EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/16/2010

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Play2Win 10-4 
 2. Chico Rage 1-5 
 3. College Park 0-0 
 4. Smoky MJ 0-0 
 5. Crusaders 0-1 
 6. Arlington B. 0-2 
 7. Oklahoma 0-2 
 8. Modesto E. 0-6 
NoCal Div.
 1. S.Francisco R. 9-4 
 2. California SK 9-5 
 3. Sacramento H. 9-8 
 4. Clayton 8-3 
 5. Central Valley 3-10 
North Central Div.
 1. Chicago Steam 15-4 
 2. Lake Michigan 10-6 
 3. Columbus Crush 8-3 
 4. Pittsburgh P. 7-3 
 5. Detroit Hoops 6-5 
 6. Kansas City S. 4-0 
 7. Cleveland R. 2-2 
 8. G.Rapids F. 0-2 
 9. Youngstown S. 0-2 
 10. Akron R. 0-5 
Northeast Div.
 1. Jersey Expr. 10-3 
 2. NY Thunder 9-3 
 3. NY Red Riders 6-8 
 4. Maryland M. 6-9 
 5. Tri-City Suns 3-9 
Pacific Northwest Div.
 1. Seattle M. 6-4 
 2. Seattle ZG 3-0 
 3. Everett 2-2 
 4. Spokane Sunz 1-1 
 5. Washington R. 1-6 
SoCal Div.
 1. Compton C. 4-2 
 2. San Diego S. 4-4 
 3. LA Slam 4-5 
 4. Las Vegas A. 2-0 
 5. Riverside R. 2-3 
 6. Honolulu 1-1 
 7. California BB 1-3 
South Central Div.
 1. Kentucky S. 11-6 
 2. Kentucky B. 10-7 
 3. W.Virginia B. 5-8 
 4. St.Louis S. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Music City Stars 9-3 
 2. Mississippi B. 4-6 
 3. Columbus Life 2-5 
 4. Florida Th. 1-0 
 5. Charlotte 1-2 
 6. Carolina K. 0-0 
 7. Ga PROWL 0-1 
Southwest Div.
 1. SE Texas M. 19-3 
 2. N.Texas F. 10-4 
 3. W.Texas W. 6-5 
 4. Texas Fuel 3-6 
 5. Dallas G. 2-1 
 6. Texas Ch. 0-2 
 7. Houston T. 0-6 


Bisons defeat Admirals - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals didn't have much time to celebrate after Saturday's big win over the Detroit Hoops because they hurried up and showered and hit the road to Owensboro, Kentucky to take on the defending champions, the Kentucky Bisons. Sunday afternoon, the fans of Kentucky got their monies worth. The Bisons took the first quarter by the score of 27-22 and went into the half with a 52-51 lead over Lake Michigan. 'I wish every game was as competitive as this one and if it were my stands would be packed,' quoted Jay Sills , owner of the Kentucky Bisons. The Admirals had many highlight reel dunks and three point plays but the Bisons still lead after the third quarter 81-76. Even though Dominick Melton (6'6''-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside) lead all scores with 29 points and Larry Logan (6'6''-F-85, college: Centenary) had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds it just wasn't enough to hold off the experienced defending champions. Kentucky's charge was lead by Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Final score was Kentucky Bisons 113 - Lake Michigan Admirals 99. The game was played at the Owensboro Sports Complex in front of a crowd of approximately 500.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic L., 21st Round: BOSNA - Helios 66:55; Zagreb - SIROKI 71:81 - by Sead Buljina
Sarajevo, Olympic arena 'Zetra'
Spectators: 1000

BOSNA ASA BHT: Sehovic Suad 5pts (24:30 minutes, 11 rbs), Sarajlija Mirza DNP, Jovanovic Zlatko 5 (26 min, 4ast, 3 rbs), Djurasovic Bozo 4p (19min, 4rbs, 1ast, 1blk), Camdzic Eldin DNP, Bajic Goran 5 (8:45min, 2rbs, 1ast), Hajric Seid 4 (20:30min, 3rbs, 1ats, 1blk), Radonjic Gorjan 0 (2:30min), Milosevic Milan 5 (19:30min, 4rbs), Kojadinovic Feliks 10 (29min, 7asts), Pasalic Muhamed 14 (19 min), Rakocevic Zarko 14 (31min, 7rbs, 1ast). Coach: Dejan Parezanin.
HELIOS: Delic DNP, Zalokar DNP, Petrovic Vjekoslav 4 (5rbs), Zagorac 5, Zerak 6, Mocnik 7 (34min, 5rbs, 2asts), Lashkevich 4, Paravinja Milos 9 (30min, 7rbs, 2asts), Lorbek Klemen 0, Bajramlic Sanel DNP, Lorbek Domen 11, Snow Alvin 9. Coach: Rado Trifunovic.

Zagreb, arena 'Trnsko'
Spectators: 500

Zagreb CO- Siroki HT Eronet 71:81

ZAGREB CO: Masic Ante DNP, Miljkovic 8 pts, Simon 12, Prkacin 5, Garma N. DNP, Dijan 0, Basljan DNP, Barac Pankracije 6, Stimac 7, Zoric 14, Mulaomerovic Damir 19, Krstic DNP. Coach: Denis Bajramovic.
SIROKI HT Eronet: Stemberger 15, Petkovic DNP, Planinic 0, Colak 13, Milekovic DNP, Naletilic DNP, Siriscevic 10, Ramljak Ivan 2, Spralja 12, Puljko 5, Mason Chester 20, Grgat 4. Coach: Ivan Velic.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marino BAZDARIC
  Cedevita
  (197-G/F-78)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Bazdaric, Cedevita18.7 
 2. Tomic, KK.17.9 
 3. Zizic, Cedevita17.7 
 4. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.17.1 
 5. Tomas, Cibona15.3 
 6. Sehovic, Bosna S.14.4 
 7. Delic, Helios14.1 
 8. Videnov, Crvena Z.13.9 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm13.7 
 10. Walsh, U.Olimpija13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  MMC Real M.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Tomic, KK.8.9 
 2. Maric, Partizan8.1 
 3. Mason, Siroki E.7.3 
 4. Zoric, KK.6.6 
 5. Roberts, Partizan6.5 
 6. Ruzic, Zadar6.4 
 7. Zizic, Cedevita6.1 
 8. Brkic, Radnicki K.5.9 
 9. Sehovic, Bosna S.5.9 
 10. Vranes, Partizan5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jure MOCNIK
  Helios
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mocnik, Helios5.5 
 2. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.5.4 
 3. Markovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 4. Mason, Siroki E.4.5 
 5. Anderson, Cedevita4.5 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.4 
 7. Aleksic, Radnicki K.4.4 
 8. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.2 
 9. Gordon, Cibona4.2 
 10. Stipcevic, Zadar4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  Partizan
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCalebb, Partizan2.4 
 2. Walsh, U.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Stipcevic, Zadar1.8 
 4. Gordon, Cibona1.8 
 5. Krstic, KK.1.7 
 6. Roberts, Partizan1.6 
 7. Markovic, Hemofarm1.6 
 8. Sehovic, Bosna S.1.5 
 9. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
 10. Otasevic, Buducnost1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.5 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Hemof.0.8 
 5. Maric, Partizan0.7 
 6. Plaisted, Zadar0.7 
 7. Golubovic, U.Olimpija0.7 
 8. Tomic, KK.0.7 
 9. Roberts, Partizan0.6 
 10. Brkic, Radnicki K.0.6 


Round 21 review - by Eurobasket News
U.Olimpija - Cedevita 82-68
Union Olimpija celebrated 82-68 win against Cedevita improving to 13-8 in the regional championship. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) was a key player for the hosts with 32 points. He made 7 of 9 attempts from behind the arc. Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances) had 14 and Vlado Ilievski added 12 pts in this game. On the other side, Cedevita got 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists from Jermaine Anderson. Ricardo Marsh scored 10 and the Croatian squad dropped to 10-11.

KK Zagreb CO - Siroki Eronet 71-81
Siroki Eronet grabbed valuable 71-81 road win against Zagreb. It means that the Bosnian champion jumped to 11th place in Adriatic league with 8-13 record. At the same time Zagreb dropped to 13-8. Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami, OH) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Frano Colak added 13 pts. The hosts got 19 points from Damir Mulaomerovic. Luka Zoric had double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Crvena Zvez. - Partizan 74-84
Partizan was better than Crvena Zvezda in Serbian derby 74-84 remaining the second ranked team in the league with 15-5 record. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) steeped up for the reigning champion with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) scored 13 and Dusan Kecman netted one point less. Filip Videnov and Nemanja Bjelica had 15 and 13 points respectively in defeat. Their team faced with 12th loss in 21 appearances.

Buducnost - Cibona 62-72
Cibona cruised past Buducnost staying on top of the Adriatic league standings with 17-4 record. Luksa Andric (210-C-85) shined in this victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) secured a nice help adding 15 pts and 6 boards. In Buducnost (12-9), Marko Simonovic delivered 17 pts. Vladimir Dragicevic stopped on 12 pts and 9 boards.

Radnicki K. - FMP 81-77
It was another game against two Serbian teams in this round. Radnicki Kragujevac outsmarted FMP 81-77 moving up to 9-12 record. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) led the hosts with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (196-F/G-85) followed closely with 12 points and 7 boards. In FMP (7-14), Mladen Jeremic top-scored with 22 points.


Bosna S. - Helios 66-55
Bosna ASA BHT was better than Helios 66-55 celebrating 4th victory of the season. Bosnian squad stays the last ranked team in the league, but now they are just a step away from 13th ranked Helios, who has 15-16 record. Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) also scored 14, while Feliks Kojadinovic added 10 pts and 7 assists. With 11 points, Domen Lorbek was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Helios. Milos Paravinja added 9 pts and 7 boards.

Zadar - Hemofarm 70-75
Hemofarm celebrated valuable road win against Zadar staying in the race for Final 4 spot. Milan Macvan (205-F-89) came up with 22 points in this victory, Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) had 12, while Miros Borisov helped with one point less. Hrvoje Peric replied with 24 points in loss. Rok Stipcevic followed with 14 pts. Hemfofarm 12-8, Zadar 11-9.


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The teams resume the league after a break - by Eurobasket News
More than two months of break enjoyed the teams of vacation, while the League was resumed on February 6th. Tirana improved to 11-0 record after the win over Valbona 107:67. The latter dropped at 6-5 record on the second place. Vllaznia is with 5-6 record smashing Skenderbeu 82:0. Skenderbeu improved to 4-7 record beating Teuta 87:62. The latter has 3-8 record on the bottom of the League.


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. SK Tirana 11-0 
 2. Valbona 6-5 
 3. Vllaznia Shk. 5-6 
 4. Skenderbeu 4-7 
 5. Studenti 4-7 
 6. Teuta Durres 3-8 


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  ALGERIA   


The WAB undefeated ... - by Carlos Pereira
The WA Boufarik remains the only undefeated team after the first phase of the 2nd stage of the super division league basketball, played Friday and Saturday, and still has an edge on the GSP and two on the CRB Dar El-Beida, while ASPTT Alger, the defending champion, remains in 5th place behind the NB Staouli.
The return phase will begin March 5 after a truce devoted to training the national team that will take place next week. The WAB has remained invincibile beating in Blida, his neighbor Tbbb (59-62), still seeking his first victory. The last two will go into the hen Playdown, accounting for maintenance in that division.

RESULTS
Group play-off
NB Staouli GS Ptroliers 63-90
CSM Constantine ASPTT Alger 69-70
NA Hussein Dey CRB Dar- El-Beda 80-89
TBB Blida WA Boufarik 59- 62

Pts G
1. WA Boufarik 14 7
2. GS Ptroliers 13 7
3. CRBDB 12 7
4. NB Staouli 11 7
-. ASPTT Alger 10 7
6. CSM Constantine 09 7
7. NA Hussein-Dey 08 7
8. TBB Blida 07 7

Rsults and STANDING
Group play-down (7th round)
CRB Tmouchent COBB Oran 83-66
AB Skikda USMM Hadjout 74-77
O. Batna WB An-Benian 80-64
Exempt : CRM Birkhadem

Pts G
1. CRM Birkhadem 11 6
2. O. Batna 11 6
3. USMM Hadjout 10 6
4. WB An-Benian 6 4
5. CRBT 7 6
6. AB Skikda 5 4
7. COBB Oran 4 4


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  ARGENTINA   


Harold arcenoux and sebastian pardal joins belgrano san nicolas - by Diego Calla
Belgrano San Nicolas was made of freshly released for Ciudad de Bragado, Sebastian Pardal (202-C-81), who arrived in the morning in the city and went to the orders of Angel Cachari trained. But this is not the only news in the roster , as well as Pardal, would be arriving in the afternoon Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.) replacing Louis Truscott (199-F-78, college: Houston).
Belgrano continue training on a double shift trying to attach to the new additions to the rest of the squad in order to reach the best way to meet next Tuesday, when it receives to Independiente Tandil.


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Atenas 14-3 
 2. Lanus 12-6 
 3. Penarol 11-4 
 4. Regatas C. 11-6 
 5. La Union 11-7 
 6. Boca Jrs 10-8 
 7. Sionista 10-8 
 8. Quimsa 8-7 
 9. Libertad S. 8-9 
 10. Union S. 8-10 
 11. Olimpico LB 8-10 
 12. Gimnasia CR 7-11 
 13. Obras 6-10 
 14. Estudiantes 6-11 
 15. C.Entrerriano 5-13 
 16. Quilmes MP 3-15 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Jackson, La Union19.2 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.18.3 
 3. Williams, Olimpico.17.6 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 5. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Penarol16.3 
 7. Moodie, Boca Jrs16.2 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista16.2 
 9. Lo Grippo, Atenas16.1 
 10. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.12.2 
 2. Griffin, Estudiantes8.2 
 3. Williams, Union S.8.2 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.9 
 5. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.4 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 7. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.1 
 8. McFarlan, Union S.7.1 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.0 
 10. Alston, Olimpico.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luis CEQUEIRA
  Sionista
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Cequeira, Sionista4.9 
 2. Victoriano, Lanus4.5 
 3. Labaque, Obras3.9 
 4. Martinez, Sionista3.8 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes3.5 
 6. Salles, La Union3.4 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.4 
 8. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.3 
 9. Williams, Olimpico.3.3 
 10. Figueroa, Atenas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.3 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Victoriano, Lanus1.6 
 4. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 6. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Obras1.5 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.1.5 
 9. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.4 
 10. Figueroa, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Alston, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.1.5 
 3. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 4. Johnson, Lanus1.1 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.0 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 7. Marshall, C.Entrer.0.9 
 8. Zanotti, Regatas C.0.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Keep, Quilmes MP0.8 


Liga A week highlights - by Facundo Iatzky
1- the return of Pepe
Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) made his debut in Obras sanitarias last sunday against Boca and what a debut for this great point guard. He showed he is still in a great level and he was the key of the victory.
2- Atenas won to Estudiantes 99-55 !
Clearly Atenas is one of the two best of the league right now and BB Estudiantes on the other hand is one of the two worst teams. But no one expected such a big difference between tese two teams.
3 Quilmes won again
After 7 games Quilmes won. It was against Union Sunchales. The two new additions of Quilmes gave solutions.
4- Penarol does not stop
They won two games on the road and keep going up.
5- keep an eye on Regatas
Silently Regatas won two very important games this weekend and they are the team of the moment.

Top performances of the week:
Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) 14 pts 12 as against Boca
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 31 pts 10 reb 2 st against C. Entrerriano
Cristian Romero (198-F-82) 28 pts 3 reb against BB estudiantes
Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne) 28 pts 8 reb against BB estudiantes
Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) 15 pts 16 reb 2 as against Libertad


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Penney, Breakers23.2 
 2. McKee, Hawks17.9 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles17.8 
 4. Ballinger, 36ers17.6 
 5. Hodge, Tigers17.5 
 6. Gilchrist, 36ers16.9 
 7. Bruton, Breakers16.8 
 8. Ubaka, Blaze16.3 
 9. Worthington, Tig.16.3 
 10. Redhage, Perth15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rick RICKERT
  Breakers
  (211-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rickert, Breakers7.1 
 2. Worthington, Tig.6.9 
 3. Roberts, Crocodiles6.9 
 4. Davidson, Hawks6.9 
 5. Petrie, Blaze6.8 
 6. Rychart, Taipans6.8 
 7. Schenscher, Perth6.7 
 8. Burston, 36ers6.5 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.5 
 10. Holmes, 36ers6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Hodge, Tigers5.9 
 2. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 3. Gibson, Blaze4.5 
 4. Ubaka, Blaze4.2 
 5. Gilchrist, 36ers4.2 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles3.5 
 7. Groves, 36ers3.4 
 8. Crosswell, Tigers3.4 
 9. Bruton, Breakers3.3 
 10. Boucher, Breakers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Perth
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Martin, Perth1.4 
 2. Bruton, Breakers1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 4. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 5. Jones, Taipans1.3 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. McKee, Hawks1.2 
 8. Hodge, Tigers1.2 
 9. Worthington, Tig.1.1 
 10. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hodge, Tigers0.9 
 2. Penney, Breakers0.7 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles0.7 
 4. Maxey, Blaze0.7 
 5. Rickert, Breakers0.7 
 6. Redhage, Perth0.6 
 7. Melzer, Taipans0.6 
 8. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 9. Williams, Taipans0.5 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.5 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Perth 17-11 
 2. Hawks 16-12 
 3. Crocodiles 16-12 
 4. Blaze 16-12 
 5. Breakers 15-13 
 6. Taipans 11-17 
 7. Tigers 11-17 
 8. 36ers 10-18 


Semi Finals schedule set - by Eurobasket News
The 2010 National Basketball League Semi Final series have been set after the Perth Wildcats defeated the Townsville Crocodiles 92-73 at Challenge Stadium in Perth this evening in the final game of the NBL regular season to secure the minor premiership.

The win sees Perth finish first, the Wollongong Hawks second, Townsville take third and the Gold Coast Blaze fourth.

The full schedule for the first round of the 2010 NBL Finals is below.



2010 NBL Semi Finals Schedule (best of three games)

Perth Wildcats (1st) versus Gold Coast Blaze (4th)
Game 1 Thursday 18 February 7:00PM Challenge Stadium
Game 2 Tuesday 23 February 7:30PM Gold Coast Convention Centre
Game 3 (if required) Sunday 28 February 4:30PM Challenge Stadium

Wollongong Hawks (2nd) versus Townsville Crocodiles (3rd)
Game 1 Friday 19 February 7:30PM WIN Entertainment Centre
Game 2 Wednesday 24 February 7:30PM Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre
Game 3 (if required) Saturday 27 February 7:30PM WIN Entertainment Centre


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


Last round of the regular season - by Eurobasket News
Perth - Crocodiles 92-73
The Perth Wildcats have clinched the 2009/10 NBL minor premiership after a 92-73 win over fierce rivals Townsville Crocodiles at Challenge Stadium on Sunday. Wildcats captain Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) has been in up and down form, but returned to the starting line-up to lead his team to the victory with 32 points and 12-of-16 from the field. Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) scored 19. In the loosing squad Brad Williamson and Jeff Dowdell netted 14 pts each. Wildcats will meet GC Blaze in the Semis, while Crocs will take on the Hawks.

36ers - Hawks 79-82
Hawks closed regular season with 79-82 win against Adelaide 36ers. Cameron Tragardh led the winners with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) scored 28 pts in defeat. The Hawks will meet Crocodiles in the NBL Semifinals.

Taipans - Breakers 79-84
Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) led his New Zealand Breakers to victory in the last round, but it was their last game this season as they failed to reach the Semifinals. Penney scored 27 pts and pulled down 6 rebounds this weekend. Taipans got 24 points and 6 boards from Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota), and they also finished this season.

Tigers - Blaze 73-91
The Gold Coast Blaze go to Semifinals, where they will meet Perth Wildcats. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) scored 21 points leading his team to victory in the last game of the regular season. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Chris Anstey had 13 pts each in defeat, and their Tigers ended this season without the Playoffs.

Crocodiles - 36ers 102-87
It was the opening game of Round 20 and Crocodiles grabbed valuable 102-87 victory. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) and Russell Hinder came up with 19 points each for the winners. Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82) had 19 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Breakers - Blaze 109-94
109 points by the New Zealand Breaker were enough for comfortable victory. Kirk Penney shined for the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Visitors got 24 pts and 7 boards from Mika Vukona (197-F-82)

Hawks - Tigers 94-82
Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) stepped up for the Hawks with 23 points and 7 assists. Larry Davidson (207-C-83, college: Boise St.) followed with 15 and Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) added 12 points in this victory. In the loosing squad, Julius Hodge collected 21 points and 7 boards.


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Nuwaidrat keep qualifying hopes alive - by Yousef Ahmed

NUWAIDRAT maintained some hopes of qualifying for the second round in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League, after a 85-75 win over Al Ittihad yesterday.

On the first day of the 17th week, which took place at Zain Basketball Arena, Nuwaidrat headed into this game needing a victory to keep their chances alive of booking a berth in the six-team stage.

Nuwaidrat were spearheaded by their American professional Jamal Holden besides local players Mohammed Nabeel, Hassan Yousef, Ebrahim Jameel, Ali Hassan and captain Sadeq Mahdi.

With one match remaining against Isa Town, Nuwaidrat temporarily moved up to sixth place with 24 points from 17 matches. They are one point ahead of sixth-placed Sitra, who have a match in hand, and two below fifth-placed Isa Town who downed Bahrain Club 96-48 earlier yesterday.

The top four clubs - Al Ahli (30 points), Manama, Muharraq (29 each) and Al Hala (27) - have secured their berths in the second round.

Action continues today with Sitra facing Al Najma in a must-win game for the former.

This will be followed by the week's top clash between Muharraq and Al Ahli at 7.45pm. The 17th week will conclude tomorrow with Manama taking on Al Hala at 7.30pm. All matches will take place at the Zain Basketball Arena.
Source GDN Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 by Rami Hulayyel



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Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Fleurus 14-5 
 2. Bree 13-5 
 3. Hasselt 11-8 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 11-8 
 5. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-8 
 6. De Westhoek 11-9 
 7. Waregem 9-9 
 8. Essor Charleroi 9-10 
 9. Pitzemburg 9-10 
 10. Zolder 7-10 
 11. Excelsior 7-10 
 12. Nivelles 6-11 
 13. Carnieres 6-12 
 14. Jupille 4-13 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 16-2 
 2. Capljina 12-6 
 3. Sloboda Dita 11-7 
 4. Zrinjski MC 11-7 
 5. Borac Nektar 9-8 
 6. Hercegovac 9-9 
 7. SL IAT Leotar 8-10 
 8. Sutjeska 7-11 
 9. Celik 7-11 
 10. Mladost MG 6-12 
 11. Grude 6-12 
 12. Slavija 5-12 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Siroki Eronet
 2. Bosna S.


Bosnians in Europe - Preldzic in excellent shape! - by Nedzad Kladusak
Spain

Ermin Jazvin - In a crucial victory againt Gran Canaria the BIH NT center had very good 6 points and 6 boards in only 12 minutes.
Mirza Teletovic - After the poor Euroleague appearance against Zalgiris Teletovic had 11 points and 5 rebounds in the thrilling victory against Valencia.
Nihad Djedovic - Played 8 minutes and didn t score against Fuenlabrada. however his team still has chances to avoid the relegation.
Nedzad Sinanovic - In the defeat of his team against former ACB-team Breogan Sinanovic had 10 rebounds (3/10) and 7 points before he picked up his fifth PF.

Turkey

Emir Preldzic - The bosnian youngster played a great game against Efes Pilsen recording 16 points (FT 7/8, FG 4/9), 8 rebounds and 6 assists in only 22 minutes!
Damir Mrsic - The veteran star of the bosnian NT didn t play.
Haris Mujezinovic - Despite a poor shooting night his team outclassed Bursa by 20. Mujezinovic had 9 points (FG 2/10) and 3 rebounds in 37 minutes.

Poland

Mujo Tuljkovic - Tuljkovic played 15 minutes and poured 2 points as his team easily defeated Polpharma. His team is second-ranked.
Ratko Varda - Varda played only 3 minutes in another victory of the polish powerhouse Prokom.

Germany

Elvir Ovcina - Ovcina is still in a very good shape and might be an option for the NT. He had 16 points and 11 boards (however also 7 TO) in 33 minutes as his team
has been routed by 28 points.



Adriatic L., 21st Round: BOSNA - Helios 66:55; Zagreb - SIROKI 71:81 - by Sead Buljina
Sarajevo, Olympic arena 'Zetra'
Spectators: 1000

BOSNA ASA BHT: Sehovic Suad 5pts (24:30 minutes, 11 rbs), Sarajlija Mirza DNP, Jovanovic Zlatko 5 (26 min, 4ast, 3 rbs), Djurasovic Bozo 4p (19min, 4rbs, 1ast, 1blk), Camdzic Eldin DNP, Bajic Goran 5 (8:45min, 2rbs, 1ast), Hajric Seid 4 (20:30min, 3rbs, 1ats, 1blk), Radonjic Gorjan 0 (2:30min), Milosevic Milan 5 (19:30min, 4rbs), Kojadinovic Feliks 10 (29min, 7asts), Pasalic Muhamed 14 (19 min), Rakocevic Zarko 14 (31min, 7rbs, 1ast). Coach: Dejan Parezanin.
HELIOS: Delic DNP, Zalokar DNP, Petrovic Vjekoslav 4 (5rbs), Zagorac 5, Zerak 6, Mocnik 7 (34min, 5rbs, 2asts), Lashkevich 4, Paravinja Milos 9 (30min, 7rbs, 2asts), Lorbek Klemen 0, Bajramlic Sanel DNP, Lorbek Domen 11, Snow Alvin 9. Coach: Rado Trifunovic.

Zagreb, arena 'Trnsko'
Spectators: 500

Zagreb CO- Siroki HT Eronet 71:81

ZAGREB CO: Masic Ante DNP, Miljkovic 8 pts, Simon 12, Prkacin 5, Garma N. DNP, Dijan 0, Basljan DNP, Barac Pankracije 6, Stimac 7, Zoric 14, Mulaomerovic Damir 19, Krstic DNP. Coach: Denis Bajramovic.
SIROKI HT Eronet: Stemberger 15, Petkovic DNP, Planinic 0, Colak 13, Milekovic DNP, Naletilic DNP, Siriscevic 10, Ramljak Ivan 2, Spralja 12, Puljko 5, Mason Chester 20, Grgat 4. Coach: Ivan Velic.



Round 18 - Review - by Miljan Veskovic
18th round started on friday with the victory of Capljina in Mrkonjic Grad against Mladost. Capljina strengthened it's position on the second place of the league table while Mladost is in very complicated situation for the remaining part of the season and difficult game schedule to come. Final score was Mladost - Capljina 73:77. For the winning side Ivan Bakovic 25, Mario Jerkic 16.
Sutjeska - Zrinjski 83:76, Sutjeska continued the battle for 'survival' and after beating Igokea at home court they took another victory against top team such as Zrinjski. Like every game in Foca the home crowd was amazing and pushed their boys to the max, Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82, agency: Court Side) played great game for the visiting side with 29 points but this effort didn't help his team to grab a valuable win. Another game was played in Tuzla between Sloboda and Hercegovac, these two teams are fighting to qualify for the Top 6 stage and it was expected an interesting game but Sloboda had no problems and recorded an easy victory 84:74. Top performers for the home team were Dalibor Persic 13, Filip Adamovic 13 and Andrija Pejovic 20 and Marko Vukovic 18 for the guests. Grude overcame against sinking Slavija with 52:49, but this victory didn't change the situation for Grude since they are still on the bottom of the league table together with Mladost and Slavija. On the other side things are looking much better now for Leotar, the team from Trebinje put up a brave performance against Celik in Zenica and took away important victory! Celik - Leotar 70:76, Armin Avdibegovic (189-G-84, agency: VTBM) 22, Elnis Prasovic 16 points for the home team and for Leotar Dusko Markovic 24 and Petar Jovanovic 16. Last game of the 18th round was played in Banja Luka between Borac Nektar and Igokea, visiting team celebrated victory after overtime 76-84.


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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Vidabasket 7-1 
 2. Overgas 7-1 
 3. Beroe SZ 6-2 
 4. Dunav 2007 5-3 
 5. Sliven 4-4 
 6. NSA 2-6 
 7. Chavdar 1-7 
 8. Sportist Svoge 0-8 


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Stylianides steps back for Apoel's BEST! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
After the last unexpected results Christos Stylianides submitted his resignation to APOEL's management. His resignation was accepted.

Stylianides has coached APOEL successfully, since November 2008 and has led the team to a huge championship as well as to a successful cup final in 2008-2009.

In 2008-2009 Stylianides has tied his name with winning the championship after having a double disadvantage (beat AEL and Keravnos away) at the playoffs.

This year's APOEL has had a tremendous run in the championship (11-0) and a very successful run in the Eurochallenge for which obviously Stylianides has been the architect.
We would like to NOTE that APOEL has played all its games away due to home court's punishment. It has only played once at Lefkotheo Indoor Arena so far and that was against Apollon in the 1st round. So anyone can imagine how difficult it is for a team to have excellent runs both domestically and in Europe, while pretty much having no home court.

Only for this we should congratulate both the players and the coaches.

Eurobasket.com has communicated with the Cypriot coach who stated the following:

'First, I would like to mention that I feel proud for the successful run we have had these two years. My decision to resign lies only on the team's best interest. I believe that the team needs a 'wake up call' so that it starts playing the way we had played during the 1st round. I hope my resignation rouses up the players and pushes them towards playing better'.

We would like to wish Christos Stylianides all the best in the future.

As of today APOEL's new coach is Giannis Christopoullos. Coach Christopoullos is already in Cyprus and has had his 1st meeting with the players.



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West won All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
West-East 123-117 (30-28, 32-27, 28-30, 27-38)

West won All Star Game 123:117 over East in the country. The latter started with 30-28 an added 32-27 in the second period. West reduced the gap after 30-28 in the third frame and finished the game with 38-27 to celebrate the victory. It was a great show and allowed the specattors to enjoy the show. The Dunk contest was won by Edward Morris (203-F-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who was too good for his opponents. Tomas Rinkeviscius won 3-point contest as he shot great from the perimeter. Naestved was a great place for such an event.


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KORISLIIGA: Mark McCarroll in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has replaced American G/F Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Howard) by American C/F Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh). McCarroll arrived in Finland on Monday and will join Korihait roster probably on Wednesday, when Korihait will meet FoKoPo on the road at Forssa. McCarroll played this season shortly in France (Aix-Maurienne, ProB), where he averaged 3,3 ppg - 2,6 rpg in 9,0 mpg. 2008-09 McCarroll played pro ball in Sweden (Plannja Basket), where he averaged 14,0 ppg - 9,4 rpg - 1,4 bpg in 12 contests. And before Sweden McCarroll spent the whole 2007-08 season in Finland (Tarmo, Porvoo), being the leading rebounder (12,2 rpg) in the country, averaging 18,6 ppg and 1,7 bpg.

KORISLIIGA: Kouvot on the Top - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 34: There is a new team on the top. Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated in tonight's thriller Pyrinto (Tampere) on the road by one and is now alone # 1 in Top League.
Pyrinto missed important FTs, made some tactical mistakes at the end and Kouvot was more than pleased: 75-76 (67) (40-26). Quarters: 16-15, 24-11, 16-26, 11-15 and OT 8-9.
The victory was # 11 in a row for Kouvot and the first one in nine contests between these two teams. Pyrinto had won the eight contests vs Kouvot before this one. It was a five-point-game (75-70) for the hosts 1:28 minutes to go and Pyrinto had only two team fouls. There were no more fouls, but Kyle Shiloh (191-G-85, college: Nevada) made first a 3-pointer (44:17 - 75-73) and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) another and game winning 3-pointer (44:56 - 75-76). AJ Moye was so happy after the 45 minutes: 'This was one of the best, maybe the best game in Korisliiga. This win will give us a lot of confidence for the play-offs!'

Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services) was also one of the key players for Kouvot. After no points during the first half, Kaunisto came strong in the game during the second half scoring 21 pts and grabbing 12 rbs. The value of the win is even higher as Kouvot had to play without Ross Neltner (206-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt), who is on injured list (foot). Head Coach Jukka Toijala asked his players several times during the fight to attack and attack again. Finally the players listened to him and it was worth of everything.

Earlier today Coach Toijala, 37, had announced, that this season (4th) will be his last one at Kouvola - for the time being. Toijala wants new challenges and prefers coaching abroad in the future. Toijala's record is 102-59 (winning percentage 63,3) right now at the end of Kouvot bench. He has done good job. There should not be any bigger difficulties for him to find a new job in another country. Or in Finland.
Pyrinto - Kouvot OT 75-76 (67) (40-26) (Kenny Lowe 29, Chris Hester 15, Olli Ahvenniemi 12/10, Damon Williams 10 - Ville Kaunisto 21/12, AJ Moye 18/11, Kyle Shiloh 14, Antti Kanervo 11).


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kouvot 27-7 
 2. Pyrinto 26-8 
 3. ToPo 21-12 
 4. KTP 19-13 
 5. LrNMKY 19-14 
 6. Honka 18-15 
 7. Korihait 15-18 
 8. Namika Lahti 14-19 
 9. Kataja 13-19 
 10. Karhu 10-23 
 11. Salon Vilpas 8-25 
 12. FoKoPo 8-25 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.8 
 2. Washington, KTP22.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo21.7 
 4. Turner, LrNM.20.0 
 5. Golson, Karhu19.9 
 6. Lowe, Pyrinto19.8 
 7. Rouse, Namika L.19.1 
 8. Belser, Honka18.8 
 9. Stamper, LrNM.18.8 
 10. Wood, Karhu18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Wood, Karhu14.5 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.2 
 3. McDade, KTP11.9 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.10.7 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.5 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto10.3 
 7. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.9.9 
 9. Kotti, Honka9.7 
 10. Smith, Karhu9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Wood, Karhu4.8 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti4.0 
 3. Trotter, ToPo3.8 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto3.6 
 6. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.0 
 9. Elliott, Honka2.9 
 10. Jarvinen, LrNM.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.2 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.1 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.7 
 4. Golson, Karhu2.6 
 5. Stamper, LrNM.2.2 
 6. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 7. Clarkson, Kataja2.0 
 8. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
 9. Belser, Honka1.9 
 10. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.8 
 2. Stamper, LrNM.0.8 
 3. Pearson, ToPo0.7 
 4. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 5. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 6. Clarkson, Kataja0.7 
 7. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 8. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 9. Niskanen, Karhu0.7 
 10. Reid, Korihait0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Bobby Dixon and ASVEL part ways - by Eurobasket News
Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) and ASVEL have decided to split ways. The 26-year-old guard started the season in ASVEL. He tallied 11.5 points, 2.6 boards and 3.1 assists per game for the French team in Euroleague. In French ProA the guard notched 10.4 points, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Last season Bobby Dixon started in Ukraine with Cherkassy. Later he moved to Italy to reinforce Benetton. Dixon finished the season in France. Playing for Le Mans Bobby Dixon averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per appearance.


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Imnadze Batumi 21.3
2 Lezhava Batumi 20.6
3. Nikoladze MIA 20.3
4. Barbakad D. TSU 18.9
5. Babiashvi Energy 18.7
6. Bokolish Samed. 17.5
7. Berishvili D. MIA 17.4
8. Atuashvili Mia 17.2
9 . Sanadze Din.17.2
10. Panchulidze TSU 16.
Rebounds Per Game
1.Imnadze Batumi 13.1
2.Toudjani Energy 10.8
3.Rodumta Batumi 10.0
4.Atuashvili MIA 9.6
5.Barbakad D. TSU 9.5
6.Atanelishvili GSAU 9.3
7.Londaridze Dinamo 8.6
8.Mumladze samed. 7.7
9.Babiashvili Energy 7.6
10.Enukidze Mer. 7.2
Assists Per Game
1.Tsivtsivadze GSAU 7.0
2.Gaprindashvili TSU 6.3
3.Tughushi Energy 5.6
4.Badridze Avia 4.9
5.Khetsuriani TSU 4.4
6.Sigua Dinamo 4.2
7.Berishvili D. MIA 3.9
8.Tavartkilad Batumi 3.7
9.Lezhava Batumi 3.3
10.Berishvili I. MIA 3.1
Steals Per Game
1. Berishvili B. Sokhu 3.2
2. Panchulidze TSU 2.8
3. Sigua Dinamo 2.6
4. Kokhreidze TSU 2.5
5 Guruli P. Merani 2.5
6. Tughushi Energy 2.4
7. Gaprindashvili TSU 2.2
8. Gulisabeda GSAU 2.1
9. Toudjani Energy 2.1
10.Nikuradze Merani 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1.Bekauri Samed. 2.1
2.Rodumta Batumi 1.6
3.Mezvrishvili Merani 1.5
4.Imnadze Batumi 1.3
5.Atuashvili Avia 1.3
6.Khetsuriani TSU 1.2
7.Barbakad D. TSU 1.2
8.Shermadini MIA 1.2
9.Toudjani Energy 1.2
10.Kvetenadze Sokh 1.2 Sokhumi 1.2


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Energy Rustavi 11-0 
 2. GSAU Tbilisi 9-2 
 3. TSU Tbilisi 8-2 
 4. Batumi 7-4 
 5. MIA Tbilisi 6-5 
 6. Avia Tbilisi 4-7 
 7. Sokhumi 4-7 
 8. Dinamo Tbilisi 3-8 
 9. Samedicino 2-8 
 10. Merani S. 0-11 


Superleague: Round 11 - by Akaki Bakradze
Sokhumi vs. GSAU 79:87

Despite the stubborn resistance of Sokhumi, they lost to favorites. Revaz Atanelishvili made double-double (20 pts. 10 rbs.) for winners.

Dinamo vs. TSU 87:113

A great advantages of students reflected in the score. Khetsuriani scored 27 points for TSU and Sanadze 29 for Dinamo.

Samedicino vs. Merani 68:49

Logical result of the match. Strong won. Bokolishvili scored 17 for winners.

Batumi vs. Energy 66:75

After losing in the Georgian Cup, Energy proved that they are one of the favorite to win the championship, beat Batumi in their own town. Imnadze made his regular double-double- 21 points and 10
rebounds.

MIA vs. Avia 20:0

Davit Imnadze (208-C-85)


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Chris Copeland (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To The 92-88 Loss Against EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) is a 25 year old 203 cm power forward from Orange, New Jersey. He went to the University of Colorado from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 44%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 68.8%. In his first season overseas, he played for Beirasar Rosalia (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) playing 4 games averaging 4.0ppg, 8.0rpg and then moved to Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) playing 28 games and averaging 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 79.3%. Last season, he moved to Germany to TBB Trier playing 34 games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.8%. Chris Spoke to eurobasket after the 92-88 loss against EnBW Ludwigsburg.

Chris another very tough loss against EnBW Ludwigsburg. TBB Trier has a four game losing streak and in three of the four losses the team has only lost by a combined seven points. Is it perhaps more misfortune than anything else or is it all on account of mistakes on the court?

Little mistakes lead to our misfortune. Mistakes are a part of the game but too many will cost you.

I think it is about time that the secret inspirational weapon of TBB Trier Aggi come up with some kind of magic to help the team. Could Aggi motivate the team perhaps in a different way?

Haha Aggy does a great job already. He for sure does his part. The rest of us will have to do more.

It was another tight game against EnBW Ludwigsburg and at halftime the score was tied at 46. Was there a clearly better team at this point or were both teams pretty much even on the court as the score indicated?

It was a dogfight out there both teams played solid. I think the score at the half told the story.

TBB Trier got a little lead going in the third quarter, but EnBW Ludwigsburg closed out the third quarter with a 10-2 run to lead 75-69. Why wasnt TBB Trier able to stop this run?

Well you have to give Ludwigsburg credit they kept fighting even when we took the lead. We simply didn't get enough stops to slow down their run back at us.

In the fourth quarter, it seemed like EnBW Ludwigsburg were going to run away with the game, but it was Maksym Shtein and you which gave TBB Trier the game back. It seemed like TBB Trier had the momentum and 86-85 lead with 1,23 to play. But the opponent closed out the game with a 7-2 run. Did TBB Trier loose their nerves in the crunch time?

I don't think it was nerves. We just missed shots when we needed to and EnBW stepped up.

Ho much fun was it seeing Maksym Shtein give a 23 point, eight rebound and three assist game in place of American George Evans who didnt play. Did Shten prove that he is more than just a solid BEKO BBL player?

It was great to watch. I always thought he was more than just a solid BBL player but for any doubters (or anyone who didn't know Max) there was the proof.

If you look at the overall stats, TBB Trier didnt really play all that bad. You shot over 50%, lost a narrow rebounding duel and had only eight turnovers. Does this give added hope for the next games?

Yes those are things you can pull from this game. After a loss it is easy to look to negatives but you have to realize there are more games to play and positives like those should give you hope to go harder next time.

What was your impression of the new playmaker TJ Thompson? Will he be able to lead EnBW Ludwigsburg?

I thought he was solid and he made some big shots. Time will tell if he will be able to lead those guys.
Thanks Chris for the recap of the game.



Lance Stemler joins FC Bayern - by Moritz Korff
Lance Stemler (203-F-84, college: Indiana) is new at FC Bayern Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The 25-year-old already made the Bavarian roster for Saturdays game against Cuxhaven, but didn't see any action yet. Stemler shot hoops for Bayerns local rival Telemotive Muenchen in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B in this past season. He played 30 games for the team and averaged 17.3 points as well as 7.2 boards per contest over the course of the year.

Bryce Taylor (Telekom Baskets Bonn) Postgame Thoughts To 80-77 Win Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Encino, California. He is the son of Brain Taylor, who played ten seasons in the NBA. He played at Pregon from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3Pts: 38.2%, FT: 82.3%. He reached the Elite 8 in 2007 with Oregon. Last season, he played his first season in Europe in Italy for Premiata Montegranaro playing 30 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.6%. He is playing his first season in Germany for The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Currently he is averaging 14,8ppg and 2,5rpg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 80-77 win against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

How difficult was it focusing on the court and what did you think about the German carneval atmosphere in the Telekom Dome arena?

I enjoyed the Carnival atmosphere at our game very much. It was a packed house and it was cool to see the fans enjoying themselves and making it an exciting environment to play in. And the costumes were funny. It was not difficult to focus because our job is to take care of business on the court and it was an important game for both teams.


Your teammate Artur Kolodziejski pranced around the arena as Elvis after the game. What costume would you have liked to have worn?

If I would have dressed up, I probably would have gone with Batman. Thats something I used to do in College for Halloween.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn pulled out a squeaker against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Frankfurt never gave up in the last minutes. How confident were you that Bonn would win game?

Were always confident that we were going to win, but you have to give Frankfurt credit for giving us to a tough game and never giving up.

Why did the Telekom Baskets Bonn seem unable to get their inside game going in the first half?

In the first half we were settling for outside shots and passing the ball around the perimeter a bit too often. In the 2nd half we did a better job of recognizing where we had inside opportunities and tried to attack and feed our bigs down low.

At the third quarter Bonn was able to have the lead 52-46. Why was Frankfurt unable to get consecutive stops on defense when they needed it most?

Frankfurt is a very good defensive team, they throw different looks at you and are a disciplined team. Also in games like this, there are always going to be runs made by both teams, we withstood their run and took over from there.

In the fourth quarter, Frankfurt went on a 13-2 run to have the 57-56 lead and seemed to have the momentum, but Bonn sped away on a 7-0 run and never trailed again. That seemed to be the turning point? Since when is Bonn so cool and calm in these kind of situations? Has it come through experience this season?

Yes, we seem to have handled these situations pretty well and as I said earlier, anytime you play a good team you have to expect them to make a run or a push at some point during the game. Also, we do have many experienced players which always helps.

What was your impression of Dominic Bahiense De Mello who had the hot hand in the second half for The Deutsche bank Skyliners?

He shot the ball well and took advantage of some open looks that we gave him. He got on a nice roll.

Is Ronald Dupree and Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) possibly the best 1-2 wing combo in the league? You both seem to understand each other blindly?

I wont say that we are the best, but I would like to think that we are one of the best 1-2 wing combinations in our league. All of the top teams seem to have strong players at each wing spot. With Berlin, Oldenburg and ourselves. Now that we are comfortable with each others games, we have a good feel for when we are going to pick our spots and make plays. I think we will continue to get better also.

What was your impression of the delay of game in the fourth quarter as Flomo, Allen and Ensminger got hit with fouls?

It was a bit confusing, but its something that happens sometimes in the heat of a game. We just wanted to make sure we stayed focused and not let it turn into a momentum swing for them.

The 2010 NBA slam dunk contest was a huge dissappointment? How can something like that happen? Did you watch it?

I watched the contest and I would agree that it was a bit disappointing. With it being the NBA and having the best athletes in the world, you would think that they would be able to put on an impressive show. I think that some of the dunkers were a bit too laid back in the first round thinking that they would advance simply by making dunks, rather than showing some of their best stuff early on. At the end of the day I think its important for the fans to put players who want to be in the dunk contest out there and also have a sense of pride for entertaining the crowd. I didnt get that impression with this years crop of dunkers.
Thanks Bryce for the chat.



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Gasol Named FIBA Europe Player Of The Year - by George Manousidis
FIBA Europe announced on Monday that Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Spain has been named the FIBA Europe Player of the Year for the second straight time by fans and a panel of expert voters.
Gasol finished ahead of Germany's Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Serbia to claim the prize.
The 2.15m center was named the MVP of EuroBasket 2009 in Poland for helping Spain win their first ever gold medal at the event. He averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over the course of the tournament.
It was a cap to a season of championships for Gasol who also took home an NBA title as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest along the way.
'Pau Gasol's performance this September in Poland just proves that when his career is over he will stand among the greats of the European game,' said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
'Being on the court with him after the championship game it was clear what a special moment it was.'
'Year after year Pau distinguishes himself not only on the court but also off of it,' added Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
'He is both a great player, and a wonderful ambassador for the game.'
FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year :

MEN Ranking*
Pau Gasol

Dirk Nowitzki
Milos Teodosic
Vassilis Spanoulis
Erazem Lorbek

Rudy Fernandez
Juan Carlos Navarro
Tony Parker
Hedo Turkoglu
Ersan Ilyasova
Nikola Pekovic
Marcin Gortat
Novica Velickovic
Ioannis Bourousis
Igor Rakocevic
Lior Eliyahu
*the ranking reflects a combination of fan and expert voting.



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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 13-2 
 2. Red Giants 11-4 
 3. MSV 11-4 
 4. Amsterdam 2 11-4 
 5. Hoofddorp 9-7 
 6. Goba 8-8 
 7. Leiden 2 7-7 
 8. Groene 6-8 
 9. Punch 6-8 
 10. BV Rooi 6-10 
 11. High Five 3-12 
 12. Akrides 3-12 
 13. Landstede 2 2-12 


Eredivisie, Round 22 review: GasTerra Flames beat Giants in derby - by Eurobasket News
EclipseJet - ZZ Leiden 79-62
The team from Amsterdam had an easy job against ZZ Leiden registering 8th victory of the season. Qarran Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) shined for the hosts with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Alton Mason (190-G-77, college: Arizona St.) added 15 pts. In the loosing squad (15-9), Seamus Boxley had double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Giants - GasTerra F. 71-79
GasTerra Flames grabbed valuable road win against the Giants, remaining on top of Eredivisie standings with 19-3 record. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) stepped up for the guests registering monster double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds. Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) scored 21 pts for the Giants (19-5, second place).

Eiff.Towers - DeFriesland 83-92
Holland has experienced a remarkable weekend as Eiffel Towers Den Bosch lost from DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden 83-92. Eiffel Towers Den Bosch unfortunately had to play without their leading point guard Dean Oliver because of injury and will be out for at least 2 or 3 weeks. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) added 24 points and Anthony Richardson scored 18. For DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Craig Moore scored 21 points each. *by Claudia vanGorp

Landstede - Rotterdam 75-63
It was a game between two last ranked teams in the league. Landstede celebrated mostly owing to Todd Hendley (206-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington), who drained 23 points. Visitors got 18 pts from Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90). Landstede 4-19, Rotterdam 3-21.

Upstairs Weert - M.Magix 81-94
Upstairs Weert played against Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen and lost 81-94. Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) and Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) scored 16 points each for the Nijmegen team and Rod Earls scored 21 for the Upstairs Weert. *by Claudia vanGorp


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.19.3 
 2. Gibson, ZZ Leiden18.8 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden17.9 
 4. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.4 
 5. Thomas, M.Magix16.4 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.16.1 
 7. Hendley, Landstede15.1 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 9. Mason, EclipseJet14.2 
 10. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.0 
 2. Ellis, GasTerra F.9.1 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.1 
 4. Palmer, Upstairs.9.0 
 5. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.5 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.3 
 7. Monroe, DeFriesl.8.0 
 8. Boxley, ZZ Leiden8.0 
 9. Griffin, Giants7.8 
 10. Nelson, Upstairs.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Thomas, M.Magix7.1 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.5 
 3. Porter, Upstairs.4.9 
 4. Defares, Giants4.6 
 5. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.5 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra.4.2 
 7. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.1 
 8. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.0 
 9. Moore, DeFriesland4.0 
 10. Slagter, Giants3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Thomas, M.Magix3.2 
 2. Bostain, GasTerra.2.9 
 3. Bauscher, GasTerra.2.6 
 4. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.6 
 5. de Randamie, Eclip.2.6 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.5 
 7. Oliver, Eiff.Towers2.3 
 8. Kimbrough, Giants2.3 
 9. Mason, EclipseJet2.3 
 10. Flowers, M.Magix2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  M.Magix
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, M.Magix2.1 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.5 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.4 
 4. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.4 
 5. Townes, GasTerra.1.1 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.0 
 7. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 8. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.9 
 9. Faris, Giants0.8 
 10. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.8 


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Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 14-3 
 2. Keflavik 13-4 
 3. Stjarnan 12-4 
 4. UMFN 12-5 
 5. Grindavik 11-5 
 6. Snaefell 11-5 
 7. Hamar 6-11 
 8. Tindastoll 5-11 
 9. IR 5-12 
 10. Fjolnir 5-12 
 11. Breidablik 4-12 
 12. FSU 1-15 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  FSU
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Williams, FSU27.8 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan26.6 
 3. Dabney, Hamar25.7 
 4. Valdimarsson, Ham.24.3 
 5. Smith, Fjolnir23.3 
 6. Zdravevski, Stjar.21.9 
 7. Burns, Keflavik21.8 
 8. Burton, Snaefell21.2 
 9. Flake, Grindavik20.6 
 10. Vilbergsson, Grind.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell15.3 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir12.3 
 3. Clark, Keflavik10.8 
 4. Helgason, Stjarnan9.5 
 5. Daanish, Tindastoll9.4 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.9.1 
 7. Davis, Breidablik9.0 
 8. Stefansson, UMFN8.9 
 9. Caldwell, Breidablik8.8 
 10. Zimnickas, FSU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sean BURTON
  Snaefell
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Burton, Snaefell7.4 
 2. Steinarsson, Fjolnir7.3 
 3. Jonsson, Grindavik6.0 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan5.9 
 5. Dabney, Hamar5.3 
 6. Inge, KR5.2 
 7. Jefferson, IR5.0 
 8. Schmidt, Breidablik4.7 
 9. Giovacchini, Tinda.4.6 
 10. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  FSU
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Williams, FSU3.8 
 2. Inge, KR3.4 
 3. Birmingham, Grindavik2.8 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.6 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan2.6 
 6. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 7. Burns, Keflavik2.3 
 8. Palsson, Hamar2.3 
 9. Clark, Keflavik2.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Snaefell2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.1 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.1.8 
 3. Clark, Keflavik1.6 
 4. Caldwell, Breidablik1.5 
 5. Stefansson, UMFN1.5 
 6. Daanish, Tindastoll1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 9. Inge, KR1.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.3 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Juwann JAMES
  Neptune
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 35.1
 1. James, Neptune35.1 
 2. Aaron, Hoops28.6 
 3. Ratzsch, Belfast .28.3 
 4. Turner, Killester25.7 
 5. Robbins, UL Eagles24.7 
 6. Perre, Belfast Star23.0 
 7. Fritsch, Moycullen22.9 
 8. Johnson, UCC D.21.5 
 9. Foley, Ulster Elks19.8 
 10. Taylor, Hoops19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton AARON
  Hoops
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Aaron, Hoops18.7 
 2. Johnson, UCC D.14.4 
 3. Ratzsch, Belfast .14.0 
 4. Robbins, UL Eagles13.8 
 5. James, Neptune12.6 
 6. Neal, Ulster Elks12.1 
 7. Perre, Belfast Star11.8 
 8. Turner, Killester11.5 
 9. Trimmer, DCU S.10.4 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.8 
 2. Drumm, Ulster Elks5.6 
 3. Coughlin, UCC D.4.1 
 4. McCrone, UCD M.4.0 
 5. Turner, Killester4.0 
 6. Cummins, Ulster Elks3.9 
 7. James, UCD Marian3.6 
 8. Ratzsch, Belfast .3.5 
 9. Meany, UCD Marian3.4 
 10. Walsh, Neptune3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Killester
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Turner, Killester3.3 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen2.9 
 3. James, Neptune2.8 
 4. Kelly, Killester2.6 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star2.6 
 6. Murphy, UCC Demons2.4 
 7. Summersgill, Belfas.2.3 
 8. Loughnane, Moycu.2.3 
 9. Madsen, Killester2.2 
 10. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate FRITSCH
  Moycullen
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fritsch, Moycullen2.4 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.2.2 
 3. James, Neptune2.1 
 4. Bennett, Neptune2.0 
 5. Neal, Ulster Elks1.8 
 6. Johnson, UCC D.1.5 
 7. Ratzsch, Belfast .1.3 
 8. Robbins, UL Eagles1.2 
 9. Turner, Killester1.2 
 10. Perre, Belfast Star1.2 


Surprising Upsets in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague - by Jolie Niland
UL Eagles will have to wait for another chance to be crowned Southern Conference Regular season champions after been stunned by Ulster Elks, while HOOPS surprised UCC Demons for the second time this season.

Killester took another giant step towards the Northern Conference title after victory over UCD/Marian with Neptune and DCU Saints also signaling their intent with wins over Belfast Star and Moycullen respectively.


On Sunday, Demons regained second spot in the Southern Conference with a comfortable win away to Moycullen.
UL Eagles hopes of confirming their status as Southern Conference regular season champions this weekend were dashed by Ulster Elks in overtime on a scoreline of 91-89.
In a pulsating contest, the Elks managed to bring the contest into overtime courtesy of great endeavor from Dave Neal. With just 14 seconds remaining, the Elks were trailing by three but Neal converted one of two free throws to reduce that margin.
The Elks applied full court pressure and with eight seconds left Neal was fouled and he duly obliged to convert his two free throws to leave the score 79-79 at the end of normal time. In a tense overtime period, Paul Cummins proved the hero with a lay-up in the closing moments to send the much beleaguered home support this season into raptures.
It was brilliant, said Elks Head Coach Deirdre Brennan. It has been a rough journey, they are learning that if they play as a team they can beat the best in the country. Dave Neal did a fantastic job on Stuart Robbins but it would be unfair to single out anyone because this was a complete team performance.
UL played some superb basketball but I am so proud of how the players managed to bring the game into overtime and then seal the deal in the extra period. We were disappointed to lose to UCC Demons last weekend but a lot of our results have been narrow losses and do not tell the full story. Everything came together against UL and now we are only the second team along with Killester to have beaten them this season.
HOOPS inflicted more misery on UCC Demons after they completed the double over the Cork side courtesy of a 78-72 success on Saturday night.
Ahmad Smiths HOOPS looked in control heading into the final quarter but 10 points from Demons Carlton Cuff in the final quarter ensured a nervy end at the National Basketball Arena.
However, HOOPS kept their composure in the closing stages with Carlton Aaron, who produced a superb display of rebounding (24 in total), and Jason Goldrick converting from the line to give the Dublin outfit their third win of the season.
It was a tough game but the pleasing aspect was that we played well for the full 40 minutes, said HOOPS Head Coach Ahmad Smith. We rebounded very well and we cut down on our turnovers which has been a problem for us this season.
Too many times during this campaign we have competed for three quarters but we have shown with wins against the likes of Demons and Killester that we can compete with the best in the league when we maintain our focus.
On Sunday, Demons made up for their disappointment with a 75-57 win away to Moycullen. Joshua Johnson struck 26 points to give Demons a much needed win and revive their hopes of finishing second in the Southern Conference in advance of the Play-Offs.
Killester are well on the way to securing the Northern Conference after a commanding 89 64 win over UCD/Marian in front of a full house at the IWA in Clontarf.
The Dubliners did suffer defeat to UCD/Marian earlier in the season but there was no mistake this time around with National Cup hero Jermaine Turner producing another exceptional display with 36 points.
It is getting close to Play-Off time and its important we put in performances like this, said Turner. The minute the cup was over we turned our focus to the league and we want to prove we are a great side by finishing the season with a treble (National Cup, Northern Conference, League outright).
Neptune recorded their third consecutive win with a hard fought 90-83 success over a Belfast Star side riding high in the Northern Conference. Stars Kevin Ratzsch ended another productive night with 38 points, while Juwann James was equally impressive for the Cork giants with a personal tally of 32 points.
A lot of credit must go to Star for making this such a tough contest, said Neptune Head Coach Pat Price. Kevin Ratzsch was impressive for Star and he is doing a good job for them since he came to the club.
We are very pleased with this win, he added. We werent too happy to giveaway 46 points in the first quarter but we tightened up after the restart. Our shooting wasnt at its best but we still managed to get 90 points and it is a good win against a very good side.
DCU Saints took a step closer to the Play-Off's on Saturday night with an impressive 87-74 win away to Moycullen.
The win gives the Dubliners a much needed three points particularly with the club on the back of a run which saw them record just one win in their five games prior to Saturday.

'It was a big win for us as we have been having a tough time getting wins lately,' said DCU Guard Emmet Donnelly. 'We are very conscious of the Play Off race and it was important to keep the pressure on Star for second spot.



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Mamadou N'Diaye lands in Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa agreed on terms of contract with Mamadou N'Diaye. The Senegalese centre did not play this season. He signed for Al Riyadi earlier in the season but left Lebanon without playing a single game. Last season Mamadou N'Diaye played for Hong Kong Canton Liberty in the Chinese NBL. The Auburn graduate played for the Raptors, the Clippers, the Hawks and the Nuggets in the NBA. He also had stints in Greece and Lithuania


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Serie A, Top Players of Week 18 - by Stefano Pini
MVP
Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) Cimberio Varese 19 points, 10 assists
In the 9 Varese's victories he is scoring 12.3 points with 69% by 2p.and 50% by 3p. In 9 Varese's losses he is scoring 6.9 points with 37,5% by 2p. and 26.5% by 3p... With the addition of J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Virginia), Varese is more dangerous on the perimeter and Childress has more space to hit. And therefore Varese more chances to win. Also on the road...

Italian Player of the week
Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) Pepsi Caserta 23 points, 8 rebounds
Great victory for Caserta at Milano. Pepsi is a good mix of player with offensive talent and fighters.
And when the king of fighter becomes the top scorer of the team is really possible continue to run for the 2nd place...

Euro Player of the week
Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) and Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) Air Avellino, combined for 27 points 7 rebounds
Air Avellino is a solid team that can win games also in a 'normal' Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois) night (10 points, 3 assists).
Are six games in a row that Cenk Akyol is scoring in double digit. While the polish big man is shooting with 71.6% by 2 points in this season.
They can play that italian cup final 8 that will host next week with confidence and enthusiasm.

Honorable Mentions
Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) Angelico Biella 23 points 7 rebounds 6 assists
Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) Cimberio Varese 23 points, 7 rebounds
Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) Benetton Treviso 28 points (9/13 FG)
David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) Montepaschi Siena 22 points (7/19 FG)
Marco Mordente (191-G-79) Armani Jeans Milano 22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists (7/9 FG)


A Dilettanti Weekend Results - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

-Tezenis Verona - Bitumcalor Trento 60-59
Gueye Ousmane leads Verona at the victory with 18 points and 7 fouls suffered, 13 points and 7 rebounds for Bellina Federico. For the visitors Facenda Fabrizio is the MVP with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and 35 of ranking.
-PentaGruppo Ozzano - Garda Cartiere Riva 77-52
Ozzano exceeds Riva thanks at Prandin Roberto, that closes with 25 points, 9/11 at shoot and 5 steals. 11 points and 8 assist of Stojkov Stevan, 17 points and 11 rebounds of Ranuzzi Alex and 9 points with 8 rebounds (starting by bench) for Rosignoli Davide in 18 minutes. For Riva 11 points of Borgna Stefano and Pastori Giovanni.
-Nobili SBS Castelletto Paffoni Omegna 95-93
Castelletto wins against Omegna after an overtime. 17 points, but 7 turnovers, of Conte Luca in 50 minutes, 22 points of Rotondo Emanuele and 23 points with 13 rebounds of Prelazzi Franco. For Omegna 21 points of Picazio Pierpaolo, 12 points + 13 rebounds of Scrocco Stefano, 17 points of Saccaggi Andrea and 16 points with 10 rebounds for Ferraro Innocenzo.
-Fortitudo Bologna - AgricolaGloria Montecatini 105-73
Bologna confirms first place with a easy victory against Montecatini. Top scorer is Sorrentino Gennaro with 18 points, 17 points with 10 rebounds of Cittadini Alessandro, 11 points with 4 assist of Gigena Silvio. The 23 points, with 11 fouls suffered, of Carrizo Manuel not enough at Montecatini.
-Centrale del Latte Brescia - VemSistemi Forli' 67-90
Forli' wins on the court of Brescia and stays at the second place behind Bologna. 22 points of Forray Andres with 9/14 at shoot, 17 points of Frassineti Matteo, 10 points with 8 rebounds of Farioli Massimo and 10 points with 6 steals for Poletti Mitchell. Best player of Brescia is Musso Bernardo with 16 points but 9 turnovers. 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals for Rezzano Massimo.
-Acegas Aps Trieste - JesoloSandon Bk 100-76
Defeat number 20 for Jesolo after 20 matches! 26 points of Guerra Massimo with 9/15 at shoot, double-double of Agostinetto Carlo (11 points and 11 rebounds). For the winners 31 points of Colli Andrea (13/17 at shoot) with 11 rebounds, 18 points of Benfatto Michele with 12 rebounds.
-Siram Fidenza - Edilcost Osimo 89-71
Important victory for Fidenza against Osimo. 18 points of Avanzini Fabio, 10 points and 9 rebounds of Agostini Stefano. For Osimo 23 points of Rossi Luca.

Group B

-Liomatic Perugia - Bawer Matera 70-55
Poltroneri Davide with 19 points leads Perugia against Matera helped by Pazzi Marco (15 points + 9 rebounds). For Matera 12 points of Provenzano Stefano, 10 points and 10 rebounds of Longobardi Francesco.
-Basket Trapani - Sigma Barcellona 71-69
Great match of Trapani that stops the run of Barcellona thanks at the good performances of Evangelisti Marco (17 points and 6 assist) and Santarossa Walter (12 points and 10 rebounds). Good match also for Soloperto Mattia with 15 points. For the leaders of the group 19 points and 7 rebounds of Mocavero Manuele, 16 points of Bisconti Luca, 12 points of Svoboda Ariel (with 5 steals but 1/6 by 3 points) and Bucci Ryan.
-Assi Basket Ostuni - Mazzeo San Severo 77-68
Ostuni exceeds S.Severo and reaches the first place with Barcellona, with 15 wins and 5 defeats. 17 points of Morena Domenico, 15 points of Pilotti Andrea with 5 steals, 13 points of Amoroso Francesco. For the Mazzeo's team top scorer is Rizzitiello Nelson with 15 points, 10 points and 8 rebounds of Chiarello Paolo.
-Centro Auto Ford Molfetta - Adriatica Industriale Ruvo 82-90
Ruvo wins at Molfetta thanks the 17 points and 5 assist of Bonfiglio Simone. Good job for Bossini Thomas and Cazzolato Nicolo' (16 points) and Zambon Davide (11 points and 6 rebounds). Great match for Leo Arcangelo (27 points, 4/6 by 3, 7 rebounds and 4 steals), Maggi Andrea and Cucinelli Maurizio, respectively 19 and 17 points.
-Etika & Solsonica Palestrina - FMC Ferentino 61-60
Palestrina overcomes Ferentino for only one point. 19 points of Lagioia Andrea with 10 fouls suffered, 8 points and 8 rebounds of Gironi Simone. Calbini Paolo is the only player with more of 10 points (11 with 5/9 at shoot) for Ferentino.
-Publisys Potenza - Nuove Frontiere S.Antimo 61-79
Valentini Jacopo scores 21 points with 8/11 at shoot in the victory of S.Antimo at Potenza. 18 points of Vico Carlos Sebastian, 9 points with 9 rebounds of Gatti Simone, 16 points but 6 turnovers of Gizzi Mike. Carrichiello Ernesto is the best scorer of Potenza with 19 points, 14 points and 4 steals of Maioli Stefano.
-Moncada Agrigento - Consum.it Siena 69-78
Siena wins at Agrigento. Double-double of Casadei Daniele (19 points and 10 rebounds), 16 points and 4 steals of Portannese Marco, 14 points of Andreaus Davide. Paparella
Emiliano with 18 points is the best scorer of Agrigento. Good match for Cardillo Marco, that closes with 14 points and 8 rebounds.



Standings - B1
A dilettanti Standings
Group A
 1. Fortitudo BO 19-2 
 2. Forli 18-3 
 3. Ozzano 17-3 
 4. Tezenis Verona 12-9 
 5. Trento 12-9 
 6. Treviglio 11-9 
 7. Brescia 11-9 
 8. Omegna 10-10 
 9. Castelletto 10-11 
 10. Trieste 8-13 
 11. Montecatini 7-13 
 12. Osimo 7-14 
 13. Fidenza 7-14 
 14. Riva del Garda 5-15 
 15. Jesolo S.Dona 0-20 
Group B
 1. Barcellona 15-5 
 2. Ostuni 15-5 
 3. Ferentino 12-8 
 4. Perugia 12-8 
 5. San Severo 12-8 
 6. Trapani 12-8 
 7. Comsum.it SI 11-8 
 8. Palestrina 11-8 
 9. S.Antimo 11-9 
 10. Ruvo 9-11 
 11. Matera 8-12 
 12. Agrigento 6-14 
 13. Molfetta 3-17 
 14. Potenza 2-18 


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Cedarville shoots down Mount Vernon Nazarene - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (02-15-2010): Senior forward Ricardo Alliman continued his rebounding assault last night when he nabbed 16 more rebounds to push his season total to 1, 022 while adding 11 points and five blocks in Cedarville Universitys 92-79 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The story of the game, however, was the long range shooting of both teams, as they combined for 24 three-pointers. Cedarville connected on 9-of-17 attempts in the first half to take a 52-38 halftime lead then buried 5-of-9 in the second half to help keep Mount Vernon Nazarene at bay. The victory was the ninth in a row in the American Mideast Conference for the winners who are now 11-2 in the AMC and 19-8 overall.

Alliman reaches rebounding milestone in Cedarville's win over Shawnee State - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (02-14-2010): Forward Ricardo Alliman (201-F-87) scored 15 points and hauled down nine rebounds to pace Cedarville University to an 80-57 decision over Shawnee State University in an American Mideast Conference (AMC) encounter. Alliman, who has been having an awesome senior season despite being the center of attention for defenses, became the eighth player in Cedarville's basketball history to surpass 1,000 career rebounds. The last player to accomplish this feat was fellow Jamaican and two-time NAIA All-American Mugabe Thomas in 2006. The victory was the eight straight in the AMC for the NAIA Division II #18 Cedarville who improved to 10-2 in conference and 18-8 overall.

Louisville survives must win game against Syracuse - by Leonard Whyte
Syracuse, NY (02-15-2010): At 6-5 in the Big East Conference, University of Louisville was on the outside of the NCAA tournament looking in, and with a crucial match-up against No.2 Syracuse University on the slate, the Cardinals knew this was a must-win situation. After a slow and uninspiring start, they found themselves trailing by 11 points before coming alive. Forward Samardo Samuels scored all eight of his points during a late second half surge as Louisville won 66-60 for its fifth straight win over Syracuse and the first against a ranked opponent this season. The Cardinals (16-9, 7-5 Big East) won despite missing 5 of 7 free throws in the final 1:41. The victory now has the Cardinals back in contention but they will need a few more big victories to secure a spot in the filed of 64.

Tulsa falls at home to Memphis in Conference USA shootout - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa. OK (02-15-2010): University of Memphis, the last team to beat University of Tulsa at home over a year ago, repeated the feat again last night as they snapped Tulsas 23-game home winning streak with a 93-86 victory in a Conference USA clash. Center Jerome Jordan went 6-of-12 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line for 19 points as Tulsa fell to 8-2 in conference play and 19-5 overall. Jordan also added six rebounds and five blocked shots. The game was dubbed 'HOOPS FOR HAITI' night and first 5,000 fans received a White Tulsa Basketball T-shirt while cash donations were collected to benefit the Haiti Relief Fund.

Rutgers shocks No. 8 Georgetown 71-68 - by Leonard Whyte
Piscataway, NJ (02-15-2010): Rutgers University somehow managed orchestrate a 71-68 upset victory over No. 8 Georgetown University on Sunday afternoon in a Big East contest. Georgetown was the second-highest-ranked opponent ever defeated by Rutgers after a 74-64 win over then No. 6-ranked West Virginia in February 1982. National player Mike Coburn provided effective point guard play finishing the game with three points and three assists, and no turnovers. Rutgers, on the other hand, established an 18-8 advantage in points-off-turnovers as they won for the fourth time in five games.

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BJ League Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hamamatsu P. - Toyama Grouses 85-45
Hamamatsu outscored Toyama Grouses 85:45 for 24-6 record on top. Jermaine Green (203-F-80, college: N.Texas) led the way with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Arnold Wayne nailed 17. Mito Takeshi produced 13 points for the Grouses.

Shiga Lakestars - Oita H.Devils 78-86
Shiga Lakestars lost to Oita H.Devils 78:86 as the latter got 14-18 record. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84, college: SE Louisiana) and Bell Michael combined for 50 points and 25 rebounds. Zeller Luke finished the night with 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Osaka Evessa - Saitama Bron. 87-69
Osaka Evessa grabbed 16-14 record beating Saitama Broncos 87:69. Hirohisa Takada (186-G-86) led the way with 18 points, while Palmer David netted 13. Beckles Kwbana ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Hamamatsu P. - Toyama Grouses 89-72
White Wendell exploded with 38 points as Hamamatsu outscored Toyama Grouses 89:72. Arnold Wayne nailed 21 and Jermaine Green had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lemons Kirby answered with 24 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Takamatsu FA - Tokyo Apache 105-89
Takamatsu FA edged Tokyo Apache 105:89. Gardener Michael and Satoshi Takeda (185-G-80) paced all the winners with 22 points each as six players reached double figures for them. Aoki Cohey and Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) combined for 40 points in defeat.

Sendai 89ers - Okinawa GK 78-65
Sendai 89ers improved to 18-12 record beating Okinawa GK 78:65. Josh Peppers (201-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida), Holm Chris and Takahashi Kenichi posted each 15 points. Leach George replied with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Niigata Albirex - Fukuoka Rizing 84-83
Niigata Albirex rolled over Fukuoka Rizing 84:83 for 16-14 record. Antonio Burks (198-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) paced all the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Echefu Uche had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Parker Michael responded with 30 points, while Bryant Marlyn scored 27.

Niigata Albirex - Fukuoka Rizing 92-84
Niigata Albirex rolled over Fukuoka Rizing 92:84 as Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up with 23 points and 11 boards, while Levett Tyrone followed him with 21. Parker Michael finished the game with 32 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Shiga Lakestars - Oita H.Devils 102-87
Shiga Lakestars defeated Oita H.Devils 102:87 as Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84, college: Miami, FL) exploded with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Nash Bobby scored 20, while Schafer Ray and Schlatter Christopher notched 14 apiece. Bell Michael resisted with 30 points for Oita.

Osaka Evessa - Saitama Bron. 79-65
Blackwell Ryan and Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) nailed 19 points each as Osaka Evessa beat Saitama Broncos 79:65. Shimizu Taishiro ended up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Woodyard Terrence posted 9.

Takamatsu FA - Tokyo Apache 76-80
Takamatsu FA lost to Tokyo Apache 76:80 on the first game of the Regular Season Round 19. Julius Ashby shined with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Aoki Cohey added 18. Gardener Michael led the way for his team with 22 points.

Sendai 89ers - Okinawa GK 48-68
Sendai 89ers were beaten by Okinawa GK 48:68 on February 13th. McHenry Anthony top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Leach George collected 18 points and 17 boards. Josh Peppers produced 17 points in defeat.



Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 24-6 
 2. Sendai 89ers 18-12 
 3. Niigata Albirex 16-14 
 4. Toyama Grouses 12-16 
 5. Saitama Bron. 11-17 
 6. Tokyo Apache 9-19 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 21-11 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 19-13 
 3. Osaka Evessa 16-14 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 16-18 
 5. Oita H.Devils 14-18 
 6. Kyoto Hannaryz 11-17 
 7. Takamatsu FA 9-21 


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 17-2 
 2. Bashkimi 15-5 
 3. Trepca 15-5 
 4. Peja 10-10 
 5. Kosova 7-12 
 6. Bambi 7-12 
 7. Col.Eurosport 4-16 
 8. Drita 3-16 


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Oilers Grabbed Wins - by Numennie Williams
There were wins for former basketball champions LPRC Oilers, in the on going Liberia Basketball Federation national league. The LPRC boys on last Friday whipped Wildcats 73-42 points in a match they dominated.
Before that match, St. Paul Crushers fell to Heats 59-64 points in the second division and in another second division chase, Harbel Pointers slapped Don Bosco Legend 48-37 points. On Saturday, Cestor Mogars scrubbed Uhuru Prince 81-62 points in the second division while Cardinals also nailed Sacbase in the same division.

On Sunday in the first division, former champions LPRC Oilers disgraced Mighty Barrolle 91-54 points. In the female division, Timberwolves fell to C-Deltas 39-40 points and Destiny Queens whipped Ducor Magic 55- 50 points.

The league will continue today at the famous Sports Commission on Broad Street. In game one Cestor Mogars will take on Supreme Brothers and Georgia Sky Force will meet Uhuru Prince in the second division. Tomorrow, Flip Star will meet Don Bosco Legend and Heats will host Cardinals. Uhuru Kings will rub shoulders with Commission in the last action in the first division. On Friday FUBBA will face Supreme Brothers and Sac base will engage Uhuru Prince.


Marcus Wolo (85)


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LNBP Quarterfinals: Lobos Grises tie the score to 2-2 against Halcones Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
LNBP Quarterfinals, Game 4: Lobos Grises - Halcones Xalapa 92-90
Lobos Grises survived last night tying the score to 2-2. The fifth decisive game is schedule for tomorrow at the Halcones Xalapa home court. Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) steeped up for Lobos Grises in this victory with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Reginald Jordan (193-G-68, college: N.Mexico St.) helped with 19 pts and 8 boards. In defeat, Gerald Brown (193-G-75, college: Pepperdine) delivered 23 points.


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros25.4 
 2. Moore, Abejas24.3 
 3. Monroe, Potros23.9 
 4. Habel, Cosmos22.0 
 5. Mills, Indios22.0 
 6. Hornsby, Huracanes21.9 
 7. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 8. Hickerson, Pioneros21.9 
 9. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 10. Capers, Barreteros21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mattis MCHUGH
  Quimper
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. McHugh, Abejas11.8 
 2. Long, Indios11.1 
 3. Jackson, Angeles10.6 
 4. Allen, Pioneros10.3 
 5. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 6. Berghoefer, Potros9.8 
 7. Garcia, Pioneros9.5 
 8. Mills, Indios9.2 
 9. Moss, Lechugueros9.0 
 10. Fuller, Fuerza Regia8.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Funn, Bucaneros6.4 
 2. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.9 
 3. Brown, Fuerza R.5.6 
 4. Malpica, Cosmos5.2 
 5. lee, Indios4.5 
 6. Stokes, Barreteros4.5 
 7. Hollyfield, Barre.4.2 
 8. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.0 
 9. Roque, Toros4.0 
 10. Villegas, Lechugueros3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Luis Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.0 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.5 
 3. Lewis, Soles2.3 
 4. Hollyfield, Barre.2.2 
 5. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 6. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 7. Monroe, Potros2.1 
 8. Hornsby, Huracanes2.0 
 9. Gooner, Halc.Rojos1.9 
 10. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.1 
 3. Arceneaux, Lechugue.0.9 
 4. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 5. lee, Indios0.8 
 6. Hill, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 7. McHugh, Abejas0.8 
 8. McCullough, Libert.0.8 
 9. Carmona, Fuerza R.0.8 
 10. Cox, Angeles0.8 


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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Lovcen 12-3 
 2. Ulcijn 11-4 
 3. Mornar Bar 10-5 
 4. Danilovgrad 8-7 
 5. Gorstak 7-7 
 6. Jedinstvo 7-8 
 7. Mogren 7-8 
 8. Teodo Tivat 5-10 
 9. ABS Primorje 4-10 
 10. Primorje-M. 3-13 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost


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Cleveland Cavaliers intensify trade talks for Phoenix Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire - by Eurobasket News
At the moment, All-Star Weekend is turning into an elaborate game of Spy vs. Spy.

The amount of information and disinformation flying around is at a fever pitch as teams jostle for position in escalating trade talks. The Cavaliers, as would be expected, are right in the middle of it.

According to multiple sources, over the past few days the Cavs have had advancing talks with the Phoenix Suns about All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82). It is not the only player they have interest in -- there are still long-term-target forwards Antawn Jamison of Washington and Troy Murphy of the Pacers out there -- but it seems the Cavs are focusing on Stoudemire.

Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry and Suns General Manager Steve Kerr, former teammates and friends who already have collaborated on a big deal to bring center Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland, met Friday afternoon in Dallas. Suns owner Robert Sarver and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert also are in town and are on the labor relations committee that met.

Stoudemire has the option to become a free agent after this season, which has led the Suns to explore trade options for him. Also, there is a way to structure a trade between the teams that could put the fiscally sensitive Suns under the luxury-tax threshold, which would be a major motivating factor in the deal.

Also a subject of trade rumors last season, Stoudemire was trying to ignore the stories on Friday.

'I understand it is a business and I never get too riled up or out of control with rumors being spread,' said Stoudemire, who is averaging 21.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Suns.

'We've won five out of our last six despite all the trade talk.'

The Cavs, sources said, still are leaving other options open. With every GM, owner and numerous agents in town, there are rumors and smokescreens everywhere. Friday morning, for example, a rumor from Yahoo Sports! popped up that linked the Boston Celtics to the Washington Wizards in a deal for Wizards forward Caron Butler and Jamison.

By nightfall, there were numerous reports that Butler was about to be traded to the Dallas Mavericks instead.

The Cavs are believed to still have talks open with the Pacers for Murphy and the Wizards for Jamison, plus options for three-team deals. But sources indicated the Stoudemire talks were the most advanced.

It is a bit of a surprising attraction. While there's a chance the Cavs could pick up a former first-teamer in a money-based deal, Stoudemire and O'Neal didn't have great on-court chemistry when they played in Phoenix for parts of the past two seasons. O'Neal and LeBron James have said they are happy with the current makeup of the team, though that, too, could be a smokescreen.

'I've been a part of trade deadlines and guys moving in an out,' James said. 'I don't get caught up in it much until it actually happens or if it is serious. There's some great players out there.'

The Suns are believed to like Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson, whom they considered drafting in 2008 and is currently having a breakout sophomore season. The Cavs, however, have been reluctant to include Hickson in trade talks.

The Cavs have several other ways to get the deal done, including the expiring contract of Zydrunas Ilgauskas or a sign-and-trade with guard Wally Szczerbiak.

The Arizona Republic reported earlier this week that teams who were talking to the Suns about Stoudemire also were being asked to take on guard Jason Richardson, who is owed $14.4 million next season. It isn't clear whether Richardson is involved in the talks with the Cavs or with a third team the Cavs might be recruiting.

Several other teams are believed to be interested in trading for Stoudemire, including the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.

What is clear is with so many big names on the board, this weekend figures to be a trade-rumor festival.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


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Nigeria, NIKE in long term sponsorship deal - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Sports wear manufacturing giant, NIKE and the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF have entered into a long term partnership that will see the sports wear manufacturing outfit being involved with the development of basketball in the country.

Disclosing the new initiative at the weekend, president of the Nigerian basketball ruling body, Tijjani Umar who is currently in the United States of America that the new initiative will see NIKE being involved with Nigeria national teams from senior to junior teams in various competitions.

The new partnership according to Umar will see the FIBA/NBA Without Border having a stopover in Nigeria in August this year and summer camps for the nations junior national teams.

The NBBF boss who expected to attend three other meeting with Nigerian players in the USA and former players as well and another meeting before returning to the country next week also disclosed that the National Basketball Association, NBA have successfully opened it Africa regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa with Senegalese former international Ahmadu Gallo as Vice-President of the NBA Africa office.

The NBBF president thus describe his recent visit to the USA which saw him being one of the over 100, 000 crowd that watched Sunday NBA All-Star game won by the Eastern conference 141-139 as very rewarding.

I want to categorically state that this latest visit to the USA is very rewarding as Nigeria basketball would be the better for it.

Meanwhile the season opening seminar/ workshop for the game technical officials comes up in Ilorin, Kwara state capital from Thursday through Saturday this week.

The workshop will among other thing ratify jump-ball dates for the men and women premier league tentatively fixed for February 27 and March 10 respectively.


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Capitanes 9-0 
 2. Halifax R. 8-2 
 3. Lawton Ft.SC 6-2 
 4. Rochester R. 5-3 
 5. Vermont FH 3-4 
 6. Buffalo S. 3-7 
 7. Manchester 3-7 
 8. Maryland G. 2-7 
 9. Quebec Kebs 1-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony ANDERSON
  Trotamundos
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Anderson, Manchest.23.2 
 2. Payne, Buffalo S.23.0 
 3. Stanley, Buffalo S.21.3 
 4. Jackson, Vermo.21.0 
 5. Sherrill, Maryland.20.4 
 6. Bennett, Halifax R.20.0 
 7. Ayuso, Capitanes19.9 
 8. Cortes, Capitanes19.1 
 9. Woods, Lawton F.19.0 
 10. Jeanty, Quebec K.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelo REYES
  Capitanes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Reyes, Capitanes17.7 
 2. Crookshank, Halif.14.6 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.1 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.11.8 
 5. Demasi, Vermont FH11.3 
 6. Brown, Buffalo S.10.5 
 7. Ross, Buffalo S.9.3 
 8. Wise, Quebec K.9.0 
 9. Johnson, Rocheste.8.4 
 10. Jeanty, Quebec K.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH6.3 
 2. Anderson, Manchest.6.2 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.5.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Capit.5.7 
 5. Ervin, Halifax R.5.3 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.5.3 
 7. Daniels, Lawton F.5.3 
 8. Price, Buffalo S.5.1 
 9. Fortier, Quebec K.4.3 
 10. Robinson, Buffa.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles FORTIER
  Quebec K.
  (193-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Fortier, Quebec K.3.3 
 2. Rice, Vermont FH2.5 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.2.3 
 4. Johnson, Rocheste.2.3 
 5. Jeanty, Quebec K.2.0 
 6. Stewart, Manchest.2.0 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.2.0 
 8. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 9. Thomas, Maryland.1.6 
 10. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Reggie GEORGE
  Quebec K.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. George, Quebec K.2.0 
 2. Bailey, Vermont FH1.7 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes1.7 
 4. Crookshank, Halif.1.7 
 5. Thomas, Maryland.1.5 
 6. Marshall, Lawton F.1.3 
 7. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 9. Mazur, Halifax R.1.1 
 10. Bailey, Rocheste.1.0 


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  POLAND   


Nejc Glavas moves to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Nejc Glavas (192-G-86) will play in Poland. The 23-year-old guard started the previous season in Poland. He played for Polpharma averaging 3.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 boards per game. Later in the season the guard moved to Slovenia. He inked a deal with Alpos Sentjur. Nejc Glavas tallied 11.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in the Liga UPC.


AZS Koszalin edge Prokom in Cup semifinal - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin - Prokom 103-97
AZS Koszalin overcame Prokom in the first semifinal of the Polish Cup. Prokom is undefeated in the PLK action but the surprise waited for the Gdynia outfit in the Cup. George Reese (201-F-77, college: Ohio St.) unloaded 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead AZS Koszalin.
Prokom entered the game confidently and quickly surged ahead. The Polish powerhouse built a 6-point lead at the first break. But AZS Koszalin adjusted and started to work their way back into contest in the second frame. They exploded with 33 points in the period and ensured a narrow 57:56 lead at the interval. Prokom retained control right after the main break. Led by David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) Prokom surged ahead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 2 points. However another offensive outburst from AZS Koszalin helped the team break through. AZS Koszalin pulled in charge and eked out a tough victory at the end. Dante Swanson (178-G-81, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) came up with 23 points and 7 assists for the winners. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, college: Hawaii) netted 15 points for AZS Koszalin. David Logan responded with 21 points and 10 assists for Prokom. Ronnie Burrell secured 20 points in the losing effort.
Turow will face Anwil in the second semifinal clash. The Final game is scheduled for February 21.

AZS Koszalin: George Reese 28, Dante Swanson 23, Michael Kuebler 15
Prokom: David Logan 21+10 assists, Ronnie Burrell 20



Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. MMKS DG 21-3 
 2. Zastal ZG 20-4 
 3. Siarka T. 17-6 
 4. Big Star 16-8 
 5. Spojnia S. 15-9 
 6. LKS Lodz 14-9 
 7. Start Lublin 13-10 
 8. Sokol L. 13-11 
 9. Znicz Basket 11-13 
 10. Trefl SSA 8-15 
 11. MOSiR Krosno 8-16 
 12. Gornik Wal. 8-16 
 13. Zubry 8-16 
 14. Tempcold AZS 7-16 
 15. Sudety JG 6-17 
 16. AZS AWF K-ce 3-19 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Astoria 20-2 
 2. SKK Siedlce 19-2 
 3. Norgips 18-4 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 17-6 
 5. Tur B.Podl. 14-8 
 6. Zuraw Gn. 14-10 
 7. Harmattan 13-10 
 8. Basket Kw. 12-8 
 9. MMKS SIDEn 12-10 
 10. Korsarz 8-14 
 11. Assec.Prokom 3 7-15 
 12. AZS Olsztyn 6-15 
 13. Unibet Legia 5-15 
 14. Zyrardowianka 4-17 
 15. OSSM W-wa 2-17 
 16. OSSM Sopot 0-19 
Group B
 1. AZS Szczecin 15-1 
 2. AZS PP Poznan 15-2 
 3. Open Basket 15-3 
 4. Pogon Prudnik 14-10 
 5. AZS Kutno 13-5 
 6. Ksiezak 10-7 
 7. Nysa Klodzko 8-6 
 8. AZS PO Opole 7-8 
 9. MKS Skiern. 7-10 
 10. Stal Ostrow 5-10 
 11. Slask Wroclaw 5-12 
 12. Obiekty Wrocl. 5-12 
 13. OSSM Wroclaw 2-15 
 14. KKS Siechnice 0-17 
Group C
 1. Unia Tarnow 18-3 
 2. Rosasport 17-1 
 3. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 14-7 
 4. AZS PR Radom 12-8 
 5. Cracovia 11-7 
 6. MCKiS Jaw. 10-6 
 7. UMKS Kielce 9-8 
 8. Alba 8-9 
 9. MKS Limanowa 8-11 
 10. Komtek 8-11 
 11. Pogon Ruda Sl. 7-6 
 12. Staco Niepol. 5-13 
 13. Mickiewicz 5-16 
 14. Wisla Krakow 3-16 
 15. OSSM S.Wola 1-20 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Tomasz CELEJ
  Start Lublin
  (198-F/G-78)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Celej, Start Lublin22.4 
 2. Sterenga, Gornik W.20.8 
 3. Pacocha, Big Star18.4 
 4. Pluta, MOSiR K.17.8 
 5. Flieger, Zastal ZG17.1 
 6. Mazur, Spojnia S.17.0 
 7. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.16.6 
 8. Storozynski, Asec.P.16.4 
 9. Piechowicz, MMKS D.16.0 
 10. Kulikowski, Zubry15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomasz WOJDYLA
  Zastal ZG
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Wojdyla, Sudety JG11.8 
 2. Sterenga, Gornik W.10.5 
 3. Lisewski, MMKS D.10.0 
 4. Storozynski, Asec.P.9.8 
 5. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Zubry9.3 
 7. Mis, Siarka T.8.6 
 8. Kwiatkowski, Start L.8.4 
 9. Nowak, Sudety JG8.1 
 10. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.8.0 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.8 
 3. Ecka, Znicz Basket5.9 
 4. Trepka, LKS Lodz5.1 
 5. Baran, Siarka T.4.9 
 6. Basinski, MMKS D.4.9 
 7. Rapucha, Zubry4.6 
 8. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.5 
 9. Pacocha, Big Star4.4 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin FLIEGER
  Zastal ZG
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.2 
 2. Ecka, Znicz Basket2.8 
 3. Marciniak, Siarka T.2.8 
 4. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.8 
 5. Nowak, Znicz B.2.6 
 6. Sikora, Asec.Pro.2.5 
 7. Sikora, Start Lublin2.5 
 8. Krupa, Siarka T.2.5 
 9. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.2.4 
 10. Basinski, MMKS D.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rafal KULIKOWSKI
  Zubry
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kulikowski, Zubry2.5 
 2. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.2.0 
 4. Mis, Siarka T.1.5 
 5. Marculewicz, Zubry1.3 
 6. Nowak, Znicz B.1.1 
 7. Salamonik, Big Star1.1 
 8. Jarmakowicz, Zastal Z.1.1 
 9. Barycz, Siarka T.1.1 
 10. Pisarczyk, Siarka T.1.0 


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  PORTUGAL   


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Brandon DAGANS
  Ginasio
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Dagans, Ginasio22.7 
 2. Waller, Ovarense22.0 
 3. Crutchfield, Sampa.21.8 
 4. Powers, Fisica20.5 
 5. Clark, Barreirense19.7 
 6. Voorhees, AD Vagos18.8 
 7. Ramos, Benfica18.7 
 8. Webster, CAB18.0 
 9. Nealy, VSC Guimar.17.4 
 10. Smith, AD Vagos17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rod NEALY
  VSC Guimar.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Nealy, VSC Guimar.10.6 
 2. Lee, Ovarense10.3 
 3. St.Robert, Illiabum10.0 
 4. Johnson, Fisica9.8 
 5. Terrell, Porto F.9.7 
 6. Sowell, Barreirense9.5 
 7. Smith, AD Vagos9.4 
 8. Wilson, Sampaense9.1 
 9. Johnson, Academica9.0 
 10. Shaw, Illiabum8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  Illiabum
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Felix, Illiabum3.6 
 2. Dagans, Ginasio2.6 
 3. Costa, Ginasio2.5 
 4. Silva, VSC Guimar.2.4 
 5. Simoes, Academica2.3 
 6. Schneider, CAB2.2 
 7. Balseiro, Sampa.2.2 
 8. Waller, Ovarense2.2 
 9. Hunt, Porto F.2.1 
 10. Eddie, VSC Guimar.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joao REVELES
  AD Vagos
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Reveles, AD Vagos6.4 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.4 
 3. Felix, Illiabum6.3 
 4. Costa, Ginasio5.5 
 5. Simoes, Academica4.3 
 6. Miranda, Ovarense4.2 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.2 
 8. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.1 
 9. Sing, Sampaense4.0 
 10. Pinto, Barreirense3.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Todd SOWELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sowell, Barreirense1.8 
 2. Terrell, Porto F.1.7 
 3. Lee, Ovarense1.5 
 4. Frisby, Benfica1.4 
 5. Smith, AD Vagos1.4 
 6. Soderberg, CAB1.3 
 7. Wilson, Sampaense1.3 
 8. DeWitz, Benfica1.3 
 9. Jackson, Academica1.3 
 10. Johnson, Fisica1.2 


LPB Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sampaense - Illiabum 79-95
Bobby Madison unloaded 40 points but it was not enough to prevent Sampaense from falling short against Illibaum. Matthew Shaw (201-F-86, college: S.Illinois) fired 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the winners. James St.Robert added 24 points and 12 boards for Illibaum.

Porto Ferpinta - VSC Guimar. 74-79
Guimaraes upset Porto Ferpinta on the road. Rod Nealy (198-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Houston Baptist) was pivotal with 27 points, 11 boards and 4 steals. Jaime Silva contributed 13 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Julian Terrell responded with 15 points and 12 boards for Porto. Nuno Marcal finished with team-high 19 points for the hosts.

Ovarense - Ginasio 66-58
Ovarense outclassed Ginasio for the 11th win. Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) and John Waller delivered 18 points each for the winners. Shawn Jackson had 10 points and 8 caroms in the victory. Marco Goncalves responded with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Ginasio.

Benfica - Academica 89-52
Benfica registered the 13th straight win as they coasted past visiting Academica. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) accounted for 17 points and 9 boards for Benfica. Miguel Minhava added 15 points for the winning team. Kalen Grimes scored 17 points for Academica.

Fisica - CAB 75-61
Austen Powers (203-F-87, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle) knocked down 21 points to lead Fisica past CAB Madeira. Louis Johnson was helpful with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in the winning effort. Mario Fernandes notched 14 points and 6 steals for CAB in defeat.

AD Vagos - Barreirense 71-75
Barreirense prevailed against AD Vagos on the road. Shane Clark (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the visitors to the 5th win in the season. Anthony Brown delivered 14 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Brandon Voorhees responded with 17 points and 6 boards for AD Vagos.



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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 14-2 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 12-4 
 3. St.Mirren 10-6 
 4. Troon T. 6-9 
 5. Glasgow S. 3-12 
 6. E.Lothian B. 1-13 


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  SERBIA   


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Superfund 15-2 
 2. Radnicki O. 13-4 
 3. Crnokosa 13-4 
 4. Smederevo 11-5 
 5. Jagodina 11-6 
 6. Mladost CA 10-7 
 7. Vojvodina 8-9 
 8. Zeleznicar I. 7-9 
 9. FMP II 6-9 
 10. Jug Vranje 6-11 
 11. Vrbas 5-11 
 12. Zdravlje 4-12 
 13. Partizan II 4-12 
 14. Beovuk 72 2-14 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Pezinok claim Slovakian Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Pezinok - Nitra 95:72

Pezinok fired past Nitra in front of the home fans in the Slovakian Cup decider. Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) exploded with 31 points to lead Pezinok to the title.
Nitra jumped to a 5:3 lead early in the game but the hosts quickly adjusted and went on 17:0 run to surge ahead. Pezinok piled up a 26:14 advantage at the first break. The hosts kept their opponents at bay throughout the second stanza. They extended the lead to 19 points before Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) capped the half with five points in a row to cut the deficit. Pezinok however quickly established a 20+ advantage at the start of the third stanza. They maintained it well throughout the reminder of the frame heading into the fourth quarter up by 26 points. Clifford Crawford dragged Nitra within 14 points midway through the fourth period but it was as close as the visitors could get. Pezinok triggered a 7:1 run and ran away for good in this one.
David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) provided 23 points for Pezinok. Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) delivered 16 points in the winning effort. Stanislav Votroubek replied with 15 points for Nitra. Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) had 10 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Pezinok: Nenad Milosevic 31, David Jackson 23, Yemi Nicholson 16
Nitra: Stanislav Votroubek 15, Branislav Tomek 10+13 boards



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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Cebular, Sentjur22.8 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur18.3 
 3. Snow, Helios17.9 
 4. Dragic, Geoplin .17.4 
 5. King, Polzela16.8 
 6. Mucic, Rudar16.3 
 7. Cup, Elektra .16.3 
 8. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 9. Drzic, Luka Koper15.7 
 10. Strnad, Zlatorog15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. King, Polzela9.9 
 2. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 3. Nikolic, Krka8.1 
 4. Thondique, Polzela7.2 
 5. Cup, Elektra .6.9 
 6. Bubnic, Zlatorog6.2 
 7. Markic, Luka Koper6.2 
 8. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.1 
 9. Simovic, Sentjur5.9 
 10. Muric, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.9 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.6 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.7 
 4. Cmer, Zlatorog4.1 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.9 
 6. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.9 
 7. Jersin, Parklji3.4 
 8. Cebular, Sentjur3.2 
 9. Udrih, Polzela3.1 
 10. Petrovic, Helios2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HAFNAR
  Carmatic PT
  (195-G-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hafnar, Polzela2.1 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .1.9 
 3. Udrih, Polzela1.7 
 4. Strnad, Zlatorog1.7 
 5. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 6. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 7. Jersin, Parklji1.6 
 8. Lapornik, Sentjur1.6 
 9. Skok, Polzela1.5 
 10. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nikolic, Krka1.8 
 2. King, Polzela1.4 
 3. Cup, Elektra .1.0 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 5. Ibok, Polzela0.8 
 6. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 7. Pavic, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 8. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 
 9. Nowakowski, Luka K.0.6 
 10. Virijevic, Sencur C.0.6 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round: 48 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dongbu Promy - LG Sakers 67-69
Dongbu Promy was beaten by LG Sakers 67:69 on February 15th. Stevenson Greg (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Jeon Hyung-Soo added 13. Yoon Ho-Young finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort.

SK Knights - Sonic Boom KT 68-81
Sonic Boom KT is with 33-13 in the second place cruising past SK Knights 81:69. Johnson Jasper (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) paced all the winners with 19 points and Kim Yong-Hwan netted 18. Joo Hee-Jung replied with 18 points in defeat, whilst Kim Julian and Krabbenhoft Joe added 17 apiece.

KT&G Kites - KCC Egis 68-75
KT&G Kites was beaten by KCC Egis 68:75 as the latter got 24 points from Akins Tony (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech). Choo Seung-Kyun poured in 18 for the win and Leather Terrence collected 16 points and 12 boards. Daniels Chris ended up with 19 points in the losing case.

SK Knights - Samsung Th. 68-83
SK Knights lost to Samsung 68:83 at the end of the Regular Season Round 48. Park You-Jin (193-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Sandrin Eric added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Krabbenhoft Joe responed with 14 points in defeat, while Joo Hee-Jung and Kim Julian posted 13 apiece.

KT&G Kites - Daegu Orions 81-86
Daegu Orions produced a 86:81 victory over KT&G Kites on February 13th. Hill Herbert (203-F-84, college: Providence) had a double double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Yoon Byung-Hak added 16. Sin Jong-Suk chipped in 20 points n the losing case.

Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 87-91
Samsung was beaten by LG Sakers 87:91 as the latter got 31 points and 17 rebounds from Stevenson Greg. Cho Sang-Hyun poured in 14 for the win and Kang Dae-Hyup delivered 13. Sandrin Eric ended up with 18 points in the losing case, while Thomas Victor and Lee Jung-Sukhad 17 apiece.

ET Land B.Sl. - Mobis Phoebus 63-70
Mobis Phoebus improved to 34-12 record after the win over ET Land 70:63. Dunston Bryant (201-F/C-86) paced all the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Kim Dong-Wook netted 14 points. Seo Jang-Hoon responded with 15 points and 11 boards.

SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 59-78
Mobis Phoebus won over SK Knights 79:58 at the start of the Regular Season Round 48. Haynes Aaron (201-F-81, college: Boise St.) stepped up with 27 points and 9 rebonds, whie Yang Dong-Geun notched 10. Han Jung-Hoon and Krabbenhoft Joe answered with 14 points each in the losing effort.



Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 34-12 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 33-13 
 3. KCC Egis 32-14 
 4. Dongbu Promy 30-16 
 5. LG Sakers 27-19 
 6. Samsung Th. 21-24 
 7. ET Land B.Sl. 15-31 
 8. KT&G Kites 13-32 
 9. SK Knights 13-34 
 10. Daegu Orions 11-35 


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  SPAIN   


Jose Angel Antelo joins Leon - by Eurobasket News
Jose Angel Antelo (203-F-87) signed for Leon for the reminder of the season. The 22-year-old forward started the season in Fuenlabrada. Jose Angel Antelo averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per ACB game this season. Last year the young forward played in Tenerife Rural in LEB Gold. He tallied 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Jose Angel Antelo played for U16, U18 and U20 Spanish selections.


Xacobeo Blu:Sens to sign Jeremiah Massey - by Eurobasket News
Xacobeo Blu:Sens found the replacement for Marc Jackson. The team have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.). The US-FYR Macedonian forward was a free agent after he left Real Madrid earlier this season. Last year the 27-year-old forward averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 boards and 1.1 steals per ACB game with Real. In Euroleague Jeremiah Massey notched 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per appearance. The forward participated at the 2009 EuroBasket together with FYR Macedonia. Massey stepped up with 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in Poland.


LEB Gold: Round 23 review - by Eurobasket News
Melilla - Caceres 62-50
Melilla outplayed Caceres 62-50 remaining the top-ranked team in the league with 18-5 record. Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville) and Oscar Gonzalez (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 14 and 12 points respectively in this victory. Visitors (12-11) got 11 points from Francisco Sanchez.

Palencia - Ourense 62-85
Easy win for Ourense, who got 15 points from each AlexaAlexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) and Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.). Sean Ogirri followed closely with one point less. In defeat, Nikola Mirotic and Inaki Narros posted 12 pts apiece. Ourense 11-12, Palencia 8-15.

Cornella - Vigo 75-66
9-14 for Cornella and 4-19 for the last ranked Vigo after this game. Xavier Rabaseda (199-G/F-89) once again was the leading scorer in Cornella with 19 points. Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Liberty) and Mamadou Samba added 16 and 13 pts respectively. Visitors got 13 pts from Patrick Pope.

Tenerife - Mallorca 105-88
Easy one for Tenerife, whose leading player this week-end was Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Eric Sanchez (181-G-82) followed him with 15 pts for just 16 minutes on the court. Juan Riera had 19 pts for the guests. Both teams have 10-13 score now.

La Palma - Burgos 88-92
Burgos grabbed valuable 88-92 road win against La Palma, staying on third place alone with 15-8 record. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) was a key player in victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. La Palma (11-12) got 16 points and 9 rebounds from Juan Palacios (203-F-85).

Breogan - Clin.Rincon 82-69
Breogan registered 13th victory of the season mostly owing to Jeffrey Xavier (185-G-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Providence), who drained 19 points. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) followed him with 14 points and 8 boards. In Clinicas Rincon (9-14), Alejandro Navajas collected 19 points and 5 boards.

CB Tarragona - Vive Menorca 75-68
CB Tarragona had Bernardo Alvarez and Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) in a game mood with 18 and 17 points respectively. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) secured a nice help adding 12 pts and 6 boards. Visitors got 15 points and 6 rebs from Cuthbert Victor. Tarragona 7-16, Menorca 14-9.

CAI Zaragoza - La Laguna 88-86
17-6 for the second ranked CAI Zaragoza and 14-9 for La Laguna after this game. Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) stepped up for the hosts with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro) and Ricardo Guillen (7 rebs) delivered 18 pts each in defeat.

Girona - Leon 78-68
Girona was better then Leon coming a step away from it to 12-11 record. Dreke Bouldin (202-G/F-80, college: Fresno St.) was totally the best player in this victory collecting 27 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Humphrey (203-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) responded with 18 points and 7 boards in loss.


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.2 
 2. Morley, Burgos17.6 
 3. Riera, Mallorca17.4 
 4. Donaldson, La La.17.1 
 5. Roe, Tenerife16.6 
 6. Hughes, Leon16.3 
 7. Quinteros, CAI Z.15.9 
 8. Guillen, La Laguna15.7 
 9. Blanch, Mallorca15.0 
 10. Smith, Cornella14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Donaldson, La La.10.6 
 2. Starosta, Melilla9.8 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.1 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.4 
 5. Adrien, Breogan7.9 
 6. Arteaga, Palencia7.7 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife7.7 
 8. Humphrey, Leon7.5 
 9. Phillip, CAI Z.7.4 
 10. Padgett, La Palma7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos CHERRY
  Caceres
  (184-G-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Cherry, Caceres5.1 
 2. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.9 
 3. Mena, La Palma4.1 
 4. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.3.8 
 5. Perez, Cornella3.8 
 6. Jimenez, Melilla3.7 
 7. Garrido, La Laguna3.2 
 8. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.3.1 
 9. Riera, Mallorca3.0 
 10. Lescano, CAI Z.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.4 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife2.0 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.0 
 7. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 8. Perez, Cornella1.9 
 9. Arco, Ourense1.7 
 10. Morley, Burgos1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.9 
 3. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 5. Samb, Cornella1.4 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.4 
 7. Joseph, Cornella1.3 
 8. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.3 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.1 
 10. Humphrey, Leon0.9 


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 15-1 
 2. Akropol 15-1 
 3. Haga Haninge 11-6 
 4. Blackeberg 11-6 
 5. Lulea Steel 8-9 
 6. Lidingo 8-9 
 7. Uppsala KFUM 7-9 
 8. Hallsta 7-10 
 9. Talje 7-10 
 10. BG Lulea 6-11 
 11. Alvik Basket 2-13 
 12. Polisen 2-14 
South
 1. Nassjo 13-2 
 2. Hoganas 12-0 
 3. Norrkoping BK 9-5 
 4. Sanda 9-7 
 5. Srbija 9-7 
 6. Jonkoping 7-8 
 7. Fryshuset 5-8 
 8. Solna Branten 5-11 
 9. Eos 4-10 
 10. Kalmar 4-11 
 11. Kvarnby 3-11 


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Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Bernex 19-1 
 2. Zurich W. 15-6 
 3. Swiss Central 14-6 
 4. Villars 13-8 
 5. Martigny 12-8 
 6. Vevey 11-10 
 7. Chene 10-10 
 8. Pully 8-11 
 9. DDV Lugano 8-12 
 10. Acad.Fribourg 7-13 
 11. Vernier 7-13 
 12. Zurich K. 6-14 
 13. Neuchatel 1-19 


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JKT in 7-point win over ABC - by Carlos Pereira
Holders JKT intensified their title retention bid as they walloped hard fighting rivals ABC by 63-56 points in the Dar es Salaam regional basketball league mens category in a tense encounter played at the National Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Though the prowess of both sides looked on equal terms especially in aggressiveness, JKTs tight defense and good finishing gave them an edge.

The winners enjoyed a 20-17 point lead at the end of the opening quarter despite ABC showing more resilience by pushing forward and cleverly converting most of their attacks.

There was an interesting battle between playmakers Filbert Mwaipungu of ABC and his opposing number Himid Choka in the first two quarters.

Both played crucial role in their teams efforts to attack but it was Choka who slightly got the better of his opponent thanks to a cooperation with his more efficient team mates.

ABC big men Gilbert Batungi and Godfrey Changwe posed threat whenever they approached JKTs hoop but the duos scoring ability were checked by determined JKT defenders that was well marshaled by Juma Kisoky, Mkumbo Mgendi and Charles Makene.

JKT still had an upper hand throughout the second quarter in which they led by 31-27 points and intensified attacks to halt ABCs unbeaten streak.

ABC players lost steam thereafter and were easily succumbing to tight marking deployed by JKT, who effectively used Kisoky for defending and attacking roles.

The energetic player did not disappoint when going forward, slotting in rare two three-pointers midway through the last quarter and earned thunderous applause from JKT fans.

Kisoky finished with 15 points, Frank Kusiga had 13 while Mgendi and Choka scored six and four points for JKT, respectively. Changwe scored 12 points, Batungi had eight while Ibrahim Mwinyi and Stephen Charles added seven points apiece for ABC.

In other matches in the mens category played earlier at the same venue, Changombe Boys thrashed their second string side, Tan Blacks by 64-38 points, Oilers beat Chui by 68-58 points and Pazi banked on last-gasp efforts to edge Tanzania Prisons by 60-58 points.

The womens category had only one match pitting CMTU against Police and the latter won by 58-32 points.

Despite starting impressively, CMTU failed to exploit their chances and Police quickly rediscovered their rhythm and never looked back.

Grace Thomas scored 23 points and Sophia Komba added 10 points for Police while Jennifer George slotted in ten points and Mpala Iddi added eight points for CMTU.
source : By Japheth Kazenga THE GUARDIAN


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Suspensions of US Monastir Players Lifted. - by Matthew Kyle
At the beginning of Round 8 USM and ESS went head to head with the result in favor of Souse. Two players, Hosni Saied (193-F/G-81) and Mezri Bouslema (84) received a 9-game suspension and was fined 1200 dinars and a 7 match suspension and fined 200 dinars respectively for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Comit National d'Arbitrage Sportif (The National Committee for Sports Arbitration) has looked into the matter further and has decided to to agree with the USM and to cancel the two penalties that were imposed against the two players Hosni Saied (9-game suspension and fined 1200 dinars) and Mezri Bouslema (7 matches and 200 dinars) following the match USM-EHS. 'Bouslama and Said will strengthen our workforce going into the Super Playoff', said Coach Costel Cernat regarding the matter.

US Monastir Strengthens Roster for Super Playoff. - by Matthew Kyle
The Nigerian born Lewis Fadipe (208-C-83, college: La Salle) has signed a contract with USM. His resume stretches from America to the Middle East to Latin America. He was a role player at La Salle most of his time there only logging 4 pts and 4 rebs a game in his senior year. Born March 17, 1982, he served as the center for his last team, Central Entrerriano Gualeguaychu in Argentina LigaA. Furthermore, the player Omar Seck has terminated his contract amicably with the team. Omar may remain on the team as a practice player but his role will not go any further than this. Tunisian League rules only allow 2 import players on the roster come game time and with the addition of Fadipe there had to be room made. The other spot is taken by DeAndre Rice, an American.

Round 13: Monastir Rades close call or not as close as it seemed? - by Matthew Kyle
USM and ESR both came out the gate firing. USM had no answer for Darius Joseph (188-G-86, college: N.Dakota) off the pick and roll and Rades had no answer for DeAndre Rice (191-G-85, college: Florida Atlantic) and Amine Maghrebi both firing on all cylinders. The score was neck and neck until the 3rd quarter when USM pulled away by 13 on a triple by DeAndre Rice. The game was out of reach from then on but they came back at the end when Darius Darius Joseph was goin to the line every posession and they cut it to 4 in the last min of the game. DeAndre had a season high 30 points. 'I am capable of doing this every night but because I usually am not the only import player playing I usually have to share minutes.' said Rice. Tonight was different with the recent transation of Omar Seck and Lewis Fadipe. USM won the match 79-74.

ESS and JSK was a blow out game. ESS dominated from the word go and ended up winning 90-54.

CSC-CA proved to be an interesting game. CSC is still looking for their first victory in the Playoff. They seem to play every team close no matter the opponent but can't seem to pull a win out. CA won in the 4th quarter 68-61.

The last game of the night was SN and EZS. With import Center Matthew Kyle (211-C-86, college: Yale) out with a sprained ankle EZS needed a miracle to win against SN. The game was close for the first 3 minutes but after that SN pushed the lead to 10 and never looked back. Matthew had been playing on a bum ankle for the past 4 games and now that EZS only has the cup left he skipped the game against SN. He has 10 days rest to get back to 100%.


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Douby, Darussafaka22.7 
 2. Shipp, Bornova20.3 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Baxter, Besiktas17.9 
 6. Hosley, Aliaga17.6 
 7. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.6 
 8. Baron, Mersin16.7 
 9. Williams, Erdemir16.6 
 10. Rancik, Galatasaray16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.4 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.9.7 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.6 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.4 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka7.5 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.2 
 7. Bowman, Tofas7.2 
 8. Elegar, Bornova7.2 
 9. Greene, Antalya7.0 
 10. Brown, Bornova6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.3 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Ukic, Fener.Ulker5.0 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka4.5 
 5. Acik, T.Telekom4.5 
 6. Ermis, Banvit4.5 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka4.4 
 8. Erden, Bornova4.3 
 9. Jackson, Antalya4.2 
 10. Preldzic, Fener.Ulker4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hosley, Aliaga3.0 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 3. Shipp, Bornova2.4 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 5. Erden, Kepez Bld2.3 
 6. James, Mersin2.0 
 7. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.0 
 8. Holston, Karsiyaka1.9 
 9. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 10. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.6 
 2. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 3. Elegar, Bornova1.5 
 4. Denison, Tofas1.4 
 5. Bowman, Tofas1.3 
 6. Solak, Galatasaray1.3 
 7. Davis, Banvit1.3 
 8. Davidson, Darussaf.1.2 
 9. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 10. Kone, Erdemir1.0 


TBL: Round 19 review - by Eurobasket News
Fener.Ulker - Efes Pilsen 79-60
Fenerbahce Ulker blasted Efes Pilsen in big derby mostly owing to Omer Onan (194-G-78), who scored 20 points (6 of 8 from behind the arc). Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Lynn Greer and Roko-Leni Ukic posted 10 pts each. Visitors got 16 points and 7 rebounds from Marvis Thornton. Fenerbahce came a step away from Efes Pilsen with 16-3 record.

T.Telekom - Besiktas 78-95
Valuable road win for Besiktas, who improved its score to 13-6. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) was the leading player in victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) helped with 21 pts, 7 rebs and 5 assists. In Turk Telekom (11-8), Kristoffer Lang (9 rebs) and Demond Mallet (8 as) had 16 points each.

Galatasaray - Banvit 95-102 OT
Banvit grabbed an over time win against Galatasaray staying on third place in the league with 13-6 record (same as Besiktas). Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) shined for the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds, Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) had 21 pts, 8 rebs and 5 assists, while Keith Simmons added 19 points. The hosts (9-10) got 30 points and 7 rebounds from Radoslav Rancik.

Mersin - Aliaga 76-90
Aliaga cruised past Mersin on the road getting 20 points and 6 rebounds from Ceyhun Altay (196-G/F-86, agency: Court Side). Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) had 18 points, 6 boards and 9 assists, and the winners had 6 more players with double-digits. Dominic James scored 27 pts and handed out 6 assists in loss. Aliaga 8-11, Mersin 4-15.

Tofas - Kepez Bld 82-77
Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) scored 23 points leading his Tofas to 9th victory of the season. Can Altintig (195-G-87) was behind Bowman with 12 pts and 6 assists. Visitors (4-15) got 20 points and 5 assists from Jovo Stanojevic.

Darussafaka - Oyak Renault 71-52
The last ranked Darusafaka is still alive. They registered third victory of the season thanks to Quincy Douby (191-G-84, college: Rutgers), who came up with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) added 18 pts and 11 boards. In Oyak Renault (5-14), Joshua Heytvelt collected 11 pts and 16 rebounds.

Karsiyaka - Erdemir 76-72
11-8 for Karsiyaka and 10-9 for Erdemir after this game. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) stepped up for the winners with 16 points, while Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) followed him with 21. Nathan Funk responded with 28 points in defeat.

Antalya - Bornova 79-92
Both teams had 9-9 before this meeting and Bornova celebrated hanks to Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) and Albert Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC), who drained 24 and 22 points respectively. Shipp had 7 rebounds and 8 assists beside that, while Brown added 10 rebounds. Umut Yenice scored 27 pts for Antalya.


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Superleague: Top-5 players of the week - by Platon Khegai
Superleague announced best players of the past weekend:
Guards:
Lamar Karim (178-G-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.) of DniproAzot: 34 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 29 rkg. Also American holds the third spots in scoring (19.9) and assisting (5.8) rankings.
Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) of Azovmash: 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 22 rkg. In Saturday's game at Khimik Ramel headed his team to 90:88 victory in the overtime as he scored a decisive two-pointer.
Forwards:
John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) of Odessa: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 18 rkg. He contributed a double-double and also made a decisive two-pointer versus BC Kyiv.
Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: Buck Andre, college: Alabama) of Azovmash: 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 31 rkg. Demetrius was the most effective player in the clash at Khimik and experienced his best game for Azovmash.
Center:
Daniel McClintock (212-C-77, college: N.Arizona) of Mykolaiv: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 7 blocks, 2 assists, 32 rkg. Dan appears in the Top-5 roster for the second time in a row (with three double-doubles in three games) and holds the third spot in the most effective players' ranking (21.7).


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BBL Team of the Week #20 - by Andy Webb
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders big man Jason Johnson (201-F/C, agency: BrezoPro, college: S.Carolina St.) leads the Team of the Week this week, after his inspiring performance in the Riders 89-80 defeat of Worthing Thunder, on Saturday night. The BBL rookie had 21 points and 14 rebounds by half time, and converted this into 28 points and 19 rebounds by the final buzzer. Shooting 12/17 from the field, a perfect 4/4 from the free throw line, he also dished out 4 assists, blocked 3 shots and seized 2 steals in his 31 minutes on court.

Jerome Gumbs, of Everton Tigers, joins Johnson as the other forward, after scoring 27 points in the Tigers win over Glasgow Rocks. 5/8 free throw shooting and 11/16 field goal shooting were both highlights of the performance, and the 66 US Virgin Islands born rookie also pulled down 12 rebounds, and handed out 3 assists.

Sheffield pair Ryan Patton and Tafari Toney both feature this week, as they stepped up to compensate for the absence of two time BBL Player of the Month Mike Cook. Patton went 6/9 from three point and hit all six of his free throws, as well as a handy 7 assists. Toney, a Team GB call-up last year, notched 31 points, 15 rebounds, shooting a perfect 9/9 from the free throw line.

Combining with Patton at the guard spots, is Chez Marks of Cheshire Jets, who secured his place with an impressive 33 points, hitting 7 of his 9 attempts from the floor, 6/9 from three point, 4 assists and 3 steals.



Gasol Named FIBA Europe Player Of The Year - by George Manousidis
FIBA Europe announced on Monday that Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Spain has been named the FIBA Europe Player of the Year for the second straight time by fans and a panel of expert voters.
Gasol finished ahead of Germany's Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Serbia to claim the prize.
The 2.15m center was named the MVP of EuroBasket 2009 in Poland for helping Spain win their first ever gold medal at the event. He averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over the course of the tournament.
It was a cap to a season of championships for Gasol who also took home an NBA title as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest along the way.
'Pau Gasol's performance this September in Poland just proves that when his career is over he will stand among the greats of the European game,' said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
'Being on the court with him after the championship game it was clear what a special moment it was.'
'Year after year Pau distinguishes himself not only on the court but also off of it,' added Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
'He is both a great player, and a wonderful ambassador for the game.'
FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year :

MEN Ranking*
Pau Gasol

Dirk Nowitzki
Milos Teodosic
Vassilis Spanoulis
Erazem Lorbek

Rudy Fernandez
Juan Carlos Navarro
Tony Parker
Hedo Turkoglu
Ersan Ilyasova
Nikola Pekovic
Marcin Gortat
Novica Velickovic
Ioannis Bourousis
Igor Rakocevic
Lior Eliyahu
*the ranking reflects a combination of fan and expert voting.



Old Foes Meet Again - by Andy Webb
Following the pattern of last years silverware race, Everton Tigers and Newcastle Eagles will meet in the BBL Trophy Semi Final, after the former beat Glasgow Rocks with agonising 87-88 victory last Thursday in the Quarter Final. Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) was the star man in the game for the Tigers with 27 points to lead all scorers, whilst Trey Moore continued to have an impact on his return to the league this season with 21 points to his name. The Eagles reached the Semi Final stage as they denied Worthing Thunder the chance of beating them three times in a season, with an 86-96 victory on Sunday. The weekend saw some significant individual performances across the league, including Bradd Wierzbickis 28 point haul for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, against Everton on Friday night. The Tigers also won this one 94-87 as Moore had 23 points. Joe Chapman scored 29 points in the Eagles 110-83 defeat of Guildford Heat on Friday, whilst Julius Joseph led the Heat scorers with 27 points.

On Saturday, the Riders bounced back from Friday nights disappointment to move themselves into fifth place in the BBL Championship, and clinch the season head-to-head over Worthing Thunder, in a weekend that Dave Titmuss and his side will want to move on from quickly. Jason Johnson shone in this game, as he pulled down an incredible 19 rebounds to go with his 28 points building on his outstanding numbers of 21 points and 14 rebounds at half time. Essex Pirates unfortunate luck also continued on Saturday night, as they narrowly lost out 70-75 to Worcester Wolves, and Airwaves Plymouth Raiders overturned the form book as they overcame Cheshire Jets 92-84.

The Rocks disappointment at going out of the Trophy earlier last week was compounded on Sunday, as Sheffield Sharks came out 93-100 winners in an encounter between the two sides. Although the Sharks were missing talisman Mike Cook due to a foot injury, the inside-outside combination of Tafari Toney and Ryan Patton stepped up, as Toney had 31 points and Patton had 28. Meanwhile, Cheshire Jets put their defeat against the Raiders behind them to record a comfortable 112-68 win over PAWS London Capital. Chez Marks led all scorers in the game with 33 points, after having 30 the night before, whilst Lithuanian Knysas Janusauskas and Ibrahim Gariba had 32 and 30 points respectively.



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Lincoln-Mercury and the USBA Cruise Together for 2010 Season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (February 15, 2010) --- Lincoln-Mercury, Inc., and the United States Basketball Association (USBA) join teams to create a new multi-year partnership. The agreement finalizes Lincoln-Mercury status as the Official Automotive partner of the USBA that began in 2007.

'After a turbulent past couple of years in the automotive business, Lincoln- Mercury is pleased to offer its sponsorship of the USBA,' said Roxanne Moorehouse, Regional Marketing Manager, of Ford -Lincoln-Mercury. 'Nationally, Lincoln-Mercury has been a long-time supporter of basketball in the United States. 'This relationship with USBA strengthens our connection with our target consumers in the U.S. market, particularly families, sports fans and multicultural audiences. Additionally, the USBAs aggressive expansion plans closely align with Lincoln-Mercury current growth strategy.'

As an official partner of the USBA, Lincoln-Mercury will receive rights to all teams in all sixteen USBA cities. The agreement will deliver expanded exposure across the USBAs southern footprint for grassroots and regional radio audiences, allowing Lincoln-Mercury the ability to continue to enhance consumer experiences around their passion for the sport of basketball. The agreement includes utilization of Lincoln-Mercury fleet of vehicles for USBA special events and league operations, player appearances, intellectual property, content generation platforms, regional arena exposure, on-site activation at all USBA local team basketball games and the culmination of Lincoln-Mercury entitlement of the USBA awards, including full season, the mid season USBA Classic All-Star game, the USBA Championship Playoff series and the Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship. In addition to developing new, unique regional programs in partnership with the USBA, Lincoln- Mercury will also be a sponsor of existing USBA Youth Outreach initiatives including the USBA 2010 Season Ticket Extravaganza. 'The USBA is excited to partner with Lincoln -Mercury, a company that is synonymous with excellence and innovation,' said Duane Jenkins, USBA President and C.E.O., 'Lincoln-Mercury has made a long-term commitment to the sport of basketball in the Southeast United States and we look forward to working together as we both grow our business.'

Lincoln- Mercury joins the USBAs corporate family including: Official Sponsors and Vendors such as, Delta Airlines, Schwinn Bicycle, Russell Athletic, Outback Steak House, Golden Corral Buffet, Gatorade, Marriott Hotel, Visa International, Clear Channel Communications, Subway and others. The USBA and Clear Channel Communication are currently under negotiations to provide the league with regional and local radio broadcast coverage.

The USBA inaugural season begins with the Season Ticket Extravaganza on Wednesday April 7, 2010. The USBA has sixteen teams, in three divisions, spread out over nine southern states and the District of Columbia.

Mercury, a division of Ford Motor Company, was founded in 1939. Lincoln was founded in 1917. Ford Motor Company acquired Lincoln in 1922. Both companies merged to establish Ford Motor Company luxury division. Lincoln-Mercury and Ford Motor Company are headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan.

United States Basketball Association is a single (A) mens minor division professional basketball league based in the United States and features many players from the U.S. and around the world. The 2010 regular season will commence on April 7, 2010 and will conclude July 3, 2010. The league has expansion plans that will develop 48 teams within its southern footprint. For more information about USBA, log on to the league's official web site at www.usbaball.com .
Contact (678) 996-9993
media@usbaball.com





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 16-0 
 2. Sibenik 15-2 
 3. Merkur Celje 11-8 
 4. M.Kraj. BL 9-8 
 5. Jedinstvo 8-8 
 6. Hit Kran.Gora 8-10 
 7. Vojvodina 6-12 
 8. Medvescak 6-12 
 9. Ragusa 4-13 
 10. AJM Maribor 4-14 


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  ALBANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Flamutari 10-1 
 2. Tirana 9-2 
 3. Apolonia 9-2 
 4. Studenti 7-4 
 5. Elbasani 4-7 
 6. Vllaznia 3-8 
 7. Skenderbeu 2-9 
 8. Mati 0-11 


Back to the League - by Eurobasket News
More than two months of break enjoyed the teams of vacation, while the League was resumed on February 6th. Flamutari improved to 10-1 record on top after the win over Studenti 81:76. The latter fell at 7-4 record. Tirana is 9-2 after the win over Vllaznia 86:44, while Apolonia has the same record beating Mati 89:57. Elbasani overcame Skenderbeu 77:63 in another game.


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 17-1 
 2. WBC Raiffeisen 12-6 
 3. Union Kuenring 11-7 
 4. Jocher's D. 10-8 
 5. Graz 2-16 
 6. Vienna 87 2-16 


Wels strengthen their position in AWBL ladder - by Eurobasket News
Wels cleared off in the second place of the AWBL standings after a hard-fought win over Union Kuenring 61:58 on the road. Wels needed an extra time to prevail in this one. Union Kuenring got to the better start as they enjoyed a 28:23 lead at halftime. The hosts stretched the margin at 11 points in the third quarter before Wels started to work their way back into the contest. Wels denied the deficit late in the fourth frame and managed to force overtime. Union Kuenring were up by one late in the overtime but Wels went deadly in the final seconds to steal a valuable win at the end. Heidi McNeill (191-F-86, college: Washington) and Caroline Nwafor (174-F-83) finished with 18 points each to lead the effort. Natalia Gavrilova (195-C-78) produced 11 points for Wels. Anda Farcas (187-C-86) and Julia Pocksteiner (173-G-93) responded with 17 points apiece for the hosts.
Flying Foxes registered the 17th win as they romped past BK Duchess 91:66 away from home. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, college: La Salle) was pivotal with 29 points for the defending champions. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) provided 22 points in the winning effort. Flying Foxes used a 32:19 second frame to establish a 14-point halftime advantage. The visitors never looked back in the second half. Kata Takacs (183-F-91) nailed 19 points for BK Duchess as they fell at 10-8 record.
Finally Vienna 87 posted the second win in the championship as they nipped Graz 53:48 away from home. Lisa Zderadicka (166-G-94) notched 19 points to pace the visitors. Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) had 19 points for Graz.



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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 15-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 12-3 
 3. Sloboda 12-4 
 4. Celik 12-4 
 5. Borac ML-IEFK 8-7 
 6. Banovici 8-7 
 7. Brotnjo 94 6-9 
 8. Tomislav 5-10 
 9. Igman 3-13 
 10. Trebinje 2-13 
 11. Brcko 1-14 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil 10-2 
 2. Dunav 10-2 
 3. Montana 2003 9-3 
 4. Beroe 2007 5-7 
 5. Minor 3-11 
 6. Slavia 0-12 


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  CHINA - Women  


Henan is the Winner of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Henan became the Winner of the Regular Season in China. Round 21 was decisive in the League as Henan cruised past Bayi in the top game. Henan needed 78:65 to take 18-4 record on top of the league, while Bayi dropped at 17-5. Henan started with 19-14 in the first quarter and added 19-16 in the second period. Henan also scored 19 points in the third quarter, but allowed Bayi to post 20. The last quarter brought 21-15 in the last quarter to celebrated an important win. Mattera Katie (203-C-82, college: Liberty) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Wang Jing followed her with 20. Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) netted 16 and Wu Di scored 9 points. Song Xiaoyun (175-G-83) and Wen Lu ended up with 11 points each in the losing effort. Bayi finished on the second place beating Heilongjiang 88:61 in the last round.
Liaoning finished the Season with 16-6 record on the third place. In the last game the team overcame Zhejiang 85:74 for such a record. Trailing 18-21 the guests bounced back with 21-17 in the second period. They also added 20-19 in the third stanza and pushed the tempo in the last quarter at 26-17. Cara Black top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Yang Banban (171-G-89) added 19. Shen Binbin (174-G-89) finished the night with 22 points in the losing effort. Shi Tong (184-F-89) scored 15 and Shi Tong netted 10.


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  DENMARK - Women  


DK All Star better World All Star - by Eurobasket News
DK All Star -World All Star 100:92

DK All Star better World All Star in the All Star Game played in the country. The winners started with 32-30 and added 21-18 in the second period. DK All Star also won the third period 24-20, but lost the last one 23-24. Catharina Jensen Palm poured in 28 points to lead all the winners. Sofie Vincents (172-G-87) netted 19 and Kruse added 11. Heather Stec (188-F-86) finished the night with 24 points in the losing case. Jessica Smith (191-C-86, college: Iona) notched 20 and Kilpinski delivered 12.

DK All Star: Catharina Jensen Palm (184-G/F-89) 28, Sofie Vincents 19, Kruse 11
World All Star: Heather Stec 24, Jessica Smith 20, Kilpinski 12



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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lenae WILLIAMS
  Mondeville
  (186-F-79)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Williams, Mondeville16.7 
 2. Taylor, Nantes16.6 
 3. Anderson, Villeneuve15.9 
 4. Houston, Tarbes15.3 
 5. Eldebrink, Tarbes14.9 
 6. Page, Aix-en-Prov.14.5 
 7. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.14.3 
 8. Krawczyk, Lattes M.14.0 
 9. Berezhynska, Monde.14.0 
 10. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Agathe NNINDJEM
  Toulouse
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Nnindjem, Toulouse9.1 
 2. Neaves, Calais8.9 
 3. Sy, Nantes8.6 
 4. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.8.0 
 5. Davis, Limoges8.0 
 6. Bonnan, Mondeville7.8 
 7. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes7.8 
 8. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.7.8 
 9. Amant, Arras7.6 
 10. Taylor, Nantes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Nantes
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Macleod, Nantes6.3 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville5.6 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes5.1 
 4. Mitchell, Arras4.9 
 5. Spatharou, Limoges4.2 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.2 
 7. Cousseins, Calais3.9 
 8. Hermouet, Toulouse3.6 
 9. Metcalf, Toulouse3.5 
 10. Cibert, Calais3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aja PARHAM
  Landes
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Parham, Landes2.5 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville2.4 
 3. Bremont, Armentie.2.3 
 4. Hermouet, Toulouse2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Arras2.1 
 6. Konate, Landes2.1 
 7. Gomis, Arras2.0 
 8. Spatharou, Limoges2.0 
 9. Michel, Arras1.9 
 10. Luptakova, Challes1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Leah METCALF
  Toulouse
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Metcalf, Toulouse1.0 
 2. Nnindjem, Toulouse0.9 
 3. Fikiel, Toulouse0.8 
 4. Nedovic, Armentie.0.7 
 5. Cousseins, Calais0.6 
 6. Ayissi, Armentieres0.6 
 7. Fisher, Armentie.0.6 
 8. Putnina, Mondeville0.5 
 9. Parham, Landes0.5 
 10. Jomby, Limoges0.5 


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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 17-0 
 2. Esperides 11-5 
 3. Panathinaikos 11-5 
 4. DAS Ano Liosa 11-6 
 5. Aris Thessal. 10-6 
 6. Apollon Ptol. 10-7 
 7. Panionios 8-8 
 8. P.Faliro 8-9 
 9. FEA Neas 7-10 
 10. Apollon Kal. 7-10 
 11. Olympiakos V. 4-12 
 12. Olympiada L. 2-15 
 13. Hania 0-13 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


ProBuild Lions and HLB Accountants pile up victories - by Eurobasket News
ProBuild Lions and HLB Accountants simultaneously posted the 15th wins in the season. The Dutch powerhouses are now enjoying 15-1 records on top of Elite B and Elite A groups respectively.
ProBuild Lions overcame Celeritas Donar 72:62 at home court. Kati Harty (168-G-87, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) orchestrated the victory with 25 points to her tally. It was a close battle in the first half. Celeritas challenged their opponents and trailed by just 6 points at halftime. The Lions however limited their opponents to 6 points in the third frame and grabbed a 12-point advantage before the fourth frame. The visitors fought bravely and managed to cut the deficit to just 4 points in the fourth frame. But the Lions looked calm and sealed the wining outcome in the dying seconds. Jasmijn Overbeeke (188-C/F-84) notched 14 points, 22 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists for the winners. Megan Griffith responded with 20 points for Celeritas. Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-G-89) had 10 points in defeat.
HLB Accountants tamed Woonbron DAS 54:41 away from home. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) came up with 13 points to lead HLB Accountants in this low-scoring affair. Marloes Roetgerink (187-C-77) added 12 points and 5 blocks for the winners.
Wereldrickets.nl held off Binnenland 59:55 for the 7th win in the season. Bridget Yoerger (180-F) stepped up with 21 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Judy Wright (172-G-84) had 15 points in the victory.
Eurosped Twente shot down Grasshoppers 82:69 away from home. Sharon Beld (184-F-88) dominated the court as she tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Kierah Kimbrough (185-F, college: N.Dakota) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 9th win for Twente.



Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
EliteA
 1. HLB Account. 15-1 
 2. Woonbron/DAS 7-7 
 3. Wereldtickets.nl 7-8 
 4. Binnenland 6-9 
 5. Celeritas-D. 3-12 
EliteB
 1. ProBuild Lions 15-1 
 2. Amazone Leidsche 10-6 
 3. Eurosped Tw. 9-6 
 4. Grasshoppers 3-13 
 5. BV Lely 2-14 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


NB1/A: 5 teams for 4 places - by Patonay Adam
Before the season it was not a secret that the '4 big' Pecs, Sopron, Szeged and Gyor will finish on the 1-4 places after the regular season, but nobody thought what a big fight will going for the 4 other places on the Play-Offs. BSE, ZTE, Szolnok, Vasas and Szekszard are the five teams and anybody can finish on the 5th place but almost on the ninth. From now evey game is more than important for this teams, at first the ZTE-Vasas on wednesday.

BSE: this team looks the strongest with a good starting five with experienced players, but Szlimak's injury can really hurt them...
ZTE: Bukovszki-Rasheed-Szelesy-Crasnoscioc and the team was flying on the begining of the season with a very dangerous playstyle (4 small-1 big) but it looks they stopped a little bit...
Szolnok: They have almost 7-8 same players with good 3 point shooters and experienced PG with good schedule...
Vasas: Czank-Lakloth-Fejes trio are growed up for sure! They can make this year for the best result for the young team!
Szekszard: This team building on young talentes with the experienced Olga Cazac and because of their young ages can win and lose by 30 anytime against anybody...


Hungarians abroad - by Patonay Adam
Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) and Andrea Csaszar are still on the 3rd place in Spain LFB with Rivas Ecopolis, but unfortunately the 'most hungarian' foregin team finished in Euroleague. Rivas lost their first game on home court but could corrected in France against Bourges. They travelled back to Rivas but Bourges could make the surprise again and beat the spanish team, so the quarter-finals in Euroleague will be without hungarians, because Pecs falled out against Wisla. Ujhelyi averaged 7.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in Euroleague, while Hajdune-Csaszar helped Rivas with 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds.

Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), the center of Botas also finished on the international court, because they lost against 153:146 in FIBA Euro Cup against USO Mondeville. Kajdacsi scored 16 points and 9 rebounds in France, but it wasn't enough. The hungarian center averaged 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds on 20.9 minutes on the Euro Cup. About our informations she can sign for free now, because her team finished the Euro Cup.

Szilvia Torok (176-G/F-81) started the season in Itlay with Priolo, but she left the team in January. Torok averaged 5.9 points in Seria A and her team stands on the 5th position.

Gina Tajkov is in Germany again. Her team, BBV Leipzig actually 11th on the league. Tajkov mad 166 points and 55 rebounds on 11 games.


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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express Standings
Group A
 1. KR 17-1 
 2. Keflavik 11-7 
 3. Grindavik 11-7 
 4. Hamar 10-8 
Group B
 1. Haukar 9-8 
 2. Njardvik 6-12 
 3. Snaefell 5-12 
 4. Valur 2-16 


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  IRELAND - Women  


IrishSport.TV's Women's SuperLeague Round Up - by Jolie Niland

Killester shocked the National Cup champions DCU Mercy in a dramatic weekend of IrishSport.TV Womens SuperLeague action, while Team Montenotte Hotel Cork overcame a gutsy Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats, UL produced a double success against Sligo All Stars and Meteors respectively, while Tolka secured their second win of the season.

Killester stunned the National Cup champions DCU Mercy to give their Play-Off hopes a massive boost on Saturday night.

Mark Grennells side trailed by two at the break but Killester, lead by the impressive Louise Gray, dominated the third quarter to set them up for an epic final quarter.

Mercy responded and kept their opponents scoreless until the final three minutes but it wasnt enough to prevent Killester from their seventh win of the season.

'It was an epic game and I am delighted for the team', said Killester Head Coach Mark Grennell. 'We played excellent team basketball. We executed our plays on offense and I thought we did a good job switching defences. '

'The fourth quarter was very tense but I am so proud of how resilient the team were particularly towards the end when they managed to hold their nerve.'


Team Montenotte Hotel Corks unbeaten record in the league remained intact following their trip to Bausch & Lomb Wildcats but their Head Coach Mark Scannell admitted his relief after the 73-69 win.
A superb display of shooting from Christine OGorman and Elaine Kennington almost caught the reigning champions cold but they managed to hold out in a tense finale.

'Wildcats were very good and deserve a huge amount of credit', said Scannell. 'Their two inside players caused us a lot of problems but its always been a tricky place to play.
On the positive side, we hung in and hopefully a game like this will stand to us as we enter the final stages of the season'.

On a night of real drama, Sligo All Stars search for their first win of the season almost came to an end but they were undone by Tolka Rovers on an agonizing scoreline of 76-74.
In a thrilling contest, Aoife McDermott sparked great home scoring advantage for Sligo with a 10 point run but in dramatic contest Jolie Niland responded with a two but a three from Sarah Scanlon ensured a nervous end for Tolka.
However, Tolka held on to record a much needed victory to give themselves their second win of the season.


UL kept the pressure on leaders Team Montenotte with two wins against Sligo All Stars and Meteors respectively.

Meteors gave a good account of themselves with Vanderwal shining in another impressive display for the Limerick side.

'We are obviously happy to the get the win but they made life difficult for us,' said UL Head Coach James Weldon. 'They shot the ball well but we have to concentrate on next week and a very big game against Killester.'
On Friday night, UL proved comfortable winners over Sligo All Stars with Vanderwal and Scally again causing the damage with a combined tally of 44 points.



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  JAPAN - Women  


Toyota Antelopes reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Toyota Antelopes became the first team to reach the Finals. The winner of the Regular Season swept the Semifinal series over Airlines.
In Game 1 Toyota Antelopes celebrated 62:44 victory for the first success. In Game 2 Toyota Antelopes rolled over Airlines 102:63. Toyota started with 27-4 in the opening quarter and never looked behind after. They also added 22-17 in the second frame to enjoy the bigger lead at the halftime. Toyota Antelopes produced 28-13 in the third period and lost 25-29 in the last frame. Tomoyo Tashiro (172-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 4 assists. Deke Ku Emi (165-G-84) followed her with 19 and Hiromi Hirata (158-G-83) posted 18. Yashiro Naomi ended up with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
In another Semifinal the score is tied at 1-1. JOMO won the first game over Fujitsu 68:59 at home. In Game 2 Fujitsu bounced back with 73:60 win to tie the series. JOMO however started with 26-14 in the opening quarter, but lost the second frame 8-21. Fujitsu was too good in the third period for 19-3, while JOMO responded with 23-19 in the last frame. Eriko Hata (181-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 28 points to tie the series. Nagi Yoko (175-F-82) netted 22 and Ai Mitani produced 10 points. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) ended up with 20 points in the losing case. Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) posted 12 and Hiromi Suwa nailed 11.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 15-1 
 2. Cesis 14-1 
 3. RTU-Merks 10-8 
 4. Liepajas met. 7-11 
 5. DU/Swedbank 7-11 
 6. LU 3-13 
 7. TTT Jun. 3-14 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Albany vs Boston University (65:69) - by George Manousidis
ALBANY, N.Y. - It was a tale of two halves, as the Boston University women's basketball team (13-11, 9-3 AE) rallied from a 14-point deficit, backed by a 17-2 run, to claim a 69-65 victory over Albany (8-16, 1-10 AE) on Saturday afternoon at SEFCU Arena. Freshman Chantell Alford (5'8''-G-91) finished with a game-high 26 points - 21 in the second half alone - and sophomore Alex Young (5'9''-G-89) added 14 and freshman Caitlynn Moran (5'8''-G-90) chipped in 12.
After shooting 28.6 percent in the first half, the Terriers found their shot in the second half, converting on 16-of-29 (.552) attempts to finish the game at 42.1 percent.
Alford, BU's America East Player of the Game, was two points shy of tying a career high and added three blocks, three steals and two assists. Sophomore Caroline Stewart (6'0''-F-90) had a strong presence on the boards, bringing down a career-high 13 rebounds, while Caitlynn Moran dished out six assists with three steals.
Albany jumped out to a 14-5 lead as Julie Forester and Ebone Henry combined to score all 14 of those points and it outrebounded BU, 15-6, in the first eight minutes. Albany led by as many as 14, 22-8; however, Young came down the court to drain a three and halt the Terriers' scoring drought.
Caitlynn Moran took over going on a 7-0 rampage to cut the deficit to seven points, 27-20, with four minutes remaining in the half. To close out the half, UA held a 32-22 lead after Henry and Felicia Johnson hit a pair of treys. Through the first 20 minutes, Caitlynn Moran led with a team-high 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.
To start the second half, Alford quickly made it a five-point game, draining a three and pulling up for a mid-range jumper to move the score to, 34-29. A 17-2 run, backed by three-straight treys to jumpstart the stretch, gave BU the 46-44 lead with 9:10 remaining in the game.
Over the next four minutes, the Terriers and Great Danes kept the game to within three points, exchanging leads five times. At 4:30, Young made it a five-point lead, 60-55, for BU as she converted on a three-point play.
With 22 seconds down by two, Albany began to foul and Alford connected on both attempts to push the lead back to four, 67-63. UA's Charity Iromuanya hit two free throws with 10 seconds left, before Young returned the favor on the other end of the court with nine seconds to round out the scoring at 69-65.
BU will host Stony Brook on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Agganis Arena.



Binghamton vs Vermont (39:64) - by George Manousidis
VESTAL, N.Y. Seniors Courtnay Pilypaitis (6'1''-G-88) (Ottawa, Ontario) and May Kotsopoulos (5'10''-G) (Waterloo, Ontario) combined for 37 points to lead the Vermont Catamounts past the Binghamton Bearcats, 64-39, in America East women's basketball action at the Events Center on Saturday afternoon.
Vermont extends its win streak to five straight and has won seven of its last eight games to improve to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in America East. The Catamounts also posted their 13th road win, tops in the country in Division I. Binghamton falls to 9-15 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Courtnay Pilypaitis, who scored a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds, was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor, posting the best shooting performance by a Catamount since Aaron Yantzi went 10-for-10 from the field against Northeastern (Jan. 7, 2002).
Courtnay Pilypaitis also became the all-time America East leader in three-point field goals when she drained her second three-pointer of the game at the 12:53 mark of the first half. Courtnay Pilypaitis, who became UVM's all-time leader in three's in the season opener, passed former Northeastern standout Melissa Kowlaski who made 245 during her career from 2000-05. Courtnay Pilypaitis finished the game with four three's to bring her career total to 248.
The Catamounts quickly jumped out to a 22-7 lead at the 11:41 mark and never looked back. Vermont held the Bearcats to just two field goals over the final 12 minutes of the half to take a 29-16 into the locker room.
Binghamton scored the first three points of the second half and sliced the lead to 10, 32-22, on a three-pointer by Jackie Ward (5'8''-G-89) with 16:54 remaining. The Catamounts clamped down on defense again and limited Binghamton to one field goal over six minutes and pushed the lead back to 22, 49-27, with just over 10 minutes to go in the game and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
May Kotsopoulos finished the game with 18 points and became the third player in school history to surpass the 4,000-minute mark. Sofia Iwobi (Fairfield, Iowa) added 10 points and five rebounds and freshman Kendra Seto (6'0''-G/F) (Oshawa, Ontario) chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.
Darryll Peterson (6'0''-G-88) led Binghamton with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Vermont held Binghamton to 28.3 percent shooting for the game, while the Catamounts shot 49 percent from the field, including 53.8 percent in the second half.
Vermont will have a week off before hosting UMBC on Sunday (Feb. 21) at 1 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium in the final regular season home game for the Catamounts. Prior to the start of the game UVM will honor its senior class of Iwobi, May Kotsopoulos, Courtnay Pilypaitis and Alissa Sheftic (Essex Junction, Vt.).
The game can be heard on WVMT-620 AM and on the Internet at SportsJuice.com. Live video of the game is also available on a pay-per-view basis ($7) via B2 Networks.
GAME NOTES: Courtnay Pilypaitis became the all-time leader at Vermont in games played (123) passing the mark of 122 held by three players (Andrea Cihal '09, Dawn Cressman '03, Libby Smith '02).



Stony Brook vs Maine (59:47) - by George Manousidis
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Cassie Klockgether (5'7''-G) (San Diego, Calif.) scored a career-high 17 points and made 5-of-9 three point attempts as the Stony Brook University women's basketball team defeated Maine, 59-47, on Saturday afternoon in Pritchard Gymnasium. The Seawolves forced Maine into 25 turnovers while recording double-digit steals for the fourth consecutive game. With the victory, Stony Brook is now 8-17 (6-7 America East) while Maine falls to 7-18 (3-10).
'We did a great job of forcing turnovers and turning them into points tonight,' said head coach Michele Cherry . 'I was happy to see Cassie score the way she did tonight. She's been nagged by injuries for most of her career, and it was great to see what she's capable of when she's healthy.'
Stony Brook's defense stifled the Black Bear attack early on, holding Maine without a field goal for the first four minutes of the half. The Seawolves built a 13-4 lead with 10:30 remaining by forcing Maine into nine turnovers and allowing them just five field-goal attempts. Klockgether extended SBU's advantage to a game-high 12 when she knocked down her first three of the game at the 9:10 mark.
That would be the Seawolves' last field goal over the next six minutes, however, as Maine battled back to within one at 17-16 on a pair of free throws from Samantha Wheeler (6'0''-F-89). After a jumper from senior Crystal Rushin (6'0''-F-88) (Valley Stream, N.Y.) broke SBU's scoreless streak, Klockgether nailed three more shots from beyond the arc in the final 2:41 of the half. Her final three came as time expired to put Stony Brook ahead, 30-18.
After committing 21 first-half turnovers, Maine didn't turn the ball over once in the first eight minutes of the second half as they went on a 17-6 run to trim Stony Brook's lead to just one at 36-35. Klockgether once again came through in the clutch for the Seawolves though, as she hit another three to spark a 10-2 Stony Brook reply.
SBU maintained at least a six-point cushion for the remainder of the game as it held on for the victory. Stony Brook outscored Maine 30-3 in bench points and turned the 25 Maine turnovers into 23 second-chance points. Klockgether was named the America East Player of the Game, while Katelyn Vanderhoff (5'9''-G-90) earned the honor by scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Rushin finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds while junior Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) fell one assist shy of tying her career-high of eight. Senior Joia Daniels (Silver Spring, Md.) scored in double-figures for the fourth-consecutive game by adding 10 points.
Stony Brook's next game will be on Wednesday night when it travels to take on Boston University at 5:30 p.m.



New Hampshire vs UMBC (40:54) - by George Manousidis
DURHAM, N.H.Sophomore guard Katie Brooks (5'9''-G-90) (Maryville, Tenn./Heritage) and senior guard Carlee Cassidy (5'9''-G-88) (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) scored a game-high 17 points each to lead the UMBC womens basketball team (11-14, 5-7 AE) to a big 54-40 road win at America East rival New Hampshire (8-17, 3-9 AE) Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The America East Player of the Game, Brooks made seven of 11 shots from the floor and added five assists, while Cassidy buried five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds.
The score was tied six times and neither team led by more than three points in the first 14:23 of play, but back-to-back Cassidy 3-pointers sparked a 14-3 UMBC run to end the period, and the Retrievers led 30-22 at halftime.
UMBC held the Wildcats without a field goal for more than five minutes midway through the second half and extended its lead to 19 points, 54-35, with just under three minutes to play, before UNH tallied the final five points of the game.
The Retrievers shot 40.8 percent in the game, including 50 percent in the first half, while holding the Wildcats to just 28.3 percent from the floor. UMBC also made eight of 19 three-point attempts and allowed just three. The Retrievers outrebounded the Wildcats, 38-32.
Sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski (5'9''-G-90) (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) added 12 points for the Retrievers, while junior forward Meghan Colabella (6'0''-F-88) (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Michele Brokans (5'9''-G-89) (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) picked up three steals and held UNH point guard Amy Simpson (5'10''-G-88) off the scoreboard.
Forward Candace Williams (6'0''-F-88) posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards to earn her teams Player of the Game honors. Center Jill McDonald (6'3''-C-89) netted 14 points.
The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 18, when they host America East rival Albany.
Notes: The win marked UMBCs seventh on the road this season, one shy of the school Division I record of eight, set in 1998-99 Cassidy moved into the America Easts top 25 career scoring leaders with 1,558 points She also now has 239 career 3-pointers, just six shy of the conference record The Retrievers played without head coach Phil Stern, who could not travel due to an illness.



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A Superleague Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak V MR - Dynamo NSU 90-42
Spartak Moscow Region smashed Dynamo NSU 90:42 in the last game of the Regular Season Round 14. Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) stepped up with 18 points for the hosts and Petrovic Sonja followed her with 14. Khazova Marina responded with 9 poins or the visiting side.

Dynamo M. - Chevakata 117-120
One of the most offensive games in Russian Superleague this year was played between Dynamo Moscow and Chevakata. The latter grabbed 120:117 win for 2-1 record. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Sokolovskaya Irina followed her with 25 points and boards. Sytnyak Ekaterina shined with 38 points in the losing case, while Kuzina Marina scored 20.

UMMC - Nadezhda O. 95-51
UMMC jumped to 12-0 record beating Nadezhda 95:51. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) paced all the league-leaders with 16 points and Nolan Deanna nailed 15. Bibrzycka Agnieszka posted 14, while Gruda Sandrine and Abrosimova Svetlana added 13 apiece. Troina Tatyana produced 13 points for the guests.

Spartak M. - Spartak SP 62-68
Spartak M. lost to Spartak SP 62:68 on February 13th. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) poured in 22 points, while Moore Jessica had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Medvedeva Viktoria ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Beglova Elena chipped in 17.

Dynamo K. - Nadezhda O. 56-69
Nadezhda posted the 9th win as they upset Dynamo in Kursk. Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) scored 23 points to lead the visitors. Anastasiya Veremeenko contributed 12 points and 11 boards in the winning effort. Donnette Snow responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Dynamo Kursk.

Dynamo NSU - Dynamo M. 68-71
Dynamo Moscow needed an overtime to overcome Dynamo NSU. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 boards to lead the charge. KAterina Sytnyak had 14 points for the Moscow team. Ksenia Bolsunovskaya responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals for Dynamo-NSU.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marina KUZINA
  Dynamo M.
  (195-C-85)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Kuzina, Dynamo M.24.2 
 2. Snytsina, Nadezhda.20.3 
 3. Mosch, Nadezhda O.19.1 
 4. Taurasi, Spartak .15.3 
 5. Snow, Dynamo K.15.2 
 6. Firsova, Spartak SP14.8 
 7. Petrovic, Spartak .13.0 
 8. Korstine, Spartak .12.7 
 9. Gruda, UMMC12.3 
 10. Sytnyak, Dynamo M.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elena BARANOVA
  Nadezhda O.
  (194-F-72)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Baranova, Nadezhda.10.3 
 2. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.10.3 
 3. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.10.1 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC8.0 
 5. Zakalyuzhnay., Nadezh.7.9 
 6. Kuzina, Dynamo M.7.3 
 7. Vodopyanova, Dynamo M.7.1 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.6.8 
 9. Fowles, Spartak .6.8 
 10. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Cappie PONDEXTER
  UMMC
  (175-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Pondexter, UMMC4.7 
 2. Berseneva, Nadezhda.4.0 
 3. Poto, Dynamo NSU3.9 
 4. Dumerc, UMMC3.8 
 5. Firsova, Spartak SP3.6 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.5 
 7. Mosch, Nadezhda O.3.5 
 8. Abrosimova, UMMC3.3 
 9. Popova, Dynamo M.3.1 
 10. Nolan, UMMC3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Katerina SNYTSINA
  Nadezhda O.
  (188-F-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Snytsina, Nadezhda.3.3 
 2. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.3.2 
 3. Beglova, Spart.2.8 
 4. Poto, Dynamo NSU2.3 
 5. Popova, Dynamo M.2.3 
 6. Belyakova, Spart.2.2 
 7. Vorozhtsova, Spart.2.1 
 8. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.1 
 9. Nolan, UMMC2.0 
 10. Lapteva, Dynamo K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.1 
 2. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.2.0 
 3. Osipova, Spartak .1.4 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC1.4 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.2 
 6. Fowles, Spartak .1.1 
 7. Loginova, Spart.1.0 
 8. Gvozdeva, Dynamo K.0.8 
 9. Yakovleva, Cheva.0.8 
 10. Robbins, Dynamo K.0.7 


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
National League Standings
 1. Glasgow 14-0 
 2. Edinburgh 12-2 
 3. St.Mirren 7-7 
 4. Polonia P. 7-8 
 5. Clark Erikss. 6-8 
 6. St Maurice's 2-11 
 7. Grampian 0-12 


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Standings - Women
A League Standings
 1. Partizan 17-0 
 2. Hemofarm 13-4 
 3. Radivoj Korac 12-4 
 4. Vodovac 10-6 
 5. Crvena Zv. 10-7 
 6. Vojvodina 10-7 
 7. Celarevo 7-9 
 8. Proleter 7-10 
 9. Spartak 4-12 
 10. Loznica 4-13 
 11. Kovin 4-13 
 12. Radnicki KG 2-15 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
Group A
 1. Dobri Anjeli 23-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 18-6 
 3. Presov 16-7 
 4. Nitra 15-9 
 5. Poprad 12-12 
 6. Basket Steel 11-14 
Group B
 1. Roznava 8-13 
 2. Slovan 5-16 
 3. Banska Bystrica 3-18 
 4. Cassovia K. 2-18 


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S-Birds lose three in a row - by Eurobasket News
S-Birds lose three in a row and does not look as strong as they used to be. At first on February 6th Bichumi beat the defending champions 88:85. KB Savers rolled over S-Birds 77:76 on February 12t and Redwings beat S-Birds 84:65 tonight. Bichumi is second with 21-12 after the loss from Cool Cats 63:82. Redwings is with 17-16 record after the win tonight at the third place. KB Savers has 14-18 and Cool Cats improved to 14-19. Woori Hansae lost to Bichumi 73:80 and fell at 6-26 record.

Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 26-7 
 2. Bichumi 21-12 
 3. Redwings 17-16 
 4. KB Savers 14-18 
 5. Cool Cats 14-19 
 6. Woori Hansae 6-26 


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Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Telge 16-3 
 2. Solna Vikings 16-3 
 3. 08 15-4 
 4. Sundsvall 13-6 
 5. Lulea BBK 11-8 
 6. Norrkoping 10-9 
 7. Marbo Basket 9-10 
 8. Sallen 8-11 
 9. Eos 5-14 
 10. Visby 5-14 
 11. Umea 4-15 
 12. Brahe 2-17 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Michelle CAMPBELL
  Ceyhan Bld
  (188-F-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld22.4 
 2. Frazee, Cankaya19.9 
 3. Prince, Botas17.6 
 4. Hodges, Istanbul.17.5 
 5. Sales, Besiktas16.9 
 6. Paris, Botas16.8 
 7. Zellous, Besiktas16.3 
 8. Taylor, Fenerbahce16.2 
 9. Bowen, Cankaya15.9 
 10. Pringle, TED K.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney PARIS
  Botas
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Paris, Botas13.4 
 2. Frazee, Cankaya12.2 
 3. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld12.2 
 4. Pringle, TED K.11.3 
 5. Black, Tarsus Bld10.0 
 6. Dacic, Besiktas9.7 
 7. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld9.6 
 8. Larkins, Mersin9.5 
 9. Sevinc, Kocaeli9.4 
 10. Leuchanka, Galatasa.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Zoll, Botas5.8 
 2. January, Tarsus Bld4.8 
 3. Unuvar, Cankaya4.2 
 4. Yigit, Galatasaray4.2 
 5. Chaney, Samsun3.9 
 6. Siyahdemir, Tarsus B.3.9 
 7. Vardarli, Fener.3.8 
 8. Brooks, Cankaya3.8 
 9. Latta, Mersin3.7 
 10. Hodges, Istanbul.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briann JANUARY
  Tarsus Bld
  (173-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. January, Tarsus Bld3.4 
 2. Chaney, Samsun3.3 
 3. Penn, Istanbul.2.5 
 4. Prince, Botas2.4 
 5. Gokce, Mersin2.3 
 6. Smith, Ceyhan Bld2.3 
 7. Zoll, Botas2.2 
 8. Brooks, Cankaya2.1 
 9. Gaither, Samsun2.1 
 10. Perkins, Galatasa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pringle, TED K.2.7 
 2. Dacic, Besiktas1.4 
 3. Black, Tarsus Bld1.3 
 4. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.1 
 5. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.1 
 6. Paris, Botas1.0 
 7. Perostiyska, Sam.1.0 
 8. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld0.9 
 9. Smith, TED Kayseri0.9 
 10. Engin, Mersin0.8 


TBBL: Fenerbahce stays perfect after 14 rounds - by Eurobasket News
Kocaeli - Istanbul Univ. 58-92
Istanbul Universitesi destroyed the last ranked Kocaeli as a guest, moving up to 6-8 in Turkish top division. Jocelyn Penn (186-F-79, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) and Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) stepped up for the winners with 19 and 18 points respectively. Penn pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Meryem Kolayli collected 14 points and 6 rebounds in loss.

Botas - Besiktas 77-74
Botas was better than Besiktas joining it with 6-8 record. Epiphanny Prince (175-G, college: Rutgers) was totally the best player in victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) helped with double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Besitkas got 19 points and 9 boards from Gergana Branzova Erdenay.

Fenerbahce - Ceyhan Bld 85-70
Fenerbahce stays No.1 with impressive 13-0 record. Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) once again led Fenerbahce to victory scoring 20 points. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) and Ebony Hoffman (6 rebs) had 16 and 13 points respectively. Lauren Ervin replied with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Ceyhan (7-7).

TED Kayseri - Mersin 66-69
Mersin had Ivory Latta (168-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) in a game mood with 23 points. Erlana Larkins (185-F-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) also had wonderful performance registering monster double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds. In the loosing squad, LaToya Pringle collected 25 points and 12 rebounds. Mersin 12-1 (second place), TED Kayseri 7-7.

Galatasaray - Samsun 87-57
Galatasaray blasted Samsun mostly owing to Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue), who drained 23 points in this game. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) followed her with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Gulsah Akkaya replied with 13 points in defeat. Galatasaray 11-3, Samsun 5-9.

Tarsus Bld - Cankaya 75-66
7-7 for Tarsus and 3-11 for Cankaya after this game. Betty Lennox (173-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) shined for the winners with 21 points. Briann January (173-G-87, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Arizona St.) secured a great help adding 16 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. Eureka Brooks collected 18 pts in defeat.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Dnipro 16-2 
 2. Dynamo-NPU 14-1 
 3. Kozachka 13-4 
 4. Donbas 9-7 
 5. Luganski Last. 9-8 
 6. Politeh Basket 5-12 
 7. Yuzhna Palmira 4-14 
 8. BC Frankivsk 3-14 
 9. Orlan Simfer. 3-14 


Dnipro and Kozachka win on Monday - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro and Kozachka win on Monday to close Round 22 in the country. Both teams had the road victories and both of them allowed the opponents to nail 66 points.
Kozachka survived a thriller over Yuzhna Palmira to win 69:66. The latter opened the game with 21-18 and had 1-points advantage at the halftime. Kozachka needed defensive 15-7 in the third period to take the lead and did not mind losing the last frame 17-13. Olga Krasnikova (182-F-84) and Alexander Panchenko (184-G-84) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each for the winners. Rimarenko scored 10 and Shablinskaya posted 7. Lapshinova ended up with 14 points for the home side, while Lihoded and Alexander Kashlyak (196-F-80) ha 13 each.
Dnipro improved to 16-2 record beating Orlan 98:66. Dnipro started with 26-18 in the opening quarter and added massive 31-11 in the second frame. Orlan responded with 18-17 in the third period, but lost the last quarter 19-24. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) top-scored for the winner with 20 points. She as named MVP of the Week in Ukraine due to this game and the win over Dynamo. Ashley Paris (191-F-87, college: Oklahoma) followed her with 17 points and Maryna Sazonenko (172-G-86, college: Oregon St.) as well as Williams posted 14 apiece. Mishina finished the game with 12 points in the losing case.


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Sheffield H. 13-1 
 2. UWIC Archers 13-2 
 3. Leeds C. 11-3 
 4. Nottingham W. 10-3 
 5. Northumbria 7-6 
 6. Sevenoaks S. 7-8 
 7. Barking Abbey 6-6 
 8. Brixton T. 4-9 
 9. London M. 2-12 
 10. London HA 0-0 
 11. Birmingham 0-11 
 12. Wellingborough 0-12 


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  WBCBL - Women  


Columbus Hidden Gems reach agreement with Niki McCoy - by Willie McCray
The Columbus Hidden Gems are proud to have come to terms with Niki McCoy. Niki McCoy is another versatile player who is capable at any positions except Center on both sides of the ball. She played 2 years at Akron, another at Bowling Green, and always averaged between 11-17ppg and 5-7rpg in the D1 MAC conference. This professional basketball prospect is an amazing talent that should assist the WBCBL Columbus Hidden Gems in their Regional and National Title quests with quality production in many areas of the game.
- Lucius Jones / Hidden Gems Basketball