EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/8/2010

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  ALBANIA   


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


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga B 2010/11 rosters: group south - by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes Olavarria

Federico Arce (200-F/C-82)
Gerardo Barrera (201-F-77)
Facundo Barreto
Ignacio Catanzaro
Guillermo Crespo
Sergio Lopez (189-G-86)
Pedro Barcelona (194-F-88)
Martin Miner (197-F-89)
Julian Sansimoni
Maximiliano Tabieres (198-F/C-89)

Centro Espanol Plottier

Walter Acebedo
Luciano Alonso (183)
Martin Bianni
Fernando Cavagna (200-G/F-78)
Juan Manuel Fabi
Julian Fedele
Marcos Ramirez
Emiliano Roh (176-G-81)
Guillermo Saavedra (200-C-86)
Carlos Sepulveda (200-F-81)
Luciano Zupanovich (187-G-83)

Hispano Americano

Claudio Aguilar (198-F-79)
Franco Amigo (90)
Alejandro Fidalgo (180-G-82)
Fabian Gabriel (F-90)
Bruno Gelsi (188-G-76)
Pablo Gonzalez (82)
Fernando Gutman (203-F/C-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA)
Gaston Morales (79)
Federico Radavero (196-F-77)
Braian Stanford (195-G-82)
Facundo Zarate

Huracan Trelew

Martin Aguirrezabala (198-G/F-80, college: Cisco JC)
Javier Caceres (201-F-85)
Ramiro Heinrich (201-F-87)
Alejandro Ivetich
Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Gustavo Maranguello (189-G-83)
Alejandro Pappalardi (198-C-80)
Damian Paura
Jorge Sanchez (193-F-77)
Lionel Sola (183-G-83)
Federico Ramos (208-C-90)

Alianza Viedma

Mauricio Beltramella (186-G-71)
Lucas Bianco (198-F-80)
Mauro Bianco (202-F/C-78)
Lorenzo Capponi
Carlos De la Fuente (175-G-85)
Rodrigo Garcia
Hector Martirena (198-F/C-82)
Nicolas Paletta (180-G-87)
Rodrigo Pascal (198-C-85)
Juan Querejeta
Augusto Rossi
Emiliano Saiz

Independiente Tandil

Valerio Andrizzi (190-G-76)
Alejandro Arca (202-C-88)
Exequiel Barroso (175-G-92)
Lisandro Caniza (198-F-86)
Emanuel Harstock
Leandro Mateo (204-C-81)
Guillermo Rausch (93)
Bruno Romano (200-F/C-83)
Juan Manuel Ruiz (190-F-77)
Martin Trimboli (196-F/C-85)


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Jason Dixon claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Jason Dixon (205-C-73) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Thailand Slammers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 37-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Singapore S. (#4, 5-5) 77-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Thailand Slammers to consolidate first place in the ASEAN League . Thailand Slammers have a solid 8-2 record. Dixon turned to be Thailand Slammers' top player in his first season with the team. Liberty University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dixon is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.2ppg), rebounds (5th best: 12.7rpg) and averages solid 59.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American center Christopher Garnett (211-C-80) of Brunei Barracudas. Garnett impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Barracudas lost that game 87-95 to the higher-ranked KL Dragons (#2, 6-4). Barracudas managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 8 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Barracudas managed to get this year. Garnett is a newcomer at Barracudas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Filipino Francis Adriano (188-F-75) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta (#6). Adriano scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Satria Muda, leading his team to a 82-78 win against the higher-ranked Philip.Patriots (#3, 6-4). Satria Muda can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-8 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Adriano he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Adriano has a very solid season. In 10 games in ASEAN League he scored 14.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Skinner (201-F-86) of Singapore Slingers - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Chris Commons (204-F-84) of Barracudas - 29 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79) of KL Dragons - 28 points and 12 rebounds
7. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Satria Muda - 22 points and 13 rebounds
8. Angelus Raymundo (196-C) of KL Dragons - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ramsey Williams (178-G-80) of Barracudas - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Chee Li Wei (198-F/C-83) of KL Dragons - 11 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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  AUSTRALIA   


Kings sign Memphis Grizzlies' Trey Gilder - by Eurobasket News
The Sydney Kings have acted quickly to replace import Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop) by signing former NBA player and free-agent, Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.).

Head Coach, Ian 'Moose' Robilliard, announced the signing of the Texas-born Forward to the Sydney Kings roster today; adding that Gilder will arrive on Wednesday December 8, 2010.

'We are confident that Trey Gilder will fill the gap in our roster. He is a fit, aggressive player who is ready to play and who will suit up against the Wollongong Hawks at the Kingdome on Sunday,' Robilliard said.

'He is 206 cm (69), 106 kilograms, which meets our needs for a player combining size, speed, athleticism, skill, defensive intensity and versatility,' he added.

A former NBDL All Star and current NBA player, the 25 year old was most recently a starter for the Atlanta Hawks for every single NBA Summer league game. Beforehand, he was part of the Memphis Grizzlies undefeated 2009 Vegas Summer League roster, posting 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds on 63.2 percent shooting in 12.8 minutes in just five games.

Although Gilder was not selected in the 2008 NBA Draft, he was named as part of the 2007-08 All-Southland Conference First Team, after leading the Northwestern State University Demons in points (16.4) and rebounds (6.2). He finished ninth in his college history in points for a single season, posting 542 points.

Other statistics for Gilder include being selected as a key reserve for the 2009 NBA D-League Champion Colorado 14ers. As a rookie, he averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 23.9 minutes in 50 games (11 starts), as the team posted the D-Leagues best regular season record (34-16) and captured the franchises first D-League title. Gilder, who was originally selected by the 14ers in the second round (31st overall) of the 2008 NBA D-League Draft, averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game in all four of the teams postseason contests.

'We promised action and we have delivered. We have secure the services of a quality player, who will join our other import Patrick Sanders and the rest of the Sydney kings roster to get our 2010 2011 campaign back on track,' Robilliard said.

'If the NBL competition is made up of thee parts, we have used the first part of the 2010-2011 season in making adjustments to the roster, establishing our culture, and building trust and commitment within the team. Gilder and Sanders bring more depth and experience to the Sydney Kings, this pairing of imports will be extremely exciting to watch.

'Our current priority is to build a team based on team values, this includes the obvious need to put points on the board, win enough games to get the Sydney Kings up the NBL Ladder, and back into contention as the team that is hard to beat.'

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Corey Williams claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Jamaican-American Corey Williams (191-G-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Melbourne Tigers and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 33-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Tigers in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Blaze (#7, 3-6) 82-78. Despite this victory Tigers dropped to the 8th position in Australian NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Tigers have already lost 7 games and recorded just two victories. Williams turned to be Tigers' top player in his first season with the team. Alabama State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.8ppg) and assists (2nd best: 5.0apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Gold Coast Blaze. Clark impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead Blaze to another comfortable win 85-68 over slightly lower-ranked Sydney K. (#9, 1-7) being unquestionably team leader. Blaze's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Clark is a newcomer at Blaze and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#7).

The third best performed player last round was international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) of Sydney Kings (#9). Khazzouh showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Khazzouh's great performance Sydney Kings lost 80-94 to the higher-ranked Breakers (#2, 7-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sydney Kings can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-7 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Khazzouh he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Khazzouh has individually a great season in Australia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 59.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 18 points and 7 rebounds
5. Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) of Sydney Kings - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Cameron Tovey (200-F-85) of Wildcats - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. CJ Bruton (188-G-75) of Breakers - 23 points and 5 assists
8. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79) of 36ers - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chris Goulding (190-G-88) of Blaze - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82) of Breakers - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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


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. Ubaka, Taipans3.6 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.6 
 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. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 7. Dorsey, Taipans1.3 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 9. Wagner, Sydney K.1.0 
 10. Williams, Tigers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.1 
 3. Penney, Breakers1.0 
 4. Hudson, Blaze1.0 
 5. Corletto, Tigers0.9 
 6. Devendorf, Tigers0.9 
 7. Vukona, Breakers0.8 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats0.8 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers0.8 
 10. Williams, Tigers0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 10-2 
 2. Furstenfeld 9-3 
 3. Oberwart 8-4 
 4. Kapfenberg 8-4 
 5. Klosterneub. 7-5 
 6. Arkadia 7-5 
 7. UBSC Graz 7-5 
 8. Wels 5-7 
 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. Johnson, Oberwart8.8 
 4. Slack, Gmunden8.7 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.4 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.8 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.8 
 8. Klette, Wels7.6 
 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, Oberwart5.0 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.3 
 7. Schreiner, St.Po.4.3 
 8. Woschank, Kapfe.3.9 
 9. Lanegger, Kapfe.3.8 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.3.0 
 2. Slack, Gmunden2.5 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.5 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.4 
 5. Woschank, Kapfe.2.3 
 6. Fields, Wels2.1 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna2.1 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Poiger, St.Polten1.8 
 10. Boylan, Gmunden1.8 
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. Mayer, Gmunden0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 10. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 12: Xion Dukes crushes UBSC Graz by record 18 points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results. Round 12 game with the biggest points difference took place in Graz where seventh ranked Xion Dukes (7-5) beat lower ranked UBSC Graz (7-5) by 18 points 96-78. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin, agent: Stefan Heinrich) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Thanks to that win Xion Dukes moved-up to fifth place which they share with defeated UBSC Graz. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face higher ranked Oberwart (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UBSC Graz will play against St.Polten and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Swans Gmunden delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten 81-68 in Klagenfurt. It was a good game for American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agent: John Greig) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Matthias Mayer contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with 22 points for Worthersee Piraten. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swans Gmunden has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Worthersee Piraten stays the last-ranked team in the league with eleven games lost. Swans Gmunden's will play against league's second-placed Furstenfeld on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Worthersee Piraten will play against Gussing (#11) to get more than just one victory in their record.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Wels was defeated by Oberwart in a road game 81-76. Furstenfeld beat BC Vienna at home 89-72. St.Polten lost to Arkadia on the opponent's court 77-94. Kapfenberg managed to outperform Gussing in a home game 92-87.
The best stats of 12th round was 32 points and 11 assists by Anthony Shavies of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers.


Worthersee - Gmunden 68-81

Leader Swans Gmunden delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten 81-68 in Klagenfurt. It was a good game for American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agent: John Greig) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with 22 points and guard Samuel Bachlechner (180-88) added 10 points in the effort for Worthersee Piraten. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swans Gmunden has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Worthersee Piraten keeps the bottom place with eleven games lost. Swans Gmunden's will play against league's second-placed Furstenfeld on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Worthersee Piraten will play against Gussing (#11) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 20+8reb+3ast, F.Schoeninger 10+6reb+1ast, M.Mayer 8+8reb+4ast, E.Murati 8+1reb+2ast, A.Slack 8+7reb, T.Stelzer 7+1reb+2ast
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 22+4reb+1ast, E.Rhinehart 12+2reb+1ast, S.Bachlechner 10+4reb+3ast, A.Kuttnig 9+2reb+2ast, B.Weber 5+3reb+1ast, G.Zajic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93769


Oberwart - Wels 81-76

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (5-7) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (8-4) 81-76. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It was a good game for naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-85) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-84, college: Radford) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists and his fellow American import forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia Southern) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Thanks to this win Oberwart Gunners moved-up to third place. Raiffeisen Wels keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. Oberwart Gunners' will play against Klosterneub. (#5) at Klosterneuburg in the next round. Raiffeisen Wels will play on the road against Kapfenberg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: H.Ochsenhofer 20+4reb+2ast, K.Parker 16+5reb+4ast, J.Johnson 14+12reb+2ast, J.Dean Shawn 13+6reb+2ast, B.Volcic 8+10reb+2ast, H.Artner 6+1reb+3ast
Wels: J.Francois 19+9reb, W.Holcomb-Faye 15+4reb+11ast, B.Fields 14+4reb+1ast, T.Klette 12+4reb+1ast, R.Brokenborough 6+2reb+2ast, T.Csebits 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93765


Furstenfeld - BC Vienna 89-72

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (9-3) defeated at home 10th ranked BC Vienna (3-9) 89-72. It was a good game for American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 assists. The other American import forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agent: Side Court) contributed with 26 points for the winners. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agent: Mira Poljo) replied with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Canadian center Russell Hicks (213-85, college: Florida Intern.) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BC Vienna. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains second position having just one point less than leader Gmunden. BC Vienna keeps the tenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gussing. Furstenfeld Panthers' will play against league's leader Gmunden at Gmunden in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Vienna will play at home against Arkadia (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers: A.Shavies 32+4reb+11ast, S.Ray 26+4reb+1ast, R.Hampton 12+3reb, B.Matthews 8+3reb+2ast, D.Alexander 7+7reb+6ast, D.Carr 4+4reb
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 24+6reb+5ast, R.Hicks 21+10reb, M.Graf 8+3reb+1ast, M.Carr 8+4reb+7ast, S.Pekovic 5+1reb+1ast, S.Rhynes 4+1ast
gschID: 93766


Arkadia - St.Polten 94-77

Rather expected game in Traiskirchen where 9th ranked St.Polten (4-8) was defeated by sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (7-5) 94-77. It was a good game for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) contributed with 25 points for the winners. International guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87) replied with 22 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 21 points in the effort for St.Polten. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions has a solid four-game winning streak comparing to three consecutive losses by St.Polten. Thanks to that win Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place. St.Polten keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Arkadia Lions' will play against BC Vienna (#10) at Wien in the next round where they are favorite. St.Polten will play at home against UBSC Graz and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions: K.Houston 25+4reb+2ast, F.Vay 23+7reb+3ast, B.Danek 14+4reb+8ast, D.Drenovac 12+7reb+3ast, M.Bralovic 9+1reb, P.Skurdauskas 8+4reb
UBC St. Polten: T.Schreiner 22+2reb+5ast, M.Speiser 21+4reb+2ast, H.Opoku 13+2reb, R.Poiger 11+4reb+3ast, D.Jandl 7+4reb+1ast, T.Gaspar 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 93767


UBSC Graz - Klosterneub. 78-96

Round 12 game with the biggest points difference took place in Graz where seventh ranked Xion Dukes (7-5) beat lower ranked UBSC Graz (7-5) by 18 points 96-78. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin, agent: Stefan Heinrich) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (194-79) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively. Four Xion Dukes and five UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Xion Dukes moved-up to fifth place which they share with defeated UBSC Graz. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face higher ranked Oberwart (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UBSC Graz will play against St.Polten and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg: J.Chappell 20+7reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 17+8reb+2ast, A.Maresch 17+1reb+3ast, C.Nagler 15+4reb+1ast, D.Hamidovic 7+1reb, C.Bobb 7+3reb+4ast
UBSC Raiffeisen Graz: S.Grum 17+1reb+6ast, D.Miletic 15+2reb+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 14+7reb+5ast, C.Knor 12+3reb, L.Graham 11+10reb, R.Lanegger 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93768


Kapfenberg - Gussing 92-87

Very predictable result when third ranked Bulls Kapfenberg (8-4) beat at home 11th ranked Gussing Knights (3-9) 92-87. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It was a good game for American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. the other American import forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) replied with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Gussing Knights. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in such tough game. Bulls Kapfenberg maintains third position having just two points less than leader Gmunden. Gussing Knights dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with BC Vienna. Bulls Kapfenberg's will play against Wels (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gussing Knights will play against Worthersee and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 27+7reb+4ast, L.Gordon 20+8reb+1ast, A.Woschank 14+6reb+5ast, L.Jordan 9+8reb+1ast, S.Knabl 8+4reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 7+11reb+4ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 21+8reb+5ast, M.Heard 20+12reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 16+6reb+6ast, A.Nunner 12+2reb+3ast, S.Koch 8+3reb+7ast, M.Jandrasits 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93764




Casaan Breeden inks with BC Vienna - by Stefan Prager
BC Vienna responded to a couple of injuries which happened in the last two games and signed forward Casaan Breeden (203-F-86). First Vienna lost forward Nemanja Miljkovic (205-C-90) in a big time win against Austrian runner up Furstenfeld Panthers. Miljkovic suffered a broken hand in that game and is expected to be out for four weeks. The next game Vienna lost center Seyni N'Diaye (215-F/C-83) who got fouled on a dunk attempt. N'Diaye suffered a severe concussion and had to spent the night in hospital.

Breeden is expected to play his first game tomorrow when Vienna will host the Lions from Traiskirchen. He's coming from a pre-season workout with the Austin Toros of the D-League. Breeden palyed at Florida State University before transferring to Charleston to finish his four year collegiate career. In 32 appearances for the Cougars last season Breeden averaged 7.8ppg along with 5.1rpg while shooting nearly 43% from the field.


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  BAHRAIN   


Premier League Round 7: Sitra beats Al Hala by 3 after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Round 7 closest game was a victory of Sitra (#6) over 8th ranked Al Hala. Sitra managed to escape with only 3-point win 75-72. Sitra (4-3) jumped to the fifth spot. Al Hala keeps the eighth position with 1-6 record. They have the same record like Bahrain Club. Sitra is looking forward to face Bahrain Club (#9) in the next round. Al Hala will play against the league's second-placed Al Ahli and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game for Al Ahli (6-1) which hosted Muharraq (5-2). Second ranked Al Ahli won 86-82 ending at the same time the four-game winning streak of Muharraq. Al Ahli has an solid series of four victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Muharraq keeps the third position. They have the same record like Nuwaidrat. Al Ahli's will play against Al Hala (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Muharraq will play against the league's new leader Al Manama (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Important to mention another loss for outsider Al Najma, who are unable to win a single game so far. Nuwaidrat (5-2) jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Muharraq. Al Najma still at the very bottom with 0-7 record. Nuwaidrat will meet Al Ittihad (#6) in the next round. Al Najma will play against Issa Town (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
League top team - Al Manama (7-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Issa Town 90-80. Al Manama of course still keep top position in the standings. Issa Town keeps the sixth position with 3-4 record. Al Manama's opponent will be Muharraq (#3) in the next round. Issa Town will play against Al Najma.

In the last game of round 7 Bahrain Club was smashed by Al Ittihad on the road 102-75.



Al Ahli - Muharraq 86-82

Another exciting game for Al Ahli (6-1) which hosted Muharraq (5-2). Second ranked Al Ahli won 86-82 ending at the same time the four-game winning streak of Muharraq. Al Ahli has an solid series of four victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Muharraq keeps the third position. They have the same record like Nuwaidrat. Al Ahli's will play against Al Hala (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Muharraq will play against the league's new leader Al Manama (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 115630


Issa Town - Al Manama 80-90

League top team - Al Manama (7-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Issa Town 90-80. Al Manama (7-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Issa Town. Al Manama of course still keep top position in the standings. Issa Town keeps the sixth position with 3-4 record. Al Manama's opponent will be Muharraq (#3) in the next round. Issa Town will play against Al Najma.
gschID: 115631


Al Ittihad - Bahrain Club 102-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Al Ittihad's (3-4) home victory over 8th ranked Bahrain Club (1-6) 102-75. Al Ittihad jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Issa Town. Bahrain Club keeps the eighth position. Al Ittihad's opponent will be higher ranked Nuwaidrat (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bahrain Club will play against Sitra (#5).
gschID: 115632


Al Hala - Sitra 72-75

Round 7 closest game was a victory of Sitra (#6) over 8th ranked Al Hala. Sitra managed to escape with only 3-point win 75-72. Sitra (4-3) jumped to the fifth spot. Al Hala keeps the eighth position with 1-6 record. They have the same record like Bahrain Club. Sitra is looking forward to face Bahrain Club (#9) in the next round. Al Hala will play against the league's second-placed Al Ahli and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 115628


Nuwaidrat - Al Najma 97-63

Important to mention another loss for outsider Al Najma, who are unable to win a single game so far. Nuwaidrat (5-2) jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Muharraq. Al Najma still at the very bottom with 0-7 record. Nuwaidrat will meet Al Ittihad (#6) in the next round. Al Najma will play against Issa Town (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 115629




Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 7-0 
 2. Al Ahli 6-1 
 3. Muharraq 5-2 
 4. Nuwaidrat 5-2 
 5. Sitra 4-3 
 6. Al Ittihad 3-4 
 7. Issa Town 3-4 
 8. Al Hala 1-6 
 9. Bahrain Club 1-6 
 10. Al Najma 0-7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.0 
 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. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils2.0 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.0 
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. Cipruss, Valmiera1.0 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 11 best performance: Demond Mallet - by Eurobasket News
American guard Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TEC Spirou Charleroi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, four rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Verviers-Pep. (#7, 2-6) 86-79. Charleroi maintains the 4th position in Belgian D1. They are still close to the very top. Charleroi would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Mallet had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He turned to be Charleroi's top player in his first season with the team. Former Mc Neese State University star has very solid stats this year. Mallet is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.7ppg), assists (5th best: 3.5apg) and averages impressive 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Nigerian Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Stella Artois Leuven Bears. Dagunduro had a very good evening with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Leuven cruised to a 96-89 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Gent (#8, 2-7). This victory allowed Leuven to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Dagunduro is a newcomer at Leuven, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#8). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Liege (#9). Stipanovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Liege, leading his team to a 77-71 win against the higher-ranked Oostende (#6, 4-6). Liege can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. Stipanovic has individually a great season in Belgium. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Antwerp - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Will Thomas (200-F-86) of Oostende - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Guy Muya (190-G-83) of Liege - 17 points and 3 rebounds
8. Dominic Waters (185-G-86) of Verviers-Pep. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Adam Hall (196-F/G-80) of Gent - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  BOSNIA   


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


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Standings
A1 League - Group A
 1. Triland 2-0 
 2. Bihac 1-1 
 3. Igman 1-1 
 4. Orlovik 1-1 
 5. Play Off 1-1 
 6. Bosnjak 0-2 
A1 League - Group B
 1. Vogosca 2-0 
 2. Gradina 1-0 
 3. Limometal 1-0 
 4. Student 1-0 
 5. Brcko 0-2 
 6. Trica 0-2 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Feniks 6-1 
 2. Rudar 6-1 
 3. Wolf Security 6-1 
 4. Bratunac 4-3 
 5. Derventa 4-3 
 6. Radnik B. 4-3 
 7. Prijedor 3-4 
 8. Servitium 3-4 
 9. Drina 2-5 
 10. Plus Gradanski 2-5 
 11. Sutjeska 2-5 
 12. Glasinac 0-7 
Herceg-Bosna
 1. Posusje 4-0 
 2. Livno 4-1 
 3. Siroki II 4-1 
 4. Busovaca 3-1 
 5. Lokomotiva 2-1 
 6. Kiseljak 2-2 
 7. Rama 2-3 
 8. Vitez 2-3 
 9. Grude 1-4 
 10. Tomislav 0-4 
 11. Zrinjski II 0-4 


BIH hosts the U-20 B EC - by Nedzad Kladusak
BIH will host the U20 EC B-division and will form for the first time in bosnian basketball history an U-20 team. The tournament will take place from 14th to 24th of July 2010.
However there are serious doubts whether this tournament will be a turning point for the bosnian basketball.
The poor structures and lacking professionalism within KSBIH and some first division teams led to a massive drain of young bosnian talents.
Emir Preldzic, Stanko Barac, Mirza Begic or the rising center star Alen Omic are only some of the kids that have been ignored by self-proclaimed bosnian experts.
Political influence and corrupcy of many coaches are further points that harm bosnian basketball. Even Michael Jordan wouldn t have been drafted in case of being not being out of the same national group as his NT coach. Imagine a german coach would slap Mithat Demirel or Demond Greene in his face. He would not only have been disqualified for any NT coaching jobs in Germany but also would have been prosecuted.
In Bosnia such coaches must not be afraid to lose their jobs since they are protected by politicians.
Lets hope Bosnia will take the chance to rally some of the most talented guys like for example Sandro Gacic, Tarik Ceric or Adnan Omeragic who has been targeted by the spanish basketball federation.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
Fase C
 1. Araraquara 7-3 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 6-4 
 3. Vivo/Franca 6-4 
 4. S.Jose/Vinac 4-6 
 5. Winner/Limeira 4-6 
 6. Itabom/Bauru 3-7 
Fase D
 1. Rio Claro 12-6 
 2. Paulistano 11-7 
 3. Sao Caetano 11-7 
 4. Americana 10-8 
 5. Assis Basket 9-9 
 6. Flextronics 9-9 
 7. Palmeiras 9-9 
 8. XV/Cosan 9-9 
 9. Barueri 5-13 
 10. Metodista/S.B. 5-13 


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  BRUNEI   


Macau overcame Brunei NT - by Ozell Wells
THE national basketball team were brought back down to earth after a 95-69 thrashing at the hands of Macau in the Third China-Asean Basketball Invitational tournament at Pingguo County, Guangxi, China on Sunday.

Leong Shi Cheng scored a game-high 33 points to propel Macau to victory. Teammates Wong Chi San and Lo Hip Meng each poured in 11 points. Tamtim Lao was the only player on Macau's roster that registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile two national cagers captured a double-double in the match. Benjamin Sim scored 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Zainul Hussin chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Foo Gwen Tong and Soon Kian Leong netted 10 points and nine points respectively in the loss.

Brunei were left trailing all the way from the first quarter which ended 23-11. At half-time, the scoreboard showed the scores at 40-26 in favour of Macau. After the restart, the national-side failed to close in as Macau extended their lead to 77-45. The closest Brunei ever got to their opponents was midway through the final quarter, in which they cut a 30-point lead down to 18 points. Yet left in the backfoot throughout the match, Brunei finally succumbed to a 95-69 defeat.

The key to Macau's victory lied in their speed advantage, which they used against the national cagers time and time again by running the lanes after a defensive rebound for a quick basket. This is what led Leong to top-score in the match.

Brunei also had themselves to blame for the missed free throws and blown defensive assignments, although both teams were equal in foul trouble and neither had the rebounding advantage.

Another element that led to their loss was how Macau locked down Filipino imports Don Mordeno and Marjomar Aying with their stingy halfcourt press.

Hoping for a better finish than their campaign in 2008 which they finished fifth, that dream is now all but dashed.

Only a battle of pride is left for the national cagers, who were tasked against Vietnam for seventh and eighth place last night. Malaysia, who defeated the latter in the other match of the day, will take on Macau in the 5th and 6th place match.

Brunei should be able to notch up a win against Vietnam, for it was against them that the national cagers registered their first win in Group B on Saturday. The latter was defeated 87-83 to close off the group stage with a win.

They started off the campaign with a 100-58 demolition by hosts Guangxi last Tuesday, followed by an 83-57 thrashing by Hong Kong on Thursday.

Led by national basketball coach Kevin Reece, this competition marks the first time that the national team are working alongside the top Filipino players in the country.

Others on the roster include up and coming youngsters Lim Liang Wei and Cavan Kong, and experienced duo Po Yung Hui and Jong Guo Zhang.

The team started their third quarter training programme in mid October, practicing on an average of four-and-a half days a week.

To prepare for the outing in China, the national basketball team also took on Miri Kinsar Team late November in a tune-up match. Without fielding their Filipino imports, they won 80-61 at Pei Min Middle School.


The Brunei Times



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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 27
 1. Harper, Levski27.0 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.24.0 
 3. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.6 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja20.0 
 5. Bozov, Balkan19.3 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.17.9 
 7. Stankov, Spartak17.6 
 8. Dimitrov, Spartak17.6 
 9. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.16.6 
 10. James, Lukoil A.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.3 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja12.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.5 
 4. Georgiev, Levski8.3 
 5. Bowman, Lukoil A.7.9 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.5 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak7.2 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More7.1 
 9. Cvetkovic, Tundja7.0 
 10. Cekovski, Levski7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hristo ZAHARIEV
  Chernomorets
  (197-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Zahariev, Chernomo.5.8 
 2. Crowe, Levski5.1 
 3. Govedarov, Tundja4.4 
 4. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.4 
 5. Diakovski, Spartak4.4 
 6. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 7. Gruev, Rilski S.4.2 
 8. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 9. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.8 
 10. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Hrisimir DIMITROV
  Spartak
  (197-G/F-74)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dimitrov, Spartak2.4 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 3. Bozov, Balkan2.3 
 4. James, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Tsenov, Spartak2.0 
 6. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.9 
 7. Crowe, Levski1.6 
 8. Naydenov, Chernomo.1.6 
 9. Finzgar, Tundja1.6 
 10. Harper, Levski1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.7 
 2. Petkov, Tundja1.3 
 3. Vaklinov, Rilski S.1.1 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Cvetkovic, Tundja1.0 
 6. Doychinov, Balkan1.0 
 7. Iliev, Cherno More0.9 
 8. Traykov, Spartak0.9 
 9. Kolev, Cherno More0.5 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.0.5 


Bulgarian NBL round 8 best performance: Ivan Lilov - by Eurobasket News
International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rilski Sportist Samokov, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Cherno More (3-5) 89-82. Despite this victory Rilski Sportist dropped to the 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. Rilski Sportist is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. In the team's last game Lilov had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He turned to be Rilski Sportist's top player in his first season with the team. Ivan Lilov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.1ppg) and averages impressive 53.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Dominic James (180-G-86) of league's leader Lukoil Academik Sofia. James had a very good evening with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Lukoil Academik to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Spartak (#8, 1-7) 103-68. Of course Lukoil Academik still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Lukoil Academik managed to win all 8 games keeping perfect record. James is a newcomer at Lukoil Academik, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.9 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was FYR Macedonian forward Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) of league's second-best Levski Sofia. Cekovski scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Levski, leading his team to a 109-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#5, 3-5). Levski is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 7-1 record is not that bad... Cekovski has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Balkan - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Bozidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski - 28 points and 4 assists
7. Jason Crowe (193-G-76) of Levski - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Dimitar Karadzhovski (189-G-84) of Rilski Sportist - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dimitar Roshmanov (185-G-85) of Chernomorets - 11 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78) of Lukoil Academik - 14 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 7-0 
 2. Dalhousie 4-1 
 3. St.Francis X. 3-2 
 4. Acadia 3-3 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-3 
 6. St.Mary's 2-5 
 7. Memorial 1-5 
 8. UPEI 1-5 
CanWest
 1. Trinity West. 12-2 
 2. UBC 10-2 
 3. Alberta 8-4 
 4. Manitoba 7-3 
 5. Saskatchewan 7-3 
 6. Victoria 7-5 
 7. Regina 6-6 
 8. Brandon 4-6 
 9. UCFV 4-8 
 10. Calgary 3-7 
 11. Lethbridge 3-9 
 12. Winnipeg 1-9 
 13. Thompson R. 1-11 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 6-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 5-2 
 3. Laurentian 3-4 
 4. York 3-6 
 5. Ottawa 2-4 
 6. Queen's 2-5 
 7. Ryerson 2-5 
 8. RMC 0-7 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 6-0 
 2. Laurier 6-1 
 3. Brock 5-3 
 4. Lakehead 4-2 
 5. Western 4-2 
 6. Waterloo 3-4 
 7. Guelph 2-4 
 8. McMaster 1-5 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 4-1 
 2. Laval 4-1 
 3. McGill 3-2 
 4. UQAM 2-3 
 5. Bishop's 0-6 


CIS Round 16: Undefeated Laval loses their first game against Concordia - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Laval (4-1) at the home court. Laval was defeated by second ranked Concordia (4-1) 92-86. It also means that the four-game winning streak of Laval ended. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Concordia has a solid four-game winning streak. The victory allowed Concordia (4-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Dalhousie and defeated Laval. Concordia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Laval will play against Concordia and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Laurentian's (#4) 82-69 road victory against one of their biggest challengers York. The victory allowed Laurentian (3-4) to climb to third place. They share it with Waterloo. York who is 3-6 went down to fourth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Laurentian's will play against higher ranked Queen''s in the next round. York will play against RMC (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Quite upsetting was McGill's road defeat in a game versus Laval 76-81. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Laval has a solid four-game winning streak. They stay at first position. McGill who is 3-2 is currently in third place as they suffered their second loss. Laval will meet league's leader Concordia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. McGill will have a break next round.
Seventh-ranked Queen's had no problems in a home game against RMC (#8). Queen's (2-5) outscored RMC (0-7) with a record 45 points 83-38. The victory allowed Queen's (2-5) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Ryerson and St.Mary's. Seventh consecutive loss means that RMC is still at the bottom of the standings. Queen's will have a break next round. RMC will play against York (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
League top team - Trinity West. (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked UCFV 114-89. Trinity West. stay at first position. UCFV who is 4-8 is currently in ninth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Trinity West. will face Victoria (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. UCFV will play against Calgary.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Alberta destroyed Regina on the opponent's court 107-80. UPEI unfortunately lost to Acadia in a home game 71-80. Winnipeg recorded a loss to Manitoba on the road 62-80. Regina was crushed by Alberta at it's own court 80-107. Trinity West. smashed UCFV in a road game 92-73.


Regina - Alberta 80-107

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Regina (6-6) was crushed by fifth ranked Alberta (8-4) 107-80. The victory allowed Alberta (8-4) to climb to third place. Regina who is 6-6 is currently in seventh position as they suffered their sixth loss. Alberta will face Lethbridge (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
gschID: 105223


UCFV - Trinity West. 89-114

League top team - Trinity West. (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked UCFV 114-89. Trinity West. (12-2) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Trinity West. stay at first position. UCFV who is 4-8 is currently in ninth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Trinity West. will face Victoria (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. UCFV will play against Calgary.
gschID: 105224


Queen's - RMC 83-38

Seventh-ranked Queen's had no problems in a home game against RMC (#8). Queen's (2-5) outscored RMC (0-7) with a record 45 points 83-38. The victory allowed Queen's (2-5) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Ryerson and St.Mary's. Seventh consecutive loss means that RMC is still at the bottom of the standings. Queen's will have a break next round. RMC will play against York (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 117216


UPEI - Acadia 71-80

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Acadia (3-3) defeated 7th ranked UPEI (1-5) 80-71. UPEI added third loss to their record. The victory allowed Acadia (3-3) to climb to fourth place. They share it with New Brunsw. UPEI who is 1-5 is currently in seventh position. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 117217


York - Laurentian 69-82

Very significant was Laurentian's (#4) 82-69 road victory against one of their biggest challengers York. The victory allowed Laurentian (3-4) to climb to third place. They share it with Waterloo. York who is 3-6 went down to fourth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Laurentian's will play against higher ranked Queen''s in the next round. York will play against RMC (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 118690


Manitoba - Winnipeg 80-62

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Winnipeg (1-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Manitoba (7-3) 80-62. Winnipeg added eighth loss to their record. The victory allowed Manitoba (7-3) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Saskatchewan. Winnipeg who is 1-9 is currently in twelfth position. Manitoba will face league's second-placed UBC in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Winnipeg will play against Thompson R. (#13).
gschID: 105218


Laval - McGill 81-76

Quite upsetting was McGill's road defeat in a game versus Laval 76-81. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Laval has a solid four-game winning streak. They stay at first position. McGill who is 3-2 is currently in third place as they suffered their second loss. Laval will meet league's leader Concordia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. McGill will have a break next round.
gschID: 105219


Regina - Alberta 80-107

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Alberta (8-4) outscored 7th ranked Regina (6-6) 107-80. The victory allowed Alberta (8-4) to climb to third place. Regina who is 6-6 is currently in seventh position as they suffered their sixth loss. Alberta will face higher ranked Lethbridge in the next round.
gschID: 105220


UCFV - Trinity West. 73-92

There was no surprise when 9th ranked UCFV (4-8) was outplayed by first ranked Trinity West. (12-2) 92-73. Trinity West. (12-2) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Trinity West. stay at first position. UCFV who is 4-8 is currently in ninth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Trinity West. will face higher ranked Victoria in the next round. UCFV will play against Calgary (#).
gschID: 105221


Laval - Concordia 86-92

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Laval (4-1) at the home court. Laval was defeated by second ranked Concordia (4-1) 92-86. It also means that the four-game winning streak of Laval ended. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Concordia has a solid four-game winning streak. The victory allowed Concordia (4-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Dalhousie and defeated Laval. Concordia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Laval will play against Concordia and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 105222




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  CHILE   


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

Game 2

CD Universidad Catolica 57 - Deportivo Espanol de Talca 71
Uc: John A. Thomas 16 pts. Jorge Schuler 14 pts.
Esp: Samuel Bravo 16 pts. Francisco Bravo 11 pts.

Espanol won the series 2-0

CD Boston College 102- CD Liceo Mixto 89
Bos: Wilfred Benjamin 24 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 18 pts.
Lic: Thurman Zimmerman 25 pts. Samuel Villegas 21 pts.

Series tied 1-1

Game 3

CD Boston College 112 - CD Liceo Mixto 105
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 30 pts. Darren Townes 17 pts.
Lic: Thurman Zimmerman 28 pts. Patricio Briones 24 pts.

Boston won the series 2-1


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  CROATIA   


Croatian A1 round 9 best performance: Ivica Radic - by Eurobasket News
Forward Ivica Radic (207-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Alkar Sinj, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Zabok (#6, 4-5) with 17-point margin 91-74. Alkar Sinj maintains the 3rd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Alkar Sinj will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. Radic turned to be Alkar Sinj's top player in his first season with the team. Ivica Radic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 60.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Vrijednosnice OS Darda. Krolo had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Darda was edged by the higher-ranked Kvarner 2010 (#7, 4-5) 67-63. Darda is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 7 lost games is too many comparing to just two victories Darda managed to get this year. Krolo is well-known at Darda and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Filip Vukicevic (203-F-88) of Svjetlost Slavonski Brod (#4). Vukicevic scored 16 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Svjetlost, leading his team to a 95-88 win against the lower-ranked Dubrava (#8, 3-6). Svjetlost needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Vukicevic has a great season in Croatia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Srdan Helbich (205-F/C-76) of Svjetlost - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Antonio Ostric (200-G/F-89) of Dubrovnik - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) of Svjetlost - 24 points
8. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of Dubrava - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nikola Gaurina (199-G-83) of Trogir - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) of Borik - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 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)


Kosta Charalampidis leads Aris over Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Cedevita 85:76

Aris registered the third win in EuroCup season. They prevailed against Cedevita in Thessaloniki. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) accounted for 16 points missing just one shot in the game. Aris stay on top of Group D at 3-1 record, Cedevita fell at 2-2 record.
Aris and Cedevita stayed close in the first ten minutes. The hosts earned a narrow 22:20 lead at the break. The breakthrough for the hosts came in the second period. Aris limited the Croats to only 10 points in the period and built a 40:30 halftime advantage. The sides increased the tempo in the third period. Both offences tuned up as Cedevita managed to outscore Aris. The visitors entered the fourth period trailing by 9 points 55:64. But things did not change radically in the final period. Aris tried to stay determined as they were able to avoid the drama of the last seconds claiming an important win at the end. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) had 15 points for Aris. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) added 11 points in the victory. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) replied with 22 points for Cedevita. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) top-scored with 23 points for the visitors.

Aris: Kosta Charalampidis 16, P.J. Tucker 15, Konstantinos Sloukas 11
Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 23, Trent Plaisted 22



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. Ostric, Dubrovnik5.7 
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. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.8 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 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. Karac, Dubrovnik1.0 
 7. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 8. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 9. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


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  CYPRUS   


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. Aleksic, AEK7.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos7.0 
 6. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. Camacho, Apollon6.3 
 8. McLain, Omonia6.3 
 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. Lee, AP.4.0 
 4. Razis, ENAD4.0 
 5. Kounounis, AEL3.6 
 6. Price, ENAD3.3 
 7. Frasor, Achilleas3.1 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia3.1 
 9. Cummings, Keravnos3.0 
 10. Palalas, AEL3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tony BOBBITT
  Huracanes
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.5 
 4. Kent, ENAD2.1 
 5. Pantouris, Achilleas2.1 
 6. Tzakopoulos, Achil.2.0 
 7. Price, ENAD2.0 
 8. Stiggers, Apollon1.9 
 9. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 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 


Akida McLain claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Akida McLain (206-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Omonia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat ENAD (#9, 1-6) 85-75. Despite this victory Omonia dropped to the 6th position in Cypriot Division A. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 5 games and had just two victories. McLain turned to be Omonia's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. McLain is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) of InterCollege Etha Engomis. King impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Etha was edged by slightly higher-ranked APOEL (#2, 6-1) 76-75. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Etha still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. King is well-known by Etha fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86) of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (#9). Kent scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Kent's great performance ENAD lost 75-85 to the higher-ranked Omonia (#6, 2-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. ENAD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kent he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kent has a very solid season. In 7 games in Cyprus he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 5.3rpg, 2.1spg and FGP: 54.2%. Kent attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ian Hanavan (202-F-80) of APOEL - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of AEK - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ken Tutt (185-G-84) of Etha - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84) of AEL - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joel Camacho (196-G/F-81) of Apollon - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kevin Johnson (201-F-84) of Keravnos - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dennis Horner (206-F-86) of Omonia - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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


Round 9 Preview - by Nima Siar
Round 9 sees the big 4 playing must win games with APOEL taking on Apollon and cross town rivals Etha and Keravnos battling it out. The winner of the APOEL/Apollon game will be holding at least a share of 1st place, depending if Keravnos can hold off Anthony King and an Etha team that has lost 2 straight following a heartbreaking 75-76 loss at the hands of APOEL last week. Etha whom came into to season as favorites for a top three finish after returning starters King and Ken Tutt from last years squad, find themselves playing 2 seasons as they are also competing in the Eurochallenge Cup. If Etha loses on Friday, their regular season will be looking bleak as they will be sitting at 4-4. Etha will be playing APOEL for the 2nd time in three days when the two teams square off again tonight December 7th in the Eurochallenge.

The game of the week will be a matchup between Apollon and Lewis Sims playing his former team APOEL whom he helped to the Eurochallenge Elite 8 last year. Apollon who is going into the game riding a 6 game win streak will need to find a way to contain APOEL American players Ian Hanavan (7 g, 14.6 pts, 5.3 reb, 1.6 stl) and Miah Davis (7g, 17.7 pts, 2.6 ast, 1.6 stl). A big advantage for Apollon is that they have played 5 less games this year because of APOEL's tournament obligation but they will need to establish an inside game from their big men and get some scores off the pick and roll which they failed to do in a win over rival AEL in Round 8 if they want to get the home win. A big part of Apollon's success this season has been the play of former Texas Tech star Corry Carr who is averaging 12.4 pts, 44% 3-pt, 3.3 reb, 2.6 ast and Dante Stiggers who is leading the league in assists with 5.7 pg while also contributing 8.1 pts, 86.7 ft%, 4.1 reb, 1.9 stl.

Good luck and health to all teams.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Hapoel edge Nymburk in Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Jerusalem - Nymburk 91:82

Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) knocked down 26 points to lead Jerusalem to the third EuroCup victory. The Israeli powerhouse knocked down visiting Nymburk to stay on top of Group G. Nymburk fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Jerusalem looked dominant from the start. The hosts outscored the Czech champions 21:14 in the opening ten minutes. Nymburk seemed to find the right rhythm in the second period. The visitors accounted for 22 points to narrow the deficit at 6 points at halftime 36:42. But the third frame restored a comfortable cushion for Jerusalem. The hosts erupted for 25 points to arrive at the final break up by 13 points 67:54. Nymburk went on a desperate rescue rally in the final frame. They dropped 28 points but still came up short of victory at the end. Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) had 24 points and 9 boards for the winners. Brian Randle (203-F-85) added 18 points and 8 caroms. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) netted 19 points against his former team. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Jerusalem: Willie Solomon 26, Sam Clancy 24, Brian Randle 18
Nymburk: Chester Simmons 19, Afik Nissim 14



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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 13-1 
 2. Svendborg 12-1 
 3. Naestved 9-5 
 4. Horsens IC 7-7 
 5. SISU 7-7 
 6. Aabyhoj 7-7 
 7. Horsholm 5-6 
 8. Vaerlose 4-9 
 9. Amager BK 3-11 
 10. Aalborg 0-13 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Nerijus BRASAS
  Amager BK
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Brasas, Amager BK22.8 
 2. Soltau, SISU22.7 
 3. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.5 
 6. Roberts, Naestved20.3 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.6 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC18.2 
 9. Dennis, SISU16.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.3 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.6 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.7 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.1 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose9.0 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.2 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.4 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC6.0 
 3. Martin, Aabyhoj5.1 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.5 
 8. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.3 
 9. Dalboge, Aabyhoj3.3 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 3. Smedley, Naestved2.3 
 4. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 5. Burgess, Bakken2.1 
 6. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 7. Morris, Aabyhoj1.9 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Martin, Aabyhoj1.8 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.6 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.8 
 3. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.9 
 7. Brown, SISU0.9 
 8. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.8 


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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. 4-4 
 4. Springfield A. 3-4 
 5. Idaho S. 0-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Terrence WILLIAMS
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Williams, Spring.28.0 
 2. Anderson, New M.25.2 
 3. Johnson, Bakersfi.24.4 
 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. Wheeler, Idaho S.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WILLIAMS
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Williams, Spring.11.3 
 2. Williams, Tulsa 66ers10.7 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.10.6 
 4. Wheeler, Idaho S.10.3 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 6. Harris, Maine RC9.7 
 7. Pittman, Sioux F.9.5 
 8. Fazekas, Reno B.9.4 
 9. Richardson, New M.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. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.4 
 10. Jackson, Idaho S.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.9 
 2. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.5 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.4 
 4. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.4 
 5. Ewing, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Hamilton, Utah F.2.3 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.3 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.2 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. McCray, Sioux F.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. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.6 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.2.4 
 8. Goodridge, Spring.2.3 
 9. Whiteside, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.8 


Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Aldrich appeared in five games (five starts) for the 66ers and averaged 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 27.4 minutes.

Aldrich has joined the Thunder in Chicago for tonights 7:00 PM game against the Bulls at the United Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Jam routs Idaho, 123-94 - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Idaho S. 123-94
Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) made his first eight shots, including five 3-pointers, finishing with 29 points to lead the Bakersfield Jam to a 123-94 victory over the Idaho Stampede on Monday night at the Jam Events Center. Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) finished with 18 points and 11 assists, and Drew Naymick (6'11''-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Bakersfield, which shot 49.3 percent from the floor and made 13 from 3-point range. Brandon Wallace had 16 points and Kenny Taylor scored 15. The teams combined for 87 free throw attempts. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com


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  DOMINICA   


End of Dominica National Basketball Season - by Rolando DeLaBarrera

The end to the 2010 Lime sponsored National Basketball Season came to an official close on Saturday 16th October, with the enthusiasm that propelled the season to dramatic basketball finals. The evening was used to award trophies and certificates to the deserving teams, players and volunteers. The evening began with an all star team playing the Division 1 champions Gloria Shillingford Raptors which was followed by another all star team playing the Premier Division Champions in a second game, The games were viewed and enjoyed by an appreciative crowd who stayed on to watch the prize giving ceremony immediately after the games.

Present to hand out the trophies was the representative of Lime, Ms Ferdina Frampton with the President of the Basketball Association Mr. Dave Baron. After a welcome address by master of ceremony Mickey Joseph, the President a gave a short address in which he thank all the sponsors and persons who played a part in the 2010 basketball season. The president also indicated that Dominica has been asked to host the 2011 Windward Island Basketball Tournament and updating the basketball constitution to meet the anti doping rules in sport (WADA).

The representative of Lime Ms. Ferdina Frampton also delivered a short address , when she complimented the association and a promise of continued assistance from lime in helping the association to reestablish basketball as premier sport in Dominica.

The following Awards and Trophies were handed out ,

1. The Glam X-Men - Premier Division Champ's (National Champions) also receiving a 1000 dollar cash prize.
2. Gloria Shillingford Raptors - Division 1 Champion - also receiving a 750 dollar cash prize.
3. The Glam X-Men - Ballarama Champion
4. The Glam X-Men - Regular Season Champion
5. Salisbury Juggernauts - Regular Season Champion
6. Garth Joseph - MVP Premier Division Playoff Finals
7. Steve Hypolite - MVB Division 1 Playoff Finals
8. Lynvor John - Top Scorer Premier Division
9. Dean Vidal - Top Scorer Division 1
10. Paix Bouche Eagles - 2nd Place Premier Division
11. Raffoul Snipers - 2nd Place Division 1
12. Appreciation Certificates were given out to the referees and Tito Aaron

The next activities for the DABA as indicated by the president are the 2011 basketball season, Windward Island Basketball Tournament, the basketball constitution
and currently entertaining the idea of putting a womens team to participate in a tournament in Antigua.

See attachments for pictures of the closing.

Mickey Joseph



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Dusan Katnic signs deal with Oostende - by Eurobasket News
Dusan Katnic (194-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Belgium. The 21-year-old Serbian prospect signed a deal with Oostende, who competes in Belgian top division as well as in EuroChallenge. Katnic parted ways with Crvena Zvezda Belgrade recently. He had 7.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for them in 8 Adriatic league games, after what he requested a contract termination due to limited playing time.
Dusan Katnic was a member of Serbian U19 National Team which won the Gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship in 2007. At the same year he helped U18 Serbia to win the EuroBasket Gold and in 2008 Katnic helped U20 Serbia to win the first place at the EuroBasket in Riga.


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Spartak SP 3-1 
 2. Szolnok 3-1 
 3. Gravelines 2-2 
 4. N.Novgorod 0-4 
Group B
 1. Ventspils 2-1 
 2. Macc.Haifa 2-1 
 3. Khimik 1-1 
 4. Dt.Bank SKY 1-3 
Group C
 1. Lukoil A. 3-0 
 2. Benfica 2-1 
 3. Lugano Tigers 1-3 
 4. TU/Rock 1-3 
Group D
 1. Netanya 3-1 
 2. Liege 3-1 
 3. Norrkoping 2-2 
 4. T.Telekom 0-4 
Group E
 1. Krka 3-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 3-1 
 3. Telekom B. 1-2 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 0-3 
Group F
 1. Lokomotiv K. 3-1 
 2. Steaua Turabo 2-2 
 3. Antwerp 2-2 
 4. Dynamo M. 1-3 
Group G
 1. Karsiyaka 3-1 
 2. Etha 2-2 
 3. Zadar 2-2 
 4. APOEL 1-3 
Group H
 1. Nancy 3-1 
 2. M.Hainaut 2-2 
 3. Oostende 2-2 
 4. Orleans 1-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti27.5 
 2. Banks, Elitzur .24.5 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.21.3 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok19.3 
 5. Zoric, KK.19.3 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp18.7 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils18.3 
 8. Paunic, N.Novgorod18.2 
 9. Chalmers, Lokom.17.5 
 10. Bader, Szolnok17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lonny BAXTER
  Enisey
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka12.0 
 3. Zoric, KK.12.0 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock11.3 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv10.5 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.10.0 
 7. Smith, Karsiyaka10.0 
 8. Booker, Krka9.8 
 9. Clark, Szolnok9.0 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Adrian BLIDARU
  Ploiesti
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Blidaru, Ploiesti7.5 
 2. Millage, Khimik7.5 
 3. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 4. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 5. Brener, Elitzur .6.3 
 6. Sergeev, Enisey5.5 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.5 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 9. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.3 
 10. Wood, Dt.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.2 
 2. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 3. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 4. Johnson, Aalstar3.0 
 5. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 6. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
 7. Petrovic, Oostende2.8 
 8. Dabkus, Etha2.8 
 9. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.4 
 10. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.2 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 3. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 4. King, Etha1.8 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 6. Clark, Szolnok1.7 
 7. Bader, Szolnok1.7 
 8. Valiev, Triumph1.5 
 9. Ohlbrecht, Teleko.1.5 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.5 


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  EUROCUP   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kristaps JANICENOKS
  VEF Riga
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Janicenoks, VEF R.21.0 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .20.3 
 3. Tucker, Aris20.3 
 4. Popovic, Unics18.5 
 5. Curry, Azovmash18.3 
 6. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 7. Anderson, Goett.18.0 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.17.3 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK17.3 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK13.0 
 2. Tucker, Aris9.8 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga8.5 
 4. Anderson, Goett.8.5 
 5. Walsh, AS.8.5 
 6. Brezec, Krasnie .8.3 
 7. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.8.3 
 8. Wallace, Gran Canaria8.2 
 9. Owens, Azovmash8.0 
 10. Stimac, CEZ N.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .8.3 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa8.0 
 3. Popovic, Unics7.0 
 4. Draper, Cedevita6.8 
 5. James, Lukoil A.6.5 
 6. Walsh, AS.6.3 
 7. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.5 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.5.3 
 9. Wood, Dt.5.0 
 10. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle BAILEY
  Goettingen
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey, Goettingen4.0 
 2. Muya, Liege3.0 
 3. House, Azovmash2.8 
 4. Valters, VEF Riga2.7 
 5. Curry, Azovmash2.7 
 6. Jasen, Estudiantes2.7 
 7. Green, Krasnie Krilya2.7 
 8. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 9. Popovic, Unics2.5 
 10. Kalaitzidis, AP.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga2.3 
 2. Dunston, Aris2.0 
 3. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 4. Vranes, Unics1.8 
 5. Stimac, CEZ N.1.7 
 6. Thompson, Spart.1.5 
 7. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.5 
 8. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.5 
 9. Muurinen, Dt.1.5 
 10. Sy, Orleans1.5 


Eurocup Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Le Mans - Unics 65-98
Unics returned on top of EuroCup Group A. They stunned Le Mans in France tonight to clear off in the leading position in the ladder. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) delivered 23 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Kazan outfit. Le Mans slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. Unics did not waste too much time to set up the tone. The visitors unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to leave Le Mans behind. Unics rallied to a comfortable 9-point lead at the first intermission. Unics did not slow down in the second period. They capitalized on sloppy defensive effort from the hosts to establish a 50:34 halftime lead. Unicss dominance continued to blossom in the third frame. Le Mans struggled defensively as they conceded 26 points in the third stanza to face a massive 27-point deficit at the final break. Unics did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter as they cruised to an impressive win at the end. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) contributed 19 points and 6 assists for Unics. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) had 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in the win. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) replied with 17 points for Le Mans. Thierry Rupert (200-F-77) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Banvit - EWE Baskets 81-72
Banvit recorded the second EuroCup victory. They bettered EWE Baskets in Turkey to reach 2-2 record in Group A. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) led well-balanced offensive effort with 14 points. EWE Baskets slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. EWE Baskets looked confident early in the encounter. The German side stayed in charge throughout the starting period taking a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. However Banvit turned things around in the second frame. The hosts stepped on the gas unleashing 25 points in the term. Banvit established a comfortable 41:31 advantage at halftime. EWE Baskets did not go away though. The visitors maintained the pressure as they were down by 7 points with one quarter remaining 53:60. Banvit came up with some key points midway through the fourth stanza to keep the visitors at bay and rallied to the victory at the end. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) provided 13 points for Banvit. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 21 points each for EWE Baskets.

Group B
Hemofarm - Goettingen 67-79
Goettingen remained perfect in EuroCup season. They silenced Hemofarm at Centar Millenium in Serbia tonight. Goettingen stayed on top of Group B ladder at 4-0 record. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) orchestrated the victory scoring 26 points. Hemofarm slipped at 2-2 record after the defeat. Goettingen started the build their advantage in the opening frame. The German team fired 25 points to earn a 10-point buffer at the first break. Hemofarm tried to strike back in the second period. The Serbians cut the distance to 8 points at halftime 36:44. But the third term allowed Goettingen to restore a safe cushion. The German outfit held their opponents to 12 points in ten minutes to enter the fourth period up by 12 points 62:48. Hemofarm outgunned the visiting side in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) tallied 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the visitors. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) added 11 points in the winning effort. Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) replied with 17 points for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points in defeat.

Besiktas - ASVEL 80-74
Besiktas snapped their EuroCup losing skid posting the initial win in Group B. The Turkish team toppled ASVEL in Istanbul. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) stepped up with 15 points to pace the hosts. Besiktas improved at 1-2 record in the ladder. ASVEL fell at 1-3. It was not an easy start for the hosts. ASVEL used an 8:0 run midway through the opening period to enjoy a 16:8 lead. The visitors maintained the lead to record a 21:12 advantage at the first break. ASVEL boosted the lead to as many as 15 points early in the second term. But Ogilvy and Ignerski cut the distance to only 3 points late in the half. ASVEL did not allow the hosts any closer to lead by six at halftime 39:33. Allen Iverson and Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) leveled things up at 39 early in the third frame. ASVEL struck right back igniting an 8:0 run and restoring a safe buffer. They arrived at the final break up by 6 points 57:51. Cevher Ozer and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) quickly erased the deficit early in the final stanza and soon Besiktas took an 8-point lead. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) and Matt Walsh narrowed the distance however Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) hit a massive triple to put the fans on their feet. Mickael Gelabale lost the ball late in regulation and Yarangume sealed the deal from the stripe. Serhat Cetin knocked down 12 points for Besiktas. Mire Chatman and Fedor Likholitov added 11 points each in the victory. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points for ASVEL. Mickael Gelabale had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group C
Buducnost - Budivelnyk 69-54
Buducnost slowed down Budivelnyk claiming a comfortable home win in EuroCup Group C action tonight. The Montenegrin champions thus clinched 2-2 record in the standings. Budivelnyk suffered the first defeat to keep the top position at 3-1. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and collected 6 boards to pace the winning side. The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Buducnost organized an 11:0 run. That put the hosts on top 24:12 early in the second frame. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame as Budivelnyk struggled to find offensive rhythm. The visitors faced a 29:45 deficit at halftime. Buducnost stretched the lead to 19 points before Budivelnyk answered with a 7:0 run to cut the distance. Buducnost responded pretty quickly as they piled up a 57:39 lead with one quarter to go. The Ukrainian team managed to get within 12 points in the final period. However Buducnost stayed calm as they executed almost a perfect victory at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic produced 13 points for Buducnost. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) replied with 19 points and 8 caroms for Budivelnyk. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Siauliai - Gran Canaria 70-89
Gran Canaria 2014 earned the third win in EuroCup season. They stunned Siauliai in Lithuania to improve at 3-1 record in Group C. Siauliai losing skid continued as they suffered the fourth straight defeat. The hosts got to a dreamy start. They outscored the visitors 23:9 in the opening frame. But Gran Canaria 2014 quickly stopped the rot. They adjusted their defense and limited Siauliai to only 8 points in the second frame. Gran Canaria trailed by only 3 points at halftime. The Spaniards unloaded 29 points in the third frame to surge ahead. The visitors entered the final period ahead by 5 points. Siauliai could not return to the first frame tempo again. They lacked defensive aggressiveness allowing Gran Canaria 2014 score 32 points and celebrated a well-deserved win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 17 points to lead the effort. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) and Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) added 13 points each for the winners. Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Siauliai. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points in the loss.

Group D
Azovmash - Galil Gilboa 92-88 OT
Azovmash posted the second straight EuroCup victory as they snatched a narrow overtime win over Galil Gilboa. Azovmash are now looking hopeful at their EuroCup campaign improving at 2-2 record in Group D. The Israeli champions in the meantime fell at 1-3 record at the bottom of the ladder. Azovmash confidently started the game. The hosts unleashed 25 points in the opening frame to take an 8-point advantage. Galil Gilboa changed the complexion of the game in the second quarter as the visitors started to get closer. Galil Gilboa cut the deficit at 4 points at the interval 35:39. The visitors persisted in the third stanza erasing the deficit. The teams entered the final quarter tied at 57. Things did not change drastically in the final frame. The teams exchanged baskets before sealing a 73:73 outcome at the end of regulation. The thriller continued in the extra period. Azovmash lost Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) after the forward suffered an injury. But Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up for the home team when it mattered the most to secured an important victory at the end. Fred House notched 17 points and 8 rebounds for Azovmash. Ramel Curry added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) replied with 20 points for Galil Gilboa. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) delivered 19 points in the loss.

Aris - Cedevita 85-76
Aris registered the third win in EuroCup season. They prevailed against Cedevita in Thessaloniki. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) accounted for 16 points missing just one shot in the game. Aris stay on top of Group D at 3-1 record, Cedevita fell at 2-2 record. Aris and Cedevita stayed close in the first ten minutes. The hosts earned a narrow 22:20 lead at the break. The breakthrough for the hosts came in the second period. Aris limited the Croats to only 10 points in the period and built a 40:30 halftime advantage. The sides increased the tempo in the third period. Both offences tuned up as Cedevita managed to outscore Aris. The visitors entered the fourth period trailing by 9 points 55:64. But things did not change radically in the final period. Aris tried to stay determined as they were able to avoid the drama of the last seconds claiming an important win at the end. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) had 15 points for Aris. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) added 11 points in the victory. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) replied with 22 points for Cedevita. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) top-scored with 23 points for the visitors.

Group E
Panellinios - Galatasaray 66-62
Panellinios are back right into the mix in the fight for EuroCup Last 16. They overcame previously undefeated Galatasaray at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group E. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) and Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) came up with 15 points each to pace the Greek team. The teams kept it slow in the first term. Panellinios eventually turned out on top as they headed into the second period with a two-point lead 11:9. The teams exchanged punches in the second period. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) sealed the first half with a jumper to give the Turkish team a 28:26 advantage. Emmanouil Papamakarios leveled things up early in the third frame. Bailey and Joseph Krabbenhoft put the hosts in front. Panellinios maintained the advantage as they ensured a 48:44 lead with ten minutes remaining. Ostojic and Emmanouil Papamakarios extended the gap to as many as 8 points however Galatasaray narrowed it back to 3 points. Ostojic and Joseph Krabbenhoft knocked down key free throws in clutch time to secure a tough win for Panellinios. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) netted 10 points in the victory. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Joshua Shipp responded with 18 points each for Galatasaray. Kurtoglu finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Bennet Cantu - GasTerra 81-54
Bennet Cantu celebrated the second EuroCup victory. They held off visiting GasTerra Flames to reach 2-2 record in Group E. Groningen fell at 1-3 record at the bottom of the ladder. Six Cantu players scored in double digits to lead the effort. Bennet Cantu silenced the visitors in the starting frame. The hosts quickly opened a 10:3 lead. Cantu went on a 10:0 run late in the first period to take a 27:7 advantage. Bennet Cantu stayed in front throughout the second period. Groningen however tried to stay aggressive as they narrowed the distance at 14-point mark at the interval. Cantu quickly restored a 19-point lead early in the third quarter. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) and Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75) kept the Dutch team at bay. Cantu arrived at the final break leading by as many as 20 points 58:38. Cantu did not slow down in the fourth quarter and the Italian team rolled to a comprehensive win at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili delivered 16 points to lead the hosts. Nicolas Mazzarino netted 11 points in the victory. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) replied with 11 points for GasTerra Flames. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) had 10 points in the loss.

Group F
Roanne - PAOK 60-72
PAOK are coming back with victory from their EuroCup French trip. PAOK knocked down Roanne on the road for the second win in Group F. Roanne suffered the fourth consecutive loss and drop out of the Last 16 fight. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead PAOK. PAOK looked energetic and aggressive right from the start. The Hellenes accounted for 25 points in the first frame to post a 4-point lead. The visitors stressed defense in the second period. Roanne managed just 11 points in the stanza to face a deep 11-point deficit at halftime. PAOK did not allow their opponents too close in the third quarter. The Greek side dominated in this one entering the final frame up by 11 points. PAOK held their opponents to only 15 points in the final quarter securing the victory at the end. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) delivered 17 points for the visitors. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 9 points each for Roanne. Alex Gordon, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi and K.C. Rivers had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Benetton TV - Estudiantes 79-72
Benetton Treviso are now 4-0 on top of EuroCup Group F. The Italian team held off Estudiantes in Treviso tonight to keep their record spotless. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 6 steals to pace the hosts. The lead changed hands for a couple of times in the first quarter before Oliver tied it at 15 heading into the second frame. Bulleri, Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Nicevic allowed the hosts to spur in front 23:20 midway through the second quarter. Devin Smith and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) boosted the margin to as many as 7 points and eventually Benetton outscored their opponents 40:33 in the first half. Stefan Markovic and Donatas Motiejunas opened the second half with five points in a row to open a double-digit advantage. Benneton extended the lead to as many as 15 points but Estudiantes did not surrender. German Gabriel (207-C-80) and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) dragged the Spanish team as close as 8 points with one quarter left 52:60. Nik Caner-Medley tipped off the fourth period with a triple but Devin Smith matched him on the other end and later followed with two free throws as the Treviso team restored a 10-point buffer. Estudiantes never recovered from this blow and the home team cruised to the win at the end. Donatas Motiejunas top-scored with 19 points for Benetton. Stefan Markovic added 12 points in the victory. Nik Caner-Medley delivered 17 points and 9 rebounds for Estudiantes. German Gabriel and Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) accounted for 13 points each in defeat.

Group G
VEF Riga - Cajasol 83-82
VEF Riga celebrated the first EuroCup win in the season. They knocked down Cajasol in Riga to stay alive in the race for the next round birth. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) erupted for 32 points to lead the charge. Cajasol fell at 2-2 record after the loss. The teams stayed close in the opening quarter. Neither side dominated in the period as Cajasol eked out a 23:21 lead ten minutes into the game. With their backs against the wall VEF Riga returned on the court firing from all guns. Kristaps Janicenoks delivered 16 points in the first half and allowed VEF Riga to take a 41:38 halftime lead. Cajasol spurred back in front early in the second half but the hosts were ready for the challenge. They went on a 15:4 rally to post a 56:46 advantage. Cajasol did not give up that easily. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Cabanas dragged Cajasol within four points at the final break 60:64. The Spanish team completed an 11:0 run to ensure a 71:64 lead midway through the fourth frame. Gadson and Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) stepped up for the home team late in the game. They secured a narrow 83:81 lead for VEF Riga. Kirksay hit just one free throw and then Bullock, Sastre and Kirksay missed their shots to allow VEF Riga escape with the tough win at the end. Derek Willjam produced 11 points and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) contributed 10 points in the win. Txemi Urtasun answered with 17 points for Cajasol. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Hapoel J-M - CEZ Nymburk 91-82
Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) knocked down 26 points to lead Jerusalem to the third EuroCup victory. The Israeli powerhouse knocked down visiting Nymburk to stay on top of Group G. Nymburk fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Jerusalem looked dominant from the start. The hosts outscored the Czech champions 21:14 in the opening ten minutes. Nymburk seemed to find the right rhythm in the second period. The visitors accounted for 22 points to narrow the deficit at 6 points at halftime 36:42. But the third frame restored a comfortable cushion for Jerusalem. The hosts erupted for 25 points to arrive at the final break up by 13 points 67:54. Nymburk went on a desperate rescue rally in the final frame. They dropped 28 points but still came up short of victory at the end. Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) had 24 points and 9 boards for the winners. Brian Randle (203-F-85) added 18 points and 8 caroms. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) netted 19 points against his former team. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Group H
ALBA - Pepsi Caserta 79-62
ALBA thumped visiting Pepsi Caserta to stay undefeated in EuroCup season. The Berlin outfit climbed at 4-0 record in Group H. Pepsi Caserta in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 2-2. ALBA got to a strong start. Led by Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and McElroy ALBA quickly surged in front. The hosts piled up a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Pepsi Caserta cut the deficit at 4-point mark early in the second quarter but ALBA responded quickly. The hosts went on a massive 18:1 run to establish a 50:26 lead. Pepsi Caserta entered the second half trailing by 22 points 28:50. Pepsi Caserta stopped the bleeding in the third frame. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) dragged the visitors within 13 points before Julius Jenkins made it 60:45 with ten minutes remaining. ALBA went on a 7:0 run midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory in this one. Julius Jenkins and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) produced 14 points each for ALBA. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) had 10 points apiece in the win. Fabio Di Bella answered with 16 points for Pepsi Caserta. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 10 points in the loss.

Anwil - Krasnie Krilya 83-98
Krasnye Krylia stayed in the heated battle for the EuroCup next round birth. They toppled Anwil in Wloclawek tonight to stay tied with Pepsi Caserta at 2-2 record in Group H. Anwil lost the fourth game in a row and got eliminated from the clash for Last 16 ticket. The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter. Rush and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) helped Krasnye Krylia to take off late in the period as the Russian team posted a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) extended the margin to 9 points early in the second period. But Anwil answered immediately to start cutting the deficit. The Polish side erased the deficit and eventually pulled ahead for a 36:35 halftime lead. Aleksandr Anisimov, Gerald Green and Primoz Brezec all scored in an 11:0 run from Krasnye Krylia early in the third frame as the visitors regained the lead. Anwil recovered to surge back in front but not for long. Krasnye Krylia eked out a 63:61 lead with ten minutes remaining. Aleksandr Anisimov delivered two quick trebles midway through the final period as the visitors grabbed an 80:67 lead. Anwil could not come back to terms in the reminder of the contest and Krasnye Krylia celebrated a valuable win at the end. Primoz Brezec had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Gerald Green added 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Krasnye Krylia. Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) and Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points each for Anwil. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points.


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Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Unics 3-1 
 2. Banvit 2-2 
 3. Le Mans 2-2 
 4. EWE Baskets 1-3 
Group B
 1. Goettingen 3-0 
 2. Hemofarm 2-2 
 3. Besiktas 1-2 
 4. ASVEL 1-3 
Group C
 1. Budivelnyk 3-1 
 2. Gran Canaria 3-1 
 3. Buducnost 2-2 
 4. Siauliai 0-4 
Group D
 1. Aris 3-1 
 2. Cedevita 2-2 
 3. Azovmash 2-2 
 4. Galil Gilboa 1-3 
Group E
 1. Galatasaray 3-1 
 2. Bennet Cantu 2-2 
 3. Panellinios 2-2 
 4. GasTerra F. 1-3 
Group F
 1. Benetton TV 4-0 
 2. Estudiantes 2-2 
 3. PAOK 2-2 
 4. Roanne 0-4 
Group G
 1. Hapoel J-M 3-1 
 2. Cajasol 2-2 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 2-2 
 4. VEF Riga 1-3 
Group H
 1. ALBA 4-0 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 2-2 
 3. Krasnie Krilya 2-2 
 4. Anwil 0-4 


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Lietuvos Rytas and Igor Milosevic did not part ways - by Emiliano
Contrarily to the report, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius did not part ways. The Serbian point guard is still in the roster of the Lithuanian team with whom he is averaging 4.4ppg in 5 LKL games, 2.7ppg in 3 VTB League games and 4.5ppg in 6 Euroleague games.
Milosevic moved to the Lithuanian powerhouse last January and averaged 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.5apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 63.0% in LKL and 15.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 81.3% in Baltic League.
With Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius Milosevic won LKL.


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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. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 6. Nelson, Lapua0.7 
 7. Valentine, Lapua0.7 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.7 
 9. Mantymaa, Huima0.7 
 10. Brown, Namika II0.7 


Nelson's a double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lapuan Korikobrat and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 23 rebounds, while his team edged out SayRi (#11, 2-6) 86-82. Lapua maintains the 6th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Nelson had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Oakland University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nelson is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.4ppg. Nelson is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 13.9rpg) and averages solid 52.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Andre Foreman (198-F/G-69) of top-ranked Forssan Koripojat. He is naturalized American swingman in his first season at FoKoPo. In the last game Foreman recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course FoKoPo cruised to a 93-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked TomPo II (#9, 3-6). Of course FoKoPo still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 8 matches. Foreman is a newcomer at FoKoPo and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of BC Nokia (#4). Bojang scored 22 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BC Nokia, leading his team to a 93-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Kerava ET (#10, 3-6). BC Nokia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Bojang has a great season in Finland. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 15.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 58.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlton Brown (198-F-79) of Namika II - 17 points and 18 rebounds
5. Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. De Marcus Hall (201-F-85) of SayRi - 22 points and 14 rebounds
7. Eryk Thomas (200-C-85) of SayRi - 30 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Timo Riihela (193-G-80) of BC Nokia - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Jarno Nissinen (194-F-77) of Jyvaskyla - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of Jyvaskyla - 20 points and 12 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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NM1 Round 14: Bordeaux loses to Denain Voltaire in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 14 in the NM1 was a road defeat of second-ranked Bordeaux by first ranked Denain Voltaire who outscored them by 16 points 64-80 in the game for the first place. It ended the eleven-game winning streak of Bordeaux. Center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) chipped in 14 points during the contest. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Denain Voltaire has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Bordeaux who is 11-3 is currently in second place as they suffered their third loss. Denain Voltaire is looking forward to face St Quentin (#3) in Saint-Quentin in the next round. Bordeaux will play at home against St Etienne and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Third-ranked Saint-Quentin had no problems on the court of Get Vosges (#11) in Golbey. Saint-Quentin (10-4) outscored Get Vosges (6-8) with a record 29 points 110-81. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Dejan Sencanski who supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) did not help to save the game for Get Vosges. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite the victory Saint-Quentin stay at third position having just six points less than leader Denain. Get Vosges who is 6-8 is currently in eleventh place. Saint-Quentin's will play against league's leader Denain on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Get Vosges will play against Le Puy (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
CFBB finally registered their first victory this season after 13 consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Lievin Basket (5-9) 80-64. The best player for the winners was Ulysse Adjagba who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Antwon Hoard produced 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Lievin Basket's coach rotated ten players, but that didn't help in this game. CFBB (1-13) celebrated their first victory after thirteen consecutive losses. Despite the win they stay at eighteenth position. Lievin Basket who is 5-9 went down to thirteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. CFBB will meet higher ranked Roche (#17) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lievin Basket will play against St Chamond (#15) and hope to secure a win.
And what about another game where Saint-Etienne (#10) beat Orchesien BC 83-80 at their own court. The victory allowed Saint-Etienne (7-7) to climb to eighth place. They share it with Denek and Challans. Orchesien BC who is 5-9 is currently in thirteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Saint-Etienne's opponent will be league's second-placed Bordeaux on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Orchesien BC will play against Denek (#9).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Angers BC 49 won against Denek on the opponent's court 77-69. Souffel managed to outperform Le Puy in a home game 77-68. Sorgues managed to beat St Chamond on the road 66-57. Brest crushed Roche at it's own court 99-72. Challans was beaten by Blois in a road game 85-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest.


Denain - Bordeaux 80-64
The most interesting game of round 14 in the NM1 was a road defeat of second-ranked Bordeaux by first ranked Denain Voltaire who outscored them by 16 points 64-80 in the game for the first place. It ended the eleven-game winning streak of Bordeaux. Center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) chipped in 14 points during the contest. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Denain Voltaire and four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Bordeaux who is 11-3 is currently in second place as they suffered their third loss. Denain Voltaire is looking forward to face St Quentin (#3) in Saint-Quentin in the next round. Bordeaux will play at home against St Etienne and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Denain: A.Belkessa 14+2reb+3ast, J.Mihalic 13+5reb+1ast, F.Minet 13+4reb+1ast, A.Gacko 12+5reb+2ast, R.Brocheray 10+16reb+3ast, D.Quincy-Jones 8+2reb+1ast
Bordeaux: G.Darrigand 16+2reb, J.Ford 14+9reb+2ast, R.Dardaine 12+6reb+2ast, S.Driss 12+6reb+1ast, M.Doubal 5+1reb+1ast, M.Sy 3
gschID: 100746


Get Vosges - St Quentin 81-110
Third-ranked Saint-Quentin had no problems on the court of Get Vosges (#11) in Golbey. Saint-Quentin (10-4) outscored Get Vosges (6-8) with a record 29 points 110-81. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian, agent: John Ebeling) who supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) did not help to save the game for Get Vosges. American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite the victory Saint-Quentin stay at third position having just six points less than leader Denain. Get Vosges who is 6-8 is currently in eleventh place. Saint-Quentin's will play against league's leader Denain on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Get Vosges will play against Le Puy (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: M.Diallo 21+2reb+3ast, J.Lesieu 19+10reb, D.Sencanski 18+6reb+2ast, K.Howell 17+3reb+1ast, A.Rambur 14+3reb+3ast, O.Romain 10+1reb+5ast
Get Vosges: T.Sani 24+7reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 18+4reb, Z.Gourde 14+9reb+3ast, M.Nelaton 9+1reb, D.Strong 5+6reb+2ast, T.Housieaux 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100747


St Etienne - Orchy 83-80
And what about another game where Saint-Etienne (#10) beat Orchesien BC 83-80 at their own court. The victory allowed Saint-Etienne (7-7) to climb to eighth place. They share it with Denek and Challans. Orchesien BC who is 5-9 is currently in thirteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Saint-Etienne's opponent will be league's second-placed Bordeaux on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Orchesien BC will play against Denek (#9).
gschID: 100748


Denek - Angers BC 49 69-77
Rather expected game in Bidart where 7th ranked Denek (7-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (10-4) 77-69. American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agent: Michael Hart) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agent: John Ebeling) replied with 29 points and center Benjamin Rey (210-79) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Denek. Angers BC 49 (10-4) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. The victory allowed Angers BC 49 (10-4) to climb to third place. They share it with St Quentin. Denek who is 7-7 went down to eighth place as they suffered their seventh loss. Angers BC 49's opponent will be Blois (#5) on the road in the next round. Denek will play against Orchy.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Ramphort 20+1reb+2ast, D.Griffin 14+8reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 11+3reb+4ast, V.Mendy 10+6reb, S.Cherasse 8+3reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 7+4reb
Denek: L.Blair 29+3reb+2ast, B.Rey 8+8reb+2ast, W.Berquier 6, C.Mansare 6+2reb+1ast, F.Calvez 6+1reb+4ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 100743


CFBB - Lievin 80-64
CFBB finally registered their first victory this season after 13 consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Lievin Basket (5-9) 80-64. The best player for the winners was guard Ulysse Adjagba (184-93) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) chipped in 19 points. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agent: Hirant Manakian) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Hugues Jannel (208-85) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Lievin Basket's coach rotated ten players, but that didn't help in this game. CFBB (1-13) celebrated their first victory after thirteen consecutive losses. Despite the win they stay at eighteenth position. Lievin Basket who is 5-9 went down to thirteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. CFBB will meet higher ranked Roche (#17) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lievin Basket will play against St Chamond (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CFBB: U.Adjagba 19+8reb+7ast, J.Livio 19+3reb, H.Invernizzi 16+2reb+2ast, B.Dallo 9+5reb+2ast, A.Racine 8+2reb+2ast, V.Pourchot 5+7reb+2ast
Lievin: H.Jannel 17+3reb, A.Hoard 15+6reb, S.Cretaux 12+3reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 7+1reb+1ast, J.Dessart 4+5reb+6ast, V.Lehut 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100744


Souffel - Le Puy 77-68
There was a small surprise in Souffel. where fifteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (6-8) defeated 13th ranked Le Puy ASMB (5-9) 77-68. Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Serbian center Sreten Cabarkapa (204-84) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Damien Pistre (190-83) added 15 points in the effort for Le Puy ASMB. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Souffelweyersheim (6-8) who are in their first season in the NM1 to climb to eleventh place. They share it with Get Vosges. Le Puy ASMB who is 5-9 is currently in thirteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Souffelweyersheim's opponent will be higher ranked Sorgues (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Puy ASMB will play against Get Vosges (#11).
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Tschamber 18+3reb+1ast, J.Stefanov 16+5reb+1ast, F.Broliron 9+5reb+2ast, S.Kancel 9, T.Traineau 8+6reb+1ast, R.Appel 5+3ast
Le Puy: D.Pistre 15+3reb, S.Cabarkapa 12+6reb+1ast, G.Sene 11+3reb+1ast, C.Guillarme 10+3reb+2ast, M.Ipouck 6+5reb+2ast, J.Cortey 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 100745


St Chamond - Sorgues 57-66
Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Saint Chamond (5-9) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Sorgues (8-6) 66-57. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) contributed with 4 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) replied with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Regis Aubry (199-82) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Saint Chamond. The victory allowed Sorgues (8-6) who are in their first very successful season in the NM1 to climb to fifth place. They share it with Brest and Blois. Saint Chamond who is 5-9 is currently in thirteenth place as they suffered their ninth loss. Sorgues' opponent will be Souffel (#12) in Souffel. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play at home against Lievin.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 23+7reb, A.Thinon 10+5ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 9+2reb, V.Ateba 7+3reb, Y.Bassine 5+1ast, X.Pasut 4+15reb+2ast
St Chamond: R.Jacon 12+1reb, A.Laroche 11+9reb+6ast, J.LanduBongo 9+2reb+1ast, K.Zondervan 8+8reb, R.Aubry 8+9reb+1ast, J.Rinna 7+7reb+4ast
gschID: 100740


Brest - Roche 99-72

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Etendard de Brest (8-6) outscored at home 17th ranked Roche (4-10) 99-72. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Roche. 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 Etendard de Brest (8-6) to climb to fifth place. They share it with Blois and Sorgues. Roche who is 4-10 is currently in seventeenth place. Etendard de Brest's opponent will be Challans (#8) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against CFBB (#18).
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 28+9reb+7ast, J.Doreau 17+6reb+4ast, R.Roberts 13+12reb+1ast, G.Staelens 10+2ast, J.Zahoui 10+2reb+2ast, R.Lopez 7+9reb
Roche: H.Disy 23+6reb, W.Morris 13+6reb+2ast, I.Diallo 10+2reb+2ast, S.Neri 9+3reb+1ast, F.Bateko 6+2reb+2ast, L.Monpounga 4+8reb
gschID: 100741


Blois - Challans 85-81
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Vendee Challans (7-7) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Blois (8-6) 85-81. Center Olivier Kolb (205-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Regis Boissie (180-78) replied with 26 points and 6 assists and power forward Mathieu Boutry (201-78) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Vendee Challans. The victory allowed Blois (8-6) to climb to fifth place. They share it with Brest and Sorgues. Vendee Challans who is 7-7 went down to eighth place as they suffered their seventh loss. Blois' opponent will be higher ranked Angers BC 49 (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vendee Challans will play against Brest (#7).
Top scorers:
Blois: O.Kolb 23+3reb+3ast, P.Brochard 15+6reb+5ast, K.Williams 11+2reb+1ast, J.Arlin 11+1reb, Z.Alao 9+5reb+3ast, J.Blot 7+5reb+4ast
Challans: R.Boissie 26+2reb+6ast, B.Boutry 17+5reb+3ast, M.Boutry 17+8reb+2ast, J.Geay 9+2reb, E.Schmieder 8+3reb+8ast, J.James 3+3reb
gschID: 100742




Unics clear off on top of EuroCup Group A - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Unics 65:98

Unics returned on top of EuroCup Group A. They stunned Le Mans in France tonight to clear off in the leading position in the ladder. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) delivered 23 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Kazan outfit. Le Mans slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
Unics did not waste too much time to set up the tone. The visitors unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to leave Le Mans behind. Unics rallied to a comfortable 9-point lead at the first intermission. Unics did not slow down in the second period. They capitalized on sloppy defensive effort from the hosts to establish a 50:34 halftime lead. Unicss dominance continued to blossom in the third frame. Le Mans struggled defensively as they conceded 26 points in the third stanza to face a massive 27-point deficit at the final break. Unics did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter as they cruised to an impressive win at the end. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) contributed 19 points and 6 assists for Unics. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) had 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in the win. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) replied with 17 points for Le Mans. Thierry Rupert (200-F-77) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Le Mans: Alex Acker 17, Thierry Rupert 13, Joao Paulo Batista 13
Unics: Maciej Lampe 23, Terrell Lyday 19, Marko Popovic 17



PAOK eliminate Roanne from EuroCup Last 16 pursuit - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - PAOK 60:72

PAOK are coming back with victory from their EuroCup French trip. PAOK knocked down Roanne on the road for the second win in Group F. Roanne suffered the fourth consecutive loss and drop out of the Last 16 fight. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead PAOK.
PAOK looked energetic and aggressive right from the start. The Hellenes accounted for 25 points in the first frame to post a 4-point lead. The visitors stressed defense in the second period. Roanne managed just 11 points in the stanza to face a deep 11-point deficit at halftime. PAOK did not allow their opponents too close in the third quarter. The Greek side dominated in this one entering the final frame up by 11 points. PAOK held their opponents to only 15 points in the final quarter securing the victory at the end. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) delivered 17 points for the visitors. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 9 points each for Roanne. Alex Gordon, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Roanne: Pape-Philippe Amagou 9, Dylan Page 9
PAOK: Rawle Marshall 19, Justin Gray 17, Lazaros Papadopoulos 13+11 boards



Besiktas finally win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - ASVEL 80:74

Besiktas snapped their EuroCup losing skid posting the initial win in Group B. The Turkish team toppled ASVEL in Istanbul. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) stepped up with 15 points to pace the hosts. Besiktas improved at 1-2 record in the ladder. ASVEL fell at 1-3.
It was not an easy start for the hosts. ASVEL used an 8:0 run midway through the opening period to enjoy a 16:8 lead. The visitors maintained the lead to record a 21:12 advantage at the first break. ASVEL boosted the lead to as many as 15 points early in the second term. But Ogilvy and Ignerski cut the distance to only 3 points late in the half. ASVEL did not allow the hosts any closer to lead by six at halftime 39:33. Allen Iverson and Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) leveled things up at 39 early in the third frame. ASVEL struck right back igniting an 8:0 run and restoring a safe buffer. They arrived at the final break up by 6 points 57:51. Cevher Ozer and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) quickly erased the deficit early in the final stanza and soon Besiktas took an 8-point lead. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) and Matt Walsh narrowed the distance however Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) hit a massive triple to put the fans on their feet. Mickael Gelabale lost the ball late in regulation and Yarangume sealed the deal from the stripe.
Serhat Cetin knocked down 12 points for Besiktas. Mire Chatman and Fedor Likholitov added 11 points each in the victory. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points for ASVEL. Mickael Gelabale had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Besiktas: Cevher Ozer 15, Serhat Cetin 12, Mire Chatman 11, Fedor Likholitov 11
ASVEL: Andrija Zizic 17, Mickael Gelabale 15



ProA Round 9: Three-way tie on top - by Eurobasket News
One of the most important games in Round 9 was a home victory of 6-ranked Nancy (6-3) over third-ranked Chalon/Saor (6-3) 81-75 ending at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. It was a good game for American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with 25 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agent: Yossi Gayer) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Chalon/Saor. Nancy has an solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with defeated Chalon. Nancy is looking forward to face Strasbourg (#8) on the road in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against the league's leader Gravelines (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Another very easy game for Cholet (7-2) which hosted Paris-Levallois (4-5). Top ranked Cholet crushed visitors with a record 26 points 88-62. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Vule Avdalovic chipped in 22 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) with 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion stays a league leader. They share the position with Gravelines and Roanne. Paris-Levallois keeps the eighth position. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Cholet's will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Limoges and hope to get back on the winning track.
League top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked ASVEL 73-67. American players dominated the game. Ben Woodside nailed 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Matt Walsh came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds for ASVEL in the defeat. Gravelines-Dunkerque has an solid series of three victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. ASVEL dropped to the eighth position with 4-5 record. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Chalon (#5) on the road in the next round. ASVEL will play against Le Mans and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a road victory of fourteenth ranked Le Mans (3-6) over higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (5-4) 76-71. The best player for the winners was Joao Paulo Batista who scored 19 points. Le Mans jumped to the thirteenth spot. They share the position with Limoges. Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position. Le Mans' opponent will be higher ranked ASVEL (#12) in Villeurbanne in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Le Havre beat Vichy on the road 85-70. Limoges lost to Strasbourg at it's own court 61-66. Roanne managed to outperform Orleans in a road game 79-72. Poitierarleys recorded a loss to Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home 72-86.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists by Ricardo Greer of Strasbourg IG.


Vichy - Le Havre 70-85
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Le Havre (5-4) beat on the road 16th ranked Vichy (1-8) 85-70. The best player for the winners was American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M, agent: Craig McKenzie) who scored 22 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jonathan Aka (203-86) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy, agent: Iman Shokuohizadeh) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vichy (1-8) added seventh loss to their record. Le Havre jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Hyeres-Toulon. Vichy keeps the last position. Le Havre's opponent will be Orleans (#9) on the road in the next round. Vichy will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#11).
Top scorers:
Vichy: J.Aka 14+9reb, C.McFadgon 12+2reb, D.Nichols 10+6reb, R.Lewin 10+8reb+1ast, J.Shuler 9+3reb+2ast, T.Larrouquis 8+5reb
Le Havre: B.King 22+3reb+7ast, J.Jones 20+8reb+1ast, J.Cox 13+4reb+7ast, W.Wilkinson 11+5reb+3ast, B.McKnight 9+2reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 4+4reb
gschID: 100161


Limoges - Strasbourg 61-66
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked Limoges (3-6) lost at home to twelfth ranked Strasbourg (4-5) 66-61. The best player for the winners was American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agent: Side Court) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Strasbourg jumped to the eighth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Limoges dropped to the thirteenth position. Strasbourg's opponent will be higher ranked Nancy (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges will play against Paris-Levallois (#10).
Top scorers:
Limoges CSP Elite: Z.Wright 20+4reb+6ast, C.Massie 17+2reb, R.Biggs 9+3reb+1ast, R.Desroses 7+1reb, R.Guinn 5+2reb, K.Souchu 3+2reb+1ast
Strasbourg IG: J.Hawkins 13+5reb+1ast, S.Essart 13+2reb, R.Greer 13+10reb+8ast, P.Pasco 8+7reb, J.McCord 4+4reb+1ast, A.MBaye 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100157


Nancy - Chalon 81-75
ProA round 9 most important game was a home victory of 6-ranked Nancy (6-3) over third-ranked Chalon/Saor (6-3) 81-75 ending at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. It was a good game for American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with 25 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agent: Yossi Gayer) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 10 points and 7 assists in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Nancy has an solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with Chalon. Nancy is looking forward to face Strasbourg (#8) on the road in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against the league's new leader Gravelines (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 15+5reb+5ast, M.Haynes 10+2reb+7ast, I.Evtimov 10+2reb+1ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 10+4reb, B.Smith 9+3reb+5ast, J.Lauvergne 7+2reb
Nancy: T.Darden 25+4reb+1ast, V.Samnick 12+10reb+3ast, A.Akingbala 9+4reb, W.Deane 9+1reb+4ast, J.Linehan 9+5reb+10ast, K.Grant 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100158


Orleans - Roanne 72-79
Very predictable result when second ranked Roanne (7-2) won on the road against 8th ranked Orleans (4-5) 79-72. The best player for the winners was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese forward Maleye NDoye (203-80, college: Furman) who recorded 18 points and international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) added 6 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Roanne (7-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Roanne stays a league leader. They share the position with Cholet and Gravelines. Orleans keeps the eighth position. Roanne's opponent will be Poitierarleys (#15) in Poitiers in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Orleans will play at home against Le Havre (#6).
Top scorers:
Orleans: M.NDoye 18+4reb+2ast, Z.Moss 12+5reb, A.Curti 9+1reb+2ast, A.Sy 7+6reb+2ast, T.Bell 7+3reb+1ast, L.Vaty 6+4reb+1ast
Roanne: K.Rivers 20+5reb+3ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 17+3reb+3ast, A.Dunn 12+1reb+1ast, D.Page 9+11reb+3ast, P.Amagou 8+3reb+6ast, S.Diabate 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100159


Poitierarleys - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-86
Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Poitiers (2-7) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-5) 86-72. The best player for the winners was American guard Demetric Bennett (193-85) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels allowed to play his deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez and four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez jumped to the eighth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Poitiers keeps the fifteenth position. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's opponent will be bottom-ranked Vichy (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play against the league's second-placed Roanne where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: R.Wright 17+6reb+1ast, R.Conley 12+3reb+2ast, C.Ona-Embo 11+3reb+4ast, E.Fournier 10+3reb+2ast, P.Guillard 7+5reb+2ast, K.Younger 7+3reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Bennett 24+3reb+4ast, A.Mendy 14+5reb+3ast, T.Bryant 12+8reb+2ast, L.Sciarra 11+8ast, M.Maravic 11+3reb+4ast, M.Bauer 8+1reb
gschID: 100160


Cholet - Paris-Levallois 88-62
Another very easy game for Cholet (7-2) which hosted Paris-Levallois (4-5). Third ranked Cholet crushed visitors with a record 26 points 88-62. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agent: Misko Raznatovic) chipped in 22 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) with 15 points and the other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agent: Iman Shokuohizadeh) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion stays a new league leader. They share the position with Gravelines and Roanne. Paris-Levallois keeps the eighth position. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Cholet's will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Limoges and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 15+2reb, M.Sommerville 10+5reb+2ast, M.Morandais 8+8reb, N.Wyatte 7+3reb, A.Albicy 7+3ast, B.Wright 6+1reb+2ast
Cholet: V.Avdalovic 22+1reb+3ast, S.Mejia 17+6reb+4ast, A.Robinson 14+3reb+2ast, L.Vebobe 8+7reb, R.Falker 7+7reb+3ast, C.Marquis 6+5reb
gschID: 100154


Gravelines - ASVEL 73-67
League top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked ASVEL 73-67. American players dominated the game. Guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agent: Brad Ames) nailed 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami (OH)) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida, agent: Arik Krayn) came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds and forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for ASVEL in the defeat. Forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque has an solid series of three victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. ASVEL dropped to the eighth position with 4-5 record. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Chalon (#5) on the road in the next round. ASVEL will play against Le Mans and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Walsh 26+8reb+3ast, A.Zizic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 12+10reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 5+3reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 4+2reb+2ast, P.Lacombe 4+3reb+2ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 19+6reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 18+6reb, B.Woodside 16+7reb+8ast, Y.Bokolo 10+3reb+7ast, D.Issa 8+8reb+1ast, F.Zerbo 2+3reb
gschID: 100155


Hyeres-Toulon - Le Mans 71-76
We should not miss a road victory of fourteenth ranked Le Mans (3-6) over higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (5-4) 76-71. The best player for the winners was Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who scored 19 points. International guard Antoine Diot (191-89) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) who recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four Le Mans and five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Le Mans jumped to the thirteenth spot. They share the position with Limoges. Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position. Le Mans' opponent will be higher ranked ASVEL (#12) in Villeurbanne in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Krupalija 17+7reb+4ast, K.Houston 15+2reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 13+6reb+4ast, V.Masingue 12+8reb+1ast, S.Fein 10+2reb+4ast, P.Morlende 2+2reb
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 19+4reb, A.Koffi 16+4reb+1ast, A.Acker 14+1reb+2ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 11+7reb, A.Diot 9+10reb+3ast, R.Covile 3+1reb
gschID: 100156




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Blair, Denek24.8 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.6 
 3. Blot, Blois17.8 
 4. Kennedy, Orchy16.6 
 5. Petrovic, St Et.16.2 
 6. Disy, Roche16.0 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin15.8 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux15.5 
 9. James, Challans15.5 
 10. Laroche, St Ch.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher GRIMM
  Blois
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Grimm, Blois9.2 
 2. Simmons, St Et.9.2 
 3. Lesieu, St Quentin8.4 
 4. Roberts, Brest8.2 
 5. Alingue, Souffel8.2 
 6. Hoard, Lievin8.2 
 7. Boutry, Challans8.1 
 8. Pasut, Sorgues7.9 
 9. Griffin, Angers B.7.9 
 10. Brocheray, Denain7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.0 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.7 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.2 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.9 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux4.5 
 6. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 7. Barbry, Orchy4.0 
 8. Sauret, Denain3.9 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.9 
 10. Darrigand, Bordeaux3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Denek3.2 
 2. Neri, Roche2.3 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.3 
 4. Driss, Bordeaux2.1 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy2.0 
 6. Thinon, Sorgues1.8 
 7. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 8. Calvez, Denek1.7 
 9. Dessart, Lievin1.7 
 10. M''Bodji, Souffel1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.9 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.9 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.9 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.7 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy1.2 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.1 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.0 
 8. Boutry, Challans1.0 
 9. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Le Puy0.9 


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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. Berat, Lirija1.7 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.7 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.7 
 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. Lazic, Ultimate.0.8 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.0.8 
 7. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.7 
 8. Kurciev, Ultima.0.7 
 9. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.7 
 10. Petkovski, Pelist.0.7 


Superleague Round 11: Easy game for Torus Skopje which smashes Ultimate Basket by 34 points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results. The most interesting game of round 11 in the Superleague was road a defeat of 5th ranked Ultimate Basket by fourth ranked Torus Skopje who outscored them by 34 points 57-91 in the game for the fourth place. It was a great evening for center Darko Gorgovski (202-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Kobay responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torus Skopje has an solid series of four victories in a row comparing to five consecutive losses by Ultimate Basket. Despite the win Torus Skopje (8-3) stay at fourth position. Ultimate Basket who is 4-7 is currently in fifth place. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Rabotnicki.
League top team - Feni Indistrija (11-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kumanovo 2009 in Kavadarci 104-81. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Dime Tasovski accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Darko Matic (-84, agent: Ivan Asanin) came up with 24 points for Kumanovo 2009 in the defeat. 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. Feni Indistrija (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Current champion stay at first position. Kumanovo 2009 who is 3-8 is currently in sixth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Feni Indistrija's will play against league's second-placed MZT Skopje on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kumanovo 2009 will play against ABA Strumica (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola lost to Lirija on the opponent's court 64-72. ABA Strumica unfortunately lost to Rabotnicki in a home game 62-79. MZT Skopje managed to beat Ovce Pole on the road 67-59.


Lirija - Pelister Bitola 72-64
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Pelister Bitola's (2-9) road loss to ninth ranked Lirija (3-8) 64-72. It was an exceptional evening for center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agent: Goran Gramatikov) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Richard Jeter (198-80, college: Atlanta Metro JC, agent: Gasper Bizjak) accounted for 19 points. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Guard Gjorgi Anakievski (185-85) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds and center Martin Talevski (202-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Pelister Bitola in the defeat. Center Martin Talevski (202-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. The victory allowed Lirija (3-8) who are in their first season in the Superleague to climb to sixth place. They share it with three other teams. Pelister Bitola who is 2-9 is currently on the bottom position as they suffered their ninth loss. Lirija's will play against higher ranked Ultimate Basket (#5) at Prilep in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pelister Bitola will play at home against Ovce Pole (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pelister Bitola: G.Anakievski 24+7reb+1ast, Z.Petkovski 15+1reb+1ast, D.Zaharievski 9+7reb, M.Talevski 9+10reb+2ast, B.Vukadinovic 4+4reb+4ast, A.Nikolovski 3+1ast
Lirija: K.Pavlovski 20+10reb+1ast, R.Jeter 19+2reb+2ast, C.Morban 11+2reb+4ast, J.Cheves 11+3reb+4ast, M.Despotovic 5+3reb+2ast, D.Berat 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 111755


Torus Skopje - Ultimate Basket 91-57
The most interesting game of round 11 in the Superleague was road a defeat of 5th ranked Ultimate Basket by fourth ranked Torus Skopje who outscored them by 34 points 57-91 in the game for the fourth place. It was a great evening for center Darko Gorgovski (202-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Nikola Kobay responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Slobodan Mihajlovski scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torus Skopje has an solid series of four victories in a row comparing to five consecutive losses by Ultimate Basket. Despite the win Torus Skopje (8-3) stay at fourth position. Ultimate Basket who is 4-7 is currently in fifth place. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Ultimate Basket: N.Kobay 11+5reb, B.Janeski 10+2reb+1ast, J.Kurciev 8+1reb+1ast, S.Mihajlovski 8+6reb+1ast, T.Nikoloski 7+4reb, S.Bozic 6+2reb
Torus Skopje: D.Gorgovski 20+3reb+4ast, N.Karakolev 17+4reb+1ast, J.Markovski 16+2reb+2ast, M.Janevski 12+11reb+3ast, I.Dimcevski 8+4reb+6ast, B.Trajkovski 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 111756


ABA Strumica - Rabotnicki 62-79
Rather predictable result when third ranked Rabotnicki (9-2) defeated on the road 6th ranked ABA Strumica (3-8) 79-62. The victory allowed Rabotnicki (9-2) to climb to second place. They share it with MZT Skopje. ABA Strumica who is 3-8 is currently in sixth position as they suffered their eighth loss. Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
gschID: 111752


Feni Indistrija - Kumanovo 2009 104-81
League top team - Feni Indistrija (11-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kumanovo 2009 in Kavadarci 104-81. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Serbian center Darko Matic (-84, agent: Ivan Asanin) came up with 24 points and forward Darko Stanimirovic (198-83) added 16 points respectively for Kumanovo 2009 in the defeat. Forward Darko Stanimirovic (198-83) added 16 points for the guests. 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. Feni Indistrija (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Current champion stay at first position. Kumanovo 2009 who is 3-8 is currently in sixth place as they suffered their eighth loss. Feni Indistrija's will play against league's second-placed MZT Skopje on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kumanovo 2009 will play against ABA Strumica (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo 2009: D.Matic 24+4reb+2ast, D.Stanimirovic 16+3reb+2ast, I.Vukotic 9+1reb+1ast, D.Milanovski 9+1reb+1ast, R.Petric 8+1reb, D.Kalov 6+3reb
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 24+10reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 18+6reb+2ast, J.Frye 12+8reb+1ast, B.Jovovic 12+1reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 12+1reb+3ast, D.Sokolov 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 111753


Ovce Pole - MZT Skopje 59-67
Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Ovce Pole (3-8) was defeated at home by second ranked MZT Skopje (9-2) 67-59. It was an exceptional evening for center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agent: Mira Poljo) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ovce Pole in the defeat. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Ovce Pole lost their fifth straight game in a row. Despite the victory MZT Skopje stay at second position having just four points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Ovce Pole who is 3-8 is currently in sixth place. MZT Skopje's will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija at Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovce Pole will play at home against Pelister Bitola (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ovce Pole: N.Jelesijevic 18+7reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 15+7reb, B.Bilbija 13+8reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 8+2reb+3ast, E.Sinadinovic 3+3ast, D.Savovic 2+6reb+1ast
MZT Skopje: K.Nikolovski 15+11reb, G.Talevski 14+3reb, N.Zivcevic 13+1reb+4ast, J.Petrovski 10+2reb+2ast, T.Grncarov 8+4reb, G.Kocov 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 111754




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  GAMBIA   


Gambia Secondary School Tournament - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
Gambia: Secondary Schools Lineup for SAC Basketball Tourney

Nanama Keita

29 November 2010

At least thirteen senior secondary schools have confirmed their participation in the 2010 edition of the annual basketball competition organized by the Scholar Athletes for Change (SAC) in cooperation with the Gambia Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA).

Ten schools from the Greater Banjul Area including Saint Augustine and Muslim Senior Secondary Schools, two schools from Upper River Region and one from North Bank Region will participate in the upcoming event, which will start with a knockout format before a league format is introduced to determine the semi-finalists.

Schools within the Greater Banjul Area will face off each other in a knock-out format before the five qualifying teams will progress to the second round where they will be joined by Bansang and Nasir Ahmadiya from URR and NBR representatives Essau Senior Secondary School who will all earn automatic qualification to the second stage.

The second round matches, which start on December 18 and run until December 22, 2010, will be in a league format with all matches scheduled to take place at the Manneh Sillah Basketball Court in Banjul.

The inclusion of the regional teams in this year's event is part of SAC's efforts to extend this competition to teams from other parts of the country as way of improving team values and also creating the platform to educate the general population on developing proper nutrition habits and the importance of sports and exercise in reducing the mortality rate.


Ismaila Njie resurfaces at Kankaskia - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
We had lost track of Ismaila Njie for quite some time. The Gambian forward started out at FIU 5 years ago and then transferred to Cincinnati State CC the following year. A gap of a few years passed but finally we have located the former Laurinburg Institute graduate. Njie is suiting up for Kankaskia College in Illinois for Brian Hancock. At the moment, Njie is averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg. Ismaila is a sophomore this year and should move on after this season.

Dawda Njie a sophomore at Lander University - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
Like Ismaila Njie, we had lost track of Dawda Njie. Dawda spent 2 years at Armstrong Atlantic University in Georgia where he saw limited playing time and was redshirted his first year. It was unclear where he would end up this season but he is in fact not too far away from Georgia after all. South Carolina's Lander University is his new stop where he is listed as a sophomore. Dawda's team is currently 3-4 on the year and he has played in 3 games and tallied 5 points. Presently he is averaging 0 ppg and 0.7 rpg. Hopefully, he will get more of an opportunity to play as the season wears on.

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ALBA register fourth straight EuroCup win - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Pepsi Caserta 79:62

ALBA thumped visiting Pepsi Caserta to stay undefeated in EuroCup season. The Berlin outfit climbed at 4-0 record in Group H. Pepsi Caserta in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 2-2.
ALBA got to a strong start. Led by Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and McElroy ALBA quickly surged in front. The hosts piled up a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Pepsi Caserta cut the deficit at 4-point mark early in the second quarter but ALBA responded quickly. The hosts went on a massive 18:1 run to establish a 50:26 lead. Pepsi Caserta entered the second half trailing by 22 points 28:50. Pepsi Caserta stopped the bleeding in the third frame. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) dragged the visitors within 13 points before Julius Jenkins made it 60:45 with ten minutes remaining. ALBA went on a 7:0 run midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory in this one.
Julius Jenkins and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) produced 14 points each for ALBA. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) had 10 points apiece in the win. Fabio Di Bella answered with 16 points for Pepsi Caserta. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 10 points in the loss.

ALBA: Julius Jenkins 14, Marko Marinovic 14, Tadija Dragicevic 10, Yassin Idbihi 10
Pepsi Caserta: Fabio Di Bella 16, Eric Williams 10



John Bynum (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To 70-49 Win against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 70-49 win against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf.

Congrats on the 70-49 win in Duesseldorf. How did you like playing in the Burg Wachter Castello arena? Its one of my favorite arenas because of the beauty.


yea it is a very nice arena and it is in my favorite area of Germany and any time I come back it brings back some of my best memories playing wise when I played near the area in Grevenbroich, but the arena is great and getting the win made it much better.


TBB Trier got off to a fast start and led 40-22 at halftime. Did TBB Trier fullfill the game plan in the first 20 minutes?


Well we played solid defense but we gave up a lot of open looks and they missed shots and if they would have made the open looks then the game would have been different, but at the same time when you hold a team to 22 points your doing something right.

The second half was very much low scoring as TBB Trier won the half 27-26. Did TBB Trier shift one gear down on offense?


For some reason we have trouble in the 3rd quarter and I wouldnt say that we shut it down, we have spurts in games where we have trouble finding the basket, but we will continue to find ways to improve that in the future.


TBB Trier held Duesseldorf to 49 points. You held Bonn to 48 points earlier in the season. Was this performance on defense as good as against Bonn?


I would say we played better defense against Bonn but at the same time Bonn was missing some key players. Tonight Dusseldorf missed a lot of open shots, but we did a good job in transistion defense tonight.



What was the best thing that TBB Trier did in the game that you can keep building on in the next games?


I think when you look at us giving up 49 points in a positive and we just need to continue to defend and we can put ourselves in a good posistion of being in games.


How was it defending Deandre Haynes? TBB Trier did a good job limiting him to 2/14 shooting?


Deandre is a great player and I dont think we did anything special, he had a lot more open looks than he should have but fortunately he was off tonight.


Coach Rodel keeps playing Germans which is good. Oliver Clay contributed 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block 13 minutes. How has his development been coming along?


Oli has a lot of potential and is improving each day, he works hard everyday and is improving each day. Dragin Dojcin works a lot with him and he has a lot of potential which you guys will see as the season unfolds.

Big Monday nIght football showdown between New England Patriots and New York Jets. Who is going to take this?


I hate both teams but I would like to see the jets beat the Pats.


The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 4 games in a row. What is wrong with the Lakers?


I love seeing the Lakers struggle and they can continue to lose as far as im concerned. They will get back on track but I will enjoy it as long as they continue to lose... oh and please get this in here for my boy whit.. kobe is not mike.

You didnt grow up in snow. How do you like it now?


I still dont like snow and never will. I hate the cold weather but hey what can I do about it... lol.


Thanks John for the chat.




Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts To 94-68 Loss To 3 Time BEKO BBL Champion Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 94-68 loss to The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

A tough 94-68 loss in Bamberg. Was the 2010 BEKO BBL champion even stronger than in first meeting in Dortmund?


I think they played the same way we just didn't show up.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg got off to a quick start and led 41-24 at halftime. What was giving Phoenix Hagen the most problems with the Bamberg defense?


We were settling for too many jumpers and not attacking them off the dribble.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg had a 36 point explosion in the third quarter. Why is Bamberg so difficult to stop on offense?


We left their shooters wide open!!!

It is still early, but Bamberg are 12-0. The BEKO BBL is so tight, but Bamberg seems unstoppable. Is there going to be any team that will be able to stop them later in a five game playoff series?


I don't know about that far in the season but right now you would have to put together a great game.

Was there anything positive that Phoenix Hagen could take out of this game?


Nothing positive at all in this game. It was just a beat down from start to finish.

Chris Fleming played all 12 players and they all contributed. Rarely does one talk about German Karsten Tadda. What impresses you most about his game?


He plays hard and hustles. He does what he has to for the team.

Monday Night Football Showdown New England Patriots vs New York Jets. Who will win this game?

I think the Pats in Foxboro.

What current movie do you want to see?


Wall Street

Thanks Quentin for the chat.


Check my blog by Jacob Jaacks 'on the rise' - by Jacob Jaacks
Greeting from Deutschland. This is my first attempt at writing a blog, so I am hoping to improve with each successive entry. I guess the best place to start is with a little background information for the few people that will actually read this blog and don't know me personally. I graduated from the Iowa back in 2000 with a degree in Psychology. I currently reside in Iowa during my off-seasons, which most of my teammates find perplexing because Iowa is, well...Iowa. I have been playing professionally in Europe for the past 10 years, including stops in France, Italy for 6 years, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Israel and now in Germany. So, according to my math, I have spent roughly 1/3 of
my life in Europe. Not bad for a country boy from the Midwest.
Currently, I am playing for Telekom Baskets Bonn Germany. We are the team with the prominent & renowned magenta colored jerseys. It's not pink, but MAGENTA. I guess there's a difference. We just got a tough road win in Ulm, which gives us a .500 record in the BBL at 6-6. We have been hit pretty hard with injuries this season, but slowly we are starting to get all our guys back. We just got Timmy back from a thumb injury and Patrick Flomo is going to be back within a few weeks. With all our team healthy, we should start to play at the level that our coach, Mike Koch, envisioned when he assembled the team over the summer.
We start the 2nd half of the EuroChallenge round on Wednesday night at home vs. KK Zagreb. We won a tough game at their place in the 1st round, but we are going to have a tough match-up when they come to the Telekom Dome in Bonn because they have made some major changes, including a new head coach. We are a disappointing 1-2 so far in the 1st round of the EuroChallenge competition, but I am hopeful that we can make a nice run these next 3 games and qualify for the next phase of competition.
This would mean at least 6 more games vs. European competition and a few less practices, which is not such a bad thing, right?

Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) is an American pro player, actually in German Bundesliga with Telekom Baskets Bonn


Goettingen refuse to lose in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Goettingen 67:79

Goettingen remained perfect in EuroCup season. They silenced Hemofarm at Centar Millenium in Serbia tonight. Goettingen stayed on top of Group B ladder at 4-0 record. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) orchestrated the victory scoring 26 points. Hemofarm slipped at 2-2 record after the defeat.
Goettingen started the build their advantage in the opening frame. The German team fired 25 points to earn a 10-point buffer at the first break. Hemofarm tried to strike back in the second period. The Serbians cut the distance to 8 points at halftime 36:44. But the third term allowed Goettingen to restore a safe cushion. The German outfit held their opponents to 12 points in ten minutes to enter the fourth period up by 12 points 62:48. Hemofarm outgunned the visiting side in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) tallied 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the visitors. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) added 11 points in the winning effort. Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) replied with 17 points for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points in defeat.

Hemofarm: Milan Macvan 17, Miljan Pavkovic 12
Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 26, Mike Scott 26, Trenton Meacham 11



Banvit hold off visiting EWE Baskets - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - EWE Baskets 81:72

Banvit recorded the second EuroCup victory. They bettered EWE Baskets in Turkey to reach 2-2 record in Group A. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) led well-balanced offensive effort with 14 points. EWE Baskets slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
EWE Baskets looked confident early in the encounter. The German side stayed in charge throughout the starting period taking a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. However Banvit turned things around in the second frame. The hosts stepped on the gas unleashing 25 points in the term. Banvit established a comfortable 41:31 advantage at halftime. EWE Baskets did not go away though. The visitors maintained the pressure as they were down by 7 points with one quarter remaining 53:60. Banvit came up with some key points midway through the fourth stanza to keep the visitors at bay and rallied to the victory at the end. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) provided 13 points for Banvit. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 21 points each for EWE Baskets.

Banvit: Antonio Graves 14, Ibrahim Yildirim 13, Lance Williams 12
EWE Baskets: Aron Baynes 21, Rickey Paulding 21



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Iraklis sign Jazvin - by Giorgos Diploidis
Iraklis Thessaloniki has agreed to sign a contract with Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Lanshire Group) until the end of this season. The team of Thessaloniki hasn't started well in the Greek League and the new coach of the club Darko Rousso decided to make some ads to his club. The first of these was Koprivica and it was the turn of the Ukraine Center to follow.

Jazvin (as many other players who came recently in the country, f.e Bagaric, Golemac) has many experiences from the Greek environment because he played for Marousi BC the seasons 2006-07 and 2007-08. This year was playing with SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk (he left on November).



A2 Round 5: Ikaroi Serron loses to KAOD - by Eurobasket News
There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of A2 and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
Round 5 most important game was a home victory of 5-ranked KAOD (4-1) over third-ranked Ikaroi Serron (3-2) in Dramas
69-62. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Ikaroi Serron. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis rotated ten players, but that didn't help in this game. KAOD has a solid series of three victories in a row. They stay on top together with AGOR and Ermis Lagkada. Ikaroi Serron dropped to the fourth position. They have the same record like 5 other teams. KAOD is looking forward to face Pagrati (#6) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ikaroi Serron will play at home against the league's leader AGOR and is hoping to win this game.
Another very easy game for AGOR (4-1) which hosted in Rethymno against Koroivos (1-4). First ranked AGOR crushed visitors with a record 29 points
102-73. Guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and Apollona Tsochlas chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AGOR has an solid series of three victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Koroivos. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Koroivos dropped to the last position. They have the same record like 3 other teams. AGOR's will play against Ikaroi Serron (#7) at Serres in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Koroivos will play at home against Arkadikos (#9) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Panerythraikos managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted Panerythraikos edged fourth-ranked Lavrio in OT
82-80. Andreas Sizopoulos nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Sa Giannakopoulos came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Lavrio in the defeat. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in such tough game. Panerythraikos (2-3) jumped to the tenth spot. They share the position with Amyntas Dafnis and Olimpiada. Lavrio keeps the fourth position with 3-2 record. They have the same record like 5 other teams. Panerythraikos will meet Near East (#13) in the next round. Lavrio will play against AEK/Argous (#14) and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a home very close victory of ninth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (3-2) over 10th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (2-3)
63-62. The best player for the winners was Giannis Papachristos who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Periko/Arhelaos jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with five other teams. Amyntas Dafnis keeps the tenth position. Periko/Arhelaos' opponent will be league's second-placed Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against Apollon Patras (#15).
And finally the game worth to mention about is Pagrati's very close three-point victory over Apollon Patras
75-72. Fotis Vasilopoulos orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Pagrati (3-2) jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with five other teams. Apollon Patras keeps the thirteenth position with 1-4 record. Pagrati will face higher ranked KAOD (#3) at Dramas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play at home against Amyntas Dafnis (#11).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Panelefsiniakos was beaten by Ermis Lagkada on the road 65-48. AEK/Argous lost to Olimpiada at it's own court 70-82. Near East unfortunately lost to Arkadikos in Arkadia 85-99.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 24 points and 8 rebounds by
Fragiskos Amato of Near East.

Periko/Arhelaos - Amyntas Dafnis 63-62
We should not miss a home very close victory of ninth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (3-2) over 10th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (2-3) 63-62. The best player for the winners was forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Periko/Arhelaos jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with five other teams. Amyntas Dafnis keeps the tenth position. Periko/Arhelaos' opponent will be league's second-placed Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against Apollon Patras (#15).
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 20+13reb, C.Vidalis 12+3reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 9+1reb+2ast, P.Papargiropoulos 7+11reb+1ast, K.Boutros 5+4reb, C.Barbas 5+1reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Papachristos 15+12reb+1ast, K.Bechlivanis 11+3reb+2ast, G.Rodostoglou 9+8reb+2ast, E.Jeromanovs 7+1reb+2ast, G.Maltesios 6+5reb, C.Gogidis 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 98748


Ermis Lagkada - Panelefsiniakos 65-48
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Ermis Lagkada (4-1) beat 6th ranked Panelefsiniakos (3-2) in Lagadas 65-48. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agent: Costas Papadakis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Ermis Lagkada players scored in double figures. Forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) answered with 7 points and 6 rebounds and guard Giorgos Trihopoulos (184-87) added 8 points in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ermis Lagkada stays on top together with KAOD and AGOR. Panelefsiniakos dropped to the fourth position. Ermis Lagkada will face Periko/Arhelaos (#8) at Perikos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play on the road against Olimpiada (#12).
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Tirlas 8+1reb+2ast, G.Trihopoulos 8+4reb, C.Deligiannis 7+6reb, T.Nikou 6+1reb+1ast, P.Martzos 5, M.Dioletis 4+1reb
Ermis Lagkada: G.Anagnostopoulos 17+4reb, D.Rallis 14+2reb+3ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 13+7reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 12+7reb, N.Papakonstantinou 5+1reb, H.Plioukas 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 98749


AEK/Argous - Olimpiada 70-82
There was a minor upset when 12th ranked AEK/Argous (1-4) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Olimpiada (2-3) 82-70. Center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Giannis Lappas (200-76) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian center Ivan Kartelo (208-79, college: Purdue) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for AEK/Argous. Four Olimpiada and five AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olimpiada jumped to the tenth spot. They share the position with Amyntas Dafnis and Panerythraikos. AEK/Argous dropped to the thirteenth position. Olimpiada will face higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#4) at Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play at home against Lavrio (#5).
Top scorers:
AEK/Argous: A.Raptis 16+3reb+2ast, D.Lewis 14+6reb+3ast, A.Gizogiannis 14+6reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 13+1reb, I.Kartelo 12+10reb+2ast, G.Flevaris 1
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 21+9reb+6ast, N.Makris 16+4reb+1ast, G.Lappas 15+4reb+4ast, D.Makris 10+2reb, K.Tsotsos 10+2reb, S.Veskoukis 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 98750


Arkadikos - Near East 99-85
Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Arkadikos (3-2) won against 11th ranked Near East (1-4) in Arkadia 99-85. Center Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and guard Themis Koupidis (199-84) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Near East. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Arkadikos jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with five other teams. Near East dropped to the thirteenth position. Arkadikos will face bottom-ranked Koroivos (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Near East will play against Panerythraikos.
Top scorers:
Near East: F.Amato 24+8reb+2ast, T.Koupidis 22+5reb+4ast, N.Tsoutsos 13+7reb+1ast, F.Moschovitis 12+1reb+2ast, E.Tomaras 6+1reb, A.Pappas 3+1ast
Arkadikos: V.Giannoulakos 18+10reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 16+2reb, N.Kokkalis 15+2reb+3ast, M.Papadakis 11+1reb+6ast, G.Antoniadis 10, G.Prodromou 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98744


AGOR - Koroivos 102-73
Another very easy game for AGOR (4-1) which hosted in Rethymno against Koroivos (1-4). First ranked AGOR crushed visitors with a record 29 points 102-73. Guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and guard Apollona Tsochlas (187-83) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Takis Ifantis (203-80, agent: Giorgos Dimitropoulos) scored 14 points. 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. AGOR has an solid series of three victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Koroivos. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Koroivos dropped to the last position. They have the same record like 3 other teams. AGOR's will play against Ikaroi Serron (#7) at Serres in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Koroivos will play at home against Arkadikos (#9) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: T.Ifantis 14+3reb+1ast, P.Kosanovic 14+7reb, D.Apostolopoulos 13+1reb+2ast, N.Pettas 10+5reb, T.Dimitriadis 8+2reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 6+1reb+1ast
AGOR: S.Magounis 19+2reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 14+2reb+5ast, G.Theodorakos 13+3reb+2ast, M.Politis 11+2reb, V.Sakellariou 10+4reb+1ast, T.Charismidis 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 98745


KAOD - Ikaroi Serron 69-62
Round 5 most important game was a home victory of 5-ranked KAOD (4-1) over third-ranked Ikaroi Serron (3-2) in Dramas 69-62. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Ikaroi Serron. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis rotated ten players, but that didn't help in this game. KAOD has a solid series of three victories in a row. They stay on top together with AGOR and Ermis Lagkada. Ikaroi Serron dropped to the fourth position. They have the same record like 5 other teams. KAOD is looking forward to face Pagrati (#6) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ikaroi Serron will play at home against the league's leader AGOR and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 22+5reb+3ast, S.Kaberidis 13+7reb+4ast, T.Topouzis 12+5reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 8+2reb+4ast, M.Pavlisevic 4+5reb, H.Voivatopoulos 3+4reb
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 13+4reb+3ast, G.Sourlis 12+2reb+5ast, V.Margaritis 12+10reb+2ast, L.Jovanovic 11+7reb, C.Houmas 8+3reb, V.Kitsoulis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98746


Apollon Patras - Pagrati 72-75
And finally the game worth to mention about is Pagrati's very close three-point victory over Apollon Patras 75-72. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Thodoris Vardianos (193-78) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Pagrati players scored in double figures. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 12 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Apollon Patras. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Pagrati has an solid series of three victories in a row. Pagrati (3-2) jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with five other teams. Apollon Patras keeps the thirteenth position with 1-4 record. Pagrati will face higher ranked KAOD (#3) at Dramas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play at home against Amyntas Dafnis (#11).
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 21+1reb+4ast, G.Petropoulos 17+2reb, D.Pantelic 12+11reb+2ast, G.Psathas 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Milovic 6+1reb, A.Koronidis 5+3reb+3ast
Pagrati: T.Vardianos 23+4reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 20+5reb+3ast, K.Macheras 14+6reb, N.Michalos 10+2reb+3ast, G.Dimakos 5+2ast, C.Skouzis 3+2reb
gschID: 98747


Panerythraikos - Lavrio 82-80 OT
Bottom-ranked Panerythraikos managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted Panerythraikos edged fourth-ranked Lavrio in New Eritrea 82-80 (OT). Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agent: Side Court) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Sa Giannakopoulos (195-82) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Lavrio in the defeat. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Five Panerythraikos and four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in such tough game. Panerythraikos (2-3) jumped to the tenth spot. They share the position with Amyntas Dafnis and Olimpiada. Lavrio keeps the fourth position with 3-2 record. They have the same record like 5 other teams. Panerythraikos will meet Near East (#13) in the next round. Lavrio will play against AEK/Argous (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: S.Giannakopoulos 28+7reb+3ast, G.Kakiouzis 16+5reb+1ast, N.Psileas 14+5reb+4ast, M.Kousoulas 10+5reb, C.Likogiannis 7+2reb, K.Paschalis 2+6reb+1ast
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 23+5reb+1ast, M.Laksa 15+6reb+2ast, N.Pritsos 12+3reb, T.Straganiotis 12+1reb+2ast, T.Kallianotis 10+6reb+3ast, N.Kourtis 4
gschID: 98743




Greek A1 round 7 best performance: Pat Kalathis - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for VAP Kolossos Rodou, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed AEK (#11, 3-4) with 18-point margin 91-73. Despite this victory VAP Kolossos dropped to the 3rd position in American A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. VAP Kolossos will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Kalathis had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be VAP Kolossos' top player in his first season with the team. Former Saint Joseph's University star has very solid stats this year. Kalathis is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.3ppg) and rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of PAOK Thessaloniki. Marshall had a very good evening with 33 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as PAOK lost that game 82-89 to league's leader Olympiakos (#1, 7-0). Despite lost game PAOK moved up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Marshall is a newcomer at PAOK, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#2).

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) of Marousi BC (#9). Bagaric scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Marousi, leading his team to a 96-94overtime win against the lower-ranked Panellinios (#13, 1-6). The chances of Marousi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bagaric could help Marousi to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Bagaric as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) of Marousi - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Giorgos Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) of Panionios - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) of Panellinios - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Ikaros - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81) of Panellinios - 20 points and 6 assists
10. Lans Harris (195-G-83) of Ikaros - 19 points, 2 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)


PAOK eliminate Roanne from EuroCup Last 16 pursuit - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - PAOK 60:72

PAOK are coming back with victory from their EuroCup French trip. PAOK knocked down Roanne on the road for the second win in Group F. Roanne suffered the fourth consecutive loss and drop out of the Last 16 fight. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead PAOK.
PAOK looked energetic and aggressive right from the start. The Hellenes accounted for 25 points in the first frame to post a 4-point lead. The visitors stressed defense in the second period. Roanne managed just 11 points in the stanza to face a deep 11-point deficit at halftime. PAOK did not allow their opponents too close in the third quarter. The Greek side dominated in this one entering the final frame up by 11 points. PAOK held their opponents to only 15 points in the final quarter securing the victory at the end. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) delivered 17 points for the visitors. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 9 points each for Roanne. Alex Gordon, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Roanne: Pape-Philippe Amagou 9, Dylan Page 9
PAOK: Rawle Marshall 19, Justin Gray 17, Lazaros Papadopoulos 13+11 boards



Panellinios are back in contention with win over Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Galatasaray 66:62

Panellinios are back right into the mix in the fight for EuroCup Last 16. They overcame previously undefeated Galatasaray at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group E. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) and Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) came up with 15 points each to pace the Greek team.
The teams kept it slow in the first term. Panellinios eventually turned out on top as they headed into the second period with a two-point lead 11:9. The teams exchanged punches in the second period. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) sealed the first half with a jumper to give the Turkish team a 28:26 advantage. Emmanouil Papamakarios leveled things up early in the third frame. Bailey and Joseph Krabbenhoft put the hosts in front. Panellinios maintained the advantage as they ensured a 48:44 lead with ten minutes remaining. Ostojic and Emmanouil Papamakarios extended the gap to as many as 8 points however Galatasaray narrowed it back to 3 points. Ostojic and Joseph Krabbenhoft knocked down key free throws in clutch time to secure a tough win for Panellinios. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) netted 10 points in the victory. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Joshua Shipp responded with 18 points each for Galatasaray. Kurtoglu finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Panellinios: Emmanouil Papamakarios 15, Joseph Krabbenhoft 15, Samo Udrih 10
Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 18, Joshua Shipp 18



Kosta Charalampidis leads Aris over Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Cedevita 85:76

Aris registered the third win in EuroCup season. They prevailed against Cedevita in Thessaloniki. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) accounted for 16 points missing just one shot in the game. Aris stay on top of Group D at 3-1 record, Cedevita fell at 2-2 record.
Aris and Cedevita stayed close in the first ten minutes. The hosts earned a narrow 22:20 lead at the break. The breakthrough for the hosts came in the second period. Aris limited the Croats to only 10 points in the period and built a 40:30 halftime advantage. The sides increased the tempo in the third period. Both offences tuned up as Cedevita managed to outscore Aris. The visitors entered the fourth period trailing by 9 points 55:64. But things did not change radically in the final period. Aris tried to stay determined as they were able to avoid the drama of the last seconds claiming an important win at the end. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) had 15 points for Aris. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) added 11 points in the victory. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) replied with 22 points for Cedevita. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) top-scored with 23 points for the visitors.

Aris: Kosta Charalampidis 16, P.J. Tucker 15, Konstantinos Sloukas 11
Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 23, Trent Plaisted 22



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. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
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. Dozier, PAOK6.3 
 10. Tapoutos, Aris6.3 
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. Pelekanos, Olympiakos2.3 
 3. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 4. Grundy, AEK2.1 
 5. Marshall, PAOK2.1 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 7. Tucker, Aris1.9 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.1.9 
 9. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 10. King, Peristeri GS1.9 
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. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 
 8. Nielsen, Olympiakos0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.19.3 
 2. Giannakopoul., Lavrio19.0 
 3. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada18.6 
 4. Magounis, AGOR18.4 
 5. Koutroulias, Olimp.18.2 
 6. Koupidis, Near East17.8 
 7. Michalos, Pagrati17.4 
 8. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.4 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.17.0 
 10. Katiakos, Arkadikos16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Amato, Near East11.0 
 2. Kartelo, AE.9.4 
 3. Karavanas, Panery.9.0 
 4. Macheras, Pagrati8.2 
 5. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.8 
 6. Pantelic, Apollo.7.8 
 7. Papargiropou., Amynta.7.6 
 8. Koutroulias, Olimp.7.2 
 9. Lolas, Pagrati6.8 
 10. Vardavas, Amynta.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giannis KIRIAKOPOULOS
  AGOR
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR5.6 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.2 
 3. Katsares, KAOD5.0 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.5.0 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.6 
 6. Sourlis, KAOD4.6 
 7. Papadakis, Arkad.4.0 
 8. Vidalis, Amyntas .3.8 
 9. Tsochlas, AGOR3.8 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas Dafnis
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas .2.2 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.2 
 3. Sourlis, KAOD2.0 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio2.0 
 5. Sinnis, Lavrio1.8 
 6. Prodromou, Arkad.1.8 
 7. Papargiropou., Amynta.1.8 
 8. Pettas, Koroivos1.8 
 9. Papadakis, Arkad.1.6 
 10. Kontoudis, Panery.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.6 
 2. Psathas, Apollon .2.0 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Pantelic, Apollo.1.4 
 5. Amato, Near East1.0 
 6. Karavanas, Panery.1.0 
 7. Kasabalis, AE.1.0 
 8. Mprozos, Arkadikos1.0 
 9. Ifantis, Koroivos0.8 
 10. Voivatopoulo., Ikaroi S.0.8 


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  HOLLAND   


Bennet Cantu defeat GasTerra Flames - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - GasTerra Flames 81:54

Bennet Cantu celebrated the second EuroCup victory. They held off visiting GasTerra Flames to reach 2-2 record in Group E. Groningen fell at 1-3 record at the bottom of the ladder. Six Cantu players scored in double digits to lead the effort.
Bennet Cantu silenced the visitors in the starting frame. The hosts quickly opened a 10:3 lead. Cantu went on a 10:0 run late in the first period to take a 27:7 advantage. Bennet Cantu stayed in front throughout the second period. Groningen however tried to stay aggressive as they narrowed the distance at 14-point mark at the interval. Cantu quickly restored a 19-point lead early in the third quarter. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) and Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75) kept the Dutch team at bay. Cantu arrived at the final break leading by as many as 20 points 58:38. Cantu did not slow down in the fourth quarter and the Italian team rolled to a comprehensive win at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili delivered 16 points to lead the hosts. Nicolas Mazzarino netted 11 points in the victory. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) replied with 11 points for GasTerra Flames. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) had 10 points in the loss.

Bennet Cantu: Manuchar Markoishvili 16, Nicolas Mazzarino 11, Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 10
GasTerra Flames: Jason Dourisseau 11, Matt Haryasz 10



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. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.0 
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. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants2.4 
 5. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 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. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.9 
 8. Hilliman, Rotterdam0.9 
 9. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


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


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Werner's 22 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Daniel Werner (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kaposvari KK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 22 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Kaposvari in his team's victory, helping them to crush FS Debrecen (#13, 1-9) with 21-point margin 105-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Despite this victory Kaposvari dropped to the 11th position in Hungarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 7 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Werner had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kaposvari's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Werner is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 3.3spg,62.5% FGP and 70.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Singletary (194-G-88) of FS Debrecen. He is American guard in his first season at FS Debrecen. In the last game Singletary recorded impressive 31 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as FS Debrecen lost that game 84-105 to slightly higher-ranked Kaposvari (#11, 3-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. FS Debrecen keeps 13th position. 9 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory FS Debrecen managed to get this year. Singletary is a newcomer at FS Debrecen and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 4.6rpg and 4.2apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Benson Egemonye (208-C-83) of PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (#8). Egemonye scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of PVSK Pannon, leading his team to a 97-71 easy win against Salgotarjani (#14, 0-10). The chances of PVSK Pannon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Egemonye could help PVSK Pannon to bring them higher in the standings. Egemonye has a great season in Hungary. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 63.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of Kormend - 20 points and 11 assists
5. Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Kormend - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 25 points and 6 rebounds
7. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brane Savic (181-G-79) of Marso-Vagep - 25 points and 9 assists
9. Adam Hanga (201-G-89) of Albacomp - 25 points and 7 rebounds
10. Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80) of Atomeromu - 13 points, 12 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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D1 Round 7: Duhok remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 7 was a defeat of league's leader Al Hilla. They were badly beaten on the road by fifth ranked Duhok 96-74. Duhok has an solid series of four victories in a row. Al Hilla who is 4-2 went down to fifth position as they suffered their second loss. Very significant was Al Tazamon's (#4) 68-56 road victory against much higher ranked Al Kahraba ending at the same time the five-game winning streak of Al Kahraba. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Tazamon (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. The victory allowed Al Tazamon (6-1) to take over a leadership position. Al Kahraba who is 5-2 is currently in second place as they suffered their second loss.
Quite upsetting was Al Karkh's road defeat in a game versus Al Kahraba 86-92 ending at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Karkh. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Al Kahraba. Despite the win they stay at second position having just -1 victories less than leader Al Tazamon. Al Karkh who is 4-2 went down to fifth place as they suffered their second loss.

In the last game of round 7 Al Shurtah won against Al Houdoud on the opponent's court 88-74.




Duhok - Al Hilla 96-74

There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 7 was a defeat of league's leader Al Hilla. They were badly beaten on the road by fifth ranked Duhok 96-74. Duhok has an solid series of four victories in a row. Al Hilla who is 4-2 went down to fifth position as they suffered their second loss.
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Al Kahraba - Al Tazamon 56-68

Very significant was Al Tazamon's (#4) 68-56 road victory against much higher ranked Al Kahraba ending at the same time the five-game winning streak of Al Kahraba. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Tazamon (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. The victory allowed Al Tazamon (6-1) to take over a leadership position. Al Kahraba who is 5-2 is currently in second place as they suffered their second loss.
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Al Kahraba - Al Karkh 92-86

Quite upsetting was Al Karkh's road defeat in a game versus Al Kahraba 86-92 ending at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Karkh. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Al Kahraba. Despite the win they stay at second position having just -1 victories less than leader Al Tazamon. Al Karkh who is 4-2 went down to fifth place as they suffered their second loss.
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Al Houdoud - Al Shurtah 74-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Al Houdoud's (1-5) home loss to sixth ranked Al Shurtah (4-1) 74-88. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Al Shurtah, while Al Houdoud lost their third straight game in a row. The victory allowed Al Shurtah (4-1) to climb to fourth place. Al Houdoud who is 1-5 is currently in seventh position.
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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Al Tazamon 6-1 
 2. Al Kahraba 5-2 
 3. Duhok 4-0 
 4. Al Shurtah 4-1 
 5. Al Hilla 4-2 
 6. Al Karkh 4-2 
 7. Al Jaysh 1-5 
 8. Al Houdoud 1-5 
 9. Al Najaf 1-5 
 10. Zakho 0-5 


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Mekel's 28 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old guard Gal Mekel (195-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Galil Gilboa and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 28 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Galil Gilboa in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bnei Hasharon (5-3) 95-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this victory Galil Gilboa dropped to the 2nd position in Israeli league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Galil Gilboa will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Mekel had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Galil Gilboa and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mekel is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.5apg) and averages solid 60.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of top-ranked Maccabi T-A. He is Greek center in his first season at Maccabi T-A. In the last game Schortsanitis recorded impressive 19 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Maccabi T-A to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#5, 4-4) 84-62. Of course Maccabi T-A still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Schortsanitis is a newcomer at Maccabi T-A and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to another Galil Gilboa's star - forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-F). Wilkerson scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Galil Gilboa, helping his team with a 95-80 easy win against #4 ranked Bnei Hasharon in a game of the week. Galil Gilboa needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Wilkerson has a very solid season. In 8 games in Israel he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 69.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn James (208-F/C-83) of Bnei Hasharon - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Wayne Wallace (206-F/C-80) of Maccabi Ashdod - 15 points and 13 rebounds
6. Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 23 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jamie Arnold (203-F-75) of Hapoel Holon - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sam Clancy (201-F-80) of Hapoel J-M - 7 points and 14 rebounds
9. Robert Hite (188-G-84) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79) of Ironi Ashkelon - 16 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)


Azovmash survive thriller against Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Galil Gilboa 92:88 (OT)

Azovmash posted the second straight EuroCup victory as they snatched a narrow overtime win over Galil Gilboa. Azovmash are now looking hopeful at their EuroCup campaign improving at 2-2 record in Group D. The Israeli champions in the meantime fell at 1-3 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Azovmash confidently started the game. The hosts unleashed 25 points in the opening frame to take an 8-point advantage. Galil Gilboa changed the complexion of the game in the second quarter as the visitors started to get closer. Galil Gilboa cut the deficit at 4 points at the interval 35:39. The visitors persisted in the third stanza erasing the deficit. The teams entered the final quarter tied at 57. Things did not change drastically in the final frame. The teams exchanged baskets before sealing a 73:73 outcome at the end of regulation. The thriller continued in the extra period. Azovmash lost Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) after the forward suffered an injury. But Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up for the home team when it mattered the most to secured an important victory at the end.
Fred House notched 17 points and 8 rebounds for Azovmash. Ramel Curry added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) replied with 20 points for Galil Gilboa. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) delivered 19 points in the loss.

Azovmash: Fred House 17, Ramel Curry 16, Demetrius Alexander 15, Maksym Pustozvonov 15
Galil Gilboa: Jack McClinton 20, Warren Carter 19



Hapoel edge Nymburk in Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Jerusalem - Nymburk 91:82

Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) knocked down 26 points to lead Jerusalem to the third EuroCup victory. The Israeli powerhouse knocked down visiting Nymburk to stay on top of Group G. Nymburk fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Jerusalem looked dominant from the start. The hosts outscored the Czech champions 21:14 in the opening ten minutes. Nymburk seemed to find the right rhythm in the second period. The visitors accounted for 22 points to narrow the deficit at 6 points at halftime 36:42. But the third frame restored a comfortable cushion for Jerusalem. The hosts erupted for 25 points to arrive at the final break up by 13 points 67:54. Nymburk went on a desperate rescue rally in the final frame. They dropped 28 points but still came up short of victory at the end. Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) had 24 points and 9 boards for the winners. Brian Randle (203-F-85) added 18 points and 8 caroms. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) netted 19 points against his former team. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Jerusalem: Willie Solomon 26, Sam Clancy 24, Brian Randle 18
Nymburk: Chester Simmons 19, Afik Nissim 14



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  ITALY   


Benetton pile up fourth straight EuroCup victory - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Estudiantes 79:72

Benetton Treviso are now 4-0 on top of EuroCup Group F. The Italian team held off Estudiantes in Treviso tonight to keep their record spotless. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 6 steals to pace the hosts.
The lead changed hands for a couple of times in the first quarter before Oliver tied it at 15 heading into the second frame. Bulleri, Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Nicevic allowed the hosts to spur in front 23:20 midway through the second quarter. Devin Smith and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) boosted the margin to as many as 7 points and eventually Benetton outscored their opponents 40:33 in the first half. Stefan Markovic and Donatas Motiejunas opened the second half with five points in a row to open a double-digit advantage. Benneton extended the lead to as many as 15 points but Estudiantes did not surrender. German Gabriel (207-C-80) and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) dragged the Spanish team as close as 8 points with one quarter left 52:60. Nik Caner-Medley tipped off the fourth period with a triple but Devin Smith matched him on the other end and later followed with two free throws as the Treviso team restored a 10-point buffer. Estudiantes never recovered from this blow and the home team cruised to the win at the end.
Donatas Motiejunas top-scored with 19 points for Benetton. Stefan Markovic added 12 points in the victory. Nik Caner-Medley delivered 17 points and 9 rebounds for Estudiantes. German Gabriel and Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) accounted for 13 points each in defeat.

Benetton: Donatas Motiejunas 19, Devin Smith 18, Stefan Markovic 12
Estudiantes: Nik Caner-Medley 17, German Gabriel 13, Pancho Jasen 13



Bennet Cantu defeat GasTerra Flames - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - GasTerra Flames 81:54

Bennet Cantu celebrated the second EuroCup victory. They held off visiting GasTerra Flames to reach 2-2 record in Group E. Groningen fell at 1-3 record at the bottom of the ladder. Six Cantu players scored in double digits to lead the effort.
Bennet Cantu silenced the visitors in the starting frame. The hosts quickly opened a 10:3 lead. Cantu went on a 10:0 run late in the first period to take a 27:7 advantage. Bennet Cantu stayed in front throughout the second period. Groningen however tried to stay aggressive as they narrowed the distance at 14-point mark at the interval. Cantu quickly restored a 19-point lead early in the third quarter. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) and Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75) kept the Dutch team at bay. Cantu arrived at the final break leading by as many as 20 points 58:38. Cantu did not slow down in the fourth quarter and the Italian team rolled to a comprehensive win at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili delivered 16 points to lead the hosts. Nicolas Mazzarino netted 11 points in the victory. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) replied with 11 points for GasTerra Flames. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) had 10 points in the loss.

Bennet Cantu: Manuchar Markoishvili 16, Nicolas Mazzarino 11, Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 10
GasTerra Flames: Jason Dourisseau 11, Matt Haryasz 10



ALBA register fourth straight EuroCup win - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Pepsi Caserta 79:62

ALBA thumped visiting Pepsi Caserta to stay undefeated in EuroCup season. The Berlin outfit climbed at 4-0 record in Group H. Pepsi Caserta in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 2-2.
ALBA got to a strong start. Led by Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and McElroy ALBA quickly surged in front. The hosts piled up a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Pepsi Caserta cut the deficit at 4-point mark early in the second quarter but ALBA responded quickly. The hosts went on a massive 18:1 run to establish a 50:26 lead. Pepsi Caserta entered the second half trailing by 22 points 28:50. Pepsi Caserta stopped the bleeding in the third frame. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) dragged the visitors within 13 points before Julius Jenkins made it 60:45 with ten minutes remaining. ALBA went on a 7:0 run midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory in this one.
Julius Jenkins and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) produced 14 points each for ALBA. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) had 10 points apiece in the win. Fabio Di Bella answered with 16 points for Pepsi Caserta. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 10 points in the loss.

ALBA: Julius Jenkins 14, Marko Marinovic 14, Tadija Dragicevic 10, Yassin Idbihi 10
Pepsi Caserta: Fabio Di Bella 16, Eric Williams 10



Williams' 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old swingman Jason Williams (197-G/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Snaidero UD and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Snaidero UD in his team's victory, helping them to beat Forli (#14, 3-7) 84-77. It allowed Snaidero UD to consolidate first place in the Italian Lega2. Snaidero UD has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Williams turned to be Snaidero UD's top player in his first season with the team. The Univ.of Texas at El Paso graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.7apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 56.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of Prima Veroli. He is Lithuanian center in his first season at Prima Veroli. In the last game Kavaliauskas recorded impressive 29 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Prima Veroli cruised to a 86-76 relatively comfortable win over Assigeco (4-6). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Prima Veroli managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Kavaliauskas is a newcomer at Prima Veroli 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 swingman Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances) of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (#12). Beck got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Beck's great performance Trenkwalder lost 76-85 to the higher-ranked Sunrise Scafati (#5, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Trenkwalder ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Beck could help Trenkwalder to bring them higher in the standings. Beck has a great season in Italy. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefano Borsato (190-G-86) of N.Ferrara - 26 points and 3 rebounds
5. James Penn (178-G-77) of Prima Veroli - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget Imola - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Forli - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jimmie Hunter (196-G-77) of Sunrise Scafati - 27 points and 4 rebounds
9. Klaudio Ndoja (198-G/F-85) of N.Ferrara - 21 points and 11 rebounds
10. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT - 20 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)


Mareks Jurevicus inks with Tezenis Verona - by Emiliano
Important signing for Tezenis Verona which added to its roster Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85). The Latvian swingman started the season in his home country with the jersey of Liepajas Lauvas averaging 19ppg in Baltic league and 22.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.9apg in the domestic league.
In the summer, Jurevicus has played with Latvian NT in Qualifications to European Championships averaging 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg in 8 games.
Last season, with the jersey of BK Ventspils, he reached the final in the Latvian league. He finished the season recording 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT-3 (45.6%), FT: 73.6% and 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 68.9% in Baltic League.


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. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.2 
 7. Busca, Trieste3.2 
 8. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 9. Santolamazza, Ana.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. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 8. Giadini, Moncalieri3.1 
 9. Moruzzi, Trieste3.0 
 10. Borgna, ASD Pavia3.0 
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 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Crispin, Barcellona25.6 
 2. Whiting, Aget Imola22.3 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer21.1 
 4. Gordon, Forli20.1 
 5. Jackson, Prima Veroli19.4 
 6. Pecile, Fileni BPA18.9 
 7. Beck, Trenkwalder18.8 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco18.5 
 9. Boyette, N.Ferrara17.9 
 10. Varnado, Tuscany PT17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quadre LOLLIS
  Immobiliare SR
  (200-F/C-73)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Lollis, Immobili.10.1 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT10.0 
 3. Johnson, San Severo9.4 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco9.1 
 5. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.8 
 6. Chiacig, Sunris.8.5 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 8. Ebi, Aget Imola8.1 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.9 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.0 
 2. Farabello, N.Fer.3.9 
 3. Crispin, Barcellona3.7 
 4. Williams, Snaidero.3.7 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.3 
 8. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.3 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola3.2 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.1 
 2. Farabello, N.Fer.3.0 
 3. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 4. Williams, Snaidero.2.8 
 5. Smith, Trenkwalder2.7 
 6. Hunter, Sunrise .2.6 
 7. Davis, Sunrise .2.6 
 8. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.5 
 9. Ebi, Aget Imola2.4 
 10. Lollis, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.8 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola1.2 
 4. Radulovic, Sunris.1.0 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.9 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 8. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.8 
 9. Chiacig, Sunris.0.7 
 10. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 


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Takeuchi's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Aishin Sea Horses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Hokkaido (#8, 4-14) with 16-point margin 87-71. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 13-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Takeuchi has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Takeuchi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 55.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido. He is American forward in his first season at Hokkaido. In the last game Lewis recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Hokkaido lost that game 71-87 to the higher-ranked Aishin (#1, 13-5). Hokkaido are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games is too many comparing to just four victories Hokkaido managed to get this year. Lewis is a newcomer at Hokkaido and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of league's second-best Toyota Alvark. Ricci scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Toyota, leading his team to a 73-60 easy win against #3 ranked Panasonic in a game of the week. Toyota needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Ricci has a very solid season. In 17 games in Japan he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 6.5rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 62.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yoshifumi Kuwahara (200-F/C-80) of Toshiba - 17 points and 4 rebounds
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) of Toyota - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Toshiba - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) of Aishin - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-G-81) of Aishin - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Japanese BJ League round 16 best performance: Gary Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Shiga Lakestars, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Takamatsu FA (#9, 4-10) with 16-point margin 93-77. It allowed Shiga Lakestars to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shiga Lakestars has a very solid 12-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Hamilton's second year at Shiga Lakestars and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Miami, Florida star has very solid stats this year. Hamilton leads league in rebounds with 14.3rpg. Hamilton is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.6apg) and averages impressive 59.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Brandon Cole (203-F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Miyazaki Shining Suns. Cole had a very good evening with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Miyazaki lost that game 77-101 to the higher-ranked Okinawa GK (#3, 10-6). Miyazaki managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Cole is a newcomer at Miyazaki, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Shiga Lakestars' star - American forward Lamar Rice (203-F-82). Rice scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Shiga Lakestars, helping his team with a 93-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Takamatsu FA (#9, 4-10). Shiga Lakestars confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Rice has a very solid season. In 16 games in Japan he scored 16.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. George Leach (210-C-81) of Saitama Broncos - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Bron. - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Mac Hopson (188-G-87) of Sendai 89ers - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Dzaflo Larkai (203-F/C-81) of Hamamatsu P. - 15 points and 14 rebounds
9. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Okinawa GK - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. David Palmer (201-F-82) of Okinawa GK - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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)


JUMPSHOT.SG SPECIAL: Jeremy Tyler Coming Around - by John Scribe
After leaving Maccabi Haifa during midseason last year, there was a lot of speculation and commentary posed towards Jeremy Tyler.

The kid is too young.

Jeremy is not tough enough.

Tyler is not ready.

Maybe he shouldnt have skipped his senior year high school to play with grown men?

Jeremy Tyler, San Diegos former high school phenomenon center, chose the road less traveledor better yet never traveled two years ago to play professional basketball overseas rather than finish his final year in high school.

Even though the decision was considered unpopular, Tyler had his reasons.

Tyler, an imposing big man at 209 cm, felt that he dominated the competition well enough that he didnt need to play his senior year. He was bored. He wasnt really up to going to school everyday. And if he was not going to be inspired, there was probably no reason for him go through the daily hustle and bustle if he didnt feel like he would make himself a better basketball player.

His dream was to play in the league. And wasting a year may have made him a lazier player. And maybe playing professional basketball would have given him a chance to mature and learn the game in tough setting, just like what Brandon Jennings did when he chose to play in Italy.

For some, that was an immature decision. And Tyler knows this. He admits that he was immature, as he have quoted in an article on Sports Illustrated. But we cannot forget the unforgiving circumstances that he had to go through while in Haifa, Israel. In his Sports Illustrated story that was covered at mid-year, Tyler shared his experiences about this trek in the Middle East.

He talked about the hypocritical nature of the franchise in which it deserted him when they promised to develop and mentor him so he can get acclimated in his environment. The kid was even smart to acknowledge that he was not playing but was being exploited as a public relations spectacle. Of course, there are two sides to every story.

There is a chance that Maccabi Haifa was exposing him to the press to help the kid maintain a positive image even when he was not playing. That could have been a sign to let him know that even though his coach did not like him, the front office still believed in him. They may have believed that he is still their future and it was just a matter of time until he proves that he was worth the hoopla.

But then again, there was a chance that he was treated exactly the way he mentioned.

However, at the end of the day, Professional Sports is a business. And each party made their respective decisions to move forward. And the saga will continue for each respective party.

I am now writing this column because we all share in the experience now that Tyler is playing in Japan for the bj leagues Tokyo Apache.

And the kid is doing just fine.

Tyler has played all 8 games for the Apache thus far and has come off the bench to average 12.7 points, and 5.8 rebounds with 13 dunks on the season. Not to mention, he is shooting an impressive 55 percent from the field against grown men that are fighting for sub par wages when compared to other gigs around the globe.

Of course, he is still hitting the learning curve as he has averaged close to 3 turnovers and more than 3 fouls while playing 17 minutes a game.

But this is what Tyler wanted to do.

He did not want to go over the water to sit on the bench and average a point a game, while being treated like a piece of meat.

I am pretty sure most people dont want to be treated like such at any career.

All people must struggle and fail before they become successful.

Tyler has been given a chance to do so while helping his team to a .500 record. He is doing this in a league where there are three Americans on the floor. And where 70% of the imports were former Division I stars. This may be the closest thing to college basketball for Tyler while he earns to function as a grown adult in one of the largest cities in the world.

He is also under the tutelage of longtime ex-NBA coach Bob Hill and he is practicing in an environment where you dont know where the next practice site will be the next day. Playing under these circumstances can toughen a player and teach him life lessons of not taking anything for granted.

Even though the Apache are now under good management with Evolution Management being at the helm, he is still playing in a league where he can be cut at any moment in oppose to being in the comforts of the JBL where players are rarely waived. He will be playing in some obscured city, town, or at times villages, while he dreams about starring in the NBA.

And this experience will perhaps be what Tyler will cherish when he gets drafted to the NBA in the coming years.

He will know that no everyone is sincere. There are agendas. Its all about money in some instances. Tyler may also learn that not all teammates put winning first. There will be nights when you will struggle and still be held accountable.

But by seeing what Tyler has accomplished thus far, he seems to get it. And he is doing just fine. He may not jump to the league after this season, but rest assure that a seasoned monster will be playing before the eyes of us basketball fans to a television near you in the coming years.

Courtesy of: www.jumpshot.sg



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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Kazma 5-0 
 2. Al Kuwait 4-0 
 3. Al Qadsia 4-1 
 4. Al Arabi 4-2 
 5. Al Jahraa 3-0 
 6. Al Sahel 3-2 
 7. An Nasr 3-3 
 8. Al Tadhamon 3-4 
 9. Sulaibikhat 2-6 
 10. Al Shabab 1-5 
 11. Al Yarmook 1-5 
 12. Al Salmiyah 1-6 


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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. Jahovics, VEF R.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja2.3 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Slisans, LU1.9 
 8. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 9. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
 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 


Mareks Jurevicus inks with Tezenis Verona - by Emiliano
Important signing for Tezenis Verona which added to its roster Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85). The Latvian swingman started the season in his home country with the jersey of Liepajas Lauvas averaging 19ppg in Baltic league and 22.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.9apg in the domestic league.
In the summer, Jurevicus has played with Latvian NT in Qualifications to European Championships averaging 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg in 8 games.
Last season, with the jersey of BK Ventspils, he reached the final in the Latvian league. He finished the season recording 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT-3 (45.6%), FT: 73.6% and 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 68.9% in Baltic League.


Kristaps Janicenoks keeps VEF Riga hopeful in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Cajasol 83:82

VEF Riga celebrated the first EuroCup win in the season. They knocked down Cajasol in Riga to stay alive in the race for the next round birth. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) erupted for 32 points to lead the charge. Cajasol fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close in the opening quarter. Neither side dominated in the period as Cajasol eked out a 23:21 lead ten minutes into the game. With their backs against the wall VEF Riga returned on the court firing from all guns. Kristaps Janicenoks delivered 16 points in the first half and allowed VEF Riga to take a 41:38 halftime lead. Cajasol spurred back in front early in the second half but the hosts were ready for the challenge. They went on a 15:4 rally to post a 56:46 advantage. Cajasol did not give up that easily. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Cabanas dragged Cajasol within four points at the final break 60:64. The Spanish team completed an 11:0 run to ensure a 71:64 lead midway through the fourth frame. Gadson and Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) stepped up for the home team late in the game. They secured a narrow 83:81 lead for VEF Riga. Kirksay hit just one free throw and then Bullock, Sastre and Kirksay missed their shots to allow VEF Riga escape with the tough win at the end.
Derek Willjam produced 11 points and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) contributed 10 points in the win. Txemi Urtasun answered with 17 points for Cajasol. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) delivered 15 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 32, Derek Willjam 11, Artsiom Parakhouski 10
Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 17, Mindaugas Katelynas 15



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  LEBANON   


Best players of Lebanese Div.A round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Champville and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 33 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Champville in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anibal (#5, 4-6) 78-71. It allowed Champville to consolidate first place in the Lebanese Div.A. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Champville still have not lost a single game, getting all 10 victories. In the team's last game El Khatib had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Champville's top player in his first season with the team. El Khatib has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.2ppg. El Khatib is in league's top in and averages solid 57.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Calvin Warner (201-F-80) of Byblos. Warner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Byblos lost that game 91-98 to the higher-ranked Al Riyadi (#2, 8-2). Byblos are still at the very bottom. 9 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Byblos managed to get this year. Warner is a newcomer at Byblos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 13.1rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Anibal Zahle (#5). Shannon scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Shannon's great performance Anibal lost 71-78 to the league's current leader Champville (#1, 10-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Anibal ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Shannon could help Anibal to bring them higher in the standings. Shannon has a great season in Lebanon. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.6ppg (2nd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73) of Al Riyadi - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80) of Sagesse - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al Riyadi - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marc Dawson (206-F/C-83) of Chabab - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ali Kanaan (206-F-85) of Antranik - 9 points and 19 rebounds
9. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Champville - 26 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) of Al Riyadi - 27 points, 4 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)


Div.A Round 11: Sagesse is upset by Moutahed - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 11 in Div.A took place in Moutahed between Top Four teams. It ended with Moutahed's 77-71 win against Sagesse. The best player for the winners was American guard Austin Johnson (191-87, college: Oklahoma) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. International forward Elie Roustom (197-87, agent: Paul Atallah) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Moutahed has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintains fourth place. On the other side, Sagesse keeps the third place with three games lost. Moutahed is looking forward to face Hoops (#7) in the next round. Sagesse will play against the league's leader Champville (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest point difference was Al Riyadi's
91-98 road win against Byblos. The former international center Joseph Vogel (211-73, college: Colorado St., agent: Paul Atallah) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Jean Abed El Nour contributed with 27 points for the winners. The former international forward Calvin Warner (201-80, college: Jacksonville) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Byblos. Al Riyadi maintains second place having just two points less than leader Champville. Byblos stays the last-ranked team in the league with nine games lost. Al Riyadi's will play against Antranik (#6) in the next round. Byblos will play against Anibal to get more than just one victory in their record.
Undefeated leader Champville delivered the tenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Anibal
78-71. It was a great evening for Fadi El Khatib who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Terrence Shannon responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Champville (10-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintains first place with 10-0 record. keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Antranik. Champville will meet Sagesse (#3) in the next round. Anibal will play against Byblos and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 11 Chabab was defeated by Antranik in a road game 79-73.


Byblos - Al Riyadi 91-98
ThThe game with biggest point difference was Al Riyadi's 91-98 road win against Byblos. The former international center Joseph Vogel (211-73, college: Colorado St., agent: Paul Atallah) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Jean Abed El Nour contributed with 27 points for the winners. The former international forward Calvin Warner (201-80, college: Jacksonville) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Byblos. Al Riyadi maintains second place having just two points less than leader Champville. Byblos stays the last-ranked team in the league with nine games lost. Al Riyadi's will play against Antranik (#6) in the next round. Byblos will play against Anibal to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: J.Abed El Nour 27+4reb+2ast, J.Vogel 26+11reb+4ast, L.Woods 15+15reb+2ast, A.Mahmoud 10+5reb+5ast, O.El Turk 5+1ast, A.Saoud 5+2ast
Byblos: C.Warner 36+14reb+4ast, T.Aamar 16+3reb+1ast, A.Barada 13+3reb+2ast, B.Mason 13+4reb+6ast, S.Moucharef 8+8reb+5ast, R.Rizk 5


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Champville - Anibal 78-71
Undefeated leader Champville delivered the tenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Anibal 78-71. It was a great evening for the former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agent: Paul Atallah) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) helped adding 26 points. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agent: Jose F. Paris) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Rodrigue Akl (190-88, agent: Paul Atallah) scored 14 points. Four Anibal players scored in double figures. Champville (10-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintains first place with 10-0 record. Anibal keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Antranik. Champville will meet Sagesse (#3) in the next round. Anibal will play against Byblos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Champville: F.El Khatib 33+8reb+3ast, J.Youngblood 26+4reb+1ast, M.Martinez 7+5reb+2ast, M.Mneimneh 6+2reb, P.Bou Abboud 2+1ast, Y.Sabra 0+1ast
Anibal: T.Shannon 26+13reb+1ast, R.Akl 14+4reb+3ast, R.Samaha 13+5reb+2ast, B.Raymond 10+5reb+2ast, J.El-Murr 4+4reb+2ast, C.Tabet 4+1reb


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Antranik - Chabab 79-73
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Chabab's (2-8) road loss to seventh ranked Antranik (4-6) 73-79. It was a great evening for American power forward Malcolm Battles (205-79, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Ali Kanaan (206-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, agent: Paul Atallah) helped adding 9 points and 19 rebounds. American power forward Marc Dawson (206-83, college: Long Beach St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Greek forward Elie Motran (199-80, agent: Paul Atallah) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Chabab players scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Antranik moved-up to fifth place. Chabab lost their fifth straight game in a row, but despite that keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Antranik will meet league's second-placed Al Riyadi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chabab will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Antranik: M.Battles 19+11reb+3ast, N.Souaid 16+8reb+2ast, A.Kanaan 9+19reb, M.Ziadeh 6+6reb, R.Farraj 0+1reb, A.Feghali 0+1reb
Chabab: M.Dawson 17+18reb+5ast, H.Lakiss 16+6reb+4ast, E.Motran 16+9reb+5ast, E.Clemons 11+7reb+5ast, R.Dagher 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Kassem 2+2reb


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Moutahed - Sagesse 77-71
The biggest surprise of round 11 in Div.A took place in Moutahed between Top Four teams. It ended with Moutahed's 77-71 win against Sagesse. The best player for the winners was American guard Austin Johnson (191-87, college: Oklahoma) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. International forward Elie Roustom (197-87, agent: Paul Atallah) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Moutahed has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintains fourth place. On the other side, Sagesse keeps the third place with three games lost. Moutahed is looking forward to face Hoops (#7) in the next round. Sagesse will play against the league's leader Champville (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: A.Johnson 21+3reb+4ast, M.Fahes 16+4reb, E.Roustom 12+8reb+2ast, L.Payne 10+8reb+1ast, B.Bawji 9+9reb+1ast, B.Balaa 9+3reb+1ast
Sagesse: R.Fahed 26+3reb+3ast, G.Thompson 21+13reb+2ast, E.Estephane 13+1reb+1ast, D.Watkins 7+10reb+1ast, F.Abou El Mona 2+1ast, H.Tawbeh 2+7reb


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Bank Med League - Round 11 : Intensity at its peak - by Maarouf Mawloud
In the round 11 of Bank Med League, Riyadi had to suffer to score a win against Byblos in Amchit on the score of 91-98 , Jean Abed El Nour with 27 points and Joe Vogel with 26 points led their team to the difficult win due to the big intensity of Byblos players especially Calvin Warner who was playing against his old team, he finished he game with 36 points.

In the second game of the round Antranik confirmed its intentions and managed to have its 4th win of the season this time against Chabab Zahle on the score of 79-73. Chabab Zahle had a good first half in which they managed to lea but the home team regrouped and took the lead in the second half and started increase the lead but the game wasnt over until its last minutes due that Chabab Zahle made a comeback but were not sufficient to secure the win.

In the Sunday games , Moutahed welcomed Sagesse and the game was very close one throughout all it 40 minutes , the lead was exchanged several times between the 2 teams , but in the end the home team managed to secure its precious win after the heroic efforts of Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) who ha big game with 21 points which secured the win for his team at the score of 77-71.



In the last game of the round Champville suffered to overcome the obstacle of Anibal, Champville whos leading the league without any loss suffered throughout all minutes of the game, Anibal led the game but the lead was exchanged many times, Champville through Fadi KHATIB (33points) & Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD (26points) took control and secured the precious win on the score of 78-71 and kept the winning streak of Champville 10-0.


Welcome back Nate in the yellow castle!!! - by Maarouf Mawloud
According to http://www.sportkello.com , Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) will be back to the yellow castle, he will arrive to Lebanon tomorrow and join the team in the next games.

Finally, Al-Riyadi Beirut has said welcome back to Nate,after trying and changing around 10 foreigners this season,and for sure Riyadi needs a scorer like Nate.

Last year Nate had an average 25 points,5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Nate started this season in KSA, Riyadi management starts talking with him from last week,and they have agreed about the contract and the question now,Can Nate stand in Riyadi??or Riyadi technical staff will change him and make a new record in changing foreigners?



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. El Khatib, Champville29.2 
 2. Shannon, Anibal24.6 
 3. Warner, Byblos23.4 
 4. Cage, Hoops22.0 
 5. Byrd, Hoops21.1 
 6. Zachery, Antranik20.7 
 7. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.20.5 
 8. Battles, Antranik20.4 
 9. Thompson, Sagesse20.3 
 10. Youngblood, Champ.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi16.9 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Watkins, Sagesse11.7 
 6. Battles, Antranik11.4 
 7. Okosa, Moutahed11.3 
 8. Kanaan, Antranik11.3 
 9. Byrd, Hoops10.9 
 10. Allen, Champville10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon MASON
  Byblos
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mason, Byblos7.8 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed7.6 
 3. Akl, Anibal6.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 5. Clemons, Chabab4.5 
 6. Khoury, Sagesse4.1 
 7. Fahed, Sagesse4.0 
 8. Roustom, Moutahed3.9 
 9. Cage, Hoops3.7 
 10. Youngblood, Champ.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.7 
 2. Youngblood, Champ.2.8 
 3. Roustom, Moutahed2.7 
 4. Byrd, Hoops2.6 
 5. Mason, Byblos2.3 
 6. Martinez, Champville2.1 
 7. Khoury, Sagesse1.9 
 8. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
 9. Zachery, Antranik1.8 
 10. Thompson, Sagesse1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Pioneros
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Champville3.7 
 2. Watkins, Sagesse3.0 
 3. Watkins, Sagesse2.3 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 5. Thompson, Sagesse1.7 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 7. Kanaan, Antranik1.4 
 8. Shannon, Anibal1.4 
 9. Dawson, Chabab1.3 
 10. Okosa, Moutahed1.3 


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  LITHUANIA   


Gran Canaria overcome Siauliai in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai - Gran Canaria 2014 70:89

Gran Canaria 2014 earned the third win in EuroCup season. They stunned Siauliai in Lithuania to improve at 3-1 record in Group C. Siauliai losing skid continued as they suffered the fourth straight defeat. The hosts got to a dreamy start. They outscored the visitors 23:9 in the opening frame. But Gran Canaria 2014 quickly stopped the rot. They adjusted their defense and limited Siauliai to only 8 points in the second frame. Gran Canaria trailed by only 3 points at halftime. The Spaniards unloaded 29 points in the third frame to surge ahead. The visitors entered the final period ahead by 5 points. Siauliai could not return to the first frame tempo again. They lacked defensive aggressiveness allowing Gran Canaria 2014 score 32 points and celebrated a well-deserved win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 17 points to lead the effort. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) and Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) added 13 points each for the winners. Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Siauliai. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points in the loss.

Siauliai: Mindaugas Zukauskas 20, Zygimantas Janavicius 19
Gran Canaria 2014: Jaycee Carroll 17, Taurean Green 13, Spencer Nelson 13



Lietuvos Rytas and Igor Milosevic did not part ways - by Emiliano
Contrarily to the report, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius did not part ways. The Serbian point guard is still in the roster of the Lithuanian team with whom he is averaging 4.4ppg in 5 LKL games, 2.7ppg in 3 VTB League games and 4.5ppg in 6 Euroleague games.
Milosevic moved to the Lithuanian powerhouse last January and averaged 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.5apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 63.0% in LKL and 15.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 81.3% in Baltic League.
With Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius Milosevic won LKL.


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  MALAYSIA   


Eyes on Tomorrow - by Abdallah Omari
All the eyes tomorrow will be on the ABL game tomorrow between Westports KL Dragons and Philippines Patriots. Philippines Patriots who will be the host of this game is looking to Rehabilitate in front of his fans after the modest performance they did in the away game against the dragons and followed by a very unexpected lose vs Satria Muda. In the other hand, the dragons will do their best to keep the row of victories they are achieving til now which if happened will give the team a bigger push up for their next Sunday game in MABA stadium against the Thai Slimmers. Patriots will play with the hope of better performance from their import Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) as well as Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) while the dragons will be depending mainly on Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona), Alexander Hartman (201-F-85, college: Concordia (OR)) and Patrick Cabahug (186-G).

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  MALTA   


Siggiewi and Luxol make sure in closing stages - by Eurobasket News
Depiro Mtarfa 63
Siggiewi Derby 68
(10-14, 13-21, 20-15, 20-18)


Reigning champions Siggiewi found it hard to overcome the absence of a host of players through injury and suspension as Depiro came close to causing an upset.

Siggiewi had Peter Shoults to thank for their narrow win as his two consecutive three-pointers sank Depiro.

Depiro enjoyed the better start as their tall players seized control underneath the boards. Gradually, Siggiewi recovered to take a four-point lead, 14-10, by the end of the first quarter.

After a balanced opening to the second session, 24-21, Siggiewi made Depiro pay for a string of missed baskets to change ends 35-23 ahead.

Siggiewi potted the first basket after half-time but thereafter struggled to cope with Depiros aggressiveness as the latter closed the gap to 42-39.

Siggiewi made a reaction to start the last 10 minutes 50-43 ahead but Depiro again fought back with six consecutive points taking them to within four points of their opponents, 57-53.

At this stage, Siggiewi coach Peter Farrugia called a time-out and showed his displeasure at the teams attitude, especially that of foreigner Marco Matijevic.

Farrugias words had the desired effect as Siggiewi nailed two consecutive three-pointers through Shoults to ease their nerves. Matijevic also regained his shooting touch and willingness to make his mark.

Depiro collapsed as they were on the receiving end of an 11-2 break which ended their hopes of springing a surprise.

Depiro: R. Vella 19, J.P. Schembri, D. Daniel Bugeja 11, R. Agius, A. Aquilina 10, S. Yuste 7, J. Gatt 2, E. Lupo 6, M. Mallia 2, I. Tanti 6, G. Mercieca.

Siggiewi: P. Shoults 19, J. Doughty, E. Xuereb, A. Borg, A. Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) 20, K. Borg, J. Jetsen 9, M. Matijevic 20.

Referees: B. Vassallo, A. Carbonaro, C. Terribile.

BUPA Luxol 78
Loyola Tata Motors 71
(18-19, 22-20, 19-13, 19-19
)

In another keenly-contested game, Loyola had high optimism of obtaining their first victory as they stayed in touch with Luxol but Petar Apcev had other ideas as his two consecutive three-pointers in the last minute made the difference.

This match produced a staggering 25 three-pointers, 17 for Luxol and eight for Loyola.

It was Loyola who shaded the early exchanges to go 10-5 in front after five minutes. Luxol gradually improved and three-pointers by Apcev and captain Robert Micallef saw them 40-31 ahead with two minutes left for half-time.

After a time-out and substitutions, Loyola raised their game to score the last eight points before the interval, 40-39.

Luxols better start to the third quarter helped them open a 12-point lead, 53-41. Again Loyola battled back to trim the deficit to four points, 56-52, with Luxol opting to substitute Apcev after he committed his fourth foul.

The game was evenly-poised in the latter stages with Luxol coach John Tabone forced to re-introduce Apcev as David Camilleris three-pointer put Loyola 71-70 ahead.

Apcev made his presence felt as he reeled off two consecutive long-distance shots to see Luxol through.

Luxol: C.J. Cordina, M. Mercieca 4, R. Azzopardi 23, Adrian Micallef Trigona, P. Apcev 29, A. Costa 10, N. Vasovic 2, T. Paris, A. Cremona, E. Caruana Montaldo, J.P. Bonnici 10, S. Mizzi.

Loyola: S. Pace 11, B. Zammit 14, D. Camilleri 24, S. Borg, M. Cilia, S. Vella 3, A. Axiaq 5, G. Mihajlovic 7, J. Anastasi 3, A. Tabone 4.

Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, A. Carbonaro.

Standings: Athleta 6 (3-0); Siggiewi 5 (2-1); Luxol 6 (2-2); Depiro 4 (1-2); Loyola 3 (0-3).

Top scorers: P. Apcev (Luxol) 68; R. Azzopardi (Luxol) 67; M. Naudi (Athleta) 65; A. Adrian Micallef (Siggiewi) 62; S. Schembri (Athleta) 55.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 3-0 
 2. Siggiewi 2-1 
 3. Bupa 2-2 
 4. Depiro 1-2 
 5. U20 Selection 0-0 
 6. Loyola 0-3 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost stop Budivelnyk in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Budivelnyk 69:54

Buducnost slowed down Budivelnyk claiming a comfortable home win in EuroCup Group C action tonight. The Montenegrin champions thus clinched 2-2 record in the standings. Budivelnyk suffered the first defeat to keep the top position at 3-1. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and collected 6 boards to pace the winning side.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Buducnost organized an 11:0 run. That put the hosts on top 24:12 early in the second frame. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame as Budivelnyk struggled to find offensive rhythm. The visitors faced a 29:45 deficit at halftime. Buducnost stretched the lead to 19 points before Budivelnyk answered with a 7:0 run to cut the distance. Buducnost responded pretty quickly as they piled up a 57:39 lead with one quarter to go. The Ukrainian team managed to get within 12 points in the final period. However Buducnost stayed calm as they executed almost a perfect victory at the end.
Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) produced 13 points for Buducnost. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) replied with 19 points and 8 caroms for Budivelnyk. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Buducnost: Marko Simonovic 14, Vladimir Dragicevic 13, Gintaras Kadziulis 9, Bojan Dubljevic 9
Budivelnyk: Andrew Betts 19, Andriy Agafonov 11



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  NAIA   


Xavier climbs to 10th in poll, then wins at Loyola - by Emiliano
2010 NEW ORLEANS -- Jamaan Kenner (6'4''-G) and Devin Andrew (6'4''-G) scored 13 points apiece Monday to lead NAIA No. 10 Xavier (LA) to an 85-66 men's basketball victory against city rival Loyola (LA) at The Den. The Gold Rush, who climbed 10 spots in the national poll announced about two hours before tip-off, are 10-0 for the first time since 1983-84 and the second time since World War II. This was Xavier's 14th consecutive regular-season victory. Kenner's points were a season best. Wanto Joseph added a season-high 10 points and a career-high six assists for Xavier. Ryan Brock scored 29 points but also committed seven turnovers for Loyola (LA) (5-5), which dropped its fourth straight at home. Chris Joseph scored a career-high 18 points, and Corey Gray had 10. Andrew scored 12 points in the first half to lead the Rush to a 45-33 advantage at the break. Xavier committed 23 turnovers but outshot Loyola (LA) 59 to 43 percent from the floor -- the Rush made 7-of-11 3-pointers -- and outrebounded the Wolfpack 32-20. Xavier had a 41-3 advantage in bench scoring. Anthony Simmons grabbed 12 rebounds for Xavier and has 25 in the last two games. Xavier leads the series 28-4. The teams will meet again Jan. 15 at Xavier. Xavier will break for fall semester final exams, then resume its schedule at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at William Carey. The next home game will be Jan. 6 against Concordia (Ala.)

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  NBA   


Monday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Memphis G. 94-85
It turns out that loss to Dallas was just a minor blip for the surging Utah Jazz. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) had 27 points and eight assists, leading the Jazz to a 94-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzles on Monday night. Utah had won seven straight before Friday night's 93-81 loss to the Mavericks. Williams was held to 12 points and committed four turnovers in that one, but he overcame early foul trouble against Memphis on his way to a more typical performance for the standout point guard. C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) added 20 points for the Jazz. He also blocked two shots and had a pair of steals while holding Rudy Gay in check. Gay finished with 18 points on 8-of-22 shooting. Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph finished with 17 for the Grizzlies, who have lost four straight overall and six in a row on the road. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Clippers - Sacramento K. 98-91
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored 29 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The Clippers lost the lead with 5:13 remaining and trailed by four with 2 1/2 minutes to play. But Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence) and Gordon combined to score nine straight, with Gordon's 3 giving the Clippers a 94-91 lead. Gomes added 17 points and Blake Griffin had 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers, who stopped a two-game skid. Omri Casspi had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Pooh Jeter had all 11 of his points in the fourth for the Kings, who lost their eighth in a row and 14th in 15 games. Tyreke Evans added 16 points, DeMarcus Cousins and Carl Landry had 15 each, and Samuel Dalembert had 11 rebounds for Sacramento. *Courtesy of www.philstar.com

Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 74-80
The Atlanta Hawks finally got one against the Orlando Magic. And just as important, they kept winning without All-Star Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas). Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Bibby made a critical 3-pointer in the final minute and the Hawks beat the Magic 80-74 on Monday night. It was Atlanta's first win in Orlando since Oct. 29, 2008. The Hawks had lost 11 of 12 to the Magic, including a four-game sweep in last year's playoffs. 'Orlando has basically owned us so yeah, this is a big win,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. 'I don't know if this breaks a spell or not, but I thought our guys did a great job from start to finish.' Al Horford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, winners of six of seven overall. Jamal Crawford had 15 points and Bibby finished with 13. Atlanta shot 39 percent (33 of 85) from the field, but played solid defense all night, limiting Orlando to 38 percent shooting, including 4 of 22 from 3-point range. Vince Carter led the Magic with 18 points. Dwight Howard, back after missing two games with a stomach virus, contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.albanyherald.com

New York K. - Minnesota T. 121-114
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) arrived in July and announced the New York Knicks were back, vowing things would be different for the longtime losers. 'This was the plan,' he said. 'The plan was to have success.' Right now, nobody can stop him from backing up his boast. Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead the surging Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 121-114 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) added 21 points and Raymond Felton had 18 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-9, the first time they've been four games over .500 since finishing the 2000-01 season with a 48-34 record. The key has been Stoudemire, who has surpassed 30 in every game during the winning streak, the first Knicks player with five straight 30-point games since Stephon Marbury from Feb. 4-11, 2005. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Oklah.City T. 99-90
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 13 of his 29 points in Chicago's big third quarter and the Bulls beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-90 on Monday night. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) added 19 points for Chicago, which outscored the Thunder 29-18 in the pivotal third. Derrick Rose had 11 points and nine assists, but shot 3 for 13 from the field. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points. Russell Westbrook had 15 points and seven assists, shooting 7 for 18. Boozer got a big free-agent deal from Chicago in the offseason, but missed the team's first 15 games with a broken right hand. This was his highest scoring game since he returned in Wednesday night's 107-78 loss to Orlando. *Courtesy of www.koco.com

Milwaukee B. - Miami Heat 78-88
The Miami Heat continued to look like the elite team many envisioned in the offseason as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 88-78 today for their fifth straight win. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had a team-high 25 points and 14 rebounds, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 17 points and the Heat continued to play inspired defence in achieving their longest win streak of the NBA season. Miami (14-8) had a rough start to the season and fell short of expectations created when James and Chris Bosh signed with the Heat to join fellow All-Star Wade, but have found their rhythm since having a players-only meeting Nov. 27. In the opener of a four-game road trip, the Heat never trailed and held the Bucks to 34% shooting from the field. Corey Maggette had 20 points off the bench to leACad Milwaukee, which fell to 7-13 on the season. *Courtesy of www.tvnz.com.nz

Indiana P. - Toronto R. 124-100
Last season, it took the Indiana Pacers until the new year to reach double-digit victories. This time, they made it before Christmas. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) scored a season-high 26 points, Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 21 and the Pacers put seven players in double figures in a 124-100 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. The Pacers' improvement is based on a developing young core of players -- Rush, Darren Collison and Roy Hibbert. Rush, a reserve, was 10 for 18 from the field, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range. He was inconsistent his first two years in the league, but he has caught team president Larry Bird's attention this season. Collison, a second-year guard the Pacers acquired in an offseason trade, had 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Hibbert, a third-year center, had 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks. As the chemistry builds and the young players develop, O'Brien's expectations grow. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Aldrich appeared in five games (five starts) for the 66ers and averaged 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 27.4 minutes.

Aldrich has joined the Thunder in Chicago for tonights 7:00 PM game against the Bulls at the United Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Lakers center Andrew Bynum completes his first full practice since surgery - by Eurobasket News
Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) completed his first full practice since undergoing knee surgery last July, the latest step in a comeback that finally might be complete next week.

'No pain, no symptoms,' he said Monday at the Lakers' training facility. 'I just want to get a couple more practices in, keep working on timing and just come back.'

Because of a glut of games and travel days this week, the Lakers won't practice again until Saturday in New York and then next Monday in Washington, D.C.

They play the Wizards a week from Tuesday, but Bynum didn't want to commit to a specific date for his first game since undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Bynum took part in a full-court, five-on-five scrimmage for 30 to 40 minutes Monday and even dunked a couple of times, he said. The scrimmage was closed to the media.

'For me, it's like my first training camp,' he said, smiling. 'I'm excited. Everybody else is kind of like, ugh ...'

Bynum says there is no swelling in the knee, though he wants to work on his 'quick jumps,' when he comes down after a rebound and has to jump back up again.

'That's the only thing I need to get completely back. The quickness is a little off,' he said. 'That's just going to come with timing, that's going to come with more work in the weight room.'

Bynum, 23, averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes a game last season.

'I think the surgery went well,' he said. 'I thank my doc for that. He said I would be OK and I am.'

The Lakers haven't played a game since last Friday, and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson noticed an improved Pau Gasol at Monday's practice.

'His mood was so much better today,' Jackson said of Gasol, who looked worn down last week. 'He'd like to be playing European soccer, like 40 games in a season. He's vastly more alive today and feeling a lot better. In fact he didn't even mention the [strained] hamstring today.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Blazers Andre Miller, Clippers Brian Cook get suspensions - by Eurobasket News
The NBA has suspended Clippers forward Brian Cook (6'10''-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) for two games and Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) for one after a rough conclusion to Portland's 100-91 victory Sunday.

Cook was whistled for a flagrant foul and ejected after shoving Joel Przybilla in the chest as Przybilla went up for a layup at the end of the third quarter. Miller was suspended for ''making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin of the Clippers'' with 7:06 left in the fourth.

The NBA announced the penalties on Monday.

Cook will begin serving his suspension when the Clippers host the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Miller will sit out when the Blazers host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.4 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers26.5 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.25.3 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 5. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.9 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 7. Gordon, LA Clippers24.3 
 8. James, Miami Heat23.7 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 10. Anthony, Denver N.22.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.3 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.2 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.12.1 
 4. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.8 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.11.6 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.5 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 10. Odom, LA Lakers10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.14.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.4 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.4 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.9 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.0 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 8. Felton, New Y.8.4 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.3.0 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.5 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 4. Curry, Golde S.2.3 
 5. Miller, Portland.2.2 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..2.2 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 9. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 10. Ginobili, San A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darko MILICIC
  Minnesota T.
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.7 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers2.1 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.0 
 9. Dalembert, Sacram.1.9 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 


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


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A10 Weekly Recap: Saunders named NetScouts Basketball's Atlantic 10 Player of the Week - by Carl Berman
Game Recaps (for the week through December 6th): Massachusetts came into the week 6-0 and kept that streak alive with a 66-64 win over Quinnipiac. Later in the week, the Minutemen fell short to Boston College 76-71. Saint Josephs played #12 Villanova this week and lost in a close game, 71-60 dropping the Hawks record to a disappointing 3-5 on the season. Richmond lost early in the week to Old Dominion 77-70, but rebounded with a marquee win over the Arizona State Sun Devils 67-61. The Spiders are looking to put together another run at the NCAA tournament. The Dayton Flyers lost a disappointing game early in the week to East Tennessee State Buccaneers 73-68 dropping their record to 5-2 on the season. They regained their composure later in the week to knock off Miami of Ohio emphatically with a 70-58 win. The Xavier Musketeers lost their only game to Miami of Ohio 75-64. The Musketeers have a 5-2 record after the loss and hope to rebound next week when they play the Butler Bulldogs. La Salle played a tough Oklahoma State Cowboys this week and lost 92-87 in double-overtime. The Explorers are looking to move up in the conference after last years 18-13 record. Fordham started off the week by getting blown out by Harvard, 80-57. The Rams finished off the week with a thrilling victory over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 74-67. The Rhode Island Rams lost to their state rival Providence Friars 87-74 to drop their record to 5-3.

Player of the Week: Duquesne's Damian Saunders (6'7''-F-88) (pictured) led the Dukes in scoring in loses on the road to both #3 Pittsburgh and Penn State. The 67 forward averaged 21.5 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3.5 blocks during the two game stretch and has been named NetScouts Basketball's Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. Saunders not only kept his team close against one of the premier college teams in the nation, but he also was very efficient from the field going 15 for 27 (56%) over the two game span.

International Player of the Week: Ogo Adegboye of St. Bonaventure is a 60 senior guard from London, England who had a standout performance this week in his teams close win over Buffalo. Adegboye scored 24 points on 8 of 12 from the field to go along with 10 assists and 2 rebounds which earned him NetScouts Basketball's International Player of the Week award.

Game of the Week: Temple had a tough road challenge this week against the Maryland Terrapins. With 16:01 left in the second half, the Owls had a 40-25 point lead over Maryland after Juan Fernandez hit a jumper in the lane. The Terrapins then staged a roaring comeback to tie the game at 56 with 1:52 left. Then Temples power forward Lavoy Allen made a layup with 1:42 left putting the Owls ahead 59-56. With a brilliant performance from Lavoy Allen, 13 points and 10 rebounds, Temple improved their record to 6-2 on the season.

Upcoming Schedule: Saint Josephs hosts #20 Minnesota Gophers on Wednesday. #10 Georgetown is playing against the Temple on Thursday in a great Big East-Atlantic 10 showdown. On Saturday, Saint Louis is traveling Cameron Indoor Stadium to play #1 Duke.

This article was written by Correspondent Evan Howard and Managing Partner Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball and their International Recruiting Service can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 8-0 
 2. Hop 6-3 
 3. Persbraaten 5-3 
 4. OSI 5-3 
 5. Sandefjord 4-3 
 6. Varden 4-4 
 7. Centrum 4-5 
 8. Langhus 4-6 
 9. NTNUI 2-7 
 10. Trondheim 0-8 


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 10-2 
 2. Asker 9-3 
 3. Ulriken 8-3 
 4. Baerum 6-7 
 5. Gimle 4-7 
 6. Kristiansand 4-8 
 7. Froya 4-9 
 8. Ammerud 2-8 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Russell, Kristiansand28.1 
 2. Timus, Tromso26.3 
 3. Bullock, Gimle23.4 
 4. Kombat, Froya23.1 
 5. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 6. Diomande, Ammerud22.7 
 7. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 8. January, Tromso21.7 
 9. Oatis, Baerum19.1 
 10. Eskeland, Ulriken19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.1 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken12.1 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.3 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.0 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.3 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.5 
 7. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 8. January, Tromso7.6 
 9. Christensen, Tro.7.5 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bullock, Gimle4.9 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 3. Gabrans, Froya4.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.0 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Mihaylov, Tromso3.9 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.7 
 9. Timus, Tromso3.6 
 10. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.5 
 4. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 5. Mahnin, Asker2.0 
 6. Ouakkaha, Ulriken1.9 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 8. Hinsch, Asker1.7 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Christensen, Tro.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.8 
 3. January, Tromso1.2 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Nevjen, Baerum0.9 
 7. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.7 
 9. Ndiaye, Gimle0.6 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud0.6 


1Div. Round 9: Miners beats OSI in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
1Div. is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left. The most important game of round 9 in 1Div. took place in Oslo where undefeated Miners took care of OSI. Miners have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place. OSI dropped to the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Persbraaten. Miners is looking forward to face higher ranked Hop in the next round. OSI will play against Trondheim and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest point difference was the defeat of Varden courtesy of Persbraaten. It also means the end of Varden'stwo-game winning streak. Persbraaten has a solid series of three victories in a row. Thanks to that win Persbraaten moved-up to third place. Varden dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Persbraaten's will play against Langhus (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Varden will play against Centrum and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 9 Sandefjord defeated Langhus in a road game 65-60. Hop beat Centrum at home 61-56.


Varden - Persbraaten 55-83

The game with biggest point difference was the defeated of Varden courtesy of Persbraaten. It also means the end of Varden'stwo-game winning streak. Persbraaten has a solid series of three victories in a row. Thanks to that win Persbraaten moved-up to third place. Varden dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Persbraaten's will play against Langhus (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Varden will play against Centrum and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 108518


Langhus - Sandefjord 60-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Langhus (4-6) was defeated by eighth ranked Sandefjord (4-3) 65-60. Thanks to that win newly promoted Sandefjord moved-up to fifth place. Langhus dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. Sandefjord's will play against league's second-placed Hop in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Langhus will play against Varden (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 108519


OSI - Miners 61-83

The most important game of round 9 in 1Div. took place in Oslo where Miners took care of OSI. Undefeated Miners has an solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place. OSI dropped to the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Persbraaten. Miners is looking forward to face higher ranked Hop in the next round. OSI will play against Trondheim and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 108520


Hop - Centrum 61-56

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hop (6-3) defeated 6th ranked Centrum (4-5) 61-56. Thanks to that win newly promoted Hop moved-up to second place. Centrum dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. Hop's will play against league's leader Miners in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Centrum will play against Varden (#) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 108521




BLNO Round 13: Froya beats higher ranked Baerum - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest difference of round 13 in BLNO was guest Froya's (#7) easy road victory over 4th placed Baerum (6-7) 97-71. It also means the end of Baerum's two-game winning streak. Latvian guard Reno Silavs (180-91) fired 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79, agent: Adam Prossin) chipped in 25 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agent: Adam Prossin) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Baerum's coach Pal Berg gave up on the game allowing to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Froya maintains seventh place. Baerum keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Froya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Baerum will play on the road against Ammerud (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
First ranked Tromso (10-2) outscored much lower ranked Kristiansand (4-8) by 43 points 110-67. Tromso maintains first place. Newly promoted Kristiansand keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 13 Ulriken defeated Ammerud in Bergen 80-68. Gimle lost to defending champion Asker at home 78-86.


Tromso - Kristiansand 110-67

First ranked Tromso (10-2) outscored much lower ranked Kristiansand (4-8) by 43 points 110-67. Tromso maintains first place. Newly promoted Kristiansand keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 98999


Baerum - Froya 71-97

The game with biggest difference of round 13 in BLNO was guest Froya's (#7) easy road victory over 4th placed Baerum (6-7) 97-71. It also means the end of Baerum'stwo-game winning streak. Latvian guard Reno Silavs (180-91) fired 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79, agent: Adam Prossin) chipped in 25 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agent: Adam Prossin) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Christer Elgmork (180-87) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Baerum players scored in double figures. Baerum's coach Pal Berg gave up on the game allowing to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Froya maintains seventh place. Baerum keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Froya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Baerum will play on the road against Ammerud (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Baerum: C.Elgmork 17+1reb+5ast, E.Holtnaes 16+5reb+1ast, D.Oatis 14+13reb+2ast, S.Berg 13+1reb+6ast, L.Harto 4+6reb+2ast, T.Mjos 3+2reb+1ast
Froya: R.Silavs 36+6reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 25+4reb+6ast, N.Phillip 12+6reb+4ast, M.Kombat 9+14reb+8ast, M.Elsafadi 8+10reb+2ast, T.Nguyen 4+3reb
gschID: 99000


Ammerud - Ulriken 68-80

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Ammerud (2-8) was defeated at home by third ranked Ulriken (8-3) 80-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Ulriken players scored in double figures. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) answered with 31 points and guard Bendik Aunan (186-90) added 14 points in the effort for Ammerud. Ulriken has an solid series of four victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Ammerud. They maintain third place having just three points less than leader Tromso. Ammerud keeps the bottom place with eight games lost. Ulriken's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bergen to the arena Gimle.
Top scorers:
Ammerud: S.Diomande 31+3reb+3ast, B.Aunan 14+2reb+2ast, M.Bryn 8+3reb+1ast, M.Molvaer 5+2reb, A.Inagaki 4+3reb+2ast, T.Hagen 4+7reb+1ast
Ulriken: A.Eskeland 22+3reb+2ast, T.Mullenax 20+14reb+1ast, M.Fivelstad 16+6reb+2ast, J.Solbakken 12+10reb, C.Ndow 6+4reb, A.Ouakkaha 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 99001


Gimle - Asker 78-86

No shocking result in a game in Bergen where second ranked Asker (9-3) defeated 5th ranked Gimle (4-7) 86-78. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Asker players scored in double figures. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Stian Enge (190-90) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Gimle. Asker has an solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place having just one point less than leader Tromso. Gimle keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Asker's will play against higher ranked Ammerud on the road in the next round. Gimle's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bergen Ulriken.
Top scorers:
Gimle: S.Enge 21+7reb+3ast, P.Bullock 20+16reb+6ast, F.Gnatt 12+3reb+4ast, B.Ndiaye 9+2reb+2ast, S.de Lange 8+3reb+3ast, S.Rakneberg 4+3reb
Asker: M.Mahnin 21+4reb+4ast, F.Nyborg 20+5reb+1ast, R.Karlsen 15+5reb+1ast, C.Hinsch 11+6reb+3ast, M.Midtvedt 9, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 99002




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Carey number one in Philippines for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Harvey Carey (191-F-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Talk N Text Tropang Texters, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Powerade T. (#9, 3-10) 103-96. Talk N Text maintains the 3rd position in PBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Talk N Text will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Carey has many years of experience at Talk N Text, through which he has constantly improved. Former Sonoma State University star has very solid stats this year. Carey is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.3rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Talk N Text Tropang Texters' star - 35-year old Ali Peek (194-F-75). Peek had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Talk N Text to edge the lower-ranked Rain or Shine (#7, 5-6) 86-81. Talk N Text's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Peek is a newcomer at Talk N Text, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Joe Devance (201-C-82) of Alaska Aces (#6). Devance scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Alaska, leading his team to a 92-89 win against the higher-ranked San Miguel (#1, 11-3). The chances of Alaska ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Devance could help Alaska to bring them higher in the standings. Devance has a great season in Philippines. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (9th best). He also has 1.2bpg and and 3PT: 49.1%. Joe Devance has also Filipino passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Peek (194-F-75) of Talk N Text - 21 points and 6 rebounds
5. Danny Ildefonso (198-F-76) of San Miguel - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Rabeh Al-Hussaini (199-F/C-88) of Air21 - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Paolo Hubalde (180-G-81) of Barako - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Chico Lanete (183-G-79) of Powerade T. - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gabby Espinas (193-F-82) of Meralco B. - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jay Washington (206-C-81) of San Miguel - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists

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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. David, Powerade T.22.5 
 2. Devance, Alaska19.8 
 3. Simon, Derby A.18.8 
 4. Cardona, Meral.18.6 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.6 
 6. Santos, San Miguel16.6 
 7. Isip, Barako16.5 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.3 
 9. Buenafe, Air2116.3 
 10. Alapag, Talk N Text16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.4 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.11.0 
 4. Washington, San M.9.9 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text9.9 
 6. Thoss, Alaska9.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Williams, Talk N.8.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.9 
 10. Thiele, Barako8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text6.0 
 2. Ross, Meralco B.5.8 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.3 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.5.1 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska4.4 
 6. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.3 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.1 
 9. Cardona, Meral.3.7 
 10. Baguio, Alaska3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabe NORWOOD
  Rain or Shine
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Norwood, Rain o.2.3 
 2. Mercado, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Ross, Meralco B.1.8 
 4. Pacana, Meralco B.1.6 
 5. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 6. Baguio, Alaska1.4 
 7. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 8. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.2 
 9. Buenafe, Air211.2 
 10. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.6 
 3. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 4. Washington, San M.1.6 
 5. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 6. Santos, San Miguel1.2 
 7. Devance, Alaska1.2 
 8. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 10. Ildefonso, San Miguel1.0 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.6 
 2. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.17.3 
 3. Ustarbowski, Gor.17.0 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.6 
 5. Jankowski, Polonia .16.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.2 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut15.7 
 8. Sterenga, Gornik15.6 
 9. Witos, GKS Tychy15.6 
 10. Jakobczyk, Gornik15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.4 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut9.3 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.8.8 
 5. Sterenga, Gornik8.2 
 6. Pytys, AZS Szczecin8.1 
 7. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.1 
 8. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 9. Misiewicz, Znicz B.8.0 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.7 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia6.3 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.9 
 4. Wilczek, Tempcold.4.8 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.7 
 6. Sikora, Start Lublin4.7 
 7. Basinski, MMKS D.4.3 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 9. Pacocha, AZS S.4.1 
 10. Kardas, Rosasport4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Przemyslaw SZYMANSKI
  Znicz Basket
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Szymanski, Znicz B.3.7 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.5 
 3. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.5 
 4. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .2.7 
 6. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.4 
 7. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.3 
 8. Sikora, Start Lublin2.3 
 9. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.3 
 10. Sterenga, Gornik2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.0 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.6 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.4 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.3 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.2 
 7. Salamonik, LKS L.1.2 
 8. Sudowski, AZS S.1.2 
 9. Pietras, Polonia 20111.0 
 10. Barycz, GKS Tychy1.0 


Donigiewicz's 17 points and 9 rebounds give him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for KS Rosasport Radom and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds for Rosasport in his team's victory, helping them to crush MMKS DG (#6, 7-5) with 17-point margin 81-64. Rosasport maintains the 4th position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rosasport will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. It's Donigiewicz's second year at Rosasport and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Artur Donigiewicz averages this season 11.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82, agency: Promotex) of AZS Szczecin. He is a guard in his first season at AZS Szczecin. In the last game Pacocha recorded impressive 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as AZS Szczecin was edged by Start Lublin (4-8) 69-67. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. AZS Szczecin keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Pacocha is a newcomer at AZS Szczecin and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Wiaczeslaw Rosnowski (198-G-75, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best ISS Sportino Inowroclaw. Rosnowski showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of ISS Sportino, leading his team to a 96-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Astoria (#15, 3-9). ISS Sportino is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 10-2 record is not that bad... Rosnowski has a very solid season. In 12 games in Poland he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, 2.3spg and FGP: 67.3%. Wiaczeslaw Rosnowski has also Polish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) of ISS Sportino - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) of ISS Sportino - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Rafal Wojcicki (193-G-82) of SKK Siedlce - 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Dorian Szyttenholm (194-F-83) of Astoria - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michal Sikora (182-G-80) of Start Lublin - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-F-84) of Znicz Basket - 9 points and 9 rebounds
10. Tomasz Wojdyla (201-F-77) of Asec.Prokom-2 - 20 points and 7 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)


Krasnye Krylia deny Anwil EuroCup hopes - by Eurobasket News
Anwil - Krasnye Krylia 83:98

Krasnye Krylia stayed in the heated battle for the EuroCup next round birth. They toppled Anwil in Wloclawek tonight to stay tied with Pepsi Caserta at 2-2 record in Group H. Anwil lost the fourth game in a row and got eliminated from the clash for Last 16 ticket.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter. Rush and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) helped Krasnye Krylia to take off late in the period as the Russian team posted a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) extended the margin to 9 points early in the second period. But Anwil answered immediately to start cutting the deficit. The Polish side erased the deficit and eventually pulled ahead for a 36:35 halftime lead. Aleksandr Anisimov (185-G-86, agency: Alti Sport), Gerald Green and Primoz Brezec all scored in an 11:0 run from Krasnye Krylia early in the third frame as the visitors regained the lead. Anwil recovered to surge back in front but not for long. Krasnye Krylia eked out a 63:61 lead with ten minutes remaining. Aleksandr Anisimov delivered two quick trebles midway through the final period as the visitors grabbed an 80:67 lead. Anwil could not come back to terms in the reminder of the contest and Krasnye Krylia celebrated a valuable win at the end.
Primoz Brezec had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Gerald Green added 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Krasnye Krylia. Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) and Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points each for Anwil. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points.

Anwil: Paul Miller 19, Chris Thomas 15, Andrzej Pluta 15
Krasnye Krylia: Primoz Brezec 25+12 boards, Gerald Green 22, Aleksandr Anisimov 19



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Terrell's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team FC Porto Ferpinta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds, while his team outclassed Ginasio (#3, 5-2) with 28-point margin 82-54. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Porto Ferpinta to consolidate first place in the Portuguese league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Porto Ferpinta keeps perfect 7 -0 record. It's Terrell's second year at Porto Ferpinta and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vanderbilt University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Terrell is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

Second best performed player last round was Tyrone Curnell (201-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports) of Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro. He is American forward in his first season at Barreirense. In the last game Curnell recorded impressive 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Barreirense cruised to a 83-75 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Sampaense (#7, 3-4). Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 6 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Barreirense managed to get this year. Curnell is a newcomer at Barreirense and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 8.1rpg and 3.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Almaad Jackson (210-F-85) of Sampaense Basket (#7). Jackson scored 29 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Jackson's great performance Sampaense lost 75-83 to the lower-ranked Barreirense (#12, 1-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Sampaense ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jackson could help Sampaense to bring them higher in the standings. Jackson has a great season in Portugal. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 53.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fernando Sousa (192-F/G-81) of Academica - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Matthew Shaw (201-F-86) of Academica - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) of Benfica - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Londrick Nolen (198-F/G-83) of Penafiel - 14 points and 8 rebounds
8. Augusto Sobrinho (188-G-85) of Vitoria SC - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Yima Chia-Kur (196-F-86) of Academica - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Illiabum - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  RUSSIA   


Unics clear off on top of EuroCup Group A - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Unics 65:98

Unics returned on top of EuroCup Group A. They stunned Le Mans in France tonight to clear off in the leading position in the ladder. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) delivered 23 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Kazan outfit. Le Mans slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
Unics did not waste too much time to set up the tone. The visitors unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to leave Le Mans behind. Unics rallied to a comfortable 9-point lead at the first intermission. Unics did not slow down in the second period. They capitalized on sloppy defensive effort from the hosts to establish a 50:34 halftime lead. Unicss dominance continued to blossom in the third frame. Le Mans struggled defensively as they conceded 26 points in the third stanza to face a massive 27-point deficit at the final break. Unics did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter as they cruised to an impressive win at the end. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) contributed 19 points and 6 assists for Unics. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) had 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in the win. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) replied with 17 points for Le Mans. Thierry Rupert (200-F-77) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Le Mans: Alex Acker 17, Thierry Rupert 13, Joao Paulo Batista 13
Unics: Maciej Lampe 23, Terrell Lyday 19, Marko Popovic 17



Krasnye Krylia deny Anwil EuroCup hopes - by Eurobasket News
Anwil - Krasnye Krylia 83:98

Krasnye Krylia stayed in the heated battle for the EuroCup next round birth. They toppled Anwil in Wloclawek tonight to stay tied with Pepsi Caserta at 2-2 record in Group H. Anwil lost the fourth game in a row and got eliminated from the clash for Last 16 ticket.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter. Rush and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) helped Krasnye Krylia to take off late in the period as the Russian team posted a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) extended the margin to 9 points early in the second period. But Anwil answered immediately to start cutting the deficit. The Polish side erased the deficit and eventually pulled ahead for a 36:35 halftime lead. Aleksandr Anisimov (185-G-86, agency: Alti Sport), Gerald Green and Primoz Brezec all scored in an 11:0 run from Krasnye Krylia early in the third frame as the visitors regained the lead. Anwil recovered to surge back in front but not for long. Krasnye Krylia eked out a 63:61 lead with ten minutes remaining. Aleksandr Anisimov delivered two quick trebles midway through the final period as the visitors grabbed an 80:67 lead. Anwil could not come back to terms in the reminder of the contest and Krasnye Krylia celebrated a valuable win at the end.
Primoz Brezec had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Gerald Green added 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Krasnye Krylia. Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) and Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points each for Anwil. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points.

Anwil: Paul Miller 19, Chris Thomas 15, Andrzej Pluta 15
Krasnye Krylia: Primoz Brezec 25+12 boards, Gerald Green 22, Aleksandr Anisimov 19



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  SAUDI ARABIA   


D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ahli 1-0 
 2. Al Ansar 1-0 
 3. Al Hilal 1-0 
 4. Al Ittihad 1-0 
 5. Al Wahda 1-0 
 6. Uhod 1-0 
 7. Al Fateh 0-1 
 8. Al Jabil 0-1 
 9. Al Maseerah 0-1 
 10. Al Nahda 0-1 
 11. Al Safaa 0-1 
 12. Al Shrooq 0-1 


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  SERBIA   


Goettingen refuse to lose in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Goettingen 67:79

Goettingen remained perfect in EuroCup season. They silenced Hemofarm at Centar Millenium in Serbia tonight. Goettingen stayed on top of Group B ladder at 4-0 record. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) orchestrated the victory scoring 26 points. Hemofarm slipped at 2-2 record after the defeat.
Goettingen started the build their advantage in the opening frame. The German team fired 25 points to earn a 10-point buffer at the first break. Hemofarm tried to strike back in the second period. The Serbians cut the distance to 8 points at halftime 36:44. But the third term allowed Goettingen to restore a safe cushion. The German outfit held their opponents to 12 points in ten minutes to enter the fourth period up by 12 points 62:48. Hemofarm outgunned the visiting side in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) tallied 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the visitors. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) added 11 points in the winning effort. Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) replied with 17 points for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points in defeat.

Hemofarm: Milan Macvan 17, Miljan Pavkovic 12
Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 26, Mike Scott 26, Trenton Meacham 11



Dusan Katnic signs deal with Oostende - by Eurobasket News
Dusan Katnic (194-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Belgium. The 21-year-old Serbian prospect signed a deal with Oostende, who competes in Belgian top division as well as in EuroChallenge. Katnic parted ways with Crvena Zvezda Belgrade recently. He had 7.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for them in 8 Adriatic league games, after what he requested a contract termination due to limited playing time.
Dusan Katnic was a member of Serbian U19 National Team which won the Gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship in 2007. At the same year he helped U18 Serbia to win the EuroBasket Gold and in 2008 Katnic helped U20 Serbia to win the first place at the EuroBasket in Riga.


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket25.2 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo21.7 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .20.2 
 4. Samailovic, Student19.9 
 5. Trailovic, Sindje.19.4 
 6. Ivosev, Vojvodina17.8 
 7. Stanisavljev., Jagod.17.7 
 8. Radic, Spartak17.5 
 9. Blagojevic, KG 0617.0 
 10. Gambiroza, Jagod.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (203-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Vuletic, Viva Basket9.7 
 2. Ivosev, Vojvodina8.8 
 3. Despotovic, KG 068.2 
 4. Knezevic, Vojvodina8.1 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 067.9 
 6. Petrovic, Viva B.7.8 
 7. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.6 
 8. Gujanicic, Mlados.7.3 
 9. Glisovic, Student7.1 
 10. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nenad KASABASIC
  Zeleznicar
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar7.0 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.3 
 3. Karic, Radnicki BG5.3 
 4. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.5 
 5. Dinic, Spartak4.5 
 6. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.4 
 7. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.4 
 8. Svilar, Smederevo4.2 
 9. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.0 
 10. Jojic, Zeleznicar3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Davorin KUNTIC
  Spartak
  (--)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kuntic, Spartak2.6 
 2. Tomasevic, Vojvo.2.3 
 3. Karic, Radnicki BG2.3 
 4. Zivanovic, Smede.2.2 
 5. Boltic, Radnicki BG2.2 
 6. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.2 
 7. Svilar, Smederevo2.1 
 8. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.1 
 9. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.1 
 10. Jovanovic, KG 062.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Mirkovic, KG 061.3 
 4. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.3 
 5. Kovac, Zeleznicar1.1 
 6. Blagojevic, KG 061.1 
 7. Suzic, Radnicki BG1.0 
 8. Cvijic, Viva Basket0.9 
 9. Vasilic, Radnic.0.9 
 10. Zaric, Radnicki.0.8 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round 19: Levice crushes Handlova by record 19 points - by Eurobasket News
Round 19 game with the biggest points difference took place in Levice where fifth ranked Levice (9-9) outscored lower ranked Handlova (9-10) by 19 points 83-64. Croatian guard Denis Toroman (194-82) fired 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) produced 18 points for lost side. Handlova's coach Ludovit Smacko rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thanks to that win Levice moved-up to fourth place. Handlova at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share the position with Vahostav-Zilina. Levice is looking forward to face B.Bystrica (#9) in Banska Bystrica in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Handlova will play at home against Komarno and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Nitra delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Prievidza 89-76. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds. Ronald Moore contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. The former international guard Viliam Ridzon (192-75) answered with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Prievidza. Nitra (13-5) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-5 record, which they share with Pezinok and Nova Ves. Prievidza added fourth loss in a row to their record. Prievidza at the other side keeps the bottom position with fourteen games lost. Nitra will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Prievidza will play on the road against Vahostav-Zilina (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where ninth ranked Inter Bratislava (6-12) edged by three points 10th ranked B.Bystrica (6-12) 90-87. It was a great evening for Daniel Novak who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Davor Velcic responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Inter Bratislava maintains ninth place which they share with defeated B.Bystrica. Inter Bratislava will meet higher ranked Pezinok (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B.Bystrica will play against Levice (#5) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 19 Pezinok defeated Svit in Pezinok 108-99. Komarno beat Vahostav-Zilina at home 88-72.
The best stats of 19th round was 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by Jaraun Burrows of Komarno.



Inter Bratislava - B.Bystrica 90-87

An interesting game where ninth ranked Inter Bratislava (6-12) edged by three points 10th ranked B.Bystrica (6-12) 90-87. It was a great evening for international swingman Daniel Novak (201-78, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Richard Kucsa (189-85) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Croatian forward Davor Velcic (206-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Croatian center Ivica Cvitanovic (206-82) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava maintains ninth place which they share with defeated B.Bystrica. Inter Bratislava will meet higher ranked Pezinok (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B.Bystrica will play against Levice (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: D.Novak 20+6reb+2ast, K.Sheard 16+3ast, F.Holmes 15+3reb, R.Kucsa 15+2reb+4ast, M.Zilik 8+6reb, S.Gavran 6+10reb
B.Bystrica: D.Velcic 34+11reb+1ast, V.Hovanak 14+3reb, I.Cvitanovic 12+7reb+1ast, G.Immink 10+3reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 7+2reb, B.Koczkas 4+2reb
gschID: 95532


Svit - Pezinok 99-108

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Svit (9-9) was defeated at home by the leader Pezinok (13-5) 108-99. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). The former international center Peter Micuda (206-72) helped adding 20 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) responded with 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard David Grbesic (194-79) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Thanks to that win defending champion Pezinok become a new league leader, which they share with Nitra and Nova Ves. Svit lost their third straight game in a row. Svit at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Komarno and Levice. Pezinok will meet Inter Bratislava (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Svit will play against the league's leader Nova Ves (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pezinok: N.Milosevic 34+5reb+6ast, A.Lukjanec 22+4reb+3ast, P.Micuda 20+14reb, J.Sapp 15+4reb+8ast, D.Snopko 12+2reb+3ast, M.Kozlik 5+5reb
Svit: A.McCoy 38+6reb+2ast, D.Grbesic 14+7reb+2ast, M.Micka 12+1reb+4ast, V.Sismilich 12+6reb+3ast, B.Laco 10+4reb+1ast, E.Znanec 9+4reb
gschID: 95533


Komarno - Vahostav-Zilina 88-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Komarno (9-9) defeated at home 7th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (9-10) 88-72. It was a great evening for Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agent: Chris Warren) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agent: Chris Warren) helped adding 12 points and 9 assists. Komarno's coach Juraj Suja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jan Zavodny (188-87) scored 18 points. Komarno maintains fourth place. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share the position with Handlova. Komarno will meet Handlova (#8) on the road in the next round. Vahostav-Zilina will play against Prievidza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Komarno: J.Burrows 35+11reb, M.Berkis 13+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+1reb+9ast, C.Jackson 9+