managed to escape with a 2-point win 98-96 on Wednesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agency: 011 Sports) who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Bogdan Boev accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for Chernomorets in the defeat. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 5-6 record. Chernomorets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Tundja. Rilski Sportist will play against bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in Pleven in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (11-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (4-7) in Sofia 88-65. The best player for the winners was Brandon Heath who scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Vasil Kiossev produced 17 points and 5 assists for the guests. Euroins Cherno More's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Loser Euroins Cherno More keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Lukoil Academik will meet at home Tundja (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Euroins Cherno More will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 Bottom-ranked Spartak lost to Balkan on the opponent's court 75-86.


Lukoil Academik - Cherno More 88-65
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (11-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (4-7) in Sofia 88-65. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lukoil Academik forced 20 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International center Tencho Banev (209-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Vasil Kiossev (195-90) produced 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Euroins Cherno More's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Loser Euroins Cherno More keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Lukoil Academik will meet at home Tundja (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Euroins Cherno More will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 20+3reb+3ast, T.Banev 15+5reb+1ast, B.Bowman 15+3reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 9+2reb, V.Veselinov 7+5reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 7+5reb+2ast
Cherno More: V.Kiossev 17+4reb+5ast, A.Yanev 17+6reb, N.Kolev 13+11reb, P.Alexiev 7+1ast, I.Kasabov 4+2reb+3ast, T.Zhelev 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98287


Tundja - Levski 98-101 OT
Seventh-ranked Tundja (3-8) gave a tough game to second ranked Levski (9-2) in Yambol on Wednesday. The visitors from Sofia managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Levski made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Tundja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) helped adding 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) scored 29 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski maintains second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Levski are looking forward to face Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Levski: S.Georgiev 21+7reb+4ast, J.Crowe 21+6reb+7ast, A.Harper 19+2reb+4ast, D.Cole 13+1reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 10+2reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 9+8reb+1ast
Tundja: M.Durchev 29+3reb+3ast, N.Varbanov 19+14reb+2ast, S.Finzgar 16+11reb+2ast, S.Govedarov 12+2reb+4ast, D.Sattler 10, J.Radionov 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 98288


Rilski Sportist - Chernomorets 98-96
A very close game took place in Samokov between Rilski Sportist and Chernomorets. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (5-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Chernomorets (3-8). Rilski Sportist managed to escape with a 2-point win 98-96 on Wednesday evening. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 33-22 last quarter charge of Chernomorets cut the lead to 98-96 at the end of the game. Strangely Chernomorets outrebounded Rilski Sportist 44-20 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Chernomorets was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agency: 011 Sports) who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Guard Bogdan Boev (196-82) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. The former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville) added 22 points respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 5-6 record. Chernomorets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Tundja. Rilski Sportist will play against bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in Pleven in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 37+1reb+4ast, B.Boev 19+5reb+2ast, D.Karadzhovski 15+3reb+4ast, V.Mijovic 9+2reb, D.Marojevic 8+4reb, A.Gruev 5+6ast
Chernomorets: P.Lauderdale 30+15reb+1ast, S.Naydenov 22+4reb+2ast, V.Marinov 14+5reb+4ast, A.Saraliyski 9+6reb+2ast, T.Ivanov 8+6reb+2ast, D.Roshmanov 6+1reb
gschID: 98289


Balkan - Spartak 86-75
Very expected game in Botevgrad where 8th ranked Spartak (2-9) was defeated by third ranked Balkan (7-4) 86-75 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan. Spartak managed to win fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 30. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Dwayne Morton (200-71, college: Louisville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. Balkan's coach Petar Klechkov used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) produced 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Alexander Diakovski (185-82) added 23 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Balkan maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Spartak stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Balkan will meet league's second-placed Levski in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak will play against Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Balkan: G.Davidov 22+3reb+3ast, J.Bozov 20+6reb+7ast, S.Marinov 15+2reb, D.Morton 11+17reb, D.Filipov 9+5reb+2ast, L.Lilov 5+7reb+6ast
Spartak: A.Diakovski 23+3reb+4ast, H.Dimitrov 16+8reb+7ast, T.Todorov 10+11reb+1ast, S.Tsenov 9+4reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 6+1reb, V.Georgiev 5+5reb
gschID: 98290




Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 11-0 
 2. Levski 9-2 
 3. Balkan 7-4 
 4. Rilski Sportist 5-6 
 5. Cherno More 4-7 
 6. Chernomorets 3-8 
 7. Tundja 3-8 
 8. Spartak 2-9 


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS35.8 
 2. Morris, Beijing33.8 
 3. Lamizana, TianJ.28.8 
 4. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.28.8 
 5. Douby, Xinjiang28.3 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan28.0 
 7. James, Zhejiang C.27.0 
 8. Young, Jilin26.0 
 9. Crittenton, Zhejia.25.8 
 10. Vroman, DongGuan23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jones, Fujian20.4 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.16.5 
 3. Gaines, Qingdao DS15.0 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.4 
 5. Lamizana, TianJ.13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.4 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Richard, Liaoning13.0 
 9. Morris, Beijing12.6 
 10. Moiso, Jiangsu12.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.10.3 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan6.3 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu6.0 
 4. Lu, Fujian6.0 
 5. Marbury, Foshan5.8 
 6. Jones, Guandong5.4 
 7. Allen, Shandong5.2 
 8. Green, Shanghai5.2 
 9. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
 10. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.4.0 
 2. Crittenton, Zhejia.3.6 
 3. Zhong, Jilin3.6 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu3.6 
 5. Douby, Xinjiang3.5 
 6. Allen, Shandong3.0 
 7. Green, Shanghai3.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan3.0 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan3.0 
 10. Singleton, Xinjiang2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jones, Fujian4.0 
 2. Lamizana, TianJ.4.0 
 3. Wang, Bayi2.6 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.5 
 5. Abbaas, Beijing2.4 
 6. Benson, TianJin R.2.3 
 7. Watkins, Jilin2.2 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai2.2 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu2.2 
 10. Ba, Shanxi Zh.2.0 


CBA Round 5: Jilin Tigers win their first game - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in CBA, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Jilin Tigers can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (3-2) 98-94 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-19. But Jiangsu Dragons won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Jilin Tigers won last quarter 30-27. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman David Young (196-81, college: N.C.Central, agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Jiangsu Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. and Fujian. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Jilin Tigers is looking forward to face higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou and are hoping to win this game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Jinan, where higher ranked Qingdao Double Star (1-3) lost to fifteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (2-3) in a road game 90-98. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Rodney White contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for Qingdao Double Star. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Liaoning and Foshan. Qingdao Double Star lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh. and TianJin R.. Shandong Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Guandong Tigers (#7) in Dongguan to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Hangzhou. Local Zhejiang Cyclones (1-4) lost to seventh ranked Shanghai Sharks (3-2) 77-93 on Wednesday night. Devin Green stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Josh Boone responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanghai Sharks has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zhejiang Cyclones lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Jilin and Fujian. Shanghai Sharks will meet at home bottom-ranked Jilin Tigers (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Liaoning was defeated by Bayi in Ningbo 93-87. Xinjiang beat Guandong at home 97-88. Beijing won against Fujian on the opponent's court 98-87. TianJin R. unfortunately lost to Foshan in a home game 75-89. Zhejiang G.L. managed to beat Shanxi Zh. on the road 123-115.


Bayi - Liaoning 93-87

There was no surprise in Ningbo where 8th ranked Liaoning Hunters (2-3) were defeated by fourth ranked Bayi Fubang (4-1) 93-87 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 56-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bayi Fubang made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Liaoning Hunters turnovers. Strangely Liaoning Hunters outrebounded Bayi Fubang 52-37 including a 25-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bayi Fubang made 8 blocks. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and international swingman Bo Zhang (200-89) chipped in 26 points. American power forward Chris Richard (206-84, college: Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward XiangTao Liu (202-80) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayi Fubang has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Beijing. Loser Liaoning Hunters dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Shandong and Foshan. Bayi Fubang will meet Beijing Ducks (#4) on the road in the next round. Liaoning Hunters will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#5) in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: R.Chris 20+14reb, Y.Ming 16+4reb+4ast, L.XiangTao 14+16reb+1ast, H.Tian-ju 11, G.Ailun 11+1reb+2ast, B.Qiang 5+3reb+1ast
Bayi: Z.Bo 26+2reb, W.ZhiZhi 18+14reb+1ast, M.Ke 15+7reb+2ast, D.Lehei 13+2reb+2ast, H.Shuo 8+1reb+8ast, W.Lei 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 118357


Xinjiang - Guandong 97-88

Xinjiang Flying Tige (4-0) defeated 6th ranked Guandong Tigers (3-2) 97-88 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 58-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game. Montenegrin-American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) stepped up and scored 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners and American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. American guard Fred Jones (193-79, college: Oregon) responded with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and international power forward Feng Du (207-81) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige has a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with DongGuan. Loser Guandong Tigers dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guandong Tigers will play against Qingdao Double Star (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guandong: J.Fred 22+8reb+5ast, D.Feng 19+10reb+3ast, Z.FangYu 12+4reb+1ast, L.XiaoYu 8, W.ShiPeng 8+4reb, W.Zheng 7+7reb
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 38+7reb+1ast, S.James 17+11reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 13+3reb+1ast, M.Bateer 11+7reb+1ast, Z.QingPeng 5+2reb, S.WeiBo 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118358


Fujian - Beijing 87-98

Very expected game in Jinjiang where 16th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (1-4) was defeated by third ranked Beijing Ducks (4-1) 98-87 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Fujian SBS XunXin managed to win fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds for the winners and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward TaiLong Zhao (193-90) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Beijing Ducks has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader DongGuan, which they share with Bayi. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Zhejiang C. and Jilin. Beijing Ducks will meet at home Bayi Fubang (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against the league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (#2) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Fujian: J.Dwayne 24+20reb, Z.TaiLong 21+4reb+1ast, G.Lei 16+6reb, L.XiaoMing 12+4reb+10ast, G.SongLin 9+3reb+3ast, Y.GengLin 3+4reb+1ast
Beijing: M.Randolph 37+15reb+2ast, X.LiBin 19+3reb+3ast, A.Zaid 16+9reb+3ast, C.Lei 15+2reb+2ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 6+4reb+5ast, W.Xiaohui 3+2reb
gschID: 118359


Zhejiang C. - Shanghai 77-93

The game with biggest result difference took place in Hangzhou. Local Zhejiang Cyclones (1-4) lost to seventh ranked Shanghai Sharks (3-2) 77-93 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Zhejiang Cyclones managed to win fourth quarter 31-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Cyclones' 34. American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and power forward Ligang Wang (204-85) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Michael James (184-75, college: Duquesne) scored 21 points, 6 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanghai Sharks has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zhejiang Cyclones lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Jilin and Fujian. Shanghai Sharks will meet at home bottom-ranked Jilin Tigers (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: J.Michael 21+2reb+6ast, C.Fei 14+7reb+1ast, B.Josh 12+16reb+2ast, D.Jinhui 9+1reb, J.Peng 6+1reb, S.Xiaolong 5+2reb
Shanghai: W.Ligang 18+5reb, G.Devin 17+14reb+7ast, H.Mike 14+7reb, L.Wei 13+1reb+2ast, L.Ziqui 12+3reb+2ast, W.Yong-Liang 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 118354


Shandong - Qingdao DS 98-90

We should mention about the upset which took place in Jinan, where higher ranked Qingdao Double Star (1-3) lost to fifteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (2-3) in a road game 90-98. Qingdao Double Star was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 51-38 second half run of Shandong Bulls. They also forced 21 Qingdao Double Star turnovers. Qingdao Double Star was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 9 points and 5 assists in the effort for Qingdao Double Star. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Liaoning and Foshan. Qingdao Double Star lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh. and TianJin R.. Shandong Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Guandong Tigers (#7) in Dongguan to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 38+16reb, L.Mingtao 12+3reb+1ast, B.Dee 9+3reb+5ast, L.Gen 9+3reb+3ast, C.Kai 7+3reb+2ast, L.Guang 4+3reb+3ast
Shandong: W.Rodney 22+5reb+3ast, A.Myron 19+10reb+5ast, L.JiuLong 15+1reb+4ast, S.Jie 14+3reb+5ast, W.Ke 8+3reb+1ast, C.ZhenHua 8+2reb
gschID: 118355


Jilin - Jiangsu 98-94

Jilin Tigers can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (3-2) 98-94 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-19. But Jiangsu Dragons won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Jilin Tigers won last quarter 30-27. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman David Young (196-81, college: N.C.Central, agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. and Fujian. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Jilin Tigers is looking forward to face higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: T.ZhengDong 18+5reb+3ast, L.Yahui 16+6reb, Y.Li 16+3reb+1ast, M.Jerome 15+14reb+1ast, 12+6reb+3ast, H.XueFeng 11+8reb+6ast
Jilin: Y.David 29+9reb+3ast, L.Tao 20+4reb, Y.Shulong 18+4reb+5ast, Z.Cheng 15+10reb+3ast, W.Jameel 14+11reb+2ast, L.Wei 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118356


TianJin R. - Foshan 75-89

There was a small surprise in Tianjin where fourteenth ranked Foshan (2-3) beat 12th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (1-3) 89-75 on Wednesday. Foshan made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 assists for the winners and Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Foshan players scored in double figures. Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Lee Benson (208-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Foshan moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Liaoning and Shandong. TianJin Rongcheng lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with three games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh. and Qingdao DS. Foshan will meet at home league's leader DongGuan Leopards in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#8) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: L.Herve 19+11reb+5ast, Z.Nan 16+3reb+1ast, B.Lee 11+15reb+1ast, L.GangFeng 8+5reb, X.GuiJun 8+3reb, Z.Ji 7+5reb
Foshan: M.Stephon 22+3reb+5ast, O.Olumide 16+10reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 14+10reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 13+5reb, Z.Yong-gang 9+5reb+1ast, L.Ke 6+3reb
gschID: 118352


Shanxi Zh. - Zhejiang G.L. 115-123

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu's (1-3) home loss to ninth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (3-2) 115-123 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 32-of-42 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Javaris Crittenton (196-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 32 points and 4 assists. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Shanxi Zhongyu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. They share it with TianJin R. and Qingdao DS. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Zhejiang Cyclones in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 49+11reb, D.Osama 21+7reb+11ast, P.Shang 16+11reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 8, Y.Changdong 7+4reb, Z.XueWen 6+2reb+2ast
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 38+12reb+1ast, C.Javaris 32+4reb+4ast, L.Chih-Chieh 15+6reb+3ast, X.YuYang 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Wei 10+4reb+2ast, W.Bo 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 118353




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Basketball X-mass: Celebrations in Nymburk, earthquake in Jerusalem - by Ales Komarek
It seemed as Ronen Ginzburg could not believe that Hapoel Jerusalem failed to qualify for the next round rather then his Nymburk advanced in Eurocup. Nymburk coached by him won their group and finally he could say:'It is a remarkable and unexpected success.'

They definitely confirmed their progress on Tuesday in borrowed Pardubice ice-hockey arena against VEF Riga, but coach pointed out other key moments: 'Our win in Sevilla changed the whole group. But the two home wins of Riga which was considered the group outsider caused troubles to defeated teams.
Latvian champion is led by Rimas Kurtinaitis. You can hardly imagine a more impressive personality than this one coaching this unexperienced team. His compliments are appreciated. 'Nymburk has a good coach. He is able to recognize strong skills of his players and use them. And furthemore he had better players than other teams.' he noticed .
What else he could say, when Nymburk was the only team that beat his Riga twice in the group. Kurtinaitis also noticed an interesting point: ' It is a long way from both Sevilla and Jerusalem. We played well against them and they were not prepared for this. '
Nymburk was prepared. They won in Riga and these points counted twice as precious. Nevertheless Ginzburg knows that travelling affects players in Adriatic League where they are now just the third team from the bottom after a good start of the season.

'We struggle a lot mentioning this problem. I am not sure if people realize how tough games we play there,' he said, regarding his debut as a new coach but also the teams first season in the League.
Nymburk according to schedule has a game planned even on 26th December Boxing Day. They play at home indeed but against Buducnost Podgorica,the table leader from Montenegro.
Tuesday game was a sort of practice and preparation for the next year when Nymbur will face stronger oponents. Galatasaray Istanbul with former Nymburk star Radoslav Rancik, Italian Caserta and on the top of that Estudiantes Madrid with Pardubice-born Jiri Welsch. 'All his too big family will attend this game,' Radek Necas noticed with a smile.
Ginzburg did not have time to think about this. 'Basketbal, that we played today is not good enough when we want to be successful against such strong sides,' he notes briefly, but remembering an injury of his important player, he was not so brief: 'Lets hope that Petr Benda will get his chance in EuroCup this season. It is important that we managed it even without his help now.'
Nymburk qualification for the next round is simply one of the top stories in the Cup so far. Especially when they made it at the expense of Israeli team. Well-informed Ginzburg estimates that Jerusalems budget is somewhere about seven or eight million dollars which is much more than the Czech team can afford.
The coach of the group winner was astonished by the result of second Tuesday game.The final runner-up Cajasol won at Hapoel home court by 14 points. 'It was a crazy group. As I know the Middle East I expect an earthquake there,' adds Ginzburg with certain relief that he himself in the Czech Republic is not under such pressure.

Source: iBasket


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  ESTONIA   


Bambale Osby claims Estonian EMKL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American-DR Congolese Bambale Osby (203-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for TTU/Kalev Tallinn and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Voru KK (#9, 1-15) with 29-point margin 104-75. TTU/Kalev maintains the 3rd position in Estonian EMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TTU/Kalev will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Osby turned to be TTU/Kalev's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Osby is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 56.4% FGP. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE Inkasso. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Valga/CKE to another comfortable win outscoring Rapla (6-10) 72-49. This victory allowed Valga/CKE to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Brown is a newcomer at Valga/CKE 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 16.6ppg (#5). He also registered 12.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Brett McGee (198-G/F-84) of Rakvere (#4). McGee scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rakvere, leading his team to a 89-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 4-12). Rakvere needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. McGee has a very solid season. In 16 games in Estonia he scored 10.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joosep Pokla (195-F-86) of Rakvere - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Janar Talts (205-C-83) of TU/Rock - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Andrais Thornton (203-C-85) of Voru KK - 26 points and 16 rebounds
9. Timo Oja (182-G-87) of Valga/CKE - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Kyle Landry claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Kyle Landry (206-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best BK Prostejov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat KK Zagreb CO (#4, 0-6), the league's bottom-ranked team 86-77. BK Prostejov maintains the 2nd position in EuroChallenge group E. They are still close to the very top. BK Prostejov would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. It's Landry's second year at BK Prostejov and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Northern Arizona University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Landry is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Clark impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Szolnok lost that game 71-82 to slightly higher-ranked Gravelines (3-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group A. Szolnok still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Clark is a newcomer at Szolnok and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: SportsTalent) of Orleans (#4). Reynolds scored 18 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was a key player of Orleans, leading his team to a 92-90 win against #3 ranked Nancy. The chances of Orleans not to end season at such low position in group H, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Reynolds could try to bring Orleans' a little bit higher in the standings. Reynolds has a very solid season. In 6 games in EuroChallenge he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 4.5apg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) of Gravelines - 17 points and 9 rebounds
5. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) of Orleans - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. Ben Woodside (180-G-85) of Gravelines - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Etha - 25 points and 8 rebounds
8. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83) of Nancy - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. David Holston (170-G-86) of Karsiyaka - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Maccabi T-A 9-1 
 2. Caja Laboral 5-5 
 3. Zalgiris 5-5 
 4. Partizan 5-5 
 5. Khimky 4-6 
 6. Asseco Prokom 2-8 
Group B
 1. Olympiakos 7-3 
 2. Real Madrid 6-4 
 3. Unicaja 5-5 
 4. Lottomatica 5-5 
 5. Brose Baskets 4-6 
 6. Charleroi 3-7 
Group C
 1. Montepaschi 8-2 
 2. Fener.Ulker 7-3 
 3. Regal Barca 7-3 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 4-6 
 5. Cholet 4-6 
 6. Cibona 0-10 
Group D
 1. Panathinaikos 7-3 
 2. Union Olimpija 6-4 
 3. Efes Pilsen 5-5 
 4. Valencia 5-5 
 5. Armani MI 4-6 
 6. CSKA 3-7 


Ivkovic: "I want us to maintain stability in big games" - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) gave a very interesting Press Conference for the tonight's game against Roma that pulls the curtain down on the Euroleague Regular season and not just on that
Analytically, he stated:
ABOUT ROMA: 'I believe that the atmosphere within the team is good, since we have 15 players ready to practice after a long time and Papanikolaou returning very soon. Nielsen practiced for the first time and he had suffered a great toll, we should have let him rest earlier. The game against Roma is of great interest competition wise. We have to remain very focused and ready. Roma is in a better shape than in the first game we played and despite they seemed to be having problems with Giachetti being injured, Washington took over leading the team and they have been playing better. In the game against Biella, Washington and Datome had been very good. It's our last home game before the holidays that the fans will be able to watch the team play, since there is the Euroleague break and we still have to games to play for the Greek League without the presence of fans. We expect the Olympiacos fans to help us'.
ABOUT THE CONSECUTIVE GOOD GAMES OLYMPIACOS HAS PLAYED: 'I want us to have stability in big games and it's still early. We played a good game against Peristeri, but I hadn't noticed that it was the first time we scored 100 points and that our two most prolific players, Spanoulis and Teodosic had only scored five points combined. I heard that on the radio. It's still early for the team to roll smoothly. It's important that we have 15 players at practice and be able to work right.'

ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT OF THE EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON: 'It's still early to make assessments. Teams have been playing to qualify in the Regular Season. There have been surprises of course. The week we spent in Spain has help us and I think that, together with the administration, we made a good decision. I spoke with Mr. Giorgos Angelopoulos and we decided that the team should stay in Spain and it's important that we have a very good co-operation with the administration.'
ABOUT RESPECTING THE OPPONENTS: 'I appreciate any opponent and I have been working on that with the players. The goal is to give our best. I have told my players that we must respect ourselves and the jersey we wear. Everything comes out of that respect. The game against Peristeri was a huge step, because the team remained focused for 40 minutes'.
ABOUT MATT NIELSEN: 'Nielsen just started practicing. It has been a huge mistake by everyone to have let him play with such big a problem. He could not breathe and for big guys who come always in contact with opponents, this is the most important thing. Im certain, he's going to contribute a lot. I don't think about the game against Panathinaikos, but I have asked for it to be postponed, so that players could find time to relax. I want my opponents at their best'.
ABOUT HIMSELF: 'I don't want to talk about myself and I don't like being told that this is the coach who screams and shouts. We have been making a strong effort, we have good players and we need time to have the job done. We are in the right path, but it's still very early. It's important that we have good athletes who are very good guys as well. The important thing is to be a team, to do well, but also not to lose our heads and get knocked down'.
ABOUT THE TOP-16: 'The most balanced teams are those with the greatest Euroleague experience and they will be taking up tempo in the TOP-16, because now, with only a couple of slips you are out. TOP-16 is different from the Regular season.'
ABOUT THE HOLIDAY BREAK: 'After the game against Roma and following the Cup game against PAOK, we will give the guys two days off to spend the holidays with their own people. We have to help the team relieve psychological stress and relax, freshen up for the TOP-16 and the rest of the upcoming games.'
ABOUT JOTAM HALPERIN: 'Jotam Halperin is a very experienced player. He's a guard with great experience. I came upon him in a very tough situation both in regard to his contract and his playing status. When I told him he would only be playing in the Euroleague, he told me that he would try to win my trust as well as minutes in the playing game. He's slowly becoming a member of the team'.
ABOUT LOUKAS MAVROKEFALIDES: 'I had told Vangelis Angelou (his assistant) in the summer that we should be paying extra attention at pre-season to Mavrokefalides, Papanikolaou and Sloukas. Loukas is a prototype power forward of contemporary basketball. He has worked a lot and I believe he's something new for both the Greek as well as for European basketball.'




Round 10: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group D
Valencia - Union Olimpija 78-77
Power Electronics Valencia celebrated reaching the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by beating Union Olimpija 78-77 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket). The last season's EuroCup winner finished as No.4 in Group D with 5-5 record. Union Olimpija ended with 6-4 record and advanced to the next stage as No.2. Game hero Dusko Savanovic, Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 14 points each for the winners. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) shined in loss with 27 pts and 9 boards.

Panathinaikos - Armani MI 93-62
Panathinaikos destroyed Armani Jeans Milano advancing to Euroleague Top 16 as No.1 of Group D with 7-3 record. AJ Milano failed to reach the next stage as they dropped to 4-6. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

CSKA - Efes Pilsen 78-69
CSKA said goodbye with 78-69 home victory against Efes Pilsen. The Russian powerhouse made 3-7 record in regular season ending it at the bottom of Group B. On the other side, Efes Pilsen (5-5) advanced to Top 16 as No.3. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) added 17 points and 7 boards. In defeat, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) netted 15 pts.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.16.8 
 5. Rakocevic, Efes P.15.8 
 6. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 7. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.4 
 9. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 10. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.8 
 2. Gist, Partizan7.3 
 3. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.1 
 4. Fischer, Real Madrid7.0 
 5. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 6. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 7. Barac, Caja Laboral6.7 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.6 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.9 
 4. Eidson, Maccabi .4.6 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.6 
 6. Blakney, Unicaja4.3 
 7. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 8. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.2 
 9. Cook, Valencia4.2 
 10. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.1 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Perkins, Maccabi .2.3 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.2.1 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.2.0 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 9. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 10. Jenkins, ALBA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 9. Barac, Caja Laboral1.3 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia1.2 


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Mykal Riley claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Mykal Riley (198-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Nanterre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 37 points adding eight rebounds for Nanterre in his team's victory, helping them to beat Evreux (#2, 12-3) 82-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Nanterre to jump to the first place in the French ProB. Nanterre have a solid 13-2 record. In the team's last game Riley had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Nanterre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mykal Riley averages this season 14.5ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Sierra Leonean forward Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne. Sonko impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Maurienne to edge the lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 4-11) by 3 points 81-78. Despite this victory Maurienne slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sonko is well-known by Maurienne fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#1). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (#9). Harris scored 28 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Harris' great performance Lille lost 70-79 to the higher-ranked Boulazac (#6, 9-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lille ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Lille to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in France. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (2nd best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Siggers (187-G-85) of Rouen - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mohamed Hachad (194-G-83) of Fos Ouest - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Christopher Dunn (191-G-83) of Maurienne - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Darryl Monroe (202-F-86) of Boulogne - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Frederic Adjiwanou (204-C-80) of Boulazac - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Boulogne - 23 points and 9 rebounds

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


Fabien Causeur out at least six weeks - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for the reigning French champion Cholet. One of their best players, guard Fabien Causeur (193-G-87), will be sidelined for at least six weeks due to foot injury. The player will not be able to help his team in their most important game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul.
Fabien Causeur played 10 games for the club this season (both in Euroleague and ProA) averaging 8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.7 apg.


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Kevin Worsley (BC ENERGIE ZWICKAU, Regionaliga) The 1, 2, And 3 Are All Interchangeable Positions So You Should Be Able To Play Them All If You Are A Good Player - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Worsley (193-G/F-86, college: Norfolk St.) is a 24 year old shooting guard/small forward from Chesapeake, Virginia that is playing in Germany for BC ENERGIE ZWICKAU. He is a very versatile player, who started his college career as a point guard at Neosho CC and then moved to the 2 and the 3 positions. He plays above the rim with his 36 inch vertical and has an outstanding mid-range jumper. This is why he can spend time even at the 4 position if needed. Also, he is a defensive stopper that always wants to check the teams best player. Was top 100 in the nation in steals his senior season. He played at Norfolk Sate (NCAA) from 2006-2009. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 5.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.4%, FT: 69.7%. Last season, he played for Hampton Roads Cardinals (EBA): 18 ppg, 6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 spg. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball.

You are from Chesapeake, Virginia. What was your childhood like?

My childhood was like most kids I am the youngest out of 3 kids. I have an older brother named Kenny who has taught me mostly everything that I know about basketball and I have an older sister name Cassandra who is my biggest fan. I was raised with both of my parents living together so I am very blessed if I would say. My parents made sure I have the latest things so I could focus on sports and school instead being in the streets with the guys who gave up on their dreams. I had a strong supporting cast which consists of all the people in Virginia who believed in me and saw that I was determined to be successful. My family and friends never allowed me to get in trouble because they saw potential in me so they kept me on a straight path.

What was the deciding moment where you knew that you wanted to be a professional basketball player?

I have always known I wanted to be a professional basketball player since I was a little kid. My mom was a big Chicago Bulls fan so I used to watch Michael Jordan like all of the other kids and imagine I was playing against him in my backyard.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

I would say Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Vince Carter, and Allen Iverson.

Was there a NBA player that you didnt like as kid?

I would say Charles Barkley because my cousin loved him and talked about him all day.

To what NBA player would you compare your game to?

Ron Artest because he does not mind doing the dirty work, he always checks the other teams best player, and he can score when it is needed. I always try to be the hardest worker on the floor because I know that I might not be the best player on the court every game but if I hustle more than them nobody will be able to tell the difference and my team might win.

You played at Norfolk state from 2006-2009. Why did you choose to go to this school?

I used to go play there during the summer time at Norfolk State and my friends were already there. The coaching staff at Norfolk State consists of people who actually care about their players and it is five minutes from my house. Playing at Norfolk State is like joining a brotherhood I still talk to the guys I played with everyday on twitter or facebook.

What was your memorable experience at Norfolk State on and off the floor?

I would say my most memorable moment on the court was playing in the MEAC Championship my senior season because even though we lost we did something nobody has done since Norfolk State has became D1 which was make it to the MEAC Championship. I like to do new things when I play for a team like having the best record or whatever else they have not accomplished so I can say I left some history there. My memorable moment off the court would be when one of our managers took the rental car and got lost soon as we got off the plane in Florida.

Who won one on one games in practice you or Corey Lyons?

I have played Corey once but it was not serious though so I dont remember who won. We usually play King of the Court at NSU or two on two for bragging rights.

You started as a point guard and then moved to the position 2 and 3. Was it a difficult step to do this?

I have always played different position and worked on having an all around game. I think the 1, 2, or 3 are all interchangeable positions so you should be able to play them all if you are a good player.

You can also play the position four. How tough is it playing this position at 193cm?

I do not have a tough time playing power forward because I feel as though I can check or outwork anybody. It is an advantage for me because I can step out and beat most guys who play power forward. When I have a smaller defender checking me I usually try to get the ball on the block so being able to play the four has always came as advantage for me. Most guys are not that versatile to be able to play all position ranging from point guard to power forward so going from team to team and having to play different positions has been good for me.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I would say my mid range jump shot.

You are a defensive stopper. Who was the toughest player that you played against?

Terrell Taylor who is currently playing in Argentina.

In your rookie season, you played in the EBA for the Hampton Roads Cardinals. What kind of experience was this for you?

Playing for Hampton Roads Cardinals was a confidence builder for me because in college I was not the go to guy. I knew I could score but I never had any 20+ point games in college because I focused on defense and left the scoring to Michael Deloach, Corey Lyons, or Tony Murphy. When I played for the Cardinals we had a rule which was if you were scoring they had to keep coming back to you until you missed twice. The Cardinals allowed me to be the go to guy because I proved I could score in practice so when the game came they always looked for me to score so I started getting confidence that I could score at will.

You are playing in Germany for BC ENERGIE ZWICKAU. How do you like the Regionaliga?

I like playing for Zwickau because my teammates and coach are all good guys who have helped me adjust to being overseas. This league is a good league for a player like me to start my career because it is as not as much pressure as the higher leagues when you have a bad game and fear that you might get sent home. The competition level is good so this has been a great experience for me so far.

You are tearing up the league. Do you have a claus in your contract to move up to a higher league.

No I do not have a Claus in my contract.

How do you like living in Zwickau?


Zwickau is not a bad town at all even though everything closes at 8 I feel very safe out here.

Do you sometimes notice that the area was Eastern Germany 20 years ago?

Yes I do because the people are always talking about the difference between East and West Germany.

What do you like most about Germany?

I like how nice the people are here they teach me German and I help them with their English.

Who wins a one on one in practice you or John Fowler?

We have never play one on one but I usually win the shooting competitions in practice.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row in practice?

7

What was the most crazy shot that you ever made in a practice or game?

I have had a few big shots in my career but I would say two weeks ago when we were down 2 with a few seconds left I hit a 3 pointer to take the lead and we won by 4

Do you know any other Americans playing in Germany and what league do you think you could play at?

I have a good female friend name Crystal Woodley who is playing in Ludwigsburg right now. I believe I can play on the Pro A level truthfully. I have seen the Chemnitz Niners play with John and we just talked about how we could see ourselves out there playing on that level. I told John that we were like Junior College kids all over again imagining ourselves playing at the D1 level. I heard about the BBL but I have not went to a game yet but hopefully one day I will be competing on that level but as of right now I would say Pro A.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?

I would like to start coaching on the high school or college level.

What was the last DVD movie you saw?

Jay Pharaohs Premature Miracle.

Thanks for the chat Kevin and good luck the rest of the season



Can NBA, Euroleague and North Carolina Tar Heel Experience Propel BBC Bayreuth Past The Deutsche Bank Skyliners December 26th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes seeing teams with a very mediocre record despite a very talented roster is as unexplainable as seeing UFO sightings over Rosewell, New Mexico, witnessing rapper 50 cent attending a classical concert at Carnegy hall in New York and then deciding to make a classical CD with some of his raps from his most famous tracks, German tennis legend letting German comedian Oliver Pocher beat him in a game of tennis on a grass court or seeing an ally-op hook up from the top of the key from Orlando magic Dwight Howard (207-C/F-85) to point guard Jameer Nelson (182-G-82, college: St.Joseph's). But so fra this season, the basketball fans in Bayreuth have had to believe and accept the current 3-11 record. They are a talented team and are struggling a bit now. I think that they will beat some teams and finish the first half strong and be ready for the second half, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). It has been a crazy season for them so far. They are very talented. But just seem to have some wrong bounces at the end of games, stressed Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The club also has incredible experience and talent with an ex NBA player with Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa), a BEKO BBL champion and Euroleague player with Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) and an NCAA champion from North Carolina with Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina), but it seems like the basketball god has no mercy for players who have achieved amazing things in other places. I dont know what it is with BBC Bayreuth. They are a great team on paper for sure. They can beat any team in the league as we found out earlier in the season. I still think that they are better than their record shows. They will have success in the second half of the season, warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). It doesnt really matter who a team has, but it is all about the chemistry and how it develops, added Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Ex NBA player Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) came to the BEKO BBL in 2008 joining the Brose Baskets Bamberg and saw first hand what success can be like, but then at the end of December 2008 joined Bremerhaven and suffered a 6-17 record. It seems like dj vu all over again as he is in the BEKO BBL cellar again. If that negative experience in Bremerhaven is on his mind now? I dont think so. As a player, you seem to forget about past seasons. You are only as good as your last game. It was a bad experience for him for sure, but I am sure that he and his teammates are thinking about ways to get on track, commented John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). I am pretty sure that Bremerhaven is on his mind especially how things are going, added Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

The last time BBC Bayreuth won the BEKO BBL title was in 1989 a few months before German tennis legends Boris Becker and Steffi Graf won Wimbeldon together, Sebastian Vettel was only two years old and late Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis was slowly making a name for himself in the NBA. Back then the team was called Steiner Bayreuth and had German basketball legends like Michael Koch (190-G-66), Hans
Gnad and Oldham Calvin and success was as common in 88 and 89 for the club as winning was fr Rhein Energie Colonge was from 2004-2006. After being regulated in 1999 due to financial reasons, the team had to start at scratch in the Regionaliga and fought its way back up to the PRO A and finally landed back in the BEKO BBL in 2010. For a team that was coming from the PRO A, it sure found a way within their budget to land NBA, Euroleague and North Carolina Tar Heel experience.

Last season BBC Bayreuth ran away with the PRO A title registering a record of 26-4. They started the season strong going on a 10 game winning streak before losing their first game to the Kirchheim Knights on December 3rd. They then went on another big winning streak of eight games. They closed the season going on a 6-5 record, but showed that they had the talent to move up to the next level. The team had four players scoring in double figures and was led by Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) who was rewarded after 6 years in the PRO A with the jump to the BEKO BBL. The success of the team was led by German coach Andreas Wagner who has had the magical wane of bringing teams up as he did it with Bayern Munich into the PRO A in 2004, Walferdange (Luxemberg) into the top league and Nordlingen into the BEKO BBL in 2008. Wagner didnt have it easy taking over for fan favorite Derrick Taylor , but the fans have felt his love and passion of winning.

However Andreas Wagner has had a steady rise as head coach and is coaching for the second time in the BEKO BBL. Wagner also has had a secret formula of how to help basketball clubs reach the next level as he brought FC Bayern Munich from the Regionaliga to the second Bundesliga in 2004, led the Nordlingen Giants from the PRO to the BEKO BBL in 2008 and had another trick up his sleeve bringing BBC Bayreuth from the PRO A into the BEKO BBL in 2010. Of course, the question is can he keep BBC Bayreuth in the BEKO BBL in 2011? In 2008-2009, he had the trio of Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) Monta McGhee (198-F-79, college: Lewis) ,Osvaldo Jeanty and Omari Westely that almost seemed to take care of 99,9% of all the teams coring, but the club somehow despite no bench finished the season in 16th place, but decided to go down to the PRO A because the lack of a sound financial base for the BEKO BBL. Wagner was able to sweep 3 time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Wagner has a passion for the game of basketball and the players feel that. 'I enjoy playing for coach Wagner. He values his team, cares about his team and wants us to do well. It is always nice playing for a coach that is so passionate about winning', stressed 2009 NCAA champion with North Carolina Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina). Alba Berlin loses in Bamberg with 51 points and it seems that everyone wants the head of Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ), but in Bayreuth it seems like nobody is panicking yet or their opponents. 'I think that he is doing a good job. With a couple of wins their season could turn around, because the standings are so tight', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'There is no telling what can happen in this league, but usually when things arent going well, the coach is the first to go', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

Currently BBC Bayreuth is in 17th place with a record of 3-11 and are performing way below expectations. The team started off with two loses against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Giessen 46ers before winning a big game at home against 2010 Eurochallenge champion BG Goettingen. However instead of continuing the winning streak, the club suffered a five game losing streak before recovering and going on a two game winning streak beating Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier on the road. However since then the team is riding a four game losing streak, but had a lot of misfortune as they could of won three of the four games including the buzzer beater loss to The ewe Baskets Oldenburg. Despite the slow start, BBC Bayreuth has the talent to give every team in the BEKO BBL a good run for the money. 'BBC Bayreuth is a solid team. Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) is doing great and getting a chance. They have a solid point guard with Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) and you can keep going down the line. They will be ok. Their strength is their guard play. Jeanty will be missed, Koko Achibong is a very versatile player and Ginyard is still adjusting to overseas and will do more offensively', stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'They have all the pieces, but cant seem to put it together at the moment. I dont think that they will struggle the whole season. Their strength is that they have high quality players at each position. Our biggest problem when we played them was not being able to keep Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) in front of us on the press', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). With so much talent, but a surprising weak record, the team has to have some kind of weaknesses? 'I am not sure they have any weaknesses since they didnt show much in their win against us. But I guess their weakness is closing out games. They have to play more consistent in crunch time. The team has been in most games this season', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'I think chemistry is their weakness at the moment. they dont seem to be on the same page', said Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Possibly the early season lack of success can be a mental problem which can be growing with each additional loss? 'I think it could be. They have a great roster with Ginyard coming from North Carolina, an ex NBA player with Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) and a good point guard with Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). They lost some close game, but I think that they will surprise a lot of teams in the future', added Ratiopharm Ulm guard Travis Walton. 'We need to focus for 40 minutes. We have shown glimpses of being a good team, but only for short phases', stressed Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina).

BBC Bayreuth is led by Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) who is a 28 year old 211cm American playing for his third team in the BEKO BBL. He played at Iowa (NCAA) from 2000-2004 and was a Big10 Tournament Champion in 2001. It didnt take him long to find himself in the NBA as he played 49 games in total for three teams for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Milwauke Bucks. After the NBA came Europe as he played in Spain for Polaris World Murcia in 2007-2008 before finishing the season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg playing 20 games averaging 9.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.8rpg), 2FGP: 52.1%, FT: 53.9%. In 2008-2009, he nearly made the Philadelphia 76ers, but was one of the last cuts and then in December 2008 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 12 games: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.9%, FT: 72.7%. In 2009-2010, he started with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 17 games: 13.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 72.2%. He finished last season in Puerto Rico for Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico-BSN): 8 games: 12.4ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 25.0%. This season in the BEKO BBL he is averaging 13,4ppg, 8,2rpg and 1,1apg. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Madison, Indiana who is playing his fourth season in Germany and second in the BEKO BBL. In 2007-2008, he slowly made a name for himself in the German basketball world as he played for the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. In 2008-2009, he played his first season in the top German league for Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.0%. Last season, he made the jump for the cheese in Holland and promptly led the league in scoring for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 43 games: Score-1 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3%. He was named MVP in the Dutch league. This season, he is averaging 12,1ppg, 1,1rpg and 3,8apg and is doing a fine job running the team.

The team also signed Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) who is a 23 year old 196cm shooting guard/small forward from Alexandria, Virginia. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina from 2005-2010 winning the NCAA tournament in 2008. He played 108 NCAA games and in his senior year averaged 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 67.1% in 33 games. Getting adjusted from the NCAA to the BEKO BBL hasnt been easy. The German league is more physical. I have to take care of my body and always be ready to take hits, stated Ginyard. Even though, he is known as a defensive force, he has other weapons as well in his playing arsenal. I am seen as a defensive player, but I showed in preseason that I can score. I think I am a better offensive player than what I get credit for, added Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina). The American played together with NBA players like Danny Green (198-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina), Wayne Ellington (193-G-87, college: N.Carolina), Tyler Hainsborough, Brandon Wright (188-G-82, college: Erskine), Ty Lawson (180-G-87, college: N.Carolina) and Ed Davis (208-F-89, college: N.Carolina) and remembers who was the best. I think looking at the stats, Hainsborough was the best college player ever, but the best player that I played against was Ty Lawson (180-G-87, college: N.Carolina). He always has the ability to take over a game. He always has the potential to change a game and be that x factor in a game, commented Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina). This season, Ginyard is averaging 10,2ppg, 3,1rpg and 1,5apg. The team also brought in Osvaldo Jeanty who played under BBC Bayreuth coach Andreas Wager in Nordlingen. Jeanty is a 26 year old 183cm combo guard from Gloucester, Canada. He is a shooter who runs the offense guy at the point and a scorer shooter at the two position. A good shooter with unlimited range and incredibly consistent. He defends bigger guards extremely well because of his strength and he is as tough a competitor also. He played at Carleton from 2003-2007 and winning just about everything there is to win at the Canadian college level. He started his professional basketball career in Germany for the Nordlingen Giants from 2007-2009. He played briefly in Rumania last season before finishing the year with the Giessen 46ers where he played 14 games: 13.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 86.7%. At the moment, he is injured and was averaging 9,9ppg, 2,6rpg and 1,5apg.

The team also brought in the very experienced Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) who is a 29 year old 202cm forward that has the Nigerian/American citizenship. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 1999-2003 and was Ivy Legaue champion in 2000 and 2002. He then almost made it to the NBA in 2003 as he was one of the last cuts of the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his professional basketball career in France with Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA): Euroleague: 13 games: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg; French ProA League: 21games: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg. He won the league title and cup in France. Besides playing the 2008-2009 season with Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Euroleague: 13 games: 2.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg; Polish League: 20 games: 6.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.6%,, he has been all of his career in Germany. He played for The Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2004-2006 winning the BEKO BBL title in 2005. He played for Alba Berlin in 2006-2007 (ULEB Cup: 12 games: 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg; German League: 37 games: 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 68.6%) and in 2007-2008 played for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners (ULEB Cup: 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 41 games: 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 57.0%). Last season, he had a disappointing season in Duesseldorf playing 33 games: 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 70.2%. This season for BBC Bayreuth, he is averaging 9,0ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,6apg. The club also returns Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) who is a 28 year old 196cm guard and is playing his fourth season for BBC Bayreuth and seventh in Germany. He played at Ohio Univ. (NCAA) from 2000-2004 and in his senior year played 30 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg. After six seasons in the German second league where he averaged 16,8ppg, he finally got rewarded by playing in the BEKO BBL. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 80.6%. This season, he is averaging 8,0ppg, 2,1rpg and 1,4apg. He is shooting very well with 51,5% from the field and 50% from the parking lot.

The club also return American Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) who is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Muncie Indiana. He is a deadly shooter and can give shooting clinics from outside at any time of the day. If someone calls down town, then he will surely be firing away at ease to please. He started his basketball career in 2004-2005 at IUPUI-Ft.Wayne (NCAA): 28 games: 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3Pts: 38%. He then transferred to Butler and played there from 2005-2008. In his last season at Butler, he played 31 games: 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 45.7%, FT: 66.7%. In 2006-2007, he reached the NCAA sweet 16 and that season shot 51% from down town. He played his rookie year in Germany for the Duesseldorf Giants (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 29 games: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 75.0%. Last season, he started with Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 7 games: 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 50.0%, in Dec.'09 moved to BBC Bayreuth (Germany-ProA): 17 games: 11.2ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 85.7%. This season, he is averaging 7,0ppg and 2,9rpg. He is shooting 42% from the field and 39% from the three point line. The team also brings back Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) who had to wait a year longer than Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) to finally reach the BEKO BBL. However his journey seems all the more amazing since he played in the Regionaliga just three years ago. Wachalski is a 27 year old 203 cm forward that played for Osnabrucker SC from 2003-2008 in the Regionaliga. He signed for two more years in Osnabruck and then played PRO B. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT-3 (46.6%), FT: 78.9%. he is known for his consistent three point shooting. This season, he is playing sparingly averaging 1,1ppg.

The team also has a trio of talented youngsters with Simon Schmitz (188-G-90) Phillipp Heyden (208-C-88) and Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89) Schmitz is a 20 year old 188cm point guard that began his basketball career in 2005 with SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer junior team. In 2008-2009, he played for BIS Baskets Speyer (ProB, starting five) where he played together with German national player Elias Harris (203-F-89). He played German League: 20 games: 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 79.1%; also TV Bad Bergzabern (2.Regionalliga): 8 games: 14.5ppg. Last season, he played for Science City Jena (ProA): 29 games: 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.2%, in Mar.'10 also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga). Last season, he played at the European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 80.0%. This season, he is averaging 2,8ppg in 8,9 minutes per game and shooting 40% from outside. The team brought in 22 year old 208cm center Phillipp Heyden. Heyden started his basketball career with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga): 15 games: 4.4ppg in 2005. From 2006-2008, he played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin. In 2008, he signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga), German League: 7 games: 2.6ppg; played also for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 23 games: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 72.5%. Last season, he played mostly for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 18 games: 9.9ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 63.9%, played also at EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 1.3ppg, 1.4rpg. He is another very talented German big man that is just waiting for his breakthrough. This season he is averaging 1,8ppg and 1,4rpg in 8,0 minutes. The team also returns 21 year old 206cm center Stefan Schmidt who was born in Schwandorf. He started his basketball career with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga) in 2006. In 2007-2008, he played for SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 20 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 29 games: 9.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 25.3%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played only three games for BBC Bayreuth. He has played for the German U-18 and U-20 German national teams. This season he is averaging 1,4rpg in 8,0 minutes. The club recently also picked up Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who is a 24 year old 191cm guard from San Diego California. He came for the injured Osvaldo Jeanty. Barker played at Alaska-Anch. (NCAA2) from 2004-2009 and in his senior year played 28 games: 18.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3Pts: 39.4%, FT: 83.8%. He is no stranger to Germany as he played his rookie season last year for FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 16.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 78.6%.

On the 26th of December as Christmas is slowly coming to an end, it is time to think about basketball again and what better for the unbeaten Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the Ballsporthalle to meet 1-7 road team BBC Bayreuth. 'This is our Christmas game and we are expecting a great atmosphere. We want to win all our home games including our 9th home game in a row', warned Skyliner center Marius Nolte. It seems like that every week, DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is confronted with another superb point guard. 2 weeks ago, it was Mr fantastic Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) and last week LeBron James (203-F-84) friend Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) and this weekend it will be Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). 'I think that it will be a good duel. Both guards run their teams very well and I think that each teams supporting casts will make the difference', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'That will be a good battle. Both are very quick and the keys to their teams. You would not really think that Gibson could be so fast, because he is stocky, but he is quick', added Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Another interesting battle could be Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn)-Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina). 'This will be a good match up. Ginyard is a solid player that defends well and his offense is coming around', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Ginyard fits the team well. He does a lot of things on the court that go unnoticed. They both are athletic players that are underrated and could be the key to the game', expressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). It seems like the name Wood keeps coming up for Frankfurt every week as the key for winning. ' Frankfurt has to play their game. If Wood gets in the lane and controls the tempo then they will have good chances of winning', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Frankfurt has kept two of their last three BEKO BBL opponents to under 56 points and will have to be very alert on defense against BBC Bayreuth, because they can score when they want to. 'Frankfurt has to have a great effort on defense. BBC Bayreuth is a very difficult team to handle on offense. BBC Bayreuth will have an advantage on the blocks', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). BEKO BBL leading scorer DaShaun Wood will want to show his dad and sister on Sunday what the important identity of teh Deutsche Bank Skyliners is. 'We have to just keep doing what we have been doing at home. We have to play good defense, rebound and play with a high intensity. We have to keep playing heart which has been our identity this season', warned DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BBC Bayreuth on December 26th at 17:00.




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  GREECE   


Ivkovic: "I want us to maintain stability in big games" - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) gave a very interesting Press Conference for the tonight's game against Roma that pulls the curtain down on the Euroleague Regular season and not just on that
Analytically, he stated:
ABOUT ROMA: 'I believe that the atmosphere within the team is good, since we have 15 players ready to practice after a long time and Papanikolaou returning very soon. Nielsen practiced for the first time and he had suffered a great toll, we should have let him rest earlier. The game against Roma is of great interest competition wise. We have to remain very focused and ready. Roma is in a better shape than in the first game we played and despite they seemed to be having problems with Giachetti being injured, Washington took over leading the team and they have been playing better. In the game against Biella, Washington and Datome had been very good. It's our last home game before the holidays that the fans will be able to watch the team play, since there is the Euroleague break and we still have to games to play for the Greek League without the presence of fans. We expect the Olympiacos fans to help us'.
ABOUT THE CONSECUTIVE GOOD GAMES OLYMPIACOS HAS PLAYED: 'I want us to have stability in big games and it's still early. We played a good game against Peristeri, but I hadn't noticed that it was the first time we scored 100 points and that our two most prolific players, Spanoulis and Teodosic had only scored five points combined. I heard that on the radio. It's still early for the team to roll smoothly. It's important that we have 15 players at practice and be able to work right.'

ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT OF THE EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON: 'It's still early to make assessments. Teams have been playing to qualify in the Regular Season. There have been surprises of course. The week we spent in Spain has help us and I think that, together with the administration, we made a good decision. I spoke with Mr. Giorgos Angelopoulos and we decided that the team should stay in Spain and it's important that we have a very good co-operation with the administration.'
ABOUT RESPECTING THE OPPONENTS: 'I appreciate any opponent and I have been working on that with the players. The goal is to give our best. I have told my players that we must respect ourselves and the jersey we wear. Everything comes out of that respect. The game against Peristeri was a huge step, because the team remained focused for 40 minutes'.
ABOUT MATT NIELSEN: 'Nielsen just started practicing. It has been a huge mistake by everyone to have let him play with such big a problem. He could not breathe and for big guys who come always in contact with opponents, this is the most important thing. Im certain, he's going to contribute a lot. I don't think about the game against Panathinaikos, but I have asked for it to be postponed, so that players could find time to relax. I want my opponents at their best'.
ABOUT HIMSELF: 'I don't want to talk about myself and I don't like being told that this is the coach who screams and shouts. We have been making a strong effort, we have good players and we need time to have the job done. We are in the right path, but it's still very early. It's important that we have good athletes who are very good guys as well. The important thing is to be a team, to do well, but also not to lose our heads and get knocked down'.
ABOUT THE TOP-16: 'The most balanced teams are those with the greatest Euroleague experience and they will be taking up tempo in the TOP-16, because now, with only a couple of slips you are out. TOP-16 is different from the Regular season.'
ABOUT THE HOLIDAY BREAK: 'After the game against Roma and following the Cup game against PAOK, we will give the guys two days off to spend the holidays with their own people. We have to help the team relieve psychological stress and relax, freshen up for the TOP-16 and the rest of the upcoming games.'
ABOUT JOTAM HALPERIN: 'Jotam Halperin is a very experienced player. He's a guard with great experience. I came upon him in a very tough situation both in regard to his contract and his playing status. When I told him he would only be playing in the Euroleague, he told me that he would try to win my trust as well as minutes in the playing game. He's slowly becoming a member of the team'.
ABOUT LOUKAS MAVROKEFALIDES: 'I had told Vangelis Angelou (his assistant) in the summer that we should be paying extra attention at pre-season to Mavrokefalides, Papanikolaou and Sloukas. Loukas is a prototype power forward of contemporary basketball. He has worked a lot and I believe he's something new for both the Greek as well as for European basketball.'




Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.20.0 
 2. Koupidis, Near East18.3 
 3. Argyropoylos, Apollo.18.0 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.1 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada16.7 
 6. Michalos, Pagrati16.6 
 7. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.1 
 8. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.1 
 9. Magounis, AGOR16.1 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kartelo, AE.8.8 
 2. Macheras, Pagrati8.8 
 3. Karavanas, Panery.7.8 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD7.8 
 5. Amato, Near East7.8 
 6. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.7.6 
 7. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.5 
 8. Koutroulias, Olimp.7.4 
 9. Latovic, AGOR7.4 
 10. Lolas, Pagrati6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.4.8 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 3. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.6 
 4. Katsares, KAOD4.5 
 5. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.3 
 6. Sourlis, KAOD4.1 
 7. Moschovitis, Near E.4.0 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apollo.4.0 
 9. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.8 
 10. Koukas, Ikaroi S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MAKRIS
  Olimpiada
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas .2.0 
 3. Sourlis, KAOD1.9 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.6 
 5. Vukantinov, KAOD1.6 
 6. Pettas, Koroivos1.5 
 7. Papargiropou., Amynta.1.4 
 8. Moschovitis, Near E.1.4 
 9. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 10. Vidalis, Amyntas .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.1 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Psathas, Apollon .1.3 
 5. Kasabalis, AE.1.0 
 6. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.8 
 7. Manavopoulos, Panele.0.8 
 8. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 9. Margaritis, KAOD0.6 
 10. Amato, Near East0.6 


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


A2 Round 8: Amyntas Dafnis beat AGOR by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 8 in the A2 took place in Athens. Fifteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (3-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked AGOR (5-3) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. AGOR was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 33-26 charge of Amyntas Dafnis, which allowed them to win the game. Amyntas Dafnis shot 28 of 39 from the free-throw line, while AGOR only scored twelve points from the stripe. Amyntas Dafnis forced 21 AGOR turnovers. Strangely AGOR outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 43-23 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by AGOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Fedonas Pagonis (197-G/F-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) replied with 27 points and 4 assists for AGOR. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. AGOR at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Amyntas Dafnis is looking forward to face higher ranked Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AGOR will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#8) in Perikos and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panelefsiniakos (5-3) against thirteenth ranked Near East (3-5) on Wednesday night. Visiting Panelefsiniakos was edged by thirteenth ranked Near East (3-5) in a tough game in Kesariani
76-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Themis Koupidis (199-84) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 6 rebounds and Filippos Moschovitis who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Forward Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-81) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Near East moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Near East will play against Olimpiada (#11) in Patras in the next round. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Koroivos (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A2 top team - KAOD (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (4-4) in Perikos
73-56. The winners were led by Ljubo Jovanovic who scored that evening 18 points and 9 rebounds. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by Urule Igbavboa did not help to save the game for Periko/Arhelaos. Periko/Arhelaos' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. KAOD have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Ermis Lagkada and Apollon Patras. KAOD will meet at home Apollon Patras (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hope to secure a win.
Important game to mention about took place in Koroivos. Fourteenth ranked AEK/Argous (3-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Koroivos (3-5)
73-71 in the fight for the tenth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Koroivos. The best player for the winners was Andronikos Gizogiannis who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. AEK/Argous moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Koroivos. AEK/Argous' next round opponent will be higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Olimpiada was beaten by Lavrio on the road 82-69. Pagrati lost to Arkadikos on its own court 76-86. Ermis Lagkada unfortunately lost to Apollon Patras in a road game 70-76. Ikaroi Serron managed to beat Panerythraikos at home 68-60.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 22 points and 13 rebounds by
Giannis Kakiouzis of Lavrio.

Koroivos - AEK/Argous 71-73
Important game to mention about took place in Koroivos. Fourteenth ranked AEK/Argous (3-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Koroivos (3-5) 73-71 in the fight for the tenth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Koroivos. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Koroivos won third quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK/Argous outrebounded Koroivos 36-22 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Kopsaftis (192-84) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Marko Pekovic (193-81, agency: BeoExcell) produced 17 points and guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. AEK/Argous moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Koroivos. AEK/Argous' next round opponent will be higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 22+6reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 17+5reb+1ast, D.Lewis 10+7reb+1ast, D.Papantoniou 10+4reb+6ast, I.Kartelo 6+5reb+2ast, G.Lappas 4
Koroivos: M.Pekovic 17+1reb+2ast, T.Ifantis 13+6reb, P.Kosanovic 12+2reb, D.Athanasiadis 9+1reb+2ast, N.Pettas 8+8reb+4ast, D.Apostolopoulos 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98772


Near East - Panelefsiniakos 77-76
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panelefsiniakos (5-3) against thirteenth ranked Near East (3-5) on Wednesday night. Visiting Panelefsiniakos was edged by thirteenth ranked Near East (3-5) in a tough game in Kesariani 76-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 16-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Panelefsiniakos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Themis Koupidis (199-84) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Forward Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-81) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) scored 23 points and 4 assists. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Near East moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Near East will play against Olimpiada (#11) in Patras in the next round. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Koroivos (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Near East: T.Koupidis 29+6reb+1ast, F.Moschovitis 15+8reb+8ast, N.Tsoutsos 14+3reb+1ast, F.Amato 9+4reb+1ast, A.Gribaviotis 7+4reb, A.Psaropoulos 2+3reb
Panelefsiniakos: N.Kaklamanos 23+2reb+4ast, S.Manavopoulos 17+9reb+3ast, C.Deligiannis 11+7reb, V.Balafas 6+1reb+1ast, T.Nikou 5+5reb+5ast, G.Tirlas 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98773


Lavrio - Olimpiada 82-69
No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Lavrio (5-3) beat at home 11th ranked Olimpiada (3-5) 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Olimpiada managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Giorgos Bakas (201-80) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Giannis Lappas (200-76) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lavrio moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Olimpiada at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be Ermis Lagkada (#9) in Lagadas and are hoping to win another game. Olimpiada will play at home against Near East in Kesariani.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 22+13reb+1ast, G.Bakas 12+5reb, P.Karvounis 11+1reb+4ast, M.Kousoulas 10+1reb+2ast, M.Perakis 7+1reb, N.Psileas 5+3reb+5ast
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 18+11reb+1ast, G.Lappas 15+3reb+6ast, K.Tsotsos 10+6reb, K.Aktipis 10+4reb+1ast, N.Makris 8+1reb+5ast, D.Makris 5+1reb
gschID: 98774


Pagrati - Arkadikos 76-86
Very expected game when 10th ranked Pagrati (3-5) lost to sixth ranked Arkadikos (5-3) in Athens 76-86. The game without a history. Arkadikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) who scored 23 points. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) chipped in 20 points. Arkadikos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Pagrati players scored in double figures. Arkadikos moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Pagrati lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with five games lost. Arkadikos' next round opponent will be Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play on the road against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: N.Kokkalis 23+4reb+1ast, M.Papadakis 20+2reb+2ast, V.Morfis 11+1reb+2ast, S.Gizogiannis 8+5reb, G.Mprozos 6+6reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 6+4reb+1ast
Pagrati: K.Macheras 19+14reb+4ast, T.Vardianos 15+1reb, G.Dimakos 14+5reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 14+1reb+3ast, N.Michalos 12+2reb+4ast, S.Tzougarakis 2+2reb
gschID: 98768


Amyntas Dafnis - AGOR 86-84
The biggest surprise of round 8 in the A2 took place in Athens. Fifteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (3-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked AGOR (5-3) 86-84 on Wednesday evening. AGOR was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 33-26 charge of Amyntas Dafnis, which allowed them to win the game. Amyntas Dafnis shot 28 of 39 from the free-throw line, while AGOR only scored twelve points from the stripe. Amyntas Dafnis forced 21 AGOR turnovers. Strangely AGOR outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 43-23 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by AGOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Fedonas Pagonis (197-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) replied with 27 points and 4 assists and guard Giorgos Koumoulos (185-78) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for AGOR. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. AGOR at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Amyntas Dafnis is looking forward to face higher ranked Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AGOR will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#8) in Perikos and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: F.Pagonis 20+3reb+3ast, L.Zoupas 15+2ast, P.Papargiropoulos 15+5reb+4ast, K.Vardavas 13+4reb, B.Samothrakis 7+2reb+3ast, P.Koukounias 7+7reb
AGOR: G.Kiriakopoulos 27+2reb+4ast, G.Koumoulos 16+10reb+5ast, S.Magounis 11+10reb, D.Latovic 9+7reb+2ast, S.Grundberg 7+4reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98769


Periko/Arhelaos - KAOD 56-73
A2 top team - KAOD (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (4-4) in Perikos 73-56. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Periko/Arhelaos managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KAOD forced 23 Periko/Arhelaos turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) who scored that evening 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-87, college: Valparaiso) did not help to save the game for Periko/Arhelaos. Forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) added 9 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Periko/Arhelaos' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. KAOD have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Ermis Lagkada and Apollon Patras. KAOD will meet at home Apollon Patras (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KAOD: L.Jovanovic 18+9reb, V.Kitsoulis 14+8reb+2ast, N.Katsares 11+2reb+5ast, I.Vukantinov 9+4reb+4ast, A.Tsamatos 7+9reb+3ast, C.Houmas 7+4reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Rodostoglou 12+4reb, U.Igbavboa 12+7reb+3ast, G.Papachristos 9+6reb+1ast, K.Bechlivanis 8+3reb, E.Jeromanovs 8+2reb+3ast, C.Gogidis 3+1reb
gschID: 98770


Apollon Patras - Ermis Lagkada 76-70
There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Apollon Patras (4-4) won at home against 7th ranked Ermis Lagkada (4-4) 76-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ermis Lagkada won fourth quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Giannis Lianos (194-88) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Ermis Lagkada players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and Periko/Arhelaos. Ermis Lagkada lost third consecutive game. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be league's leader KAOD in Dramas and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 20+4reb+5ast, G.Lianos 12+5reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 12+6reb+1ast, G.Petropoulos 9+2reb+1ast, G.Thanopoulos 8+3reb+1ast, T.Zafiris 5+1reb+1ast
Ermis Lagkada: G.Anagnostopoulos 15+11reb+2ast, S.Nisiotis 14+5reb+3ast, A.Stevovic 11+2reb, A.Panagiotopoulos 11+3reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 6+1reb+1ast, N.Gamouras 6+1reb
gschID: 98771


Ikaroi Serron - Panerythraikos 68-60
Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Panerythraikos (2-6) lost to eighth ranked Ikaroi Serron (5-3) in Serres 60-68. It looked good early as Panerythraikos took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ikaroi Serron had a 20-8 second period charge getting the lead and Panerythraikos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-68. The best player for the winners was forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Nikos Kourtis (195-77) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Stelios Kontoudis (185-73) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Panerythraikos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be AEK/Argous (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Panerythraikos will play against Pagrati in Athens.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 18+6reb+5ast, F.Simeonidis 16+11reb+3ast, K.Kakaroudis 10+5reb+4ast, H.Voivatopoulos 7+3reb, K.Pehlivanis 6+1reb+1ast, M.Pavlisevic 5+1ast
Panerythraikos: N.Kourtis 19+6reb+2ast, S.Kontoudis 13+2ast, M.Laksa 9+4reb+1ast, P.Karavanas 4+5reb, T.Kallianotis 4+4reb+6ast, G.Charalabakis 3+1reb
gschID: 98767




Aris punished for three games - by Giorgos Diploidis
Aris Thessaloniki was punished for three games without fans and they will have to pay 7.400 euros for what took place in the game against Iraklis Thessaloniki. So the team of Thessaloniki will have to play the games against Marousi, Panionios and Panellinios without support.

However the 'yellows' will appeal against this decision in order to decrease it. They hope that they will succeed at least to play the third game, against Panellinios with their crowd.




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  HOLLAND   


Eiffel Towers replace John Smith with C.J. Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Eiffel Towers released John Smith (203-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Winona St.). The 26-year-old forward was sidelined with injury for almost a two months time. He appeared in just 11 games for Eiffel Towers tallying 5.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. The team immediately replaced Smith with C.J. Jackson (206-F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Hawaii-Pacific). The 23-year-old forward started his first pro season in Slovakia. C.J. Jackson averaged 18.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in Komarno.


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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 4. Townes, Soproni20.3 
 5. Cunningham, Kapos.20.1 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari20.0 
 7. Werner, Kaposvari19.6 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.19.3 
 9. El-Amin, PVSK P.18.9 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel WERNER
  Kaposvari
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Werner, Kaposvari12.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.8 
 3. Townes, Soproni10.8 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.10.4 
 5. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.5 
 6. Bell, Kormend9.4 
 7. Jones, Albacomp9.4 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.9.1 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.5 
 10. McKenzie, Szedeak8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.1 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.3 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.1 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok6.0 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.5 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.4 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok4.5 
 10. Doyne, Falco-Szova4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.4 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok3.0 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari3.0 
 5. Doyne, Falco-Szova3.0 
 6. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 7. Clark, Szolnok2.8 
 8. Williams, ZTE K.2.7 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.2.5 
 10. Crocker, Albacomp2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Clark, Szolnok3.0 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.3 
 5. Langford, FS Debre.1.2 
 6. Sales, Atomeromu1.2 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti1.0 
 9. Bell, Kormend0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


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  IRELAND   


SuperLeague Round 11: DCU Saints are upset by Ulster Elks - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked DCU Saints (5-6) and fifth ranked Ulster Elks (2-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. DCU Saints were defeated by Ulster Elks in Dublin 101-87. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Ulster Elks looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Benjamin De La Cruz chipped in 21 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Emmett Donnelly (186-78) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Ulster Elks maintains fifth place with 2-8 record. DCU Saints at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with UCD Marian. Ulster Elks are looking forward to face league's second-placed Neptune in Cork in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DCU Saints will play at home against the league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Limerick. First ranked UL Eagles faced second-ranked UCD Marian. Host UL Eagles (8-2) smashed guests from Dublin (5-6) 92-63. American power forward Cameron Mitchell (201-88, college: Willamette, agency: N.E.T.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Scott Kinevane contributed with 23 points and 7 assists for the winners. UL Eagles' coach Mark Bernsen felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) answered with 29 points and 8 rebounds for UCD Marian. UL Eagles maintains first place with 8-2 record. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with DCU Saints. UL Eagles will play against Moycullen (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Dart Killester faced 4th placed Moycullen. Host Dart Killester (10-0) smashed guests from Moycullen (1-10) 94-72. It was a great evening for Jermaine Turner who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Mason Ambler responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 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. Undefeated Dart Killester have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-0 record. Moycullen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Dart Killester will meet league's second-placed DCU Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick.



UL Eagles - UCD Marian 92-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Limerick. First ranked UL Eagles faced second-ranked UCD Marian. Host UL Eagles (8-2) smashed guests from Dublin (5-6) 92-63. American power forward Cameron Mitchell (201-88, college: Willamette, agency: N.E.T.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) contributed with 23 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four UL Eagles players scored in double figures. UL Eagles' coach Mark Bernsen felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) answered with 29 points and 8 rebounds and guard Conor Meany (185-86) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UCD Marian. UL Eagles maintains first place with 8-2 record. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with DCU Saints. UL Eagles will play against Moycullen (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: C.Mitchell 30+12reb+2ast, S.Kinevane 23+1reb+7ast, N.Campbell 12+2reb+1ast, M.Hall 10+1ast, S.King 7+9reb+2ast, C.White 4+4reb+2ast
UCD Marian: J.Crowder 29+8reb+2ast, D.James 10+4reb+2ast, C.Meany 9+5reb+2ast, B.Glover 8+2reb+1ast, N.Baynes 4+3reb+5ast, M.Higgins 2
gschID: 107958


Killester - Moycullen 94-72

Leader Dart Killester faced 4th placed Moycullen. Host Dart Killester (10-0) smashed guests from Moycullen (1-10) 94-72. Dart Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Guard John Behan (193-85) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dart Killester players scored in double figures. American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Stephen Tummon (197-90) scored 22 points, 6 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. Dart Killester have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-0 record. Moycullen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Dart Killester will meet league's second-placed DCU Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick.
Top scorers:
Killester: J.Turner 14+7reb+5ast, M.Goj 13+1reb+2ast, J.Behan 13+6reb+3ast, P.Madsen 11+2ast, I.Westbrooks 10+2reb+3ast, K.O'Brien 10+8reb+1ast
Moycullen: M.Ambler 26+12reb+4ast, S.Tummon 22+6reb+5ast, N.Cunningham 7+4reb+1ast, M.Dowd 6+2reb+3ast, J.Cunningham 6+3reb, D.Cunningham 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 107959


DCU Saints - Ulster Elks 87-101

The game between second ranked DCU Saints (5-6) and fifth ranked Ulster Elks (2-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. DCU Saints were defeated by Ulster Elks in Dublin 101-87. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Ulster Elks looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Benjamin De La Cruz chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Emmett Donnelly (186-78) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ulster Elks maintains fifth place with 2-8 record. DCU Saints at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with UCD Marian. Ulster Elks are looking forward to face league's second-placed Neptune in Cork in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DCU Saints will play at home against the league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ulster Elks: K.Foley 29+9reb+7ast, C.McEvilly 27+2reb+5ast, B.De La Cruz 21+15reb+3ast, C.O'Dornan 10+1reb, B.Drumm 7+5reb+5ast, D.Gallagher 5+2reb+1ast
DCU Saints: E.Donnelly 17+9reb+5ast, M.Provizors 16+9reb+5ast, M.Nagle 12+1reb+3ast, K.Lacey 10+3reb+2ast, E.Darling 10+8reb+3ast, J.Donnelly 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107956




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Best players of Italian A dilettanti round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Francesco Basei (207-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Ostuni and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 21 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Palestrina (#15, 2-11) 79-69. Ostuni maintains the 2nd position in Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ostuni will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Basei turned to be Ostuni's top player in his first season with the team. Basei has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 51.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old forward Marco Cardillo (196-F-85) of FMC Ferentino. Cardillo impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Ferentino lost that game 90-95 to Matera (8-6). This loss caused Ferentino to drop to 6th position in group B. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cardillo is a newcomer at Ferentino and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Argentinian Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of Perugia (#3). Musso got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Perugia, leading his team to a 73-68 win against the lower-ranked Trieste (#8, 8-6). Perugia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in A Round 12. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Musso has a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (8th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 59.3%. Bernardo Musso has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fabrizio Facenda (200-F/C-75) of Senigallia - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) of Trapani - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Riccardo Coviello (197-F-88) of Matera - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89) of Omegna - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Manuel Caceres (195-G/F-84) of Anagni - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80) of Latina Basket - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento - 26 points and 10 rebounds

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


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Reati, Treviglio20.1 
 2. Vico, Matera17.6 
 3. Marino, Treviglio17.5 
 4. Rugolo, Molfetta17.1 
 5. Evangelisti, Trapani17.0 
 6. Ricciardi, Palestrina16.7 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.4 
 8. Musso, Perugia16.0 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.0 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Corral, Molfetta10.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Potenza10.2 
 3. Zambon, Rieti9.8 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.6 
 5. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.2 
 6. De Min, Treviglio8.8 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.8.6 
 8. Zerini, Ruvo8.5 
 9. Rossi, Omegna8.2 
 10. Gaeta, Osimo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.6 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.5 
 4. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.5 
 6. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 7. Bushati, Brescia3.3 
 8. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.1 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Simone BONAMENTE
  Perugia
  (202-C-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bonamente, Perugia3.6 
 2. Bushati, Brescia3.6 
 3. Guarino, Trapani3.4 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.3 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 6. Vico, Matera3.0 
 7. Palombita, Castelle.2.9 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Giadini, Moncalieri2.8 
 10. Borgna, ASD Pavia2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.4 
 4. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.3 
 5. Basei, Ostuni1.1 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 7. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 8. Pozzi, Molfetta1.0 
 9. Antrops, Rieti0.9 
 10. Soave, Anagni0.8 


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


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  KOSOVO   


No surprises in the 1st round of Kosovas Cup - by Luan Morina
On Wednesday officially started the 2010/2011 edition of Kosovas Cup competition, known also as Republics Cup. In this first round the clubs are divided into four groups. Anyhow in the first round there were only three matches played. Sigal Prishtina won by enormous margin defeating Kastrioti with +87 points (130:43). Similar win made also Peja who beat Sknderaj with smaller difference, 120:54. Third and last match played on Wednesday was played in Prizren where Bashkimi was better than Fush Kosova winning by 27 points, 99:70. One match is scheduled for Thursday, and four other matches werent played because some of the teams withdrew from competition and some were unable to travel. This means that Bambi, Trepa, EuroSport, and Mitrovica won their respective games without having to face their opponents. On Thursday will be played the last match of this round where Drita will be travelling to Vushtrri to meet Kosova.

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  LATVIA   


VEF Riga releases Cheyne Gadson and Derek Willjam - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga announced that Cheyne Gadson (192-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.) and Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) are no longer members of the team.
Cheyne Gadson arrived to the club a month ago. He appeared in five EuroCup games averaging 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He also played two games in Baltic League registering 11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2 apg.
Derek Willjam joined the club last summer. He had 12.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg for six EuroCup games. His digits were lower in Baltic and VTB league.


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  LEBANON   


We just hope, YOU wont regret! - by Maarouf Mawloud
By: Faissal Kalaawi

I cant understand the decision that was took to take away the Asian basketball tournament from the hands of the Lebanese and give it in a split of a second to the Chinese. Is it because they are risky not to qualify to the Olympics? Do we have to see a one sided tournament in all aspects? Do we have to witness another world cup semi final qualifier? Do we have to LIE MORE? We saw one of the worst or the worst Asian tournament in 2009 so we repeat this mistake! Why? Who can answer me!

Simply I will answer myself, because we saw a good stankovic cup that was held in Lebanon, and all the teams were close to the court like the host, practice was divided into 4 courts and a free schedule for all the teams. Or is it because china rules in everything in this Asian basketball association. I dont know how can this ever happen the last tournament was held in china and the new one in china why dont we do it only in china? Doesnt the rule say one time in the east and the other in the west! Let me remind you rule abiders the last time the west held it was in year 2005 in Qatars capital Doha. At the end I wont regret! You will but I hope you wont, I hope we will see good refereeing when its not a foul not to call it and vice versa. I hope all the teams will be staying next to the court and not a 3 hour bus ride. I hope more than 2 televisions will broadcast the games. I hope we will witness a good Asian tournament, and I really hope ASIA 2013 WONT BE IN CHINA! (3 consecutives are just too much)! I promise I wont forget but promise me you wont regret!

China on behalf of my country well remove the hate or I can say the wrong and big misunderstanding and I hope youll host a good lets say moderate but FAIR tournament good luck !




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  MONTENEGRO   


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


MNE 1A - ABS win against Mornar - by Dragan Scepanovic
ABS PRIMORJE MORNAR 100:87
H.Novi. SC Igalo. Spect : 300. Reff: Koljensic, Savovic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic). By-Q. : 17:23, 22:30, 12:7, 27:18, ET- 22:9.
ABS : Stefan Arapovic (190-G/F-90), Ivan Misinezovic (188-F/G-92), Sutulovic 26, Denis Arapovic (186-G/F-92), Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 8, Popovic 7, Milutin Bulatovic (185-G-82) 18, Medic, Kovacevic, Ivan Zejak ( 204-F/C-87) 23, Markovic 13, Marjanovic 5.
MORNAR : Pesic 11, Damjanovic 7, Sarajlija 2, Radovic 10, Perovic, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 8, Jelenic 9, Popovic 6, Gagic 15, Vujosevic 9, Ivanovic 7, Lans 3.




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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.5 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers25.7 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.6 
 5. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.5 
 6. James, Miami Heat24.3 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.3 
 8. Anthony, Denver N.24.0 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.4 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.4 
 5. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.1 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 10. Miller, Portland.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.8 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 5. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.2.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.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: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.5 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 23-4 
 2. New York K. 17-12 
 3. Philadelph.76 11-18 
 4. Toronto R. 10-19 
 5. New Jersey N. 9-21 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 18-9 
 2. Indiana P. 13-14 
 3. Milwaukee B. 11-16 
 4. Detroit P. 10-19 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-21 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 21-9 
 2. Atlanta H. 19-12 
 3. Orlando M. 16-12 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-19 
 5. Washington W. 7-20 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 21-9 
 2. Oklah.City T. 20-10 
 3. Denver N. 16-11 
 4. Portland TB 15-14 
 5. Minnesota T. 6-24 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 21-8 
 2. Phoenix Suns 13-14 
 3. Golde State W. 10-18 
 4. LA Clippers 8-22 
 5. Sacramento K. 5-21 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 25-3 
 2. Dallas M. 23-5 
 3. N.Orleans H. 17-12 
 4. Houston R. 14-15 
 5. Memphis G. 12-17 


Los Angeles Clippers sign Ike Diogu - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Ike Diogu (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) to bolster their injury-depleted frontcourt.

The Clippers signed the former first-round draft pick on Wednesday, hours before their home game against Houston.

Chris Kaman, Craig Smith and Brian Cook all are out of the Clippers' lineup with injuries.

Diogu has been out of the NBA since Detroit cut him during training camp. After playing in 29 games during the 2008-09 season with Sacramento and Portland, the five-year NBA veteran missed all of last season following left knee surgery.

Kaman is out for a month with an injured left ankle, and the Clippers learned Tuesday that Smith will be out for at least two weeks after getting an epidural for a herniated disc in his lower back.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Larry Brown steps down as Charlotte Bobcats coach - by Eurobasket News
Larry Brown resigned as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats amid a losing season and Paul Silas was made interim coach.

Brown, 70, met with team owner Michael Jordan yesterday, and they agreed a change was needed, Jordan said in a news release. Brown, whose 1,098 regular-season wins are sixth most in National Basketball Association history, led the team to a 9-19 record this season, 11 games behind the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conferences Southeast Division.

I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team, Jordan said in a letter to fans on the NBAs website. He has played a key role in this organizations development, including coaching us to our first playoff appearance last season.

Brown was selected as the third coach in Bobcats history in April 2008 and had an 88-104 record in 2 seasons. The Bobcats lost 99-81 to the Oklahoma City Thunder two days ago in Browns last game with the team.

The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary, Jordan said.

Second Time Around

Silas, 67, has a 355-400 record in 10 years as an NBA head coach for the Charlotte Hornets, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002 and the Bobcats entered the league in 2004.

In his four full years with the Hornets in 1999-2003, including three in Charlotte, Silas took the team to the playoffs each season.

Brown, who played basketball at the University of North Carolina and won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, began his coaching career at Davidson College in 1972. In 1988, he led the University of Kansas to the National Collegiate Athletic Association title, and was chosen Naismith College Coach of the Year.

In the NBA, Brown has led eight different teams to the playoffs, including the Bobcats last season. In 2001, Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Philadelphia 76ers to the finals, and three years later led the Detroit Pistons to the NBA title. That championship, the first professional title of his coaching career, made Brown the first coach to win both an NBA and an NCAA title.

Brown, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, joined the Bobcats two years after being fired as coach of the New York Knicks in 2006, when he was replaced by Isiah Thomas.

Jordan, 47, won six NBA titles as a player with the Chicago Bulls and became majority owner of the Bobcats in March, four years after buying a minority stake. He is the first former NBA player to become majority owner of a franchise.

Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Otago Nuggets get major boost with signing Craig Bradshaw - by Eurobasket News
Otago Nuggets made headlines as they landed Tall Blacks Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) for the next NBL season. The deal is meant for one year. Otago finished the last season at the bottom of the ladder at 0-18 record. But the move indicates the serious ambitions for the upcoming season. Craig Bradshaw started the previous season in Korea. He played for the Changwon LG Sakers averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Later the centre moved to Gold Coast Blaze in the Australian NBL. Craig Bradshaw appeared in 15 games tallying 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Tall Blacks player finished the season in Latvia. He had a short stint for VEF Riga. In four games he notched 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per appearance. Craig Bradshaw also played for sensational New Zealand team at the World Championship in Turkey. Bradshaw averaged 3.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game at the tournament.
The Otago Nuggets have already secured the services of Tom Rowe (203-F-91), Sam To'omata (187-G-85),, Sam King (199-F-91), Riki Buckrell (192-G-90), Matt Trueman (F) and James Ross (188-G-89).



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  NIGERIA   


Los Angeles Clippers sign Ike Diogu - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Ike Diogu (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) to bolster their injury-depleted frontcourt.

The Clippers signed the former first-round draft pick on Wednesday, hours before their home game against Houston.

Chris Kaman, Craig Smith and Brian Cook all are out of the Clippers' lineup with injuries.

Diogu has been out of the NBA since Detroit cut him during training camp. After playing in 29 games during the 2008-09 season with Sacramento and Portland, the five-year NBA veteran missed all of last season following left knee surgery.

Kaman is out for a month with an injured left ankle, and the Clippers learned Tuesday that Smith will be out for at least two weeks after getting an epidural for a herniated disc in his lower back.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.1 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.9 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 7. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 8. Santos, San Miguel16.6 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harvey CAREY
  Talk N Text
  (191-F-79)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Carey, Talk N Text12.7 
 2. Hatfield, Ginebra12.0 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.10.4 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text9.9 
 5. Washington, San M.9.9 
 6. Thoss, Alaska9.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska9.0 
 9. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 10. Thiele, Barako8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text6.0 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.6 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.8 
 5. Miller, Ginebra4.4 
 6. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.3.9 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska1.3 
 7. Villanueva, Derby A.1.2 
 8. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Cabagnot, San M.1.1 
 10. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Washington, San M.1.6 
 3. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.5 
 5. Devance, Alaska1.2 
 6. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 7. Eman, Alaska1.1 
 8. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.1 


PBA Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Alaska - Ginebra 76-94
Barangay Ginebra's never-say-die spirit is at it again. The Kings sent their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series with the Alaska Aces to a deciding Game Three by scoring a runaway 94-76 win Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum. The do-or-die Game Three encounter will be held on Christmas Day at the Cuneta Astrodome. For the record, Ginebra holds a superior 5-1 mark in games played on Christmas Day. The Gin Kings' lone setback on this special day was handed by the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, 115-104, during the 2006 Fiesta Conference. In Game 2, the Kings' plan was simple - limit the production of Alaska's leading scorer Joe DeVance. And they did exactly that. DeVance, who came away with a career-high 30 points last Sunday, was held to only seven points, his lowest output this season. He went 3-of-9 from the field, visited the free throw line just once for a pair of charities and missed all his four attempts from beyond the arc. This is the first time this conference that the former top overall rookie pick failed to score in double digits. With their top gunner struggling, the rest of the Aces couldn't get on track as well, scoring a measly 27 points in the second half. 'Parang nag-relax ang Alaska knowing that they have an advantage in the series,' observed Ginebra coach Jong Uichico. Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) came off the bench to score 20 points in leading Ginebra's cause. Willie Miller (180-G-77) added 16, and Rudy Hatfield collected 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. But what was special in Ginebra's win was its limited number of turnovers. The team only had five turnovers in 48 minutes - one in the opening half - a big accomplishment for Uichico and his wards. 'That's the number we targeted,' he said 'That's good. Now, we have an even chance on Saturday. I just hope we can play with the same defensive intensity and attitude.' Enrico Villanueva contributed eight rebounds and Mike Cortez added 13 points as the Kings' bench outscored the Aces', 38-25. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) led the Aces with 18 points and 10 rebounds as he took the cudgels from DeVance, while Cyrus Baguio had 11 points, but shot a measly 2-of-15 from the field. Baguio missed all his nine attempts from the two-point range. Short on the offensive end, all the Aces could do was level the score at 49-all by halftime. From there, it was all Barangay Ginebra. The Kings outscored the Aces in the third, 27-14, to take a 76-63 lead entering the final quarter. The closest the Aces could get was within 10, at 66-76, but the Kings answered back with two perfectly-run fastbreak plays anchored on Miller and comebacking JC Intal to give Ginebra an 80-66 advantage with 10:12 left to play. Caguioa's basket at the 3:12 mark gave the Kings their biggest lead of the game, 90-72. - Courtesy of KY, RCJ, www.GMANews.TV

Meralco B. - Derby Ace L. 88-92
Derby Ace's bid to become the first back-to-back All-Filipino champion in the last 25 years just got an added shot in the arm. The Llamados built a big 19-point lead early, then hang tough against a fierce Meralco Bolts rally in the endgame of a 92-88 win Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum. The win sent the Llamados to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals and boosted their chances of repeating as All-Filipino champions. The powerhouse 1985 Great Taste squad handled by the legendary Baby Dalupan was the last team to successfully defend the AFC crown. The Game Two victory allowed the reigning champions to complete a sweep of the best-of-three quarterfinals series. On record, the Llamados won all four matches this conference against the Bolts, handled by their former coach Ryan Gregorio. The Llamados will meet no less than the top-seeded Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the best-of-seven semifinals, which begins a day after Christmas. Peter June Simon waxed hot in the opening half, scoring 16 of his team-high 23 points. His shooting served as the Llamados' springboard in erecting a 52-33 lead at halftime against a Bolts team apparently fatigued from their previous two games. The Bolts played those with a total of five extra periods, including a 106-97 double overtime loss to Derby Ace in the series opener Friday. Despite their tired legs, the Bolts still eventually gave the Llamados a big scare, rallying from that big deficit. With Mac-Mac Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) showing the way, the surging Bolts outscored the Llamados, 15-3, in a third-quarter stretch to trim a 51-69 deficit to 66-72 entering the fourth. Meralco then made the first three points in the final 12 minutes to come even closer, 69-72. But free throws from Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83) broke the ice for Derby Ace. Gerwin Gaco came off the bench and scored six of his eight points for an 89-82 Llamados lead in the final two-minute mark. A strong drive to the hoop by Mark Cardona in the final seven seconds had the Bolts taking their final stand, 91-88, before James Yap (191-F/G-82) sank one of two free throws to clinch the game for the reigning champions. Yap added 17, KG Canaleta 16 and Villanueva 10 for the Llamados, whose rookie coach Jorge Gallent will be in his first ever PBA semifinal stint. Mark Cardona finished with 26 points and Chris Ross had a conference-high 20 and seven assists for Meralco, the newest franchise in the league, which exceeded expectations by making it as far as the quarterfinal round. - Courtesy KY, RCJ, www.GMANews.TV




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  POLAND   


Damien Kinloch leaves AZS Koszalin - by Lukasz Leik
Regarding to the official website of AZS Koszalin, Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tennessee Tech) is no longer a player of the team. The contract was terminated through the fault of the player, who hasn't attended the training and hasn't shown up before the game against ASK KS Siarka Tarnobrzeg. Player hasn't also played in the Polish Cup game against Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn.
Kinloch was one of AZS's leaders averaging 13,0 points and 7,1 rebounds per game in 8 games this season.


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  PORTUGAL   


Pedro Silva gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese Proliga - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international forward Pedro Silva (198-F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Barcelos Hotel Terco and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Alges (#10, 2-6) 76-67. It allowed Barcelos to consolidate first place in the Portuguese Proliga. Barcelos have a solid 7-1 record. It's Silva's second year at Barcelos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Silva has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.6rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 51.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket. Bowie impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Terceira Basket lost that game 74-88 to slightly higher-ranked Povoa (3-5). This loss caused Terceira Basket to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Bowie is a newcomer at Terceira Basket 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 24.3ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.6rpg and 5.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Povoa (#7). Oha showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Povoa, leading his team to a 88-74 easy win against Terceira Basket (3-5). The chances of Povoa not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Oha could try to bring Povoa's a little bit higher in the standings. Oha has individually a great season in Portugal. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 13.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) of Povoa - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Fidel Mendonca (191-F-84) of Alges - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Carlos Fechas (180-G-81) of Barcelos - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Benedito Suca (196-F-84) of Electrico FC - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Alvaro Pontes (190-F-85) of Terceira Basket - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joao Diamantino (201-F-85) of Maia Basket - 16 points and 8 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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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 11-0 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 9-2 
 3. St.Mirren 9-2 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 9-3 
 5. Stirling Knights 6-5 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 5-7 
 7. Glasgow R. II 3-9 
 8. E.Lothian B. 2-8 
 9. Glasgow Storm 1-9 
 10. Dunfermline 1-10 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. McCoy, Svit27.0 
 2. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 3. Burrows, Komarno23.1 
 4. Delic, Handlova19.8 
 5. Carter, Vahostav.19.6 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok19.6 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.3 
 8. Moore, Nitra19.2 
 9. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 10. Brewington, Inter B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.2 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Velcic, B.Bystrica9.1 
 4. Johnson, Nova Ves8.6 
 5. Delic, Handlova8.6 
 6. Erwin, Nitra8.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok8.1 
 8. Gavran, Inter B.7.8 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Moore, Nitra7.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.2 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.8 
 4. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Gavlak, Handlova4.9 
 6. Kostomaj, Levice4.8 
 7. Micka, Svit4.5 
 8. Sapp, Pezinok4.2 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moore, Nitra2.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno2.4 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.2 
 4. Sapp, Pezinok2.1 
 5. Kucsa, Inter B.2.0 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves1.9 
 7. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 8. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
 9. McCoy, Svit1.7 
 10. Boyd, Prievidza1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Karlsruhe
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Prievidza3.3 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.3 
 5. Gavran, Inter B.1.0 
 6. La Rosa, Inter B.0.9 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.8 
 8. Tomek, Nitra0.8 
 9. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 10. Wolfinger, Levice0.8 


Extraliga Round 23: Vahostav-Zilina defeats leader Nova Ves - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Nova Ves (14-6) on the court of fifth ranked Vahostav-Zilina on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Vahostav-Zilina 81-78. Nova Ves were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Vahostav-Zilina, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Nova Ves helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Stanislav Baldovsky (192-89) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Nova Ves. Vahostav-Zilina maintains fifth place with 11-10 record. Nova Ves at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Vahostav-Zilina are looking forward to face Handlova (#6) at home in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Levice (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Handlova. Sixth ranked Handlova (10-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Nitra (13-6) 76-73 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Nitra. It was a great evening for Croatian-Liberian power forward Gamma Kamaldin (203-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Nenad Delic helped adding 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Handlova's coach Ludovit Smacko allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Handlova maintains sixth place with 10-11 record. Nitra at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Pezinok. Handlova will play against higher ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nitra will play against SKP Banska Bystrica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pezinok (13-6) against eleventh ranked Prievidza (6-14) on Wednesday night. Host Pezinok was edged by eleventh ranked Prievidza (6-14) in a tough game in Pezinok 92-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pezinok. It was an exceptional evening for Jeremy Fears who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!) and 7 steals. Nenad Milosevic came up with 32 points and 4 assists for Pezinok in the defeat. Prievidza has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 6-14 record. Defending champion Pezinok dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Nitra. Prievidza will meet at home higher ranked Svit (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pezinok will have a break next round.
The game in Svit was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Komarno (11-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Svit (9-11). Komarno managed to secure a 6-point victory 99-93. The best player for the winners was C.J. Jackson who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. Komarno maintains fourth place with 11-9 record. Svit lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Komarno's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava (#9) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Svit will play against Prievidza.
The game between ninth ranked Inter (7-13) and 7th ranked Levice (9-11) in Bratislava on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Inter Bratislava beat guests from Levice 82-75. Keyron Sheard orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava maintains ninth place with 7-13 record. Levice lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Inter Bratislava will face higher ranked Komarno (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

The most impressive performance of 23th round was 42 points (!!!) by Adam McCoy of Svit.



Inter Bratislava - Levice 82-75

The game between ninth ranked Inter (7-13) and 7th ranked Levice (9-11) in Bratislava on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Inter Bratislava beat guests from Levice 82-75. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-75. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Guard Richard Kucsa (189-85) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Croatian guard Denis Toroman (194-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Levice. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava maintains ninth place with 7-13 record. Levice lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Inter Bratislava will face higher ranked Komarno (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: K.Sheard 21+3reb+5ast, R.Kucsa 16+5reb+2ast, F.Holmes 12+4reb+2ast, M.Zilik 9+3reb, S.Gavran 8+3reb, A.Kuffa 8+11reb+1ast
Levice: D.Hill 19+4reb+1ast, D.Toroman 16+6reb+2ast, T.Kostomaj 16+6reb+3ast, R.Klein 11+10reb, L.Lutovsky 5+4reb+2ast, J.Vojtek 4+5reb
gschID: 95553


Handlova - Nitra 76-73

Important game to mention about took place in Handlova. Sixth ranked Handlova (10-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Nitra (13-6) 76-73 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Nitra. Nitra cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Handlova made 35-of-42 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Nitra only scored nine points from the stripe. Handlova forced 24 Nitra turnovers. Nitra was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Croatian-Liberian power forward Gamma Kamaldin (203-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) helped adding 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Handlova's coach Ludovit Smacko allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Duane Erwin (206-82, college: Memphis, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Handlova maintains sixth place with 10-11 record. Nitra at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Pezinok. Handlova will play against higher ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nitra will play against SKP Banska Bystrica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Handlova: G.Kamaldin 20+8reb+4ast, N.Delic 17+10reb+4ast, J.Gavlak 12+2reb+2ast, I.Barisic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Madaj 7+7reb+1ast, O.Haviar 7
Nitra: J.Montgomery 17+1reb, B.Tomek 12+6reb+3ast, P.Bosak 11+2reb+3ast, D.Erwin 11+8reb, F.Lehman 8+2reb+3ast, R.Vido 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 95550


Pezinok - Prievidza 92-94

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pezinok (13-6) against eleventh ranked Prievidza (6-14) on Wednesday night. Host Pezinok was edged by eleventh ranked Prievidza (6-14) in a tough game in Pezinok 92-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pezinok. Pezinok was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Prievidza, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Pezinok's 40 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!) and 7 steals. The former international guard Viliam Ridzon (192-75) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) came up with 32 points and 4 assists and naturalized Ukrainian power forward Andrej Lukjanec (203-69) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Pezinok in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Prievidza has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 6-14 record. Defending champion Pezinok dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Nitra. Prievidza will meet at home higher ranked Svit (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pezinok will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: J.Fears 37+4reb, D.Boor 16+2reb, R.Uhlir 13+3reb+1ast, V.Ridzon 11+7reb, F.Boyd 6+1reb+3ast, C.Hallett 5+4reb+2ast
Pezinok: N.Milosevic 32+2reb+4ast, A.Lukjanec 23+5reb+1ast, R.Urland 14+3reb+1ast, P.Micuda 14+6reb, J.Sapp 9+3reb+1ast, D.Snopko 0+3reb+1ast
gschID: 95551


Svit - Komarno 93-99

The game in Svit was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Komarno (11-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Svit (9-11). Komarno managed to secure a 6-point victory 99-93. Svit was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Komarno, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 63.9 percent from the field. Komarno had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward C.J. Jackson (206-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Warren Sports International) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) produced 42 points (!!!) and the former international guard Viliam Ridzon (192-75) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Komarno maintains fourth place with 11-9 record. Svit lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Komarno's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava (#9) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Svit will play against Prievidza.
Top scorers:
Komarno: C.Jackson 29+13reb+2ast, J.Burrows 20+8reb+4ast, J.Jones 20+1reb+10ast, M.Berkis 19+5reb+1ast, R.Misinsky 7+3reb+1ast, J.Mikulec 2+1reb
Svit: A.McCoy 42+3reb+3ast, M.Bilik 19+1reb+2ast, V.Polakovic 13+9reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 13+10reb+1ast, M.Micka 6+2reb+5ast, M.Krajcik 0
gschID: 95552


Vahostav-Zilina - Nova Ves 81-78

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Nova Ves (14-6) on the court of fifth ranked Vahostav-Zilina on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Vahostav-Zilina 81-78. Nova Ves were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Vahostav-Zilina, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Nova Ves helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Stanislav Baldovsky (192-89) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) added 17 points and 7 assists in the effort for Nova Ves. Five Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Vahostav-Zilina maintains fifth place with 11-10 record. Nova Ves at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Vahostav-Zilina are looking forward to face Handlova (#6) at home in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Levice (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Vahostav-Zilina: D.Stojanovic 22+9reb+2ast, J.Carter 19+9reb+1ast, P.Tilandy 11+1reb, L.Hoferica 8+7reb, V.Kosa 8+3ast, J.Zavodny 8+3reb+4ast
Nova Ves: S.Baldovsky 23+7reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 17+3reb+7ast, M.Batka 14+4reb+3ast, P.Mroz 12+6reb+3ast, A.Mielczarek 10+2reb, D.Demecko 2+2reb+6ast
gschID: 95549




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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.4 
 2. Detrick, Melilla16.9 
 3. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 4. Navarro, Girona16.2 
 5. Mohammed, Lleida15.0 
 6. Quezada, Leon15.0 
 7. Mokongo, Ourense14.7 
 8. Downs, Burgos14.7 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.6 
 10. Narros, Navarra14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Curtis, Lleida9.1 
 2. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.1 
 3. Wachsmann, Alcazar8.1 
 4. Franklin, CB Tarra.7.9 
 5. Kale, Ourense7.9 
 6. Blair, Navarra7.8 
 7. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.8 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.7.7 
 9. Frost, Palencia7.5 
 10. Junyent, Obradoiro7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.5 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.1 
 3. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Obrad.3.5 
 5. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 7. Quezada, Leon3.3 
 8. Garrido, Palencia3.2 
 9. Rodriguez, La Pa.3.2 
 10. Vallmajo, Breogan3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.9 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.9 
 3. Johnson, Huesca1.8 
 4. Castro, Burgos1.8 
 5. Jasen, CB Murcia1.7 
 6. Navarro, Girona1.6 
 7. Rost, Girona1.6 
 8. Quezada, Leon1.6 
 9. Downs, Burgos1.5 
 10. Ventura, Huesca1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Caceres
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Humphrey, Caceres1.9 
 2. Fontet, Leon1.7 
 3. Foote, Melilla1.5 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 5. Faverani, CB Mu.1.3 
 6. Joseph, Navarra1.1 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.1 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan1.1 
 9. McCoy, Caceres1.0 
 10. Starosta, Ourense1.0 


The Winning Streak - by Charles Ramsdell
Dear Friends and Strangers,

Kevin Costner said it best in Bull Durham, A player on a streak has to respect the streak. You know why? Because they dont happen very often. If you believe youre playing well because youre getting laid or because youre not getting laid or because you wear womens underwear, then you are! Vulgar or not, hes right, you dont mess with a win streak. I am perhaps tempting fate by even writing about one, but I think that the normally fickle basketball gods will overlook this breach of custom considering that Im only trying to educate. Players will go to absurd extremes and coaches will drive themselves and their teams crazy trying to maintain a hot streak. A good run of wins can bring a team up from the basement or put comfortable distance from second place for the top team of the league.

My team and I are currently on a bit of a streak ourselves. This streak is due to many things: our team coming together, finishing a couple really close games, good coaching, and a great home crowd. Other factors come into play as well. Factors that to a non-athlete seem trivial and sometimes downright stupid. No way am I going to tell what these factors currently are, that would be a giant step too far.

Depending on your point of view on superstitions, in my career I have either resorted to or wisely decided to engage in some elaborate pre-game rituals. My Freshman year of college I wore my high school game shorts under my college shorts every game. My Junior year of college I watched the classic basketball movie Hoosiers before every game. I now know that movie by heart. In the locker room before my first Varsity High School game in 10th grade I was so nervous that I forgot to put my shorts on and nearly went onto the court in compression shorts. I had a great game and for two years my shorts were the last thing I put on before leaving the locker room. Ive seen guys accuse teammates of not wanting to win because they inadvertently took a superstitious players accustomed place in line when running out of the tunnel and onto the court. What we eat before games, routes we take to the gym, order in which we tie our shoes, and countless other seemingly insignificant things greatly contribute to victory.

So my thanks go to Kevin Costner for so directly expressing the importance and fragility of the streak. He did Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game, and Tin Cup. Four great sports movies. In light of that, Kevin, I forgive you for Waterworld.

p.s.

Check out my full, unabridged, uncut, unedited, uncensored, and perhaps unread blog at www.notjustabasketballplayer.com


LEB Silver Round 14: #1 CB Clavijo is defeated by Basquet Mallorca - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked CB Clavijo (11-2) in Logrono on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Basquet Mallorca (10-3) 90-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CB Clavijo. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Basquet Mallorca. CB Clavijo managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely CB Clavijo outrebounded Basquet Mallorca 37-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Guard Israel Pampin (192-79) scored 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Ismael Torres (202-C-79) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Center Sidnei De Santana (215-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. CB Clavijo's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Basquet Mallorca has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record having just one point less than leader Clavijo, which they share with Andorra. CB Clavijo at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Basquet Mallorca is looking forward to face league's second-placed River Andorra at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CB Clavijo will play against Feve Oviedo and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Promobys Tijola (9-4) against eighth ranked Feve Oviedo (6-7) on Wednesday night. Host Promobys was defeated by Feve Oviedo (6-7) in a tough game in Tijola 89-98. American forward Kevin Ratzsch (201-86, college: Northern St.) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Alejandro Gonzalez supported him with 18 points and 6 assists. Even 24 points by swingman Victor Perez (193-82) did not help to save the game for Promobys Tijola. Promobys Tijola's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Feve Oviedo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Avila. Promobys Tijola at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Feve Oviedo will play against league's leader CB Clavijo in Logrono in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Promobys Tijola will play on the road against Lan Mobel ISB in Azpeitia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Prat between CB Guadalajara and Juventud. Fourteenth ranked CB Guadalajara (5-8) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Prat Juventud (5-8). CB Guadalajara managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 in the game for the ninth place. The best player for the winners was Pablo Rodrigo who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Jordi Llorens produced 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Prat Juventud's coach Carles Duran tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. CB Guadalajara moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Prat Juventud. CB Guadalajara will meet at home bottom-ranked CB Illescas (#15) in the next round where they are favorite. Prat Juventud will play against Regal FC II (#9) in Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked River Andorra (10-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Regal FC II (5-8) by 23 points 76-53, which is the biggest margin this round. James Holmes orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 9 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. River Andorra moved-up to second place, which they share with Mallorca. Regal FC II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. River Andorra's next round opponent will be Basquet Mallorca (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Regal FC II will play against Prat Juventud (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Plasencia won against Illescas on the opponent's court 76-68. ADT Tarragona managed to outperform Lan Mobel ISB in a home game 84-78. Coruna recorded a loss to Avila on the road 70-66.


Prat Juventud - Guadalajara 70-71
A very close game took place in Prat between CB Guadalajara and Juventud. Fourteenth ranked CB Guadalajara (5-8) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Prat Juventud (5-8). CB Guadalajara managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 in the game for the ninth place. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 23-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. CB Guadalajara forced 19 Prat Juventud turnovers. Strangely Prat Juventud outrebounded CB Guadalajara 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Pablo Rodrigo (204-86) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Roberto Nunez (192-78) chipped in 14 points. Power forward Jordi Llorens (202-73) produced 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marco Todorovic (199-92) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Prat Juventud's coach Carles Duran tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. CB Guadalajara moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Prat Juventud. CB Guadalajara will meet at home bottom-ranked CB Illescas (#15) in the next round where they are favorite. Prat Juventud will play against Regal FC II (#9) in Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guadalajara: P.Rodrigo 15+9reb, R.Nunez 14+4reb+1ast, C.Arjonilla 14+2reb+2ast, S.Fernandez 10+2reb, D.Smith 9+4reb+2ast, R.Lazaro 7+3reb+2ast
Prat Juventud: M.Todorovic 15+5reb+1ast, F.Bassas 10+5reb+2ast, J.Comas 9+3reb+2ast, J.Llorens 8+9reb+4ast, A.Barrera 8+1reb+1ast, N.Llobet 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 98448


Illescas - Plasencia 68-76
Very expected game when 15th ranked CB Illescas (3-10) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Plasencia Extremadura (7-7) 76-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But CB Illescas won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Plasencia Extremadura forced 19 CB Illescas turnovers. Guard Jonathan Barcelo (192-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Antonio Bustamante (182-84, agency: Court Side) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Czech forward Ondrej Kohout (203-91) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Israeli center Alexey Chubrevich (212-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CB Illescas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Plasencia Extremadura maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. CB Illescas at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Plasencia Extremadura will have a break next round. CB Illescas will play on the road against CB Guadalajara (#12).
Top scorers:
Plasencia: A.Bustamante 22+1reb+1ast, J.Barcelo 14+11reb+3ast, M.Sekulic 11+1reb, R.Martinez 8+1reb+1ast, A.Howard 7+6reb+1ast, R.Rueda 6+2ast
Illescas: O.Kohout 15+5reb+1ast, A.Casas 10+2reb+1ast, A.Chubrevich 9+9reb, H.Garcia 9+4reb+1ast, J.Machuca 7+3reb+3ast, J.Sosa 6+2reb
gschID: 98449


ADT Tarragona - Lan Mobel ISB 84-78
Very predictable result when fifth ranked ADT Tarragona (8-5) defeated at home 13th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (4-9) 84-78. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Lan Mobel ISB won second period 18-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ADT Tarragona forced 20 Lan Mobel ISB turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Xavier Guirao (190-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Center Eduard Riu (202-82) contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five ADT Tarragona players scored in double figures. Forward Aritz Martinez (201-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Anthony Paez (198-84, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: JEMsports) added 18 points in the effort for Lan Mobel ISB. ADT Tarragona maintains fifth position with 8-5 record. Newly promoted Lan Mobel ISB keeps the thirteenth place with nine games lost. ADT Tarragona's next round opponent will be Leyma Basquet (#14) in Coruna and are hoping to win another game. Lan Mobel ISB will play at home against Promobys Tijola.
Top scorers:
ADT Tarragona: X.Guirao 18+8reb+1ast, E.Riu 13+9reb+4ast, D.Vinas 12+2reb+3ast, J.Antonio Marco 11+5ast, E.Cage 11+7reb, J.Bataller 10+7reb+9ast
Lan Mobel ISB: A.Paez 18+4reb+1ast, R.Bratton 14+6reb+2ast, A.Martinez 12+12reb, J.Ibargutxi 9+7ast, X.Osa 8+2reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 98444


Promobys - Oviedo Feve 89-98
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Promobys Tijola (9-4) against eighth ranked Feve Oviedo (6-7) on Wednesday night. Host Promobys was defeated by eighth ranked Feve Oviedo (6-7) in a tough game in Tijola 89-98. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Promobys Tijola won third quarter 31-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Feve Oviedo made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Promobys Tijola only scored seven points from the stripe. Promobys Tijola was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kevin Ratzsch (201-86, college: Northern St.) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Alejandro Gonzalez (187-80) supported him with 18 points and 6 assists. Even 24 points by swingman Victor Perez (193-82) did not help to save the game for Promobys Tijola. Uruguayan-Italian guard Federico Bavosi (185-81) added 9 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Five Feve Oviedo and four Promobys Tijola players scored in double figures. Promobys Tijola's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Feve Oviedo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Avila. Promobys Tijola at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Feve Oviedo will play against league's leader CB Clavijo in Logrono in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Promobys Tijola will play on the road against Lan Mobel ISB in Azpeitia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oviedo Feve: K.Ratzsch 22+11reb+1ast, A.Gonzalez 18+2reb+6ast, I.O'Leary 17+7reb+1ast, J.Roman 16+6reb, R.Suarez 12+1reb+5ast, T.Tate 6+2ast
Promobys: V.Perez 24+2reb+2ast, R.McDade 14+4reb, I.Matemalas 13+5reb, N.Maglisceau 12+7reb, F.Bavosi 9+4reb+7ast, J.Keefe 8+7reb
gschID: 98445


Clavijo - Mallorca 74-90
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked CB Clavijo (11-2) in Logrono on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Basquet Mallorca (10-3) 90-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CB Clavijo. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Basquet Mallorca. CB Clavijo managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely CB Clavijo outrebounded Basquet Mallorca 37-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Guard Israel Pampin (192-79) scored 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Ismael Torres (202-79) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Center Sidnei De Santana (215-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and American-French guard Alfredo Ott (193-83, college: Dillard) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CB Clavijo's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Basquet Mallorca has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record having just one point less than leader Clavijo, which they share with Andorra. CB Clavijo at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Basquet Mallorca is looking forward to face league's second-placed River Andorra at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CB Clavijo will play against Feve Oviedo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: I.Pampin 19+4ast, I.Torres 14+7reb+1ast, M.Axton 13+4reb+2ast, J.Carles Bivia 12+3reb+3ast, S.Green 9+3reb+2ast, M.Angel Garcia 8+2reb+2ast
Clavijo: A.Ott 17+4reb, S.De Santana 16+17reb, M.Witt 15+3ast, K.Swanston 15+4reb, D.Mesa 6+8reb+1ast, E.Suarez 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98446


Andorra - Regal FC II 76-53
Fourth ranked River Andorra (10-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Regal FC II (5-8) by 23 points 76-53, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. Regal FC II managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. River Andorra dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Regal FC II's 28. River Andorra forced 21 Regal FC II turnovers. American guard James Holmes (188-83, college: S.Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four River Andorra players scored in double figures. Forward Angel Aparicio (199-92) replied with 17 points and American forward Reginald Larry (201-86, college: Boise St.) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Regal FC II. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. River Andorra moved-up to second place, which they share with Mallorca. Regal FC II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. River Andorra's next round opponent will be Basquet Mallorca (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Regal FC II will play against Prat Juventud (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Andorra: A.Ros 13+5reb, J.Howard 12+5reb+2ast, J.Holmes 12+9reb+2ast, R.Johnson 10+4reb, A.Matali 10+5reb+3ast, J.Santamaria 9+3reb+3ast
Regal FC II: A.Aparicio 17+1reb, R.Larry 10+5reb, J.Marcos 6, J.Perez 6+1reb+3ast, J.Mas 5+3reb+1ast, P.Mbaye 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 98447


Avila - Coruna 70-66
Not a big story in a game in Avila where 12th ranked Leyma Basquet (4-9) was defeated by seventh ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (6-7) 70-66. 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 Leyma Basquet won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fontedoso Carrefour won last quarter 21-19. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Swingman Guillermo Justo (192-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Fontedoso Carrefour's coach Pablo Alonso allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Anaterve Cruz (196-86) replied with 18 points and center Victor Hidalgo (204-86, agency: BrezoPro) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leyma Basquet. Fontedoso Carrefour have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 6-7 record, which they share with Oviedo Feve. Leyma Basquet at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with nine games lost. Fontedoso Carrefour's next round opponent will be Santurtzi (#10) on the road. Leyma Basquet will play against ADT Tarragona.
Top scorers:
Avila: G.Justo 19+2reb+1ast, K.Cipruss 16+4reb+2ast, C.Ramsdell 7+8reb+3ast, J.Merino 6+3reb+1ast, C.Bart-Williams 6+5reb, X.Lopez 5+3reb+5ast
Coruna: A.Cruz 18+4reb+2ast, V.Hidalgo 15+6reb, J.Ramon Esmoris 11+8reb+1ast, K.Ohman 8, A.Seijo 5+1reb, B.Wierzbicki 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98443




Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Kevin RATZSCH
  Oviedo Feve
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.16.4 
 2. Witt, Clavijo15.8 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.2 
 4. Swanston, Clavijo15.2 
 5. Justo, Avila15.2 
 6. Perez, Promobys15.0 
 7. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 8. Bivia, Mallorca14.8 
 9. Uriz, Santurtzi14.7 
 10. Roman, Oviedo Feve14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.2 
 3. Chubrevich, Illescas8.4 
 4. De Santana, Clavijo8.2 
 5. Larry, Regal F.8.1 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 7. Howard, Andorra7.8 
 8. Mesa, Clavijo7.5 
 9. McDade, Promobys7.2 
 10. Ramsdell, Avila7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.8 
 2. Lopez, Coruna5.7 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi5.3 
 4. Rufian, Promobys4.4 
 5. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.2 
 6. Marco, ADT T.4.0 
 7. Bivia, Mallorca3.6 
 8. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.5 
 9. Lopez, Avila3.5 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ruben MARTINEZ
  Plasencia
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martinez, Plasencia2.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi1.9 
 3. Casado, Santurtzi1.8 
 4. Barcelo, Plasencia1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Pampin, Mallorca1.8 
 7. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 8. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 10. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Biyombo, Illescas2.0 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 4. Todorovic, Prat J.1.3 
 5. Conde, Avila1.2 
 6. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.2 
 7. Johnson, Andorra1.1 
 8. De Santana, Clavijo0.9 
 9. Marti, Prat J.0.9 
 10. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.0.8 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Obradoiro 14-1 
 2. CB Murcia 12-3 
 3. Caceres 10-5 
 4. Burgos 10-5 
 5. Leon 10-5 
 6. Navarra 9-6 
 7. La Laguna 8-7 
 8. Melilla 7-8 
 9. Lleida 7-8 
 10. Girona 7-8 
 11. La Palma 7-8 
 12. Breogan 6-9 
 13. Clinicas Rincon 6-9 
 14. Alcazar 6-9 
 15. CB Tarragona 5-10 
 16. Huesca 5-10 
 17. Palencia 4-11 
 18. Ourense 2-13 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 11-2 
 2. Andorra 10-3 
 3. Mallorca 10-3 
 4. Promobys 9-4 
 5. ADT Tarragona 8-5 
 6. Plasencia 7-7 
 7. Avila 6-7 
 8. Oviedo Feve 6-7 
 9. Regal FC II 5-8 
 10. Santurtzi 5-8 
 11. Prat Juventud 5-8 
 12. Guadalajara 5-8 
 13. Lan Mobel ISB 4-9 
 14. Coruna 4-9 
 15. Illescas 3-10 


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Basketligan Round 17: Leader LF Basket loses to Sundsvall Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Jamtland at home. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked LF Basket (13-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of third ranked Sundsvall Dragons on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Sundsvall Dragons 94-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of LF Basket. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sundsvall Dragons made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) produced 26 points and 4 assists for the guests. Sundsvall Dragons (11-4) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place having 2 victories less than leader LF Basket. LF Basket at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sodertalje Kings on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LF Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and is hoping to win this game.
A very interesting game took place in Solna. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Boras Basket (6-11) to sixth ranked Solna Vikings (8-9) 74-77 in the fight for the sixth place. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Logan Kosmalski contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) answered with 28 points and 8 assists for Boras Basket. Solna Vikings maintains sixth place with 8-9 record. Boras Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Jamtland. Solna Vikings will play against bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round. Boras Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sodertalje Kings (12-5) against fifth ranked Basket (10-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting Sodertalje Kings were crushed by fifth ranked Basket (10-8) in Uppsala 93-66. Benjamin Smith stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners. Dino Pita responded with 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth place with 10-8 record. Loser Sodertalje Kings keep the second position with five games lost. Uppsala Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sodertalje Kings will play against Sundsvall Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked 08 Stockholm managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Boras Basket 93-86. Johan Westerlund nailed 27 points and 6 assists for the winning side. 08 Stockholm (4-13) moved-up to ninth place. Boras Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. 08 Stockholm will have a break next round.
Eco Orebro (#9) forced the game against KFUM Jamtland (#8) into an overtime, but lost by two points 96-98 on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Darius Hargrove who scored 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Eco Orebro's coach Lennart Grundel rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KFUM Jamtland (6-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Boras. Loser Eco Orebro dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. KFUM Jamtland will face Boras Basket (#8) on the road in the next round. Eco Orebro will play against Solna Vikings.



Uppsala - Sodertalje 93-66
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sodertalje Kings (12-5) against fifth ranked Basket (10-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting Sodertalje Kings were crushed by fifth ranked Basket (10-8) in Uppsala 93-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-66. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) chipped in 14 points. Five Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. International guard Dino Pita (192-88) responded with 15 points and the former international power forward Alexander Wikner-Nordberg (206-85, agency: FCM) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth place with 10-8 record. Loser Sodertalje Kings keep the second position with five games lost. Uppsala Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sodertalje Kings will play against Sundsvall Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: B.Smith 23+4reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 17+2reb, M.Kohlmaier 14+4reb+3ast, T.Whitworth 11+3reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 10+10reb+1ast, A.Nordstrom 6+4reb+1ast
Sodertalje: D.Pita 15+3reb+2ast, T.Borg 11+3reb, M.Joseph 8+1reb, J.Smith 8+3reb+1ast, A.Wikner-Nordberg 7+7reb, M.Griskenas 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94195


Jamtland - Eco Orebro 98-96 OT
Eco Orebro (#9) forced the game against KFUM Jamtland (#8) into an overtime, but lost by two points 96-98 on Tuesday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 16-14. KFUM Jamtland forced 19 Eco Orebro turnovers and had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. KFUM Jamtland looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union) who scored 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) produced 21 points and 4 assists and American guard Leonard Mosley (196-79, college: Oklahoma Baptist) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Five Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Eco Orebro's coach Lennart Grundel rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KFUM Jamtland (6-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Boras. Loser Eco Orebro dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. KFUM Jamtland will face Boras Basket (#8) on the road in the next round. Eco Orebro will play against Solna Vikings.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 38+7reb+9ast, B.Salaam 23+11reb+1ast, S.Mjos 15+1reb+2ast, D.Klaric 9+5reb+4ast, J.Roenstrom 5+3reb+1ast, S.Hellgren 4+7reb+5ast
Eco Orebro: A.Pleick 21+2reb+4ast, L.Mosley 17+1reb+6ast, J.Andersson 14+3reb, O.Lindell 12+4reb+1ast, P.Hampton 11+6reb+3ast, P.Cipriano 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 94196


Solna - Boras 77-74
A very interesting game took place in Solna. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Boras Basket (6-11) to sixth ranked Solna Vikings (8-9) 74-77 in the fight for the sixth place. Boras Basket was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 28-15 third quarter run of Solna Vikings. They also forced 21 Boras Basket turnovers. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. American forward Logan Kosmalski (203-81, college: Davidson) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) answered with 28 points and 8 assists and the other American import forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) added 12 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Boras Basket. Four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings maintains sixth place with 8-9 record. Boras Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Jamtland. Solna Vikings will play against bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round. Boras Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 20+6reb+5ast, L.Kosmalski 17+7reb, W.Walker 9+5reb+1ast, L.Myrthil 8+5reb+1ast, J.Nystrom 8+5reb+1ast, D.Persson 6+2reb+2ast
Boras: K.McCoy 28+4reb+8ast, C.Ryan 13+2reb, M.Palm 12+6reb+1ast, C.McKnight 12+14reb+1ast, S.Andreasen 3+2reb, R.Ryan 3+1ast
gschID: 94192


Sundsvall - LF Basket 94-88
Top ranked LF Basket (13-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of third ranked Sundsvall Dragons on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Sundsvall Dragons 94-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of LF Basket. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sundsvall Dragons made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) produced 26 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sundsvall Dragons (11-4) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place having 2 victories less than leader LF Basket. LF Basket at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sodertalje Kings on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LF Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 23+6reb+3ast, J.Sigurdarson 22+6reb+5ast, A.Wesby 17+6reb+4ast, L.Rush 13+10reb+3ast, J.Jeansson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Pierre 7+1reb+1ast
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 26+3reb+4ast, E.Salon 22+3reb, J.Rosendahl 20+6reb+2ast, T.Levett 9+4reb+1ast, H.Larsson 5+2reb+5ast, G.Nystrom 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94193


08 - Boras 93-86
Bottom-ranked 08 Stockholm managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Boras Basket 93-86. The hosts were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 27-17 last quarter charge of Boras Basket cut the lead to 93-86 at the end of the game. Swingman Johan Westerlund (191-84) nailed 27 points and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Willy Beck (186-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) came up with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Boras Basket in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm (4-13) moved-up to ninth place. Boras Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. 08 Stockholm will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
08: J.Westerlund 27+1reb+6ast, K.Nagwere 18+3reb, F.Odada 17+4reb, W.Beck 13+5reb+5ast, J.Blom 10+6reb+4ast, R.Hartmann 6+3reb
Boras: K.McCoy 26+5reb+8ast, M.Palm 15+5reb, C.Ryan 14+3reb+2ast, C.McKnight 13+14reb+1ast, H.Carlsson 10+1reb+4ast, R.Ryan 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94194




Darius Hargrove gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Basketligan - by Eurobasket News
American Darius Hargrove (193-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for KFUM Jamtland Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 38 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Jamtland in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Eco Orebro (#10, 3-13) in overtime 98-96. Jamtland is placed at 7th position in Swedish Basketligan. Jamtland is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. In the team's last game Hargrove had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He turned to be Jamtland's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Union University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hargrove is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.4ppg) and rebounds (8th best: 7.3rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another KFUM Jamtland Basket's star - 29-year old American forward Bilal Salaam (201-F-81). Salaam impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Jamtland to edge the lower-ranked Eco Orebro (#10, 3-13) in overtime by 2 points 98-96. This victory allowed Jamtland to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Salaam is a newcomer at Jamtland and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) of 08 Stockholm (#9). Westerlund scored 27 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of 08, leading his team to a 93-86 win against slightly higher-ranked Boras (#8, 6-11). 08 can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Westerlund he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Westerlund has a very solid season. In 17 games in Sweden he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kellen McCoy (168-G-87) of Boras - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Kellen McCoy (168-G-87) of Boras - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Sundsvall - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Uppsala - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) of LF Basket - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Logan Kosmalski (203-F-81) of Solna - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Benjamin's 24pts helps BC Santiago into finals - by Don Farrell
Wilfred Benjamin scored 24pts helping his team Boston College Santiago into the national finals .Deportivo Espanol de Talca and CD Boston College Santiago will play the final for Liga Nacional 2010. Espanol finished the semifinals series against Catolica on saturday night with a 71-57 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the series and the ticket for the finals. The forward Samuel Bravo (194-F-82) was the scoring leader for the winners with 16 points. In the other semifinals series, Boston College recovered from the 0-1 series deficit with two huge victories (102-89 ; 112-105) and now will face Espanol in the finals. Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) with 24 points and Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81) with 30 were the scoring leaders in each game. These are the complete results.



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Norman Express acquire Demario Williams in four-team trade - by Griselle Martis

December 23, 2010 The Norman Express announced today that the team has acquired center Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85, college: Miles) (from GIE Morrow Disciples), guard Travis Snell (6'4''-G-79, college: W.Florida) and forward Jamal Walker (6'4''-G/F-81, college: Briar Cliff) go to the Disciples in exchange for Gerard Devaughn (6'8''-C-87, college: Stillman) and GIE Morrow Disciples 2011 UBA round draft pick.

Also as part of the four-team trade, GIE Morrow Disciples has sent guard William Belton (6'1''-G-84, college: Wofford) to Stone Mountain VOF Hawks. Hawks roster now stands at 15.

We are very excited about the addiction of Demario Williams. With his ability to blocks shots and rebound we have to be a contender in the UBA now, said Brian Brown, Express President of Basketball Operations.

This gives the Express a much needed inside presents to complement first round pick Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma).

The Disciples acquire Travis Snell and Jamal Walker from the Atlanta Assault. Snell brings much needed toughness to the Disciples ball club. I love Travis Snell and Walker, said Coach Michael Davis . I feel they will come in a help us become a better defensive team. We all love Demario and Will, but we feel this is whats best for our team.

Belton was the last piece of the trade puzzle. Hes currently averaging 15.8ppg and 3rd in the UBA in assist with 7.8apg. Belton will give the Hawks much needed scoring ability which will complement star guard Nick Clark.

A closer look at the UBAs blockbuster trade:

Disciples, Express, Assault, Hawks- Trade

GIE Morrow Disciples

Receive:
Travis Snell (5 games: 18.2ppg)*
Jamal Walker (no games due to injury)*

Norman Express

Receive:
Demario Williams (10 games: 10.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1-Blocks (6.1))*

Stone Mountain VOF Hawks

Receive:
William Belton (6 games: 15.8ppg, 7.8apg)

Atlanta Assault

Receive:
Gerard Devaughn (1 game: 20ppg, 11.0rpg)
2011 1st-round pick

*2010-11 UBA season stats



UBA Awards Watch: Reshaw Reports - by Griselle Martis
Darryl Reshaw has been commissioner the UBA full time this season. Here are his thoughts on the 2010-2011 Award Watch.

Most Valuable Player Watch

1. Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.)
Southern Generals
Stats: PPG: 25.3, RPG: 5.1, APG: 3.3, 2FG: 50.0%, 3FG: 44.3%
Sloan is shooting a career high and buying into his role as the lead man. He is currently 2nd in the UBA in scoring (25.3ppg) and has led the team to the best record in the league. After an impressive victory over the defending champs, Sloan dropped 27 points to take over the votes for the MVP race. (Last week: 2 | Team record: 6-1)

2. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian)
GIE Morrow Disciples
Stats: PPG: 26.6, RPG: 6.4, APG: 5.1, 2FG: 51.3%, 3FG: 50.0%
Barnes is the reigning MVP of the UBA and rightfully so. He currently leads the UBA in scoring (26.6ppg) and has one of the top team in the league. In Barnes last game he scored 32 points in a loss vs. the Southern Generals. If Barnes plans on repeating a championship and MVP he has to overcome the Generals and now Mike Sloan. (Last week: 1 | Team record: 6-4)

3. Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC)
DFW Warriors
Stats: PPG: 23.7, RPG: 9.7, BPG: 1.32, FG: 53.3%, 3FG: 30.0%
Tedric Hill is one of the best bigs in the UBA. A former NBA draft prospect, Hill has instantly become a force and will be looked upon to carry the Warriors to the Championship. (Last week: 4 | Team record: 2-1)

4. T.J. Taylor (6'1''-G-86, college: Erskine)
Tennessee Dragons
Stats: PPG: 16.2, APG: 6.8, SPG: 3.8, 2FG: 48.0%, 3FG: 44.0%
Head Coach Steve Dolan has done a fantastic job at finding talent and head the pack is T.J. Taylor. Last weekend Taylor averaged 22.5ppg in games against the Hawks and Disciples. Taylor is currently leading the league in steals and has the Dragons fighting for the top spot in the Division. (Last week: 0 | Team record: 3-2)

5. Daniel 'Skip' Thomas (6'7''-F-85, college: Langston)
Central Texas Cyclones
Stats: PPG: 19.5, RPG: 7.0, BPG: 1.0, 2FG: 50.1%, 3FG: 40.0%
Mr. Skip Thomas has carried his ball club to the top spot in the Western Conference. This weekend the Cyclones defeated the DFW Warriors and Skip led the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds. In order for the Cyclones to contend they will need Skip to continue his fine play. (Last week: | Team record: 2-0)

6. Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago)
GIE Morrow Disciples
Stats: PPG: 16.4, RPG: 12.5, BPG: 2.3, 2FG: 61.3%, 3FG: 30.0%
Dailey is by far the best athlete in the UBA. A human High Light Film waiting to happen. Hes currently leading the league in rebounds and double doubles. If the Disciples want to repeat they need to get Dailey more involved in the offense. (Last week: | Team record: 6-4)

Defensive Player of the Year Watch

1. Jermaine Dailey, Disciples: The Disciples are going for their third straight UBA Finals championship, and it occurred to me that the Disciples wont be there unless they commit to the defense like Jermaine Dailey. Dailey is currently leading the league in defensive rebounds with 8.5 (12.5rpg), 6th in blocks (2.6) and 7th in steals (2.1).

2. Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85, college: Miles), Norman Express: Williams' true defensive impact will be tested now that he has been traded to the Norman Express. The Express were an average team at best but with the addition of Williams there now a contender for the west. He is currently leading the UBA in blocks with 6.1, but Williams' production has dropped since his back to back 10 block games.

3. Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, college: Morgan St.), Southern Generals: Moore is currently 2nd in the UBA in block with 5.5 and 4th in rebounds with 9.3. Moore has been out the last 2 game due to a broken finger but will return after the holidays.

Rookie of the Year Watch

1. Chris Miller-Williams (6'5''-F-87, college: W.Georgia), Georgia Lions: Miller-Williams is killing the UBA softly. With his low key style Chris is averaging an impressive 20.4ppg, and 9.4rpg. Since joining the Lions there 4-1 and currently making noise in the UBA.

2. Chris Cromartie (6'3''-G-88, college: Gordon), Atlanta Assault: Cromartie is instant offense for the Assault. Hes currently averaging 22.3ppg with an impressive 35 point performance vs. the Tennessee Dragons. If he can bring more wins for the Assault he will take this award.

3. Nick Clark (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Albany St.), Stone Mountain VOF Hawks: Despite a disappointing 0-4 start, Clark is the only bright spot for the Hawks (besides Hall). He's currently averaging a team best 20.1ppg and 5.0rpg. Clark came into the UBA with a lot on his back and with the addition of William Belton (6'1''-G-84, college: Wofford) (from the Disciples); look for Clark and the Hawks to make a run.


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Superleague Round 23: BC Donetsk takes leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Donetsk as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader (Budivelnyk) did not play in round 23. BC Donetsk smashed 3rd placed Kryvbasbasket in Donetsk 93-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kryvbasbasket. The game was mostly controlled by BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 36. BC Donetsk outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 35-17 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) responded with 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Donetsk has a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Kryvbasbasket will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BC Donetsk will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv.
Bottom-ranked Khimik managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against twelfth-ranked BC Kyiv 85-71. It was an exceptional evening for Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Curtis Millage accounted for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds for BC Kyiv in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimik maintains thirteenth place with 4-16 record. BC Kyiv lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Khimik will play against higher ranked Halychyna (#10) in Lviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kyiv will have a break next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: DniproAzot lost to Dnipro on the opponent's court 61-71. DniproAzot managed to outperform BC Odessa in a home game 65-61. Ferro-ZNTU recorded a loss to Dnipro on the road 89-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Mario Austin of Dnipro.


BC Donetsk - Kryvbasbasket 93-71

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Donetsk as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader (Budivelnyk) did not play in round 23. BC Donetsk smashed 3rd placed Kryvbasbasket in Donetsk 93-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kryvbasbasket. The game was mostly controlled by BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 36. BC Donetsk outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 35-17 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. The former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) responded with 15 points and Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78) scored 14 points and 5 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. BC Donetsk has a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Kryvbasbasket will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BC Donetsk will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: J.Edwards 13+5reb, Y.Zozulia 13+2reb, V.Kravtsov 13+6reb+1ast, L.Flores 12+6reb+4ast, B.Cvetkovic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 10+1reb+3ast
Kryvbasbasket: D.Korablev 15+2reb+3ast, J.Zuza 14+5reb+1ast, A.Aleksandrovas 12+1reb, E.Annenkov 8+2reb, I.Zaitsev 7+5reb, V.Kondratovets 6
gschID: 115529


Dnipro - DniproAzot 71-61

Very expected game in Dnepropetrovsk where 10th ranked DniproAzot (7-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Dnipro (12-10) 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Dnipro. DniproAzot managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dnipro outrebounded DniproAzot 39-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Delonte Holland (201-82, college: De Paul) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (189-80) added 13 points respectively for DniproAzot in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dnipro maintains sixth place with 12-10 record. DniproAzot at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Halychyna. Dnipro will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DniproAzot will play at home against Azovmash (#5) in Mariupol and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Burtt 15+3reb+6ast, M.Austin 14+10reb, D.Brown 9+10reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 9+1reb, D.Kozlov 7+4reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 6+1reb
DniproAzot: D.Holland 20+8reb+2ast, M.Balashov 13+1reb+1ast, L.Karim 11+2reb+2ast, R.Sirsnins 8+2reb+2ast, M.Fraser 4+7reb, B.Merriex 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 115530


BC Kyiv - Khimik 71-85

Bottom-ranked Khimik managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against twelfth-ranked BC Kyiv 85-71. The game was mostly controlled by Khimik. BC Kyiv managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Khimik won last quarter 32-20. Khimik had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Khimik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) accounted for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds and center Maksym Sandul (207-91) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for BC Kyiv in the defeat. Five Khimik and four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimik maintains thirteenth place with 4-16 record. BC Kyiv lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Khimik will play against higher ranked Halychyna (#10) in Lviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kyiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Khimik: T.Bizaca 20+7reb+1ast, C.Millage 16+6reb+5ast, A.Kolchenko 15+2ast, S.Popov 12+2reb+3ast, A.Kalnichenko 11+4reb, T.Garrison 7+4reb
BC Kyiv: O.Lypovyy 24+5reb+3ast, M.Sandul 14+9reb+1ast, V.Podolyan 12+3reb+1ast, R.Otverchenko 10+1reb+1ast, V.Kovalenko 4+1ast, O.Tischenko 4+1reb
gschID: 115531


DniproAzot - BC Odessa 65-61

There was a small surprise in Dniprodzerzhynsk where tenth ranked DniproAzot (7-15) defeated 8th ranked BC Odessa (11-12) 65-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But BC Odessa won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DniproAzot outrebounded BC Odessa 42-26 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Sergiy Gorbenko (200-85) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. DniproAzot's coach Igor Chigrinov allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Gary Buchanan (191-80, college: Villanova) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Artem Shvets (203-85) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for BC Odessa in the defeat. DniproAzot has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 7-15 record, which they share with Halychyna. BC Odessa at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU. DniproAzot will play against higher ranked Azovmash (#5) in Mariupol in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Odessa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: S.Gorbenko 18+7reb+2ast, L.Karim 15+7reb+2ast, M.Fraser 13+9reb+1ast, J.Dukes 9+9reb+4ast, M.Balashov 7+3reb+3ast, R.Sirsnins 3+3reb+4ast
BC Odessa: A.Shvets 15+5reb+1ast, G.Buchanan 12+6reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 8+2reb+1ast, S.Balashov 8+5reb+1ast, A.Washington 7+4reb+3ast, R.Kryvych 5+1reb+1ast
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Dnipro - Ferro-ZNTU 89-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Ferro-ZNTU's (11-12) road loss to sixth ranked Dnipro (12-10) 81-89. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 28-21 last quarter charge of Ferro-ZNTU cut the lead to 89-81 at the end of the game. Dnipro made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Ferro-ZNTU turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) accounted for 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Dnipro's coach Denys Zhuravlov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Ferro-ZNTU in the defeat. Dnipro maintains sixth place with 12-10 record. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with BC Odessa. Dnipro will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ferro-ZNTU will play at home against Mykolaiv (#7) in Mykolaiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Burtt 28+3reb+5ast, M.Austin 24+12reb+4ast, D.Kozlov 10+1reb, M.Vilkhovetskyi 8+1ast, D.Ivanov 6+4reb, D.Brown 6+7reb+6ast
Ferro-ZNTU: V.Hunter 22+9reb+2ast, K.Mays 21+8reb+3ast, H.Kandrusevich 12+6reb+1ast, A.Johnson 9+7reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 7+3reb+3ast, A.Rybalko 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 115528




Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 17-4 
 2. Budivelnyk 16-3 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 14-8 
 4. Hoverla 13-9 
 5. Azovmash 12-8 
 6. Dnipro 12-10 
 7. Mykolaiv 11-11 
 8. Ferro-ZNTU 11-12 
 9. BC Odessa 11-12 
 10. Halychyna 7-15 
 11. DniproAzot 7-15 
 12. BC Kyiv 5-17 
 13. Khimik 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.4 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.16.2 
 7. Williams, Halychyna16.2 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot15.4 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.3 
 10. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alan WIGGINS
  Halychyna
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 2. Burns, Fe.9.1 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.8.9 
 4. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 5. Owens, Azovmash7.2 
 6. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.1 
 7. Austin, Dnipro7.0 
 8. Greene, Mykolaiv6.9 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 10. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Millage, Khimik5.5 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro4.6 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.1 
 7. Curry, Azovmash3.9 
 8. Broadus, Halychyna3.5 
 9. Mazutis, Mykolaiv3.5 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Greene, Mykolaiv1.8 
 3. Burns, Fe.1.8 
 4. Love, Mykolaiv1.7 
 5. House, Azovmash1.6 
 6. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.5 
 7. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot1.4 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 10. Kolchenko, Khimik1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.5 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Pettway, Dnipro1.7 
 4. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.5 
 6. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.4 
 7. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 8. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.2 


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Sweetney leads Bigua to beat Welcome - by Hector Lopez
Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) played for the first time with Bigua leading his new team to defeat Welcome 90-79, for the LUB first round second stage. Sweetney scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and added two blocks and Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) netted 15 took 9 rebounds and 1 block. For Welcome its new import player Scott Cutley (196-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) scored 12 points with 2 assists and Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) added 13 points and 3 rebounds. Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC), in his first game for Trouville, scored 27 points and took 9 rebounds, when his new team beat Hebraica Macabi 85-73. Also for Trouville Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) added 10 points 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. For Hebraica Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 22 points while Isadore Thornton (202-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) had 9 points adn four rebounds.



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


WCBA Round 6: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
Round 6 caused a major change at the very top of the standings. First defeat of league's leader Guangdong Dolphins against third ranked Bayi Kylin 77-93 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended Guangdong Dolphins' five-game winning streak. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Bayi Kylin has a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Shenyang and Guangdong. Guangdong Dolphins will play next round against strong Jiangsu Phoenix trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bayi Kylin will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Qujing Yunnan at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Shenyang Golden Lions as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Guangdong Dolphins) loss. Shenyang Golden Lions smashed 4th ranked Beijing Great Wall in Dandong 83-57. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Bayi and Guangdong. Beijing Great Wall at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Beijing Great Wall will play next round against Liaoning Hengye trying to get back on the winning streak. Shenyang Golden Lions will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng at Harbin.
Shanghai Octopus' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Heilongjiang Chenneng (2-4) 86-70 on Tuesday. Shanghai Octopus (1-5) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Heilongjiang Chenneng's third loss in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with Henan. Shanghai Octopus will meet bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (#12) in the next round. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against the league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (4-2) 67-74. Jiangsu Phoenix has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guangdong Dolphins (#3) in Dongguan and it may be the game of the week. Fujian Nanan will play at home against Shanghai Octopus (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 6 Henan was smashed by Liaoning on the road 79-60. Zhejiang destroyed Yunnan on its own court 93-74.


Liaoning - Henan 79-60

Everything could happen in Anshan at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Liaoning Hengye and 9th ranked Henan Elephants had identical 2-3 record. This time Liaoning Hengye used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Jiyuan 79-60. Liaoning Hengye (3-3) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Henan Elephants at the other side keep the ninth position with four games lost. Liaoning Hengye's next round opponent will be Beijing Great Wall (#6) on the road. Henan Elephants will play against Zhejiang Far East in Hangzhou.
gschID: 118892


Shenyang - Beijing 83-57

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Shenyang Golden Lions as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Guangdong Dolphins) loss. Shenyang Golden Lions smashed 4th ranked Beijing Great Wall in Dandong 83-57. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Bayi and Guangdong. Beijing Great Wall at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Beijing Great Wall will play next round against Liaoning Hengye trying to get back on the winning streak. Shenyang Golden Lions will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng at Harbin.
gschID: 118893


Bayi - Guangdong 93-77

Round 6 caused a major change at the very top of the standings. First defeat of league's leader Guangdong Dolphins against third ranked Bayi Kylin 77-93 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended Guangdong Dolphins' five-game winning streak. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Bayi Kylin has a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Shenyang and Guangdong. Guangdong Dolphins will play next round against strong Jiangsu Phoenix trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bayi Kylin will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Qujing Yunnan at home.
gschID: 118890


Shanghai - Heilongjiang 86-70

Shanghai Octopus' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Heilongjiang Chenneng (2-4) 86-70 on Tuesday. Shanghai Octopus (1-5) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Heilongjiang Chenneng's third loss in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with Henan. Shanghai Octopus will meet bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (#12) in the next round. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against the league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 118891


Zhejiang - Yunnan 93-74

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Qujing Yunnan (3-3) was smashed by tenth ranked Zhejiang Far East (3-3) in Hangzhou 93-74. Zhejiang Far East moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Qujing Yunnan. Zhejiang Far East's next round opponent will be Henan Elephants (#10) in Jiyuan where they are favorite. Qujing Yunnan will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bayi Kylin (#2) in Yinzhou.
gschID: 118888


Fujian - Jiangsu 67-74

Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (4-2) 67-74. Jiangsu Phoenix has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guangdong Dolphins (#3) in Dongguan and it may be the game of the week. Fujian Nanan will play at home against Shanghai Octopus (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 118889




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Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Beckley, Lemvig23.8 
 2. Smith, Horsens18.2 
 3. Holmes, Aabyhoj16.7 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens16.3 
 5. Hansen, Falcon16.1 
 6. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj16.1 
 7. Palacios, Lemvig15.8 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose15.8 
 9. Jensen, Amager15.4 
 10. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Fuller, Falcon12.5 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.6 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens10.5 
 4. Kruuse, Amager10.0 
 5. Smith, Horsens10.0 
 6. Beckley, Lemvig9.7 
 7. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.7.6 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.4 
 9. Kielpinski, Lemvig7.3 
 10. Jensen, Amager6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ida KROGH
  Aabyhoj
  (181-G/F-91)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krogh, Aabyhoj4.2 
 2. Burlin, Lemvig4.2 
 3. Jensen, Amager3.6 
 4. Jakobsen, Vaerlose3.5 
 5. Blands, SISU3.5 
 6. Jorgensen, SISU3.2 
 7. Haven, Vaerlose3.2 
 8. Lund, SISU3.2 
 9. Seilund, Amager3.2 
 10. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Camilla BLANDS
  SISU
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blands, SISU3.2 
 2. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.1 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens2.7 
 4. Lund, SISU2.5 
 5. Jakobsen, Vaerlose2.3 
 6. Deemand, Horsholm2.1 
 7. Ryder, Horsholm2.1 
 8. Beckley, Lemvig2.1 
 9. Jensen, Amager2.0 
 10. Seilund, Amager1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fuller, Falcon2.6 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.6 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Kruuse, Amager0.8 
 5. Aitch, SISU0.8 
 6. Johansen, Vaerlose0.7 
 7. Palacios, Lemvig0.7 
 8. Seilund, Amager0.5 
 9. Beckley, Lemvig0.5 
 10. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sheana MOSCH
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (177-G/F-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Mosch, Dy.22.5 
 2. Dabovic, Dy.22.2 
 3. Willingham, Elitzu.20.7 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve20.4 
 5. Petrakova, Cheva.19.3 
 6. Carson, SEAT L.18.4 
 7. Doron, Elitzur Ramla18.3 
 8. Likhtarovich, Goriz.18.2 
 9. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 10. Gaither, Dexia N.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Stone, Partizan11.2 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve11.0 
 4. Myasoedova, Dynam.10.8 
 5. Whitehead, Craiova10.0 
 6. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 7. Sanni, Villeneuve9.8 
 8. Willingham, Elitzu.9.7 
 9. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
 10. Henry, Mann Filter9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tina PERISA
  Zeljeznicar
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Perisa, Zeljeznicar6.0 
 2. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 3. Cherepanova, Cheva.5.7 
 4. Aubert, Nantes5.6 
 5. Dabovic, Dy.5.6 
 6. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 7. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.2 
 8. Marchanka, Dynamo M.5.2 
 9. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.8 
 10. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quianna CHANEY
  Hatis Yerevan
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 2. Hatzinikolao., Athina.3.5 
 3. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.3 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 5. Gomis, Arras3.2 
 6. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.2 
 7. Cherepanova, Cheva.3.0 
 8. Mitchell, Arras3.0 
 9. Moore, Chevakata3.0 
 10. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.5 
 2. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.3 
 3. Ivankovic, Jolly2.0 
 4. Meesseman, Young C.1.9 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos1.8 
 6. Gvozdeva, Dynamo K.1.5 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.1.5 
 9. Davenport, Cheva.1.3 
 10. Mills, Alges1.3 


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Taranto sign Sophia Young - by Eurobasket News
Taranto are getting better and better this season. The team has already clinched the top spot in Euroleague Group A. Now they decided to bolster the roster with addition of Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor). The 27-year-old forward had a solid season with the San Antonio Silvers Stars in the WNBA. She tallied 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2010 season. Last season Sophia Young had a stint with Galatasaray in Turkey. The forward notched 15.7 points, 6.6 boards and 1.8 assists per game in TBL. In Euroleague her stats read 17.3 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 steals per appearance.


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Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Osnabruck 11-0 
 2. Quakenbrueck 9-2 
 3. Rotenburg/Sch 8-3 
 4. Opladen 6-5 
 5. Rist Scala 6-5 
 6. Neuss 4-6 
 7. Dorsten 4-7 
 8. Bielefeld 4-7 
 9. Hagen Phoenix 3-7 
 10. Gruenberg 3-9 
 11. Jena 1-10 
South
 1. Viernheim 9-3 
 2. Speyer 8-4 
 3. Bamberg 7-5 
 4. Sandhausen 7-5 
 5. Leimen 7-5 
 6. Heidelberg 6-6 
 7. Germering 6-6 
 8. Wuerzburg 5-7 
 9. Herzogenaurach 5-7 
 10. Mainz 5-7 
 11. Ludwigsburg 5-7 
 12. Keltern 2-8 


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 9-0 
 2. Esperides 7-2 
 3. DAS Ano Liosa 7-2 
 4. Aris 6-3 
 5. Panathinaikos 6-3 
 6. Panionios 5-4 
 7. Apollon 4-5 
 8. FEA Neas 4-5 
 9. PAOK 3-6 
 10. Olympiakos 2-7 
 11. Proteas 1-8 
 12. Amarillida 0-9 


A1 Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 9 in A1 was guest DAS Ano Liosa's (7-2) road victory over Panathinaikos (#4) 69-63 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-63. DAS Ano Liosa had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Diana Delva (188-F/C, college: Hartford) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Thoma Kostopoulou (178-88, college: Vermont) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Romanian forward Gabriela Marginean (185-87, college: Drexel) who recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. DAS Ano Liosa has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Esperides. Panathinaikos at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Aris. DAS Ano Liosa is looking forward to face Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Panathinaikos will play on the road against PAOK in Thessaloniki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
A very interesting game took place in Halkidon. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Esperides (7-2) to ninth ranked FEA Neas (4-5) 63-65 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Esperides. It was a good game for American forward Randee Henry (186-82, college: UNLV) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Evina Stamati contributed with 21 points for the winners. Guard Roula Kalogirou (172-81) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Esperides. FEA Neas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Apollon. Esperides at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with DAS Ano Liosa. FEA Neas will play against bottom-ranked Amarillida (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Esperides will play against Apollon (#7) in Ptolemaida and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Athinaikos (#1) and Panionios (#6). Panionios was defeated at home 70-83 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panionios. LaToya Davis stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners. Athinaikos' coach Ioannis Ktistakis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Kary Koch with 27 points. Undefeated Athinaikos (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Loser Panionios keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Athinaikos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.
Bottom-ranked Amarillida (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 49-58 loss to tenth ranked Olympiakos (2-7) in Amarillida. Maria Kiritsaka nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Amarillida's coach Takis Kostopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympiakos maintains tenth place with 2-7 record. Amarillida lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Athinaikos.
The game in Ptolemaida was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Apollon (4-5) played at the court of 7th ranked PAOK (3-6). Apollon managed to secure a 9-point victory 76-67 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Kaili McLaren who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Apollon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with FEA Neas. Newly promoted PAOK dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Apollon will face league's second-placed Esperides in Glyfada in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PAOK will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens.

In the last game of round 9 Proteas was defeated by Aris in Thessaloniki 56-50.


Panathinaikos - DAS Ano Liosa 63-69
The biggest surprise of round 9 in A1 was guest DAS Ano Liosa's (7-2) road victory over Panathinaikos (#4) 69-63 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-63. DAS Ano Liosa had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Diana Delva (188, college: Hartford) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Thoma Kostopoulou (178-88, college: Vermont) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Romanian forward Gabriela Marginean (185-87, college: Drexel) who recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Maria Zikiridou (187-83) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. DAS Ano Liosa has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Esperides. Panathinaikos at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Aris. DAS Ano Liosa is looking forward to face Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Panathinaikos will play on the road against PAOK in Thessaloniki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
DAS Ano Liosa: D.Delva 23+16reb+3ast, T.Kostopoulou 19+4reb+1ast, N.Ploubi 10+5reb+6ast, O.Smirnaiou 8+8reb+4ast, I.Diela 4+4reb, A.Bracey 3+2reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: G.Marginean 18+8reb+5ast, M.Zikiridou 14+6reb+1ast, J.Derevjanik 10+2reb+5ast, J.Murphree 7+6reb+1ast, T.Panteli 6+9reb, E.Vlani 4+2reb+2ast
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Aris - Proteas 56-50
There was no surprise in Thessaloniki where 11th ranked Proteas (1-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Aris (6-3) 56-50 on Sunday. However just six-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 Proteas won fourth quarter 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aris outrebounded Proteas 43-26 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Stefany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Anna Spiridopoulou (182-88) chipped in 7 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Ashley Ellis-Milan (188-87, college: Minnesota) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Dimitra Barberidou (180-83) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively. Proteas' coach Arguris Papapetrou tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aris moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Proteas lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Aris will face higher ranked DAS Ano Liosa (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proteas will play against Panionios (#6) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Aris: S.Skrba 20+18reb, N.Hatzakou 15+3reb, R.Mouli 7+2reb, A.Spiridopoulou 7+11reb+4ast, C.LeNoir 3+3reb+8ast, T.Zotova 2+2reb+1ast
Proteas: A.Ellis-Milan 12+10reb+1ast, A.Nikolopoulou 11+1reb+1ast, D.Barberidou 7+3reb+4ast, E.Fox 6+1reb+1ast, M.Astradini 5+2reb, P.Valeta 4+3reb
gschID: 112593


Panionios - Athinaikos 70-83
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Athinaikos (#1) and Panionios (#6). Panionios was defeated at home 70-83 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panionios. The game was mostly controlled by Athinaikos. Panionios managed to win fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Athinaikos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. American power forward LaToya Davis (186-84, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and international guard Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-81) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Athinaikos players scored in double figures. Athinaikos' coach Ioannis Ktistakis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Kary Koch (173-83, college: Missouri St.) with 27 points and Finnish swingman Tina Sten (185-85, college: St.John's) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Athinaikos (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Loser Panionios keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Athinaikos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Athinaikos: L.Davis 19+4reb+1ast, D.Kalentzou 18+1reb+1ast, R.Riley 12+3reb+2ast, O.Hatzinikolaou 11+8reb+5ast, M.Kress 11+8reb+3ast, L.Lymoura 6+2reb+4ast
Panionios: K.Koch 27+4reb+3ast, N.Gotzi 15+2reb+2ast, T.Sten 9+9reb+3ast, V.Tremkatzi 8+1reb+2ast, S.Prassa 5+3reb+1ast, E.Androulaki 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 112594


Apollon - PAOK 76-67
The game in Ptolemaida was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Apollon (4-5) played at the court of 7th ranked PAOK (3-6). Apollon managed to secure a 9-point victory 76-67 on Saturday. PAOK trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-76 at the end of the game. Apollon made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. Apollon had a 33-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Kaili McLaren (188-88, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Nigerian-American power forward Nkem Nkele (185-86, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Apollon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Porchia Green (175-87, college: Ball St.) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Nafsika Stavridou (182-86) added 12 points respectively. Apollon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with FEA Neas. Newly promoted PAOK dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Apollon will face league's second-placed Esperides in Glyfada in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PAOK will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Apollon: K.McLaren 22+15reb+1ast, N.Nkele 15+11reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 15+5reb+1ast, A.Karadima 10+5reb+1ast, A.Magaliou 10+3reb+2ast, M.Papavassiliou 3
PAOK: P.Green 14+5reb+2ast, N.Stavridou 12+4reb+3ast, E.Kazantzidou 12+2reb+2ast, M.Avtzi 9+3reb, D.Giannopoulou 7+3reb, A.Jefferson 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 112589


FEA Neas - Esperides 65-63
A very interesting game took place in Halkidon. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Esperides (7-2) to ninth ranked FEA Neas (4-5) 63-65 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Esperides. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. FEA Neas forced 20 Esperides turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Randee Henry (186-82, college: UNLV) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Evina Stamati (180-84) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Guard Roula Kalogirou (172-81) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Bulgarian center Lidia Milkova (192-70) added 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) in the effort for Esperides. FEA Neas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Apollon. Esperides at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with DAS Ano Liosa. FEA Neas will play against bottom-ranked Amarillida (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Esperides will play against Apollon (#7) in Ptolemaida and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
FEA Neas: E.Stamati 21+1reb+2ast, R.Henry 18+11reb+1ast, T.Halivera 9+6reb, K.Daly 8+2reb+3ast, S.Kiriakopoulou 4+1reb, E.Vassiliou 3+5reb
Esperides: R.Kalogirou 16+6reb+6ast, L.Milkova 14+7reb+1ast, A.Chatzigiakoumi 11+5reb+2ast, M.Roza Boni 8+2reb, M.Axiopoulou 8+2reb+2ast, D.Mastrogiannidou 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 112590


Amarillida - Olympiakos 49-58
Bottom-ranked Amarillida (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 49-58 loss to tenth ranked Olympiakos (2-7) in Amarillida. It looked good early as Amarillida took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Olympiakos took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amarillida to just 7 points in second and third quarters. Guard Maria Kiritsaka (168-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and center Asimina Koutsounouri (190) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Olympiakos players scored in double figures. Guard Iro Valantasi (188-86) came up with 9 points and 10 rebounds and forward Maria Kaperoni (178) added 9 points respectively for Amarillida in the defeat. Amarillida's coach Takis Kostopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympiakos maintains tenth place with 2-7 record. Amarillida lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Athinaikos.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: A.Koutsounouri 15+11reb, M.Kiritsaka 13+14reb+2ast, K.Thompson 11+5reb+2ast, A.Maglara 11+3reb+2ast, A.Tantourovska 8+2reb+4ast, E.Kiriatzidou 0
Amarillida: M.Kaperoni 9+4reb+2ast, I.Valantasi 9+10reb+3ast, K.Spathari 8+3reb+3ast, V.Vamvaka 6+7reb, K.Stabourlou 5+4reb, I.Tsagaraki 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 112591




Diana Delva claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Diana Delva (188-F/C) had an amazing evening in the last round for DAS Ano Liosa and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The -year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and sixteen rebounds, while her team beat Panathinaikos (#5, 6-3) 69-63. DAS Ano Liosa maintains the 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. DAS Ano Liosa will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. Delva turned to be DAS Ano Liosa's top player in her first season with the team. University of Hartford graduate has very impressive stats this year. Delva is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.1rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Canadian forward Stefany Skrba (188-F-87) of Aris Thessalonikis. Skrba impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for Aris to edge the lower-ranked Proteas (#11, 1-8) by 6 points 56-50. This victory allowed Aris to move up to 4th position in the standings. Her team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Skrba is a newcomer at Aris and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kaili McLaren (188-F-88) of Apollon Ptolemaidos (#7). McLaren scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Apollon, leading her team to a 76-67 win against slightly lower-ranked PAOK (#9, 3-6). The chances of Apollon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McLaren could help Apollon to bring them higher in the standings. McLaren has a great season in Greece. After only 9 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Randee Henry (186-F-82) of FEA Neas - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Kary Koch (173-G-83) of Panionios - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87) of Panathinaikos - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Evina Stamati (180-F-84) of FEA Neas - 21 points and 2 assists
8. Nkem Nkele (185-F/C-86) of Apollon - 15 points and 11 rebounds
9. Maria Kiritsaka (168-G-87) of Olympiakos - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) of Athinaikos - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 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)


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. McLaren, Apollon18.0 
 2. Koch, Panionios17.6 
 3. Kostopoulou, DAS A.17.1 
 4. Delva, DAS A.16.0 
 5. Marginean, Panath.15.8 
 6. Karadima, Apollon15.2 
 7. Henry, FEA Neas14.8 
 8. Milkova, Esperides14.6 
 9. Nkele, Apollon13.8 
 10. Kalentzou, Athinaikos13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. McLaren, Apollon12.6 
 2. Delva, DAS A.12.1 
 3. Tierny, Panionios10.2 
 4. Thompson, Olymp.9.8 
 5. Ellis-Milan, Proteas8.9 
 6. Rousou, Panionios8.9 
 7. Skrba, Aris8.3 
 8. Koutsounouri, Olympi.8.2 
 9. Green, PAOK8.1 
 10. Gardner-C., Esper.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.6.9 
 2. Kalogirou, Esperides4.7 
 3. LeNoir, Aris4.3 
 4. Fox, Proteas3.9 
 5. Kalentzou, Athinaikos3.6 
 6. Daly, FEA Neas3.6 
 7. Magaliou, Apollon3.6 
 8. Lymoura, Athin.3.5 
 9. Stavridou, PAOK3.3 
 10. Hatzinikolao., Athina.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Roula KALOGIROU
  Esperides
  (172-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kalogirou, Esperides3.2 
 2. Derevjanik, Panath.2.7 
 3. Nkele, Apollon2.6 
 4. Fox, Proteas2.4 
 5. Koch, Panionios2.4 
 6. Marginean, Panath.2.3 
 7. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.3 
 8. Green, PAOK2.2 
 9. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.2 
 10. Bracey, DAS A.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Diana DELVA
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (188-F/C-)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Delva, DAS A.1.4 
 2. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.2 
 3. Rousou, Panionios1.0 
 4. Smirnaiou, DAS A.0.9 
 5. Skrba, Aris0.8 
 6. Nikolaidou, FEA N.0.8 
 7. Sotiriou, Athinaikos0.8 
 8. Tierny, Panionios0.7 
 9. McLaren, Apollon0.7 
 10. Chatzigiakou., Esperi.0.6 


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Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MKB Eurol. 14-1 
 2. Pecs 2010 14-1 
 3. SEAT Lami 13-2 
 4. Szeged 11-4 
 5. Nanette FTC 10-5 
 6. ZTE 10-5 
 7. Szolnok 7-9 
 8. Bajai NKK 5-9 
 9. Atomeromu 5-10 
 10. Vasas-Csata 3-12 
 11. BSE 3-12 
 12. Cegledi EKK 1-13 
 13. BEAC 1-14 


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Taranto sign Sophia Young - by Eurobasket News
Taranto are getting better and better this season. The team has already clinched the top spot in Euroleague Group A. Now they decided to bolster the roster with addition of Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor). The 27-year-old forward had a solid season with the San Antonio Silvers Stars in the WNBA. She tallied 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2010 season. Last season Sophia Young had a stint with Galatasaray in Turkey. The forward notched 15.7 points, 6.6 boards and 1.8 assists per game in TBL. In Euroleague her stats read 17.3 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 steals per appearance.


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Teilane's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Anita Teilane (196-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for RTU-Merks Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
She had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed TTT Kadetes (#5, 4-7) with 25-point margin 86-61. RTU-Merks maintains the 3rd position in Latvian LSBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. RTU-Merks will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Teilane turned to be RTU-Merks' top player in her first season with the team. Teilane has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.3rpg) and averages solid 3.4bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) of league's second-best LU. She is a swingman in her first season at LU. In the last game Krastina recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course LU cruised to a 70-60 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked TTT Kadetes (#5, 4-7). LU's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just two games this season, while they won 10 matches. Krastina is a newcomer at LU and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 3.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kimberly Butler (186-F-82) of league's leader TTT Riga. Butler scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of TTT Riga, leading her team to a 93-35 easy win against the lower-ranked Daugavpils (#6, 3-9). TTT Riga have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat. Butler turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Butler has a great season in Latvia. After only 9 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (7th best), rebounds with 9.3rpg (5th best) and assists with 3.2apg (7th best). She also has 2.8spg and FGP: 55.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of TTT Riga - 25 points and 5 rebounds
5. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82) of TTT Riga - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) of TTT Juniores - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) of TTT Riga - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86) of TTT Riga - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) of TTT Riga - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of TTT Riga - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Spencer's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Christine Spencer (185-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for US Heffingen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
She had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed Racing (#10, 1-12) with 18-point margin 75-57. Heffingen maintains the 7th position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. Heffingen is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-9 record. Spencer turned to be Heffingen's top player in her first season with the team. Univ. of California-Santa Barbara graduate has very impressive stats this year. Spencer is in league's top in points (9th best: 21.9ppg) and rebounds (8th best: 12.2rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) of Racing Luxembourg. She is American swingman in her first season at Racing. In the last game Evans recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Racing lost that game 57-75 to the higher-ranked Heffingen (#7, 4-9). Racing are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Racing managed to get this year. Evans is a newcomer at Racing and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.5ppg (#2). She also registered 17.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Stephanie Geehan (191-F-88) of AB Contern (#6). Geehan got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Geehan's great performance AB Contern lost 64-65 to slightly lower-ranked Black Star (#8, 4-9). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of AB Contern ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Geehan could help AB Contern to bring them higher in the standings. Geehan has a great season in Luxembourg. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 14.1rpg (5th best). She also has 3.5spg and 2.8bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) of Etzella - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Diane Barnes (188-F-88) of T71 Dudelange - 24 points and 9 rebounds
6. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) of Musel Pikes - 24 points and 4 assists
7. Christine Fisher (183-F-83) of Musel Pikes - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jana Putz (169-F-93) of Heffingen - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carole Sitz (175-G-85) of T71 Dudelange - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ana Petrova (170-F-82) of Black Star - 21 points and 2 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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  NCAA1 - Women  


Thomas shines as Duke prevail against Xavier - by George Fragkos
Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89) proved to be the right person at the right time in No. 3 Duke's 46-45 victory over No. 4 Xavier. After scoring with a free throw which put the Blue Devils in front, with just a few seconds remaining she rushed to the other end to block the shot of Special Jennings and deny her score the buzzer-beater.

In this way, the home team won even though they were not better than their opponents as the Musketeers were more accurate at their shots and dominated at the rebounds. But in the end they missed something and lost a game they were supposed to win considering all the above.

Thomas scored 16 points overall, while the first rebounder of the Blue Devils Krystal Thomas (6'5''-C-89) added 10 points. Amber Harris (6'5''-F-88) from Xavier had an outstanding performance with 22 points and 15 rebounds and so did Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) who had 19 rebounds and 8 points, but their efforts were not enough to bring the win to their team.


Riles leads the Bulldogs to victory - by George Fragkos
Sophomore forward Kelli Riles (6'1''-F) scored 22 points including the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds left in the game to help lead the NC-Asheville womens basketball team past Mercer on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bulldogs earned a 76-73 victory over the home-standing Bears.

A year ago we wouldnt have won this game, said head coach Betsy Blose. We showed a lot of toughness and tenacity in the second half and we were able to come out with a big win on the road.

The Bulldogs (6-4) also got 20 points off the bench from Lindsey Montgomery and another 18 from Grace Blaylock. The 22 points by Riles tied a career-high and Blaylocks 18 set a new career-high. Mercers Kendra Grant scored a team-high 18 points as the Bears fell to 1-9 on the year.

NC-Asheville struggled early in the first half, turning the ball over nine times in the first half including six in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Bears led by as much as 12 in the first half before taking a 37-29 lead into halftime.

In the second half the Bulldogs came out firing closing the gap to 42-40 on a 3-pointer by Blaylock. Mercer was able to extend its lead to as much as nine point three times over the final 10 minutes before the Bulldogs were able to claw their way back into the game.

Another trey by Blaylock at the 3:46 mark pulled NC-Asheville within a point of the Bears at 67-66 before Montgomery gave the Bulldogs their first lead just 30 seconds later when she hit a layup in the paint. The two teams traded the lead back and forth over the final three minutes before Mercer went up 73-72 on a Briana Williams layup with 37 seconds to go.

Riles would get the ball on the low post and hit the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds left in the game off of a pass from Montgomery. On the next possession by Mercer Breaira Barksdale forced a Bears turnover with 16 seconds left to give the Bulldogs possession. Mercer was forced to foul and Lindsey Thompson converted two free throws to push NC-Asheville's lead to 76-73.

Williams attempted a desperation three that went for naught and UNC NC-Asheville would pick up its sixth win of the season.

Riles pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and Barksdale dished out a season-high seven assists. She also recorded a game-high four steals. NC-Asheville is now 3-0 against members of the Atlantic Sun Conference this season, having defeated Campbell and USC Upstate earlier this season. The Bulldogs are also now 2-2 on the road.


Courtesy: UNCABulldogs.com


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  NCAA2 - Women  


Fort Lewis post tenth consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News
The last seasons National championship finalists Fort Lewis recorded their ninth straight win in the season. The third-ranked Skyhawks outgunned Mesa State 67:48 at Whalen Gymnasium. Abby Jackson (5'4''-G) knocked down 20 points to lead the effort. Dana Schreibvogel (6'0''-F) and Jenna Santistevan (6'0''-C) added 11 points each for the Skyhawks. The hosts opened the game with a 21:2 run. They soon boosted the margin to 26 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Kesley Sigl replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the Mavs as they slipped at 6-3 record.
Next Fort Lewis team faced Western State. The Skyhawks extended their winning streak to 10 games posting a 68:54 victory. The home team once again started the game strongly recording a 12:0 lead. Fort Lewis arrived at halftime up by 13 points 35:22 and never looked back again. Dana Schreibvogel delivered 14 points for the winners. Mary Rose Paiz (5'11''-G) contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Skyhawks. Katie Hall answered with 14 points and 16 boards for the Mountaineers.
The Division II top-ranked Delta State University recorded their tenth consecutive win as they overcame Tougaloo College 75:67. The Statesmen led by comfortable 21 points at halftime 47:26. But the Lady Bulldogs put up a fierce fight in the second half cutting the distance back to single digits. Veronica Walker (6'1''-C-90) came up with 30 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aubree Ray accounted for career-high 22 points for the Statesmen. Demara Bolton led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points.



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  NCAA3 - Women  


Babson goes 10-0 at the start of the season - by Eurobasket News
Babson College kept their record spotless with the tenth straight win at the start of the season. The Beavers outgunned Oneonta 61:50 in Las Vegas. Nicole Wurdeman (6'1''-F/C) notched 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the fourth-ranked Babson. Kathleen King (6'0''-F) added 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Oneonta looked better in the first half. They grabbed a 14:7 lead early in the encounter and maintained the lead throughout the major part of the half. However Babson College drew things level at 26 at the interval. Babson College went on an 11:0 run in the second half to eventually register the tenth win in a row. Allanah Wynn (5'4''-G) contributed 10 points for the winners. Samantha Szkotak replied with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Dragons as they suffered the first loss in the season.
The top-ranked Amherst entered the Christmas break with a perfect record of 11 straight wins. They overcame Springfield College 69:49 in the latest encounter. Kristyn Dunleavy (5'10''-G) provided 13 points for the Lord Jeffs. Jaci Daigneault (5'11''-G/F) netted 10 points and collected 10 boards in the win. Kellyn Murphy (5'8''-G) answered with game-high 25 points for Springfield College.
The second-ranked Hope College also maintain their spotless record. They earned the ninth straight win beating Wittenberg Ohio 69:48. The Flying Dutch were paced 11 points from Carrie Snikkers (6'3''-F/C). Meredith Kussmaul (6'0''-F/C) added 10 points in the victory.



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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Koehn, Utex Row18.2 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Harris, Utex Row16.3 
 4. Leuchanka, Gorzow14.4 
 5. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.3 
 6. Szott, Artego14.3 
 7. Ross, Lider P.13.8 
 8. Carter, CCC P.13.8 
 9. Cheek, Super-Pol13.7 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.8 
 2. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 3. Carter, CCC P.9.1 
 4. Cheek, Super-Pol8.4 
 5. Denson, Lider P.8.2 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.8.1 
 7. Zytomirska, Widzew7.9 
 8. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia7.7 
 9. McLean, Utex Row7.6 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.9 
 2. Kulaga, Super-Pol5.4 
 3. Idczak, Inea AZS4.3 
 4. Phillips, Wisla C.4.3 
 5. Richards, Gorzow4.1 
 6. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 7. Bortelova, Energa T.3.7 
 8. Fox-Griffin, Super.3.7 
 9. Jelavic, Wisla C.3.7 
 10. Gawronska, Odra B.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lidia KOPCZYK
  Widzew
  (171-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kopczyk, Widzew2.8 
 2. Ross, Lider P.2.4 
 3. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.4 
 4. Fox-Griffin, Super.2.3 
 5. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 6. Bednarek, Lider P.2.2 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 8. Gajda, Energa Torun2.2 
 9. Carter, CCC P.2.2 
 10. Harris, Utex Row2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC Polkowice
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 2. Denson, Lider P.1.8 
 3. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.7 
 4. Jankowska, LKS S.1.4 
 5. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol0.9 
 8. McLean, Utex Row0.8 
 9. Cheek, Super-Pol0.8 
 10. Carter, CCC P.0.8 


Harris' 31-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Rebecca Harris (176-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Utex Row Rybnik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
She had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Utex Row in her team's victory, helping them to crush Odra Brzeg (2-12) with 19-point margin 77-58. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Utex Row maintains the 11th position in Polish PLKK. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. She turned to be Utex Row's top player in her first season with the team. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg.

Second best performed player last round was Ugochukwu Oha (193-C-82) of LKS Siemens AGD Lodz. She is Nigerian center in her 2nd season at LKS Siemens. In the last game Oha recorded impressive 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as LKS Siemens lost that game 78-104 to the higher-ranked Super-Pol (#8, 7-8). This loss caused LKS Siemens to slide to the very bottom (13) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories LKS Siemens managed to get this year. Oha is well-known at LKS Siemens and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Utex Row Rybnik's star - forward Anna McLean (187-F-87). McLean scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was another key player of Utex Row, helping her team with a 77-58 easy win against Odra Brzeg (2-12). Utex Row can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for McLean she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. McLean has individually a great season in Poland. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Naketia Swanier (170-G-86) of Lotos Gdynia - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agnieszka Kulaga (170-G-86) of Super-Pol - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) of Energa Torun - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Magdalena Losi (173-F-80) of LKS Siemens - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kristen Morris (190-F-87) of Artego - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Gorzow - 13 points and 14 rebounds
10. Moniquee Alexander (198-C-87) of Odra Brzeg - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.4 
 2. Komplet, Hit K.17.9 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.17.5 
 4. Kure, AJM Maribor17.4 
 5. Baric, Merkur C.17.2 
 6. Mikic, Grosuplje17.0 
 7. Turcinovic, Merkur C.16.5 
 8. Oblak, Odeja KED15.7 
 9. Skof, Ilrija14.5 
 10. Macura, Jezica13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.4 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.11.3 
 3. Skof, Ilrija9.0 
 4. Macura, Jezica8.7 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav8.3 
 6. Baltic, AJM M.8.2 
 7. Klancnik, GVT K.7.7 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav7.6 
 9. Vene, Ilrija7.0 
 10. Muhovic, Kozmetik.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Baric, Merkur C.6.6 
 2. Oberc, Ilrija4.1 
 3. Jurse, Kozmetik.4.1 
 4. Panic, Hit K.Gora3.7 
 5. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.6 
 6. Baltic, AJM M.3.5 
 7. Duric, Triglav3.2 
 8. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.1 
 9. Kolman, Grosuplje2.8 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED4.1 
 2. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.8 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.7 
 4. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.6 
 5. Oberc, Ilrija2.6 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.6 
 7. Kure, AJM Maribor2.5 
 8. Zalar, Ilrija2.5 
 9. Rupnik, Jezica2.5 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.0 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Klancnik, GVT K.0.8 
 4. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 5. Vene, Ilrija0.5 
 6. Stevovska, Jezica0.5 
 7. Macura, Jezica0.5 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.0.5 
 9. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 10. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 13-1 
 2. Hit K.Gora 12-0 
 3. AJM Maribor 8-3 
 4. Ilrija 7-4 
 5. Jezica 7-6 
 6. Triglav 6-6 
 7. GVT Konjice 6-6 
 8. Odeja KED 3-8 
 9. Grosuplje 3-8 
 10. Kozmetika Afr. 1-13 
 11. Domzale 0-11 


Kranjska Gora finish a year with12-0 record - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Hit Kranjska Gora crushed local rival Triglav by 48 points and finished the year with a12-0 record. Konjice easily defeated Rogaska.
Triglav-Hit Kranjska Gora 50-98: The visiting team scored 20 straight points to take a lead 23-7. Teja Oblak (172-G-90) scored 28 points and made all five 3-point attempts, Eva Komplet added 19 points, Tina Trebec 18 without a miss from the field and Sasa Panic had 9 points and 10 assists. Kranjska Gora shot 58-percent from the field, 38-of-65, including 9-of-13 behind the 3-point range. Ana Ljubenovic led Triglav with 9 points.
GVT Konjice-Rogaska 75-53: Konjice used an 18-2 run spaning halftime to turn the game into a rout. Ziva Bozicevic scored 19 points including five 3-pointers, Ivan Klancnik added 13, Neja Klancnik 12, Ajsa Zdovc 10 and Katja Klancnik grabbed 10 rebounds. Konjice outrebunded Rogaska 42-21, picking up 18 offensive boards. The visiting team was led by Mateja Baloh and her 14 points, Ursa Svetic scored 11.



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Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 12-2 
 2. Bichumi 12-3 
 3. Winnus 7-8 
 4. Cool Cats 7-8 
 5. KB Savers 5-10 
 6. Woori Hansae 1-13 


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Smart, Kvarnby24.5 
 2. Saunders, Visby21.9 
 3. Ferm, Eos17.9 
 4. Glaser, Kvarnby17.8 
 5. Key, Marbo Basket17.5 
 6. Zahui, Telge16.8 
 7. Tattersdill, Sallen16.6 
 8. Bacon, Solna Vikings15.4 
 9. Frieson, Kvarnby15.2 
 10. Forsman-Goga, Tel.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Zahui, Telge10.8 
 2. Frieson, Kvarnby9.2 
 3. Tattersdill, Sallen9.1 
 4. Brown, Visby8.7 
 5. Nilsson, Solna V.8.7 
 6. Smart, Kvarnby8.4 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.2 
 8. Gustavsson, Brahe8.1 
 9. Bacon, Solna Vikings7.9 
 10. Fontaine, 087.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jennifer KUCUKKAYA
  Telge
  (163-G-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Kucukkaya, Telge4.4 
 2. Smart, Kvarnby4.1 
 3. Johansen, Sallen4.1 
 4. Persson, Brahe4.0 
 5. Kabengano, Telge3.8 
 6. Gultekin, Solna V.3.8 
 7. Rivero, Kvarnby3.8 
 8. Saunders, Visby3.7 
 9. Kjelsson, 083.4 
 10. Forsman-Goga, Tel.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  Sallen
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.8 
 3. Persson, Brahe2.8 
 4. Nekmouche, Sallen2.8 
 5. Key, Marbo Basket2.6 
 6. Aili, Lulea BBK2.5 
 7. Ausmann, Eos2.5 
 8. Neffati, Norrkoping2.5 
 9. Maenpaa, Marbo B.2.3 
 10. Forsman-Goga, Tel.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.4 
 2. Cesnaviciute, Visby2.1 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.7 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby1.5 
 5. Scott, Lulea BBK1.4 
 6. Glaser, Kvarnby0.9 
 7. Smart, Kvarnby0.9 
 8. Forsman-Goga, Tel.0.9 
 9. Persson, Brahe0.8 
 10. Nnamaka, Sallen0.7 


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Solna Vikings 11-1 
 2. Lulea BBK 10-2 
 3. Visby 9-4 
 4. Telge 9-4 
 5. Norrkoping 7-5 
 6. Sallen 7-5 
 7. Marbo Basket 7-6 
 8. Kvarnby 6-7 
 9. 08 5-7 
 10. Eos 3-9 
 11. Brahe 1-12 
 12. Umea 0-13 


Damligan Round 15: Visby Ladies hand first loss to undefeated Solna Vikings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Solna Vikings (11-1) on the court of third ranked Visby Ladies on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Visby Ladies 93-82. It ended at the same time the eleven-game winning streak of Solna Vikings. Visby Ladies has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-4 record having just one points less than leader Solna Vikings. Solna Vikings at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Visby Ladies will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Solna Vikings will play on the road against Sallen in Uppsala and are hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Lulea BBK (10-2) which hosted in Lulea 3rd placed Telge (8-4). Second ranked Lulea BBK managed to get a 8-point victory 67-59. It was a great evening for American center Sabrina Scott (190-81, college: Colorado) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Frida Aili helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. Lulea BBK's coach Dennis Pihl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Amanda Zahui (191-93) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Lulea BBK have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-2 record having just one point less than leader Solna Vikings. Telge at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Lulea BBK will play against IK Eos (#10) in Lund in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Telge will play on the road against Kvarnby (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 5th ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in a game in Kinna versus Marbo Basket (#8) 72-80. It was an exceptional evening for Ashley Key who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Maria Nilsson came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marbo Basket (7-6) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Norrkoping Dolphins keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Sallen. Marbo Basket will meet at home 08 Stockholm (#9) in the next round. Norrkoping Dolphins will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Umea Comets is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to ninth ranked 08 Stockholm (5-7) 53-81. The best player for the winners was Nathalie Fontaine who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Umea Comets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains ninth place with 5-7 record. Umea Comets lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. 08 Stockholm's next round opponent will be higher ranked Marbo Basket (#7) in Kinna and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Kvarnby. Tenth ranked IK Eos (3-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Kvarnby (6-6) 69-66 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Alexandra Ferm who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kvarnby's coach Johanna Ericsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IK Eos maintains tenth place with 3-9 record. Newly promoted Kvarnby dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. IK Eos will face league's second-placed Lulea BBK on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 15 Brahe was smashed by Sallen on the road 65-26.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 23 points and 6 rebounds by Petra Glaser of Kvarnby.


Marbo Basket - Norrkoping 80-72
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 5th ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in a game in Kinna versus Marbo Basket (#8) 72-80. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Ashley Key (180-85, college: N.Carolina St.) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Her fellow American import center Rachel Maenpaa (185-84, college: Indiana St.) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Swingman Maria Nilsson (183-84) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jennifer Stjarnstroem (188-87, college: Drexel) added 14 points respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marbo Basket (7-6) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Norrkoping Dolphins keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Sallen. Marbo Basket will meet at home 08 Stockholm (#9) in the next round. Norrkoping Dolphins will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Marbo Basket: A.Key 26+6reb+1ast, R.Maenpaa 18+6reb, K.Nybom 9+3reb+1ast, K.Mikkelsen 7+3reb+1ast, T.Broman 6+1ast, A.Stoltz 4+2reb+1ast
Norrkoping: J.Stjarnstroem 14+4reb, M.Nilsson 13+6reb, H.Thorold 11+4reb, M.Ilestrand 9+1ast, H.Findley 8+4reb, M.Aasa 6+3reb
gschID: 101843


Visby - Solna Vikings 93-82
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Solna Vikings (11-1) on the court of third ranked Visby Ladies on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Visby Ladies 93-82. It ended at the same time the eleven-game winning streak of Solna Vikings. Visby Ladies has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-4 record having just one points less than leader Solna Vikings. Solna Vikings at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Visby Ladies will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Solna Vikings will play on the road against Sallen in Uppsala and are hoping to win this game.
gschID: 101844


Lulea BBK - Telge 67-59
An interesting game for Lulea BBK (10-2) which hosted in Lulea 3rd placed Telge (8-4). Second ranked Lulea BBK managed to get a 8-point victory 67-59. It looked good early as Telge took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lulea BBK had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Telge was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-67. It was a great evening for American center Sabrina Scott (190-81, college: Colorado) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Frida Aili (179-88) helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. Lulea BBK's coach Dennis Pihl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Amanda Zahui (191-93) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and guard Jennifer Kucukkaya (163-91) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Telge players scored in double figures. Lulea BBK have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-2 record having just one point less than leader Solna Vikings. Telge at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Lulea BBK will play against IK Eos (#10) in Lund in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Telge will play on the road against Kvarnby (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lulea BBK: E.Nilsson 15, S.Scott 14+13reb+2ast, F.Aili 12+5reb+2ast, J.Andersson 8+7reb+2ast, F.Grahn 7+1reb, S.Nilsson 5+1reb+2ast
Telge: P.Hersler 16+4reb+2ast, S.Kabengano 15+2reb+3ast, A.Zahui 11+14reb+2ast, C.Forsman-Goga 10+7reb, J.Kucukkaya 7+8reb+9ast, H.Kurt 0
gschID: 101845


Umea - 08 53-81
Bottom-ranked Umea Comets is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to ninth ranked 08 Stockholm (5-7) 53-81. 08 Stockholm dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Umea Comets' 28. 08 Stockholm forced 25 Umea Comets turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Nathalie Fontaine (183-93) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Farhiya Abdi (187-92) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Katie Mackey (178-88, college: Fort Lewis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Estonian guard Janett Perv (177-91) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Umea Comets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains ninth place with 5-7 record. Umea Comets lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. 08 Stockholm's next round opponent will be higher ranked Marbo Basket (#7) in Kinna and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
08: N.Fontaine 16+9reb, O.Kjelsson 13+5reb+1ast, F.Abdi 13+9reb+2ast, N.Risto 10+5reb, A.Kalmstroem 9+5reb+2ast, S.Stajic 9+2reb
Umea: K.Mackey 16+10reb+5ast, H.Koponen 14+4reb, J.Perv 10+9reb, J.Hamre 5+2reb, I.Aasa 3+2reb+1ast, C.Sigefelt 3+1reb
gschID: 101840


Kvarnby - Eos 66-69
Important game to mention about took place in Kvarnby. Tenth ranked IK Eos (3-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Kvarnby (6-6) 69-66 on Saturday evening. IK Eos forced 26 Kvarnby turnovers. It was a good game for guard Alexandra Ferm (175-86) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Joanna Ausmann (186-86, college: Northeastern) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four IK Eos players scored in double figures. German power forward Petra Glaser (196-81, college: Long Beach St.) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Vivian Frieson (183-88, college: Gonzaga) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Kvarnby. Kvarnby's coach Johanna Ericsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IK Eos maintains tenth place with 3-9 record. Newly promoted Kvarnby dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. IK Eos will face league's second-placed Lulea BBK on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Eos: A.Ferm 19+7reb+2ast, J.Ausmann 14+8reb+1ast, I.Otamiri 13+7reb, S.Klackenberg 10+5reb, M.Nilsson 5+1reb, E.Persson 4+3reb
Kvarnby: P.Glaser 23+6reb, V.Frieson 12+12reb+3ast, A.Rivero 11+4reb+5ast, L.Noaksson 6+5reb+3ast, J.Carlson 5+2reb, M.Omerovic 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 101841


Sallen - Brahe 65-26
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Sallen (7-5) crushed 11th ranked Brahe Basket (1-12) in Uppsala 65-26 on Saturday. Sallen held Brahe Basket to 19.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Sallen forced 27 Brahe Basket turnovers. It was a good game for Norwegian power forward Kristina Tattersdill (186-83) who led her team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Felicia Nekmouche (175-83, college: Bradley) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Sallen's coach felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Caroline Banner (181-89) answered with 4 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ajnur Bilibani (173-90) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Brahe Basket. Sallen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Norrkoping. Brahe Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Sallen will face league's leader Solna Vikings at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sallen: K.Tattersdill 20+6reb, F.Nekmouche 9+10reb+2ast, M.Hagglund 9+2reb+3ast, S.Akerman 9+5reb, J.Eriksson 6+2ast, A.Johansen 4+3reb+6ast
Brahe: A.Bilibani 7+7reb, E.Svensson 4+2reb+1ast, C.Banner 4+9reb+1ast, L.Radstroem 4+6reb+1ast, M.Videnova 4+6reb, E.Svenningsson 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 101842




Scott's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Sabrina Scott (190-C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Lulea BBK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
She had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Telge (#4, 8-4) 67-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lulea BBK maintains the 2nd position in Swedish Damligan. They are still close to the very top. Lulea BBK would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 10-2 record. Scott turned to be Lulea BBK's top player in her first season with the team. Sabrina Scott averages this season 9.0ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81) of Kvarnby BBK. She is German forward in her first season at Kvarnby. In the last game Glaser recorded impressive 23 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Kvarnby was edged by slightly lower-ranked Eos (#10, 3-9) 69-66. This loss caused Kvarnby to drop to 8th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Glaser is a newcomer at Kvarnby and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#4). She also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ashley Key (180-G-85) of Marbo Basket (#7). Key scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of Marbo Basket, leading her team to a 80-72 win against slightly higher-ranked Norrkoping (#5, 7-5). Marbo Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Key has a great season in Sweden. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kristina Tattersdill (186-F/C-83) of Sallen - 20 points and 6 rebounds
5. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) of Telge - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nathalie Fontaine (183-F-93) of 08 - 16 points and 9 rebounds
7. Olga Kjelsson (173-G-87) of 08 - 13 points and 5 rebounds
8. Vivian Frieson (183-F-88) of Kvarnby - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Katie Mackey (178-G-88) of Umea - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Felicia Nekmouche (175-G-83) of Sallen - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Head coach of the national team Adel Tlatli stays. - by Sergei Krasavtsev
By waiting for the making official, it can be said that Adel Tlatli is on the way to following his mission at the head of the team of Tunisia for the 2nd following year. Agreement in principle is between him and Ftbb there. The signature of the contract should be initialled next week. However, Adel Tlatli claims (and it is his right) a strengthening of the technical staff and more medium financiers for a working plan which shows one year. It is still in negotiation, but they are sure that Tlatli will drive selection in championship of Africa of nations 2011 (who can not take place in Ivory Coast as planned).


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Standings - UBL - by Eurobasket News
Higher League Standings
Group 1
 1. Regina 5-1 
 2. Tim-Scuf 5-1 
 3. Suzirja 4-2 
 4. Vinnytsia 2-6 
 5. PNU 0-0 
 6. Univer 0-6 
Group 2
 1. Chaika 6-2 
 2. DVUFK 6-2 
 3. Progress 4-2 
 4. Byelaia Akacia 4-4 
 5. Tavriyska Zivka 2-4 
 6. Deafsport 0-8 


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D1 Women title race wide open - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan
UWIC Archers lead the way in EBL Women's Division One going into the Christmas break as they aim to break City of Sheffield Hatters' stranglehold on the competition.

In what looks likely to be the most closely contested Division One for years, Damian Jennings' side are top of the table with a 7-1 record.

The Archers have laid down the early marker with wins against Nottingham Wildcats and champions Hatters, but slipped up with a home loss against Leeds Carnegie. With teams playing each other three times this season, those wins against their two nearest challengers have put them in the driving seat but they will probably need to seal the head-to-head series against both Hatters and Wildcats if they are to win their first title.

Hatters are second in the table with a 5-1 record as they look for a fifth straight title. They gained revenge for that loss against Archers to reach another National Cup final, and with wins against Nottingham and fourth placed Leeds, they are still very much in contention.

Nottingham Wildcats look capable of making it (at least) a three-way fight for the title as they head into the break with a 5-2 record. Their two losses have come against Archers and Hatters, but they have run both clubs close and have a second straight National Cup final to look forward to after beating Leeds in the semi-final.

Fourth placed Leeds Carnegie will need to improve their consistency if they are to challenge for the title. Coach Chris Straker's team go into the break with a 5-3 record and are the only side to have beaten Archers in the league - but a heavy home loss against Sevenoaks Suns just before Christmas will have dented their title chances.

Sevenoaks could prove to the division's dark horses as they showed at Leeds last week. Narrow early season losses against all of the top four saw Suns near the foot of the table, but wins against Barking Abbey Leopards and Brixton plus that victory against Carnegie have seen them move up to joint fifth with a 3-5 record. GB international Rosalee Mason has proved a key signing, averaging 23 points for Len Busch's team.

The new-look Leopards are level with Sevenoaks in the fifth spot. The impact of the loss of GB international Natalie Stafford seems to have been softened by the signing of Niamh Dwyer, who tops the division scoring with 24.75 points per game as well as dishing out four assists per game. Damien Kennedy's side have a pair of victories against Brixton Topcats and a win against Team Northumbria under their belt as they look for a second straight shot at the final four.

Brixton and Team Northumbria have both found the going tough in the new, smaller Division One. Topcats are seventh with a 1-6 record having beaten Northumbria 76-72 in October but have managed to keep Leeds and Nottingham close. Northumbria are still looking for their first win after six games despite Ta'Yani Clark averaging 22.8 points, 15.2 rebounds ad 3.8 assists per game.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


English Players of the Year 2010 - by Eurobasket News
We are pleased to announce the awardees for English Players of the Year 2010 at each of the three age categories.

Leading the way are Pops Mensah-Bonsu and JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington), who have been named the Senior English Players of the Year for 2010.

Mensah-Bonsu had an outstanding run during the 2011 Eurobasket qualifying games, helping lead Great Britain to a Group B best 6-2 record. The athletic forward from North London averaged a tournament high 13.5 rebounds per game and was also the leader in double-doubles with six in eight games (averaging 19 points a game during that stretch).

He spent the 2009/10 season with CSKA Moscow and has since moved on to the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.

Manchester native JulieAnne Page, currently playing her second national league season in France, logged some big minutes for Great Britain during the 2011 Eurobasket for Women qualifying round last summer, when they topped Group D with a 4-2 record. The 6'2' forward was particularly effective in the two wins against Germany, scoring 20 on the road and in the return hitting 18 at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Page averaged 11.5 points and a team-best 7 rebounds per game during the Eurobasket for Women 2011 qualifiers.

John Stewart and Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) are the English Players of the Year 2010 as named by their respective coaches for their involvement in the Under 18 programmes.

Stewart was part of England's 6th place finish at the U18 European Championship for Men (Division B) in Israel where he averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds over eight games and also helped his national league club, Sheffield Junior Sharks, to the 2010 Sureshot National Cup title for U18 Men.

Fagbenle, a student and player at New Jersey's Blair Academy, was a stand-out for coach Michael Ball's Under 18 Women at the 2010 European Championship. She was the tournament number one in five statistical categories including rebounds, double-doubles and 2pt field goal percentage as England finished 8th out of 18 teams in Romania and Fagbenle earned Tournament All-Star honours.

At the youngest age category, Joshua Ward-Hibbert (Derby Trailblazers) and Shequila Joseph (185-F-95) (Haringey Angels) are the English Players of the Year 2010 for Under 16.

England U16 Men's captain Ward-Hibbert was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2010 European Championship thanks to his performance, including an 18 point per game average over eight games.

Shequila Joseph led the England U16 Women's scoring at the 2010 European Championship in Macedonia with a 13.8 points per game average, seventh highest in the tournament. Her biggest game was the bronze medal encounter with Portugal, where she had 25 points and 7 rebounds in a 52-78 loss.

The English Players of the Year are chosen by the respective National Teams coaches.

2010 English Players of the Year

Senior Men - Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Senior Women - JulieAnne Page
Under 18 Men - John Stewart
Under 18 Women - Temitope Fagbenle
Under 16 Men - Joshua Ward-Hibbert
Under 16 Women - Shequila Joseph

Last year's winners of the English Players of the Year were:

Senior Men - Joel Freeland
Senior Women - Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce)
Under 18 Men - Michael Manghum
Under 18 Women - Ella Clark (190-F-92)
Under 16 Men - Devon van Oostrum
Under 16 Women - Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93)
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk