EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/9/2010

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  ACPBL   


Standings
ACPBL Standings
 1. Beltway B. 1-0 
 2. Buffalo S. 1-0 
 3. New York L. 1-0 
 4. Norfolk TB 1-0 
 5. Hudson Valley 0-1 
 6. Washington 0-1 
 7. Wildkatz 0-1 
 8. Garden St. R. 0-1 


ACPBL Week #1 Recap: Stampede's Marcus Hall named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League opened its inaugural season in grand fashion this past weekend on Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5. 'All of our games went off without a single hitch with large crowds and exciting basketball in each ACPBL city', stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . We have received great reviews from fans in each city expressing how happy they are that their teams left prior leagues to join the ACPBL'
The ACPBL league office has officially named Buffalo Stampede forward Marcus Hall (6'5''-G-87, college: Robert Morris) the first ever Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League player of the week. Marcus was outstanding in every fashion as he put up a 'Lebron James like' stat line of 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 blocks and 2 assists in helping the Buffalo Stampede to a 132-114 season opening win over the Hudson Valley Kingz. Many of his 27 points coming on thunderous dunks that brought the large crowd in Buffalo to their feet each time.
Below is a recap of opening weekend, you can visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats for the full box scores of each game:


HUDSON VALLEY KINGZ (0-1) 114 - BUFFALO STAMPEDE (1-0) 132
Top performers: Buffalo: Marcus Hall - 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals, 5 blocks. Hudson Valley: Prince Jackson (6'6''-F-84, college: Dominican (NY)) - 33 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists.

BELTWAY BOMBERS (1-0) 139 - WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (0-1) 90
Top performers: Beltway: Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) - 34 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. Westchester: Tony Morgan (6'3''-G/F) - 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.

GARDEN STATE REBELS (0-1) 108 - NEW YORK LIONS (1-0) 134
Top performers: New York: David Acree (6'0''-G, college: St.Joseph's (NY)) - 29 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal. Garden State: Justin Carter (6'3''-G, college: Rutgers-Newark) - 32 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals.

WASHINGTON GREENHAWKS (0-1) 100 - TRU HOPE (NORFOLK) TRAILBLAZERS (1-0) 115
Top Performers: Tru Hope (Norfolk): Brian Graves (6'2''-G-85, college: Catawba) - 29 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 3 steals. Washington: Byron Mouton (6'6''-G/F-78, college: Maryland) - 21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.




Bombers win big and gearing up for home opener! - by Justin Moore
Beltway Bombers open ACPBL season with a 49 point win, 139-90
In convincing fashion, the Beltway Bombers began their ACPBL season on Saturday December 4th, with a 49 point win on the road in NY over the Westchester Wildkatz. Winning 139-90, the Bombers had six players in double figures, led by guard Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) 34 points. Angelo added 'discipline is the key to winning. It's what seperates good teams from great teams. A disciplined team will always win no matter how much talent is on the court'. Guard Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American), who scored 16 points said 'it was a great way to start the season. This win sets the tone for the rest of the year. It was a total team effort'.

When interviewed at post game, Bombers Owner/Head Coach Chaz Dudley stated 'it was a statement win for the organization and a great beginning to the season. It was a long same day road trip up to NY, playing against a solid Wildkatz team. We started fast, applied constant pressure and kept making runs, while keeping our focus on defense and rebounding. 'My attention now shifts on our Home Opener Sunday, Dec 12th at the 'Pit' against the Tru Hope Trailblazers'. They are a very talented and well coached. We will put in our gameplan and have the players prepared'.

When mentioned to Coach Chaz that the Bombers are definitely loaded with talent, he said 'It's not talent that wins. It's having unselfish talent whose only agenda is winning, that wins games and chips. I'm blessed to have a collection of very skilled and confident players, who at some point in their college and pro careers were the man on their respective teams. They all realize being part of the Bombers that more can be accomplished by utilizing each others talents, and that unselfish talent always beats selfish talent'.

The Bombers will have more of that talent available to play against the Trailblazers on Sunday with the addition of 6-8 F-Devon Neckles, 6-9 F-Chris Darnell, 6-4 G-Eric Joe, and 6-1 PG-Ed Braswell. All were unavailable to make the Wildkatz game.

Sunday, December 12th, is the Home Opener for the Bombers vs the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers at the 'Pit' {Potomac High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive in Dumfries VA} 3:00PM tip.

Bombers Box Score vs Wildkatz
Steven Miles 16
Angelo Hernandez 34
Ed Jones (6'7''-F, college: N.Carolina A&T) 14
Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island) 18
Ernie Graham (6'9''-F-81, college: Independence CC) 16
Darrian Lee (6'5''-G-78, college: Goucher) 20
Chris Seaborn (6'7''-F-86, college: UMBC) 6
Rogers Barnes (6'2''-G-86, college: Morgan St.) 6
Reinaldo Millington (5'10''-G) 9


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Regatas C. 11-4 
 2. Atenas 10-5 
 3. Libertad S. 9-6 
 4. La Union 8-7 
 5. Olimpico LB 7-8 
 6. Quimsa 6-9 
 7. Sionista 5-10 
 8. Club 9 4-11 
Zona Sur
 1. Penarol 14-1 
 2. Obras 12-3 
 3. Estudiantes 8-7 
 4. Lanus 8-7 
 5. Monte Hermoso 7-8 
 6. Argentino 5-10 
 7. Gimnasia CR 5-10 
 8. Boca Jrs 1-14 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Obera TC 6-1 
 2. Alvear 5-2 
 3. A.Espanola 4-3 
 4. San Mart.C. 4-3 
 5. A.Italiana 4-3 
 6. Union Progr. 3-4 
 7. Tucuman BB 1-5 
 8. Adelante 0-6 
Zona Sur
 1. Union S. 6-1 
 2. Quilmes MP 5-2 
 3. Firmat SF 4-3 
 4. Bragado 4-3 
 5. Ciclista 4-3 
 6. Banda Norte 3-4 
 7. Gimnasia VP 1-6 
 8. San Mart.MJ 1-6 


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NBL Round 9 Preview - by Duncan Matheson
New Zealand Breakers v Skytrans Cairns Taipans

In the past two weeks the 6-2 Taipans have beaten last years grand finalists; the Wildcats in Perth and a comprehensive 80-62 win over the Hawks at home last week. They will be riding a wave of confidence and will take on a Breakers team that last week against the Kings were explosive in the first half before getting a little scrappy late in the game holding on for a 94-80 victory. The Taipans have played outstanding defence this year, and will need to do so again against a dynamic Breakers offence spearheaded by CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC), Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) and Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) who is overdue for a break-out game. Phill Jones (196-G-74) will enjoy the challenge of coming back to NZ, but despite their recent road success in Perth its hard to see the Taipans taking another major scalp away from home.

Wollongong Hawks v Adelaide 36ers

The Hawks suffered a humbling loss in Cairns last week, perhaps good timing to keep the team grounded and avoid complacency. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) had probably his worst game of the season with just three points and will look to bounce back in a big way. Adelaide welcome new import Eddie Shannon (180-G-77, college: Florida), with a wealth of European experience he is an established point guard with a knack for creating opportunities for his teammates as well as being fully capable of scoring himself. Shannon, along with energetic bench guard Rhys Carter (190-G-84), will look to slow down the electric Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas), who is currently averaging 22.7 points per game. The 36ers are fresh off a victory over the Crocs, and are the only team to beat the Hawks at home in their past 21 games, but the Hawks with a point to prove after last week should be too strong.

Townsville Crocodiles v Gold Coast Blaze

What a nightmare road trip for the Crocs last weekend, who after losing in Adelaide were smacked in Perth and saw coach Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ) ejected and lucky to avoid suspension, and explosive guard Michael Cedar (195-G-86) go 0-6 for just 1 point. With both Adelaide and Sydney releasing imports this week, import Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, agency: Union Sports, college: Costa Mesa JC) must surely be facing pressure to perform and may be playing for his future. The Blaze knocked off the Kings last weekend before falling narrowly to the Tigers, led by the outstanding form of Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) who is really starting to find his feet in the NBL. Injuries saw guard Chris Goulding (190-G-88) elevated to the starting line-up, and he responded averaging 18 points and connecting on 8 of 13 three point attempts across two games. Both teams sit outside the top four and urgent for a win to stay in touch, but a Crocs team that takes great pride in protecting their home court should get the job done and move to 6-5.

Perth Wildcats v Melbourne Tigers

Coach Rob Beveridge made some adjustments last week in the Wildcats 90-64 win over the Crocs, bringing Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) and Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) off the bench. Beveridge is known to shake things up having benched Lisch for a short time last season, no doubt sending a message that his key players need to take their game to a higher level. Starting in place of Weigh, Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) was outstanding connecting on 6 of 8 three point attempts for 18 points, showing that the Wildcats once again this season possess incredible depth. For the Tigers, Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) has taken very little time to settle in with his new team, having an immediate impact and last week dominating the Blaze for 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting. At 2-7 the Tigers are fighting to get back in contention. However, the Wildcats are already 2-0 this season against the Tigers, with both wins coming in Melbourne, so its hard to see the Tigers getting one back in a hostile Perth environment.

Sydney Kings v Wollongong Hawks

The Kings have added new import Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.), a player that should feel a little more comfortable in the four spot and bring a bit more physicality and energy than replaced import Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop). After falling down big last week, the King showed the level of tenacity that will be needed if they are going to compete this season, making the game a little scrappier and taking the Breakers out of their comfort zone. Despite shooting 10 of 28 across two games, Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) looks legit and he is a massive addition to the Kings. Not only can be score in multiple ways, but he plays both ends and shows great work ethic and energy. The Hawks will need to be switched on, facing a new import for the second game in a row and they will need to have down their homework. The Kings gave the Hawks a bit of trouble in Wollongong a couple of weeks ago, and it is essential Larry Davidson (207-C-83, college: Boise St.) stays out of foul trouble and is able to provide some opposition to Kings star centre Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86). The Kings with a new look line-up will have some new life and may be thinking positively for the first time in weeks, but the Hawks should be too well-rounded and eventually wear down the hungry Kings.



Ballarat Miners add Nick Aldridge - by Emiliano
The Ballarat Miners announced today that they had signed big man Nick Aldridge (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Mountain St.) as an import player for the 2011 season. Aldridge comes with excellent credentials having been selected as an All American in the NAIA in his final year at Mountain State University.
Aldridge (201 cm, 230lbs) is a 24 year old who has played both in the power forward and centre position. Aldridge began his playing career at South Webster High School in Ohio before winning a scholarship to NCAA Division 1 at Western Carolina University. He was a leading scorer (18.3pts) and rebounder (7.0) in his freshman year.
Aldridge transferred to Mountain State University in Berkley, West Virginia, which plays in the NAIA. Aldridge had two seasons at Mountain State that saw him twice selected in conference team and named as a Honourable-mention All American in 2009 and a First Team All American in his final season in 2010.
Miners coach Guy Molloy has been painstaking in his search to find a suitable big man. The Miners history shows they have been at their best when they can score inside and win the rebounding battle.
We wanted to find a true low post and rebounding presence and believe we have found one in Nick Aldridge. We struggled to beat big physical teams that could lean on us in the half court and our recruiting had to address this problem.
'Unlike last season where we had to rebuild a team from scratch, next years Miners will return a solid core of players. The icing on the cake however is the strength we add via recruitment and Nicks signing is an important first move.
Aldridge comes with strong recommendations from both his coaches at Western Carolina and Mountain State as a skilled low post scorer and hard nosed and defender. Molloy is still working on the other pieces in the recruiting puzzle but believes the combination of Aldridge together with returning big man Adam McSwain and the addition of Cameron McCallum are the key to providing inside targets and rebounding strength.
Aldridge will arrive in Australia in late February for the beginning of the Miners official training on March 1, 2011. The Miners SEABL season will commence on 1 April while a pre season home game is scheduled for Saturday 19 March 2011.
In other moves the Miners are in discussions with a versatile scoring player who could add considerable experience to the young Miners squad.




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Anthony Shavies claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 27-year old guard got a double-double of 32 points and eleven assists, while his team crushed BC Vienna (#10, 3-9) with 17-point margin 89-72. Furstenfeld maintains the 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Furstenfeld will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. In the team's last game Shavies had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Furstenfeld, through which he has constantly improved. Missouri State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shavies. Shavies is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.5ppg) and averages solid 3.0spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers' star - 30-year old American forward Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side). Ray impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Of course together with Shavies he helped Furstenfeld with another comfortable win 89-72 over the lower-ranked BC Vienna (#10, 3-9) being unquestionably team leader. Furstenfeld's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Ray is one of the most experienced players at Furstenfeld and similarly like Anthony Shavies has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#6).

The third best performed player last round was American Daniel Horace (200-F-83) of Kapfenberg Bulls (#4). Horace showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kapfenberg, leading his team to a 92-87 win against the lower-ranked Gussing (#11, 3-9). Kapfenberg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Horace has a very solid season. In 12 games in Austria he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) of Gussing - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Fabricio Vay (206-F-86) of Arkadia - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jason Chappell (206-F/C-83) of Klosterneub. - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Kelvin Parker (183-G-82) of Oberwart - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Russell Hicks (213-C-85) of BC Vienna - 21 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) of Oberwart - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Saage, Rakvere20.2 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.3 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.5 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas17.2 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 7. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.2 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis16.1 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Osby, TT.11.3 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.7 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.9.0 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.7 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai7.8 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera7.7 
 10. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 2. Kriisa, TT.6.1 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.8 
 4. Ezerskis, Techasas5.6 
 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. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
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. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.0 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.3 
 7. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.1 
 9. Beard, Liepaja1.1 
 10. Butkevicius, Rudupis1.0 


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


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The decisive burst for Lokomotiv came in the third frame over the Giants - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-Antwerp Giants 96:69

The decisive burst for Lokomotiv came at the end as the Russian team overcame Antwerp Giants in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The hosts needed 30-8 in the third period for 96:69 final victory over Antwerp Giants. The favorites improved to 3-1 record on top and will face another Russian representatives Dynamo next week that lost to Steaua. Antwerp are now 2-2 and will look to get back on track next week against Steaua-Turabo Bucharest.
Both squads exchanged the leads several times and then Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) nailed three for 22:19 lead after the first 10 minutes. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) replied for 23:22 for his side and Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) scored six in a row for 31:28 advantage. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) closed the period with a jump shot as the Russian team trailed 38:39 at the halftime. After Bryan Hopkins nailed a shot from the arc to cut the home side's lead to 46:44, Michael Wilkinson replied with a jumper and Alexey Surovtsev then added a three-pointer. The third quarter became the masterpiece for the hosts that nailed 30 points for 68:47 deficit. Sheleketo made it 71:47 and Tucker brought 58:43. Lokomotiv Kuban finished the game with 6-0 run for the final 96:69 victory.
Lionel Chalmers led the way with 22 points for the third win. Michael Wilkinson netted 14, while Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) scored 10. Bryan Hopkins ended up with 21 points in the losing case, Graham Brown notched 16 and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) added 15.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Lionel Chalmers 22, Michael Wilkinson 14, Maxim Grigoryev 10
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 21, Graham Brown 16, Darnell Wilson 15





Marcus Faison propels Oostende past Nancy - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Nancy 78:76

Oostende survived thriller to sneak past Nancy in EuroChallenge Group H action. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) knocked down a late jumper to give the Belgian side the second win at the tournament. Oostende improved at 2-2 record, while Nancy suffered the initial loss in four games played. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 20 points to lead the charge for the home side.
Brun and Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) ensured a quick start for Nancy. However Oostende went on a 10:0 rally to establish a 21:10 lead late in the first period. Oostende posted a 22:15 lead at the first break. Deane and Akingbala pulled Nancy as close as five points in the second period but Serron and Ebong restored a 7-point buffer for Oostende at halftime 39:32. Oostende did not surrender the lead in the third frame. The hosts kept their opponents at safe distance recording a 55:49 lead at the final break. Green and Matt Lojeski opened a double-digit advantage for Oostende early in the final period but Nancy recovered. Linehan and Tremmell Darden triggered the run that helped the visitors leveled things up at 73. Matt Lojeski and Ebong put Oostende back in front however Tremmell Darden matched it to tie things up at 76 with 47 seconds remaining. Marcus Faison then came up with his late heroics to seal the win for Oostende.
Marcus Faison produced 17 points for the winners. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the Belgian side. Tremmell Darden replied with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Nancy. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Oostende: Matt Lojeski 20, Marcus Faison 17, Will Thomas 14
Nancy: Tremmell Darden 24+10 boards, Kenny Grant 18



Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya-Belgacom Liege 78:67

Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege and tied them at 3-1 record on top of Group D in EuroChallenge. It happened right after the home 78:67 win over the opponents in Israel.
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) started the game from the long range and he nailed another two midway through the quarter. Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) and Watson however enjoyed the closer shots to give the hosts 22:19 at the end of the first period. Gur brought 29:21 and then however Belgacom Liege answered with 8-0 run for 29:28. Gur and Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) exchanged the shots at the end of the half for 39:36 home side deficit. In the third quarter the picture remained the same in the game as the hosts kept 5-7 points advantage. Romeo Travis and Griffin were the last players to score for their teams in the third period for 57:51 on the board. Len Matela nailed three to reduce to 59:54 early in the fourth, while Romeo Travis ensured the bigger lead for the team from Israel at 65:56. Asante delivered the victory from the free throw line as Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege.
Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Romeo Travis had a great night of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) followed them with 16 points and 8 caroms in the winning effort for 3-1 record. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83, college: UCLA) and Michael Jenkins delivered 15 each in defeat and Len Matela netted 12. Adrian Banks remains the top-scorer of the tournament averaging 24.5 points per game.

Barak Netanya: Adrian Banks 24, Romeo Travis 23+11 rebs, Elton Brown 16+8 rebs
Belgacom Liege: Cedric Bozeman 15, Michael Jenkins 15, Len Matela 12



Dexia better visiting Orleans - by Eurobasket News
Dexia - Orleans 68:61

Dexia celebrated the second win in the EuroChallenge season. They held off Orleans at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group H. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort.
Orleans opened the game with five points in a row but Dexia gradually picked up the tempo. The hosts rolled to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) and Hatten gave the hosts a 21:13 lead early in the second period. Orleans used an 11:0 run midway through the frame to regain the lead 32:26. The French outfit enjoyed a 37:28 advantage at halftime. Curti and J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Virginia) boosted the margin to as many as 12 points in the third term. Dexia bounced back late in the period as they went on an 11:2 run and leveled things up at 49 with one quarter to go. Shan Foster and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) put the home team in charge and then Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Oakland) hit a triple as Dexia grabbed a 63:54 advantage. Orleans had little time to respond as Dexia cruised to the victory at the end.
Shan Foster and Justin Cage knocked down 12 points apiece in the victory. Sebastien Bellin added 9 points for the winners. J.R. Reynolds answered with 20 points for Orleans. Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) contributed 14 points for the visitors.

Dexia: Ron Lewis 18, Shan Foster 12, Justin Cage 12
Orleans: J.R. Reynolds 20, Zach Moss 14



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A1 Herceg-Bosna: Round 7 - by Joko Zuber
Busovaca - Siroki II 76:89,
Zrinjski II - Posuje 76:89,
Rama - Lokomotiva 110:60,
Vitez - Livno 63:56,
Tomislav - Grude 68:83.
Kiseljak free

Standings:
Grude 6-0, Posuje 6-1, Vitez 5-2, Rama 4-3, iroki II, Kiseljak i Tomislav 3-3, Zrinjski (-1 point) 2-3, Livno 1-5, Busovaca 1-6, Lokomotiva 0-5.

Busovaca - Siroki II 76:89 (15:20, 24:16, 18:32, 19:21)
BUSOVACA: Keranovic 3, Brnada 16, Milic, Sabanovic 13, Katava 8, D. Bambur 1, Lovric, I. Petrovic, Matijevic 25, A. Bambur 10, A. Petrovic. Coach: Josip Krianovic.
SIROKI II: Zelenika, Penavic, Soldo, Leko 22, Babic 8, Bubalo 19, Topalovic 24, Skrobo 6, Ivsic 2, Barac 2, Pavlovic, Bosnjak 6. Coach: Jaksa Vulic.

Tomislav - Grude 68:83 (12:21, 19:21, 21:18, 16:23)
TOMISLAV: Curic 2, Prskalo, Rezo 2, Rados 6, Vidovic 5, Mioc, Kraljevic 5, Ivankovic 14, Barlov, Pacar, Brajkovic 15, Djikic 19. Coach: Davor Djikic.
GRUDE: I. Evic 3, L. Vranjes 10, Z. Evic, Vrdoljak 2, M. Vranjes 9, Jelcic 2, Andrijanic 4, Barac 11, Brzica 4, Sakota 20, Skegro 18. Coach: Goran Jelcic.

Rama - Lokomotiva 110:60 (29:14, 24:14, 33:16, 24:16)
RAMA: P. Zelenika 3, Bilos 6, Ilicic 7, Vucemil 5, Cali 4, Brekalo 9, Grozdic 24, Nikolic 36, Antunovic 6, Bosnjak 2, Buric 10, G. Zelenika. Coach: Ivica Vukoja.
LOKOMOTIVA: Camdzic 18, Manjgo 3, Dzananovic 11, Hodic 4, Sabanovic, Prguda 3, Bernardic 21, Halilcevic, Pandza, Elkaz. Coach: Samir Manjgo.

Vitez - Livno 63:56 (24:17, 12:9, 15:9, 12:21)
VITEZ: Blaskan 10, Sero 3, Mlakic 2, Smajlovic 2, Ivankovic, Frljic 3, Simic 8, Hajder 9, Palavra 26, Biogradlija. Coach: Josip Pandza.
LIVNO: Pavic 13, Saric, Grabovac, Dizdar 9, M. Depina 3, Vrdoljak 16, Perisa 2, Ojvan, Dronjic 10, A. Dzepina 3. Coach: Ante Dzepina.

Zrinjski II - Posuje 76:89 (12:17, 17:18, 20:24, 27:30)
ZRINJSKI II: Tomic 17, Brajkovic 10, Petrovic 12, Arapovic, Petric 17, Guja, Novak, Masic 20, Bodiroga, Kovacevic, Knezevic. Coach: Branko Princ.
POSUJE: Siric 9, Ramljak, Jukic, Nenadic, Sljuka 34, Begic 9, Penava 5, Vranjes, Mustapic 16, Djerek, Leko 6, Keser 10. Coach: Robert Jurisic.


Nihad Djedovic explodes in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) plays in a great shape for his team Lottomatica Roma. One of the Bosnian biggest prospects exploded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 12 personal fouls made on him for 33 minutes on the court. Unfortunately, Lottomatica Roma lost that game against Cimberio VA with tiny 89-92. Djedovic was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 40 and he also was the MVP of Round 8 in Serie A. He made 17 of 19 free throws in this game.
Nihad Djedovic was also great in the latest Euroleague game played by Lottomatica Roma. He had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 95-83 victory against Charleroi.


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


The Greatest: Mirza Delibasic (1954-2001) - by Sead Buljina
It's been nine years since Bosnian best player ever and FIBA Hall of Fame member, Mirza Delibasic 'Kindje' passed away. Delibasic started playing basketball at Sloboda, Tuzla. As a member of Sloboda he has played for former Yugoslavian U16 and U18 National teams.
In 1979 Mirza Delibasic 'Kindje' led B.C. Bosna, Sarajevo to winning the Euroleague championship (European Champions' Cup back then). In the process Delibasic has won two Yugoslavian championships in 1978 and 1980 along with two National Cups. After being named the best player of former Yugoslavia in 1980, Mirza Delibasic moved to Real Madrid, Spain. He was the first non-American foreign player brought by mighty Real. Kindje has played for Real from 1980-1982 and (along with Wayne Brabender, Drazen Petrovic,
Arvydas Sabonis) is considered to be one of the best players ever to play for the 'royal club'. An route to a place among the European greatest players, Kindje has won everything there was to win with National team, including Olympic gold in 1980, silver in 1976, World Championship gold in 1978 and bronze in 1974, European gold three times in addition to many titles in European club competitions. He had to quit playing basketball way too early, at age of 29, but he had already achieved more than most others who have played much longer. In 2000 Mirza Delibasic was named the best Bosnian athlete of the 20th Century and in 2007 inducted into the FIBA European Hall of Fame.


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Armend Kahrimanovic ZRI 21,6
2 B Lalovic HER 18,3
3 D Albijanic SLO 18,2
4 Z Jovanovic BOR 17,7
5 S Crnobrnja VAR 17,6
6 R Rizvic CEL 16.5
7 G Gajovic HER 16,3
8 S Stanic SLA 16,0
9 M Brecic BRO 15,7
10 S Hajric ZRI 15,5
Rebounds Per Game
1 M Cubrilo SLA 7,4
2 M Andelija CEL 7,2
3 M Djurkovic IGO 6,7
4 M Damjanac SUT 6,9
5 M Halilovic SLO 6,6
6 A Pejovic HER 6,3
7 M Mrkovic SUT 5,8
8 E Prasovic CEL 5,5
9 D Markovic LEO 5,4
10 N Djurasovic LEO 5,1
Assists Per Game
1 V Radovanovic HER 8,0
2 Z Jovanovic BOR 4,5
3 M Brecic BRO 3,7
4 M Pasalic BOS 3,7
5 K Bjelica CAP 3,5
6 M Komatina MLA 3,3
7 S Stanic SLA 3,2
8 R Rubin BRO 3,2
9 L Simonovic ZRI 3,0
10 D Kastratovic SLO 2,7
Steals Per Game
1 N Vranjes HER 3,1
2 V Zujevic IGO 2,0
3 N Pavlovic BOR 2,0
4 M Bocka IGO 3,0
5 M Komatina IGO 2,1
6 Z Joknic SUT 1,9
7. E Prasovic CEL 1,5
8 S Crnobrnja HER 1,4
9 S Fekete IGO 1,3
10 N Djurasovic LEO 1,3
Blocks Per Game
1 S Leric CAP 1,4
2 D Albijanic SLO 1,3
3 M Cubrilo SLA 1,0
4 M Djurkovic IGO 0,7
5 N Djurasovic LEO 0,6
3FGP
1 R Rizvic CEL 50%
2 A Sadibasic CEL 45%
3. Tanasilovic SLO 44%
4 M Durkovic IGO 43%
5 S Blanusa MLA 42%
6 B Sekicki SUT 40.9%
7 V Zujovic IGO 40.7%
8 Avdibegovic CEL 40.6%
9 NDurasovic LEO 40.3%
10 M Cubrilo SLA 40.2%
Free Throws
1 K Rimac ZRI 88%
2 AAvdibegovic CEL 87%
3 V Aleksic LEO 85.7%
4 M Bocka IGO 85.4%
5 J Zdravkovic BOR 85%


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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 6-0 
 2. Academik PL 5-1 
 3. Beroe 5-2 
 4. NSA 4-2 
 5. Balkan 2 3-3 
 6. Rilski 2 3-3 
 7. Chavdar 3-3 
 8. Cherno More U18 3-3 
 9. Vidabasket 2-5 
 10. Sportist Svoge 1-6 
 11. Academik BL 0-7 


Lisboa e Benfica end Lukoil Academic unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica-Lukoil Academic 86:79 OT

Lisboa e Benfica needed overtime to beat Lukoil Academic in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night to hand the Bulgarian outfit its first loss of the season. The Portuguese team also grabbed 3-1 record on top after 86:79 win.
Kambala and Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) exchanged the early baskets and Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) netted three for 10:6. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) scored for 16:8, whilst Evora delivered two for 24:13. Avramov closed the period from the arc and then Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) opened it for the hosts at 29:18. When Minhava gave his side the biggest lead at 33:18 it seemed the hosts would keep the advantage for good. Lukoil Academic however was too far to give up and reduced to 43:37 at the halftime. Moreover Stojanovski and Kambala scored two each for 54:52 at the end of the third period. Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) later tied it all at 56:56, while Kambala brought 61:60 lead. Antonio Tavares answered for 67:64 and Heshimu Evans kept the advantage at 72:69. Dominic James however nailed from the perimeter to send the teams to overtime at 72:72. In the extra time the hosts looked much better and after 14-7 in it celebrated their third victory. Antonio Tavares made a lay-up in the end of it for the final success.
Heshimu Evans stepped up with 20 points to lead the charge. Antonio Tavares and Gregory Jenkins scored 18 points each and Sergio Ramos netted 12. Dominic James responded with 25 points in the losing case and Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) added 15.

Lisboa e Benfica: Heshimu Evans 20, Antonio Tavares 18, Gregory Jenkins 18+12 rebs, Sergio Ramos 12
Lukoil Academic: Dominic James 25, Brandon Bowman 15



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  CROATIA   


Zadar grabs their second win against previously unbeaten Pinar Karsiyaka - by Ivan Ilakovac
Despite the win, hosts can feel disapointed with the margin, which now doesn't cover the one in their previous match in Turkey,won by Turkish team 88-81. This could be the shortest possible line to describe tonight's game, played in Vinjik,KK Zadar in front of cca. 1500 viewrs.
KK Zadar open the game very good and with autority making a 9-0 run , after Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir open the game with first points. After that Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir showed some resistance and came close to 13-11. But, that was it for Hakan Demir's team in first quarter which ended with 26-13 lead for the hosts.
Second quarter continued in the same rhytm, as KK Zadar completed the 24-4 run to gain a comfortable 25 points lead in 15th minute of the game, with Tomas succesfully made free throw to complete his three point play. Players went to the locker room while board was showing 49-27 after 20 minutes played.Leading roles in buliding that lead were played by two PG's Ivan Tomas (193-G-81, agency: Agency No 10), who scored 11, and Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) who added 10.Also, 8 of KK Zadar's 12 players scored at least 2 points, which surely helped those two.
Third quater started with Ive Ivanov (201-C-85)'s one-man-show , in which he scored 6 points and helped his team to preserve the big lead, 55-36, after 4 minutes in secon half, and ended with Marko Car's buzzer-beater for 70-48 score on the board.
Same player felll pretty bad , failing to score a lay up on the start of the fourth, so he went out to take medical treatmant. And after that nothin was same on the court, it ws like two other teams are playing. Karsiyka took control over the match, led by great American trio David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.), Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) and Andre Smith. Those three players almost led their team to a complete comeback, but luckily fot he hosts, game ended with Jovo Stanojevic's lay up and result 82-77.
KK Zadar was lead by Ive Ivanov (18 points, 7 rebounds),while Tomas added 15 and Vladovic 12 with 4 assists. Their guests can thank mostly to Eldrige who netted 18 , and Smith (13 points 15 rebounds) for such small loss, which gives them advatage in possible tie-breaking for the first or secon place in group.



Bonn improved to 2-2 in EuroChallenge Group E - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets-KK Zagreb 79:62

Bonn improved to 2-2 in EuroChallenge Group E after one of the last games in Round 4 in the tournament. The German team took a valuable 79:62 win to remain the team from Croatia winless.
Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) made two free throws in the start of the game and Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) scored for 10:4. Jeremy Hunt and Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) ensured 19:8 lead, whilst Rancic closed the period at 20:12. Another 4-0 run in the start of the second frame allowed the German team to take 24:12, while closed the 8-0 run for his team at 24:20. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) sent the teams to the lockers as the board showed 32:26 for the home side. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Telekom Baskets erupted with 31-12 in it. Thulig closed the nightmare for the guests at 63:38 as the winner became clear at the end of the third quarter. Although Croatian side won the last stanza 24-16 they were too far to catch up with the opponents. Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) made the final score on the board that showed 79:62.
Tim Ohlbrecht poured in 17 points for the hosts and Nic Wise added 15. Jeremy Hunt finished the night with 13 points, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) followed them with 10. Krunoslav Simon brought 11 points for the guests and Miralem Halilovic netted 9.
Earlier on Tuesday Krka defeated BK Prostejov in Slovenia and catched them up on top with 3-1 record. The hosts handed the team from Czech Republic their first 78:62 loss. The margin of victory gives KRKA a better goal differential in their head-to-head meetings with Prostejov, who won the first meeting by 12 points.

Telekom Baskets: Tim Ohlbrecht 17, Nic Wise 15, Jeremy Hunt 13, Chris Ensminger 10
KK Zagreb: Krunoslav Simon 11, Miralem Halilovic 9



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  CYPRUS   


ROUND 8- ANALYTICAL STATISTICS AND AWARD! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Eurobasket.com gives you statistics of the most important categories of round 8.

A) Categories
Round 8
1) Top scorer=Akida Omonoia = 28 points
2) Top rebounder=Akid- Omonoia=12 rebounds
3) Top assist man=Razis Enad = 6 assists
4) Top stealer=Razis Enad+ Johnson Keravnos+Kovac, Hanavan-Apoel = 3 steals
5) Top blocker=King Etha = 3 blocks
6) Most turnovers=Dunovic Omonoia = 7 turnovers

B) Weekly award round 8

The weekly award goes to Akida McLain of Omonoia (12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 28 points)

C) Situationals
Scoring >70 in round 8

Apollon (scored 70)
Apoel (scored 76)
Keravnos (scored 78)
Etha (scored 75)
Aek (scored 75)
Omonoia (scored 85)
Enad (scored 75)

The statistical analysis of the league so far (all rounds included) infers that the cut of points-scored is at 70 points.





Etha defeat Apoel in EuroChallenge derby of Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Etha - Apoel 74:67

Etha revenged the earlier loss to Apoel in Group G of EuroChallenge to beat Apoel at home court. The victory allowed Etha improve at 2-2 record in the standings. Apoel slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) stepped up with 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Etha quickly pulled ahead in the opening frame. Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) and Cup gave the hosts an 18:10 lead late in the quarter. Cup then sealed the first-term outcome at 20:12. Etha used a 9:2 run midway through the second period to earn a 35:18 advantage. Hanavan dragged Apoel closer as the visitors trailed by 10 points at halftime 31:41. Jeremiah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) opened the third term with a three-pointer to put Apoel even closer but Etha quickly responded to keep the lead throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final stanza up by 6 points 55:49. Ken Tutt and Valdas Dabkus returned a double-digit lead for Etha in the final frame. Vitas and Jeremiah Davis tried to save the game for Apoel as they narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark but Etha stayed cool and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami (FL)) and Ken Tutt produced 13 points each for Etha. Cup finished with 10 points. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) replied with 12 points for Apoel. Jeremiah Davis netted 11 points in defeat.

Etha: Valdas Dabkus 20, Anthony King 13, Ken Tutt 13
Apoel: Arthur Lee 12, Jeremiah Davis 11



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Krka defeats BK Prostejov in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Krka-BK Prostejov 78:62

Krka defeats BK Prostejov in Slovenia and catch them up on top with 3-1 record. The hosts handed the team from Czech Republic their first 78:62 loss. The margin of victory gives KRKA a better goal differential in their head-to-head meetings with Prostejov, who won the first meeting by 12 points.
Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) opened the game from the perimeter, while Gadri tied the game at 13:13. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) closed the opening period at 15:13 as he made a lay-up at the end of the quarter. Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) increased to 22:17, while Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) brought 26:20. Later the teams exchanged 6-0 runs that gave 32:26 at the halftime. Dusan Djordjevic gave his side 37:28 and Petrov brought 40:30 on the board. Krka looked awesome in the third frame and due to 21-9 in it grabbed 53:35 after 30 minutes. Balazic scored for 60:37 and Lawrence reduced to 62:43. Andrius Slezas nailed three for 68:52, whilst Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) cut it to 72:57. Krivec made six free throws at the end of the game for the final success.
Christopher Booker paced all the winners with 13 points, while Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) netted 12. Dusan Djordjevic and Zoran Dragic ended up with 10 points apiece. Benas Veikalas replied with 24 points in the losing effort in the first team's loss. Andrius Slezas nailed 11 and Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 7.

Krka: Christopher Booker 13, Smiljan Pavic 12, Dusan Djordjevic 10, Zoran Dragic 10
BK Prostejov: Benas Veikalas 24, Andrius Slezas 11, Kyle Landry 7



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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Soltau, SISU22.5 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK22.2 
 3. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.5 
 6. Roberts, Naestved20.0 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.4 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC18.2 
 9. Dennis, SISU16.7 
 10. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.16.6 
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, SISU8.1 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.2 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC6.0 
 3. Martin, Aabyhoj5.1 
 4. Dennis, SISU5.0 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 7. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.5 
 8. Dalboge, Aabyhoj3.3 
 9. Alili, Vaerlose3.2 
 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. Roberts, Naestved2.3 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.1 
 7. Morris, Aabyhoj1.9 
 8. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.6 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.8 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose1.0 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.0 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.9 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.8 
 9. Brown, SISU0.8 
 10. Johnson, Bakken0.8 


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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. 4-3 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 2-6 
 5. Dakota W. 1-6 
Southwest Division
 1. Texas L. 5-1 
 2. New Mexico 4-2 
 3. Austin T. 4-5 
 4. Rio Grande 3-3 
 5. Maine RC 3-4 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 3-4 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 6-1 
 2. Utah F. 4-4 
 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. Johnson, Bakersfi.24.4 
 3. Greene, Utah F.23.0 
 4. Anderson, New M.22.8 
 5. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.21.3 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.20.4 
 7. Major, Dakota W.20.1 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.0 
 9. Wheeler, Idaho S.20.0 
 10. Ingram, Utah F.19.6 
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.9.6 
 8. Fazekas, Reno B.9.4 
 9. Richardson, New M.9.2 
 10. Johnson, Erie B.9.1 
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. Johnson, Austin T.7.6 
 6. Daniels, Texas L.7.3 
 7. Smith, Maine RC6.3 
 8. Kruger, Utah F.6.0 
 9. Horton, New Mexico5.7 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.4 
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. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.4 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.4 
 5. Ewing, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Hamilton, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.6 
 5. Sykes, Sioux F.2.4 
 6. Goodridge, Spring.2.3 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.1.8 
 9. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.8 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers1.7 


Nets recall Terrence Williams from NBDL - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets on Tuesday recalled swingman Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87, college: Louisville) from Springfield (Mass.) of the NBA Development League. Williams was sent down last month, after some lateness violations and other disagreements with the club.

In three games with the Armor, Williams, a former first-round pick out of Louisville, averaged 28 points, 11.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in 41.7 minutes. He recorded two triple-doubles, while topping 30 points twice. Williams has played in eight games with the Nets, averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 19.9 minutes.

Courtesy of www.sportingnews.com


Antoine Walker joins D-League team Idaho Stampede - by Eurobasket News
Former Boston Celtics All-Star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) has signed on to play for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

Walker, 34, is a veteran of 12 NBA seasons, but has not played in the league since 2008. Memphis waived Walker during the 2008-09 season, and the forward went on to play in a Puerto Rican league.

Walker earned more than $100 million from his NBA contracts, but has recently gone through massive financial struggles. According to numerous reports, he filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and got in legal trouble for writing bad checks in Las Vegas casinos.

Walker averaged 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists during his NBA career with Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and Minnesota. He was named an All- Star three times during his time with the Celtics (1996-2003), and won an NBA title with the Heat in 2006.

Walker played with Stampede assistant coach Greg Minor on the Celtics from 1996-99.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Tuesday: Wins for BayHawks, Vipers and Toros - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Erie Bay H. 82-102
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, agency: Union Sports, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Erie BayHawks end a two-game losing streak with a 102-82 rout of the Utah Flash at the McKay Events Center on Tuesday night. Johnson was one of five BayHawks to score in double figures and one of three to record a double-double. Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Erie (4-3), which outrebounded Utah 47-34. Cedric Jackson scored 19 points and dished out seven assists for the 'Hawks, and Nate Linhart added 10 points. Erie was playing the final game of a three-game road trip after they lost a pair to the New Mexico T-Birds during the weekend. The 'Hawks return home for a two-game weekend series against the Maine Red Claws on Friday and Saturday at Tullio Arena. The BayHawks never trailed Tuesday as Eyenga scored four points to help Erie open the game with a 7-0 run. Erie scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a 62-36 lead and put the game out of reach. Brandon Costner scored a game-high 22 points for the Flash (4-4). Orien Greene added 20 points. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Rio Grande - New Mexico 95-88
A few jolts - three to be exact - sparked some energy into what had been a listless second-half effort by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as they finished strong to post a 95-88 victory over New Mexico on Tuesday at State Farm Arena. Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona) led the Vipers with 19 points. Patterson had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Harris had 16 points, McNeal 11 points and Patrick Sullivan 10 points. Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) finished 20 points after scoring 12 in the first quarter for New Mexico. Alan Anderson had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Horton had 11 assists and seven points. The game was played before a record-crowd of 6,782 on 'Kids Day.' The previous record to watch a Vipers game at State Farm Arena was 6,198 on the night they clinched the NBA Development League championship last April. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Sioux Falls S. - Austin T. 121-126
The Austin Toros defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 126-121 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Tuesday night in front of a kid-heavy crowd of 3,228 fans on YMCA Night. Both teams recorded season-highs in points but it was Austin that came out on top thanks to 14 fourth-quarter points from Cardell 'Squeaky' Johnson. The game remained close throughout the first half as neither team led by more than four points in a half that saw 12 lead changes and eight ties. Sioux Falls (2-6) went into halftime with a slim three-point lead (60-57). Sioux Falls gained momentum early in the second half as they went ahead 74-65 after two free throws by Chris McCray. The lead was quickly erased as Austin (4-5) went on an 11-2 spurt to tie the game at 76 apiece midway through the third quarter. The game was tied at 92 after three quarters before Johnson, who was scoreless through three quarters, took over in the final half of the fourth quarter as he scored 14 points to help Austin snap a four-game slide. Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) paced the Toros with a season-high 23 points on 10-of-12 field goals. Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, agency: Union Sports, college: Midwestern St.) added 21 points and 12 rebounds off the bench while Thomas Gardner chipped in with 17 points. Raymond Sykes posted a season-high 25 points behind 9-of-12 shooting from the field. Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) recorded his third double-double in five games with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: N.E.T.) added a season-high 16 points in a reserve role. Sioux Falls returns to action this weekend with back-to-back home games against Tulsa on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT. Austin travels to Springfield, Mass. to tangle with the Armor on Friday at 6 p.m. CT and Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Dominicans Abroad: Greer is FRANCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK! - by Ozell Wells
32-year old swingman Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) put on an amazing game in the last round for Strasbourg IG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Limoges (#13, 3-6) 66-61. Despite this victory Strasbourg dropped to the 8th position in French league. Strasbourg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. Greer turned to be Strasbourg's top player in his first season with the team. Ricardo Greer averages this season 12.6ppg and 6.6rpg.


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Mustangs Head EBAs Southern Division - by EBA Media
The Old Dominion Mustangs are off to a fast start with a perfect 3-0 record in EBAs Southern Division.

The Mustangs leading scorer, Dijuan Hankins leads the league in scoring average (29.7ppg) and total points (89). Hankins continued his torrid pace this past weekend as he led his team to a 129-116 victory over the Carolina Gladiators pouring in 41 points. He was backed-up by Derrick Hankins (22.3ppg) and Lewis Witcher (17ppg), each scoring 22 points.

The Carolina Gladiators made their EBA debut with that game. The high scorer was Billy McDade (37), followed by Philip Brown (28) and Charles Gamble (23).

The Mustangs take their perfect record into Washington this weekend (Saturday, December 4th) to battle one of the leagues perennial powerhouses, The Madness.



EBA Double Header Game - by EBA Media
The EBA's New York Wizards will host the Little People's National Champion NY Towers in a doubleheader game on Saturday, December 18th at 5PM against the Long Island Lion's Football Club! Music will be provided throughout the evening by DJ-Swing! Following that game at 7:05 PM, the Wizards, undefeated in professional play this season entering this contest, square-off against the South Jersey Enterprise! Both games are scheduled to play in the Robert Frost Middle School Gym, 450 Half Hollow Road Deer Park New York.

The game will be covered Live on Internet Radio by WGBB's own Frankie The Sports Guy Maniscalco with Holiday messages going out to listeners throughout the evening. Holiday Dance Team Performances will be conducted throughout the evening by Entertainment Coordinator Sharon Kraemer and her fabulous youth dance team programs There will also be a Holiday Toy Drive - please bring an unwrapped toy to the event with proceeds being donated to Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola. And remember, no youth pays for admission into a Wizards game when accompanied by a paid adult ticket!

For more information contact 631-730-6347





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Trailing 17 points in the last quarter Tartu destroy Lugano Basket - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Rock-Lugano Basket 91:88

Tartu trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but battled back to overcome Lugano Basket in the EuroChallenge. Poor Swiss side failed at the end and had no chance in overtime losing their third game. The Estonian team celebrated the initial victory after 91:88 thriller.
It was an usual start and the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. Lugano Basket played better in the end of the quarter as Mladjan's three showed 24:20 after the first 10 minutes. Due to another productive period the guests increased to 45:40 at the halftime when Mladjan nailed another three-pointer. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) and Mohammed Abukar started the team's 9-0 run and Stockalper closed it at 56:42. Mohammed Abukar brought 67:52 and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) reduced to 67:54 after 30 minutes. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) gave his side the biggest lead at 71:54, but the team from Switzerlalnd did not win the game. A 10-0 run allowed the hosts to climb to 71:64 and then Janar Talts (205-C-83) reduced to 77:78. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) and Mohammed Abukar exchanged the baskets at the end for the extra time. In overtime the hosts took the lead from the first seconds and celebrated their initial victory due to 11-8 in it.
Rain Veideman notched 22 points to lead the charge and Janar Talts followed him with 20. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Georgi Tsintsadze scored 13. Mohammed Abukar ended up with 23 points in the losing case and Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) added 19 points and 12 assists. Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) posted 14, whilst Michael Efevberha netted 12.

Tartu Rock: Rain Veideman 22, Janar Talts 20, Callistus Eziukwu 18+15 rebs, Georgi Tsintsadze 13
Lugano Basket: Mohammed Abukar 23, Edwin Draughan 19+12 ast, Sean Finn 14, Michael Efevberha 12





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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 3-1 
 2. Macc.Haifa 2-1 
 3. Khimik 1-2 
 4. Dt.Bank SKY 1-3 
Group C
 1. Lukoil A. 3-1 
 2. Benfica 3-1 
 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. 2-2 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 0-4 
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 


Zadar grabs their second win against previously unbeaten Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News
Despite the win, hosts can feel disapointed with the margin, which now doesn't cover the one in their previous match in Turkey,won by Turkish team 88-81. This could be the shortest possible line to describe tonight's game, played in Vinjik,KK Zadar in front of cca. 1500 viewrs.
KK Zadar open the game very good and with autority making a 9-0 run , after Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir open the game with first points. After that Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir showed some resistance and came close to 13-11. But, that was it for Hakan Demir's team in first quarter which ended with 26-13 lead for the hosts.
Second quarter continued in the same rhytm, as KK Zadar completed the 24-4 run to gain a comfortable 25 points lead in 15th minute of the game, with Tomas succesfully made free throw to complete his three point play. Players went to the locker room while board was showing 49-27 after 20 minutes played.Leading roles in buliding that lead were played by two PG's Ivan Tomas (193-G-81, agency: Agency No 10), who scored 11, and Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) who added 10.Also, 8 of KK Zadar's 12 players scored at least 2 points, which surely helped those two.
Third quater started with Ive Ivanov (201-C-85)'s one-man-show , in which he scored 6 points and helped his team to preserve the big lead, 55-36, after 4 minutes in secon half, and ended with Marko Car's buzzer-beater for 70-48 score on the board.
Same player felll pretty bad , failing to score a lay up on the start of the fourth, so he went out to take medical treatmant. And after that nothin was same on the court, it ws like two other teams are playing. Karsiyka took control over the match, led by great American trio David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.), Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) and Andre Smith. Those three players almost led their team to a complete comeback, but luckily fot he hosts, game ended with Jovo Stanojevic's lay up and result 82-77.
KK Zadar was lead by Ive Ivanov (18 points, 7 rebounds),while Tomas added 15 and Vladovic 12 with 4 assists. Their guests can thank mostly to Eldrige who netted 18 , and Smith (13 points 15 rebounds) for such small loss, which gives them advatage in possible tie-breaking for the first or secon place in group.



EuroChallenge Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Szolnok - Spartak SP 88-72
Szolnoki Olaj down Spartak to tie both records in EuroChallenge Group A. The Hungarian team improved to 3-1 record celebrating an easy 88:72 home win. The margin of victory wasn't enough to give the Hungarian side the better goal differential in the head-to-head meetings with the two teams, which could be important if tie-breakers are called into play at the end of the Regular Season. It was Szolnoki Olaj to go on a 5-0 run and then Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored for 14:9. Trepak surprised the guests from the perimeter for 24:14, while Vesztergom netted two for 29:25. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) managed to reduce to 29:27 in the end of the first quarter, but Spartak had no chance later in the game. The second quarter became a nightmare for the Russian team that scored only 9 points. A massive streak allowed Olaj to take 57:36 advantage at the halftime as Clark closed the second frame. Even after the break the hosts remained tough and kept the necessary advantage. Horvath brought 69:47 and Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added two for 73:49. After 16-16 in the third period Evgeniy Kolesnikov nailed three for 73:52 after 30 minutes. Due to 20-15 in the last quarter Spartak reduced to 16 points as Antic and Vesztergom exchanged the baskets at the end. Horvath paced all the winners with 20 points, while Trotter and Marton Bader netted 19 each. Dragovic and Thompson ended up with 14 points apiece in defeat and Ponkrashov scored 13.

Gravelines - N.Novgorod 72-64
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque overcame BC Nizhny Novgorod in Round 4 of EuroChallenge in Group A. The French side needed 72:64 for 2-2 record on the third place in the group. Bokolo opened the game from the perimeter and Woodside followed him with two in a row for 11:4. The hosts continued to bombardier from the long range and another two from Julius Johnson (193-G/F, college: Chabot CC) showed 24:19 on the board after the first 10 minutes. Julius Johnson and Greer scored for 29:22 in the start of the second period. Andrey Ivanov cut it to 32:26, whilst Yurchyk added two for 34:28. Jomby drove a lay-up at the end of the frame for 43:31 halftime advantage. Bokolo made the same in the start of the third and Woodside made a free throw for 49:34. The hosts continued to dominate the court and closed the quarter at 61:44. Actually the Russian team did not give up and played better in the last quarter. Yurchyk reduced to 61:51, while Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored four in a row for 66:57. Greer meanwhile was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to seal the victory with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque. Woodside stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Julius Johnson netted 12. Bokolo and Akpomedah delivered 11 points apiece. Ivan Paunic responded with 15 points in the losing effort and Andrey Ivanov notched 12.

Group B
Maccabi Haifa - Dt.Bank SKY 54-53
A real thriller ended up in Haifa where local Maccabi edged Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The Israeli team grabbed 54:53 win for 2-1 record. The guests went on a 4-0 run after the baskets from Nolte and Muurinen. Rothbart brought he first lead for the hosts and it was right before the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the guests again led for the whole time and looked awesome in the court. Maccabi Haifa again needed the last shot to get the lead back. It was O'Bannon driving lay-up for 29:27 halftime advantage. Six times the score was tied in the court in the last quarter that became the addition to the first two amazing quarters. Wood made two free throws at the end of the period for his side, while Low closed the period at 43:43. Another five times the teams were tide in the last frame as the final seconds became the most interesting. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) pulled the Israeli outfit level with a lay-up from the end. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) drew a foul by Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and made the first of two free-throws for the final score. Sylven Landesberg paced all the winners with 16 points and Elishay Kadir scored 9. Wood responded with 12 points in the losing effort as the German side suffered their third loss. Muurinen collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Nolte added 9 points and 11 boards.

Ventspils - Khimik 79-70
BK Ventspils rolled over Khimik in the last game of Group B of EuroChallenge Round 4. The Baltic side grabbed 3-1 record after 79:70 victory in Latvia. Latvian team remembered the road win few weeks ago in Yuzhniy and started with 6-2 run. Kuzminskas later brought 21:16 and Bavcic closed the period at 21:19. In the second frame the team from Ukraine enjoyed the lead for several time but Strelnieks nailed three to tie the game at 38:38. Zavadskyi and Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) brought 42:28 on the board, while Berzins responded for the Latvian lead at 47:46. Mason increased to 55:50 and Bavcic closed the period at 59:56. The game remained tough in the last stanza and kept the spectators alive for the winners. Howard tied the game at 66:66, while the hosts created a 7-0 run for 73:66. The last four points the team from Latvia achieved from the free throw line to seal the third win in EuroChallnege. Gulbis made the last two for 79:70 victory to send Khimik to 1-2 record. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Kuzminskas notched 18. Strelnieks posted 16, while Gulbis added 8. Alexander Kolchenko replied with 17 points in the losing case and Bavcic added 15. Millage brought 13 in defeat and Zavadskyi ended up with 10 points.

Group C
TU/Rock - Lugano Tigers 91-88
Tartu trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but battled back to overcome Lugano Basket in the EuroChallenge. Poor Swiss side failed at the end and had no chance in overtime losing their third game. The Estonian team celebrated the initial victory after 91:88 thriller. It was an usual start and the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. Lugano Basket played better in the end of the quarter as Mladjan's three showed 24:20 after the first 10 minutes. Due to another productive period the guests increased to 45:40 at the halftime when Mladjan nailed another three-pointer. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) and Mohammed Abukar started the team's 9-0 run and Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) closed it at 56:42. Mohammed Abukar brought 67:52 and Tsintsadze reduced to 67:54 after 30 minutes. Efevberha gave his side the biggest lead at 71:54, but the team from Switzerlalnd did not win the game. A 10-0 run allowed the hosts to climb to 71:64 and then Talts reduced to 77:78. Veideman and Mohammed Abukar exchanged the baskets at the end for the extra time. In overtime the hosts took the lead from the first seconds and celebrated their initial victory due to 11-8 in it. Veideman notched 22 points to lead the charge and Talts followed him with 20. Eziukwu collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Tsintsadze scored 13. Mohammed Abukar ended up with 23 points in the losing case and Draughan added 19 points and 12 assists. Finn posted 14, whilst Efevberha netted 12.

Benfica - Lukoil Academik 86-79 OT
Lisboa e Benfica needed overtime to beat Lukoil Academic in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night to hand the Bulgarian outfit its first loss of the season. The Portuguese team also grabbed 3-1 record on top after 86:79 win. Kambala and Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) exchanged the early baskets and Ramos netted three for 10:6. Jenkins scored for 16:8, whilst Evora delivered two for 24:13. Avramov closed the period from the arc and then Tavares opened it for the hosts at 29:18. When Minhava gave his side the biggest lead at 33:18 it seemed the hosts would keep the advantage for good. Lukoil Academic however was too far to give up and reduced to 43:37 at the halftime. Moreover Stojanovski and Kambala scored two each for 54:52 at the end of the third period. Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) later tied it all at 56:56, while Kambala brought 61:60 lead. Tavares answered for 67:64 and Heshimu Evans kept the advantage at 72:69. Dominic James however nailed from the perimeter to send the teams to overtime at 72:72. In the extra time the hosts looked much better and after 14-7 in it celebrated their third victory. Tavares made a lay-up in the end of it for the final success. Heshimu Evans stepped up with 20 points to lead the charge. Tavares and Jenkins scored 18 points each and Ramos netted 12. Dominic James responded with 25 points in the losing case and Bowman added 15.

Group D
Turk Telekom - Norrkoping 71-77
Norrkoping Dolphins remain Turk Telekom winless in EuroChallenge handing them their fourth loss. The Swedish representatives grabbed 77:71 in Ankara for 2-2 record in Group D. After three losses in a row Turk Telekom opened the game with 5-0 run and desired to taste their initial victory. They could not however to keep the advantage and Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) gave the guests 12:11 later in the frame. Grace and again Mikael Lindqvist scored for 20:13, while Sakinis netted three for 25:17. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) helped the hosts to remain alive at the halftime for 30:39. The third quarter belonged to the home side that produced 20-12 in it. Turk Telekom seemed to overcome the inconstancy and reduced to 50:51 after 30 minutes. But with the game tied at 56-56 early in the fourth quarter, the visitors from Sweden hit their hosts with a decisive scoring burst. Drains and Mikael Lindqvist hit back-to-back three-pointers for the second victory in the tournament. Mikael Lindqvist was the last to score for the guests, while Sani Becirovic made the final score in the game. Sakinis and Mitchell led the way with 15 points each for the winners. Mikael Lindqvist nailed 14 and Kjellbom finished the game with 12 points. Sani Becirovic responded with 17 points for the hosts as they fell at 0-4 record. Wesson netted 14, whilst Stiemsma delivered 13.

Elitzur Netanya - Liege 78-67
Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege and tied them at 3-1 record on top of Group D in EuroChallenge. It happened right after the home 78:67 win over the opponents in Israel. Jenkins started the game from the long range and he nailed another two midway through the quarter. Travis and Watson however enjoyed the closer shots to give the hosts 22:19 at the end of the first period. Gur brought 29:21 and then however Belgacom Liege answered with 8-0 run for 29:28. Gur and Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) exchanged the shots at the end of the half for 39:36 home side deficit. In the third quarter the picture remained the same in the game as the hosts kept 5-7 points advantage. Travis and Griffin were the last players to score for their teams in the third period for 57:51 on the board. Len Matela nailed three to reduce to 59:54 early in the fourth, while Travis ensured the bigger lead for the team from Israel at 65:56. Asante delivered the victory from the free throw line as Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege. Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Travis had a great night of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Elton Brown followed them with 16 points and 8 caroms in the winning effort for 3-1 record. Bozeman and Jenkins delivered 15 each in defeat and Len Matela netted 12. Adrian Banks remains the top-scorer of the tournament averaging 24.5 points per game.

Group E
Telekom Baskets - KK Zagreb CO 79-62
Bonn improved to 2-2 in EuroChallenge Group E after one of the last games in Round 4 in the tournament. The German team took a valuable 79:62 win to remain the team from Croatia winless. Hunt made two free throws in the start of the game and Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) scored for 10:4. Hunt and Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) ensured 19:8 lead, whilst Rancic closed the period at 20:12. Another 4-0 run in the start of the second frame allowed the German team to take 24:12, while closed the 8-0 run for his team at 24:20. Simon sent the teams to the lockers as the board showed 32:26 for the home side. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Telekom Baskets erupted with 31-12 in it. Thulig closed the nightmare for the guests at 63:38 as the winner became clear at the end of the third quarter. Although Croatian side won the last stanza 24-16 they were too far to catch up with the opponents. Halilovic made the final score on the board that showed 79:62. Tim Ohlbrecht poured in 17 points for the hosts and Nic Wise added 15. Hunt finished the night with 13 points, while Ensminger followed them with 10. Simon brought 11 points for the guests and Halilovic netted 9.

Krka - BK Prostejov 78-62
Krka defeats BK Prostejov in Slovenia and catch them up on top with 3-1 record. The hosts handed the team from Czech Republic their first 78:62 loss. The margin of victory gives KRKA a better goal differential in their head-to-head meetings with Prostejov, who won the first meeting by 12 points. Slezas opened the game from the perimeter, while Gadri tied the game at 13:13. Booker closed the opening period at 15:13 as he made a lay-up at the end of the quarter. Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) increased to 22:17, while Djordjevic brought 26:20. Later the teams exchanged 6-0 runs that gave 32:26 at the halftime. Djordjevic gave his side 37:28 and Petrov brought 40:30 on the board. Krka looked awesome in the third frame and due to 21-9 in it grabbed 53:35 after 30 minutes. Balazic scored for 60:37 and Lawrence reduced to 62:43. Slezas nailed three for 68:52, whilst Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) cut it to 72:57. Krivec made six free throws at the end of the game for the final success. Booker paced all the winners with 13 points, while Pavic netted 12. Djordjevic and Zoran Dragic ended up with 10 points apiece. Benas Veikalas replied with 24 points in the losing effort in the first team's loss. Slezas nailed 11 and Landry scored 7.

Group F
Lokomotiv - Antwerp 96-66
The decisive burst for Lokomotiv came at the end as the Russian team overcame Antwerp Giants in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The hosts needed 30-8 in the third period for 96:69 final victory over Antwerp Giants. The favorites improved to 3-1 record on top and will face another Russian representatives Dynamo next week that lost to Steaua. Antwerp are now 2-2 and will look to get back on track next week against Steaua-Turabo Bucharest. Both squads exchanged the leads several times and then Chalmers nailed three for 22:19 lead after the first 10 minutes. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) replied for 23:22 for his side and Brown scored six in a row for 31:28 advantage. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) closed the period with a jump shot as the Russian team trailed 38:39 at the halftime. After Bryan Hopkins nailed a shot from the arc to cut the home side's lead to 46:44, Michael Wilkinson replied with a jumper and Alexey Surovtsev then added a three-pointer. The third quarter became the masterpiece for the hosts that nailed 30 points for 68:47 deficit. Sheleketo made it 71:47 and Tucker brought 58:43. Lokomotiv Kuban finished the game with 6-0 run for the final 96:69 victory. Chalmers led the way with 22 points for the third win. Michael Wilkinson netted 14, while Grigoryev scored 10. Bryan Hopkins ended up with 21 points in the losing case, Brown notched 16 and Wilson added 15.

Steaua Turabo - Dynamo 72-59
Romanian Steaua-Turabo outscored Enterprise BC Dynamo in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. They improved to 2-2 record after 72:59 home win. Steaua-Turabo are level with Antwerp Giants, who crashed to a heavy defeat at Lokomotiv Kuban earlier Tuesday. The hosts flew to score in the start of the game and the baskets from Jackson and Turner brought 5:0 on the board. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) made it 10:5, while Dynamo erupted with 9-0 run for 14:10 advantage. The hosts did not panic and Popescu closed the period at 25:16. Domani and Zhukanenko reduced to 25:20, while Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) scored for 30:27. Romanian squad again increased the lead and Popescu made it 41:32. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34 after 20 minutes. The third quarter became the most defensive as both teams paid more attention on their own side. Due to 12-9 in it Nikolov brought 54:43 for the hosts. In the last quarter Steaua-Turabo controlled the court and rightfully clinched the victory. Turner became the last player to score for the winners as he made two free throws. Nikita Shabalkin and Gubanov made the final score in the game as the Russian team suffered their third loss. Virgil Stanescu paced all the winners with 21 points and Popescu netted 13. Turner scored 11, whilst Nikolov added 10. Vasili Zavoruev replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Nikita Shabalkin scored 13.

Group G
Zadar - Karsiyaka 82-77
Despite the win, hosts can feel disapointed with the margin, which now doesn't cover the one in their previous match in Turkey,won by Turkish team 88-81. This could be the shortest possible line to describe tonight's game, played in Vinjik,KK Zadar in front of cca. 1500 viewrs. KK Zadar open the game very good and with autority making a 9-0 run , after Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir open the game with first points. After that Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir showed some resistance and came close to 13-11. But, that was it for Hakan Demir's team in first quarter which ended with 26-13 lead for the hosts. Second quarter continued in the same rhytm, as KK Zadar completed the 24-4 run to gain a comfortable 25 points lead in 15th minute of the game, with Tomas succesfully made free throw to complete his three point play. Players went to the locker room while board was showing 49-27 after 20 minutes played.Leading roles in buliding that lead were played by two PG's Ivan Tomas (193-G-81, agency: Agency No 10) (193-G-81, agency: Agency No 10), who scored 11, and Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) who added 10.Also, 8 of KK Zadar's 12 players scored at least 2 points, which surely helped those two. Third quater started with Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) (201-C-85)'s one-man-show , in which he scored 6 points and helped his team to preserve the big lead, 55-36, after 4 minutes in secon half, and ended with Marko Car's buzzer-beater for 70-48 score on the board. Same player felll pretty bad , failing to score a lay up on the start of the fourth, so he went out to take medical treatmant. And after that nothin was same on the court, it ws like two other teams are playing. Karsiyka took control over the match, led by great American trio David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.), Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) and Andre Smith. Those three players almost led their team to a complete comeback, but luckily fot he hosts, game ended with Jovo Stanojevic's lay up and result 82-77. KK Zadar was lead by Ive Ivanov (18 points, 7 rebounds),while Tomas added 15 and Vladovic 12 with 4 assists. Their guests can thank mostly to Eldrige who netted 18 , and Smith (13 points 15 rebounds) for such small loss, which gives them advatage in possible tie-breaking for the first or secon place in group. (by Ivan Ilakovac)

Etha - APOEL 74-67
Etha revenged the earlier loss to Apoel in Group G of EuroChallenge to beat Apoel at home court. The victory allowed Etha improve at 2-2 record in the standings. Apoel slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Valdas Dabkus stepped up with 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the hosts. Etha quickly pulled ahead in the opening frame. Ken Tutt and Cup gave the hosts an 18:10 lead late in the quarter. Cup then sealed the first-term outcome at 20:12. Etha used a 9:2 run midway through the second period to earn a 35:18 advantage. Hanavan dragged Apoel closer as the visitors trailed by 10 points at halftime 31:41. Jeremiah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) opened the third term with a three-pointer to put Apoel even closer but Etha quickly responded to keep the lead throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final stanza up by 6 points 55:49. Ken Tutt and Valdas Dabkus returned a double-digit lead for Etha in the final frame. Vitas and Jeremiah Davis tried to save the game for Apoel as they narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark but Etha stayed cool and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Anthony King and Ken Tutt produced 13 points each for Etha. Cup finished with 10 points. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) replied with 12 points for Apoel. Jeremiah Davis netted 11 points in defeat.

Group H
Oostende - Nancy 78-76
Oostende survived thriller to sneak past Nancy in EuroChallenge Group H action. Marcus Faison knocked down a late jumper to give the Belgian side the second win at the tournament. Oostende improved at 2-2 record, while Nancy suffered the initial loss in four games played. Matt Lojeski came up with 20 points to lead the charge for the home side. Brun and Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) ensured a quick start for Nancy. However Oostende went on a 10:0 rally to establish a 21:10 lead late in the first period. Oostende posted a 22:15 lead at the first break. Deane and Akingbala pulled Nancy as close as five points in the second period but Serron and Ebong restored a 7-point buffer for Oostende at halftime 39:32. Oostende did not surrender the lead in the third frame. The hosts kept their opponents at safe distance recording a 55:49 lead at the final break. Green and Matt Lojeski opened a double-digit advantage for Oostende early in the final period but Nancy recovered. Linehan and Tremmell Darden triggered the run that helped the visitors leveled things up at 73. Matt Lojeski and Ebong put Oostende back in front however Tremmell Darden matched it to tie things up at 76 with 47 seconds remaining. Marcus Faison then came up with his late heroics to seal the win for Oostende. Marcus Faison produced 17 points for the winners. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the Belgian side. Tremmell Darden replied with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Nancy. Kenny Grant accounted for 18 points in the loss.

M.Hainaut - Orleans 68-61
Dexia celebrated the second win in the EuroChallenge season. They held off Orleans at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group H. Ron Lewis stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort. Orleans opened the game with five points in a row but Dexia gradually picked up the tempo. The hosts rolled to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) and Hatten gave the hosts a 21:13 lead early in the second period. Orleans used an 11:0 run midway through the frame to regain the lead 32:26. The French outfit enjoyed a 37:28 advantage at halftime. Curti and J.R. Reynolds boosted the margin to as many as 12 points in the third term. Dexia bounced back late in the period as they went on an 11:2 run and leveled things up at 49 with one quarter to go. Shan Foster and Justin Cage put the home team in charge and then Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Oakland) hit a triple as Dexia grabbed a 63:54 advantage. Orleans had little time to respond as Dexia cruised to the victory at the end. Shan Foster and Justin Cage knocked down 12 points apiece in the victory. Sebastien Bellin added 9 points for the winners. J.R. Reynolds answered with 20 points for Orleans. Zach Moss contributed 14 points for the visitors.




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. Hopkins, Antwerp18.7 
 6. Anderson, Ventspils18.5 
 7. Paunic, N.Novgorod18.2 
 8. Chalmers, Lokom.17.5 
 9. Bader, Szolnok17.2 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lonny BAXTER
  Enisey
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka12.0 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock11.3 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv10.5 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.10.0 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka10.0 
 7. Booker, Krka9.8 
 8. Zoric, KK.9.3 
 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. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 3. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 4. Millage, Khimik6.4 
 5. Brener, Elitzur .6.3 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 7. Sergeev, Enisey5.5 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.5 
 9. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 10. Wood, Dt.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.2 
 2. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 3. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 4. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
 5. Johnson, Aalstar3.0 
 6. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 7. Dabkus, Etha2.8 
 8. Petrovic, Oostende2.8 
 9. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 10. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.4 
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. Bader, Szolnok1.7 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.7 
 8. Balashov, Dynamo1.5 
 9. Jenkins, Benfica1.5 
 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. Papadopoulos, PAOK17.3 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.17.3 
 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. Lampe, Unics8.0 
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. Thomas, Anwil4.8 
 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. Jasen, Estudiantes2.7 
 5. Curry, Azovmash2.7 
 6. Valters, VEF Riga2.7 
 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. Vranes, Unics1.8 
 4. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Stimac, CEZ N.1.7 
 6. Thompson, Spart.1.5 
 7. Sy, Orleans1.5 
 8. Muurinen, Dt.1.5 
 9. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.5 
 10. Moss, Orleans1.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 3. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona17.0 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 6. Langford, Khimky16.2 
 7. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 8. Rakocevic, Efes P.15.6 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker15.0 
 10. Barac, Caja Laboral15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.3 
 2. Barac, Caja Laboral7.6 
 3. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 4. Gist, Partizan7.2 
 5. Falker, Cholet7.0 
 6. Tomic, Real Madrid7.0 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja6.9 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 9. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen6.4 
 10. Wright, Charleroi6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Unics
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.3 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos5.1 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.9 
 5. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .4.6 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 8. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.4 
 9. Stipcevic, Cibona4.4 
 10. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.4 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 3. Perkins, Maccabi .2.4 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.0 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.2.0 
 7. Hawkins, Armani MI1.9 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 9. De Colo, Valencia1.8 
 10. Dedovic, Lottomat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.9 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.4 
 7. Fischer, Real Madrid1.3 
 8. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 


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  FINLAND   


Lavell Blanchard inks with ToPo - by Emiliano
LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) signed a contract with Torpan Pojat Helsinki. The American player will continue his career in Finland after his sting in Ukraine with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny and BC Igokea Aleksandrovac. Blanchard with the jersey of the Ukrainian team averaged 11.9ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.1% in 20 games in Ukrainian league and 17.0ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 82.6% in 6 games in Eurocup.
With the Bosnian team Igokea, he scored 8.5ppg and grabbed 5.1rpg reaching the final in the domestic league.


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  FRANCE   


Greer's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old swingman Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Strasbourg IG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Limoges (#13, 3-6) 66-61. Despite this victory Strasbourg dropped to the 8th position in French league. Strasbourg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. Greer turned to be Strasbourg's top player in his first season with the team. Ricardo Greer averages this season 12.6ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He is American guard in his first season at Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In the last game Bennett recorded impressive 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Pau-Lacq-Orthez to another comfortable win 86-72 over the lower-ranked Poitierarleys (#15, 2-7) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Bennett is a newcomer at Pau-Lacq-Orthez and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#7). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) of league's second-best Roanne. Nsonwu-Amadi scored 17 points. He was a key player of Roanne, leading his team to a 79-72 win against the lower-ranked Orleans (#9, 4-5). Roanne needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Nsonwu-Amadi has a very solid season. In 9 games in France he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 61.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Nancy - 25 points and 4 rebounds
5. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81) of Cholet - 22 points and 3 assists
7. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) of Gravelines - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ben Woodside (180-G-85) of Gravelines - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
9. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87) of Roanne - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Victor Samnick (203-F-79) of Nancy - 12 points, 10 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)


BCM Gravelines Dunkerque overcame BC Nizhny Novgorod in Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-BC Nizhny Novgorod 72:64

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque overcame BC Nizhny Novgorod in Round 4 of EuroChallenge in Group A. The French side needed 72:64 for 2-2 record on the third place in the group.
Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) opened the game from the perimeter and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) followed him with two in a row for 11:4. The hosts continued to bombardier from the long range and another two from Julius Johnson (193-G/F, college: Chabot CC) showed 24:19 on the board after the first 10 minutes. Julius Johnson and Greer scored for 29:22 in the start of the second period. Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) cut it to 32:26, whilst Yurchyk added two for 34:28. Jomby drove a lay-up at the end of the frame for 43:31 halftime advantage. Yannick Bokolo made the same in the start of the third and Ben Woodside made a free throw for 49:34. The hosts continued to dominate the court and closed the quarter at 61:44. Actually the Russian team did not give up and played better in the last quarter. Yurchyk reduced to 61:51, while Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored four in a row for 66:57. Greer meanwhile was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to seal the victory with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque.
Ben Woodside stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Julius Johnson netted 12. Yannick Bokolo and Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) delivered 11 points apiece. Ivan Paunic responded with 15 points in the losing effort and Andrei Ivanov notched 12.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 18, Julius Johnson 12, Yannick Bokolo 11, Cyril Akpomedah 11
BC Nizhny Novgorod: Ivan Paunic 15, Andrei Ivanov 12



French NM1 round 14 best performance: Vaidotas Pridotkas - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Etendard de Brest, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Roche (#17, 4-10) with 27-point margin 99-72. Despite this victory Brest dropped to the 7th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brest will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. In the team's last game Pridotkas had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Brest's top player in his first season with the team. Vaidotas Pridotkas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.6ppg) and averages impressive 52.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Olivier Kolb (205-C-87) of Blois. Kolb had a very good evening with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Blois to edge the lower-ranked Challans (#8, 7-7) 85-81. This victory allowed Blois to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kolb is a newcomer at Blois, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Harry Disy (201-F-84) of Roche (#17). Disy scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Disy's great performance Roche lost 72-99 to the higher-ranked Brest (#7, 8-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Roche can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Disy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Disy has individually a great season in France. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ulysse Adjagba (184-G-93) of CFBB - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Tahirou Sani (204-F-85) of Get Vosges - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Regis Boissie (180-G-78) of Challans - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Denek - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Moustafa Diallo (187-G-80) of St Quentin - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84) of St Quentin - 18 points, 6 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)


Marcus Faison propels Oostende past Nancy - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Nancy 78:76

Oostende survived thriller to sneak past Nancy in EuroChallenge Group H action. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) knocked down a late jumper to give the Belgian side the second win at the tournament. Oostende improved at 2-2 record, while Nancy suffered the initial loss in four games played. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 20 points to lead the charge for the home side.
Brun and Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) ensured a quick start for Nancy. However Oostende went on a 10:0 rally to establish a 21:10 lead late in the first period. Oostende posted a 22:15 lead at the first break. Deane and Akingbala pulled Nancy as close as five points in the second period but Serron and Ebong restored a 7-point buffer for Oostende at halftime 39:32. Oostende did not surrender the lead in the third frame. The hosts kept their opponents at safe distance recording a 55:49 lead at the final break. Green and Matt Lojeski opened a double-digit advantage for Oostende early in the final period but Nancy recovered. Linehan and Tremmell Darden triggered the run that helped the visitors leveled things up at 73. Matt Lojeski and Ebong put Oostende back in front however Tremmell Darden matched it to tie things up at 76 with 47 seconds remaining. Marcus Faison then came up with his late heroics to seal the win for Oostende.
Marcus Faison produced 17 points for the winners. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the Belgian side. Tremmell Darden replied with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Nancy. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Oostende: Matt Lojeski 20, Marcus Faison 17, Will Thomas 14
Nancy: Tremmell Darden 24+10 boards, Kenny Grant 18



Dexia better visiting Orleans - by Eurobasket News
Dexia - Orleans 68:61

Dexia celebrated the second win in the EuroChallenge season. They held off Orleans at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group H. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort.
Orleans opened the game with five points in a row but Dexia gradually picked up the tempo. The hosts rolled to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) and Hatten gave the hosts a 21:13 lead early in the second period. Orleans used an 11:0 run midway through the frame to regain the lead 32:26. The French outfit enjoyed a 37:28 advantage at halftime. Curti and J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Virginia) boosted the margin to as many as 12 points in the third term. Dexia bounced back late in the period as they went on an 11:2 run and leveled things up at 49 with one quarter to go. Shan Foster and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) put the home team in charge and then Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Oakland) hit a triple as Dexia grabbed a 63:54 advantage. Orleans had little time to respond as Dexia cruised to the victory at the end.
Shan Foster and Justin Cage knocked down 12 points apiece in the victory. Sebastien Bellin added 9 points for the winners. J.R. Reynolds answered with 20 points for Orleans. Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) contributed 14 points for the visitors.

Dexia: Ron Lewis 18, Shan Foster 12, Justin Cage 12
Orleans: J.R. Reynolds 20, Zach Moss 14



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Knezevic number one in FYR Macedonia for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Feni Indistrija Kavadarci, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Kumanovo 2009 (#9, 3-8) with 23-point margin 104-81. It allowed Feni Indistrija to consolidate first place in the FYR Macedonian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Feni Indistrija keeps perfect 11 -0 record. It's Knezevic's second year at Feni Indistrija and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dusan Knezevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 69.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian Darko Matic (C-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Kumanovo 2009. Matic had a very good evening with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Kumanovo 2009 lost that game 81-104 to league's leader Feni Indistrija (#1, 11-0). This loss caused Kumanovo 2009 to drop to 9th position in the standings. 8 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Kumanovo 2009 managed to get this year. Matic is a newcomer at Kumanovo 2009, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.7ppg (#2).

Third on the list of top players last round was center Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Lirija (#6). Pavlovski scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Lirija, leading his team to a 72-64 win against the lower-ranked Pelister Bitola (#10, 2-9). Lirija can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pavlovski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pavlovski has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jovan Markovski (198-F-88) of Torus Skopje - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Feni Indistrija - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martin Talevski (202-C-89) of Pelister Bitola - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 12 points and 8 rebounds
8. Boban Bilbija (208-F/C-83) of Ovce Pole - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) of Feni Indistrija - 12 points
10. Gjorgi Anakievski (185-G-85) of Pelister Bitola - 24 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)


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1.Bundesliga Round 12: ALBA Berlin is defeated by New Yorker Phantoms - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in the 1.Bundesliga was a road defeat of second-best ALBA Berlin (8-2) to ninth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-6) 87-95. It ended the three-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic (205-86, agent: Misko Raznatovic) with 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory allowed New Yorker Phantoms (6-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share the it with Telekom Baskets. ALBA Berlin who is 8-2 went down to third position as they suffered their second loss. New Yorker Phantoms is looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Artland Dragons (#5) in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-3) crushed at home 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (3-8) by the biggest margin this round 83-52. The winners were led by American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Quantez Robertson who supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 6 points and 14 rebounds. by French-Bulgarian power forward Vassil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) did not help to save the game for Mitteldeutscher BC. The victory allowed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-3) to climb to the second place. Mitteldeutscher BC added third loss in a row to their record. They are currently in sixteenth position with a 3-8 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' will play against Phoenix Hagen (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#8) in Braunschweig and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Phoenix Hagen in Bamberg 94-68. The best player for the winners was Tibor Pleiss who scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Jacob Burtschi who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. Undefeated Brose Baskets have an impressive twelve-game winning streak. Current champion stay at first position. Phoenix Hagen added third loss in a row to their record. They are currently in eleventh place with a 5-7 record. Brose Baskets will meet TBB Trier (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Phoenix Hagen will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
And what about another game where EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) beat higher ranked EWE Baskets 68-67 on the road. It was a good game for Toby Bailey who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points and 6 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed EnBW Ludwigsburg (6-7) to climb to the tenth place. EWE Baskets who is 7-6 went down to sixth position as they suffered their sixth loss. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be ratiopharm Ulm (#14) on the road.
EnBW Ludwigsburg's home win over 14th ranked Walter Tigers 89-86 was very exciting and close contest. Worth to mention a great performance of Jerry Green who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 assists. EnBW Ludwigsburg has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed EnBW Ludwigsburg (6-7) to climb to the tenth place. Walter Tigers is currently in fourteenth position with a 4-7 record as they suffered their seventh loss. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face ratiopharm Ulm (#14) at home in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: Goettingen won against LTi 46ers on the opponent's court 85-76. Bottom-ranked Duesseldorf was outscored by TBB Trier in a home game 49-70. Walter Tigers was rolled over Art.Dragons on the road 93-66. Bremerhaven crushed Bayreuth on it's own court 87-56. Telekom Baskets beat ratiopharm in Bonn 87-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Chase Griffin of LTi 46ers.


LTi 46ers - Goettingen 76-85

There was an upset in Giessen where higher ranked LTi 46ers (5-8) was defeated by fifteenth ranked BG Goettingen (5-7) 85-76. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois, agent: Chris Warren) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and the other American import guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) who added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. The victory allowed BG Goettingen (5-7) to climb to the eleventh place. They share the it with Phoenix Hagen. LTi 46ers added sixth loss in a row to their record. They are currently 5-8 and went down to thirteenth position. BG Goettingen will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LTi 46ers will play against Walter Tigers (#15) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: T.Meacham 23+1reb+3ast, D.Anderson 11+3reb+1ast, M.Meeks 11, J.Raffington 9+1reb, M.Scott 8+7reb+2ast, L.Dale 8+5reb+7ast
LTi 46ers: C.Griffin 25+5reb+5ast, E.Ovcina 16+5reb, Z.Peacock 13+7reb, R.Brooks 11+4reb+3ast, T.Kepkay 5+1reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 5+2reb+8ast
gschID: 92981


Dt.Bank SKY - MBC 83-52

Third ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-3) crushed at home 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (3-8) by the biggest margin this round 83-52. The winners were led by American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) who supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 6 points and 14 rebounds by French-Bulgarian power forward Vassil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) did not help to save the game for Mitteldeutscher BC. Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) added 15 points. The victory allowed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-3) to climb to the second place. Mitteldeutscher BC added third loss in a row to their record. They are currently in sixteenth position with a 3-8 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' will play against Phoenix Hagen (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#8) in Braunschweig and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt: D.Wood 16+6reb+6ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 13+1reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 11+4reb, M.Nolte 9+3reb, Q.Robertson 9+7reb+7ast, J.McKinney 9+2reb
Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels: R.Pilcevic 15, D.Roberts 7+5reb, W.Bernard 6+6reb+2ast, V.Evtimov 6+14reb, S.Leutloff 6+1reb, G.Grunheid 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92982


NY Phantoms - ALBA 95-87

The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in the 1.Bundesliga was a road defeat of second-best ALBA Berlin (8-2) to ninth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-6) 87-95. It ended the three-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic (205-86, agent: Misko Raznatovic) with 14 points and American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory allowed New Yorker Phantoms (6-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share the it with Telekom Baskets. ALBA Berlin who is 8-2 went down to third position as they suffered their second loss. New Yorker Phantoms is looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Artland Dragons (#5) in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: M.Goree 23+7reb, J.Cain 17+6reb+3ast, T.Skinn 15+4reb+5ast, B.Thomas 15+2reb+1ast, N.Mittmann 7+1ast, K.Visser 7+5reb+1ast
ALBA: D.Allen 17, T.Dragicevic 14+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 12+2ast, I.McElroy 11+3reb+4ast, P.Femerling 9+6reb+1ast, H.Price 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92977


EWE Baskets - EnBW L'burg 67-68

And what about another game where EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) beat higher ranked EWE Baskets 68-67 on the road. It was a good game for American swingman Toby Bailey (198-75, college: UCLA) who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for EWE Baskets. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed EnBW Ludwigsburg (6-7) to climb to the tenth place. EWE Baskets who is 7-6 went down to sixth position as they suffered their sixth loss. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be ratiopharm Ulm (#14) on the road.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: T.Bailey 18+6reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 12+7reb, A.Harris 9+5reb+2ast, R.Rickert 7+1reb, J.Bowler 7+6reb, J.Green 6+1reb+5ast
EWE Baskets: M.Lukauskis 16+4reb+5ast, O.Stevic 14+9reb+3ast, C.McNaughton 12+4reb, L.Campbell 11+2reb+9ast, A.Baynes 9+4reb, R.Paulding 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 92978


Duesseldorf - TBB Trier 49-70

Very predictable result in Duesseldorf where seventh ranked TBB Trier (7-6) smashed 18th ranked Gloria Giants (2-9) 70-49. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agent: Side Court) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-Canadian guard Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-84, college: Arkansas) with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian forward Ransford Brempong (203-81, college: W.Carolina) scored 6 points and 12 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. The victory allowed TBB Trier (7-6) to climb to the sixth place. They share the it with EWE Baskets. Gloria Giants is currently on the bottom position with a 2-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. TBB Trier will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gloria Giants will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 17+5reb+1ast, D.Joyce 12+5reb+5ast, D.Dojcin 9+4reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 8+8reb+1ast, J.Bynum 6+2reb+2ast, O.Fassler 5+3reb
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 11+2reb+3ast, O.Famutimi 11+9reb+2ast, J.Tatum 10+2reb+1ast, R.Brempong 6+12reb, D.McDaniel 3+1reb, L.Kisielius 2+1reb
gschID: 92979


Art.Dragons - Walter Tigers 93-66

Not a big story in a game in Quakenbrueck where 14th ranked Walter Tigers (4-7) was rolled over by sixth ranked Artland Dragons (7-5) 93-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agent: Aaron Mintz) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Nigerian forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Coach Stefan Koch's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agent: Misko Raznatovic) with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agent: Danny Servick) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Artland Dragons (7-5) to climb to the fifth place. Walter Tigers is currently in fourteenth position with a 4-7 record as they suffered their seventh loss. Artland Dragons will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Walter Tigers will play against LTi 46ers (#13) in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 25+1reb+10ast, N.Peavy 15+1reb+3ast, E.Ibekwe 15+8reb, B.Bailey 14+5ast, J.Strasser 7+3reb, A.Hess 6+3reb
Walter Tigers: B.Ratkovica 16+5reb+5ast, D.Watts 15+7reb, A.Kashirov 12+5reb, C.Oliver 10+5reb+2ast, R.Markovic 8+2reb+1ast, K.Wiliams 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92980


Bremerhaven - Bayreuth 87-56

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-4) outscored at home 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (3-9) 87-56. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agent: John Spencer) who added 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agent: Chris Warren) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 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. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven has a solid four-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at fourth position. BBC Bayreuth is currently in seventeenth place with a 3-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face BG Goettingen (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play against EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: C.Callahan 26+3reb, T.Martin 17+4reb+2ast, J.Thomas 10+1reb+6ast, R.Chaney 9+4reb+4ast, A.Drevo 9+6reb+1ast, S.Denison 6+5reb+1ast
Bayreuth: P.Campbell 13+7reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 12+4reb+1ast, K.Archibong 10+1reb, J.Reiner 8+8reb, S.Wachalski 4+1reb, S.Schmitz 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92975


ratiopharm - Telekom Baskets 79-87

There was no surprise when 13th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (4-7) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Telekom Baskets (6-6) 87-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and the other American import guard Mark Tyndale (196-86, college: Temple) who added 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international forward Robin Benzing (208-89) with 19 points and American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina, agent: Chris Kupcunas) scored 16 points. ratiopharm Ulm's coach rotated ten players saving starting five for next games. Despite the victory Telekom Baskets stay at eighth position. ratiopharm Ulm who is 4-7 went down to fourteenth place as they suffered their seventh loss. Telekom Baskets will face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#10).
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Hunt 25+2reb+3ast, F.Campbell 17+1reb+1ast, M.Tyndale 11+6reb+3ast, J.Jaacks 10+3reb, A.King 10+3reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 8+12reb
ratiopharm: R.Benzing 19+3reb+1ast, R.Trice 16+3reb+2ast, J.Bryant 14+5reb+1ast, P.Guenther 8+1reb+3ast, L.Humphrey 7+1reb+1ast, C.Collins 6+7reb
gschID: 92976


Round 29
Brose Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 94-68

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Phoenix Hagen in Bamberg 94-68. The best player for the winners was international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) chipped in 17 points. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Bernd Kruel (210-76) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets have an impressive twelve-game winning streak. Current champion stay at first position. Phoenix Hagen added third loss in a row to their record. They are currently in eleventh place with a 5-7 record. Brose Baskets will meet TBB Trier (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Phoenix Hagen will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: K.Hines 17+4reb, C.Jacobsen 15+3ast, P.Suput 11+2reb, B.Roberts 9+1reb+7ast, T.Pleiss 9+13reb+1ast, R.Terry 8+9reb
Phoenix Hagen: J.Burtschi 13+7reb+1ast, D.Bell 12+3reb+4ast, B.Kruel 11+7reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 8+3reb, M.Dorris 6+1reb+3ast
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Round 4
EnBW L'burg - Walter Tigers 89-86

EnBW Ludwigsburg's home win over 14th ranked Walter Tigers 89-86 was very exciting and close contest. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 assists and the other American import forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agent: Misko Raznatovic) with 24 points and 9 assists and American forward Kenneth Wiliams (203-85, college: Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed EnBW Ludwigsburg (6-7) to climb to the tenth place. Walter Tigers is currently in fourteenth position with a 4-7 record as they suffered their seventh loss. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face ratiopharm Ulm (#14) at home in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EnBW Ludwigsburg: A.Harris 20+1reb, J.Lischka 15+4reb, J.Green 14+3reb+8ast, R.Rickert 13+7reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 11+6reb+1ast, T.Bailey 9+8reb+1ast
Walter Tigers Tuebingen: B.Ratkovica 24+1reb+9ast, J.Herber 18+1reb+1ast, K.Wiliams 13+15reb+1ast, D.Watts 10+2reb+1ast, R.Markovic 9+1reb, A.Kashirov 7+2reb+1ast
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Rickey Paulding (EWE Baskets Oldenburg) My Defense Doesnt Always Get Noticed - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) is a 28 year old 196cm guard from Detroit, Michigan. He is playing his fourth season for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is an exciting wing player. His natural position is small forward. He can play the 2 spot and he excels in the transition game. His suits include a nice mid-range game and getting to the basket. He played at Missouri (NCAA) from 2000-2004. He reached the NCAA Last 8 in 2002. In 2004, he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA,2rd (54)). In 2004-2005, he played for Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Premier L.): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 9,2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 64.7%, 3Pts: 25.0%; Israeli Premier League: 22 games: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 51.9%. In 2005-2006, he played for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 32.7%, FT: 70.4%; French League: 24 games: 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.8%. In 206-2007, he played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA): FIBA EuroCup: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.8%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 53.8%; French League: 33 games: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 69.7%. He has played for The EWE Baskets Oldenburg since 2007 winning the BEKO BBL title in 2009. Last season, he played 10 games: 11.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 71.4%; German League: 36 games: 13.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 72.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.


What is your impression of MBC this season?


They lost some key players, but they are still a tough team. You always will have to give them respect because they are a good team.

Are you surprised how well the EWE Baskets have played in the first two months despite so many new players?


I am a little surprised, but I am very happy the way we are playing. It is never easy with a new team and everyone gelling. We will have some growing pains, but it is good that we are winning now.

How important have been the signing of Nemanja Protic and Mindaugas Lukauskis?


They have been very important. Protic has done a good job learning our system and running the team. He is a quick guard. Lukauskis gives us a lot of veteran leadership.is a great shooter, is always under control and always a threat from the bench.

Coach Predrag Krunic always seems to find the right players from eastern Europe. Why does he seem to have that right feeling for the right players?


I dont know, but I guess he has the expertise. He always looks for players with the right character in a player and does a good job finding those type of players.

Alba Berlin and The Brose Baskets Bamberg are the two top teams and favorite to with the 2011 BEKO BBL title. When will Oldenburg be where they are?


I hope that we can be where they are. They play very well, but we cant worry about them, but take each game at a time. We are anew group, but I hope that we can be in the mix with them at the end of the season.

You are playing your fourth season with The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What makes Oldenburg so special?



I like Oldenburg. It is small, but not to small. I feel very comfortable raising my family in Oldenburg. The club takes care of me and I like what coach Krunic is doing for the club. I am happy they wanted me around another season.

You are a very versatile player, but only fourth in scoring. Has your role changed this season?


I dont think my role has really changed. There are many guys scoring this season and with a new team it is a part of the growing pains. My shot isnt falling the way it should, but I dont want to focus on scoring, but helping the team win and do my job rebounding and playing defense.

Would you like to get more shots in games?


Every player always want more touches, but as long as we are winning, I am happy. We have many different guys like Campbell, Protic or Stevic that can step up on any given night. I hope that my night will come soon.

Your friend Jimmy Mckinney was injured again this season. He is a real fighter. What makes him so strong that he keeps coming back from injuries?


Mckinney has a good staff in Frankfurt. He is young and is a good kid. He has been lucky that he hasnt had a too serious injury where he couldnt come back from. He has a strong focus to come back and help the team.

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


I am known as an athletic player that can get to the basket, but I think that my defense doesnt always get noticed.

If you could ask Allen Iverson one question what would you ask him?


I would ask him, if he had any regrets how his career has gone the last few years since he always had had a great career in the NBA.

You played against Skyliner Roger Powell. How important is he for the BEKO BBL?


I remember that he and Illinois always beat us at Missouri. He is really important for the league. He will get even more fans involved. he is a great guy with a good character and is very mature.

Who wins a 1-1, you or Mindaugas Lukauskis?


I would win, but he is a crafty slick ball handler and can shoot the ball. I would have to stay on my feet, because you cant give him the open shot.


How well will the Miami Heat do with Lebron James?


They will play at the top. They will begin to click more and more as season progresses. I hope they beat Boston in the east, but Boston is strong on defense.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Iron Man 2

Thanks Ricky for the chat.



Frank Robinson (Maccabi Haifa) Postgame Thoughts To 54-53 Victory Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Frank Robinson is 26 year old 193cm guard that was born in Compton, California and grew up in Los Angeles. He played at Cal Fullerton (NCAA) from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played games: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3Pts: 34.2%, FT: 73.8%. In 2008-2009, he started with NBA club Atlanta Hawks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga UPC, starting five): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg; Euroleague: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, in Feb.'09 signed at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 11 games: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.5%. Last season, he started with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) again, only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 69.2%. Last summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (LA Lakers). This season, he is playing for Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Premier League) and spoke to eurobasket afte rthe 54-53 Eurochallenge win against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.


Tuesday's game vs. Frankfurt had to be one of the ugliest game I have ever been apart of. Anytime both teams combine for 2-34 from 3=point land something has to be wrong. None the less we came out with the victory and it is some good news we needed not only for our team but for the city of Haifa during this difficult time.

How has the fire situation been in the last days? How difficult was it concentrating on the game despite the events in the past days?

The fire situation is still very fresh in the minds of our city, although the fire was put out earlier this week do to all the help Israel recieved from various countries including Cyprus, Spain, Russia etc. The lives lost in the fire will make it tough to move on for a very long time. Anyttime you are dealing with something like this of course it is hard to play but we came in as one unit and pulled off a very important win, not only to hopefully help us advance in Eurochallenge but for our team morale. We ended a pretty bad losing streak with that win.

How much changed was the style of play of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners without Roger Powell? How did they adjust?

Bucknor is a really physical player and he can also hit the outside shot although he didnt make many he hit one of the only two for 3-pointers for the entire game. He sets hard screens and helped get their shooters open. Fortunately for us they werent making shots. Powell was more of a scorer but in my opinion Bucknor is a great replacement due to his injury.

It was a very lowscoring first quarter. Was it more nervousness or just both teams getting into a defensive battle early

I wouldnt say it was nervousness. I also wouldnt say that it was great defense. Dont get me wrong we both played very hard but both teams also depend on the 3-point shot and when that is not falling for us it clogs the lane and makes it difficult to score. So in a way it was the defense but not as much as it was both teams not making wide open 3-pointers

Maccabi Haifa had the slim 29-27 lead at halftime. How good did your dunk feel at the end of the second quarter?

Yesterday was the worst shooting day of my career personally. 0-6 from 3pointers and 0-2 from the free throw line. A one in a lifetime event lol. So getting that dunk kinda help me loosin up a little bit. It was a great team defensive sequence that led to a controlled break and two points for us.

The score was 43-43 after 30 minutes. Frankfurt had a 7-0 run in the quarter sparked by Dashaun Wood. Why couldnt Maccabi Haifa clamp down in the last minutes?

I honestly dont remember that run but with a player like Dashaun you almost have to expect a run or two during the game, luckily for us it was only 7 points. Our focus was to force him to score because we know he wants to get others involved.On this day it worked in our advantage. Even tough he scored 12points in a low scoring game like this its a big deal.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the game in bitter fashion as Maurius Nolte missed both free throws and Landesberg won the game with a free throw. As a basketball player do you feel for a player in a situation like that missing key free throws? Did you ever lose a game with free throws?

Of course you feel for that player. We actuallly just lost a tough league game due to Ashdod to a miss free throw but you bounce back and you have to forget about it the next day. Sylven put us on his back and carried us the whole second half. I was and am very happy for his performances the few games it is something tha our team needs in order to win. Last night without his performance we definately do not win that game. He has matured a lot the last month or so and it is showing by how he is playing.

What was your impression of Marius Nolte? He was able to keep big Marco Killingsworth to little points?

He is a player that works hard and does a lot of things for that team, but he was not the reason Marco didnt score that much. Marco didnt play in the first half and only half of the second. When you sit out a half of a game its hard to get a rythm. When he did play he came in an adjusted to what we were doing that helped us build the lead in the first half so scoring for him was not as important as his prescence on the court.

Boris Rothbart looks very intimidating with his beard. What makes him already such a good player at age 24?

He is really skilled and still is learning how to play the five position. Sky is the limit with Boris and I think he has the ability to reach all of his potential.


Will The Deutsche Bank Skyliners be able to make the next round despite their 1-3 record in the Eurochallenge?

Im not sure how the they choose who advances and who doesnt. If they go by wins and losses i dont see how they can advance.

What current movie would you like to see?

Billiyard, its a movie about a young buisness man from Pasadena who created a multi billion dollar company and than he started to build facilities all over the world that help kids and young adults reach their dreams. The facilites were like mini universities that involved teaching and a lot of hard work for these youth to perfect and work on their various crafts. Its a (pre) documentary about his life and things he plans on doing in the next 10 years. Im actually watching it right now.. Pretty interesting


German 1.Bundesliga round 12 best performance: Marcus Goree - by Eurobasket News
American forward Marcus Goree (201-F-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for NY Phantoms, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#3, 8-2) 95-87. Despite this victory NY Phantoms dropped to the 8th position in German 1.Bundesliga. NY Phantoms is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-6 record. In the team's last game Goree had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be NY Phantoms' top player in his first season with the team. Marcus Goree averages this season 14.2ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of LTi Giessen 46ers. Griffin had a very good evening with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as LTi 46ers lost that game 76-85 to slightly higher-ranked Goettingen (#11, 5-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . LTi 46ers dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Griffin is a newcomer at LTi 46ers, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (#5). Rice scored 25 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was a key player of Art.Dragons, leading his team to a 93-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#15, 4-7). Art.Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Rice has a great season in Germany. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85) of Walter Tigers - 24 points and 9 assists
5. Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Bremerhaven - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83) of Telekom Baskets - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85) of Art.Dragons - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 9 points and 13 rebounds
9. Kenneth Wiliams (203-F-85) of Walter Tigers - 13 points and 15 rebounds
10. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of EWE Baskets - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Bonn improved to 2-2 in EuroChallenge Group E - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets-KK Zagreb 79:62

Bonn improved to 2-2 in EuroChallenge Group E after one of the last games in Round 4 in the tournament. The German team took a valuable 79:62 win to remain the team from Croatia winless.
Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) made two free throws in the start of the game and Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) scored for 10:4. Jeremy Hunt and Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) ensured 19:8 lead, whilst Rancic closed the period at 20:12. Another 4-0 run in the start of the second frame allowed the German team to take 24:12, while closed the 8-0 run for his team at 24:20. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) sent the teams to the lockers as the board showed 32:26 for the home side. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Telekom Baskets erupted with 31-12 in it. Thulig closed the nightmare for the guests at 63:38 as the winner became clear at the end of the third quarter. Although Croatian side won the last stanza 24-16 they were too far to catch up with the opponents. Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) made the final score on the board that showed 79:62.
Tim Ohlbrecht poured in 17 points for the hosts and Nic Wise added 15. Jeremy Hunt finished the night with 13 points, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) followed them with 10. Krunoslav Simon brought 11 points for the guests and Miralem Halilovic netted 9.
Earlier on Tuesday Krka defeated BK Prostejov in Slovenia and catched them up on top with 3-1 record. The hosts handed the team from Czech Republic their first 78:62 loss. The margin of victory gives KRKA a better goal differential in their head-to-head meetings with Prostejov, who won the first meeting by 12 points.

Telekom Baskets: Tim Ohlbrecht 17, Nic Wise 15, Jeremy Hunt 13, Chris Ensminger 10
KK Zagreb: Krunoslav Simon 11, Miralem Halilovic 9



Thirteen times Maccabi Haifa and Deutsche Bank Skyliners were tied as the hosts pulled the latest win - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Deutsche Bank Skyliners 54:53

Areal thriller ended up in Haifa where local Maccabi edged Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The Israeli team grabbed 54:53 win for 2-1 record.
The guests went on a 4-0 run after the baskets from Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Rothbart brought he first lead for the hosts and it was right before the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the guests again led for the whole time and looked awesome in the court. Maccabi Haifa again needed the last shot to get the lead back. It was O'Bannon driving lay-up for 29:27 halftime advantage. Six times the score was tied in the court in the last quarter that became the addition to the first two amazing quarters. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) made two free throws at the end of the period for his side, while Low closed the period at 43:43. Another five times the teams were tide in the last frame as the final seconds became the most interesting. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) pulled the Israeli outfit level with a lay-up from the end. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) drew a foul by Quantez Robertson and made the first of two free-throws for the final score.
Sylven Landesberg paced all the winners with 16 points and Elishay Kadir scored 9. DaShaun Wood responded with 12 points in the losing effort as the German side suffered their third loss. Kimmo Muurinen collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Marius Nolte added 9 points and 11 boards.

Maccabi Haifa: Sylven Landesberg 16, Elishay Kadir 9
Deutsche Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 12, Kimmo Muurinen 10+10 rebs, Marius Nolte 9+11 rebs



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Giannoulakos' a double-double lands him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for SEFA Arkadikos and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Near East (#13, 1-4) 99-85. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Thanks to this victory Arkadikos moved-up to the 9th position in the Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Arkadikos will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Giannoulakos turned to be Arkadikos' top player in his first season with the team. Vasilis Giannoulakos averages this season 8.4ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78, agency: FCM) of Near East. He is a forward in his first season at Near East. In the last game Amato recorded impressive 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Near East lost that game 85-99 to the higher-ranked Arkadikos (#9, 3-2). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Near East dropped in the standings to 13th position. 4 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Near East managed to get this year. Amato is a newcomer at Near East and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Sa Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio (#5). Giannakopoulos scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Giannakopoulos' great performance Lavrio lost 80-82in overtime to the lower-ranked Panerythraikos (#10, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lavrio needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Giannakopoulos has a very solid season. In 5 games in Greece he scored 19.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Amyntas Dafnis - 20 points and 13 rebounds
5. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Apost Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Olimpiada - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Thodoris Vardianos (193-G-78) of Pagrati - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) of Pagrati - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) of Panerythraikos - 23 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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Szolnoki Olaj down Spartak to tie both records in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj -Spartak 88:72

Szolnoki Olaj down Spartak to tie both records in EuroChallenge Group A. The Hungarian team improved to 3-1 record celebrating an easy 88:72 home win. The margin of victory wasn't enough to give the Hungarian side the better goal differential in the head-to-head meetings with the two teams, which could be important if tie-breakers are called into play at the end of the Regular Season.
It was Szolnoki Olaj to go on a 5-0 run and then Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored for 14:9. Trepak surprised the guests from the perimeter for 24:14, while Vesztergom netted two for 29:25. Kolesnikov managed to reduce to 29:27 in the end of the first quarter, but Spartak had no chance later in the game. The second quarter became a nightmare for the Russian team that scored only 9 points. A massive streak allowed Olaj to take 57:36 advantage at the halftime as Clark closed the second frame. Even after the break the hosts remained tough and kept the necessary advantage. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) brought 69:47 and Fodor added two for 73:49. After 16-16 in the third period Kolesnikov nailed three for 73:52 after 30 minutes. Due to 20-15 in the last quarter Spartak reduced to 16 points as Antic and Vesztergom exchanged the baskets at the end.
Akos Horvath paced all the winners with 20 points, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Marton Bader netted 19 each. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA) and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) ended up with 14 points apiece in defeat and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) scored 13.

Szolnoki Olaj: Akos Horvath 20, Obie Trotter 19, Marton Bader 19
Spartak: Nikola Dragovic 14, Dijon Thompson 14, Anton Ponkrashov 13



First 3 Months In Nyiregyhaza - by Curtis Marshall
Hello, hogyan csinalod? For those who don't understand that, and I'm sure its most of you, it means hello, how are you doing in Hungarian. You have to love google translate!!!! If you do not know me, my name is Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) and I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Texas Tech in 2005 and played for legendary coach Bob Knight . In my years under coach Knight I gained so much knowledge of the game of basketball. Playing for Bob Knight was the best decision I could have made for my basketball career. This is my sixth season playing professional basketball overseas. This is my second season in Europe and I have played other seasons in Australia and South America. I played my first season in Europe in the Baltic League and Eurocup for Barons LMT in Riga, Latvia. This was a come-back season for me since I haven't played basketball in Europe since the 06-07 season. I'm currently playing for Marso-Vagep NYKK basketball team in the Hungarian League (Hungary - A Division). I decided to play in Nyiregyhaza because I believed this could be the new start I needed in order to make a name for myself in Europe again. I also wanted to help an upcoming club be able to accomplish things that have not been previously accomplished. Practices here are typical for me, including two-a-days and weights. The difference is the travel because we travel on the day of games. I'm not a fan of this, but it definitely beats the 8-22 hour bus trips I experienced in Argentina. I think the longest trip we have to take here is like 6 hours or so. Another difference from previous seasons is the weather. I'm still trying to get back adjusted to the cold weather because I haven't experienced winter since my first season in Europe four years ago. That's the great thing about playing basketball in countries that don't get cold during the season, but rather having warm weather.

My team is having an up and down season so far. We are 3-6 so far and most would think we are not a good team,but that's not the case. The last three games we have been playing without a center and I was the tallest player on the court. I'm only 196cm, not a good look playing against players 208cm and above. Its hard to win without post players, not saying its not possible, but we would have to shoot above 80% in order to pull of a win. Really, what are the odds of all of our post players being injured? This is the first time this has ever happened to a team I've played on and most people can't say they have experienced this. It's a hard situation but I have a job to do and I still go into every game with the thought of winning no matter what. I can say that im in top shape from all the practices and playing 40 minutes a game. Once we are back to full strength, we will be a team to be reconed with. Many will overlook us and that will be their mistake. Its still early and we do have a chance of making the playoffs in April. That is when Marso-Vagep will show everyone why we shouldn't have been overlooked!!!!

Living in Nyiregyhaza has not been much of a shock to me, except for not having English channels on TV. Some people be asking me about the games but they dont speak English. Have you ever tried explaining how you did to someone who doesnt speak your language or visa-versa? The crazy thing is that I been in South America so long that my first thought is to try to explain in Spanish, yeah, good luck pulling that off. Nyiregyhaza is a nice city, its not the biggest but there is enough here to keep anyone's time occupied and is also 2.5 hours from Budapest. There are things to do but I havn't done alot because I prefer to experience everything this city has to offer with my family. I have a nice apartment, a car, and to my surprised I eat for free!!!! My teammates call my car the village X5, ha ha ha, far from a Navigator, but it's better than walking or taking a taxi everywhere. The only thing I do not have is my family but my wife and daughter will be here December 16th. When they arrive here I will be whole again. Being reunited with your family is the greatest feeling!!!!

I give thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this talent that allows me to travel the world and experience different cultures. 'Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer' -- Romans 12:12. I would also like to thank Eurobasket for giving me the opportunity to do this blog. Until the next time, Curtis Marshall signing off, God Bless!!!!




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Great Lakes finds Greg Barlow- who is then picked up by Battle Creek - by Trask Frost
Greg Barlow- 6' 4' point guard- impressed in his first two games with the Great Lakes All Stars averaging 29.5 points and 6 assists. Barlow was then picked up by the Battle Creek Knights where he averaged 28.5 points and 10 assists for the Knights after 2 games. Barlow is a point guard that tryout coordinator Terrance Dickens saw as a 'starting point guard on any team'. Dickens contacted his former team- the Battle Creek Knights and got him a roster spot and within one game, Barlow was a starter for the Knights. Battle Creek has had great talent the last spring/summer season, but finishing games was a problem (the team dropped a 7 point lead with 60 seconds to go in the playoffs to eventual champion Albany Legends); the Knight have not had a true point guard, a true team leader in some time and certainly Battle Creek is hoping that Greg Barlow is that leader that can get them a second championship (Knights were IBL champions in 2005). The Battle Creek Knights are playing in a 7th season- currently in the International Basketball season Winter division; nine teams play games in the Winter division with 4-of-those teams competing for the IBL Winter championship through an 18-game season that ends mid January (those teams are the Gary Splash, Kankakee Soldiers, Great Lakes All Stars and the Battle Creek Knights). For more information on the International Basketball League winter season, visit the IBL web site at www.iblhoopsonline.com





KNIGHTS ON A ROLL - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights are hoping too keep their high octane offense going when they return to the floor tonight at Kellogg Arena. The knights host the Gary Splash in International Basketball League action. Battle Creek is coming off two straight one sided wins over the Great lakes All-Stars over the weekend including a 151-109 drubbing on saturday. In that game,the Knights were led by Greg Burlow with 30 points and 10 assits with Wil Wright adding 24 points and Everett Spencer getting 22points and nine rebounds.

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Powerade Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last three games of final 16 in Powerade Cup was played on the weekend.

Tindastoll upset Keflavik in Keflavik 95-78. Keflavik leading by 7 at halftime.
Valentino Maxwell lead Keflavik with 26 points. For Tindastoll Hayward Fain 29. Sean Cunningham 27

Snaefell is out after a loss to Njardvik at home 97-98. Ryan Amaroso 28. Sean Burton 21 for Snaefell.
Chris Smith 29 Gudmundur Jonsson 21 for Njardvik

KR had easy night beating Hamar 99-74
Brynjar Bjornsson 25 Marcus Walker 21 for KR
Andre Dabney 17 for Hamar



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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Azad 0-0 
 2. Gorgan 0-0 
 3. M.H.Ahvaz 0-0 
 4. Mahram 0-0 
 5. Petrochimi 0-0 
 6. Pouya 0-0 
 7. Saba 0-0 
 8. Shahrekord 0-0 
 9. Shiraz 0-0 
 10. T.E.Kashan 0-0 
 11. Tarabari Qom 0-0 
 12. Zob Ahan 0-0 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 10-0 
 2. Elitzur Yavne 7-3 
 3. Maccabi HBK 6-4 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 6-4 
 5. Hapoel Tivon 6-4 
 6. Beer Yaakov 5-5 
 7. Lev Hasharon 5-5 
 8. Hod Hasharon 4-5 
 9. Kohav Yair 4-6 
 10. Ironi Ramat Gan 4-6 
 11. Hapoel Afula 4-6 
 12. Hapoel Beeri 3-7 
 13. Elitzur Ramla 3-7 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 2-7 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.9 
 2. Miller, Megido/Y.26.1 
 3. Gomez, Beer Yaakov25.0 
 4. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.3 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.23.2 
 6. Young, Hod Hasharon23.0 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 8. Dobie, Lev Hasharon21.5 
 9. Tramiel, Kohav Yair21.2 
 10. Clemente, Megido.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.14.0 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.7 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.11.1 
 4. Ibrahim, Ironi N.11.0 
 5. Clemente, Megido.9.8 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.5 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 8. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.0 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.8 
 10. Spicer, Elitzur Ramla8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.9 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 3. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.1 
 4. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.9 
 5. Harush, Kohav Yair5.8 
 6. Timor, Hapoel Tivon5.6 
 7. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.2 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 9. Skverer, Maccabi .5.0 
 10. Pereg, Ironi N.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.7 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.9 
 3. Harush, Kohav Yair2.6 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 5. Shtarkman, Megido.2.3 
 6. Young, Hod Hasharon2.3 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.2 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 9. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.1 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel Beeri2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel AIDAN
  Hapoel Beeri
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri2.4 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.2 
 4. Hugee, Hapoel Afula2.0 
 5. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 6. Brandy, Hod H.1.5 
 7. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 9. Johnson, Ironi N.1.2 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.2 


National League Round 10: Megido/Yokneam edges Lev Hasharon by 1 - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in National League was guest Megido/Yokneam's (6-4) very close only 1-point road victory over Lev Hasharon (#5) 112-111. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) fired 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agent: Goran Gramatikov) chipped in 26 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Megido/Yokneam have an impressive five-game winning streak. Thanks to that win Megido/Yokneam moved-up to third place. Lev Hasharon at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share the position with Beer Yaakov. Megido/Yokneam is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lev Hasharon will play against Beer Yaakov (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game where fourteenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-7) edged by three points higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (6-4) 88-85. It was a big embarassment for the guest team. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Dror Davidi (190-84, agent: Arik Krayn) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. Keena Young contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Zach Evans (196-88, college: Bucknell) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Hapoel Tivon. Thanks to that win Elitzur Ramla moved-up to twelfth place. Hapoel Tivon at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share the position with Megido/Yokneam and Maccabi HBK. Elitzur Ramla's will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Tivon will play at home against Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (4-6) was outscored by first ranked Hapoel T-A (10-0) 58-86. Brian Asbury scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to led the charge for the winners. At the losing side Bryant Markson responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Hapoel T-A have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position. Hapoel Afula added fourth loss in a row to their record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Ironi Ramat Gan and Kohav Yair. Hapoel T-A will meet Elitzur Ramla (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hapoel Afula will play against Maccabi HBK (#3) in Habikaa and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
We should not miss the game where tenth ranked Hod Hasharon (4-5) against 7th ranked Beer Yaakov (5-5) where Hod Hasharon won at home by eight points 110-102. Jitim Young notched 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Hod Hasharon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Thanks to that win Hod Hasharon moved-up to eighth place. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (#5) in Kiryat Tivon and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ironi Ramat Gan defeated Ironi Nahariya in a road game 93-81. Elitzur Yavne beat Kohav Yair at home 108-92. Maccabi HBK won against Hapoel Beeri on the opponent's court 96-85.



Ironi Nahariya - Ironi Ramat Gan 81-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Ironi Nahariya's (2-7) home loss to twelfth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-6) 81-93. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agent: Avi Zilberman) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and who supported him with 20 points and 5 assists. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Jason Johnson (203-86, college: S.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Ironi Nahariya. Guard Adi Pereg (186-79) added 7 points and 10 assists for lost side. Five Ironi Ramat Gan and four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Ramat Gan has a solid three-game winning streak. Thanks to that win Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to ninth place. Ironi Nahariya added third loss in a row to their record. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Megido/Yokneam (#4) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Bassett 20+3reb+5ast, I.Rosefelt 20+14reb+2ast, Y.Yatzkan 15+2reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 13+5reb, C.Zigdon 12+2reb+1ast, I.Ohanon 8+3reb+2ast
Ironi Nahariya: J.Johnson 19+9reb+2ast, A.Sela 13+1reb+4ast, A.Barak 12+1reb, R.Sabag 12+2reb+2ast, J.Dews 10+5reb+2ast, A.Pereg 7+2reb+10ast
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Elitzur Yavne - Kohav Yair 108-92

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Elitzur Yavne (7-3) defeated at home 8th ranked Kohav Yair (4-6) 108-92. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85, agent: Arik Krayn) notched 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort and American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who supported him with 25 points and 4 assists. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Kohav Yair. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-89) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne maintains second position having just three points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Kohav Yair at the other side dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Ironi Ramat Gan (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Kohav Yair will play against Hapoel Beeri in Beer-Shev.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 34+5reb+7ast, C.Timberlake 25+4reb+4ast, N.Golan 18+1reb+3ast, Z.Volfer 11+6ast, D.Hardin 10+15reb, H.Barbi 7+1reb+2ast
Kohav Yair: E.Traimel 20+7reb+1ast, O.Rub 17+4ast, S.Harush 14+3reb+4ast, A.Zelkovits 14+7reb+3ast, S.Ibrahim 12+5reb, G.Amitai 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105577


Hapoel Beeri - Maccabi HBK 85-96

Very expected game in Beer-Shev where 11th ranked Hapoel Beeri (3-7) was defeated by sixth ranked Maccabi HBK (6-4) 96-85. The former international forward Itay Lev (202-80) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Ezequiel Skverer (188-89) who supported him with 12 points and 8 assists. Maccabi HBK's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by forward Yotam Shiran (198-90, agent: Zeev Gross) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Beeri. American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) added 17 points for lost side. Five Maccabi HBK and four Hapoel Beeri players scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Maccabi HBK moved-up to third place. Hapoel Beeri at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Maccabi HBK's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Beeri will play against Kohav Yair in Kohav Yair.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: N.Matalon 18+3reb, S.Bradford 18+5reb, I.Lev 17+6reb+3ast, P.Delaney 16+4reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 13+1reb+4ast, E.Skverer 12+4reb+8ast
Hapoel Beeri: Y.Shiran 21+6reb+2ast, A.Fisher 17+3reb+2ast, G.Davis 11+3reb+2ast, D.Aidan 11+3reb, T.Havkin 8+2reb+2ast, G.Dotan 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 105571


Hapoel Afula - Hapoel T-A 58-86

The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (4-6) was outscored by first ranked Hapoel T-A (10-0) 58-86. American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to led the charge for the winners and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agent: Zeev Gross) chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah, agent: Arik Krayn) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized German guard Guy Aud (182-89) scored 12 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. Hapoel T-A have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position. Hapoel Afula added fourth loss in a row to their record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Ironi Ramat Gan and Kohav Yair. Hapoel T-A will meet Elitzur Ramla (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hapoel Afula will play against Maccabi HBK (#3) in Habikaa and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 27+8reb+5ast, A.Uter 18+11reb+4ast, E.Eliyah 15+4reb+2ast, Y.Rokni 7+5reb, Y.Shvartzman 6+1reb+3ast, G.Eytan 5+2reb+3ast
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 17+10reb+4ast, G.Aud 12+1reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 9+2reb+2ast, D.Hugee 9+4reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 4, D.Wollis 3+2reb
gschID: 105572


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Tivon 88-85

Another exciting game where fourteenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-7) edged by three points higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (6-4) 88-85. It was a big embarassment for the guest team. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Dror Davidi (190-84, agent: Arik Krayn) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Zach Evans (196-88, college: Bucknell) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Tramaine Stevens (200-87, college: Morehead St.) added 22 points in the effort for Hapoel Tivon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Elitzur Ramla moved-up to twelfth place. Hapoel Tivon at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share the position with Megido/Yokneam and Maccabi HBK. Elitzur Ramla's will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Tivon will play at home against Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 30+5reb+1ast, K.Young 17+5reb+3ast, L.Levi 14+6reb+2ast, G.Lavie 12+5reb+3ast, I.Berkowitz 7+3reb+4ast, T.Parselani 6+2reb
Hapoel Tivon: T.Stevens 22+3reb+1ast, Z.Evans 19+7reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 14+7reb+2ast, K.Izik 10+6reb+1ast, B.Timor 8+2reb+5ast, O.Ida 6+4reb
gschID: 105573


Hod Hasharon - Beer Yaakov 110-102

We should not miss the game where tenth ranked Hod Hasharon (4-5) against 7th ranked Beer Yaakov (5-5) where Hod Hasharon won at home by eight points 110-102. American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agent: Keith Kreiter) notched 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and naturalized Latvian swingman Gerry Gendel (203-80, agent: Zeev Gross) who supported him with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Hod Hasharon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) did not help to save the game for Beer Yaakov. Guard Ofir Farhi (187-86) added 13 points and 9 assists for lost side. Four Hod Hasharon and five Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Hod Hasharon moved-up to eighth place. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (#5) in Kiryat Tivon and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 31+8reb+5ast, G.Gendel 22+5reb+5ast, S.Brandy 17+12reb+3ast, A.Bier-Katz 16+5reb, O.Menskey 10+1ast, K.Sharvit 8+3reb+6ast
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 31+12reb+1ast, J.Gomes 22+2reb+2ast, O.Farhi 13+4reb+9ast, G.Karni 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 11+2reb+5ast, I.Levi 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 105574


Lev Hasharon - Megido/Yokneam 111-112

The most exciting game of round 10 in National League was guest Megido/Yokneam's (6-4) very close only 1-point road victory over Lev Hasharon (#5) 112-111. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) fired 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agent: Goran Gramatikov) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88, agent: Avi Zilberman) added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Megido/Yokneam have an impressive five-game winning streak. Thanks to that win Megido/Yokneam moved-up to third place. Lev Hasharon at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share the position with Beer Yaakov. Megido/Yokneam is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lev Hasharon will play against Beer Yaakov (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: N.Miller 32+8reb+4ast, R.Clemente 26+11reb, N.Tishman 11+2reb+1ast, N.Levi 8+1reb, T.Bar Even 8+1reb, R.Barzilay 8+3reb
Lev Hasharon: I.Eiram 25+5reb+5ast, A.Henry Dobie 24+8reb+5ast, O.Hover 22+7reb, I.McFarlin 16+4reb+1ast, T.Ronen 13+3reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 105575




Thirteen times Maccabi Haifa and Deutsche Bank Skyliners were tied as the hosts pulled the latest win - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Deutsche Bank Skyliners 54:53

Areal thriller ended up in Haifa where local Maccabi edged Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The Israeli team grabbed 54:53 win for 2-1 record.
The guests went on a 4-0 run after the baskets from Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Rothbart brought he first lead for the hosts and it was right before the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the guests again led for the whole time and looked awesome in the court. Maccabi Haifa again needed the last shot to get the lead back. It was O'Bannon driving lay-up for 29:27 halftime advantage. Six times the score was tied in the court in the last quarter that became the addition to the first two amazing quarters. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) made two free throws at the end of the period for his side, while Low closed the period at 43:43. Another five times the teams were tide in the last frame as the final seconds became the most interesting. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) pulled the Israeli outfit level with a lay-up from the end. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) drew a foul by Quantez Robertson and made the first of two free-throws for the final score.
Sylven Landesberg paced all the winners with 16 points and Elishay Kadir scored 9. DaShaun Wood responded with 12 points in the losing effort as the German side suffered their third loss. Kimmo Muurinen collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Marius Nolte added 9 points and 11 boards.

Maccabi Haifa: Sylven Landesberg 16, Elishay Kadir 9
Deutsche Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 12, Kimmo Muurinen 10+10 rebs, Marius Nolte 9+11 rebs



Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya-Belgacom Liege 78:67

Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege and tied them at 3-1 record on top of Group D in EuroChallenge. It happened right after the home 78:67 win over the opponents in Israel.
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) started the game from the long range and he nailed another two midway through the quarter. Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) and Watson however enjoyed the closer shots to give the hosts 22:19 at the end of the first period. Gur brought 29:21 and then however Belgacom Liege answered with 8-0 run for 29:28. Gur and Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) exchanged the shots at the end of the half for 39:36 home side deficit. In the third quarter the picture remained the same in the game as the hosts kept 5-7 points advantage. Romeo Travis and Griffin were the last players to score for their teams in the third period for 57:51 on the board. Len Matela nailed three to reduce to 59:54 early in the fourth, while Romeo Travis ensured the bigger lead for the team from Israel at 65:56. Asante delivered the victory from the free throw line as Barak Netanya handed the first loss to Belgacom Liege.
Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Romeo Travis had a great night of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) followed them with 16 points and 8 caroms in the winning effort for 3-1 record. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83, college: UCLA) and Michael Jenkins delivered 15 each in defeat and Len Matela netted 12. Adrian Banks remains the top-scorer of the tournament averaging 24.5 points per game.

Barak Netanya: Adrian Banks 24, Romeo Travis 23+11 rebs, Elton Brown 16+8 rebs
Belgacom Liege: Cedric Bozeman 15, Michael Jenkins 15, Len Matela 12



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  ITALY   


Teramo brings back Blake Ahearn - by Eurobasket News
Banca Tercas Teramo decided to bring back Blake Ahearn (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.). The American guard was sidelined for few weeks due to technical reasons. He appeared in four Serie A games averaging 9.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. Ahearn started last season with MMT Estudiantes Madrid and later moved to NBA D-League.

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  JAPAN   


Highs and Lows... - by Brandon Cole
Wats good everybody! Thanks for checkin back in on ya boy and following my blog series. As most of all my fellow ballers out there already know, when it comes to living and playing pro ball overseas, there are always tons of highs and lows as far as on the court and off the court. Im currently experiencing a little bit of that as we speak so let me elaborate.

Me and my team, The Miyazaki Shining Suns are currently battling to stay in contention for the playoffs here in the BJ League and are currently on a 3 game losing streak. We just came off 2 tough road losses in Okinawa against the Okinawa Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa. They won the league championship a couple of seasons ago and have a very deep and talented roster with 5 solid Americans and good Japanese players that all seem to play together pretty well. We hung in there pretty tough the first game on Saturday but couldnt get it done, and on the 2nd game of the back to back, we were without our versatile do it all swingman Jackie Manuel, who suffered a slight concussion the night before. We were down to 8 guys (2 of our Japanese players didn't make the trip, and we only have 3 americans while a lot of other teams have 4 or 5) We hung in there for the 1st quarter but they're overall depth wore us down and we weren't able to keep up.

As a team we just have to find that overall consistency that we've been lacking so far this season. We have the talent in both our Americans, and our Japanese players, we just need to be physically and mentally tougher on both ends of the floor right now and not have so many defensive breakdowns. If we fix a few things here and there and develop the mindset that we're gonna score and get stops when we need them, then i think the sky's the limit for us. Our goal is to make the playoffs (and make a run) here in our first season in the league, and with 36 games left we fully intend on improving daily and reaching our goals.

Well those are the examples of 'the lows' that i'm experiencing rite now....which is nothing compared to the 'HIGHS'! My wife and I just ushered our newborn son into the world (our 2nd) and he was born rite here in Japan. The health care is excellent here and the doctors did a great job. My wife actually went into labor at our home arena about an hour before tip off of our game last week against Fukuoka Rizing. The team President's wife, who is best friends with my wife, rushed into the locker room to tell me and then rushed my wife to the hospital. Needless to say that i couldn't concentrate on the game at all!!! Lol... All i could think about was if she was ok and if it was indeed the REAL THING or if it was just a false alarm. The team trainers notified me midway thru the 4th quarter during one of our timeouts that the baby had been born safe and sound and that everything was great! I rushed to the hospital immediately after the game and dint even stay to sign autographs and do the meet and greet with the fans like we're always supposed to do after games. We still ended up losing that game (even though we beat them by double digits the night before) but even that crucial home loss couldn't fully ruin that day for me.

Another high is the fact that the team and organization have been amazing to me and my family and have taken tremendous care of us. I see why so many guys come to play in Japan and NEVER LEAVE!!! Lol...as a player, you are treated with so much class, respect and love and in this business, that is always GREAT to see. They have really done a great job in making me and my family comfortable here and been very helpful in regards to pretty much everything we need. That is always a plus and in turn, can really make it a lot easier for you to play at your best, when you know that off the court, everything is in place and in order (money, security, family needs etc). So i'm definitely blessed to be in the situation that im in right now and am going to continue to strive to help put my team in a position to win every night. Well ya boy had a looooong day of film session, practice, weights, and cold pool/hot tub recovery so i'm about to lay it down and get ready for these big home games that we have this weekend against Kyoto Hannaryz. So until next time, ya'll stay cool and be easy!


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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (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. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.8.5 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Selakovs, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.3 
 7. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera7.2 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.9 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.3.9 
 7. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU3.6 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 10. Lowe, Barons2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Slisans, LU1.9 
 8. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.8 
 10. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
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, Turiba0.7 
 9. Volkops, LU0.7 
 10. Mejeris, Liepaja0.7 


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 7-1 
 2. BS Ogre 7-2 
 3. Saldus 6-1 
 4. Ventspils Aug. 5-3 
 5. ASK/Buki 5-4 
 6. Zemgale/Jun. 5-5 
 7. DSN Riga 4-1 
 8. BS Daugava 4-4 
 9. Barons/Ridzene 2-8 
 10. Liepaja-2 1-5 
 11. Livani 1-6 
 12. VEF Kadeti 0-7 


BK Ventspils rolled over Khimik in the last game of EuroChallenge Group B - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Khimik 79:70

BK Ventspils rolled over Khimik in the last game of Group B of EuroChallenge Round 4. The Baltic side grabbed 3-1 record after 79:70 victory in Latvia.
Latvian team remembered the road win few weeks ago in Yuzhniy and started with 6-2 run. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) later brought 21:16 and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) closed the period at 21:19. In the second frame the team from Ukraine enjoyed the lead for several time but Strelnieks nailed three to tie the game at 38:38. Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87)i and Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) brought 42:28 on the board, while Berzins responded for the Latvian lead at 47:46. Mason increased to 55:50 and Edin Bavcic closed the period at 59:56. The game remained tough in the last stanza and kept the spectators alive for the winners. Howard tied the game at 66:66, while the hosts created a 7-0 run for 73:66. The last four points the team from Latvia achieved from the free throw line to seal the third win in EuroChallnege. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) made the last two for 79:70 victory to send Khimik to 1-2 record.
Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Saulius Kuzminskas notched 18. Strelnieks posted 16, while Maris Gulbis added 8. Alexander Kolchenko replied with 17 points in the losing case and Edin Bavcic added 15. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) brought 13 in defeat and Stanislav Zavadskyi ended up with 10 points.

BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 19, Saulius Kuzminskas 18, Strelnieks 16, Maris Gulbis 8
Khimik: Alexander Kolchenko 17, Edin Bavcic 15, Curtis Millage 13, Stanislav Zavadsky 10



LBL Round 10: Liepaja takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 biggest upset was seventh defeat of one of league's best team Turiba against second ranked Liepaja. They were rolled over in Liepaja by 32-point margin 98-66. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martins Kravcenko (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) contributed with 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Martins Motivans (196-88) replied with 23 points for Turiba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They is a new league leader. Turiba keeps the seventh position with 3-7 record. Turiba will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Liepaja will try to continue on it's current victory against fifth ranked Barons in Riga.
Bottom-ranked LU is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to second ranked Liepaja (8-2) 54-75. American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and Jurijs Aleksejevs chipped in 13 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Krists Piternieks (202-87, agent: Alexis Politis) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. LU's coach Martins Zibarts gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players and saving starting five for next games. Liepaja have an impressive five-game winning streak. They is a new league leader. LU still at the very bottom with 0-10 record. Liepaja's will play against Barons (#5) in Riga in the next round. LU will play on the road against the league's leader Liepaja and hopes to get finally their first victory.



LU - Liepaja 54-75

Bottom-ranked LU is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to second ranked Liepaja (8-2) 54-75. American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) chipped in 13 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Krists Piternieks (202-87, agent: Alexis Politis) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) scored 6 points and 7 rebounds. LU's coach Martins Zibarts gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players and saving starting five for next games. Liepaja have an impressive five-game winning streak. They is a new league leader. LU still at the very bottom with 0-10 record. Liepaja's will play against Barons (#5) in Riga in the next round. LU will play on the road against the league's leader Liepaja and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
LU: K.Piternieks 13+10reb+4ast, E.Tukiss 9+2reb, Z.Peiners 6+7reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 6+6reb, A.Slisans 5+1reb, E.Tukiss 5+1ast
Liepaja: A.Mitchell 23+5reb+3ast, J.Aleksejevs 13+4reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 11+8reb, N.Beard 8+11reb, J.Kosuskins 6+4reb, R.Vaikulis 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 108911


Liepaja - Turiba 98-66

Round 10 biggest upset was seventh defeat of one of league's best team Turiba against second ranked Liepaja. They were rolled over in Liepaja by 32-point margin 98-66. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martins Kravcenko (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Liepaja players scored in double figures. Forward Martins Motivans (196-88) replied with 23 points and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They is a new league leader. Turiba keeps the seventh position with 3-7 record. Turiba will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Liepaja will try to continue on it's current victory against fifth ranked Barons in Riga.
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Motivans 23+1reb+2ast, J.Dilevka 8+5reb, R.Mednis 8+6reb+1ast, A.Servuts 8+5reb, M.Steinbergs 5+1ast, N.Sondors 4+2reb+1ast
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 18+8reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 17+11reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 16+3reb+4ast, M.Mejeris 13+1reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 12+2reb+3ast, N.Beard 10+5reb
gschID: 108912




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  MALAYSIA   


The Lecturers Advance Course in Basketball started in KL - by Abdallah Omari
Yesterday, The Lecturers Advance Course in Basketball started in KualaLumpur. Participating in this session, coach Fadi Sabbah , head of the commission of coaches in the Jordanian basketball federation as well as twenty scholars representing the five regions under the umbrella of AFC in the presence of Secretary General of the Asian Federation and the President of the Organizing Committee Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.


The 3rd Malaysia International Basketball Championship - by Abdallah Omari
The Malaysia Men's team were unable to keep pace with the speedy Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards and were defeated 78-66, settling for third place in the 3rd Malaysia International Basketball Championship. The undefeated Leopards, like their female counterparts from Chinese Taipei, took the championship trophy while the Western Tigers from Australia took second place. The Leopards took an early 5-0 lead before Johnson Ngetha (77) scored Malaysia's first basket and Malaysia managed to pull within 1 soon after. However, 10 consecutive points from Wu Yung-Jen (177-G-82) gave the Leopards and 10 point lead and they maintained this 10 point cushion going into halftime. Malaysia fought back during the second half cutting the Taiwanese lead to single digits. However, several crucial turnovers and missed shots in the fourth quarter negated any chance of Malaysia getting back into the game and the Leopards held on to win 78-66. Shee Fai Loh (189-G-89) had 19 points off 5 three-point shots, while Johnson Ngetha added 10 points. Captain Chee Li Wei (198-F/C-83) had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Wu Yung-Jen (177-G-82) led all scorers with 23 points, with 5 steals and 5 assists for an all-round performance. Chang Yi-Ming (187-G-84) too hit 5 three-point shots and added 18 points for the Leopards. In the earlier match-up, the Western Tigers defeated the Guang Xi Men's team 79-54. The team from China were outmatched by the Australians and had to settle for their third defeat of the tournament.

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  MALTA   


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


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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Pioneros 21-7 
 2. Toros 21-7 
 3. Halc.Xalapa 21-7 
 4. Fuerza Regia 20-8 
 5. Angeles 18-9 
 6. Huracanes 18-10 
 7. Halc.Rojos 17-10 
 8. Lobos Grises 17-11 
 9. Lechugueros 15-13 
 10. Ola Verde 15-13 
 11. Soles 15-13 
 12. Potros 12-16 
 13. Panteras 11-15 
 14. Algodoneros 8-17 
 15. Abejas 8-19 
 16. Titanes 7-20 
 17. Jaguares 1-24 
 18. Volcanes 1-27 


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  NAIA   


Martin Methdist College Pegged No. 11 in First Edition of NAIA Poll - by Stephan Ditgens

Kansas City, Mo. (12/7) In the first regular season edition of the NAIA Division I Mens Basketball Coaches Top 25 poll, the RedHawks sky-rocketed from receiving votes to No. 11 after an 11-0 mark thus far. MMC represents the highest-ranked TranSouth team, as Union fell to No. 17 from No. 10 and Freed-Hardeman dropped out after the preseason rankings.



The men are off to their best start since a 13-0 beginning during the 2008-09 season when MMC posted a 22-10 overall record. This season, the RedHawks are led by Ree McCrory (Junior/Columbus, Ga.), who averages 17.9 points per contest and Chris Leggett (Senior/Meridianville, Miss.) with an average 7.8 boards per game.



The RedHawks are currently atop the NAIA in several categories, leading the nation in scoring margin at 30.81 points, while James Justice (Junior/Memphis, Tenn.) ranks second in the nation with 34 steals and sixth with 56 assists. Chris Goodwins efficiency beyond the arc ranks him third in total three-pointers made (39) and fourth in threes per game, averaging 3.54.



Andy Sharpes squad will take a slight hiatus until the new year, opening 2011 with a January 3rd matchup against Auburn-Montgomery, and a January 8th face-off with No. 17 Union University, both on the road.


source: goredhawks.com


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  NBA   


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 Lakers26.7 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.25.3 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.9 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.24.8 
 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 Lakers11.6 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.5 
 10. Odom, LA Lakers10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.14.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.4 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.9 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.8.9 
 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.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 4. Curry, Golde S.2.3 
 5. Miller, Portland.2.2 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.2 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 9. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darko MILICIC
  Minnesota T.
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.7 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers2.2 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.0 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.9 
 10. Dalembert, Sacram.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 7-14 
 5. New Jersey N. 6-16 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 11-8 
 2. Indiana P. 10-9 
 3. Milwaukee B. 7-13 
 4. Cleveland C. 7-14 
 5. Detroit P. 7-15 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 15-6 
 2. Atlanta H. 15-8 
 3. Miami Heat 14-8 
 4. Charlotte B. 8-13 
 5. Washington W. 6-14 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 16-6 
 2. Oklah.City T. 14-8 
 3. Denver N. 13-7 
 4. Portland TB 10-11 
 5. Minnesota T. 5-16 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 15-6 
 2. Phoenix Suns 11-10 
 3. Golde State W. 8-13 
 4. LA Clippers 5-17 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-15 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 17-3 
 2. Dallas M. 17-4 
 3. N.Orleans H. 13-7 
 4. Houston R. 8-13 
 5. Memphis G. 8-14 


Tuesday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - Phoenix Suns 106-99
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored 24 points, Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) and LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 20 apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat Phoenix 106-99 on Tuesday night, snapping the Suns' three-game winning streak. The Suns led by as many as nine points early in the fourth quarter but the Blazers, known for late-game meltdowns of late, tied it at 89 on Nicolas Batum's layup and went in front on Aldridge's two free throws with 3:38 left. Matthews made two more foul shots to extend Portland's lead. Channing Frye fouled out for the Suns when he was called for an offensive foul on a dunk, and Phoenix lost another chance to draw closer when Steve Nash missed an off-balance jumper. Batum's 3-pointer with 1:38 left put Portland ahead 96-89 and the Blazers led the rest of the way. Nash had 24 points and 15 assists for Phoenix. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

LA Lakers - Washington W. 115-108
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 32 points, Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) added 24 points and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the Washington Wizards for the eighth straight time, 115-108 Tuesday night. Pau Gasol had 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers in their final home game before a seven-game, two-week trip that includes a rematch with Washington on Dec. 14. Los Angeles struggled to put away the lively Wizards, but never trailed for the fourth time this season. Nick Young hit a career-best six 3-pointers while scoring 30 points in his hometown for the Wizards, who closed the third quarter on a 16-1 run to make the two-time defending champions uncomfortable. Young's final 3-pointer pulled Washington to 110-106 with 1:20 left, but it was the former USC guard's only basket in the fourth quarter. John Wall had 22 points and 14 assists for Washington, which dropped to 0-11 on the road this season. Washington and the Los Angeles Clippers are the NBA's only remaining teams without a road victory. Gilbert Arenas scored 23 points for the Wizards, who played without forward Andray Blatche after their leading scorer bruised his hip during Saturday's loss at Phoenix. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Philadelph.76 - Cleveland C. 117-97
Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had a season-high 26 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers 117-97 on Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games. Lou Williams scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia, which placed seven players in double figures in its highest scoring output of the season. Jodie Meeks and Jrue Holiday had 16 points apiece, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 13 and Elton Brand finished with 12. J.J. Hickson had 18 points for Cleveland, which has lost five consecutive games by an average of 22.2 points. Daniel Gibson scored 16 and Mo Williams added 15. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Charlotte B. - Denver N. 100-98
Everything pointed to a storybook night for George Karl. Sitting at 999 NBA wins, he was back in North Carolina where he played in college and coaching against buddy Larry Brown. Karl even joked before the game of missing the postgame flight to Boston and drinking wine with Brown to celebrate becoming just the seventh coach to win 1,000 games. Instead, Karl was slumped in a chair at the end of the night dressed in a Tar Heel sweatshirt debating a late-game decision and lamenting the end of the Denver Nuggets' seven-game winning streak. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored 23 points, Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) added 20 and the Charlotte Bobcats rode their big guns in building a comfortable lead before sweating out a 100-98 victory Tuesday night. ''We only come here one time a year and of course going against Larry is always a challenge,'' Karl said of Brown, a 1,000-win club member. ''It would have been something I'd have remembered if I won my 1,000th here. But hopefully we'll get it on this trip.'' The Nuggets nearly rallied from eight points down with 90 seconds left. After Jackson failed to hit the rim on a 3-point attempt, the Nuggets had a chance to tie. Chauncey Billups dribbled the ball into the right corner, but his fadeaway that would have tied it bounced off the rim at the buzzer. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Dallas M. - Golde State W. 105-100
Tuesday night's 105-100 loss to Dallas is a perfect example of why this stretch of the Warriors' schedule has a chance to be so frustrating. Four games into the seven-game span, this reality started to set in: The Warriors simply might not be able to beat the league's elite teams. The Warriors shared the ball, tried to play defense, rebounded and showed the energy necessary to win on the road. Still, the Mavericks were able to turn it on in the clutch and dash the Warriors' hopes in front of the 370th consecutive sellout at American Airlines Center. Like clockwork, the Mavericks stretched their lead to eight points - their biggest - in the final five minutes, but a Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) dunk with 3:08 remaining cut the Warriors' deficit to 92-89. Over the final three minutes, Dallas made 4 of 5 shots, while the Warriors had two turnovers and clanked 5 of 9 shots. 'It's frustrating,' point guard Stephen Curry said. 'You don't go out every game and play as hard as you can just to lose and to feel down in the locker room.' Curry led four starters in double figures with 21 points. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Ellis had 18 points and seven assists, and Dorell Wright had his third consecutive double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds). The fifth starter, Andris Biedrins, had eight points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors stayed within a rebound of Dallas. The Warriors' balanced offense outshot the Mavs from the floor and the three-point arc and outscored Dallas in the paint and in transition. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Houston R. - Detroit P. 97-83
Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) had 35 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Rockets to a 97-83 win over the Detroit Pistons, ruining Tracy McGrady's return to Houston. McGrady hit a 3-pointer with about eight minutes left to get the Pistons within one, but Houston scored the next seven points to stretch the lead to 85-77 with six minutes remaining. Scola made the last basket of that run and added six of Houston's next eight points as the Rockets built a 93-79 lead. McGrady, who spent 5 seasons with the Rockets, finished with 11 points. He got his fourth and fifth fouls shortly after his 3-pointer and went to the bench for good. Rodney Stuckey had 18 points and five assists for Detroit. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) added 22 points and 12 assists for Houston, and Kevin Martin had 21 points. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Atlanta H. - New Jersey N. 116-101
The Atlanta Hawks are trying for a more balanced scoring attack with star Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) out for at least a month following right elbow surgery. It sure worked out well Tuesday night. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored a season-high 34 points, leading the streaking Hawks to a 116-101 victory over the New Jersey Nets. Atlanta made 60 percent of its shots and had 34 assists both season highs while improving to 4-1 since Johnson went down. The Hawks have won seven of eight overall. 'We know that anybody can lead our team in scoring on any given night, and we're OK with that,' said Jamal Crawford, who had a season-high 26 points. Added Smith: 'We're just trying to hold down the fort until Joe returns.' Smith, accurate with his outside jumper and inside game, made 14 of 16 shots from the field. When it was over, he blew kisses to the crowd. Al Horford added 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Hawks. Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 24 points. Devin Harris had 18 points and 13 assists and Jordan Farmar scored 16. *Courtesy of www.sfexaminer.com




Nets recall Terrence Williams from NBDL - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets on Tuesday recalled swingman Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87, college: Louisville) from Springfield (Mass.) of the NBA Development League. Williams was sent down last month, after some lateness violations and other disagreements with the club.

In three games with the Armor, Williams, a former first-round pick out of Louisville, averaged 28 points, 11.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in 41.7 minutes. He recorded two triple-doubles, while topping 30 points twice. Williams has played in eight games with the Nets, averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 19.9 minutes.

Courtesy of www.sportingnews.com


Martell Webster cleared to play, Darko Milicic is day-to-day - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) met with doctors Monday afternoon and has been cleared to return to game action, according to team officials.

Webster, who underwent back surgery in October, will provide a spark to a Wolves team that has been severely hampered by injuries of late.

It is unclear at this point if Webster will be available for Wednesday's home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder but we will learn more when coach Kurt Rambis meets with the media an hour-and-a-half prior to tip.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) is officially listed as day-to-day with a right quad contusion that kept him out of Monday's loss to the Knicks after just eight minutes.

Lastly, point guard Jonny Flynn remains out and is most likely heading back to NBDL affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce to continue his rehab from hip surgery.

Flynn was recalled after last Friday's game with the Skyforce but Rambis has said he wants to see how Flynn responds to playing a back-to-back, which the Skyforce have scheduled for this Friday and Saturday night at home against Tulsa.

Per NBA rules, any first-or second-year player can be assigned to his team's D-League affiliate up to three teams per season.

If Flynn's second rehab stint goes well, his return to a Wolves uniform would be tentatively set for next Tuesday in Golden State in the middle of the Wolves grueling six-game road trip--the longest of the season.

Courtesy of http://1500espn.com


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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. Mahnin, Asker2.0 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 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 


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Lisboa e Benfica end Lukoil Academic unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica-Lukoil Academic 86:79 OT

Lisboa e Benfica needed overtime to beat Lukoil Academic in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night to hand the Bulgarian outfit its first loss of the season. The Portuguese team also grabbed 3-1 record on top after 86:79 win.
Kambala and Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) exchanged the early baskets and Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) netted three for 10:6. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) scored for 16:8, whilst Evora delivered two for 24:13. Avramov closed the period from the arc and then Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) opened it for the hosts at 29:18. When Minhava gave his side the biggest lead at 33:18 it seemed the hosts would keep the advantage for good. Lukoil Academic however was too far to give up and reduced to 43:37 at the halftime. Moreover Stojanovski and Kambala scored two each for 54:52 at the end of the third period. Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) later tied it all at 56:56, while Kambala brought 61:60 lead. Antonio Tavares answered for 67:64 and Heshimu Evans kept the advantage at 72:69. Dominic James however nailed from the perimeter to send the teams to overtime at 72:72. In the extra time the hosts looked much better and after 14-7 in it celebrated their third victory. Antonio Tavares made a lay-up in the end of it for the final success.
Heshimu Evans stepped up with 20 points to lead the charge. Antonio Tavares and Gregory Jenkins scored 18 points each and Sergio Ramos netted 12. Dominic James responded with 25 points in the losing case and Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) added 15.

Lisboa e Benfica: Heshimu Evans 20, Antonio Tavares 18, Gregory Jenkins 18+12 rebs, Sergio Ramos 12
Lukoil Academic: Dominic James 25, Brandon Bowman 15



Cup of Portugal - by Hugo Carvalho
FC Porto wins Illiabum (72-55) - Ovarense crushed Galitos (PROLIGA) by 109-38 - Ginsio won Sangalhos (PROLIGA) by 83-79.
For tonight's scheduled game between Barcelos and Penafiel. The timing of the quarter-final will be completed only in January, with games Benfica -Vitria and Academica -Terceira Basket (PROLIGA). CAB Madeira won Barreirense, who has a new coach, looked back to the good results (at least in the league), but was eliminated this afternoon by 69-78.



Proliga Round 5: Barcelos beats Angra in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with many games ending by tiny margin.
The most important game of round 5 took place in Angra where undefeated guest Barcelos (#1) defeated lower ranked Angra (#4) by 8 points 89-81. The best player for the winners was center Joao Moreira (200-85) who scored 27 points. Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Barcelos' coach Jose Rodrigues used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac, agent: Adam Prossin) produced 22 points for the hosts. Undefeated Barcelos (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Angra at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost.


The game with biggest result difference took place in Alges. Local Alges (0-5) was outscored by fifth ranked Galitos FC (3-2) 49-76. Guard Antonio Pires (185-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 5 assists. Antonio Almeida contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Cape Verdean forward Fidel Mendonca (191-84) answered with 11 points for Alges. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galitos FC maintains fifth place. Alges lost their fifth straight game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Seixal. Galitos FC's will play against league's second-placed Fisica in Torres Vedras in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alges will play on the road against Seixal (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Undefeated leader Barcelos delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Terceira Basket 105-99 in Angra Heroismo. Pedro Silva stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Nate Bowie responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Barcelos. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Terceira Basket at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share the position with Maia Basket. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 55-69 loss to second ranked Fisica (4-1) in Torres Vedras. Jason Underwood nailed 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Seixal's coach Carlos Martins rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fisica. They maintain second place having just three points less than leader Barcelos. Seixal lost their fifth straight game in a row. Seixal at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Fisica's next round opponent will be Galitos FC (#5) in Barreiro. Seixal will play on the road against Alges (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where fourth ranked Angra (4-2) edged by two points 9th ranked Maia Basket (2-4) 73-71. The best player for the winners was Terrence Mack who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Angra maintains fourth place. Maia Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Guifoes defeated Electrico FC in a road game 68-62. Sangalhos beat Povoa at home 77-63. Maia Basket lost to Terceira Basket on the opponent's court 75-87.


Alges - Galitos FC 49-76

The game with biggest result difference took place in Alges. Local Alges (0-5) was outscored by fifth ranked Galitos FC (3-2) 49-76. Guard Antonio Pires (185-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 5 assists. Forward Antonio Almeida (192-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Galitos FC players scored in double figures. Cape Verdean forward Fidel Mendonca (191-84) answered with 11 points and center Joao Vicente (203-86) added 5 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Alges. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galitos FC maintains fifth place. Alges lost their fifth straight game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Seixal. Galitos FC's will play against league's second-placed Fisica in Torres Vedras in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alges will play on the road against Seixal (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Galitos FC: A.Pires 32+4reb+5ast, A.Almeida 13+10reb, D.Leiria 10+1reb+2ast, M.Pilgrim 10+8reb+1ast, J.Ferreira 6+11reb, A.Coelho 3+3reb
Sport Alges e Dafundo: F.Mendonca 11+4reb+1ast, R.Robalo 7, N.Monteiro 5+2ast, J.Vicente 5+6reb, A.Joaquim 4+4reb, A.Cohen 4+1reb


gschID: 101269


Electrico FC - Guifoes 62-68

Everything could happen in Ponte de Sor at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Guifoes and 7th ranked Electrico FC had identical 2-2 record. But Electrico FC was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Guifoes 62-68. The best player for the winners was forward Andre Libanio (194-86) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Cape Verdean forward Odair Conceicao (197-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Angolan forward Benedito Suca (196-84) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and Angolan guard Edson Ferreira (183-86) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Thanks to that win newly promoted Guifoes moved-up to fifth place. Electrico FC at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Guifoes will face higher ranked Sangalhos (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Electrico FC will play against Povoa (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: A.Libanio 19+10reb, O.Conceicao 12+12reb, P.Silva 11+2reb+4ast, M.Faria 7+3ast, P.Morais 6+4reb+1ast, J.Gaspar 6+3reb
Electrico FC: J.Afonso 13+1reb+2ast, B.Suca 10+6reb+1ast, J.Lanzinha 9+5reb+2ast, E.Ferreira 9+5reb+3ast, D.Neves 6+7reb+1ast, J.Pinto 5+1reb
gschID: 101270


Angra - Barcelos 81-89

The most important game of round 5 took place in Angra where undefeated guest Barcelos (#1) defeated lower ranked Angra (#4) by 8 points 89-81. The best player for the winners was center Joao Moreira (200-85) who scored 27 points. Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Barcelos' coach Jose Rodrigues used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac, agent: Adam Prossin) produced 22 points and the other American import power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barcelos (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Angra at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: J.Moreira 27+4reb+3ast, N.Pedroso 17+7reb+6ast, C.Fechas 14+7reb+8ast, S.Duarte 13+2reb, P.Silva 7+7reb+2ast, P.Antonio 4+4reb
Angra: K.Jolley 22+4reb+1ast, A.Kravtsov 14+3reb, J.Pereira 14+5reb+1ast, T.Mack 14+8reb+2ast, P.Loth 8+7ast, F.Gomes 7+7reb
gschID: 101271


Sangalhos - Povoa 77-63

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sangalhos (4-1) defeated at home 8th ranked Povoa (2-3) 77-63. The best player for the winners was swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sangalhos players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward George Ehiagwina (206-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-83, college: Prairie View A&M) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Thanks to that win Sangalhos moved-up to second place. Povoa lost their third straight game in a row. Povoa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Sangalhos will face Guifoes (#6) at home in the next round. Povoa will play against Electrico FC in Ponte de Sor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cv.Alianca Sangalhos: E.Silva 27+8reb+1ast, L.Fonte 16+7reb+5ast, J.Seabra 12+4reb+7ast, A.Duarte 10+3reb+6ast, N.Bizarro 8+2reb, F.Martins 4+2reb
CD Povoa/MonteAdriano: G.Ehiagwina 14+10reb, J.Neto 11+1reb+2ast, A.jr. Oha 11+8reb+4ast, A.Gomes 10+2reb, L.Pires 6+5reb+1ast, A.Silva 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 101272


Terceira Basket - Maia Basket 87-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Angra Heroismo where 9th ranked Maia Basket (2-4) was defeated by tenth ranked Terceira Basket (2-4) 87-75. The best player for the winners was forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Jose Gomes (188-78) produced 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Luis Ferreira (188-78) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Thanks to that win Terceira Basket moved-up to ninth place which they share with defeated Maia Basket. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: F.Tavares 25+10reb+1ast, N.Bowie 19+8reb+7ast, A.Pontes 16+10reb+1ast, E.Silva 13+2reb+3ast, D.Goncalves 5+2reb, J.Avila 4+1reb+2ast
Maia Basket: L.Ferreira 16+6reb+5ast, J.Gomes 16+8reb+4ast, R.Monteiro 15+2reb+3ast, J.Diamantino 15+10reb+1ast, J.Oliveira 9+4reb, D.Correia 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 101267


Fisica - Seixal 69-55

Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 55-69 loss to second ranked Fisica (4-1) in Torres Vedras. American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) nailed 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Guinea-Bissau center Anastacio Sami (207-76) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds. Underwood is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Eneyde Ferreira (196-90) came up with 17 points and forward Tiago Magalhaes (192-76) added 5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Seixal in the defeat. Seixal's coach Carlos Martins rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fisica. They maintain second place having just three points less than leader Barcelos. Seixal lost their fifth straight game in a row. Seixal at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Fisica's next round opponent will be Galitos FC (#5) in Barreiro. Seixal will play on the road against Alges (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras: J.Underwood 19+4reb+2ast, C.Dias 14+5reb+1ast, A.Sami 10+11reb, M.Salvador 9+1reb+3ast, A.Cordeiro 8+7reb+1ast, A.Catarino 7+2reb+2ast
Seixal FC/Slimcei: E.Ferreira 17+4reb+1ast, D.Machado 12+4reb+1ast, R.Sa 7+1reb+2ast, T.Severino 6+4reb+2ast, T.Magalhaes 5+10reb+4ast, A.Clerigo 5+2reb
gschID: 101268


Round 6
Angra - Maia Basket 73-71

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where fourth ranked Angra (4-2) edged by two points 9th ranked Maia Basket (2-4) 73-71. The best player for the winners was American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized Angolan guard Joao Pereira (186-83) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Angra players scored in double figures. Guard Rui Monteiro (185-77) produced 24 points and 4 assists and swingman Jose Gomes (188-78) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Angra maintains fourth place. Maia Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark: T.Mack 19+16reb+3ast, F.Gomes 12+7reb+2ast, J.Pereira 12+7reb+4ast, K.Jolley 12+6reb+5ast, A.Kravtsov 11+1reb+2ast, P.Loth 4+1reb+8ast
Maia Basket Clube: R.Monteiro 24+2reb+4ast, J.Gomes 22+3reb+1ast, J.Diamantino 7+9reb, A.Dara 6+4reb+2ast, J.Oliveira 4+3reb, M.Morais 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117131


Terceira Basket - Barcelos 99-105

Undefeated leader Barcelos delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Terceira Basket 105-99 in Angra Heroismo. The former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and center Joao Moreira (200-85) chipped in 28 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the six consecutive win for Barcelos. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Terceira Basket at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share the position with Maia Basket. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Barcelos Hotel Terco: P.Silva 30+16reb+4ast, J.Moreira 28+8reb+3ast, N.Pedroso 24+6reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 10+1reb+1ast, C.Fechas 7+5reb+9ast, B.Dias 3
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 36+11reb+6ast, A.Pontes 22+11reb+4ast, A.Pimentel 16+2reb, F.Tavares 11+6reb+2ast, E.Silva 9+4reb+1ast, J.Avila 3
gschID: 117132




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Stanescu leads Steaua-Turabo over BC Dynamo - by Eurobasket News
Steaua-Turabo-Enterprise BC Dynamo 72:59

Romanian Steaua-Turabo outscored Enterprise BC Dynamo in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. They improved to 2-2 record after 72:59 home win. Steaua-Turabo are level with Antwerp Giants, who crashed to a heavy defeat at Lokomotiv Kuban earlier Tuesday.
The hosts flew to score in the start of the game and the baskets from Jackson and Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine) brought 5:0 on the board. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) made it 10:5, while Dynamo erupted with 9-0 run for 14:10 advantage. The hosts did not panic and Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) closed the period at 25:16. Domani and Zhukanenko reduced to 25:20, while Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) scored for 30:27. Romanian squad again increased the lead and Bogdan Popescu made it 41:32. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34 after 20 minutes. The third quarter became the most defensive as both teams paid more attention on their own side. Due to 12-9 in it Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 54:43 for the hosts. In the last quarter Steaua-Turabo controlled the court and rightfully clinched the victory. Robert Turner became the last player to score for the winners as he made two free throws. Nikita Shabalkin and Gubanov made the final score in the game as the Russian team suffered their third loss.
Virgil Stanescu paced all the winners with 21 points and Bogdan Popescu netted 13. Robert Turner scored 11, whilst Hristo Nikolov added 10. Vasili Zavoruev replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Nikita Shabalkin scored 13.

Steaua-Turabo: Virgil Stanescu 21, Bogdan Popescu 13, Robert Turner 11, Hristo Nikolov 10
Enterprise BC Dynamo: Vasili Zavoruev 14, Nikita Shabalkin 13



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  RUSSIA   


Szolnoki Olaj down Spartak to tie both records in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj -Spartak 88:72

Szolnoki Olaj down Spartak to tie both records in EuroChallenge Group A. The Hungarian team improved to 3-1 record celebrating an easy 88:72 home win. The margin of victory wasn't enough to give the Hungarian side the better goal differential in the head-to-head meetings with the two teams, which could be important if tie-breakers are called into play at the end of the Regular Season.
It was Szolnoki Olaj to go on a 5-0 run and then Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored for 14:9. Trepak surprised the guests from the perimeter for 24:14, while Vesztergom netted two for 29:25. Kolesnikov managed to reduce to 29:27 in the end of the first quarter, but Spartak had no chance later in the game. The second quarter became a nightmare for the Russian team that scored only 9 points. A massive streak allowed Olaj to take 57:36 advantage at the halftime as Clark closed the second frame. Even after the break the hosts remained tough and kept the necessary advantage. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) brought 69:47 and Fodor added two for 73:49. After 16-16 in the third period Kolesnikov nailed three for 73:52 after 30 minutes. Due to 20-15 in the last quarter Spartak reduced to 16 points as Antic and Vesztergom exchanged the baskets at the end.
Akos Horvath paced all the winners with 20 points, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Marton Bader netted 19 each. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA) and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) ended up with 14 points apiece in defeat and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) scored 13.

Szolnoki Olaj: Akos Horvath 20, Obie Trotter 19, Marton Bader 19
Spartak: Nikola Dragovic 14, Dijon Thompson 14, Anton Ponkrashov 13



BCM Gravelines Dunkerque overcame BC Nizhny Novgorod in Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-BC Nizhny Novgorod 72:64

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque overcame BC Nizhny Novgorod in Round 4 of EuroChallenge in Group A. The French side needed 72:64 for 2-2 record on the third place in the group.
Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) opened the game from the perimeter and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) followed him with two in a row for 11:4. The hosts continued to bombardier from the long range and another two from Julius Johnson (193-G/F, college: Chabot CC) showed 24:19 on the board after the first 10 minutes. Julius Johnson and Greer scored for 29:22 in the start of the second period. Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) cut it to 32:26, whilst Yurchyk added two for 34:28. Jomby drove a lay-up at the end of the frame for 43:31 halftime advantage. Yannick Bokolo made the same in the start of the third and Ben Woodside made a free throw for 49:34. The hosts continued to dominate the court and closed the quarter at 61:44. Actually the Russian team did not give up and played better in the last quarter. Yurchyk reduced to 61:51, while Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored four in a row for 66:57. Greer meanwhile was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to seal the victory with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque.
Ben Woodside stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Julius Johnson netted 12. Yannick Bokolo and Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) delivered 11 points apiece. Ivan Paunic responded with 15 points in the losing effort and Andrei Ivanov notched 12.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 18, Julius Johnson 12, Yannick Bokolo 11, Cyril Akpomedah 11
BC Nizhny Novgorod: Ivan Paunic 15, Andrei Ivanov 12



The decisive burst for Lokomotiv came in the third frame over the Giants - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-Antwerp Giants 96:69

The decisive burst for Lokomotiv came at the end as the Russian team overcame Antwerp Giants in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The hosts needed 30-8 in the third period for 96:69 final victory over Antwerp Giants. The favorites improved to 3-1 record on top and will face another Russian representatives Dynamo next week that lost to Steaua. Antwerp are now 2-2 and will look to get back on track next week against Steaua-Turabo Bucharest.
Both squads exchanged the leads several times and then Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) nailed three for 22:19 lead after the first 10 minutes. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) replied for 23:22 for his side and Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) scored six in a row for 31:28 advantage. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) closed the period with a jump shot as the Russian team trailed 38:39 at the halftime. After Bryan Hopkins nailed a shot from the arc to cut the home side's lead to 46:44, Michael Wilkinson replied with a jumper and Alexey Surovtsev then added a three-pointer. The third quarter became the masterpiece for the hosts that nailed 30 points for 68:47 deficit. Sheleketo made it 71:47 and Tucker brought 58:43. Lokomotiv Kuban finished the game with 6-0 run for the final 96:69 victory.
Lionel Chalmers led the way with 22 points for the third win. Michael Wilkinson netted 14, while Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) scored 10. Bryan Hopkins ended up with 21 points in the losing case, Graham Brown notched 16 and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) added 15.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Lionel Chalmers 22, Michael Wilkinson 14, Maxim Grigoryev 10
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 21, Graham Brown 16, Darnell Wilson 15





Stanescu leads Steaua-Turabo over BC Dynamo - by Eurobasket News
Steaua-Turabo-Enterprise BC Dynamo 72:59

Romanian Steaua-Turabo outscored Enterprise BC Dynamo in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. They improved to 2-2 record after 72:59 home win. Steaua-Turabo are level with Antwerp Giants, who crashed to a heavy defeat at Lokomotiv Kuban earlier Tuesday.
The hosts flew to score in the start of the game and the baskets from Jackson and Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine) brought 5:0 on the board. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) made it 10:5, while Dynamo erupted with 9-0 run for 14:10 advantage. The hosts did not panic and Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) closed the period at 25:16. Domani and Zhukanenko reduced to 25:20, while Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) scored for 30:27. Romanian squad again increased the lead and Bogdan Popescu made it 41:32. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34 after 20 minutes. The third quarter became the most defensive as both teams paid more attention on their own side. Due to 12-9 in it Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 54:43 for the hosts. In the last quarter Steaua-Turabo controlled the court and rightfully clinched the victory. Robert Turner became the last player to score for the winners as he made two free throws. Nikita Shabalkin and Gubanov made the final score in the game as the Russian team suffered their third loss.
Virgil Stanescu paced all the winners with 21 points and Bogdan Popescu netted 13. Robert Turner scored 11, whilst Hristo Nikolov added 10. Vasili Zavoruev replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Nikita Shabalkin scored 13.

Steaua-Turabo: Virgil Stanescu 21, Bogdan Popescu 13, Robert Turner 11, Hristo Nikolov 10
Enterprise BC Dynamo: Vasili Zavoruev 14, Nikita Shabalkin 13



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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. Trailovic, Sindje.20.0 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost .20.0 
 5. Samailovic, Student19.9 
 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. Dinic, Spartak4.5 
 5. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.5 
 6. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.4 
 7. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.4 
 8. Svilar, Smederevo4.2 
 9. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.0 
 10. Kuntic, Spartak3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Davorin KUNTIC
  Spartak
  (--)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kuntic, Spartak2.6 
 2. Tomasevic, Vojvo.2.3 
 3. Karic, Radnicki BG2.3 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG2.2 
 5. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.2 
 6. Zivanovic, Smede.2.2 
 7. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.1 
 8. Jovanovic, KG 062.1 
 9. Svilar, Smederevo2.1 
 10. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.1 
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. Markovic, Sindjeli.1.0 
 9. Cvijic, Viva Basket0.9 
 10. Vasilic, Radnic.0.9 


B League Round 10: Spartak beats Jagodina by 3 after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.
Spartak managed to secure three-point road victory 86-83 against Jagodina (#12). But their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Miodrag Dinic (197-80) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Kemal Karahodzic contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikola Radmanovac (192-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for Jagodina. Spartak has a solid four-game winning streak. They did not change their second position in the standings. Jagodina dropped to the eleventh place with 3-7 record. They have the same score like KK Nis and Vojvodina. Spartak is looking forward to face Sindjelic Nis (#6) on the road in the next round. Jagodina will play against KK Nis (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Radnicki Basket (7-3) which played in Obrenovac against one of their biggest challengers Radnicki OB (6-4). Fourth ranked Radnicki Basket won 82-73. Power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (202-90) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to led the charge for the winners and Bojan Subotic chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side center Marjan Tasic (205-80, agent: Ivan Asanin) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki Basket has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. Radnicki OB dropped to the fourth position. They have the same record like 3 other teams. Radnicki Basket will play against Smederevo (#4) on the road in the next round. Radnicki OB will play against Zeleznicar in Indija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between higher ranked Smederevo (6-4) and thirteenth ranked KK Nis (3-7) in Smederevo ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Nis beat Smederevo 84-68. Milan Tesanovic notched 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even 22 points. by Vojin Svilar did not help to save the game for Smederevo. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Nis jumped to the eleventh spot. They share the position with Jagodina and Vojvodina. Smederevo dropped to the fourth place. They have the same record like 3 other teams. KK Nis will meet Jagodina (#13) on the road in the next round. Smederevo will play against Radnicki Basket (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
B League top team - Radnicki BG (9-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Viva Basket in Beograd 82-67. Marko Boltic fired 19 points for the winners. Radnicki BG's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki BG has a solid four-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Viva Basket added fourth loss in a row to their record. They dropped to the ninth place with 4-6 record. Radnicki BG's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac which should be an easy win for them. Viva Basket will play at home against Vojvodina (#11) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Zeleznicar's victory against winless KG 06 104-97. It was a very good performance for Vladimir Jojic who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. Zeleznicar (6-4) jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with three other teams. KG 06 still at the very bottom with 0-10 record. Zeleznicar will face Radnicki OB (#5) in Obrenovac in the next round. KG 06 will play at home against the league's leader Radnicki BG (#1) in Beograd and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 10 Mladost Cacak was beaten by Sindjelic Nis on the road 94-78. Student won against Vojvodina at it's own court 86-75.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by Strahinja Stojacic of KG 06.


Radnicki OB - Radnicki Basket 73-82
Another interesting game for Radnicki Basket (7-3) which played in Obrenovac against one of their biggest challengers Radnicki OB (6-4). Fourth ranked Radnicki Basket won 82-73. Power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (202-90) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to led the charge for the winners and Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side center Marjan Tasic (205-80, agent: Ivan Asanin) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds and guard Filip Simic (185-90, agent: Misko Raznatovic) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki Basket has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. Radnicki OB dropped to the fourth position. They have the same record like 3 other teams. Radnicki Basket will play against Smederevo (#4) on the road in the next round. Radnicki OB will play against Zeleznicar in Indija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radnicki OB: M.Tasic 26+5reb+2ast, M.Mijovic 12+4ast, F.Simic 10+7reb+1ast, D.Boricic 6+5reb+4ast, A.Raickovic 4+3reb, M.Jevtic 3+2reb+2ast
Radnicki Basket: B.Subotic 21+4reb+2ast, F.Djuran 17+4reb+4ast, S.Stamenkovic 14+11reb+4ast, D.Djokic 9+3reb+2ast, N.Vukasovic 7+2reb+5ast, A.Zaric 6+1reb
gschID: 104520


Smederevo - KK Nis 68-84
The game between higher ranked Smederevo (6-4) and thirteenth ranked KK Nis (3-7) in Smederevo ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Nis beat Smederevo 84-68. Guard Milan Tesanovic (192-89) notched 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort and swingman Ivan Kostic (200-84, college: Occidental) who supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 22 points by guard Vojin Svilar (188-86, college: W.Georgia) did not help to save the game for Smederevo. Andrej Perovic added 11 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Nis jumped to the eleventh spot. They share the position with Jagodina and Vojvodina. Smederevo dropped to the fourth place. They have the same record like 3 other teams. KK Nis will meet Jagodina (#13) on the road in the next round. Smederevo will play against Radnicki Basket (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: V.Svilar 22+2reb+2ast, A.Perovic 11+5reb+3ast, D.Rnic 10+2reb, A.Nastic 7+2reb+2ast, V.Vranic 5+4reb, F.Stojanovic 4+1reb
KK Nis: M.Tesanovic 26+5reb+6ast, I.Kostic 12+8reb+1ast, I.Pendic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Trickovic 9+5reb, M.Tokalic 9+4reb, M.Andrejevic 8+6reb
gschID: 104521


Jagodina - Spartak 83-86
Spartak managed to secure three-point road victory 86-83 against Jagodina (#12). But their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Miodrag Dinic (197-80) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Kemal Karahodzic contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikola Radmanovac (192-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for Jagodina. Spartak has a solid four-game winning streak. They did not change their second position in the standings. Jagodina dropped to the eleventh place with 3-7 record. They have the same score like KK Nis and Vojvodina. Spartak is looking forward to face Sindjelic Nis (#6) on the road in the next round. Jagodina will play against KK Nis (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: N.Radmanovac 21+12reb+1ast, M.Gambiroza 18+5reb+2ast, N.Vujicic 9+3reb, V.Stanisavljevic 9+4reb+5ast, B.Gladanac 8+4reb, D.Stojkanovic 6+2reb+1ast
Spartak: M.Dinic 20+4reb+3ast, K.Karahodzic 17+6reb+2ast, M.Radic 12+9reb+2ast, R.Vukolic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Mladenovic 8+2reb+3ast, S.Stojanovic 7+1reb
gschID: 104522


Sindjelic Nis - Mladost Cacak 94-78
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Sindjelic Nis (6-4) beat at home 9th ranked Mladost Cacak (4-6) 94-78. It was a very good performance for guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Marko Cvetkovic (197-77, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Sindjelic Nis players scored in double figures. Forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Vladimir Gajovic (182-87) added 25 points in the effort for Mladost Cacak. Mladost Cacak's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sindjelic Nis has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with three other teams. Mladost Cacak added fourth loss in a row to their record. They keep the ninth place. Sindjelic Nis will face league's second-placed Spartak in Subotica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mladost Cacak will play at home against Student (#8) in Kragujevac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: V.Gajovic 25+1reb+1ast, I.Dukanac 18+9reb+2ast, S.Avramovic 9+5reb+3ast, G.Vucicevic 8+3reb+2ast, M.Papic 7+5reb+1ast, S.Krasic 4+2reb
Sindjelic Nis: M.Trailovic 25+7reb+3ast, M.Cvetkovic 21+6reb+2ast, N.Djurdjevic 15+1reb+4ast, D.Markovic 12+2reb+3ast, S.Ivetic 8+3reb+1ast, V.Virijevic 4+5reb
gschID: 104516


Student - Vojvodina 86-75
Rather expected game when 11th ranked Vojvodina (3-7) lost to ninth ranked Student (5-5) in Kragujevac 75-86. It was a very good performance for guard Stefan Arnaut (197-88) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tomislav Ivosev replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Vojvodina. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Student jumped to the eighth spot. Vojvodina keeps the eleventh position. Student will face Mladost Cacak (#9) on the road in the next round. Vojvodina will play against Viva Basket in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: N.Knezevic 15+10reb, T.Ivosev 15+11reb+5ast, A.Drakulic 12+1reb, M.Glisic 12+5reb+1ast, I.Pap 12+3reb, B.Tomasevic 5+2reb+2ast
Student: S.Arnaut 17+9reb+3ast, N.Glisovic 16+8reb+1ast, F.Lalovic 16+3reb+1ast, L.Igrutinovic 13+3ast, N.Tanasijevic 11+4reb+7ast, S.Vucenov 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 104517


Viva Basket - Radnicki BG 67-82
B League top team - Radnicki BG (9-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Viva Basket in Beograd 82-67. Guard Marko Boltic (193-87) fired 19 points for the winners. Guard Zarko Karic (191-84) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Radnicki BG players scored in double figures. Radnicki BG's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and power forward Aleksandar Vuletic (203, college: Indian Hills CC) added 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Radnicki BG has a solid four-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Viva Basket added fourth loss in a row to their record. They dropped to the ninth place with 4-6 record. Radnicki BG's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac which should be an easy win for them. Viva Basket will play at home against Vojvodina (#11) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Viva Basket: A.Petrovic 20+12reb+1ast, A.Vuletic 17+8reb+1ast, D.Bjelica 14+2reb+9ast, D.Jevtic 5+3reb+1ast, M.Kurcubic 5+1reb+3ast, S.Lukovic 4+1reb
Radnicki BG: M.Boltic 19+3reb+1ast, M.Suzic 15+5reb, N.Rakonjac 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Karic 10+5reb+5ast, S.Lalic 9+1reb+1ast, D.Petronic 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 104518


KG 06 - Zeleznicar 97-104
And finally the game worth to mention about is Zeleznicar's victory against winless KG 06 104-97. It was a very good performance for guard Vladimir Jojic (185-75) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. Guard Nenad Kasabasic (190-84) contributed with 17 points and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Strahinja Stojacic (197-92) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for KG 06. Four Zeleznicar and five KG 06 players scored in double figures. Zeleznicar (6-4) jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with three other teams. KG 06 still at the very bottom with 0-10 record. Zeleznicar will face Radnicki OB (#5) in Obrenovac in the next round. KG 06 will play at home against the league's leader Radnicki BG (#1) in Beograd and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KG 06: S.Stojacic 25+5reb+8ast, I.Nedeljkovic 20+1reb, M.Blagojevic 17+8reb+4ast, A.Marelja 16+4reb, S.Gavrilovic 13+4reb, N.Miskovic 6+2reb+1ast
Zeleznicar: V.Jojic 19+4reb+5ast, N.Kasabasic 17+2reb+9ast, M.Djuric 16+5reb, N.Kovac 11+11reb+1ast, V.Zivkovic 11+1reb, M.Ognjenovic 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104519




Trailovic's 25 points and 7 rebounds give him B League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Milos Trailovic (198-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sindjelic Nis and receives a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Sindjelic Nis in his team's victory, helping them to crush Mladost Cacak (#9, 4-6) with 16-point margin 94-78. Despite this victory Sindjelic Nis dropped to the 6th position in Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sindjelic Nis will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. In the team's last game Trailovic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Sindjelic Nis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Trailovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 63.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Strahinja Stojacic (197-G-92) of KG 06 Radnicki. He is a guard in his first season at KG 06. In the last game Stojacic recorded impressive 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as KG 06 lost that game 97-104 to the higher-ranked Zeleznicar (#7, 6-4). KG 06 are still at the very bottom. 10 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Stojacic is a newcomer at KG 06 and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to Tomislav Ivosev of Vojvodina (#11). Ivosev showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Ivosev's great performance Vojvodina lost 75-86 to the higher-ranked Student (#8, 5-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Vojvodina not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ivosev could try to bring Vojvodina's a little bit higher in the standings. Ivosev has individually a great season in Serbia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.1spg, FGP: 52.3% and 3PT: 48.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Tesanovic (192-G-89) of KK Nis - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Nikola Radmanovac (192-G-77) of Jagodina - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. Marjan Tasic (205-C-80) of Radnicki OB - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-72) of Viva Basket - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Miodrag Dinic (197-G-80) of Spartak - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nenad Kasabasic (190-G-84) of Zeleznicar - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Vladimir Gajovic (182-G-87) of Mladost Cacak - 25 points

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


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 11-0 
 2. Beograd 7-3 
 3. Mega Vizura 7-4 
 4. Napredak 6-4 
 5. Metalac 5-4 
 6. Novi Sad 5-5 
 7. Tamis 5-5 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 5-5 
 9. Borac 5-6 
 10. Vojvodina 4-6 
 11. Proleter Naftagas 4-6 
 12. Sloga 3-6 
 13. Crnokosa 3-8 
 14. Superfund 1-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 9-1 
 2. Spartak 8-2 
 3. Radnicki Basket 7-3 
 4. Smederevo 6-4 
 5. Radnicki OB 6-4 
 6. Sindjelic Nis 6-4 
 7. Zeleznicar 6-4 
 8. Student 5-5 
 9. Mladost Cacak 4-6 
 10. Viva Basket 4-6 
 11. Vojvodina 3-7 
 12. KK Nis 3-7 
 13. Jagodina 3-7 
 14. KG 06 0-10 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Nikola KOPRIVICA
  Iraklis
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Koprivica, Super.22.4 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.19.9 
 3. Milisavljevi., Mega V.18.8 
 4. Kruscic, Metalac18.8 
 5. Vasojevic, Borac17.9 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad17.8 
 7. Sulovic, Napredak17.5 
 8. Micevic, Sloboda .17.4 
 9. Bogavac, Sloga17.3 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan BJEGOVIC
  USK Praha
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bjegovic, Superfund9.0 
 2. Jelovac, Mega V.8.3 
 3. Markovic, FMP8.0 
 4. Dedijer, Borac7.1 
 5. Misanovic, Beograd7.0 
 6. Sulovic, Napredak6.7 
 7. Buric, Tamis6.6 
 8. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 9. Cakic, Mega Vizura6.5 
 10. Ignjatovic, Crnok.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.1 
 2. Vlahovic, Sloga5.9 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.6 
 4. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.5 
 5. Covic, FMP4.8 
 6. Ljubicic, Metalac4.7 
 7. Djoric, Superfund4.3 
 8. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.2 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.2 
 10. Mitrovic, Beograd4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Milijan BOCKA
  Crnokosa
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bocka, Crnokosa2.6 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.2.2 
 3. Prolovic, Crnokosa2.0 
 4. Gagovic, Prolet.2.0 
 5. Bunic, Novi Sad2.0 
 6. Tresac, Borac2.0 
 7. Kuzeta, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.9 
 9. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.9 
 10. Djoric, Superfund1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Beograd
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Misanovic, Beograd2.3 
 2. Bjegovic, Superfund1.7 
 3. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.3 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 6. Ilic, FMP1.0 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga0.8 
 8. Arsic, Sloboda Uzice0.7 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.0.7 
 10. Dedijer, Borac0.7 


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It's Hopsi, Slovan, Zlatorog and Elektra to Cup Spar Final-8 - by Zeljko Zule
The spots in the 2011 Cup Spar Final Eight went to Hopsi, Geoplin Slovan, Zlatorog and Elektra. All four teams won its series in a sweep. Union Olimpija, Krka, Helios and Sentjur are directly advanced to the final tournament.
Round 6, second leg:
Hrastnik (B1)-Hopsi 67-97 (agg. 147-202)
Portoroz (B1)-Geoplin Slovan 72-89 (agg. 145-170; Perko 21, Milovic 12 - Djapa 17, Fon 13, Zadnik 12)
Maribor-Zlatorog 65-72 (agg. 125-147; Skornik 16, Kadic, P.Brolih 9 - Nikolic, Vujasinovic 15, Lapornik, Dimec 11)
Elektra-Parklji 72-63 (agg. 155-130; Horvat 18, Jersin 14, Miljkovic 12 - Paravinja 17, Cebasek 11, Krejic 10)


Krka defeats BK Prostejov in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Krka-BK Prostejov 78:62

Krka defeats BK Prostejov in Slovenia and catch them up on top with 3-1 record. The hosts handed the team from Czech Republic their first 78:62 loss. The margin of victory gives KRKA a better goal differential in their head-to-head meetings with Prostejov, who won the first meeting by 12 points.
Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) opened the game from the perimeter, while Gadri tied the game at 13:13. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) closed the opening period at 15:13 as he made a lay-up at the end of the quarter. Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) increased to 22:17, while Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) brought 26:20. Later the teams exchanged 6-0 runs that gave 32:26 at the halftime. Dusan Djordjevic gave his side 37:28 and Petrov brought 40:30 on the board. Krka looked awesome in the third frame and due to 21-9 in it grabbed 53:35 after 30 minutes. Balazic scored for 60:37 and Lawrence reduced to 62:43. Andrius Slezas nailed three for 68:52, whilst Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) cut it to 72:57. Krivec made six free throws at the end of the game for the final success.
Christopher Booker paced all the winners with 13 points, while Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) netted 12. Dusan Djordjevic and Zoran Dragic ended up with 10 points apiece. Benas Veikalas replied with 24 points in the losing effort in the first team's loss. Andrius Slezas nailed 11 and Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 7.

Krka: Christopher Booker 13, Smiljan Pavic 12, Dusan Djordjevic 10, Zoran Dragic 10
BK Prostejov: Benas Veikalas 24, Andrius Slezas 11, Kyle Landry 7



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Lee Seung-joon proves himself as one of top forwards - by Jerry Lee
Lee Seung-joon of the Samsung Thunders was considered overrated by many in his rookie season. But he is establishing himself as one of the top forwards in the league with his improved defensive play this season.

Lee was drafted second overall in the inaugural half-Korean draft last year by the Samsung Thunders. But it was the third overall pick, Moon Tae-young of the LG Sakers, who led the league in scoring. First overall pick Jeon Tae-pung of the KCC Egis struggled at times but played well in the postseason to lead his squad to a runner-up finish.

Lee, on the other hand, underperformed in his rookie season. He was considered an overhyped player who failed to utilize his size. Things have changed this season as Lee looks to have finally adjusted to the KBL. Lee is averaging 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. The numbers are not huge improvements over his averages last season of 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds, but he has improved his positioning in the low post as well as his defensive play.

In his rookie season, Lee had trouble battling for positioning and boxing out his opponents in the low post, but he is fully utilizing his height - 206 centimeters (6 feet 8 inches) - and weight, 105 kilograms (231 pounds), this season. In the Dec. 4 win against Dongbu Promy, Lee grabbed a key rebound in the fourth quarter to help his team to a 74-70 win.

With Lee providing a stable low-post presence, opposing teams have had trouble penetrating Samsungs defense, settling for perimeter shots in many instances. In Tuesday nights game against KGC, Lee limited his opponents to 31 percent in terms of field goals and added 22 points and 13 rebounds in the process to help his team to a 74-61 win. Both were season highs for Lee, and Samsung now sits a half-game back of the league-leading ET Land Elephants with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses.

He has improved his ability to read opposing teams and the flow of games, said Samsung head coach Ahn Joon-ho. Since he concentrates on doing the dirty work like playing defense and grabbing rebounds, it naturally leads to double-digit scoring figures.

In contrast, Moon and Jeon have yet to play instrumental roles for their teams this season. Moon, who averaged 21.9 points per game, is averaging a respectable 20.9 points. Jeons scoring average has dropped from 14.4 points per game to 13.7 points per game, but he has improved his assists average form 4.7 to 5.1 this season. However, the two have yet to deliver clutch plays in key situations. The LG Sakers and KCC Egis currently sit sixth and seventh in the league standings, respectively.

Moon Tae-young and Jeon Tae-pung have been hampered a bit by opposing teams tendencies to prioritize their defense on stopping Moon and Jeon on offense, said Choo Il-seung, an MBC Sports color commentator.




Lee Seung-joon proves himself as one of top forwards - by Jerry Lee
Lee Seung-joon of the Samsung Thunders was considered overrated by many in his rookie season. But he is establishing himself as one of the top forwards in the league with his improved defensive play this season.

Lee was drafted second overall in the inaugural half-Korean draft last year by the Samsung Thunders. But it was the third overall pick, Moon Tae-young of the LG Sakers, who led the league in scoring. First overall pick Jeon Tae-pung of the KCC Egis struggled at times but played well in the postseason to lead his squad to a runner-up finish.

Lee, on the other hand, underperformed in his rookie season. He was considered an overhyped player who failed to utilize his size. Things have changed this season as Lee looks to have finally adjusted to the KBL. Lee is averaging 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. The numbers are not huge improvements over his averages last season of 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds, but he has improved his positioning in the low post as well as his defensive play.

In his rookie season, Lee had trouble battling for positioning and boxing out his opponents in the low post, but he is fully utilizing his height - 206 centimeters (6 feet 8 inches) - and weight, 105 kilograms (231 pounds), this season. In the Dec. 4 win against Dongbu Promy, Lee grabbed a key rebound in the fourth quarter to help his team to a 74-70 win.

With Lee providing a stable low-post presence, opposing teams have had trouble penetrating Samsungs defense, settling for perimeter shots in many instances. In Tuesday nights game against KGC, Lee limited his opponents to 31 percent in terms of field goals and added 22 points and 13 rebounds in the process to help his team to a 74-61 win. Both were season highs for Lee, and Samsung now sits a half-game back of the league-leading ET Land Elephants with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses.

He has improved his ability to read opposing teams and the flow of games, said Samsung head coach Ahn Joon-ho. Since he concentrates on doing the dirty work like playing defense and grabbing rebounds, it naturally leads to double-digit scoring figures.

In contrast, Moon and Jeon have yet to play instrumental roles for their teams this season. Moon, who averaged 21.9 points per game, is averaging a respectable 20.9 points. Jeons scoring average has dropped from 14.4 points per game to 13.7 points per game, but he has improved his assists average form 4.7 to 5.1 this season. However, the two have yet to deliver clutch plays in key situations. The LG Sakers and KCC Egis currently sit sixth and seventh in the league standings, respectively.

Moon Tae-young and Jeon Tae-pung have been hampered a bit by opposing teams tendencies to prioritize their defense on stopping Moon and Jeon on offense, said Choo Il-seung, an MBC Sports color commentator.




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  SPAIN   


Shaun Green back's to Mallorca - by Llorenc Morro
Basquet Mallorca and Shaun Green (203-F-87, college: Utah) agreed terms for rest of the season. Green who last year played in Inca with Malorca was the Xavi Sastre's first choice for new team, but the player dontt answered the agreement.In October Green signed in Mexico with Abejas de Guanajuato where played 6 games and averaged 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Mallorca lost Kingsley and asked for Green, and this time there is a positive answer. In LEB Gold with Mallorca Shaun Green signed 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds

CB Estela inks Corey Diethorn - by Mariano Galindo
Ventanas Arsan CB Estela (EBA, Group A-A fortified its roster with the signing of forward Corey Diethorn (197-F-85, college: Assumption). The 24 years-old player was last season in CB Aridane (EBA, Group B), where he averaged 11.4 points and 6 rebounds. Diethorn spent his college years in Assumption, where he played NCAA2 All Star Game and went into NCAA2 Sweet 16, both experiences in 2008. His first professional team was Team Northumbria (United Kingdom-EBL2). Diethorn and Milan Jaros (212-C-91), the other new man for the Estelas roster, could make their debut next saturday.

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  SWEDEN   


Norrkoping Dolphins remain Turk Telekom winless - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom-Norrkoping Dolphins 71:77

Norrkoping Dolphins remain Turk Telekom winless in EuroChallenge handing them their fourth loss. The Swedish representatives grabbed 77:71 in Ankara for 2-2 record in Group D.
After three losses in a row Turk Telekom opened the game with 5-0 run and desired to taste their initial victory. They could not however to keep the advantage and Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) gave the guests 12:11 later in the frame. Grace and again Mikael Lindqvist scored for 20:13, while Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) netted three for 25:17. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) helped the hosts to remain alive at the halftime for 30:39. The third quarter belonged to the home side that produced 20-12 in it. Turk Telekom seemed to overcome the inconstancy and reduced to 50:51 after 30 minutes. But with the game tied at 56-56 early in the fourth quarter, the visitors from Sweden hit their hosts with a decisive scoring burst. Drains and Mikael Lindqvist hit back-to-back three-pointers for the second victory in the tournament. Mikael Lindqvist was the last to score for the guests, while Sani Becirovic made the final score in the game.
Povilas Sakinis and Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) led the way with 15 points each for the winners. Mikael Lindqvist nailed 14 and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) finished the game with 12 points. Sani Becirovic responded with 17 points for the hosts as they fell at 0-4 record. KZell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle) netted 14, whilst Gregory Stiemsma (211-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) delivered 13.

Turk Telekom: Sani Becirovic 17, KZell Wesson 14, Gregory Stiemsma 13
Norrkoping Dolphins: Povilas Sakinis 15, Andrew Mitchell 15, Mikael Lindqvist 14, Joakim Kjellbom 12



Basketligan Round 14: Jamtland rolls over 08 by 29 points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.
The game between ninth ranked Jamtland (4-10) and 8th ranked 08 (3-11) in Jamtland ended with biggest points difference. Jamtland outscored guests from Stockholm 89-60. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agent: Goran Gramatikov) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agent: Side Court) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Jamtland's coach Henrik Johansson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Willy Beck (186-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) replied with 15 points and 5 assists for 08. Jamtland jumped to the eighth spot. 08 added seventh loss in a row to their record. They dropped to the ninth position. Jamtland is looking forward to face higher ranked Norrkoping (#3) in Norrkoping in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 08 will play at home against Sundsvall (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Basketligan top team - LF Basket (11-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Solna 79-71. American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and Rudy Mbemba chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds. LF Basket of course still keeps top position in the standings. Solna stays at the sixth place with 6-8 record. LF Basket will play against Uppsala (#5) on the road in the next round. Solna will play against the league's second-placed Sodertalje and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Sodertalje beat Eco Orebro on the road 74-68. 08 was destroyed by Sundsvall at it's own court 74-94. Boras unfortunately lost to Uppsala in a road game 96-100.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 29 points and 12 rebounds by Michael Palm of Boras.


Eco Orebro - Sodertalje 68-74
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Sodertalje (11-3) beat on the road 10th ranked Eco Orebro (2-11) 74-68. American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agent: Gasper Bizjak) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to led the charge for the winners and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Sodertalje players scored in double figures. The former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) responded with 22 points and forward Odin Lindell (203-90) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Sodertalje stays on top together with LF Basket. Eco Orebro stays at the bottom of the standigs. Sodertalje will play against Solna (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Eco Orebro will play against Boras (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: A.Pleick 22+4reb+3ast, O.Lindell 11+5reb, P.Cipriano 9+6reb+1ast, P.Hampton 9+3reb+1ast, J.Andersson 7+3reb, L.Mosley 4+4reb+5ast
Sodertalje: J.Smith 20+11reb+4ast, M.Griskenas 15+3reb+2ast, W.Galick 13+2reb+2ast, A.Chuk 10+5reb+3ast, D.Pita 7+3reb+2ast, T.Skripkauskas 6+1reb
gschID: 94179


Jamtland - 08 89-60
The game between ninth ranked Jamtland (4-10) and 8th ranked 08 (3-11) in Jamtland ended with biggest points difference. Jamtland outscored guests from Stockholm 89-60. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agent: Goran Gramatikov) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agent: Side Court) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Jamtland players scored in double figures. Jamtland's coach Henrik Johansson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Willy Beck (186-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agent: Side Court) added 17 points in the effort for 08. Jamtland jumped to the eighth spot. 08 added seventh loss in a row to their record. They dropped to the ninth position. Jamtland is looking forward to face higher ranked Norrkoping (#3) in Norrkoping in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 08 will play at home against Sundsvall (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
08: J.Blom 17+2reb+3ast, W.Beck 15+4reb+5ast, K.Nagwere 11+3reb+2ast, M.Asante 8+6reb+1ast, P.Wenehult 4+5reb, F.Odada 3+2reb
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 23+8reb+2ast, D.Klaric 21+4reb+2ast, S.Mjos 12+3reb+5ast, M.Koronen 12+4reb+1ast, S.Hellgren 6+3reb+8ast, B.Salaam 6+6reb
gschID: 94180


08 - Sundsvall 74-94
Very expected game when 8th ranked 08 (3-11) was smashed by fourth ranked Sundsvall (9-4) in Stockholm 94-74. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to led the charge for the winners and Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Sundsvall players scored in double figures. Guard Willy Beck (186-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agent: Side Court) scored 12 points and 4 assists. 08's coach Arild Beck rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sundsvall have an impressive five-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Norrkoping. 08 added seventh loss in a row to their record. They dropped to the ninth place. Teams will meet again in the next round and Sundsvall will be the host.
Top scorers:
08: W.Beck 25+6reb+3ast, J.Blom 12+4reb+4ast, F.Odada 10+5reb+1ast, N.Hedstrom 8+3reb+3ast, K.Nagwere 6+2reb+1ast, J.Westerlund 4+11reb+4ast
Sundsvall: L.Rush 25+6reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 23+8reb+4ast, J.Sigurdarson 14+3reb+5ast, J.Jeansson 13+6reb+3ast, A.Wesby 12+6reb+8ast, B.Barton 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94176


Uppsala - Boras 100-96
Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Uppsala (8-6) won at home against 7th ranked Boras (5-8) 100-96. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) scored 24 points and 7 assists to led the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel, agent: Ingo Wolf) chipped in 27 points during the contest. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Uppsala did not change their fifth position in the standings. Boras keeps the seventh place. Uppsala's will play against league's leader LF Basket in Lulea in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Boras will play at home against Eco Orebro (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boras: M.Palm 29+12reb, K.McCoy 24+10reb+5ast, C.McKnight 18+9reb+1ast, C.Ryan 14+4reb+6ast, H.Carlsson 7+2reb+2ast, S.Andreasen 4+1reb+1ast
Uppsala: T.Whitworth 27+2reb+2ast, B.Smith 24+2reb+7ast, M.Kohlmaier 19+8reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 12+4reb+1ast, F.Jonzen 8+6reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 94177


Solna - LF Basket 71-79
Basketligan top team - LF Basket (11-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Solna 79-71. American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Logan Kosmalski (203-81, college: Davidson) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Solna players scored in double figures. LF Basket of course still keeps top position in the standings. Solna stays at the sixth place with 6-8 record. LF Basket will play against Uppsala (#5) on the road in the next round. Solna will play against the league's second-placed Sodertalje and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 26+9reb, O.Ilunga 12+2reb+2ast, J.Nystrom 11+3reb+1ast, L.Kosmalski 10+12reb+6ast, W.Walker 6+6reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 6+9reb+2ast
LF Basket: T.Levett 25+6reb+2ast, R.Mbemba 18+8reb+5ast, M.Pahlmblad 12+3reb+1ast, J.Akesson 9+15reb, H.Larsson 9+5reb+2ast, T.Kearney 2+2reb
gschID: 94178




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 11-3 
 2. Sodertalje 11-3 
 3. Norrkoping 9-4 
 4. Sundsvall 9-4 
 5. Uppsala 8-6 
 6. Solna 6-8 
 7. Boras 5-8 
 8. Jamtland 4-10 
 9. 08 3-11 
 10. Eco Orebro 2-11 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Liam RUSH
  Sundsvall
  (202-F/G-82)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Rush, Sundsvall21.8 
 2. McCoy, Boras20.6 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.3 
 4. Gunnarsson, Solna20.2 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.8 
 6. McKnight, Boras19.0 
 7. Hargrove, Jamtland18.3 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping18.0 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.9 
 10. Palm, Boras17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.12.4 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.5 
 3. Palm, Boras9.2 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna9.1 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.1 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala8.0 
 7. Walker, Solna7.6 
 8. Hargrove, Jamtland7.6 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland7.4 
 10. Jonzen, Uppsala7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Beck, 085.1 
 3. Smith, Uppsala5.0 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.0 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 6. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje4.5 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.4 
 9. Ilunga, Solna4.3 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.7 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.5 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.5 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.3 
 5. Smith, Uppsala2.3 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 7. McKnight, Boras2.0 
 8. McCoy, Boras2.0 
 9. Callier, Jamtland2.0 
 10. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.1 
 2. Palm, Boras2.0 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.5 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 7. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 8. Levett, LF Basket1.1 
 9. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping1.0 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Evan Martin leaves BBC Nyon - by Luca Maffioli
Evan Martin (180-G-83, college: Wesley) and Sdent BBC Nyon parted ways after 10 games. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in Swiss LNA. Last season Martin played in Charlotte Crossovers in ABA and in summer he signed a one-year deal with Sdent BBC Nyon.
Daniel Nyom (202-F-80, college: NW Nazarene) leaves Lions de Geneve. He played 4 games in this season averaging 0.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.5 min.


Trailing 17 points in the last quarter Tartu destroy Lugano Basket - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Rock-Lugano Basket 91:88

Tartu trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but battled back to overcome Lugano Basket in the EuroChallenge. Poor Swiss side failed at the end and had no chance in overtime losing their third game. The Estonian team celebrated the initial victory after 91:88 thriller.
It was an usual start and the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. Lugano Basket played better in the end of the quarter as Mladjan's three showed 24:20 after the first 10 minutes. Due to another productive period the guests increased to 45:40 at the halftime when Mladjan nailed another three-pointer. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) and Mohammed Abukar started the team's 9-0 run and Stockalper closed it at 56:42. Mohammed Abukar brought 67:52 and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) reduced to 67:54 after 30 minutes. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) gave his side the biggest lead at 71:54, but the team from Switzerlalnd did not win the game. A 10-0 run allowed the hosts to climb to 71:64 and then Janar Talts (205-C-83) reduced to 77:78. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) and Mohammed Abukar exchanged the baskets at the end for the extra time. In overtime the hosts took the lead from the first seconds and celebrated their initial victory due to 11-8 in it.
Rain Veideman notched 22 points to lead the charge and Janar Talts followed him with 20. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Georgi Tsintsadze scored 13. Mohammed Abukar ended up with 23 points in the losing case and Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) added 19 points and 12 assists. Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) posted 14, whilst Michael Efevberha netted 12.

Tartu Rock: Rain Veideman 22, Janar Talts 20, Callistus Eziukwu 18+15 rebs, Georgi Tsintsadze 13
Lugano Basket: Mohammed Abukar 23, Edwin Draughan 19+12 ast, Sean Finn 14, Michael Efevberha 12





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  SYRIA   


Joshua Jones in his first season in Syria - by Joshua Jones
Hello Overseas world this is Joshua Jones (196-G-83, college: Dillard) and I am honored to share my basketball journey with the entire world. This year I am currently playing in Syria and I must say it is quite different but every country has its own ups and downs. The people here are friendly and nice I am just happy I don't have to drive here like I did in Qatar last season. I promise I thought the driving in China and Egypt was bad but Syria has both countries beat by a long shot. This season I am playing with Al Yarmouk, and our team is quite young but that means it is a lot of room for improvement and growth. Tomorrow we have a big match against one of our top rivals, and it is a must win situation. Today at practice we put in a new offense which should help us out and provide more spacing on the court. Hopefully everything goes as planned and we come out with the victory. Thank you once again and I look forward to updating everyone this season with my blog.

Joshua Jones in an American pro player who is actually playing in Syria for Al Yarmouk


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  TAIWAN   


Complete schedule of the 2010-11 SBL season - by Chris Wang
(SBL Teams - PY: Pure Youth, TM: Taiwan Mobile, TB: Taiwan Beer, BOT: Bank of Taiwan, KKL: Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, Yulon, Dacin)

Dec. 25 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1630 PY-TM
1900 Yulon-Dacin

Dec. 26 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 BOT-TB
1700 KKL-PY
1900 TM-Yulon

Dec. 29 (Wed) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 KKL-BOT
2000 TB-Yulon

Jan. 1 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 Dacin-PY
1700 KKL-TB
1900 BOT-TM

Jan. 2 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 Dacin-KKL
1700 PY-Yulon
1900 TM-TB

Jan. 5 (Wed) @ Yilan University Gymnaisum
1800 Dacin-BOT
2000 KKL-TM

Jan. 7 (Fri) @ Yilan University Gymnaisum
1800 TB-PY
2000 BOT-Yulon

Jan. 8 (Sat) @ Yilan University Gymnaisum
1500 Dacin-TB
1700 Yulon-KKL
1900 PY-BOT

Jan. 9 (Sun) @ Yilan University Gymnaisum
1500 TM-Dacin
1700 KKL-PY
1900 TB-Yulon

Jan. 12 (Wed) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 BOT-TB
2000 PY-Yulon

Jan. 14 (Fri) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 KKL-Dacin
2000 Yulon-TM

Jan. 15 (Sat) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 PY-BOT
1700 Dacin-Yulon
1900 TM-TB

Jan. 16 (Sun) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 BOT-KKL
1700 PY-TM
1900 TB-Dacin

Jan. 19 (Wed) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 BOT-Yulon
2000 KKL-TB

Jan. 21 (Fri) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 TM-KKL
2000 PY-Dacin

Jan. 22 (Sat) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 BOT-TM
1700 TB-PY
1900 KKL-Yulon

Jan. 23 (Sun) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 Dacin-BOT
1700 Yulon-TB
1900 PY-TM

Jan. 26 (Wed) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 TM-Dacin
2000 BOT-TB

Jan. 28 (Fri) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 PY-Yulon
2000 Dacin-KKL

Jan. 29 (Sat) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 BOT-PY
1700 TB-TM
1900 Yulon-Dacin

Jan. 30 (Sun) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 PY-KKL
1700 TM-Yulon
1900 Dacin-TB

Feb. 11 (Fri) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1800 BOT-Daciin
2000 KKL-TB

Feb. 12 (Sat) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 Yulon-BOT
1700 Dacin-PY
1900 TM-KKL

Feb. 13 (Sun) @ Taipei Gymnasium
1500 PY-TB
1700 KKL-Yulon
1900 Dacin-TM

Feb. 18 (Fri) @ Fengshan Gymnasium
1800 BOT-KKL
2000 PY-TM

Feb. 19 (Sat) @ Fengshan Gymnasium
1500 TB-Yulon
1700 TM-BOT
1900 Dacin-PY

Feb. 20 (Sun) @ Fengshan Gymnasium
1500 TB-TM
1700 Yulon-BOT
1900 KKL-Dacin

Feb. 25 (Fri) @ Fengshan Gymnasium
1800 BOT-PY
2000 KKL-TB

Feb. 26 (Sat) @ Fengshan Gymnasium
1500 Dacin-TM
1700 PY-Yulon
1900 TB-BOT

Feb. 27 (Sun) @ Fengshan Gymnasium
1500 KKL-PY
1700 Dacin-TB
1900 Yulon-TM

March 2 (Wed) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 PY-TB
2000 KKL-BOT

March 4 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 BOT-TM
2000 Yulon-Dacin

March 5 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 KKL-TM
1700 Dacin-PY
1900 TB-Yulon

March 6 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 BOT-Dacin
1700 Yulon-KKL
1900 PY-TB

March 9 (Wed) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 Dacin-TB
2000 TM-PY

March 11 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 BOT-Yulon
2000 KKL-Dacin

March 12 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 TB-BOT
1700 Yulon-TM
1900 PY-KKL

March 13 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 KKL-TB
1700 Dacin-Yulon
1900 BOT-TM

March 18 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 Dacin-TM
2000 BOT-KKL

March 19 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 Yulon-PY
1700 TM-KKL
1900 Dacin-BOT

March 20 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1500 KKL-Yulon
1700 TB-TM
1900 BOT-PY

Regular season ends

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Playoffs (All playoff games held at Sinjhuang Stadium)

March 23 (Wed) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 #1-#4 G1
2000 #2-#3 G1

March 25 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 #1-#4 G2
2000 #2-#3 G2

March 26 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1700 #1-#4 G3
1900 #2-#3 G3

March 27 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1700 #1-#4 G4
1900 #2-#3 G4

April 1 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1800 #1-#4 G5
2000 #2-#3 G5

April 2 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1700 #1-#4 G6
1900 #2-#3 G6

April 3 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1700 #1-#4 G7
1900 #2-#3 G7

==

Finals

April 8 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G1

April 9 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G2

April 10 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G3

April 13 (Wed) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G4

April 15 (Fri) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G5

April 16 (Sat) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G6

April 17 (Sun) @ Sinjhuang Stadium
1900 G7



Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Bank of Taiwan 0-0 
 2. Dacin Tigers 0-0 
 3. KKL 0-0 
 4. Pure Youth 0-0 
 5. Taiwan Beer 0-0 
 6. Taiwan Mobile 0-0 
 7. Yulon Luxgen 0-0 


Complete rosters of 2010-11 SBL teams - by Chris Wang
Yulon Luxgen
Head coach: Zhang Xue-lei
Assistants: Chiu Tsung-chih, Tungfang Chieh-te

Chen Chih-chung, PG, 1977/03/02, 182cm, 70kg
Chou Shih-yuan, SF, 1983/11/16, 187cm, 80kg
Chen Wei-yu, F, 1988/10/13, 196cm, 82kg
Wu Chih-wei, C, 1976/07/31, 202cm, 94kg
Lu Cheng-ju, SF, 1986/08/23, 194cm, 88kg
Tseng Wen-ting, C, 1984/07/06, 202cm, 90kg
Yang Che-yi, SF, 1978/10/20, 193cm, 85kg
Lee Chi-yi, PF, 1978/10/27, 197cm, 88kg
Wu Jui-ching, PF, 1981/12/21, 195cm, 92kg
Lin Chieh-min, PG, 1988/11/12, 182cm, 82kg
Wu Feng-cheng, SF, 1986/11/27, 195cm, 78kg
Hsu We-lun, G, 1990/03/19, 181cm, 70kg
Lin Kuan-lun, SG, 1984/01/23, 187cm, 87kg
Lee Te-wei, C, 1991/10/15, 200cm, 100kg
Wu Chien-lung, PF, 1988/09/05, 193cm, 93kg

Out: Lee Hsueh-lin (China)
In: Wu Chien-lung (PY), Lee Te-wei (Rookie)

Dacin Tigers
Head coach: Chiu Ta-tsung
Technical consultant: Huang Wan-lung
Assistants: Hsu Chi-chao

Tien Lei, F, 1983/06/01, 203cm, 108kg
Lee Feng-yung, PF/C, 1980/12/15, 197cm, 93kg
Lin Yi-hui, SF, 1986/03/24, 192cm, 91kg
Wang Chih-chun, PG, 1982/04/23, 180cm, 79kg
Yao Chun-chieh, PF, 1982/03/08, 191cm, 95kg
Chang Chih-feng, SG, 1981/04/22, 183cm, 93kg
Chen Tse-wei, F, 1985/01/30, 200cm, 99kg
Lo Yu-chun, PG, 1988/05/07, 185cm, 88kg
Tsai Chun-ming, C, 1988/02/10, 198cm, 112kg
Yueh Ying-li, F, 1984/08/09, 196cm, 95kg
Wu Hung-hsin, C, 1989/10/21, 202cm, 80kg
Chen Yi-an, SF, 1989/01/02, 194cm, 80kg
Hsu Hao-cheng, PG, 1982/09/14, 176cm, 75kg
Huang Wen-ying, PG, 1987/12/15, 184cm, 83kg
Keith Gayden, C, 1983/12/15, 196cm, 110kg

Out: Chen Ching-wen, Yen Chia-wei, Su Yi-chieh (TM), Byron Allen, Huang Pao-tse
In: Hsu Hao-cheng (TB), Huang Wen-ying (Rookie), Keith Gayden

Pure Youth Construction
Head coach: Hsu Chin-tse
Assistants: Liu Yi-hsiang

Chen Shih-chieh, G, 1984/09/24, 176cm, 70kg
Lin Huan-chao, C, 1985/04/18, 202cm, 101kg
Chang Yu-lin, SF, 1986/01/16, 192cm, 80kg
Hung Chih-shan, PG, 1985/07/05, 176cm, 75kg
Zuo Tsun-kai, SF, 1986/09/15, 190cm, 78kg
Chien Chia-hung, PF, 1987/03/06, 197cm, 108kg
James Mao, F/G, 1982/11/16, 196cm, 90kg
Tsai Wen-cheng, PF, 1985/05/31, 188cm, 98kg
Lin Chin-pang, F/G, 1985/06/15, 190cm, 80kg
Huang Chi-feng, F, 1984/03/12, 192cm, 85kg
Chu Yi-tsung, F, 1986/08/04, 186cm, 80kg
Lin Tsung-ching, F/G, 1985/04/22, 188cm, 92kg
Chen Yao-ting, F, 1988/06/28, 195cm, 88kg
Ke Chi-hao, PG, 1985/11/29, 181cm, 85kg
Darryl Hepburn, C, 1980/12/12, 205cm

Out: Wu Chien-lung (Yulon), Jon Sanders, Chen Chun-chieh (BOT)
In: Chen Yao-ting (TM), Ke Chi-hao, Darryl Hepburn

Taiwan Beer
Head coach: Yen Chia-hua
Assistants: Chou Chun-san, Liu Hua-lin, Yang Chih-hao

Wang Chien-wei, F, 1985/01/07, 190cm, 85kg
Yang Yu-ming, SG, 1979/10/22, 180cm, 73kg
Hsu Cheng-wen, C, 1983/04/06, 197cm, 110kg
Ho Shou-cheng, F, 1983/02/15, 196cm, 97kg
Wu Tai-hao, C, 1985/02/07, 202cm, 100kg
Chen Shih-nian, PG, 1984/04/08, 180cm, 76kg
Chou Tse-hua, PG, 1987/10/04, 184cm, 85kg
Pan Jen-te, SG, 1979/09/18, 175cm, 78kg
Yang Ching-min, SG/SF, 1984/01/22, 188cm, 90kg
Wu Chia-lung, SG, 1979/03/23, 185cm, 86kg
Ha Hsiao-yuan, C, 1981/05/15, 200cm, 112kg
Wu Chih-yuan, 1983/10/24, 200cm, 95kg
Doug Creighton, SF, 1985/03/07, 195cm, 90kg
Cheng Jen-wei, F, 1987/04/06, 194cm, 90kg
Wu Min-hsien, SG, 1988/12/19, 180cm, 75kg
Emmanuel Jones, 1985/09/07, 196cm

Out: Lin Chih-chieh (China), Delvin Thomas, Yen Hsin-shu, Hsu Hao-cheng (Dacin), Wang Hsin-kai, Hsin Chin-chan, Wu Chia-lung, Shang Wei-fang
In: Doug Creighton (BOT), Cheng Jen-wei (KKL), Wu Min-hsien (Rookie), Wu Chih-yuan (Injury), Emmanuel Jones

Taiwan Mobile Leopards
Head coach: Cheng Chih-lung
Assistants: Huang Chun-hsiung, Kenny Kao

Chen Hui, PG, 1978/04/17, 187cm, 87kg
Teng An-cheng, SG, 1985/11/06, 185cm, 94kg
Wei Wei, SG, 1987/12/09, 180cm, 70kg
Kang Chao-hsiang, C, 1987/04/19, 208cm, 120kg
Wu Yung-jen, PG, 1982/09/22, 177cm, 75kg
Chang Yi-ming, PG, 1984/04/13, 187cm, 85kg
Yen Cheng-hung, PF/C, 1986/02/05, 196cm, 90kg
Hsu Wei-sheng, PF, 1985/03/23, 198cm, 90kg
Liu Sheng-yao, SG, 1983/11/24, 190cm, 86kg
Ouyang Ching-heng, SF/SG, 1979/10/28, 191cm, 87kg
Hsiao Yuan-chang, PF, 1984/11/03, 195cm, 92kg
Su Yi-chieh, PG, 1987/01/28, 182cm, 78kg
Chen Ching-wen, SG, 1987/11/04, 185cm, 76kg
Marcus Dove, C, 1985/06/17, 206cm

Out: Lai Kuo-hung, Chen Yao-ting (PY), Lo Hsin-liang, Hsu Tse-hsin
In: Su Yi-chieh (Dacin), Chen Ching-wen (Dacin), Hsiao Yuan-chang (KKL), Marcus Dove

Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
Head coach: Lo Tien-chin
Technical consultant:
Assistants: Chen Chin-hsiung , Liu Chun-shi, Tsai Chih-tsai

Kao Tien-lin, PG, 1983/09/11, 177cm, 74kg
Wang Hao-yu, G, 1988/02/09, 178cm, 71kg
Chen Li-wei, SG, 1984/11/22, 184cm, 75kg
Chen Ching-huan, F, 1986/02/03, 190cm, 78kg
Hung Chi-chao, PG, 1982/02/13, 188cm, 75kg
Hung Ying-che, C, 1986/01/06, 198cm, 100kg
Wang Nan-kuei, SG, 1983/05/21, 180cm, 84kg
Chang Ming-che, F, 1984/06/20, 190cm, 90kg
Huang Chu-tao, F, 1982/09/04, 195cm, 84kg
Lee Chun-wei, C, 1988/10/17, 199cm, 90kg
Lin Chih-lung, PG, 1983/12/02, 172cm, 77kg
Shang Wei-fan, PF, 1978/03/09, 197cm, 95kg
Wu Chun-hsiung, C, 1984/08/26, 198cm, 95kg
Chang Jung-hsuan, SF, 1987/12/18, 194cm, 85kg
Huang Pao-tse, PG, 1976/09/18, 181cm, 70kg
Sheldon Bailey, F, 1983/05/26, 198cm

Out: Shawn Hawkins, Lai Hua-pin, Hsu Pin-yen, Hsiao Yuan-chang (TM), Yang Nung, Cheng Jen-wei, Chang Chun-wei
In: Chang Jung-hsuan (BOT), Huang Pao-tse (Dacin), Shang Wei-fan (TB), Wu Chun-hsiung (BOT)

Bank of Taiwan
Head coach: Lai Liang-chung
Assistants: Chen Kwang-fu

Hsu Chih-chiang, PF, 1982/10/30, 194cm, 94kg
Chen Shen-ya, F, 1983/04/20, 185cm, 80kg
Chang Po-sheng, SG, 1987/02/02, 185cm, 83kg
Chuang Hsiao-wen, F, 1983/10/28, 190cm, 93kg
Hsu Kai-chieh, C, 1985/05/10, 198cm, 95kg
Chen Shun-hsiang, 1985/05/02, 190cm, 90kg
Liu Jui-sheng, PG, 1983/07/29, 170cm, 75kg
Chen Kuo-wei, PF, 1984/07/06, 190cm, 130kg
Chen Yu-chih, SF, 1984/01/26, 193cm, 90kg
Yang Cheng-jung, 1986/02/22, 200cm, 102kg
Lin Jui-kun, PG, 1986/05/21, 180cm, 72kg
Lu Yu-jen, G, 1987/07/03, 180cm, 77kg
Chen Chun-chieh, PG, 1983/06/04, 184cm, 75kg
Hu Yu-wei, F, 1983/03/13, 190cm, 110kg
Jason Faulknor, C, 1980/03/21, 201cm

Out: Doug Creighton (TB), Wu Chun-hsiung (KKL), Chang Jung-hsuan (KKL), Hsu Shih-ching, Sun Huan-po, Jeff Jones
In: Lu Yu-jen, Chen Chun-chieh (PY), Hu Yu-wei, Chen Chun-chieh (PY), Jason Faulknor



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  TURKEY   


Norrkoping Dolphins remain Turk Telekom winless - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom-Norrkoping Dolphins 71:77

Norrkoping Dolphins remain Turk Telekom winless in EuroChallenge handing them their fourth loss. The Swedish representatives grabbed 77:71 in Ankara for 2-2 record in Group D.
After three losses in a row Turk Telekom opened the game with 5-0 run and desired to taste their initial victory. They could not however to keep the advantage and Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) gave the guests 12:11 later in the frame. Grace and again Mikael Lindqvist scored for 20:13, while Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) netted three for 25:17. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) helped the hosts to remain alive at the halftime for 30:39. The third quarter belonged to the home side that produced 20-12 in it. Turk Telekom seemed to overcome the inconstancy and reduced to 50:51 after 30 minutes. But with the game tied at 56-56 early in the fourth quarter, the visitors from Sweden hit their hosts with a decisive scoring burst. Drains and Mikael Lindqvist hit back-to-back three-pointers for the second victory in the tournament. Mikael Lindqvist was the last to score for the guests, while Sani Becirovic made the final score in the game.
Povilas Sakinis and Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) led the way with 15 points each for the winners. Mikael Lindqvist nailed 14 and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) finished the game with 12 points. Sani Becirovic responded with 17 points for the hosts as they fell at 0-4 record. KZell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle) netted 14, whilst Gregory Stiemsma (211-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) delivered 13.

Turk Telekom: Sani Becirovic 17, KZell Wesson 14, Gregory Stiemsma 13
Norrkoping Dolphins: Povilas Sakinis 15, Andrew Mitchell 15, Mikael Lindqvist 14, Joakim Kjellbom 12



Gardener's a double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Hernold Gardener (205-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Final Genclik and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed FMV Isikspor (#11, 1-7) with 29-point margin 90-61. Final Genclik maintains the 8th position in Turkish TB2L. Final Genclik is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Gardener turned to be Final Genclik's top player in his first season with the team. Lon Morris JC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gardener is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 55.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Vestelspor Manisa. He is American forward in his first season at Vestel. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Vestel lost that game 73-80 to the lower-ranked Darussafaka (#7, 5-3). This loss caused Vestel to drop to 3rd position in group A. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Johnson is a newcomer at Vestel and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#2). He also registered 13.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Erkan Inan (192-G-89) of TTNET Beykozspor (#8). Inan showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Beykoz, leading his team to a 67-63 win against Basaksehir (3-5). The chances of Beykoz not to end season at such low position in group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Inan could try to bring Beykoz's a little bit higher in the standings. Inan has a very solid season. In 5 games in Turkey he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) of Hacettepe University - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. James Peters (204-F-81) of Selcuk Univ. - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84) of Genc Banvit - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mehmet Sinan (195-G-82) of Orman Genc - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Gaziantep - 26 points and 6 rebounds
9. Admir Kan (185-G-83) of TED Istanbul - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) of Genc Telekom - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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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UBL Lightning fall to UBA Warriors 102-104 - by Torrence Moody
Sunday night in Irving, Texas. The UBA DFW Warriors were to battle the UBL Metroplex Lightning. Both teams going into the game not fully loaded. Per coaching decision the Lightning decided to not dress Micah Reed (6'4''-F)-Donald Harris (6'5''-F-76, college: Texas Arlington) -Joey Gladney (6'3''-G)-Victor James (6'5''-F, college: NW Missouri St.) -Leon Watson (6'8''-F/C-77, college: UTSA)-Andre Owens (6'4''-G-84, agency: Union Sports, college: UTSA) who is still injured. 'This is a way to look at the new guys 'says Coach Mitchell. Giving Veteran guard Torrence Moody (5'10''-G-76) limited time as well would come back to haunt the Lightning. Game was high paced with the Warriors only dressing 6 players. Brian Mason (6'3''-G/F-84, college: S.Carolina St.) and Brian Carlyle (6'8''-F-85, college: Montevallo) were having their way with the Lightning defense throughout the game. Warriors jumped out to a lead that reached 22 points! 'Our offense was stand still and we couldn't get anything going' says Jarvis Bogar (6'5''-F) who finished the game with 5 rebs and 2 assists. Once again not having the 55 ppg avg of Reed and Harris to counter the Warriors attack, Coach Mitchell looked to young fast paced guard Joemal Campbell (6'1''-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) again for help. Putting defense first he finished the game with 8 stls 10 rebs 6 assists and 15 points off the bench. 'I take pride in my defense' says Campbell. Mitchell decided to go small and the defense of Moody, Campbell and Chatman together was definitely enough to tie the game up with 13 seconds 102-102. Two off setting technicals and a huge mistake on the part of Moody who had a key turnover in the final seconds of the game fell the Lightning short 2 points 104-102. 'Very upset with myself, took my eye off the defender to glance at the clock behind me and ball was gone' says Moody. 'We win as a team we lose as a team says Jack Watson (6'8''-F/C-79, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Marist) who led the Lightning with 18 points and 6 rebs.

Lightning stats finish as follows
Eric Chatman (6'2''-G) 14 points 4 rebs
Marcus Girtmon (6'5''-F-82) 15 points 6 rebs 4 assists 4 stls

Terrance White (5'11''-G) 4 points
Nik Tyler 9 points 5 rebs
Dale Perkins (6'2''-G-83) 7 points 2 rebs
Torrence Moody (5'10''-G-76) 11 points 3 rebs 5 assists


Lightning preseason record is 4-2

UBL Metroplex Lightning will be conducting a inner squad srimmage within the next week to cut down the roster and get ready for the 2011 UBL SEASON.

More info contact
Neal Mitchell 214-404-1202








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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.4 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk17.1 
 4. Efejuku, Fe.16.9 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.6 
 6. Washington, BC Od.16.5 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.15.8 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot15.4 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.4 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Burns, Fe.9.0 
 2. Morrison, Halyc.8.6 
 3. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 4. Wiggins, Halychyna8.4 
 5. Owens, Azovmash7.6 
 6. Pettway, Dnipro7.4 
 7. Thomas, Azovmash7.1 
 8. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.1 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv7.0 
 10. Garrison, Khimik6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Millage, Khimik5.8 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.3 
 3. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 4. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.4 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro4.3 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.1 
 7. Curry, Azovmash4.1 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot3.5 
 9. Flores, BC Donetsk3.5 
 10. Broadus, Halychyna3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Burns, Fe.1.8 
 3. Greene, Mykolaiv1.8 
 4. House, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Kolchenko, Khimik1.5 
 8. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.5 
 9. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 10. Pupovic, Kryvbasb.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.9 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Pettway, Dnipro1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.6 
 5. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 6. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.4 
 7. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Gilyevych, Mykolaiv1.2 


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


BK Ventspils rolled over Khimik in the last game of EuroChallenge Group B - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Khimik 79:70

BK Ventspils rolled over Khimik in the last game of Group B of EuroChallenge Round 4. The Baltic side grabbed 3-1 record after 79:70 victory in Latvia.
Latvian team remembered the road win few weeks ago in Yuzhniy and started with 6-2 run. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) later brought 21:16 and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) closed the period at 21:19. In the second frame the team from Ukraine enjoyed the lead for several time but Strelnieks nailed three to tie the game at 38:38. Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87)i and Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) brought 42:28 on the board, while Berzins responded for the Latvian lead at 47:46. Mason increased to 55:50 and Edin Bavcic closed the period at 59:56. The game remained tough in the last stanza and kept the spectators alive for the winners. Howard tied the game at 66:66, while the hosts created a 7-0 run for 73:66. The last four points the team from Latvia achieved from the free throw line to seal the third win in EuroChallnege. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) made the last two for 79:70 victory to send Khimik to 1-2 record.
Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Saulius Kuzminskas notched 18. Strelnieks posted 16, while Maris Gulbis added 8. Alexander Kolchenko replied with 17 points in the losing case and Edin Bavcic added 15. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) brought 13 in defeat and Stanislav Zavadskyi ended up with 10 points.

BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 19, Saulius Kuzminskas 18, Strelnieks 16, Maris Gulbis 8
Khimik: Alexander Kolchenko 17, Edin Bavcic 15, Curtis Millage 13, Stanislav Zavadsky 10



Drew Washington and the three most important women in his life - by Andrew Washington
I appreciate the people from eurobasket in contacting me about doing a blog. I've never done a blog before but I feel that people from home and people that don't really know me and know a little about me on a more personal level. I'm from Washington D.C. grew up in Washington D.C. and P.G. County Maryland anyone familiar with that area knows its very very close to each other so it's called the DMV Area. I was raised mostly by my mother a lovely woman who I adore no matter what her and I go thru she's my backbone and honestly where I get my strength from. I also have a little sister; she's my heart I mean my sister is the most pleasant person you'll ever meet anyone who knows me and is close to me knows her she makes sure of it. She's like my own personal body guard and she's very over protective of her brother you would think it would be the other way around by not in our case. I kiss her pictures everyday and talk to her on the phone every single day if I don't answer one day because I went to sleep early or I am on the road she leaves me like 5 messages telling me to answer the phone and where i'm at haha. I also have a young daughter named tristyn to current date she is 11 months old so everything I'm doing with my career I always think about those three important women in my life that's what drives me and what motivates me thru the trials and hard times being away from them.
I am currently playing in my third season overseas in different countries im currently playing in the ukraine with BC Odessa a club with a great tradition that my teammates and I are working extremely hard to bring that tradition back. We just had a game against hoverla that we won at the buzzer I scored the game winning basket with 0.2 seconds left on the clock we won 88-86. It was a great team team from top to bottom especially in the fourth quarter. We started the game off pretty slow but my teammates and I really picked things up and we got a great win; our new interim oleg yushkin is really doing a great job for us. Our coach vitaliy had a heart problem and had surgery so him and our assistant coach andray has been doing an OUTSTANDING job for us. All of the team kind of pulled together to become more of a cohesive unit; I think the more we play together and the more we play for each other the better our team will be and get we are currently 2-1 under our new coach and we've won two games in a row so far. We are 10-9 and in 8th place but we have close to 30 more games left so we have plenty of time to turn things around the way we want to.
Playing overseas is very different in every country they love basketball very much especially the cities in which your time is in, the city im in is odessa and its a great city right on the black sea. The league is very physical, and they scout you very well to try to take away your weaknesses but if you work on your game you can improve on your weaknesses and work to get better even during the season. We practice twice a day so I have a lot of down time but I mostly think about my daughter, sister, and mother when I'm not playing ball. So thanks for the time and opportunity to read my first blog of many more to come. Also if you are in the states or overseas check out the new bounce magazine issue 26 im on the cover and its a story on me in there too you can get it from any book store in the states or check it out on www.bouncemag.com thanks for your time and God bless to all!

Andrew Washington (191-G-84, college: Delaware) in an American pro player who is currently playing in Ukrainian Superleague with BC Odessa


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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Liverpool MT 8-1 
 2. Cheshire Jets 7-2 
 3. Guildford Heat 6-2 
 4. Sheffield Sharks 5-2 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 5-3 
 6. Newcastle 4-3 
 7. Leicester Riders 4-4 
 8. Worcester 4-7 
 9. Plymouth 3-4 
 10. MK Lions 2-3 
 11. Worthing 1-8 
 12. Essex Pirates 0-10 


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Defensor 17-8 
 2. Malvin 17-9 
 3. Bigua 16-7 
 4. Aguada 16-9 
 5. Trouville 16-11 
 6. Hebraica 14-11 
 7. Olimpia 13-12 
 8. Welcome 13-13 
 9. Cordon 11-15 
 10. Montevideo 10-14 
 11. Bohemios 10-14 
 12. Sayago 10-15 
 13. Anastasia 9-15 
 14. Un.Atletica 9-17 
 15. Cader 8-19 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Villegas, Olimpia29.6 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica26.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. Cornley, Cader24.7 
 5. Aguiar, Hebraica24.2 
 6. McGowan, Sayago24.1 
 7. Taboada, Bigua23.5 
 8. Martinez, Malvin20.3 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.0 
 10. Powers, Cordon19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Gamble, Cader12.4 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.6 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.8 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.4 
 5. Dilligard, Olimpia10.0 
 6. Wilborn, Bigua9.9 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.9 
 8. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.7 
 9. Puckett, Aguada9.5 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Diego PEREYRA
  Bohemios
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Pereyra, Bohemios6.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville5.9 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.6 
 4. Martinez, Malvin5.5 
 5. Latham, Anastasia5.0 
 6. Vidal, Bigua4.9 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 8. Cambon, Bigua4.8 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Gonzalez, Defensor4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Galeano, Olimpia2.5 
 3. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.3 
 5. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.3 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.1 
 8. Shelman, Sayago2.1 
 9. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 10. Dilligard, Olimpia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.4 
 2. Newsome, Malvin2.7 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 4. Bortz, Malvin2.5 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.4 
 6. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 7. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 8. Douglas, Bohemios1.9 
 9. Gamble, Cader1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Welcome quailify for the Top 10 stage - by Hector Lopez
Welcome qualified to play the Top 10, the Uruguayan League second stage, after beatingAnastasia 89-88. With two other places still to be filled, the teams already qualified are:
Defensor Sporting, Bigua, Aguada, Malvin, Hebraica, Trouville and Olimpia. The results for the six games played were:
Welcome 89 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 19 points 4 rebounds 6 assists, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 15 points 10 rebounds 3 assists.
Anastasia 88 - Marcus Sikes (203-F-84, agency: STKG, college: Cincinnati) 31 points 2 rebounds, Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Georgia) 12 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks, Brian Latham (184-G-83, agency: Union Sports, college: Houston) 8 points 9 rebounds 8 assists
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Defensor Sporting 85 - Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) 24 points 13 rebounds, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) 16 points 2 rebounds
Olimpia 79 - Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 26 points 9 rebounds 5 assists, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 11 points 7 rebounds 8 blocks
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Bohemios 99 - De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 30 points 12 rebounds 3 blocks, Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) 3 points 4 rebounds
Sayago 86 - Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 20 points 11 rebounds, Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) 13 points 11 rebounds
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Cordon 78 - Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 26 points 8 rebounds 1 block 2 assists, Austen Powers (203-F-87, college: Seattle) 15 points 8 rebounds 1 block 1 assist
Union Atletica 71 - Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) 11 points 12 rebounds 4 blocks 5 assists, Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 11 points 12 rebounds 4 blocks 5 asssits
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Malvin 88 - Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 27 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks, 4 assists, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 19 points 5 rebounds 2 blocks, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 10 points 6 rebounds
Montevideo 80 - Joaquin Osimani (193-G-87) 32 points 1 rebounds 4 assists, Emanuel Willis (205-F/C-84, college: Houston Baptist) 21 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks
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Cader 102 - Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, agency: HBA Sports, college: Tarleton St.) 26 points 14 rebounds 4 blocks, Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) 30 points 10 rebounds, Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) 17 points 5 rebounds
Bigua 83 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 31 points, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 10 points 14 rebounds 2 blocks


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 4-0 
 2. Unics 3-1 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 2-2 
 4. Minsk-2006 2-2 
 5. Dnipro 1-3 
 6. Honka 0-4 
Group B
 1. Zalgiris 4-0 
 2. Khimky 3-1 
 3. Azovmash 2-2 
 4. Asseco Prokom 2-3 
 5. VEF Riga 2-3 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 0-4 




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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Biska Pula 7-0 
 2. Studenec O. 5-2 
 3. Croatia 2006 3-3 
 4. Zadar 3-4 
 5. Agram 3-4 
 6. Pozega 2-5 
 7. Split 1-6 
Play in international cups:
 1. Gospic
 2. Jolly
 3. Lupa Promot.
 4. Medvescak


Fenerbahce cruise past Gospic in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Fenerbahce 60:92

Fenerbahce extended their pefect Euroleague run. They overcame Gospic on the road tonight to improve at 7-0 record in Group B. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ivezic put Gospic in front 13:8 early in the opening quarter. But Fenerbahce responded with a 9:2 run late in the period to pull in front 25:17. Tuncluer and Yilmaz gave the Turkish team a 30:21 buffer after ten minutes of action. Fenerbahce kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 48:35 lead at halftime. Fenerbahce triggered an 8:2 run at the start of the third quarter as they reached a 19-point advantage. Fenerbahce did not slow down as they piled up a massive 34-point lead with ten minutes to go. The Turkish powerhouse rolled comfortably in the next period and celebrated another big-time victory at the tournament.
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) accounted for 18 points each in the win. Vardarli added 11 points for Fenerbahce. Sandra Mandir replied with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Gospic. Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) netted 12 points in the loss.

Gospic: Sandra Mandir 18, Maurita Reid 12
Fenerbahce: Penelope Taylor 19+12 boards, Diana Taurasi 18, Ivana Matovic 18



Zadar rebound from bad start to beat Omis, third straight win - by Zeljko Zule
Zadar have erased a bad start to the season (0-4) and are one of the hottest teams in Croatian A-1 League right now. They won their straight game, defeating second-placed Studenac Omis 72-67 after overtime. Antonia Erslan (177-G-88) scored game-high 19 points, including a game-tying jumper to for an an extra period. Bozena Tokic added 12 points, Ivana Blazevic and Ema Mestrovic 11 each and Lucija Perica and Glorija Sikiric 10 apiece. Studenac was led by Ivana Seric with 18 points, Ivana Vrvilo scored 17 and Dina Sesnic 13. Pula easily defeated winless Split 87-74. The home team opened the game with a big run, leading by 13-0 and 21-4. Zana Cvjetkovic and Maja Ramljak finished with 20 points apiece and Tihana Valentic scored 18 while Anja Skara had 21 points for Split.
Pula-Split 87-74 (Dukic 14, Premasunac 3, Flaherty 8, Cvjetkovic 20, Tesic 2, Valentic 18, Ramljak 20, Jakelic 2 A.Laura 13, Biocic 4, Parunov 9, Zovko 13, Cizmic 14, Skara 21)
Zadar-Studenac Omis 72-67 OT (Sesar 2, Perica 10, Sikiric 10, Tokic 12, A.Erslan 19, Blazevic 11, Mestrovic 11 - Puljic 2, Vrvilo 17, Buzov 7, Seric 18, Vrkic 8, Dilber 2, Sesnic 13)
Plamen Pozega-Agram 64-68
Croatia 2006 bye



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Nadezhda edge Frisco Sika for second Euroleague win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - Frisco Sika 75:59

Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) came up with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Nadezhda to the third Euroleague victory. The Orenburg team held off Frisco Sika to post the second consecutive win improving at 3-4 record in Group D. Frisco Sika fell at 1-6 record after the loss.
Nadezhda confidently started the game. The hosts never trailed in the first period posting a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Frisco Sika however erased the deficit and pulled in front 21:20 midway through the second quarter. Veremeenko and Berseneva quickly answered for Nadezhda and the hosts eventually erupted for 8 straight points to regain control. Nadezhda rallied to a 38:25 lead at halftime. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.)s scored 7 points in the third period as Nadezhda extended their lead. The Russian side headed into the fourth frame up by 19 points 60:41. Frisco Sika never got too close in the final stanza and Nadezhda coasted to the victory at the end.
Becky Hammon and Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. Tatyana Burik (170-G-87) delivered 14 points for Nadezhda. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) replied with 19 points for Frisco Sika. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) netted 15 points in the loss.

Nadezhda: Tina Charles 17+14 boards, Becky Hammon 15, Liudmila Sapova 15
Frisco Sika: Frida Eldebrink 19, Louice Halvarsson 15



USK Prague outscored Tarbes GB by 20 - by Eurobasket News
ZVVZ USK Prague-Tarbes GB 78:58

USK Prague outscored Tarbes GB by 20 points in Euroleague Round 7 in Czech Republic. It allowed them to take 4-3 record to share the second place with Spartak Moscow Region after 78:58 win.
ZVVZ USK Prague scored the first 5 consecutive points in the game, while the guests replied with 6-0 run. Sipaviciute later tied the game at 9:9 and Ferancikova closed the period at 16:15. The second period became decisive in the game as the home side looked much better in it. Peckova closed the huge run at 33:17, whilst Bednarova nailed three for 39:28. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) sent both squads to the lockers at 43:32 on the board for the hosts. ZVVZ USK Prague did not even think of slowing down and added another 15-10 in the third quarter. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) made a jump shot at the end of 30 minutes for 58:42 deficit. It became clear about the winner at that time and Peckova proved it for 60:42 to open the last frame. The guests managed to reduce to 10 points when Lepron drove a lay-up, but 12-2 run brought 20-point victory for the team from Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) nailed the last three for 78:58 on the board.
Katerina Elhotova top-scored for the hosts with 18 points, while Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 17 each. Eva Viteckova followed them with 12 points in the winning effort. Ivanka Matic answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case as the French side fell at 3-4. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) netted 16 and El Gargati posted 7.

ZVVZ USK Prague: Katerina Elhotova 18, Lindsay Whalen 17, Delisha Milton-Jones 17, Eva Viteckova 12
Tarbes GB: Ivanka Matic 18+10 rebs, Jelena Dubljevic 16, El Gargati 7



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Euroleague Round: 7 (Qualifying Round). Wednesday games - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Mondeville - Dobri Anjeli 60-77
Dobri Anjeli celebrated the fourth win in the Euroleague season. They rallied past USO Mondeville in Group A action. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) provided 23 points to pace the Kosice team as they improved at 4-3 record. USO Mondeville slipped at 3-4 record in the fourth position in the ladder. USO Mondeville organized an 8:0 run midway through the starting quarter to take an 18:9 lead. The hosts secured a comfortable 23:11 lead after ten minutes. However the visitors turned the tables in the second period. Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Jalcova drained back-to-back triples that signaled the comeback for Dobri Anjeli. The Slovakian team went on a 20:4 run to take a 33:29 lead. Charde Houston capped the half with two free throws as Dobri Anjeli posted a 40:35 advantage. The visitors opened the second half with an 11:2 outburst to clear off. Dobri Anjeli maintained the tempo and entered the fourth term up by 17 points 65:49. USO Mondeville never got closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Charde Houston had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Dobri Anjeli. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 12 points in the win. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) replied with 16 points for USO Mondeville. Aurelie Bonnan (187-F-83) and Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) accounted for 11 points each in defeat.

Group B
Gospic - Fenerbahce 60-92
Fenerbahce extended their pefect Euroleague run. They overcame Gospic on the road tonight to improve at 7-0 record in Group B. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the visitors. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ivezic put Gospic in front 13:8 early in the opening quarter. But Fenerbahce responded with a 9:2 run late in the period to pull in front 25:17. Tuncluer and Yilmaz gave the Turkish team a 30:21 buffer after ten minutes of action. Fenerbahce kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 48:35 lead at halftime. Fenerbahce triggered an 8:2 run at the start of the third quarter as they reached a 19-point advantage. Fenerbahce did not slow down as they piled up a massive 34-point lead with ten minutes to go. The Turkish powerhouse rolled comfortably in the next period and celebrated another big-time victory at the tournament. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) accounted for 18 points each in the win. Birsel Vardarli (175-G-80) added 11 points for Fenerbahce. Sandra Mandir replied with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Gospic. Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) netted 12 points in the loss.

Group C
VICI Kaunas - Perfumerias 80-77 OT
VICI scores 15 threes to shock Avenida in Round 7 of EuroLeague in Kaunas. The Lithuanian team surprised another favorite after they rolled over Spartak Moscow Region in Round 1 at home. This time the Baltic side needed 80:77 win for 2-5 record. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) and Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) opened their accounts from the arc and added another one for 12:4 midway through the opening quarter. When again Courtnay Pilypaitis and then Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) nailed threes the board showed 20:8 for the home side. Xargay made two free throws to close the quarter at 20:10. Valentiene and Marina Solopova scored another threes for 34:35, while Brazilian International Erika De Souza reduced to 34:27. Marina Solopova and Paugaite ensured the bigger lead at 43:29 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Halcon Avenida became to wake up in the third quarter and after 22-10 reduced to 53:51. Bimbaite nailed three for 59:55 and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) gave the guests 68:66 lead as the Spanish side looked better at that time. Vita Kuktiene and Snell scored for their teams in the end of the fourth quarter as the teams needed overtime to find out about the winner. In extra time Vita Kuktiene and Valentiene continued from long range and sealed the necessary win with the Baltic state. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) and Snell missed their shots to suffer the second loss with the Spanish team. Vita Kuktiene paced all the winners with 17 points and Bimbaite scored 15. Courtnay Pilypaitis and Marina Solopova followed them with 14 points apiece. Alba Torrens replied with 21 points to fall with her team to 5-2 record on top. Sancho Lyttle delivered 15, while Snell chipped in 10.

Galatasaray - Spartak V MR 85-83 OT
Galatasaray edged Spartak Moscow Region in the top game of Round 7 in Istanbul. The Turkish side handed the defending champions already the third loss, while they improved to 3-4 record due to 85:83 overtime victory. The Russian Powerhouse went on a 4-0 run and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) added two for 11:4. The hosts meanwhile replied with 10-0 run to take 14:11 advantage. The squads exchanged several more baskets as Galatasaray enjoyed 19:11 lead after the first 10 minutes. In the second quarter the score was tied three times, whilst Osipova put the guests in front at 40:39. Another two periods did not change a lot in the court as both titans showed their best for the win. Palazoglu nailed three at the end of 30 minutes to tie it again at 58:58. Five more times the board showed the same numbers for both squads in the last frame as Can sent the teams to overtime at 77:77. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) exchanged the early baskets and Osipova and Caglar made the same for 80:80. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored four points in a row for 84:80 and Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) brought the win from the free throw line at 85:83. Doneeka Hodges and Sylvia Fowles erupted with 20 points each as the latter also added 12 rebounds. Seimone Augustus followed them with 18 points for the superb victory. Lauren Jackson ended up with 23 points and 8 rebounds in defeat and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored 17. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota notched 14, whilst Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) netted 11.

USK Praha - Tarbes 78-58
USK Prague outscored Tarbes GB by 20 points in Euroleague Round 7 in Czech Republic. It allowed them to take 4-3 record to share the second place with Spartak Moscow Region after 78:58 win. ZVVZ USK Prague scored the first 5 consecutive points in the game, while the guests replied with 6-0 run. Sipaviciute later tied the game at 9:9 and Ferancikova closed the period at 16:15. The second period became decisive in the game as the home side looked much better in it. Peckova closed the huge run at 33:17, whilst Bednarova nailed three for 39:28. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) sent both squads to the lockers at 43:32 on the board for the hosts. ZVVZ USK Prague did not even think of slowing down and added another 15-10 in the third quarter. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) made a jump shot at the end of 30 minutes for 58:42 deficit. It became clear about the winner at that time and Peckova proved it for 60:42 to open the last frame. The guests managed to reduce to 10 points when Lepron drove a lay-up, but 12-2 run brought 20-point victory for the team from Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) nailed the last three for 78:58 on the board. Katerina Elhotova top-scored for the hosts with 18 points, while Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 17 each. Eva Viteckova followed them with 12 points in the winning effort. Ivanka Matic answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case as the French side fell at 3-4. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) netted 16 and El Gargati posted 7.

Group D
Bourges - Ros Casares 58-55
Bourges caught up with Ros Casares on top of Euroleague Group D. The French powerhouse held off the Valencia outfit tonight as both teams are now tied at 5-2 record. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) scored 14 points to lead the hosts. Ros Casares looked forward to erase the bitter memories of a home loss to Nadezhda in the previous round. The visitors went on a 6:0 run to open the game. Ros Casares grabbed a 10:2 lead soon and maintained the advantage throughout the quarter. Ros Casares arrived at the first break up by 10 points 19:9. Edwige Lawson-Wade (167-G-79) gave the visitors an 11-point advantage early in the second term. Bourges capped the first half on an 8:2 rally to get within 3 points 23:26. The hosts turned things around in the third frame. Bourges finally pulled in front and managed to secure a 41:39 lead with one quarter remaining. Burgrova and Salagnac ensured a 7-point lead for Bourges early in the final period. Edwige Lawson-Wade hit twice from beyond the arc as Ros Casares were back in the drivers seat. However Endene Miyem knocked down four key points in the final two minutes of the game to propel Bourges to a narrow win. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) provided 10 points for Bourges. Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) netted 7 points in the victory. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Edwige Lawson-Wade replied with 15 points each for Ros Casares. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had 11 points in defeat.

Nadezhda O. - Frisco Sika 75-59
Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) came up with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Nadezhda to the third Euroleague victory. The Orenburg team held off Frisco Sika to post the second consecutive win improving at 3-4 record in Group D. Frisco Sika fell at 1-6 record after the loss. Nadezhda confidently started the game. The hosts never trailed in the first period posting a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Frisco Sika however erased the deficit and pulled in front 21:20 midway through the second quarter. Veremeenko and Berseneva quickly answered for Nadezhda and the hosts eventually erupted for 8 straight points to regain control. Nadezhda rallied to a 38:25 lead at halftime. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) scored 7 points in the third period as Nadezhda extended their lead. The Russian side headed into the fourth frame up by 19 points 60:41. Frisco Sika never got too close in the final stanza and Nadezhda coasted to the victory at the end. Becky Hammon and Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. Tatyana Burik (170-G-87) delivered 14 points for Nadezhda. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) replied with 19 points for Frisco Sika. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) netted 15 points in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.20.0 
 3. Brunson, Ros C.18.4 
 4. Jackson, Spartak .17.8 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.17.7 
 6. Charles, Nadezhda.17.7 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.7 
 8. Prince, Spartak .17.4 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.17.4 
 10. Dubljevic, Tarbes17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Nadezhda O.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Charles, Nadezhda.13.1 
 2. Ford, Frisco Sika13.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.11.4 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.11.2 
 5. Fowles, Galatasa.10.4 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.9.9 
 7. Tamane, MKB Eurol.9.8 
 8. Godin, Taranto9.7 
 9. Bonner, Rivas E.9.5 
 10. Jackson, Spartak .9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Becky HAMMON
  Nadezhda O.
  (168-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hammon, Nadezhda.4.8 
 2. Dumerc, UMMC4.8 
 3. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 4. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 5. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.7 
 6. Prince, Spartak .4.7 
 7. Whalen, USK Praha4.6 
 8. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.5 
 9. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 10. Jelavic, Wisla C.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Reid, Gospic3.9 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.7 
 3. Prince, Spartak .2.7 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.4 
 5. Hammon, Nadezhda.2.3 
 6. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 7. Mahoney, Taranto2.3 
 8. Bonner, Rivas E.2.3 
 9. Brunson, Ros C.2.3 
 10. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.1 
 2. Stepanova, UMMC2.3 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.9 
 4. Jackson, Spartak .1.8 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 6. Kulichova, USK P.1.4 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.1.3 
 8. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 9. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.2 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.0 


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Taranto 5-1 
 2. Wisla Can-Pak 4-2 
 3. Dobri Anjeli 4-3 
 4. Mondeville 3-4 
 5. MiZo Pecs 2-4 
 6. TTT Riga 1-5 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 7-0 
 2. UMMC 5-1 
 3. MKB Eurol. 4-2 
 4. Rivas Ecopolis 2-4 
 5. Lotos Gdynia 1-5 
 6. Gospic 0-7 
Group C
 1. Perfumerias 5-2 
 2. USK Praha 4-3 
 3. Spartak V MR 4-3 
 4. Galatasaray 3-4 
 5. Tarbes 3-4 
 6. VICI Kaunas 2-5 
Group D
 1. Ros Casares 5-2 
 2. Bourges 5-2 
 3. Familia Schio 4-2 
 4. Nadezhda O. 3-4 
 5. Gorzow 2-4 
 6. Frisco Sika 1-6 


Next Euroleague will have a Final-Eight format - by Carlo Grilli
In its continuing effort to support and develop the women's game, FIBA Europe has approved the introduction of a EuroLeague Women Final Eight, which will always be played at a venue determined prior to the start of the season.

The Regular Season will still be played with 24 teams but they will be drawn into three groups of eight teams each, instead of the current four groups of six teams each.

The decision, which was taken by the FIBA Europe Board during its meeting in Munich last weekend, will come into effect from the 2011-12 season.

'The new format promises to add competitiveness to an already attractive event,' commented FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.

'This can only be good news for Women's Basketball. More teams in the Regular Season groups means better potential for the clubs in their efforts to secure visibility for their sponsors and secure television deals,' added FIBA Europe Secretary Nar Zanolin.

'And the Final Eight can bring in the additional exposure we have all been looking for the women's flagship competition'

(courtesy of www.fibaeurope.com)


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ToPo defeated the league leader - by Elina Koskinen
ToPo took a big victory as they won PeKa at Helsinki tonight. PeKa started the game well but ToPo was better and had two good runs, 9-0 and 6-0, in the first period and won it 21-11. In other three quarters the game was more close-run and points were made in turn. PeKa had a bad shooting day in three-point-shots as they netted only one of thirteen. ToPo didnt succeed any better and they nailed 3 of 17. Final result was 65-55 for ToPo. Dandra Moss leaded ToPo to victory with the game highest in both points and rebounds. She scored 28 points and took 15 rebounds. Tuukkanen assisted with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Best appearance from the visitors was made by Amanda Lassiter with 18 points.

ToPo defeated the league leader - by Elina Koskinen
ToPo took a big victory as they won PeKa at Helsinki tonight. PeKa started the game well but ToPo was better and had two good runs, 9-0 and 6-0, in the first period and won it 21-11. In other three quarters the game was more close-run and points were made in turn. PeKa had a bad shooting day in three-point-shots as they netted only one of thirteen. ToPo didnt succeed any better and they nailed 3 of 17. Final result was 65-55 for ToPo. Dandra Moss (183-F-88, college: Va Commonwealth) leaded ToPo to victory with the game highest in both points and rebounds. She scored 28 points and took 15 rebounds. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) assisted with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Best appearance from the visitors was made by Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) with 18 points.

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Bourges hand Ros Casares second straight Euroleague loss - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - Ros Casares 58:55

Bourges caught up with Ros Casares on top of Euroleague Group D. The French powerhouse held off the Valencia outfit tonight as both teams are now tied at 5-2 record. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) scored 14 points to lead the hosts.
Ros Casares looked forward to erase the bitter memories of a home loss to Nadezhda in the previous round. The visitors went on a 6:0 run to open the game. Ros Casares grabbed a 10:2 lead soon and maintained the advantage throughout the quarter. Ros Casares arrived at the first break up by 10 points 19:9. Edwige Lawson-Wade (167-G-79) gave the visitors an 11-point advantage early in the second term. Bourges capped the first half on an 8:2 rally to get within 3 points 23:26. The hosts turned things around in the third frame. Bourges finally pulled in front and managed to secure a 41:39 lead with one quarter remaining. Burgrova and Salagnac ensured a 7-point lead for Bourges early in the final period. Edwige Lawson-Wade hit twice from beyond the arc as Ros Casares were back in the drivers seat. However Endene Miyem knocked down four key points in the final two minutes of the game to propel Bourges to a narrow win.
Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) provided 10 points for Bourges. Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) netted 7 points in the victory. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Edwige Lawson-Wade replied with 15 points each for Ros Casares. Douglas had 11 points in defeat.

Bourges: Endene Miyem 14, Jennifer Digbeu 10, Maja Miljkovic 7
Ros Casares: Rebekkah Brunson 15, Edwige Lawson-Wade 15



Dobri Anjeli stun USO Mondeville in France - by Eurobasket News
USO Mondeville - Dobri Anjeli 60:77

Dobri Anjeli celebrated the fourth win in the Euroleague season. They rallied past USO Mondeville in Group A action. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) provided 23 points to pace the Kosice team as they improved at 4-3 record. USO Mondeville slipped at 3-4 record in the fourth position in the ladder.
USO Mondeville organized an 8:0 run midway through the starting quarter to take an 18:9 lead. The hosts secured a comfortable 23:11 lead after ten minutes. However the visitors turned the tables in the second period. Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Jalcova drained back-to-back triples that signaled the comeback for Dobri Anjeli. The Slovakian team went on a 20:4 run to take a 33:29 lead. Charde Houston capped the half with two free throws as Dobri Anjeli posted a 40:35 advantage. The visitors opened the second half with an 11:2 outburst to clear off. Dobri Anjeli maintained the tempo and entered the fourth term up by 17 points 65:49. USO Mondeville never got closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end.
Charde Houston had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Dobri Anjeli. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) netted 12 points in the win. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) replied with 16 points for USO Mondeville. Aurelie Bonnan (187-F-83) and Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) accounted for 11 points each in defeat.

USO Mondeville: Lenae Williams 16, Aurelie Bonnan 11, Valeriya Berezhynska 11
Dobri Anjeli: Candice Dupree 23, Charde Houston 19+11 boards, Zuzana Zirkova 12



USK Prague outscored Tarbes GB by 20 - by Eurobasket News
ZVVZ USK Prague-Tarbes GB 78:58

USK Prague outscored Tarbes GB by 20 points in Euroleague Round 7 in Czech Republic. It allowed them to take 4-3 record to share the second place with Spartak Moscow Region after 78:58 win.
ZVVZ USK Prague scored the first 5 consecutive points in the game, while the guests replied with 6-0 run. Sipaviciute later tied the game at 9:9 and Ferancikova closed the period at 16:15. The second period became decisive in the game as the home side looked much better in it. Peckova closed the huge run at 33:17, whilst Bednarova nailed three for 39:28. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) sent both squads to the lockers at 43:32 on the board for the hosts. ZVVZ USK Prague did not even think of slowing down and added another 15-10 in the third quarter. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) made a jump shot at the end of 30 minutes for 58:42 deficit. It became clear about the winner at that time and Peckova proved it for 60:42 to open the last frame. The guests managed to reduce to 10 points when Lepron drove a lay-up, but 12-2 run brought 20-point victory for the team from Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) nailed the last three for 78:58 on the board.
Katerina Elhotova top-scored for the hosts with 18 points, while Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 17 each. Eva Viteckova followed them with 12 points in the winning effort. Ivanka Matic answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case as the French side fell at 3-4. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) netted 16 and El Gargati posted 7.

ZVVZ USK Prague: Katerina Elhotova 18, Lindsay Whalen 17, Delisha Milton-Jones 17, Eva Viteckova 12
Tarbes GB: Ivanka Matic 18+10 rebs, Jelena Dubljevic 16, El Gargati 7



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


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Latvian LSBL round 8 best performance: Quanitra Hollingsworth - by Eurobasket News
American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked TTT Riga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds, while her team outclassed Cesis (#8, 1-9) with 68-point margin 108-40. It allowed TTT Riga to take over top position in the Latvian LSBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and TTT Riga keeps perfect 7 -0 record. Hollingsworth turned to be TTT Riga's top player in her first season with the team. Quanitra Hollingsworth averages this season 20.7ppg and 11.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international center Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of league's second-best RTU-Merks Riga. Teilane had a very good evening with 33 points and 7 rebounds. Of course she lead RTU-Merks to another comfortable win 61-43 over slightly lower-ranked TTT Juniores (#4, 5-4) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. RTU-Merks consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. Her team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Teilane is a newcomer at RTU-Merks, but is already the team's top player. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.1ppg (#7). She also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another TTT Riga's star - forward Karline Nimane (188-F-90). Nimane scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was another key player of TTT Riga, helping her team with a 108-40 easy win against the lower-ranked Cesis (#8, 1-9). TTT Riga have amazing season winning all 7 games without a single defeat. Nimane turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Nimane has a great season in Latvia. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.2ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82) of TTT Riga - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90) of LU - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dace Zarina (190-F/C-85) of LU - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Lita Abelite (90) of Cesis - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) of TTT Riga - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85) of Cesis - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) of TTT Kadetes - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


VICI scores 15 from the arc to shock Avenida - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes-Halcon Avenida 80:77 OT

VICI scores 15 threes to shock Avenida in Round 7 of EuroLeague in Kaunas. The Lithuanian team surprised another favorite after they rolled over Spartak Moscow Region in Round 1 at home. This time the Baltic side needed 80:77 win for 2-5 record.
Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) and Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) opened their accounts from the arc and added another one for 12:4 midway through the opening quarter. When again Courtnay Pilypaitis and then Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) nailed threes the board showed 20:8 for the home side. Xargay made two free throws to close the quarter at 20:10. Valentiene and Marina Solopova scored another threes for 34:35, while Brazilian International Erika De Souza reduced to 34:27. Marina Solopova and Paugaite ensured the bigger lead at 43:29 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Halcon Avenida became to wake up in the third quarter and after 22-10 reduced to 53:51. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) nailed three for 59:55 and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) gave the guests 68:66 lead as the Spanish side looked better at that time. Vita Kuktiene and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) scored for their teams in the end of the fourth quarter as the teams needed overtime to find out about the winner. In extra time Vita Kuktiene and Valentiene continued from long range and sealed the necessary win with the Baltic state. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) and Belinda Snell missed their shots to suffer the second loss with the Spanish team.
Vita Kuktiene paced all the winners with 17 points and Ausra Bimbaite scored 15. Courtnay Pilypaitis and Marina Solopova followed them with 14 points apiece. Alba Torrens replied with 21 points to fall with her team to 5-2 record on top. Sancho Lyttle delivered 15, while Belinda Snell chipped in 10.

VICI Aistes: Vita Kuktiene 17, Ausra Bimbaite 15, Courtnay Pilypaitis 14, Marina Solopova 14
Halcon Avenida: Alba Torrens 21,