EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/7/2010

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  ABA   


SETX Mavericks hold #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association has just released its Power Rankings for Week #4 and the SETX Mavericks held onto the #1 ranking followed closely by the new 7 City Knights playing in Williamsburg, VA. 'While this is week #4, actually it's the first week of the regular season with the previous games in November being 'early start' games,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We've made a major change this week in that only teams that have played at least one game have been ranked, though we know that the rankings will change once the last few teams get started this week.'

1. SETX Mavericks
2. 7 City Knights
3. Jersey Express
4. Colorado Kings
5. Oklahoma Stallions
6. San Diego SURF
7. Modesto Hawks
8. Seattle Mountaineeers
9. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
10. East Bay Pitbulls
11. Nortrh Dallas Vandals
12. Bay Area Matrix
13. Sacramento Heatwave
14. Gulf Coast Flash
15. North Texas Fresh
16. West Virginia Blazers
17. Los Angeles Slam
18. Jacksonville Giants
19. Las Vegas Aces
20. Heartland Prowl
21. San Diego Sol
22. Chicago Steam
23. San Francisco Rumble
24. T- Detroit Hoops, Lake Michigan Admirals. Columbus Diesel

:'And we know that Kentucky, East Kentucky, Lafayette, and several others are very tough teams so we anticipate lots of changes every week,' added Newman. For more information, visit www.abalive.com


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 0-0 
 2. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 3. Texas RR 0-0 
Gulf Coast
 1. Cypress 0-0 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 0-0 
 3. Houston Red S. 0-0 
 4. Lafayette U. 0-0 
 5. Mobile Bay H. 0-0 
 6. SE Texas M. 0-0 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 2. Charlotte 0-0 
 3. College Park 0-0 
 4. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 5. Georgia G. 0-0 
 6. Georgia K 0-0 
 7. Seven Cities 0-0 
NoCal
 1. Bay Area M. 0-0 
 2. California SK 0-0 
 3. Clayton 0-0 
 4. E.Bay Pitbulls 0-0 
 5. S.Francisco R. 0-0 
 6. Sacramento H. 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 0-0 
 2. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 3. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 4. Indianapolis 0-0 
 5. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 6. Lake Michigan 0-0 
 7. NWI M.Stars 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 0-0 
 2. Maryland M. 0-0 
 3. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 4. NY Thunder 0-0 
 5. S.Jersey 0-0 
 6. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 0-0 
SoCal
 1. Compton C. 0-0 
 2. LA Slam 0-0 
 3. Las Vegas A. 0-0 
 4. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 5. Riverside R. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. San Diego S. 0-0 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 0-0 
 2. Indiana Diesel 0-0 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. St. Louis 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Bahama PS 0-0 
 2. Columbus Life 0-0 
 3. Florida Makos 0-0 
 4. Florida Th. 0-0 
 5. H.Prowl 0-0 
 6. Jacksonville 0-0 
 7. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 8. Savannah Storm 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 2. N.Texas F. 0-0 
 3. North Dallas 0-0 
 4. Oklahoma 0-0 
 5. Piedmont 0-0 
 6. Texas Fuel 0-0 
 7. W.Texasbank W. 0-0 


Hoops defeat Gem City Hall of Famers - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Detroit Hoops beat the Dayton Gem City Hall of Famers 143 - 97 on this past weekend, with 24 pts. and 10 reb. from 2010 ABA All Star Center Eric Parker (6'8''-F/C, college: Wayne St., MI). The Hoops also got 23 pts. and from their new rookie sensation Marvin Walker (Schoolcraft CC), The New 'Sky Walker' of the ABA. 'This kid is 21 years old and truely walks above the rim!' said President/CEO Gerald Watson II . DeMarcus Berry (6'4''-F-84, college: Siena Heights), shooting guard (Siena Heights University) was third in scoring with 21 pts.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic League round 10 best performance: Michael Lee - by Eurobasket News
American forward Michael Lee (207-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Radnicki Kragujevac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Hemofarm (#1, 6-4) 88-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Radnicki to consolidate first place in the Adriatic League . Radnicki 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 5-5 record. In the team's last game Lee had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Radnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Michael Lee has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.3ppg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of league's second-best KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. Zoric had a very good evening with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Of course KK Zagreb CO cruised to a 82-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Union Olimpija (6-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. KK Zagreb CO consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Zoric is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb CO and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#5). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje's star - American guard Alex Renfroe (190-G-86). Renfroe showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of KK Zagreb CO, helping his team with a 82-75 win against #1 ranked Union Olimpija in a game of the week. KK Zagreb CO needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Renfroe has a very solid season. In 9 games in Adriatic League he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 3.4apg and FGP: 69.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Cibona - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Milan Macvan (205-F-89) of Hemofarm - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Cedevita - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Buducnost - 20 points and 8 rebounds
8. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Siroki TT - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita - 19 points and 3 assists
10. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Studenti 7-0 
 2. SK Tirana 6-1 
 3. Valbona 4-2 
 4. U.A.T. 2-5 
 5. Vllaznia Shk. 1-6 
 6. Skenderbeu 0-6 


Simon Ivezaj moves to Kamza Basket - by Liridon Iberdemaj
Montenegro-born Albanian guard Simon Ivezaj will come back to play in the Albanian Basketball Championship. The former Studenti Tirana, Valbona, Partizani Tirana and Skenderbeu Korce player has reached an agreement with the team of Kamza Basket (formerly Valbona), a team with which he won everything in Albanian basketball in the 2006-07 season when they took the Albanian League, Albanian Cup and the Super Cup.
Ivezaj is considered a good transfer for Kamza Basket who has high ambitions this season, in their first season with a new name and now relocated to one of biggest Tiranas suburb neighborhoods.


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  ANGOLA   


Petro de Luanda roster - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Atletico Petroleos de Luanda roster, 2010/11:

Carlos Morais (190-G-85)
Paulo Santana (183-G-84, college: Southeastern CC)
Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.)
Divaldo Mbunga
Miguel Kiala (198-C-90)
Idelfonso Kiteculo
Yuri Suingue
Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist)
Romenigue Sambo
Paulo Barros (197-F-89)
Cedrick Isome
Helder Goncalves (191-F-89)
Vlademir Pontes
Denilson Coelho


Pedro Antonio

Head Coach: Alberto Babo

The Atletico Petroleos de Luanda has jos won the MPLA Cup, against 1 de Agosto, Interclube and Recreativo Libolo.




Interclube roster - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Grupo Desportivo Interclube de Luanda roster, season 2010/11:

Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79)
Lifetu Selengue (202-C-76)
Jose Nascimento (196-F-79)
Shannon Crocks
Luis Costa (193-F-78)
Euclides Camacho (192-F-80)
Edmundo Ventura (182-G)
Simao Panzo (188-G-77)
Wilson da Mata (205-C-81)
Jorge Tati (197-F-83)
Muamba Ilunga
Yubi Major
John Waller (193-F-82, college: ODU)

Head Coach: Jose Carlos Guimaraes

The team, lead by SL Benfica and Angola National team legend, will be fighting to reach the top in the Angolan League.


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga B 2010/11 rosters: group centre - by Facundo Iatzky
Ramos Mejia Lawn Tennis

Juan Alzaga
Alejandro Carceller
Matias Cuello
Leandro Heffes
Facundo Lapadula
Luciano Massarelli (178-G-93)
Gabriel Menza
Javier Montero (200-F/C-71)
Facundo Pavon
Kevin Jerez Pilotti
Maximiliano Segon
Martin Zekas (200-F/C-87)

Los Indios Moreno

Matias Bertoglio
Leandro Di Battista
Gaston Garcia (177-G-84)
Diego Garcia Merlo
Nicolas Greco (198-F-86)
Francisco Guerrero
Javier Lopez (196-F-84)
Hugo Maldonado
Nicolas Mendyk (195-G-87)
Rodrigo Monier (185-G-86)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
Hernan Reinoso
Leonardo Rodriguez (183-G-84)

Rosario Central:

Diego Abaca
Mariano Allegranza (196-F-78)
Ignacio Barturen
Esteban Capello
Diego Crocce (200-F/C-81)
Sebastian Garnero
Leonardo La Bella (180-G-86)
Juan Pablo Luppo
Facundo Nunez (177-G-85)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Marcelo Piuma (196-F-83)
Maximiliano Rios (185-G-81, college: Clayton St.)



Tomas de Rocamora

Franco Antonellini (202-C-89)
Jorge Chahab (180-G-83)
Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87)
Adolfo Garcia Barros
Matias Novello (198-C-84)
Abel Pascual (186-F-84)
Agustin Richard
Horacio Rigada (191-F-89)
Federico Salvarredy
Mauro Sierra (198-F/C-80)

Velez Sarsfield

Matias Aluzzo (176-G-84)
Nicolas Ballicora (198-F/C-81)
Diego Belvedere (184-G-75)
Juan Ignacio Catalano (192-G-90)
Diego Eiguren (183-G-81)
Gaston Gianelli
Guillermo Govatti
Ezequiel Lopez (198-F-78)
Andres Molteno (190-G-86)
Fernando Podesta (204-C-92)
Ruben Runke (195-C-79)
Nicolas Suarez (200-C-74)

sport club:

Francisco Aguilar
Walter Cordero (192-F-80)
Cristian Corsini (188-G-74)
Lucas de la Fuente
Diego Figueredo
Andres Gambone (177-G-85)
Mauricio Hedman (208-F-70)
Juan Pablo Manzone (190-F-78)
Maximiliano Reale
Javier Scheines (204-F-85)
Juan Ignacio Varas (194-G-87)





Joshua Pittman and his experience in Argentina - by Joshua Pittman
Hello to all! I am Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) I am currently playing professional basketball in Argentina. In the upcoming weeks I will be blogging about my experiences in the country, the style of play, team progress, and other different aspects concerning international basketball. I am currently playing for Club Obras Sanitarias in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fortunately Obras is a very serious Club that takes care of its players. Ask any basketball player in the world and they would tell you seriousness and a professional attitude from a Club is the most important aspect. God bless, we are off to the best start in Club history with an 11-2 record. I have the opportunity to play with two outstanding young players from the Argentine National team in Junior Cequiera and Juan Gutierrez. We have a solid blend of youth and experience. The majority of the experience come from William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) (a street ball legend from NY) and myself. We just have to keep working hard under the leadership of one of the best coaches in the country, Julio Lamas, and we will accomplish great things this season. I am going to wrap it for now because its time to hit the hardwood for a tough practice, Tune in next week for more news. Peace, love, and happiness to all!!!!

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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


Round 10: Philip.Patriots is upset by Satria Muda - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 10 in ASEAN League took place in between Satria Muda and Philippine Patriots. It ended with Satria Muda beating Philippine Patriots at home court. Filipino forward Francis Adriano (188-75) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds. Satria Muda's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Junjun Cabatu (193-84) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Philip.Patriots (6-4) added third loss to their record. Thanks to that win Satria Muda moved-up to fifth place. Philip.Patriots keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with KL Dragons. Satria Muda is looking forward to face higher ranked Singapore S. (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Philip.Patriots will play against the league's second-placed KL Dragons and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game worth to mention is the victory of Thailand Slammers over Singapore Slingers. A great performance of American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Kuete contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marcus Skinner (201-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Singapore S. Thailand S. has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Singapore S. dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Thailand S.'s will play against higher ranked KL Dragons in the next round. Singapore S. will play against Satria Muda (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 10 Barracudas was defeated by KL Dragons in a road game 95-87.
The best stats of 10th round was 30 points and 17 rebounds by Christopher Garnett of Brunei Barracudas.


Satria Muda - Philip.Patriots 82-78

The biggest surprise of round 10 in ASEAN League took place in between Top Four teams. It ended with Satria Muda beating Philippine Patriots at home court. Filipino forward Francis Adriano (188-75) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Satria Muda's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Junjun Cabatu (193-84) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and American-Jordanian guard Rasheim Wright (194-81, college: District of Col.) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Philip.Patriots (6-4) added third loss to their record. Thanks to that win Satria Muda moved-up to fifth place. Philip.Patriots keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with KL Dragons. Satria Muda is looking forward to face higher ranked Singapore S. (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Philip.Patriots will play against the league's second-placed KL Dragons and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda Britama Jakarta: M.Morrison 22+13reb, F.Adriano 20+14reb+2ast, A.Broxsie 13+12reb+2ast, M.LEGASPIE 13+5reb, M.Wuysang 6+2reb+3ast, J.MENTE 3+1ast
Philippine Patriots: J.Cabatu 14+6reb+2ast, N.Llagas 14+2reb, E.Billones 11+1reb+2ast, B.Fernandez 9+1reb+2ast, R.Wright 8+6reb+5ast, A.Crisano 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 108606


Thailand S. - Singapore S. 77-66

Another exciting game worth to mention is the victory of Thailand Slammers over Singapore Slingers. A great performance of American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Cameroonian swingman Chris Kuete (195-83) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marcus Skinner (201-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Singapore S. Thailand S. has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Singapore S. dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Thailand S.'s will play against higher ranked KL Dragons in the next round. Singapore S. will play against Satria Muda (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Thailand Slammers: J.Dixon 22+15reb+2ast, C.Kuete 20+8reb+2ast, P.Piroon 15+1reb, F.Baguion 8+1reb+7ast, S.Gougar 4+1reb+2ast, M.Jantuma 4+2reb+1ast
Singapore Slingers: M.Skinner 24+9reb, K.Jeffers 15+11reb+1ast, L.Avenido 11+5reb+1ast, W.Jie Desmond Oh 9+3reb, W.Long Wong 3+1ast, H.Ng 2
gschID: 108607


KL Dragons - Barracudas 95-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Brunei Barracudas' (3-8) road loss to fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (6-4) 87-95. It was a very good performance for American center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian-American forward Alexander Hartman (201-85, college: Concordia (OR)) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four KL Dragons players scored in double figures. American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Chris Commons (204-84, college: USC Aiken) added 29 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Barracudas. KL Dragons has a solid three-game winning streak. Thanks to that win KL Dragons moved-up to second place. Barracudas keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Satria Muda. KL Dragons' will play against league's leader Thailand S. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Barracudas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Westsports KL Dragons: N.Miller 28+12reb+1ast, P.Cabahug 16+2reb, A.Hartman 12+2reb+7ast, A.Raymundo 12+8reb+1ast, C.Li Wei 11+4reb+1ast, R.Lingganay 8+7reb+3ast
Brunei Barracudas: C.Garnett 30+17reb+3ast, C.Commons 29+11reb+1ast, R.Williams 20+5reb+1ast, B.Faundo 4+8reb+3ast, C.Tolomia 4+4reb, M.Badri Suhaili 0
gschID: 108605




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  AUSTRALIA   


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Ervin, Hawks22.7 
 2. Redhage, Wildcats18.4 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.18.0 
 4. Williams, Tigers17.8 
 5. Worthington, Blaze17.0 
 6. Ubaka, Taipans16.4 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.0 
 8. Penney, Breakers16.0 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.1 
 10. Petrie, Blaze15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.9 
 2. Petrie, Blaze8.3 
 3. Holmes, 36ers8.1 
 4. Forman, Hawks8.0 
 5. Vukona, Breakers7.8 
 6. Greer, Tigers7.5 
 7. Knight, Wildcats7.4 
 8. Davidson, Hawks7.3 
 9. Nevill, Tigers6.9 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Saville, Hawks5.2 
 2. Williams, Tigers5.0 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.9 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.9 
 5. Carter, 36ers4.8 
 6. Cooper, Sydney K.4.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.0 
 8. DeVries, 36ers3.6 
 9. Ubaka, Taipans3.6 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Saville, Hawks2.2 
 2. Penney, Breakers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.6 
 4. Martin, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 6. Dorsey, Taipans1.3 
 7. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 9. Williams, Tigers1.0 
 10. Worthington, Blaze1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.1 
 3. Hudson, Blaze1.0 
 4. Penney, Breakers1.0 
 5. Devendorf, Tigers0.9 
 6. Corletto, Tigers0.9 
 7. Knight, Wildcats0.8 
 8. Williams, Tigers0.8 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers0.8 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats0.8 


NBL Round 8: Taipans hands second defeat to Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Hawks (7-2) recorded it's second loss in Cairns. Hawks was defeated by third ranked Taipans (6-2) 80-62. It also means that the three-game winning streak of Hawks ended. The best player for the winners was British-New Zealand guard Phill Jones (196-74) who scored 14 points. International guard Daniel Dillon (191-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Taipans' coach used a eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) produced 21 points for the guests. Taipans has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintains third position having just victory less than leader Hawks. Hawks still keep top position with two games lost. They share the position with Breakers. Taipans is looking forward to face league's second-placed Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hawks will play on the road against Sydney K. and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest point difference took place in Perth where fourth ranked Wildcats (6-4) outscored lower ranked Crocodiles (5-5) by 26 points 90-64. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Matthew Knight contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agent: Brad Ames) replied with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Crocodiles. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position. Crocodiles keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Wildcats' will play against Tigers (#8) at Melbourne in the next round. Crocodiles will play at home against Blaze and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Tigers managed to get a second victory, breaking the one-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Blaze in Melbourne 82-78. Worth to mention a great performance of Corey Williams who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris Goulding responded with 23 points. Thanks to that win Tigers moved-up to eighth place. Blaze keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Tigers will meet higher ranked Wildcats (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Blaze will play against Crocodiles and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Breakers defeated Sydney K. in Auckland 94-80. Blaze beat Sydney K. at home 85-68. Crocodiles lost to 36ers on the opponent's court 79-92.


Tigers - Blaze 82-78
Bottom-ranked Tigers managed to get a second victory, breaking the one-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Blaze in Melbourne 82-78. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Eric Devendorf (193-87, college: Syracuse) who added 18 points during the contest. International guard Chris Goulding (190-88) responded with 23 points and forward Stephen Hoare (201-75, college: N.Idaho JC) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Blaze players scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Tigers moved-up to eighth place. Blaze keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Tigers will meet higher ranked Wildcats (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Blaze will play against Crocodiles and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Melbourne Tigers: C.Williams 24+7reb+4ast, E.Devendorf 18+2reb+3ast, D.Corletto 11+2reb+1ast, C.Tragardh 8+5reb+2ast, M.Burston 8+8reb, L.Nevill 6+5reb
Gold Coast Blaze: C.Goulding 23+3reb+2ast, A.Gibson 13+2reb+7ast, M.Worthington 12+4reb+2ast, S.Hoare 10+12reb+4ast, I.Clark 10+3reb, D.Hudson 5+3reb
gschID: 117794


Wildcats - Crocodiles 90-64
The game with biggest point difference took place in Perth where fourth ranked Wildcats (6-4) outscored lower ranked Crocodiles (5-5) by 26 points 90-64. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Marymount) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Wildcats players scored in double figures. American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agent: Brad Ames) replied with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Crocodiles. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position. Crocodiles keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Wildcats' will play against Tigers (#8) at Melbourne in the next round. Crocodiles will play at home against Blaze and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Perth Wildcats: C.Tovey 18+8reb+5ast, M.Knight 18+7reb+1ast, D.Williamson 12+1reb, S.Redhage 11+4reb+3ast, K.Lisch 7+1reb, B.Robbins 7+1reb+1ast
Townsville Crocodiles: P.Crawford 13+5reb, B.Allen 12+6reb, W.Blalock 11+5reb+6ast, L.Schenscher 8+3reb, T.Blanchfield 7+2reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 117795


Sydney K. - Breakers 80-94
There was no surprise when 9th ranked Sydney K. (1-7) was defeated at home by second ranked Breakers (7-2) 94-80. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC, agent: Zeev Gross) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists and Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Breakers' coach allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sydney K. (1-7) added seventh loss to their record. Thanks to that win Breakers become a new league leader, which they share with Hawks. Sydney K. keeps the bottom place with seven games lost. Breakers will meet at home Taipans (#3) in the next round. Sydney K. will play against the league's leader Hawks (#1).
Top scorers:
New Zealand Breakers: C.Bruton 23+1reb+5ast, K.Penney 16+8reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 16+7reb+1ast, M.Vukona 14+10reb+1ast, K.Braswell 8+3reb+7ast, A.Pledger 7+5reb
Sydney Kings: P.Sanders 20+5reb+3ast, B.Madgen 19+3reb, J.Khazzouh 17+12reb+5ast, T.McCullough 10+4reb+2ast, L.Martin 5+1reb+1ast, B.Knight 4+7reb
gschID: 117796


Blaze - Sydney K. 85-68
No shocking result in a game in Broadbeach where seventh ranked Blaze (3-6) defeated 9th ranked Sydney K. (1-7) 85-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) who added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Blaze players scored in double figures. International center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Graeme Dann (204-83) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Sydney K.'s coach Ian Robilliard rotated ten players, but that didn't help them to avoid huge defeat. Sydney K. (1-7) added sixth loss to their record. Blaze maintains seventh position. Sydney K. keeps the bottom place with seven games lost. Blaze will meet higher ranked Crocodiles in the next round. Sydney K. will play against Hawks and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Blaze: I.Clark 29+7reb, C.Goulding 13+4reb+4ast, M.Worthington 12+12reb+5ast, A.Gibson 11+5reb+4ast, D.Hudson 8+4reb+3ast, S.Gleeson 5
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 22+9reb+1ast, P.Sanders 13+1reb+2ast, G.Dann 10+5reb+2ast, T.McCullough 9+7reb, B.Madgen 7+5reb+1ast, L.Martin 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 117791


36ers - Crocodiles 92-79
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Findon where 5th ranked Crocodiles (5-5) was defeated by sixth ranked 36ers (3-5) 92-79. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agent: Brad Ames) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agent: Brad Ames) scored 15 points. Four Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. 36ers maintains sixth position. Crocodiles keeps the fifth place with five games lost. 36ers will meet higher ranked Hawks in the next round. Crocodiles will play against Blaze and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Ballinger 18+8reb+2ast, D.Johnson 14+6reb+1ast, T.DeVries 11+2reb+1ast, J.Dowdell 11+2reb, R.Carter 8+2reb+8ast, M.Creek 7+1reb+1ast
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 15+12reb+3ast, W.Blalock 15+3reb+3ast, M.Cedar 13+2reb+1ast, P.Crawford 12+2reb+1ast, R.Hinder 8+3reb+1ast, G.Freeman 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117792


Taipans - Hawks 80-62
Top ranked Hawks (7-2) recorded it's second loss in Cairns. Hawks was defeated by third ranked Taipans (6-2) 80-62. It also means that the three-game winning streak of Hawks ended. The best player for the winners was British-New Zealand guard Phill Jones (196-74) who scored 14 points. International guard Daniel Dillon (191-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Taipans players scored in double figures. Taipans' coach used a eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) produced 21 points and center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Taipans has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintains third position having just victory less than leader Hawks. Hawks still keep top position with two games lost. They share the position with Breakers. Taipans is looking forward to face league's second-placed Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hawks will play on the road against Sydney K. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Loughton 15+2reb+1ast, P.Jones 14+4reb+3ast, D.Rychart 11+4reb, I.Crosswhite 10+6reb, A.Ubaka 8+2reb+5ast, R.Dorsey 7+4reb+2ast
Hawks: G.Ervin 21+2reb+2ast, L.Davidson 15+4reb+1ast, G.Saville 9+7reb+3ast, M.Campbell 5+3reb+3ast, T.Behrendorff 5+2reb, T.Coenraad 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117793




Sidney Kings released Taj McCullough - by Emiliano
Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop) has been released by the Sydney Kings. He is the second import to be released as the team build a roster to meet the expectations of the Sydney market.
Head Coach of the Sydney Kings, Ian 'Moose' Robilliard, said that the team had persevered with McCullough, hoping that he would lift his game and make a stronger contribution to the team. He said that McCullough had been given considerable leeway and a number of opportunities to improve his game, none of which had been realised to date.
'The axe fell for Taj in the game against the New Zealand Breakers on Sunday night. It was always going to be a tough game and we really needed everyone on the team to play with passion, pride, and as a team,' Robilliard said.
'In fairness to Taj, he himself acknowledged that he had not provided the necessary contribution to the team that everyone had expected,' he added.
'The Sydney fans have lost faith in Taj, and with that hanging over his head and Patrick Sanders having such a standout game after just one week of training, I have to say the tough decision was a little easier to make,' he added.
Robilliard said that the Sydney fans deserve to watch a team that fights for every possession, refuse to take a backward step, and is making an effort.
'That is the commitment I make to the fans and the team, and I want and expect the same commitment in return.
'We will reduce the minutes of players not putting in 110 percent, they are all aware that they need to lift their game, play as a team, have a hell of a lot more pride in the singlet.
'We have talked about accountability and, as a team, we have to be accountable to each other for our performance on and off the court. Case in point, Julian Khazzouh played well again. Ben Madgen, Ben Knight, and again Patrick Sanders stood up for team. It was great to see Ben Knight out on the court with so much focus; an aspect so essential to our game when building a team from scratch.
'We will renew our search for a replacement import immediately, we know what we need and we will be quite specific in finding the right player, with the right skill-set to make the Sydney Kings a competitive force for the rest of the NBL season.



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Interview with Pete Strobl - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket continues to dominate worldwide basketball coverage by providing loyal readers with player profiles, statistics, game recaps, breaking news and updates on former players. For this edition we were fortunate to catch up with former European professional Pete Strobl (206-F-77, college: Niagara) who is now a highly sought after basketball skills development coach in the United States.

Eurobasket: You spent roughly a decade traveling Europe and playing professionally for teams in France, Austria, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. What are you doing, where are you now?
Pete Strobl: I absolutely loved my time in Europe and wouldnt trade any of those experiences and memories for the world. After retiring I returned to America and settled with my family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Eurobasket: How have you adjusted to being back in the states?
Strobl: It was quite different in the beginning. I was born and raised in Los Angeles so obviously it felt normal to be speaking English again, however, there was definitely a transition period for me. I was accustomed to being in the gym twice a day, six days a week and I really missed the thrill of competition. The first few days it was nice to have a break, but that quickly subsided and there was a feeling of what now?

Eurobasket: What have you been up to since your playing days?
Strobl: Since returning Ive devoted myself to sharing my experience and knowledge of the game with hungry and driven players. I'm in the gym almost every day of the week doing private sessions and working with players to build on their strengths while addressing their weaknesses. I've also started a basketball academy for young players called The Scoring Factory and I'm absolutely thrilled with the progress that my players are making. In the summer time, several college and European pros have sought me out and Im working with them to strengthen their games as well.

Eurobasket: When you say your experiences, are you referring to your time playing in America or Europe?
Strobl: Both. I was extremely fortunate to learn from a lot of great coaches along the way. When I work with players, regardless of age or skill level, I teach a mix of both the European and American styles and philosophies. From experience, I know there are positives to be taken from each school of thought. What was once a sharp delineation between the two styles is becoming more blurred as upper level international teams rise toward the caliber of top American basketball. Even the NBA is slowly evolving into a true worldwide conglomeration with the influx of so many talented foreigners.

Eurobasket: Which coaches had the greatest influence on you?
Strobl: That's a tough question because I always tried to take at least something from every coach I've ever had. Jean Deny Choulet at Chorale de Roanne basically baptized me into the European game and taught me how to become a professional. Joe Mihalich at Niagara taught me how to take whatever struggle comes my way, and turn it into a positive. Hubert Schreiner taught me too many things to name.

Eurobasket: Which country taught you the most in terms of developing basketball talent?
Strobl: I took bits and pieces from all of them. France stands out for the passion and intensity of the game, Ireland stands out for the daily obstacles I faced in teaching youth basketball, Austria became home and I learned about continuity and proper repetition. There was something to be gained from all of my stops and believe me when I say that I took notes.

Eurobasket: How has your business grown so quickly? There's a constant stream of basketball noise coming out of Pittsburgh now and it seems like more and more players are coming to work with you.
Strobl: Word of mouth has been my best form of advertising. I strive to give all of my players exactly what they need to improve their game. Some players need a lot of physical work, some need mental work. I've found my niche in understanding how to differentiate between the two and quickly recognizing what each player needs. Because of that, players that have come to me, continue to come to me and tell their teammates, friends, and even opponents.

Eurobasket: Describe your approach. What is your teaching philosophy?
Strobl: I'm extremely positive and detail oriented. Basketball is an emotionally charged game and I learned the value of properly channeling emotions. There are going to be mistakes along the way, that's natural. A major development for young players is learning from those mistakes as quickly as possible so as not to repeat them. Players have to be continuously challenged and taken out of their comfort zone in order to reach that point where real learning happens.

Eurobasket: What are your goals? Where do you see this going?
Strobl: First and foremost, to help each player that walks onto my court. I want to have a positive effect on them as a person and I want to do everything I can to help them reach their goals as a player. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing my guys successfully take the next step and reach another level. I love to be a part of the development process in getting players to the top levels whether that is the NCAA, the European leagues or the NBA. I love the process and am enjoying every step along the way!

Eurobasket would like to thank Pete Strobl for taking the time for this interview. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors and know that the players he's working with are receiving elite physical training as well as coaching on the all important mental approach. This combination will surely arm them with the edge to help them reach their potential. Stay tuned to for future updates on former stars to the one and only Eurobasket. Your source for the latest news in European basketball!



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna28.3 
 2. Vay, Arkadia21.8 
 3. Houston, Arkadia20.9 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.20.5 
 5. Nagler, Klostern.19.9 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld18.8 
 7. Kennedy, Worth.18.1 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden18.0 
 9. Heard, Gussing16.8 
 10. Horace, Kapfenberg16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.8 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart9.4 
 3. Slack, Gmunden8.7 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.4 
 6. Klette, Wels7.9 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.8 
 8. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.8 
 9. Hampton, Furstenf.7.5 
 10. Graham, UBSC G.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.4 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.6 
 3. Danek, Arkadia7.1 
 4. Parker, Oberwart5.1 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 6. Schreiner, St.Po.4.3 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.3 
 8. Woschank, Kapfe.3.9 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.8 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.3.0 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.2.5 
 3. Slack, Gmunden2.5 
 4. Woschank, Kapfe.2.3 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.3 
 6. Fields, Wels2.2 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna2.1 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Payton, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Poiger, St.Polten1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Graham, UBSC G.2.5 
 2. Hicks, BC Vienna2.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia1.5 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.3 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 6. Hampton, Furstenf.1.1 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.9 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden0.8 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 


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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. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 6. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas16.4 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.3 
 9. Volkus, Techasas16.2 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis16.1 
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. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.7 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera7.8 
 10. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris7.7 
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. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 5. Sirvydis, Sakalai2.2 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 10. Anderson, Ventspils2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 6. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.3 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.3 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere1.0 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 8-1 
 2. Ventspils 8-2 
 3. Nevezis 7-1 
 4. TU/Rock 7-3 
 5. Rudupis 5-4 
 6. Siauliai 5-5 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 4-5 
 8. Norrkoping 4-5 
 9. Perlas 3-6 
 10. TTU/Kalev 3-7 
 11. Liepaja 2-8 
 12. Valmiera 0-9 
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 


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Premier League Round 14: Minsk-2006 defeats Grodno-93 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Premier League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left. Premier League round 14 most important game was a victory of Minsk-2006 over 3rd ranked Grodno-93 104-83. Minsk-2006 (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion (14-0) of course still keep top position in the standings. Grodno-93 keeps the third position with 9-5 record. They have the same record like OZAA Osipov. Minsk-2006 is looking forward to face Borifsen (#6) in Mogilev in the next round where they are favorite. Grodno-93 will play at home against BGUIR-RCOR and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another very easy game for OZAA Osipov. (9-5) which hosted in Osipovichi against Borifsen (5-9). Fourth ranked OZAA Osipov. crushed visitors with a record 53 points 110-57. OZAA Osipov. has a solid three-game winning streak comparing to five consecutive losses by Borifsen. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Grodno-93. Borifsen keeps the sixth position. OZAA Osipov.'s will play against bottom-ranked Vitalyur (#8) at Minsk in the next round where they are favorite. Borifsen will play on the road against the league's new leader Minsk-2006 and hope to get back on the winning track.
Important to mention another loss for outsider Vitalyur, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game versus second ranked Sozh Gomel 57-90 in Gomel. Sozh Gomel has a solid four-game winning streak comparing to fourteen consecutive losses by Vitalyur. They did not change their second position in the standings. Vitalyur still at the very bottom with 0-14 record. Sozh Gomel will meet at home Lokomotiv (#5) in the next round. Vitalyur will play against OZAA Osipov. and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 14 BGUIR-RCOR lost to Lokomotiv at home 84-72.


Sozh Gomel - Vitalyur 90-57

Important to mention another loss for outsider Vitalyur, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game versus second ranked Sozh Gomel 57-90 in Gomel. Sozh Gomel has a solid four-game winning streak comparing to fourteen consecutive losses by Vitalyur. They did not change their second position in the standings. Vitalyur still at the very bottom with 0-14 record. Sozh Gomel will meet at home Lokomotiv (#5) in the next round. Vitalyur will play against OZAA Osipov. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 115339


Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 83-104

Premier League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left. Premier League round 14 most important game was a victory of Minsk-2006 over 3rd ranked Grodno-93 104-83. Minsk-2006 (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion (14-0) of course still keep top position in the standings. Grodno-93 keeps the third position with 9-5 record. They have the same record like OZAA Osipov. Minsk-2006 is looking forward to face Borifsen (#6) in Mogilev in the next round where they are favorite. Grodno-93 will play at home against BGUIR-RCOR and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 115336


OZAA Osipov. - Borifsen 110-57

Another very easy game for OZAA Osipov. (9-5) which hosted in Osipovichi against Borifsen (5-9). Fourth ranked OZAA Osipov. crushed visitors with a record 53 points 110-57. OZAA Osipov. has a solid three-game winning streak comparing to five consecutive losses by Borifsen. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Grodno-93. Borifsen keeps the sixth position. OZAA Osipov.'s will play against bottom-ranked Vitalyur (#8) at Minsk in the next round where they are favorite. Borifsen will play on the road against the league's new leader Minsk-2006 and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 115337


BGUIR-RCOR - Lokomotiv 72-84

In the last game of round 14 BGUIR-RCOR lost to Lokomotiv at home 84-72.

gschID: 115338




Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 14-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 10-4 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 9-5 
 4. Grodno-93 9-5 
 5. Lokomotiv 6-8 
 6. Borifsen 5-9 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 3-11 
 8. Vitalyur 0-14 


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Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Verviers-Pep.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Waters, Verviers.18.3 
 2. Miller, Leuven17.7 
 3. Copeland, Aalstar17.7 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.5 
 6. Gomis, Charleroi15.8 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven15.2 
 9. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.0 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Randle, Gent9.1 
 2. Freeman, Verviers.8.3 
 3. Hilliard, Aalstar7.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege6.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven6.8 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.6 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.3 
 10. Hill, Charleroi5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.5 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.4 
 3. Waters, Verviers.4.3 
 4. Miller, Leuven3.7 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi3.5 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Hill, Charleroi3.0 
 8. Burrell, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Wright, Charleroi3.0 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.1 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende2.3 
 4. Jenkins, Liege2.3 
 5. McCauley, M.Hai.2.3 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 7. Cage, M.Hainaut2.1 
 8. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 10. Muya, Liege1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.6 
 4. Randle, Gent0.9 
 5. Tofi, Leuven0.8 
 6. Santiago, Charleroi0.8 
 7. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.6 
 9. Faison, Oostende0.5 
 10. Ebong, Oostende0.5 


D1 Round 11: Antwerp Giants loses to Okapi Aalstar in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The most interesting game of round 11 in the D1 was road a defeat of 3rd placed Antwerp Giants to first ranked Okapi Aalstar 63-76. It ended the two-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a great evening for American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agent: Jan Lugtenburg) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okapi Aalstar has an solid series of three victories in a row. They stay at first position. Antwerp Giants who is 6-4 is currently in third place as they suffered their fourth loss. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Oostende (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's second-placed M.Hainaut and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Base Oostende 77-71. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Guy Muya accounted for 17 points. American forward Will Thomas (200-86, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Base Oostende in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory allowed Belgacom Liege (2-7) to climb to eighth place. They share it with Gent. Base Oostende who is 4-6 went down to sixth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Belgacom Liege's will play against higher ranked Verviers-Pep. (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Base Oostende will play against the league's new leader Aalstar and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last two games of round 11 Verviers-Pep. lost to Charleroi on the opponent's court 79-86. Leuven managed to outperform Gent in a home game 96-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points by Adeola Dagunduro of Stella Artois Leuven Bears.


Charleroi - Verviers-Pep. 86-79
Rather expected game when 7th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (2-6) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Spirou Charleroi (5-1) 86-79. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agent: Craig McKenzie) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 9 assists and French guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) accounted for 21 points and 6 assists. American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agent: Keith Kreiter) came up with 21 points and the other American import guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for VOO Verviers-Pepinster in the defeat. The other American import guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 18 points and 4 assists for the guests. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite the victory current champion Spirou Charleroi stay at fourth position. VOO Verviers-Pepinster who is 2-6 is currently in seventh place. Spirou Charleroi's will play against Leuven (#5) at home in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Liege and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 27+4reb+9ast, J.Gomis 21+3reb+6ast, B.Greene 11+3reb+4ast, D.Broyles 8+1reb+1ast, A.Riddick 6+6reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 6+3reb+3ast
Verviers-Pep.: B.Gay 21+3reb+1ast, D.Waters 18+2reb+4ast, R.Carter 15+5reb, S.Jackson 8+3reb+1ast, A.Agudio 5+4reb, R.Freeman 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 98604


Leuven - Gent 96-89
Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Leuven Bears (4-5) defeated at home 8th ranked Optima Gent (2-7) 96-89. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) who led the winners and scored 30 points and American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) accounted for 24 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American swingman Adam Hall (196-80, college: Virginia) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agent: Side Court) added 22 points respectively for Optima Gent in the defeat. International guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agent: Side Court) added 22 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leuven Bears has an solid series of four victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Optima Gent. The victory allowed Leuven Bears (4-5) to climb to fifth place. Optima Gent who is 2-7 is currently in eighth position. Leuven Bears' will play against higher ranked Charleroi (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Optima Gent will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Stella Artois Leuven Bears: A.Dagunduro 30+4reb+2ast, B.Freeman 24+3reb, J.Tofi 16+8reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 13+3reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 9+3reb, N.Marnegrave 4+2reb+2ast
Optima Gent: L.Bosco 22+3reb+2ast, A.Hall 21+8reb+1ast, M.Rose 17+1reb, M.Randle 10+7reb+2ast, D.Emerson 7+3reb+1ast, S.Geukens 6+2reb
gschID: 98605


Liege - Oostende 77-71
Bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Base Oostende 77-71. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agent: Yves Lejeune) accounted for 17 points. Five Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. American forward Will Thomas (200-86, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) added 14 points respectively for Base Oostende in the defeat. The other American import guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) added 14 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory allowed Belgacom Liege (2-7) to climb to eighth place. They share it with Gent. Base Oostende who is 4-6 went down to sixth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Belgacom Liege's will play against higher ranked Verviers-Pep. (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Base Oostende will play against the league's new leader Aalstar and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liege: G.Muya 17+3reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 17+11reb+3ast, L.Matela 12+1reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 11+2reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 10+5reb+2ast, G.Hockins 6+3reb+1ast
Oostende: W.Thomas 21+6reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 14+1reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 11+1reb+3ast, M.Faison 8+1ast, V.Petrovic 8+5reb+1ast, C.Green 7+4reb
gschID: 98602


Aalstar - Antwerp 76-63
The most interesting game of round 11 in the D1 was road a defeat of 3rd placed Antwerp Giants to first ranked Okapi Aalstar 63-76. It ended the two-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a great evening for American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agent: Jan Lugtenburg) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78, agent: Nebojsa Ivic) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okapi Aalstar has an solid series of three victories in a row. They stay at first position. Antwerp Giants who is 6-4 is currently in third place as they suffered their fourth loss. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Oostende (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's second-placed M.Hainaut and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Generali Okapi Aalstar: C.Copeland 16+5reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 16+6reb, C.Young 12+11reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 9+3reb+3ast, T.Johnson 8+5reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 7+2reb+4ast
Antwerp Giants: R.Moors 19+2reb+2ast, G.Brown 16+12reb+1ast, T.Strickland 9+9reb, J.Mwema 7+1reb+2ast, D.Wilson 6+7reb+2ast, S.Mejri 2+2reb
gschID: 98603




Various News - by Peter Buyse
Telenet Oostende has signed young Serbian point guard Dusan Katnic (194-G-89) to a contract till the end of Jan 2011 with an option for the rest of the season.
He will serve as back-up for Mitchell till the return of Huffman. Katnic played for the Serbian U16, U18, U19 and U20 nationaal teams.
This year he played 8 games for Crvena Zvezda Beograd in the Adriatic League and averaged 7.4 ppg and 1.5 apg in 20 minutes per game.

Former Bree and Mons assistant coach Johan Roijakkers has started his new career as assistant coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA's D-League.
The team is owned by the Houston Rockets. This move reunites him with his former coach Chris Finch.



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Ermin Jazvin moves to Iraklis - by Eurobasket News
Even though he has recently left Ukrainian outfit Dnipro, Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Lanshire Group) did not have to wait long to find a new club. According to the reports from Bosnian media, Jazvin is close to sealing a move to Greece. Reportedly, Iraklis has expressed interest in the Bosnian center. It is expected that Jazivn will put a signature to contract during the day. He is seen as a good reinforcement for the team which currently finds itself in 12th place with the score 2-5.
Ermin Jazvin started his career in 1997 as member of D2 outfit Lokomotiva Mostar. Following season he was signed by Bosna Sarajevo where he played for 6 seasons. During that time he has developed his game and has become valuable member of starting five. He has helped Bosna to 1999 National Title. During his last season with Bosna in 2003, Jazvin averaged 11.2 points and 23 games. At the start of 2004-2005 season, Jazvin moved to Germany where he signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg. In his debut season he appeared in 32 games and has posted averages of 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Following year he improved his averages to 10.3 points and 6.2 boards in 33 matches. In 2006, Jazvin was on the move again this time to Greek outfit Marousi where in 16 league game he averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He earned 2-year extension with the club and has appeared in 21 league games next season, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. At the start of 2008-2009 season, Jazvin moved to Spartak Vladivostok where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 games. Last season, Jazvin played for CB Granada with whom he has signed in January of 2010.


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Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 4-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 4-1 
 3. Pitagoras/Minas 4-1 
 4. Unitri/Universo 4-1 
 5. Araldite/Univille 4-2 
 6. Vivo/Franca 3-0 
 7. BRB/Brasilia 3-1 
 8. Paulistano 3-2 
 9. Itabom/Bauru 2-3 
 10. Winner/Limeira 1-2 
 11. S.Jose/Vinac 1-3 
 12. Araraquara 1-4 
 13. Vitoria 1-5 
 14. Assis Basket 0-5 
 15. Vila Velha CETAF 0-5 


Paulistano changes centers and bring back another brazilian from Europe - by Paulo Freire
Paulistano team since the start of the season has struggled in the post position, first came the knee injury from the addition center Roberto Mafra, this time the team lost their foreign player Motnii Constantin, better known as Malic,the 2.06 tall center from Moldova was also a new peace for the season. With the loss of the two startes at center position, the team has been working with two young players, Arthur and Erick from the basic categories of the club.

According to the head coach Gustavo Conti, Malic had personal problems and asked to leave the team.

'- Constantin Motnii (206-C-87, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: American) hit a woman in Russia before coming to Brazil, and said he was having personal problems there because of this car accident.' Commented the coach.

The directors management of the team, is already moving to replace the players, trying to resolve the difficulties on facing great centers.

'- We already hired Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91), 19 years old who was in Spain. And perhaps come another young athlete who is also in Spain, we are trying to close a deal with him. ' Concluded Gustavo Conti.

Jose Jeronimo before reaching adulthood left Brazil to Europe in search of a dream. By this time he was playing in Joinville, and won a place in Santa Catarina State team and eventually got noticed by scouts from Spanish clubs.

In the 2008-2009 season he played for the aRanzauto Fiat Olivar where he averages 4.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.0 bpg, the following season he was with noMonte Ducay Olivar (5.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg) and has since been playing at the CAI Zaragoza.


Flamengo maintain perfect NBB record - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo recorded the fourth straight win at the start of the NBB season. They escaped with a narrow one-point road victory over Itabom/Bauru 81:80. Fred Santos (180-G-80) knocked down a late triple to propel the Rio De Janeiro team to yet another victory. Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) accounted for 22 points to lead the visitors. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was responsible for 19 points in the victory. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) answered with 23 points for Itabom/Bauru as they slipped at 2-3 record.
Vivo/Franca also stay undefeated. They registered the third straight win toppling Sao Jose/Vinac 82:65 at home court. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) unloaded 30 points to pace the effort. The teams were tied at 34 at halftime but Vivo/Franca stepped on the gas in the second half. They fired 48 points after the main break and ran away for the victory. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) and Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) added 16 points for the winners. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) replied with 18 points for Sao Jose/Vinac as they now have 1-3 record.
Unitri/Universo posted the fourth win as they prevailed against Viva/Velha 98:88 away from home. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) and Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) accounted for 23 points each to lead the effort.
Pinheiros/Sky surprised Joinville 94:93 on the road to reach 4-1 record. Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84) came up with 28 points to lead the visitors. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) contributed 25 points in the win. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) had 29 points for Joinville.



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Brunei NT defeated Vietnam 87-83 - by Ozell Wells
THE national basketball team defeated Vietnam 87-83 to grab their first win in their Group B match of the Third China-Asean Men's Basketball Invitational tournament at Pingguo County, Guangxi, China last night.

Marjomar Aying scored a game-high to 29 points to lift the national cagers to a win. Teammates Don Mordeno chipped in 25 points and Liang Wei contributed 11 points.

Two players on the roster also claimed a double-double, Benjamin Sim with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Zainul Hussin with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Nguyen Van Ngoan top-scored for the Vietnamese with 27 points, while compatriots Trinh Nhan Duc and Mai Viet Ngoc Luan added 17 points and 12 points respectively in the loss.

Leaving it late to their final group stage match to claim a win, national basketball coach Kevin Reece attributed the win to the players starting to gel.

'The consistency of Ben Sim contributing a double-double in each game thus far, along with his poise leadership and determination, the assistance of the imports finally settling in, and with the two locals' (Zainul and Liang Wei) double-doubles, it gave us stability and made it easier for the team and other players to contribute to the level that we expected,' said the 50-year-old.

'The key components to our victory was more ball movement, good half-court defence and the shared instinct of wanting and needing to win. To be honest, we were more comfortable playing with other teams of the same height, but not taking anything away from Vietnam because they were very tough opponents and it proved to be a dogfight to the end.

'This is another great experience for our young players and continue for the team to bond and prove in the international play,' added Reece.

Both teams were level on points in the first (25-25) and second quarters (44-44).

Yet at the end of the third quarter, the Sultanate had opened up a 67-60 lead before promptly winning the match 87-83.

With the sole victory, Brunei have earned the right to battle Macau today. It will determine who will contest for the 5th and 6th place match tomorrow.

The losing side will find themselves battling in the 7th and 8th placing match instead.

Either sides will take on Malaysia or Vietnam, who are also in the same situation.

Undefeated Group A and Group B winners, the Philippines and Guangxi have progressed to the semi-finals, joined by Hong Kong and Thailand.

Winless Singapore, who suffered four consecutive defeats, are already knocked off from the tournament.-Amir Amin

The Brunei Times



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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 8: Balkan defeats Tundja in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 8 was a very close only three-point road defeat of 7th ranked Tundja to third ranked Balkan 74-77. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 13 points during the contest. Slovenian forward Simon Finzgar (196-80, agent: Gasper Bizjak) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Tundja (2-6) added fifth loss to their record. Despite the victory Balkan (5-3) stays at third position having just six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja who is 2-6 is currently in seventh place. Balkan is looking forward to face Chernomorets (#5) in Burgas in the next round. Tundja will play at home against Rilski Sportist and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Second-ranked Levski had no problems on the court of Chernomorets (#5) in Burgas. Levski (7-1) outscored Chernomorets (3-5) with a record 38 points 109-71. The winners were led by American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agent: Jamie Knox) who scored that evening 28 points and 4 assists and Gjorgji Cekovski who supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by the former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski (7-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets who is 3-5 is currently in fourth place as they suffered their fifth loss. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Lukoil Academik.
League top team - Lukoil Academik (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Spartak in Pleven 103-68. The best player for the winners was Bozidar Avramov who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Todor Todorov produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the change for the coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak comparing to three consecutive losses by Spartak. Current champion Lukoil Academik stay at first position. Spartak who is 1-7 is currently on the bottom place. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski.

In the last game of round 8 Cherno More lost to Rilski Sportist on the opponent's court 82-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Ivan Lilov of Rilski Sportist Samokov.


Balkan - Tundja 77-74
The most interesting game of round 8 was a very close only three-point road defeat of 7th ranked Tundja to third ranked Balkan 74-77. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 13 points during the contest. Slovenian forward Simon Finzgar (196-80, agent: Gasper Bizjak) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Pavel Marinov (197-88, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tundja players scored in double figures. Tundja (2-6) added fifth loss to their record. Despite the victory Balkan (5-3) stays at third position having just six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja who is 2-6 is currently in seventh place. Balkan is looking forward to face Chernomorets (#5) in Burgas in the next round. Tundja will play at home against Rilski Sportist and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Tundja: P.Marinov 17+5reb, S.Finzgar 15+6reb+2ast, M.Durchev 14+1reb, S.Govedarov 12+5reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 6+5reb, I.Cvetkovic 4+5reb
Balkan: J.Bozov 22+7reb+4ast, K.Doychinov 13+3reb, J.Gonner 12+2reb+3ast, D.Filipov 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 98276


Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 89-82
There was a minor upset in Samokov where one of their biggest challengers Euroins Cherno More (3-5) was defeated by sixth ranked Rilski Sportist (3-5) 89-82. The best player for the winners was international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agent: Ivan Asanin) who scored 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzhovski (189-84, agent: Goran Gramatikov) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agent: Jamie Knox) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Alexander Yanev (203-90, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The victory allowed Rilski Sportist (3-5) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Cherno More and Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist will meet Tundja (#7) in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Spartak and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Euroins Cherno More: 20+8reb, A.Yanev 14+8reb+4ast, P.Alexiev 12+4reb+4ast, I.Kasabov 9+3reb+3ast, S.Mihaylov 8+4reb, N.Kolev 8+6reb
Rilski Sportist Samokov: I.Lilov 37+5reb+1ast, D.Karadzhovski 23+2reb+5ast, A.Gruev 9+2reb+8ast, D.Marojevic 8+4reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 5+6reb, B.Boev 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98277


Chernomorets - Levski 71-109
Second-ranked Levski had no problems on the court of Chernomorets (#5) in Burgas. Levski (7-1) outscored Chernomorets (3-5) with a record 38 points 109-71. The winners were led by American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agent: Jamie Knox) who scored that evening 28 points and 4 assists and FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgji Cekovski (202-79, agent: Arik Krayn) who supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Levski players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by the former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. The former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville) added 15 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski (7-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets who is 3-5 is currently in fourth place as they suffered their fifth loss. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Lukoil Academik.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: S.Naydenov 15+2reb+2ast, P.Lauderdale 13+6reb+3ast, D.Roshmanov 11+4reb+1ast, K.Koev 8+2reb, T.Ivanov 8+7reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 8+5reb+5ast
Levski: A.Harper 28+1reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 16+8reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 14+7reb, S.Slaveikov 12, J.Crowe 12+4reb+8ast, D.Cole 11+5reb
gschID: 98278


Spartak - Lukoil Academik 68-103
League top team - Lukoil Academik (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Spartak in Pleven 103-68. The best player for the winners was international guard Bozidar Avramov (196-90, agent: Arturo Ortega) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Alexander Diakovski (185-82) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the change for the coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak comparing to three consecutive losses by Spartak. Current champion Lukoil Academik stay at first position. Spartak who is 1-7 is currently on the bottom place. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski.
Top scorers:
Spartak: A.Diakovski 17+1reb+4ast, T.Todorov 15+8reb, V.Georgiev 13+1reb+1ast, I.Stankov 9+3reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 7+2reb+4ast, K.Hristov 3+1reb+1ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Avramov 16+8reb+4ast, D.James 15+2reb+8ast, K.Kambala 14+5reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 12+2reb, B.Bowman 11+7reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 10+1ast
gschID: 98275




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A1 Round 9: Undefeated KK Split loses their first game against Borik Puntamika - by Eurobasket News
A1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season (first stage) and there are still another 9 rounds left. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked KK Split (7-2) in Zadar. KK Split was rolled over by second ranked Borik Puntamika (6-3) 83-59. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of KK Split ended. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91) stepped up and scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Marino Jurjevic (193-84) chipped in 16 points. Borik Puntamika's coach Neven Plantak felt such comfortable that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Despite the victory Borik Puntamika stay at second position having just two points less than leader KK Split. This loss did not change KK Split's (7-2) top position in the standings as they suffered their second loss. Borik Puntamika is looking forward to face Darda (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Split will play against Dubrovnik (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Alkar Sinj's (#3) 17-point home victory against 4th placed Zabok 91-74. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Ante Delas accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. Forward Ivan Perincic (208-77, agent: Nebojsa Ivic) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Zabok in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Alkar Sinj has an solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed Alkar Sinj (6-3) who are in their first very successful season in the A1 to climb to second place. They share it with Borik. Zabok who is 4-5 went down to sixth position as they suffered their fifth loss. Alkar Sinj's will play against Svjetlost (#4) at Slavonski Brod in the next round. Zabok will play on the road against Trogir and hope to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Svjetlost won against Dubrava on the opponent's court 95-88. Trogir unfortunately lost to Dubrovnik in a home game 76-85. Kvarner 2010 managed to beat Darda on the road 67-63.


Dubrava - Svjetlost 88-95
Very expected game in Zagreb where 8th ranked Dubrava (3-6) was defeated by fourth ranked Svjetlost (5-4) 95-88. Forward Filip Vukicevic (203-88) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Srdan Helbich (205-76) accounted for 26 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Dario Saric (205-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) added 22 points respectively for Dubrava in the defeat. Guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) added 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite the victory Svjetlost stay at fourth position. Dubrava who is 3-6 is currently in eighth place as they suffered their sixth loss. Svjetlost's will play against higher ranked Alkar Sinj (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrava will play against Kvarner 2010 (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Dubrava Zagreb: D.Basic 22+3reb+2ast, D.Saric 20+12reb+5ast, N.Primorac 14+5reb+3ast, N.Garma 12+6reb+2ast, R.Rikic 9+3reb, V.Nakic 9+4reb
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod: S.Helbich 26+7reb+3ast, M.Karlovic 24+1reb, F.Vukicevic 16+21reb, O.Misic 15+2reb+4ast, M.Kljaic 7+3reb, A.Sarac 5+3ast
gschID: 107733


Alkar Sinj - Zabok 91-74
Very significant was Alkar Sinj's (#3) 17-point home victory against 4th placed Zabok 91-74. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Ante Delas (201-88) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. Four Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Forward Ivan Perincic (208-77, agent: Nebojsa Ivic) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and forward Robert Lez (200-79) added 13 points respectively for Zabok in the defeat. Forward Robert Lez (200-79) added 13 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Alkar Sinj has an solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed Alkar Sinj (6-3) who are in their first very successful season in the A1 to climb to second place. They share it with Borik. Zabok who is 4-5 went down to sixth position as they suffered their fifth loss. Alkar Sinj's will play against Svjetlost (#4) at Slavonski Brod in the next round. Zabok will play on the road against Trogir and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zabok: I.Tomeljak 14+1reb+2ast, R.Lez 13+3reb+2ast, I.Perincic 11+8reb, A.Krapic 9+8reb+1ast, I.Peklaric 9, R.Rogic 6+4ast
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 29+18reb, A.Delas 17+2reb+7ast, Z.Zupic 13+9reb+3ast, A.Bilobrk 10+2reb+1ast, A.Anzulovic 7+1reb, M.Modric 5+1ast
gschID: 107734


Trogir - Dubrovnik 76-85
Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Dubrovnik (5-4) defeated on the road 9th ranked Trogir (3-6) 85-76. Swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) accounted for 20 points and 6 assists. Guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Luka Zitko (201-81) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Trogir in the defeat. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Dubrovnik and five Trogir players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Dubrovnik (5-4) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Svjetlost. Trogir who is 3-6 is currently in eighth position. Dubrovnik's will play against league's leader KK Split at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trogir will play against Zabok (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Trogir ZP: N.Gaurina 18+6reb, L.Zitko 16+5reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 14+1reb+5ast, J.Lozancic 13+6reb+2ast, T.Vitali 11+9reb+2ast, M.Diminic 4+2reb+1ast
KK Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 22+9reb+1ast, N.Dosen 20+4reb+6ast, A.Blesic 15+5reb+4ast, A.Vranjes 13+6reb+3ast, V.Soko 8+1reb+2ast, M.Lucic 7
gschID: 107735


Borik - KK Split 83-59
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked KK Split (7-2) in Zadar. KK Split was rolled over by second ranked Borik Puntamika (6-3) 83-59. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of KK Split ended. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91) stepped up and scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Marino Jurjevic (193-84) chipped in 16 points. Borik Puntamika's coach Neven Plantak felt such comfortable that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Luka Babic (200-91) scored 13 points. Despite the victory Borik Puntamika stay at second position having just two points less than leader KK Split. This loss did not change KK Split's (7-2) top position in the standings as they suffered their second loss. Borik Puntamika is looking forward to face Darda (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Split will play against Dubrovnik (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 18+11reb+2ast, L.Babic 13+1ast, T.Katic 8+1reb, A.Grgurevic 7+4reb, S.Subotic 5+3reb+5ast, F.Najev 4
Borik: I.Mikulic 18+2reb+3ast, M.Jurjevic 16+1reb+1ast, M.Cakarun 10+3reb, P.Maric 9+3reb, J.Skific 8+4reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 6+5reb
gschID: 107731


Darda - Kvarner 2010 63-67
Not a big story in a game in Darda where 10th ranked Vrijednosnice OS (2-7) was defeated by seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (4-5) 67-63. Guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) nailed 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side and center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Vrijednosnice OS in the defeat. Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory allowed Kvarner 2010 (4-5) who are in their first season in the A1 to climb to sixth place. They share it with Zabok. Vrijednosnice OS who is 2-7 is currently in tenth position as they suffered their seventh loss. Kvarner 2010's will play against Dubrava (#8) at Zagreb in the next round. Vrijednosnice OS will play on the road against the league's second-placed Borik and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Darda: I.Krolo 20+14reb+2ast, B.Ivan 17+3reb, Z.Ridl 10+11reb+4ast, D.Katavic 9+4reb, L.Cutuk 4+2reb+1ast, D.Meznaric 3+3reb
Kvarner 2010: R.Jugo 17+2reb+7ast, B.Ragsdale 13+6reb, M.Poscic 13+6reb+2ast, S.Jankovic 7+1ast, H.Pervan 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 5+3reb
gschID: 107732




A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 7-2 
 2. Borik 6-3 
 3. Alkar Sinj 6-3 
 4. Svjetlost 5-4 
 5. Dubrovnik 5-4 
 6. Zabok 4-5 
 7. Kvarner 2010 4-5 
 8. Dubrava 3-6 
 9. Trogir 3-6 
 10. Darda 2-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO
 4. Zadar


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Saric, Dubrava17.9 
 2. Zitko, Trogir17.8 
 3. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 4. Sobin, KK Split17.0 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik15.8 
 6. Basic, Dubrava15.7 
 7. Helbich, Svjetlost15.5 
 8. Jugo, Kvarner 201015.4 
 9. Ceskovic, Trogir14.9 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 6. Krolo, Darda7.0 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost6.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
 9. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.0 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rudolf JUGO
  Kvarner 2010
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.9 
 2. Misic, Svjetlost4.5 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Delas, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Sarac, Svjetlost4.0 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 7. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.3 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.1 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik3.0 
 10. Subotic, KK Split2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ozren MISIC
  Svjetlost
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Misic, Svjetlost2.5 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.4 
 3. Petani, Borik2.0 
 4. Swift, Darda1.9 
 5. Skific, Borik1.9 
 6. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.8 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split1.8 
 10. Saric, Dubrava1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.8 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Sobin, KK Split1.3 
 4. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.2 
 5. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 6. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 8. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 9. Karac, Dubrovnik1.0 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


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A look at the games - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Apoel 76 - Etha 75
In a thrilling game Apoel advanced to 6-1 after beating Etha 76-75. Kalaitzis led Apoel with 17 pts, Davis had 16 and Hanavan 15 pts. For Etha that fought the game equally, King and Tutt led their team with 21 pts.

Keravnos 78 - Aek 75
In another thrilling game Keravnos rolled past Aek 78-75 on Sunday night and has also advanced to 6-1. The game was very close but Keravnos managed to get the victory by being more concentrated at the end.
For the winners, Cummings led his team with 18 pts with Pekovic adding another 12. In the loosing squad, Aleksic had 19 with Berdiel and Vukolavljevic adding 16 each.

Ael 63 - Apollon 70
Lewis 'The Dragon' Sims scored 17 pts, Corry added another 16 and Jones had 14 and Apollon routed the promising Ael 63-70 and is now 6-1. In the loosing squad Whyatt had 17 and Palalas 13.

Omonoia 85 - Enad 75
Omonoia rolled past Enad and advanced to 2-4. Akida McLain led his team with 28, Dunovic added another 19 (5) and Horner had 16 pts.
For Enad, that is still 1-5, Kent survived the ship with 25 (3) pts.



A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEK
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Aleksic, AEK19.0 
 2. Dunovic, Omonia18.9 
 3. Davis, AP.17.7 
 4. Djikanovic, Achilleas16.3 
 5. Sims, Apollon15.6 
 6. Diamantopoul., Achill.14.7 
 7. Hanavan, AP.14.6 
 8. Berdiel, AEK14.5 
 9. Radunovic, ENAD14.3 
 10. Camacho, Apollon14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Achilleas
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 11
 1. Djikanovic, Achilleas11.0 
 2. King, Etha11.0 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD9.0 
 4. Johnson, Keravnos7.0 
 5. Aleksic, AEK7.0 
 6. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. McLain, Omonia6.3 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.3 
 9. Buljan, AP.6.2 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Stiggers, Apollon5.7 
 2. Berdiel, AEK5.0 
 3. Razis, ENAD4.0 
 4. Lee, AP.4.0 
 5. Kounounis, AEL3.6 
 6. Price, ENAD3.3 
 7. Frasor, Achilleas3.1 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia3.1 
 9. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 10. Cummings, Keravnos3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tony BOBBITT
  Huracanes
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.5 
 4. Kent, ENAD2.1 
 5. Pantouris, Achilleas2.1 
 6. Tzakopoulos, Achil.2.0 
 7. Price, ENAD2.0 
 8. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 9. Stiggers, Apollon1.9 
 10. Dunovic, Omonia1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.2 
 2. Johnson, Keravnos2.0 
 3. Radojevic, Omonia1.6 
 4. Collins, ENAD1.3 
 5. Dials, Apollon1.1 
 6. Fells, Keravnos1.1 
 7. King, Etha1.0 
 8. Johnson, Keravnos1.0 
 9. Collins, AEK0.9 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.9 


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


My thoughts back to when I was 14 - by Joel Camacho
Wow what a week! I realized so many things this week of different aspects in my life. When I was first approached about this blog, the first thing that came to mind was, why me? I thought back to when I was 14 years old. Everyone, I'm about to go into the personal archives with this one so hold on. When I was 14 me and my mother were on our way to my junior varsity team banquet and I really didn't want to go, I was thinking pretty negative about the whole event. I thought to myself, ' I didn't even get any playing time all I am going to get is a certificate with my name on it, eat and go home. No matter what I do I wont get any recognition and didn't feel apart of the team.' So we get in the car and about half way there the car breaks down. I couldn't believe this was happening. My mom calls my neighbor from a payphone and we get picked up and dropped off at the banquet. I arrive about 20 minutes late, embarrassed, and not even hungry anymore. Due to the fact we were late there were no seats left for me to sit with the team so we sat away from everyone at another table. After the event was done we waited for our neighbor to pick us up out front. The whole time I was there all I could think of was the negative criticism I was receiving about not being good enough to be on the varsity team next year. I started to question myself, 'was I not good enough?' I thought. A member of the the coaching staff even said to me that it would be the last year some people, including myself, would ever play organized basketball again. I got home and locked myself in my room and laid down. Furious, I've never felt that way. I felt like Id been slapped in the face in front of everybody. I put some shorts on, laced my shoes up and turned my radio on. Went to my living room and took a stepper into my room. I can remember doing hundreds of jumps on and off of that stepper and at least 200 calf raises. Did hundreds of sit ups and was in some type of zone where I didn't get tired. Thinking of the humiliation kept me going. So today as I sat back on my day off and still asked myself, why me for this blog?, it hit me. My purpose is to help kids all over the world who face that situation or turning point in their life. Everywhere I've been in the world I always ran across a kid that has potential, starving for knowledge and guidance. Why not be that person? Will it hurt you, cost you money, or slow you down? Some people need to be told they have all the potential in the world, some are groomed from a young age, some have all the potential and know it but take it for granted, and some just give up. Finding ones purpose in life in my eyes is what its all about. My purpose is to inspire and give back. When you do something positive for someone and feel as if you don't have to be paid to do it, that's when you know God is using you as his tool. I'm not glorifying myself at all, Im just saying there are kids that will feel they are a victim in that type of situation and walk away from a talent they had just because a peer, coach, or teacher said they weren't good enough. Kids at that age can be cruel but adults shouldn't. We all have a responsibility in this world to build not break kids esteem. Some adults stay bitter throughout life and without realizing that bitterness turns into a mental poison. Forgive, help yourself then help others.
Now back to my Cyprus living! We won on Friday against our inner city rivals AEL. Besides myself and a couple of my teammates getting spit on by fans (yes ladies and gentleman spit on) the game went good. We now have won 6 straight and have a big game coming up this Friday against a great team in APOEL. Celebrated my teammate Cory Carr's birthday last night with the guys and it was classic. My man Roderick Platt was looking like a 6 foot 10 Chris Brown on the dance floor. He enjoys his self folks! haha! It was cool to relate to the team off the court and had some interesting conversations with each of them. We have a lot of guys on the team that played in Europe for years so its good to have some q&a with them from time to time. Our team chemistry is definitely our strong point and gets stronger every week. This is Joel Jones Camacho checking out of here and sending positive vibes to everyone wishing them a safe and productive week. Stay hungry...


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1Liga Round 14: Sokol H.Kralove hands first loss to undefeated J.Hradec - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked J.Hradec (11-3) in Hradec Kralove. J.Hradec was defeated by seventh ranked Sokol H.Kralove (8-6) 85-79. It also means that the four-game winning streak of J.Hradec ended. Sokol H.Kralove jumped to the sixth spot. J.Hradec managed to keep top position. They have the same record like Chomutov. Sokol H.Kralove is looking forward to face Sokol Prazsky (#7) in Praha in the next round. J.Hradec will play at home against Trutnov (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Usti n/Labem (9-5) which hosted in Usti nad Labem second-ranked Chomutov (11-3). Fifth ranked Usti n/Labem upset guest team edging them after exciting game by one point 87-86 ending at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chomutov. Usti n/Labem has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Trutnov and Opava B. Chomutov managed to keep top position. They have the same record like J.Hradec. Usti n/Labem's will play against Vysehrad (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Chomutov will play against Liberec (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also a 24-point road defeat of 6th ranked Sokol Prazsky in a game versus Opava B (#3) 50-74. Opava B (9-5) did not change their third position in the standings. Sokol Prazsky dropped to the seventh position with 7-6 record. Opava B will meet Sparta Praha (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Prazsky will play against Sokol H.Kralove (#6) and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a home victory of fourteenth ranked Liberec (1-11) over 13th ranked Sparta Praha (3-11) 87-80. Liberec celebrated their first victory after eleven consecutive losses, while for Sparta Praha it was their loss in a row. They did not change their fourteenth position in the standings. Sparta Praha keeps the thirteenth position. Liberec's opponent will be league's second-placed Chomutov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Prostejov B beat Vysehrad on the road 94-84. Trutnov won against Litomerice at it's own court 81-73. Benesov unfortunately lost to Proton Zlin in a road game 67-78.


Liberec - Sparta Praha 87-80

We should not miss a home victory of fourteenth ranked Liberec (1-11) over 13th ranked Sparta Praha (3-11) 87-80. Liberec celebrated their first victory after eleven consecutive losses, while for Sparta Praha it was their loss in a row. They did not change their fourteenth position in the standings. Sparta Praha keeps the thirteenth position. Liberec's opponent will be league's second-placed Chomutov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 91838


Usti n/Labem - Chomutov 87-86

Another exciting game for Usti n/Labem (9-5) which hosted in Usti nad Labem second-ranked Chomutov (11-3). Fifth ranked Usti n/Labem upset guest team edging them after exciting game by one point 87-86 ending at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chomutov. Usti n/Labem has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Trutnov and Opava B. Chomutov managed to keep top position. They have the same record like J.Hradec. Usti n/Labem's will play against Vysehrad (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Chomutov will play against Liberec (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 91839


Prostejov B - Vysehrad 84-94

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Vysehrad (7-7) beat on the road 12th ranked Prostejov B (4-10) 94-84. Vysehrad jumped to the eighth spot. They share the position with Proton Zlin. Prostejov B keeps the twelfth position. Vysehrad's opponent will be higher ranked Usti n/Labem (#5) in Usti nad Labem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Prostejov B will play at home against Proton Zlin (#8).
gschID: 91840


Trutnov - Litomerice 81-73

Very expected game when 10th ranked Litomerice (6-9) lost on the road to fourth ranked Trutnov (9-5) 81-73. Trutnov jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Usti n/Labem and Opava B. Litomerice keeps the tenth position. Trutnov's opponent will be league's leader J.Hradec on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Litomerice will play against Benesov (#11).
gschID: 91835


Sokol H.Kralove - J.Hradec 85-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked J.Hradec (11-3) in Hradec Kralove. J.Hradec was defeated by seventh ranked Sokol H.Kralove (8-6) 85-79. It also means that the four-game winning streak of J.Hradec ended. Sokol H.Kralove jumped to the sixth spot. J.Hradec managed to keep top position. They have the same record like Chomutov. Sokol H.Kralove is looking forward to face Sokol Prazsky (#7) in Praha in the next round. J.Hradec will play at home against Trutnov (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 91836


Opava B - Sokol Prazsky 74-50

An interesting game was also a 24-point road defeat of 6th ranked Sokol Prazsky in a game versus Opava B (#3) 50-74. Opava B (9-5) did not change their third position in the standings. Sokol Prazsky dropped to the seventh position with 7-6 record. Opava B will meet Sparta Praha (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Prazsky will play against Sokol H.Kralove (#6) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 91837


Proton Zlin - Benesov 78-67

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Proton Zlin (7-7) won at home against 11th ranked Benesov (5-9) 78-67. Proton Zlin has a solid three-game winning streak. Proton Zlin did not change their eighth position in the standings. Benesov keeps the eleventh position. Proton Zlin's opponent will be Prostejov B (#12) in Prostejov in the next round. Benesov will play on the road against Litomerice.
gschID: 91834




Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 11-3 
 2. Chomutov 11-3 
 3. Opava B 9-5 
 4. Trutnov 9-5 
 5. Usti n/Labem 9-5 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 8-6 
 7. Sokol Prazsky 7-6 
 8. Proton Zlin 7-7 
 9. Vysehrad 7-7 
 10. Litomerice 6-9 
 11. Benesov 5-9 
 12. Prostejov B 4-10 
 13. Sparta Praha 3-11 
 14. Liberec 1-11 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  BK Prostejov
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Landry, BK Prost.17.5 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin17.5 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin15.8 
 4. Novak, Plzen15.1 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava15.0 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.8 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.8 
 8. Horak, Svitavy14.3 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava14.3 
 10. Palyza, NH Ostrava14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Meno, Basketbo.11.9 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.9.7 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava9.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.9.1 
 5. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy8.1 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava7.2 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
 9. Frana, Plzen6.6 
 10. Pospisil, BK Pardu.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.7 
 2. Carnecky, B&W O.4.6 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha4.0 
 4. Sanders, BK Decin3.5 
 5. Channels, Novy Jicin3.5 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.4 
 7. Macela, Svitavy3.4 
 8. Toth, BK Pardubice3.3 
 9. Jones, BC Kolin3.3 
 10. Wright, BK Pardu.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.8 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin2.1 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Basket.2.0 
 6. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin1.8 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.7 
 9. Macela, Svitavy1.7 
 10. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.7 
 2. Hanke, USK Praha1.3 
 3. Kramny, Svitavy1.3 
 4. Houska, BK Decin1.2 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.1.0 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 
 10. Landry, BK Prost.0.7 


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  DENMARK   


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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 7-1 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 4-2 
 3. Erie Bay H. 3-3 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 2-5 
 5. Dakota W. 1-6 
Southwest Division
 1. Texas L. 5-1 
 2. New Mexico 4-1 
 3. Maine RC 3-4 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 3-4 
 5. Austin T. 3-5 
 6. Rio Grande 2-3 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 6-1 
 2. Utah F. 4-3 
 3. Bakersfield J. 3-4 
 4. Springfield A. 3-4 
 5. Idaho S. 0-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Terrence WILLIAMS
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Williams, Spring.28.0 
 2. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.5 
 3. Anderson, New M.25.2 
 4. Greene, Utah F.23.4 
 5. Ingram, Utah F.21.6 
 6. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.21.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.20.4 
 8. Major, Dakota W.20.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.0 
 10. Kruger, Utah F.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WILLIAMS
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Williams, Spring.11.3 
 2. Wheeler, Idaho S.11.0 
 3. Williams, Tulsa 66ers10.7 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.10.6 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 6. Harris, Maine RC9.7 
 7. Pittman, Sioux F.9.5 
 8. Richardson, New M.9.4 
 9. Fazekas, Reno B.9.4 
 10. Sharpe, Idaho S.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Terrence WILLIAMS
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Williams, Spring.10.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns9.9 
 3. Russell, Ft.Wayne.8.8 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.8.3 
 5. Daniels, Texas L.7.3 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.6.5 
 7. Smith, Maine RC6.3 
 8. Kruger, Utah F.6.0 
 9. Jackson, Idaho S.5.4 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.9 
 2. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.5 
 3. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.5 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.4 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.3 
 6. Hamilton, Utah F.2.3 
 7. Ewing, Reno B.2.3 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.2 
 9. McCray, Sioux F.2.0 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Magnum ROLLE
  Maine RC
  (211-C/F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rolle, Maine RC3.5 
 2. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 3. Davis, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 5. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.4 
 7. Goodridge, Spring.2.3 
 8. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.0 
 9. Whiteside, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.1.8 


Magic recall Daniel Orton from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The New Mexico Thunderbirds announced today that the Orlando Magic have recalled power forward, Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) from the T-Birds.

Orton played in two games with the Thunderbirds over the weekend and averaged 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He did not play in the second half of his second game with the Thunderbirds on Saturday night.

Orton was the Magics first round selection (29th overall) in the 2010 draft out of the University of Kentucky. He played one season for Kentucky averaging 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game for a team that went to the Elite Eight in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Orton played in five summer league games for the Orlando Magic and averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He has yet to play a regular season game for the Magic.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Dakota W. 93-85
Point guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) saved his best for last as the veteran made jump shots on three consecutive possessions in the finals minutes of the Iowa Energy's 93-85 victory over the Dakota Wizards Sunday in Des Moines. Iowa, which had defeated Dakota three times already this season, appeared to be on its way to an easy victory as an Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Robert Morris) dunk with 4:36 left in the 3rd quarter put the Energy up 66-49. Dakota had other thoughts as the Wizards opened the 4th quarter on a 12-2 run to cut the Iowa lead to 74-69. A Michael Anderson jump shot brought Dakota to within two points with only 2:43 remaining, setting up Stinson's late heroics. With the game in the balance, Stinson responded by scoring seven consecutive points for the Energy, including three consecutive mid-range jumpers to give Iowa a commanding 90-83 lead with only 22.1 seconds remaining. Dakota's Renaldo Major would cut the lead to five on a jump shot, but Stinson added a free throw and Othyus Jeffers rebounded a missed free throw and scored in the final seconds to seal the victory for Iowa. Stinson and Jeffers led Iowa with 18 points each. Center Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Dakota was led by Chris Johnson, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The loss drops the Wizards to 1-6 on the season. The Energy shot 49.3% from the field while holding Dakota to 37.9% on the night. The Wizards struggled from long range, finishing 1-14 from 3-point range on the night. *Courtesy of http://boxscorenews.com

Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande 105-117
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers jumped out to 40-23 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 117-105 victory over the Tulsa 66ers Sunday at the Tulsa Convention Center. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Vipers (2-3). The Vipers opened the game on a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Antonio Anderson. 2:30 into the game. After a timeout, the 66ers (3-4) scored the next six points and kept the game close for the next 5:09, when Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) hit a free throw to pull the 66ers with 21-19. The Vipers, however, outscored the 66ers 19-2 over the final 4:21 of the first quarter. The Vipers extended their lead to 19 points at 64-45 with 3:36 remaining in the second quarter after Houston Rockets-assignee Patrick Patterson hit a lay-up. In his first game back in Tulsa after playing for the 66ers last season, Mustafa Shakur hit a lay-up and a free throw at the 6:38 mark of the third quarter to give the Vipers their largest lead to that point at 84-62. Shakur finished with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Jerel McNeal hit one of two free throws with 1:19 remaining in the third to give the Vipers a 97-73 lead, their largest of the game. The 66ers opened the fourth on a 18-5 run to climb within 104-93 midway through the quarter, but that's as close as they got. The Vipers were led in scoring by Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88, college: Connecticut), who finished 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting and five rebounds. The 66ers were led in scoring by Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut), who scored 23 points. The Vipers return to action on Tuesday for their annual Kids Day game at 10:30 a.m. against the New Mexico Thunderbirds at State Farm Arena. Doors open at 9:30. and 2.4 rebounds and 8.2 minutes. Robinson played in 126 career games during his four years at the University of Connecticut, averaging 9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.03 blocks and 26.3 minutes. He helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Final Four in 2009. Swann averaged 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 15.3 minutes in three games off the bench. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 119-111
The Springfield Armor have made significant progress over last year's cellar-dwelling maiden voyage. They still have a way to go. At least half a court's length. Despite an offensive show by Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87, college: Louisville) (36 points) and Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) (30), the Armor's backcourt deficiencies led to Springfield's 119-111 loss to the Maine Red Claws before 3,045 at the Portland Expo. 'Defensively, we were just not communicating,' said Armor point guard Scottie Reynolds. 'They knocked down some big shots when we didn't do our correct assignments. They did a great job of executing, and taking care of our weaknesses.' Springfield coach Dee Brown saw things the same way. 'We didn't get any stops,' Brown said. 'I think it was the first time all year out of the seven games that we didn't get a lot of consecutive stops. When you're down, one thing you can't afford to do is swap baskets.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Austin T. - Utah F. 98-106
The Utah Flash defeated the Austin Toros Sunday night at Cedar Park Center in a 48-minute game of tug of war. Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) led the Utah charge by scoring 37 points in the 106-98 victory. The win kept the Flash perfect against the Toros this season and pushed their overall record a game above five hundred at 4-3. The Toros started the game on fire by shooting 100-percent from behind the arc in the first quarter and jumping out to a 30-18 lead. The Flash responded by outscoring the Toros 28-20 in the second quarter. Playing relentless on offense and shooting 86-percent from the free throw line, the Flash fought hard to keep the lead out of the Toro's grasp. But the Toro's would not be stopped with recent addition to the team, Eric Dawson, responding with five defensive rebounds allowing the Toro's to maintain their lead. The Flash caught up with the Toros tying the score early in the third. Trailing the Toros for the majority of the second half, the Flash were persistent throughout, tying the score four times. The Flash ended the game strong with a 10-0 run. Utah's Green led all scorers with 37 points, 24 of which were scored in the second half. Utah's Green was followed by Andre Ingram (6'3''-G-85, college: American) (18), Bennet Davis (14), Brian Hamilton (14) and Brandon Costner (9). Lewis Clinch (17) led the Toros in points scored, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line. Clinch was followed by Michael Joiner (13), Lance Thomas (13), Eric Dawson (12) and Thomas Gardner (12). Carldell 'Squeaky' Johnson returned to play after missing four games due to an ankle injury scoring 10 points and nine assists. Newly acquired guard Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt) played 20 minutes adding three points and three assists in his debut with the Toros. The Toros (3-5) will face off with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Utah Flash (4-3) will play the Erie BayHawks on Tuesday, December 7. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com


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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Saage, Rakvere19.1 
 2. Raap, Parnu18.8 
 3. Brown, Va.17.3 
 4. Pokla, Rakvere16.9 
 5. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 6. Vares, Va.16.5 
 7. Thornton, Voru KK16.0 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK15.5 
 9. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.15.0 
 10. Arnold, TT.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony BROWN
  Valga/CKE
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Brown, Va.11.9 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.9.7 
 4. Osby, TT.9.5 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.9.5 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.0 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere8.8 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla8.4 
 10. Hughes, TT.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.8 
 3. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.6 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 5. Dorbek, Rakvere3.3 
 6. Oja, Va.3.3 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Karner, Parnu3.2 
 9. Winston, Va.3.1 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.4 
 2. Veideman, TU/Rock2.4 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 4. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.2 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.0 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere2.0 
 10. Oja, Va.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 2. Osby, TT.1.4 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 6. Brown, Va.0.9 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. McGee, Rakvere0.6 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.6 


Bambale Osby claims Estonian EMKL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American-DR Congolese Bambale Osby (203-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for TTU/Kalev Tallinn and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Rapla (#5, 6-8) 81-71. TTU/Kalev maintains the 3rd position in Estonian EMKL. They are still close to the very top. TTU/Kalev would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 11-2 record. Osby turned to be TTU/Kalev's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Osby is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 59.0% FGP. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of league's best team TU/Rock. Eziukwu impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead TU/Rock to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Valga/CKE (#6, 4-8) 99-70. Of course TU/Rock still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 12-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Eziukwu is a newcomer at TU/Rock and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK (#9). Kuuba scored 27 points. Despite Kuuba's great performance Voru KK lost 82-90 to the higher-ranked Rapla (#5, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Voru KK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 13 games. Too bad for Kuuba he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kuuba has individually a great season in Estonia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joosep Pokla (195-F-86) of Rakvere - 30 points and 8 rebounds
5. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) of TTU/Kalev - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Sven Kaldre (195-G-91) of Rapla - 32 points and 4 rebounds
7. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of TU/Rock - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Indrek Kajupank (197-F-88) of Rapla - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) of Rapla - 24 points and 4 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  EUROCUP   


Anwil axe Igor Grishchuk - by Eurobasket News
Anwil have decided to part ways with Igor Griszczuk . Krzysztof Szablowski will guide the team following the step.
The teams management was not satisfied with the results of the Wloclawek team at the start of the season. Anwil are at 5-4 record in PLK. In Eurocup the team lost all of their three starting games staying at the bottom of Group H. Igor Griszczuk took the reins in Anwil back in 2008. He led the team to the second-place finish in PLK. Igor Griszczuk later took the head coach position with the Polish NT but won just four out of eight games.



Ryvone Covile and Le Mans part ways - by Eurobasket News
Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) is no longer a member of Le Mans. The American big guy played six games for Le Mans in Euroleague (Qualifying Round) averaging 7.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. His numbers in EuroCup and ProA were lower. In the meantime, Le Mans brought in Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) for try-out and they will decide very soon will he sign a deal or not.

EWE Baskets Oldenburg signs Eddie Gill - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg improved its roster for the second part of the Eurocup regular season by inking playmaker Eddie Gill (183-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) for the remainder of the season, the club confirmed Monday. Gill (183, 32) arrives from Base Oostende, where he averaged 7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals in 26 Belgian League games last season. He helped Oostende to win the Belgian Cup title. Gill has also played for Milwaukee, Seattle, New Jersey, Indiana, Portland and Memphis in the NBA, Idaho, Colorado and Asheville in the D-League, Dakota in the CBA, Kansas City in the ABA, Las Vegas in the IBL, Dynamo Moscow in Russia, Ionikos in Greece, as well as for Reggio Emilia and Fortitudo in Italy. Gill helped Dynamo to make it to the Euroleague Quarterfinals in 2007 and won the D-League title with Colorado in 2009. 'We needed to strengthen this position,' EWE Baskets general manager Hermann Schueller said. 'Gill is an experienced point guard who will direct our offense.'

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Aco Petrovic situation as Zalgiris' coach is at risk - by Eurobasket
Zalgiris Kaunas coach Aco Petrovic-after two straight losses in Euroleague, especially after painful loss vs. Maccabi at home might be next coach to be fired. In case Zalgiris won't win against Asseco Prokom Aco Petrovic will most likely look for the new job.
Zalgiris is perfect in LKL with nine wins in nine games but in Euroleague the Lithuanian powerhouse is not sure about the qualification to the Top 16 (actually it is in second position but the situation is very close and decisive will be the last three games).
Petrovic arrived at the helm of the Zalgiris Kaunas last summer after his experience, which lasted few months, with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd.


Lietuvos Rytas and Igor Milosevic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Lietuvos Rytas reached an agreement to part ways. The player found difficult to get minutes in serious competition of Khalid El-Amin and Sarunas Jasikevicius. Milosevic appeared six times in Euroleague this season averaging 4.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He also played three games in VTB United League and five in LKL.

Richard Hendrix to miss 7-10 days - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is facing injury problems right before back-to-back key home games to lock the top spot in Group A, as power forward Richard Hendrix (203-F-86, college: Alabama) will be sidelined for 7 to 10 days due to illness, the club announced Monday. Hendrix suffers from Pneumonia and and the team's medical staff suggested him to rest and sit out. As such, Hendrix will be unavailable for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague home game against Partizan mt:s, leaving the team with a shorter, 10-player rotation. He is also doubtful for his team's home against BC Khimki Moscow Region next week. 'I am confident Hendrix will still help us a lot in the future because he is a very good player,' head coach David Blatt said. 'His illness stops him from helping us when we will need him, and I am sure that we will see a much improved version of Hendrix once he recovers from the illness.'

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Slovenia awarded Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News
The Board of FIBA Europe has awarded EuroBasket 2013 to Slovenia. The unanimous decision was taken at the Board's meeting in Munich, Germany, on Sunday.


FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson and Secretary General Nar Zanolin, the Slovenian Minister for Sport Dr. Igor Luksic, Slovenian Basketball Federation President Roman Volcic and Secretary General Iztok Rems after the signing of the hosting agreement for EuroBasket 2013
This is the first time in history that Slovenia will organise Europe's most prestigious basketball tournament and the announcement sparked celebrations among the Slovenian delegation who have worked hard to bring the Championship to the country and were present in Munich to support the bid.

Among them was the Minister for Education and Sport, Dr. Igor Lukic who hailed the vote of confidence in his country.

'I would like to thank all the people who made this possible,' said the Minister. 'This is a special day and a huge story for the country of Slovenia. It is the biggest event that we will organize in the near future. This event will have a great impact on economy, promotion, tourism and sports for many, many years to come.'

FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson had nothing but praise for the outcome of the vote: 'I'm pleased to see Slovenia been awarded EuroBasket 2013. I had the privilege to visit this country three times during this calendar year. Once was for the opening of the beautiful new arena in Ljubljana and the friendly game between Slovenia and Spain; on another occasion was there for the anniversary of 60 years of Slovenian Basketball Federation. I like the people, I like the basketball - and I'm a fan of their fans. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.'

A 35-strong Slovenian media contingent travelled to Munich to be present at this historic moment for Slovenian basketball, something that did not go unnoticed by FIBA Europe Secretary General, Nar Zanolin.

'I am really touched by the fact that there are so many Slovenian media here today,' commented Zanolin, addressing the media. 'That means there is a trust in your country; it means there is a trust in you as a press because you're very important in the whole aspect.

'I said it before but I would like to emphasize the fact that basketball in Slovenia is THE team sport. It was hard work but in the end we reached a satisfactory result and that was proved by the unanimous decision taken by the FIBA Europe Board today.


FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson and FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin signing the contract for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia
'EuroBasket is the second biggest sport event in Europe after Euro football and we are looking forward to a super event with 24 teams that will battle it out,' added Zanolin.

Slovenia Federation President Roman Volcic was in seventh heaven after the vote: 'I am glad that the media followed us to Munich in such a big number and that we got the event of which we dreamt for a long, long time. Slovenia deserves this event and we will do everything to make it a best one. I want to thank everybody that believed in this and helped organise the candidature.'

Secretary General of Slovenian Federation Iztok Rems admitted of being extremely tired but also extremely satisfied: ''We started to dream about the Championship five years ago and two years ago the Federation Board decided for a candidacy and a bid. Our strength was in the fact that we did not care who our opponent would be, we wanted to do it our way.'

'It will be the biggest sports event in Slovenia since independence and I promise you we will do our best to organise the best ever event. We care about all fans from all over Europe and the World. I would like to already welcome them to visit our country and enjoy basketball.'

The tournament will take place in five venues in Slovenia in the summer of 2013. The dates have yet to be finalised.
Courtesy of: http://www.fibaeurope.com


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Hosts of 2011 Youth European Championships named - by Eurobasket News
Fiba Europe named all the countries to host 2011 European U20, U18 and U16 championships.

U20 in Division A to be held in Spain (the host-cities will be named soon)
U20 Division B Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

U18 Division A Poland (the host-cities will be named soon)
U18 Division B Varna, Bulgaria

U16 Division A Pardubice/Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
U16 Division B Skopje, FYR Macedonia.




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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round 9: Tapiolan Honka loses to Loimaan Korikonkarit - by Eurobasket News
1st Division round 9 most important game was aroad victory of 5-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-3) over third-ranked Tapiolan Honka (6-3), who beat visitors by 16 points 100-84. It was a good game for American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agent: John Ebeling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Damion Dantzler (203-76, college: Louisville) contributed with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Kilian Cato (201-92) answered with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for Tapiolan Honka. Tapiolan Honka's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit did not change their fifth position in the standings. Tapiolan Honka keeps the third position. They have the same record like BC Nokia. Loimaan Korikonkarit is looking forward to face Huima (#8) in Aanekoski in the next round. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against TomPo II (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Another very easy game for BC Nokia (6-3) which hosted Kerava Energia Team (3-6). Fourth ranked BC Nokia crushed visitors with a record 29 points 93-64 ending at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kerava Energia Team. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and Timo Riihela chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) with 12 points and 8 rebounds. BC Nokia has an solid series of four victories in a row. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Honka. Kerava Energia Team dropped to the eighth position. They have the same record like Huima and TomPo II. BC Nokia's will play against Ura Basket (#7) at Kaarina in the next round. Kerava Energia Team will play at home against Lapua and hope to get back on the winning track.
League top team - Forssan Koripojat (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Torpan Pojat 93-81. Andre Foreman nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Mikael Sandberg came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Torpan Pojat in the defeat. Torpan Pojat's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. They added fourth loss to their record. Forssan Koripojat of course still keep top position in the standings. Torpan Pojat dropped to the eighth position with 3-6 record. They have the same record like Huima and Kerava ET. Forssan Koripojat will meet SayRi (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play against Honka and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss another defeat of winless Lahden NMKY (0-9) who this time lost to seventh ranked Ura Basket (5-4) at home 58-68. The best player for the winners was Zach Ramey who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Ura Basket jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Lapua. Lahden NMKY still at the very bottom. Ura Basket's opponent will be higher ranked BC Nokia (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lahden NMKY will play against the league's second-placed Jyvaskyla (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 9 Aanekosken Huima beat BC Jyvaskyla on the road 104-79. Lapuan Korikobrat won against Saynatsalon Riento at it's own court 86-82.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 29 points and 23 rebounds by Derick Nelson of Lapuan Korikobrat.


Huima - Jyvaskyla 79-104

No shocking result in a game when second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (7-2) crushed 8th ranked Aanekosken Huima (3-6) in Aanekoski 104-79. The best player for the winners was forward Jarno Nissinen (194-77) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Five BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) who recorded 23 points and 9 assists and Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Five Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Jyvaskyla has an solid series of three victories in a row. BC Jyvaskyla did not change their second position in the standings. Aanekosken Huima keeps the eighth position. BC Jyvaskyla's opponent will be bottom-ranked Namika II (#12) in Lahti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against LoKoKo (#5).
Top scorers:
BC Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 26+5reb+2ast, T.Robinson 20+12reb, T.Kuukkanen 14+2reb+1ast, N.Malinen 12+2reb+2ast, A.Siimes 11+10reb+4ast, O.Anttolainen 10+2reb
Aanekosken Huima: T.Manning 23+2reb+9ast, J.Douglas 17+10reb+1ast, N.Wilson 11+9reb+1ast, S.Mantymaa 10+3reb, J.Kaihlamaki 9+3reb+1ast, T.Ovaskainen 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 106786


Namika II - Ura Basket 58-68

We should not miss another defeat of winless Lahden NMKY (0-9) who this time lost to seventh ranked Ura Basket (5-4) at home 58-68. The best player for the winners was American swingman Zach Ramey (191-81, college: Benedictine) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Ramey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. . Guard Miska Ahokas (198-90) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds and guard Alexi Alanen (194-91) added 20 points respectively. Ura Basket jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Lapua. Lahden NMKY still at the very bottom. Ura Basket's opponent will be higher ranked BC Nokia (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lahden NMKY will play against the league's second-placed Jyvaskyla (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kaarinan Ura Basket: Z.Ramey 16+6reb+3ast, N.Lehtila 16+6reb+1ast, M.Ahokas 13+9reb+2ast, J.Mattila 9+2reb, S.Salminen 7+3reb+1ast, J.Alanko 4+12reb
Namika II: A.Alanen 20+1reb+1ast, C.Brown 17+18reb, V.Makalainen 6, V.Heinonen 6+2reb, S.Rautavuori 4+4reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 3+9reb+1ast
gschID: 106787


BC Nokia - Kerava ET 93-64

Another very easy game for BC Nokia (6-3) which hosted Kerava Energia Team (3-6). Fourth ranked BC Nokia crushed visitors with a record 29 points 93-64 ending at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kerava Energia Team. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and guard Timo Riihela (193-80) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stefan Beatovic (182-90) scored 18 points. BC Nokia has an solid series of four victories in a row. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Honka. Kerava Energia Team dropped to the eighth position. They have the same record like Huima and TomPo II. BC Nokia's will play against Ura Basket (#7) at Kaarina in the next round. Kerava Energia Team will play at home against Lapua and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: B.Bojang 22+22reb+1ast, T.Riihela 21+8reb+8ast, V.Virtanen 14+4reb, O.Heinonen 13+5reb+1ast, T.Kankaanpaa 9+2reb+2ast, S.Setala 8
Kerava Energia Team: S.Beatovic 18, R.Tejha Mua 12+3reb, A.Towa 12+8reb, D.Kraznotzhon 7+7reb, O.Korhonen 6+2reb+1ast, J.Aho 4+4reb
gschID: 106788


FoKoPo - TomPo II 93-81

League top team - Forssan Koripojat (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Torpan Pojat 93-81. Naturalized American swingman Andre Foreman (198-69, college: Salisbury St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) accounted for 14 points and 6 assists. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Joel Heinikoski (183-92) added 14 points respectively for Torpan Pojat in the defeat. Torpan Pojat's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. They added fourth loss to their record. Forssan Koripojat of course still keep top position in the standings. Torpan Pojat dropped to the eighth position with 3-6 record. They have the same record like Huima and Kerava ET. Forssan Koripojat will meet SayRi (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play against Honka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: A.Foreman 23+11reb+5ast, S.Ikavalko 14+2reb+6ast, M.Molenius 14+2reb, O.Kaunomaki 11+4reb+4ast, J.McCulloch 9+10reb+1ast, K.Brace 6+6reb+1ast
TomPo II: M.Sandberg 22+6reb, J.Heinikoski 14+3reb, P.Rainamaa 11+5reb, T.Lehtinen 9+3reb+1ast, V.Chepurnoy 7+6reb+1ast, O.Lindqvist 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 106783


Lapua - SayRi 86-82

Very expected game when 11th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-6) lost on the road to sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (5-4) 86-82. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agent: Hirant Manakian) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 23 rebounds. Forward Tyrwone Still (198-77, college: W.Virginia St., agent: Padraic Lee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 22 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Five Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Saynatsalon Riento (2-6) added fourth loss to their record. Lapuan Korikobrat did not change their sixth position in the standings. Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eleventh position. Lapuan Korikobrat's opponent will be Kerava ET (#10) on the road in the next round. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's new leader FoKoPo.
Top scorers:
Lapuan Korikobrat: D.Nelson 29+23reb, T.Still 20+11reb+2ast, B.Valentine 13+4reb+1ast, J.Turja 12+2reb+4ast, K.Siven 8+8reb+1ast, J.Salo 4+1reb
Riento Synatsalo: E.Thomas 30+12reb+2ast, D.Marcus Hall 22+14reb+1ast, Nieminen 11, V.Pylkkanen 7+3reb+1ast, E.Pasanen 6+7reb+2ast, J.Hiekkavirta 2+2reb
gschID: 106784


Honka - LoKoKo 84-100

1st Division round 9 most important game was aroad victory of 5-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-3) over third-ranked Tapiolan Honka (6-3), who beat visitors by 16 points 100-84. It was a good game for American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agent: John Ebeling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Damion Dantzler (203-76, college: Louisville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Power forward Kilian Cato (201-92) answered with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Panu Vertio (195-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tapiolan Honka. Tapiolan Honka's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit did not change their fifth position in the standings. Tapiolan Honka keeps the third position. They have the same record like BC Nokia. Loimaan Korikonkarit is looking forward to face Huima (#8) in Aanekoski in the next round. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against TomPo II (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kori-Konkarit Loimaa: J.Stamper 24+10reb, J.Kinnunen 21+3reb+1ast, D.Dantzler 16+11reb, J.Kivinen 16+4reb+7ast, M.Horton 11+9reb+2ast, E.Aaltonen 8+4reb
Tapiolan Honka: K.Cato 15+3reb, J.Helenius 14+2reb+1ast, P.Vertio 11+6reb, I.Sirola 8+8reb, V.Puotila 8+3reb+4ast, N.Hoglund 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 106785




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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Nelson, Lapua23.4 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.9 
 4. Manning, Huima21.8 
 5. Hall, SayRi21.3 
 6. Robinson, Jyvaskyla21.2 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket18.9 
 8. Bojang, BC Nokia18.8 
 9. Still, Lapua18.6 
 10. Brown, Namika II18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 16
 1. Brown, Namika II16.0 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia15.2 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo14.1 
 4. Douglas, Huima14.0 
 5. Nelson, Lapua13.9 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET13.4 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.3 
 8. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.5 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Horton, LoKoKo5.5 
 2. Manning, Huima5.4 
 3. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket4.1 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.1 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla4.0 
 7. Valentine, Lapua2.7 
 8. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.6 
 9. Silvonen, Honka2.5 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Horton, LoKoKo3.2 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.7 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket2.6 
 4. Hall, SayRi2.4 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia2.4 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET2.2 
 7. Foreman, FoKoPo2.1 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II2.0 
 9. Still, Lapua1.9 
 10. Ahila, Jyvaskyla1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Alanen, Namika II0.9 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 4. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 5. Brown, Namika II0.7 
 6. Nelson, Lapua0.7 
 7. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.7 
 9. Mantymaa, Huima0.7 
 10. Valentine, Lapua0.7 


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  FRANCE   


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 18
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.0 
 2. King, Le Havre17.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.17.6 
 4. Mejia, Cholet17.1 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.2 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.16.2 
 8. Rivers, Roanne16.0 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.8 
 10. Woodside, Gravelines15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Vichy
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lewin, Vichy10.3 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.4 
 3. Jones, Le Havre9.0 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 5. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.4 
 6. Issa, Gravelines8.4 
 7. Jefferson, AS.8.2 
 8. Walsh, AS.8.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.9 
 10. Elegar, Vichy7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Reid, Vichy6.4 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.1 
 3. King, Le Havre6.0 
 4. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.9 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.8 
 6. Diabate, Roanne5.8 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.7 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.9 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.9 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.4 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.4 
 4. Bennett, Pau-La.2.2 
 5. Dewar, Le Mans2.1 
 6. Diabate, Roanne2.1 
 7. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.9 
 9. King, Le Havre1.9 
 10. Diot, Le Mans1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Vichy
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elegar, Vichy2.0 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.6 
 4. Koffi, Le Mans1.4 
 5. Fofana, AS.1.4 
 6. Pasco, Strasbourg1.3 
 7. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 8. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 
 9. Dunn, Roanne1.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest18.5 
 2. Harris, Lille18.1 
 3. Carter, Nanterre17.4 
 4. Bouldin, Clermont17.0 
 5. Daniels, Nanterre16.8 
 6. Reed, Evreux16.4 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne16.4 
 8. Siggers, Rouen16.4 
 9. Sneed, Maurienne16.3 
 10. Ingram, Antibes16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Barber, Nantes10.8 
 2. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 3. Giles, Rouen9.1 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.8.8 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.0 
 7. Campbell, Le Portel7.9 
 8. Sneed, Maurienne7.9 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac7.6 
 10. Monds, Bourg7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.9 
 2. Downey, Nantes5.9 
 3. Denave, St Vallier5.5 
 4. Ingram, Antibes5.4 
 5. Taylor, Rouen5.4 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.2 
 7. Craven, Dijon5.0 
 8. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.0 
 9. Akono, Nanterre4.7 
 10. Patiejunas, Boulo.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Philippe HAQUET
  Fos Ouest
  (199-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Haquet, Fos Ouest3.0 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 3. Da Silva, Evreux2.6 
 4. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 5. Daniels, Chalons-.2.6 
 6. Craven, Dijon2.6 
 7. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 8. Harris, Lille2.5 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.4 
 10. Darnauzan, Mauri.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.2 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.7 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.5 
 4. Adjiwanou, Boula.1.0 
 5. Diakite, Chalons-.1.0 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont1.0 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.8 
 8. James, Bourg0.8 
 9. Monds, Bourg0.8 
 10. McKenzie, Boulazac0.8 


Ryvone Covile and Le Mans part ways - by Eurobasket News
Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) is no longer a member of Le Mans. The American big guy played six games for Le Mans in Euroleague (Qualifying Round) averaging 7.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. His numbers in EuroCup and ProA were lower. In the meantime, Le Mans brought in Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) for try-out and they will decide very soon will he sign a deal or not.

Interview with Pete Strobl - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket continues to dominate worldwide basketball coverage by providing loyal readers with player profiles, statistics, game recaps, breaking news and updates on former players. For this edition we were fortunate to catch up with former European professional Pete Strobl (206-F-77, college: Niagara) who is now a highly sought after basketball skills development coach in the United States.

Eurobasket: You spent roughly a decade traveling Europe and playing professionally for teams in France, Austria, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. What are you doing, where are you now?
Pete Strobl: I absolutely loved my time in Europe and wouldnt trade any of those experiences and memories for the world. After retiring I returned to America and settled with my family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Eurobasket: How have you adjusted to being back in the states?
Strobl: It was quite different in the beginning. I was born and raised in Los Angeles so obviously it felt normal to be speaking English again, however, there was definitely a transition period for me. I was accustomed to being in the gym twice a day, six days a week and I really missed the thrill of competition. The first few days it was nice to have a break, but that quickly subsided and there was a feeling of what now?

Eurobasket: What have you been up to since your playing days?
Strobl: Since returning Ive devoted myself to sharing my experience and knowledge of the game with hungry and driven players. I'm in the gym almost every day of the week doing private sessions and working with players to build on their strengths while addressing their weaknesses. I've also started a basketball academy for young players called The Scoring Factory and I'm absolutely thrilled with the progress that my players are making. In the summer time, several college and European pros have sought me out and Im working with them to strengthen their games as well.

Eurobasket: When you say your experiences, are you referring to your time playing in America or Europe?
Strobl: Both. I was extremely fortunate to learn from a lot of great coaches along the way. When I work with players, regardless of age or skill level, I teach a mix of both the European and American styles and philosophies. From experience, I know there are positives to be taken from each school of thought. What was once a sharp delineation between the two styles is becoming more blurred as upper level international teams rise toward the caliber of top American basketball. Even the NBA is slowly evolving into a true worldwide conglomeration with the influx of so many talented foreigners.

Eurobasket: Which coaches had the greatest influence on you?
Strobl: That's a tough question because I always tried to take at least something from every coach I've ever had. Jean-Denys Choulet at Chorale de Roanne basically baptized me into the European game and taught me how to become a professional. Joe Mihalich at Niagara taught me how to take whatever struggle comes my way, and turn it into a positive. Hubert Schreiner taught me too many things to name.

Eurobasket: Which country taught you the most in terms of developing basketball talent?
Strobl: I took bits and pieces from all of them. France stands out for the passion and intensity of the game, Ireland stands out for the daily obstacles I faced in teaching youth basketball, Austria became home and I learned about continuity and proper repetition. There was something to be gained from all of my stops and believe me when I say that I took notes.

Eurobasket: How has your business grown so quickly? There's a constant stream of basketball noise coming out of Pittsburgh now and it seems like more and more players are coming to work with you.
Strobl: Word of mouth has been my best form of advertising. I strive to give all of my players exactly what they need to improve their game. Some players need a lot of physical work, some need mental work. I've found my niche in understanding how to differentiate between the two and quickly recognizing what each player needs. Because of that, players that have come to me, continue to come to me and tell their teammates, friends, and even opponents.

Eurobasket: Describe your approach. What is your teaching philosophy?
Strobl: I'm extremely positive and detail oriented. Basketball is an emotionally charged game and I learned the value of properly channeling emotions. There are going to be mistakes along the way, that's natural. A major development for young players is learning from those mistakes as quickly as possible so as not to repeat them. Players have to be continuously challenged and taken out of their comfort zone in order to reach that point where real learning happens.

Eurobasket: What are your goals? Where do you see this going?
Strobl: First and foremost, to help each player that walks onto my court. I want to have a positive effect on them as a person and I want to do everything I can to help them reach their goals as a player. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing my guys successfully take the next step and reach another level. I love to be a part of the development process in getting players to the top levels whether that is the NCAA, the European leagues or the NBA. I love the process and am enjoying every step along the way!

Eurobasket would like to thank Pete Strobl for taking the time for this interview. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors and know that the players he's working with are receiving elite physical training as well as coaching on the all important mental approach. This combination will surely arm them with the edge to help them reach their potential. Stay tuned to for future updates on former stars to the one and only Eurobasket. Your source for the latest news in European basketball!



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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 11-0 
 2. MZT Skopje 9-2 
 3. Rabotnicki 9-2 
 4. Torus Skopje 8-3 
 5. Ultimate Basket 4-7 
 6. Lirija 3-8 
 7. Ovce Pole 3-8 
 8. ABA Strumica 3-8 
 9. Kumanovo 2009 3-8 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Taci, Lirija26.0 
 2. Matic, Kumanovo.24.7 
 3. Morban, Lirija21.4 
 4. Jovanovic, Ultima.19.1 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.17.6 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.4 
 7. Jeter, Lirija17.1 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.16.3 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.2 
 10. Bilbija, Ovce Pole16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Lirija
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pavlovski, Lirija11.1 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.9 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 5. Taci, Lirija8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.7.8 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.5 
 8. Neal, ABA Strumica7.3 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.7.2 
 10. Petric, Kumanovo.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.6.1 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.7 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.4.8 
 4. Kostovski, Torus S.4.6 
 5. Taci, Lirija4.2 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.1 
 7. Vukadinovic, Pelist.3.7 
 8. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 9. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 10. Radojcic, Kumanovo.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.6 
 2. Morban, Lirija2.3 
 3. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 4. Matic, Kumanovo.1.8 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.8 
 6. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.7 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.7 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.7 
 9. Berat, Lirija1.7 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bogdan VUKADINOVIC
  Pelister Bitola
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vukadinovic, Pelist.1.7 
 2. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 3. Jeter, Lirija0.9 
 4. Anakievski, Pelist.0.8 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.0.8 
 6. Lazic, Ultimate.0.8 
 7. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.7 
 8. Kurciev, Ultima.0.7 
 9. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.7 
 10. Petkovski, Pelist.0.7 


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Mikheil Panchulidze claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Mikheil Panchulidze (192-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for TSU Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 35 points adding six rebounds and three assists for TSU Tbilisi in his team's victory, helping them to beat Batumi (#8, 2-5) 100-86. Despite this victory TSU Tbilisi dropped to the 4th position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TSU Tbilisi will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Panchulidze had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at TSU Tbilisi, through which he has constantly improved. Panchulidze has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.3ppg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 56.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old center Vakhtang Minashvili (200-C-79) of second-ranked Army Sport Klub Tbilisi. Minashvili impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Army to another comfortable win 92-73 over the lower-ranked Samedicino (#7, 3-4) being unquestionably team leader. Army's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Minashvili is a newcomer at Army and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi (#8). Keshelava showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Keshelava's great performance Batumi lost 86-100 to the higher-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#4, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Batumi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Keshelava he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Keshelava has individually a great season in Georgia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 46.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) of Energy Rustavi - 21 points and 6 rebounds
5. Rezo Didia (203-F-87) of Kutaisi - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Levan Tsekvava (190-G-89) of Energy Rustavi - 19 points and 3 rebounds
7. Ivane Maisuradze (194-G-85) of Batumi - 22 points and 2 assists
8. Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-G-89) of Energy Rustavi - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) of MIA Tbilisi - 17 points and 5 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Add NBA Experience With Eddie Gill And Hope For His Thrill - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The EWE Baskets added some support at the guard position by signing experienceEddie Gill (183-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.). He is a 32 year old 183 point guard from Colorado. Oldenburg fans will hope that he will make his nickname the thrill to good use in the thunderbird uniform. 'We needed some boost at the guard position. One saw in the loss to Ludwigsburg that we were missing an alternative in key situations', stressed Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schuller. Gill is starting his 11th professional season and has been a country traveler in the States having played for very many teams including various NBA teams. He has played a total of 199 NBA games. Last season, he played for Base Oostende (Belgium-D1, starting five): 26 games: 7.0ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (4.3apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 28.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 78.0%. He won the Belgium Cup in 2010. He played at Weber St. (NCAA, starting five) from 1998-2000 and in his senior year played 28 games: 16.3ppg, 6.4rpg, AssistsBigSky-1 (6.9apg), StealsBigSky-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 86.1%: Played and started in all 61 games at WSU and averaged 35.2 minutes per game. In 2000-2001, he started with the Orlando Magic (NBA): cut in Oct.'00, just before the season started, then went to Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL), in March '01 signed with Kansas City Knights (ABA): 2 games: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 9apg, in March '01 and April '01 signed 2 consecutive 10-day contracts with New Jersey Nets (NBA): 8 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 3apg, in April '01 replaced Palacio at Paf Bologna (Italy-A1): 5 games: 9.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3apg. In 2001-2002, he played for the : Kansas City Knights (ABA,starting five): 18 games: 12.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 6.7apg, 2.7spg, in Feb.'02 signed 10-days contract with Mamphis Grizzlies (NBA,starting five), then re-signed for the remainder of the season: $465,000: 23 games: 5.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.1apg.

In 2002-2003, he played for the Asheville Altitude (NBDL): 35 games: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-3 (5.2apg), 1.2spg, in Feb.'03 joined Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia (Italy-Lega2); Italian Lega2: 13 games: 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg. In 2003-2004, he went to Ionikos N.F. Athens (Greece-A1): 6 games: 15.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg: released in Nov.'03, later that month joined Dakota Wizards (CBA,starting five): 25 games: 18.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 8.0apg, 2.8spg, in Feb.'04 signed multi-year contract with Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), but later that month was placed (patellar tendinitis, right knee) on the injured list, activated in March '04, next month again placed (right quadriceps tendinits) on the injured list: 22 games: 2.3 ppg, 18reb. In 2004-2005, he played for the Indiana Pacers. In 2006-2007, he played for ynamo St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague): the team went bankrupt in Oct.'06, then moved to Dynamo Moscow (Russia-A Superleague): Euroleague: 20 games: 6.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45%, 3FGP: 40%, FT: 82.9%; Russian League: 33 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 83.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for New Jersey Nets (NBA): 13 games: 2.9ppg, 1.6apg, waived in Dec.'07, was re-acquired the same month by Colorado 14ers (D-League): 37 games: 18.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 8.5apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 86%;, then signed a 10-day contract at Seattle Supersonics (NBA): 14 games: 2.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg; in April '08 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League). In 2008-2009, he played for the : New Jersey Nets (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.'08 moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League), later that month signed at Colorado 14ers (D-League): 44 games: 14.8ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-4 (8.2apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.6%, in Feb.'09 agreed terms with Milwaukee Bucks (NBA): 5 games: 2.8ppg, 2.2apg; in March '09 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League, starting five).

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg




Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 95-87 Win Against 8 Time BEKO BBL Champion Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket following the


Congrats on the win against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. It wa sthe second win in a row at home. Do you think BG Goettingen gave you some luck with their win agains Allen Iverson some weeks ago in your arena?lol


No I don't think so. I think we finally just put a good game together.

Marcus Goree didnt seem to have any relapses from his injury. How key was he for Braunschweig winning this game?


Marcus is always a big part of our teams success when he plays well. I hope he can remain healthy the rest of the season.

The game was very tight in the first half with Alba Berlin taking the lead, but Braunschweig fighting back retaking the lead. What was key in the second quarter for Braunschweig taking lead back and keeping it?


Just sticking together , remaining positive and playing our game.

In the second half, The New Yorker Phantoms kept their composure an dpulled out the win. What was key in the second half for pulling out the win?


Just staying positive on the court together

You saw Alba Berlin for first time now. Are they stronger than last season?


They are still a very good team. Clearly one of the better teams in the league.


Derrick Allen led Alba Berlin with 17 points. What has changed with his overral appearance since leaving Frankfurt?



He is playing very well for them but I remember him being just as effective in Frankfurt. I don't think much has changed with his appearance but his jersey color. He is a very good player.

The team won and Jason Cain scored 17 points as top scorer. What was his biggest asset on the court against Alba Berlin?


Its hard to say what Jason's biggest asset is because he does so many things well. He brings lots of energy he communicates on defense ,he is athletic and now he is one of the best three point shooters in the league. I guess his biggest asset is that he is one of the best power forwards in the league in my opinion.


The Los Angeles Lakers lost 3 of 4. That never happened to the Boston celtics in their best days in the 80s. whats wrong with the Lakers?


I do not think anything is wrong with them. Every team has ups and downs in a season, the key is to be playing your best basketball going into the playoffs. They well be fine.


What current movie do you want to see and why?


I want to see Unstoppable with Denzel Washington. I didn't get to see it before I left in August.

Thanks Kev for the chat.


Herzoege Wolfenbuettel hire new head coach - by Moritz Korff
Shortly after having parted company with Alexander Biller in the course of this past week, 2. Bundesliga Pro B side Herzoege Wolfenbuettel has hired a new head coach: 52-year-old Carl Woodard out of Fayetteville, NC has been named the new man on the Wolfenbuettel bench. Woodard spent his career as a professional basketball player in the US and in Europe. For eleven years he played in Sweden. As far as he coaching experience is concerned, Woodard worked for Taby BBK and OBBK in the Swedish first league, he coached two years at the junior college level in Auburn, NY (Cayuga CC), before moving back to Europe in 1995, spending four years as the coach of VBBK (Denmark, First league), two years at TuS Jena (the team played in the Regionalliga back then). Woodard also served as the coach of the Mattersburg 46ers (Austria, First league), Porvoon Tarmo (Finland, First league) and Team Sjaelland, another First league outfit from Denmark.

Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 95-87 Win Against 8 Time BEKO BBL Champion Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Kevin Hamilton is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket following the





Congrats on the win against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. It wa sthe second win in a row at home. Do you think BG Goettingen gave you some luck with their win agains Allen Iverson some weeks ago in your arena?lol


No I don't think so. I think we finally just put a good game together.


Marcus Goree didnt seem to have any relapses from his injury. How key was he for Braunschweig winning this game?


Marcus is always a big part of our teams success when he plays well. I hope he can remain healthy the rest of the season.



The game was very tight in the first half with Alba Berlin taking the lead, but Braunschweig fighting back retaking the lead. What was key in the second quarter for Braunschweig taking lead back and keeping it?


Just sticking together , remaining positive and playing our game.



In the second half, The New Yorker Phantoms kept their composure an dpulled out the win. What was key in the second half for pulling out the win?


Just staying positive on the court together



You saw Alba Berlin for first time now. Are they stronger than last season?


They are still a very good team. Clearly one of the better teams in the league.




Derrick Allen led Alba Berlin with 17 points. What has changed with his overral appearance since leaving Frankfurt?




He is playing very well for them but I remember him being just as effective in Frankfurt. I don't think much has changed with his appearance but his jersey color. He is a very good player.


The team won and Jason Cain scored 17 points as top scorer. What was his biggest asset on the court against Alba Berlin?



Its hard to say what Jason's biggest asset is because he does so many things well. He brings lots of energy he communicates on defense ,he is athletic and now he is one of the best three point shooters in the league. I guess his biggest asset is that he is one of the best power forwards in the league in my opinion.




The Los Angeles Lakers lost 3 of 4. That never happened to the Boston celtics in their best days in the 80s. whats wrong with the Lakers?


I do not think anything is wrong with them. Every team has ups and downs in a season, the key is to be playing your best basketball going into the playoffs. They well be fine.




What current movie do you want to see and why?


I want to see Unstoppable with Denzel Washington. I didn't get to see it before I left in August.



Thanks Kev for the chat.


Frank Robinson (Maccabi Haifa Israel) Pregame Thoughts To Eurochallenge Game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners December 7th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) is 26 year old 193cm guard that was born in Compton, California and grew up in Los Angeles. He played at Cal Fullerton (NCAA) from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3Pts: 34.2%, FT: 73.8%. In 2008-2009, he started with NBA club Atlanta Hawks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga UPC, starting five): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg; Euroleague: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, in Feb.'09 signed at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 11 games: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.5%. Last season, he started with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) again, only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 69.2%. Last summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (LA Lakers). This season, he is playing for Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Premier League) and spoke to eurobasket before the Eurochallenge game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners December 7th.

Hello again EuroBasket and to all the basketball fans all over th world. Before we start the interview I want to ask you all to send a prayer or two for the citizens of Haifa, Israel. Something that SMALL could help the city recover from this horrifc event Unfortunately over the weekend the city of Haifa has been battling a fire that has taking the lives of 40 plus people and detroyed most if not all of the forest in our city. It is being called the biggest fire in Israel history to date. My heart and the hearts of everyone here from Maccabi Haifa goes out to the families who have lost loved ones and homes due to the fire.

Both Frankfurt and Macabbi Haifa lost their games last weekend. How crazy is that. How much did this surprise you?

When I heard that Frankfurt lost I was very surprised and it just reassured me that are bracket is a competitive one and there are no nights off.
Our lost at home was also surprising to me, but we came out flat once again and BK Ventspils took full advantage and jumped on us early. As long as we continue to do this teams will take advantage and give us little to no chance of winning.

Macabbi Haifa lost 86-80 to BK Ventspils. What was key in this game for BK Ventspils winning? It seemed like Maccabi Haifa had problems on the boards?

The key was simple Rashad Anderson.He came out like he had something to prove and embraced all of our guards defensively. It was the most complete game I have seen from him in a really long time. No way in the WORLD can we allow him to go off like that and expect to win. We did have a problem on the boards but his efforts are what got them off to a great start

How well has Elishay Kadir been getting integrated into the team? He had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists against BK Ventspils.

His transition has been coming along very well. He is such a key for our team and once we handle all of our health issues I am positive things will turn around for us. Elishay's is still getting into a rythm with us and getting into shape and his work ethic will allow him to be in the running for Israeli MVP once again for sure.

Could Kadir be the difference between losing and winning against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals next year?

He will be a key to our SUCCESS for sure. Beating Tel-Aviv is not something you can put on one mans shoulders, it will take a complete team effort to beat them at any point in the year. He is the type of player that will XCHANGE his personal success and stats if it will lead us to a win and thats what i love about him, its all about team.

How well has Drew Housman been developing since arriving November 10th? Does he have to put up with Harvard jokes in the lockerroom?

Drew is our Steve Blake (insider) he does the dirty work, and to be honest what he showed us in his first game with significant minutes against BK Ventspils shows us that he is adapting very nicely and will only get better. Although the things he does for our team dont show on the stat sheet all of the time I think it is important to have a guard with his skill set on your roster. His toughness and desire to win is something our team needs to move forward.
As far as the Harvard jokes we really dont get on him a lot but if there is any statistic that you dont know he will surly tell you (ex how many points is Landry Fields averaging this year for the Knicks)

How did you hear about the stroke of AJ Moye? How did you take the news and how will his loss effect The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

I was really sad to hear what happen to AJ, something that serious makes you really sit back and think how important good health is man. I didnt not take the news to well because even though I dont know him personally one of my teammates does and just to see how it affectted Marco was enough. His situation will definatley affect Frankfurt but it will either bring them closer togather and make them even more dangerous or it will cause problems in their team until the find a player tht can play that role.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will be without AJ Moye and Roger Powell, but will have Jermaine Bucknor. In a way, they are a bit stronger than in the Frankfurt game since they will still be without Moye and Powell, but have Bucknow in Haifa.

Powell played against us in Frankfurt and he was the key for them in Frankfurt. Im not familiar with Bucknor so I cant really speak on if they will be stronger or not. They have really good guards so no matter who is at forward the team will always be dangerous

What can we await from the game in Haifa?

Another tough up tempo game. It was fun there but I was injured with a torn stomach muscle so now that I am pain free I am sure it will be even more fun

Do you think that Dashaun Wood can reach 40 points in the BEKO BBL?

I believe Dashaun Wood has the abiliy to be one of the top Point Guards in Europe if he isnt already. With that said I think Dashaun can wake up on any given day and he will do what he wants. If he wakes up and feels like scoring 40 he has the ability to do so if he wakes up and feels like getting 12 assisst he probably will make the passes to get that done as well.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just finished watching The Social Network. As I continue to prepare and develop SWSX (ill explain later) with Horace Wormly, Tamal Forchion, and Joe Crawford, that movie gives me sleepless nights but also provides certain knowledge that can become useful on our journey.

thank you again Eurobasket for your time and dont forget to keep Haifa in your prayers.




Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Wood, Dt.16.9 
 2. Callahan, Bremerha.16.3 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.15.8 
 4. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.7 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.15.3 
 6. Zwiener, TBB Trier15.2 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix .14.7 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .14.4 
 9. Hunt, Telekom .14.3 
 10. Goree, NY Phantoms14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm9.3 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.3 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.8 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.4 
 6. Peacock, LTi 46ers7.3 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 10. Goree, NY Phantoms6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.0 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier4.9 
 3. Copeland, Bremerha.4.7 
 4. Jordan, MBC4.6 
 5. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.5 
 6. Wood, Dt.4.5 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .4.4 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.4 
 9. Rice, Art.Dragons4.3 
 10. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Dorris, Phoenix .1.9 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Trice, ratiopharm1.6 
 5. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 6. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 10. Martin, Bremerha.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.3 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.3 
 3. Powell, Dt.1.5 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.3 
 5. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.2 
 6. Baynes, EWE B.1.1 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 8. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 10. Ohlbrecht, Teleko.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel20.6 
 2. Burnette, Osnab.20.1 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim19.5 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau19.5 
 5. Shepherd, Osnab.19.4 
 6. Watts, Dragons19.2 
 7. Gause, Freiburg18.5 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim18.5 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.4 
 3. Watts, Dragons9.1 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.9 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.5 
 6. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim7.5 
 8. Mendez, Heidelberg7.5 
 9. Wyrick, B.Muenchen7.1 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.7 
 2. Gray, Crailsheim5.5 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.5 
 4. Barth, Heidelberg5.4 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel4.9 
 6. Lowery, Braves4.9 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Wallace, B.Mue.4.5 
 9. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.4 
 10. Cunningham, Jena4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.0 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz2.5 
 3. Gause, Freiburg2.5 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.2 
 5. Scott, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Shaw, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
 8. Turnbull, Hannover1.9 
 9. Mendez, Heidelberg1.8 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.8 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 3. De Michael, Kirchheim1.5 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.5 
 5. Fuller, Crailsheim1.3 
 6. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 7. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 8. Hansbro, Freiburg1.2 
 9. Williams, Karlsruhe1.0 
 10. Hampton, Webmoebel0.9 


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Keep The Face Of Michael Jordan Stone Cold Ripping Apart The MBC Wolves 83-52 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The choice of having the Michael Jordan wolf like sneer or his gregarious smile is either way never really a positive experience. When he has his game face on, he can sneer and probably even scare Ratiopharm Ulm big man John Bryant and when he has his lovable smile which could probably even brighten up the darkest alley in Liverpool, which means that he is most likely undergoing a very beneficial situation on the court. However at the end of 40 minutes in the Ballsporthalle, Jordan left the court as his sneer had simply been ignored by Frankfurt as if it had lost value the same way the dollar has the last years and his usuall cheerful big smile had been replaced by a stone cold expression as if his Denver Broncos had just lost the Superbowl 55-0 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took apart MBC 83-52 after having lost in Berlin and in Eurochallenge play. 'I had a blank stare on my face. It is just very frustrating to get spanked two weeks in a row. Basketball is a game of runs and they made two of them and we werent up to the challenge. There were times where they got a loose ball and easy basket or a hand on a ball leading up to a basket. You cant allow a good team like Frankfurt so many second chances', stressed Michael Jordan. 'Jordan didnt really have anything to smile about after this loss. But that is normal. Has we won, then he would of showed his big smile', added Ronald Ross. Frankfurt didnt play perfect for 40 minutes, but managed to win by 31 points. 'We played great for three quarters. We had too many turnovers in the second quarter. We have to minimize our mistakes. We held them to under 60 points and anytime we do that we will always have good chances to win', commented Skyliner guard Dashaun Wood.

Despite the cold weather in Frankfurt which has felt as cold or colder as experiencing a slay ride in a blizzard in Siberia, hanging out in a refrigerator that has +2c when its really -9c in downtown Leipzig, or challenging the local Eskimos to a fishing contest on the north pole, but the MBC Wolves seemed not be comfortable in the very much warmer Ballsporthalle as they seemed very lonely away from their dens in the lonely woods of Weissenfels. 'I dont think the warmer weather really effected us. This was a great opportunity for us to get over the hump, but Frankfurt kept the wolve sin their holes and we just couldnt adjust', warned ex Artland Dragon Ronald Ross.. For Michael Jordan playing in warm areas has been nothing new to him. 'The heat didnt distract us at all. Wolves like the cold, but I have played in many warm arenas. I remember when I was playing in Cologne, Marcin Gortat always kept pushing to turn down the hot lights. I love it warm', stressed Michael Jordan.

Many were speculating just how well The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would be able to play after suffering a 78 hour torture journey to and back from their Eurochallege game in the Ukraine. Despite this ordeal, the team was able to stick it behind them. 'I have traveled a lot in my life, but that was the most difficult travel in my life. We had heavy legs, but coach did a good job getting us focused and we knew what to do on the court', stressed Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor. Skyliner Sport director Kamil Novak could probably write a screen play about the calamity the team endured. 'Everyone was looking for a place to stay. It was difficult finding any information in Prague. The buses werent working and there was so much snow. I have never seen so much snow in my life. It felt like too many cars on the freeway. It was like a big traffic jam at the airport. This weather effected normal people as well as other teams like Alba Berlin. We didnt plan this. This can always happen and one just ha sto take it the way it is', warned Kamil Novak. Dashaun Wood had a lot of time to think and also had Tom hanks in his mind during the 78 hours. 'I had a lot of time to watch movies. I also thought about the movie Terminal with Tom hanks who lives at an airport. This was the worst travel that I ever expereinced, but we stuck together as a team and it showed against MBC: We showed that we could bounce back after a tough situation', warned Dashaun Wood. TV Langen American Nathan Drury who had beat the Frankfurt Skyliners PRO B team in a game earlier in the day would of been ready for an ordeal like that. 'I would of listened to a lot of music and would of hoped that my Ipod battery would have had enough life. I remember getting stranded in san Diego for 10 hours in college. I played a lot of cards and it was very good team chemistry', expressed TV Langen Nathan Drury.

Despite the cold weather, it didnt hamper 4,610 people from visiting the Ballsporthalle and seeing The Deutsche Bank Skyliners get off to a fast 7-0 lead with two Kimmo Muurinen free throws, an open three pointer by Quantez Robertson and a pretty mini floater by Dashaun Wood who made a quick side step in the zone and scoring. MBC had massive problems finding their rhythm as they seemed very lethargic at times in the offense getting many turnovers. Frankfurt quickly led 10-2 as Marius Nolte made a free throw and a lay in after grabbing an offensive rebound. Ronald Ross then made a pretty jumper in the lane scoring his first points as a wolf. He had come for the departed Jerome Tillman and still seemed a bit jetlagged after arriving in Frankfurt the day before. 'It felt cool to play and I was excited. I wanted to play hard defense and use my strength of getting to the hole and make plays when we needed them', said ex Texas tech guard Ronald Ross. 'Ross will help us at point guard. We couldnt expect to much since he had just got off the plane, but he will help us', warned MBC American Davon Roberts. Frankfurt continued finding more rhythm going on a 10-4 run to lead 20-8.

Frankfurt got buckets from Muurinen as he scored as the shot clock was down and Wood made a nifty lay in on the fast break. Frankfurt got free throws from Bucknor and Nolte and Mckinney made drooped a big three pointer. MBC kept turning the ball over and missing shots, but were giving Frankfurt pesky competition under the boards and were trying to run transition. Frankfurt led 24-10 after one quarter. 'We were very focused and had fire in our eyes and got our offense going fast', stressed Jermaine Bucknor. 'We got off to a slow start and couldn t get it going until the second quarter', commented Davon Roberts. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 60% from two point range and 14% from outside while MBC was shooting 43% from two point land and 0% form outside. Both teams had 11 rebounds a piece. Frankfurt had two turnovers and MBC eight turnovers.

Basketball is a game of runs and each team has their energy player that can get hot quickly and get a team back into the game as Alba Berlin has Julius Jenkins, Phoenix Hagen Mark Dooris, Bamberg Brian Roberts and MBC has radenko Pilcevic. The diminutive 185cm Serb would become that spark plug in the second quarter as he started hitting from downtown with ease as Vinny Johnson did 20 years ago for the Detroit Pistons. After Jimmy Mckinney extended the Frankfurt lead to 26-10 with a pull up jumper, MBC slowly got rolling as Vassil Evtimov made a nice move around Mckinney and Roller in the lane as MBC trailed 26-12. Then it was Radenko Pilcevic who made the first of four three point bombs all from almost the same spot at the top of the key. Pilcevic nailed his second three pointer and MBC trailed only 28-19. Frankfurt interrupted the MBC run with a mini 4-0 run as Muurinen hit a fade away jumper and Dominik Bahiense De Mello scored on the fast break after getting a feed from Wood who made a steal. Frankfurt led 32-19, but Frankfurt didnt keep an eye on Pilcevic who hit two more three pointers and Roberts scored inside off the fast break as MBC suddenly trailed only 32-27. Frankfurt was making turnover after turnover and was giving Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert a massive headache. In the last minute, Quantze Robertson and Davon Roberts traded buckets as Frankfurt led 34-29. After a Pascal Roller trunover, Vassil Evtimov got an offensive rebound and MBC got a last chance as Michael Jordan made a fake on Mckinney stepped three steps to his left and drowned a big three pointer as MBC was back in the game and went into halftime behind only 34-32. 'We finally played defense in the second quarter allowing only one shot', stressed ex Bamberg guard Michael Jordan. 'Our legs got heavy and we lost our heads a bit. We had nine turnovers which is way to much and they hit big shots', said Jermaine Bucknor. After 20 minutes, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 9% from the three point line while MBC was shooting 42% from the field and 42% from the three point line. MBC had the slight 18-17 rebound edge, but 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had 11 turnovers.

The first quarter belonged to Frankfurt, the second to MBC and the third quarter belonged to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they came out and jumped on the more aggressive wolves from the second quarter and sent them weeping back to their dens as the gang of Gordie Herbert played a near flawless quarter. MBC got the first basket to tie the game and seemed to have the momentum again, but then lost it in an instant as ex German national player Guido Grunheid had a clear break away and missed a dunk as Frankfurt scooted out on a 10-0 run to lead again comfortably 44-34. Frankfurt was scoring in many ways getting an open three pointer by De Mello and a pull up jumper by Quantez Robertson. Wood did his typical job scoring in almost impossible ways on his penetration and drawing fouls and Muurinen was grabbing offensive rebounds. After two Evtimov free throws, Frankfurt went on another run this time 7-0. Muurinen scored a three pointer, Wood with free throws and De Mello on the fast break.

Frankfurt led 51-36 and was quickly running away with the game. MBC then made the most perfect text book play of the game as Guido Grunheid gave a perfect lob pass inside to Evtimov who made the easy lay up. Frankfurt then went on their third run of the quarter with 8-0 which was fueled by two De Mello three pointers and was highlighted by a massive in your face dunk by Super Tez Robertson over Sascha Leutlof. Frankfurt had the comfortable 61-44 lead after three quarters. 'We got that fire back in our eyes, ran our offense, shot with a lot of confidence and adjusted on Pilcevic who we didnt allow to make another four three pointers', stated Jermaine Bucknor. 'MBC had run their offense better in the second quarter and coach told us to play defense in the third quarter and we did', said Dashaun Wood. 'Frankfurt hit big transition three pointers in the third and we never got back', said Davon Roberts.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept their momentum in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as they were able to extend their lead to 21 points 68-47. Frankfurt kept running their offense with success as Bucknor showed his versatile offensive play with a three pointer and an offensive rebound helping out on the glass and scoring and Joe Dabbert contributed with a left handed lay in. Captain Pascal Roller had been very quiet on offense until the fourth quarter where he found the hot hand as he made two three pointers.Wood showed his expertise play on defense forcing turnovers and getting steals as he fed Mckinney for a lay up and also drew another foul. After Roller made his second three pointer for the 79-52 Frankfurt lead, the MBC wolf stomach was empty and weak. However Frankfurt finished strong until the end as Roller, Wood and Nolte got three steals in the row which led to a Wood pull up jumper basket and the American point guard who is leading the BEKO BBL in scoring saved his best for last as he took Mckinney on a2-1 break way and fed him with a behind the back pass as Mckinney gave Frankfurt the last points of the day as MBC lost 83-52. 'Frankfurt played with so much confidence and we simply got out hustled', stressed Davon Roberts. 'We stuck together as a team. 90% of basketball is mental and we shot with a lot of confidence. We played good team defense and were on the same page', said Jermaine Bucknor.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Dominik Bahiense De Mello added 13 points. Kimmo Muurinen produced 11 points. MBC was led by Radenko Pilcevic with 15 points. Davon Roberts added seven points and five rebounds. Wayne Bernard, Sascha Leutlof and Vassil Evtimov chipped in with six points a piece. Frankfurt finished the day with 53% shooting while MBC got worse in the second half finishing with 28% from the field. Frankfurt barely won the rebounding battle 37-36 and both teams had a high number of turnovers as MBC had 22 and Frankfurt 19.The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have started a new winning streak and when looking back at the 9-3 record, one might see three loses, but Frankfurt could of easily be 12-0 now tied with Bamberg. 'We have been in every game and could of won each game. We continue to show focus, play hard and effort in each game this season. The most important thing is that we are playing at a very consistent level night in and night out', warned Dashaun Wood. Frankfurt next face Maccabi Haifa and the team just hopes that this journey will be with less complications. 'I am excited to play and am looking forward to the travel and warm weather. We have to focus and take each play by play. I hope there is no snow and we have no problems traveling', stressed Jermaine Bucknor. Frankfurt lost the first game without AJ Moye and Roger Powell, but have Jermaine Bucknow, but Maccabi Haifa have two new additions with Drew Housman and Elishay Kadir. 'They are a tough team and we will have to find a way to beat them. We will watch film and see what we can do to beat them. This will be a very big game for us. I am looking forward to playing against Slyven Landesberg in his court. I just hope there is no snow on Monday when we leave', joked Dashaun Wood. Macabbi Haifa greet The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on December 7th in Eurochallenge play.






Monk's 28 points and 7 rebounds give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old swingman Marcus Monk (198-G/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hertener Loewen and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Herten in his team's victory, helping them to crush Bernau (#12, 2-9) with 25-point margin 99-74. Herten maintains the 3rd position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Herten will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Monk had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Herten's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monk is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.4ppg. Monk is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,3.2spg and 69.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Justin Sexton (203-F-88) of Wolfenbuettel. He is American forward in his first season at Wolfenbuettel. In the last game Sexton recorded impressive 33 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Wolfenbuettel cruised to a 90-80 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Stahnsdorf (#2, 8-3). Wolfenbuettel's 11th position in North has not changed. 8 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Wolfenbuettel managed to get this year. Sexton is a newcomer at Wolfenbuettel and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joseph Henley (196-F) of Wulfen (#6). Henley scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Wulfen, leading his team to a 88-78 win against the lower-ranked Leipzig (#10, 4-7). Wulfen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Henley has a great season in Germany. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Thompson (198-F-82) of Vechta - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Markus Hallgrimson (190-G-75) of Schwenningen - 43 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mitch Leger (198-F-87) of Rist-Wedel - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81) of Leipzig - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. James Robert (203-F/C-86) of Schwenningen - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Monyea Pratt (196-F-85) of Leipzig - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Jan Fikiel (208-F-83) of Schwenningen - 19 points, 8 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Nick Jacobson Gets 4 Week Contract With The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Giessen 46ers have brought back a very known figure back to the BEKO BBL by signing Nick Jacobson (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) Jacobson who is a 30 year old 195cm shooting guard/small forward from North Dakota and got a 4 week contract. The injury to Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) will still take some time to heel and the club is really missing a dangerous shooter so getting the American was logical. 'Anthony can slowly put pressure on his leg again. We think that he will be able to return back to practice in the next week with easy contact. When he exactly can play again, we will decide with our doctors. We will not risk that his heeling process be in any danger of not finishing', stated Giessen coach Vladi Bogojevic. Last season Jacobson played for TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1): EuroCup: 6 games: 7.5ppg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.5%; Belgian League: 32 games: 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT-2 (86.8%). The Giessen 46ers know exactly what they have recieved with Jacobson. 'With Jacobson, we have a player that makes us more dangerous from the wing and has much experience. He has left his mark in the BEKO BBL and in other leagues in Europe. he knows where the rabbit runs',said Vladi Bogojevic.

Jacobson started his basketball career at Utah (NCAA) where he played from 2000-2004 and in his senior year played 33 games avergaing 16.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg. he started his professional basketball career for Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey-D1): 26 games: 14.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 38.0%. He then played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2005-2007 playing a total of 77 games. His best season was 2005-2006 where he averaged 15.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 37.3%. He took part in the 2006 and 2007 BEKO BBL Allstar three point shooting contest and won it in 2007. In 2007-2008, he played for Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1, starting five): 35 games: 14.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 86.0%. In belgium, he won reached the cup final twice and was league champion in 2010. In 2008-2009, he played for Helios Domzale (Slovenia-1A, starting five): Slovenian League: 34 games: 12.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 86.2%; Adriatic League: 24 games: Score-2 (16.0ppg), 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 90.8%. In Slovenia, he reached the Slovenian League All-Star Game -09 (3-Points Contest Winner).

Source: Giessen 46ers




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A1 Round 7: Olympiakos and Panathinaikos stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the game and games ending by tiny margin.
The most important game of round 7 in A1 was a home victory of Olympiakos against PAOK 89-82. It was a great evening for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (212-83, agent: Costas Papadakis) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agent: Misko Raznatovic) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic used a eleven-player rotation which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) responded with 33 points (!!!). Olympiakos (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. The victory allowed Olympiakos (7-0) to stay on top of A1, together with Panathinaikos. PAOK who is 3-4 is currently in eighth place as they suffered their fourth loss. PAOK will play next round against Panellinios trying to get back on the winning streak. Olympiakos will try to continue on it's current victory against fourteenth ranked Ilysiakos.
Very significant was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#8) and Panionios (#7). Panionios was defeated at home 61-66 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Michael King (193-78, college: George Washington, agent: Jamie Knox) who led the winners and scored 15 points and Jure Mocnik accounted for 12 points and 4 assists. Power forward Giorgos Tsiaras (207-82) came up with 26 points for Panionios in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory allowed Peristeri GS (4-3) to climb to third place. They share it with four other teams. Panionios who is 3-4 went down to eighth position as they suffered their fourth loss. Peristeri GS's will play against Ikaros (#5) at Kalitheas in the next round. Panionios will play at home against VAP Kolossos and hope to get back on the winning track.
Quite upsetting was Kavala's (#3) road defeat in a game versus tenth ranked Aris 72-80. P.J. Tucker fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Milton Palacio produced 20 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory allowed Aris (4-3) to climb to third place. They share it with four other teams including defeated Kavala. Aris will meet league's second-placed Panathinaikos in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play against AEK and hope to secure a win.
Second-ranked Panathinaikos had no problems on the court of Iraklis (#11) in Thessaloniki. Panathinaikos (7-0) outscored Iraklis (2-5) with a record 43 points 87-44. Worth to mention a great performance of Nick Calathes who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory allowed current champions Panathinaikos (7-0) to stay on top of A1 together with Olympiakos. Iraklis who is 2-5 went down to twelfth place. Panathinaikos' opponent will be Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Iraklis will play at home against Marousi (#9).
Ikaros' home win over bottom-ranked Ilysiakos 72-70 was very exciting and close contest. Ilysiakos was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It was a great evening for Deon Thompson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory allowed Ikaros (4-3) who are in their first very successful season in the A1 to climb to third place. They share it with four other teams. Seventh consecutive loss means that Ilysiakos is still at the bottom of the standings. Ikaros will face Peristeri GS (#4) at Athens in the next round. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.

In the last two games of round 7 AEK won against VAP Kolossos on the opponent's court 91-73. Marousi managed to outperform Panellinios in a home game 96-94.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 5 assists by Pat Kalathis of VAP Kolossos.


Olympiakos - PAOK 89-82
The most important game of round 7 in A1 was a home victory of Olympiakos against PAOK 89-82. It was a great evening for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agent: Costas Papadakis) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agent: Misko Raznatovic) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. Four Olympiakos players scored in double figures. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic used a eleven-player rotation which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) responded with 33 points (!!!) and American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four PAOK players scored in double figures. Olympiakos (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. The victory allowed Olympiakos (7-0) to stay on top of A1, together with Panathinaikos. PAOK who is 3-4 is currently in eighth place as they suffered their fourth loss. PAOK will play next round against Panellinios trying to get back on the winning streak. Olympiakos will try to continue on it's current victory against fourteenth ranked Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: I.Bourousis 15+5reb+1ast, R.Nesterovic 14+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 13+2reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 11+6ast, L.Mavrokefalides 9+4reb, T.Papaloukas 8+2reb+5ast
PAOK: R.Marshall 33+3reb+2ast, D.McGrath 17+1reb+4ast, R.Dozier 13+7reb+2ast, L.Papadopoulos 11+4reb, T.Gechevski 5+1reb+3ast, M.Giannakidis 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103765


Panionios - Peristeri GS 61-66
Very significant was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#8) and Panionios (#7). Panionios was defeated at home 61-66 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Michael King (193-78, college: George Washington, agent: Jamie Knox) who led the winners and scored 15 points and Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-85, agent: Side Court) accounted for 12 points and 4 assists. Power forward Giorgos Tsiaras (207-82) came up with 26 points for Panionios in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory allowed Peristeri GS (4-3) to climb to third place. They share it with four other teams. Panionios who is 3-4 went down to eighth position as they suffered their fourth loss. Peristeri GS's will play against Ikaros (#5) at Kalitheas in the next round. Panionios will play at home against VAP Kolossos and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: M.King 15+4reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 12+2reb+4ast, E.Scott 8+3reb+1ast, D.Papanikolaou 8+1reb+1ast, K.Looby 6+8reb+1ast, G.Tsiakos 6+5reb
Panionios: G.Tsiaras 26+3reb+1ast, M.Paragios 6+2reb, 5+2reb+5ast, M.Vujanic 5+2reb+2ast, C.Elonu 5+4reb+1ast, M.Batis 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 103759


AEK - VAP Kolossos 73-91
VAP Kolossos grabbed very important road win against AEK. Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: St.Joseph's) was a key player for the guests as he drained 34 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. On the other side, AEK got 17 points and 5 boards from Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte). Both teams had 3-3 record before this meeting.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 34+14reb+5ast, S.Manolopoulos 16+1reb, C.Harissis 12+8reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 8+3reb+11ast, A.Asimakopoulos 6+2reb+1ast, N.Pappas 6+3reb+3ast
AEK: L.Mack 17+5reb+3ast, R.Mels 13+5reb+2ast, D.Dikoudis 12+1reb+2ast, A.Grundy 11+1reb+2ast, A.Kallinikidis 9+1ast, 5+1ast
gschID: 103760


Aris - Kavala 80-72
Quite upsetting was Kavala's (#3) road defeat in a game versus tenth ranked Aris 72-80. American forward P.J. Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) chipped in 13 points. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) produced 20 points and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory allowed Aris (4-3) to climb to third place. They share it with four other teams including defeated Kavala. Aris will meet league's second-placed Panathinaikos in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play against AEK and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aris: P.Tucker 16+8reb, C.Tapoutos 13+4reb+1ast, N.Hatzivrettas 12+3ast, G.Skordilis 8+5reb+1ast, P.Pierce 8+1reb+2ast, K.Charalampidis 7+2ast
Kavala: M.Palacio 20+4reb, B.Jorovic 19, C.Simmons 14+8reb, C.Stefanidis 12+2reb+4ast, N.Strnad 4+1reb, S.Huff 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 103761


Iraklis - Panathinaikos 44-87
Second-ranked Panathinaikos had no problems on the court of Iraklis (#11) in Thessaloniki. Panathinaikos (7-0) outscored Iraklis (2-5) with a record 43 points 87-44. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, agent: Arik Krayn) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 assists. Central African swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Forward Fotis Lambropoulos (206-83) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agent: Yossi Gayer) added 10 points in the effort for Iraklis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Panathinaikos, while Iraklis lost their fourth straight game in a row. The victory allowed current champions Panathinaikos (7-0) to stay on top of A1 together with Olympiakos. Iraklis who is 2-5 went down to twelfth place. Panathinaikos' opponent will be Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Iraklis will play at home against Marousi (#9).
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: R.Sato 20+2reb+1ast, N.Calathes 13+4reb+7ast, M.Tepic 10+5reb+3ast, I.Vougioukas 10+5reb, D.Diamantidis 9+1reb+4ast, S.Perperoglou 9+2reb+3ast
Iraklis: T.Everett 10+2reb+2ast, M.Bouldin 9+1ast, F.Lambropoulos 8+10reb, G.Demertzis 6+2reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 4+5reb+3ast, D.Despos 4+2reb
gschID: 103762


Marousi - Panellinios 96-94 OT
OT win for Marousi, which allowed them to join group of the teams with 3-4 record. David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) and Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) paced the home side to victory with 20 and 19 points respectively. Visitors got 24 points from Samo Udrih (195-G-79) and they dropped to 1-6.
Top scorers:
Marousi: D.Huertas 20+4reb, N.Kommatos 19+8reb+4ast, 17+10reb+2ast, F.Kojadinovic 10+3reb+6ast, Y.Gagaloudis 10+3reb+3ast, T.Weeden 9+1reb+1ast
Panellinios: S.Udrih 24+3reb+3ast, M.Bailey 20+6ast, D.Ostojic 14+8reb+2ast, E.Papamakarios 12+5reb+4ast, J.Krabbenhoft 11+5reb+1ast, V.Sklavos 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 103763


Ikaros - Ilysiakos 72-70
Ikaros' home win over bottom-ranked Ilysiakos 72-70 was very exciting and close contest. Ilysiakos was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It was a great evening for American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Center Stavros Tountziarakis (210-87, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) helped adding 19 points. At the losing side guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) responded with 18 points and American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) scored 15 points. Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Ilysiakos lost their seventh straight game in a row. The victory allowed Ikaros (4-3) who are in their first very successful season in the A1 to climb to third place. They share it with four other teams. Seventh consecutive loss means that Ilysiakos is still at the bottom of the standings. Ikaros will face Peristeri GS (#4) at Athens in the next round. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: S.Tountziarakis 19+2reb+2ast, D.Thompson 14+13reb+1ast, B.Krasic 12+6reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 9+1reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 7+7reb+3ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 4+1reb+1ast
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 18+3reb+2ast, J.Baxter 15+3reb+2ast, L.Kaselakis 11+7reb+2ast, A.Karydas 10+2reb+4ast, M.Todic 8+5reb+1ast, N.Chatzis 4+1ast
gschID: 103764




Ermin Jazvin moves to Iraklis - by Eurobasket News
Even though he has recently left Ukrainian outfit Dnipro, Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Lanshire Group) did not have to wait long to find a new club. According to the reports from Bosnian media, Jazvin is close to sealing a move to Greece. Reportedly, Iraklis has expressed interest in the Bosnian center. It is expected that Jazivn will put a signature to contract during the day. He is seen as a good reinforcement for the team which currently finds itself in 12th place with the score 2-5.
Ermin Jazvin started his career in 1997 as member of D2 outfit Lokomotiva Mostar. Following season he was signed by Bosna Sarajevo where he played for 6 seasons. During that time he has developed his game and has become valuable member of starting five. He has helped Bosna to 1999 National Title. During his last season with Bosna in 2003, Jazvin averaged 11.2 points and 23 games. At the start of 2004-2005 season, Jazvin moved to Germany where he signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg. In his debut season he appeared in 32 games and has posted averages of 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Following year he improved his averages to 10.3 points and 6.2 boards in 33 matches. In 2006, Jazvin was on the move again this time to Greek outfit Marousi where in 16 league game he averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He earned 2-year extension with the club and has appeared in 21 league games next season, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. At the start of 2008-2009 season, Jazvin moved to Spartak Vladivostok where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 games. Last season, Jazvin played for CB Granada with whom he has signed in January of 2010.


Week 7: Second Division - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
During the 7th week of the tough league of the second division we had nealry 50% of the games to finish in the basket. Here are the resutls and the top scorers for each game:
M.Alexandros - Perama 64-91
Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) and his pals needed only 12 minutes to get the initiatives of the game and lead their team to another easy victory this time in Thessaloniki against M. Alexandros. The two coaches Kalabakos and Katopodis have created a very strong team which is currently on a record of 5-2 and they seem to find their way after the first couple of weeks where they lost their only two games. The amazing though is the fact that in every week another player is shining as last week was Tsarouchas and this week is Kipritzoglou, always with the steady assistance from the two scorers Nikos Liakopoulos and Emmanoulidis, now with the departure of Skoutaris the team will be among the toughest is the division
Quarters: 24-22, 37-47, 53-74, 64-91.
M. Alexandros: Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) (G) 16, Karouzos 12, Karatzas 12..
Perama: Kipritzoglou 22, Nikos Liakopoulos 23, Trafalis 10.

Stratoni - OFI 90-85
A great derby took place in Stratoni as Coach Mythou team is stronger than the islanders of OFI thought and lost the game in the fourth quarter when the home team overcome the visiting site with 27 14! Is the third game that the team of Stratoni is winning due to the last quarters efficiency;
Quarters: 23-25, 42-47, 63-71, 90-85.
Stratoni: Dislis 15, Kigmetoglou 12, Noukaris 14, Darakis 12, Yiannis Daskalopoulos (198-G/F-80) 15
OFI: Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) 17, Xenakis 12, Karadolamis 13, Panagakis 10, Souflias 12

Filippos - AIAS 83-93 in OT reg. time 76-76
Another great derby took place in Veroia where the Mavridis brothers try and gave their best for the hoem team but in the extra five minutes the experience players of AIAS took the game and the victory as they outcome their opponents with 17-7
Quarters:19-17, 39-41, 58-62, 76-76, 83-93
Filippos: V. Mavridis 18, A. Mavridis 17, Vassilis Tsakiris (200-F-76) 20, Iosifidis 10
AIAS: Gymnopoulos 16, MArousits 14, Asimakis 19, Kostas Georgoulas (195-F-80) 24

MENT - Doxa Lefkadas 69-67
Waoo!! That was another great derby in Thessalonki between the home team of MENT and one of the toughest teams of the division, the islanders from Lefkada the game was a real competition between two equal teams, in the fourth and most crucial quarter though the game went to the more experienced team.
Quarters: 25-15, 46-35, 61-52, 69-67
MENT: Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) 15, Dalpas 14, Ioakeimidis 13
Doxa: Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) 13, Papadopoulos 10

Diagoras Rodou - Apollon Kalamarias 74-65
In the derby of the poor as it can easily be characterized as both teams are in the last position of the board, Vasilis Ekine (201-F-83) was very good and assist his team to succeed the win. The visitors were better in the first half but were very tired in the second one while Pavlidis an A1 player still is not able to help his team as he wants too, yesterday scored only 5 points!
Quarters: 17-19, 30-34, 55-47, 74-65
Diagoras: Agapiadis 10, Panagiotarakos 11, Chrisis 12 and Vasilis Ekine 13
Apollon: Tanakidis 10, Valavanidis 10, Haralambos Giosmas (197-F-82) 11. Hatzaturov 11

Anagennisi Floga - Egaleo 80-63
The home team faces no real problem against the visiting site of Egaleo. So an easy victory came for the the North Hellas team.
Quarters: 22-16, 33-27, 57-39, 80-63
Anagennisi Floga: Theodoros Onasoglou (190-G-87) 15, Manousos 14, Foutsitzis 10, Kiriotis 10
Egaleo: Aggelos Siristatidis (190-G-78) 20, Mitropoulos 18

N. Kifisia - Doukas 84-61
The two teams have huge differences in the power and in the style, the home team is at least one gear faster and better so the result is fair.
Quarters: 23-11, 42-25, 65-38, 84-61
N.Kifisia: Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) 25, Tsiakas 14, Sioutis 15
Doukas: Lehoudis 15 and Panteleimon Kakkavas (186-G-88) 17



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Palacio, Kavala18.1 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.7 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.1 
 4. Tapoutos, Aris15.2 
 5. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 6. Tucker, Aris14.6 
 7. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 8. Dikoudis, AEK14.2 
 9. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
 10. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Simmons, Kavala11.3 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros9.7 
 3. Looby, Peristeri GS9.3 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.7 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.8 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.6 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi7.3 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris6.3 
 10. Dozier, PAOK6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.7 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.3 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Papamakarios, Panell.4.0 
 7. Grundy, AEK3.9 
 8. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.8 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.7 
 10. Tsamis, VAP K.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Iraklis
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 3. Pelekanos, Olympiakos2.3 
 4. Grundy, AEK2.1 
 5. Marshall, PAOK2.1 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 7. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 8. King, Peristeri GS1.9 
 9. Tucker, Aris1.9 
 10. Calathes, Panathin.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.3 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.4 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 4. Simtsak, Kavala1.0 
 5. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.7 
 9. Nielsen, Olympiakos0.7 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 


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


AEK Athens releases forward Darko Cohadarevic - by Eurobasket News
AEK Athens released Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86, college: Texas Tech), who joined the team last summer. The Serbian forward played three games for AEK this season averaging 6.3 points and 1.3 rebounds. Cohadarevic is a product of Texas Tech University, where he graduated six months ago.

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Glenn Stokes and his mentor Terence Stansbury - by Glenn Stokes
Hello Everyone!! My name is Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American), I currently play professional basketball in the netherlands for a team called BS Weert. I would like to take time out to thank eurobasket for the opportunity to share my many basketball experiences and thoughts about my career, life in Europe and life as a professional basketball player overseas. In addition, I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time out to read my first blog and hope that you will find it interesting enough to visit again in the future. I thought for the first blog, I will just keep it simple and introduce myself to anyone in the basketball world who is not familiar with me or for others who may know who I am and may have been wondering where I am or what Ive been up to. Later, I will be sharing my experiences and hopefully advising the youth while doing so.
I started my College career at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee Florida, where I played two seasons before taking my skills to American University in Washington D.C. After AU, I was blessed with the opportunity to start my professional career and landed my first job in Jyvaskyla, Finland. I have since played in Switzerland, France, Sweden, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Mexico before returning to Europe and playing this season for BS Weert.
While playing for an organization with great tradition and great fan support, I have also reunited with my first coach as a pro, Terence Stansbury . I was very fortunate my rookie year in many ways . For one, having a great friend (Chris McGuthrie, a legend in Holland known as Mighty Mouse)who introduced me to my first agent who got me my first job. My first job happened to be in Finland, where everyone spoke English. To top it all off, I couldnt be anymore excited after hearing that my coach would be Terence Stansbury . A great player who played in the NBA before having a long career in Europe. Known mostly for his spectactular dunks ( being cheated in the 1985 NBA dunk contest), but was a great point guard and ended up being a Legend in all of Europe especially France where he is in the Hall of Fame. I was fortunate to have him as a coach to be hard on me and teach me all that I would need to know to be a Pro and have a successful career in Europe. Coach T and I always kept in contact from my rookie year and while playing in France he coached in Luxembourg so he even came to see me play there. We always talked about reuniting and finally after eight years the right opportunity has come. This year will be interesting and we will make some noise in Holland.
Again, I would like to thank everyone for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed the first of many and will contiune to read throughout the season. Stay tuned for stories and advice. Until next time, Bye



Best players of Dutch DBL round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best ZZ Leiden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Rotterdam (#10, 1-14) with 31-point margin 83-52. ZZ Leiden maintains the 2nd position in Dutch DBL. They are still close to the very top. ZZ Leiden would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. Bekkering turned to be ZZ Leiden's top player in his first season with the team. Ross Bekkering averages this season 12.9ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American guard Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. Turner impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Eiffel Towers to another comfortable win 73-54 over the lower-ranked Giants (#9, 4-11) being unquestionably team leader. Eiffel Towers' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Turner is a newcomer at Eiffel Towers 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 Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of top-ranked GasTerra Flames Groningen. Dourisseau showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of GasTerra, leading his team to a 80-59 easy win against the lower-ranked ABC (#7, 6-9). Many experts and fans count GasTerra as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 14 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Dourisseau has a very solid season. In 15 games in Holland he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 4.6rpg, 2.4spg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Griffin (202-F-82) of Giants - 14 points and 13 rebounds
5. Harry Marshall (183-G-88) of Landstede - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of Rotterdam - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88) of ZZ Leiden - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Thomas Jackson (175-G-80) of ZZ Leiden - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90) of ABC - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra - 17 points, 12 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 14-1 
 2. ZZ Leiden 12-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 10-5 
 4. Magixx 9-6 
 5. DeFriesland 8-8 
 6. BS Weert 7-8 
 7. ABC 6-9 
 8. Landstede 5-11 
 9. Giants 4-11 
 10. Rotterdam 1-14 


Results, Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
In this (cold) weekend in the Dutch competition, on Saturday the defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen got back on the winning cruising to a home victory over fiesty ABC Amsterdam. Meanwhile two of the league's hottest team, both Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and De Friesland Aris, continued on a roll with easy wins over Rotterdam Challengers and Landstede Basketball respectively, while Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen won handily over injury-riddled BS Weert. On Sunday afternoon Eiffel Towers Den Bosch also had an easy win, at the expense of struggling WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom.

In the Martiniplaza, the defending Dutch champion Gas Terra Flames had in the beginning their hands full with ABC Amsterdam but found the right way with an 18-2 run in the last half of the 2nd quarter that made all the difference eventually, cruising to an 80-59 win. The Flames had first trouble with the young fresher legs/quick hands of their opponents, who forced fouls on the Flames defenders and sought in the early beginning on dribble drives, finding the gaps in the defense and posting up of the Flames' guards. This helped keep ABC within striking distant early, with the Flames head coach Marco van den Berg infuriated at the lack of intensity of his team. After a Flames timeout, the ball bounced the Flames way, with four straight three-pointers, including two by Flames PG Robby Bostain, that sparked an 18-2 run, with the Flames leading 47-25 at the break. The Flames' lead would shrink to no less than 17 pts. the rest of the way. Matt Haraysz led the way for Donar with a double-double of 17 pts. and 12 rebounds. Jason Dourisseau did a tremendous job of shutting down ABC Amsterdam leading scorer Jessey Voorn, holding him to only 7 pts. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90) had a strong game for the guests, scoring 14 pts. and 9 rebounds. With the win, the Flames improve to 14-1.

In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, a 13-0 start for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden gave them the mental edge it needed, cruising to their eight straight win and an 83-52 blowout. At the half it was already 51-24 for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden. Both Monta McGhee (198-F-79, college: Lewis) and Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led ZZ with 16 pts. each, with Bekkering pulling down 13 boards, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and his usual assortment of vicious dunks. Robbie Sihota led the guests with 13 pts. and 9 rebounds. The win improves Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden's record to 12-3.

In the Kalverdijke, the strong play of Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Furman) helped DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden continue on a roll, winning its 3rd straight game and a 79-68 win over Landstede Basketball. Punch made the difference against his former team in the 2nd quarter, helping break a 21-21 gridlock that helped Aris on a 20-7 run until the end of the quarter that gave them the momentum edge throughout. Landstede would later fight back and cut the lead to within striking distance to 66-61, but Aris guard Todd Brown (196-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Wright St.) would help Aris counter with an 11-0 run that would be the knockout blow. Punch would lead Aris with 17 pts., with Brown, Williams and Manny Adako adding 14 pts. each. Harry Marshall led all scorers with 23 pts. De Friesland Aris improves to 7-8 and move into 5th place in the standings, while Landstede falls to 5-10.

In the Horstacker, Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen bounced back from a loss to Rotterdam Challengers to an ugly 68-53 win over injury-riddled BS Weert. Both teams had cold shooting (Magixx 37.2% FG, BS Weert 35.4%), and Magixx guard Zaire Taylor did a good job of shutting down Dutch eredivisie leading scorer Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American), who scored only 8 pts. total. Markel Humphrey led Magixx with a double-double of 12 pts. and 11 rebounds. Trey McDowell was the only BS Weert player in double figures. Magixx improves to 9-6.

In Bergen-op-Zoom, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch made short work of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom, building a 39-22 halftime lead and not looking back afterwards, cruising to a 73-54 win. Kees Akerboom led the guests with a game-high 23 pts. Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) led WCAA with 20 pts. Despite shooting only 35.8% FG, Eiffel made up for it with a 51-33 rebounding advantage. The win improves Eiffel's record to 10-5, while the Giants fall to 4-11.



Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Stokes, BS Weert21.2 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants17.4 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 4. Borha, Landstede16.2 
 5. Laing, Magixx16.0 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.9 
 7. Marshall, Lands.14.9 
 8. Voorn, ABC14.3 
 9. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.1 
 10. Turner, Eiffel T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon GRIFFIN
  Giants
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Griffin, Giants9.9 
 2. Haryasz, GasTerra9.9 
 3. Sihota, Rotterdam9.7 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.0 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.9 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.3 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra7.8 
 10. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.0 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.3 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.3 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.9 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Kimbrough, Giants3.6 
 8. Ormskerk, Rotte.3.3 
 9. Boxley, ZZ Leiden3.0 
 10. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants2.4 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 7. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.2 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 9. Kherrazi, ABC2.0 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.9 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.6 
 3. Blue, Giants1.5 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.9 
 7. Hilliman, Rotterdam0.9 
 8. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.9 
 9. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


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Jara Doyne is back to Falco KC! - by Tamas Deri
The management of Falco KC just published some hours ago, that american guard Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi) arrived to the city and will play already on wednesday in Nyiregyhaza. Doyne is a well known player in our country and of course in Szombathely, as he was a key player of the champion team averaging 20.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-3 (3.0spg), 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 76% in 26 games. The season 2008-09 he spent with Albacomp, in November 2009 he signed with Nyiregyhaza and helped the team with 21.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 82.9% in 17 games. In the summer he was close to resign with Falco KC but decided to take the deal with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in the french Pro B, where he played 11 games averaging 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.0 assists per game.

The tryout period of Kevin Thomas (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia St.) was over after the game against Szolnok on saturday, and the management decided not to keep the player for the rest of the season. The 193 cm tall guard played ony 3 games for coach Sekulovic and helped the team with 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds 2.3 assists in 34.0 minutes on the court.


A Division Round 10: Kecskemeti loses to Kormend - by Eurobasket News
A Division round 10 most important game was a home victory of 5-ranked Kormend (8-2) over third-ranked Kecskemeti (7-3), who crushed host by 24 points 90-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) contributed with 20 points and 11 assists for the winners. The former international center Zoltan Bencze (213-81, agent: Alexis Politis) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Kecskemeti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kormend has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Albacomp and Atomeromu. Kecskemeti dropped to the fifth position. They have the same record like ZTE KK. Kormend is looking forward to face Albacomp (#3) in Szekesfehervar in the next round. Kecskemeti will play at home against FS Debrecen and is hoping to win this game.
Another very easy game for PVSK Pannon (4-6) which played on the court of Salgotarjani (0-10). Tenth ranked PVSK Pannon crushed hosts with a record 26 points
97-71. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and Muhammad El-Amin chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic felt such comfortable that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Tamas Sebok (191-77) responded with 14 points and 4 assists. PVSK Pannon jumped to the eighth spot. Salgotarjani still at the very bottom. They's will play against Marso-Vagep (#10) at Nyiregyhaza in the next round. Salgotarjani will play on the road against Kaposvari (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
League top team - Szolnok (10-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Falco-Szova
93-80. Obie Trotter notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by Charles Gosa did not help to save the game for Falco-Szova. Szolnok has a solid four-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Falco-Szova keeps the seventh position with 4-5 record. Szolnok will meet ZTE KK (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Falco-Szova will play against Marso-Vagep and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a home victory of eleventh ranked Szedeak (4-7) who smashed 8th ranked Marso-Vagep (3-6) by 19 points
103-84. Nebojsa Dukic fired 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Szedeak's coach Peter Fodor allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Szedeak jumped to the ninth spot. Marso-Vagep dropped to the tenth position. Their opponent will be Soproni (#12) on the road in the next round. Marso-Vagep will play against Falco-Szova having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Kaposvari smashed FS Debrecen on the road 105-84. Albacomp won against ZTE KK at it's own court 82-65. Soproni unfortunately lost to Atomeromu in Paks 73-79.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists by
Daniel Werner of Kaposvari.

FS Debrecen - Kaposvari 84-105
The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Kaposvari's (3-7) road victory over 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-9) 105-84. American forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International swingman Gabor Soos (200-85) chipped in 18 points. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Kaposvari's coach Adam Fekete felt such comfortable that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Chris Singletary (194-88, college: Kent St.) produced 31 points and 9 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. FS Debrecen (1-9) added sixth loss to their record. Kaposvari jumped to the eleventh spot. They share the position with Soproni. FS Debrecen keeps the thirteenth position. Kaposvari's opponent will be bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road in the next round. FS Debrecen will play against Kecskemeti.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: D.Werner 22+7reb+8ast, G.Soos 18+4reb+1ast, G.Kutasi 15+3reb+3ast, J.Wilson 12+2reb+6ast, T.Markus 11, K.Cunningham 11+3reb+1ast
FS Debrecen: C.Singletary 31+9reb+2ast, Y.Mekongo 20+9reb+1ast, K.Langford 18+7reb+2ast, M.Mondzinger 6+3reb+1ast, L.Kothay 3+2reb, I.Kovacs 2+4reb
gschID: 109547


Albacomp - ZTE KK 82-65
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked ZTE KK's (7-3) road loss to fourth ranked Albacomp (8-2) in Szekesfehervar 65-82. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agent: Side Court) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) added 21 points respectively for lost side. ZTE KK's coach Imre Patonay rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Albacomp has a solid four-game winning streak. Albacomp jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Kormend and Atomeromu. ZTE KK (last year champion) keeps the fifth position. Albacomp's opponent will be Kormend (#4) at home in the next round. ZTE KK will play against the league's leader Szolnok.
Top scorers:
Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar: A.Hanga 25+7reb+1ast, J.Jones 23+9reb+2ast, B.Simon 11+3reb+7ast, D.Hollis 10+6reb+1ast, T.Crocker 7+2reb+1ast, F.Bodi 5+1reb
Zalakeramia-ZTE KK: K.Wilson 21+2reb+2ast, L.Williams 20+8reb+3ast, D.Vojvoda 12+3reb+2ast, G.Toth 4+2reb, T.Kaman 3+4reb, G.Kinter 3+4reb
gschID: 109548


Salgotarjani - PVSK Pannon 71-97
Another very easy game for PVSK Pannon (4-6) which played on the court of Salgotarjani (0-10). Tenth ranked PVSK Pannon crushed hosts with a record 26 points 97-71. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic felt such comfortable that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Tamas Sebok (191-77) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and Croatian guard Aleksandar Scepanovic (198-82) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon jumped to the eighth spot. Salgotarjani still at the very bottom. They's will play against Marso-Vagep (#10) at Nyiregyhaza in the next round. Salgotarjani will play on the road against Kaposvari (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: B.Egemonye 22+16reb, M.El-Amin 19+5reb+6ast, N.Toth 17+5reb+1ast, A.Deak 17+2reb+1ast, G.Hosszu 11+2reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 7+5reb+11ast
Salgotarjani: A.Scepanovic 16+4reb+1ast, T.Sebok 14+3reb+4ast, T.Hartvich 12+2reb, D.Koma 10+2reb+1ast, A.Bajramovic 7+2reb+1ast, A.Vavra 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 109549


Szolnok - Falco-Szova 93-80
League top team - Szolnok (10-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Falco-Szova 93-80. American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agent: Side Court) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agent: Laszlo Vinko) who supported him with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Falco-Szova. The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agent: Laszlo Vinko) added 13 points and 9 assists for lost side. Szolnok has a solid four-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Falco-Szova keeps the seventh position with 4-5 record. Szolnok will meet ZTE KK (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Falco-Szova will play against Marso-Vagep and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 25+6reb+1ast, O.Trotter 15+7reb+11ast, I.Clark 12+5reb+3ast, Z.Trepak 12+1reb+1ast, V.Budimir 11+5reb+1ast, A.Horvath 10+3reb+11ast
Falco-Szova: C.Gosa 23+12reb+2ast, K.Thomas 16+4reb+3ast, L.Kalman 13+4reb+9ast, L.Simon 9+1ast, T.Pankar 7+4reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 109550


Kormend - Kecskemeti 90-66
A Division round 10 most important game was a home victory of 5-ranked Kormend (8-2) over third-ranked Kecskemeti (7-3), who crushed host by 24 points 90-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists for the winners. The former international center Zoltan Bencze (213-81, agent: Alexis Politis) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Gabor Denes (197-82) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kecskemeti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kormend has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Albacomp and Atomeromu. Kecskemeti dropped to the fifth position. They have the same record like ZTE KK. Kormend is looking forward to face Albacomp (#3) in Szekesfehervar in the next round. Kecskemeti will play at home against FS Debrecen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kormend: I.Nemeth 21+3reb+3ast, M.Moore 20+11ast, R.Bell 19+11reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 11+1reb, A.Rujak 7+1reb+1ast, E.Dies 5+2reb
Kecskemeti: J.LaGrange 11+4reb, I.Siriscevic 11+4reb, Z.Bencze 11+7reb, K.Wittmann 10+1reb+3ast, G.Denes 9+7reb+1ast, H.Orsulic 8+2reb
gschID: 109551


Atomeromu - Soproni 79-73
Very predictable result when second ranked Atomeromu (8-2) won against 11th ranked Soproni (3-7) in Paks 79-73. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. American forward Ian Johnson (205-84, college: Davidson) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. the other American import power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agent: Laszlo Vinko) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Atomeromu has a solid four-game winning streak comparing to five consecutive losses by Soproni. Atomeromu did not change their second position in the standings. Soproni keeps the eleventh position. Atomeromu's opponent will be Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely in the next round where they are favorite. Soproni will play at home against Szedeak (#9).
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: I.Johnson 23+7reb+3ast, B.Winters 14+2reb, B.Sales 13+12reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 9+4reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 7+2reb+2ast, F.Morgen 6+1reb
Soproni: D.Townes 23+10reb+1ast, R.Jarvis 13+2reb+3ast, T.Kelley 11+2reb+7ast, A.Molnar 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 8+12reb+1ast, T.Halmai 7+1reb
gschID: 109552


Szedeak - Marso-Vagep 103-84
We should not miss a home victory of eleventh ranked Szedeak (4-7) who smashed 8th ranked Marso-Vagep (3-6) by 19 points 103-84. Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) fired 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Szedeak's coach Peter Fodor allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) produced 25 points and 9 assists and American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Szedeak and four Marso-Vagep players scored in double figures. Szedeak has a solid three-game winning streak comparing to three consecutive losses by Marso-Vagep. Szedeak jumped to the ninth spot. Marso-Vagep dropped to the tenth position. Their opponent will be Soproni (#12) on the road in the next round. Marso-Vagep will play against Falco-Szova having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: N.Dukic 21+9reb+4ast, J.Rubin 20+8reb+3ast, Z.Kiss 18+1ast, B.McKenzie 18+10reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 13+6reb, I.Nyilas 8+4reb+2ast
Marso-Vagep: B.Savic 25+1reb+9ast, C.Marshall 21+5reb+2ast, J.Lekli 12+5reb, B.Stojakovic 11+1reb+1ast, K.Nagy 6+2reb+1ast, J.Siska 5+1reb
gschID: 109546



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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.4 
 3. Cunningham, Kapos.21.0 
 4. Bell, Kormend20.7 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari20.4 
 6. El-Amin, PVSK P.19.1 
 7. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.18.7 
 9. Moore, Kormend18.5 
 10. Townes, Soproni18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Sales, Atomeromu12.1 
 2. Townes, Soproni10.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.10.3 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari10.3 
 5. Jones, Albacomp10.1 
 6. Bell, Kormend9.8 
 7. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.3 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 9. Hargrove, Kaposvari8.7 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.9 
 2. Simon, Albacomp6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.5 
 4. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.2 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 6. Kelley, Soproni5.9 
 7. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 8. Horvath, Szolnok5.1 
 9. Moore, Kormend4.4 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel WERNER
  Kaposvari
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Werner, Kaposvari3.3 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.3.0 
 4. Clark, Szolnok2.9 
 5. Crocker, Albacomp2.8 
 6. Hanga, Albacomp2.8 
 7. Savic, Marso-Vagep2.7 
 8. Williams, ZTE K.2.6 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.2.5 
 10. Bell, Kormend2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Clark, Szolnok3.1 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.4 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu1.2 
 6. Bell, Kormend1.0 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.1.0 
 8. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 9. Hargrove, Kaposvari1.0 
 10. Orsulic, Kecskemeti1.0 


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Interview with Pete Strobl - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket continues to dominate worldwide basketball coverage by providing loyal readers with player profiles, statistics, game recaps, breaking news and updates on former players. For this edition we were fortunate to catch up with former European professional Pete Strobl (206-F-77, college: Niagara) who is now a highly sought after basketball skills development coach in the United States.

Eurobasket: You spent roughly a decade traveling Europe and playing professionally for teams in France, Austria, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. What are you doing, where are you now?
Pete Strobl: I absolutely loved my time in Europe and wouldnt trade any of those experiences and memories for the world. After retiring I returned to America and settled with my family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Eurobasket: How have you adjusted to being back in the states?
Strobl: It was quite different in the beginning. I was born and raised in Los Angeles so obviously it felt normal to be speaking English again, however, there was definitely a transition period for me. I was accustomed to being in the gym twice a day, six days a week and I really missed the thrill of competition. The first few days it was nice to have a break, but that quickly subsided and there was a feeling of what now?

Eurobasket: What have you been up to since your playing days?
Strobl: Since returning Ive devoted myself to sharing my experience and knowledge of the game with hungry and driven players. I'm in the gym almost every day of the week doing private sessions and working with players to build on their strengths while addressing their weaknesses. I've also started a basketball academy for young players called The Scoring Factory and I'm absolutely thrilled with the progress that my players are making. In the summer time, several college and European pros have sought me out and Im working with them to strengthen their games as well.

Eurobasket: When you say your experiences, are you referring to your time playing in America or Europe?
Strobl: Both. I was extremely fortunate to learn from a lot of great coaches along the way. When I work with players, regardless of age or skill level, I teach a mix of both the European and American styles and philosophies. From experience, I know there are positives to be taken from each school of thought. What was once a sharp delineation between the two styles is becoming more blurred as upper level international teams rise toward the caliber of top American basketball. Even the NBA is slowly evolving into a true worldwide conglomeration with the influx of so many talented foreigners.

Eurobasket: Which coaches had the greatest influence on you?
Strobl: That's a tough question because I always tried to take at least something from every coach I've ever had. Jean-Denys Choulet at Chorale de Roanne basically baptized me into the European game and taught me how to become a professional. Joe Mihalich at Niagara taught me how to take whatever struggle comes my way, and turn it into a positive. Hubert Schreiner taught me too many things to name.

Eurobasket: Which country taught you the most in terms of developing basketball talent?
Strobl: I took bits and pieces from all of them. France stands out for the passion and intensity of the game, Ireland stands out for the daily obstacles I faced in teaching youth basketball, Austria became home and I learned about continuity and proper repetition. There was something to be gained from all of my stops and believe me when I say that I took notes.

Eurobasket: How has your business grown so quickly? There's a constant stream of basketball noise coming out of Pittsburgh now and it seems like more and more players are coming to work with you.
Strobl: Word of mouth has been my best form of advertising. I strive to give all of my players exactly what they need to improve their game. Some players need a lot of physical work, some need mental work. I've found my niche in understanding how to differentiate between the two and quickly recognizing what each player needs. Because of that, players that have come to me, continue to come to me and tell their teammates, friends, and even opponents.

Eurobasket: Describe your approach. What is your teaching philosophy?
Strobl: I'm extremely positive and detail oriented. Basketball is an emotionally charged game and I learned the value of properly channeling emotions. There are going to be mistakes along the way, that's natural. A major development for young players is learning from those mistakes as quickly as possible so as not to repeat them. Players have to be continuously challenged and taken out of their comfort zone in order to reach that point where real learning happens.

Eurobasket: What are your goals? Where do you see this going?
Strobl: First and foremost, to help each player that walks onto my court. I want to have a positive effect on them as a person and I want to do everything I can to help them reach their goals as a player. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing my guys successfully take the next step and reach another level. I love to be a part of the development process in getting players to the top levels whether that is the NCAA, the European leagues or the NBA. I love the process and am enjoying every step along the way!

Eurobasket would like to thank Pete Strobl for taking the time for this interview. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors and know that the players he's working with are receiving elite physical training as well as coaching on the all important mental approach. This combination will surely arm them with the edge to help them reach their potential. Stay tuned to for future updates on former stars to the one and only Eurobasket. Your source for the latest news in European basketball!



Superleague National Cup results - by Eurobasket News
Superleague National Cup enjoyed the quarterfinal stage at the weekend.
Ulster Elks advanced into the semis after a 72:65 win over Belfast Star. Benjamin De La Cruz stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Barry Drumm (186-G-87) added 18 points for the winners. Ulster Elks led by three points at halftime 37:34. They hung on to eke out a historic win to earn the first place in the semifinals. Ulster Elks will face UCD/Marian now.
UCD/Marian reached the semis after they dealt with DCU Saints 81:65. UCD Marian surged ahead right from the start piling up a 38:31 lead at the interval. They did not slow down in the second half rallying to a comfortable victory. Daniel James (189-F/G-90) provided 20 points for the winners. Conor Meany (185-G-86) added 14 points in the win. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) responded with 15 points for DCU Saints.
UL Eagles also paved their way into the next round of the tournament. Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Willamette) delivered 22 points as UL Eagles toppled UCC Demons 78:70. Matthew Hall (186-G-75, college: Earlham) netted 15 points in the winning effort. UCC Demons enjoyed a 44:37 halftime advantage but things turned upside down in the third quarter. UL Eagles outscored their opponents to accumulate a 56:51 advantage. They did not surrender the advantage in the final period claiming a confident win at the end. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85, college: Cent.Michigan) chipped in 20 points for UCC Demons. UL Eagles will now take on Killester in the semis.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Michael BONAPARTE
  Neptune
  (196-F-82)
  Avg: 31.4
 1. Bonaparte, Neptune31.4 
 2. Longmire, Belfast .30.5 
 3. Turner, Killester25.3 
 4. Van, UCC Demons24.1 
 5. De La Cruz, Ulster E.23.7 
 6. Foley, Ulster Elks23.0 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 9. Mitchell, UL Ea.19.9 
 10. Louisme, Neptune19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mason AMBLER
  Moycullen
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Ambler, Moycullen14.7 
 2. De La Cruz, Ulster E.14.1 
 3. Mitchell, UL Ea.13.9 
 4. Louisme, Neptune13.7 
 5. Van, UCC Demons12.6 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.12.6 
 7. Turner, Killester11.3 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune10.2 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.9.4 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.1 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.9 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.5 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks5.1 
 5. Noonan, Neptune3.8 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.6 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen3.5 
 8. Clarke, Killester3.4 
 9. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen2.7 
 3. Westbrooks, Killester2.6 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.6 
 5. Noonan, Neptune2.3 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.2.1 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
 9. Hall, UL Eagles2.0 
 10. Turner, Killester2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Neil BAYNES
  UCD Marian
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Baynes, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Van, UCC Demons2.6 
 3. Turner, Killester2.5 
 4. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 5. Louisme, Neptune2.0 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.6 
 8. Duggan, UCC Demons1.5 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.3 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .1.3 


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


Richard Hendrix to miss 7-10 days - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is facing injury problems right before back-to-back key home games to lock the top spot in Group A, as power forward Richard Hendrix (203-F-86, college: Alabama) will be sidelined for 7 to 10 days due to illness, the club announced Monday. Hendrix suffers from Pneumonia and and the team's medical staff suggested him to rest and sit out. As such, Hendrix will be unavailable for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague home game against Partizan mt:s, leaving the team with a shorter, 10-player rotation. He is also doubtful for his team's home against BC Khimki Moscow Region next week. 'I am confident Hendrix will still help us a lot in the future because he is a very good player,' head coach David Blatt said. 'His illness stops him from helping us when we will need him, and I am sure that we will see a much improved version of Hendrix once he recovers from the illness.'

Courtesy of Euroleague


Premier League Round 8: Bnei Hasharon loses to Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
Premier League round 8 most important game was a road victory of 4-ranked Galil Gilboa (5-3) over second-ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-3), who beat the hosts in Hod Hasharon by 15 points 95-80. International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 assists. American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203, college: Marshall) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican guard Filiberto Rivera (187-82, college: UTEP) replied with 16 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for Bnei Hasharon. Galil Gilboa has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Hapoel J-M and defeated Bnei Hasharon. Galil Gilboa is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#5) on the road in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Ironi Ashkelon and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Hapoel Holon (3-5) which hosted higher ranked Hapoel J-M (5-3). Eighth ranked Hapoel Holon had an easy defeat 76-65 ending at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Jamie Arnold (203-75, college: Wichita St., agent: Avi Zilberman) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and Robert Hite who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Hapoel Holon's coach Danny Franco allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Sam Clancy (201-80, college: USC) responded with 7 points and 14 rebounds. Hapoel Holon jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Elitzur Netanya. Hapoel J-M dropped to the second position. They have the same record like Galil Gilboa and Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Holon's will play against higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#6) at Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel J-M will play at home against Elitzur Netanya (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also a 22-point home defeat of 5th ranked Maccabi Ashdod in a game versus Maccabi T-A (#1) 62-84 ending at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The winners were led by Sofoklis Schortsanitis who scored that evening 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds by Wayne Wallace did not help to save the game for Maccabi Ashdod. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A (7-1) of course still keep top position in the standings. Maccabi Ashdod keeps the fifth position with 4-4 record. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a home very close victory of seventh ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-5) over 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (2-6) 60-58. The best player for the winners was Adrian Banks who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Elitzur Netanya did not change their seventh position in the standings. Ironi Ashkelon dropped to the last position. Elitzur Netanya's opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Bnei Hasharon (#4).



Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi T-A 62-84

An interesting game was also a 22-point home defeat of 5th ranked Maccabi Ashdod in a game versus Maccabi T-A (#1) 62-84 ending at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The winners were led by Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) who scored that evening 19 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Lior Eliyahu (207-85, agent: Yossi Gayer) who supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds by American power forward Wayne Wallace (206-80, college: Virginia Union, agent: Arik Krayn) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Ashdod. The former international guard Meir Tapiro (194-75, agent: Avi Zilberman) added 5 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A (7-1) of course still keep top position in the standings. Maccabi Ashdod keeps the fifth position with 4-4 record. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: S.Schortsanitis 19+9reb, L.Eliyahu 14+3reb+3ast, G.Pnini 13+2reb+4ast, D.Blu 13+3reb, Y.Green 8+5reb, T.Burstein 5+2reb+3ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 16+2reb, W.Wallace 15+13reb, O.Eytan 11+4reb+1ast, J.Duncan 10+8reb, M.Tapiro 5+9reb+7ast, R.Bradley 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 105453


Elitzur Netanya - Ironi Ashkelon 60-58

We should not miss a home very close victory of seventh ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-5) over 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (2-6) 60-58. The best player for the winners was American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Shmuel Brener (188-81, agent: Zeev Gross) chipped in 4 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agent: Michael Hart) produced 8 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Thomas Terrell (201-79, college: Georgia St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Elitzur Netanya did not change their seventh position in the standings. Ironi Ashkelon dropped to the last position. Elitzur Netanya's opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Bnei Hasharon (#4).
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 23+5reb, R.Travis 9+4reb+1ast, T.Younger 5+5reb+2ast, T.Washam 5+1reb, E.Gueta 4+1reb, E.Brown 4+7reb+2ast
Ironi Ashkelon: T.Terrell 16+5reb+1ast, D.Farmer 12+4reb+1ast, R.Turner 8+12reb+2ast, G.Pruitt 6+4reb+3ast, A.Bukra 5+1reb, G.Porat 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 105454


Bnei Hasharon - Galil Gilboa 80-95

Premier League round 8 most important game was a road victory of 4-ranked Galil Gilboa (5-3) over second-ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-3), who beat the hosts in Hod Hasharon by 15 points 95-80. International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 assists. American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203, college: Marshall) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican guard Filiberto Rivera (187-82, college: UTEP) replied with 16 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) added 19 points in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Hapoel J-M and defeated Bnei Hasharon. Galil Gilboa is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#5) on the road in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Ironi Ashkelon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: G.Mekel 28+3reb+7ast, T.Wilkerson 18+6reb+1ast, W.Carter 15+2reb+1ast, R.Green 9+5reb+4ast, D.Yavzuri 9+3reb+1ast, J.McClinton 7+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: L.Nailon 19+2reb+2ast, F.Rivera 16+2reb+5ast, R.Steele 13+1reb+7ast, S.James 11+8reb+4ast, B.Rice 10+10reb, D.Grunfeld 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 105455


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 76-65

Another interesting game for Hapoel Holon (3-5) which hosted higher ranked Hapoel J-M (5-3). Eighth ranked Hapoel Holon had an easy defeat 76-65 ending at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Jamie Arnold (203-75, college: Wichita St., agent: Avi Zilberman) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami (FL)) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Danny Franco allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Sam Clancy (201-80, college: USC) responded with 7 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jason Rich (191-86) scored 13 points. Hapoel Holon jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Elitzur Netanya. Hapoel J-M dropped to the second position. They have the same record like Galil Gilboa and Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Holon's will play against higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#6) at Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel J-M will play at home against Elitzur Netanya (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Arnold 21+6reb+2ast, R.Hite 17+10reb+2ast, M.Roth 13+7reb+6ast, K.Powell 11+3reb+1ast, R.Melzer 9+8reb+2ast, N.Cohen 2+5reb
Hapoel J-M: J.Rich 13+4reb+2ast, W.Solomon 10+3reb, D.Dowell 9+8reb, M.Mizrahi 9+4reb+1ast, S.Clancy 7+14reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 105456




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A Dilettanti, Round 11 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 11 Trento wins against Omegna for 70-63 and remains alone on top of the standing with only 2 defeats. In the match against the Paffoni the Bitumcalor starts very well but in the second quarter the visitors reopen the game, decisive the last quarter for the new leaders of the group A. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) is the MVP with 15 points and 7 rebounds (6/10 by 2), 3 players with 11 points: Luca Conte (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) that adds 6 assist, Simone Ferrarese (182-G-87) with 4 assist and 3 steals and Marco Spanghero (185-G-91) in only 14 minutes. Good performance of Luca Gandini (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) with 8 points and 7 rebounds and for Nicola Natali (198-G-88) with 6 points and 6 rebounds. For the visitors the ex Treviso Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) scores 17 points with 3/4 by 3, 16 points from the bench for Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79) and 11 points + 8 rebounds with 3 steals for Innocenzo Ferraro (200-F/C-82). In a very balanced match, closed after 2 overtime, Trieste exceeds Moncalieri for 95-93. The Zerouno, after the bad first and third quarter, play a fantastic last quarter (15-27) and grabs the OT thanks 5 consecutive points of Conti; Busca missing the last shoot for the victory. At the end of the first overtime always Conti signing the draw with a triple but in the last second of the match two free throws of Contento and Moruzzi deliver the victory at Trento. For the winners 20 points of Andrea Colli (203-F/G-88) with 7 rebounds and 8/12 at shoot, 19 points for Dennis Bocchini (193-G-76), 14 points and 3 steals for Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80) and 13 points with 9 fouls suffered of Federico Maiocco (200-G/F-83). 8 points for a good Leonardo Busca (180-G-72) with 4 assist and 7 rebounds. For the Moncalieri S. Mauro 22 points of a great Francesco Conti (203-F/C-83) with 7/13 at shoot, 9 rebounds but 8 turnovers, 21 points for Daniele Parente (190-G-78) and Federico Tassinari (194-G-77) (that catches 6 rebounds) and double-double for Maurizio Giadini (199-G-77, agency: Interperformances) with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Piacenza wins easy against Riva (81-66 the final) with a great last offensive quarter (30-20) and confirms the second place with Brescia and Perugia. For the Garda Cartiere instead this is the ninth defeat that sentence the team at the last place together Osimo with only 2 wins. For the Copra Morpho Bakery 17 points of Tommaso Plateo (187-G-78) with 3 steals, 17 poinst also for Federico Loschi (195-G-90), 14 points and 5 rebounds of Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84), 10 points and 9 rebounds of Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) with 2 blocks, 9 points in only 9 minutes for Marco Passera (180-G-82) (stopped by an injury) and 6 points + 9 rebounds for Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81). For the Garda Cartiere 17 points and 6 rebounds of Alessandro Garofalo (197-F-85, agency: JEMsports), 15 points of Lorenzo Torboli (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) with 3 steals and 12 points of Andrea Scanzi (198-G-88). In the other match:

PentaG. Ozzano - Pall. Pavia 75-66 (D.Grillo 20 pts, L.Fontecchio 11 reb, J.Canelo 4 ass, F.Marcante 5 stl)
Co.Mark Treviglio - Centrale Brescia 73-67 (D.Reati 24 pts & 7 stl, M.Rezzano 8 reb, T.Marino 7 ass)
Goldengas Senigallia - Liomatic Perugia 61-53 (M.Gnaccarini 16 pts, M.Pierantoni 13 reb, B.Musso 4 ass, F.Facenda 4 stl, M.Pazzi 3 blk)
SBS Castelletto - Consum.it Siena 82-85 (D.Casadei 26 pts, L.Masieri 10 reb, A.DeNicolao 5 ass, F.Prelazzi 10 f.suf)
Edilcost Osimo - Fortezza Recanati 65-77 (D.Parente 26 pts & 7 ass, G.DelliCarri 10 reb, R.Fossati 8 ass, F.Bastoni 6 stl & 7 ass)

Group B

Another victory for Ruvo that wins on the court of Latina for 90-83 after an overtime. The Adriatica, now first on standing with 9-2, starts very bad (15-29) but comeback in the second and third quarter. In the last minute, with 2 free throws of Bonfiglio, Ruvo goes ahead for 72-69 but Paparella marks the triple for the overtime. For the leaders of the group 26 points of Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) with 4/10 by 3 but the MVP is Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) with 18 points, 7/8 by 2, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks! Good performance of Andrea Malamov (196-G-83) with 18 points (but 2/11 by 3), 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assist and for Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) with 12 points. For the hosts of the group 23 points of Cristian Villani (200-G/F-82) (starting by bench) with 11/17 in the free throws (8 fouls suffered), 11 points and 4 assist for Frederic Emejuru (203-F/C-88) and 13 points for Fabio Ruini (186-G-80) and Emiliano Paparella (187-G-83). 5 steals and 8 fouls suffered for Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) but only 5 points with 2/10 at shoot and 0/6 in the free throws! Important victory for Ostuni that exceeds Bisceglie for 71-69 and reaches alone the second place (8 wins and 3 defeats). For the Assi Basket 15 points of Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81), 14 points for Domenico Morena (210-F/C-70) with 7 rebounds but is decisive the job of Francesco Basei (207-C-83) that closes with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 blocks! For the others 8 points + 4 assist of Marco Bona (194-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and 7 points in only 7 minutes of Mario Gigena (198-F-77). For the Ambrosia fourth defeat but kept the third place behind Ruvo and Ostuni. Not enough the good match of Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) with 25 points, 7/10 at shoot and 7/8 in the free throws; 13 points of Francesco Gori (196-G-77) (single player in double digit over Raschi) and 9 points for Claudio Maino (185-G-91) with 6 fouls suffered. Saturday Molfetta destroyed Agrigento with the result of 108-84 thanks a perfect first half (35-19 in the first quarter, 59-34 after 20 minutes). For the Centro Auto Ford is the fifth victory while for the Moncada ninth defeat in 11 matches, always at the last place with Recanati. Fantastic performance of all the team (7 players on double digit) with 23 assist and 36/62 at shoot (58%) with 10/19 by 3! The top scores is Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) with 20 points and 4 assist in 24 minutes, 16 points and 11 rebounds (6 offensive) for Diego Corral (205-C-86) with 7 fouls suffered but 4/13 in the free throws, 14 points of Andrea Maggi (185-G/F-80) with 7 rebounds and 6 assist, 12 points of Onorio Petrazzuoli (194-G-88) and 10 points for Salvatore Genovese (198-G/F-87), Roberto Maggio (183-G-90) and Daniele Mastrangelo (187-G-91). For the visitors 19 points of Paolo Mossi (193-G-76), 16 points and 9 rebounds of Niccolo Squarcina (203-F-83), 15 points with 4 assist and 4 steals for Maurizio Ferrara (185-G-86) and 11 points with 4 assist for Nunzio Sabbatino (189-G-92). The other results:

Cisa Massafra - Ascom Patti 85-72 (M.Cucinelli 18 pts, F.Quaglia 10 reb, A.Cigliani 3 stl)
Shinelco Trapani - FMC Ferentino 71-80 (M.Evangelisti 24 pts, W.Santarossa 10 reb, M.Carrizo 23 pts, F.Guarino 5 stl & 3 ass)
Romana Anagni - Itop Palestrina 69-53 (R.Romano 17 pts, A.Capitanelli 11 reb, G.Bruni 3 ass & 4 stl, M.Romani 3 blk)
AD S.Antimo - Publisys Potenza 73-70 (J.Valentini 22 pts & 11 reb & 10 f.suf & 4 stl, S.Bagnoli 15 reb, D.Calabria 3 stl & 3 ass)
Ircop Rieti - Bawer Matera 73-69 (A.Lagioia 27 pts, D.Virgilio 25 pts & 9 ass, D.Zambon 12 reb, M.Defant 2 blk)


Valentini's a double-double lands him A dilettanti Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Jacopo Valentini (193-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Antimo and receives a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Potenza (#13, 4-7) 73-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in group B. Despite this victory S.Antimo dropped to the 11th position in Italian A dilettanti. S.Antimo 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 5-6 record. It's Valentini's second year at S.Antimo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jacopo Valentini averages this season 12.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Davide Virgilio (175-G-72) of Ircop Rieti. He is a guard in his first season at Rieti. In the last game Virgilio recorded impressive 25 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. It was enough for Rieti to edge slightly higher-ranked Matera (#8, 6-5) by 4 points 73-69. Rieti's 9th position in group B has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Virgilio is a newcomer at Rieti and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Davide Parente (187-G-83) of Recanati (#14). Parente scored 26 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Recanati, leading his team to a 77-65 win against Osimo (2-9). Recanati can only dream about fighting for top spots in group A. They have rather bad season and 2-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Parente he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Parente has a very solid season. In 10 games in Italy he scored 13.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80) of Ferentino - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Diego Corral (205-C-86) of Molfetta - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Fabrizio Facenda (200-F/C-75) of Senigallia - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Davide Reati (193-G-88) of Treviglio - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79) of Castelletto - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dante Calabria (194-G-73) of S.Antimo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andrea Zerini (201-F-88) of Ruvo - 18 points and 9 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Lega2 Round 10: Barcellona loses to Fastweb CM - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
Lega2 round 10 most important game was a road victory of 4-ranked Fastweb CM (7-3) over third-ranked Barcellona (7-3), who crushed visitors by 21 points 90-69 ending at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barcellona. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agent: Side Court) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Matteo Malaventura (196-78) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agent: Luciano Capicchioni) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Barcellona. Fastweb CM has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with defeated Barcellona. Fastweb CM is looking forward to face Trenkwalder (#12) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barcellona will play at home against Tezenis Verona (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Another very easy game for N.Ferrara (4-6) which hosted higher ranked Jesi (5-5). Thirteenth ranked N.Ferrara crushed visitors with a record 22 points 92-70. Naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and Stefano Borsato chipped in 26 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. N.Ferrara's coach Alberto Martelossi felt such comfortable that he used 11 players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. N.Ferrara jumped to the ninth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Jesi keeps the eighth position. N.Ferrara's will play against higher ranked Tuscany PT (#7) at Pistoia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jesi will play on the road against Forli and hope to get back on the winning track.
League top team - Snaidero UD (9-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Forli in Udine 84-77. Jason Williams notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds by Lorenzo Gordon did not help to save the game for Forli. Forli's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Snaidero UD (9-1) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Forli keeps the fourteenth position with 3-7 record. Snaidero UD will meet Aget IM (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Forli will play against Jesi and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss another defeat of winless San Severo (0-10) who this time lost to second ranked Umana Reyer (9-1) at home 79-83. Kiki Clark fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Umana Reyer's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Umana Reyer is a new league leader. They share the position with Snaidero UD. San Severo still at the very bottom. Umana Reyer's opponent will be Assigeco (#10) in Lodi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Severo will play at home against Prima Veroli (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Immobiliare SR's very close two-point victory over Aget IM 86-84. It was a very good performance for Quadre Lollis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Immobiliare SR (6-4) jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Tuscany PT and Scafati Basket. Aget IM dropped to the ninth position with 4-6 record. Immobiliare SR will face Scafati Basket (#5) at home in the next round. Aget IM will play against the league's new leader Snaidero UD (#1).

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Assigeco beat Prima Veroli on the road 86-76. Tuscany PT lost to Tezenis Verona at it's own court 60-65. Trenkwalder managed to outperform Scafati Basket in Reggio Emilia 85-76.


Assigeco - Prima Veroli 76-86

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Prima Veroli (4-6) beat higher ranked Assigeco (4-6) in Lodi 86-76. It was a very good performance for Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). American guard James Penn (178-77, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and his fellow American import forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Assigeco. Assigeco's coach Marco Calvani tested eleven players saving starting five for next games. Assigeco (4-6) added third loss to their record. Prima Veroli jumped to the ninth spot. They share the position with four other teams including defeated Assigeco. Prima Veroli will face bottom-ranked San Severo (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: B.Cerella 20+2reb+1ast, P.Marigney 20+5reb+5ast, R.Boykin 16+13reb+1ast, D.Banti 8+3reb, M.Bertolazzi 5+1reb+2ast, R.Castelli 3+5reb+1ast
Prima Veroli: A.Kavaliauskas 29+8reb, J.Jackson 21+1reb+2ast, J.Penn 21+5reb+3ast, D.Brkic 6+3reb, I.Gatto 3+3ast, A.Binetti 3+2reb
gschID: 95856


Barcellona - Fastweb CM 69-90

Lega2 round 10 most important game was aroad victory of 4-ranked Fastweb CM (7-3) over third-ranked Barcellona (7-3), who crushed visitorsby 21 points 90-69 ending at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barcellona. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agent: Side Court) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Matteo Malaventura (196-78) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Fastweb CM players scored in double figures. American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agent: Luciano Capicchioni) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Ryan Bucci (192-81, college: C.W. Post) added 18 points (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Barcellona. Fastweb CM has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with defeated Barcellona. Fastweb CM is looking forward to face Trenkwalder (#12) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barcellona will play at home against Tezenis Verona (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: R.Bucci 18+2reb, J.Crispin 13+8reb+2ast, A.Ghiacci 10+3reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 8, M.Cardinali 8+1reb+5ast, M.Mocavero 8+5reb
Fastweb CM: M.Malaventura 22+3reb+1ast, R.Hickman 20+5reb+4ast, T.Fantoni 12+8reb+1ast, S.Pierich 10+6reb, O.Nnamaka 9+6reb, D.Chiotti 5+3reb
gschID: 95857


San Severo - Umana Reyer 79-83

We should not miss another defeat of winless San Severo (0-10) who this time lost to second ranked Umana Reyer (9-1) at home 79-83. American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners (made all of his eight free throws). The former international power forward Christian Di Giuliomaria (208-79) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Four Umana Reyer players scored in double figures. Umana Reyer's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) produced 24 points and naturalized American forward Aaron Johnson (203-83, college: N.Mexico) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five San Severo players scored in double figures. Umana Reyer (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak comparing to ten consecutive losses by San Severo. Umana Reyer is a new league leader. They share the position with Snaidero UD. San Severo still at the very bottom. Umana Reyer's opponent will be Assigeco (#10) in Lodi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Severo will play at home against Prima Veroli (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
San Severo: F.Zanelli 24, R.Stefanov 15+3reb, R.Childress 10+5ast, M.Ferri 9+3reb+4ast, A.Johnson 9+11reb+1ast, L.Ianes 6+4reb
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 17+4reb+7ast, T.Slay 14+4reb, A.Young 13+1ast, C.Di Giuliomaria 9+9reb+2ast, A.Causin 7+2reb, M.Allegretti 7+3reb
gschID: 95858


Snaidero UD - Forli 84-77

League top team - Snaidero UD (9-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Forli in Udine 84-77. American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) who supported him with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agent: Michael Hart) did not help to save the game for Forli. Four Forli players scored in double figures. Forli's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Snaidero UD (9-1) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Forli keeps the fourteenth position with 3-7 record. Snaidero UD will meet Aget IM (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Forli will play against Jesi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Forli: L.Gordon 24+10reb+2ast, M.Poletti 12+4reb+1ast, R.Wittman 11+4reb+2ast, A.Piazza 10+2reb+5ast, S.Licartovsky 6+3reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 6+5reb
Snaidero UD: L.Dordei 26+6reb+2ast, J.Williams 26+9reb+2ast, G.Lee 15+5reb+2ast, C.Cotis Harrison 9+4reb+6ast, R.Truccolo 3+1reb, T.Rinaldi 2+6reb
gschID: 95853


Immobiliare SR - Aget IM 86-84

And finally the game worth to mention about is Immobiliare SR's very close two-point victory over Aget IM 86-84. It was a very good performance for American power forward Quadre Lollis (200-73, college: Montana St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Immobiliare SR players scored in double figures. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) replied with 21 points (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and Swedish forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Aget IM. Four Aget IM players scored in double figures. Immobiliare SR (6-4) jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Tuscany PT and Scafati Basket. Aget IM dropped to the ninth position with 4-6 record. Immobiliare SR will face Scafati Basket (#5) at home in the next round. Aget IM will play against the league's new leader Snaidero UD (#1).
Top scorers:
Aget IM: T.Whiting 21+4reb+3ast, P.Prato 16+3reb+4ast, M.Ringstrom 14+11reb, N.Ebi 12+7reb, F.Masoni 8+1reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 8+5reb
Immobiliare SR: G.Scarone 16, D.Filloy 15+9reb+1ast, Q.Lollis 15+14reb+1ast, D.Vukcevic 15+3reb+2ast, T.Roderick 12+3reb+1ast, G.Tomassini 10+1reb+4ast
gschID: 95854


Tezenis Verona - Tuscany PT 60-65

Very expected game when 15th ranked Tezenis Verona (2-8) lost at home to eighth ranked Tuscany PT (6-4) 65-60. Quite impressive performance for American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Jeff Trepagnier (192-79, college: USC) replied with 23 points and international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agent: Max Raseni) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tezenis Verona. Tuscany PT jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Immobiliare SR and Scafati Basket. Tezenis Verona keeps the fifteenth position. Tuscany PT will face N.Ferrara (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tezenis Verona will play against Barcellona.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: J.Trepagnier 23+4reb+3ast, A.Renzi 19+8reb, O.Gueye 13+1reb+1ast, K.Waleskowski 4+8reb+1ast, G.Mariani 1+2reb, A.Campiello 0
Tuscany PT: J.Varnado 20+9reb, F.Toppo 15+8reb, A.Filloy 9+3reb+3ast, J.Porzingis 8+3reb+2ast, W.Boss Mukubu 7+6reb+3ast, G.Fucka 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 95855


N.Ferrara - Jesi 92-70

Another very easy game for N.Ferrara (4-6) which hosted higher ranked Jesi (5-5). Thirteenth ranked N.Ferrara crushed visitors with a record 22 points 92-70. Naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85)had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) to led the charge for the winners and guard Stefano Borsato (190-86) chipped in 26 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four N.Ferrara players scored in double figures. N.Ferrara's coach Alberto Martelossi felt such comfortable that he used 11 players which allowed his starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Argentinian guard Matias Nocedal (192-90, agent: Arturo Ortega) scored 18 points. N.Ferrara jumped to the ninth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Jesi keeps the eighth position. N.Ferrara's will play against higher ranked Tuscany PT (#7) at Pistoia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jesi will play on the road against Forli and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jesi: M.Maggioli 22+10reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 18+2reb, M.Rossi 8+2reb+1ast, B.Elder 7+4reb, M.Tagliabue 6+2reb, M.Santiangeli 3+2reb
N.Ferrara: S.Borsato 26+3reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 21+11reb, J.Boyette 20+3reb+1ast, V.Mazzola 11+7reb+1ast, T.Kotti 7+6reb+1ast, D.Cournooh 3
gschID: 95851


Trenkwalder - Scafati Basket 76-85

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Scafati Basket (6-4) won against 11th ranked Trenkwalder (4-6) in Reggio Emilia 85-76. Quite impressive performance for American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Scafati Basket players scored in double figures. Mexican-American swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) replied with 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agent: Brad Ames) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Trenkwalder. Scafati Basket has a solid three-game winning streak. Scafati Basket jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Tuscany PT and Immobiliare SR. Trenkwalder dropped to the ninth position. Scafati Basket will face Immobiliare SR (#6) at Rimini in the next round. Trenkwalder will play on the road against Fastweb CM.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: R.Beck 38+6reb, J.Smith 8+6reb+4ast, D.Slanina 7+3reb, J.Salvi 6+10reb+1ast, R.Valenti 6+3reb, A.Frosini 5+5reb
Scafati Basket: J.Hunter 27+4reb, R.Chiacig 14+9reb, R.Davis 13+5reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 10+4reb+1ast, M.Casini 8+3reb, M.Levin 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 95852




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Reati, Treviglio20.3 
 2. Rugolo, Molfetta17.7 
 3. Vico, Matera17.7 
 4. Marino, Treviglio17.5 
 5. Casadei, Comsum.i.17.3 
 6. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.1 
 7. Evangelisti, Trapani16.9 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino16.6 
 9. Becerra, Rieti16.1 
 10. LaGioia, Matera15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Corral, Molfetta11.2 
 2. Bagnoli, Potenza10.7 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.7 
 4. Zambon, Rieti8.9 
 5. Basei, Ostuni8.7 
 6. Gaeta, Osimo8.5 
 7. Zerini, Ruvo8.4 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 9. Gigena, Massafra8.1 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.1 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.3 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.9 
 5. Basanisi, Massafra3.3 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 7. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 8. Busca, Trieste3.2 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.2 
 10. Guarino, Trapani3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Simone BONAMENTE
  Perugia
  (202-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Bonamente, Perugia3.7 
 2. Bushati, Brescia3.7 
 3. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 4. Vico, Matera3.3 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.3 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 7. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 8. Giadini, Moncalieri3.1 
 9. Borgna, ASD Pavia3.0 
 10. Moruzzi, Trieste3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.0 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.5 
 4. Corral, Molfetta1.5 
 5. Basei, Ostuni1.1 
 6. Pozzi, Molfetta1.0 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 8. Antrops, Rieti1.0 
 9. Candido, Ferentino0.8 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.8 


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


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Ford Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. White, Ford S.20.1 
 2. Lavrinovic, Montepas.18.0 
 3. Ford, Sutor Mont.17.8 
 4. Dean, Air AV16.4 
 5. Kaukenas, Montepas.16.3 
 6. Thomas, Air AV16.1 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.16.1 
 8. Hunter, Ford S.16.1 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR15.8 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Sutor Mont.
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Ford, Sutor Mont.10.9 
 2. Ivanov, Sutor M.8.9 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.8 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindisi8.3 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi8.3 
 6. Hall, Banca Tercas8.2 
 7. Suton, Angelico BI8.1 
 8. Slay, Cimberio VA7.9 
 9. Hunter, Ford S.7.6 
 10. Troutman, Air AV7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Green, Air AV6.4 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.6.3 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.4.8 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 5. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.5 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA3.5 
 8. Diener, Ford S.3.3 
 9. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fabio DI BELLA
  Pepsi Caserta
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Di Bella, Pepsi C.3.1 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.3.0 
 3. Milic, Vanoli CR3.0 
 4. Washington, Lottomat.2.9 
 5. Hunter, Ford S.2.9 
 6. Dasic, Lottomatica2.9 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 8. Dean, Air AV2.8 
 9. Green, Air AV2.8 
 10. Collins, Scavolin.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve TOURE
  Enel Brindisi
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Toure, Enel Brindisi2.5 
 2. Ford, Sutor Mont.2.1 
 3. Smith, Benetton TV1.5 
 4. Polonara, Banca T.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 6. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 7. Hunter, Ford S.1.0 
 8. Ress, Montepaschi0.9 
 9. Lang, Enel Brindisi0.9 
 10. Davis, Banca Tercas0.8 


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


Best players of Italian SerieA round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American-FYR Macedonian Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Montepaschi Siena and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Montepaschi in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Armani MI (#2, 6-2) with 32-point margin 99-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Montepaschi to jump to the first place in the Italian SerieA. Montepaschi have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game McCalebb had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Montepaschi's top player in his first season with the team. Bo Lester McCalebb averages this season 15.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma. Dedovic impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Lottomatica was edged by the higher-ranked Cimberio VA (#3, 6-2) 92-89. Lottomatica is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. 6 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Lottomatica managed to get this year. Dedovic is a newcomer at Lottomatica and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Slovenian Marko Milic (202-F-77) of Vanoli Cremona (#6). Milic scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vanoli CR, leading his team to a 72-63 win against the lower-ranked Pepsi Caserta (#14, 2-6). Vanoli CR needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Milic has a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (9th best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 54.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) of Scavolini PS - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. James White (198-G-84) of Ford Sassari - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Bennet Cantu - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Bennet Cantu - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82) of Vanoli CR - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Phil Goss (186-G-83) of Cimberio VA - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Josh Davis (203-C/F-80) of Banca Tercas - 23 points and 13 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .17.7 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic17.2 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin17.1 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido16.8 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin16.6 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin16.3 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.6 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.13.7 
 9. Maraker, Hokkaido13.6 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.13.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.6 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota8.6 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.2 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi7.6 
 6. Custis, Panasonic7.4 
 7. Maraker, Hokkaido7.3 
 8. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.1 
 9. Honeycutt, Panas.6.9 
 10. Violette, Toshiba6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kei IGARASHI
  Mitsubishi
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.2 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin4.0 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.7 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.6 
 7. Nishimura, Hitachi S.3.5 
 8. Kawamura, Tochigi .3.4 
 9. Yamada, Hokkaido3.2 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.3 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin1.6 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.6 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.3 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.3 
 7. Gibbs, Toyota1.1 
 8. Sakuragi, Aishin1.1 
 9. Nishimura, Hitachi S.1.1 
 10. Custis, Panasonic1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Philip RICCI
  Toyota
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin1.2 
 3. Lett, Mitsubishi1.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.0 
 5. Aono, Panasonic1.0 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido0.6 
 7. Brown-M., Mitsubishi0.6 
 8. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 9. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 
 10. Gross, Aishin0.6 


BJ League Round 16: Sendai 89ers defeats Shimane in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 16 in the BJ League was a very close only two-point home a defeat of 5th ranked Shimane to second ranked Sendai 89ers 77-79. It ended the two-game winning streak of Shimane. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who added 21 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Despite the victory Sendai 89ers (8-8) stay at second position having just fourteen points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Shimane who is 7-9 is currently in fifth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Sendai 89ers is looking forward to face Saitama Bron. (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Shimane will play against Takamatsu FA and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Fourth-ranked Okinawa GK had no problems in a home game against Miyazaki (#8). Okinawa GK (10-6) outscored Miyazaki (5-11) with a record 24 points 101-77. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agent: Jamie Knox) who scored that evening 22 points and David Palmer who supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani felt such comfortable that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 29 points and 9 rebounds by forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agent: Goran Gramatikov) did not help to save the game for Miyazaki. Okinawa GK has a solid four-game winning streak comparing to three consecutive losses by Miyazaki. The victory allowed Okinawa GK (10-6) to climb to third place. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki who is 5-11 is currently in eighth position. Okinawa GK's will play against league's leader Shiga Lakestars at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Miyazaki will play against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
League top team - Hamamatsu P. (15-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Saitama Bron. 84-80. Dzaflo Larkai fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Kenny Satterfield produced 29 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hamamatsu P. (15-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Saitama Bron. who is 4-12 is currently in seventh place as they suffered their twelfth loss. Hamamatsu P. will meet Akita (#4) on the road in the next round. Saitama Bron. will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
League top team - Shiga Lakestars (12-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Takamatsu FA 93-77. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a very good performance for Gary Hamilton who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga Lakestars stay at first position. Takamatsu FA who is 4-10 is currently in ninth place. Shiga Lakestars' opponent will be Okinawa GK (#3) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Shimane (#6).

In the last two games of round 16 Niigata Albirex won against Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 76-72. Akita unfortunately lost to Kyoto Hannaryz in a home game 78-83.


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 72-76

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-9) was defeated at home by third ranked Niigata Albirex (7-7) 76-72. It was a very good performance for Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyama Grouses (5-9) added third loss to their record. Despite the victory Niigata Albirex stay at third position having just fourteen points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Toyama Grouses who is 5-9 is currently in fifth place. Niigata Albirex's opponent will be Tokyo Apache (#6) on the road in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 23+14reb+2ast, M.Kyle 13+5reb+1ast, J.Smith 12+11reb+1ast, J.Davis 8+2reb+3ast, T.Mito 6+4reb+3ast, H.Shirata 5+2reb
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 18+6reb, I.Konare 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 14+1ast, Z.Andrews 10+12reb+2ast, W.Veasley 10+5reb+4ast, N.Takushi 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 105841


Saitama Bron. - Hamamatsu P. 80-84

League top team - Hamamatsu P. (15-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Saitama Bron. 84-80. British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Hamamatsu P. players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) produced 29 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hamamatsu P. (15-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Saitama Bron. who is 4-12 is currently in seventh place as they suffered their twelfth loss. Hamamatsu P. will meet Akita (#4) on the road in the next round. Saitama Bron. will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 29+4reb+5ast, G.Leach 18+10reb+1ast, D.Terashita 10+1reb+5ast, K.Hatano 9+9reb+2ast, B.Nash 7+3reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 7+6reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: D.Larkai 15+14reb+1ast, J.Parmer 15+11reb+1ast, J.Dixon 13+3reb+4ast, S.Okada 11+3reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 11+5reb+4ast, R.Nixon 8+4reb
gschID: 105842


Shiga Lakestars - Takamatsu FA 93-77

League top team - Shiga Lakestars (12-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Takamatsu FA 93-77. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a very good performance for power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA (4-10) added fifth loss to their record. Shiga Lakestars stay at first position. Takamatsu FA who is 4-10 is currently in ninth place. Shiga Lakestars' opponent will be Okinawa GK (#3) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Shimane (#6).
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: T.Farley 19+5reb+2ast, J.Price 14+6reb+1ast, S.Takada 11+4reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 10+3reb, R.Sparks 8+9reb+6ast, S.Takeda 6+2reb+1ast
Shiga Lakestars: G.Hamilton 26+15reb+8ast, L.Rice 24+11reb+2ast, Y.Okada 18+1reb, M.Marshall 10+7reb+4ast, M.Joho 5+2reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105843


Shimane - Sendai 89ers 77-79

The most interesting game of round 16 in the BJ League was a very close only two-point home a defeat of 5th ranked Shimane to second ranked Sendai 89ers 77-79. It ended the two-game winning streak of Shimane. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who added 21 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Shimane players scored in double figures. Despite the victory Sendai 89ers (8-8) stay at second position having just fourteen points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Shimane who is 7-9 is currently in fifth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Sendai 89ers is looking forward to face Saitama Bron. (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Shimane will play against Takamatsu FA and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Shimane: T.Ishizaki 13+5reb+2ast, R.Golson 13+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+2reb, W.Caudle 11+10reb+4ast, S.Nakanishi 9+4reb+1ast, T.Evans 7+7reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 21+8reb, M.Hopson 19+12reb+6ast, K.Takahashi 10+1reb+1ast, D.Takaoka 9+1reb, C.Holm 9+13reb+2ast, L.Hechon 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105844


Okinawa GK - Miyazaki 101-77

Fourth-ranked Okinawa GK had no problems in a home game against Miyazaki (#8). Okinawa GK (10-6) outscored Miyazaki (5-11) with a record 24 points 101-77. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agent: Jamie Knox) who scored that evening 22 points and forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) who supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani felt such comfortable that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 29 points and 9 rebounds by forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agent: Goran Gramatikov) did not help to save the game for Miyazaki. Forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agent: Side Court) added 21 points for lost side. Okinawa GK has a solid four-game winning streak comparing to three consecutive losses by Miyazaki. The victory allowed Okinawa GK (10-6) to climb to third place. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki who is 5-11 is currently in eighth position. Okinawa GK's will play against league's leader Shiga Lakestars at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Miyazaki will play against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: B.Cole 29+9reb+1ast, E.Palmer 21+4reb+2ast, T.Ito 8+2reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+2ast, Y.Kojima 5+2reb, T.Shimizu 4+2reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 22+4reb+3ast, D.Palmer 17+10reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 16+1reb, Y.Takushi 12+2reb+1ast, A.McHenry 11+3reb+4ast, A.Kuso 10+13reb+3ast
gschID: 105845


Akita - Kyoto Hannaryz 78-83

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (7-9) defeated on the road one of their biggest challengers Akita (6-10) 83-78. Quite impressive performance for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ryosuke Mizumachi (185-81) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agent: Brian Elfus) added 15 points in the effort for Akita. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita's coach Robert Pierce rotated ten players in such tough game. The victory allowed Kyoto Hannaryz (7-9) to climb to fifth place. They share it with Shimane. Akita who is 6-10 is currently in fourth position as they suffered their tenth loss. Kyoto Hannaryz's opponent will be Miyazaki (#8) on the road in the next round. Akita will play against the league's new leader Hamamatsu P. (#1).
Top scorers:
Akita: A.Burks 18+3reb, S.Henry 15+3reb+3ast, R.Mizumachi 14+2reb+5ast, K.Shoji 13+2reb+3ast, P.Butorac 7+2reb+1ast, A.Akingbade 4+11reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: R.Warren 18+6reb+3ast, M.Fey 13+6reb, K.Trim 12+13reb, N.Nakamura 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Inoue 8+1reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 105840




Knight's a double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old swingman William Knight (196-F/G-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Osaka Evessa and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Fukuoka Rizing (#3, 10-6) 110-108. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Osaka Evessa maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Osaka Evessa will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Knight had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Osaka Evessa's top player in his first season with the team. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Knight is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.8ppg) and averages solid 42.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Lynn Washington (200-F-78). He is American forward in his 6th season at Osaka Evessa. In the last game Washington recorded impressive double-double of 41 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Osaka Evessa was edged by slightly lower-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3, 10-6) 98-95. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Osaka Evessa still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Washington is one of the most experienced players at Osaka Evessa and similarly like William Knight has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#2). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing (#3). Parker got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . Despite Parker's great performance Fukuoka Rizing lost 108-110 to #2 ranked Osaka Evessa. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Fukuoka Rizing needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.1ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (4th best). He also has 2.2spg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 67.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Shimane - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 21 points and 14 rebounds
7. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mikey Marshall (196-G-81) of Shiga Lakestars - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Fukuoka Rizing - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  KOSOVO   


First Four divided on Top - by Luan Morina
First four teams in the standings of Kosovas Basketball Superleague have won in the 10 round of this season and now theyre separated in the top of the table ranking with at least three matches from rest of the teams. It seems that already now after 10 games played we have a clue who will be the squads that will make it to the play-offs. Prishtina double the score of the opponents, Kosova, winning by a margin of 66 points. Big wins achieved all other three squads, Peja and Bambi won away from home beating, Mitrovica and Kolegji Eurosport respectively. Trepca won at home against Bashkimi. After ten matches Prishtina leads with only one game lost. Only one game lost Bambi too, but they have a win less than Prishtina. Mitrovica hasnt won a single game yet.


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 9-1 
 2. Bambi 8-1 
 3. Peja 8-2 
 4. Trepca 6-4 
 5. K.EuroSporti 3-5 
 6. Bashkimi 2-7 
 7. Kosova 2-8 
 8. Mitrovica 0-10 


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Veselovs, Valmiera18.3 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale17.3 
 4. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.8 
 5. Bertans, VEF R.16.7 
 6. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale15.8 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.15.0 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.8.5 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Selakovs, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale7.3 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera7.2 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Barons6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.9 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.3.9 
 7. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU3.6 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 10. Lowe, Barons2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.3 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Slisans, LU1.9 
 8. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
 9. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 10. Mednis, Turiba1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.4.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.4 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Brunins, Zemgale1.3 
 5. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 6. Beard, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 8. Mednis, Turiba0.8 
 9. Volkops, LU0.7 
 10. Rubenis, LU0.6 


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


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 10-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 8-2 
 3. Sagesse 6-3 
 4. Moutahed 6-4 
 5. Anibal 4-6 
 6. Antranik 4-6 
 7. Hoops 3-6 
 8. Chabab 2-8 
 9. Byblos 1-9 


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  LIBYA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ahli Benghazi 2-0 
 2. Ahli Tripoli 2-0 
 3. Ittihad 2-0 
 4. Nasr 2-1 
 5. Madina 2-1 
 6. Morog 1-1 
 7. Hilal 1-2 
 8. Jazeera 0-2 
 9. Shabab 0-2 
 10. Yarmook 0-3 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.9 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.3 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.19.9 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas19.1 
 5. Jurkus, Silute18.9 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.18.0 
 7. Vileita, Pieno Z.17.5 
 8. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 9. Mineikis, Radviliskis15.7 
 10. Kaupaitis, Silute15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Juventus
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.3 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.8 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Keras, Delikatesas8.7 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita7.6 
 7. Nedzinskas, Silute7.5 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.3 
 9. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.0 
 10. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.1 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.6 
 3. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.9 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.3 
 6. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.2 
 7. Zymantas, Nafta U.3.9 
 8. Virsilas, Silute3.8 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas3.8 
 10. Malasauskas, LKKA-.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.2 
 2. Metelica, Erelita3.2 
 3. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.9 
 4. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.9 
 5. Padgureckas, Meres.2.5 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas2.5 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita2.5 
 8. Slivka, Meresta2.4 
 9. Petraitis, Delikate.2.4 
 10. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.3.0 
 2. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 4. Urbonas, LK.1.7 
 5. Pupinis, Erelita1.6 
 6. Mankevicius, Erelita1.5 
 7. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 8. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.3 
 9. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.1 
 10. Varnelis, Pieno Z.0.9 


Aco Petrovic situation as Zalgiris' coach is at risk - by Eurobasket
Zalgiris Kaunas coach Aco Petrovic-after two straight losses in Euroleague, especially after painful loss vs. Maccabi at home might be next coach to be fired. In case Zalgiris won't win against Asseco Prokom Aco Petrovic will most likely look for the new job.
Zalgiris is perfect in LKL with nine wins in nine games but in Euroleague the Lithuanian powerhouse is not sure about the qualification to the Top 16 (actually it is in second position but the situation is very close and decisive will be the last three games).
Petrovic arrived at the helm of the Zalgiris Kaunas last summer after his experience, which lasted few months, with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd.


Varnelis' 20 points and 9 rebounds give him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Pieno Zvaigzdes in his team's victory, helping them to beat ABRO-Univ. (#10, 6-11) 82-73. It allowed Pieno Zvaigzdes to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Pieno Zvaigzdes has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 16-1. In the team's last game Varnelis had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pieno Zvaigzdes' top player in his first season with the team. Nerijus Varnelis averages this season 13.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Gediminas Zyle (210-C-88) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas. He is a center in his first season at Zalgiris-Sabonio. In the last game Zyle recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Zalgiris-Sabonio lost that game 74-84 to slightly higher-ranked Meresta (#2, 13-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Zalgiris-Sabonio still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Zyle is a newcomer at Zalgiris-Sabonio and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-F-86) of Mazeikiai (#6). Vaitelis scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Mazeikiai, leading his team to a 79-58 easy win against slightly higher-ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5, 11-6). Mazeikiai needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Vaitelis has a very solid season. In 17 games in Lithuania he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erikas Kaupaitis (202-F/C-84) of Silute - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darrick Leonard (188-G-84) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andrius Urbonas (202-F-91) of Puntukas - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Karolis Pupinis (200-F-88) of Erelita - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Modestas Sidlauskas (193-G-85) of Mazeikiai - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Radviliskis - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Lietuvos Rytas and Igor Milosevic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Lietuvos Rytas reached an agreement to part ways. The player found difficult to get minutes in serious competition of Khalid El-Amin and Sarunas Jasikevicius. Milosevic appeared six times in Euroleague this season averaging 4.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He also played three games in VTB United League and five in LKL.

Lithuanian LKL round 11 best performance: Tomas Rinkevicius - by Eurobasket News
Guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Techasas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old player got a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Neptunas (#11, 3-6) 94-88. Despite this victory Techasas dropped to the 4th position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Techasas will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. Rinkevicius turned to be Techasas' top player in his first season with the team. Tomas Rinkevicius has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.6apg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 52.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Nevezis Kedainiai. Dimsa had a very good evening with 31 points and 5 rebounds. It was enough for Nevezis to edge the lower-ranked Sakalai (#12, 1-7) 98-93. This victory allowed Nevezis to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dimsa is well-known at Nevezis and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#6). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) of league's top team Zalgiris. Jankunas scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 92-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Siauliai (#8, 3-3). Zalgiris have amazing season winning all 9 games without a single defeat. Jankunas 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. Jankunas has a great season in Lithuania. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giedrius Jankauskas (206-F/C-81) of Rudupis - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) of Nevezis - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85) of Techasas - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) of Zalgiris - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-F-89) of Rudupis - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marius Janisius (203-C-77) of Sakalai - 21 points, 4 rebounds 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 10-2 
 2. Etzella 9-3 
 3. Basket Esch 9-3 
 4. Sparta 8-4 
 5. Amicale 7-5 
 6. Contern 4-8 
 7. Musel Pikes 4-8 
 8. Soleuvre 4-8 
 9. Residence 3-9 
 10. Black Star 2-10 


Diekirch League Round 11: Black Star edges Sparta by 3 - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The most exciting game of round 11 in Diekirch League took place in Mersch where host Black Star (#10) surprisingly edged second-ranked Sparta by 3 points 93-90. The best player for the winners was American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agent: John Ebeling) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds. Rui Nunes chipped in 21 points. Forward Rene Wolzfeld (190-91) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Sparta's coach Olaf Stolz rotated ten players in such tough game. Newly promoted Black Star maintains tenth place. Sparta dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Black Star is looking forward to face higher ranked Musel Pikes (#7) in Stadrbredimus in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sparta will play at home against the league's new leader T71 and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest point difference took place in Esch where fourth ranked Basket Esch (9-3) outscored lower ranked Contern (4-8) by 31 points 69-38. American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Stefan Svitek contributed with 7 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for Contern. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basket Esch has an solid series of four victories in a row. Thanks to that win newly promoted Basket Esch moved-up to second place. Contern dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Musel Pikes and Soleuvre. Basket Esch's will play against Residence (#9) at Bereldange in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Contern will play at home against the league's second-placed Etzella and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader T71 delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Amicale 78-70 in Dudelange. It was a great evening for Tom Schumacher who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Louis Birdsong responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Amicale's coach Kresimir Basic tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. T71 (10-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Amicale keeps the fifth place with five games lost. T71 will meet Sparta (#4) in the next round. Amicale will play against Soleuvre and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 11 Musel Pikes was defeated by Etzella in Ettelbruck 70-54. Soleuvre beat Residence at home 84-72.


T71 - Amicale 78-70

Leader T71 delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Amicale 78-70 in Dudelange. It was a great evening for international guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Denell Stephens (192-86, college: Slippery Rock, agent: Yossi Gayer) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Amicale players scored in double figures. Amicale's coach Kresimir Basic tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. T71 (10-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Amicale keeps the fifth place with five games lost. T71 will meet Sparta (#4) in the next round. Amicale will play against Soleuvre and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
T 71 Dudelange: T.Schumacher 20+5reb+6ast, D.Stephens 19+6reb, F.Muller 17+6reb+1ast, A.Abreu 9+5reb+2ast, C.Laures 5+1reb, B.Kieffer 3+5reb
Amicale Steinsel: E.Jeitz 20+5reb+1ast, C.Schartz 15+2reb+5ast, L.Birdsong 15+9reb+3ast, R.Birenbaum 10+1reb+2ast, C.Scholtes 4+2reb, M.Zianveni 4+3reb
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Black Star - Sparta 93-90

The most exciting game of round 11 in Diekirch League took place in Mersch where host Black Star (#10) surprisingly edged second-ranked Sparta by 3 points 93-90. The best player for the winners was American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agent: John Ebeling) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds. Rui Nunes chipped in 21 points. Forward Rene Wolzfeld (190-91) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: