EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/3/2010

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  ABA   


Balanced Scoring, Huge 3rd Quarter Lift Impact to 2nd win - by Tyler Gatlin
By Drew Laughlin



The Dallas Impact used a 48 point 3rd quarter to pull away from the North Texas Fresh in an extremely entertaining game Wednesday night at Lakewest Family YMCA.

Coming off a revamping of their roster, the Impact (2-4) used their aggressive full court press to record 18 steals and turn the Fresh over 29 times en route to a 140-119 victory on their home court. The Fresh started off strong behind 17 first half points from their big man, TJ Gibson, and a couple of early 3 balls from Kyle Plath (6'4''-G-88, college: Wisc.Lutheran) but never showed signs of pulling away. The Impact hung in there with balanced scoring from their starters and a solid performance by the bench. One of the bright spots for the Impact in the first half was the strong showing from the newly acquired Blake Armelin. Armelin came off the bench to put up 12 points and grab 4 boards in a tight first half which ended with the Impact leading 59-57.

Whatever head Coach Dave Washington and the Impact coaching staff told their team at halftime worked wonders in the third quarter as the Impact came out on fire. Led by the inspiring play of Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, college: SW Assemblies of God) (15pts in 3rd) and Habeeb Kareem (6'6''-F-85, college: Ozarks) (6pts 5rbs in 3rd), the Impact upped the intensity on the full court press and utilized the 3-D rule to extend their lead to 29 before the Fresh even knew what hit them. The Impact really put their stamp on their 3rd quarter when Malcolm Thomas (6'6''-F-88), another new acquisition for the Impact, followed up an Ed Robinson miss with a thunderous one-handed putback dunk that brought the house down and brought everyone in the gym to their feet. The Fresh were paced by 9 points apiece in the quarter from Troy Edward and AD Duncan as the Impact took a commanding 107-78 lead into the 4th.

The Fresh made a run in the 4th quarter led by Roy Gines who showed his vertical with several rim rocking dunks of his own. After having their lead cut down to 15 in the final interval thanks in part to superb free throw shooting from the Fresh, the Impact looked towards their fearless point guard Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh). After a quiet first half, Adams attacked the rim several possessions in a row in the 4th quarter and came away with points each time to keep the Fresh at bay. In the end the Impacts depth proved too much for the Fresh to overcome, especially after their inspirational head coach and former ABA star Jay Bowdy (6'5''-F-83, college: W.Georgia) was ejected late in the 3rd quarter with back to back technical fouls.



The Impact hit the road for 4 tough games starting with the defending ABA champions Southeast Texas Mavericks on Saturday December 4 at 7:30pm at NJEC Arena

Top Performers

Impact
Darius Howard 21pts 8ast 4rb 4stl
Chase Adams 20pts (8/9) 3ast
Blake Armelin 16pts 6rb
Habeeb Kareem 14pts 9rb

Fresh
TJ Gibson 23pts 9rb
AD Duncan 22pts 10rb
Roy Gines 20pts 4rb




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  ANGOLA   


1 de Agosto beats Petro - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda beat Atletico Petroleos de Luanda in Angolan League Day 1 by 91-77.

The boxscore was:
Petro: Braulio Morais (4), Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) (29), Romenigue Samba (0), Roberto Fortes (5), Paulo Barros (0), Paulo Santana (5), Miguel Kiala (6), Cedrick Ison (7), Vladmir Pontes (0), Hermenegildo Mbunga (7), Idelfonso Kiteculo (0), Carlos Morais (14).
Coach: Alberto Babo.

1 De Agosto: Filipe Abraao (2), Adilson Baza (0), Mario Correia (11), Joaquim Gomes Kikas (27), Felizardo Ambrosio (17), Vladimir Ricardino (7), Helder Ortet (0), Adolfo Quimbamba ( 5), Carlos Almeida (7), Miguel Lutonda (15), Karlton Mims (0), Hermenegildo Santos (0).
Coach: Lus Magalhes.

Scoreboard : 14-23; 35-48; 59-72; 77-91
MVP: Roderick Nealy



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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Regatas C. 9-4 
 2. Atenas 9-4 
 3. Libertad S. 8-5 
 4. La Union 7-6 
 5. Olimpico LB 6-7 
 6. Quimsa 5-8 
 7. Sionista 5-8 
 8. Club 9 3-10 
Zona Sur
 1. Penarol 12-1 
 2. Obras 11-2 
 3. Lanus 8-5 
 4. Estudiantes 6-7 
 5. Monte Hermoso 5-8 
 6. Gimnasia CR 5-8 
 7. Argentino 4-9 
 8. Boca Jrs 1-12 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Early season Aussie and World team predictions. - by Danny Russell
All Aussie:
G Damian Martin (Perth 5-4) 50.0% fg, 39.3% 3fg, 10.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg.
G Michael Cedar (Townsville 5-3) 42.6% fg, 41.5% 3fg, 92.3% ft, 14.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg.
F Glen Saville (Wollongong 7-1) 48.2% fg, 40.0% 3fg, 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.5apg, 2.5spg.
F Oscar Forman (Wollongong 7-1) 48.5% fg, 41.0% 3fg, 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg.
F Shawn Redhage (Perth 5-4) 47.2%fg, 43.2% 3fg ,19.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg.

Aussie MVP: Glen Saville


This savvy veteren may be 15 years into his NBL career but he does not look like slowing down anytime in the next few seasons. Sav is dominating games with his use of the ball taking less shots but still scoring, leading league in assists or just keeping the hawks in their flow. Still the best wing defender in the league and locking down tough covers every night while leading the league in steals.

Honorable mentions:
Each of these players has some stake for a spot in the All Aussie team for the early part of the season, if the Kings start winning Khazzouh will not only be a lock for the team but also the MVP.
C Julian Khazzouh (Sydney 1-5) 60.7% fg, 17.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 2.2bpg.
F Alex Loughton (Cairns 5-2) 47.2fg, 41.7% 3fg, 14.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg.
C Ian Crosswhite (Cairns 5-2) 54.4% fg, 11.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg.
C Luke Schenscher (Townsville 5-3) 54.4% fg, 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg.
G CJ Bruton (New Zealand 6-2) 43.9% fg, 12.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg.

All World:
G Gary Ervin (Wollongong 7-1) 47.4% fg, 42.1% 3fg, 22.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg.
G Ayinde Ubaka (Cairns 5-2) 42.5% fg, 46.2% 3fg, 17.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg.
G Kevin Lisch (Perth 5-4) 13.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg.
F Thomas Abercrombie (New Zealand 6-2) 44.9% fg, 42.9% 3 fg, 12.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg.
F Mika Vukona (New Zealand 6-2) 55.6% fg, 8.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg.

World MVP: Gary Ervin


Ervin' first season in the NBL is a eye opener his team is sitting atop the ladder, he leads the league in scoring and top 5 in assists. Ervin looks to be a difference maker in close games. Ervin has the hawks favourites for the first title of the new decade.

Honorable mentions:
A trio of late starters in Penney, Clark and Williams will put in their first team and MVP claims as they get the rest of the season under their belt. Watch out for Freeman as he fouls less and gets his minutes up.
F Gabe Freeman (Townsville 5-3) 46.7% fg, 9.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 0.8apg, 0.9spg, 1.0bpg (only 21mpg).
F Gary Wilkenson (New Zealand 6-2) 50.6% fg, 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg.
G Kirk Penney (New Zealand 6-2) 3g, 42.1% 3fg, 16.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg.
G Corey Williams (Melbourne 1-7) 3g, 15.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.3apg, 1.0spg.
F Ira Clark (Gold Coast 2-5) 3g, 58.3% fg, 50.0% 3fg, 91.7% ft, 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg.




NBL Round 8 Preview - by Duncan Matheson
Adelaide 36ers v Townsville Crocodiles

A must-win game for the 36ers who sit at 2-5, and after finishing at the bottom of the ladder last season the passionate Adelaide fans are dying for something to cheer about. The first game of a tough Adelaide-Perth double header for the Crocs, whose confidence will be high after belting the Tigers last week on the back of Michael Cedar's (195-G-86) hot shooting 31-point effort. Both teams like to push the ball and shoot it from the perimeter so this should be a fast paced battle. This is the perfect opportunity for Adelaide imports Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico) and Craig Winder (188-G-84, college: Texas) to get their season on track and attempt to keep the 36ers within reach of the top four.

Gold Coast Blaze v Sydney Kings

Both teams face double headers this weekend and are desperate to turn around their poor early season form. The Blaze have faced yet another injury set back losing James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) with a calf tear, setting the scene for young guard Chris Goulding (190-G-88) to have a big weekend after a quiet couple of games. Sydney led Wollongong by 11 at half time last week before scoring just 21 points in the second half losing 89-72. The inclusion of new import Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) should create some excitement for the Kings, but after going 12-2 at home last year and already losing two games at home this year, Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) should lead the Blaze to a much-needed victory.

Skytrans Cairns Taipans v Wollongong Hawks

Certainly the match of the round between two teams in outstanding form so far this season. The Taipans have played tight, stingy defence so far this year and are fresh off holding the Wildcats to just 64 points in Perth. The Hawks on the other hand have played outstanding, free-flowing offence getting the ball through hands and creating open shots, in particular for Oscar Forman (205-F-82) who has been in red hot form. The battle between the two elite point guards so far this season, Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) and Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas), will be an entertaining match-up, while against the tough front court of the Taipans it is imperative that Larry Davidson (207-C-83, college: Boise St.) keeps his head and stays in the game for the Hawks. Despite the Hawks impressive road form this season, its hard to go past the Taipans at home.

Melbourne Tigers v Gold Coast Blaze

Another battle between two teams at the bottom of the ladder desperate for a win to get back into contention. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) was impressive against the Tigers a couple of weeks ago and his match-up with Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) will once again be important. The undersized Blaze will have to come up big against the sizeable Tigers front court, and after just six points last time they met Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) will have to be much more of a factor this time around. The Blaze have lived and died with the perimeter shot this year, and unless they are on fire from outside the Tigers should be too tough in the paint and get the points.

Perth Wildcats v Townsville Crocodiles

The last time the Wildcats played after a loss, they handed the Breakers a 40-point drumming. Given how poor the Wildcats were last Sunday, coach Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ) will be warning his troops they will need to bring the intensity against a fired up Perth outfit. Perth went just 3 of 19 from long range last week and will surely be back on track with their shooting this week. The Crocs will be backing up after playing in Adelaide, and will need a huge impact from their underperforming players Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, agency: Union Sports, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Bradley Williamson (197-F/G-81) if they are any chance of causing an upset. The one positive for the Wildcats last week was Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) looked like he was starting to get comfortable for his new team, and led once again by captain and scoring machine Shawn Redhage the Wildcats should be too strong.

Sydney Kings v New Zealand Breakers

The Kings lost to the Breakers by 13 in Sydney in the opening round and will want revenge on Sunday. The Breakers dynamic, high octane offence will be hard for the Kings to guard, especially with Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) starting to get into the groove and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) always a threat to have a big night, while Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) should have a slight mismatch against the smaller Breakers front court. If this game is played at the fast pace expected, the Kings have the shooters to stretch the Breakers defence, and in particular if the Breakers are forced to double team Khazzouh, Damien Ryan (193-G-79) and Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop) need to step up and take advantage. It was always going to be a tough re-initiation for the Kings but it would but a loss would see them drop to 1-7, desperate to avoid that the purple and gold may snatch an unlikely victory.



NBL November Awards - by Danny Russell
(Includes late october games)
Player of the Month:
Gary Ervin (Wollongong 7-1) 47.4% fg, 42.1% 3fg, 22.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg.
Ervin is leading the league in scoring and top 5 in assists. Leading his Wollongong Hawks to 7-1 on top of the table and favourites to go one better and grab the NBL Championship. Ervin has come up massive in close games getting to the ft line for match winning free throws or getting into the lane in the final 2 minutes. He is too fast with the ball, no one has been able to contain him yet. Hassled into 7 turnovers his first game and the following games had 3 or 4 each, he continues to cut them down to just 1 in each of his last 2 matches.

Honorable Mentions:
Glen Saville (Wollongong 7-1) 48.2% fg, 40.0% 3fg, 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.5apg, 2.5spg.
Shawn Redhage (Perth 5-4) 47.2%fg, 43.2% 3fg ,19.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg.
Oscar Forman (Wollongong 7-1) 48.5% fg, 41.0% 3fg, 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg.
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney 1-5) 60.7% fg, 17.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 2.2bpg.
Ayinde Ubaka (Cairns 5-2) 42.5% fg, 46.2% 3fg, 17.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg.

Coach of the Month:
Gordie McLeod (Wollongong 7-1).
After taking the team favoured for last position in season 2010 to the grand final series the winning has not stopped for McLeod's Hawks. Off to a flying 7-1 start including 4-0 at home while 3-1 on the road with just a 3 point loss on the back end of a double header away to defending champions Perth. McLeod is making a strong case for being the top Australian coach.

Honorable Mentions:
Andrej Lemanis (New Zealand 6-2).
Aaron Fearne (Cairns 5-2).


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  AUSTRIA   


WBC Wels signs Holcomb - Faye - releases PG Tony Lee - by Stefan Prager
Former Austrian champion WBC Raiffeisen Wels announced that they have terminated the contract of point guard Tony Lee (185-G-86, college: Robert Morris). Lee never matched the expectations and struggled to fit in for WBC Raiffeisen Wels. Additional to that Lee got injured in his last game - a loss to the Oberwart Gunners at home.

WBC Raiffeisen Wels reacted and signed point guard Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) in stead. Holcomb played for Walter Tigers Tbingen the last couple of months. Before that he made himself a name in the German ProA playing for Kaiserslautern, Bayreuth and Saar Pfalz Braves. Holcomb was selected to the ProA second team both 2007 and 2010. He is on a 10 day try out and will play his first game on Monday in Oberwart where the WBC will the Gunners in a Sky Austria TV Game.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ilmars BERGMANIS
  Zemgale
  (184-G-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Bergmanis, Zemgale21.2 
 2. Saage, Rakvere20.2 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.5 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmiera16.8 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 7. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas16.4 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.3 
 10. Volkus, Techasas16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Osby, TT.11.3 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.7 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.9.0 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.7 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera7.8 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas6.2 
 3. Kriisa, TT.6.1 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.8 
 5. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.4 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis5.0 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.7 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.4 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.6 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 4. Sirvydis, Sakalai2.2 
 5. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 6. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.3 
 7. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.3 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga1.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Gent News - by Peter Buyse
Optima Gent's injury problems keep getting bigger and bigger, after already losing Olivier Foucart and Maxime De Zeeuw they now have to do without J'Nathan Bullock and Domien Loubry (186-G-85). Bullock who came to Gent straight after the final game of his season in Australia is out with tendinitis in his knee. In order for him to be able to recover the team has reached an agreement with him for his release.
Domien Loubry (186-G-85) recently suffered ligament damage to his foot and could be out for some weeks.


Gent Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Gent has reached an agreement with Adam Hall (196-F/G-80, college: Virginia) to join their team. Hall previously played for Aalst, Charleroi and Mons-Hainaut.
At Aalst (06-07) he was among the leading scorers in the Ethias league with 17.3ppg. He then moved to Charleroi but did not finish the season there and finished the year in Israel. Came back to Belgium for the 2008-2009 season when he was a member of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He got injured and did not play the whole season.
He played the past season in Finland for Lappeenranta NMKY with averages of 14.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
During his pro career he also played in the USBL, Australis, Germany and France's ProA.
Was member of the USA U19 team in 1999 and U18 in 1998.



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  BELIZE   


BDBA Says Respect to the BBF & U-15 PROJECT!!!! - by David Magana
After the U-15 National Basketball Teams performance in the friendlies on the 19th weekend in Cancun, the BDBA hereby congratulates each and every baller on that team. Your commitment to your team, family and country is noble and patriotic. Your continued success came as a result of true leadership and guidance from a tried and true coaching/management staff, all of whom the BDBA say hats off to a job well done. And to the BBF, because you saw it through the team has now evolved.

I will now venture to call U-15 National team, the U-15 PROJECT...because this team will set the stage for what's to come at the senior national team level... because it is this exact team/concept/structure that will now make basketball reach international level (which we all know we are on par with) but this time keep it consistent.

History has shown that a recent talent pharm headed by Matthew Smiling /Fred Gabourel/David Lacey and others proved that with continued support and vision, we can produce world class ballers in little ole Belize. History has also recorded the resounding success of that talent pharm...in the likes of Chaka Lightburn, Cherries Cherrington, Richie Troyer, Prince Graham and many more...some of whom have gone to the next-next-next level of ballin. I have always and will always big up the Matthew Smiling Vision...no one can erase what history has etched in stone!

Now in comes the BBF, similarly structured, talented and most of all visionary...and armed with the noses to smell when gud ting is cooking, Paul and crew sniff the Smiling talent pharm pot a bubbling (and I don't mean the 'nothin fancy jus di best meats') and common-sensically directed Sir Mathew and his noblemen to ready the U-15 boys...along came other resources for now this was no personal stew....this was a national pot a bubble!

If you ask us, it was sheer genius of a decision...for the federation could have taken the high road of nonsensical nonsense that has plagued our beloved basket-balling over and over again...but to see the likes of Paul, Julian, Charles, Frank and Brads strolling down that bumpy road will be when 'foul got teeth'...for you see my peeps...common sense is but sheer genius at work.

So from the time the U-15 PROJECT was placed in the Smiling talent pharm infrastructure, we HAPPY...because we knew what would happen...and Cancun is just previews of coming attraction..... trust wi pon dat.

Now let me haste to say this, wi no di powdah Mathew, wi just di state wi opinion based on facts (things that occurred). If you know Mathew then you would know that nobody can powdah him; worse coach Fred Gabourel...and worse David Lacey...dem man deh know the content of their character and the value of their worth...so dem no need no pomp and circumstance....but for us here at the BDBA....right da right and wi wha big dat up LOUD!...and nonesense da nonesense and when wi see dat wi wha rail up same way...entiende?...good so now I can continue.

Back in the 2010 tourney there was some controversy about 'imports' di chance wi local boys. Well the fact that Team UB came in first and Team Belmopan second took care of that so far. For you see my peeps, basketball is a TEAM game. One cannot dash a few high level import talents on a team and go win against teams like UB and Belmopan that have been together long enough to prove that basketball is about TEAM! (Sorry all you MIAMI fans). But the point of this paragraph is to answer the other part of the 'import di chance wi local boys concern. Viz, when we have a national team program from the U13/U15 level then we will produce talent equal to and even better than (I say within 5 more years for better than) the 'imports'. Why do you think the countries in the region no want our U-15 boys come play internationally... DEM FRAID FI WI ALREADY....AND WI JUST DI START KICK UP DUST!

So we said it then and we say it again, we should welcome the 'imports'...because we can compete at their level...ask UB and Belmopan...and because we need our ballin to go to the next level. Basketball is about defensive and offensive schemes and system. Our individual talent is way ahead of our ability to instill such systems; but with international exposure both at home and abroad we can make one ketch up wid the odda.

Now what the U-15 PROJECT has are super talented ballers in a system where defensive and offensive schemes are being taught to them by some of the best in the bisniss. A lot of you may not realize but one of the highest basketball IQ (in my opinion and I will defend that anytime) in the likes of FRED GARCIA, is a part of the U-15 PROJECT. I dare find a person to say otherwise. Fred knowledge of the game is beyond words; but of utmost importance is his ability to impart this knowledge...these young ballers have an opportunity of a life time.

As all of us (BBF, the district associations and GOB) keep the resources coming to sustain the U-15 PROJECT, can you imagine what these ballers would be like in 2 more years...5 more years? Do you see where we are going here folks? Yes, you took the words outa mi mouth - in a few years we will have a male national team in which the mix will be 9/3...or 8/4...or 7/5. That is 7 locally produced ballers to 5 'internationally made' ballers....or 8 to 4...or heaven forbid 9 local boys with 3 tall 'imports' ( sonting bout di wata wi drink..wi just no mek lotta tall boys yah so).

All it takes is a system...with structure...a vision...with perseverance...with stubbornness to a fault...with utter selflessness and a passion for the common national good. This is the case with this our U-15 PROJECT. Sorry I had to bore you with my three-dots style of penning to paper...I know my style break all rules in writing...my English teacher Mr Castillo (SJC in 1982/83 RIP) would shake his head haplessly...but da so wi feel....just my frugal attempt at some poetry in my prose. BIGG UPP ALL IN THE U-15 PROJECT!

Written by: Mark Usher



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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros reach Paulista League semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros became the first team to reach Paulista League semis. They swept Rio Claro in three games. The decisive win came in a confident manner as Pinheiros claimed an 84:68 road win. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) scored 17 points and issued 6 assist to lead the effort. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) also accounted for 17 points in the win. Rio Claro were up by 9 points at halftime but could not capitalize. Pinheiros went on a deadly 33:10 run in the third period to silence the hosts. Atilio de Mello (203-C-82) scored 24 points to lead Rio Claro.
Winner/Limeira also qualified for the semifinal a day later. They knocked down Sao Jose/Vinac 79:68 at home court to seal 3-1 win in the best-of-five series. Andre Bambu (205-C-79) unloaded 19 points to pace the hosts. The teams stayed close in the first half. Winner/Limeira eked out a narrow 43:42 lead at halftime. But the third period proved the difference. Winner/Limeira went on a 26:16 run and never looked back again. Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) provided 11 points in the winning effort. Matheus Costa (179-G-80) finished with 15 points for Sao Jose/Vinac.
Paulistano/Amil claimed the second win in a row to level things up at 2-2 against Lupo/Araraquara. Luiz Felipe (201-F-79) delivered game-high 35 points to propel the hosts to the vital 84:81 win in Game 4. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) added 14 points for Paulistano.
Vivo/Franca opened their series against Itabom/Bauru with a confident home win 77:60. Fernando Penna (189-G-83) delivered 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to pace the hosts. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) replied with 16 points for Itabom/Bauru.



Big man move to new school in U.S. College - by Paulo Freire
Big man Everson Lacerda has transferred to St. Thomas for his Senior season from NCAA Division I University of the Pacific. Lacerda is a 6-11, Brazilian native who is sure to help the Bobcats inside and have a huge impact in their program.

Everson only played seven games for Pacific, but gained junior college experience after redshirting the 2008-09 season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and while suiting up for Colby Community College (Ka.) in 2007-2008. Lacerda averaged 7.2 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks while leading the team with 50 blocks and a .541 field goal percentage. Everson had his best game as a Jayhawk against Barton County, where he tallied 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds and three blocks.

High School:
He attended High School at Joo Paulo in Betim, Brazil ... He graduated in 2005.

Personal:

Everson Lacerda (211-C) was born in Betim, Menis Gerais, Brazil ... He is the son of Leonice Maria Resende ... He has a sister, Juliana Resende Lacerda (21) ... He is majoring in International Business and hopes to one day own a business of his own ... When he's not playing basketball, Everson enjoys watching television and movies, playing guitar and relaxing.


First Semifinals of Carioca State done - by Paulo Freire
Opening the semifinals playoff of the Carioca State Basketball, the Macae Sports received Tijuca on last Monday (28). Macae lost the game by 84-70 at the Gymnasium of Juquinha in Maca.

Trying to force a third decisive game Macae went to Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night (Dec. 1). But the Tijuca managed another victory by 66 to 63, in a game held in the Alvaro Vieira Alvaro Lima gym of Tijuca.

Tijuca advaced to the Carioca Finals and now is waiting for their opponent.

The Macae team trained by head coach Leonardo Costa former assistant coach of the team, end up the Carioca State Championship with
Aaron Carter (180-G-82, agency: Jose Medalha EC, college: Upper Iowa), Bruno de Jesus (190-G-83), Nilo Jr Rodrigues (198-F/C-83), Cristiano Mirim (201-C/F-85), Carlinhos Pimenta (206-C-76), Marcelao da Silva (207-C-77), Mutombo, Powerforward Rodrigo Luis de Souza Barbosa former Suzano Club, point guard Thiaguinho who has been playing for Macae on the last two seasons.

The Tijuca team is trained by head coach Miguel Palmier, their roster for the Carioca State have Ricardinho dos Santos (189-G-74), T.J. Benson (183-G-86, college: Grand Canyon),
Marcellus Camara (190-G-88), Julio Pereira (195-F/C-86), Olivia Nascimento (211-C-74), Case Santos (203-C/F-77), Darlan De Oliveira (207-C-85), Andre Liuz de Oliveira (205-F/C-84), Diego Conceicao (200-F-87), Bruno de Souza (183-F-89) and young center Hugo former Minas.

Now Tijuca await for Flamengo or Cabo Frio, contesting the other semifinal.


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Balev's a double-double lands him Division A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old Nikolai Balev (209-C/F-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for Chavdar Troyan and receives a Eurobasket.com Division A Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Sportist Svoge (#9, 1-5) 99-86. Despite this victory Chavdar dropped to the 5th position in Bulgarian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Chavdar will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Balev turned to be Chavdar's top player in his first season with the team. Balev has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 17.6rpg. Balev is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.8apg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 73.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan 2. He is a guard in his 2nd season at Balkan 2. In the last game Marinov recorded impressive 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Balkan 2 cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vidabasket (#10, 1-5). This victory allowed Balkan 2 to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Marinov is well-known at Balkan 2 and he already established his position as the team's leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.8rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Christian Borisov (188-G-88) of league's leader Dunav 2007 Ruse. Borisov got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Dunav 2007, leading his team to a 94-85 win against #3 ranked Beroe in a game of the week. Dunav 2007 started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Borisov 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. Borisov has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (6th best) and assists with 5.6apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter Hristov (194-G-90) of Chavdar - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Petar Zagorov (202-F-86) of Beroe - 25 points and 11 rebounds
6. Anton Dikov (191-G-94) of Cherno More U18 - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-F-94) of Cherno More U18 - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Stanislav Vaklinov (206-F-89) of Rilski 2 - 16 points and 14 rebounds
9. Tsvetelin Mladenov (190-G-90) of NSA - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Damyan Dikov (188-G-89) of NSA - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
ANBP Standings
 1. Boston Coll. 0-0 
 2. CD Aleman 0-0 
 3. CD Esp. Osorno 0-0 
 4. Dep.Espanol 0-0 
 5. Liceo Mixto 0-0 
 6. Prov.Llanq. 0-0 
 7. Puente Alto 0-0 
 8. Sagrados 0-0 
 9. Stadio Italiano 0-0 
 10. U.Catolica 0-0 
 11. U.Concepcion 0-0 
North Group
 1. CAP Rancagua 0-0 
 2. Dep.P.Alto 0-0 
 3. Sokol de Antofagosta 0-0 
 4. U.de Chile 0-0 
South Group
 1. CD Lautaro 0-0 
 2. CD U.Los Lagos 0-0 
 3. Dep.Valdivia 0-0 
 4. Univ.Auton. 0-0 


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  CHINA   


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


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  CROATIA   


Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 8-0 
 2. Zrinjevac 7-1 
 3. Sanac Karl. 6-2 
 4. Bosco 5-3 
 5. Mladost Z. 4-4 
 6. Gorica 3-5 
 7. Kaptol 3-5 
 8. Moslavina 3-5 
 9. Rudes 3-5 
 10. Samobor 3-5 
 11. Sisak 3-5 
 12. Maksimir 0-8 
Group East
 1. Zupanja 6-1 
 2. Belisce 6-1 
 3. Valpovo 6-1 
 4. Mladost C. 5-1 
 5. Osijek 2006 5-1 
 6. Vukovar 4-3 
 7. Virovitica 3-4 
 8. Meteor D. 1-6 
 9. Klasije 1-7 
 10. Vinkovci 1-7 
 11. Vrijednosnice 1-7 
Group North
 1. Medjimurje C. 7-0 
 2. Krizevci 7-1 
 3. Podravac Virje 6-2 
 4. Cakovec 4-3 
 5. Ivancica 4-3 
 6. Petar Zrinski 4-3 
 7. Radnik 3-4 
 8. Rudar-Cimper 2-5 
 9. Mladost D. 2-6 
 10. Vindija V. 1-6 
 11. Bjelovar 0-7 
Group South
 1. JOLLY JBS 8-0 
 2. Jazine 7-1 
 3. Kastela 5-3 
 4. Policnik 4-4 
 5. Solin 4-4 
 6. Vostarnica 4-4 
 7. DOSK 3-5 
 8. Omis Galeb 3-5 
 9. Pet Bunara 3-5 
 10. Sibenka 4 3-5 
 11. KK Metkovic 2-6 
 12. Mislav 2-6 
Group West
 1. Crikvenica 6-1 
 2. Kraljevica 6-1 
 3. Kastav 5-2 
 4. KK Zamet 5-2 
 5. Pula 1981 5-3 
 6. Jadran 4-3 
 7. Stoja Pula 4-3 
 8. Puris 2-5 
 9. Porec 2-6 
 10. Skrljevo 1-7 
 11. Matulji 0-7 


Fenerbahce Ulker too strong for Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Cibona 100-70

As expected, Fenerbahce Ulker had an easy job against Cibona for almost perfect 6-1 record in Group C. The Turkish champion shares the first place with Montepaschi Siena. On the other side, Cibona stays the only winless team in Euroleague after seven games. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) scored 17, while Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) (9 rebs) and Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 13 points each. For the guests, Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) delivered 23 points. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) had 15 points and 6 boards.
Fenerbahce Ulker took control on Cibona from the early beginning. The Turkish giant made impressive 30-13 during the first ten minutes and it was clear it will be a long night for Cibona. The hosts had 34-17 at the halfway of Q2 and later went to the HT break with plus 20, 49-29. Nothing has changed after the breather as the hosts were dominating, increasing the lead to 74-51 before the last period. That last quarter was just the formality as the winner was already known. Despite that, Fener won this period as well (26-19).
In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will host Regal Barca. Cibona will meet Montepaschi in Zagreb.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Tarence Kinsey 20+5 boards, Roko-Leni Ukic 17, Mirsad Turkcan 13+9 boards, Omer Onan 13
Cibona: Bojan Bogdanovic 23, Leon Radosevic 15+6 boards


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 12-1 
 2. Svendborg 11-1 
 3. Naestved 9-5 
 4. Aabyhoj 7-7 
 5. SISU 7-7 
 6. Horsens IC 6-7 
 7. Horsholm 5-4 
 8. Vaerlose 4-9 
 9. Amager BK 3-11 
 10. Aalborg 0-12 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Nerijus BRASAS
  Amager BK
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Brasas, Amager BK22.8 
 2. Soltau, SISU22.7 
 3. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.5 
 6. Roberts, Naestved20.3 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg19.1 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg19.1 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC18.5 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.3 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC11.0 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.7 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose9.0 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg8.7 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.2 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.4 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.9 
 3. Martin, Aabyhoj5.1 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.2 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.2 
 7. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 8. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.6 
 9. Bak, Horsholm3.4 
 10. Dalboge, Aabyhoj3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 3. Smedley, Naestved2.3 
 4. Burgess, Bakken2.2 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 6. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 7. Bak, Horsholm1.9 
 8. Gilling, Horsholm1.9 
 9. Morris, Aabyhoj1.9 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.6 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm2.3 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsholm1.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Brown, SISU0.9 
 8. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 5-1 
 2. Erie Bay H. 3-1 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 2-2 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 1-4 
 5. Dakota W. 1-4 
Southwest Division
 1. Texas L. 3-1 
 2. Austin T. 3-2 
 3. New Mexico 2-1 
 4. Maine RC 2-2 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 2-2 
 6. Rio Grande 1-2 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 5-0 
 2. Springfield A. 2-2 
 3. Utah F. 2-3 
 4. Bakersfield J. 1-4 
 5. Idaho S. 0-4 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alan ANDERSON
  New Mexico
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Anderson, New M.29.3 
 2. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.0 
 3. Reynolds, Spring.23.3 
 4. Edwards, New M.22.7 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.22.0 
 6. Major, Dakota W.22.0 
 7. Ingram, Utah F.21.8 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.21.0 
 9. Ewing, Reno B.20.8 
 10. Johnson, Dakota W.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  New Mexico
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Richardson, New M.13.7 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.11.7 
 3. Sims, Maine RC10.5 
 4. Fazekas, Reno B.10.4 
 5. Harris, Maine RC10.3 
 6. Wallace, Bakersfi.9.8 
 7. Pittman, Sioux F.9.5 
 8. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 9. Sims, Iowa E.9.3 
 10. Sharpe, Idaho S.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns10.8 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.2 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.7.3 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.0 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.6.3 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.5.7 
 7. Kruger, Utah F.5.6 
 8. Smith, Maine RC5.5 
 9. Cooper, Dakota W.5.3 
 10. Horton, New Mexico5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers3.3 
 2. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.8 
 3. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.8 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.5 
 5. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.3 
 6. McCray, Sioux F.2.3 
 7. Ewing, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Rolle, Maine RC2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 10. Curry, Springfield A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Erie Bay H.
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.8 
 2. Rolle, Maine RC3.5 
 3. Davis, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Williams, Texas L.3.0 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.8 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.3 
 8. Eyenga, Erie Bay H.2.0 
 9. Naymick, Bakersfi.1.8 
 10. Sullivan, Rio Grande1.7 


Wednesday: Bighorns and Energy win - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 120-114
Guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) scored 32 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Iowa Energy past rival Sioux Falls 120-114 Wednesday night in Des Moines. Iowa jumped out to a 63-55 halftime lead as Weaver notched 18 points before the break. The Energy extended their lead to 92-74 at the end of the 3rd quarter as forward Michael Haynes tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer. Sioux Falls made a charge in the 4th quarter as a Chris McCray (6'5''-G-84, college: Maryland) narrowed the lead to four points late in the fourth after making three consecutive free throws. Iowa put the game away with a pair of free throws late to help maintain their lead in the NBA D-League's Eastern Conference. Forward Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for Iowa, while guard Curtis Stinson had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Sioux Falls was led by reserve Sean Marshall, who finished with 22 points. Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman added 18 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Iowa shot 56.5% from the field on the night while holding Sioux Falls to just 42.9% from the field. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno Bighorns - Idaho S. 127-117
The Idaho Stampede allowed 36 fourth quarter points in losing their first road game of the season to the Reno Bighorns (5-0) 127-117 in the Reno Events Center on Wednesday afternoon. The Stampede (0-4) had three players go for 20 or more points, with Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) leading the way with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Carlos Wheeler, seeing his first action as a Stampeder, added 20 points and seven rebounds and Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon) came off the bench to score 20 points, add a team-high six assists and make 10-of-11 free throws. Joining Wheeler in the starting lineup for his first ever game as a Stampeder was Dontell Jefferson, who had 15 points and five assists. Willie Jenkins scored double-digit points (14) for the fourth straight game off the bench. Reno was led by Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown), Jr. (24 points, eight rebounds, five steals), Aaron Miles (6'1''-G-83, college: Kansas) (23 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds) and Marcus Landry (21 points, 3-6 3FG) in the comeback win. The Stampede now head to Bakersfield, Calif. to play a three-game set with the Jam beginning Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (MT). *Courtesy of www.kboi2.com


Magic assign Daniel Orton to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic center Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) was assigned to the New Mexico Thunderbirds, the Magics NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 13th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Orton, a rookie out of Kentucky.

Orton (6-10, 255) hasnt appeared in any games with the Magic this season, but averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in five NBA Summer League games. Orlando selected Orton, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, in the first round (29th overall), making him one of five Kentucky players chosen in the first round.

In one season at Kentucky, Orton averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game, helping to lead the Wildcats to a 35-3 record and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. His 53 blocks in 38 games ranked fifth in the SEC.

Orton joins the Thunderbirds in anticipation of the teams back-to-back home games against the Erie BayHawks on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Raptors call up first-round pick Davis - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors recalled first-round draft pick Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Monday.

The six-foot-10, 225-pound forward is expected to rejoin the Raptors for practice Tuesday and be on the active roster for Wednesday's game versus Washington.

Davis played in two games with the BayHawks, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 17.5 minutes.

Chosen 13th overall by the Raptors this past summer, he was only cleared to resume playing last week after tearing the meniscus in his right knee before training camp started.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - 1.Liiga
1.Liiga Standings
Group A
 1. Kohila SK 9-0 
 2. TU/Rock II 6-2 
 3. Marcus 4-5 
 4. TTU SK 3-5 
 5. Paide Viking 2-6 
 6. Noortekoondis 1-7 
Group B
 1. Filmipood.ee 6-2 
 2. JAVICAR SWE-7 4-3 
 3. Parnu 4-4 
 4. Scanweld/EN 4-4 
 5. KK Rapina 1-6 
Group C
 1. KK Hito 7-2 
 2. Rapla KK 6-3 
 3. Tamsalu 4-4 
 4. Kalev/G4S 4-5 
 5. Elion/Corle 4-6 
 6. Swedbank 3-7 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Gregory Jenkins claims EuroChallenge 3D weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sport Lisboa Benfica and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat TU/Rock (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 80-74. Thanks to this victory Benfica moved-up to the 2nd position in the EuroChallenge Group D just behind Lukoil. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Benfica will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Jenkins turned to be Benfica's top player in his first season with the team. Gregory Jenkins averages this season 15.8ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Norrkoping Dolphins. Mitchell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Norrkoping was edged by Liege (3-0) 94-92. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mitchell is a newcomer at Norrkoping and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was another Norrkoping Dolphins' star - Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79). Kjellbom scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Kjellbom's great performance Norrkoping lost 92-94 to Liege (#13, 3-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Norrkoping not to end season on such low position in the league are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kjellbom could try to bring Norrkoping's a little bit higher in the standings. Kjellbom has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of N.Novgorod - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Nancy - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kyle Landry (206-F-86) of BK Prostejov - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Szolnok - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO - 21 points and 16 rebounds
9. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83) of Nancy - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ian Hanavan (202-F-80) of APOEL - 18 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Alexander number one in Eurocup for round 3 - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Azovmash Mariupol, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Galil Gilboa (1-2) 95-86. The game was between the last two teams of the Group D. With this victory, the team from Mariupol moved to third position. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Alexander had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Azovmash's top player in his first season with the team. Demetrius Alexander averages this season 15.6ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Lithuanian Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) of EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Lukauskis had a very good evening with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead EWE Baskets to another comfortable win outscoring Banvit (1-2) 96-73. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Lukauskis is a newcomer at EWE Baskets, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) of Chorale de Roanne Basket (#4). Nsonwu-Amadi scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Nsonwu-Amadi's great performance Roanne lost 74-92 to #3 ranked PAOK. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Roanne can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Nsonwu-Amadi he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nsonwu-Amadi has a very solid season. In 3 games in ule he scored 15.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zach Morley (203-F-83) of Budivelnyk - 25 points and 5 rebounds
5. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86) of Galatasaray - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82) of Gran Canaria - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79) of Cajasol - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Gerald Green (203-G/F-86) of Krasnie Krilya - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of ASVEL - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of PAOK - 23 points and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 3. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.6 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 6. Langford, Khimky16.2 
 7. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 8. Rakocevic, Efes P.15.6 
 9. McCalebb, Montepas.15.4 
 10. Ukic, Fener.Ulker15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.3 
 2. Barac, Caja Laboral7.6 
 3. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 5. Gist, Partizan7.2 
 6. Falker, Cholet7.0 
 7. Tomic, Real Madrid7.0 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.9 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 10. Valanciunas, Lietuv.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Unics
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.3 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos5.1 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.9 
 5. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .4.6 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona4.5 
 8. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.4 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 10. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.4 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.9 
 3. Perkins, Maccabi .2.4 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.2.0 
 6. Hawkins, Armani MI1.9 
 7. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.8 
 10. De Colo, Valencia1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.9 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.4 
 7. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 
 8. Fischer, Real Madrid1.3 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 


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


Round 7: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Khimky - Partizan 92-65
Khimky destroyed Partizan 92-65 registering third Euroleague win this season. It means that Khimky jumped to 3-4, while at the same time Partizan dropped to 4-3 record in Group A. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) had 16 points and he was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 27. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) and Raul Lopez (182-G-80) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. In Partizan, James Gist (203-F-86) collected 18 points and 5 boards. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) scored 16 and Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) added 13 pts in his debut. The hosts opened this game with 5-0 run, but Partizan replied with 4-10 few minutes later. However, that was all from the Serbian champion in this game as Khimky took control on them and never looked back after that. The hosts closed the first period with 17-3 run for 26-13 lead. They jumped to plus 20 in the finish of Q2, but Partizan somehow cut the margin to 50-37. Curtis Jerrells closed the first half with a basket. After the breather, Khimky reached 57-37 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. The hosts were looking great and Partizan simply was not able to resist. Khimky was 69-51 up after 30 minutes and they still didn't say the final word. They reached 81-55 and later finished this meeting with plus 27. In the next round, Khimky goes to Vitoria and it will be their crucial game. Partizan will meet Maccabi Electra on the road.

Caja Laboral - Asseco Prokom 75-81
Asseco Prokom did a great job in Vitoria celebrating their second Euroleague win this season. It means that the Polish powerhouse joined the Spanish champion with 2-5 record in Group A. Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) paced the visiting squad with 16 points for 16 minutes on the court. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) and Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) helped with 13 and 11 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Stanko Barac (217-C-86) shined with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) and Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points each.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Caja Laboral made 24-20 in Q1 and they increased their lead to 39-34 until the halftime. The hosts jumped to plus 11 at the beginning of third period and they looked pretty comfortable. However, visitors didnt give up and they made impressive 2-15 run for 47-49 turn. Barac finally scored for Caja Laboral to stop Prokom on their way. In the finish of Q3, Caja Laboral jumped to plus 5 but Daniel Eving closed this period with a triple fixing the score to 56-55. Giddens provided a highlight with a put-back reverse dunk early in the fourth quarter. He soon added free throws for a 56-59 Prokom lead with 8 minutes left.
Daniel Ewing scored a triple soon after that and Jagla dunked it in a fast break to 58-64. Barac and Oleson were trying to save Caja Laboral, but Videnov, Lapeta and Wilks had no mercy on the other side. Caja Laboral came to 73-77 in the finish but free throws by Ewing allowed Prokom to celebrate a well-deserved road win.
In the next round, Asseco Prokom will host Zalgiris. Caja Laboral will also play at home and their rival will be Khmky.


Group C
Fener.Ulker - Cibona 100-70
As expected, Fenerbahce Ulker had an easy job against Cibona for almost perfect 6-1 record in Group C. The Turkish champion shares the first place with Montepaschi Siena. On the other side, Cibona stays the only winless team in Euroleague after seven games. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) scored 17, while Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) (9 rebs) and Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 13 points each. For the guests, Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) delivered 23 points. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) had 15 points and 6 boards.
Fenerbahce Ulker took control on Cibona from the early beginning. The Turkish giant made impressive 30-13 during the first ten minutes and it was clear it will be a long night for Cibona. The hosts had 34-17 at the halfway of Q2 and later went to the HT break with plus 20, 49-29. Nothing has changed after the breather as the hosts were dominating, increasing the lead to 74-51 before the last period. That last quarter was just the formality as the winner was already known. Despite that, Fener won this period as well (26-19).
In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will host Regal Barca. Cibona will meet Montepaschi in Zagreb.


Montepaschi - Lietuvos Rytas 90-72
Montepaschi outplayed Lietuvos Rytas 90-72 jumping to 6-1 record in Group C. The Italian powerhouse stays No.1 together with Fenerbahce Ulker, who also has just one defeat so far. Lietuvos Rytas dropped to 1-6 having two wins less than No.4 Cholet. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) top-scored for the hosts with 17 points. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 15 and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) helped with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 12 points and 5 boards. For the guests, Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 17 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) (6 rebs) scored 14 and 12 points respectively.
Montepaschi smashed their rival in the first ten minutes.
Rimantas Kaukenas and his teammates were on fire scoring 31 points in the first quarter, while at the same time they limited guests to 16. The hosts reached plus 19 at the halfway of Q2, but Rytas somehow closed the gap to 48-33 after 20 minutes of play. Montepaschi continued in the same rhythm after the breather and Rytas was in trouble. They faced with minus 20 in 27th minute and the game winner was already known. After 30 minutes, Montepaschi had 68-51 and they later finished last quarter with 22-21 for the final 90-72 home win.
In the next round, Montepaschi goes to Zagreb to meet winless Cibona. Lietuvos Rytas will host Cholet and they will have to win that game if they want to stay alive for Top16.


Group D
CSKA - Panathinaikos 68-72
Panathinaikos jumped to 5-2 in Group D after excellent road win against CSKA Moscow. The Greens celebrated 68-72 victory mostly owing to Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), who scored 17 points. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84) had 12 and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) nailed 17 points (8 rebounds). Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) scored 11 points each. CSKA is still without a Head Coach, after they released Dusko Vujosevic. The team dropped to 1-6 and is in a do-or-die situation.
PAO was better team from the beginning as they made 6-10 and later 11-15 lead.
Dimitris Diamantidis and his teammates finished first quarter with 18-23. CSKA improved in the second period and most thanks to Bykov and Siskauskas they made 26-25 turn. However, they were not able to stay on high level and PAO closed the second period with 9-16 (35-41 HT). Dimitris Diamantidis nailed a three-pointer immediately after the break and a driving layup by Milenko Tepic gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit lead, 35-46. For rest of the Q3, CSKA touched minus 3 but PAO immediately replied setting the score to 51-60 after 30 minutes. CSKA needed a quick comeback and they made it. Holden drained a triple, while Smodis and Bykov were also on fire what resulted with 60-60 tie with 7 minutes left. Dmitry Sokolov scored soon after that for 62-61 turn, but PAO than replied with 0-7 run made by Fotisis, Stratos Perperoglou and Calathes. Smodis sank free throws that Diamantidis bettered with a big triple to seal the outcome, 64-71. In the finish, CSKA came to 68-71, after what Fotsis and Smodis traded missed shots and CSKA chose to foul on Diamantidis, whose free throw sealed the outcome with 5.3 seconds left.
In the next round, PAO will meet Union Olimpija in Athens. CSKA will play against Valencia in another home game.


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Jeremiah Wood claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Karhu Kauhajoki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team outclassed Salon Vilpas (#10, 4-13) with 42-point margin 109-67. Despite this victory Karhu dropped to the 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Karhu is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. It's Wood's second year at Karhu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wood has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 14.6rpg. Wood is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 64.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka Espoo Playboys. Williamson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Honka lost that game 82-89 to slightly lower-ranked ToPo (#8, 8-9). This loss caused Honka to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williamson is a newcomer at Honka and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American HL Coleman (202-F-74) of Lappeenranta NMKY (#11). Coleman got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Coleman's great performance LrNMKY lost 110-111 to slightly higher-ranked Namika Lahti (#9, 7-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. LrNMKY can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Coleman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Coleman has individually a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) of LrNMKY - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of Korihait - 27 points and 7 rebounds
6. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Pasi Pekkola (195-F-81) of Namika Lahti - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Tarmo - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. B.A. Walker (188-G-84) of Kouvot - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 22 points and 3 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Tony Washam is back to Elitzur Netanya - by Emiliano
Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) after just seven games left Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket and moved back to Elitzur Netanya where he has played for one season and half. The American was averaging 11ppg and 5.3rpg with the French team in Pro A.
With Netanya, Washam averaged last season 18.7ppg (fourth best), 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 71.9% in 27 games and had a Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention.
In July he signed in Philippines where he wore the jersey of Derby Ace Llamados scoring 26.3 points, grabbing 8.2rpg and dishing 2 assists in 9 games.



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Marcus Smallwood Moves To The Kirchheim Knights - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Despite averaging double double stats with Cuxhaven with 12,6ppg and 10,9rpg, Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) surprised the whole club and fan base with the decision to leave the club.His departure left a lot of unanswered questions and dissappointment with the fans, but the American didnt waste any time moving to the Kirchheim Knights. Smallwood is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Elgin, Illinois. He played at N. Illinois from 2000-2004. In his senior year, he played 27 games avergaing 14.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.9apg. He started his professional absketball career in 2004-2005 playing for Ostromecko Astoria Bydgoszcz (Poland-EBL): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 9.0rpg: released in Nov.'04, later that month signed at Pyrbasket Tampere (Finland-Sparliiga): 6 games: 13.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 59%, played also shortly at Solna Vikings (Sweden-Basketligan): 3 games: 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0bpg. In 2005-2006, he played for Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 26 games: 19.7ppg, Reb-2 (11.1rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (1.4bpg), 2FGP-3 (64.1%), 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 56.2%. He then returned back to the States for a few years working a normal job, but returned back to the court in 2008-2009 to Germany and played for Kaiserslautern Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 40.7%. Last season, he played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (Germany-ProA): 30 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-2 (9.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 62.8%, FT: 49.0%.

Source: Kirchheim Knights


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Will Probably Desire The Wolf Sneer Of Michael Jordan RatherThan His Colgate Smile As They Meet MBC On December 4th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When the MBC Wolves come in packs to the Ballsporthalle, the Deutsche Bank Skyliners will possibly have the choice of experiencing the aggressive wolf sneer of Michael hakim Jordan or his gregarious giant lovable smile that could melt ten feet of snow in the dead of winter in Winnipeg, Manitoba, get a weak, but positive smile from pro football player Terell Brown who is forced to diet on Thanksgiving and watch his teammates snack on a Turkey and spare ribs or even have the rare raw talent of getting a quick grin from the German politicians who were insulted in Wikipedia. Either way Jordan will be able to put on his competitive wolf sneer or model his irresistible and charming smile and will still play his typical hard game and be the strong MBC floor general that he has been this season leading the wolf attack. But current BEKO BBL players see the wolf sneer as possibly the better choice of attack form Jordan. 'I think that any time when Jordan is on the court that his wolf sneer would be the better bet for Frankfurt. Because anytime when he is smiling with all those white teeth then means things are going well for him', warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). When Jordan was with Cologne in 2006, he flashed those whitey whites for days after the team won the title and players remember when Jordan uses his choppers to show the world he has had success. 'For the sake of Frankfurt, they better hope that Jordan plays with the wolf sneer, because if he is smiling then it means that he is winning', stressed ex Phoenix Hagen teammate Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.)

MBC left the BEKO BBL in 2004 and returned back in 2009. For even the most dedicated MBC fans. five years of inactivity from the highest German Basketball league may have felt like five years without your favourite beer, or for a child being able to go into a candy store, but not grab for their favourite candy. How tough must it have been for the organization and fans in 2004 to win the prestigious Fiba Europe Cup against JDA Dijon 84-68 not losing a single game in international play and a short time later have to learn that they would have to stop their successful run in the BBL due to bankruptcy. I remember watching the Eurocup final in 2004. I am happy that MBC is back and it is nice to see how well a job young coach Bjoern Harmsen is doing. It is a special team that is playing with a lot of emotion and energy. It is refreshing to see that 10 players are sharing minutes, scoring and rebounding, stressed Murat Didin. This was a huge blow to the region and may only have been topped if a severe unusual drought had whipped away the two natural springs, the Leisslinger mineral water and Saskia Quelle where mineral water is bottled in the region. However the organization never gave up, took up playing in the Regionaliga and eventually moving up to the Second Bundesliga/PRO A and continuing to build up the team financially and through success on the court. Coach Ari Tammivaara was sort of the early architect managing a record of 72-20 until 2007.

In the 2008-2009 PRO A season, MBC ploughed through the league with a 26-4 record with the same easy as a bull dozer had to get through the sloppy and treacherous roads and drive ways during the New England blizzard of 1978. Even though the team was so commanding at home with a 14-1 record, it simply couldnt get by Bayreuth that won the season series. The team had better luck against Phoenix Hagen sweeping the season series who they will meet again with changed rosters in the BBL. The team scored 90 points or more nine times and 100 points or more twice. There strongest phase was in the middle of the season going on an 14 game winning streak. They also showed that they could step it up on defense if they needed to ousting Science City Jena 61-48 and also showing their own nerves of steel grinding out close wins against The Teck Pro Braves 68-67 and 83-81 against Cuxhaven. The only real slip up that the team had was a 95-76 defeat against USC Heidelberg. Without question, MBC was the best team in the PRO A last season and rightfully deserved to return back to the BBL after a five year drought and soon after gave the fans a tasty summer gift as management announced that the club was also prepared to enter the BBL with the minimum allocated budget. I believe what made MBC so strong is that everyone knew and ACCEPTED their role. Coach Harmson makes sure they are prepared and its up to the players to do their part. It seemed that everyone was on the same page, stressed Bayreuth youth coach Sean McCaw

Last season, MBC played very solid and were near and around the playoff standings for the whole season and really surpassing the highest expectations. The team finished the season in 10th place with a record of 18-16 and at times played as if they were a playoff team despite having the smallest budget in the BEKO BBL The team started off quickly winning their first three games and having a 6-2 record including wins against The Telekom Baskets Bonn and The Brose Baskets Bamberg. The only problem that the club really had was that it wasnt always consistent. Despite their up and down play, the team had shown that it can compete with any team as they also added wins against 2009 BEKO BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg and the Artland Dragons to their collection. Their biggest win of the season was against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. The team had a lightening start like the Nordlingen Giants in 2008-2009, but the only difference is that they have been able to play solid all the way through, not sustain injuries and not have to count on a four man rotation. MBC had a very young team which might have had to do with their up and down play. It is really a matter of execution. Sometimes we executed well while other times we are very sloppy. We were not always mature to balance out our game plan, stressed ex MBC American Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86, college: Nebraska) who is playing in Belgium this season. Teams started to figure out how to attack them and play against them, said Quentin Pryor MBC was able to strengthen their offense last season. MBC was always a defensive team, but now the team is very solid on offense, stated Quentin Pryor MBC play very hard at both ends of the court and play together as a whole unit, stressed Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. 'When you have 12 players on the same page then it is also a lot easier to win. We were a young team and all guys seemed to connect very well. We all understood each other and they were all good guys. I like every guy, stressed ex CSKA center Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87).

Last season, MBC got off to a quick 6-2 start, but this season the opposite has occurred as the team started at 3-7 and are moping at position 16 near the BEKO BBL cellar. Nobody has to be a mathematician wiz to see that MBC seems to have a little less quality than last season. The team lost key players Adeola Dagunduro, Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances), Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) and Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87) and role players Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) and Oskar Fassler. This season, the team got Michael hakim Jordan and Jerome Tillman who have been their most important players and solid role players Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) and Davon Roberts (197-F-86, college: Azusa Pacific). MBC might have gotten off to a slow start, but the season is long and the team will surely still make a run. 'MBC is a good solid team with some good individual players. They can beat any team on any given night in the BEKO BBL. They have great guard play with Jordan and Bernard. They will find their rhythm soon', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'MBC is a solid team that just hasnt come together yet this season', warned Phoenix Hagen guard Quentin Pryor Having a Jordan barking the signals in the backcourt and having a Bernard scoring, MBC have little weakness at the guard position. 'The MBC guard play is great. They also have good experience in the paint with Guido Grunheid. They will get better as the season goes along', commented John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). MBC is only averaging 31 rebounds per game which is 7 less than what The Deutsche Bank Skyliners average, but the club can have a strong rebounding day anytime especially when a Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) is making room under the boards. 'They are a very good rebounding team. They have big bodies that crash and control the glass', warned Quentin Pryor

With only three wins and an average of 67 points per game, there must be some deficiency in the MBC play that doesnt allow them to get more success so far this season? 'MBC seems not to really have a main threat down low. They are also missing a go to guy that can get that important bucket when the game is close', stressed Quentin Pryor Despite having a 10 man rotation, MBC seems to be lacking some punch off the bench. 'A weakness of MBC is their depth, but teams cant forget that they can beat any team on any given night. MBC has fight hard like every other team in the BEKO BBL', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). MBC might be near the end of the playoffs and the last thing on their mind is their chances of reaching the playoffs, but playoff teams Bonn and Goettingen also have started slow and most likely have goals of reaching the playoffs. 'Anything is possible in this league for reaching the playoffs. I dont really think that there is much difference between 4-18 in the BEKO BBL. Bamberg, Berlin and Frankfurt are the only teams that have separated themselves from the rest', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'MBC have a chance to reach the playoffs since the BEKO BBL is very tight. No team is out of the race yet', commented Quentin Pryor

MBC is led by American Jerome Tillman (198-F-87, college: Ohio) who is a 23 year old 198cm forward from Beavercreek, Ohio who is a BEKO BBL rookie. He played at Ohio (NCAA) from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played games 32 games averaging 17.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3Pts: 32.9%, FT: 73.6%. Last season, he played for Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): EuroChallenge: 12 games: 12.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 63.3%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 78.4%; French League: 30 games: 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.7%. This season, he is averaging 13,8ppg, 4,9rpg, 1,1apg and 1,0spg. Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) who was the 2009 PRO A player of the year is a 29 year old 190cm combo guard from Poway, California who is playing his third season for MBC. He has displayed a knack for knocking down clutch baskets in key situations and is a player that performs at his best in pressure situations. He has superb range on his jumper, and can also drive to the hoop with slashing moves. He is also a capable ball handler. He played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2000-2003. Bernard has very much experience having played in countries like Israel, Greece, France, Sweden and Finland It doesnt matter where Bernard ha splayed, he has always been a scorer. in the 2008-2009 season where MBC moved up to the BEKO BBL, he played 30 games: 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. Last season, he played 34 games: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8%. This season, he is averaging 12,7ppg, 1,9rpg and 1,2spg. He also is shooting pretty consistent with 46% form the field and 39% from the parking lot.

Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is a 33 year old 183cm point guard from the city of brotherly love that is playing his first season with MBC and his for his fourth BEKO BBL team. The scouting report on Jordan reads like a encyclopedia that had to go overtime because of the lengthy information. Jordan understands the game and knows how its played. When asked to get teammates involved he will reduce his scoring output and add to his assist total. When asked to score, he can and will, without forcing the issue. And Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) always defends. At 183 cm he is extremely quick on his feet and combined with his fearless attitude he can drive an opponent crazy defending him full court, half court, over and through picks, or away from the ball. Of course his quickness is an asset on the offensive end also. But its combined with his experience and poise that makes him so effective. Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is a leader on the court who can score in many ways and has all the skills to make the players around him look better. He is a motivator, organizer, and director who gets his teammates ready to play hard. Michael is extremely dangerous in the transition phase almost always making the right decision. He can go coast to coast, pull up for the shot, or find the right guy running the lanes. In the half court set Michael also has many options to choose from. He is an excellent pick and roll player as he is able to turn the corner and take it to the hole. When the defense cheats or switches he can hit the three or take a bigger guy one-on-one. In addition to his skills on both ends of the floor he has the necessary desire and drive to win every game. He plays with an intensity that fuels his teammates and the crowd alike. On the court Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is the complete package at his position. He started his basketball career at Pennsylvania and started his BEKO BBL career with the Artland Dragons in 2002 helping the small village team reach the BEKO BBL. in the 2004-2005 season he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3% and lost to the Opel Skyliners in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. His career highlight so far was winning the BEKO BBL title in 2006 with Cologne. He has played in countries like France, Belgium, Israel and Greece. Last season, he came late to Phoenix Hagen and helped the team stay in the league averaging 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 73.3%. his season, he is averaging 10,1ppg, 2,7rpg and 4,8apg and shooting very well with 44% from the field and 40% from the three point line.

The team also brought back German Guido Grunheid (209-F/C-82) who is a 28 year old 209cm forward from Jena. He is an in-betweener forward with the height (but not the size) of a 4 and the quickness (but not the ball handling and the shot) of a 3. A good rebounder and a hustler. He played for Alba Berlin from 2001-2005 winning three BEKO BBL titles. He then moved to Rhein Energie Koln in 2005 where he won his fourth BEKO BBL title in 2006. He got added experience playing in Holland for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen . He also has gained valuable experience playing for the German national team as he was a member playing at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and at teh 2007 European Championships in Spain. Last season for MBC, he played 34 games: 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 58.0%. This season, he is averaging 8,0ppg, 4,3rpg and 1,0apg. Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Serbia that is playing his second season for MBC and is the back up to Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania). He had solid stats at KK Borac Cacak in 2008-2009 playing 31 games and averaging 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 85.1%. Last season, he played 33 games averaging 7.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 72.0%. This season, he is averaging 6,3ppg, 1,5rpg and 2,1apg. He has had problems with his shooting as he is struggling shooting only 28,2% from the field and 26% from outside.

28 year old 202 cm forward Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) got a second chance in the BBL after playing the last three with MBC and becoming into a solid role player. He started to play organized basketball at age 16 and developed rapidly into a promising player. He has very good speed and athletic potential, is a very good and aggressive defender, can play inside out, is an exceptional offensive rebounder, is a very good character and smart person on and off the court. In 2008-2009 in the PRO A, he averaged 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 48.9%. He demonstrated that he was a very reliable scorer scoring in double figures in 17 games. Last season he played 38 games averaging 2.8ppg, 2.0rpg. Before coming to MBC, he played some years with Alba Berlin playing 9 BEKO BBL games and three Euroleague games and winning the BEKO BBL cup in 2006. Currently he is averaging 5,6ppg and 3,4rpg. The team kept 28 year old, 203cm forward, 230 pound Johnnie Gilbert (203-F-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Oklahoma) who will be playing his fourth season with MBC. He played at Oklahoma (NCAA) and played together with Alba Berlin guard Hollis Price and was very successful winning the 12 Conf. Tournament in 01,02,03, reaching the NCAA Final Four -02 and NCAA Elite Eight -03. Before landing with MBC, Gilbert played in Chile and Finland. In the 2008-2009 PRO A season, he played 30 games averaging 13.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 59.8%. Last season, he played 20 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-2 (68.5%), FT: 50.8%. Currently Gilbert is averaging 5,5ppg and 5,8rpg.

With the injury to Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.), MBC got some real experience getting Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) who is a 33 year old 207cm power forward from Sofia, Bulgaria, but also has the French citizenship. He played at North Carolina (NCAA) and turned professional in 1999. He is a big man that does the dirty work inside using his big body getting rebounds. But he has also showed that he can score and grab rebounds as he got two consecutive double doubles this season for MBC. He has been a world basketball traveler having played in countries like Greece, Italy, Russia, France, Spain, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Cyprus. His biggest success as a professional was winning the Saporta Cup with Maroussi (Greece) in 2001 and being MVP. He was a member of the French national team from 1999-2002 and with Bulgaria in 2009. Last season he was very active playing for three teams with BC Levski Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five), Balkan League: 1 game: 8pts, 6reb, 1ast; in Oct.'09 moved to Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1), Greek League: 4 games: 2.0ppg, 5.0rpg; in Jan.'10 moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): EuroChallenge: 4 games: 3.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg. Currently he is averaging 5,2ppg and 6,3rpg.

The team also brought back Canadian Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) who is a 29 year old 212cm center that also has the Serbian citizenship. He was born in Toronto, Canada and has Serbian parents. He played at Ohio state from 2000-2004. Early in his career he played for top European teams FMP Zeleznik Beograd and KK Hemofarm Vrsac. In 2007-2008, he played for Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.3%, FT: 79.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A2): 29 games: 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 87.0%. Last season for MBC, he came late in the season and played nine games averaging 4.1rpg, FGP: 59.4%, FT: 69.2%. He won the Serbian and Montenegro Cup in 2005 for Reflex Beograd. He was a member of the Canadian national team in 2005. Currently he is averaging 4,0ppg and 1,7rpg. The team also signed Davon Roberts (197-F-86, college: Azusa Pacific) who is a 24 year old 197cm forward from Covina California. He played at Cal State Sacramento before finishing at Ausa Pacific (NAIA): 35 games: 16.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 62.8%. In 2008-2009, he started his basketball career for Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB, starting five): 29 games: 16.5ppg, Reb-2 (9.4rpg), 2.1apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 67.4%. Last season, he played for Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA): 29 games: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 56.3%. Currently, he is averaging 3,0ppg in 11.52 minutes per game.

After getting their seven game BEKO BBL winning streak snapped in Berlin in a game where the gang of coach Gordon Herbert led and dominated until the 36 minute, the Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a ordeal of a trip to the Ukraine for their Eurochallenge game against Khimik Yuzny and let another game get away losing 61-60 with a Curtis Milleage buzzer beater. Both MBC and Frankfurt enter the Ballsporthalle on Saturday with something to prove. Frankfurt lost two games in a row that tehy should of won and MBC try to rebound after getting killed at home by three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets 78-55 and were trailing by as much as 30 points in the fourth quarter. Frankfurt will see a totally different MBC club on Saturday. 'The loss to Bamberg was big. It is never tough to come back after a big loss like that. MBC knows that there is a lot of room for improvement. MBC will have alot of motivation to focus on doing things right against Frankfurt so mistakes dont happen again', stressed Quentin Pryor

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will still be without Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois), but at least the team has Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) back who shined in Berlin adding 17 points and showing his big strength of hitting the three pointer. 'Having Bucknor back is big. He doesnt need extra time to learn the plays or get adjusted. He can put in without hesitation', stressed Quentin Pryor 'Anytime that you have a player back that plays a key role, it really helps out. Depth is big, because anytime a team has to go lower on depth chart, the more you are asking other guys to do when they werent used to being in a situation like that and being consistent', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Frankfurt will not only have to win MBC on the court, but also be very focused mentally. They should be able to learn from their own mistakes the last two games. 'Frankfurt cant allow what happened to MBC against Bamberg effect them in any way about what they think about MBC as a basketball team. MBC is like any other team in the BEKO BBL and they can beat Frankfurt', warned Quentin Pryor Frankfurt will have to be focused and remember who the MBC guards are. 'Frankfurt has to establish their game and can be successful that way. They cant allow Jordan or Bernard to control the game. The game will be determined by key players on both sides. It will be a good game', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host MBC on December 4th at 18:30.









Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Game Against 8 Time BEKO BBL Champion Alba Berlin December 4th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin

How well did the team digest the 81-68 loss in Tuebingen?


It still isnt sitting well with any of us but we have to focus on our next opponent and playing the way we know we are capable of playing

How well has the Braunschweig defense been developing this season? How difficult is it be focused for 40 minutes on defense during a game.



It hasnt developed as far as we would like at this point in the season but at times we show signs of understanding what it takes to get stops. Staying focused and maintaining the effort for 40 minutes can be difficult but its necessary

How difficult is it playing without Marcus Goree? How important is Goree for the Braunschweig defense?


We really missed his rebounding and physical presence on both ends in the Tubingen game.

The next game is against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. What has been your impression of the team this season?



I believe they are better than last year.

Does Alba Berlin possibly have the right personel this season to win it all in the BEKO BBL?


So far their personnel is working well together and they should be in a great position to compete for a title.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners used a zone against Alba Berlin that workrd pretty well in the first half. What will be key in winning against Alba Berlin for Braunschweig?


Defense


Who is it more difficult to stop Julius Jenkins or Immanuel Mcelroy?


I think it can be either one on any given night

What is your favorite childhood snow experience?


My favorite childhood snow experience was when we would get the day off from school for the chance of snow. We did have great snow cones in the summer time but thats about it.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Dinner for Schmucks

Thnaks Brandon for the chat.



Ethan Shaw Joins Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Snow might have delayed Alba Berlin from getting back home on time, but the white stuff didnt stop the Cuxhaven Bascats from getting a quick reeinforcement for the departed Marcus Smallwood as the team picked up Ethan Shaw (203-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy). Shaw is a 27 year old 203cm power forward who comes from Detroit, Michigan. The American was not only gotten for his defense excellence, but also for his previous experience of having played in Germany. Las season, he played for CD Povoa/MonteAdriano (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 26 games: Score-5 (17.2ppg), 11.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 67.2%. He started his basketball career for Detroit Mercy (NCAA) and in his senior year 2005-2006 played 32 games: 3.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1bpg. In 2007-2008, he played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 30 games: 12.7ppg, Reb-5 (10.0rpg), 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 69.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA): 26 games: 8.2ppg, 7.3rpg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 45.8%, FT: 70.2%.

Source: Cuxhaven Bascats




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Panathinaikos celebrates against CSKA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Panathinaikos 68-72

Panathinaikos jumped to 5-2 in Group D after excellent road win against CSKA Moscow. The Greens celebrated 68-72 victory mostly owing to Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), who scored 17 points. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84) had 12 and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) nailed 17 points (8 rebounds). Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) scored 11 points each. CSKA is still without a Head Coach, after they released Dusko Vujosevic. The team dropped to 1-6 and is in a do-or-die situation.
PAO was better team from the beginning as they made 6-10 and later 11-15 lead. Dimitris Diamantidis and his teammates finished first quarter with 18-23. CSKA improved in the second period and most thanks to Bykov and Siskauskas they made 26-25 turn. However, they were not able to stay on high level and PAO closed the second period with 9-16 (35-41 HT). Dimitris Diamantidis nailed a three-pointer immediately after the break and a driving layup by Milenko Tepic gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit lead, 35-46. For rest of the Q3, CSKA touched minus 3 but PAO immediately replied setting the score to 51-60 after 30 minutes. CSKA needed a quick comeback and they made it. Holden drained a triple, while Smodis and Bykov were also on fire what resulted with 60-60 tie with 7 minutes left. Dmitry Sokolov scored soon after that for 62-61 turn, but PAO than replied with 0-7 run made by Fotisis, Stratos Perperoglou and Calathes. Smodis sank free throws that Diamantidis bettered with a big triple to seal the outcome, 64-71. In the finish, CSKA came to 68-71, after what Fotsis and Smodis traded missed shots and CSKA chose to foul on Diamantidis, whose free throw sealed the outcome with 5.3 seconds left.
In the next round, PAO will meet Union Olimpija in Athens. CSKA will play against Valencia in another home game.

CSKA: Dmitry Sokolov 17+8 boards, Andrey Vorontsevich 11+5 boards, Matjaz Smodis 11
PAO: Dimitris Diamantidis 17, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Milenko Tepic 9


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.8 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.3 
 3. Tapoutos, Aris15.6 
 4. Marshall, PAOK15.2 
 5. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.8 
 7. McAlarney, Ikaros14.7 
 8. Everett, Iraklis14.5 
 9. Tucker, Aris14.3 
 10. Dorkofikis, AEK13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala11.8 
 2. Looby, Peristeri GS9.5 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.2 
 4. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.7.8 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi7.2 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.8 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris6.8 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos7.2 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.4 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.3 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.8 
 5. Palacio, Kavala4.3 
 6. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.2 
 7. Grundy, AEK4.2 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.4.0 
 9. Batis, Panionios3.5 
 10. Karydas, Ilysiakos3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Iraklis
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.5 
 2. Pelekanos, Olympiakos2.3 
 3. Marshall, PAOK2.3 
 4. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 5. Grundy, AEK2.2 
 6. King, Peristeri GS2.2 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos2.0 
 8. Weeden, Marousi1.8 
 9. Carroll, Ikaros1.8 
 10. Tucker, Aris1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.2 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.2 
 3. Simtsak, Kavala1.0 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.0 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS0.8 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 8. Gechevski, PAOK0.8 
 9. Vougioukas, Panath.0.8 
 10. Baxter, Ilysiakos0.7 


Lafayette to Aris - by Giorgos Diploidis
Olivier Lafayette will be the new point guard of Aris (not official yet). Pierre Pierce was injured some days ago and he will be out for about two months. The team of Thessaloniki was looking for his replacement and it was close to deal with Kenny Hasbrouck (ex player of Miami Heat). The player finally decided to not come to Greece and to search for another club in NBA.

Aris then was informed that Olivier Lafayette terminated his deal with Partizan and sign with him till the end of the season. Lafayette in Euroleague with the Serbian team had 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds 3.3 assists but he didnt convince because of his bad percentages in shoots.


A2 Round 4: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of A2 and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. Round 4 caused a major change at the very top of the standings. First defeat of league's leader Ermis Lagkada against tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis 82-86 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended the series of three consecutive victories of Ermis Lagkada. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) who helped to win the game recording double-double 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Costas Sorotos used 11-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Haris Plioukas (200-89, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) replied with double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds for Ermis Lagkada. Amyntas Dafnis (2-2) jumped to the seventh spot. They share it with Pagrati, Arkadikos and Periko/Arhelaos. Ermis Lagkada managed to keep top position with 3-1 record. They have the same record like 5 other teams. Ermis Lagkada will play next round against Panelefsiniakos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Amyntas Dafnis will try to continue on it's current victory against ninth ranked Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos.
Another very easy game for Lavrio (3-1) which hosted Arkadikos (2-2). Sixth ranked Lavrio made an easy win with a record 12 points 87-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sa Giannakopoulos (195-82) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Kostas Paschalis who added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lavrio is a new league leader in their first year in the league. They share it with five other teams. Arkadikos dropped to the seventh position. They have the same record like Amyntas Dafnis, Pagrati and Periko/Arhelaos. Lavrio's next round game will be against bottom-ranked Panerythraikos (#16) at New Eritrea which should be an easy walk for them. Arkadikos will play at home against Near East (#11) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 13th ranked Olimpiada in a game versus Panerythraikos (#16) 71-72. The winners were led by Panagiotis Karavanas who had that evening double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Even double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds by Apost Koutroulias did not help to save the game for Olimpiada. Panerythraikos (1-3) celebrated their first victory after three consecutive losses. They jumped to the eleventh spot. They share it with five other teams including defeated Olimpiada. Panerythraikos will meet next round higher ranked Lavrio (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpiada will play against AEK/Argous (#12).
We should not miss a very close road victory of leader KAOD (3-1) over 15th ranked Koroivos (1-3) 77-75. Vageli Margaritis fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Koroivos' coach tried 10 players in such tough game. KAOD is a new league leader. They share it with five other teams. Koroivos dropped to the eleventh position. KAOD's next round opponent will be Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres. Koroivos will play at home against league's new leader AGOR (#1).
And finally the game worth to mention about is Pagrati's very close three-point victory over one of their biggest challengers Periko/Arhelaos 71-68. It was a very good performance for Nikos Michalos who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas used 10-player rotation in such tough game. Pagrati (2-2) jumped to the seventh spot. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis, Arkadikos and defeated Periko/Arhelaos. Pagrati will face next round Apollon Patras (#13) on the road where they are favorite.

Other games in round 4 were not that significant. AGOR beat Near East on the road 73-62. Ikaroi Serron won against Apollon Patras at it's own court 73-64. AEK/Argous unfortunately lost to Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina 65-71.


Olimpiada - Panerythraikos 71-72
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 13th ranked Olimpiada in a game versus Panerythraikos (#16) 71-72. The winners were led by power forward Panagiotis Karavanas (213-84) who had that evening double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds and Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) who supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Even double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds by center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) did not help to save the game for Olimpiada. Panerythraikos (1-3) celebrated their first victory after three consecutive losses. They jumped to the eleventh spot. They share it with five other teams including defeated Olimpiada. Panerythraikos will meet next round higher ranked Lavrio (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpiada will play against AEK/Argous (#12).
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos AS: A.Sizopoulos 15+6reb+2ast, P.Karavanas 15+12reb+1ast, M.Laksa 12+2reb+2ast, S.Kontoudis 10+3reb+2ast, T.Kallianotis 8+3reb+2ast, T.Straganiotis 6+1reb+2ast
AEP Olimpiada Patron: G.Lappas 20+4reb, S.Veskoukis 18+7reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 18+11reb+2ast, N.Makris 9+3reb+3ast, K.Tsotsos 6+5reb+1ast, K.Aktipis 0
gschID: 98735


Lavrio - Arkadikos 87-75
Another very easy game for Lavrio (3-1) which hosted Arkadikos (2-2). Sixth ranked Lavrio made an easy win with a record 12 points 87-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sa Giannakopoulos (195-82) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) who added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Giorgos Mprozos scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lavrio is a new league leader in their first year in the league. They share it with five other teams. Arkadikos dropped to the seventh position. They have the same record like Amyntas Dafnis, Pagrati and Periko/Arhelaos. Lavrio's next round game will be against bottom-ranked Panerythraikos (#16) at New Eritrea which should be an easy walk for them. Arkadikos will play at home against Near East (#11) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
GS Lavrio: S.Giannakopoulos 24+5reb+5ast, N.Psileas 14+3reb+2ast, G.Kakiouzis 11+4reb+1ast, M.Perakis 8, G.Bakas 7+1reb, K.Paschalis 7+9reb+5ast
SEFA Arkadikos: D.Katiakos 18+8reb+1ast, G.Mprozos 16+3reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 8+2reb, D.Kadic 8+4reb, N.Kokkalis 6+1ast, G.Prodromou 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98736


Near East - AGOR 62-73
No shocking result in a game when second ranked AGOR (3-1) beat 9th ranked Near East (1-3) in Kesariani 73-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) replied with 8 points and 11 rebounds and guard Themis Koupidis (199-84) added 16 points for Near East. Near East's coach Apostolis Hatzigiannakos tried 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. AGOR is a new league leader. They share it with five other teams. Near East dropped to the eleventh position. They have the same record like 5 other teams. AGOR are looking forward to the next round to face Koroivos (#14) on the road which should be an easy walk for them. Near East will play against Arkadikos hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean: D.Latovic 23+6reb+1ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 14+4reb+6ast, S.Magounis 10+4reb, S.Grundberg 8+3reb+4ast, G.Theodorakos 6+2reb, G.Koumoulos 5+4reb+2ast
Near East: T.Koupidis 16+4reb, E.Tomaras 9+2reb+2ast, F.Amato 8+11reb+2ast, A.Pappas 8+4reb+3ast, M.Stanojevic 5+1ast, A.Psaropoulos 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98737


Koroivos - KAOD 75-77
We should not miss a very close road victory of leader KAOD (3-1) over 15th ranked Koroivos (1-3) 77-75. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) chipped in 16 points. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) produced double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) added 21 points for lost side. Koroivos' coach tried 10 players in such tough game. KAOD is a new league leader. They share it with five other teams. Koroivos dropped to the eleventh position. KAOD's next round opponent will be Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres. Koroivos will play at home against league's new leader AGOR (#1).
Top scorers:
KAO Dramas: V.Margaritis 21+5reb, I.Vukantinov 16+3reb+3ast, V.Kitsoulis 16+5reb, L.Jovanovic 8+3reb, G.Sourlis 8+3reb+7ast, A.Tsamatos 6+1reb+2ast
AS Koroivos Amaliadas: N.Pettas 21+1reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 20+11reb, M.Pekovic 11+1reb, T.Dimitriadis 8+7reb, D.Athanasiadis 6+2reb+3ast, D.Apostolopoulos 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 98738


Ikaroi Serron - Apollon Patras 73-64
Very expected game when 14th ranked Apollon Patras (1-3) lost to fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (3-1) in Serres 64-73. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis used 11-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for Apollon Patras. Ikaroi Serron is a new league leader. They share it with five other teams. Apollon Patras dropped to the eleventh position. They have the same record like 5 other teams. Ikaroi Serron are looking forward to the next round to face KAOD (#5) in Dramas. Apollon Patras will play at home against Pagrati (#7) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
AOK Ikaroi Serron: S.Kaberidis 15+8reb+5ast, K.Totsios 14+2reb+3ast, G.Koukas 10+5reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 10+9reb+1ast, M.Pavlisevic 10+1reb, T.Topouzis 7+2reb+1ast
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 18+6reb+3ast, G.Lianos 15+3reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 13+9reb+1ast, D.Liberis 8+2reb, A.Koronidis 4+1reb+3ast, Z.Milovic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98739


Pagrati - Periko/Arhelaos 71-68
And finally the game worth to mention about is Pagrati's very close three-point victory over one of their biggest challengers Periko/Arhelaos 71-68. It was a very good performance for guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas used 10-player rotation in such tough game. Center Giannis Maltesios (205-85) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for Periko/Arhelaos. Pagrati (2-2) jumped to the seventh spot. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis, Arkadikos and defeated Periko/Arhelaos. Pagrati will face next round Apollon Patras (#13) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
AO Pagrati Athens: N.Michalos 24+2reb, F.Vasilopoulos 16+2reb+4ast, K.Macheras 15+8reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 11+2reb, G.Dimakos 3+2reb, D.Lolas 2+7reb
SFK Perikos/Arhelaos: G.Maltesios 19+6reb+1ast, G.Papachristos 11+5reb+2ast, U.Igbavboa 9, A.Sivorotka 7+6reb+1ast, K.Bechlivanis 6+3reb+7ast, E.Jeromanovs 5+1reb
gschID: 98740


Amyntas Dafnis - Ermis Lagkada 86-82
Round 4 caused a major change at the very top of the standings. First defeat of league's leader Ermis Lagkada against tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis 82-86 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended the series of three consecutive victories of Ermis Lagkada. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) who helped to win the game recording double-double 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Costas Sorotos used 11-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Haris Plioukas (200-89, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) replied with double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized guard Darko Rallis (180-78) added 23 points and 4 assists for Ermis Lagkada. Amyntas Dafnis (2-2) jumped to the seventh spot. They share it with Pagrati, Arkadikos and Periko/Arhelaos. Ermis Lagkada managed to keep top position with 3-1 record. They have the same record like 5 other teams. Ermis Lagkada will play next round against Panelefsiniakos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Amyntas Dafnis will try to continue on it's current victory against ninth ranked Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis Athens: K.Vardavas 33+10reb, P.Papargiropoulos 16+2reb, C.Barbas 13+2reb+1ast, C.Vidalis 11+1reb+5ast, L.Zoupas 7+1reb+6ast, T.Moukas 2+2reb
MAS Ermis Lagkada: D.Rallis 23+2reb+4ast, H.Plioukas 19+10reb+3ast, N.Gamouras 17+6reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 12+7reb+1ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 7+5reb+4ast, S.Nisiotis 2
gschID: 98741


Panelefsiniakos - AEK/Argous 71-65
Very predictable result when third ranked Panelefsiniakos (3-1) won against 12th ranked AEK/Argous (1-3) in Eleusina 71-65. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It was a very good performance for forward Paris Martzos (197-85) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) contributed with 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas allowed to play his deep bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian center Ivan Kartelo (208-79, college: Purdue) replied with double-double 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for AEK/Argous. Panelefsiniakos (3-1) has a solid series of three victories in a row and became a new league leader in their first year in A2. They share it with five other teams. AEK/Argous dropped to the eleventh position. They have the same record like 5 other teams. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AEK/Argous will play at home against Olimpiada (#15) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos AOK: G.Tirlas 14+3reb+1ast, P.Martzos 12+5reb+2ast, N.Kaklamanos 10+1reb+2ast, S.Manavopoulos 10, M.Dioletis 9+2reb+1ast, T.Nikou 8+4reb+6ast
AEK/Argous: D.Lewis 14+1reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 14+6reb, I.Kartelo 11+12reb+5ast, G.Kopsaftis 11+6reb+2ast, D.Papantoniou 8+5reb+2ast, A.Raptis 7+3reb
gschID: 98742




Lafayette to Aris - by Giorgos Diploidis
Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) will be the new point guard of Aris Thessaloniki (not official yet). Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Iowa) was injured some days ago and he will be out for about two months. The team of Thessaloniki was looking for his replacement and it was close to deal with Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) (ex player of Miami Heat). The player finally decided to not come to Greece and to search for another club in NBA.

Aris Thessaloniki then was informed that Olivier Lafayette terminated his deal with Partizan and sign with him till the end of the season. Lafayette in Euroleague with the Serbian team had 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds 3.3 assists but he didn't convince because of his bad percentages in shoots.



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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Stokes, BS Weert22.1 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants17.4 
 3. Laing, Magixx16.8 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 5. Borha, Landstede16.4 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.9 
 7. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.1 
 8. Voorn, ABC15.0 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.6 
 10. Marshall, Lands.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra9.9 
 2. Griffin, Giants9.7 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.5 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.4 
 5. Sihota, Rotterdam9.2 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.5 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert8.5 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra8.1 
 10. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Bauscher, GasTerra5.4 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.4 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra4.2 
 5. Williams, DeFriesland3.9 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.8 
 7. Kimbrough, Giants3.7 
 8. Ormskerk, Rotte.3.2 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden3.1 
 10. Jackson, ZZ Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jesse KIMBROUGH
  Giants
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kimbrough, Giants2.6 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.6 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.5 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.5 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.5 
 6. McDermott, Magixx2.4 
 7. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 9. Kherrazi, ABC2.1 
 10. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.2.1 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.7 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.1 
 5. Minter, BS Weert0.9 
 6. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Oudendag, Magixx0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 13-0 
 2. ZZ Leiden 11-3 
 3. Magixx 8-5 
 4. Eiffel Towers 8-5 
 5. BS Weert 7-7 
 6. ABC 6-7 
 7. DeFriesland 6-8 
 8. Landstede 5-10 
 9. Giants 4-10 
 10. Rotterdam 0-13 


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A Division Round 9: ZTE KK beats Falco-Szova by 2 after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The round was full of interesting games. A Division round 9 closest game was a home victory of ZTE KK (#6) over 7th ranked Falco-Szova. ZTE KK managed to escape with only 2-point win 86-84 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Falco-Szova. It was a good game for American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agent: Laszlo Vinko) answered with 20 points and 4 assists for Falco-Szova. Defending champion (7-2) jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams. Falco-Szova keeps the seventh position with 4-4 record. ZTE KK are looking forward to the next round to face Albacomp (#3) in Szekesfehervar. Falco-Szova will play on the road against league's leader Szolnok (#1) hoping to prove their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game for Albacomp (7-2) which played on the court of second-best Kecskemeti (7-2). Sixth ranked Albacomp won
72-68 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Kecskemeti. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agent: Brian Elfus) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists for the winners and Balazs Simon chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Albacomp (7-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams including defeated Kecskemeti. Albacomp's next round game will be against ZTE KK (#6) at Zalaegerszeg. Kecskemeti will play at home against Kormend (#5) to get back on winning track.
Important to mention another loss for outsider Salgotarjani, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game versus twelfth ranked Szedeak
66-100 in Salgotarjan. Bryson McKenzie nailed double-double 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Szedeak's coach Peter Fodor felt such comfortable that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Andras Vavra came up with double-double 13 points and 12 rebounds for Salgotarjani in defeat. Szedeak (3-7) jumped to the eleventh spot. Salgotarjani still at the very bottom with 0-9 record. Szedeak will meet next round at home higher ranked Marso-Vagep (#8) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salgotarjani will play against PVSK Pannon (#9) hoping to get finally their first victory.
League top team - Szolnok (9-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Soproni
81-71. American players dominated the game. The biggest contributor to a victory was Obie Trotter with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Szolnok of course still keep top position in the standings. Soproni keeps the ninth position with 3-6 record. Szolnok's next round opponent will be Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely which should be theoretically an easy game. Soproni will play at home against league's second-placed Atomeromu.
In another very exciting game Kaposvari (#12) met (#2) Kormend at home. The visitors managed to secure valuable one-point victory
95-94, but their fans expected easier game. American players dominated also this meeting. It was a good game for Marcus Moore who saved his team from a defeat with 33 points (!!!). Kormend (7-2) jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams. Kaposvari keeps the twelfth position with 2-7 record. Kormend will face next round Kecskemeti (#4) on the road. Kaposvari will play against FS Debrecen (#13).

In the last two games of round 9 Atomeromu beat Marso-Vagep on the road 87-65. PVSK Pannon won against FS Debrecen at it's own court 103-85.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 36 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by
Kurt Cunningham of Kaposvari KK.

Kaposvari - Kormend 94-95
In another very exciting game Kaposvari (#12) met (#2) Kormend at home. The visitors managed to secure valuable one-point victory 95-94, but their fans expected easier game. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 33 points (!!!). Forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) answered with double-double 36 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) added 17 points and 15 rebounds for Kaposvari. Kormend (7-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Kaposvari. Kormend (7-2) jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams. Kaposvari keeps the twelfth position with 2-7 record. Kormend will face next round Kecskemeti (#4) on the road. Kaposvari will play against FS Debrecen (#13).
Top scorers:
MJUS-Fortress Kormend: M.Moore 33+2reb+1ast, R.Bell 23+5reb+1ast, E.Dies 15+13reb, I.Nemeth 12+3reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 6, R.Trummer 4+2reb
Kaposvari KK: K.Cunningham 36+13reb+2ast, J.Wilson 23+3reb+3ast, D.Werner 17+15reb+1ast, G.Kutasi 9+3reb+1ast, G.Soos 5+3ast, R.Kovats 2+1reb
gschID: 109544


Kecskemeti - Albacomp 68-72
Another exciting game for Albacomp (7-2) which played on the court of second-best Kecskemeti (7-2). Sixth ranked Albacomp won 72-68 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Kecskemeti. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agent: Brian Elfus) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists for the winners and former international guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agent: Side Court) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) scored 22 points. Albacomp (7-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams including defeated Kecskemeti. Albacomp's next round game will be against ZTE KK (#6) at Zalaegerszeg. Kecskemeti will play at home against Kormend (#5) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar: T.Crocker 28+2reb+4ast, D.Hollis 17+4reb, B.Simon 12+3reb+6ast, A.Hanga 7+6reb+2ast, J.Jones 6+13reb+2ast, A.Keller 2+2reb+1ast
Kecskemeti Univer KSE: K.Wittmann 22+3reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 18+8reb+2ast, H.Orsulic 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 4+3reb+1ast, P.Lakatos 4+2reb, G.Denes 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 109545


Marso-Vagep - Atomeromu 65-87
No shocking result in a game when third ranked Atomeromu (7-2) crushed 8th ranked Marso-Vagep (3-5) in Nyiregyhaza 87-65. It was a good game for American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with double-double 20 points and 27 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with double-double 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) answered with double-double 24 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84, agent: Ivan Asanin) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Marso-Vagep. Atomeromu (7-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams. Marso-Vagep keeps the eighth position. Atomeromu are looking forward to the next round to face Soproni (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Marso-Vagep will play against Szedeak hoping to prove their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu SE Paks: J.Hodges 21+11reb+1ast, B.Sales 20+27reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 15+5reb, G.Koertelyesi 11+8reb+4ast, F.Morgen 9+7reb+1ast, B.Winters 6+5reb+1ast
Marso-Vagep NYKK: C.Marshall 24+14reb+1ast, B.Stojakovic 17+10reb+2ast, B.Savic 9+10reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 7+11reb, K.Nagy 5+3reb+1ast, J.Siska 3+8reb
gschID: 109539


Salgotarjani - Szedeak 66-100
Important to mention another loss for outsider Salgotarjani, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game versus twelfth ranked Szedeak 66-100 in Salgotarjan. American center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) nailed double-double 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) accounted for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Szedeak's coach Peter Fodor felt such comfortable that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Andras Vavra (200-78) came up with double-double 13 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian guard Aleksandar Scepanovic (198-82) added 18 points for Salgotarjani in defeat. Szedeak (3-7) jumped to the eleventh spot. Salgotarjani still at the very bottom with 0-9 record. Szedeak will meet next round at home higher ranked Marso-Vagep (#8) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salgotarjani will play against PVSK Pannon (#9) hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Del Konstrukt-SZTE-Szedeak: J.Rubin 18+8reb+4ast, B.McKenzie 18+15reb, M.Vida 12+5reb+9ast, N.Dukic 12+7reb, I.Nyilas 11+4ast, A.Tanacs 8+4reb+2ast
Wamsler SE Salgotarjan: A.Scepanovic 18+3reb+3ast, A.Vavra 13+12reb, D.Koma 11+11reb, K.Kiss 8, A.Ughy 7+3reb+3ast, T.Sebok 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 109540


ZTE KK - Falco-Szova 86-84
A Division round 9 closest game was a home victory of ZTE KK (#6) over 7th ranked Falco-Szova. ZTE KK managed to escape with only 2-point win 86-84 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Falco-Szova. It was a good game for American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agent: Laszlo Vinko) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for Falco-Szova. Defending champion (7-2) jumped to the second spot. They share it with four other teams. Falco-Szova keeps the seventh position with 4-4 record. ZTE KK are looking forward to the next round to face Albacomp (#3) in Szekesfehervar. Falco-Szova will play on the road against league's leader Szolnok (#1) hoping to prove their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Zalakeramia-ZTE KK: L.Williams 31+5reb+5ast, K.Wilson 23+4reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 10+5reb+2ast, T.Kaman 8+8reb+3ast, A.Toth 6+2reb, G.Kinter 5+1reb
Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely: L.Kalman 20+3reb+4ast, C.Gosa 15+7reb+1ast, K.Thomas 14+7reb+1ast, L.Simon 12+1reb+3ast, C.Borszeki 11+5reb+1ast, M.Aliakseyeu 8+4reb
gschID: 109541


Soproni - Szolnok 71-81
League top team - Szolnok (9-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Soproni 81-71. American players dominated the game. The biggest contributor to a victory was guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agent: Side Court) with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Ivory Clark (198-85) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who recorded double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agent: Avi Zilberman) added 14 points and 6 assists. Szolnok (9-1) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Soproni. Szolnok of course still keep top position in the standings. Soproni keeps the ninth position with 3-6 record. Szolnok's next round opponent will be Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely which should be theoretically an easy game. Soproni will play at home against league's second-placed Atomeromu.
Top scorers:
Szolnoki Olajbanyasz: O.Trotter 27+5reb+5ast, A.Horvath 13+3reb+2ast, I.Clark 12+7reb+2ast, Z.Vesztergom 9+2reb, M.Fodor 8+3reb+2ast, M.Bader 7+10reb
Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC: D.Townes 15+11reb, T.Kelley 14+3reb+6ast, A.Molnar 14+2reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 11+7reb+2ast, R.Jarvis 9+1reb+1ast, T.Halmai 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 109542


PVSK Pannon - FS Debrecen 103-85
Rather expected game when 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-8) lost to eleventh ranked PVSK Pannon (3-6) in Pecs 85-103. It was a good game for American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) contributed with double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic used 10-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Chris Singletary (194-88, college: Kent St.) answered with 26 points (made all of his seven free throws) and his countryman power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 21 points and 7 rebounds for FS Debrecen. They added fifth loss to their record. PVSK Pannon jumped to the ninth spot. They share it with Soproni. FS Debrecen keeps the thirteenth position. PVSK Pannon are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. FS Debrecen will play against Kaposvari hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannonpower Pecs: M.El-Amin 31+5reb+6ast, B.Egemonye 21+10reb+1ast, N.Toth 11+11reb, J.Glavinic 10+4reb+7ast, P.Kovacs 10+3reb, A.Deak 6+1ast
Factum Sport Debrecen: C.Singletary 26+4reb+3ast, K.Langford 21+7reb+2ast, Y.Mekongo 16+12reb+1ast, A.Balogh 5+1reb, G.Boros 4+2ast, L.Kothay 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 109543




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Tony Washam is back to Elitzur Netanya - by Emiliano
Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) after just seven games left Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket and moved back to Elitzur Netanya where he has played for one season and half. The American was averaging 11ppg and 5.3rpg with the French team in Pro A.
With Netanya, Washam averaged last season 18.7ppg (fourth best), 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 71.9% in 27 games and had a Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention.
In July he signed in Philippines where he wore the jersey of Derby Ace Llamados scoring 26.3 points, grabbing 8.2rpg and dishing 2 assists in 9 games.



In a Night of Horror For ISRAEL, MACCABI Brings Smiles With Road Win - by David Pick
In a night of horror for the country of Israel, Maccabi Tel-Aviv was able to bring the smallest tears of joy and put a smile on the daces of its Israeli citizens, who are morning over their loved ones.

Only a few hours before the yellow and blue Maccabi soldiers to the court in Lithuania to play B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, nature called in a terrible manner. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: 'I will declare this a day of mourning,' in response to the fire that was spreading in the northern Israeli forest area of Haifa. In the tragic event 40 prison wardens had died and dozens more were injured.

The wardens were meant to assist in evacuating some 500 prisoners from the facility, situated near Kibbutz Beit Oren. Their vehicle immediately caught those fast moving flames which had spread onto the road.

A firefighter spokesman said the blaze had traveled 1500 meters in less than three minutes, adding: 'The bus had no chance. They tried to escape but were burned alive. It was a horrific scene.'

As a sign of respect, Maccabi Tel-Aviv players had played with a black stripe ribbon across their shoulder on their jerseys, as they rallied back from an 8 point deficit late in the fourth, to beat B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas on the road 71:68, and earn the privilege of advancing to the Euroleague top 16, with 3 games remaining in the group's first round competition.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv Center, Sofoklis Schortsanitis (2.06-85), who led his team with 22 points said after the victory: 'This win came from team effort. My teammates did a great job and found me under the basket. I practiced very hard this past week because I know that thats what coach Blatt wanted from me, so I decided to work as hard as I can am I'm glad it paid off. We are a great team with good players and the staff is great. They (B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas) fouled me a lot and because of that my hand really hurt, it was practically killing me but I had to stay calm and look out for my teammates.'

Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach David Blatt added: First of all, I would like to say on behalf of Maccabi, we send our greatest sincere condolences to all families of the victims in the terrible disaster that fell on our country today, our hearts are with you all. We of course wish the injured have a speedy recovery. As far of our game, is it much less important to us now because we are thinking of all the Israeli families, but in terms of sports we did get a very important and difficult win and I think that is very impressive.'

'It is very difficult to play here in Kaunas, and the fact that we beat our number one rival for first spot, makes it a double win for us. We still have a lot to work on this season in order to improve. I'm very proud of my guys because the fact that we caused them 28 turnovers at a high level like the Euroleague is amazing. I told the players after the loss to Bnei Hasharon that we can't lower our heads, we have to stay together and believe in ourselves.'

'In my opinion, we already won this game on Monday in training because Sofo was amazing and he demonstrated exactly how great of a player he really is. His maturity, character and leadership encouraged everyone to lift their heads and give it all they got. He gave us the strength for this victory.'




Israeli National League round 9 best performance: Adrian Utter - by Eurobasket News
Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Utter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi HBK (#6, 5-4) 81-67. It allowed Hapoel T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli National League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Hapoel T-A keeps perfect 9 -0 record. Utter turned to be Hapoel T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Adrian Utter averages this season 16.6ppg and 8.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) of Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan. Rosefelt had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds. It was enough for Ironi Ramat Gan to edge the higher-ranked Lev Hasharon (#5, 5-4) 79-75. This victory allowed Ironi Ramat Gan to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Rosefelt is a newcomer at Ironi Ramat Gan, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Darnell Hugee (201-F-85) of Hapoel Afula (#9). Hugee scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Hugee's great performance Hapoel Afula lost 78-83 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Tivon (#3, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hapoel Afula ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hugee could help Hapoel Afula to bring them higher in the standings. Hugee has a very solid season. In 9 games in Israel he scored 11.9ppg. He also has 6.4rpg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 63.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sani Ibrahim (207-C-82) of Kohav Yair - 19 points and 16 rebounds
5. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Beer Yaakov - 30 points and 3 rebounds
6. Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Kohav Yair - 26 points and 11 rebounds
7. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Elitzur Yavne - 28 points and 6 rebounds
8. Joshua Gomes (190-G-83) of Beer Yaakov - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Elitzur Yavne - 20 points and 12 rebounds
10. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Montepaschi beats Lietuvos Rytas with ease - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Lietuvos Rytas 90-72

Montepaschi outplayed Lietuvos Rytas 90-72 jumping to 6-1 record in Group C. The Italian powerhouse stays No.1 together with Fenerbahce Ulker, who also has just one defeat so far. Lietuvos Rytas dropped to 1-6 having two wins less than No.4 Cholet. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) top-scored for the hosts with 17 points. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 15 and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) helped with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 12 points and 5 boards. For the guests, Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 17 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) (6 rebs) scored 14 and 12 points respectively.
Montepaschi smashed their rival in the first ten minutes. Rimantas Kaukenas and his teammates were on fire scoring 31 points in the first quarter, while at the same time they limited guests to 16. The hosts reached plus 19 at the halfway of Q2, but Rytas somehow closed the gap to 48-33 after 20 minutes of play. Montepaschi continued in the same rhythm after the breather and Rytas was in trouble. They faced with minus 20 in 27th minute and the game winner was already known. After 30 minutes, Montepaschi had 68-51 and they later finished last quarter with 22-21 for the final 90-72 home win.
In the next round, Montepaschi goes to Zagreb to meet winless Cibona. Lietuvos Rytas will host Cholet and they will have to win that game if they want to stay alive for Top16.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 17, Bo Lester McCalebb 15, David Moss 12+6 boards, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12+5 boards
Lietuvos Rytas: Milko Bjelica 17, Martynas Gecevicius 14, Jonas Valanciunas 12+6 boards


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Fatmir Gashi met FIBA secretary general Nar Zanolin - by Onur Deqani
Mr.Nar Zanolin went on a meeting with the Albanian Basketball Federation. During this meeting, Fatmir Gashi was also a special guest where he got the chance to talk with the FIBA secretary. The meeting lasted two hours, while main talks were about the Kosovan Basketball and it's complicated situation.The main reason for it is because Kosovo is not a FIBA member, and like it seems it will not be easy to make it through.
The secretary told that the way of membership in FIBA is mostly affected by the reason that Kosovo is not still an UN member. He also promised that he will do anything possible to make it easier for Kosovo in their way through membership. At least Kosovo can participate in club competitions.


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 9-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 7-2 
 3. Sagesse 6-2 
 4. Moutahed 4-4 
 5. Anibal 4-4 
 6. Hoops 3-6 
 7. Antranik 3-6 
 8. Chabab 2-7 
 9. Byblos 1-8 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. El Khatib, Champville28.8 
 2. Shannon, Anibal24.8 
 3. Cage, Hoops22.0 
 4. Warner, Byblos22.0 
 5. Byrd, Hoops21.1 
 6. Zachery, Antranik20.7 
 7. Battles, Antranik20.6 
 8. Thompson, Sagesse20.3 
 9. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.19.8 
 10. Youngblood, Champ.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi17.1 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.0 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab11.7 
 5. Battles, Antranik11.4 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.3 
 7. Okosa, Moutahed11.3 
 8. Byrd, Hoops10.9 
 9. Allen, Champville10.7 
 10. Kanaan, Antranik10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon MASON
  Byblos
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mason, Byblos8.3 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed8.0 
 3. Akl, Anibal7.5 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.9 
 5. Clemons, Chabab4.4 
 6. Fahed, Sagesse4.1 
 7. Roustom, Moutahed4.0 
 8. Youngblood, Champ.3.9 
 9. Cage, Hoops3.7 
 10. Khoury, Sagesse3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.9 
 2. Roustom, Moutahed3.0 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.2.7 
 4. Byrd, Hoops2.6 
 5. Martinez, Champville2.1 
 6. Khoury, Sagesse2.0 
 7. Fahed, Sagesse1.9 
 8. Cantrell, Byblos1.8 
 9. Zachery, Antranik1.8 
 10. Cage, Hoops1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Pioneros
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Champville3.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 3. Watkins, Sagesse2.3 
 4. Thompson, Sagesse1.9 
 5. Payne, Moutahed1.7 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 7. Shannon, Anibal1.4 
 8. Dawson, Chabab1.3 
 9. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 10. Okosa, Moutahed1.3 


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Montepaschi beats Lietuvos Rytas with ease - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Lietuvos Rytas 90-72

Montepaschi outplayed Lietuvos Rytas 90-72 jumping to 6-1 record in Group C. The Italian powerhouse stays No.1 together with Fenerbahce Ulker, who also has just one defeat so far. Lietuvos Rytas dropped to 1-6 having two wins less than No.4 Cholet. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) top-scored for the hosts with 17 points. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 15 and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) helped with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 12 points and 5 boards. For the guests, Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 17 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) (6 rebs) scored 14 and 12 points respectively.
Montepaschi smashed their rival in the first ten minutes. Rimantas Kaukenas and his teammates were on fire scoring 31 points in the first quarter, while at the same time they limited guests to 16. The hosts reached plus 19 at the halfway of Q2, but Rytas somehow closed the gap to 48-33 after 20 minutes of play. Montepaschi continued in the same rhythm after the breather and Rytas was in trouble. They faced with minus 20 in 27th minute and the game winner was already known. After 30 minutes, Montepaschi had 68-51 and they later finished last quarter with 22-21 for the final 90-72 home win.
In the next round, Montepaschi goes to Zagreb to meet winless Cibona. Lietuvos Rytas will host Cholet and they will have to win that game if they want to stay alive for Top16.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 17, Bo Lester McCalebb 15, David Moss 12+6 boards, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12+5 boards
Lietuvos Rytas: Milko Bjelica 17, Martynas Gecevicius 14, Jonas Valanciunas 12+6 boards


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Wizards backup Hilton Armstrong suspended 1 game for flagrant foul on Heat's Joel Anthony - by Eurobasket News
Washington Wizards backup center Hilton Armstrong (6'10''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) has been suspended for one game by the NBA for shoving Joel Anthony (6'9''-C-82, college: UNLV) while the Miami Heat player tried to make a layup.

The league says Armstrong will serve the suspension Wednesday night, when Washington plays at the Toronto Raptors.

He was called for a flagrant foul and ejected in the final minute of the third quarter of Washington's 105-94 loss at Miami on Monday. Armstrong used both hands to push Anthony.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Wednesday's news (12) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - San Antonio S. 90-85
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) added 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers ended an 18-game skid against the Spurs, beating San Antonio 90-85 Wednesday night. Baron Davis had seven points and 10 assists in his return from a 10-game injury absence for the Clippers, who have the league's worst record at 4-15. They still beat the club with the NBA's best record for the second time in 10 days, following a similarly stunning win over New Orleans late last month. George Hill scored 17 points and Manu Ginobili added 15 for the Spurs, who lost for just the second time in 16 games and dropped to 15-3 with their first road loss of the season after an 8-0 start away from San Antonio. Tim Duncan had just eight points, one night after posting a triple-double at Golden State. *Courtesy of http://nbcsports.msnbc.com

Dallas M. - Minnesota T. 100-86
The Minnesota Timberwolves' loss 100-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday was a textbook example of an elite NBA team playing a clearly inferior opponent at home. The Mavericks (14-4) exerted just enough energy to win handily without wearing themselves out for Friday's Western Conference showdown at Utah. Much like a Nov. 19 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in which Matt Barnes had 24 points, the Wolves (4-14) were once again beaten by a team's bench, rather than their superstars. The three leading scorers for the Mavericks all came off the bench. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) led the way with 16, Jose Juan Barea added 14, Jason Terry with 12 and even former Wolf Brian Cardinal joined the fun with 6 of his own. Mavericks ace Dirk Nowitzki had just 10 points -- 15 less than his season average -- in only 24 minutes on the court. In total, the Maverick's bench scored 59. The Wolves starters scored 54. Heading into Wednesday's game, the Wolves were 29th in the league in team field goal percentage and they did nothing to improve their ranking, shooting just 39%. It was the usual suspects, Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) and Michael Beasley, leading the way for the Wolves. Love had his 13th double-double of the season, good for second in the NBA, with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Beasley shook off early foul trouble to lead the team in scoring with 16 points and three rebounds but failed to record an assist for the second time this season. *Courtesy of www.1500espn.com

Houston R. - LA Lakers 109-99
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Carolina) scored 22 points and Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) added 11 of his 17 in the final three minutes to lift the Houston Rockets to a 109-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The loss is the fourth in a row for the Lakers, who were led by Kobe Bryant's 27 points. The Lakers led by three before Battier made consecutive 3-pointers to put Houston on top 100-97 with about 2yy minutes remaining. Bryant made a pair of free throws before Battier hit a jump shot that caused the Lakers' star to slump his shoulders and shake his head. Los Angeles was then called for a shot clock violation and Bryant missed a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Denver N. - Milwaukee B. 105-94
Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) scored 24 points and the Denver Nuggets weathered the third-quarter ejection of star forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-94 Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive win. J.R. Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 16 points for the Nuggets, who defeated the only team to sweep the season series from them last year. Milwaukee went 2-0 against Denver in 2009-10. John Salmons scored 21 points for the Bucks. Corey Maggette added 17 points and Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings had 14 apiece. Anthony had 14 points when he was tossed with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter for arguing with officials over a non-call. *Courtesy of www.kktv.com

Utah Jazz - Indiana P. 110-88
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) had 24 points and 16 assists, and fueled a 35-point first quarter as the Utah Jazz beat the Indiana Pacers 110-88 on Wednesday night. It was the seventh straight win for the Jazz (15-5) and fifth in a row at home. Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) led Indiana with 16 points. Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert added 15 apiece for the Pacers, who had their four-game road win streak end. *Courtesy of www.wthr.com

Miami Heat - Detroit P. 97-72
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 18 points, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Dwyane Wade each scored 16 and the Heat rolled past the Detroit Pistons 97-72 on Wednesday night, dominating the second half with defense. Next up: James' homecoming-of-sorts in Cleveland, the city he scorned in free agency, on Thursday night. 'It's going to be emotional for myself, going back to Cleveland to the fans that I still love to this day,' James said. 'Lot of great memories, but I've got to try to put that in the back of my mind, understand that we're coming in to get a win, and play hard and try to get a 'W.'' And to think Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was worried that the looming distractions of the ultra-hyped game in Cleveland would take away from Miami's focus on Wednesday. Juwan Howard scored 12 and Eddie House added 10 for Miami. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 15 points and Charlie Villanueva added 10. *Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com

N.Orleans H. - Charlotte B. 89-73
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) loves to box and Monty Williams is wondering if the forward's offseason hobby is helping him flourish in the first-year coach's defense-oriented system. West had 22 points, two steals and two blocked shots, and New Orleans dominated the fourth quarter in an 89-73 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks for New Orleans. Chris Paul dished out 14 assists, scored nine points on seven shots and collected four steals. Trevor Ariza and Willie Green each scored 10. Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 18 points. Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin each added 13 points and Tyrus Thomas had 10 assists. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Chicago B. - Orlando M. 78-107
With Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) back in the lineup, the Chicago Bulls feel like they are ready to move into the elite of the Eastern Conference. The Orlando Magic showed why they're already there. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 24 points and the Magic dominated the paint and cruised to a 107-78 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night, spoiling the Bulls debut of Boozer. Boozer played his first game of the season after missing all of Chicago's preseason games plus the first 15 of the regular season after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right hand in an accident at his home on Oct. 2. Vince Carter scored 22 points for Orlando, Brandon Bass had 17 off the bench and Nelson added nine assists. Joakim Noah led Chicago with 16 points in 25 minutes, but failed to grab a rebound. Noah entered the contest as the NBA's second-leading rebounder with 13.2 per game. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Atlanta H. - Memphis G. 112-109
Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 20 points to lead six Atlanta players in double figures, including a season-high 16 points off the bench by Josh Powell (6'9''-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). The Hawks needed the depth to overcome the loss of Johnson, the team's four-time All-Star and top scorer. Bibby had 15 points. His last 3, with 17 seconds remaining, came after Horford and Josh Smith grabbed offensive rebounds to extend a long possession. The Grizzlies were denied in their attempt for wins in back-to-back days after a 98-96 home victory over the Lakers on Tuesday. They have won four of their last six. Rudy Gay led Memphis with 23 points, including a 3-pointer and another basket in the final 10 seconds. Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

New Jersey N. - Oklah.City T. 120-123 OT3
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) capped a 38-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist performance by scoring all of Oklahoma City's 13 points in the third overtime, and the Thunder overcame the absence of an injured Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) with a 123-120 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Jeff Green added a career-high 37 points as the Thunder outlasted New Jersey in a game in which the Nets tied the game at the end of regulation on a running 26-foot 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow, then blew leads of six points in the first overtime and three points with 4.6 seconds to go in the second when Stephen Graham fouled Green on a 3-point attempt. Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Farmar added a career-high 28 points and nine assists while starting for injured point guard Devin Harris. Morrow had 25 points. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Toronto R. - Washington W. 127-108
Wizards coach Flip Saunders was embarrassed. Kirk Hinrich was disappointed. Washington rookie John Wall compared it to a video game. It was that kind of night for the Toronto Raptors. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC) scored 20 points, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) and Sonny Weems had 18 apiece and Toronto set a season high for points, beating the Washington Wizards 127-108 on Wednesday. Leandro Barbosa and Jerryd Bayless each scored 16 for Toronto. For Bayless, it was a season high. Jose Calderon had 11 points and eight assists as Toronto led by as many as 27 and avenged a 109-94 loss at Washington on Nov. 16. The Raptors shot 51 for 88 (58 percent), their highest percentage of the season. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Boston C. - Portland TB 99-95
So even though he missed his previous five 3-point attempts, including a rare airball, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) was still confident that Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) would sink No. 2,484 on his sixth attempt of the game. 'Ray Allen wide open for the game? It's a no-brainer,' Pierce said. 'I'm going to go to him. Pierce had the hot hand for the Celtics all night, making 9 of 11 shots, but on the final possession he decided to go to Allen. Pierce drove the lane and kicked it out to Allen on the left wing, who sank his first 3-pointer of the game to seal a 99-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night at TD Garden. Pierce scored a game-high 28 points, Rajon Rondo scored 10 points and notched 10 assists for his 10th double-double of the season and Glen Davis scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Celtics (14-4) are now on a season-high five-game winning streak. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.3 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers26.7 
 3. Rose, Chicago B.25.8 
 4. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.6 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.24.2 
 7. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.24.1 
 9. James, Miami Heat23.4 
 10. Anthony, Denver N.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Love, Minnesota T.14.9 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.4 
 3. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.12.1 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.8 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.6 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.10.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.7 
 10. Odom, LA Lakers10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.8 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.5 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.2 
 4. Nash, Phoenix Suns9.6 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.3 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 8. Felton, New Y.8.1 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.3.0 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.7 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.5 
 4. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..2.2 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 8. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 9. Brewer, Minnesot.1.9 
 10. Miller, Portland.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darko MILICIC
  Minnesota T.
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.9 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 6. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.2 
 7. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 8. Dalembert, Sacram.2.1 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers2.0 
 10. Chandler, New Y.1.9 


Magic assign Daniel Orton to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic center Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) was assigned to the New Mexico Thunderbirds, the Magics NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 13th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Orton, a rookie out of Kentucky.

Orton (6-10, 255) hasnt appeared in any games with the Magic this season, but averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in five NBA Summer League games. Orlando selected Orton, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, in the first round (29th overall), making him one of five Kentucky players chosen in the first round.

In one season at Kentucky, Orton averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game, helping to lead the Wildcats to a 35-3 record and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. His 53 blocks in 38 games ranked fifth in the SEC.

Orton joins the Thunderbirds in anticipation of the teams back-to-back home games against the Erie BayHawks on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Devin Harris has a strained left knee; will miss next two games - by Eurobasket News
The Nets just sent the word out on point guard Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin), who injured his left knee in last night's game against the Knicks and the news is good: Harris has a strained knee. He will miss tonight's game against Oklahoma City and Friday's game in Charlotte, after which he will be re-evaluated.

The Nets had feared Harris might have a torn meniscus in the knee, which likely would have required arthroscopic surgery. That would have had him out for weeks, instead of days.

Jordan Farmar will start tonight at point guard and undrafted rookie Ben Uzoh will back him up. Asked if there is a third option at the point, just in case, Johnson said yes, but he would not reveal who that option is.

Johnson also said the team has not decided to recall Terrence Williams - yet - from the D-League, where he was assigned on Friday. Williams, who reported Sunday to the Springfield Armor, has not played a game for them. He is due to play his first game on Thursday.

'Hes in the D-League right now and well evaluate our situation after tonights game,'' Johnson said when asked about Williams.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


Hawks, Joe Johnson to miss at least four weeks of action - by Emiliano
After experiencing some discomfort in his right elbow on Tuesday, having an MRI later that afternoon, and visiting with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham this morning, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) is expected to miss four-to-six weeks of action following a surgical procedure to his right elbow.
Johnson has what is called loose body in his elbow, and team medical officials have determined that he will need to have a arthroscopic procedure in the next few days to remove the loose body. Dr. Andrews will handle the operation.
The star, who extended his contract with Hawks last summer, is averaging 17.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 5.2apg in 18 games played so far.
Courtesy of Realgm.com


Raptors call up first-round pick Davis - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors recalled first-round draft pick Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Monday.

The six-foot-10, 225-pound forward is expected to rejoin the Raptors for practice Tuesday and be on the active roster for Wednesday's game versus Washington.

Davis played in two games with the BayHawks, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 17.5 minutes.

Chosen 13th overall by the Raptors this past summer, he was only cleared to resume playing last week after tearing the meniscus in his right knee before training camp started.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca


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Carlton Johnson #1 Best Point Guard Potomac State - by Allen Waters
Johnson will be the best NJCAA point guard prospect this year He has great size for the 1 and all the intangibles you could ask for regarding that position. His handle is high-level and he had a number of dribbling exhibitions in the open court that were simply remarkable. His ball control, tight handle, and precision passing alone will make the College Coachs lose their mind. He can explode to the rim with the best of them and he can knock down the 3-point jump shot with regularity. He manages the game very well and knows how to get his teammates involved. It will be shocking if he isn't an All-Conference performer and possible All-American his freshman season.

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Early season Aussie and World team predictions. - by Danny Russell
All Aussie:
G Damian Martin (Perth 5-4) 50.0% fg, 39.3% 3fg, 10.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg.
G Michael Cedar (Townsville 5-3) 42.6% fg, 41.5% 3fg, 92.3% ft, 14.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg.
F Glen Saville (Wollongong 7-1) 48.2% fg, 40.0% 3fg, 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.5apg, 2.5spg.
F Oscar Forman (Wollongong 7-1) 48.5% fg, 41.0% 3fg, 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg.
F Shawn Redhage (Perth 5-4) 47.2%fg, 43.2% 3fg ,19.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg.

Aussie MVP: Glen Saville


This savvy veteren may be 15 years into his NBL career but he does not look like slowing down anytime in the next few seasons. Sav is dominating games with his use of the ball taking less shots but still scoring, leading league in assists or just keeping the hawks in their flow. Still the best wing defender in the league and locking down tough covers every night while leading the league in steals.

Honorable mentions:
Each of these players has some stake for a spot in the All Aussie team for the early part of the season, if the Kings start winning Khazzouh will not only be a lock for the team but also the MVP.
C Julian Khazzouh (Sydney 1-5) 60.7% fg, 17.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 2.2bpg.
F Alex Loughton (Cairns 5-2) 47.2fg, 41.7% 3fg, 14.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg.
C Ian Crosswhite (Cairns 5-2) 54.4% fg, 11.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg.
C Luke Schenscher (Townsville 5-3) 54.4% fg, 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg.
G CJ Bruton (New Zealand 6-2) 43.9% fg, 12.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg.

All World:
G Gary Ervin (Wollongong 7-1) 47.4% fg, 42.1% 3fg, 22.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg.
G Ayinde Ubaka (Cairns 5-2) 42.5% fg, 46.2% 3fg, 17.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg.
G Kevin Lisch (Perth 5-4) 13.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg.
F Thomas Abercrombie (New Zealand 6-2) 44.9% fg, 42.9% 3 fg, 12.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg.
F Mika Vukona (New Zealand 6-2) 55.6% fg, 8.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg.

World MVP: Gary Ervin


Ervin' first season in the NBL is a eye opener his team is sitting atop the ladder, he leads the league in scoring and top 5 in assists. Ervin looks to be a difference maker in close games. Ervin has the hawks favourites for the first title of the new decade.

Honorable mentions:
A trio of late starters in Penney, Clark and Williams will put in their first team and MVP claims as they get the rest of the season under their belt. Watch out for Freeman as he fouls less and gets his minutes up.
F Gabe Freeman (Townsville 5-3) 46.7% fg, 9.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 0.8apg, 0.9spg, 1.0bpg (only 21mpg).
F Gary Wilkenson (New Zealand 6-2) 50.6% fg, 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg.
G Kirk Penney (New Zealand 6-2) 3g, 42.1% 3fg, 16.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg.
G Corey Williams (Melbourne 1-7) 3g, 15.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.3apg, 1.0spg.
F Ira Clark (Gold Coast 2-5) 3g, 58.3% fg, 50.0% 3fg, 91.7% ft, 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg.




NBL November Awards - by Danny Russell
(Includes late october games)
Player of the Month:
Gary Ervin (Wollongong 7-1) 47.4% fg, 42.1% 3fg, 22.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg.
Ervin is leading the league in scoring and top 5 in assists. Leading his Wollongong Hawks to 7-1 on top of the table and favourites to go one better and grab the NBL Championship. Ervin has come up massive in close games getting to the ft line for match winning free throws or getting into the lane in the final 2 minutes. He is too fast with the ball, no one has been able to contain him yet. Hassled into 7 turnovers his first game and the following games had 3 or 4 each, he continues to cut them down to just 1 in each of his last 2 matches.

Honorable Mentions:
Glen Saville (Wollongong 7-1) 48.2% fg, 40.0% 3fg, 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.5apg, 2.5spg.
Shawn Redhage (Perth 5-4) 47.2%fg, 43.2% 3fg ,19.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg.
Oscar Forman (Wollongong 7-1) 48.5% fg, 41.0% 3fg, 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg.
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney 1-5) 60.7% fg, 17.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 2.2bpg.
Ayinde Ubaka (Cairns 5-2) 42.5% fg, 46.2% 3fg, 17.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg.

Coach of the Month:
Gordie McLeod (Wollongong 7-1).
After taking the team favoured for last position in season 2010 to the grand final series the winning has not stopped for McLeod's Hawks. Off to a flying 7-1 start including 4-0 at home while 3-1 on the road with just a 3 point loss on the back end of a double header away to defending champions Perth. McLeod is making a strong case for being the top Australian coach.

Honorable Mentions:
Andrej Lemanis (New Zealand 6-2).
Aaron Fearne (Cairns 5-2).


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 9-2 
 2. Asker 8-3 
 3. Ulriken 7-3 
 4. Baerum 6-6 
 5. Gimle 4-6 
 6. Kristiansand 4-7 
 7. Froya 3-9 
 8. Ammerud 2-7 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Russell, Kristiansand28.1 
 2. Timus, Tromso26.3 
 3. Kombat, Froya24.4 
 4. Bullock, Gimle23.8 
 5. Karlsen, Asker23.0 
 6. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud21.8 
 8. January, Tromso21.7 
 9. Oatis, Baerum19.5 
 10. Eskeland, Ulriken18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.8 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken11.9 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.2 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.5 
 5. Kombat, Froya8.9 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.8 
 7. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 8. January, Tromso7.6 
 9. Christensen, Tro.7.5 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Bullock, Gimle4.8 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken4.7 
 3. Gabrans, Froya4.2 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.0 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum3.9 
 7. Mihaylov, Tromso3.9 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.7 
 9. Russell, Kristiansand3.7 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diomande, Ammerud3.0 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker2.1 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.9 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken1.8 
 8. January, Tromso1.5 
 9. Timus, Tromso1.5 
 10. Hinsch, Asker1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.4 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.8 
 3. January, Tromso1.2 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.7 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.6 
 9. Sorensen, Ammerud0.6 
 10. Ndiaye, Gimle0.6 


BLNO Round 12: Undefeated Tromso loses their first two games - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in BLNO was road a defeat of 1st ranked Tromso to second ranked Asker 81-92. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds and former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who added 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) with 26 points. Despite the victory current champion Asker (8-3) stay at second position having just two points less than leader Tromso. This loss did not change Tromso's (9-2) top position in the standings as they recorded their second loss. Asker are looking forward to the next round to face Gimle (#5) in Bergen. Tromso will play at home against Kristiansand (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Baerum's (#4) 16-point home victory against 1st ranked Tromso 111-95. The winners were led by American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce) who had that evening double-double 28 points and 14 rebounds and Adam Ronnqvist who supported him with 20 points. Baerum's coach Pal Berg allowed to play his deep bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by former international guard Bendik Myhrer (190-85) did not help to save the game for Tromso. Despite the victory Baerum (6-6) stay at fourth position. This loss did not change Tromso's (9-2) top position in the standings as they recorded their second loss. Baerum's next round game will be against Froya (#7) at Laksevag. Tromso will play at home against Kristiansand (#) to get back on winning track.
Third-ranked Ulriken had no problems in a home game against Ammerud (#8) in Bergen. Ulriken (7-3) outscored Ammerud (2-7) with a record 28 points 90-62. The biggest contributor to a victory was Magne Fivelstad with double-double 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Samuel Diomande who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds. Ulriken (7-3) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Ammerud. Despite the win Ulriken stay at third position having just three points less than leader Tromso. Ammerud (2-7) on the other side took the bottom place. Ulriken will meet next round bottom-ranked Ammerud (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Ammerud will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 12 Gimle won against Kristiansand on the opponent's court 89-76. Ulriken managed to outperform Froya in a home game 76-62.


Asker - Tromso 92-81

The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in BLNO was road a defeat of 1st ranked Tromso to second ranked Asker 81-92. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds and former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who added 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) with 26 points and his fellow American import forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the victory current champion Asker (8-3) stay at second position having just two points less than leader Tromso. This loss did not change Tromso's (9-2) top position in the standings as they recorded their second loss. Asker are looking forward to the next round to face Gimle (#5) in Bergen. Tromso will play at home against Kristiansand (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens BC: M.Mahnin 31+9reb, R.Karlsen 20+8reb+2ast, M.Midtvedt 17+2reb+1ast, C.Hinsch 11+2reb+2ast, F.Nyborg 8+4reb+3ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 3+6reb+4ast
Tromso Storm: R.Timus 26+3reb+2ast, G.January 22+8reb, B.Myhrer 14+2reb+2ast, D.Christensen 8+9reb, G.Mihaylov 6+4reb+1ast, I.Adahada 5+2reb
gschID: 98994


Kristiansand - Gimle 76-89

I am not sure if we can call it an upset between close teams when 5th ranked Kristiansand (4-7) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Gimle (4-6) 89-76. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording double-double 21 points, 21 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Stian Enge (190-90) who added 17 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) with 31 points and 5 assists and swingman Brian Mariampillar (188-85) scored 10 points and 8 assists. The victory allowed Gimle (4-6) to climb to fifth place. Kristiansand (4-7) on the other side went down to sixth position as they recorded their seventh loss. Gimle are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Asker on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kristiansand will play against league's new leader Tromso (#1) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK Bergen: P.Bullock 21+21reb+8ast, S.Enge 17+3reb+1ast, F.Gnatt 14+3reb+3ast, B.Ndiaye 12+2reb+2ast, S.de Lange 10+3reb+1ast, K.Otabor 6
Kristiansand Pirates: A.Russell 31+4reb+5ast, R.Beqiri 12+4reb, H.Ramstad 11+1ast, B.Mariampillar 10+3reb+8ast, J.Ringoen 6+2reb, K.Krasniqi 4+6reb
gschID: 98995


Ulriken - Ammerud 90-62

Third-ranked Ulriken had no problems in a home game against Ammerud (#8) in Bergen. Ulriken (7-3) outscored Ammerud (2-7) with a record 28 points 90-62. The biggest contributor to a victory was swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) with double-double 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) chipped in 27 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and former international forward Thor Hagen (196-80) added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Ulriken (7-3) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Ammerud. Despite the win Ulriken stay at third position having just three points less than leader Tromso. Ammerud (2-7) on the other side took the bottom place. Ulriken will meet next round bottom-ranked Ammerud (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Ammerud will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ulriken Eagles: A.Eskeland 27+4reb+5ast, M.Fivelstad 23+15reb+5ast, T.Mullenax 14+12reb+6ast, C.Ndow 9+8reb+1ast, A.Ouakkaha 7+9reb+2ast, J.Solbakken 4+1ast
Ammerud Basket: S.Diomande 19+6reb+2ast, J.Hellerstrom 15+2reb+1ast, T.Hagen 10+8reb, B.Aunan 8+1reb, M.Molvaer 5+1reb, A.Inagaki 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 98996


Baerum - Tromso 111-95

Very significant was Baerum's (#4) 16-point home victory against 1st ranked Tromso 111-95. The winners were led by American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce) who had that evening double-double 28 points and 14 rebounds and Swedish guard Adam Ronnqvist (181-90) who supported him with 20 points. Baerum's coach Pal Berg allowed to play his deep bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by former international guard Bendik Myhrer (190-85) did not help to save the game for Tromso. Despite the victory Baerum (6-6) stay at fourth position. This loss did not change Tromso's (9-2) top position in the standings as they recorded their second loss. Baerum's next round game will be against Froya (#7) at Laksevag. Tromso will play at home against Kristiansand (#) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Baerum Basket: D.Oatis 28+14reb+2ast, A.Ronnqvist 20+3reb+1ast, E.Holtnaes 15+1reb, T.Mjos 13+2ast, S.Berg 13+1reb+2ast, L.Harto 8+4reb+1ast
Tromso Storm: G.January 24+3reb, B.Myhrer 21+7reb+1ast, R.Timus 21+5reb, G.Mihaylov 15+3reb+2ast, I.Adahada 7+4reb+4ast, H.Issalhi 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98997


Ulriken - Froya 76-62

Rather predictable result in Bergen where third ranked Ulriken (7-3) defeated 7th ranked Froya (3-9) 76-62. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) who helped to win the game recording double-double 27 points and 19 rebounds and former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) who added 14 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) scored 16 points. Ulriken (7-3) has a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at third position having just three points less than leader Tromso. Froya (3-9) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their ninth loss. Ulriken are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Ammerud on the road. Froya will play against Baerum (#4) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ulriken Eagles: T.Mullenax 27+19reb+1ast, A.Eskeland 14+4reb+7ast, B.Morken 13+3reb+2ast, A.Ouakkaha 9+9reb+5ast, J.Solbakken 6+1reb, L.Ndikumana 4+4reb
Froya Ambassadors: M.Kombat 20+6reb+4ast, E.Gabrans 16+4reb+1ast, R.Silavs 11+5reb+1ast, A.Schonning 4+1reb+1ast, M.Elsafadi 4+10reb+3ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 4+1reb
gschID: 98998




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  PHILIPPINES   


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. San Miguel 10-2 
 2. Ginebra 8-3 
 3. Talk N Text 8-3 
 4. Meralco B. 6-5 
 5. Derby Ace L. 6-6 
 6. Rain or Shine 5-5 
 7. Alaska 5-7 
 8. Air21 4-7 
 9. Powerade T. 3-9 
 10. Barako 2-10 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. David, Powerade T.23.1 
 2. Devance, Alaska19.1 
 3. Cardona, Meral.18.8 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.8 
 5. Santos, San Miguel17.3 
 6. Alapag, Talk N Text16.5 
 7. Al-Hussaini, Air2116.5 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.3 
 9. Buenafe, Air2116.1 
 10. Isip, Barako16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.5 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.11.0 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 5. Washington, San M.9.7 
 6. Thoss, Alaska9.5 
 7. Williams, Talk N.9.3 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air219.2 
 9. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 10. Devance, Alaska9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text6.0 
 2. Ross, Meralco B.5.5 
 3. Yap, Derby Ace L.5.1 
 4. Cabagnot, San M.5.0 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.5 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.2 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Urbiztondo, Air213.7 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabe NORWOOD
  Rain or Shine
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Norwood, Rain o.2.5 
 2. Pacana, Meralco B.1.8 
 3. Ross, Meralco B.1.8 
 4. Mercado, Rain o.1.8 
 5. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 6. Baguio, Alaska1.5 
 7. Arboleda, Air211.4 
 8. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.2 
 9. Cardona, Meral.1.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Baclao, Air212.6 
 2. Washington, San M.1.8 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.6 
 4. Andaya, Barako1.5 
 5. Devance, Alaska1.3 
 6. Santos, San Miguel1.2 
 7. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 8. Reyes, Powerade T.1.2 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 10. Quinahan, Air211.0 


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  POLAND   


Asseco Prokom shocks Caja Laboral on the road - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Asseco Prokom 75-81

Asseco Prokom did a great job in Vitoria celebrating their second Euroleague win this season. It means that the Polish powerhouse joined the Spanish champion with 2-5 record in Group A. Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) paced the visiting squad with 16 points for 16 minutes on the court. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) and Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) helped with 13 and 11 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Stanko Barac (217-C-86) shined with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) and Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points each.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Caja Laboral made 24-20 in Q1 and they increased their lead to 39-34 until the halftime. The hosts jumped to plus 11 at the beginning of third period and they looked pretty comfortable. However, visitors didnt give up and they made impressive 2-15 run for 47-49 turn. Barac finally scored for Caja Laboral to stop Prokom on their way. In the finish of Q3, Caja Laboral jumped to plus 5 but Daniel Eving closed this period with a triple fixing the score to 56-55. Giddens provided a highlight with a put-back reverse dunk early in the fourth quarter. He soon added free throws for a 56-59 Prokom lead with 8 minutes left. Daniel Ewing scored a triple soon after that and Jagla dunked it in a fast break to 58-64. Barac and Oleson were trying to save Caja Laboral, but Videnov, Lapeta and Wilks had no mercy on the other side. Caja Laboral came to 73-77 in the finish but free throws by Ewing allowed Prokom to celebrate a well-deserved road win.
In the next round, Asseco Prokom will host Zalgiris. Caja Laboral will also play at home and their rival will be Khmky.

Caja Laboral: Stanko Barac 25+5 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 13, Mirza Teletovic 13
Asseco Prokom: Ratko Varda 16, Daniel Ewing 13+5 as, Adam Lapeta 11+5 boards


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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese Cup facts and figures - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Very balanced game in Torres Vedras, where the Casino Figueira Ginasio had to sweat to beat Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras. The home team opted to pressure the entire field on the two bases of Figueira da Foz, Richard Oruche (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Ill.-Springfield) (18 points) and Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) (14 points), forcing the opponent to play in direct attack. Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras presented two additional defensive systems, man to man and zone, managing to reach the half time ahead, thanks to a triple from Miguel Salvador (187-G-81) in the last seconds of the first part, where partials were 22-26 and 22-17.
In the second half, the defensive hit of both teams made the game less attractive. Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras wasted many attack scenarios, which allowed Ginasio to gain advantage in the scoreboard. Partials of 14-16 and 11-15 show how different was the reality of the second half. The best scorers were Jason Underwood (206-F/C-84, college: Centenary) (26 points) and Marco Goncalves (208-C-84) (22 points).

In games between LPB teams, Barreirense was superior to Lusitania and got his first win of the season. CB Penafiel received and won against Sampaense, also getting a ticket for the next round.

In the other games, there were no surprises, with the theoretically strongest teams winning. Desportivo Leca received the defending champions, FC Porto Ferpinta, and was defeated by 58-120. The top scorers of the match were Joao Soares (195-F-90) (25 points) and Andre Pereira (200-C-90) (24 points), both from Porto, and Tiago Lopes (13 points) from Leca.
Academica traveled to Povoa de Varzim and, led by Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) (18 points) and Matthew Shaw (201-F-86, college: S.Illinois) (26 points), imposed their superiority, winning by 54-73.The BC Barcelos won by 63-79 in Montijo, with Nuno Pedroso (187-G-79) (23 points) as the best scorer of the match.



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  ROMANIA   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Dawson, Polite.21.3 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.6 
 3. Darby, Rovinari19.0 
 4. Vujacic, Pitesti18.7 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.18.3 
 6. Wohlleb, Craiova18.3 
 7. Seals, CSU Sibiu18.0 
 8. Scott, Otopeni17.4 
 9. Tomic, CSM B.16.8 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Metan16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Titus NICOARA
  Gaz Metan
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Nicoara, Gaz Metan11.9 
 2. Simms, Craiova11.8 
 3. Forte, Mures9.5 
 4. Paltinisanu, Timis.9.3 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.0 
 6. Coleman, Miercurea8.5 
 7. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.4 
 8. Scott, Otopeni8.0 
 9. Tomic, CSM B.7.8 
 10. Mladenovic, Mures7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cooley, Mures7.8 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.7 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.7 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova5.6 
 5. Maric, Oradea5.1 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan4.9 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.3 
 8. Gennie, Pitesti4.1 
 9. Nikolic, Rovinari3.8 
 10. Medvedj, Otopeni3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Radu PALICIUC
  Brasov
  (198-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Paliciuc, Brasov3.1 
 2. Dawson, Polite.2.9 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.8 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova2.7 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.7 
 6. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.7 
 7. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.5 
 8. Cooley, Mures2.3 
 9. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 10. Nicoara, Gaz Metan2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.5 
 2. Mladenovic, Mures1.7 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.5 
 4. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.4 
 6. Anghel, Polite.1.3 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.3 
 9. Vajda, Miercurea1.2 
 10. Dumitru, Mures1.2 


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  RUSSIA   


Panathinaikos celebrates against CSKA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Panathinaikos 68-72

Panathinaikos jumped to 5-2 in Group D after excellent road win against CSKA Moscow. The Greens celebrated 68-72 victory mostly owing to Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), who scored 17 points. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84) had 12 and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) nailed 17 points (8 rebounds). Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) scored 11 points each. CSKA is still without a Head Coach, after they released Dusko Vujosevic. The team dropped to 1-6 and is in a do-or-die situation.
PAO was better team from the beginning as they made 6-10 and later 11-15 lead. Dimitris Diamantidis and his teammates finished first quarter with 18-23. CSKA improved in the second period and most thanks to Bykov and Siskauskas they made 26-25 turn. However, they were not able to stay on high level and PAO closed the second period with 9-16 (35-41 HT). Dimitris Diamantidis nailed a three-pointer immediately after the break and a driving layup by Milenko Tepic gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit lead, 35-46. For rest of the Q3, CSKA touched minus 3 but PAO immediately replied setting the score to 51-60 after 30 minutes. CSKA needed a quick comeback and they made it. Holden drained a triple, while Smodis and Bykov were also on fire what resulted with 60-60 tie with 7 minutes left. Dmitry Sokolov scored soon after that for 62-61 turn, but PAO than replied with 0-7 run made by Fotisis, Stratos Perperoglou and Calathes. Smodis sank free throws that Diamantidis bettered with a big triple to seal the outcome, 64-71. In the finish, CSKA came to 68-71, after what Fotsis and Smodis traded missed shots and CSKA chose to foul on Diamantidis, whose free throw sealed the outcome with 5.3 seconds left.
In the next round, PAO will meet Union Olimpija in Athens. CSKA will play against Valencia in another home game.

CSKA: Dmitry Sokolov 17+8 boards, Andrey Vorontsevich 11+5 boards, Matjaz Smodis 11
PAO: Dimitris Diamantidis 17, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Milenko Tepic 9


Khimky destroys Partizan 92-65 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Partizan 92-65

Khimky destroyed Partizan 92-65 registering third Euroleague win of the season. It means that Khimky jumped to 3-4, while at the same time Partizan dropped to 4-3 record in Group A. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) (199-G-82) had 16 points and he was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 27. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) and Raul Lopez (182-G-80) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. In Partizan, James Gist (203-F-86) collected 18 points and 5 boards. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) scored 16 and Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) added 13 pts in his debut.
The hosts opened this game with 5-0 run, but Partizan replied with 4-10 few minutes later. However, that was all from the Serbian champion in this game as Khimky took control on them and never looked back after that. The hosts closed the first period with 17-3 run for 26-13 lead. They jumped to plus 20 in the finish of Q2, but Partizan somehow cut the margin to 50-37. Curtis Jerrells closed the first half with a basket. After the breather, Khimky reached 57-37 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. The hosts were looking great and Partizan simply was not able to resist. Khimky was 69-51 up after 30 minutes and they still didnt say the final word. They reached 81-55 and later finished this meeting with plus 27.
In the next round, Khimky goes to Vitoria and it will be their crucial game. Partizan will meet Maccabi Electra on the road.

Khimky: Keith Langford 22+6 boards, Zoran Planinic 16, Vitaly Fridzon 11, Raul Lopez 10
Partizan: James Gist 18+5 boards, Nathan Jawai 16, Curtis Jerrells 13


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Khimky destroys Partizan 92-65 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Partizan 92-65

Khimky destroyed Partizan 92-65 registering third Euroleague win of the season. It means that Khimky jumped to 3-4, while at the same time Partizan dropped to 4-3 record in Group A. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) (199-G-82) had 16 points and he was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 27. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) and Raul Lopez (182-G-80) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. In Partizan, James Gist (203-F-86) collected 18 points and 5 boards. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) scored 16 and Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) added 13 pts in his debut.
The hosts opened this game with 5-0 run, but Partizan replied with 4-10 few minutes later. However, that was all from the Serbian champion in this game as Khimky took control on them and never looked back after that. The hosts closed the first period with 17-3 run for 26-13 lead. They jumped to plus 20 in the finish of Q2, but Partizan somehow cut the margin to 50-37. Curtis Jerrells closed the first half with a basket. After the breather, Khimky reached 57-37 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. The hosts were looking great and Partizan simply was not able to resist. Khimky was 69-51 up after 30 minutes and they still didnt say the final word. They reached 81-55 and later finished this meeting with plus 27.
In the next round, Khimky goes to Vitoria and it will be their crucial game. Partizan will meet Maccabi Electra on the road.

Khimky: Keith Langford 22+6 boards, Zoran Planinic 16, Vitaly Fridzon 11, Raul Lopez 10
Partizan: James Gist 18+5 boards, Nathan Jawai 16, Curtis Jerrells 13


Dusan Katnic terminated his contract with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd - by Emiliano
Dusan Katnic (194-G-89, agency: Beo Basket), upon his request terminated contract with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Katnic was not satisfied with the playing time in the last couple of games, as well as with relationship with coach Uvalin. Last game against Hemofarm, he did not play at all. Katnic, averaged 7,4 points and 1,5 assists, with excellent 3 points percentage of 47,4%, in his 8 games, played in Adriatic league. Katnic, showed his potential in 2 games, when he got more playing times, scoring against Buducnost 17 points and Igokea 22 points. Both games have been played away. Katnic, grow up with Mega Vizura, and was extremely successful with Serbian young national teams won European U18 and U20 gold medals, as well as World U19 gold medal. He was listed among 24 candidates for seniors national team of Serbia, for qualification round of EC 2009. Couple of teams already showed interest in signing Katnic, and his new destination will be be known soon.

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Asseco Prokom shocks Caja Laboral on the road - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Asseco Prokom 75-81

Asseco Prokom did a great job in Vitoria celebrating their second Euroleague win this season. It means that the Polish powerhouse joined the Spanish champion with 2-5 record in Group A. Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) paced the visiting squad with 16 points for 16 minutes on the court. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) and Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) helped with 13 and 11 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Stanko Barac (217-C-86) shined with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) and Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points each.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Caja Laboral made 24-20 in Q1 and they increased their lead to 39-34 until the halftime. The hosts jumped to plus 11 at the beginning of third period and they looked pretty comfortable. However, visitors didnt give up and they made impressive 2-15 run for 47-49 turn. Barac finally scored for Caja Laboral to stop Prokom on their way. In the finish of Q3, Caja Laboral jumped to plus 5 but Daniel Eving closed this period with a triple fixing the score to 56-55. Giddens provided a highlight with a put-back reverse dunk early in the fourth quarter. He soon added free throws for a 56-59 Prokom lead with 8 minutes left. Daniel Ewing scored a triple soon after that and Jagla dunked it in a fast break to 58-64. Barac and Oleson were trying to save Caja Laboral, but Videnov, Lapeta and Wilks had no mercy on the other side. Caja Laboral came to 73-77 in the finish but free throws by Ewing allowed Prokom to celebrate a well-deserved road win.
In the next round, Asseco Prokom will host Zalgiris. Caja Laboral will also play at home and their rival will be Khmky.

Caja Laboral: Stanko Barac 25+5 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 13, Mirza Teletovic 13
Asseco Prokom: Ratko Varda 16, Daniel Ewing 13+5 as, Adam Lapeta 11+5 boards


Burgos signs Victor Baldo, waives Ejike Ugboaja - by Eurobasket News
Burgos announced signing of Victor Baldo (200-F-77) for rest of the season. At the same time, the Spanish LEB Gold team released Nigerian Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85).
Victor Baldo arrives to Burgos from Gran Canaria, where he started this season. Actually, Baldo had a short-term deal with Granca appearing just once for them in ACB. Last season he had 1.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 24 games with Valladolid.


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 9-3 
 2. Sodertalje 9-3 
 3. Norrkoping 8-4 
 4. Sundsvall 7-4 
 5. Uppsala 7-5 
 6. Solna 6-7 
 7. Boras 5-6 
 8. 08 3-9 
 9. Jamtland 3-9 
 10. Eco Orebro 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Liam RUSH
  Sundsvall
  (202-F/G-82)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Rush, Sundsvall21.7 
 2. McKnight, Boras20.8 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.6 
 4. McCoy, Boras20.3 
 5. Gunnarsson, Solna19.8 
 6. Smith, Uppsala18.5 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland18.0 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.6 
 9. Hargrove, Jamtland17.2 
 10. Palm, Boras17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.13.3 
 2. Kosmalski, Solna8.9 
 3. McKnight, Boras8.8 
 4. Palm, Boras8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.2 
 6. Klaric, Jamtland8.1 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala8.0 
 8. Hargrove, Jamtland7.8 
 9. Walker, Solna7.8 
 10. Levett, LF Basket7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.8 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.4 
 3. Beck, 085.3 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje5.0 
 5. Ilunga, Solna4.5 
 6. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje4.4 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.4 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 10. McCoy, Boras4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.5 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.6 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall2.5 
 5. McKnight, Boras2.3 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland2.1 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.1 
 8. Callier, Jamtland2.0 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 10. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.2 
 2. Palm, Boras1.8 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.5 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 7. Saks, Norrkoping1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 9. Levett, LF Basket1.0 
 10. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.0 


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CTBA releases schedule, rosters for 2011 SBL season - by Chris Wang
Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) released the complete schedule and team rosters for the 2011 Super Basketball League (SBL) season Thursday as the new season is scheduled to tip off on Dec. 25.

A total of 105 games will be played in the regular season from Dec. 25, 2010 to March 20, 2011 in four venues across the country, including Sinjhuang Stadium in the newly formed Xinbei City, Yilan University Gymnasium in the eastern city of Yilan, Taipei Gymnasium in downtown Taipei City and Fengshan Gymnasium in the southern city of Fengshan, Kaohsiung.

Every team will play a 30-game regular season, meeting each of its six opponents five times.

The top four teams will advance to the playoffs, which is scheduled to be played from March 23, 2011 to April 17. Starting from this season, the first round playoffs will adopt the best-of-seven format as well as the finals.

One import player is allowed for every team. The import registration deadline is on Feb. 12, 2011, which means that teams are free to change their imports before that day.

Former Taiwan Beer star forward Lin Chih-chieh and former Yulon point guard Lee Hsueh-lin were not among the final rosters because they will spend the 2011 season in China. Sun Hwan-po, last season's rookie of the year, left Bank of Taiwan for unknown reasons.

According to the CTBA, four of the seven teams were set on their import players -- Zachary Atkinson with Pure Youth, Jason Faulknor (201-F-80, college: Bradley) with Bank of Taiwan, Keith Gayden with Dacin and an unidentified player with Taiwan Mobile. I'm still checking on his name.

One thing to note though. According to various sources of information, Atkinson was listed at 206cm, which exceeds the SBL's original height limit of 200cm. I'm not sure whether the league has altered or abandoned the height limit. Will check up on that as well.

I will post the full schedule and the full rosters on this blog as soon as possible.



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Sean May signs for Fenerbahce Ulker - by Umut Akin
It is officially declared that Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) joined Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul squad until the end of 2010-2011 season. The power forward/center has gone through medical examinations and training sessions for 10 days after the ageement in princple. The addition of Sean May will give Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul a wider rotation in the paint, which was narrowed with the injury of Gasper Vidmar (209-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances).

Sean May was 13th overall pick in 2005 NBA draft and spent 2009-2010 season in Sacramento Kings, struggling with injuries.


Fenerbahce Ulker too strong for Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Cibona 100-70

As expected, Fenerbahce Ulker had an easy job against Cibona for almost perfect 6-1 record in Group C. The Turkish champion shares the first place with Montepaschi Siena. On the other side, Cibona stays the only winless team in Euroleague after seven games. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) scored 17, while Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) (9 rebs) and Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 13 points each. For the guests, Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) delivered 23 points. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) had 15 points and 6 boards.
Fenerbahce Ulker took control on Cibona from the early beginning. The Turkish giant made impressive 30-13 during the first ten minutes and it was clear it will be a long night for Cibona. The hosts had 34-17 at the halfway of Q2 and later went to the HT break with plus 20, 49-29. Nothing has changed after the breather as the hosts were dominating, increasing the lead to 74-51 before the last period. That last quarter was just the formality as the winner was already known. Despite that, Fener won this period as well (26-19).
In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will host Regal Barca. Cibona will meet Montepaschi in Zagreb.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Tarence Kinsey 20+5 boards, Roko-Leni Ukic 17, Mirsad Turkcan 13+9 boards, Omer Onan 13
Cibona: Bojan Bogdanovic 23, Leon Radosevic 15+6 boards


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Phil Jones Double-double - by David Edole
East Carolina's Darrius Morrow converted a traditional three-point play with 3.9 seconds left to give the Pirates a 62-61 victory over the visiting Charlotte 49ers, Wednesday night at Minges Coliseum. The 49ers, who led by 10 at the half, had rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to take a two-point lead on Gokhan Sirin's three-pointer with 14 seconds left.

ECU (6-2), brought the ball down court and used a pick and roll to free Morrow underneath. Morrow was fouled by Phil Jones (208-C-85, college: Charlotte) on the shot but the ball crawled in the basket to tie the game. Morrow then converted his free throw to give the Pirates the lead. Charlotte's Jamar Briscoe took the inbounds pass but was trapped along the sideline. He found Jones just beyond midcourt but Jones' long three-point attempt was off the mark.

'From my angle, I thought we blocked the ball in. It looked like we deflected the ball, but the thing rolled up in the basket,' said 49ers head coach Alan Major of ECU's final basket. 'But, we have to look at what went down for the 39 minutes and 57 seconds that led to that. We need to continue to put ourselves under a microscope. We need to continue to grow.'

Charlotte (3-5) shot 46 percent in the first half and got balanced scoring throughout it shortened roster to take 10-point, 35-25, halftime lead, its second straight double-digit halftime lead.

Derrio Green (8 pts) and Phil Jones (8 pts; 6 rebs) led the 49ers, who saw seven of the eight players that saw time hit the scoring column. Javarris Barnett, making its second straight start had 7 points and 5 rebounds in the half. Meanwhile, ECU shot .333 from the half, connecting on just one of its last seven threes. The 49ers finished the half on a 10-2 run.

'In the first ha;f, we got the ball where we wanted it,' Major noted.

In the second half, however, ECU held Charlotte without a basket for nearly eight minutes during a 16-1 run that handed the Pirates an eight-point lead, 56-48, with 6:34 to play.

'During that run, we took some shots that sometimes you feel like you have to take to cut that lead all with one shot rather than being patient,' Major added. Charlotte was 0-for-6 from three-point range during the scoring drought.

Still, the 49ers responded. Trailing by nine, 59-50, with under five minutes to play, Sirin knocked down a three, Jones converted a three-point play and Briscoe hit a floater in the lane to cut the lead to one, 59-58 with 1:14 to play. After Brock Young missed the front end of a one-and-one for ECU with 36 seconds left, Sirin drained his long three with 14 second left to complete an 11-0 run and give the 49ers a two-point lead.

'I was proud of our kids' efforts,' Major said. 'Diving on the floor, the guys off the bench, like Phil and Gokhan, We have to continue to grow and continue to finish.'

Jones had a 14-point; 10-rebound double-double, marking his second straight game in double figures and his first double-double of the year. Derrio Green added 11 points and Sirin was 3-for-4 from long range for nine points. The 49ers committed a season-low six turnovers but shot just 32% in the second half as ECU pulled back into the game.

ECU shot 52% in the second half.

Charlotte hosts Winthrop, next Tuesday at Halton Arena.



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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Burns, Fe.20.1 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.5 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot15.8 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.15.8 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.6 
 9. Williams, Halychyna15.2 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Burns, Fe.9.2 
 2. Morrison, Halyc.8.6 
 3. Wiggins, Halychyna8.4 
 4. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 5. Thomas, Azovmash7.4 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa7.0 
 8. Saltovets, BC Kyiv6.9 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 10. Garrison, Khimik6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Millage, Khimik5.8 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.2 
 3. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.3 
 5. Curry, Azovmash4.1 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.0 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa3.8 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv3.6 
 9. Karim, DniproAzot3.6 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Greene, Mykolaiv1.9 
 3. Burns, Fe.1.9 
 4. House, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.6 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Dukes, DniproAzot1.5 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 9. Kolchenko, Khimik1.5 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.8 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Agafonov, Budiv.1.6 
 4. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 7. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. House, Azovmash1.2 
 10. Shvets, BC Odessa1.2 


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


Halychyna sign Todd Abernethy - by Alexei Revenko
Politekhnika-Halychyna sign 26 years old american guard Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi). Last season Todd played in Estonia in Tartu Rock II. He scored 12,7 points, 3,8 rebounds and 2,5 asissts in regular season. In Eurochallange he played 6 games - 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.5 asissts. In Baltic league 20 games, scored 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 asissts. Also Todd durng his career played in Netherlands an Latvia. In NCAA he played 4 seasons in college Mississippi.

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BBL Team Of The Week - Week Eleven - by Paul Nilsen
BBL Team Of The Week - Week 11






Our line-up for Week 11 is dominated by the North West duo of Mersey Tigers and Cheshire Jets who provide four players with the last remaining spot going to a member of the in-form Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. There is also a really energetic and athletic feel to our fabulous five this week as you will appreciate.



Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Williams Baptist) (Cheshire Jets) - Pictured

Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Williams Baptist) returns to our team for a second time in three weeks after helping the Jets to shoot down UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders in an offensive explosion which saw them rack up a stunning 114 points. The playmaker finished with 27 points after drilling home 4 of 8 from downtown while also dishing up 7 assists. Perhaps most impressive of all was that he didn't spill the ball once in over 38 minutes of action.



Nate Reinking (Mersey Tigers)

The Great Britain star reminded us all that he has class in abundance as he helped his new team to the BBL Cup Final with a spectacular 39 points against Newcastle Eagles who simply couldn't cope with the movement and shooting of the veteran. He sunk five triples, handed off 7 assists and grabbed 5 boards to showcase his all round skills and underline the fact he isn't only about devastating shooting.



Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers)

Back to back appearances in our Team Of The Week for the Great Britain skipper who is tearing up the league now - even though he has to regularly cope with his fair share of defensive attention including plenty of double-teams. His all round smarts helped him claim 30 points against his former club in the BBL Cup semi-final ensuring there was an extra sweet dimension to this terrific and clinical 10 of 11 shooting performance inside.



Jospeh Harris (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Joseph Harris has made an instant impact since his late arrival to boost the ranks of Jelson Homes Leicester Riders. His form has coincided with a real uplift in the fortunes of the club who have won four BBL Championship games in a row. Harris was excellent in last Saturday's unforgettable double overtime success against Worcester Wolves with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds as well as dishing up 6 assists.



Quemont Greer (Cheshire Jets)

The Jets forward makes our team for the first time this season and what a way to do it! Greer had the best performance of the week in the demolition of UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders as he accumulated a massive efficiency performance valuation of 37! That is not surprising considering he amassed 33 points and 11 rebounds off 11 of 15 shooting while also throwing in a triple for good measure.



BBL Team Of The Week



Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Williams Baptist) (Cheshire Jets)

Nate Reinking (Mersey Tigers)

Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers)

Joseph Harris (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Quemont Greer (Cheshire Jets)



Off The Bench

Colin O'Reilly (Cheshire Jets), Daniel Gilbert (Worcester Wolves), Roderick Middleton (Worcester Wolves), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Justin Dobbins (Worcester Wolves), Otis Polk (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)







Standings - EBL2
EBL2 Standings
 1. Bradford D. 6-0 
 2. Medway Park C. 5-3 
 3. Westminster W. 4-1 
 4. Hemel Storm 4-2 
 5. Tees Valley 3-1 
 6. Northumbria 2-2 
 7. Eastside E. 2-3 
 8. London Utd 2-3 
 9. Mansfield G. 2-4 
 10. Birmingham A's 1-5 
 11. Sheffield A. 0-7 


Molten BBL Coach Of The Month For November - by Paul Nilsen


Creon Raftopoulos is the Molten Coach of the Month for November after a fine spell for his Guildford Heat side, which saw them reach the BBL Trophy final and win all three BBL Championship games.
It was only the second full month in the job for Raftopoulos but victories against Prestige Home MK Lions and Essex Pirates, followed by a stunning 86-69 home win against Cheshire Jets have seen the Heat climb up to third place in the BBL Championship table.

Heat's only loss of the month came at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, but the 94-87 defeat could not prevent them reaching the title game for the third time in their history.

Raftopoulos was delighted to win the award: 'I'm naturally happy to be November's coach of the month and would like to thank my team for the focus and commitment they continue to bring to all our practices and games. I hope we can continue with the same level of performance's in what I know will be a true test of championship credentials with games against Worcester, Newcastle, Mersey and Sheffield in December.'





Molten BBL Player Of The Month For November - by Paul Nilsen
Great Britain captain Andrew Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) is the Molten Player Coach of the Month for November after leading Mersey Tigers to three wins in four games.

Drew Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) averaged an impressive 29 points per game during the month, adding six rebounds and 2.25 assists per game as Tigers continued to set the pace in the BBL Championship.

The London board forward also helped the Tiger in the BBL Cup final as he poured in 30 points to help his club overcome a seven point deficit against his former club Newcastle Eagles and march into the BBL Cup final with a 204-182 aggregate victory.

The 30-year-old also had a good night against his old side in the first leg of the semi-final as he finished with a 35 point, 12 rebound double-double to keep them in touching distance in the tie.

Tigers also recorded narrow wins against Glasgow Rocks and Worcester Wolves in the month, and coach Tony Garbelotto was full of praise for the GB international:

'Drew Drew Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) for me, shows why he is the best player in the country' he said. 'He can score, defend, rebound, play multiple positions and also has one of the highest basketball IQ's I have ever coached. I'm pretty glad he is playing for me and not anyone else.'





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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Villegas, Olimpia29.8 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica27.4 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.5 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica24.2 
 7. Taboada, Bigua23.0 
 8. Martinez, Malvin20.7 
 9. Elliott, Hebraica19.7 
 10. Powers, Cordon19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gamble, Cader12.3 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.6 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.8 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.3 
 5. Dilligard, Olimpia10.1 
 6. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.9 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.8 
 8. Wilborn, Bigua9.5 
 9. Puckett, Aguada9.5 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Tornaria, Trouville5.9 
 2. Pereyra, Bohemios5.9 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.6 
 4. Martinez, Malvin5.5 
 5. Vidal, Bigua4.9 
 6. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 7. Rivero, Montevideo4.8 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Cambon, Bigua4.7 
 10. Gonzalez, Defensor4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.5 
 4. Galeano, Olimpia2.3 
 5. Latham, Anastasia2.3 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.3 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.2 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia2.1 
 9. Thomas, Cader2.1 
 10. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.2 
 2. Newsome, Malvin2.7 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.4 
 5. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 8. Kanis, Trouville1.7 
 9. Gamble, Cader1.7 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica1.6 


Matthews number one in Uruguay for round 27 - by Eurobasket News
American-Venezuelan forward Clerence Matthews (201-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Defensor Sporting Club, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Sayago (#10, 10-14) 87-81. Despite this victory Defensor dropped to the 2nd position in Uruguayan LUB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Defensor will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. Matthews turned to be Defensor's top player in his first season with the team. Clerence Matthews averages this season 14.6ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) of league's leader Atletico Bigua. Taboada had a very good evening with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Bigua was edged by the lower-ranked Aguada (#4, 16-9) 85-81. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bigua still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 16-6 record. Taboada is a newcomer at Bigua, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#7). He also recorded 4.4 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Club Atletico Olimpia (#7). Villegas scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Olimpia, leading his team to a 78-67 win against the lower-ranked Cader (#15, 7-19). Olimpia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Villegas has a great season in Uruguay. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.8ppg (best scorer). He also has 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.5% and 3PT: 42.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Gamble (208-C-83) of Cader - 21 points and 14 rebounds
5. Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84) of Un.Atletica - 13 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Greg Dilligard (203-F-85) of Olimpia - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88) of Anastasia - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72) of Aguada - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Marcus Sikes (203-F-84) of Anastasia - 19 points and 11 rebounds
10. Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) of Sayago - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings
VTB United League Standings
 1. CSKA 4-0 
 2. Zalgiris 4-0 
 3. Khimky 3-1 
 4. Unics 3-1 
 5. Lietuvos Rytas 2-2 
 6. Azovmash 2-2 
 7. Minsk-2006 2-2 
 8. Asseco Prokom 2-3 
 9. VEF Riga 2-3 
 10. Dnipro 1-3 
 11. Honka 0-4 
 12. Kalev/Cramo 0-4 




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 8-0 
 2. Gorizont 7-2 
 3. Olimpia 7-2 
 4. BrGU 4-5 
 5. Sozh Gomel 3-6 
 6. Berezina 3-6 
 7. Mogilev 2-7 
 8. Victoria 1-7 


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Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Americana 6-0 
 2. Acucar 4-1 
 3. Ourinhos 4-1 
 4. Santo Andre 4-2 
 5. M.Petrobras 2-4 
 6. Basquete Clube 1-5 
 7. Joinville 1-5 
 8. Sao Caetano 1-5 


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Univeridad de Las Americas clinch FEBACHILE title - by Eurobasket News
Universidad de Las Americas celebrated the FEBACHILE title. They held off Espacol de Osorno in the championship game. It was a tough battle with the winners eking out a narrow 73:66 victory at the end. Las Americas opened the game confidently. They enjoyed a comfortable 22:13 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Espacol turned things around in the second period. They went on a rally that put them on top 37:36 at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter. Las Americas were able to jump back in front 52:51 at the final intermission. Universidad de Las Americas tightened their defense in the final frame. They limited Espacol de Osorno at just 15 points in the period and drove to the victory at the end. Paula Franco (81) stepped up with 26 points for the winners. Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) added 17 points for Universidad de Las Americas. Dafne Bermudez answered with 14 points for Espacol de Osorno. Monica Rangel also added 14 points in the loss.


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Late comeback allows Familia Schio to taste another win - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Familia Schio 67:68

Beretta-Famila Schio improved to 4-2 record in EuroLeague as they beat Frisco Sika Brno on Wednesday evening. The Italian team did not start well and trailed for the majority of the game, but managed to go back on track for 68:67 win.
Jelena Skerovic opened the game for the hosts that looked better in the first period. After being tied at 16, the home side finished the quarter with 8-0 run for 24:16 deficit. In the second frame the guests reduced the score to minimum, but Stehlkova sent the teams to the lockers for 36:34 halftime advantage. Brno seemed to be moving towards victory at the start of the fourth quarter when Romana Stehlikova's jumper gave them a 62:49 lead. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) however closed a 9-0 run for 62:58. Cohen nailed another three-pointer in the end for the final victory.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui paced all the winners with 21 points and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 14. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) posted 9, while Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) delivered 8. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in defeat as the team from Czech Republic fell at 1-5 record. Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) notched 16, whilst Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) added 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Frisco Sika: Cheryl Ford 23+12 rebs, Romana Stehlikova 16, Jelena Skerovic 8+9 rebs
Familia Schio:Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 21, Liron Cohen 14, Laura Macchi 9, Janel McCarville 8



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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 10-0 
 2. Lemvig 7-3 
 3. Horsholm 5-3 
 4. Horsens 5-5 
 5. Amager 5-5 
 6. Aabyhoj 2-7 
 7. Falcon 2-8 
 8. Vaerlose 1-8 


Dameligaen Round 10: Horsens loses to Lemvig in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 10 in the Dameligaen was home a defeat of 3rd ranked Horsens to second ranked Lemvig 53-57. American power forward Lauren Beckley (181, college: Shippensburg) scored 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Rebecca Kielpinski (188, college: Alaska-Anch.) chipped in 14 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side guard Charmaine Furgeson (176-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Despite the victory Lemvig (7-3) stay at second position having just six points less than leader SISU. Horsens who is 5-5 went down to fourth place as they suffered their fifth loss. Lemvig is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Vaerlose (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorites. Horsens will play against Falcon (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
First-ranked SISU had no problems on the court of Falcon (#7). SISU (10-0) outscored Falcon (2-8) with a record 22 points 72-50. Guard Camilla Blands (180-85, college: Alabama) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Lauren Aitch supported her with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 17 points by guard Sofie Vincents (172-87) did not help to save the game for Falcon. Falcon's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. SISU (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They stay at first position. Falcon who is 2-8 is currently in seventh place as they suffered their eighth loss. SISU's will play against Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round. Falcon will play against Horsens (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 10 Horsholm won against Aabyhoj on the opponent's court 69-64. Amager managed to outperform Vaerlose in a home game 72-60.


Falcon - SISU 50-72

First-ranked SISU had no problems on the court of Falcon (#7). SISU (10-0) outscored Falcon (2-8) with a record 22 points 72-50. Guard Camilla Blands (180-85, college: Alabama) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American center Lauren Aitch (185-87, college: Michigan St., agent: Stephanie Stanley) supported her with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 17 points by guard Sofie Vincents (172-87) did not help to save the game for Falcon. Falcon's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. SISU (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They stay at first position. Falcon who is 2-8 is currently in seventh place as they suffered their eighth loss. SISU's will play against Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round. Falcon will play against Horsens (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SISU: C.Blands 14+9reb+3ast, L.Aitch 12+8reb, C.Jorsboe 10+1reb, K.Raad-Petersen 10+5reb+1ast, T.Duelund 9+3reb, T.Jorgensen 7+4reb+6ast
Falcon: S.Vincents 17+4reb+2ast, J.Fuller 9+6reb+3ast, E.Klint 7+8reb+1ast, A.Blyme 6+4reb+1ast, T.Levring 4, K.Katsarelia 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 101544


Horsens - Lemvig 53-57

The most interesting game of round 10 in the Dameligaen was home a defeat of 3rd ranked Horsens to second ranked Lemvig 53-57. American power forward Lauren Beckley (181, college: Shippensburg) scored 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Rebecca Kielpinski (188, college: Alaska-Anch.) chipped in 14 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side guard Charmaine Furgeson (176-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and forward Kaja Siig Laursen (183-83) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the victory Lemvig (7-3) stay at second position having just six points less than leader SISU. Horsens who is 5-5 went down to fourth place as they suffered their fifth loss. Lemvig is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Vaerlose (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorites. Horsens will play against Falcon (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lemvig: L.Beckley 33+9reb+1ast, R.Kielpinski 14+15reb+3ast, K.Pedersen 5+1reb+1ast, I.Udovalieva 3+3reb+1ast, M.Dyer 2+1reb, F.Palacios 0
Horsens BC: C.Furgeson 23+17reb+1ast, J.Ravn 11+4reb+3ast, K.Siig Laursen 8+7reb+3ast, A.Eskholm 7+8reb+2ast, R.Christiansen 2+1reb, E.Dorph 2+1reb
gschID: 101545


Aabyhoj - Horsholm 64-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Aabyhoj's (2-7) home loss to fifth ranked Horsholm (5-3) 64-69. Guard Gritt Ryder (177-92) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Morgan Robertson (183-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Shay Holmes (185, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Ida Krogh (181-91) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The victory allowed Horsholm (5-3) to climb to third place. Aabyhoj who is 2-7 is currently in sixth position as they suffered their seventh loss. Horsholm is looking forward to face league's leader SISU in Copenhagen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aabyhoj will play at home against Amager (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Horsholm 79ers: G.Ryder 18+8reb, T.Deemand 17+3reb+1ast, M.Robertson 16+7reb, C.Friis 10, K.Hounsgaard 6+3reb+1ast, M.Gilling 2+3reb
Aabyhoj: S.Holmes 18+13reb+1ast, I.Krogh 16+5reb+9ast, F.Husted 8+3reb, E.Hesseldal 8+8reb+1ast, I.Tryggedsson 8+9reb+2ast, B.Morsoe 4+2reb
gschID: 101542


Amager - Vaerlose 72-60

Rather predictable result in Kastrup where fourth ranked Amager (5-5) defeated 8th ranked Vaerlose (1-8) 72-60. Guard Anna Seilund (172-93) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Anna Nedovic (193-83, college: Colorado) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian forward Laurie Girdwood (193-86) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ditte Graae Jakobsen (185-80) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. Vaerlose (1-8) added eighth loss to their record. Despite the victory Amager stay at fourth position. Vaerlose who is 1-8 is currently on the bottom place. Amager is looking forward to face Aabyhoj (#6) at home in the next round. Vaerlose will play against the league's second-placed Lemvig and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
BK Amager: A.Seilund 19+7reb+2ast, C.Jensen 12+3reb+3ast, S.Kruuse 11+5reb, A.Nedovic 11+5reb+3ast, M.Fogelstrom 10+4reb+3ast, I.Madsen 3
Vaerlose BBK: L.Girdwood 15+5reb+3ast, D.Graae Jakobsen 11+3reb+4ast, H.Sheikh 10+4reb+3ast, T.Knudsen 9+9reb, R.Fabricius 6+3reb, A.Rosbjerg 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 101543




Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Beckley, Lemvig21.3 
 2. Smith, Horsens18.2 
 3. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj17.8 
 4. Hansen, Falcon16.7 
 5. Girdwood, Vaerlose16.4 
 6. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.16.0 
 7. Jensen, Amager16.0 
 8. Palacios, Lemvig15.8 
 9. Furgeson, Horsens15.8 
 10. Krogh, Aabyhoj15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sussie KRUUSE
  Amager
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kruuse, Amager11.3 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj11.3 
 3. Fuller, Falcon10.4 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens10.1 
 5. Smith, Horsens10.0 
 6. Beckley, Lemvig9.5 
 7. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.9 
 8. Jensen, Amager7.8 
 9. Nedovic, Amager7.7 
 10. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Burlin, Lemvig4.3 
 2. Jakobsen, Vaerlose4.0 
 3. Krogh, Aabyhoj3.9 
 4. Blands, SISU3.7 
 5. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.3.5 
 6. Jensen, Amager3.3 
 7. Lund, SISU3.1 
 8. Seilund, Amager3.1 
 9. Haven, Vaerlose3.1 
 10. Jorgensen, SISU2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.6 
 2. Blands, SISU3.0 
 3. Jensen, Amager2.8 
 4. Lund, SISU2.4 
 5. Furgeson, Horsens2.4 
 6. Beckley, Lemvig2.2 
 7. Seilund, Amager2.1 
 8. Udovalieva, Lemvig2.1 
 9. Deemand, Horsholm2.1 
 10. Jakobsen, Vaerlose2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fuller, Falcon2.1 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.5 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.8 
 4. Kruuse, Amager0.8 
 5. Palacios, Lemvig0.7 
 6. Aitch, SISU0.7 
 7. Johansen, Vaerlose0.7 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.6 
 9. Robertson, Horsh.0.5 
 10. Formann, Vaerlose0.5 


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Meistriliiga Round 8: Tartu Ulikooli loses to TLU/Volta in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The second-ranked Tartu Ulikooli lost to third ranked TLU/Volta 66-74 in the game for the second place. It ended the series of three consecutive victories of Tartu Ulikooli. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The victory allowed TLU/Volta (4-2) to climb to second place. Tartu Ulikooli (4-3) on the other side went down to third position as they recorded their third loss. TLU/Volta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Eclex Tallinn.
First-ranked Eclex Tallinn had no problems in a home game against Audentes (#5). Eclex Tallinn (6-0) outscored Audentes (0-5) with a record 23 points 85-62. Eclex Tallinn (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row comparing to five consecutive losses by Audentes. Current champion Eclex Tallinn stay at first position. Fifth consecutive loss means that defending champion Audentes is still at the bottom of the standings. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TLU/Volta.



Eclex Tallinn - Audentes 85-62

First-ranked Eclex Tallinn had no problems in a home game against Audentes (#5). Eclex Tallinn (6-0) outscored Audentes (0-5) with a record 23 points 85-62. Eclex Tallinn (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row comparing to five consecutive losses by Audentes. Current champion Eclex Tallinn stay at first position. Fifth consecutive loss means that defending champion Audentes is still at the bottom of the standings. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TLU/Volta.
gschID: 111696


Tartu Ulikooli - TLU/Volta 66-74

The most shocking disappointment of round 8 was home a defeat of second-ranked Tartu Ulikooli to third ranked TLU/Volta 66-74 in the game for the second place. It ended the series of three consecutive victories of Tartu Ulikooli. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The victory allowed TLU/Volta (4-2) to climb to second place. Tartu Ulikooli (4-3) on the other side went down to third position as they recorded their third loss. TLU/Volta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Eclex Tallinn.
gschID: 111697




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  EUROCUP - Women  


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Chevakata 4-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 1-3 
 3. Zeljeznicar 1-3 
Group B
 1. Gorizont 4-0 
 2. Spartak N. 2-2 
 3. Craiova 0-4 
Group C
 1. Partizan 3-1 
 2. Aris 2-2 
 3. Besiktas 1-3 
Group D
 1. Athinaikos 2-0 
 2. Medvescak 0-2 
Group E
 1. Dynamo K. 2-0 
 2. Jolly 0-2 
Group F
 1. Dynamo-GUVD 3-1 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 3-1 
 3. Hatis Yerevan 0-4 
Group G
 1. Dynamo M. 4-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 2-2 
 3. AEK Larnaca 0-4 
Group H
 1. Nantes 5-1 
 2. SEAT Lami 5-1 
 3. Saarlouis 2-4 
 4. AD Vagos 0-6 
Group I
 1. Villeneuve 6-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 4-2 
 3. Young Cats 2-4 
 4. Olivais 0-6 
Group J
 1. Mann Filter 3-1 
 2. Energa Torun 3-1 
 3. Alges 0-4 
Group K
 1. Arras 3-1 
 2. Umana Reyer 3-1 
 3. Dexia Namur 0-4 
Group L
 1. Gran Canaria 4-0 
 2. Sint Kateline 1-3 
 3. Szeged 1-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Dabovic, Dy.22.8 
 2. Sanni, Villeneuve22.5 
 3. Likhtarovich, Goriz.21.5 
 4. Petrakova, Cheva.20.8 
 5. Mosch, Dy.20.0 
 6. Castro Marqu., Besik.19.3 
 7. Willingham, Elitzu.19.3 
 8. Meesseman, Young C.19.3 
 9. Gaither, Dexia N.18.8 
 10. Crelot, Young Cats18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasmine STONE
  Partizan
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Stone, Partizan11.8 
 2. Podesvova, MBK R.11.8 
 3. Davis, Hatis Y.11.0 
 4. Willingham, Elitzu.10.8 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve10.8 
 6. Thomas, Villeneuve10.7 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.10.5 
 8. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 9. Kuzina, Dynamo M.9.5 
 10. Whitehead, Craiova9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tamara BAJIC
  Zeljeznicar
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bajic, Zeljeznicar6.5 
 2. Cherepanova, Cheva.6.0 
 3. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 4. Comtesse, Saarl.5.7 
 5. Aubert, Nantes5.5 
 6. Milanovich, Spart.5.3 
 7. Laczi, Szeged5.0 
 8. Tanqueray, Villeneuve5.0 
 9. Moore, Chevakata5.0 
 10. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quianna CHANEY
  Hatis Yerevan
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.8 
 2. Casas, Mann Filter3.5 
 3. Gomis, Arras3.5 
 4. Ouvina, Mann Filter3.3 
 5. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.3 
 6. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.2 
 7. Milanovich, Spart.3.0 
 8. Doron, Elitzur Ramla3.0 
 9. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.0 
 10. Cherepanova, Cheva.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.4.0 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly4.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.3 
 4. Cherepanova, Cheva.2.0 
 5. Davenport, Cheva.1.8 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.1.8 
 7. Meesseman, Young C.1.8 
 8. Skrba, Aris1.5 
 9. Gladden, Energa T.1.5 
 10. Hasper, Gorizont1.5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce25.7 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.20.0 
 3. Brunson, Ros C.19.0 
 4. Reid, Gospic18.0 
 5. Charles, Nadezhda.17.8 
 6. Bonner, Rivas E.17.7 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.7 
 8. Dubljevic, Tarbes17.5 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.17.5 
 10. Prince, Spartak .17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika13.7 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.13.0 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.11.7 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.11.2 
 5. Fowles, Galatasa.10.2 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.10.2 
 7. Tamane, MKB Eurol.9.8 
 8. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli9.7 
 9. Godin, Taranto9.7 
 10. Jackson, Spartak .9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Epiphanny PRINCE
  Spartak V MR
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Prince, Spartak .5.3 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.2 
 3. Hammon, Nadezhda.5.0 
 4. Dumerc, UMMC4.8 
 5. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.8 
 6. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.7 
 7. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.5 
 8. Jelavic, Wisla C.4.2 
 9. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.2 
 10. Taylor, Fenerbahce4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. Prince, Spartak .3.2 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.7 
 4. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.7 
 5. Brunson, Ros C.2.5 
 6. Mahoney, Taranto2.3 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.3 
 8. Bonner, Rivas E.2.3 
 9. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 10. McCarville, Famili.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.3 
 2. Stepanova, UMMC2.3 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges2.2 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.1.7 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 6. Jackson, Spartak .1.4 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.1.2 
 8. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.2 
 9. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.0 


Euroleague Round: 6 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
TTT Riga - Pecs 2010 49-59
Pecs 2010 added some positive emotions to their Euroleague campaign after they upset TTT Riga in the Latvian capital tonight. Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87, college: Nebraska) scored 17 points to lead the Hungarian team. Pecs 2010 improved at 2-4 record, leaving TTT Riga at 1-5 in Group A. Pecs 2010 kept the hosts scoreless for more than five minutes at the start of the game. The visitors were able to pile up a 14:0 lead at this point. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) and Butler tried to bring TTT Riga back to life but the hosts still faced a 9-point deficit at the first intermission. TTT Riga recovered in the second period. They went on a 12:2 run to narrow the gap to a single point 21:22 with 30 seconds to go in the half. Kelsey Griffin crowned the period with a jumper as Pecs2010 led by three points 24:21 at halftime. Kelsey Griffin kept the visitors in charge for some time before Staugatiene and Eibele drained triples in a 7:0 run from TTT Riga that put the hosts on top 34:33. Zsofia Fegyverneky and Allie Quigley replied straight away and ensured a 39:38 lead for Pecs 2010 with one quarter to go. Pecs 2010 opened the final frame on a 7:0 rally to clear off. Soon Kelsey Griffin and Zsofia Fegyverneky gave a double-digit advantage for Pecs 2010 and they did not surrender till the final whistle. Allie Quigley produced 15 points for the visitors. Zsofia Fegyverneky added 13 points in the win. Shavonte Zellous replied with 14 points for TTT Riga. Quanitra Hollingsworth accounted for 12 points and 15 boards in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - Mondeville 65-47
Wisla proved their highest ambitions for this Euroleague season with a cruising home win over USO Mondeville. Ewelina Kobryn stepped up for the home team with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Wisla improved at 4-2 record, while USO Mondeville slipped at 3-3 in Group A. It was a strong start from Wisla that set the tone for this one. Ewelina Kobryn knocked down 15 points in the opening frame to pull the hosts in front 26:12. Katarzyna Krezel (184-G/F-85) tipped off the second frame with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) stepped up for USO Mondeville late in the half as her five points narrowed the deficit at 7 points 26:33. However Wisla went into the dressing room up by 10 points 36:26. Wisla kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They sealed the third-quarter outcome at 47:36. The hosts ignited an 8:0 run midway through the final period to clear off for good. Erin Phillips delivered 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Wisla. Janell Burse netted 10 points in the victory. Valeriya Berezhynska replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds for USO Mondeville. Pauline Thizy (190-C-90) accounted for 12 points in defeat.

Dobri Anjeli - Taranto 64-71
Taranto posted the fifth Euroleague victory as they upset Dobri Anjeli in Kosice. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) tallied 22 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Taranto remained on top of Group A. Dobri Anjeli slipped at 3-3 record. Megan Mahoney scored quick seven points early in the encounter to help Taranto earn a 17:9 lead. Wambe and Elodie Godin gave the Italian side a 22:11 advantage. Megan Mahoney capped the period with a three-pointer as Taranto posted a 25:13 lead. Taranto opened the second period with 7:0 run to open a 19-point lead. Dobri Anjeli struggled to find the right rhythm as they trailed by 13 points at halftime 28:41. Elodie Godin and Megan Mahoney maintained the lead for the visitors in the third quarter. However Dobri Anjeli managed to crown the period 7 points in a row to narrow the deficit. Musovic, Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Candice Dupree dragged the hosts within four points 51:55 early in the fourth frame. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) knocked down timely 6 points to slow the hosts down. Megan Mahoney and Wambe then restored an 8-point cushion and Taranto cruised to the win at the end. Elodie Godin notched 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Michelle Greco provided 10 points for Taranto. Candice Dupree replied with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Dobri Anjeli. Charde Houston had 16 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Group B
Fenerbahce - Rivas Ecopolis 79-77
Fenerbahce survived a thriller in Istanbul to finally tame Rivas Ecopolis in Euroleague action tonight. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) knocked down three free throws with 9 seconds left in regulation and then blocked Amaya Valdemoro to seal a tough win over Rivas Ecopolis for the Turkish powerhouse. Fenerbahce thus remained on top of the ladder at 6-0, while Rivas Ecopolis fell at 2-4 record in Group B. The hosts started the game strongly as Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) made it 19:9. The hosts finished the opening period up by 8 points 25:17. Nevriye Yilmaz and Taylor gave the hosts a 31:18 lead early in the second term. The hosts continued to dominate as Diana Taurasi gave them a 41:26 lead midway late in the half. Amaya Valdemoro stopped the bleeding as she dragged Rivas Ecopolis within 12 points at halftime. Rivas Ecopolis went on a 9:0 run early in the third period to trim the deficit to just three points 44:47. Elisa Aguilar and Bonner teamed up for 8 points as the visitors finally pulled their noses in front 52:51. But Diana Taurasi returned Fenerbahce in the leading position and they eventually eked out a 62:59 lead with ten minutes remaining. The final stanza turned into a real basketball drama. Fenerbahce grabbed a 7-point lead but Rivas Ecopolis erased the distance. The lead changed for several times before Elisa Aguilar secured a 77:76 lead for the Spanish team with just over a minutes to go. But Diana Taurasi got fouled while attempting a three-pointer and went deadly from the stripe to win the game for the hosts. Nevriye Yilmaz finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Diana Taurasi had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Rivas Ecopolis. Elisa Aguilar accounted for 17 points and 6 assists in the loss.

UMMC - Gospic 77-63
UMMC record the fifth Euroleague victory as they held off visiting Gospic. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) stepped up with 20 points to pace the Russian champions. UMMC are now boast of 5-1 record in Group B. Gospic remain winless at 0-6. Gospic had difficulties reaching Yekaterinburg and the game started later than planned. The visitors looked tired early in the encounter as UMMC went on a 22:2 run. Jurcevic and Iva Badanjak helped Gospic back to life as they trailed by ten points at the first break 14:24. Iva Badanjak scored five points in a row to drag the Croatian team within 8 points but UMMC controlled things. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland), Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter restored a safe 42:28 lead for the hosts. UMMC entered the second half up by 13 points 44:31. The hosts tipped off the third quarter with eight straight points to take a 52:31 advantage. UMMC dominated in the term as they established a 67:45 lead with ten minutes to go. Maurita Reid organized an 11:0 run from Gospic in the fourth term to drag the visitors as close as 12 points but it was not enough to revive the intrigue as UMMC rolled to a comprehensive win at the end. Crystal Langhorne provided 16 points and 8 boards for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter netted 15 points in the winning effort. Maurita Reid notched 15 points, 6 assists and 3 boards for Gospic. Iva Badanjak delivered 13 points in the loss.

MKB Eurol. - Lotos Gdynia 77-63
MKB Euroleasing celebrated the fourth Eurleague victory this season. They bettered Lotos Gdynia in Sopron. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) delivered solid 32 points, 5 boards and 5 steals to lead the hosts. MKB Euroleasing are now whisker away from the next round. Lotos Gdynia in the meantime slipped at 1-5 record in the fifth spot in Group B. Monica Wright shone in the court early in the game as she gave the Gdynia team an 8:2 advantage. But an 8:0 run from the hosts put them in front. Not for long though. Bjelica, Babkina and Irvin capped the first period with six consecutive points and Lotos outscored their opponents 22:19. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second period before Holt and Honti ensured a 41:37 advantage for MKB Euroleasing at halftime. Tijana Krivacevic and Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the third period. Monica Wright and Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) gave Lotos hope when they cut the deficit to just three points with one quarter remaining 63:66. Holt, Angel McCoughtry and Tijana Krivacevic secured a 6:0 start to the final period from MKB Euroleasing as they built a comfortable cushion. Lotos never got closer than 7 points throughout the rest of the clash and had to surrender at the end. Zane Tamane knocked down 20 points for MKB Euroleasing. Tijana Krivacevic netted 16 points in the win. Monica Wright answered with 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Lotos. Daria Mieloszynska netted 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Perfumerias - USK Praha 93-65
Halcon Avenida left no chance for visiting USK Praha in Euroleague Group C action tonight. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) unloaded 22 points to lead the hosts to the fifth win in the tournament. They remained on top of the ladder, while USK Praha slipped at 3-3 record in the third place. The hosts opened the game confidently as they grabbed an 8:2 lead. Viteckova and Lindsay Whalen dragged USK Praha within three points but Halcon Avenida quickly responded as they built a 27:21 lead after ten minutes. The hosts used a 7:0 rally midway through the second term to accumulate a 42:27 lead. Halcon Avenida arrived at halftime up by as many as 15 points 54:39. Alba Torrens opened a 20-point lead for the home team midway through the third stanza. Halcon Avenida cruised as they headed into the final period ahead by 19 points 75:56. USK Praha never recovered in the final term and allowed the hosts to breeze to the victory. Erika DeSouza and Sancho Lyttle delivered 21 points each and teamed up for 21 rebounds in the win. Anna Montanana had 9 points for Halcon Avenida. Lindsay Whalen replied with 17 points for the Czech team. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Tarbes - Galatasaray 68-57
Tarbes earned the third Euroleague victory. They defeated Galatasaray to climb at 3-3 record in the fourth spot in Group C. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga knocked down 22 points to lead the French outfit. Galatasaray meanwhile fell behind playoff zone at 2-4 record. Tarbes knocked off Galatasaray with a 12:0 run midway through the opening frame. And though Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) and Augustus managed to drag Galatasaray back to life late in the period the visitors trailed 16:26 at the first break. The hosts began the second period with five straight points to pull back in comfort zone. Tarbes kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the second quarter as they registered a 45:30 lead at halftime. Hodges, Augustus and Sylvia Fowles cut the distance at 8 points early in the third frame. Tarbes struck back but Palazoglu and Isil Alben (170-G-86) capped the frame with back-to-back three-pointers as Galatasaray trailed by just 7 points entering the final frame 53:60. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga stepped up for the home team early in the final term to post a 10-point advantage. Tarbes stayed calm in the decisive moments of the game and eased to the victory at the end. Jelena Dubljevic chipped in 15 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Florence Lepron had 10 points, 9 boards and 5 assists for Tarbes. Sylvia Fowles answered with 17 points and 11 caroms for Galatasaray. Isil Alben had 13 points in the loss.

Spartak V MR - VICI Kaunas 85-52
The Euroleague defending champions are gradually returning to their usual form. They looked like last-seasons unstoppable force tonight when thumping VICI Kaunas at home court. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was pivotal with 28 points and 14 rebounds as Spartak recorded the fourth win in Group C. They also revenged for the loss to VICI in Kaunas in the opening round of the tournament. VICI in the meantime fell at 1-5 record in the ladder. Lauren Jackson knocked down 9 points in the starting frame as Spartak MR surged ahead. They posted a 23:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Epiphanny Prince, Lauren Jackson and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota boosted the lead to as many as 23 points at halftime 45:22. Ausra Bimbaite seemed fighting alone in the field as she drained 10 points in the third term but it was far from enough. Spartak dominated and rolled to a 62:38 advantage after thirty minutes. Spartak never slowed down in the final period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Epiphanny Prince tallied 21 points and 6 assists for Spartak MR. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota netted 12 points in the winning case. Ausra Bimbaite replied with 12 points for VICI Kaunas. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) accounted for 9 points in the loss.

Group D
Ros Casares - Nadezhda O. 82-87
Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) erupted for Nadezhda in the first day of December of Group D in EuroLeague Women. The player collected 27 points and 18 rebounds as the Russian team handed the first loss to Ros Casares 87:81 in Spain. Ros Casares started the game as if they had to be the leader and the favorite of the group. Fernandez and Douglas brought 6:0 on the board, while Nadezhda grabbed the lead later in the game. Berseneva put the guests in front at 18:17 and then Hammon closed the period at 24:21. The second quarter was weird in the game as none of the teams could score in the last 5 minutes. Before that Brunson scored for 31:28 and Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) closed the half at 31:30. The teams actually reinforced in the second half and at first it was Ros Casares to increase the lead. After 25-20 in the third quarter Douglas nailed three for 56:46. Tina Charles and Christon reduced to 56:50 in the end of the third frame and then it was the time for Nadezhda in the last quarter. Olga Ovcharenko put the guests in front at 67:66 and then an 11-0 run allowed Nadezhda to taste the bigger lead. Hammon was the last to score for the winners in a huge victory in Spain. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners that took 2-4 record. Olga Ovcharenko nailed 12, while Christon posted 10. Douglas answered with 24 points in the losing case as the Spanish Powerhouse dropped to 5-1 record. Fernandez scored 19, while Brunson netted 17 points.

Gorzow - Bourges 65-86
Bourges rolled over Gorzow in group D of EuroLeague Women to better their positions in the standings. The French outfit produced a 86:65 win as they finished the game with 28-13 in the last frame. Joens and Zurowska exchanged the threes in the opening tip, while Lardy later tied it all at 7:7. Richards Samantha closed the first period at 18:15 as she made the free throws. In the second frame the Polish team started to increase the lead and dominated the court. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) brought 40:30, while Joens made two free throws for 40:32. The second half however completely belonged to the guests. At first Miyem tied the game at 49:49 and Burgrova put French side in front at 55:51. Gorzow cut the deficit to 58:55 early in the fourth but then went off the rails as Bourges outscored them 28-13 in the frame. Digbeu and Lardy made the final successful shots for the winners to taste the win. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) stepped up with 26 points and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) delivered 15 points for the winners. Anael Lardy (170-G-87) notched 13, whilst Ndongue Emmeline scored 11. Leuchanka Yelena tried hard for the home side to finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds, posted 13 and Leedham Johannah added 8.

Frisco Sika - Familia Schio 67-68
Beretta-Famila Schio improved to 4-2 record in EuroLeague as they beat Frisco Sika Brno on Wednesday evening. The Italian team did not start well and trailed for the majority of the game, but managed to go back on track for 68:67 win. Skerovic opened the game for the hosts that looked better in the first period. After being tied at 16, the home side finished the quarter with 8-0 run for 24:16 deficit. In the second frame the guests reduced the score to minimum, but Stehlikova sent the teams to the lockers for 36:34 halftime advantage. Brno seemed to be moving towards victory at the start of the fourth quarter when Romana Stehlikova's jumper gave them a 62:49 lead. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) however closed a 9-0 run for 62:58. Cohen nailed another three-pointer in the end for the final victory. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui paced all the winners with 21 points and Cohen Liron netted 14. Macchi Laura posted 9, while McCarville Janel delivered 8. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in defeat as the team from Czech Republic fell at 1-5 record. Stehlikova Romana notched 16, whilst Skerovic Jelena added 8 points and 9 rebounds.




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LF2: Round 12 review - by Eurobasket News
Lyon continued with its winning ways after defeating Rennes 67-53. Julie Legoupil (172-G-84) led the winning side with 18 points, while Geraldine Bertal (190-F-79) and Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) added 11 and 10 points. For Rennes, Clementine Samson had 12 points in loss.
Roche kept pace at the top with an easy 48-68 win over their hosts Centre Federal. Elodie Gerard (172-G-81) had 18 points for the visiting side. She got support from Mylene Balat (182-F-80) who added 13 as well as Viktoria Mircheva who chipped in 12 points. On the other side, Clarie Stievenard was the only player in double digits with 11 points.
Remis also recorded win at home as they have beaten Anger 76-63. Hosts were led to win by Floriane Herrscher (187-F-84) and Zuzana Gujaraidze who scored 16 and 15 points respectively. For visitors, Carine Brossais had 14 points while Aurelie Besson finished the match with 11.
In other games, Nice was better than Limoges 74-51, while Voiron hosted Pau Orthez and won the game 80-74. Perpigan traveled to Dunkerque and managed to steal one from them as they won the contest 65-71. Le Havre played hosts to Pleyber and have managed to defend the home court with a 62-49 win. Finally, Armentieres recorded win away from home as they were able to overcome their hosts Sl Graffenst 57-66.

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


The last-quarter-push brings Bourges the win over Gorzow - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Bourges 65:86

Bourges rolled over Gorzow in Group D of EuroLeague Women to better their positions in the standings. The French outfit produced a 86:65 win as they finished the game with 28-13 in the last frame.
Joens and Zurowska exchanged the threes in the opening tip, while Lardy later tied it all at 7:7. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) closed the first period at 18:15 as she made the free throws. In the second frame the Polish team started to increase the lead and dominated the court. Piekarska brought 40:30, while Joens made two free throws for 40:32. The second half however completely belonged to the guests. At first Miyem tied the game at 49:49 and Burgrova put French side in front at 55:51. Gorzow cut the deficit to 58:55 early in the fourth but then went off the rails as Bourges outscored them 28-13 in the frame. Digbeu and Lardy made the final successful shots for the winners to taste the win.
Catherine Joens (180-G-82) stepped up with 26 points and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) delivered 15 points for the winners. Anael Lardy (170-G-87) notched 13, whilst Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) scored 11. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tried hard for the home side to finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds, posted 13 and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) added 8.

Gorzow: Yelena Leuchanka 22+10 rebs, Samantha Richards 13, Johannah Leedham 8
Bourges: Catherine Joens 26, Endene Miyem 15, Anael Lardy 13, Emmeline Ndongue 11


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  GREECE - Women  


Aris qualify to the next round in Eurocup - by George Fragkos
Aris Thessalonikis are through to the next round of Eurocup after their difficult win against Besiktas CT Istanbul in Alexandrio Arena by 68:66. The club from Thessaloniki at its first ever presence in Eurocup achieved to qualify to the sixteenth finals, even though the girls of Kostas Kotoulis had a really tough job against ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd and Besiktas CT Istanbul, two powerful clubs of European basketball.

The Turkish side started much better than their opponents and they were able to lead in the game even with a 9-point gap. By the end of the second period Aris Thessalonikis had reduced the difference to just one point (26-27) and it seemed that the game would be a close call.

At the third period, the home team improved a lot and got ahead of their opponents trying to increase the gap between them. Eventually, at the first minutes of the last quarter of the game, the Greek side got even better both at offence and defense and they took a 15-points lead (66-49), giving the impression that the game is almost finished. Though, at that point the Turks made an astonishing come back, but it proved to be not enough for them to turn things round. The players of Aris Thessalonikis stayed calm during the last minute and put in the free throws they needed, to win and accomplish their target.

From the winning side Anna Spiridopoulou (182-F-88) made a great performance scoring 19 points for her team, while Marques did her best to change the result, by scoring 23 and giving 4 assists.

Aris Thessalonikis: Anna Spiridopoulou 19, Maria Bousnaki 12, Stefany Skrba 9p.+10 rebounds.
Besiktas CT Istanbul: Iziane Castro Marques 23, Iveta Salkauske 21p.+13 rebounds, Kelly Santos 15.



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Cvetanovic's a double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old center Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Szolnoki NKK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
She had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat BEAC (#12, 1-11) 93-78. Szolnok maintains the 7th position in Hungarian A. Szolnok 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 5-7 record. Cvetanovic turned to be Szolnok's top player in her first season with the team. Cvetanovic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.7rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 58.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE NKK. She is American forward in her first season at ZTE. In the last game Page recorded impressive 25 points and 8 rebounds. Of course she lead ZTE to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Cegledi EKK (#13, 1-11) 104-65. ZTE's 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Page is a newcomer at ZTE and quickly became the team's new leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#1). She also registered 7.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Edit Eordogh (180-G/F-75) of Vasas-Csata Budapest (#10). Eordogh showcased her all-around game by recording 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. She was a key player of Vasas-Csata, leading her team to a 81-47 easy win against BSE (3-9). Vasas-Csata can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Eordogh she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Eordogh has a very solid season. In 12 games in Hungary she scored 11.6ppg. She also has 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 2.1spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Petra Szabo (183-F-87) of Bajai NKK - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Amber Holt (183-G/F-85) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) of Vasas-Csata - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marta Dobrowolska (181-F-89) of Cegledi EKK - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82) of SEAT Lami - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Zane Tamane (200-C-83) of MKB Eurol. - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) of Nanette FTC - 15 points and 6 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Page, ZTE18.5 
 2. Page, ZTE18.5 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.16.3 
 4. Szabo, Cegledi EKK16.0 
 5. Szabo, Cegledi EKK16.0 
 6. Holt, MKB Eurol.15.0 
 7. Carson, SEAT L.14.8 
 8. Quigley, Pecs 201014.6 
 9. Balint, Bajai NKK14.5 
 10. Szlimak, Nanette .14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sara KRNJIC
  Pecs 2010
  (193-C-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Krnjic, Pecs 20108.6 
 2. Vidacic, Pecs 20108.0 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.7.9 
 4. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.6 
 5. Page, ZTE7.4 
 6. Page, ZTE7.4 
 7. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.7 
 8. Kublina, SEAT L.6.6 
 9. Pal, Vasas-Csata6.5 
 10. Griffin, Pecs 20106.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dora MEDGYESSY
  Atomeromu
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Medgyessy, Atome.4.9 
 2. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.9 
 3. Ristic, Szolnok4.0 
 4. Darida, Nanette FTC4.0 
 5. Laczi, Szeged3.9 
 6. Boskovic, Szolnok3.6 
 7. Bukovszki, ZTE3.5 
 8. Bukovszki, ZTE3.5 
 9. Nemeth, Szeged3.4 
 10. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gina SZEPSI
  Bajai NKK
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.3.4 
 3. Medgyessy, Atome.3.2 
 4. Bukovszki, ZTE3.1 
 5. Darida, Nanette FTC3.1 
 6. Bukovszki, ZTE3.1 
 7. Laczi, Szeged3.1 
 8. Theodorean, Bajai N.3.0 
 9. Nemeth, Szeged3.0 
 10. Szabo, Bajai NKK2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Page, ZTE2.4 
 2. Page, ZTE2.4 
 3. McCoughtry, MKB E.1.8 
 4. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Kublina, SEAT L.1.1 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.1 
 7. Czukor, ZTE1.0 
 8. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.0 
 9. Czukor, ZTE1.0 
 10. Fejes, Szeged0.8 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Best players of Israeli D1 round 7 - by Eurobasket News
American Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old swingman had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while her team edged out Elitzur Holon (#8, 1-6) 83-80. H.R. Le-Zion maintains the 4th position in Israeli D1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. H.R. Le-Zion will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. McCray turned to be H.R. Le-Zion's top player in her first season with the team. University of Kansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCray is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.9ppg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Tiffany Jackson (191-F-85) of Maccabi Ramat Hen. Jackson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Ramat Hen lost that game 59-68 to slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#5, 4-3). This loss caused Ramat Hen to drop to 3rd position in the standings. Her team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Jackson is a newcomer at Ramat Hen and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management) of Maccabi Ashdod (#6). Montgomery scored 23 points and passed four assists. She was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading her team to a 89-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Elitzur R.Le-Zion (#9, 1-6). Maccabi Ashdod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Montgomery has a great season in Israel. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (2nd best). She also has 2.5spg, FGP: 51.7% and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ashley Shields (178-G-85) of Elitzur Netanya - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tamara James (178-G/F-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brasheeda Elohim (180-F-80) of Raanana Her. - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86) of H.R. Le-Zion - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jillian Robbins (185-F-84) of Elitzur R.Le-Zion - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of H.R. Le-Zion - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Laine Selwyn (170-G-81) of Elitzur Ramla - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  ITALY - Women  


A2, Group North and South: Round 10 review - by Eurobasket News
In Group North, San Martino managed to pull an upset of second placed Cagliari CUS after defeating them 50-38. Hosts were led to victory by Maria Pegoraro (174-G-89) and Louise Gamman (183-F-83) who scored 14 and 12 points respectively. For visiting side, Federica Brunetti had 12 points in loss.
Bolzano used this upset to extend its lead in first place as they were better than visiting Vigarano 66-52. Safy Fall (176-G-89) scored 14 points in win, while Laine Kurpniece (188-C-86, college: Binghamton) and Elena Zabrada chipped in 10 points apiece. For Vigarano, Marta Savelli and Erika Aleotti stood out with 21 and 16 points.
In other matches, Biassono was better than Crema 64-73, Milano has beaten Cervia 58-45, while Borgotaro narrowly overcame Udine 69-67. Cagliari V. played hosts to Alghero and come out with a 60-51 win, while Bologna managed to steal one from Marghera as they won the contest 52-56.
In South, Siena remains at the top of the table after defeating Napoli 64-38. Lauma Reke (185-F-86, college: St.Peter's) led the rout with 20 points, while Cristina Consolini (182-F-83) added 10 points. For Napoli, Sara Boccheti was the only player in double digits with 11 points.
Oriveto kept pace with the leader after they were better than Firenze 68-48. Hosts were led to victory by Angela Ratti (185-C-83) and Alessia Scopigno (175-G-84) who scored 18 and 15 points respectively. On the other side, Camilla Morlotti had 12 while Lilyana Illieva chipped in 11 points.
Elsewhere, T. Spezia stole one from Alcamo 56-60, Chieti had an easy job against College Italia winning the contest 36-66, while Viterbo has won at home against R. La Spezia 71-65. Pomezia was better than Rende 47-58, while Battipaglia hosted Ragusa and secured 74-62 home win.

A2 Standings

North
1. Bolzano 8-2
2. Cagliari CUS 7-3
3. Bologna 7-3
4. Udine 6-4
5. Crema 6-4
6. San Martino 6-4
7. Cagliari V. 6-4
8. Vigarano 5-5
9. Borgotaro 5-5
10. Marghera 4-6
11. Alghero 4-6
12. Biassono 3-7
13. Milano 3-7
14. Cervia 0-10

South
1. Siena 9-1
2. Orvieto 9-2
3. T. Spezia 8-2
4. Chieti 7-2
5. Ragusa 7-4
6. Alcamo 6-4
7. Viterbo 5-4
8. R. La Spezia 5-4
9. Battipaglia 5-6
10. Ancona 4-6
11. Napoli 3-7
12. Firenze 2-8
13. Pomezia 2-8
14. Rende 2-9
15. College Italia 1-9


Late comeback allows Familia Schio to taste another win - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Familia Schio 67:68

Beretta-Famila Schio improved to 4-2 record in EuroLeague as they beat Frisco Sika Brno on Wednesday evening. The Italian team did not start well and trailed for the majority of the game, but managed to go back on track for 68:67 win.
Jelena Skerovic opened the game for the hosts that looked better in the first period. After being tied at 16, the home side finished the quarter with 8-0 run for 24:16 deficit. In the second frame the guests reduced the score to minimum, but Stehlkova sent the teams to the lockers for 36:34 halftime advantage. Brno seemed to be moving towards victory at the start of the fourth quarter when Romana Stehlikova's jumper gave them a 62:49 lead. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) however closed a 9-0 run for 62:58. Cohen nailed another three-pointer in the end for the final victory.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui paced all the winners with 21 points and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 14. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) posted 9, while Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) delivered 8. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in defeat as the team from Czech Republic fell at 1-5 record. Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) notched 16, whilst Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) added 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Frisco Sika: Cheryl Ford 23+12 rebs, Romana Stehlikova 16, Jelena Skerovic 8+9 rebs
Familia Schio:Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 21, Liron Cohen 14, Laura Macchi 9, Janel McCarville 8



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  LATVIA - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  TTT Riga
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hollingswort., TTT R.20.2 
 2. Krastina, LU19.1 
 3. Jakobsone, Cesis18.0 
 4. Surkusa, TTT J.15.8 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga15.0 
 6. Teilane, RTU-Merks14.1 
 7. Krumberga, TTT R.14.0 
 8. Eibele, TTT Riga14.0 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils13.6 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.11.8 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.5 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.11.0 
 4. Dillone, Cesis9.3 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga9.0 
 6. Lagzdina, TTT J.8.9 
 7. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.8 
 8. Jevsejeva, Dauga.8.4 
 9. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.3 
 10. Veidere, TTT K.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga7.2 
 2. Krastina, LU4.3 
 3. Kazakevica, Dauga.3.8 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.3.7 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga3.6 
 6. Jevsejeva, Dauga.3.3 
 7. Neimane, TTT J.3.1 
 8. Line, Liepajas2.6 
 9. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.5 
 10. Langenfelde, RTU-M.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Krastina, LU3.5 
 2. Butler, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Karklina, TTT Riga2.8 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
 5. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 6. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 7. Purina, LU2.3 
 8. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.3 
 9. Briede, Cesis2.2 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  RTU-Merks
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.3 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.2.2 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.8 
 4. Surkusa, TTT J.1.8 
 5. Teilane, TTT J.1.0 
 6. Egle, Daugavpils0.9 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils0.9 
 8. Bundule, Cesis0.8 
 9. Jevsejeva, Dauga.0.8 
 10. Tomsone, TTT K.0.7 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Short summary after half-time of the regular season - by Liz Schmitz
The Musel Pikes are still undefeated and dominating the league. Except a couple minor struggles, they were never in real danger to get their first defeat. T71 Dudelange has shown their ambition to push the Musel Pikes from their throne. With a far better season than last year, their 8-2 record proves that they are on the right path. Etzella Ettelbruck, Residence Walferdange and AB Contern are trailing a little behind but are still in a position to play for the top spots. Etzella Ettelbruck has been a steady competitor and has only lost to the two leading teams and to Basket Esch, who are still good for a surprise. Residence Walferdange lost one of their best players during off-season, but was able to compensate that loss pretty well with the acquisition of two promising rather young guards. So far the team had only to accept three losses but the girls want to prove during the second part of the regular season that they can still do better. AB Contern faces several injuries but managed to limit the damage. With six victories, they are doing not too bad but they have to avoid losses against their close competitors like Residence Walferdange in the future if they want to reach the final four. Basket Esch has been the biggest disappointment so far in the league. The loss of their Belgian power forward Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) has been harder to compensate than thought in the beginning of the season. With only four victories so far they are trailing way behind expectations. Amicale Steinsel, US Heffingen, Black Star Mersch and Racing Luxembourg can be found on the lower end of the ranking. Between the teams Amicale Steinsel, US Heffingen and Black Star Mersch everything is possible and even though Amicale Steinsel seems to be luckier so far, they should not underestimate the team from Mersch and the young team from Heffingen who try hard to prove that they belong to the Diekirch Basketball League. For Racing Luxembourg on the other hand it will be very difficult to secure their spot in the first league.



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  NORWAY - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Hailey DUNHAM
  Ulriken
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dunham, Ulriken22.5 
 2. Kristiansen, Ullern20.7 
 3. Sand, Asker/BV16.6 
 4. Austgulen, Ulriken16.3 
 5. Eskeland, Gimle16.0 
 6. Austgulen, Ulriken15.9 
 7. Nyquist, Ullern14.8 
 8. Gronas, Ulriken14.5 
 9. Skorpen, Asker/BV13.4 
 10. Erdogan, Oslo12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nanna SAND
  Asker/BV
  (181-F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Sand, Asker/BV11.3 
 2. Austgulen, Ulriken9.6 
 3. Gris, NT.9.0 
 4. Nesse, Asker/BV8.0 
 5. Eskeland, Gimle8.0 
 6. Dunham, Ulriken7.5 
 7. Grindelid, Asker/BV7.3 
 8. Moore, NT.7.0 
 9. Kristiansen, Ullern6.7 
 10. Hager, Ullern6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hailey DUNHAM
  Ulriken
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dunham, Ulriken5.3 
 2. Sand, Asker/BV5.0 
 3. Flaaten, Gimle4.3 
 4. Austgulen, Ulriken4.1 
 5. Stenvik, Asker/BV3.4 
 6. Brekke, Gimle3.0 
 7. Gronas, Ulriken3.0 
 8. Tonheim, Ullern2.8 
 9. Eskeland, Gimle2.7 
 10. Aas, Nordstrand2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Hailey DUNHAM
  Ulriken
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dunham, Ulriken3.7 
 2. Kristiansen, Ullern3.2 
 3. Aas, Nordstrand3.1 
 4. Brekke, Gimle3.0 
 5. Moore, NT.2.9 
 6. Eskeland, Gimle2.7 
 7. Andersson, Asker/BV2.4 
 8. El-Masrouri, Oslo2.3 
 9. Gjerdevik, Gimle2.3 
 10. Austgulen, Ulriken2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Charlene GRIS
  NTNUI
  (-F-)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gris, NT.1.3 
 2. Austgulen, Ulriken1.0 
 3. Grindelid, Asker/BV0.9 
 4. Nesse, Asker/BV0.9 
 5. Kroge, Nordstrand0.9 
 6. Eskeland, Gimle0.7 
 7. Oloughlin, Nordstrand0.7 
 8. Austheim, Ullern0.7 
 9. Hammer, Asker/BV0.7 
 10. Andersen, Asker/BV0.6 


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Ulriken 8-2 
 2. Asker/BV 7-0 
 3. Gimle 7-0 
 4. Ullern 2-4 
 5. NTNUI 2-7 
 6. Nordstrand 1-7 
 7. Oslo 0-7 


Latest victories for Ulriken and Asker/BV - by Eurobasket News
Ulriken's (8-2) at home won over Nordstrand (#6) 67-54. The biggest contributor to a victory was American guard Hailey Dunham (188-87, college: USC, agent: Stephanie Stanley) with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International swingman Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-91) chipped in 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Ulriken's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ellen Aas (-81) who recorded 10 points and 5 assists. Ulriken (8-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. Thanks to that win Ulriken become a new league leader. Nordstrand keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Nordstrand will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on winning track. Ulriken will try to continue on it's current victory especially that they will have a break next round on the road.
The game with biggest point difference took place in Rykkinn where third ranked Asker/BV (7-0) outscored lower ranked Nordstrand by 53 points 78-25. It was a good game for former international forward Nanna Sand (181-77, college: Arizona St.) who led her team to a victory with 7 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Sara Grindelid contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ellen Aas (-81) answered with 11 points for Nordstrand. Thanks to that win defending champion Asker/BV moved-up to second place. Nordstrand keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Asker/BV's next round game will be against bottom-ranked Oslo (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Nordstrand will have a break next round.



Asker/BV - Nordstrand 78-25

The game with biggest point difference took place in Rykkinn where third ranked Asker/BV (7-0) outscored lower ranked Nordstrand by 53 points 78-25. It was a good game for former international forward Nanna Sand (181-77, college: Arizona St.) who led her team to a victory with 7 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Sara Grindelid (183-82) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ellen Aas (-81) answered with 11 points and forward Michelle Oloughlin (-89) added 5 points and 6 rebounds for Nordstrand. Thanks to that win defending champion Asker/BV moved-up to second place. Nordstrand keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Asker/BV's next round game will be against bottom-ranked Oslo (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Nordstrand will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Asker/Baerums Verk: S.Grindelid 17+5reb, S.Skorpen 13+1reb, S.Andersen 9+4reb+1ast, M.Sand 8+3reb, N.Sand 7+11reb+9ast, K.Oysted 6+4reb+1ast
Nordstrand: E.Aas 11+3reb+1ast, M.Oloughlin 5+6reb, I.Havnas 4+1reb, A.Sodal 3+1reb+1ast, B.Huuse 2+3reb, K.Andersen 0+1reb
gschID: 108443


Ulriken - Nordstrand 67-54

Ulriken's (8-2) at home won over Nordstrand (#6) 67-54. The biggest contributor to a victory was American guard Hailey Dunham (188-87, college: USC, agent: Stephanie Stanley) with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International swingman Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-91) chipped in 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Ulriken's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ellen Aas (-81) who recorded 10 points and 5 assists. Ulriken (8-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. Thanks to that win Ulriken become a new league leader. Nordstrand keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Nordstrand will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on winning track. Ulriken will try to continue on it's current victory especially that they will have a break next round on the road.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: H.Dunham 24+5reb+6ast, M.Hoff Austgulen 16+11reb+5ast, S.Austgulen 12+7reb+3ast, E.Gronas 8+3reb+6ast, A.Grimstad 7+3reb+2ast, S.Solberg 0+2reb
Nordstrand: K.Ankarstrand 13+3reb+1ast, E.Aas 10+3reb+5ast, M.Backe 8+2reb+2ast, A.Sodal 7+5reb+4ast, K.Kroge 6+8reb, M.Oloughlin 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 108444




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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Koehn, Utex Row19.2 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Harris, Utex Row15.8 
 4. Leuchanka, Gorzow15.1 
 5. Mowlik, Inea AZS15.1 
 6. Szott, Artego14.4 
 7. Jones, Odra Brzeg13.8 
 8. Carter, CCC P.13.6 
 9. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia13.5 
 10. Cheek, Super-Pol13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.3 
 2. Cheek, Super-Pol9.2 
 3. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.1 
 4. Carter, CCC P.8.5 
 5. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.4 
 6. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia8.2 
 7. Zytomirska, Widzew8.0 
 8. McLean, Utex Row7.4 
 9. Makowska, Inea AZS7.2 
 10. Denson, Lider P.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.5 
 2. Richards, Gorzow4.6 
 3. Idczak, Inea AZS4.3 
 4. Bortelova, Energa T.4.2 
 5. Kulaga, Super-Pol4.0 
 6. Phillips, Wisla C.3.8 
 7. Gawronska, Odra B.3.7 
 8. Jelavic, Wisla C.3.6 
 9. Bednarek, Lider P.3.4 
 10. Pasheva, LKS S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Adrianne ROSS
  Lider Pruszkow
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 2. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.4 
 3. Leedham, Gorzow2.4 
 4. Zurowska, Gorzow2.4 
 5. Bednarek, Lider P.2.3 
 6. Raymond, Artego2.3 
 7. Gajda, Energa Torun2.3 
 8. Harris, Utex Row2.3 
 9. Idczak, Inea AZS2.2 
 10. Burse, Wisla C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC Polkowice
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Majewska, CCC P.1.8 
 2. Denson, Lider P.1.7 
 3. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.6 
 4. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.4 
 5. Jankowska, LKS S.1.3 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.1.2 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.2 
 8. Kedzia, Inea AZS0.9 
 9. Kaczmarczyk, Gor.0.9 
 10. Cheek, Super-Pol0.9 


The last-quarter-push brings Bourges the win over Gorzow - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Bourges 65:86

Bourges rolled over Gorzow in Group D of EuroLeague Women to better their positions in the standings. The French outfit produced a 86:65 win as they finished the game with 28-13 in the last frame.
Joens and Zurowska exchanged the threes in the opening tip, while Lardy later tied it all at 7:7. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) closed the first period at 18:15 as she made the free throws. In the second frame the Polish team started to increase the lead and dominated the court. Piekarska brought 40:30, while Joens made two free throws for 40:32. The second half however completely belonged to the guests. At first Miyem tied the game at 49:49 and Burgrova put French side in front at 55:51. Gorzow cut the deficit to 58:55 early in the fourth but then went off the rails as Bourges outscored them 28-13 in the frame. Digbeu and Lardy made the final successful shots for the winners to taste the win.
Catherine Joens (180-G-82) stepped up with 26 points and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) delivered 15 points for the winners. Anael Lardy (170-G-87) notched 13, whilst Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) scored 11. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tried hard for the home side to finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds, posted 13 and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) added 8.

Gorzow: Yelena Leuchanka 22+10 rebs, Samantha Richards 13, Johannah Leedham 8
Bourges: Catherine Joens 26, Endene Miyem 15, Anael Lardy 13, Emmeline Ndongue 11


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Nadezhda O.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Charles, Nadezhda.20.2 
 2. Lacy, Spartak SP17.8 
 3. Harding, Dynamo K.17.7 
 4. Davenport, Cheva.17.6 
 5. Dabovic, Dy.15.7 
 6. Petrakova, Cheva.14.8 
 7. Pleshkova, Cheva.14.5 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.13.7 
 9. Prince, Spartak .13.3 
 10. Myasoedova, Dynam.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Nadezhda O.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Charles, Nadezhda.11.7 
 2. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.5 
 3. Davenport, Cheva.8.4 
 4. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.3 
 5. Vieru, Spartak .8.0 
 6. Snow, Dynamo K.7.8 
 7. Nevzorova, Spart.7.2 
 8. Gogiya, Dy.6.8 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.6.8 
 10. Ivanova, Spartak N.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Becky HAMMON
  Nadezhda O.
  (168-G-77)
  Avg: 7
 1. Hammon, Nadezhda.7.0 
 2. Dumerc, UMMC5.0 
 3. Prince, Spartak .4.7 
 4. Dabovic, Dy.4.7 
 5. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.4.5 
 6. Harding, Dynamo K.4.0 
 7. Pondexter, UMMC3.8 
 8. Sytnyak, Dynamo M.3.5 
 9. Moore, Chevakata3.4 
 10. Milanovich, Spart.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Yulia KHODZHAYAN
  Spartak N.
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Khodzhayan, Spart.3.5 
 2. Milovanovic, Sparta.3.0 
 3. Ciglar, Spartak SP3.0 
 4. Prince, Spartak .3.0 
 5. Keyru, Spartak SP2.8 
 6. Gricaeva, Spart.2.5 
 7. Melenteva, Dynamo K.2.3 
 8. Milanovich, Spart.2.3 
 9. Popova, Dynamo M.2.2 
 10. Speranskaya, Spart.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.5 
 2. Davenport, Cheva.2.0 
 3. Myasoedova, Dynam.1.8 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.3 
 5. Vizbariene, Dynamo K.1.0 
 6. Paskalenko, Spart.1.0 
 7. Shilova, Dy.0.8 
 8. Bolsunovskay., Dynam.0.8 
 9. Vidmer, UMMC0.8 
 10. Medvedeva, Spart.0.7 


Charles is unstoppable for Nadezhda in sensational victory over Ros Casares - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares -Nadezhda 81:87

Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) erupted for Nadezhda in the first day of December of Group D in EuroLeague Women. The player collected 27 points and 18 rebounds as the Russian team handed the first loss to Ros Casares 87:81 in Spain.
Ros Casares started the game as if they had to be the leader and the favorite of the group. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) and Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) brought 6:0 on the board, while Nadezhda grabbed the lead later in the game. Berseneva put the guests in front at 18:17 and then Hammon closed the period at 24:21. The second quarter was weird in the game as none of the teams could score in the last 5 minutes. Before that Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) scored for 31:28 and Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) closed the half at 31:30. The teams actually reinforced in the second half and at first it was Ros Casares to increase the lead. After 25-20 in the third quarter Kathryn Douglas nailed three for 56:46. Tina Charles and Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) reduced to 56:50 in the end of the third frame and then it was the time for Nadezhda in the last quarter. Olga Ovcharenko put the guests in front at 67:66 and then an 11-0 run allowed Nadezhda to taste the bigger lead. Hammon was the last to score for the winners in a huge victory in Spain.
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners that took 2-4 record. Olga Ovcharenko nailed 12, while Shameka Christon posted 10. Kathryn Douglas answered with 24 points in the losing case as the Spanish Powerhouse dropped to 5-1 record. Marta Fernandez scored 19, while Rebekkah Brunson netted 17 points.

Ros Casares: Kathryn Douglas 24, Marta Fernandez 19, Rebekkah Brunson 17
Nadezhda: Tina Charles 27+18 rebs, Anastasiya Veremeenko 17+11 rebs, Olga Ovcharenko 12, Shameka Christon 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga: Round 11 review - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli - Roznava 104-41
Dobri Anjeli continue their domination on the league and this time it was Roznava, who faced with a blow-out loss. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) led the hosts to 104-41 rout with 26 points on the night. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) and Katarina Hrickova followed with 15 points apiece. For Roznava, Anna Hnidzinkova had 11 points while Viera Lubichova chipped in 10 points.

Presov - Slovan Bratislava 82-56
Presov also won at home as they have rolled over visiting Slovan Bratislava 82-56. Hosts were led to victory by Christina Wirth (186-G/F-87, college: Vanderbilt) and Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88, agency: LBM Management) who scored 19 and 18 points. They were followed by Michaela Zentkova and Angelika Oravcova who chipped in 11 points each. For visitors, Renata Talajkova stood out with game high 24 points.

Poprad - Banska Bystrica 87-43
Poprad also had an easy night, as they have overcome Banska Bystrica 87-43. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management) led the rout with 19 points on the night. Natasha Brackett (175-G-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Auburn) followed closely with 18 points, while Zuzana Brzianova and Eva Kmetova added 13 points apiece. On the other side, Beata Shimova had 13 and Martina Matejichkova added 10 points for visiting side.

Samorin - Nitra 56-74
Nitra travelled to Samorin and had no major troubles securing away win. In a one sided event visiting team took control from the start and rolled on to 56-74 victory. For hosts, not even 20 points effort by Timea Sujova (174-G-84) could save them from defeat. She received almost no help from her teammates as the next best scorer was Michaela Ivanova who scored 6 points.

Extraliga Standings
1. Dobri Anjeli 10-0
2. Poprad 9-1
3. Nitra 7-3
4. MBK Ruzomb. 6-3
5. Presov 6-4
6. Roznava 3-7
7. Banska Bystrica 1-8
8. Samorin 1-9
9. Slovan 1-9


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora24.7 
 2. Mikic, Grosuplje18.1 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.17.5 
 4. Kure, AJM Maribor17.2 
 5. Baric, Merkur C.16.5 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.9 
 7. Oblak, Odeja KED15.4 
 8. Skof, Ilrija15.0 
 9. Komplet, Hit K.14.4 
 10. Baloh, Kozmetik.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.10.1 
 2. Ljubenovic, Triglav9.9 
 3. Skof, Ilrija8.9 
 4. Macura, Jezica8.7 
 5. Baltic, AJM M.8.2 
 6. Muhovic, Kozmetik.7.9 
 7. Zdolsek, Triglav7.7 
 8. Furman, AJM M.7.6 
 9. Komplet, Hit K.7.0 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Baric, Merkur C.6.0 
 2. Jurse, Kozmetik.4.7 
 3. Oberc, Ilrija3.8 
 4. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.6 
 5. Baltic, AJM M.3.5 
 6. Panic, Hit K.Gora3.4 
 7. Klein, Merkur Celje3.0 
 8. Kolman, Grosuplje2.9 
 9. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.8 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED4.3 
 2. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.6 
 3. Rupnik, Jezica3.0 
 4. Dover, AJM Maribor3.0 
 5. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.9 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.8 
 7. Oberc, Ilrija2.8 
 8. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.7 
 9. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
 10. Zalar, Ilrija2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Katja KLANCNIK
  GVT Konjice
  (175-F-90)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Klancnik, GVT K.0.8 
 2. Stevovska, Jezica0.7 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.7 
 5. Pavli, Jezica0.7 
 6. Vene, Ilrija0.6 
 7. Macura, Jezica0.6 
 8. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.5 
 9. Baltic, AJM M.0.5 
 10. Furman, AJM M.0.4 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Charles is unstoppable for Nadezhda in sensational victory over Ros Casares - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares -Nadezhda 81:87

Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) erupted for Nadezhda in the first day of December of Group D in EuroLeague Women. The player collected 27 points and 18 rebounds as the Russian team handed the first loss to Ros Casares 87:81 in Spain.
Ros Casares started the game as if they had to be the leader and the favorite of the group. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) and Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) brought 6:0 on the board, while Nadezhda grabbed the lead later in the game. Berseneva put the guests in front at 18:17 and then Hammon closed the period at 24:21. The second quarter was weird in the game as none of the teams could score in the last 5 minutes. Before that Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) scored for 31:28 and Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) closed the half at 31:30. The teams actually reinforced in the second half and at first it was Ros Casares to increase the lead. After 25-20 in the third quarter Kathryn Douglas nailed three for 56:46. Tina Charles and Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) reduced to 56:50 in the end of the third frame and then it was the time for Nadezhda in the last quarter. Olga Ovcharenko put the guests in front at 67:66 and then an 11-0 run allowed Nadezhda to taste the bigger lead. Hammon was the last to score for the winners in a huge victory in Spain.
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners that took 2-4 record. Olga Ovcharenko nailed 12, while Shameka Christon posted 10. Kathryn Douglas answered with 24 points in the losing case as the Spanish Powerhouse dropped to 5-1 record. Marta Fernandez scored 19, while Rebekkah Brunson netted 17 points.

Ros Casares: Kathryn Douglas 24, Marta Fernandez 19, Rebekkah Brunson 17
Nadezhda: Tina Charles 27+18 rebs, Anastasiya Veremeenko 17+11 rebs, Olga Ovcharenko 12, Shameka Christon 10


LF2, Group A and B: Round 8 review - by Eurobasket News
Aguere Santa Cruz de Tenerife managed to secure win away from home which puts them atop of Group A, as they have defeated Ourense P. 57-71. Visiting side was led by Daphanie Kennedy (170-G-86, college: Pepperdine) who poured in 24 points as well as La Nedra Brown and Heta Maria Korpivaara who added 20 points apiece. For Ourense, Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) and Alicia Gonzalez Marco stood out with 16 and 15 points to their name.
Cajarural dropped to 2nd place as they were surprised by visiting Ensino 57-67. Regina Gomez Iglesias led the winners with 22 points, while Gilmara Justino (185-C-81) and Mireia Trujillo chipped in 13 points each. For hosts, Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) had 19 points in loss.
In other matches, Burgors has beaten Aros Leon 65-71, Bembibre also won away from home as they were better than Caceres 53-68 while Adba overcame Cod. Carmelit. 72-51. Ferrol travelled to Valladolid and secured 51-58 away win while Arxil Pontev had an easy night against Pio XII winning the contest 77-90.
In Group B, Pais Vasco improved to 7-1 after defeating Mataro 58-66. Visiting side was led to victory by Omoul Sarr who scored 21 points while Maria Gomez Novo added 15. For hosts, Olga Oriola and Elena Guarner stood out with 14 and 12 points respectively.
Estudiantes kept the pace with a 70-45 rout of Segle XXI. Sandra Viana led the rout with 30 points and Marta Alfonso chipped in 15 points. For Segle XXI, Itzar Cordech was the only player in double digits with 13 points.
Eivissa secured 69-58 home win against Casablanca, Orion GDKO was better than CB Conquero 81-65 while Cajacanarias hosted Alcobendas and came away with 59-49 victory. Irlandesas stole one from their hosts CBF Sarria 59-64 and Real Canoe was also winner away from home as they were better than their hosts Guadalajara 59-88.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Smart, Kvarnby25.3 
 2. Saunders, Visby22.6 
 3. Glaser, Kvarnby18.7 
 4. Zahui, Telge18.2 
 5. Ferm, Eos17.9 
 6. Key, Marbo Basket17.3 
 7. Tattersdill, Sallen15.4 
 8. Forsman-Goga, Tel.15.2 
 9. Bacon, Solna Vikings15.1 
 10. Gustavsson, Brahe14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Zahui, Telge10.2 
 2. Brown, Visby9.4 
 3. Tattersdill, Sallen9.2 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby9.0 
 5. Smart, Kvarnby8.2 
 6. Gustavsson, Brahe8.0 
 7. Bacon, Solna Vikings7.9 
 8. Andersson, Solna V.7.3 
 9. Forsman-Goga, Tel.7.3 
 10. Koponen, Umea7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jennifer KUCUKKAYA
  Telge
  (163-G-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kucukkaya, Telge4.3 
 2. Gultekin, Solna V.4.1 
 3. Persson, Brahe4.0 
 4. Johansen, Sallen4.0 
 5. Smart, Kvarnby3.8 
 6. Rivero, Kvarnby3.7 
 7. Saunders, Visby3.6 
 8. Kjelsson, 083.5 
 9. Aili, Lulea BBK3.0 
 10. Nilsson, Lulea BBK2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  Sallen
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.8 
 3. Persson, Brahe2.8 
 4. Aili, Lulea BBK2.7 
 5. Forsman-Goga, Tel.2.6 
 6. Saunders, Visby2.5 
 7. Neffati, Norrkoping2.5 
 8. Ausmann, Eos2.4 
 9. Bacon, Solna Vikings2.3 
 10. Key, Marbo Basket2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.6 
 2. Cesnaviciute, Visby2.1 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.6 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby1.6 
 5. Scott, Lulea BBK1.3 
 6. Glaser, Kvarnby1.1 
 7. Renholm, Lulea BBK1.0 
 8. Smart, Kvarnby0.9 
 9. Nnamaka, Sallen0.8 
 10. Abdi, 080.8 


Kvarnby steals one from Sallen - by Eurobasket News
Sallen - Kvarnby 50-64

Only one match was scheduled for Round 10 of the Swedish Damligan and it was Sallen who hosted Kvarnby. In a low scoring affair it was the visiting side who managed to come away with comfortable 14 point margin win. Visiting side opened the game better taking the initial lead. By the end of the first quarter, Kvarnby players were able to build 14-22. In the second quarter, hosts recovered and started playing better. They tried hard to cut the deficit but Kvarnby players were fending off such attempts. Teams traded baskets for most of the period and at the halftime the score stood at 29-35. Kvarnby players picked up intensity after the breather once again. They tightened the defence which enabled them easy transition baskets. They pushed their lead to 13 points as the score stood at 41-54 with one quarter to play. In the final 10 minutes, both teams struggled offensively. Marked by missed shots and turnovers it was a low scoring quarter. Still visitors managed to win in 9-10 and this was more than enough to give them comfortable 50-64 win in the end.
Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) led the winning side with 19 points and 10 rebounds in this game. Vivian Frieson (183-F-88, college: Gonzaga) and Brittany Smart (175-G-85, college: Cedarville) added 18 points apiece, while the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. On the other side, Felicia Nekmouche (175-G-83, college: Bradley) and Kristina Tattersdill (186-F/C-83) stood out with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Sallen: Felicia Nekmouche 12, Kristina Tattersdill 11
Kvarnby: Petra Glaser 19+10 boards, Vivian Frieson 18, Brittany Smart 18+11 boards


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LNA Round 10: Helios defeats Fribourg in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 most important game was a victory of Helios over their biggest opponent Fribourg 71-54 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Fribourg. Worth to mention a great performance of Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Hungarian forward Ildiko Szakacs (187-81) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agent: Yves Lejeune) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Fribourg. Fribourg's coach Romain Gaspoz rotated eleven players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. Helios (10-0) has a solid series of ten victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Fribourg keeps the second position with 8-2 record. Helios is looking forward to face Hope-GBA (#7) in Bernex in the next round where they are favorites. Fribourg will play at home against Riva Basket (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Riva Basket (6-4) which hosted Basel (5-5). Third ranked Riva Basket had an easy defeat 78-62 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Basel. American players dominated the game. Forward Heather Bowman (188-88, college: Gonzaga, agent: Yves Lejeune) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Traci Edwards chipped in 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Riva Basket did not change their third position in the standings. Basel dropped to the fifth position. Riva Basket's will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basel will play against Nyon and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also a 28-point tough home defeat of 7th ranked Nyon in a game versus Pully (#4) 70-98. Pully (6-4) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Riva Basket. Nyon dropped to the last position with 1-9 record. They have the same record like Hope-GBA. Pully will meet Highflyers (#6) in the next round. Nyon will play against Basel.
We should not miss a road victory of seventh ranked Nyon (1-9) over 6th ranked Highflyers (3-7) 54-50. Hillary Klimowicz fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Nyon (1-9) celebrated their first victory after nine consecutive losses, while for Highflyers it was their fifth loss in a row. They did not change their seventh position in the standings. Highflyers keeps the sixth position. Nyon's opponent will be higher ranked Basel on the road in the next round.

In the last game of round 10 Pully beat Hope-GBA on the road 73-68.


Helios - Fribourg 71-54

Round 10 most important game was a victory of Helios over their biggest opponent Fribourg 71-54 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Fribourg. Worth to mention a great performance of Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Hungarian forward Ildiko Szakacs (187-81) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agent: Yves Lejeune) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Lisa Mazzocchi (170-90) added 8 points respectively for Fribourg. Fribourg's coach Romain Gaspoz rotated eleven players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. Helios (10-0) has a solid series of ten victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Fribourg keeps the second position with 8-2 record. Helios is looking forward to face Hope-GBA (#7) in Bernex in the next round where they are favorites. Fribourg will play at home against Riva Basket (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Sdent Helios Basket: I.Szakacs 19+5reb+4ast, D.Sissoko 18+9reb+2ast, C.Turin 16+1reb+4ast, J.Michaux 7+2reb+6ast, F.Cochand 7+5reb+1ast, N.Clement 4+3reb
BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket: C.Trahan 21+11reb+1ast, P.Winkler 10+2reb, L.Mazzocchi 8+4reb+2ast, M.Sabo 7+1reb, M.Milenkovic 2+1reb, L.Thalmann 2+6reb+2ast
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Nyon - Pully 70-98

An interesting game was also a 28-point tough home defeat of 7th ranked Nyon in a game versus Pully (#4) 70-98. Pully (6-4) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Riva Basket. Nyon dropped to the last position with 1-9 record. They have the same record like Hope-GBA. Pully will meet Highflyers (#6) in the next round. Nyon will play against Basel.
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Hope-GBA - Pully 68-73

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Pully (6-4) beat 7th ranked Hope-GBA (1-9) in Bernex 73-68. It was a very good performance for American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 19 re