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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Marino Bazdaric extends his stay with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita has managed to extend one of its best players this season. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) has put a signature on two-year extension with the team. So far, besides Andrija Zizic, Bazdaric has managed to impose himself as the team leader. After arriving from Vive Menorca in December, experienced guard has quickly repaid for the faith management has put in him. In 5 EuroChallenge games, Bazdaric averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He was equally impressive in the Adriatic league, where he averaged 18.7 points in 10 matches played.
Marino Bazdaric started his career in 1995 with Sava Osiguranje Rijeka. After 7 seasons with Rijeka, he has established himself as prolific scorer. During 2001-2002 season, his last at Rijeka, Bazdaric played in 22 Adriatic League games and has posted averages of 26.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Good games were spotted by Olimpija Ljubljana who signed Bazdaric in 2002. In his debut year, Bzdaric appeared in 18 Euroleague matches, averaging 9.9 points, while in Slovenian League, Bazdaric averaged 10.4 points in 21 games. With Olimpija he has won Slovenian Cup in 2003 and 2005, Slovenian Super Cup in 2003, and three National Titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Year 2005 was one of the best for Bazdaric as he has won two individual awards, All-Slovenian League Player of the Year and All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year. That season he averaged 15.3 points in 14 Euroleague games, 15.0 points in 28 Adriatic League matches and 14.9 points in 17 Slovenian League games. In 2006, Bazdaric moved to Spain where he signed with Vive Menorca. Last season he appeared in 31 ACB League games and has posted averages of 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Bazdaric was also a member of Croatian NT from 2002-2006 and has represented Croatia at 2003 European Championship.


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Bragado
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Miller, Bragado21.9 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional18.2 
 3. Harrison, Obera TC17.6 
 4. Melo, Z*Indepe.17.4 
 5. Kornegay, A.Ita.16.9 
 6. Williams, Independ.T.16.4 
 7. Leith, Firmat SF16.4 
 8. Tomatis, Alma Juniors16.1 
 9. Truscott, San M.15.3 
 10. Ford, Belgrano SN15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Belgrano SN
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Truscott, San M.9.1 
 2. Ford, Belgrano SN8.5 
 3. Kornegay, A.Ita.8.3 
 4. Williams, Independ.T.8.2 
 5. Benjamin, San M.7.9 
 6. Leith, Firmat SF7.9 
 7. Espinoza, Argentino7.8 
 8. Williams, Club 97.6 
 9. Frey, A.Italiana7.5 
 10. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.3 
 2. Gandoy, Belgrano SN3.1 
 3. La Bella, Obera TC2.9 
 4. Palacios, Firmat S.2.7 
 5. Lauro, Z*Indepe.2.6 
 6. Safar, Argentino2.4 
 7. Ceci, Argentino2.3 
 8. Spalla, Club 92.2 
 9. Sartorelli, San M.2.2 
 10. Bernhardt, San M.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alexis ELSENER
  El Nacional
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Elsener, El Nacional2.3 
 2. La Bella, Obera TC2.1 
 3. Castets, Obera TC2.1 
 4. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.1 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.2.1 
 6. Fernandez, Alma J.1.8 
 7. Eseverri, Belgrano.1.8 
 8. Eiguren, Firmat SF1.7 
 9. Castelli, Independ.T.1.7 
 10. Harrison, Obera TC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeremy CLAYTON
  Firmat SF
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clayton, Firmat SF1.7 
 2. Francis, Argentino1.7 
 3. Espinoza, Argentino1.4 
 4. Williams, Club 91.4 
 5. Kornegay, A.Ita.1.3 
 6. Williams, Independ.T.1.2 
 7. Ford, Belgrano SN0.9 
 8. Robinson, Argentino0.9 
 9. Giorgi, Obera TC0.9 
 10. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.8 


Argentina U18 NT rosters - by Facundo Iatzky
The first competitions for the young players of Argentina are ahead. That is why a great number of players are training in Buenos Aires sicne the last week.
The first international tournament will be Juegos Odesur, to be played in Medellin, Colombia in March. This is the roster for this tournament:

#4 Patricio Garino (G-93) (Union de mar del Plata)
#5 Joel Comba (198-F-92) (Atenas de Cordoba)
#6 Fernando Podesta (C-92) (Velez Sarsfield)
#7 German Ressia (Bahiense del Norte)
#8 Nicolas Copello (G-92) (Atenas de Cordoba)
#9 Juan Giaveno (175-G-92) (Tiro Federal de Morteros) (captain)
#10 Carlos Paredes (G-92) (Independiente de Neuquen)
#11 Pablo Perez (202-F/C-92) (Sionista de Parana)
#12 Marcos Delia (C-92) (Ciudad de Saladillo)
#13 Lucas Diaz (197-F-92) (Libertad de Sunchales)
#14 Mateo Bolivar (Sirio Libanes de Pergamino)
#15 Martin Gareis (Obras)

Then another group of players will play the unofficial U18 world cup, tournament of Manheim in Germany.

#4 Franco Vieta (92) (Union de Sunchales)
#5 Joel Comba (Atenas de Cordoba)
#6 Fernando Podesta (Velez Sarsfield)
#7 Nicolas Agasse (Olimpia de Parana)
#8 Nicolas Copello (Atenas de Cordoba)
#9 Juan Giaveno (Tiro Federal de Morteros) (captain)
#10 Carlos Paredes (Independiente de Neuquen)
#11 Rafael Banegas (Pesca de V C Paz)
#12 Marcos Delia (Ciudad de Saladillo)
#13 Lucas Diaz (Libertad de Sunchales)
#14 Mateo Bolivar (Sirio Libanes de Pergamino)
#15 Martin Gareis (Obras)


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Club 9 5-1 
 2. Argentino 4-1 
 3. El Nacional 3-2 
 4. San Mart.C. 2-3 
 5. Ciclista 2-3 
 6. San Mart.MJ 2-4 
 7. Bragado 1-5 
TNA2
 1. Obera TC 5-0 
 2. Alma Juniors 3-2 
 3. Belgrano SN 2-3 
 4. A.Italiana 2-3 
 5. Firmat SF 2-3 
 6. Independ.T. 1-4 


TNA1 and TNA2: Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News
Group TNA1
El Nacional - Club 9 82-77
Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) stepped up for El Nacional in this game draining 23 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.) secured a great help adding 17 points and 10 boards. Martin Melo scored 19 pts in loss. This is the first loss for Club 9 in TNA1 (4-1).

San Mart.MJ - Ciclista 71-61
San Martin CJ had couple of players in a game mood with Gaston Luchino (184-G-82) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) leading the way with 12 points each. Benjamin pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad, Federico Arce collected 16 points and 7 boards.

Argentino - Bragado 90-82
Argentino celebrated 90-82 home win against Bragado mostly owing to Selem Safar (190-G-87) and Santiago Scala (186-G-91), who scored 23 and 21 points respectively. Safar pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Visitors got 22 points from Derrick Miller.

Group TNA2
Firmat SF - Obera TC 63-70
Mariano Castets (188-G-83) and Facundo Giorgi (203-F-85, college: Florida Intern.) led Obera to victory scoring 18 points each. David Harrison and Jose Fabio followed closely with 13 points apiece. Justin Leith had 20 points and 7 boards for the hosts. Obera stays on top of TNA 2 with perfect 5-0 record, while Firmat dropped to 2-3.

Alma Juniors - A.Italiana 83-73
Alma Juniors improved their record to 3-2 mostly thanks to Pablo Fernandez (197-G/F-82), who scored 14 points. Gustavo Mascaro (185-G-80) had 12 , while Jackie Rogers and Fernando Cavagna added 10 pts each. Charles Kornegay collected 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Belgrano SN - Independ.T. 87-83
Belgrano SN celebrated 87-83 home win against Independiente T getting 19 points from Sergio Ravina (190-F-86). Facundo Brizuela (203-F/C-80) had 17 and Juan Gandoy helped with 15 points, plus 8 assists. Joseph Williams shined in defeat with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Belgrano SN 2-3, Independiente T 1-4.


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Grundurchgang Standings
East
 1. Basket 2000 11-2 
 2. Danube City 9-3 
 3. Mistelbach 8-4 
 4. Amstetten F. 6-6 
 5. Mattersb.R. 5-7 
 6. Baden BJ 4-8 
 7. Vienna 87 3-9 
 8. Modling 3-10 
South
 1. Klagenfurt 8-0 
 2. Gratkorn 2-2 
 3. Villach 2-3 
 4. ATSE Graz 2-4 
 5. UBSC Graz 2 0-5 
West
 1. Schwaz 9-1 
 2. Dornbirn 9-1 
 3. Salzburg 4-6 
 4. SVO/BRG 3-7 
 5. Feldkirch 3-7 
 6. UBBC Enns 2-8 
PlayOffs Standings


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Arkadia 0-0 
 2. Klosterneub. 0-0 
 3. Wels 0-0 
 4. Furstenfeld 0-0 
 5. Gmunden 0-0 
 6. Kapfenberg 0-0 
Group B
 1. Gussing 0-0 
 2. Vienna 0-0 
 3. UBSC Graz 0-0 
 4. Oberwart 0-0 
 5. St.Polten 0-0 
 6. Worthersee 0-0 
Stage One Standings


Teams clear rosters after first stage of ABL - by Stefan Prager
The Oberwart Gunners announced that the management and Guard Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) terminated the contract. Grum came to Oberwart in November when the club had to deal with sudden injuries. After just 11 games for the Gunners he got injured as well. The Gunners missed the so called Hauptrunde this year and are looking to renew their roster. Grum averaged 12.9 ppg and shot 43.6% from beyond the arc in nearly 30 minutes of action per game.

Meanwhile the BasketClubs Vienna sacked their American import player Michael Anderson (201-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) for attending a streetball tournament just before a game day without the clubs admission. Anderson played at the tournament with teammates Lorenzo O'Neal and Kevin Payton. Both young Austrians were pardoned by the club today. Anderson was the Clubs' top scorer with 16.0ppg. He was in the race for a starting spot at the Austrian All Star Game as well.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Lovcen 5-1 
 2. Metalac 4-3 
 3. Cherno More 3-3 
 4. Rilski Sport 2-4 
 5. Rabotnicki 1-4 
 6. Gaz Metan 0-0 
Group B
 1. Levski 6-2 
 2. Beograd 6-3 
 3. Feni Indistrija 5-2 
 4. Mornar Bar 3-5 
 5. Spartak P. 2-6 
 6. Steaua Turabo 2-6 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Broadus, Suduva21.7 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev21.6 
 3. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.8 
 4. Davis, Valmiera19.7 
 5. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.19.2 
 6. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 7. Gailius, Siauliai18.4 
 8. Kelys, Perlas18.4 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.3 
 10. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.1 
 2. Kieza, Suduva9.4 
 3. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.3 
 4. Watson, Zalgiris9.1 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 6. Cresnar, Valmiera8.4 
 7. Valanciunas, Perlas8.3 
 8. Morrison, TU/Rock8.3 
 9. Kojenets, Liepaja8.1 
 10. McNaull, Norrkoping7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.7.4 
 2. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.4 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping6.0 
 5. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 6. Maceina, Rudupis4.9 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.9 
 8. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.5 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping4.5 
 10. Kelys, Perlas4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.0 
 2. Vileita, Rudupis2.6 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 4. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 5. Gervin, Norrkoping2.3 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 7. Leonavicius, Sakalai2.2 
 8. Bitinas, Neptunas2.2 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.2 
 10. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.1 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas2.3 
 3. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.1 
 4. Toome, TTU K.1.8 
 5. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas1.5 
 7. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.4 
 9. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 10. Cresnar, Valmiera1.4 


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  CHINA   


Coach Replacement - by Robert Wang
CBA has been playing for around 3 months and 23 rounds has been played already. But 3 foreign coaches had been replaced. Fu Jian SBS fired US Coach Mc Caththy Patrick and assist coach Zhang De gui goes to the head coach position. Bei Jing team replaced US coach Moncrief Alvin and the Zhang Yun Song goes to the head coach position now. Liao Ning team fired Lithuanian coach Vaisvila Rytis last month and put former National team headcoach Guo Shi qiang as the headcoach now. Guo just returned from USA who had been in US for 3 months learning US basketball tech. in Memphis, Los Angels, and New Jersey, etc..Whoever is staying in the headcoach position now in CBA, hope they could lead their team to the success or help their team to improve at least. It seemed that the headcoach position is not easy to keep now. Good luck to all!

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  CROATIA   


Marino Bazdaric extends his stay with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita has managed to extend one of its best players this season. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) has put a signature on two-year extension with the team. So far, besides Andrija Zizic, Bazdaric has managed to impose himself as the team leader. After arriving from Vive Menorca in December, experienced guard has quickly repaid for the faith management has put in him. In 5 EuroChallenge games, Bazdaric averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He was equally impressive in the Adriatic league, where he averaged 18.7 points in 10 matches played.
Marino Bazdaric started his career in 1995 with Sava Osiguranje Rijeka. After 7 seasons with Rijeka, he has established himself as prolific scorer. During 2001-2002 season, his last at Rijeka, Bazdaric played in 22 Adriatic League games and has posted averages of 26.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Good games were spotted by Olimpija Ljubljana who signed Bazdaric in 2002. In his debut year, Bzdaric appeared in 18 Euroleague matches, averaging 9.9 points, while in Slovenian League, Bazdaric averaged 10.4 points in 21 games. With Olimpija he has won Slovenian Cup in 2003 and 2005, Slovenian Super Cup in 2003, and three National Titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Year 2005 was one of the best for Bazdaric as he has won two individual awards, All-Slovenian League Player of the Year and All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year. That season he averaged 15.3 points in 14 Euroleague games, 15.0 points in 28 Adriatic League matches and 14.9 points in 17 Slovenian League games. In 2006, Bazdaric moved to Spain where he signed with Vive Menorca. Last season he appeared in 31 ACB League games and has posted averages of 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Bazdaric was also a member of Croatian NT from 2002-2006 and has represented Croatia at 2003 European Championship.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 27-3 
 2. Novy Jicin 26-4 
 3. BK Prostejov 26-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 21-9 
 5. BK Decin 19-11 
 6. B&W Opava 13-17 
 7. BC Kolin 11-19 
 8. USK Praha 11-19 
 9. Basketbol Brno 9-20 
 10. NH Ostrava 8-22 
 11. Podebrady 8-22 
 12. Vysehrad 2-30 


NBL Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Podebrady - NH Ostrava 98-88
Podebrady edged NH Ostrava 98:88 on February 17th. Stephen Castleberry (214-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Rider) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds whilst Thomas Kevin netted 24. Stuchly Marek answered with 29 points for the guests and Burke Dwight posted 22.

BK Prostejov - Basketbol Brno 77-57
BK Prostejov cruised past Basketbol Brno 77:57 at the Regular Season Round 30. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) stepped up with 23 points and Hyzy Radoslaw nailed 12. Meno Boris ended up with 19 points ad 15 rebonds in the losing effort.

BK Pardubice - USK Praha 79-65
BK Pardubice rolled over USK Praha 79:65 as Derek Wright (175-G-86, college: Austin Peay St.) paced all the winners with 21 points and Hampton Maurice netted 13. McKay Myles responded with 31 points in defeat, while Klimes Martin and Ford, Tremaine had 12 apiece.

Novy Jicin - BC Kolin 108-65
Novy Jicin smashed BC Kolin 108:65 as seven players reached double digits for the winners. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Pandula Dusan notched 14. Smith Terry ended up with 27 points and 8 rebounds in the losing case.

BK Decin - B&W Opava 101-90
Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) and Hatcher Wiliam combined for 40 points as BK Decin bet B&W Opava 101:90. Stec Marek replied with 22 points in the losing effort, while Soska Ondrej delievered 21.



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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 20-3 
 2. Bakken 18-5 
 3. Horsholm 15-9 
 4. SISU 15-9 
 5. Naestved 13-9 
 6. Aabyhoj 9-14 
 7. Horsens IC 7-16 
 8. Amager BK 7-17 
 9. Randers 6-17 
 10. Aalborg 6-17 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Johnson, Bakken23.6 
 2. Smith, Svendborg23.1 
 3. Kearse, SISU22.8 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj22.0 
 5. Nielsen, Randers20.4 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Vance, Aalborg18.9 
 8. Proctor, Bakken18.5 
 9. Dennis, Naestved18.4 
 10. Seilund, Amager BK18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Christoffers., Bak.10.4 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 3. Vance, Aalborg9.4 
 4. Miskovic, Randers9.3 
 5. Willis, Randers9.3 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg9.2 
 7. Johansen, Naestved8.8 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.6 
 10. Johnson, Horsens IC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Randers6.5 
 2. Bradley, Amager BK5.2 
 3. Rinkevicius, SISU5.1 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken4.8 
 5. Darboe, Horsholm4.5 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm4.5 
 7. Thuesen, Bakken4.2 
 8. Dennis, Naestved4.2 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC4.1 
 10. Smith, Svendborg4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj2.0 
 3. Kearse, SISU2.0 
 4. Proctor, Bakken1.9 
 5. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 6. Dennis, Naestved1.8 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg1.7 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Randers1.6 
 10. Smedley, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.5 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.2 
 3. Willis, Randers1.6 
 4. Johnson, Bakken1.3 
 5. Miskovic, Randers1.3 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 7. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.1 
 8. Kalvelis, SISU1.0 
 9. Seilund, Amager BK1.0 
 10. Vance, Aalborg0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Tuesday: Wins for Iowa Energy and Reno BigHorns - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Los Angeles D. 112-95
The Los Angeles D-Fenders battled for the win but fell short to the East Coast Conference leader, Iowa Energy. Despite a tremendous effort by the D-Fenders, the Energy pulled away with a 112-95 win over the home team. The D-Fenders jumped out to a good start, leading by as many as eight points in the first quarter. Although Los Angeles came out strong, Iowa outscored the D-Fenders 25-20, finishing the first quarter. Los Angeles and Iowa rallied for the advantage, as the half came to a close with 16 lead changes. The D-Fenders closed the first half with 14 turnovers to the Energy's 7, contributing to Iowa's 56-47 half time lead. Frank Robinson of the D-Fenders led his team in the first half with 14 points. Iowa's Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) brought in 11 points off the bench, while teammate Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.) added 11 of his own to close the half. D-Fenders guard James Wright hit two three pointers late in the third, narrowing the team's deficit to 6 points. Los Angeles outscored their opponent 29-26 in the quarter but Iowa maintained the lead, closing the third 82-76. Iowa stretched the lead in the fourth quarter finishing the game with a 17 point advantage, 112-95. Courtney Sims came off the bench for the Energy to lead both teams with 30 points. Curtis Stinson also chipped in with an astonishing 19 assists. Michael Fey carried the D-Fenders with 22 points, while reserve guard James Wright added 18 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno Bighorns - Ft.Wayne MA 94-90
It came down to free throws made in the final seconds of the game to give Reno the 94-90 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The first half was a back and forth battle which saw eight lead changes and five ties. Mad Ants All-Star, Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), finished the first half with 15 points while Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bighorns. The two teams were tied at 42 going into the locker room. The game remained tied into the fourth when Yaroslav Korolev hit a three pointer to start the fourth quarter and the Bighorns did not relinquish the lead despite some late game pushes from the Mad Ants. . The Bighorns would go up by as many as six points and would lead for the remainder of the game. The Mad Ants were led by Howard and Kurz who just recently returned from the All-Star game. Howard finished with 21 points and Kurz with 19 points and 12 rebounds. In his first time in a Mad Ants jersey, Dan Dickau finished with 15 points. The Bighorns finished with 7 players in double figures led by Rod Benson who finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Korolev finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. DJ Strawberry and Will Blalock chipped in 12 a piece. *Courtesy of http://mlntherawfeed.squarespace.com



Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 27-6 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 17-14 
 3. Dakota W. 16-13 
 4. Erie Bay H. 12-20 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 9-19 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 23-8 
 2. Austin T. 19-10 
 3. Maine R.Claws 19-11 
 4. Albuquerque 16-14 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 16-14 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 16-16 
 2. Idaho S. 14-15 
 3. Reno Bighorns 13-16 
 4. Bakersfield J. 8-22 
 5. Los Angeles D. 7-18 
 6. Springfield A. 5-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malik HAIRSTON
  San Antonio S.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Hairston, Austin T.29.3 
 2. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 3. Harris, Rio Grande26.4 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.25.8 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 6. Farmer, Reno B.23.5 
 7. Taylor, Idaho S.23.1 
 8. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.9 
 10. Tolliver, Idaho S.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Jones, Austin T.14.8 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 4. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.8 
 5. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.3 
 6. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.10.0 
 7. Harris, Rio Grande9.8 
 8. Simpson, Los A.9.4 
 9. Looby, Albuquerque9.3 
 10. Barron, Iowa E.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.1 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande8.9 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.6 
 4. Curry, Springfield A.7.4 
 5. Clinkscales, Erie B.7.2 
 6. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.9 
 8. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.6.4 
 10. Smith, Idaho S.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.7 
 2. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.4 
 3. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 4. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 5. Stinson, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 7. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Jerrells, Austin T.1.9 
 9. Jackson, Erie B.1.9 
 10. Charlo, Reno B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.6 
 2. Looby, Albuquerque3.5 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Looby, Rio Grande2.6 
 6. Benson, Reno B.1.8 
 7. Jones, Austin T.1.8 
 8. Trybanski, Reno B.1.7 
 9. Daniels, Bakersfi.1.5 
 10. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA1.5 


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EMKL Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere - Valga Welg 63-74
Valga Welg prevailed against Rakvere on the road. Gediminas Navickas (180-G-84) scored 17 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Heiko Rannula contributed 14 points for Valga. Rain Veideman responded with 21 points for Rakvere.

Valga Welg - TTU KK 83-87
Joosep Toome (202-F-85) scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists to lead TTU KK past Valga on the road. Kristo Orula contributed 17 points in the 16th win for the winners. Tarmo Kikerpill nailed 28 points for Valga. Gediminas Navickas finished with 16 points in the loss.

Kuremaa - Tallinna Kalev 73-108
Nicholas Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) scored 24 points to lead Tallinna Kalev past Kuremaa on the road. Veljo Vares notched 19 points for the visitors. Derek Winston answered with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Kuremaa. Brett McGee had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 81-89
TU/Rock stunned Kalev/Cramo in the Estonian Classic played in Tallinn. Janar Talts (205-C-83) accounted for 24 points and 12 boards to lead the visitors. Scott Morrison added 23 points and 7 rebounds for the Tartu outfit. Charron Fisher replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Kalev/Cramo.



Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TTU KK 16-5 
 2. Rakvere 16-6 
 3. TU/Rock 14-4 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 12-6 
 5. Valga Welg 10-10 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 6-14 
 7. Parnu 4-14 
 8. Kuremaa 1-20 


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Matt Walsh can land in Aris - by Eurobasket News
Aris is negotiating with Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) about the contract. The US guard/forward is expected to arrive to Thessaloniki today for the talks with the club. Matt Walsh started the season in Union Olimpija. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in Euroleague. In Adriatic League his stats read 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance. Last season Matt Walsh played for Charleroi in Belgium. He tallied 9.1 points, 3.4 boards and 2.2 assists per Belgian League game. In EuroCup the guard/forward combined for 13.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.


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Turin to host Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Turin will host Euroleague Final Four celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Italian state. Palasport Olimpico is ready to open the doors in May for four best teams. Last year Turin hosted Eurocup finals and has great feedback from the people. Lietuvos Rytas triumphed in EuroCup Final and got 2009-10 Euroleague ticket for this year. Lithuanian powerhouse overcame Russian BC Khimki Moscow 80:74 to lift up the trophy of EuroCup. Marijonas Petravicius was crowned as MVP of Final Eight scoring 20 points for the winners. Mr. Jordi Bertomeu announced an Italian city as host of the 2011 Final Four.

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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kouvot 27-7 
 2. Pyrinto 26-8 
 3. ToPo 22-12 
 4. KTP 20-13 
 5. Honka 19-15 
 6. LrNMKY 19-15 
 7. Korihait 16-18 
 8. Kataja 14-19 
 9. Namika Lahti 14-20 
 10. Karhu 10-24 
 11. FoKoPo 8-26 
 12. Salon Vilpas 8-26 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Tarmo 16-3 
 2. Lapua 15-3 
 3. Honka 13-5 
 4. Jyvaskyla 11-7 
 5. LoKoKo 11-8 
 6. BC Nokia 10-8 
 7. Huima 9-9 
 8. Ura Basket 6-12 
 9. Uusimaa 6-12 
 10. Kerava ET 5-13 
 11. Wartti 4-14 
 12. Namika II 3-15 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.7 
 2. Washington, KTP22.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo21.7 
 4. Golson, Karhu20.5 
 5. Turner, LrNM.20.0 
 6. Lowe, Pyrinto19.8 
 7. Rouse, Namika L.19.1 
 8. Belser, Honka18.8 
 9. Wood, Karhu18.8 
 10. Stamper, LrNM.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Wood, Karhu14.2 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.0 
 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, Honka9.8 
 10. Smith, Karhu9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Wood, Karhu4.7 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.9 
 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, Korihait3.1 
 9. Elliott, Honka3.0 
 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 Lahti2.6 
 4. Golson, Karhu2.4 
 5. Stamper, LrNM.2.2 
 6. Clarkson, Kataja2.1 
 7. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 8. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
 10. Washington, KTP1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.8 
 2. Stamper, LrNM.0.8 
 3. Clarkson, Kataja0.7 
 4. Pearson, ToPo0.7 
 5. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 6. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 7. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 8. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 9. Riley, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Gibson, LrNM.0.6 


Korisliiga Round: 34 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
FoKoPo - Korihait 65-89
Korihait thrashed FoKoPo on the road. Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point) poured in 24 points to lead the charge. Mark McCarroll tallied 19 points and 6 boards in his debut game for the winners. Alex Barnett replied with 15 points for FoKoPo.

KTP - Salon Vilpas 94-77
Isaac Spencer (198-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Murray St.) notched 22 points to lead KTP past Salon Vilpas. Ian Young notched 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the winning effort. Charlie Burgess answered with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Vikings. Boakai Lalugba netted 15 points and grabbed 10 caroms in the loss.

Honka - Karhu 87-82
Honka registered the 19th win in the season. They outgunned Karhu at home court as Sasu Salin (190-G-91) fired 27 points. Tuukka Kotti nailed 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the victory. Reggie Golson had 30 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Pyrinto - Kouvot 75-76
Kouvot overcame Pyrinto in the battle of the Korisliiga recent leaders. The game turned into a real thriller with the outcome decided in overtime. Ajene Moye fired a three-pointer late in the extra period to propel Kouvot to the hard-fought victory. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead Kouvot. Ajene Moye added 18 points and 11 boards in the victory. Kenneth Lowe responded with 29 points for Pyrinto. Chris Hester finished with 15 points in the loss.

Kataja - Namika Lahti 100-76
Kataja prevailed against Namika Lahti as Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Portland St.) scored 20 points. Kristian Clarkson added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 14th win for Kataja. Ricky Hickman responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Namika Lahti.



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. G/F Mikael Holme and F Ville-Pertti Lind have re-signed with KTP (Kotka) for 2010-11 season. Holme is averaging 9,3 ppg - 2,4 rpg - 1,5 apg in 25,2 mpg and Lind 3,8 ppg - 2,1 rpg in 13,4 mpg this season.

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Is Jan Lipke (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Too Talented To Be Averaging Only 7,9 Minutes Per Game? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) is a 26 year old 193cm combo guard that is playing his third season with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He started his career in Oldenburg in 2000-2001. He then played in Braunschweig from 2001-2006. There he was able to play 88 BBL games, 6ULEB Cup games and 12 FIBA Europe Cup games before the age of 23. In his last season in Braunschweig, he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 57.7%. In 2006-2007, he went to Belgium and played for Passe Partout Basket Groot Leuven playing 33 games averaging 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 45.0%. Since 2007 he has played in a Eisbaeren Bremerhaven jersey. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 8.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 71.6%. He recently took some time to talk to eurobasket about the current season.

Eisbaeren Bremerhaven won an exciting game in Trier. Describe the last 60 seconds.

Actually, it was the last 11 seconds and Andrew Drevo got the ball and made a buzzer beater and everyone was flipping out. It was very emotional for us.

Does Bremerhaven have the best point guard duo with Lou Campbell and Brandon Brooks that nobody knows about?

I think they are very underestimated. I think Campbell is the best point guard in the league, Brooks has done a super job coming from the bench and giving him rest. Brooks has really improved this season.

Last season and this season is like night and day. How difficult was this time?

It was no organization last year. We did not know if the team would still continue operations and I am just glad that the glad was able to get by this and continue to function.

Is it wrong to say that the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven can battle for the title?

I think we can play for the title. We can reach anything as long as we believe in it.

Why did it take so long for the team so get going. Since Christmas, the team is on a 7 game winning streak.

I think it had to do with the team chemistry. We just started to play as a team, guys were scoring more, not only guys from 1 to 5 but the whole team started to show responsibility. Since Rodney Buford left, other players have taken his role.

Since Buford left, the team has played very well. Why is the team better now?

Buford is a great player and when he was on the team, we were not playing together.

Everyone knows Bremerhaven can score but the defense is suspect. In the last 7 games, you have held the opponent to only 70 points per game. What adjustment have you made on defense?

We have varied the defense and stepped up the intensity.

How important was getting Andrew Drevo? In Braunschweig he was a very important player and now in Bremerhaven he is one of many. Will he be able to adjust?

I think he will have no problems of adjusting. He is a very good player and I think with him and our team, we are even stronger as teams cannot really focus on one player. If you focus on a Gibbs, then you can put in Drevo and he will hurt them in other ways. We will definitely be better.

Torrell Martin was a great acquisition. He is very athletic. How much potential does he have?

He was a great pick up for us. He has much energy, is a good player and is very funny. He plays for the team and fits in well.

You had a solid season last year but your minutes dropped from 16 to 8 this season. You cannot be too happy about your playing time, can you?

I want to play more but the most important thing is that we are winning and I put the team first. I cannot really complain that I am not playing because the team is successful. I have done mistakes and been in foul trouble but I know if another player is having a bad day, then I will get my chance.

You would probably get 20+ minutes for many other teams, do you ever talk to coach Doug Spradley about your playing time?

We have talks, we have a good relationship. I know I am making mistakes and I need to work for minutes.

Coach Doug Spradley said that you need to learn not to go crazy into games but to get into the flow of the game. Are you working on correcting this?

Yes, I am trying to correct this problem. Defense is my strength and I need to get into the game with my defense.

Who were your idols growing up?

I loved Alba Berlin, I liked guys like Hendrik Roedl and Henning Harnisch. I thought they were great players. I also liked the Leverkusen teams.

You played at Leuven in Belgium a few years ago. What kind of experience was that?

That was the first time I was playing outside of Germany, that was a different style and I saw something different from Germany. I also had to play point guard, which was new to me.

There have been rumours that Dominik Bahiense de Mello will leave Frankfurt after this season. It is no secret that he gets very limited playing time under Murat Didin. How do you see the situation from the outside?

I know Dominik from the national teams, he is a guy that will definitely not make stress. He just wants to play, it is as simple as that. I do not know what the problem is why he is not playing or if it is a problem between him and the coach but he is a good guy and he will find his way.

Who was the best player that you ever played against?

Khalid El-Amin, I played against him when I was playing for Braunschweig and he was with Besiktas Istanbul.

What was the last DVD you saw?

Star Wars.
Thanks for the chat, Jan.



Face To Face With Try Out Player Anthony Fisher (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Anthony Fisher (191-G-83) is a 26 year old 191 cm guard playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Georgia. He played at Tennessee Tech from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 32 games averaging 17.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3Pts: 29.4%, FT: 76.1%. In his rookie season, he played in Austria for Allianz Swans Gmunden. Eurocup Qualifications: 4 games: 14.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.8apg; EuroChallenge: 5 games: 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg; Austrian League: 40 games: 15.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 76.8%. He is a highly reliable both as a scorer and running the attack. an experienced player, smart player with great instincts and finds ways to score, set up his teamates and create opportunities. He spoke to eurobasket about his stay with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

You have only been in Germany a short time. How do you like it?


I love Frankfurt. The area is nice as are the people. It is a great environment.

You are used to snow. Is there as much snow in Frankfurt as in Gmunden, Austria.



I would say it has been even. I came to Frankfurt and it was snowing just as did in Austria last season.

How did you experience your debut in the BEKO BBL in Bonn?

It was a great experience. I was told that the gyms are always packed in Germany. There were so many crazy outfits. For me it was important to get used to the speed of the game, get my conditioning up, play hard defense and get into the flow of the game.

You werent able to play for eight months, but you looked quite fit in Bonn.


I had surgery in September and then had rehab for 2.5 months. Since then I was preparing for getting a chance to play again. It took a bit longer than I though finding a team but I am happy it finally worked out.

Your friend Ricky Hickman told me that you are an aggressive guard that likes to penetrate. What else can you do well that we havent seen yet?


Last summer, I was working on my jump shot and want to improve my three point shooting. I also want to get my teammates more involved with assists and get my turnovers down. I had a small turnover problem in Austria and want to keep them down between 1-2 and also focus on making the right plays.

You have a two week tryout contract with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How good is your feeling that you will stay until the end of the season?


I will do all in my power to stay in Frankfurt. If I can show that I can defend at this level then I think I will have good chances to stay.

Would you liked to have played more in Bonn and how was it losing your first game?


It was a tough experience to loose. The team is fighting to stay in the top 5 teams in the league. I think that I played as much as I could.I still had jet lag and I am not in shape but that will come. The team had told me before the game that I would play10-20 minutes so I was ok with it.

What costume did you like the most?


I liked the joker behind our bench.

You have only been on the team for a short time. But if you had to pick a role model from The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, which would you take?



I would pick Derrick Allen. He has a great work ethic and he puts in so much work and one definitely see the results.

Did you know any Skyliners before you go to the team?


I had heard about some of the Bonn players and had seen some games from tez on TV and I practiced together with Derrick Allen last summer.

What was your childhood like?


I was born in Flint Michigan, was raised in Belair, Maryland and went to high school in Georgia. I have an older brother and sister and my parents are still together. Family always comes first for me.

Who were your NBA idols?


When I was a kid, it was Allen Iverson and now its Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.

With what NBA player would you compare your game with?



Mo Williams from the Cavs or Steve Nash. I am an aggressive guard that likes to get to the basket and get assists.

You played at Tennesse Tech from 2004-2008. Why didnt you go to school in Georgia?


I hardly got recruited in Georgia. Mainly small schools looked at me. I went to Tennessee Tech, because they offered me a great education and I knew the coaching staff.

What was your nicest memory at Tennessee Tech on and off the court?



Playing against the University of Kentucky in front of 25,000 people and just building friendships and some of my best friends now are my teammates I had at Tennessee Tech.

Who was the best NBA player that you played against?

I played against Rajon Rondo as a freshman and I always knew that he would be good and now look how good he is.

Is the Austrian league a lot weaker than the BEKO BBL?



It is not a lot weaker. The difference are in defensive schemes. In Austria it is more up and down and focused on the guards while in Germany it is focused more on the big men and the pick and role game.

What would you like to say to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners fan club MBC?


I hope they welcome me and I will play my heart out.

Who would win a one on one? You or Quantez Robertson?



Dont put me on the spot please. I have a lot of confidence in my game that I can compete against any one.I respect hi game a lot.

What was your most crazy shot?



A full court shot like a football throw which was a bank shot in high school.

What would you like to after your professional basketball career?


I would like to stick to basketball. I love the game and would love to help young kids and give something back.

What are your hobbies?

Video games and movies.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


I was bored had no cable and watched Seven Pounds. It was a great movie.
Thanks for the chat Fish.



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  GREECE   


Matt Walsh can land in Aris - by Eurobasket News
Aris is negotiating with Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) about the contract. The US guard/forward is expected to arrive to Thessaloniki today for the talks with the club. Matt Walsh started the season in Union Olimpija. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in Euroleague. In Adriatic League his stats read 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance. Last season Matt Walsh played for Charleroi in Belgium. He tallied 9.1 points, 3.4 boards and 2.2 assists per Belgian League game. In EuroCup the guard/forward combined for 13.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 A.J. ABRAMS
  Trikalla
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Abrams, Trikalla17.3 
 2. Erceg, Panionios16.5 
 3. Harris, VAP K.16.4 
 4. Childress, Olympiakos16.4 
 5. Arnold, Perister.16.1 
 6. Kleiza, Olympiakos15.9 
 7. Green, AEK15.8 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Marou.15.0 
 9. Carter, Ilysiakos14.6 
 10. Gregory, PAOK14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Olimpia L.
  (206-F-77)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.3 
 2. Carter, Ilysiakos8.2 
 3. Bryant, Panionios8.0 
 4. Francis, AEK7.5 
 5. Arnold, Perister.7.4 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK6.8 
 7. Dozier, VAP K.6.4 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.6.1 
 9. Erceg, Panionios6.1 
 10. Kleiza, Olympiakos6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  Trikalla
  (187-G-76)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dickel, Trikalla5.0 
 2. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 3. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 4. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.4 
 5. Lukas, Marousi BC4.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Panath.3.7 
 7. Collins, Kavala/P.3.6 
 8. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.6 
 9. Green, AEK3.5 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  Trikalla
  (187-G-76)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dickel, Trikalla2.0 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.2.0 
 3. Nikolaidis, AEK1.8 
 4. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 5. Katsares, Trikalla1.8 
 6. Petway, Ilysiakos1.7 
 7. Hammonds, Perister.1.7 
 8. Miles, Aris1.6 
 9. Collins, Kavala/P.1.6 
 10. Green, Olimpia L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  Ilysiakos
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Petway, Ilysiakos2.2 
 2. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.7 
 3. Harissis, VAP K.1.3 
 4. Homan, Marousi BC1.1 
 5. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 6. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.9 
 7. Mavroidis, Marou.0.9 
 8. Arnold, Perister.0.8 
 9. Dozier, VAP K.0.8 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 


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Lanco BC wins first test match - by Gianni Pascucci
The 2010 edition of Guatemalan Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) put on the first show of the season yesterday night, when Lanco BC defeated league newcomers of USAC, 99-89 in a friendly game. The superior high and strength in the paint of USAC made the difference at the beginning, then the experience and the good 3 pts precentage of Lanco BC allowed this team to came back and to take the win. With 26 points, Adrian Lemcke (191-F-77) was the game top scorer, Alejandro Pastorio (183-G-77), Alejandro Izaguirre and Pablo Cano (178-G-88) added 19 points each. The top performer in USAC was Alejandro Carrillo (192-F-88) with 25 points.

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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. Thomas, M.Magix16.4 
 5. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.4 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.16.3 
 7. Hendley, Landstede15.1 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 9. Mason, EclipseJet14.0 
 10. Rodgers, EclipseJet13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.0 
 2. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.2 
 3. Palmer, Upstairs.9.0 
 4. Ellis, GasTerra F.9.0 
 5. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.5 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.3 
 7. Boxley, ZZ Leiden8.0 
 8. Monroe, DeFriesl.8.0 
 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. de Randamie, Eclip.2.6 
 4. Bauscher, GasTerra.2.6 
 5. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.6 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.5 
 7. Mason, EclipseJet2.4 
 8. Kimbrough, Giants2.3 
 9. Oliver, Eiff.Towers2.3 
 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. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.8 
 10. Faris, Giants0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 20-3 
 2. Giants 19-5 
 3. Eiff.Towers 15-7 
 4. ZZ Leiden 15-9 
 5. M.Magix 13-10 
 6. DeFriesland 12-12 
 7. EclipseJet 8-15 
 8. Upstairs Weert 8-16 
 9. Landstede 4-19 
 10. Rotterdam 3-21 


PromotieDivisie Scores Rounds 15, 16, & Make-ups: Binnenland at the top 3 teams tied - by Terry Cooper
As regular season play continues, some teams are making moves to close in at the top while others are beginning to secure playoff positions. Binnenland so far has a 2 game lead at the top but Rick Driessen's MSV log in, Red Giants, and Amsterdam2 closing in to have that top seeding. Everything is still up for grabs with these teams and all it takes is a slump to determine who gets top seed while GOBA and BV Hoofddorp are not too far behind. Stay Tuned...

Round 15 Scores:

Amsterdam2 - ZZ Leiden2 82-80
VBC Akrides - Binnenland 89-94
High Five - BV Hoofddorp 70-100
Red Giants - Landstede2 89-68
Goba - De Groene Uilen 70-41
BV Rooi - MSV Log in 85-93

Make-up game Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Goba 88-68
High Five - Landstede2 64-44
BV Rooi - Red Giants 80-83
Binnenland - Amsterdam2 70-65
De Groene Uilen - VBC Akrides 60-63
ZZ Leiden2 - Punch 84-66

Round 16 Scores:

Punch - Binnenland 75-65
Amsterdam2 - De Groene Uilen 80-62
VBC Akrides - BV Hoofddorp 57-68
High Five - BV Rooi 57-69
Red Giants - MSV Log in 77-66
Goba - Landstede2 60-58


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  FSU
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Williams, FSU29.8 
 2. Dabney, Hamar25.7 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan25.5 
 4. Valdimarsson, Ham.24.3 
 5. Smith, Fjolnir23.3 
 6. Burns, Keflavik21.8 
 7. Burton, Snaefell21.5 
 8. Zdravevski, Stjar.21.5 
 9. Vilbergsson, Grind.20.5 
 10. Baeringsson, Snaefell20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell14.8 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir12.3 
 3. Clark, Keflavik10.8 
 4. Caldwell, Breidablik10.1 
 5. Daanish, Tindastoll9.4 
 6. Helgason, Stjarnan9.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.9.1 
 8. Davis, Breidablik9.0 
 9. Stefansson, UMFN8.9 
 10. Williams, FSU8.7 
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, Breidablik4.6 
 9. Giovacchini, Tinda.4.6 
 10. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  FSU
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, FSU3.5 
 2. Inge, KR3.4 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.6 
 4. Birmingham, Grindavik2.6 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan2.5 
 6. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 7. Palsson, Hamar2.3 
 8. Burns, Keflavik2.3 
 9. Clark, Keflavik2.3 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.1 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.1.8 
 3. Caldwell, Breidablik1.6 
 4. Clark, Keflavik1.6 
 5. Stefansson, UMFN1.5 
 6. Daanish, Tindastoll1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 8. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.4 
 9. Inge, KR1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.3 


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 14-3 
 2. Keflavik 13-4 
 3. Stjarnan 13-4 
 4. UMFN 12-5 
 5. Grindavik 12-5 
 6. Snaefell 12-5 
 7. Hamar 6-11 
 8. Fjolnir 5-12 
 9. Tindastoll 5-12 
 10. IR 5-12 
 11. Breidablik 4-13 
 12. FSU 1-16 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Juwann JAMES
  Neptune
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 34.9
 1. James, Neptune34.9 
 2. Ratzsch, Belfast .30.0 
 3. Aaron, Hoops28.6 
 4. Turner, Killester25.7 
 5. Robbins, UL Eagles24.7 
 6. Perre, Belfast Star23.0 
 7. Fritsch, Moycullen22.5 
 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. Robbins, UL Eagles13.8 
 4. Ratzsch, Belfast .13.4 
 5. James, Neptune12.3 
 6. Neal, Ulster Elks12.1 
 7. Perre, Belfast Star11.8 
 8. Turner, Killester11.5 
 9. Trimmer, DCU S.10.5 
 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. Turner, Killester4.0 
 5. McCrone, UCD M.4.0 
 6. Cummins, Ulster Elks3.9 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.7 
 8. James, UCD Marian3.6 
 9. Meany, UCD Marian3.4 
 10. Ratzsch, Belfast .3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Killester
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Turner, Killester3.3 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen2.8 
 3. James, Neptune2.6 
 4. Kelly, Killester2.6 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star2.6 
 6. Murphy, UCC Demons2.4 
 7. Summersgill, Belfas.2.3 
 8. Madsen, Killester2.2 
 9. Loughnane, Moycu.2.2 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Micheal TRIMMER
  DCU Saints
  (204-C-67)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Trimmer, DCU S.2.3 
 2. Fritsch, Moycullen2.3 
 3. James, Neptune2.2 
 4. Bennett, Neptune1.8 
 5. Neal, Ulster Elks1.8 
 6. Johnson, UCC D.1.5 
 7. Perre, Belfast Star1.2 
 8. Robbins, UL Eagles1.2 
 9. Turner, Killester1.2 
 10. Ratzsch, Belfast .1.2 


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AFRICAIN PLAYERS AT NCAA Division 1 - by Carlos Pereira
IVORY COAST
Charles Abouo 1,96m (6-5) Brigham Young Un.
Ousmane Cisse sr 2,03m (6-8) Eastern Illinois Un.
Patrick Konan fr 1,95m (6-5) Liberty Un.
Vassy Banny jr 2,10m (6-11) Montana Un.

SENEGAL
Papa Lo so 86 2,06m (6-9) Bryant Un.
Papa Guisse sr 85 2,03m (6-8) Cal State Fullerton Un.
Ibrahima Thomas jr 87 2,10m (6-11) Cincinnati Un.
Mame Bocar Ba sr 2,06m (6-9) Colorado St. Un.
Amadou Mbodji sr 2,08m (6-10) Jacksonville St.
Youssoupha Mbao fr 2,17m (7-2) Marquette Un.
Makhtar Diop so 1,98m (6-6) New Mexico St.
Abdoulaye NDoye 2,13m (7-0) New Mexico St.
Hamady Mdiaye sr 2,13m (7-0) Rutgers Un.
Papa Dia jr 2,08m (6-9) Southern Methodist Un.
Mouhammad Faye sr 2,08m (6-9) Southern Methodist Un
Assane Sene so 2,13m (7-0) Virginia Un.
Djibril Thiam jr 2,08m (6-10) Wyoming Un.
Abdou Niang fr 2,06m (6-9) Western Illinois Un.

RCA
William Kossangue sr 86 1,98m (6-6)

CAMEROON
Olivier Siewe fr 1,98m Campbell Un.
Patrick Lienqueu fr 1,93m (6-4) Colgate Un.
Herve Kouna so 1,98m (6-6) Dartmouth Un.
Cedric Essola sr 2,08m (6-9) Florida Intern.
Patrick Bouli sr 1,88m (6-2) Manhattan Col.
Georges Fotso sr 2,06m (6-9) Murray State Un.
Radar Onguetou sr 1,96m (6-5) New Hampshhire
Emmanuel Bidias AMoute sr 2,01m (6-8) Texas st. Un.
Eric Vianney sr 1,88m (6-2) Tulane Un.
Steve Tchiengang so 2,08m (6-9) Vanderbilt Un.

GHANA
Asenso Ampin jr 1,98m (6-6) Colombia Un.
Bawa Muniru fr 2,10m (6-11) Indiana Un.
Paul Darkwa fr 2,01m (6-7) Wright St. Un.

NIGERIA
Charles Okwandu jr 2,13m (7-0) Connecticut Un.
Kene Obi so 2,17m (7-2) DePaul Un.
Solomon Alabi so 2,15m (7-1) Florida St. Un.
Joseph Katuka jr 2,10m (6-11) George Washington Un.
Dinma Odiakosa sr 2,03m (6-8) Illinois St. Un.
Lawrence Nwevo sr 2,03m (6-8) Lamar Un.
Talib Zanna fr 2,06m (6-9) Pittsburgh Un.
Brian Okame fr 2,13m (7-0) Rutgers Un.
Dele Coker jr 2,08m (6-10) St. Johns Un.
Temi Adebayo so 2,10m (6-11) Saint Joseph Un.
Eric Micheal so 2,10m (6-11) Temple Un.
Emmanuel Negedu so 2,01m (6-7) Tennessee Un.
Abiakam Onyekautukwu sr 2,01m (6-7) Texas Southern Un.
Festus Ezeli so 2,10m (6-11) Vandetbilt Un.
Solomom Tat sr 1,96m (6-5) Virginia Un.
Julius Francis fr 2,10m (6-11) Wintrop Un.
Emeka Okafur so 2,01m (6-7) Western Illinois Un.

GAMBIA
Tijan Jobe sr 2,13m (7-0) Indiana Un.

ZAMBIA
Given Kalipinde fr 1,91m (6-3) Loyola Marymount Un.
Artur Zulu sr 2,03m (6-8) Sam Houston St Un.

MALI
Djibril Coulibaly so 2,06m (6-9) Maniatan Col.
Alpha N`Diaye jr 2,01m (6-8) Sacramento St. Un.
Cheick Kone so 2,08m (6-10) Texas Christian Un.

GABON
Freddy Obame Obame jr 1,98m (6-6) Maryland Eastern Shore Un.

SUDAN
John Riek fr 2,15m (7-1) Mississippi St.

CAPE VERDE
Vinny Lima jr 2,08m (6-10) Northeastern Un.

SOUTH AFRICA
Andrew Goba sr 2,06m (6-9) Stony Brook Un.

KENYA
Ishmael Awange so 2,08m (6-10) Texas Arlington Un.

BENIN
Mouphtaou Yarou fr 2,08m (6-10) Villanova Un.
LIBERIA
Burleigh Porte sr 2,03m (6-8) Wisconsin-Milwaukee Un.



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Louisville scores gutsy win over Notre Dame in 2OT - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (02-17-2010): Samardo Samuels gave Notre Dame University a lesson in inside play and accurate free throw shooting on Wednesday night as the 6' 9' forward literally hoisted the University of Louisville Cardinals on his back and willed them to a thrilling 99-97 double overtime victory over their Big East rivals. Samuels was unstoppable inside and single-handedly fouled out three of Notre Dame's big men as the trio struggled to defend him. He finished with a game-high 36 points on 10--of-19 shots from the field and 16-of-19 from the free throw line. It was Samuels who sank two free throws with 0:57 seconds left in regulation to pull Louisville to within 67-66 then repeated the feat with 0:30 seconds to play in the first overtime to tie the game 79-79 and force double overtime. In the extra OT, Samuels scored six of Louisville's 12 points sinking 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. The victory moves the Rick Pitino-coached Cardinals to 8-5 in the Big East and 17-9 overall as they fight to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

KWC avenges loss to Southern Indiana to claim Battle of the Bridge trophy - by Leonard Whyte
Evansville, IN (02-17-2010): Kentucky Wesleyan College avenged an earlier loss to No. 2 Southern Indiana with an impressive 86-68 last night to reclaim the Battle of the Bridge trophy. Senior forward Andree Wilson had a hand in the victory as he delivered another double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Panthers to its 26th victory of the season, the most in the nation. They will travel to Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Bellarmine University on Thursday, Feb. 18 for the regular season finale before hosting the GLVC Tournament first round and quarterfinal round on Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 28.

Alliman leads Cedarville past Northwestern on senior night - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (02-17-2010): Cedarville University celebrated Senior Night in grand style with a 71-54 home victory over Northwestern Ohio to secure its ninth consecutive 20-win season. The night, however, belonged to senior forward Ricardo Alliman who came away with game-highs of 25 points and eight rebounds to pace No. 16 Cedarville (20-6, 12-2 AMC) to its 10th straight American Mideast Conference South Division victory. The 6' 7' low-post player went 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Before the game Alliman and fellow Jamaican forward Christopher Walker were honored for their outstanding contribution to Cedarville basketball, two of a long line of Jamaicans to leave their mark on the program. Walker is nursing a season-ending knee injury, but Alliman will leave as one of only eight players to pull down 1000 or more rebounds and one of the more complete and durable players ever to wear a Cedarville uniform.

Notre Dame wins AMC North title - by Leonard Whyte
South Euclid, OH (02-17-2010): Notre Dame College claimed the American Mideast Conference (AMC) North Division last night with a 78-69 victory over Daemen College last night on senior night. Senior center Karim McFarlane, who was honored before the game, finished with nine points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots as Notre Dame (19-9, 11-4 AMC) ran its record at home this season to 13-2. This was the second AMC crown for Notre Dame as they also won the title in the 2007-08 season. Although being outrebounded 42-35, the home team secured the victory by forcing Daemen into 18 turnovers, many of which were converted into fast breaks. Notre Dame will close out its 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 20, against the No. 1 NAIA team in the nation, Walsh University, before hosting the AMC Championship Game against either Cedarville University or Walsh, whichever finishes as the AMC South champion. Walsh currently owns a one-game lead over Cedarville in the AMC South standings.

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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Astana Tigers 13-2 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 12-4 
 3. Tobol 10-5 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 6-9 
 5. BK Almaty 4-11 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-14 


The end of the Third big round - by Eurobasket News
Five more games played each team in the Regular Season. The Big third had just finished in the country.
Astana Tigers improved to13-2 record however lost one of the top games in the round. Barsy Atyrau overcame Astana Tigers 72:65 on February 12th. Barsy Atyrau grabbed 21-13 after the opening quarter, however the teams were tied at 46:46 at the halftime. The score was tied also in the end of the game, however Sayapin Anton nailed a three-pointer and then Barsy Atyrau increased the lead for the total success. Astana Tigers finished the round with 74:32 win over BK Atyrau.
Barsy Atyrau is second in the League , however after the top win or the favorites lost to Kaspiy Aktau 72:73. They started the round with 83:66 win over BC Atyrau only due to the second half. Trailing 1 point at the halftime Barsy needed 17-6 in the last stanza to win the game. Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) exploded with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Viachelsav Zhitariok (199-88) followed him with 11 while Sergei Smirnov (212-C-75) and Koval Sergei netted 10 apiece.
Tobol is with 10-5 record after some wins an losses. The third team of the League opened the round with 75:63 over BC Kaspiy. Trailing 15-16 after the first period, Tobiol enjoyed 18-10 in the third period for the total success. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) paced all the winners with 20 points,while Timur Sultanov (176-G-81) nailed 12. Stanislav Lashko (193-G-82) ended up with 11 points and Aleksandr Derbush (194-G-77) posted 9.



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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 15-2 
 2. Al Qadsia 15-2 
 3. Kazma 15-2 
 4. Al Sahel 14-2 
 5. Al Jahraa 14-3 
 6. Al Arabi 10-7 
 7. An Nasr 7-9 
 8. Al Yarmook 5-13 
 9. Sulaibikhat 3-14 
 10. Al Tadhamon 3-15 
 11. Al Shabab 2-16 
 12. Al Salmiyah 1-19 


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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons 10-4 
 2. Liepaja 7-6 
 3. Valmiera 7-7 
 4. VEF Riga 5-0 
 5. Ventspils 4-3 
 6. Zemgale 2-15 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martins BERKIS
  Snaefell
  (199-F-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Berkis, Keizarmezs18.5 
 2. Timermanis, Barons18.4 
 3. Davis, Valmiera17.1 
 4. Efejuku, Barons17.0 
 5. Kojenets, Liepaja16.5 
 6. Gulbis, Zemgale16.4 
 7. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF Riga15.8 
 9. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 10. Bertans, Ventspils14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja8.1 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.3 
 4. Zorin, Barons7.2 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF Riga5.8 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale5.5 
 8. Cresnar, Valmiera5.4 
 9. Davis, Valmiera5.1 
 10. Gulbis, Zemgale5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.2 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Sirsnins, Barons4.4 
 4. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.3 
 5. Vilums, Liepaja3.6 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.0 
 7. Steinbergs, Keiza.2.8 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale2.8 
 9. Efejuku, Barons2.6 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.7 
 2. Sirsnins, Barons2.6 
 3. Bertans, Ventspils2.4 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.2 
 5. Osins, Keizarmezs2.0 
 6. Davis, Valmiera1.9 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Labuckas, VEF Riga1.7 
 9. Vitols, Barons1.7 
 10. Vilums, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.5 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.2 
 3. Cresnar, Valmiera1.1 
 4. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 5. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.7 
 6. Labuckas, VEF Riga0.7 
 7. Ferguson, Barons0.6 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.6 
 9. Kosuskins, Liepaja0.5 
 10. Steinbergs, Keiza.0.5 


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LKL Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Neptunas 96-52
Lietuvos Rytas stormed past Neptunas as Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) knocked down 17 points. Justinas Sinica nailed 16 points in the winning effort. Tomas Vilkius and Girdziunas had 13 points each for Neptunas.

Perlas - Suduva 74-67
Perlas shot down Suduva at home court. Zydrunas Kelys (188-G-87) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists to lead the hosts. Giedrius Staniulis had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the 7th win for Perlas. Lodrick Stewart responded with 21 points for Suduva.

Zalgiris - Aisciai 78-60
Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) scored 13 points as Zalgiris tamed Aisciai. Travis Watson nailed 12 points in the winning case. Marius Valukonis and Vytenis Lipkevicius had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Nevezis - Zalgiris 67-72
Zalgiris earned the 14th win as they bruised Nevezis on the road. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) provided 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Zalgiris. Marcus Brown added 15 points in the win. Mantas Simonavicius replied with 25 points for Nevezis in defeat.

Sakalai - Siauliai 86-100
Siauliai cruised past Sakalai away from home. Six players scored in double digits as Siauliai earned the 14th win. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89) had 24 points for Siauliai. Raitis Grafs contributed 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Laurynas Samenas responded with 23 points for Suduva.



Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Sirutavicius, Techa.20.8 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 3. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.18.8 
 4. Ruikis, Suduva18.0 
 5. Sirvydis, Sakalai17.9 
 6. Griskenas, Techasas17.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.5 
 8. Vileita, Rudupis15.5 
 9. Kieza, Suduva15.3 
 10. Gailius, Siauliai15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis8.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 4. Vilkius, Neptunas7.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Valukonis, Aisciai7.2 
 7. Morkeliunas, Juven.7.2 
 8. Adomaitis, Alytus A.6.7 
 9. Griskenas, Techasas6.6 
 10. Cepukaitis, Aisciai6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Broadus, Suduva6.3 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.1 
 3. Low, Siauliai5.1 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietuv.5.0 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.8 
 6. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 8. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.3 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.8 
 2. Ginevicius, Lietuv.2.4 
 3. Vileita, Rudupis2.3 
 4. Ezerskis, Techasas2.3 
 5. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 6. Salenga, Zalgiris2.2 
 7. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 8. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 10. Birgelis, Suduva2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 3. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.5 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 5. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Zyle, Aisciai1.3 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Valukonis, Aisciai1.1 
 9. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.0 
 10. Volkus, Techasas0.9 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 16-1 
 2. Zalgiris 14-1 
 3. Siauliai 14-3 
 4. Juventus 9-6 
 5. Neptunas 8-8 
 6. Techasas 8-9 
 7. Suduva 7-10 
 8. Perlas 7-10 
 9. Rudupis 6-9 
 10. Alytus Alita 5-11 
 11. Aisciai 4-11 
 12. Sakalai 4-12 
 13. Nevezis 2-13 


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LNBP: Halcones Xalapa beat Lobos Grises in Game 5, advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Quarter-Finals, Round 5: Halc.Xalapa - Lobos Grises 98-93

Halcones Xalapa grabbed 98-93 victory in the fifth decisive game of the Quarterfinal series. It means that Halcones Xalapa advanced to Semis, where they will meet Pioneros. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) shined for the winners last night with 25 points each. Parada pulled down 9 rebounds beside that, while Garcia Morales added 6 assists. In Lobos Grises, Reginald Jordan (193-G-68, college: N.Mexico St.) collected 21 points and 9 rebounds.


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. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 7. Hickerson, Pioneros21.9 
 8. Hornsby, Huracanes21.9 
 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. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 5. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 6. Hollyfield, Barre.2.2 
 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. Hill, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 6. Carmona, Fuerza R.0.8 
 7. McHugh, Abejas0.8 
 8. lee, Indios0.8 
 9. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 10. McCullough, Libert.0.8 


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


MNT1B 14 Round : BC Ljubovic win in derby - by Dragan Scepanovic
BC Ljubovic Podgorica - BC Podgorica 75:62 (26:17, 22:17, 6:14, 21:14)
Podgorica.SC 'Rex'.Spect 300. Reff: Ognjen Jokic, Milo Koljensic i Vladan Sundic (Podgorica).
LjUBOVIC: Milic 7, Pejovic 7, Markovic 6, Bulatovic, Miladin Mijajlovic (204-C-86), Radovic, Palameta, Ranko Stevovic 30, Rajko Tapuskovic (193-G/F-86) 7, Radusinovic, Ilija Popovic (200-F-86) 16, Ratko Stevovic 2.
PODGORICA: Spasojevic 16, Damjanovic 11, Draganic 6, Djordan 7, Femic, Djurovic, Koljevic 4, Skara, Perovic, Ljeskovic, Sekulovic 18, Nisic.

BC Rudar Pljevlja BC Sutjeska Niksic 83:78 (18:19, 18:14, 24:29, 23:16)
Pljevlja : SC Ada. Spect 150. Reff: Boris Raicevic, Emir Kajevic i Kenan Gusmirovic (Bijelo Polje).
RUDAR: Knezevic 24, Kartal 16, Borijan Dzogaz (204-C-80) 25,Markovic 9. - SUTJESKA: Pavlovic 16, Ademovic 16, Zarko Krivokapic (184-G-91) 18, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 15.

BC Zeta Golubovci - BC Studentski Centar Podgorica 67:90 (11:22, 22:16, 21:25, 13:27)
Podgorica : SC 'Moraca'. Spect 50. Reff : Goran Vojinovic (Nikic), Vladimir Laban (Budva) i Nedeljko Fulurija (Herceg Novi).
ZETA: Pizurica 11,Perovic 10,Pavicevic 19, Stanovic 16. - STUDENTSKI CENTAR: Ivanovic 7,Savkovic 11, Milosevic 9, Pejovic 27, Nicaj 16.


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Tuesday's games (10) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Portland TB 87-109
Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) tied a career high with 28 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 22 for the Blazers (32-24). Webster went 7 of 11 from 3-point range in tying a career high he set Jan. 23 against Detroit. Aldridge, who hit nine of 16 shots, has scored at least 15 points in 15 consecutive games, the longest stretch of his four-year career. Portland also got 15 points from Rudy Fernandez. In LA Clippers, Eric Gordon delivered 20 points.

Boston C. - Sacramento K. 95-92
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) and Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) stepped up in victory with 17 points each. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) had 15 and Eddie House netted 3 points less. Omri Casspi scored 19 points, Tyreke Evans had 17 points, seven assists and tied a career high with 11 rebounds, and Jason Thompson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped 19 of 23 since Dec. 28.

Golde State W. - LA Lakers 94-104
Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) set career highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds while starting in Bryant's place, and the Lakers kept rolling with a 104-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in this victory. Anthony Morrow delivered 23 pts for the Warriors.

Phoenix Suns - Memphis G. 109-95
Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 27 points, Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) added 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Suns won their sixth game in the last seven with a 109-95 victory over Memphis on Tuesday night. Robin Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Rudy Gay scored 21 pts.

Dallas M. - Oklah.City T. 86-99
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) had 25 points and 14 rebounds, rookie reserve James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) added 17 points and Oklahoma City spoiled the debut of Dallas' three new players in a 99-86 win Tuesday night. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) and James Harden added 17 points each in this victory. Dirk Nowitzki replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in loss.

Utah Jazz - Houston R. 104-95
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists, Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) scored 21 points and the Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 104-95 on Tuesday night for their 14th win in 16 games. Paul Millsap also shined scoring 20 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in this game. In the loosing squad, David Andersen collected 18 points and 7 boards.

New Jersey N. - Charlotte B. 103-94
Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Kentucky) scored 21 points, Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) added 17 and the Nets never trailed in beating Charlotte 103-94 on Tuesday night for only their fifth win of the season. Brook Lopez added 16 points in this victory. On the other side, Charlotte got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Gerald Wallace.

Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 105-78
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) drained 24 points and the Heat cruised to a 105-78 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, continuing a run of easy wins for the streaking team. Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F-78) added 20 points for Miami, which won its third straight, and Udonis Haslem had 13 while Michael Beasley added 12. In the loosing squad, Thaddeus Young delivered 16 pts.

Minnesota T. - Detroit P. 85-108
Detroit pulled away in the second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-85 on Tuesday for its third win in four games. Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87) was a key player in this victory with 21 points. Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) shined in loss registering double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds.

New York K. - Chicago B. 85-118
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) made it look easy despite a bruised right hip, hitting his first nine shots and scoring 29 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 118-85 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) secured a nice help adding 18 points. In NY Knicks, David Lee collected 24 points and 12 rebounds.


Bulls sign Chris Richard to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls announced today they have re-signed forward Chris Richard (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Florida) to a second 10-day contract. Richard, a 6-9, 256-pound forward, originally signed a 10-day contract with the Bulls on February 5, 2010.

In three appearances with Chicago, Richard has averaged 2.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg in 17.3 mpg.

The 25-26 Bulls are currently the no.8 seed in the Eastern conference, with the same record as the Miami Heat and just ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Meanwhile, Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl announced that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell head/neck cancer.

While receiving treatment, Karl expects to miss periodic practices and games. He is optimistic he will make a full recovery.

The support Ive received from my family, the Nuggets organization and my friends in the basketball community already has been incredible, Karl said.

Karl, 58, is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2005.

George has been in contact with the organization in recent weeks regarding his health condition, Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke said. We will continue to support our head coach in any way we can. Our thoughts are with him and his family as he focuses on getting healthy.

Out of respect for Karl and his family, the Nuggets will have no further comment.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Blazers trade Travis Outlaw, Steve Blake to Clippers for Marcus Camby - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers will trade forward Travis Outlaw (6'9''-F-84) and guard Steve Blake (6'3''-G-80, college: Maryland) to the Los Angeles Clippers for veteran center Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts), an agent for one of the players has confirmed to The Oregonian.

Outlaw late Monday night said his agent, Bill Duffy, informed him that the deal should be finished on Tuesday.

'He said it is still being finished, but that it should go through,'' Outlaw said.

The deal, which will also include the Blazers giving cash to Los Angeles, is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, well before the noon Thursday trading deadline, and on the same day the Clippers are in Portland to play the Blazers in the Rose Garden.

Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said the deal is 'not done.'

Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com first reported the trade. Yahoo! was the first to report the deal also involves the Blazers paying the Clippers cash.

All three players have expiring contracts.

'I'm cool with it,'' Outlaw said of the trade. 'It doesn't bother me. This is a business. I'll just go somewhere else and play. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the opportunity Portland gave me, but I also know it's a business.''

The move gives the Blazers a proven interior player in Camby, whose 14-year career has been defined by defense. A lanky 6-foot-11 forward/center, Camby won NBA defensive player of the year three seasons ago (2006-2007) with Denver, when he led the league in blocks (3.61) and finished second in rebounding (13.1).

He is a two-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team (2006-2007, 2007-2008) and two-time Second team All-Defensive (2004-2006).

The Blazers lose Outlaw, one of their top reserves who has played only 11 games this season after breaking his left foot Nov. 14 at Charlotte. He was averaging 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds this season.

Outlaw was the longest tenured Blazers player, a first round pick in 2003 out of Starkville (Miss.) High School. He was also one of the more beloved players in the locker room, best friend to team star Brandon Roy and a close confidant of LaMarcus Aldridge.

Outlaw said he exchanged messages with Roy on Monday night and told him he would call him as soon as the trade was finalized.

Blake, in his second tenure with the Blazers, was a starter for much of last season, and began this season with the first unit before taking on a reserve role in December. In his last game before the trade, Blake scored 20 points and had 12 assists in a win at Phoenix.

The move is a direct sign that general manager Kevin Pritchard and owner Paul Allen value a playoff berth this season. The Blazers (31-24) hold the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference with 27 games remaining.

The team's top two centers _ Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla _ are both lost for the season with knee injuries, forcing veteran forward Juwan Howard to play center at 6-foot-9.


Courtesy of http://blog.oregonlive.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Cleveland C.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. James, Clevelan.29.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.7 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.29.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers28.0 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.4 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.26.2 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.6 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.4 
 9. Roy, Portland TB22.6 
 10. Roy, Portland TB22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.3 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.12.0 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 6. Bosh, Toronto R.11.5 
 7. Love, Minnesota T.11.5 
 8. Lee, New York K.11.4 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers11.1 
 10. Wallace, Charlotte B.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.9 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.6 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.2 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.3 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers7.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Charlott.1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 9. Davis, LA Clippers1.8 
 10. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.7 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 4. Bogut, Milwauke.2.2 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.2.2 
 6. Dalembert, Philad.2.1 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 9. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 10. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 33-18 
 2. Toronto R. 29-24 
 3. Philadelph.76 20-33 
 4. New York K. 19-34 
 5. New Jersey N. 5-49 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 43-11 
 2. Chicago B. 27-26 
 3. Milwaukee B. 24-28 
 4. Detroit P. 19-34 
 5. Indiana P. 18-35 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 37-18 
 2. Atlanta H. 34-18 
 3. Miami Heat 28-27 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-26 
 5. Washington W. 18-33 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 35-18 
 2. Utah Jazz 34-19 
 3. Portland TB 32-24 
 4. Oklah.City T. 31-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 42-14 
 2. Phoenix Suns 32-23 
 3. LA Clippers 21-33 
 4. Sacramento K. 18-36 
 5. Golde State W. 15-38 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 33-21 
 2. San Antonio S. 32-21 
 3. Houston R. 28-25 
 4. N.Orleans H. 28-26 
 5. Memphis G. 27-26 


Caron Butler, Josh Howard headline Wizards' seven-player trade with Mavericks - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards started their much-anticipated roster makeover on Saturday, trading Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut), Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) and DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) to the Dallas Mavericks for Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest), Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Kansas) and two other players.

The seven-player deal provides financial flexibility and substantially changes the look of the Wizards (17-33), who have foundered this season despite expectations that they would become a contender in the Eastern Conference.

'We haven't achieved the things that we were hoping to,' President Ernie Grunfeld said when reached by telephone. 'We just felt like we need some change and we needed some freshness. Maybe this group together has gotten a little bit stale. Maybe we needed to go in another direction at this time.'

A person with knowledge of team's thinking said on Saturday there could be more changes before the Thursday trade deadline.

Antawn Jamison has also been the subject of trade rumors, with the league-leading Cleveland Cavaliers among his primary suitors. Jamison, 33, is owed $28 million the next two seasons after this one. Boston has also been reported to have interest, but Danny Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, has denied having discussions with the Wizards. Multiple league sources have confirmed that the teams have not engaged in trade talks.

The Cavaliers have yet to make an offer for Jamison, according to two league sources, and they are reportedly also interested in Phoenix all-star forward Amare Stoudemire and Indiana forward Troy Murphy. Cleveland can offer Zydrunas Ilgauskas's expiring contract but has been unwilling to part with second-year forward J.J. Hickson, whom the Wizards are believed to covet.

'We're going to continue to talk to people just like everybody else,' Grunfeld said, refusing to comment about specific trade rumors. 'I don't know what else, if anything, will happen. We're still going to have conversations.'

The deal with Dallas, which was agreed upon in principle on Friday, also sends James Singleton and Quinton Ross to Washington. In Howard, the Wizards get a former all-star swingman who is averaging just 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game during an injury-plagued season. Gooden, a 6-foot-10 power forward, is averaging 8.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Ross and Singleton are noted perimeter defenders.

But the Wizards surrendered Butler, Haywood and Stevenson in what essentially is a salary dump that provides almost $15 million in salary cap relief for the 2010-11 season. Ross is the only player the Wizards receive who is signed through next season. Howard has a team option worth $11.8 million next season.

The deal also provides nearly $2.5 million in cap relief this season for the Wizards, who will ship out about $19.7 million in salaries while getting back $17.3 million. Coupled with the savings they already received after the season-ending suspensions of Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, the Wizards' luxury-tax penalty could be reduced by nearly $7 million.

'We're getting some quality players here,' Grunfeld said. 'Josh Howard was an all-star a few years ago and Drew Gooden was a starter for a team that went to the NBA Finals. We get some very solid players, players who are going to come in and give us some freshness. At the same time it does give us more flexibility down the road.'

The Wizards have been looking to reshape the team after the suspensions of Arenas and Crittenton, who brought guns to the Verizon Center locker room in a December dispute. They rank next to last in the East despite a $79 million payroll, a roster that boasted three players who have been all-stars in Butler, Jamison and Arenas, and a successful coach in Flip Saunders.

'We all thought this would be a much more productive season for us, but a lot of things happened along the way,' Grunfeld said. 'Players always tell you what to do and if you are not winning as you would like to win, sometimes it's necessary to make some changes.'

Butler made two all-star appearances in 4 1/2 seasons in Washington. He is set to earn $10.5 million next season and had sought a contract extension last summer but never appeared comfortable in Saunders's system. He is averaging just 16.9 points after averaging more than 20 points the past two seasons.

In a statement, Butler thanked the Wizards and their fans 'for embracing me and my family the way they did while we were here' and added, 'I am looking forward to my new opportunity.'

Haywood, 30, was the longest-tenured Wizard and final link to the Michael Jordan era. He will be a free agent next summer and is having a career year, averaging 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. The Wizards had grown leery about being able to re-sign Haywood, since he is likely to look for a considerable raise from the $6 million he earns this season. 'He's one of the better big men out there. So I think there is going to be a lot of demand for him in the offseason,' Grunfeld said.

Stevenson was a starter on two playoff teams, but has struggled since having back surgery last March.


Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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ESPN Bracket Busters Features Rivals - by Eurobasket
By Raymond Rolak

DETROIT, -- Saturday, February 20, will be an important college basketball day in Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo, and throughout Ohio. It will be the annual ESPN Bracket Buster games.

The ESPN Bracket Buster concept allows for teams from different conferences and close geographic proximity to enhance their won-lost record for NCAA tournament consideration. This year, Mid-American Conference, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Conference schools are matched up for a two year run.

At Calihan Hall, Detroit-Mercy hosts Eastern Michigan. The campus of Detroit-Mercy and the old barn will be rocking as both squads are deep in talent. Even though their records are not spectacular the battle for Metro Detroit and bragging rights will be decided.

Eastern Michigan (13-12), has momentum coming off a big home victory over Western Michigan, 66-52. EMU coach Charles Ramsey said, It will be exciting getting U. of D.
back on the schedule, as they are such a natural rival. We will host them next year as part of Bracket Busters.
Junior Brandon Bowdry (Taylor Truman), led the Eagles with 18 points and 12 rebounds as he notched his 13th double-double of the season. Three other Eagles also scored in double figures as Carlos Medlock (Detroit Murray Wright) finished with 14, Justin Dobbins (Cleveland Glenville) had 17 points and eight rebounds and Jay Higgins (Hillsborough (Fla.) C.C.) added 12 points.
Easterns defense was the key for much of the first half, as it held WMU without a field goal, 0-of-11, for the first 10 minutes of the game.
Detroit-Mercy (15-12), is coming off a tough loss at home as they were scorched by 12 threes, losing to Milwaukee 71-60, last Saturday..
Senior Woody Payne (Ypsilanti), handed out a career-high 11 assists and sophomore Eli Holman (Richmond, CA), posted his eighth double-double of the season for the Titans.

Holman had 13 points and a career-best 18 rebounds. Payne also collected four steals and scored nine points. Senior Thomas Kennedy (Detroit Southeastern), had 13 points while sophomore Chase Simon (Detroit Community), added 11.

Eli was our warrior, but we need more guys going after the ball, said Detroit-Mercy coach Ray McCallum.

KEYS TO THE BIG RIVAL GAME
Medlock has explosive scoring potential for EMU, as he had a 31 point game against Ohio University recently. Detroit-Mercy will need to keep the ball from Bowdry who is extremely athletic and is potent at starting the fast break.
The Titans have a marked height advantage and Xavier Keeling will have to get his scoring average. Simon, Kennedy and Holman will need double figures.
Detroit-Mercy also beat Western Michigan 86-80, early in the year and both teams beat Chicago State at home.

TOLEDO NATIVE SON SHINES FOR BOWLING GREEN STATE
Junior, guard, Joe Jakubowski, is averaging eight points for BGSU (13-11). The Toledo St. Johns product has been high scorer for the Falcons in six games this year. Tough and tall Valparaiso will travel to Bowling Green for an ESPN Bracket Buster game Saturday.

BUFFALO ROMPS AT HOME

Also, last Saturday the University at Buffalo bested conference-leading Kent State, 70-55, in front of a national television audience at Alumni Arena. The Bulls held the Golden Flashes to 34 percent shooting from the field and forced 19 turnovers to snap their eight-game winning streak.
Buffalo (14-9), jumped out to a 14-3 lead and held Kent State (18-8), to only three field goals over the first nine minutes of the game. Calvin Betts got the Bulls going early as he scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first half. His third three-pointer of the half gave the Bulls a 22-11 lead with 8:21 left. He also grabbed eight boards.
The Bulls had a halftime lead of 33-19.
John Boyer got hot in the second half and scored 10 of 12 Buffalo points and his jumper with 12:52 remaining gave the Bulls their biggest lead of the game at 49-29. Boyer finished with 16 points.
For ESPN Bracket Busters, Buffalo will travel to St. Peters in New Jersey.
Other ESPN Bracket Buster games of note will have Illinois-Chicago playing at Evansville, Loyola-Chicago will travel to Creighton and Eastern Illinois will host Northern Illinois.

The University of Toledo will travel to Cleveland State.

Three television games of special interest will have Siena at #15-Butler, Akron playing at Virginia Commonwealth and Kent State hosting Western Carolina.
(Raymond Rolak is a Michigan based sports broadcaster.)


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Sarriyet Ramallah & Orthodox Gain Great Experience in Jordan - by Tamara Awartani

In Jordan, Orthodox Club Amman organized for a Seniors Tournament which took place in Emile Haddad court in Amman with 6 teams taking part through which Sarriyet Ramallah ad Orthodox Ramallah gained good game experience & Exposure playing against strong teams such as Zain champion of the tournament, Riyadi in 2nd place, Orthodox Amman in 3rd along with Applied Science University (ASU) team.

Results came as follows:
Orthodox 88 : 82 Sarriyet Ramallah
ASU Sports Club 79 : 71 Sarriyet Ramallah
Zain 105 : 71 Sarriyet ramallah
Orthodox Ramallah 87 : 96 Sarriyet Ramallah
Orthodox 101 : 83 Orthodox Ramallah
Al Riyadi 86 : 69 Orthodox Ramallah
ASU Sports Club 86 : 65 Orthodox Ramallah

Both teams had good exposure playing against major teams, Sarriyet Ramallah awarded for fair play with its players such as Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75), Ghassan Habash (175-G-85), Salim Sakakini, Jack Tannous, played strong while having Zaher Murjieh on loan along with Aaron Wyatt (193-G/F, college: Georgia SW) who had great games being the scorer with avg. 25points, as well as having Michael Harrington (203-F, college: Detroit Mercy) playing strong under basket.
While Orthodox Ramallah players like Ahmad Deeb, Ghassan Elayyan, Mohammed Khalili, Ahmad Amin played hard for their team along with Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.) who was awarded the best scorer of the tournament.



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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, Capitanes19.8 
 8. Cortes, Capitanes19.6 
 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, Capitanes13.9 
 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.8.7 
 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.5.5 
 5. Ervin, Halifax R.5.3 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.5.3 
 7. Daniels, Lawton F.5.3 
 8. Price, Buffalo S.5.1 
 9. Robinson, Buffa.4.3 
 10. Fortier, Quebec K.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles FORTIER
  Quebec K.
  (193-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Fortier, Quebec K.3.3 
 2. Johnson, Rocheste.2.7 
 3. Rice, Vermont FH2.5 
 4. Bowden, Lawton F.2.3 
 5. Stewart, Manchest.2.0 
 6. Jeanty, Quebec K.2.0 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.2.0 
 8. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 9. Council, Rocheste.1.9 
 10. Thomas, Maryland.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeffrion AUBRY
  Capitanes
  (205-C-76)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Aubry, Capitanes2.1 
 2. George, Quebec K.2.0 
 3. Bailey, Vermont FH1.7 
 4. Crookshank, Halif.1.7 
 5. Thomas, Maryland.1.5 
 6. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 7. Marshall, Lawton F.1.3 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 9. Mazur, Halifax R.1.1 
 10. Freeman, Lawton F.1.0 


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Manchester M. - Halifax R. 83-104
The hot-handed Halifax Rainmen continue to roll over most of their PBL opponents this season, and remain undefeated at home, after knocking of the Manchester Millrats 104-83 Sunday at the Metro Centre. The win, at exactly mid-season, improves the second place Rainmen's record to 8-2 as the move a half-game up on the idle, Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, 7-2. The undefeated Puerto Rico Capitanes, 9-0, continue to lead the PBL. Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, college: Bradley) had a huge game for the Rainmen, racking up 32-points, 20 of which were scored in the second half. Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) was strong off the boards, pulling down 19 rebounds, while adding 18 points. The Rainmen started fast in Sunday's game with 33 points in the first quarter and never looked back. The home stand continues this Saturday as the Rainmen look for their fourth consecutive win and their seven straight at home as they take on the Maryland Greenhawks at 7 p.m. at the Metro Centre. A win Saturday could set up a showdown with the first place Capitanes, who visit the Metro Centre on Friday, Feb. 26. *Courtesy of www.rainmenbasketball.ca

Capitanes - Rochester R. 101-113
In front of 8,243 fans, the second largest crowd in Rochester RazorSharks history, the ‘Sharks did not disappoint as Melvin Council scored 28 points to lead Rochester in their 113-101 victory over the Puerto Rico Capitanes. It was a physical first half as only two points were scored in the first two minutes and both teams combined for five technical fouls. PBL player of the week, David Cortes (6'3''-G/F-81) scored 10 points to give the Capitanes a 27-17 first quarter lead. The RazorSharks were down by 13 in the second quarter before cutting the deficit to 56-51 to end the half. Jerice Crouch scored 11 first half points to lead Rochester. Elias Ayuso (6'3''-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) added 13 for Puerto Rico. The RazorSharks took the lead in the third quarter as Melvin Council put up 10 points. Jerice Crouch, Donielle Davis and Council each hit key three pointers to boost Rochester to an 85-78 lead after three quarters. Rochester maintained their lead in the fourth quarter as Council scored 11 points, giving the RazorSharks their 100th franchise victory. The ‘Sharks Keith Friel missed his first game since 2006, a streak of 56 games. The Capitanes played without their leading scorer and rebounder, Angelo Reyes. The victory also marked Coach Rod Baker's 100th win as Rochester's head coach. Marlin Johnson recorded a double-double for the RazorSharks (6-3) scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with six steals. Jerice Crouch finished with 20 points and Glen Dandridge added 14. The Capitanes Jeffrion Aubry scored 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to earn a double-double. David Cortes led Puerto Rico (9-1) with 23 points, while Elias Ayuso finished with 19. *Courtesy of www.razorsharks.com

Capitanes - Maryland GH 112-93
David Cortes stepped up for the winners with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Elias Ayuso also was great in this victory adding 21 points, 5 boards and 6 assists, while Jeffrion Aubry added 17 points and 15 boards. In the loosing squad, Scooter Sherrill delivered 21 pts.

Vermont FH - Buffalo S. 94-82
Jawan Bailey (6'8''-F, agency: Union Sports, college: Incarnate World) was totally the best player in this victory scoring 36 points. He also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) secured a nice help adding 13 points and 7 assists. In Stampede, Andy Robinson and Damone Brown (14 rebs) netted 22 and 20 points each.

Lawton Ft.SC - Rochester R. 97-90
At halftime of the Rochester RazorSharks Premier Basketball League game Thursday at the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial, a duet between Def Leppard and Taylor Swift blared across the video board. Sound awkward and uncomfortable? It was. So was the RazorSharks' (5-3) effort in dropping their third straight game as Lawton-Fort Sill (Okla.) won 97-90. DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) powered the Cavalry (7-2) with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. He limited Rochester leading-scorer Keith Friel, who was diagnosed with an MRSA infection earlier this week, to nine points. 'I told DeAnthony, if this kid (Friel) goes to the bathroom, you go with him,' Cavalry coach Michael Ray Richardson said. 'I don't care what happens; he is not to get off for them.' Jamaal Davis (6'10''-F-79, college: Cincinnati) came off the bench to spark the Cavalry with 15 second-quarter points. The RazorSharks opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 55-49 lead, but the Cavalry answered with a 16-4 run. Despite leading by as many as 10 points on two different occasions in the first half, Rochester was unable to pull away. 'We just have to regroup,' Friel said. 'Instead of pointing fingers, we need to stick together. You can tell that we are just not comfortable playing with each other.' *Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Manchester M. - Quebec K. 100-83
The Manchester Millrats outgunned the Quebec Kebs 100-83 behind Charles Bronson (6'9''-C-83, college: Xavier) 's 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bronson, the 6'10 forward/center from Xavier and Pikeville College, not the famous 'Death-Wish' actor, was dominant inside in the post all game. The win snaps a four game losing streak for the Millrats. In addition to Bronson's strong game, Manchester got great performances from Dwight Brewington (6'5''-G-84, college: Liberty) with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Eric Gilchrese 16 points and 5 assists, Tyrece Gibbs 14 points and 9 rebounds, and Julian Allen with 11 points. With the win, Manchester improves to 3-7 on the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Turow into Polish Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Turow - Anwil 83:74

Turow have joined AZS Koszalin in the Polish Cup Final. The title decider is scheduled for Sunday in Warsaw. The Polish vice-champions paved their way into the final after they handled Anwil in the semifinal clash tonight. Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) scored 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the winners
The teams traded baskets in the opening frame. Neither side was able to take the upper hand as the scoreboard read 20:20 at the first intermission. However Turow spurred in front in the second frame. They fired 25 points and earned a 10-point halftime advantage. Anwil tried to bounce back right after the long break. Brett Winkelman (198-F-86, college: N.Dakota St.) triggered a comeback effort that put Anwil within 5 with ten minutes to go in regulation. But the effort was fruitless as Turow regained control in the final stanza. They maintained the grasp on the lead and rallied to the victory at the end.
Chylisnki produced 15 points for Turow. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest), Chris Johnson (211-C-85, college: LSU) and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) had 8 points each in the winning effort. Brett Winkelman replied with 16 points and 6 boards for Anwil. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) finished with 14 points in defeat.

Turow: Michael Wright 28, Michal Chylinski (199-G-86) 15, Justin Gray 8, Chris Johnson 8, Konrad Wysocki 8
Anwil: Brett Winkelman 16, Krzysztof Szubarga 14



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


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South edge North in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Team South - Team North 116:114
Team South narrowly Team North in a highly entertaining LPB All-Star Game. The event took place in the town of Guarda. The game itself was preceded by Slam Dunk Contest. Raheem Moss, Jabyron Wilson (202-F/C-87, agency: GOTathletes, college: Elizabeth City) and Rod Nealy (198-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Houston Baptist) participated at the contest. Rod Nealy showed his best skills to be crowned the Slum Dunk contest king.
Team North looked just better at the start of the encounter. They earned a 30:26 lead at the first intermission. But the South quickly erased the deficit and rallied to a 59:55 advantage at halftime. Led by Austen Powers (203-F-87, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle) Team South extended the margin at 12-point mark with ten minutes remaining. Team North went on a rescue mission in the fourth term. They outgunned their opponents as John Waller (193-F-82, college: ODU) took the floor. Team North surged in front but Austen Powers hit a late three-pointer to propel Team South to a narrow victory.
Austen Powers finished with 25 points and 6 boards to lead Team South. Diogo Carreira (180-G-78) netted 14 points in the winning effort. John Waller exploded with 46 points and 11 boards to pace Team North. He was trumped the MVP of the clash. Rod Nealy netted 18 points in the loss.
Nate Daniels ensured the victory at the Three-Point Shootout. He overcame Mario Fernandes for the trophy.

Team South: Austen Powers 25, Diogo Carreira 14, Jabyron Wilson 13, Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City) 13
Team North: John Waller 46+11 boards, Rod Nealy 18



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Ionut Dragusin heads to Gaz Metan - by Eurobasket News
Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) heads to Gaz Metan and will continue with the new Romanian team. The 2.21 Center averaged 6.0 points per game for CSU Pitesti and had 7.4 rebounds. In his last game for BC Arges Pitesti he collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. All the quarters were won by Pitesti as they rolled over Brasov 96:67. Paul Mihail-Octavian top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Dumitru Liviu posted 18. Bubanja Zeljko responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. Ionut Dragusin showed 5/7 from the field.

Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. U.Mobitel.CN 18-2 
 2. Gaz Metan 18-4 
 3. Ploiesti 18-4 
 4. CSU Sibiu 15-7 
 5. Timisoara 12-9 
 6. Otopeni 12-9 
 7. Pitesti 12-10 
 8. Mures 11-11 
 9. Steaua Turabo 10-11 
 10. Rovinari 10-12 
 11. Oradea 9-12 
 12. Dinamo B. 8-14 
 13. Bucuresti 8-14 
 14. Gladiator CN 5-15 
 15. Craiova 3-18 
 16. Brasov 2-19 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bassett, Craiova22.4 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.6 
 3. Pesic, Timisoara19.2 
 4. Bubanja, Brasov19.1 
 5. Mack, Steaua T.19.0 
 6. Peciukas, Mures19.0 
 7. Santana, Municipal B.18.2 
 8. Dzambic, Timisoara18.1 
 9. Dawson, Gladiato.17.9 
 10. Lawrence, U.Mobite.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Virgil CARUTASU
  Ploiesti
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.7 
 2. Waterstradt, Munici.8.9 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.9 
 4. Masiulis, Mures8.8 
 5. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.5 
 6. Smith, CSU Sibiu7.8 
 7. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
 8. Nicoara, Gaz Metan7.5 
 9. Popescu, Steaua T.7.5 
 10. Dragusin, Pitesti7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.7 
 2. Cooley, Mures5.1 
 3. Dzambic, Timisoara5.1 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.8 
 5. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.6 
 6. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 7. Helcioiu, Municipa.4.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Brasov4.4 
 9. Dawson, Gladiato.4.3 
 10. Bassett, Craiova4.2 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cooley, Mures2.9 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.6 
 4. Maric, Oradea2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.1 
 7. Dawson, Gladiato.2.1 
 8. Hargrove, Ploiesti2.1 
 9. Timus, Steaua T.2.1 
 10. Tyner, Rovinari2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.2 
 2. Lazar, Oradea2.0 
 3. Dragovic, Craiova1.7 
 4. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 
 6. Vajda, Mures1.0 
 7. Rhymer, Gaz Metan1.0 
 8. Bubanja, Brasov0.8 
 9. Harris, Craiova0.8 
 10. Lawrence, U.Mobite.0.8 


Div.A Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Craiova - Timisoara 77-94
Craiova lost to Timisoara 77:94 in the opener of the Regular Season Round 22. Milos Pesic (202-F-84) and Dzambic Rade combined for 50 points, while Markovic Nenad added 20. Bassett O'Darien scored 22 in defeat and McCullough Bryan posted 21.

Municipal B. - Pitesti 81-70
With 25-10 in the last stanza Municipal managed to beat Pitesti 81:70. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) led the way with 24 points and Santana Angel added 16. Jackson Joshua finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort.

Mures - CSU Sibiu 88-79
Mures cruised past CSU Sibiu 88:79 on February 17th. Five players scored in double figures as Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Hawaii) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Pociukonis Marius nailed 17 and Tomic Branislav delivered 15 points and 10 boards. Brown Earl responded with 31 points in the losing effort.

Dinamo B. - Rovinari 81-74
Dinamo B. rolled over Rovinari 81:74 at the Regular Season Round 22.Claudiu Fometescu (188-G-73) poured in 22 points and added 8 asissts and 6 rebounds. Popa Razvan and Sokolov Tomco notched 14 apiece, while Markovic Stojadin posted 13. Trim Kibwe chipped in 21 points and grabbed 10 boards for the guests.

Otopeni - Oradea 69-84
Oradea needed 31-11 in the last period to roll over Otopeni 84:69. Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) paced all the winners with 27 points, whilst Mitchell Tyrone collected 16 points, 10 boards and 6 assists. Seals LeVar posted 14 in defeat, while Jones Michael added 13.

Gaz Metan - Ploiesti 77-69
Gaz Metan upset Ploiesti 77:69 in the top game of the Regular Season Round 22. Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Howell Jarrett followed him with 14. Dragusin debuted with points for his new team. Burleson Kevin ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.



Balkan league updates - by Cristina Macarescu
On 27th of January 2010 BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti has won against SPARTAK PLEVNEN ( 105-102 ) first game on 7th round in Balkan League ( BIBL ).
Coatch TEO Cismic STEAUA TURABO Bucuresti decided to play this game on his best players:
- Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) ( 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists )
- Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) ( 19 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds )
- Adrian Voinescu (184-G-72) ( 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists ).

The best player on the opposite team SPARTAK PLEVNEN was ROB PRESTON with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

On 16th of February 2010 BC STEAUA TURABO vs OKK BEOGRAD ( 92-76 ) is the second consecutive victory counting on Eurohold Balkan League.
OKK BEOGRAD is on 3rd position in Serbians Regular Season. BC STEAUA T.B is on 5th place in Balkan League, B Group.

Best players of this game:
- Monty Mack ( 20 points, 5 rebounds )
- ALLAN WIGGINS ( 14 points, 8 rebounds )
- Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) ( 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists )
- Adrian Voinescu ( 10 points, 6 assists )
- MVP: Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza)
source: www.bcsteaua.ro


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 11-1 
 2. Khimky 9-3 
 3. Lok.Rostov 8-6 
 4. Unics 7-5 
 5. Triumph 5-6 
 6. Dynamo M. 5-7 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 5-7 
 8. Krasnoyarsk 3-8 
 9. Spartak SP 1-11 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.21.5 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.20.4 
 3. Chalmers, Enisey17.3 
 4. Rush, Triumph17.2 
 5. Popovic, Unics16.9 
 6. Rakovic, Spartak SP15.5 
 7. Green, Lokomoti.15.1 
 8. Monya, Dynamo M.15.0 
 9. Lyday, Unics14.7 
 10. Bremer, Krasnie .13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Dynamo M.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Monya, Dynamo M.8.4 
 2. Trushkin, Krasni.8.0 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 4. Javtokas, Khimky6.8 
 5. Javtokas, Khimky6.8 
 6. Rakovic, Spartak SP6.3 
 7. Ford, Spartak SP6.0 
 8. Savenkov, Lokomoti.6.0 
 9. Lampe, Unics5.8 
 10. Kaun, CSKA5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.7 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.4.4 
 3. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.3 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA4.1 
 5. Cabezas, Khimky3.9 
 6. Fields, Spartak SP3.9 
 7. Rush, Triumph3.2 
 8. Lopez, Khimky3.1 
 9. Popovic, Unics3.1 
 10. Planinic, CSKA3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.2.7 
 2. Rush, Triumph2.4 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .2.0 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.9 
 5. Chalmers, Enisey1.8 
 6. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.1.7 
 7. Fridzon, Khimky1.5 
 8. Sergeev, Triumph1.5 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 10. McCarty, Khimky1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Dynamo M.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Monya, Dynamo M.1.6 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.4 
 3. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.4 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 5. Savenkov, Lokomoti.1.0 
 6. Trushkin, Krasni.0.9 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA0.9 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 9. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.8 
 10. Douthit, Krasnie .0.8 


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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 28-3 
 2. Nitra 23-8 
 3. Prievidza 17-13 
 4. Handlova 17-14 
 5. Nova Ves 16-13 
 6. Inter Bratisl. 13-18 
 7. Komarno 13-18 
 8. B.Bystrica 13-18 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 11-20 
 10. Svit 10-21 
 11. Levice 8-23 


Extraliga Round: 34 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - B.Bystrica 83-72
Nitra improved to 23-8 record beating B.Bystrica 83:72. Clifford Crawford (194-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Tomek Branislav and Scott Edward added 13 each. Skara Ivan chipped in 15 points in the losing effort.

Komarno - Inter Bratislava 82-70
Komarno edged Inter Bratislava 82:70 at the Regular Season Round 34. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, college: IPFW) shined with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Madaj Marcel posted 19 and Klar Vladimir nailed 16. Ivan Roman delivered 13 points in defeat.

Prievidza - Levice 63-59
Gabriel Szalay (215-C-86, agency: PPGroup) collected 26 points and 7 rebounds as Prievidza edged Levice 63:59. Muzik Marek followed him with 12 points. Grznar Richard ended up with 17 points for the guests, while Klein Richard had 11 points and 10 boards.

Vahostav-Zilina - Pezinok 65-71
Vahostav-Zilina lost to Cup Holders Pezinok 65:71. Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jackson David followed him with 14. Kosa Viliam responded with 20 points in the losing effort.

Svit - Handlova 94-77
Svit cruised past Handlova 94:77 at the Regular Season Round 34. Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: USF) stepped up with 25 points, while Findura Roman posted 17 and Bajic Jovanhad 16 points and 10 assists. Glavinic Josip finished the night with 17 points in defeat.



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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 34-12 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 33-13 
 3. KCC Egis 33-14 
 4. Dongbu Promy 31-16 
 5. LG Sakers 27-19 
 6. Samsung Th. 21-24 
 7. ET Land B.Sl. 15-31 
 8. KT&G Kites 13-33 
 9. SK Knights 13-34 
 10. Daegu Orions 11-36 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 29-4 
 2. Plannja 25-7 
 3. Sundsvall 24-8 
 4. Solna 21-13 
 5. Uppsala 13-19 
 6. Gothia Basket 13-19 
 7. Sodertalje 12-19 
 8. Boras 12-20 
 9. Eco Orebro 12-21 
 10. 08 10-23 
 11. Jamtland 7-25 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Gordon WATT
  Uppsala
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Watt, Uppsala20.3 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.1 
 3. McKnight, Plannja19.8 
 4. Rush, Gothia Basket19.0 
 5. Palm, Boras18.8 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.1 
 7. Spagrud, Sundsvall16.2 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping15.8 
 9. Nystrom, Boras15.8 
 10. Carter, Gothia B.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Palm, Boras10.5 
 2. Konare, Jamtland10.3 
 3. Watt, Uppsala9.3 
 4. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.9 
 5. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.6 
 6. Rush, Gothia Basket8.4 
 7. Djordjic, Soder.7.8 
 8. Mottram, Gothia B.7.5 
 9. Akesson, Plannja7.5 
 10. Jonzen, Uppsala7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping5.8 
 3. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje5.2 
 5. Mbemba, Solna5.2 
 6. Carter, Gothia B.4.6 
 7. Mitchell, Solna4.4 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.3 
 9. Sigurdarson, Sunds.3.9 
 10. McKnight, Plannja3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Chuk, Sodertalje2.3 
 3. McKnight, Plannja2.1 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping2.1 
 5. Mbemba, Solna2.0 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Solna1.9 
 8. Person, Uppsala1.8 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.8 
 3. Palm, Boras1.6 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.5 
 5. Rush, Gothia Basket1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Akesson, Plannja0.8 
 8. Walker, Sodertalje0.8 
 9. Drains, Norrkoping0.8 
 10. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.8 


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  TPBL   


Standings
TPBL Standings
1. Dallas TX H. 4-0
2. Houston Gladiators
5-1
3. Brownwood B. 3-5
4. Houston P.T.S. 7-1
5. Abilene H. 4-5
6. San Angelo C. 7-0










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  TURKEY   


A new era for Kepez - by Deniz Ozanguc
Kepez Bld has parted way with coach Tad Baldwin and has decided to go on assistant coach Aziz Bekir.
Kepez Bld which represents Antalya in Turkish Basketball Leauge is currently in fifteenth position ahead of last placed Darussafaka. In their last twelve game, they managed to win just one game.
Tad Baldwin had worked as coach of New Zealand team Auckland, Turkish team Banvit and Greek side PAOK. American coach's most succesful days were when he led New Zealand National Team to foirth place in World Championship held in USA in 2002.


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Aska & Racers clinch OVC Crown - by David Edole
The Murray State Racers earned the right to be called Ohio Valley Conference champions when they clinched the program's 21st regular season title with an 80-68 win over Southeast Missouri State in Murray, Ky.

MSU jumped to a 9-2 lead less than four minutes into the contest and led 20-7 after an Ed Daniel rebound and score with 10:28 before half.

Isaiah Canaan turned in one of the shots of the year in college basketball when he drilled a three-pointer from his knees with 4:41 left. His feat came after he gathered a loose ball near mid-court and launched a shot from his knees just before the shot clock buzzer sounded.

The Racers made it to the half with a 35-21 lead and saw their advantage go to 28 with 9:24 remaining on a Jewuan Long three-point basket.

Ivan Aska (201-F-90) tallied nine points and five boards in just 17 minutes for Murray.

The 80-68 final pushed the Racers' winning streak to 16, the longest current streak in the nation, and just three shy of the longest streak this season by Kentucky at 19. MSU has tied the school srecord treak that was set twice in the 1930's under the Racers' first head coach Carlisle Cutchin.

The Racers also pushed their home winning streak to 17, tied with Ohio State and UK for the seventh-best streak in the country.



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SL Cup: quarterfinals summary - by Platon Khegai
Gladiators had no problems in the return game. The two games handicap is 32 points - 176:144.
Budivelnyk - Halychyna 86:72 (11:21, 28:17, 25:13, 22:21)
B: Guinn 18; Kobzystyi 13; Zimmerman 10 points, 5 assists; ElAmin 9 points, 9 assists; Stefanyshyn 9 points, 5 steals.
H: Williams 24 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, 4 assists; Finn 12; Bojovic 11.

BC Kyiv defeated its opponent for the second time with the total score of 158:145.
BC Kyiv - MBC Mykolaiv 78:71 (14:14, 20:21, 20:11, 24:25)
K: Kravtsov 22 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks; Pustozvonov 22; Saltovets 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists; Lukashov 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists.
M: McClintock 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks; Onufriev 13; Matiukevych 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks; Love 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists.

Odesa outscored Azovmash by 3, but thanks to home win by 37 Azovmash qualified to Final Four. The total score is 171:137.
BC Odesa - Azovmash 79:76 (20:18, 28:17, 16:19, 15:22)
O: DeGroat 22; Morton 12 points, 6 rebounds; Coleman 11; Hill 10 points, 5 assists.
A: Rizvic 23 points, 8 rebounds; Curry 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists; Daniels 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists.


Khimik lost to Ferro twice. This time by 20 with the total score 181:166.
Ferro-ZNTU - Khimik 93:73 (16:21, 24:18, 26:20, 27:14)
F: Thomas 25 points, 7 rebounds; Tiggs 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists; Burtt 15; Hunter 10.
K: Blanchard 19 points, 8 rebounds; Agafonov 15; Mitchell 12 points, 7 assists; Kolchenko 10.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Sheffield S. 20-4 
 2. Newcastle E. 19-5 
 3. MK Lions 14-6 
 4. Scottish R. 13-8 
 5. Leicester R. 13-11 
 6. Cheshire J. 12-10 
 7. Everton T. 12-10 
 8. Worthing T. 11-12 
 9. Guildford H. 10-14 
 10. Worcester W. 9-13 
 11. Plymouth R. 6-16 
 12. Essex Pirates 4-20 
 13. London C. 3-17 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.26.6 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.25.3 
 3. Harrison, MK Lions23.5 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.21.7 
 5. Wierzbicki, Leices.20.9 
 6. Yanders, Scottish.20.2 
 7. Valencia, Plymouth R.19.7 
 8. Middleton, Worceste.19.5 
 9. Martin, Guildford H.19.2 
 10. Chapman, Newcastl.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tafari TONEY
  Sheffield S.
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Toney, Sheffield S.11.4 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.10.6 
 3. Rodrigo, Essex P.10.0 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth R.9.5 
 5. Richard, Worthing.8.2 
 6. Janusauskas, London C.7.8 
 7. Valencia, Plymouth R.7.7 
 8. Young, Cheshire J.7.6 
 9. Bratton, Worthing.7.4 
 10. Holmes, MK Lions7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Plymouth R.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Martin, Plymouth.7.4 
 2. Sapp, Scottish R.7.3 
 3. Yanders, Scottish.5.1 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.4.9 
 5. Drakeford, Guildfor.4.7 
 6. Middleton, Worceste.4.5 
 7. Bell, Everton T.4.3 
 8. Cook, Sheffield S.4.2 
 9. Peterson, Cheshire.4.1 
 10. Jackson, Newcastl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olu BABALOLA
  Everton T.
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Babalola, Evert.2.5 
 2. Middleton, Worceste.2.4 
 3. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.4 
 4. Peterson, Cheshire.2.2 
 5. Harrison, MK Lions2.1 
 6. Sapp, Scottish R.2.0 
 7. Moore, Everton T.2.0 
 8. Bratton, Worthing.2.0 
 9. Lasker, Plymouth.2.0 
 10. Adu, Essex Pirates1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Worthing T.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Richard, Worthing.2.5 
 2. Hanke, Scottish R.2.2 
 3. Johnson, Leiceste.1.8 
 4. Toney, Sheffield S.1.7 
 5. Young, Cheshire J.1.6 
 6. Janusauskas, London C.1.2 
 7. Holmes, MK Lions1.1 
 8. Flournoy, Newcastl.1.0 
 9. Morris, MK Lions1.0 
 10. Copeland, Scottish.0.9 


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  URUGUAY   


Union Atletica took a 2-0 lead over Olimpia - by Hector Lopez
Union Atletica took a 2-0 lead for the LUB best of five quarters finals after beatin Olimpia 81-78 (Overtime 71-71). Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) netted 28 points (76% of all his throws), and grabbed 14 rebounds leading Union Atletica. Others players for the winner were Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) 24 points 11 rebounds, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 11 points and 8 assists. The best for Olimpia were Andres San Miguel (198-F/C-82) 18 points, Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: Liman Sports, college: Temple) 12 points 5 assists, Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) 13 points 9 rebounds, Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 9 points 6 rebounds.

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  USBA   


USBA to conduct National Basketball Player Combine at Agnes Scott College on March 6, 2010 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (February 17, 2010)---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) will host its first invitation-only national basketball player combine as part of the process for filling its 2010 inaugural basketball team rosters. 'The combine is scheduled to be held at the Woodruff Physical Activity Building on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia,' said USBA Vice President of Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. The combine will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010. We invite all qualified professional players to participate, we have already heard from agents who represent players from other countries as well as here in the United States, said Green. The combine will be open to all qualified basketball players. The registration period has been changed to February 20, 2010 thru March 3, 2010. Players are required to pre-register on the league website, beginning February 20, 2010 and no one will be accepted after the deadline. Registration forms can be mailed to the league office. All applications should be postmarked before March 3, 2010. Forms will be available from the leagues website.

The combine was originally to be held at Oglethorpe University, according to league sources the change was made to better accommodate participants. Oglethorpe is a fine university and they have great facilities, however it is in a predominately residential area and we need to make hotels available to the combine participants.

'We are working tirelessly in our pursuit to find the best players available for all USBA teams; this will enable us to provide our fans the very best minor league professional basketball players from day one,' said USBA President and C.E.O., Duane Allen Jenkins . 'This national search for players and our combine is a truly special and unique opportunity for all of our coaches to evaluate basketball players to fit their style of play in one place and at one time,' continued Jenkins.

Invited players will participate in scrimmage games and will be evaluated by the league coaching staff and invited scouts. USBA coaching staff will then select the players to try out for their local team. USBA individual team tryouts are scheduled for March 13, 2010 and March 20, 2010. According to the league, players will be charged a fee of $75.00 to participate in the combine. The league will waive the all fees for team individual tryouts for the players who participate in the combine. Basketball players will need to have a minimum of two years experience on the collegiate level to be invited to both the combine and the individual team tryouts.

Players participating in the combine will receive a tee shirt, lunch from Subway and a video taped disc of the days events. Deer Park will provide bottled water to the players and coaches. Trainers and paramedics will be on hand to assist participants.

The basketball games during combine will be officiated by league referees. 'We have a prime opportunity to expose these players to the crews that will officiate the USBA games,' said USBA Supervisor of Officials, Simmie Lavender. 'The minimum experience of my officials is the NCAA division two level; we have quite a few people that referee in the NCAA division one and currently registered with the D-League.' The USBA uses NBA rules and regulations.

The USBA has sixteen teams in three divisions. The teams are spread out over ninesouthern states and the District of Columbia. Please refer to the league website at www.usbaball.com. Combine signup will begin February 20, 2010 and end March 3, 2010. Complete instruction on player registration, confirmed site location and hotel reservation information will be made available on the league website on February 20, 2010. According to the league, the registration period was changed to allow more time for college players whose teams may not be invited to the NCAA tournament. The USBA utilizes medium to small college and university gymnasiums for the home location of their teams. All USBA coaches will be on hand to evaluate players. Coaches will have the option to sign players to an agreement or invited them to an additional tryout with their local team.

Basketball player compensation package includes; $350.00 per week, $25.00 sponsor paid appearances, 25% commission on sponsorship sales, a daily meal at Golden Coral Buffet Restaurant, workman compensation and housing, when needed. Each team plays a thirty game schedule, fifteen home games and fifteen games away.

About the United States Basketball Association----The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a mid spring thru early summer mens professional basketball league. The league headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The league as eighteen teams split into three divisions, spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. Basketball players, coaches, dance team members and game day staff could be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBADL), as well as exposure to other reputable professional basketball leagues from around the world. League website is www.usbaball.com .





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Merkur inks Grgin-Fonseca, Gospic adds Marin - by Zeljko Zule
Merkur Celje bulded up its frontline by signing former WNBA champion Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca (188-F-75) ex Split for the remainder of the season. She played for a variety of teams across Europe and the World and won championships in seven different countries: Brasil, Poland, France, Italy, Greece, Russia and WNBA League. Grgin-Fonseca played on the Yugoslavian National Team from 1986-1990 and since then has played for her native Croatia ..
Gospic inked promised Ina Marin (170-G-86) ex Zadar untill end of the season.


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBL Final Series - Schedule Announced - by Richard
Let the games begin...

The 2009/10 Final Series of the Womens National Basketball League will feature some of the biggest names in Australian Womens basketball including Jayco Opals Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage, Kristi Harrower and Rohanee Cox. Dual Olympian Suzy Batkovic-Brown is in a race to return from a knee strain in time to take part in the series.

The Finalists:

1- Bulleen Boomers
2 - Sydney Uni Flames
3 - Canberra TransAct Capitals
4 - Townsville Fire
5 - Bendigo Spirit

The finals tip off on Wednesday February 17th with the Elimination Final.

The Elimination Final is a sudden death final played between Townsville and Bendigo. The Fire will host the game at New Projects Australia Stadium from 7.30pm. Fans can follow this game live on WNBL Radio, and can watch a delayed broadcast of the game on ABC1 on Saturday February 20.

The Elimination Final coverage on ABC1 tips off a blockbuster four hours of basketball. The Elimination Final will be broadcast from 1.00pm AEDT, followed by the First Semi Final from 3.00pm.

The First Semi Final between the first-placed Bulleen Boomers and the second-placed Sydney Uni Flames will be broadcast LIVE on ABC1 and on WNBL Radio. The winner of this game advances straight to the Grand Final, while the loser gets a second chance by playing in the Preliminary Final.

On Sunday February 21 the Second Semi Final takes the court at 3.00pm AEDT when Canberra TransAct Capitals hosts the winner of the Elimination Final (Townsville or Bendigo) at the AIS Arena. The Second Semi Final will also be broadcast LIVE on ABC1 and on WNBL Radio. The winner of the Second Semi Final will play the loser of the First Semi Final in the Preliminary Final from 1.00pm Saturday February 27 AEDT.

The winner of the Preliminary Final advances to the Grand Final, where they will play against the winner of the First Semi Final.

The Grand Final will be played at 1.00pm AEDT on Saturday March 6.

At a Glance:

WNBL FINALS

7.30pm Wednesday February 17: Elimination Final
Townsville v Bendigo at NPA Stadium, Townsville
LIVE on WNBL Radio (Broadcast on ABC1 1.00pm Feb 20 AEDT)

3.00pm Saturday February 20: Semi Final 1
Bulleen v Sydney Uni at Knox Stadium, Melbourne
LIVE on ABC1 and WNBL Radio

3.00pm Sunday February 21: Semi Final 2
Canberra TransAct Capitals v Winner Elimination Final at AIS Arena
LIVE on ABC1 and WNBL Radio

1.00pm Saturday February 27: Preliminary Final
Loser Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2
TBA Venue 3pm LIVE on ABC1 and WNBL Radio

1.00pm Saturday March 6: Grand Final
Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Preliminary Final
TBA Venue LIVE on ABC1 and WNBL Radio

ABC will be televising all Final games, the only game that will not be live is the Elimination Final on the 17th February which will be televised (on delay) at 1.00pm on February 20 before the First Semi Final.

source: wnbl.com.au


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Bulleen B. 21-1 
 2. Sydney UF 17-5 
 3. Canberra C. 16-6 
 4. Townsville F. 14-8 
 5. Bendigo S. 13-9 
 6. Adelaide 13-9 
 7. Logan T. 7-15 
 8. Dandenong R. 6-16 
 9. Perth L. 2-20 
 10. AIS 1-21 


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1, second stage: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A:
Spirou Monceau started of 2nd stage with 83-65 home win over Novia Namur. Keisha Moore (189-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) led the winning side with 26 points. She got help from Brona Solitsova, who chipped in 12, as well as Ophelie Thibaut (168-g-82), who scored 10 points. For visitors, Charlotte Ipperisel shinned in loss with 28 points.
Waregem also had an easy job at home, as they were able to overcome Ieper with ease 87-53. Jana Raman (183-F-91) led the rout with 14 points, while the duo of Tamara Van Respaille (186-C-77) and Angele Bocquey chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. For Ieper, Valerie Boydens scored 13, while Ann Plasman added 11 points.
Jeugd Gentson had a bye in this Round in Group A.


Group B:
In Group B, it was Point Chaud who were taking a break. In other matches, Dexia was able to overcome BBC Boom 66-51. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85, agency: LBM Management) and Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87, agency: LBM Management) led Dexia to win after scoring 23 and 21 points respectively. On the other side, Vreny Van Driel was the only player to reach double digits with 10 points.
Sint kateline was the only team to record away win, after they have defeated Houthalen 55-63. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had 20 points for visitors, while Daphne Van Dessel (172-G-82) chipped in 13 of her own. For Houthalen, Annelies Blommaers had great game with 21 points and she got support from Carrie Myers who added 14 points.


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  CROATIA - Women  


A1: Studenec ends first stage on top - by Eurobasket News
Croatia 2006 managed to upset Studenec Omis in overtime, but despite that visitors finished regular season on top. This is their first defeat in 14 appearances. After the regulation the score was tied at 66, as both teams displayed good basketball. In the overtime, it was hosts who had calmer nerves as they were able to claim 78-75 win. Hosts got 29 point effort from Erak, while Tihana Valentic (180-G-84) added 23 points. For Studenec Omis, Maja Javorcic (83) had 25 points and Seric chipped in 15.
BC Zadar hosted Biska Pula in the last round. Hosts jumped on the early lead and after dominating first half they were already up 47-19. They routinely managed to keep their lead for the final score of 87-50. Ivana Blazevic (182-G-93) led Zadar with 24 points, while Marin followed closely with 21. For Biska Pula, Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) and Ramljak were the only two players to reach double digits with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Agram had no troubles beating Split by 20 points. Hosts used great second half to build their lead and in the end celebrated 76-56 win. Vukicevic scored 24 and Bosnjak followed closely with 20 points for the winners. For visitors, Veljin had 15 points and Parunovic finished the night with 11.
Pozega also won at home, rolling over Tresnjevka 79-54. Kristina Soldo (177-G-88) led the rout with 29 points and Bozic added 18. On the other side, Tresnjevka got 19 points from Solaric.

A1 Standings
1. Studenec O. 13-1
2. Croatia 2006 10-4
3. Zadar 8-6
4. Pozega 8-6
5. Split 7-7
6. Biska Pula 5-9
7. Agram 5-9
8. Tresnjevka 0-14


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


ZBL Round: 4 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Frisco Sika - Slovanka MB 97-57
Frisco Sika improved to 21-1 record on top of the league after the win over Slovanka MB 97:57. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Hejdova Romana, Grima Hollie and Horakova Hana had 13 each. Pospisilova Petra responded with 13 points for the visiting side.

Trutnov - USK Praha 79-83
Trutnov tried hard but lost to USK Praha 79:83. The latter got 15 points from Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota), while Houston Charde followed her with 14. Misurova Darina finished the night with 32 points for the home side.

Group B
Karlovy Vary - VS Praha 69-66
Karlovy Vary beat VS Praha 69:66 as Lenka Vetrovcova (187-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Magerciakova Michaela added 13. Kuthanova Tereza ended up with 23 points for the team from the capital.

Hradec Kralove - Strakonice 80-61
Hradec Kralove beat Strakonice 80:61 early on January 27th. Milena Steffanova (179-F-81) poured in 14 points and Novakova Katerina netted 13. Reisingerova Petra responded with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

BA Sparta - Valosun Brno 54-61
BA Sparta was beaten by Valosun Brno 54:61 in the lower group. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) paced all the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Svobodova Miloslava collected 10 points and 12 boards. Wallace Terra delivered 14 points in the losing effort.



Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
Group A
 1. Frisco Sika 21-1 
 2. USK Praha 20-2 
 3. Trutnov 12-10 
 4. Slovanka MB 9-13 
Group B
 1. Karlovy Vary 13-10 
 2. Strakonice 10-13 
 3. Valosun Brno 10-13 
 4. Hradec Kralove 10-13 
 5. VS Praha 7-16 
 6. BA Sparta 1-22 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Chemnitz 13-1 
 2. Osnabrucker 12-2 
 3. Rotenburg/S. 10-4 
 4. Rist Scala 10-4 
 5. Quakenbrueck 6-8 
 6. Hagen Phoe. 5-8 
 7. Bielefeld 4-10 
 8. Jena 4-10 
 9. Dorsten 4-10 
 10. Bonn 1-12 
South
 1. Leimen 15-2 
 2. Mainz 14-3 
 3. Viernheim 14-3 
 4. Speyer 12-5 
 5. Gruenberg 12-6 
 6. Wuerzburg 9-8 
 7. Sandhausen 9-8 
 8. Herzogenaur. 6-11 
 9. Heidelberg 4-13 
 10. Germering 4-14 
 11. Ludwigsburg 2-15 
 12. Keltern 2-15 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Vanderwal, UL 22.5
2 Niland, Tolka 17.4
3 Dwyer, Hotel Cork 15.6
4 Farrell, Meteors 15.0
5 O'Connor, DCU 13.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niland, Tolka 12.6
2 Farrell, Meteors 11.0
3 Carrick, Killester 8.6
4 Breen, Hotel Cork 8.6
5 O'Driscoll, Hotel Cork 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Peat, DCU 4.1
2 Buckley, Hotel Cork 3.5
3 Vanderwal, UL 3.4
4 Dwyer, Hotel Cork 3.3
5 Coady, Tolka 2.7
Steals Per Game
1 Vanderwal, UL 3.8
2 Galvin, UL 3.7
3 Cahalane, UL 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Farrell, Meteors 3.0
2 Dyer, Tolka 2.2
3 Naughton, Meteors 1.6
2FGP
1 Meany, Meteors 100
2 Farrell, Meteors 75.0
3 Woods, DCU 70.0
3FGP
1 Lyons, UL 100
2 Grace, Hotel Cork 66.6
3 Kavanagh, Meteors 62.5
Free Throws
1 Brophy, Killester 100
2 Scanlon, UL 100
3 Doran, Tolka 100


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. Montenotte 9-0 
 2. UL Aughinish 8-2 
 3. Mercy 7-2 
 4. Killester 7-4 
 5. Meteors 4-6 
 6. Sligo 0-6 
 7. Wildcats 0-7 
 8. Tolka Rovers 0-8 


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  JAPAN - Women  


JOMO books the Final ticket - by Eurobasket News
JOMO became the second team to advance to the Finals. Last night the team overcame Fujitsu 77:73 to win the series 2-1.
The teams had to go back to Japan Energy JOMO Sunflowers gym for the decisive game after 1-1 in the previous two games. Fujitsu did not mind taking 15-13 lead, but could not hold the score for good. JOMO responded with 24-14 in the second period to enjoy 37:2 halftime advantage. Moreover the second team after the Regular Season won the third period 24-23 to have plus 8 before he last stanza. Fujitsu managed to win the last stanza 21-16 but could only reduce the gap at the end. JOMO entered the Finals with 77:73 victory.
Yuko Oga (170-G-82) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Hiromi Suwa (183-85) followed her with 20 points and Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) added 17. Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) nailed 10, while Rika Tanaka (173-G-82) ended up with 5 points. Al Mitani (182-F-78) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Nagi Yoko (175-F-82) produced 15 points, whilst Eriko Hata (181-C-83) notched 12.
The Final series will start on February 25th. Toyota Antelopes will host Japan Energy JOMO Sunflowers in the opener.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 16-1 
 2. Cesis 16-1 
 3. RTU-Merks 10-9 
 4. DU/Swedbank 7-11 
 5. Liepajas met. 7-12 
 6. LU 3-14 
 7. TTT Jun. 3-14 


TTT Riga bulks up with Jennifer Lacy - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga shored up its frontline by signing Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) for the remainder of the season. The American player already debuted with 21 points in the opener.
Jennifer Lacy started her career in 2001-2002 for Pepperdine (NCAA) and averaged 3.8ppg, 2.2rpg in the first season. She improved the stats every year and in
2004-2005 for Pepperdine (NCAA) showed 16.9ppg, 8.1rpg. In 2005-2006 moved to Europe and played for Terra Sarda Alghero (Italy-A1, starting five). In 30 games she averaged 13.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 43,7%, 3PT: 26,2%, FT: 63,1%. In 2006 moved to Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and in 33 games had 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg. In 2007-2008 went to Poland and appeared in CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK). In EuroCup played 7 games and averaged 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 69%.In Polish League 31 games she showed 11.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. Jennifer Lacy stated year 2008 in Atlanta Dream (WNBA, starting five) and in 33 games herstats read 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 19%, FT: 67.3%. In 2008-2009 appeared for Beijing Great Wall (China-WCBA, starting five). Again moved back for Summer 2009 to Atlanta Dream (WNBA) and 33 games showed 3.0ppg, 2.2rpg.
Jennifer Lacy was named a Ventura County All-Star and All-CIF all-star. In year 2007 became WNBA Champion and in 2009 WNBA Eastern Conference Regular Season Runner-Up.


Cesis and TTT Riga again reach big wins - by Eurobasket News
Cesis and TTT - Riga again reach big wins in the League. TTT Riga won tonight over SK Liepajas Metalurgs 132:49. It was another easy start for the favorites that started with 31-16. The hosts added 30-10 in the second period to take 61:26 halftime advantage. TTT Riga even pushed the tempo for good in the second half and was more offensive in the third and the last stanzas. Eight players scored in double figures for the winners as Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) led them all with 21 points. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Lisa Willis (183-G/F-84, college: UCLA) netted 18 and Kristine Karklina followed them with 17, while Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) ended up with 14. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.
Cesis thrashed RTU - Merks last night 121:37 away from home. The guests started with 32-8 in the opening quarter and increased the lead later in the game. The most troubles the hosts got in the third period when they lost 4-30. With 28-14 Cesis won the last period and the game itself. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Ieva Tare netted 23 and Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) delivered 21. Signe Langenfelde (177-G-88) and Ieva Malkevica finished the night with 7 points each in defeat.



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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Superleague 1A Standings
 1. Roling Niksic 9-0 
 2. Buducnost 6-4 
 3. Antivari Bar 3-6 
 4. Rudar 1-9 
 5. Jedinstvo 0-0 


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  NIGERIA - Women  


First Bank, First Deepwater rivalry good for Nigeria basketball Coach Aderemi - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Head coach of Nigeria and Africa champions Club for Women, First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos, Adewumi Aderemi, is looking forward to another intensive rivalry between his team and NBBF/ Zenith Bank Womens League runner-up First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos when the new season dunks off.

First Deepwater, who in her first season in the elite womens basketball league last year, ended the Elephant Girls seven-year unbeaten run in the local scene, winning 80-72 at the National Stadium, Lagos, on the last day of the 2009 season,.

But the highly experienced First Bank got its pound of flesh back when it walloped First Deepwater by 88-48 in the quarter-finals of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women in Benin Republic, on its way to winning the title.

Coach Aderemi believes the rivalry is good for the development of the game in Nigeria.

He said, 'The First Deepwater issue last year was very good; I liked the way they took the league by storm, challenging every team. We witnessed one of the best leagues last season and because of them, the standard of the womens league was very high last year. Its a welcome development.

'What helped us (First Bank basketball club) was that we won the first and second phase, which put us in good stead to win the league, and that is exactly what we are going to do this year again, the coach popularly called 'owolo' said.

On preparations for the new season, Coach Aderemi said his team was not under pressure to defend its titles in 2010.
Funmilayo Ojelabi (G-85)


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  POLAND - Women  


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Gorzow 19-0 
 2. Lotos Gdynia 18-3 
 3. Energa Torun 15-6 
 4. CCC Polkowice 14-5 
 5. TS Wisla Can-Pak 13-7 
 6. Super-Pol 9-10 
 7. Odra Brzeg 9-11 
 8. Utex Row 8-11 
 9. PTS Lider 6-13 
 10. Inea AZS P. 5-14 
 11. Artego Bydg. 5-15 
 12. LKS Siemens 4-16 
 13. MUKS Pozn. 3-17 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


South prevail against North in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
South - North 75:70

Team South clinched a narrow at the All-Star Game. The event took place in Guarda at the Sao Miguel Municipal Pavilion.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Team South grabbed a narrow 19:18 lead at the first break. Team North however rebounded in the second quarter. Candice Champion (185-F-87, college: Texas Arlington) and Clarissa Santos (182-C-88) helped North to surge in front. They piled up a 40:34 advantage at the main break. But South recharged during the long break and fired back in the second half. They trimmed the deficit to just 4 points with ten minutes to go. The fourth frame belonged to the South. They limited their opponents to 14 points and marched to the win.
Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) finished with 18 points to lead the winners. Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) contributed 11 points for Team South. Clarissa Santos and Candice Champion responded with 12 points each for North. Shannon Howell (175-G/F-82, college: Oregon St.) had 11 points in the defeat. Stacy Boisvert (185-F-86, college: Amer.Internat.) was named the All-Star Game MVP. She tallied 10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists for the winners.

South: Jhasmin Player 18, Ana Fonseca 11, Stacy Boisvert 10
North: Clarissa Santos 12, Candice Champion 12, Shannon Howell 11



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
A1
 1. Targoviste 2-0 
 2. ICIM Arad 2-0 
 3. Sf. Gheorghe 2-0 
 4. Alexandria 1-1 
 5. Satu Mare 1-2 
 6. Rapid Bucuresti 0-1 
 7. Oradea 0-2 
 8. Craiova 0-2 
A2
 1. Cluj Napoca 2-0 
 2. Alba Iulia 1-0 
 3. Brasov 1-1 
 4. Sp.Studentesc 1-1 
 5. Olimpia 0-0 
 6. Timisoara 0-1 
 7. Iasi 0-2 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


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. Snow, Dynamo K.15.2 
 5. Taurasi, Spartak .15.0 
 6. Firsova, Spartak SP14.8 
 7. Danilochkina, Cheva.13.4 
 8. Korstine, Spartak .12.9 
 9. Petrovic, Spartak .12.6 
 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. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.6.8 
 9. Snow, Dynamo K.6.8 
 10. Fowles, Spartak .6.5 
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. Mosch, Nadezhda O.3.5 
 7. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.5 
 8. Abrosimova, UMMC3.3 
 9. Miller, Spartak .3.2 
 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. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.1 
 7. Vorozhtsova, Spart.2.1 
 8. Nolan, UMMC2.0 
 9. Belyakova, Spart.2.0 
 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 .1.6 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC1.4 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.2 
 6. Loginova, Spart.1.0 
 7. Fowles, Spartak .1.0 
 8. Petrakova, Spart.0.8 
 9. Gvozdeva, Dynamo K.0.8 
 10. Yakovleva, Cheva.0.8 


Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
 1. UMMC 13-0 
 2. Spartak V MR 11-1 
 3. Nadezhda O. 9-5 
 4. Dynamo NSU 6-7 
 5. Dynamo K. 5-7 
 6. Spartak SP 5-8 
 7. Dynamo M. 4-8 
 8. Chevakata 2-10 
 9. Spartak M. 2-11 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga (second stage): Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News
Group 1-6: Round 5 review

Poparad went to Nitra as part of the Round 5 of Slovakian Extraliga, Group 1-6. They won three out of four quarters which was enough to claim comfortable 49-64 victory. Natasha Brackett (175-G-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Auburn) led the winning side with 14 points. She got help from Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) and Eve Kmetova who chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. For hosts, Andrea Oravcova shined with 21 points, but she did not receive much support from her teammates.
Presov hosted Ruzomberok and used the home court advantage to secure 76-69 win. Even though it was a closely contested matchup, it was the hosts who held lead for the most of the game and have justly celebrated in the end. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) was the best scorer for hosts with 21 points. Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) followed with 17 while Christina Wirth added 13 points. For Ruzomberok, Simona Podesvova scored 17 points and Adriana Greshnerova chipped in 12.
Dobri Anjeli managed to secure win away from home and to continue their run of good form. They had a fairly easy job against their hosts Basket Steel winning the contest 62-78. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) as good as always, finishing the game with 22 points. She got support from Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) who added 15 as well as Miljana Musovic who chipped in 11.

Group 1-6
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


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Damligan: Round 19 review - by Eurobasket News
In Round 19 of the Swedish top division, 08 Stockholm played hard and managed to steal one from its hosts Mark Basket as they won the contest 69-72. Martina Stalvandt scored 22 points for the winning side, while Agnes Nordstrom (181-G-88) chipped in 11. For hosts, Shawn Goff and Ashley Key had 19 points apiece.
Sundsvall also won away from home, as they have beaten Brahe Basket 70-86. Anna Barthold (183-F-80, college: St.Peter's) shined with 23 points, while Silvia Luz and Anna Hoglund followed with 20 and 16 points respectively. For Brahe Basket, Ajnur Bilibani poured in game high 29 points.
Solna was better than their hosts Visby 58-74 primarily thanks to the play of Maria Nasstrom (173-G-78) who scored 24 points, as well as the duo Christy Bacon and Maria Gultekin who added 14 point each. For hosts, Jeannie Saunders counted to 21 points.
Lulea hosted Eos and after a thrilling finish to the game, secured 67-66 win. Elin Soderstrom (180-F-83) scored 16, while Lisa Angefjord and Emma Nilsson followed with 14 and 12 points for the winning side. On the other side, Alexandra Ferm stood out with 26 points in loss.
Frida Grahn (184-F-88) poured in 24 points and Maria Nilsson added 17 as they helped Norrkoping secure 63-61 home win against Telge Basket. For Telge, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga scored 15 while Binta Drammeh added 14 points.
Finally, Umea was better than Eos 65-56. Pamela Rosanio and Amy Mohr (186-C-83, college: Fort Lewis) were the best scorers for winning side, finishing the game with 26 and 18 points respectively. For Eos, Alexandra Ferm tried to put up a fight, after scoring 21 points.

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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Sdent Sierre joins Fribourg in Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre held off Pully in the second semifinal clash of the Swiss Cup. Sierre claimed a 73:65 victory to advance into the title decider. Tina Moen (183-G-86, college: IPFW) scored 25 points to lead the charge. Sierre did not waste time as they surged ahead in the opening frame. They grabbed a 22:11 lead at the first intermission. Sierre maintained the advantage in the second quarter and piled up a 13-point lead at halftime. Pully tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the long break. Pully cut the deficit at 8-point mark with ten minutes remaining. They tried hard in the fourth stanza but could not prevent at the end. Carem Gay finished with 22 points and 13 boards for Sierre. Maria Villarroel had 15 points and 11 caroms in the victory. Aminata Diop (196-C-83, college: Georgetown) replied with 21 points and 18 rebounds for Pully. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) had 13 points in the loss.
Earlier Fribourg paved their way into the Final. They prevailed against Riva Basket 96:93 in overtime. Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) tallied 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for Fribourg. Jeanette Woodberry (172-G-85, college: Davenport) notched 24 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Megan Skouby (193-C-86, college: Iowa) replied with game-high 36 points and 8 rebounds for Riva Basket. Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) had 22 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.