EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/28/2010

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  ABA   


Dallas Impact defeat division rival North Dallas Vandals - by Tyler Gatlin

The Dallas Impact earned their second win in a row by beating the rival North Dallas Vandals 103-102 a few days before Christmas. This win put the team in position to crack the top 24 in the power rankings and be considered a serious contender for the division title.

The Impact came out of the gate fired up and led 23-13 after the 1st quarter. Sharp-shooting from Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: SW Assemblies of God), and Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh), along with an established inside presence from Ryan Big Fly Randle had the team in control for the majority of the first half. The Vandals were without point guards Arvin Zenali, and Brandon Lee, as well as forward Bishop Wheatley, but fought hard to stay in the game, cutting the lead to 10 with a late second quarter run.

The Vandals seized momentum early in the 3rd quarter and went on an extended run that ended with an 11pt advantage with 3:51 to play in the game. Ed Robinson and JJ Jefferson checked in to the game, and provided the spark the Impact needed. Robinson's relentless backcourt pressure resulted in 3 late steals, and the last minute of the game turned into the JJ Jefferson Show. Jefferson knocked down 3 late 3s, including a go head basket with 6 seconds left. The Vandals failed to convert on a buzzer-beating layup and the Dallas Impact earned their first road win of the season.

Top Performers

JJ Jefferson- 19pts
Chase Adams- 17pts 10ast

Devon Pearson (6'6''-F, college: SMU)- 31pts 15rebs


Chase Adams signs with SVD Dortmund - by Tyler Gatlin
Dallas Impact guard, Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh), has signed a contract with German club- SVD Dortmund.

Chase led the Impact in points per game (21.8) as well as assists per game (6). He started every game, and did not back down from a challenge. He scored 28 against the #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks, and also recorded 5 assists and 5 steals that game. On November 27, against the West Texas Whirlwinds, Chase was one rebound shy of a triple double (19 10 9). Throughout the season, Adams made 27 of 57 3 point field goals (47.7%) and he shot 76.1% from the free throw line. His all-around skill set should translate well to the international game, and Chase expects a lot from himself:

My game will suite well with overseas style of play because I am physical on both ends of the court, and Im definitely not afraid to take a challenge. I know it will get extremely rough at times but its nothing that I'm not used to already. Once I get in a game I can adapt to the different situations that may come my way.

Chase Adams can help a team in a variety of ways, but leadership may be his best attribute:

Leadership on and off the court- Intensity on offense and defense, and a professional mind set about preparation for the games are what I can bring to the table. I believe these three aspects will certainly lead [SVD Dortmund] to win a championship.

Competing in the Big East with Pittsburg last season had Chase prepared to play at the professional level, but his experience with the Dallas Impact will be invaluable as he takes his talents overseas.

My time with the Impact has prepared me well because first-hand I got to see the results of training hard, dedicating my time and effort to working with the coach and players so that we are all on the same page, improving my professionalism, and last but not least strengthening my mental toughness. Playing with the Impact taught me a lot and I will take what I've learned to my next team to help guide our journey.

The Dallas Impact wishes Chase the best of luck in Germany, and we will continue to update our fans on how he is doing.



Beijing wins first of three-game series - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals played the Beijing Aoshen Olympians led by former L.A. Laker Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85), on Christmas Eve in front of a sold out crowd of 5,000 in Beijing, China. The arena was filled with excitement and the people of China love their basketball. The game started off by trading baskets and the first quarter ended with Beijing in the lead 24-20. Then things started to fall apart with the Admirals, with both big men going down to injuries. Garrett Schmidt (6'11''-F/C-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Urbana) and former Boilermaker, Gary Ware (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Purdue), both went down with turned ankles. The Admirals came back from 20 points down to bring it within 8 points because of hot shooting Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC), scoring at will. Odgra Bobo led all scores with 30 points. Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) had 23 points respectfully. Yue Sun had 17 points for the Beijing Aoshen Olympians. Final score was 112-89 for Beijing over the Admirals.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.5 
 2. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.2 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.5 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.3 
 6. Zoric, KK.18.3 
 7. Car, Zadar18.2 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.7 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.6 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Zoric, KK.8.7 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.8 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.8 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.7 
 6. Booker, Krka6.5 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 8. Gist, Partizan6.0 
 9. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 10. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.1 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Morovic, Siroki TT4.5 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.2 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona3.9 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.6 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Drca, Crvena Zvezda3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.7 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.4 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.3 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona2.2 
 6. Car, Zadar2.0 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.1.9 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.9 
 10. Troha, Cedevita1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Zoric, KK.1.1 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.8 
 6. Booker, Krka0.8 
 7. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 8. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.8 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Delas, Cibona0.6 


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  ALGERIA   


Morocco edge Algeria in Africa Basketball Cup of Nations Qualifier - by Eurobasket News
Morocco - Algeria 81:70

Morocco made the first step towards reaching the Africa Basketball Cup of Nations. They held off Algeria in the first leg of the Zone I Qualifying clash. The return game is slated for December 28 at the Fathallah El Bouazzaoui Hall.
Morocco quickly surged ahead in this one. They accounted for a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets in a high-flying second period. Morocco managed to secure a 47:38 halftime advantage. They limited Algeria to only 8 points in the third term to enlarge the distance. Morocco did not loosen the pressure in the final period and rallied to the victory at the end.
The winner of the clash will clinch the 2011 Afrobasket birth. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Cote DIvoire.



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  ARGENTINA   


Libertad Sunchales tab Ronald Selleaze - by Eurobasket News
Libertad Sunchales announced a new import player. They inked a deal with Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield). The 34-year-old forward is meant to replace Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) on the roster. Ronald Selleaze tipped off the season in Paraguay. The forward signed a deal with Sol de America Asuncion. In 2009/10 season Ronald Selleaze used to play for Lobos Grises and Lobos UAD Mazatlan in Mexico as well as Union de Sunchales in Argentina. In Liga A his stats read 14.1 points, 6.0 boards and 1.7 assists per appearance.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Ervin, Hawks23.3 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.4 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats19.4 
 4. Williams, Tigers17.4 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.8 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.1 
 7. Sanders, Sydney K.16.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans15.6 
 9. Clark, Blaze15.0 
 10. Ballinger, 36ers14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.1 
 2. Holmes, 36ers8.5 
 3. Nevill, Tigers8.2 
 4. Davidson, Hawks8.1 
 5. Williams, Tigers7.3 
 6. Forman, Hawks7.2 
 7. Vukona, Breakers7.2 
 8. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 9. Freeman, Croco.6.4 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ervin, Hawks5.1 
 2. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 3. Saville, Hawks4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 5. Williams, Tigers4.3 
 6. Cooper, Sydney K.4.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 3. Penney, Breakers1.6 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.6 
 5. Gilder, Sydney K.1.5 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.5 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.3 
 9. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 10. Carter, 36ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.2 
 2. Redhage, Wildcats1.0 
 3. Devendorf, Tigers1.0 
 4. Hudson, Blaze0.9 
 5. Weigh, Wildcats0.9 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.0.9 
 7. Gilder, Sydney K.0.8 
 8. Knight, Wildcats0.8 
 9. Corletto, Tigers0.8 
 10. Penney, Breakers0.7 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 13-3 
 2. Furstenfeld 11-5 
 3. Kapfenberg 11-5 
 4. Oberwart 10-6 
 5. Arkadia 9-7 
 6. Klosterneub. 9-7 
 7. UBSC Graz 8-8 
 8. Wels 8-8 
 9. Gussing 6-10 
 10. BC Vienna 5-11 
 11. St.Polten 5-11 
 12. Worthersee 1-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.8 
 3. Houston, Arkadia19.9 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.8 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.3 
 6. Nagler, Klostern.19.2 
 7. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.1 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.8 
 9. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna10.5 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart8.8 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.5 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 5. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.8.2 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden8.1 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.5 
 8. Klette, Wels7.4 
 9. Graham, UBSC G.7.3 
 10. Slack, Gmunden7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.1 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels7.2 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.6 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.8 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 9. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
 10. Woschank, Kapfe.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.5 
 3. Parker, Oberwart2.3 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 6. Woschank, Kapfe.2.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna2.0 
 8. Fields, Wels1.9 
 9. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.4 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.2.1 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Klette, Wels0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 10. Carr, Furstenfeld0.7 


A Bundesliga Round 16: Oberwart Gunners defeat leader Gmunden Swans - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (13-3) on the court of fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Oberwart Gunners 70-65. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oberwart Gunners made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-F-87, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points for Gmunden Swans. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top place with three games lost. Oberwart Gunners are again looking forward to face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-5) against seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-7) on Monday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-7) in a tough game in Traiskirchen 75-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Dorde Drenovac who added 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) responded with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Klosterneub. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. Arkadia Lions will play against bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in Klagenfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against UBSC Graz (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between UBSC Graz (8-8) and Gussing Knights (6-10), which took place in Graz. 6th ranked UBSC Graz lost at home to ninth ranked Gussing Knights 90-96 on Monday. The winners were led by Marcus Heard who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by Louis Graham did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Gussing Knights maintains ninth position with 6-10 record. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Wels.
The game between third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-5) and 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-15) in Furstenfeld ended with biggest points difference. Furstenfeld Panthers outscored guests from Klagenfurt 93-74. Anthony Shavies fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to second place, which they share with Kapfenberg. Worthersee Piraten lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be Raiffeisen Wels (#8) at home where they are favorite. Worthersee Piraten will play against Arkadia Lions (#5) in Traiskirchen.

In the last two games of round 16 BC Vienna was beaten by Klosterneub. on the road 77-68. Wels won against St.Polten on its own court 78-62.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 28 points and 6 rebounds by Curtis Bobb of Klosterneub..


Oberwart - Gmunden 70-65
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (13-3) on the court of fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Oberwart Gunners 70-65. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oberwart Gunners made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 11 points in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Five Oberwart Gunners and four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top place with three games lost. Oberwart Gunners are again looking forward to face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 18+7reb+4ast, J.Johnson 12+9reb, B.Volcic 12+6reb+2ast, K.Parker 11+1reb+2ast, H.Artner 10+1reb, L.Linzer 4+1reb
Gmunden: D.Mayes 16+2reb, T.Stelzer 13, D.Oppland 11+4reb+1ast, E.Murati 10+1reb, I.Boylan 7+2reb+4ast, F.Schoeninger 6+1reb
gschID: 93793


Furstenfeld - Worthersee 93-74
The game between third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-5) and 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-15) in Furstenfeld ended with biggest points difference. Furstenfeld Panthers outscored guests from Klagenfurt 93-74. It looked good early as Worthersee Piraten took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Furstenfeld Panthers had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Worthersee Piraten was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-93. Furstenfeld Panthers outrebounded Worthersee Piraten 41-23 including a 21-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The other American import guard De'Angelo Alexander (198-84, college: Charlotte) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 29 points and 8 rebounds and guard Samuel Bachlechner (180-88) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to second place, which they share with Kapfenberg. Worthersee Piraten lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be Raiffeisen Wels (#8) at home where they are favorite. Worthersee Piraten will play against Arkadia Lions (#5) in Traiskirchen.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 23+11reb+7ast, D.Alexander 22+12reb+2ast, D.Carr 16+6reb+1ast, S.Ray 16+4reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 9+3reb+7ast, R.Hampton 7+5reb+1ast
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 29+8reb+1ast, S.Bachlechner 19+6reb+3ast, B.Weber 10+3reb+2ast, C.Erschen 8, M.Breithuber 4+2reb+3ast, M.Breithuber 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93790


UBSC Graz - Gussing 90-96
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between UBSC Graz (8-8) and Gussing Knights (6-10), which took place in Graz. 6th ranked UBSC Graz lost at home to ninth ranked Gussing Knights 90-96 on Monday. UBSC Graz trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 28-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-96 at the end of the game. Gussing Knights made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91) supported him with 18 points and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) added 21 points and 5 assists for lost side. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights maintains ninth position with 6-10 record. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Wels.
Top scorers:
Gussing: M.Heard 23+14reb, T.Klepeisz 18+3reb+7ast, A.Djuric 14+6reb+2ast, S.Koch 9+5reb+3ast, M.Jandrasits 8+2reb+1ast, A.Nunner 8+2reb
UBSC Graz: L.Graham 22+8reb, D.Miletic 21+2reb+5ast, S.Grum 18, M.Stegnjaic 15+12reb+1ast, S.Schaal 6+2reb+3ast, C.Knor 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93791


Klosterneub. - BC Vienna 77-68
No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Xion Dukes (9-7) beat 10th ranked BC Vienna (5-11) in Klosterneuburg 77-68. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 26-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Xion Dukes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Vienna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) fired 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Anton Maresch (188-91) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) produced 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian center Russell Hicks (213-85, college: Florida Intern.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Xion Dukes maintains fifth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Arkadia. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Xion Dukes' next round opponent will be league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be quite challenging game. BC Vienna will play at home against St.Polten (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 28+6reb+3ast, A.Maresch 24+6reb+5ast, M.Rachar 8+1reb, J.Chappell 7+8reb, L.Sallomon 5+5reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 3+5reb+3ast
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 30+6reb+4ast, R.Hicks 12+8reb+1ast, M.Carr 10+2reb+4ast, S.Pekovic 6+1reb+1ast, M.Graf 4+3reb, S.N'Diaye 4
gschID: 93792


Arkadia - Kapfenberg 81-75
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-5) against seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-7) on Monday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-7) in a tough game in Traiskirchen 75-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kapfenberg Bulls won third quarter 17-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian forward Dorde Drenovac (197-92, agency: Interperformances) who added 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) responded with 30 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Armin Woschank (184-82) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Klosterneub. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. Arkadia Lions will play against bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in Klagenfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against UBSC Graz (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 22+7reb, K.Houston 17+10reb+6ast, F.Vay 16+7reb+5ast, K.Payton 10+1reb+2ast, B.Danek 6+6ast, P.Skurdauskas 6+3reb
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 30+8reb+2ast, A.Woschank 13+1reb+4ast, M.Lanegger 8+3reb+2ast, S.Knabl 8+2reb, H.Kugerl 6+6reb, L.Jordan 4+2reb
gschID: 93788


Wels - St.Polten 78-62
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked St.Polten's (5-11) road loss to eighth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (8-8) 62-78. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. St.Polten managed to win third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiffeisen Wels made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Raiffeisen Wels outrebounded St.Polten 44-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 6 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with UBSC Graz. St.Polten at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Furstenfeld Panthers on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. St.Polten will play against BC Vienna (#10) in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: T.Klette 18+10reb, R.Brokenborough 16+4reb+2ast, J.Francois 14+8reb, B.Fields 14+8reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 6+6reb+14ast, D.Lamesic 6+5reb
St.Polten: M.Speiser 18+7reb+3ast, T.Schreiner 15+2reb+6ast, T.Gaspar 12+12reb, A.Worenz 11+4reb+1ast, M.Gunka 4+4reb, H.Opoku 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93789




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.5 
 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. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.3 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 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. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.9 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.7 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 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. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 10. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
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 


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  BELARUS   


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. King, Minsk 18.1
2. Lemik, Grodno 18
3. Rychliuk, Borisfen 15.7
4. Konyushenko, Sozh 15
5. Ivanov, Grodno 14.7
Rebounds Per Game
1. Reka, Sozh 10.5
2. Rychliuk, Borisfen 9
3. Zakhar, BGUIR 8.7
4. King, Minsk 8.5
5. Lemyk, Grodno 7.7
Assists Per Game
1. Charikov, OZAA 7.3
2. Ihnatchyk, Vitalyur 5.9
3. Pistoljevich, Minsk 4.9
4. Dydik, OZAA 4.7
5. Akulich, Lokomotiv 4.1
Steals Per Game
1. Charikov, OZAA 2.6
2. Shustau, Borisfen 2.5
3. Yafremov, OZAA 2.4
4. Dadukin, Grodno 2.1
5. Ivanov, Grodno 2.1
Blocks Per Game
1. Vornik, OZAA 2.1
2. King, Minsk 2.1
3. Rychliuk, Borisfen 1.9
4. Zakhar, BGUIR-RCOR 1.3
5. Pishchulenok, Lokomotiv 0.8


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  BELIZE   


Marlon Garnett is a new member of Mahram - by David Magana
Mahram announced signing of Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) for rest of the season, which started two days ago. Garnet is not a new face in Iran as he already played for Zob Ahan Esfahan last season. Before that, he split 2008/09 between Croatian teams Zadar and Cedevita. With Cedevita, Garnet averaged 12.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in Adriatic league. In the past he played for Split, Estudiantes, Varese, Benetton, Messina and Olimpia Milano.

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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian NT targets Keith Langford for EuroBasket 2011? - by Eurobasket News
According to Bosnian media, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) is close to get Bosnian citizenship. The Bosnian Basketball Federation shows serious intention to bring the American guard to Bosnian NT for the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. Keith Langford averaged 17.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists for 16 Euroleague games this season with Khimky Moscow. Nothing is officially confirmed by the BBF nor by the player.

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  BRAZIL   


Americas' League Group B Played in Xalapa - by Miguel Gonzalez
Halcones Xalapa (Mexico) and Universo (Brazil) eliminated Defensor (Uruguay) and Caneros de la Romana (Dominican Republic) from the 2010/11 Americas'League.

Group B was played in Xalapa, Mexico.

The home team won all three games, Universo two and Defensor one.

In other news, Boca Jrs. gave up its participation in the league. It will be replaced by Quimsa.

1st Stage:


Group B:

1st Round:
14/12/10
(Uruguay) Defensor 81-84 Universo (Brazil)
(Mexico) Halcones Xalapa 109-94 Caneros de la Romana (Dominican Republic)


2nd Round:
15/12/10
(Brazil) Universo 109-79 Caeros de la Romana (Dominican Republic)
(Uruguay) Defensor 83-88 Halcones Xalapa (Mexico)

3rd Round:
16/12/10
(Uruguay) Defensor 83-80 Caeros de la Romana (Dominican Republic)
(Mexico) Halcones Xalapa 98-87 Universo (Brazil)

Standings:


Group B (Xalapa, Mexico):

1) Halcones Xalapa - 6 - 2nd Stage.

2) Universo - 5 - 2nd Stage.

3) Defensor - 4

4) Caneros de la Romana - 3



Flamengo Again - by Miguel Gonzalez
For the sixth straight year, Flamengo won the Rio de Janeiro State League.

It is actually quite simple and easy for the team, since it is the only pro team of the state.

The strange thing was Tijuca Tenis' good performance in both final games against the champion.

In the State League, Flamengo is unbeatten since 2007 (Vasco da Gama 74-73) and has completed a total sequence of 43 games without any losses.

The 2010 heroes are: Fred, Hlio, Marcelinho, Teichmann, Baby, Jefferson, Wgner, Guto, Duda e tila Nunes. Tcnico: Paulo Chupeta.

The Campaing:


1st Stage:

142-52 Iguacu BC - f
114-56 Riachuelo TC - c
99-80 Macae Sports - c
80-50 LB Cabo Frio - f
109-101 Tijuca TC - f
104-61 Riachuelo TC - f
87-65 Macae Sports - f
96-52 LB Cabo Frio - c
123-54 Iguacu BC - c
105-68 Tijuca TC - c
2nd Stage:
76-65 LB Cabo Frio - c
91-85 LB Cabo Frio - f
Final:
79-75 Tijuca TC - f
90-77 Tijuca TC - c

The Champions:


1924 Fluminense
1925 Fluminense
1926 Fluminense
1927 Fluminense
1928 SC Brasil
1929 Sao Cristvao
1930 Sao Cristvao
1931 Fluminense
1932 Flamengo
1933 Flamengo
1934 Flamengo
1935 Flamengo
1936 Grajau TC
1937 Riachuelo TC
1938 Olimpico
1939 Botafogo
1940 Riachuelo TC
1941 Riachuelo TC
1942 Botafogo
1943 Botafogo
1944 Botafogo
1945 Botafogo
1946 Vasco da Gama
1947 Botafogo
1948 Flamengo
1949 Flamengo
1950 AA Grajau
1951 Flamengo
1952 Flamengo
1953 Flamengo
1954 Flamengo
1955 Flamengo
1956 Flamengo
1957 Flamengo
1958 Flamengo
1959 Flamengo
1960 Flamengo
1961 Fluminense
1962 Flamengo
1963 Vasco da Gama
1964 Flamengo
1965 Vasco da Gama
1966 Botafogo
1967 Botafogo
1968 Botafogo
1969 Vasco da Gama
1970 Fluminense
1971 Fluminense
1972 Fluminense
1973 Fluminense
1974 Fluminense
1975 Flamengo
1976 Vasco da Gama
1977 Flamengo
1978 Vasco da Gama
1979 Vasco da Gama
1980 Vasco da Gama
1981 Vasco da Gama
1982 Flamengo
1983 Vasco da Gama
1984 Flamengo
1985 Flamengo
1986 Flamengo
1987 Vasco da Gama
1988 Fluminense
1989 Vasco da Gama
1990 Flamengo
1991 Botafogo
1992 Vasco da Gama
1993 Liga Angrense
1994 Flamengo
1995 Flamengo
1996 Flamengo
1997 Vasco da Gama
1998 Flamengo
1999 Flamengo
2000 Vasco da Gama
2001 Vasco da Gama
2002 Flamengo
2003 ACF Campos
2004 Rio de Janeiro
2005 Flamengo
2006 Flamengo
2007 - Flamengo
2008 - Flamengo
2009 - Flamengo
2010 - Flamengo

Ranking:
1) Flamengo - 37
2) Vasco da Gama - 16
3) Fluminense - 12
4) Botafogo - 10
5) Riachuelo TC - 3
6) So Cristvao - 2
7) SC Brasil - 1
7) Grajau TC - 1
7) Olimpico - 1
7) AA Grajau - 1
7) Liga Angrense - 1
7) ACF Campos - 1
7) Telemar Rio de Janeiro - 1




Espanol Talca in Americas League - by Miguel Gonzalez
Ibarra, in Ecuador, will host Group C of the 2010/11 Americas'League.

Mavort will play at home trying to develop the national scene.

Two of its rivals are very strong: Flamengo (Brazil) and Quimsa (Argentina).

The fourth team is Espanol Talca, which just won the Chilean National League by beating Boston College in the Final Playoff per 3 games to 1.

Espanol Talca is the last of the 16 teams which will play in the league.

Groups C and D are scheduled to be played in January.


Argentinians Triumph in Group A - by Miguel Gonzalez
Regatas Corrientes and Penarol Mar del Plata qualified in Group A of the 2010/11 America's League.

Regatas Corrientes won all three games and Penarol Mar del Plata won 2.

Group A was played in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The eliminated teams were Toros (Mexico) with just one win and Espartanos Margarita (Venezuela).


1st Stage:

Grupo A:

1st Round:
09/12/10
(Mexico) Toros 74-77 Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
(Argentina) Pearol Mar del Plata 102-74 Espartanos Margarita (Venezuela)




2nd Round:
10/12/10
(Argentina) Regatas Corrientes 91-72 Espartanos Margarita (Venezuela)
(Mexico) Toros 73-80 Pearol Mar del Plata (Argentina)




3rd Round:

11/12/10
(Venezuela) Espartanos Margarita 71-80 Toros (Mexico)
(Argentina) Pearol Mar del Plata 72-81 Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)

Standings:

Group A (Mar del Plata, Argentina)

1) Regatas Corrientes - 6 - 2nd Stage.

2) Penarol Mar del Plata - 5 - 2nd Stage.

3) Toros - 4

4) Espartanos Margarita - 3




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  CANADA   


Raptors re-sign Ronald Dupree - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday they have re-signed forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU). Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Dupree, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds participated in Torontos 2010 training camp before he was released October 19. He appeared in five preseason games, totaling 20 points and eight rebounds in 55 minutes.

Dupree was also a member of the Raptors entry in the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League. In five outings, Dupree averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds helping the club to a 5-0 mark. He had a team-high 24 points and added eight rebounds in a victory over New Orleans.

Dupree has played in 154 NBA games with Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Seattle, averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. He has also seen action in the NBDL with Huntsville, Tulsa and Utah. He has averaged 17.5 points and 6.3 boards in 122 D-League outings.

Torontos roster now stands at 15.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  CHINA   


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS35.8 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang33.5 
 3. Morris, Beijing33.3 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.28.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.0 
 6. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.3 
 7. James, Zhejiang C.27.1 
 8. Crittenton, Zhejia.25.7 
 9. Young, Jilin25.4 
 10. Ramos, Zhejiang.23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Jones, Fujian19.9 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.16.8 
 3. Gaines, Qingdao DS15.2 
 4. Watkins, Jilin15.0 
 5. Oyedeji, Foshan14.3 
 6. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.2 
 7. Moiso, Jiangsu14.1 
 8. Richard, Liaoning13.0 
 9. Morris, Beijing12.6 
 10. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.4 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.10.5 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan6.0 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.7 
 4. Crittenton, Zhejia.5.5 
 5. Marbury, Foshan5.3 
 6. Green, Shanghai5.3 
 7. Lu, Fujian5.2 
 8. Douby, Xinjiang5.0 
 9. Jones, Guandong4.9 
 10. Allen, Shandong4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Xinjiang
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Douby, Xinjiang4.5 
 2. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.3.7 
 3. Crittenton, Zhejia.3.7 
 4. Zhong, Jilin3.4 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan3.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu3.3 
 7. Allen, Shandong2.8 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan2.7 
 9. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.7 
 10. Green, Shanghai2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.2 
 2. Jones, Fujian3.1 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan3.0 
 4. Wang, Bayi2.2 
 5. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 6. Moiso, Jiangsu2.0 
 7. Abbaas, Beijing1.9 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.9 
 9. Benson, TianJin R.1.8 
 10. Morris, Beijing1.7 


Gaines' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) put on an amazing game in the last round for Qingdao DS and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 46 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Fujian (#17, 1-6) 113-99. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Qingdao DS maintains the 13th position in Chinese league. Qingdao DS is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. Gaines turned to be Qingdao DS's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gaines is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.8ppg. Gaines is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 15.2rpg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 67.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of league's second-best Xinjiang. He is Montenegrin-American guard in his first season at Xinjiang. In the last game Douby recorded impressive 46 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Xinjiang to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Bayi (#7, 4-3) 93-66. Xinjiang's second position in the standings has not changed. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Douby is a newcomer at Xinjiang and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 33.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 5.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of league's leader DongGuan. Vroman showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of DongGuan, leading his team to a 115-112 win against the lower-ranked Zhejiang G.L. (#8, 4-3). DongGuan started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Vroman 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. Vroman has a great season in China. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (2nd best). He also has 3.3spg, 3.0bpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian - 30 points and 23 rebounds
5. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 37 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Lee Benson (208-F/C-73) of TianJin R. - 23 points and 19 rebounds
7. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 16 points and 20 rebounds
8. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rodney White (206-F-80) of Shandong - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zheng Wang (216-C-90) of Guandong - 21 points and 12 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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  CROATIA   


NIJT: Zagreb rally past Stella Azzurra - by Eurobasket News
IJT Zagreb - IJT Stella Azzurra 92:82

Zagreb posted the first win at the first stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament Torneo Citta di Roma. The Croatian team recorded the victory over Stella Azzurra. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) came up with game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead Zagreb.
Stella Azzurra looked better early in the game. They grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Stella Azzurra maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Italian team posted a 39:34 advantage at halftime. But Zagreb turned things around in the third quarter. They opened the half with fifteen unanswered points to surge ahead. The Croats posted a 71:55 lead at the final intermission. Stella Azzurra stopped the bleeding in the final period. Zagreb outgunned their opponents in the final quarter but came up just short of victory at the end. Mario Hezonja (180-G-95) accounted for 17 points and 9 caroms for Zagreb. Marva nailed 18 points in the win. Mario Delle Cave (180-G-93) and Mirco Turel (190-G-94) produced 17 points each for Stella Azzurra. Paesano had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

IJT Zagreb: Dario Saric 25+19 boards, Marva 18, Mario Hezonja 17
IJT Stella Azzurra: Mario Delle Cave 17, Mirco Turel 17



Cibona inks Ante Krapic - by Eurobasket News
Cibona announced another signing for rest of the season. After they brought in former NBA player Gordan Giricek (197-G-77), the Croatian champion also added forward Ante Krapic (202-F-85). The 25-year-old Krapic arrives to Cibona from Zabok, where he averaged 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds for 9 games this season. He spent last two years also with Zabok and before that played for Borik and Kapitol.

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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 10-5 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 9-4 
 3. Erie Bay H. 7-5 
 4. Dakota W. 4-9 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-10 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 8-5 
 2. New Mexico 7-5 
 3. Texas L. 7-5 
 4. Austin T. 7-6 
 5. Rio Grande 7-6 
 6. Maine RC 6-7 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 8-4 
 2. Utah F. 7-5 
 3. Bakersfield J. 7-6 
 4. Springfield A. 4-8 
 5. Idaho S. 2-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.27.2 
 2. Johnson, Bakersfi.27.2 
 3. Greene, Utah F.21.9 
 4. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 5. Edwards, New M.19.8 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Ewing, Reno B.19.2 
 8. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.18.5 
 9. Sims, Iowa E.18.3 
 10. Patterson, Rio G.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick PATTERSON
  Houston R.
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 2. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.5 
 6. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.1 
 8. Sims, Maine RC9.0 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.9.0 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns9.7 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.8.3 
 3. Stinson, Iowa E.8.1 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.6.9 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.6.3 
 7. Smith, Maine RC5.5 
 8. Cooper, Dakota W.5.4 
 9. Kruger, Utah F.5.4 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 3. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 4. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
 5. Hamilton, Utah F.2.0 
 6. Ewing, Reno B.2.0 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Blakely, Bakersfi.1.9 
 10. Blakely, Bakersfi.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Dakota W.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 2. Whiteside, Reno B.3.0 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Brackins, Spring.1.8 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.7 
 10. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.7 


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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. Pinkney, Union O.14.4 
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. Barac, Caja Laboral6.7 
 6. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja6.6 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 10. Lavrinovic, Montepas.6.0 
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. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.6 
 5. Eidson, Maccabi .4.6 
 6. Blakney, Unicaja4.3 
 7. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 8. Cook, Valencia4.2 
 9. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 10. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.2 
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. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 9. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
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. Barac, Caja Laboral1.3 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 9. Lishchuk, Valencia1.2 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.1 


Cibona inks Ante Krapic - by Eurobasket News
Cibona announced another signing for rest of the season. After they brought in former NBA player Gordan Giricek (197-G-77), the Croatian champion also added forward Ante Krapic (202-F-85). The 25-year-old Krapic arrives to Cibona from Zabok, where he averaged 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds for 9 games this season. He spent last two years also with Zabok and before that played for Borik and Kapitol.

December MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Over the past several seasons, Panathinaikos playmaker Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) has certainly established himself as one of the elite point guards in basketball with his play on both sides of the ball. His personal trophy case is packed with individual and team awards from domestic, European and world competitions. Despite his rich history, the 30-year-old Diamantidis is in the midst of what may be his best season yet and after leading an injury-stricken Panathinaikos to first place in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group D, he was selected as Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for December. In six previous seasons with the Greens, Diamantidis was never known for his numbers. The five-time Euroleague Best Defender and 2007 Final Four MVP was instead known for his defense, leadership and the intangibles that helped Panathinaikos win the Euroleague in 2007 and 2009. But if anyone ever doubted what Diamantidis was capable of, he is proving it this season with career highs in nearly all statistical categories, while leading head coach Zeljko Obradovics team to the same excellent results Panathinaikos has become synonymous with. He finished the regular season ranked second in the Euroleague in performance index rating with 18.7 per game the best of any player headed to the Top 16. He also ranks second in the league in assists, fourth in steals and is among the Top 10 in fouls drawn, free throws made and three-pointers made. Beyond the numbers, Diamantidis has been his teams go-to guy in clutch situations and put on one of the great individual displays in competition history to lead his team back in the closing minutes to an overtime win over Union Olimpija in a Week 8 duel for the group lead. His stats and immeasurable qualities together make Diamantidis a worthy winner of Sportingbet December MVP honors.

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month honor is now in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for December was decided based upon the four Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season games played during that month by all 24 teams. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

Panathinaikos came into December locked into a three-way tie atop Group D and facing a daunting trip to the Russian capital to face CSKA Moscow, the team Panathinaikos bested in the final to win its last two Euroleague crowns. Moreover the team was without one of its biggest offseason signings, center Aleks Maric. The Greens were tested, but Diamantidis rose to the challenge with 17 points plus 4 assists to lead his team to a 68-72 win. He sank a clutch triple in the closing minutes and later sealed the win from the line. In Week 8, Panathinaikos returned home to face Union Olimpija in a top-of-the group clash. Trailing 60-68 with two-and-a-half minutes to play, Diamantidis stepped up with a show for the ages. He started by assisting on a pair of triples to teammates and then matched his uniform number with 13 points in the final 75 seconds, including a basket on the offensive glass in the last second to tie the game and force overtime. Diamantidis then recorded assists on his teams first four baskets of the extra session en route to a classic 95-88 win. All told, Diamantidis had a hand in every Panathinaikos point scored between 60-68 and 90-82. 'Sometimes, I have no words to describe his role and contribution to our game,' teammate Mike Batiste said afterward. 'He is always here to show the way to all of us.' Diamantidis finished the game with 16 points, 11 assists and 3 steals. Week 9 served up a visit to Istanbul to play Efes Pilsen. Panathinaikos was without Batiste too for this game. A 17-point, 9-assist effort from the point guard had Panathinaikos on the brink of victory before Efes won at the buzzer. Nevertheless, the Greens came home and without Batiste and Drew Nicholas still steamrolled Armani Jeans 93-62 to win the group as Diamantidis posted 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in just 24 minutes.

Diamantidiss totals for the month of December were 14.8 points per game on 12-of-24 three-point shooting (50%), 11-of-12 free throw shooting (91.7%), 7.3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals for a 20.3 average index rating. He is on pace this season to have his best Euroleague campaign in several individual categories and almost single-handedly has made the European basketball public take a second look at Panathinaikos as legitimate Final Four candidate. First though, Panathinaikos will prepare look to get its injured players back and prepare for the Top 16, during which they will get a chance to celebrate Diamantidiss fantastic month and season when he is awarded the Sportingbet MVP for December at a home game soon.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Taci, Lirija26.0 
 2. Matic, Kumanovo.24.3 
 3. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 4. Jeter, Lirija18.0 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.7 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.2 
 7. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.9 
 8. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.8 
 10. Morban, Lirija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Lirija
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Pavlovski, Lirija10.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.5 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 6. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 7. Taci, Lirija8.0 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.7.5 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.5 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.8 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 3. Morban, Lirija4.6 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.6 
 5. Taci, Lirija4.2 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.6 
 7. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.3 
 9. Vukadinovic, Pelist.3.3 
 10. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 4. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 5. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.5 
 7. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 8. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 10. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bogdan VUKADINOVIC
  Pelister Bitola
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Vukadinovic, Pelist.1.3 
 2. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 3. Jeter, Lirija1.0 
 4. Bogoev, Ovce Pole0.8 
 5. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.8 
 6. Lazic, Ultimate.0.7 
 7. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.0.6 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.6 
 9. Kurciev, Ultima.0.6 
 10. Anakievski, Pelist.0.6 


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Wood, Dt.17.3 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.0 
 3. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.5 
 4. Callahan, Bremerha.15.2 
 5. Bryant, ratiopharm14.8 
 6. Rice, Art.Dragons14.7 
 7. Watts, Walter T.14.4 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .14.4 
 9. Harris, EnBW L.14.4 
 10. Zwiener, TBB Trier14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.3 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.7 
 5. Watts, Walter T.7.4 
 6. Peacock, LTi 46ers7.3 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.3 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.7.3 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.7.1 
 10. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.6 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier4.7 
 3. Wood, Dt.4.7 
 4. Jordan, MBC4.6 
 5. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.5 
 6. McElroy, AL.4.4 
 7. Campbell, EWE B.4.4 
 8. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .4.1 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Dorris, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Martin, Bremerha.1.6 
 5. Trice, ratiopharm1.6 
 6. Haynes, Duesseldorf1.4 
 7. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 8. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.1 
 3. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.1 
 5. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 6. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 8. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 
 9. Brempong, Duesseld.1.0 
 10. Ohlbrecht, Teleko.0.9 


Dashaun Wood Does His Usual Offensive Damage And Kimmo Muurinen The Invisible Dirty Work As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Cruise Past BBC Bayreuth 83-75 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With presents, food, snow, loved ones, chilling and more snow on the minds of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners the last days, the club had to return to action on the second German Christmas holiday and be as focused and energetic as Giselle Bundchen is before every click of the camera and every snap by Tom Brady when she is watching, paparazzi have to be when trying to catch new developments between actress Sandra Bullock and 2010 People magazine most sexy man in the world Ryan Reynolds and the way the Boston Celtics were ready in their 14 game winning streak despite not always having the services of Rajon Rondo, Delonte West, Shaq, and Jermaine O Neal who missed a combined 36 games in this time, but Frankfurt was able to overcome a slow first half to storm back in the second half and take control of the game and defeat BBC Bayreuth 83-75. Frankfurt won their sixth game in a row in the Ballsporthalle and nothing seems to be able to stop them at home especially when their sixth man is always present. 'We knew that BBC Bayreuth is a good team and the reason that we didnt loose this game tonight was because of our defense. The Crowd got us back into the game', stressed Skyliner guard Dashaun Wood. The BBC Bayreuth losing woes continue as they lost their fifth game in a row. 'Frankfurt went on a run and got us out of our offensive rhythm with a lot more pressure on defense. They made adjustments on defense and we didnt react. Frankfurt did what good teams do by finishing the game', commented ex NBA player Jared Reiner.

A big riddle surrounding last weekend was the overwhelming and humiliating 102-51 loss of 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin against three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg, but the biggest mystery of the young basketball season is the 3-12 and 17th placed record by BBC Bayreuth. This isnt a Nordlingen or Paderborn of past years that were filled with talent, but nothing compared to what BBC Bayreuth has. BBC Bayreuth with ex NBA player Jared Reiner, NCAA champion Marcus Ginyard that played with many current NBA players like Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson or Ed Davis, BEKO BBL champion and Euroleague participant Koko Archibong, 2010 Dutch league scoring champion Danny Gibson or mini pistol Pete Campbell, one would never have believed if one had left for a deserted island 3 months ago and returned today that the club of coach Andreas Wagner would be in the cellar of the BEKO BBL standings. 'The losing has been frustrating, but its a part of the game. Basketball is a game of runs. We have to come out and play as a team on offense and defense. We are working on being more consistent. We will continue to keep working and not give up. We just have to put it all together again. This season reminds me of the Bremerhaven season a few years ago, but we will turn it around', stressed BBC Bayreuth forward Pete Campbell. 'Its been a tough situation. We have so much talent, but we have lost so many close games. We all have a good attitude and are staying positive. We know that we will not stay in this hole much longer', added ex Giessen 46er Osvaldo Jeanty. 'This is a bit different to Bremerhaven. There I came late into the season whereas in Bayreuth I have been there from the start. We have been in every game here which is frustrating', said ex Bremerhaven center Jared Reiner. 'When you look at the BBC Bayreuth team, that team should be a lot higher in standings. In team sports, it is not about good players, but about good team players. It is more important how well a team plays together and not how good the individual talent is', warned Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

One player that BBC Bayreuth could of used would have been Canadian national player Osvaldo Jeanty who is out until the end of January. Jeanty is laboring a partial tear in a ligament in his right hand and has a partial tear in a tendon in his left shoulder. Jeanty who is known as a dangerous three point snipper was building a potent firing duo from the parking lot has been sitting for weeks, but is not happy with the timing of the injury. 'This is the biggest injury that I have had in my career since my second year at Carleton. In Nordlingen, I was injured toward the end of the season and was able to rehab it during the summer', stressed Osvaldo Jenaty. Shortly before the game, Jeanty was in the catacombs of the Ballsporthalle having a conversation with injured Skyliner AJ Moye who was back in the arena for the first time after his frightful stroke. 'An experience like this is tough for anybody and it was too bad it happened to a great guy like AJ. I hope that he is on the court soon and wish him the best of luck', stressed Osvaldo Jeanty. Despite his injury, Jeanty had a smile on his face and seemed to be enjoying his basketball life. Perhaps a reason why he has not played anywhere else except in Germany has to do with how comfortable he is living here. 'Germany is really a good place to play and you can see how strong the BEKO BBL is from top to bottom. Despite our misfortune, life has been really good for me in Germany. I loved the family atmosphere in Nordlingen which is very similar in bayreuth also. Giessen had the best fans and a good organization where I cant say anything negative about', warned Osvaldo Jeanty. Jeanty also sees the youth development in Bayreuth as coming along. We have some nice young players with Simon Schmitz, Stefan Schmidt and Phillip Heyden. Schmitz already has some experience and just needs to get more comfortable. He will be a great player in the BEKO BBL. Schmidt and Heyden just need to get more playing time and their confidence will grow', expressed Osvaldo Jeanty.

The second German Christmas day attracted only 3,920 patrons who also might have escaped the cold bitter air and Christmas dinner leftovers. The Ballsporthalle still had a holiday atmosphere as Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong still had his Santa hat on, the Skyliner dance team had their Christmas dresses on and some fans had Santa hats on as well. Even though the Ballsporthalle was warm, it sure got a touch of smugness for a few minutes as the flame fountain was on as the players were being introduced. The touch of warmth through the fire felt as if one had their nose in a small crack in a sauna door. AJ Moye was back in the arena and took a seat on the Skyliner bench. Just having the American back in the arena gave his teammates that extra push. 'I missed AJ so much. His leadership has never left us. It was great to have him back and cheering for us', stressed current BEKO BBL leading scorer Dashaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners got on the board first with a Jimmy Mckinney jumper from the wing, but BBC Bayreuth jumped on Frankfurt quick going on a 8-2 run displaying a firepower that seemed to surprise Frankfurt a bit. 2009 NCAA champion Marcus Ginyard showed his athleticism twice scoring from the wing and Jaivon Harris made a fade away jumper. Frankfurt cut the BBC Bayreuth lead to 8-7 as Quantez Robertson made a three pointer from the top of the key. However BBC Bayreuth continued to play a very fluid offensive game going on a 14-2 run to lead 22-9. Ginyard continue to dazzle Frankfurt with his offense which teams are still getting used to as defense is his biggest strength. The Virginia native scored twice again from the wing on the penetration and Ex NBA player Jared Reiner gave the word efficient a new meaning as every shot he took turned to gold in the hoop. Frankfurt somewhat dampened the BBC Bayreuth offense explosion ending the first quarter with a 8-4 run. Captain Pascal Roller entered the game and as he had demonstrated so rudely in the TBB Trier game with his hot hand, he did it again hitting a clutch three pointer while being fouled and hit a runner. Jared Reiner ended the first quarter with a spot up jumper from the wing. 'BBC Bayreuth showed their firepower in the first quarter. Danny Gibson did a good job pressuring Dashaun Wood and Marcus Ginyard did his usual thing', stated former Kent State player Haminn Quintance. BBC Bayreuth was hooting an amazing 73% from the field and 0% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 33% from outside. BBC Bayreuth had the 9-5 rebounding edge and only two turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers. BBC Bayreuth had the 14-2 edge with points in the paint as jared Reiner was unstoppable.

In the second quarter, BBC Bayreuth was able to keep up their offensive rhythm going on a 11-4 run as Pistol Pete Campbell put on a three point shooting clinic drooping three three pointers as Frankfurt had their biggest deficit of the game trailing 37-22. BBC Bayreuth had misfortune in that you wont keep Frankfurt scoreless for a long period of time as they kept scoring, but so did the guests. After Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) and Danny Gibson traded baskets, it was Wood that scored on a jumper and Koko Archibong made a hook shot over Quantez Robertson as Frankfurt still trailed 41-28. Frankfurt made a comeback down the stretch in the second quarter going into halftime on a 11-4 run to trail BBC Bayreuth only 45-39. Dominik Bahiense de Mello started the run a lay up on transition as BBC Bayreuth were too slow getting back and Dashaun Wood nailed a three pointer. Former Iowa (NCAA) center Jared Reiner then made as easy layup over Joe Dabbert and Ginyard made two free throws as Frankfurt trailed only 45-33. Then came the play of the game as former Chicago Bull Jared Reiner seemed to have a give me slam dunk, but out of nowhere came superman who was pushed aside by Super Tez Robertson who rejected the American. Frankfurt finished the second quarter with six free throws as Wood made four and Marius Nolte two. BBC Bayreuth still led 45-39. Campbell hit some big shots and we held on, but had a little dip at the end. We probably have the best practice team in the league, but then we come out in games and dont look anything like in practice', stressed Haminn Quintance. 'We werent as strong on defense. They made many shots and we gave up too many easy points inside. BBC Bayreuth was shooting 56%from the field and 38% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 27% from the three point line. BBC Bayreuth still led the rebound duel 20-16. Frankfurt had five turnovers and BBC Bayreuth had four turnovers. BBC Bayreuth still had the 22-12 points in the paint advantage.

Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert had seen enough in the first half and gave his team the needed words at halftime, because the team came out of the blocks as if they had not had any sufficient Christmas dinner and came out hungry like a pack of wolves wanting to eat anything in their path. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners went on a 15-2 run to lead 54-47. Dashaun Wood led the charge scoring 7 points in the run including his usual unstoppable penetrations. St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney had his hot hand sinking two three pointers and Super Tez stayed attentive dunking home a missed free throw. Frankfurt most likely of put away the game in the third quarter had it not been for Pete Campbell. Just as he had done in the second quarter, he hit three more three pointers presenting the crowd with a shooting gallery from outside. Campbell is probably the most purest three point shooter in the BEKO BBL that will shoot on commando most likely even at 3am. BBC Bayreuth stayed in the game getting some needed production from the bench as well as German talent Phillip Heyden scored inside and got to the line. After three quarters, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had the slim 64-59 lead. 'The crowd got behind Frankfurt. They hit big shots and we lost concentration and didnt execute as well anymore', stated Pete Campbell. 'We pushed up our defense and got easy baskets', added Dashaun Wood. 'They came out in the third quarter and hit tough shots. We had intensity, but they stepped up their defense and took us out of our offense. They built a 4-5 point cushion and held it until the end. Good teams will do that', said 2010 Dutch scoring champion Danny Gibson. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 30% from the parking lot while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 49% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. Frankfurt regained control of the boards 28-27 and had only five turnovers while BBC Bayreuth had seven turnovers. Frankfurt was getting closer to the points in the paint 26-20.

BBC Bayreuth continued to stay in the game and creep closer and nibble at the Frankfurt lead as they started on a mini 4-0 run. Ex Skyliner Koko Archibong scored inside and Jared Reiner scored inside again with a baby left handed hook shot as BBC Bayreuth trailed only 64-63. As quickly as BBC Bayreuth could go on a 4-0 run, so could Frankfurt as American Joe Dabbert had his game flash of success scoring four points as he scored with a runner in the lane and then slammed home a Super Tez alley-op offering as Frankfurt extended their lead to 68-63. Ginyard and Muurinen then exchanged free throws as Frankfurt still led 70-64. BBC Bayreuth continued to do the logical by going inside to Jared Reiner as he converted a lob pass from Gibson for two points as BBC Bayreuth trailed 70-66. Frankfurt continued to have answers as Dashaun Wood dropped a three point bomb as Frankfurt led 73-66. Then came the turning point of the game as BBC Bayreuth had three steals in a row, but were unable to capitalize on offense on one single play. 'Not scoring in that phase really hurt us. It was a seven point game and if we could of converted on two of the steals it could have been a 3-4 point game and it could of gone either way', stressed Danny Gibson. After Ginyard and Muurninen free throws, American Jaivon Harris made a lay in cutting the Frankfurt lead to 75-70. Wood will be remembered for his offense the most and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) for the little things like two blocks on Reiner and two offensive rebounds. 'I do the invisible dirty work. Thats just how I am. Guys made shots and Dashaun wood penetrated for himself and others and I helped with board work and blocks', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Quantez Robertson then sealed the ninth win in a row with a three pointer as Frankfurt led 78-70. Dominik Bahiense De Mello let the clock wind down as he darted across the court staying clear of being fouled and looking like a Wood clone with his road runner moves. Frankfurt then won the game with free throws despite hoops from Gibson and Simon Schmitz. 'Muurinen is a real hustler and a good player. Wood is so hard to stop on ball screen and got our defense off balance and we simply lost Muurinen on the rotations', added Pete Campbell.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 26 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) added 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Quantez Robertson contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney had 10 points, five assists and two rebounds. BBC Bayreuth was led by Jared Reiner with 20 points, ten rebounds and three assists. Pete Campbell added 18 points and Marcus Ginyard priduced 17 points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had some problems in the first half, but regrouped in the second half and the way this season is going and developing, one can continue to say that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners always find a way to win at the end. They didnt shoot as well, but came back to win the rebounding battle 38-31 and only had 10 turnovers. Their biggest quality was in their heads. We didnt do too much well tonight, but our best quality was that we never gave up. We were down by 15 points, but came back', warned Dashaun Wood. The biggest problem for BBC Bayreuth was American road runner Dashaun Wood who is the central figure in the offense. 'I played against Wood in college. He is very skillful and always knows where each player is. He creates for himself and others. Nothing has changed from college. He was always a tough match up', added Pete Campbell. So far no team has stopped Wood and injured BBC guard Osvaldo Jeanty has tips to why the American is unstoppable and what teams have to do to be successful. 'Wood did everything on offense. I havent seen many players like him in the BEKO BBL. Teams have to choose one thing that Wood can do to hurt you, but not everything. You cant let him be a scorer and passer. He is my MVP so far this season in the league', warned Osvaldo Jeanty. Frankfurt needs to take the effort of the second half to Bonn on Wednesday. 'We got tougher in the second half. We were able to make more shots and rebounded better. However we lost many 1-1 on the penetration and let Jared Reiner score to much inside. We will have to hustle more and play better defense in Bonn', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'We cant be down 16 points on the road. It is always harder to come back on the road. We will have to be focused and play with a lot of energy in Bonn', warned Dashaun Wood. BBC Bayreuth needs a big win and can start a new winning streak on December 29th at home against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. 'We arent panicking yet. We need to finish games and not get stressed. Duesseldorf is a must win for us', warned Jared Reiner. The Telekom Baskets Bonn host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on December 29th at 20:00.



1.Bundesliga Round 15: Artland Dragons are defeated by Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Artland Dragons (9-6) and ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (8-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Artland Dragons were defeated by Telekom Baskets in a tough game in Bonn 90-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Telekom Baskets made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Telekom Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) helped adding 27 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Telekom Baskets has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with NY Phantoms. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Artland Dragons will play at home against Phoenix Hagen and are hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bamberg. Leader host Brose Baskets (15-0) smashed 4th placed EWE Baskets (9-7) 101-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) who led the winners and scored 24 points. Brian Roberts accounted for 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 17 points for EWE Baskets in the defeat. Undefeated Brose Baskets have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-0 record. EWE Baskets at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Brose Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#12) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Mitteldeutscher BC (4-10) outlasted Walter Tigers (5-9) in overtime by two points 82-80 on Thursday night. The game took place in Tuebingen. But the guests from Weissenfels were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Guido Grunheid who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Dane Watts who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains sixteenth place with 4-10 record. Loser Walter Tigers keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home higher ranked LTi 46ers (#14) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Walter Tigers will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: bottom-ranked Duesseldorf lost to ratiopharm on the opponent's court 64-76. Phoenix Hagen unfortunately lost to Goettingen in a home game 76-85. Bayreuth recorded a loss to Dt.Bank SKY on the road 75-83. TBB Trier defeated LTi 46ers on its own court 75-67. EnBW L'burg were beaten by NY Phantoms in Braunschweig 80-76. ALBA destroyed Bremerhaven at home 85-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 18 rebounds by John Bryant of ratiopharm.


Walter Tigers - MBC 80-82 OT

Mitteldeutscher BC (4-10) outlasted Walter Tigers (5-9) in overtime by two points 82-80 on Thursday night. The game took place in Tuebingen. But the guests from Weissenfels were better at the end. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Guido Grunheid (209-82) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 23 points. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford, agency: Court Side) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains sixteenth place with 4-10 record. Loser Walter Tigers keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home higher ranked LTi 46ers (#14) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Walter Tigers will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Ross 23+4reb+3ast, M.Jordan 20+3ast, G.Grunheid 14+14reb+3ast, R.Dramicanin 12+8reb, D.Roberts 6+6reb+2ast, W.Bernard 4+2reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: D.Watts 24+11reb+1ast, C.Oliver 22+8reb+1ast, K.Wiliams 11+9reb, B.Ratkovica 9+5reb+13ast, R.Markovic 7+1reb+3ast, J.Herber 5+2reb
gschID: 93010


ratiopharm - Duesseldorf 76-64

Very expected game when 18th ranked Gloria Giants (2-12) were defeated on the road by twelfth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (6-8) 76-64 on Sunday. The game without a history. ratiopharm Ulm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Mike Taylor used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamaal Tatum (188-84, college: S.Illinois) added 12 points and 4 steals respectively. ratiopharm Ulm maintains twelfth place with 6-8 record. Gloria Giants lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will meet higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gloria Giants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 26+18reb+1ast, R.Benzing 15+5reb+3ast, R.Trice 10+5reb+3ast, L.Humphrey 8+1reb+1ast, P.Guenther 7+1reb, S.Sonderleiter 5+2reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 20+6reb+1ast, J.Tatum 12+3reb+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 11+3reb, R.Brempong 8+5reb, J.Buck 6+4reb+1ast, O.Famutimi 5+2reb
gschID: 93007


Phoenix Hagen - Goettingen 76-85

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (8-7) defeated on the road 13th ranked Phoenix Hagen (5-10) 85-76 on Sunday. Phoenix Hagen trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 28 points and 5 assists. Forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. BG Goettingen's coach John Patrick used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for BG Goettingen. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Phoenix Hagen lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers. BG Goettingen will meet higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Phoenix Hagen will play against Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: T.Meacham 28+2reb+5ast, M.Scott 19+9reb, J.Boone 10+8reb+1ast, R.Kulawick 8+1reb+1ast, M.Meeks 6+8reb+3ast, L.Dale 6+2reb
Phoenix Hagen: J.Burtschi 20+7reb+1ast, D.Bell 16+2reb+5ast, M.Dorris 13+6reb+3ast, Z.Jonusas 10+4reb+3ast, M.Terwilliger 7+5reb, A.Buechert 5+3reb
gschID: 93008


Dt.Bank SKY - Bayreuth 83-75

Not a big story in a game in Frankfurt where 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (3-12) was defeated by second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-3) 83-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored 26 points and 7 assists. Guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) added 17 points respectively. BBC Bayreuth's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. They maintain second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. BBC Bayreuth lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 12 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet Telekom Baskets (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BBC Bayreuth will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 26+4reb+7ast, K.Muurinen 12+4reb, Q.Robertson 11+6reb+1ast, J.McKinney 10+2reb+5ast, J.Dabbert 8+8reb, P.Roller 8+3reb+1ast
Bayreuth: J.Reiner 20+10reb+3ast, P.Campbell 18+2reb, M.Ginyard 17+2reb+1ast, K.Archibong 6+1reb+1ast, D.Gibson 4+1reb+3ast, J.Harris 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 93009


TBB Trier - LTi 46ers 75-67

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked TBB Trier (8-8) beat at home 15th ranked LTi 46ers (5-10) 75-67 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LTi 46ers won third quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when TBB Trier won last quarter 23-16. The best player for the winners was international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) chipped in 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) added 21 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) respectively. TBB Trier moved-up to tenth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg. LTi 46ers lost their eighth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen. TBB Trier will meet at home higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 19+1reb+3ast, B.Stewart 10+3reb+1ast, G.Evans 10+3reb, M.Zirbes 9+5reb, J.Bynum 9+4reb+3ast, D.Dojcin 7
LTi 46ers: A.Smith 21+3reb, E.Ovcina 15+9reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 14+7reb+1ast, D.Madrich 4+3reb, C.Griffin 4+1reb+4ast, G.Gamqrelidze 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93004


Telekom Baskets - Art.Dragons 98-90

The game between third ranked Artland Dragons (9-6) and ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (8-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Artland Dragons were defeated by Telekom Baskets in a tough game in Bonn 90-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Telekom Baskets made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Telekom Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) helped adding 27 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Four Telekom Baskets and five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with NY Phantoms. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Artland Dragons will play at home against Phoenix Hagen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: F.Campbell 27+2reb, N.Wise 20+4reb+7ast, J.Hunt 15+1reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 10+12reb, C.Ensminger 9+4reb+1ast, A.King 8+2ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 19+5reb+5ast, R.Boumtje 18+7reb, J.Strasser 16+1reb+1ast, B.Bailey 16+4reb+5ast, A.Hess 11+5reb, N.Peavy 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93005


Brose Baskets - EWE Baskets 101-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bamberg. Leader host Brose Baskets (15-0) smashed 4th placed EWE Baskets (9-7) 101-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. EWE Baskets managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) who led the winners and scored 24 points. His fellow American import guard Brian Roberts (188-85) accounted for 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 17 points and Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for EWE Baskets in the defeat. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-0 record. EWE Baskets at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Brose Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#12) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: C.Jacobsen 24+2reb+2ast, B.Roberts 17+4reb+5ast, A.Gavel 13+4reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 12+8reb+1ast, R.Terry 10+5reb+2ast, P.Suput 9+5reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 17+4reb+3ast, L.Bogdanovic 14+6reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 13+5reb, O.Stevic 9+9reb+2ast, E.Gill 9+3reb+6ast, A.Baynes 2+1reb
gschID: 93006


NY Phantoms - EnBW L'burg 80-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg's (8-8) road loss to seventh ranked New Yorker Phantoms (9-6) 76-80 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. New Yorker Phantoms made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 19 points and American forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for New Yorker Phantoms. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Art.Dragons. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with TBB Trier. New Yorker Phantoms will meet TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: J.Cain 17+7reb+1ast, T.Skinn 16+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 13+6reb+2ast, M.Goree 13+3reb+2ast, L.Greer 10+6ast, K.Visser 7+8reb
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 19+4reb+3ast, J.Bowler 16+3reb+2ast, A.Harris 11+1reb+1ast, T.Bailey 8+7reb+1ast, J.Green 8+7reb+3ast, D.McCray 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 93002


ALBA - Bremerhaven 85-59

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked ALBA Berlin (9-4) outleveled at home 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-7) 85-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven managed to win third quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agency: 540 Sports) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Andrew Drevo (202-81, college: Nebraska, agency: Warren Sports International) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin moved-up to third place. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Goettingen. ALBA Berlin will meet at home BG Goettingen (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 18+2reb+1ast, L.Staiger 15+1reb, T.Dragicevic 13+8reb+2ast, D.Allen 12+3reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 8+1reb+5ast, B.Taylor 6+5reb+4ast
Bremerhaven: T.Martin 17+8reb+2ast, A.Drevo 14+6reb+2ast, S.Denison 10+7reb+1ast, J.Thomas 7+1reb+6ast, D.Copeland 4+3reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 93003




Joseph Henley claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Joseph Henley (196-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Wulfen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Stahnsdorf (#2, 11-3) 64-63. Wulfen maintains the 6th position in German ProB. Wulfen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 14 games. Henley turned to be Wulfen's top player in his first season with the team. Sacred Heart University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Henley is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.1ppg. Henley is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.9rpg) and averages solid 61.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Fabian Franke (198-F-88) of Dt.Bank SKY II. Franke impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Dt.Bank SKY II to another comfortable win 69-56 over the higher-ranked TSV Troester (#6, 6-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Dt.Bank SKY II to move up to 9th position in South. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Dt.Bank SKY II managed to get this year. Franke is well-known by Dt.Bank SKY II fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Henje Knopke (193-G/F-85) of Wolfenbuettel (#11). Knopke scored 23 points and passed five assists. Despite Knopke's great performance Wolfenbuettel lost 79-80 to the higher-ranked Vechta (#1, 11-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Wolfenbuettel can only dream about fighting for top spots in North. They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Knopke he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Knopke has individually a great season in Germany. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (5th best). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) of Leitershofen - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Calvin Brock (196-G-86) of Bernau - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Willis Gardner (185-G-86) of Licher Baeren - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Matthew Reid (185-G-84) of Vechta - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84) of Konstanz - 12 points and 13 rebounds
9. Marlon Pompey (203-F-83) of Rist-Wedel - 25 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kristofer Speier (206-F-81) of Schwelm - 18 points, 9 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)


John Bynum (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To 75-67 Win Against The Giessen 46ers And Pregame Thoughts To New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Game December 29th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 75-67 win at home against The Giessen 46ers.

What was it like playing on the second Christmas day and how was the christmas atmosphere in the arena?


It was a great atmosphere and anytime you play at home it is always a good thing. the fans were great and I'm glad we gave them a Christmas gift.

Congrats on the 75-67 win at home against the Giessen 46ers. At halftime TBB trier had a slim 37-35 lead. Why was TBB Trier unable to break free in the first 20 minutes?


Anytime we pulled away we seemed to let them back into the game. We continue to have scoring droughts and struggle for minutes at a time at the offensive end. We tend to get fustrated when things dont go right at the offensive end and it affects us at the defensive end as well.

The Giessen 46ers stayed at your door step and never gave up. What was key in the fourth quarter that got TBB Trier the win?

We got some key stops at the end of the game and we got executed on the offensive end in the last couple of minutes at the game.

The TBB Trier defense kept Giessen under 70 points. How would you have rated the TBB trier defense in this game?


We played solid defense but we gave up big leads multiple times during the game. They shot a high percentage against us so I think we can for sure play better defensively, it wasnt one of our better games.

The next game is against The New Yorker Phnatoms Braunschweig. They seem to be finding the thythm that they had last season. What has been your impression of them?

They are an athletic and deep team, they have great guard play and we have to control the boards and play our game.

Will Tony Skinn will be able to compete with Dashaun Wood as top point guard in the BEKO BBL in the long run this season?


Tony Skinn is a great guard and each night it isnt easy in the leauge. There are a lot of good guards in the league and he is one of the top ones in the league as well.

What will be key in winning the game?

We have to control the boards, play solid defense, and find a way to put the ball in the basket.

Will The EWE Baskets Oldenburg give the Brose Baskets Bamberg their first loss of season?


It will be a tough task but we will see what happens.

If you could make a cool snow man which famous person would you try to recreate?


Michael Jordan

Thanks John for the chat.


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Ryvon Covile arrived for Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis
Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) arrived today for the team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. The Greek team which had a lot of wins in a row since Giorgos Bartzokas named head coach of the club was not going very well the last games when it had a lot of defeats. So they were searching something to change.

The decision was the center for of the team. Chinemelu Elonu (208-F/C-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) hasnt satisfied with his performances and Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) will be his replacement. Covile arrived today in Athens while Elonu made his last training before to terminate his contract with 'Neosmyrniotes'.



PAO's Head Coach victim of bulglary - by Eurobasket News
Zeljko Obradovic fell a victim of skilled burglars on Wednesday night, as he discovered, after returning home from a late night outing.

The burglars will be extremely happy with their loot as they manage to steal jewelery worth of 50K euros and cash of around 45K euros. Furthermore they also found the keys to a brand new 200K euros worth Porsche, in which they drove away.

Obradovic was out celebrating Panathinaikos' win over AJ Milano and winning Group D of Euroleague with friends, until late, and there was no one at home. Upon his return the Serbian coach discovered that some of his most valuable possessions were missing.

Police was called on scene and dusted for fingertips, and finding the Porsche is a priority right now as it is more likely to be recovered than the rest, as it is the latest model, equipped with the latest GPS and anti-theft systems.

Courtesy of www.talkbasket.net


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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. Singletary, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Werner, Kaposvari19.0 
 9. El-Amin, PVSK P.18.9 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.8 
 2. Werner, Kaposvari11.0 
 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. Werner, Kaposvari3.0 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok3.0 
 5. Doyne, Falco-Szova3.0 
 6. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 7. Clark, Szolnok2.8 
 8. Williams, ZTE K.2.7 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.5 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.2.5 
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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Bobby Sharma - NBA to India !!! - by Anil Kumar
IMG, the premier global sports and media company, announced that Bobby Sharma has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Basketball. Sharma joins IMG from the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he was Vice President & General Counsel of the NBA Development League.

In his new role, Sharma will oversee the growth of IMGs basketball business around the world, including the emerging economies of India and Brazil. He will initially relocate to Mumbai, India to begin developing the companys exclusive commercial rights to basketball in that country, working as part of IMG Reliance (IMGR), a joint venture between IMG and Reliance Industries Ltd.

Earlier this year, IMGR acquired all commercial rights to basketball in India for a 30-year period. The pinnacle of IMGRs strategy for basketball in India will be the development of a professional basketball league in which players from around the globe will compete alongside Indian players at the highest level. Critical to the sustainable success of this project will be the development of the game at a grassroots level, the sourcing and development of local talent, and the re-organization and management of school and college leagues throughout the country to create a development platform for growing the talent pool of young Indian players, enhancing their opportunities to compete internationally and successfully represent India on the world stage.

Andrew Wildblood, Executive Vice President of IMG and Executive Director of IMGR said, Bobbys appointment is a major step forward in IMGs commitment to developing the sport of basketball. In India, the IMG Reliance Scholarship program has already demonstrated that there are enormously talented young basketball players around the world with huge untapped potential. What is now required are highly efficient search and development processes to give that talent the chance it deserves to succeed, and high-caliber professional leagues in which for them to play. With successful talent pyramids in place, these leagues will thrive. With his experience developing the sport of basketball for almost a decade at the NBA, Bobby is the right person at the right time to help us achieve IMGs goals for the game around the world, both from a player and league development perspective.

This is an enormous opportunity for me to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the sport of basketball on a global level, Sharma said. There is tremendous interest in the game in India and its dynamic market in particular, where more than half of the nations population is under 25 years old, and just about every economic metric is headed in a positive direction. Im excited to join the talented team of executives that IMG Chairman Ted Forstmann has put in place to help take the company to the next level.

During his tenure with the NBA, Sharma served as the Chief Legal Officer and a Senior Executive for the NBA Development League, the NBAs minor league, and its various operating entities. In this capacity, he oversaw various legal, business and basketball operational matters, and his responsibilities included management of all league and team agreements, and development and administration of all policies and procedures. Sharma was also responsible for related initiatives such as expansion and international league consulting. Areas of his focus included team ownership & operation, arenas, sponsorship, merchandise, marketing, intellectual property, broadcasting, product/digital content licensing, contests & sweepstakes, employment, anti-doping and security.

Prior to joining the NBA, Sharma practiced litigation in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and in New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He also served on the presidential campaign staff of former U.S. Senator, and Basketball Hall of Famer, Bill Bradley.

Sharma, who holds a B.A. in history and a J.D. degree from Duke University, was the recipient of the 2010 Corporate Counsel award from the South Asian Bar Association of New York. In 2009, Korn/Ferry International named him one of the 25 Most Influential South Asian Executives in the Media & Entertainment Industry. Sharma was also nominated by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel for the 2008 Sports Counsel of the Year award.



Reliance IMG Senior National Basketball starts today at New Delhi - by Anil Kumar
The BFI is a proud host to a new generation of Basketball events in India with the backing of Reliance- IMG JV to which a lot of basketball fans across the country are looking forward to take the game to new heights in the near future.

Indian basketball may not have much to show in the international arena as yet, but the organisers have promised eight days of excitement', in the IMG-Reliance 61st National basketball championship scheduled to be held here from December 28 to January 4.

With the super league matches, featuring the top-10 teams in the men's and women's sections, scheduled to be held at the NDMC Indoor Stadium, Talkatora Garden, the focus will be on whether any team is able to question the supremacy of the Railways men and women who had clinched the titles in the last edition.

With the cream of talent in its fold, the efficiency of the Railway women has been a foregone conclusion, though Delhi has been attempting to bridge the gap over the years. Only Punjab in 1987-87 and Delhi in 2002-03 have been able to beat Railways in the last 27 editions.

However, it should be a lot more competitive in the men's section. Particularly so in the light of Tamil Nadu reaching the capital four days early to get acclimatised to the cold conditions and possibly recapture old magic.

Tamil Nadu had won the title five times in a row, starting with the 50th edition about a decade ago, and will be keen to assert itself once again. Punjab, Services and Uttarakhand will also be equally energetic in making it a lively affair.
Modern School, Barakhamba Road, will be the second venue and will have one indoor and two outdoor courts in operation for the qualification stage.

Apart from good conditions to express their talent, the players will have something more to look forward to in the near future, as it was announced that honorarium would be paid to select players for a period of three months, as the modalities were being worked out.

There will be three categories of players, and A' grade players, numbering to about five each in the men's and women's sections will be paid Rs. 30,000 per month.

The B' grade players, about 10, will get Rs. 20,000 per month, while the C' grade players, basically the juniors, will get Rs. 10,000 per month and will be around 25.

The graded payment apart, the top three teams in the national championships will get a total prize fund of about Rs. 8 lakh. Attempts to gain television coverage for the championship through Doordarshan have evoked little response so far, though the BFI has agreed to foot the production cost.

The championship will open with the match between Railways women and Andhra Pradesh.

Geethu Anna Jose cant get over winter chill that welcomed her in Delhi, as she, alongside her Railways team mates, make their way for the show court of the Talkatora Stadium, where theyll take on Andhra Pradesh in their Pool A opener of the National Basketball Chamionships on Tuesday.

It is so cold here. We were training in Lucknow, thought it would be same, here. But playing in the morning here would be a problem, she says. The tournament will feature 27 mens and 23 womens teams from different states, including teams from Railways and Services.

Last editions runners up Delhi (girls) have an added incentive, as they start their campaign in the 61 st National Basketball Championship that gets underway at the Talkatora Stadium today, against Punjab.

Besides, the home advantage, the team is looking forward to break the the long jinx against Railways. Having won the championships in 2003 at Hyderabad, Delhi girls have always made the cut for the final, but had to finish second on the podium. But with eight international players along with an experienced campaigner Prashanti Singh, Delhi would be aiming for a redemption this time.

We are confident to step in as a team. We have done well in the past tournaments and our record in the nationals has been impressive. We have finished second for the last few years but the home advantage will certainly be a confidence booster, said former captain and International player Prashanti Singh.

Last editions runners up Delhi (girls) have an added incentive, as they start their campaign in the 61 st National Basketball Championship that gets underway at the Talkatora Stadium today, against Punjab.

Besides, the home advantage, the team is looking forward to break the the long jinx against Railways. Having won the championships in 2003 at Hyderabad, Delhi girls have always made the cut for the final, but had to finish second on the podium. But with eight international players along with an experienced campaigner Prashanti Singh, Delhi would be aiming for a redemption this time.

We are confident to step in as a team. We have done well in the past tournaments and our record in the nationals has been impressive. We have finished second for the last few years but the home advantage will certainly be a confidence booster, said former captain and International player Prashanti Singh.

After having seen her team falter in the last hurdle, coach Nisha Sethi has laid out special strategies and leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the girls taste victory at home. Importantly, she is looking forward to her best players to pull this one over their arch nemesis at home this time.

It is always better to start positive. Initial lead is always vital as it helps curbing pressure. I think the new strategies that we have introduced will help the team cover the court and with speed. Every player needs to make an extra effort to pull forward, Sethi told Sportline.

After having seen her team falter in the last hurdle, coach Nisha Sethi has laid out special strategies and leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the girls taste victory at home. Importantly, she is looking forward to her best players to pull this one over their arch nemesis at home this time.

It is always better to start positive. Initial lead is always vital as it helps curbing pressure. I think the new strategies that we have introduced will help the team cover the court and with speed. Every player needs to make an extra effort to pull forward, Sethi told Sportline.

Tuesdays matches:

Mens: TN vs AP, Services vs Kerala, Uttarakhand vs Karnataka, Chhattisgarh vs Chandigarh, Assam vs Mizoram, Delhi vs Haryana, MP vs Rajasthan, Gujarat vs Orissa, J&K vs Bihar, Maharashtra vs Pondicherry, UP vs Jharkhand, HP vs Tripura.

Womens: Railways vs AP, TN vs UP, Delhi vs Punjab, Kerala vs Maharashtra, Chandigarh vs Gujarat, Uttarakhand vs West Bengal, Bihar vs J&K, Haryana vs MP, HP vs Pondicherry

Courtesy Hindu & Indian Express



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Premier League Round 11: Maccabi Ashdod defeats Hapoel J-M in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Maccabi Ashdod (7-4) which hosted in Ashdod second-ranked Hapoel J-M (7-4). Third ranked Maccabi Ashdod had an easy win 98-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. The game without a history. Maccabi Ashdod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel J-M's 28 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hapoel J-M's players. American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Meir Tapiro (194-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) answered with 17 points and 4 assists for Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Ashdod has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Ashdod is looking forward to face Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hapoel J-M will play at home against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (3-8) in Tel-Aviv 88-66. It was a great evening for American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. David Blu helped adding 17 points. American guard Desmon Farmer (195-81, college: USC) responded with 17 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. Maccabi T-A has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Galil Gilboa (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Netanya was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Holon (4-6). Elitzur Netanya defeated Hapoel Holon 80-65 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. It was an exceptional evening for Adrian Banks who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Rich Melzer came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 4-7 record. Loser Hapoel Holon keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Elitzur Netanya will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 11 bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa was smashed by Galil Gilboa on the road 85-65. Bnei Hasharon won against Maccabi Rishon on its own court 89-75.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 18 points and 7 assists by Gal Mekel of Galil Gilboa.


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 85-65

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Galil Gilboa (6-5) crushed at home bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (2-7) 85-65 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-65. Galil Gilboa made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Galil Gilboa had a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 assists. American forward Warren Carter (206-85, college: Illinois) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana) came up with 12 points and the other American import guard Derrick Low (188-86, college: Washington St.) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 6-5 record, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Haifa lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Galil Gilboa will meet Ironi Ashkelon (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Maccabi Haifa will play against Elitzur Netanya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: W.Carter 18+6reb+1ast, G.Mekel 18+4reb+7ast, T.Wilkerson 13+8reb+2ast, J.McClinton 11+3reb+2ast, I.Kozikaro 9+3reb, D.Yavzuri 6+3reb+3ast
Maccabi Haifa: D.Low 13+1reb+4ast, M.Killingsworth 12+4reb+3ast, S.Landesberg 11+2reb+1ast, E.Kadir 8+4reb+2ast, F.Robinson 7+4reb+3ast, B.Rothbart 7+2reb
gschID: 105471


Maccabi T-A - Ironi Ashkelon 88-66

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (3-8) in Tel-Aviv 88-66. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Ironi Ashkelon turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. It was a great evening for American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward David Blu (202-80, college: USC) helped adding 17 points. American guard Desmon Farmer (195-81, college: USC) responded with 17 points and guard Lior Lifshitz (180-84) scored 12 points and 4 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Galil Gilboa (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Perkins 18+3reb+5ast, D.Blu 17+4reb+1ast, T.Burstein 11+3reb+2ast, G.Pnini 9+1reb+4ast, J.Pargo 9+3reb+5ast, S.Schortsanitis 8+5reb+1ast
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Farmer 17+3reb+3ast, L.Lifshitz 12+2reb+2ast, T.Terrell 10+5reb, G.Porat 9+3reb, E.Ibekwe 6+3reb+1ast, G.Pruitt 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 105472


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel J-M 98-75

An interesting game for Maccabi Ashdod (7-4) which hosted in Ashdod second-ranked Hapoel J-M (7-4). Third ranked Maccabi Ashdod had an easy win 98-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. The game without a history. Maccabi Ashdod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel J-M's 28 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hapoel J-M's players. American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Meir Tapiro (194-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and international forward Lior Hakmon (202-85, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel J-M. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Ashdod is looking forward to face Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hapoel J-M will play at home against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 25+7reb, J.Duncan 22+6reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 20+5reb+7ast, R.Bradley 14+1reb+8ast, J.Martin 8+2reb, N.Berkowitz 4+1reb+7ast
Hapoel J-M: M.Mizrahi 18+1reb+1ast, J.Rich 17+3reb+4ast, W.Solomon 15+4reb+1ast, L.Hakmon 13+7reb, A.Tamir 6+3reb+1ast, D.Dowell 5+5reb
gschID: 105468


Elitzur Netanya - Hapoel Holon 80-65

The game in Netanya was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Holon (4-6). Elitzur Netanya defeated Hapoel Holon 80-65 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Netanya. Hapoel Holon managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Netanya looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Shmuel Brener (188-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) accounted for 11 points and 9 assists for the winning side. American forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Nir Cohen (202-81, college: San Diego, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 4-7 record. Loser Hapoel Holon keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Elitzur Netanya will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 22+5reb+1ast, C.Watson 13+2reb+2ast, S.Brener 11+3reb+9ast, T.Washam 10+7reb+3ast, T.Younger 8+5reb+2ast, E.Brown 7+12reb+3ast
Hapoel Holon: R.Melzer 19+8reb+2ast, N.Cohen 15+9reb+1ast, K.Powell 14+7reb+3ast, R.Hite 12+8reb+2ast, M.Roth 3+5reb+8ast, A.Ben David 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105469


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Rishon 89-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon's (4-6) road loss to fifth ranked Bnei Hasharon (6-5) in Hod Hasharon 75-89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-75. Bnei Hasharon made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: ZAG Advocates) accounted for 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively for Maccabi Rishon in the defeat. Five Bnei Hasharon and four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon's coach Effi Birnbaum rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Loser Maccabi Rishon keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Bnei Hasharon will meet Hapoel Holon (#6) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Ashdod and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: L.Nailon 21+6reb+4ast, E.Katz 15+4reb+5ast, S.James 15+9reb+2ast, S.Shason 14+2reb+1ast, F.Rivera 13+5reb+7ast, B.Rice 5+1reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: I.Swann 22+5reb+4ast, D.Mitchell 15+8reb+5ast, A.McGhee 13+6reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 10+1reb+4ast, Y.Orland 9+2reb+2ast, D.Tucker 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 105470




Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 10-1 
 2. Maccabi Ashdod 7-4 
 3. Hapoel J-M 7-4 
 4. Galil Gilboa 6-5 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 6-5 
 6. Hapoel Holon 4-6 
 7. Maccabi Rishon 4-6 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 4-7 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 3-8 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 2-7 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.8 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.8 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.24.6 
 4. Gomez, Beer Yaakov24.5 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.23.6 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 7. Dobie, Lev Hasharon22.2 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon21.8 
 9. Clemente, Megido.21.8 
 10. Tramiel, Kohav Yair21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.13.9 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.5 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.7 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.1 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.7 
 6. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.3 
 7. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne9.3 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Paris, Hapoel Beeri8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A8.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.9 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.8 
 4. Harush, Kohav Yair5.6 
 5. Timor, Hapoel Tivon5.4 
 6. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 7. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.1 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.9 
 9. Skverer, Maccabi .4.6 
 10. Hofman, Elitzur .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.5 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.1 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 4. Harush, Kohav Yair2.4 
 5. Shtarkman, Megido.2.3 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.2 
 8. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.2 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.2 
 10. Housman, Hapoel T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel AIDAN
  Hapoel Beeri
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri2.3 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 5. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.8 
 6. Brandy, Hod H.1.6 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.6 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 10. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.2 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes18.4 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.17.8 
 4. Lavrinovic, Montepas.16.8 
 5. Winston, CS Bo.16.0 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.9 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.8 
 8. Milic, Vanoli CR15.5 
 9. Thomas, Air AV15.1 
 10. Dean, Air AV15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.5 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.9.0 
 3. Suton, Angelico BI8.4 
 4. Davis, Banca Tercas8.3 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 6. Homan, CS Bologna8.2 
 7. Hall, Banca Tercas8.2 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.9 
 9. Slay, Cimberio VA7.8 
 10. Troutman, Air AV7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Air AV6.3 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.5.1 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.6 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.4.3 
 5. Diener, Dinamo S.3.8 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA3.5 
 8. Hackett, Scavolin.3.4 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.3 
 10. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fabio DI BELLA
  Pepsi Caserta
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Di Bella, Pepsi C.3.0 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.2.9 
 3. Hawkins, Armani MI2.8 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI2.7 
 5. Rocca, Armani MI2.7 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.2.7 
 7. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 8. Ray, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 9. White, Dinamo Sassari2.6 
 10. Green, Air AV2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.4 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.8 
 3. Polonara, Banca T.1.4 
 4. Smith, Benetton TV1.4 
 5. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi0.9 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.0.9 
 8. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.8 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


NIJT: Montepaschi cruise past CSKA - by Eurobasket News
IJT Montepaschi Siena - IJT CSKA 81:55

Montepaschi Siena opened the win count at the Torneo Citta di Roma. The competition held in Rome is the part of the Nike International Junior Tournament. Giovanni Severini (194-F/G-93) stepped up with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Montepaschi Siena.
CSKA and Montepaschi traded baskets throughout the opening frame. The Russian side eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena bounced back in the second quarter. The Italian team spurred in front and registered a 37:35 lead at the interval. Montepaschi increased the tempo in the third frame. The Siena team dominated the quarter. They overwhelmed CSKA 27:9 and ensured a 20-point lead at the final intermission. Montepaschi did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter. They did not allow CSKA any closer and celebrated a confident win at the end. Cristiano Spina (190-F-93) and Camillo Bianchi (194-F-94) notched 12 points each for Montepaschi. Mattia Udom (200-F-93) and Gaetano Spera (206-F/C-93) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Alexander Gudumak (203-F-93) responded with 20 points for CSKA. Dmitry Utolin (198-G-93) netted 12 points in defeat.

IJT Montepaschi Siena: Giovanni Severini 15, Cristiano Spina 12, Camillo Bianchi 12
IJT CSKA: Alexander Gudumak 20, Dmitry Utolin 12



NIJT: Fenerbahce topple Benetton in Rome - by Eurobasket News
IJT Fenerbahce - IJT Benetton 76:87

IJT Fenerbahce victoriously opened the Torneo Citta di Roma tournament. It is the first stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. Fenerbahce defeated Benetton behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from Berkant.
Benetton started the game strongly. The Italian side dominated the first period and posted a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Fenerbahce began to recover in the second period. They cut the distance at just 2 points at halftime 41:43. Fenerbahce went on a key rally in the third term. They triggered an 18:2 run to establish a 72:57 lead after three periods. Benetton managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth quarter but it hardly helped. Fenerbahce cruised to a confident win at the end. Guney notched 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Turkish team. Oguzhan Turan (190-G-93) added 17 points in the winning effort. Raphael Gaspardo (204-F-93) answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Benetton. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points in the loss.

IJT Fenerbahce: Berkant 23+10 boards, Guney 19+12 boards, Oguzhan Turan 17
IJT Benetton: Raphael Gaspardo 26+10 boards, Pavlin Ivanov 16



NIJT: Lietuvos Rytas outgun Lottomatica - by Eurobasket News
IJT Lietuvos Rytas - IJT Lottomatica Roma 95:68

The Torneo Citta di Roma tipped off tonight. The tournament is the first stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. Lietuvos Rytas fired past Lottomatica Roma in Group A opener tonight.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game confidently. Led by Mantas Mockevicius (188-G-93) the Lithuanian team earned a 24:17 lead at the first break. Lottomatica Roma bounced back in the second frame. The Italian team relied on three-pointers in the second frame and erased the deficit. But a pair of trebles from Mantas Mockevicius allowed Lietuvos Rytas to take a 41:38 lead at halftime. Lietuvos Rytas went on a 14:1 run in the third term to clear off. The Lithuanian side rallied to a comfortable 73:47 advantage at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas did not slow down as they rolled to the victory at the end. Mantas Mockevicius paced the winners with 23 points. Vytautas Gudaitis (184-G-87) added 15 points in the win. Matteo Mario Tambone (190-G-94) responded with 14 points for Lottomatica Roma. Gabriele Carrano (186-G-93) and Ralli provided 9 points each in the loss. Lietuvos Rytas will face Fenerbahce, while Lottomatica Roma will take on Benetton Bwin later tonight.

IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Mantas Mockevicius 23, Vytautas Gudaitis 15, Martynas Paliukenas (190-G-93) 14
IJT Lottomatica Roma: Matteo Mario Tambone 14, Gabriele Carrano 9, Ralli 9



NIJT: Zagreb rally past Stella Azzurra - by Eurobasket News
IJT Zagreb - IJT Stella Azzurra 92:82

Zagreb posted the first win at the first stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament Torneo Citta di Roma. The Croatian team recorded the victory over Stella Azzurra. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) came up with game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead Zagreb.
Stella Azzurra looked better early in the game. They grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Stella Azzurra maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Italian team posted a 39:34 advantage at halftime. But Zagreb turned things around in the third quarter. They opened the half with fifteen unanswered points to surge ahead. The Croats posted a 71:55 lead at the final intermission. Stella Azzurra stopped the bleeding in the final period. Zagreb outgunned their opponents in the final quarter but came up just short of victory at the end. Mario Hezonja (180-G-95) accounted for 17 points and 9 caroms for Zagreb. Marva nailed 18 points in the win. Mario Delle Cave (180-G-93) and Mirco Turel (190-G-94) produced 17 points each for Stella Azzurra. Paesano had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

IJT Zagreb: Dario Saric 25+19 boards, Marva 18, Mario Hezonja 17
IJT Stella Azzurra: Mario Delle Cave 17, Mirco Turel 17



Peter Ezugwu on the radar of Teramo - by Eurobasket News
Banca Tercas Teramo is looking to reinforce its roster under the basket. The Italian outfit wants to sign American/British center Peter Ezugwu (203-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Michigan) for rest of the season. Ezugwu already played in Italy as a member of Jesi, Osimo, Scafati, Pavia, Imola, Sassari and Avellino. He started this season with Argentinean team Boca Juniors, but they parted ways last week.
Banca Tercas Teramo signed Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) few days ago.


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Best players of Japanese BJ League round 21 - by Eurobasket News
American Wendell White (198-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kyoto Hannaryz and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old guard had a double-double of 31 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team crushed Fukuoka Rizing (#4, 12-9) with 25-point margin 99-74. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains the 5th position in Japanese BJ League. Kyoto Hannaryz is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-10 record. White turned to be Kyoto Hannaryz's top player in his first season with the team. University of Nevada -Las Vegas graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.9ppg), rebounds (9th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 59.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Brandon Cole (203-F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Miyazaki Shining Suns. Cole impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Miyazaki lost that game 86-93 to the higher-ranked Sendai 89ers (#2, 12-8). Miyazaki managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Miyazaki managed to get this year. Cole is a newcomer at Miyazaki 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 American Mac Hopson (188-G-87) of second-ranked Sendai 89ers. Hopson showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Sendai 89ers, leading his team to a 93-86 win against the lower-ranked Miyazaki (#8, 6-16). Sendai 89ers needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Hopson has a great season in Japan. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.3apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83) of Miyazaki - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 19 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mac Hopson (188-G-87) of Sendai 89ers - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 26 points and 14 rebounds
8. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Niigata Albirex - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 20-2 
 2. Sendai 89ers 12-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 10-10 
 4. Akita 8-14 
 5. Saitama Bron. 7-15 
 6. Tokyo Apache 6-6 
 7. Toyama Grouses 6-14 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 17-5 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 14-8 
 3. Okinawa GK 13-9 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 13-9 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 11-11 
 6. Oita H.Devils 9-11 
 7. Shimane 8-14 
 8. Takamatsu FA 6-14 
 9. Miyazaki 6-16 


BJ League Round 22: Osaka Evessa added another victory to their record - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Oita between third ranked Okinawa GK (13-9) and sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-11) on Sunday night. Okinawa GK was defeated by Oita Heat Devils on the road 66-78. Okinawa GK was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Taj Finger (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oita Heat Devils maintains sixth position with 9-11 record. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Oita Heat Devils are looking forward to face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Okinawa GK will play against Kyoto Hannaryz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (10-10) against fourth ranked Akita Happinets (8-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by fourth ranked Akita Happinets (8-14) in a tough game in Akita 81-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 31 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Paul Butorac chipped in 23 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Akita Happinets maintains fourth position with 8-14 record, which they share with Shimane. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost.


An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-2) which hosted in Mikawa their biggest opponent Shiga Lakestars (14-8). First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix had an easy win 90-72. Jeffrey Parmer notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Mikey Marshall did not help to save the game for Shiga Lakestars. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-2 record. Loser Shiga Lakestars keep the second place with eight games lost.

BJ League top team - Osaka Evessa (17-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Shimane Magic (8-14) 68-61. Lynn Washington fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Osaka Evessa have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Shimane Magic lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Kyoto was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (13-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (11-11). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 9-point victory 95-86 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannaryz. It was a very good performance for Michael Parker who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Okinawa GK. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Oita Heat Devils (#6) at home in the next round. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 Takamatsu FA beat Toyama Grouses on the road 81-70. Saitama Bron. won against Tokyo Apache on its own court 88-70.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 45 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds by Wendell White of Kyoto Hannaryz.


Kyoto Hannaryz - Fukuoka Rizing 86-95

The game in Kyoto was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (13-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (11-11). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 9-point victory 95-86 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannaryz. Kyoto Hannaryz was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Fukuoka Rizing forced 25 Kyoto Hannaryz turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) replied with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (on 19-of-24 shooting from the field) and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannaryz. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Okinawa GK. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Oita Heat Devils (#6) at home in the next round. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 41+10reb+2ast, N.Murry 23+6reb+10ast, A.Takeno 15+3reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 8+4reb+4ast, J.Henderson 3+7reb+1ast, K.Tsutsumi 2+1reb
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 45+16reb+2ast, K.Trim 14+14reb+1ast, T.Murakami 10+1reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 8+2reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 5+3reb+3ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 4+2reb+2ast


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Shimane - Osaka Evessa 61-68

BJ League top team - Osaka Evessa (17-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Shimane Magic (8-14) 68-61. Shimane Magic was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 21-8 charge of Osaka Evessa, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Terry Evans (196-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) produced 8 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Osaka Evessa have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Shimane Magic lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 19+15reb+3ast, H.Takada 14+2reb+2ast, W.Knight 14+7reb+1ast, S.Konno 7+2reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 5+6reb+1ast, W.Marshall 5+8reb
Shimane: T.Ishizaki 14+1reb+3ast, F.Fisher 9+2reb+2ast, W.Caudle 8+7reb+2ast, T.Evans 8+10reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 8+1reb, R.Golson 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 105890


Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK 78-66

The most important game in the last round took place in Oita between third ranked Okinawa GK (13-9) and sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-11) on Sunday night. Okinawa GK was defeated by Oita Heat Devils on the road 66-78. Okinawa GK was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Taj Finger (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) added 4 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oita Heat Devils maintains sixth position with 9-11 record. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Oita Heat Devils are looking forward to face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Okinawa GK will play against Kyoto Hannaryz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 18+8reb+3ast, T.Finger 17+13reb+2ast, M.Lottich 12+4reb+7ast, H.Sato 12+2reb, R.Howell 8+5reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 5+2reb+6ast
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 22+7reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 11+1reb+1ast, C.Dixon 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Takushi 6+1reb, N.Kosuge 6+1reb+1ast, J.Newton 4+19reb+6ast
gschID: 105891


Akita - Niigata Albirex 88-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (10-10) against fourth ranked Akita Happinets (8-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by fourth ranked Akita Happinets (8-14) in a tough game in Akita 81-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Niigata Albirex won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akita Happinets players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 31 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) chipped in 23 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains fourth position with 8-14 record, which they share with Shimane. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Akita: S.Henry 31+9reb+4ast, P.Butorac 23+15reb+3ast, A.Burks 10+4reb+1ast, M.Hasegawa 9+4ast, K.Shoji 8+1reb+6ast, R.Mizumachi 6+4reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 23+12reb+3ast, W.Veasley 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Andrews 15+13reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 10+4reb+2ast, N.Takushi 9+4reb+4ast, S.Komatsu 5
gschID: 105885


Toyama Grouses - Takamatsu FA 70-81

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (6-14) beat on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (6-14) 81-70 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Takamatsu FA forced 19 Toyama Grouses turnovers. Strangely Toyama Grouses outrebounded Takamatsu FA 45-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Quite impressive performance for forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) added 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Toyama Grouses. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 19+8reb+3ast, T.Farley 14+9reb, H.Kikuchi 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kita 10+1ast, R.Sparks 9+8reb+4ast, S.Takeda 8+2reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Davis 21+11reb, J.Smith 16+12reb+1ast, B.Harper 13+12reb+3ast, M.Azuma 11+1reb+1ast, T.Mito 6+3reb+3ast, H.Johnson 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105886


Saitama Bron. - Tokyo Apache 88-70

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Tokyo Apache (6-6) lost on the road to seventh ranked Saitama Broncos (7-15) 88-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Tokyo Apache managed to win fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Saitama Broncos made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. American guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 13 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Kendall Dartez (207-80, college: Louisville) added 15 points in the effort for Tokyo Apache. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Saitama Broncos has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Tokyo Apache dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: G.Klaiber 22+10reb, B.Brown 20+5reb, Y.Kitamuki 15+2reb+6ast, K.Satterfield 14+9reb+4ast, K.Hatano 10+6reb+4ast, D.Terashita 5+1reb+3ast
Tokyo Apache: K.Dartez 15+4reb+1ast, B.Eaton 13+4reb+4ast, J.Tyler 11+5reb+1ast, C.Aoki 8+3reb+3ast, R.Swift 7+8reb, T.Kensuke 6+3ast
gschID: 105887


Hamamatsu P. - Shiga Lakestars 90-72

An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (20-2) which hosted in Mikawa their biggest opponent Shiga Lakestars (14-8). First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix had an easy win 90-72. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-72. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) supported him with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Shiga Lakestars. His fellow American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) added 11 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix and four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-2 record. Loser Shiga Lakestars keep the second place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: D.Larkai 18+10reb+2ast, J.Parmer 17+12reb+4ast, J.Dixon 17+4reb+3ast, W.Arnold 13+1reb, K.Tomori 10+2reb, S.Okada 5+3reb+2ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 18+13reb+4ast, T.Fujiwara 14+2reb+1ast, L.Rice 13+8reb, G.Hamilton 11+11reb+1ast, M.Joho 6+2reb+2ast, Y.Okada 5+3reb
gschID: 105888




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FIBA Asia Championship 2011 , From Lebanon to China Again ! - by Omar Shafaamri

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) confirmed on Thursday that the 2011 FIBA Asian Mens championships will be hosted at Wuhan, Hubei Province on Sept. 15-25.

Li Jinsheng, vice president of CBA, said he was informed the news on Wednesday after an executive meeting of the Asian Basketball Federation in Malaysia, which was attended by CBA vice president Xin Lancheng and other officials.

Wuhan is fully ready to host the competition, said Li, who accompanied FIBA officials to inspect Wuhan in 2010.

The Asian championships will serve as the qualification of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Several cities had bid to host the event, including cities of Lebanon, South Korea and China.

The womens edition will be hosted at Japan on Aug. 21-28.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.2 
 3. Veselovs, Valmiera16.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 6. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja15.7 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.15.4 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.8.2 
 3. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.8 
 4. Mednis, Turiba7.8 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 6. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.9 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.8 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 4. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.3.9 
 6. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.5 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.2 
 5. Bertans, VEF R.2.1 
 6. Slisans, LU2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
 9. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 10. Motivans, Turiba1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.6 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 5. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 6. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 7. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Mejeris, Liepaja0.7 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.7 


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NIJT: Fenrbahce earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News
IJT Fenerbahce - IJT Lietuvos Rytas 63:62

Fenerbahce posted the second straight win at the Torneo Citta di Roma. They snatched a one-point victory over Lietuvos Rytas to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Lietuvos Rytas fell at 1-1 record. Kerem Hotic (197-F-93) paced the Turkish team with 17 points.
Fenerbahce quickly surged in front in this one. They held Lietuvos Rytas to only 12 points in the opening term to establish a 7-point advantage. Lietuvos Rytas responded with a stifling defense in the second term. Fenerbahce accounted for just 3 points in ten minutes to watch their lead evaporate. Lietuvos Rytas and Fenerbahce entered the third term all tied at 22. The tempo grew in the third quarter. The offenses started to work as Fenerbahce fired 26 points. They ensured a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas sneaked back in charge late in regulation but Fenerbahce came up strong in the dying seconds stealing a narrow win at the end. Guney delivered 16 points for the winners. Berkay added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) replied with 13 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mantas Mockevicius (188-G-93) had 11 points in the loss.

IJT Fenerbahce: Kerem Hotic 17, Guney 16, Berkay 13+10 boards
IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Tomas Lekunas 13, Mantas Mockevicius 11



Pukis out for rest of the season - by Deividas Valiunas
Lithuania U-18 team member Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) will miss the rest of the season, because he suffered a severe ankle injury.
'Injury is very hard, but i do non know yet exactly how match time i didn't play basketball. But probably this season is over' - sadly spoke Pukis.

This season guard spent Christian Life Center Academy. Pukis is one of the most talented European prospects.



Augustas Peciukevicius is injured again - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
One of most promising young point guards in Lithunia Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) who is playing for Sakalai Vilnius is stopped by injury again. This season he already was stopped by leg muscle injury and now same injury has renewed. He will be out from court at least for two months. This season he averaged 7.7ppg and 3.0apg in LKL and in BBL has played only one game with 19 points and 7 assits. Last summer he was member of Lithuanian national U-20 team.

NIJT: Lietuvos Rytas outgun Lottomatica - by Eurobasket News
IJT Lietuvos Rytas - IJT Lottomatica Roma 95:68

The Torneo Citta di Roma tipped off tonight. The tournament is the first stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. Lietuvos Rytas fired past Lottomatica Roma in Group A opener tonight.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game confidently. Led by Mantas Mockevicius (188-G-93) the Lithuanian team earned a 24:17 lead at the first break. Lottomatica Roma bounced back in the second frame. The Italian team relied on three-pointers in the second frame and erased the deficit. But a pair of trebles from Mantas Mockevicius allowed Lietuvos Rytas to take a 41:38 lead at halftime. Lietuvos Rytas went on a 14:1 run in the third term to clear off. The Lithuanian side rallied to a comfortable 73:47 advantage at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas did not slow down as they rolled to the victory at the end. Mantas Mockevicius paced the winners with 23 points. Vytautas Gudaitis (184-G-87) added 15 points in the win. Matteo Mario Tambone (190-G-94) responded with 14 points for Lottomatica Roma. Gabriele Carrano (186-G-93) and Ralli provided 9 points each in the loss. Lietuvos Rytas will face Fenerbahce, while Lottomatica Roma will take on Benetton Bwin later tonight.

IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Mantas Mockevicius 23, Vytautas Gudaitis 15, Martynas Paliukenas (190-G-93) 14
IJT Lottomatica Roma: Matteo Mario Tambone 14, Gabriele Carrano 9, Ralli 9



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Kennedy, Residence26.1 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.22.3 
 4. Schumacher, T7121.8 
 5. Muller, T7121.2 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.20.2 
 7. Kalmes, Contern19.4 
 8. Delgado, Etzella19.2 
 9. Smith, Sparta18.6 
 10. Gary, Contern18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. McDaniel, Black S.15.1 
 2. Gary, Contern12.9 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 4. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.2 
 6. Stephens, T7111.4 
 7. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.4 
 9. Abercrombie, Spa.10.3 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tom SCHUMACHER
  T71
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Schumacher, T714.8 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.4 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.3 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.1 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.1 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.1 
 7. Koster, Residence2.8 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.8 
 9. Birenbaum, Amicale2.4 
 10. Donnersbach, Basket E.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel KALMES
  Contern
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kalmes, Contern2.1 
 2. Schartz, Amicale1.9 
 3. Jones, Amicale1.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence1.8 
 5. Smith, Sparta1.8 
 6. Delgado, Etzella1.7 
 7. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 8. Abdiu, Residence1.6 
 9. Gary, Contern1.5 
 10. Birenbaum, Amicale1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gary, Contern1.9 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.1.6 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.5 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.1.0 
 6. Weisen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 8. Stephens, T710.8 
 9. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


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


Standings - 1B
1B regular season Standings
Group A
 1. KK Podgorica 6-1 
 2. Centar BP 6-1 
 3. Bonus 6-3 
 4. Rudar 5-3 
 5. Buducnost II 3-5 
 6. Novljanin 3-6 
 7. LIM 0-9 
Group B
 1. Sutjeska 7-1 
 2. Un.Mediteran 6-2 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 6-2 
 4. S.Centar 5-3 
 5. Zeta 3-6 
 6. Kotor 2-6 
 7. KK Cetinje 0-9 


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Morocco edge Algeria in Africa Basketball Cup of Nations Qualifier - by Eurobasket News
Morocco - Algeria 81:70

Morocco made the first step towards reaching the Africa Basketball Cup of Nations. They held off Algeria in the first leg of the Zone I Qualifying clash. The return game is slated for December 28 at the Fathallah El Bouazzaoui Hall.
Morocco quickly surged ahead in this one. They accounted for a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets in a high-flying second period. Morocco managed to secure a 47:38 halftime advantage. They limited Algeria to only 8 points in the third term to enlarge the distance. Morocco did not loosen the pressure in the final period and rallied to the victory at the end.
The winner of the clash will clinch the 2011 Afrobasket birth. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Cote DIvoire.



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Marygrove Mustangs Pick Up 4th Win - by Stephan Ditgens
LIVONIA, Mich.-On Saturday, the Mustangs were able to stave off a late second half comeback to put away the Phantoms of East-West University 75-70 in the consolation game at the 2010 Madonna Classic.

The Mustangs made the best of an 'off' performance in a game that featured a dismal 18 combined made field goals in the first half by taking a 28-24 Marygrove lead into the break.

In the second half, the Mustangs came out on fire hitting 63% of their shots en route to a 12-0 run that put them ahead 55-44 with 9:47 to play. However, a late Phantom comeback would be enough to keep the Mustangs involved in a nail-biter down the stretch. Chris Sinagoga (Madison Heights, Mich./Bishop Foley) secured the game with two late free throws to give the Stangs the 75-70 neutral court win.

Freshman forward/center Brandon Carlson (Waterford, Mich./Kettering) led the Mustangs with a 20-point, 8-rebound effort to secure a 2010 Madonna Classic All-Tournament Team appearance. With the 20-point game, Carlson averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds on 13-of-20 shooting over the two-day classic at Madonna University.

source: marygrovemustangs.com


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'IKE' in Action - by Alex Yam
5 years removed from being the #9 draft pick , close to a year removed from micro fracture surgery, and seemingly an endless road to get back to the NBA. Ike Diogu (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) who all but dominated the Pac 10 at Arizona State, then had a promising rookie year with the Warriors, found himself out of the NBA and looking back at what could have been, what should have been.

After seriously considering an offer to play overseas, Ike got the chance he needed and deserved when the injury riddled Clippers finally made a sensible signing and picked up and signed the talented Diogu. Fully recovered from surgery and ready to prove to the NBA and the world, that he is and always will remain an NBA talent and player.

In his first NBA game in over a year, Ike played a modest 16 minutes and had 8 points, and grabbed key rebounds and really provided the interior presence the Clippers needed. Diogu also displayed a nice mid range game that will cause match up problems. Great game for a great player. Best of luck Ike!



Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 23-5 
 2. New York K. 18-12 
 3. Philadelph.76 12-18 
 4. Toronto R. 10-19 
 5. New Jersey N. 9-21 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 19-10 
 2. Indiana P. 13-15 
 3. Milwaukee B. 12-16 
 4. Detroit P. 10-20 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-22 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 23-9 
 2. Atlanta H. 19-13 
 3. Orlando M. 18-12 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-19 
 5. Washington W. 7-21 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 21-9 
 2. Oklah.City T. 21-10 
 3. Denver N. 16-13 
 4. Portland TB 15-15 
 5. Minnesota T. 7-24 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 21-9 
 2. Phoenix Suns 13-16 
 3. Golde State W. 11-18 
 4. LA Clippers 9-22 
 5. Sacramento K. 5-22 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 26-4 
 2. Dallas M. 23-5 
 3. N.Orleans H. 18-12 
 4. Houston R. 14-15 
 5. Memphis G. 13-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.26.0 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.4 
 5. James, Miami Heat24.8 
 6. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.5 
 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: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.6 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.4 
 5. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.0 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.1 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 10. Miller, Portland.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 4. Wall, Washington W.2.2 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.2.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.2.0 
 9. Curry, Golde S.2.0 
 10. Garnett, Boston C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.5 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers2.0 
 10. Duncan, San A.2.0 


Raptors re-sign Ronald Dupree - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday they have re-signed forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU). Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Dupree, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds participated in Torontos 2010 training camp before he was released October 19. He appeared in five preseason games, totaling 20 points and eight rebounds in 55 minutes.

Dupree was also a member of the Raptors entry in the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League. In five outings, Dupree averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds helping the club to a 5-0 mark. He had a team-high 24 points and added eight rebounds in a victory over New Orleans.

Dupree has played in 154 NBA games with Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Seattle, averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. He has also seen action in the NBDL with Huntsville, Tulsa and Utah. He has averaged 17.5 points and 6.3 boards in 122 D-League outings.

Torontos roster now stands at 15.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Sunday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio S. - Washington W. 94-80
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 20 points, 14 assists and six assists and the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 94-80 on Sunday night. The Spurs improved to 24-6, rebounding from a 123-101 loss to Orlando on Thursday night that snapped their winning streak at 11. The league leaders in 3-point percentage, San Antonio shot 10 of 24 from long range. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and George Hill added 11. Hill returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a sprained right toe. Rashard Lewis, acquired last week from Orlando, had 21 points for Washington, playing without suspended forwards Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. They were suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Denver N. - Philadelph.76 89-95
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) had 22 points, Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 95-89 on Sunday night Elton Brand had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Jodie Meeks scored 17 points for the 76ers. Chauncey Billups had 24 points and Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson added 14 each for the Nuggets, who lost their third straight since Carmelo Anthony left the team Wednesday following the death of his sister. Chris Andersen and J.R. Smith also each had 11 rebounds for the Nuggets. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Phoenix Suns 108-103
Squirming on the Clippers' bench for the final 2:52 while the Phoenix Suns sliced a 10-point deficit to one was a gut-wrenching experience for rookie Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), who wasn't able to exhale until Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) made a game-saving steal in the final minute. Griffin had 28 points and 12 rebounds for his 18th straight double-double before fouling out for the second time this season, and the Clippers nearly blew an 18-point advantage before beating Phoenix 108-103 on Sunday to end a streak of nine straight losses to the Suns. ''It was tough, but my teammates stepped up down the stretch,'' Griffin said. ''It says a lot. I don't know how this kind of game would have gone if it was Game 3 or 4 or 5. But now that we're more comfortable with each other, guys know what to do.'' The victory was the Clippers' first against their Pacific Division rivals since Jan. 15, 2008, and only their fourth in 19 meetings since losing Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix. Gordon scored 24 points and Baron Davis added 15 points and nine assists to complement Griffin's 24th double-double of the season. Newly acquired Mickael Pietrus scored a season-high 25 points for Phoenix. Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 15 assists on ''Boxing Day,'' which is a national holiday in his native Canada. Grant Hill had 19 points and seven rebounds while guarding Griffin, and even got under his skin on more than one occasion. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Cleveland C. - Minnesota T. 97-98
Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored on a driving layup with 5.9 seconds left to give Minnesota a 98-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, snapping the Timberwolves' losing streak at seven. Beasley, who had 28 points, scored after Antawn Jamison's basket with 10.6 seconds left gave Cleveland the lead. After Minnesota called a timeout, Beasley got the ball at the top of the key, drove past Jamison and banked in the winning basket. Cleveland then called a timeout and Jamison's off-balance runner hit the rim twice and bounced off as Kevin Love grabbed the rebound. Luke Ridnour (6'2''-G-81, college: Oregon) scored 23 points to help Minnesota improve to 7-24. Love added 16, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and had 18 rebounds for his NBA-leading 26th double-double. Jamison led Cleveland with 24 points, Anthony Parker had 21 and Mo Williams added 17. The Cavaliers are 1-13 in their last 14 and 8-22 overall. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Detroit P. - Chicago B. 92-95 OT
The Chicago Bulls almost gave away a game Sunday night. In the end, though, the two best players on the floor made the difference. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 23 points and 12 rebounds and the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 95-92 in overtime. Chicago still finished with a huge edge on the boards, grabbing 77 percent of Detroit's missed shots and 40 percent of its own. Tayshaun Prince led a balanced Detroit attack with 17 points. Tracy McGrady and Hamilton both finished with 15 as Kuester chose to go with them over starters Villanueva and Ben Gordon for most of the fourth quarter and overtime. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

N.Orleans H. - Atlanta H. 93-86
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 22 points, 13 in the pivotal third quarter, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-86 on Sunday night. Paul was 10 of 17 from the field and also had eight assists. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 18 points, Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Trevor Ariza added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack had 10 points. Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 23 points, Marvin Williams had 18, Josh Smith added 10 points and 12 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Indiana P. - Memphis G. 90-104
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers inside and outside. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 30 points, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-90 victory over the Pacers Sunday night. ''It might be mismatches,'' Gay said. ''We have a dominant post presence. We make it tough for a lot of teams, not just Indiana.'' O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) and Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points each for Memphis. The Grizzlies improved to 5-11 on the road and 13-17 overall. ''We have to have something to build on, and tonight was something we could build on,'' Gay said. ''We got good shots and got our big men involved. It was one of those games where we can look back on it and say this is the blueprint.'' Danny Granger led the Pacers with 29 points and five rebounds. Roy Hibbert had 14 points and Mike Dunleavy added 10 for Indiana (13-15), which missed an opportunity to climb back to .500 and was denied its fourth set of back-to-back victories. The Pacers were coming off a 94-93 home victory over New Orleans on Monday night. *Courtesy of www.comcast.com



Charlotte Bobcats announce new Assistant Coaches - by Eurobasket News
The Charlotte Bobcats today named Ralph Lewis, Charles Oakley and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches on the staff of Interim Head Coach Paul Silas.

'It was important to me to quickly put together a staff that I feel comfortable with and one that mirrors my coaching philosophy and can immediately make an impact on this team in a positive way', said Silas. 'Ralph Lewis brings experience as both a player and a coach, and Stephen has been part of my staffs on a few of my NBA stints. Ive always admired Charles Oakley and I feel his overall experience as a competitor and his mental toughness will only enhance our preparations.'

Lewis played professionally for 10 years, including three seasons in the NBA with the Pistons and Hornets. He served as assistant coach of the Huntsville Flight during the inaugural season of the NBA Development League in 2001-02 before becoming head coach from 2002-05. During his three seasons as head coach, the Flight compiled a 73-71 record and made consecutive playoff appearances in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Lewis went on to serve as an assistant coach for the SuperSonics/Thunder from 2005-09. In addition to his playing and coaching experience, Lewis has worked as an executive in the human resources and healthcare fields.

A 19-year NBA veteran, Oakley comes to the bench as an assistant coach for the first time. During his NBA career, he averaged 9.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in 1,282 games played for Chicago, New York, Toronto, Washington and Houston. In addition to being selected for the 1994 Eastern Conference All-Star Team, his playing honors include being named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1985-86, All-Defensive First Team in 1993-94 and All-Defensive Second Team in 1997-98. Oakley, who led the league in rebounds in both 1986-87 and 1987-88, currently ranks 20th on the NBAs all-time rebounding list (12,205), while also ranking ninth all-time in offensive rebounds (3,924) and 13th in defensive rebounds (8,281). In addition, his 1,282 games played is the 14th-best total in NBA history.

In his 10th season as an assistant coach, Stephen Silas joins the Bobcats from the Golden State Warriors, where he has been as an assistant coach since 2006. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach on his fathers staffs with the Hornets from 2000-03 and the Cavaliers from 2003-05. Silas has also served as head coach for Summer League entries for the Hornets (2002), Cavaliers (2003) and Warriors (2010). In addition to his coaching roles, Silas was an advance scout for the Hornets in 1999-2000 and the Wizards in 2005-06.

Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com


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Verizon WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week Announced - by George Manousidis
DENVER San Jose States Adrian Oliver (6'4''-G-88) has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Mens Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 20-26. The honor marks the third career WAC Player of the Week award for Oliver.

Oliver, a senior guard from Modesto, Calif. (U. of Washington), scored a career-high 42 points in just 25 minutes of play in a 95-62 win over Puget Sound. The 42 points breaks the 30-year old San Jose State single-game scoring record of 40 points. Oliver also broke the SJSU single-game mark for the most points in a half with 30, eclipsing his own mark of 25 last season. He also set a San Jose State record for most consecutive three-point baskets made in a game with seven and tied the school record for most threes made in a single game. Oliver out-scored Puget Sound by himself in the first half of the contest, 30-29. His 42 points marks the most points in a game by a WAC player since Jaycee Carroll of Utah State scored 44 against New Mexico State on Feb. 5, 2007.

In the game, Oliver tallied 42 points on 12-of-15 (80 percent) shooting from the field. He hit 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) shots from three-point range and was 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line. He also recorded three rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal.

Other nominees included: Hawaii junior guard Zane Johnson Idaho senior forward Brandon Wiley ... Louisiana Tech junior forward Olu Ashaolu Nevada junior forward Dario Hunt New Mexico State freshman guard Christian Kabongo Utah State senior guard Brian Green.


Courtesy: WAC


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IpNX RBC: Delta Impression impressed, cart away prizes - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 2010 edition of the ipNX Rookies Basketball Championship came to a close last Friday at the Sports Hall of the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos with Delta State Impression basketball club teams carting away all the top prizes in the different categories of the championship.

The Delta State Impression team defeated Rookies Basketball Academy in the U18 Men finals by 32-27 points in a keenly contested grand finale watched by capacity crowd.

To get to the final the Impression boys had defeated Tornadoes Basketball team by 23-21 points in the first semi-finals while Rookies had the better of Raptors Academy by 23-17 points in the second semi-finals.

Impression thus become the first side to win final of the U18 Men outside the Rookies Academy in the last five years and made away with a giant trophy and the N100, 000 cash prize.

Impression ladies also defeated Rookies ladies by 34-27 points to cart away the top prize of a giant trophy and N50, 000 cash prize in the Women U18 cadre, Impression completed its dominance by winning the U16 Men beating Raptors Academy to the title it won last year.

The grand finale watched by top dignitaries of the Lagos State Basketball Association led by its chairman, Babs Ogunade, top managment staff of the sponsor, ipNX Nigeria Limited led by its Executive Director Ifeanyi Amah and top echelon of the Nigeria Police Sports Council ably represented by its Secretary Assistant Commissioner of Police Bankole Anderson appaluded the organisation of the 5-Day championship which climax basketball activities in Nigeria for the outgoing year.

ipNX Business Development Manager, Segun Okuneye says the company is happy with the turn-out of fans for the finals, he also applauded the teams for putting up a good conduct.

Okuneye reiterated the company commitement to the continuous support for the annual championship and other programmes of the Rookies Basketball Academy.

We are pleased with the turn-out of fans for the grand finale and we are equally impressed with the conduct of the participating teams, this has rekindle our desire to be part of the continuous development of basketball from the grassroot.

We want to assure the youth of the country that ipNX as a responsible corporate body is committed to their development through basketball and shall remain steadfast in it.

ipNX will like to congratulate the organisers, participating teams whether they win or not and the official for a job well-done, concluded Okuneye.

Championship Coordinator, Coach Mark Balogun gave assurance that the championship will continue to contribute to the development of the Nigerian youth through basketball.

The founder of the Rookies Basketball Academy says he is happy with the standard of the game and promised that the organisers will not relent in their bid to provide an avenue for the young players to show-case their skill.

The 2011 edition of the championship according to reliable source close to both the organisers and sponsor hinted that plans are underway to move the championship out of its December period soa s to make it more glamorous while other events that will contribute to the betterment of the game such as training of officials (referees and table officials) and clinics are being considered.



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Hicks enjoys year 2010 with Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News
Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) averages 14.2 points per game for his Italian team and 6.6 rebounds. He erupted twice with 21 points for Sigma and became the top player in the games.
In the latest game Sunrise Scafati (7-5) won against Sigma Barcellona (8-4) 94-82. The game was mostly controlled by Sunrise Scafati. Sigma Barcellona managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sunrise Scafati made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Sigma Barcellona only scored twelve points from the stripe. Sunrise Scafati forced 20 Sigma Barcellona turnovers. Sigma Barcellona was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international center Roberto Chiacig who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Ronald Davis contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Joseph Crispin replied with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Panamanian guard Michael Hicks added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM and Tuscany PT. Sunrise Scafati will play against Prima Veroli (#10) on the road in the next round. Sigma Barcellona will play against Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi and hopes to get back on the winning track.



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  PBL   


Mike Anderson to Sign First Pro Contract - by Allen White
The Saint John Mill Rats are pleased to invite members of the media and the general public to attend a presser to view Mike Anderson (6'7''-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) signing his first professional basketball contract with the Mill Rats. The event will be held at halftime of the Harbour View High School boys varsity game against St. Stephen which tips off Wednesday December 22nd at 5:30pm.

After the signing, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Anderson, from Grand Bay, is a 2005 graduate of Harbour View High School and played his college ball at the University of New Brunswick - Fredericton. He made the Varsity Reds as a walk on five years ago playing under 5 minutes per game, but emerged as a leader of the team in his last two years, averaging 13.5 and 16.5 points per game.

It appears his resolve and fearlessness has helped him earn a spot on his hometown Mill Rats.

'Mike has worked extremely hard during training camp and he took advantage of the opportunity to play and produce when his name was called,' stated Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson, 'I am happy for him that he truly earned a roster spot.'

Anderson got his chance after an injury to starting point guard Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-G-87, college: New Hampshire) in the preseason opening weekend. After playing solidly against Halifax, Anderson got the starting nod against Vermont and produced with 14 points including a key out of bounds save and a 3-pointer during a the comeback third quarter that led to a Mill Rats victory. His two 3-pointers last night in Quebec City enabled the Mill Rats to jump out to a double digit halftime lead, in a game in which Saint John prevailed by just 93-91.

The regular season home opener for the Mill Rats is January 2nd at 4:00pm versus the Quebec Kebs at Harbour Station.


New faces in new roster for the Kebs - by Allen White
Quebec-Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010: The Quebec Kebs are offering themselves and all their supporters a gift a few days before Christmas. With a cool winter breeze breaking on the team, the new starting lineup including 10 regular players and red shirts was officially introduced today in Quebec.

Several players were on hand around Coach Rob Spon and VP, Vincent Bernier at the official announcement of the new Kebs squad. From the onset, Coach Spon did not hide the fact that he had promised an eclectic roster full of talent from Quebec, USA and English Canada, by selecting the best players at his disposal.

'We chose the best athletes that will allow us to reach our goal, which is the PBL championship. The beautiful city of Quebec has produced many winning teams, and the KEBS will be added to that selective list,' he said.

'It's important to win big this year as part of the team's 5th anniversary, responded Vice-President, Vincent Bernier. We're bringing a whole new level of energy and new faces, while keeping around a few familiar faces, such as Samuel Audet-Sow.'

Among the new faces, there is Erick Barkley, 32, a former first-round pick of the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA in 2000, he is well known to Coach Spon, and he has extensive experience by playing in Europe as well. He was supposed to blend in with the roster of full-time players, but instead he becomes player/assistant coach to Spon, helping him with strategy in the office.

Starting Line-up :
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Lafayette) 6'5' 200 Forward/Guard 26 yrs/ Anchorage,AK/ Lafayette
Maurice Acker (5'8''-G-87, college: Marquette) 5'8' 165 Guard 23 yrs Chicago/ Marquette
Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80)\\6'6' 215 Forward 30 yrs\\Qubec/ Universit Laval
Charles Bronson (6'9''-C-83, college: Pikeville) 6'10' 225 Centre 26 yrs Philadelphia/ Pikeville Coll.
Quinnell BROWN\\6'6'210 Forward 27 yrs Chicago / Auburn
Benson Callier (6'6''-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) 6'6' 200 Guard 27 yrs St-Petes,Fl./ Flor.St+W.Kent.
Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC) 6'7' 225 Forward 31 yrs Toronto / Southern Illinois
Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Marist) 6'5' 210 Forward/Guard 25 yrs NY City/ Syracuse
Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) 5 '8' 165 Guard\\\\\\25 yrs Chicago/ Chicago State, Ill.
Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, college: St.John's) 6'10' 260 Centre 25 yrs Chicago/ St-John's Univ.NY
Jonas Pierre (6'10''-C-80, college: Lincoln (MO)) 6'11' 245 Centre\\\\\\30 yrs Montral/Lincoln (IR list)

Red Shirts :
Yannick Anzuluni (6'9''-G/F)\\ 6'8' 205 Forward 22 yrs Montreal/Ott./ Houghton Coll
Sebastien Salois (6'5''-F)\\ 6'5' 200 Forward 25 yrs Trois-Rivires/N.Michigan
Colson SNAT 6'7' 215 Forward 26 yrs Montral/ American Int.Coll
Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: St.John's) 6'1' 177 Guard\\\\ 32 yrs NY City /St-John's Univ.NY (player/assistant coach)

Four players were cut last night: Manix Auriental, Louis-Philippe Levros, Mike Evanovich (6'8''-F, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Terrence Watson (6'5''-F-87). Jonas Pierre is placed on the injured list.
The Kebs will play their first regular season game in St. John, Sunday, January 2nd. They will face Halifax, at the Peps on Thursday, January 6th, 2011.


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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, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.6 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.17.2 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 9. Santos, San Miguel16.6 
 10. Isip, Barako16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harvey CAREY
  Talk N Text
  (191-F-79)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Carey, Talk N Text12.4 
 2. Hatfield, Ginebra12.3 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.10.3 
 4. Washington, San M.9.9 
 5. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.8 
 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 Text6.1 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.6 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.8 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.2 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.3.9 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 7. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 8. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
 9. Cabagnot, San M.1.1 
 10. Buenafe, Air211.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.6 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.4 
 5. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 6. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 7. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 9. Santos, San Miguel1.1 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 


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  RUSSIA   


Krasnye Krylia eye Levan Fields - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylia are searching for the improvement on their roster. After unsuccessful EuroCup campaign the Samara team waived Jermareo Davidson and Qyntel Woods. They are now close to signing Levance Fields (178-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) and Victor Zvarykin (200-G-86).
Levance Fields is not new to Russia. The 22-year-old guard started his professional career in Spartak Saint Petersburg last season. Levance Fields averaged 8.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.2 steals per EuroCup game. In Russian Superleague the guard notched 13.4 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
Victor Zvarykin is the member of Unics Kazan squad. Last season the 24-year-old guard tallied 5.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. In VTb-League Victor Zvarykin produced 4.8 points and 1.2 boards per appearance. This season Victor Zvarykin played in two games for Unics averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 boards.



NIJT: Montepaschi cruise past CSKA - by Eurobasket News
IJT Montepaschi Siena - IJT CSKA 81:55

Montepaschi Siena opened the win count at the Torneo Citta di Roma. The competition held in Rome is the part of the Nike International Junior Tournament. Giovanni Severini (194-F/G-93) stepped up with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Montepaschi Siena.
CSKA and Montepaschi traded baskets throughout the opening frame. The Russian side eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena bounced back in the second quarter. The Italian team spurred in front and registered a 37:35 lead at the interval. Montepaschi increased the tempo in the third frame. The Siena team dominated the quarter. They overwhelmed CSKA 27:9 and ensured a 20-point lead at the final intermission. Montepaschi did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter. They did not allow CSKA any closer and celebrated a confident win at the end. Cristiano Spina (190-F-93) and Camillo Bianchi (194-F-94) notched 12 points each for Montepaschi. Mattia Udom (200-F-93) and Gaetano Spera (206-F/C-93) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Alexander Gudumak (203-F-93) responded with 20 points for CSKA. Dmitry Utolin (198-G-93) netted 12 points in defeat.

IJT Montepaschi Siena: Giovanni Severini 15, Cristiano Spina 12, Camillo Bianchi 12
IJT CSKA: Alexander Gudumak 20, Dmitry Utolin 12



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Bozovic number one in Serbia for round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sloga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team Sloga maintains the 12th position in Serbian A League. Sloga is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 14 games. Bozovic turned to be Sloga's top player in his first season with the team. Slobodan Bozovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.7ppg) and averages impressive 72.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) of Novi Sad. Kuzeta had a very good evening with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Novi Sad to edge the lower-ranked Sloga (#12, 5-9) 96-92. This victory allowed Novi Sad to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 8-6 record is not bad at all. Kuzeta is a newcomer at Novi Sad, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo (#5). Sinovec scored 27 points. He was a key player of Metalac, leading his team to a 80-78 win against the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#8, 6-8). Metalac needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Sinovec has a very solid season. In 10 games in Serbia he scored 14.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Goran Ignjatovic (204-F/C-83) of Crnokosa - 28 points and 4 rebounds
5. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88) of Beograd - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Milijan Bocka (186-G-82) of Crnokosa - 29 points and 3 assists
8. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) of Napredak - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Stefan Fekete (188-G-86) of Sloboda Uzice - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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


16-year-old Vasilije Micic explodes in Serbian league - by Eurobasket News
16-year-old Vasilije Micic (192-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated wonderful performance in the last round of the Serbian top division. The young prospect paced his team Mega Vizura to 103-104 road win against Crnokosa, what improved their record to 9-5. Micic scored 21 points in this victory with just one missed shot for 26 minutes (FG2 3/3, 3-pts 2/3, FTs 9/9). He reached valuation 24.
Also this weekend, Vasilije Micic shined in the Serbian league for juniors collecting 27 points and 8 assists in 84-86 defeat against FMP. He reached valuation 30 in this meeting.
Vasilije Micic joined Mega Vizura last summer from FMP. He is a member of the Serbian U16 National Team.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Nikola KOPRIVICA
  Iraklis
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Koprivica, Super.22.4 
 2. Milisavljevi., Mega V.19.9 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.19.3 
 4. Bunic, Novi Sad17.5 
 5. Vasojevic, Borac17.2 
 6. Sulovic, Napredak16.9 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga16.7 
 8. Micevic, Sloboda .16.5 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Tresac, Borac15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Markovic, FMP8.1 
 2. Jelovac, Mega V.7.4 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Borovcanin, Sloga6.8 
 5. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 6. Dedijer, Borac6.4 
 7. Ljubicic, Metalac6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Matovic, Mega V.6.2 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Vlahovic, Sloga5.9 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.1 
 4. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.9 
 5. Ljubicic, Metalac4.9 
 6. Covic, FMP4.6 
 7. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 8. Djoric, Superfund4.3 
 9. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.2 
 10. Mitrovic, Beograd3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Vuksan GAGOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gagovic, Prolet.2.6 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.3 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 4. Bocka, Crnokosa2.1 
 5. Bunic, Novi Sad1.9 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 7. Vujosevic, Novi Sad1.8 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund1.8 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Djoric, Superfund1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.1.4 
 3. Ilic, FMP1.3 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.3 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.1 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.8 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga0.7 
 10. Kovacevic, Super.0.7 


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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. Boyd, Prievidza1.7 
 10. McCoy, Svit1.7 
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. Johnson, Nova Ves0.8 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.8 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


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KBL Round 22: Dongbu Promy loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the KBL leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Dongbu Promy (17-7). They were defeated by second ranked ET Land Elephants (18-6) 65-61 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants keep a position of league leader. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Elephants. Dongbu Promy will play next round against strong Samsung Thunders trying to make it back to the top of the standings. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Leading Dongbu Promy (17-7) recorded its seventh loss in Wonju. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Mobis Phoebus (5-19) 70-68. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) notched 18 points to lead the effort and Laurence Ekperigin supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) did not help to save the game for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains tenth position with 5-19 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. Mobis Phoebus will play against higher ranked SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked LG Sakers (11-13) gave a tough game to second ranked ET Land Elephants (18-6) in Changwon on Saturday. The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Jarod Stevenson fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Chris Alexander produced 8 points and 23 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants keep a position of league leader. Loser LG Sakers keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play against Daegu Orions (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Busan. Third ranked host Sonic Boom KT (16-8) defeated top-ranked Dongbu Promy (17-7) 80-72. Sonic Boom KT made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) (201-83, college: Delta St.) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having just two points less than leader Elephants. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be KCC Egis (#6) in Jeonju. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Samsung Thunders (#4) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Anyang was quite interesting. Third ranked Sonic Boom KT (16-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Anyang KGC (8-17). Sonic Boom KT defeated Anyang KGC 90-76 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. Jasper Johnson had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sonic Boom KT has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having just two points less than leader Elephants. Loser Anyang KGC keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will face KCC Egis (#6) in Jeonju in the next round.

In the last two games of round 22 Samsung Th. lost to KCC Egis on the opponent's court 72-80. LG Sakers managed to outperform SK Knights in a home game 81-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists by Greg Stevenson of LG Sakers.


Elephants - Dongbu Promy 65-61

There was a change at the KBL leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Dongbu Promy (17-7). They were defeated by second ranked ET Land Elephants (18-6) 65-61 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants keep a position of league leader. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Elephants. Dongbu Promy will play next round against strong Samsung Thunders trying to make it back to the top of the standings. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Elephants: H.Hill 18+9reb+3ast, J.Seo 16+9reb+1ast, J.Stevenson 9+5reb+1ast, H.Lee 8+3reb, Y.Jung 7+1reb+3ast, K.Shin 5+4reb+5ast
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 22+10reb+3ast, H.Yoon 11+6reb+1ast, J.Park 9+1reb+2ast, J.Wook Ahn 6+1reb+1ast, B.Kim 4+2reb+1ast, J.Hwang 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 114157


Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 76-90

The game in Anyang was quite interesting. Third ranked Sonic Boom KT (16-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Anyang KGC (8-17). Sonic Boom KT defeated Anyang KGC 90-76 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. Sonic Boom KT dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Anyang KGC's 32. Sonic Boom KT forced 19 Anyang KGC turnovers. American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side international guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sonic Boom KT has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having just two points less than leader Elephants. Loser Anyang KGC keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will face KCC Egis (#6) in Jeonju in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: J.Johnson 24+10reb+1ast, C.Rhodes 19+2reb+1ast, S.Park 12+8reb, D.Cho 11+4ast, S.Cho 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Song 7+3reb
Anyang KGC: C.Park 24+6reb+5ast, D.Simon 18+12reb+1ast, J.Lee 13+1reb+2ast, M.Kim 10+6reb, J.Kim 3, B.Kim 3+1ast
gschID: 114158


KCC Egis - Samsung Th. 80-72

There was a minor upset in Jeonju where 4th ranked Samsung Thunders (14-10) were defeated by sixth ranked KCC Egis (12-13) 80-72 on Saturday. Samsung Thunders trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. KCC Egis made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) during the contest. Five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) responded with 18 points and the former international forward Kyu-Sup Lee (198-77) scored 17 points. KCC Egis have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-13 record. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. KCC Egis will face higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Samsung Thunders will play at home against the league's second-placed Dongbu Promy in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: S.Ha 17+5reb+1ast, B.Kang 16+3reb+4ast, C.Daniels 14+9reb+2ast, T.Chon 11+2reb+8ast, S.Choo 10+2reb+6ast, J.Merrill 10+3reb
Samsung Th.: D.Kim 18+2reb+2ast, K.Lee 17+1reb+2ast, A.Haynes 9+4reb, W.Lee 7+1ast, E.Sandrin 6+6reb+1ast, J.Lee 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 114152


Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 68-70

Leading Dongbu Promy (17-7) recorded its seventh loss in Wonju. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Mobis Phoebus (5-19) 70-68. It looked good early as Dongbu Promy took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mobis Phoebus had a 20-15 second period charge getting the lead and Dongbu Promy was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-70. Mobis Phoebus outrebounded Dongbu Promy 32-19 including 21 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) notched 18 points to lead the effort and American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) did not help to save the game for Dongbu Promy. The former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) added 15 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains tenth position with 5-19 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. Mobis Phoebus will play against higher ranked SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 18+4reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 15+5reb, C.Song 10+2reb+2ast, J.Park 7+4reb+1ast, J.Ryu 5+3reb, S.Hwa Hong 5+1reb
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 25+12reb+1ast, J.Kim 15+2reb+2ast, H.Yoon 15+2reb+1ast, J.Hwang 3+1reb+1ast, J.Park 3+5ast, V.Thomas 3+1reb
gschID: 114153


LG Sakers - Elephants 72-74

Seventh-ranked LG Sakers (11-13) gave a tough game to second ranked ET Land Elephants (18-6) in Changwon on Saturday. The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LG Sakers won fourth quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ET Land Elephants made 7 blocks. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. American center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) produced 8 points and 23 rebounds and naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants keep a position of league leader. Loser LG Sakers keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play against Daegu Orions (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Seo 20+3reb, J.Stevenson 19+9reb+4ast, H.Hill 13+6reb+4ast, S.Park 7+3ast, Y.Jung 6+2reb+5ast, A.McCaskill 4+1ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 23+5reb+1ast, S.Ki 13+2reb+1ast, D.Kang 11+1reb+4ast, C.Alexander 8+23reb+3ast, H.Byun 7+1reb+3ast, J.Han 7+2reb
gschID: 114154


Sonic Boom KT - Dongbu Promy 80-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Busan. Third ranked host Sonic Boom KT (16-8) defeated top-ranked Dongbu Promy (17-7) 80-72. Sonic Boom KT made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) (201-83, college: Delta St.) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having just two points less than leader Elephants. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be KCC Egis (#6) in Jeonju. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Samsung Thunders (#4) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: J.Johnson 19+5reb+1ast, S.Park 17+5reb+2ast, S.Cho 12+2reb+2ast, C.Rhodes 12+4reb, Y.Kwon Yoon 6+3reb+1ast, D.Cho 5+1reb+2ast
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gschID: 114155


LG Sakers - SK Knights 81-71

There was a small surprise in Changwon where seventh ranked LG Sakers (11-13) defeated 5th ranked SK Knights (13-12) 81-71 on Sunday. LG Sakers dominated on the defensive end, holding SK Knights to just 7 points in second quarter. LG Sakers had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Seung-Ho Ki (194-85) chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) scored 19 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. LG Sakers maintains seventh position with 11-13 record. Loser SK Knights keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. LG Sakers will face Daegu Orions (#8) on the road in the next round. SK Knights will play against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 33+11reb+6ast, S.Ki 17+1reb+1ast, H.Byun 10+2reb+2ast, S.Cho 9+2reb+3ast, T.Cummings 8, H.Lee 2+1reb
SK Knights: T.Leather 21+9reb+3ast, H.Kim 19+3reb, M.Jae Yi 12+2reb, G.Cline-Heard 6+4reb, S.Hwang 5+2reb+3ast, J.Son 5
gschID: 114156




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  SPAIN   


Club Ourense tabs Fergerson and Ruiz - by Xisco Carots
Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto announced the signing of Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta (198-G-83) and David Fergerson (184-G-78, college: St.Louis).
Gallareta spent last season with Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo in Leb ORO averaging 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.0%. In March he moved to Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (ACB), scoring, in 8 games 2.1ppg.
David Fergerson last November signed at Tenerife Rural averaging 10.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 84.8% in 27 games.


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. Swanston, Clavijo15.2 
 4. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.2 
 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. Lopez, Avila3.5 
 9. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.5 
 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. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 7. Barcelo, Plasencia1.8 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 10. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
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. Marti, Prat J.0.9 
 9. De Santana, Clavijo0.9 
 10. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.0.8 


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, Girona16.6 
 5. Quezada, Leon15.0 
 6. Mohammed, Lleida14.8 
 7. Downs, Burgos14.7 
 8. Mokongo, Ourense14.7 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.6 
 10. Narros, Navarra14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Curtis, Lleida8.9 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar8.1 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.1 
 4. Franklin, CB Tarra.7.9 
 5. Kale, Ourense7.9 
 6. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.8 
 7. Blair, Navarra7.8 
 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. Quezada, Leon3.3 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Garrido, Palencia3.2 
 9. Rodriguez, La Pa.3.2 
 10. Lopez, Burgos3.1 
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. Quezada, Leon1.6 
 7. Navarro, Girona1.6 
 8. Ventura, Huesca1.5 
 9. Rost, Girona1.5 
 10. Downs, Burgos1.5 
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. Arteaga, Breogan1.1 
 7. Joseph, Navarra1.1 
 8. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.1 
 9. Antelo, Caceres1.0 
 10. Starosta, Ourense1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Happy Holidays - by Darius Hargrove
Well first of all i want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!! I hope and wish everyone a better year then the previous year in everything that you do. For me this is my first Christmas away from home and it was a good to have my family here with me. I talked to love ones via skype so its like i was there but its nothing like really being there. Being able to feel the love from your family is priceless but still knowing that they do love me for now was enough. People in the states dont really understand how we americans sacrifice by coming to Europe to play. We miss so much but to me its a blessing being able to experience different cultures. I know once i get older i will have alot of stories to tell family and friends about so its not that bad after all.
On the other note basketball is fun around this time of the year i just use not being able to go home as motivation to play harder then before. I just say well cant go home might as well make the best of it not be down about or nothing, just play the game that i love hard. We as a team getting better by the day moving up in the standings but we still have along way to go. Im hoping for us to continue to get better and really surprise some people come playoff time. We are now 6-11 and i know from the outside looking in people will be like oh thats bad but we actually are better then what our record say. Or maybe i should just keep quiet about it and let teams find out for themselves. We are in entering 2011 with motivation and expectations to do good things with hard work and playing as a team we will get better. Ok well again wishing everybody happy and healthy New Year and take care.
Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union)


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  TUNISIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. ES Sahel 15-1 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 15-1 
 3. Ezzahra 10-6 
 4. ES Rades 9-7 
 5. C Africain 8-8 
 6. US Monastir 8-8 
 7. JS Kairouan 7-9 
 8. C Cheminots 7-9 
 9. JS Manazeh 6-10 
 10. C Tunisair 5-11 
 11. CA Bizerte 5-11 
 12. EOG Kram 3-13 


SN and ESS: leaders in power - by Sergei Krasavtsev
Days are in order and are alike for both leaders of competition, to know the Stadium Nabeulien and the Etoile Sportive du Sahel. Indeed, these two powers didn't make detail to consolidate their place by beating respectively Tunis Air Club (94-63) and cryptic Ezzahra Sports (98-77). Nabeuliens and Etoils dominate pursuers' extremely gripped train, where a victory projects in height as much as a back makes dive into depths.

The SN and the ESS to continue to raid an unbalanced competition.


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  TURKEY   


NIJT: Fenrbahce earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News
IJT Fenerbahce - IJT Lietuvos Rytas 63:62

Fenerbahce posted the second straight win at the Torneo Citta di Roma. They snatched a one-point victory over Lietuvos Rytas to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Lietuvos Rytas fell at 1-1 record. Kerem Hotic (197-F-93) paced the Turkish team with 17 points.
Fenerbahce quickly surged in front in this one. They held Lietuvos Rytas to only 12 points in the opening term to establish a 7-point advantage. Lietuvos Rytas responded with a stifling defense in the second term. Fenerbahce accounted for just 3 points in ten minutes to watch their lead evaporate. Lietuvos Rytas and Fenerbahce entered the third term all tied at 22. The tempo grew in the third quarter. The offenses started to work as Fenerbahce fired 26 points. They ensured a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas sneaked back in charge late in regulation but Fenerbahce came up strong in the dying seconds stealing a narrow win at the end. Guney delivered 16 points for the winners. Berkay added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) replied with 13 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mantas Mockevicius (188-G-93) had 11 points in the loss.

IJT Fenerbahce: Kerem Hotic 17, Guney 16, Berkay 13+10 boards
IJT Lietuvos Rytas: Tomas Lekunas 13, Mantas Mockevicius 11



Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.21.3 
 2. Barbour, Erdemir19.7 
 3. Randle, Aliaga19.5 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault19.0 
 5. Christopher, Antal.19.0 
 6. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.3 
 7. Smith, Bornova18.2 
 8. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 9. Scales, Mersin17.5 
 10. Chatman, Besiktas16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Erdemir
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Thomas, Erdemir10.9 
 2. Yucel, Mersin10.2 
 3. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.8 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault9.7 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.3 
 6. Wesson, Turk T.9.0 
 7. Smith, Bornova8.8 
 8. Karadeniz, Trabzons.8.7 
 9. Guler, Antalya8.1 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka5.8 
 2. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.7 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.3 
 4. Ermis, Banvit5.0 
 5. Senturk, Bornova4.6 
 6. Rowe, Tofas4.5 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.2 
 8. Guler, Antalya4.2 
 9. Akin, Olin Edirne4.1 
 10. Randle, Aliaga4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Aliaga
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.7 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.7 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.5 
 5. Scales, Mersin2.3 
 6. Rowe, Tofas2.1 
 7. Chatman, Besiktas2.1 
 8. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 9. Prince, Antalya2.0 
 10. Seibutis, Olin Edirne1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.2.3 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.2.0 
 3. Simpsons, Turk T.1.5 
 4. Likholitov, Besiktas1.4 
 5. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 6. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.2 
 8. Johnson, Erdemir1.1 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas1.1 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka1.0 


NIJT: Fenerbahce topple Benetton in Rome - by Eurobasket News
IJT Fenerbahce - IJT Benetton 76:87

IJT Fenerbahce victoriously opened the Torneo Citta di Roma tournament. It is the first stage of the Nike International Junior Tournament. Fenerbahce defeated Benetton behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from Berkant.
Benetton started the game strongly. The Italian side dominated the first period and posted a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Fenerbahce began to recover in the second period. They cut the distance at just 2 points at halftime 41:43. Fenerbahce went on a key rally in the third term. They triggered an 18:2 run to establish a 72:57 lead after three periods. Benetton managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth quarter but it hardly helped. Fenerbahce cruised to a confident win at the end. Guney notched 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Turkish team. Oguzhan Turan (190-G-93) added 17 points in the winning effort. Raphael Gaspardo (204-F-93) answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Benetton. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points in the loss.

IJT Fenerbahce: Berkant 23+10 boards, Guney 19+12 boards, Oguzhan Turan 17
IJT Benetton: Raphael Gaspardo 26+10 boards, Pavlin Ivanov 16



Christopher number one in Turkey for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Patrick Christopher (196-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Trabzonspor (#12, 3-8) with 27-point margin 93-66. Antalya is placed at 4th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antalya will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Christopher had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Antalya's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of California star has very solid stats this year. Christopher is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 58.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Australian Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul. Ogilvy had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Besiktas to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Karsiyaka (#7, 6-5) 89-65. Besiktas' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ogilvy is a newcomer at Besiktas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Baris Ermis (194-G-85) of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (#3). Ermis showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Banvit, leading his team to a 92-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Turk Telekom (#11, 4-7). Banvit is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 9-2 record is not that bad... Ermis has a great season in Turkey. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) of Olin Edirne - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86) of Olin Edirne - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of Mersin - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jerome Randle (178-G-87) of Aliaga - 31 points and 3 assists
8. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80) of Antalya - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83) of Besiktas - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Sinan Guler (193-G-83) of Efes Pilsen - 16 points and 3 assists

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


Orhun Ene to be named Head Coach of Team Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Turkish Basketball Federation will name Orhun Ene as new Head Coach of the Turkish National Team. He will replace Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ), who will continue as NT adviser.
Orhun Ene was Assistant Coach of the Team Turkey at the latest FIBA World Championship where they won the Silver. Ene is also a Head Coach of Banvit, who was the most pleasant surprise last season in TBL and they also shine in this one. The 43-year-old specialist worked with Turkish U16, U19 and U20 national teams in the past. As a player, he was a member of Team Turkey from 1991 to 1993 and later from 1996 to 2001.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


St. Croix Country Day Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament-SCHEDULE - by David Edole
St. Croix Country Day Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament
Boys
Country Day School (CDS)
Central High School (CHS)
Good Hope School (GHS)

Girls
Country Day School (CDS)
7th Day (SDA)
Central High School (CHS)

JV Boys
Country Day School (CDS)
John H. Woodson (JHW-JV)
7th Day Adventist (SDA)

Middle School
Country Day (CDS)
John H. Woodson (JHW-M)
Elena Christian (Elena)

Monday, December 27, 2010
10:00 CDS vs. SDA (G)
11:00 JHW-JV vs SDA (JV)
12:00 CDS vs. Manor (B)
1:00 CHS vs. GHS (B)
2:00 CHS vs. SDA (G)
3:00 CDS-JV vs. Central
4:00 CDS vs. Elena (MS)
5:00 Manor vs. GHS (B)
6:00 CHS vs. CDS (G)
7:00 CDS vs. CHS (B)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
9:00 CDS vs. SDA (G)
10:00 CDS vs. JHW-m (MS)
11:00 CDS V-vs. CDS-JV
12:00 CHS vs. Manor (B)
1:00 SDA vs. CHS (G)
2:00 JHW-M vs. CDS (MS)
3:00 3PT Contest
4:00 Biddie Rims All Star Game
5:00 CHS vs. JHW-JV
6:00 CDS vs. GHS (B)
7:00 Alumni vs. CDS (G)
8:00 CDS vs. JHW-JV (JV)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
12:00 CDS vs. SDA (JV)
1:00 Varsity Girls Finals
2:00 Middle School Finals
3:00 Open Dunk Contest
4:00 Alumni Game
5:00 JV Finals
6:00 Varsity Boys Finals
7:00 Award Ceremony



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 2-0 
 2. Colonial F. 1-0 
 3. Columbus C. 1-1 
 4. Cleveland V. 0-2 
 5. NE Air Soul 0-2 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 6-1 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 6-4 
 3. Georgia L. 4-2 
 4. Atlanta A. 4-6 
 5. St.Mountain H. 0-4 
Western
 1. DFW Warriors 3-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 3-2 
 3. C.Texas C. 2-0 
 4. Austin K. 0-0 
 5. Norman E. 0-0 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 2-1 
 2. Houston X. 0-0 
 3. Nashville B. 0-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 0-0 
 5. Dallas Star 0-4 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-4 


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Superleague cup draw results - by Alexei Revenko
In Superleague cup will play 8 best teams of the first-half of the season. This year cup consists of 2 rounds - 1/4 finals and Final four. Today draw results of the 1/4 finals:
BC Donetsk - Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk
Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih - Azovmash Mariupol
Budivelnyk Kyiv - Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk
MBC Mykolaiv - Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye
In this round team will play home-away games, which scheduled 14-18 January 2011. Final four will be 12-13 February in the city one of the participating teams.


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Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol 8-0 
 2. Brixton 5-2 
 3. Durham 4-3 
 4. London Capitals 4-3 
 5. Leopards 3-2 
 6. Reading 3-3 
 7. Leeds 3-4 
 8. Leicester 2-4 
 9. Manchester 2-5 
 10. Coventry 1-4 
 11. Derby 1-6 


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Santiago Vidal was attacked by a dog - by Sergio Palay

Last thursday, the young Bigua's guard Santiago Vidal (175-G-89) , was walking his girlfriend's dog (a shar pei that he himself had given him) when suddenly the dog began to bite his left hand. Vidal fell to the floor and the dog continued biting his other hand.

Following this, the player needs 19 stitches in a finger on his left hand (was immobilized ) and 9 in the right hand (has a special bandage.) The attack not affects tendons, but if a nerve. It is estimated that the recovery will be slow.




Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Villegas, Olimpia28.6 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Taboada, Bigua23.6 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.4 
 8. Martinez, Malvin20.4 
 9. Hayes, Cordon20.3 
 10. Woodward, Defensor19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua10.0 
 6. Dilligard, Olimpia9.7 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Puckett, Aguada9.3 
 10. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.0 
 2. Pereyra, Bohemios5.9 
 3. Martinez, Malvin5.8 
 4. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 5. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 7. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Gonzalez, Defensor4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville2.4 
 4. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 5. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 6. Galeano, Olimpia2.1 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 9. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 10. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.3 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Bortz, Malvin2.5 
 4. Newsome, Malvin2.5 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.3 
 6. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Hebraica Macabi lands Matt Freije and Antonio Garcia - by Sergio Palay



Hebraica Macabi officially announced the arrival of two new players to reinforce its roster for the remainder of the season. They are Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) and Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan)

Antonio Garcia spent last season with Panteras de Aguas Calientes (Mexico), colleccting 13,4 boards per game. Member of Panama National team's Garcia played in Trouville in 2006. In LUB his stats read 18.3 points, 12,3 boards and 3.4 assists per appearance.

Matt Freije had stins in Puerto Rico and NBA. In NBA has played in Charlotes Hornets and Atlanta Hawks.






Cabrera names 20-Man Roster to tour around Canada - by Sergio Palay
Uruguay U17's Head Coach Fernando Cabrera has named 20 players that will train in preparation for a

tour around Canada and for the Southamerican championship.
The practices will start by January 12 th. Uruguay will travel to Canada in the first days of February
This are the players (only twelve will travel to Canada)

Facundo Alonso (Bigu)
Rodrigo Brause (Bigu)
Agustn Acosta (Malvn)
Lucas Vasallucci (Malvn)
Ignacio Franzosi (Malvn)
Agustn Dellepiane (Malvn)
Fausto Pomoli (Malvn)
Facundo Medina (Hebraica)
Rodrigo Pintos (Hebraica)
Salvador Zanotta (Hebraica)
Leonardo Bouchaton /Hebraica)
Lucas Lepiane (Hebraica)
Imanol Azaravicius (Defensor Sporting)
Marcelo Nessi (Defensor Sporting)
Hernando Cceres (Trouville)
Manuel Monteverde (Trouville)
Agustn Colina (Bohemios)
Gabriel Rezzano (Allavena)
Gernimo Jimnez (Pelotaris)
Esteban Gutirrez (Touring)



Obras is thinking in Martn Osimani - by Sergio Palay
Obras Sanitarias's Head Coach Julio Lamas is thinking about the uruguayan Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) to replace the injured Cristian Corts.

Corts, a young player who play of guard, has a problem in Achilles Tendon.

Osimani is now playing in Soles de Mexicali (Mexico) but if your team is eliminated early, could sign for the Argentine team.
Martin Osimani is a member for the Uruguay National Team from the year 2003.




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2011 Latin America Showcase coming to U.S. - by Eurobasket
Tampa, FL Elite Pro Hoops is bringing the 2011 Latin America Showcase to the Tampa, Florida area January 29-30th.

Designed to showcase players interested in playing in Latin America, the exposure camp will have representatives from 6 top Latin America teams from the LPB (Liga Profesional de Baloncesto) looking to sign U.S. players. The LPB is the premier league in Venezuela.

In partnership with Tampa Bays Masters Basketball, the showcase will be hosted by USF legend and former pro player, Charlie Bradley.
The biggest Latin America showcase ever held in the U.S. will have representatives from the following LPB teams: Trotamundos de Carabobo, Gigantes de Guayana, Toros de Aragua, Marinos de Anzoategui, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Guaiqueries de Margarita.
The showcase will be held at Memorial Middle School, 4702 Central Avenue, Tampa. MAP IT.

This is a unique opportunity for U.S. players to be seen by representatives from teams in the top league in Latin America. GM's from these teams will be present and will be ready to sign players for their teams.

The cost of attending the showcase is only $200 with advance registration or $250 at the door.

'I am very excited to help bring this showcase to my hometown,' said Bradley. 'Id love to give local basketball players the same opportunity I had and the chance to experience playing professional basketball and seeing the world.

For more information, contact Elite Pro Hoops at (321) 751-2583 or visit the 2011 Latin America Showcase website at www.mastersbasketballtampabay.com/latinamericashowcase/ to read all about the showcase, the league and teams who will be present, and to register.

About Elite Pro Hoops: Based in Melbourne, Florida, EPH was formed by experienced pro basketball professionals. EPHs first Latin America Showcase held last year at the renowned HoopMagic facility in the Washington, DC area drew hoop hopefuls from around the U.S. and resulted in players being signed by several agents and teams.
About Charlie Bradley: A former Robinson High standout, Bradley is USFs all-time leading scorer with 2,319 points, leading the Bulls to their first ever 20-win season and two NIT appearances, single-handedly putting USF on the map in the college hoops world, before being drafted in the third round of the 1985 draft by the Sacramento Kings. He spent 10 years after the NBA playing professional basketball in Spain, Argentina and Venezuela as well as the United States Basketball League (USBL). His number 30 jersey has since been retired by USF and now hangs in the rafters at the Sun Dome. He was the centerpiece of the inaugural USF Athletics Hall of Fame class.
About the LPB: The LPB is the premier league in Venezuela, operating as the countrys national basketball league. It was established in 1974 and consists of 10 teams. Each team typically carries two U.S. players on their roster.



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  WABA   


WABA Final Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 3. Al Riyadi Am. 0-0 
 4. Jalaa 0-0 
 5. Zob Ahan 0-0 
Group B
 1. ASU 0-0 
 2. Champville 0-0 
 3. Duhok 0-0 
 4. Jeish 0-0 
 5. Mahram 0-0 




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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


We are Half Way Through in the Brazilian League - by Miguel Gonzalez
After 7 out of the 14 rounds, Americana (SP) leads the 2010/11 Brazilian Championship.

Blumenau (SC) and Botafogo (RJ) quit the league before its start.

The championship is set to restart in January.

After the 14 rounds, the top 4 teams will play the Playoffs.




The 2010 South American Club Championship was cancelled.

Standings:
1) Americana (SP) - 14
2) Catanduva (SP) - 13
3) Santo Andr (SP) - 12
4) Ourinhos (SP) - 11
5) Joinville (SC) - 9
5) Mangueira (RJ) - 9
7) Araatuba (SP) - 8
7) So Caetano (SP) - 8




Mangueira Won All Leagues in Rio de Janeiro - by Miguel Gonzalez
Mangueira had a perfect 2010 season in Rio de Janeiro.

In the first weeks of December, the green and pink team claimed all state leagues played in Rio.

All Finals were played against Botafogo. The Sub-20 (Juvenil) was the first title claimed. Mangueira wins this competition since 2008.

Then came the Sub-17 (Infanto-Juvenil). Mangueira reclaimed its title which was lost in 2009 to Botafogo.

The Mirim (Sub-13) came next. Mangueira won it for the second straight year.

The final crown was the Sub-15 (Infantil). Mangueira claimed the title for the third straight year.

Mangueira also won the Carioca Tournament for Adults, played earlier this year.

It also won the Infantil (Sub-15) Initial Tournament, played in March.

Not to say, that Mangueira had a 100% record, Botafogo won the Pr-Mirim Circuit (Sub-12).


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WCBA Round 7: Shenyang Golden Lions lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise took place in Harbin where host Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-4) crushed league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions (5-2) 105-86 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shenyang Golden Lions. Heilongjiang Chenneng moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Beijing and Yunnan. Shenyang Golden Lions at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Bayi. Shenyang Golden Lions will play next round against Fujian Nanan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Heilongjiang Chenneng will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Beijing Great Wall on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Bayi Kylin as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Shenyang Golden Lions) loss. Bayi Kylin defeated 7th ranked Qujing Yunnan in Yinzhou 76-66. Bayi Kylin has a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Guangdong. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Heilongjiang and Beijing. Qujing Yunnan will play next round against strong Jiangsu Phoenix trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayi Kylin will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Henan Elephants at Jiyuan.
An interesting game where Liaoning Hengye (#8) beat host Beijing Great Wall (#6) 82-68 on Saturday evening. Liaoning Hengye (4-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Beijing Great Wall lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang and Yunnan. Liaoning Hengye will meet at home Zhejiang Far East (#6) in the next round. Beijing Great Wall will play against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dongguan. Third ranked Guangdong Dolphins faced 4th placed Jiangsu Phoenix. Host Guangdong Dolphins (6-1) defeated guests from Yixing (4-3) 78-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jiangsu Phoenix. Guangdong Dolphins keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bayi. Jiangsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Guangdong Dolphins' next round opponent will be Shanghai Octopus (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Qujing Yunnan (#9).
Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-83 loss to eleventh ranked Shanghai Octopus (2-5) in Putian on Saturday evening. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Henan. Loser Fujian Nanan still closes the standings with seven games lost. Shanghai Octopus will face league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins in Dongguan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Shenyang Golden Lions (#3) in Dandong and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 7 Zhejiang defeated Henan in Hangzhou 82-78.


Henan - Zhejiang 78-82

There was no surprise in Jiyuan where 10th ranked Henan Elephants (2-5) were defeated by fifth ranked Zhejiang Far East (4-3) 82-78 on Saturday. Zhejiang Far East moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Liaoning and Jiangsu. Loser Henan Elephants keep the tenth position with five games lost. Zhejiang Far East will face Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round. Henan Elephants will play at home against the league's leader Bayi Kylin (#1) in Yinzhou.
gschID: 118899


Bayi - Yunnan 76-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Bayi Kylin as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Shenyang Golden Lions) loss. Bayi Kylin defeated 7th ranked Qujing Yunnan in Yinzhou 76-66. Bayi Kylin has a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Guangdong. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Heilongjiang and Beijing. Qujing Yunnan will play next round against strong Jiangsu Phoenix trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayi Kylin will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Henan Elephants at Jiyuan.
gschID: 118896


Fujian - Shanghai 83-101

Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-83 loss to eleventh ranked Shanghai Octopus (2-5) in Putian on Saturday evening. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Henan. Loser Fujian Nanan still closes the standings with seven games lost. Shanghai Octopus will face league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins in Dongguan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Shenyang Golden Lions (#3) in Dandong and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 118897


Heilongjiang - Shenyang 105-86

Round 7 in WCBA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Harbin where host Heilongjiang Chenneng (3-4) crushed league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions (5-2) 105-86 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shenyang Golden Lions. Heilongjiang Chenneng moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Beijing and Yunnan. Shenyang Golden Lions at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Bayi. Shenyang Golden Lions will play next round against Fujian Nanan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Heilongjiang Chenneng will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Beijing Great Wall on the road.
gschID: 118898


Beijing - Liaoning 68-82

An interesting game where Liaoning Hengye (#8) beat host Beijing Great Wall (#6) 82-68 on Saturday evening. Liaoning Hengye (4-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Beijing Great Wall lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang and Yunnan. Liaoning Hengye will meet at home Zhejiang Far East (#6) in the next round. Beijing Great Wall will play against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118894


Guangdong - Jiangsu 78-64

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dongguan. Third ranked Guangdong Dolphins faced 4th placed Jiangsu Phoenix. Host Guangdong Dolphins (6-1) defeated guests from Yixing (4-3) 78-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jiangsu Phoenix. Guangdong Dolphins keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bayi. Jiangsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Guangdong Dolphins' next round opponent will be Shanghai Octopus (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Qujing Yunnan (#9).
gschID: 118895




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


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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. Henry, Mann Filter9.3 
 10. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Perisa, Zeljeznicar6.0 
 3. Cherepanova, Cheva.5.7 
 4. Dabovic, Dy.5.6 
 5. Aubert, Nantes5.6 
 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. Gomis, Arras3.2 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 6. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.2 
 7. Moore, Chevakata3.0 
 8. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.0 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.3.0 
 10. Mitchell, Arras3.0 
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. Snow, Dynamo K.1.5 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 8. Gvozdeva, Dynamo K.1.5 
 9. Davenport, Cheva.1.3 
 10. Mills, Alges1.3 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 14-1 
 2. Roche 13-2 
 3. Reims 11-4 
 4. Nice 9-6 
 5. Limoges 9-6 
 6. Pleyber Christ 8-7 
 7. Voiron 8-7 
 8. SI Graffenstaden 7-8 
 9. Perpignan 7-8 
 10. Rennes 7-8 
 11. Dunkerque 6-8 
 12. Le Havre 5-9 
 13. Armentieres 5-9 
 14. Angers 5-10 
 15. Pau Orthez 2-12 
 16. CFBB 2-13 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Roster changes by SV Halle Lions - by Juliane Hoehne
Shortly before the Christmas-break, the management of SV Halle Lions announced the cancellation of the contract between Erica Williamson (193-C-88, college: Notre Dame) and the club. Williamson needs to undergo surgery on both ankles, therefore the club agreed to terminate the contract, so that Williamson will have enough time to recover. This allows her to be fit for the coming season 2011/12. Williamson had a decent season so far, scoring 10.5ppg and grabbing 7.2rpg. SV Halle Lions has already been successful finding a replacement for the inside player. New and old lion will be Tamara Tatham (187-F-85, college: Massachusetts), who has played already in 2008/09 for SV Halle Lions, before she left the team to join TSV Wasserburg in 2009/10, where she averaged 13ppg and 6,4rpg. She also played for the Canadian national team this fall, scoring 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
Furthermore, SV Halle Lions also replaced their point guard Yolanda Paige (168-G-83, college: W.Virginia) with Joanna Rhoads (165-G-84, college: Pennsylvania), who will join the team like Tatham in the new year. Rhoads played in 2007/08 in Finland for Nokia, where she averaged 13.5ppg , 2rpg, and 1.5apg. She will be the third point guard for the team this season.



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  GREECE - Women  


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. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.2 
 9. Green, PAOK2.2 
 10. Koutsounouri, Olympi.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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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bologna 11-3 
 2. Udine 10-4 
 3. Bolzano 10-4 
 4. San Martino 9-5 
 5. Cagliari CUS 9-5 
 6. Cagliari V. 9-5 
 7. Marghera 7-7 
 8. Vigarano 7-7 
 9. Borgotaro 6-8 
 10. Crema 6-8 
 11. Biassono 5-9 
 12. Alghero 5-9 
 13. Milano 4-10 
 14. Cervia 0-14 
South
 1. Chieti 12-2 
 2. T. Spezia 12-2 
 3. Alcamo 11-4 
 4. Ragusa 11-4 
 5. Siena 10-4 
 6. Orvieto 9-5 
 7. R. La Spezia 8-6 
 8. Battipaglia 8-7 
 9. Viterbo 7-7 
 10. Napoli 6-9 
 11. Ancona 5-10 
 12. Firenze 3-11 
 13. Pomezia 3-11 
 14. Rende 2-13 
 15. College Italia 1-14 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Verizon WAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week - by George Manousidis
DENVER - Boise State Kati Isham (5'8''-G) has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference women's basketball player of the week for December 20-26.

Isham, a junior from Howe, Idaho (Walla Walla CC), scored a career-high and team season-high 28 points in the Broncos' 80-71victory at Utah Valley on Dec. 20. She also added six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes of action. Isham shot 8-of-13 (.615) from the floor, 4-of-6 from three-point range and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. It was her fourth-consecutive game and fifth on the year recording 20-plus points.

The award is the first for Isham in her career and first for a Bronco player this season.

Others nominated included: senior guard Megan Tinnin, Hawai'i; senior forward Yinka Olorunnife, Idaho; senior guard Tahnee Robinson, Nevada; and senior guard Alice Coddington, Utah State.

Courtesy: WAC


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


WKBL Round 17: Bichumi beats KB Savers in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked KB Savers (5-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Bichumi (13-3) in Yongin on Saturday. Bichumi managed to secure only six-point victory 73-67. However their fans expected easier game. Bichumi has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-3 record having just one point less than leader S-Birds. KB Savers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Bichumi are looking forward to face Cool Cats (#4) in Bucheon in the next round. KB Savers will play at home against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
A very interesting game took place in Guri. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Cool Cats (7-9) to third ranked Winnus (8-8) 65-63 in the game for the third place. Winnus maintains third place with 8-8 record having six points less than leader S-Birds. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Winnus will play against league's second-placed Bichumi in Yongin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cool Cats will play at home against the league's second-placed Bichumi in Yongin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader S-Birds delivered the fourteenth win on Monday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Woori Hansae (1-15) 76-48 in Anshan. S-Birds (14-2) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Woori Hansae lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. S-Birds will meet KB Savers (#5) in the next round. Woori Hansae will have a break next round.



Winnus - Cool Cats 65-63

A very interesting game took place in Guri. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Cool Cats (7-9) to third ranked Winnus (8-8) 65-63 in the game for the third place. Winnus maintains third place with 8-8 record having six points less than leader S-Birds. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Winnus will play against league's second-placed Bichumi in Yongin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cool Cats will play at home against the league's second-placed Bichumi in Yongin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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S-Birds - Woori Hansae 76-48

Leader S-Birds delivered the fourteenth win on Monday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Woori Hansae (1-15) 76-48 in Anshan. S-Birds (14-2) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Woori Hansae lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. S-Birds will meet KB Savers (#5) in the next round. Woori Hansae will have a break next round.
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Bichumi - KB Savers 73-67 OT

Fifth-ranked KB Savers (5-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Bichumi (13-3) in Yongin on Saturday. Bichumi managed to secure only six-point victory 73-67. However their fans expected easier game. Bichumi has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-3 record having just one point less than leader S-Birds. KB Savers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Bichumi are looking forward to face Cool Cats (#4) in Bucheon in the next round. KB Savers will play at home against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
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Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 14-2 
 2. Bichumi 13-3 
 3. Winnus 8-8 
 4. Cool Cats 7-9 
 5. KB Savers 5-11 
 6. Woori Hansae 1-15 


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. Cajarural 10-1 
 2. Aguere 9-2 
 3. Bembibre 9-2 
 4. Burgos 7-4 
 5. Ferrol 7-4 
 6. Pio XII 7-4 
 7. Adba 7-4 
 8. Ensino 6-5 
 9. Arxil Pontev. 4-7 
 10. Caceres 3-8 
 11. Aros Leon 3-8 
 12. Ourense P. 3-8 
 13. Cod.Carmelitas 2-9 
 14. Valladolid 0-11 
Group B
 1. Pais Vasco 10-1 
 2. Real Canoe 9-2 
 3. Eivissa 7-4 
 4. C.B Conquero 6-4 
 5. Casablanca 6-5 
 6. Cajacanarias 6-5 
 7. Alcobendas 6-5 
 8. Estudiantes 6-5 
 9. Mataro 5-5 
 10. Orion-GDKO 5-6 
 11. CBF Sarria 5-6 
 12. Irlandesas 3-8 
 13. Segle XXI 2-9 
 14. Guadalajara 0-11