EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/24/2010

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  ABA   


Another win and new players for the Surf - by Gianni Pascucci
The San Diego Surf squeezed out a victory in a thrilling overtime win, 108-105, over the nationally 8th ranked Los Angeles Slam last night moving to 11th in the ABA Power Rankings. The Slam lead by as much as 10 points at the end of 3 quarters before folding in overtime with the intensified defense of the Surf and Kalonji 'Kono' Kadima (6'3''-G-78, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) sparking the offense off the bench. Terry Menefee (6'4''-G-84, college: Farmingdale St.) was Player of the Game, leading all Surf scorers with 27 points and a strong performance at point guard for the absent Willie Hall (6'0''-G). John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) added 23 points and a solid defensive performance at forward. A significant factor in the win was the play of 4 new big men for the Surf: Demone 'Bam' Webster (6'7''-F-64, college: Cent.Oklahoma), Imani Mackie (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles), Bryan Freshwater (6'8''-C-83, college: Cent.Washington) and Cameron Koford (7'1''-C-77, college: Utah), who all saw action in the win. The Surf welcomes the new players that bring a new inside strength to the team for the playoffs on Sunday, Feb 28th at 7:30pm. when San Diego should play the first round of ABA playoff game with Las Vegas at the Hourglass Arena, Miramar College, before heading to China next month.

Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Play2Win 10-4 
 2. Chico Rage 1-5 
 3. College Park 0-0 
 4. Smoky MJ 0-0 
 5. Crusaders 0-1 
 6. Arlington B. 0-2 
 7. Oklahoma 0-2 
 8. Modesto E. 0-6 
NoCal Div.
 1. S.Francisco R. 10-5 
 2. Clayton 9-3 
 3. California SK 9-6 
 4. Sacramento H. 9-10 
 5. Central Valley 4-10 
North Central Div.
 1. Chicago Steam 15-4 
 2. Lake Michigan 10-6 
 3. Columbus Crush 8-3 
 4. Pittsburgh P. 6-4 
 5. Detroit Hoops 6-5 
 6. Kansas City S. 4-0 
 7. Cleveland R. 2-2 
 8. G.Rapids F. 0-2 
 9. Youngstown S. 0-2 
 10. Akron R. 0-5 
Northeast Div.
 1. Jersey Expr. 12-4 
 2. NY Thunder 9-3 
 3. Maryland M. 7-10 
 4. NY Red Riders 6-9 
 5. Tri-City Suns 5-9 
Pacific Northwest Div.
 1. Seattle M. 8-6 
 2. Seattle ZG 3-0 
 3. Everett 2-2 
 4. Spokane Sunz 1-1 
 5. Washington R. 1-6 
SoCal Div.
 1. LA Slam 6-6 
 2. San Diego S. 6-6 
 3. Compton C. 4-2 
 4. Las Vegas A. 3-0 
 5. Riverside R. 3-2 
 6. Honolulu 1-1 
 7. California BB 1-4 
South Central Div.
 1. Kentucky S. 13-7 
 2. Kentucky B. 12-7 
 3. W.Virginia B. 6-10 
 4. St.Louis S. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Music City Stars 9-3 
 2. Mississippi B. 4-6 
 3. Columbus Life 3-5 
 4. Florida Th. 1-0 
 5. Charlotte 1-3 
 6. Carolina K. 0-0 
 7. Ga PROWL 0-1 
Southwest Div.
 1. SE Texas M. 19-3 
 2. N.Texas F. 10-4 
 3. W.Texas W. 7-5 
 4. Texas Fuel 3-7 
 5. Dallas G. 2-1 
 6. Texas Ch. 0-2 
 7. Houston T. 0-6 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Helios inks Shields - by Zeljko Zule
Helios announced signing of American player Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) for the remainder of the season. He arrives from Greek team Kavala, where he averaged 10.4 points (2P 34%, 3P 41%, FT 89%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals over 26 minutes in 9 HEBA A-1 League games this season. Shields is already a well-known face in Slovenia. Last season he spent with Krka averaging 11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.6 apg for 31 games of Slovenian Telemach League and 15.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.2 spg for 26 games of Adriatic NLB League.

Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Cibona 17-4 
 2. Partizan 15-5 
 3. KK Zagreb 13-8 
 4. U.Olimpija 13-8 
 5. Hemofarm 12-8 
 6. Buducnost 12-9 
 7. Zadar 11-9 
 8. Cedevita 10-11 
 9. Radnicki K. 9-12 
 10. Crvena Zvez. 9-12 
 11. Siroki Eronet 8-13 
 12. FMP 7-14 
 13. Helios 5-16 
 14. Bosna S. 4-16 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Jackson, La Union19.1 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.17.8 
 3. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 4. Williams, Olimpico.16.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.4 
 6. Moodie, Boca Jrs16.3 
 7. Lo Grippo, Atenas16.1 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.0 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.9 
 10. Cequeira, Sionista15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.12.2 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. Griffin, Estudiantes7.8 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.8 
 5. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.5 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 7. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.3 
 8. McFarlan, Union S.7.0 
 9. Leiva, Penarol6.9 
 10. Pelussi, Libertad S.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Luis CEQUEIRA
  Sionista
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 2. Victoriano, Lanus4.3 
 3. Martinez, Sionista4.1 
 4. Labaque, Obras3.9 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.6 
 6. Franco, Estudiantes3.5 
 7. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.3 
 8. Salles, La Union3.2 
 9. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 10. Figueroa, Atenas2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 4. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 5. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 6. Victoriano, Lanus1.5 
 7. Labaque, Obras1.5 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.1.4 
 9. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.4 
 10. Malara, Lanus1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Alston, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.1.4 
 3. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 4. Johnson, Lanus1.1 
 5. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.1 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 7. Rollins, Gimnasia.0.9 
 8. Zanotti, Regatas C.0.8 
 9. Griffin, Estudiantes0.8 
 10. Williams, Union S.0.8 


Liga A week recap - by Facundo Iatzky
Things have not change too much this week. Atenas remains in the first position, but the last lost game plus the injuries of Cristian Romero and Diego Lo Grippo are things to pay attention on. Thne Regatas and Penarol are crearly the two best teams of the moment. Penarol won another version of the classic of Mar del Plata against Quilmes. Quilmes is still in the last position but the victory against Boca on the road give them hope. The same for BB estudiantes. On the other hand, Central Entrerriano and Gimnasia comodoro are in a complicated situation. Gimasia signed Leandro Masieri to replace Federico Mansilla.

Performances of the week:
Round 20:
Juan Espil (193-G-68) 29 points 6 reb
Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) 28 pts 6 reb
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) 23 pts 16 reb
Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) 15 pts 13 reb
Pedro Franco (187-G-81) 18 pts 4 as

Round 19:
Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) 24 pts 14 reb
Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 19 pts 7 reb
Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) 24 pts 10 reb
David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) 23 pts 5 reb
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) 21 pts 11 reb


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Bragado
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Miller, Bragado21.6 
 2. Melo, Z*Indepe.17.4 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF17.3 
 4. Elsener, El Nacional17.0 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.16.2 
 6. Kornegay, A.Ita.15.6 
 7. Harrison, Obera TC15.4 
 8. Ford, Belgrano SN15.3 
 9. Truscott, San M.15.3 
 10. Nwankwo, El Nacional15.3 
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. Williams, Independ.T.7.9 
 4. Leith, Firmat SF7.8 
 5. Espinoza, Argentino7.7 
 6. Benjamin, San M.7.6 
 7. Kornegay, A.Ita.7.5 
 8. Frey, A.Italiana7.5 
 9. Williams, Club 97.4 
 10. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.2 
 2. Gandoy, Belgrano SN3.4 
 3. La Bella, Obera TC2.8 
 4. Palacios, Firmat S.2.7 
 5. Lauro, Z*Indepe.2.6 
 6. Ceci, Argentino2.5 
 7. Perez, El Nacional2.4 
 8. Sartorelli, San M.2.3 
 9. Safar, Argentino2.2 
 10. Luchino, San M.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Javier GILETTA
  Alma Juniors
  (180-F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.4 
 2. Castets, Obera TC2.2 
 3. La Bella, Obera TC2.1 
 4. Elsener, El Nacional2.1 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.2.1 
 6. Fernandez, Alma J.1.9 
 7. Castelli, Independ.T.1.9 
 8. Eseverri, Belgrano.1.8 
 9. Eiguren, Firmat SF1.6 
 10. Bendel, Z*Indepe.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeremy CLAYTON
  Firmat SF
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clayton, Firmat SF1.7 
 2. Espinoza, Argentino1.4 
 3. Williams, Club 91.4 
 4. Francis, Argentino1.4 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.1.3 
 6. Kornegay, A.Ita.1.1 
 7. Robinson, Argentino0.9 
 8. Giorgi, Obera TC0.9 
 9. Ford, Belgrano SN0.9 
 10. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.8 


Alma Juniors Esperanza sign Fred Hooks - by Eurobasket
Alma Juniors Esperanza (TNA) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Fred Hooks (198-F-82, college: Humboldt St.). Hooks played most recently at Fuerza Regia Monterrey (Mexico). While playing 12 games for Fuerza Regia this season he averaged 12.9ppg and 7.2rpg. Hooks is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Iceland, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela.
in his first game with Alma Juniors Esperanza, Fred played 25 minutes and scored 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Liga A, second phase: Round 20 review - by Eurobasket News
Boca Jrs - Lanus 66-65
Boca Juniors grabbed thriller win against Lanus last night improving to 11-9 in the second phase. Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88) and Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) were the leading players in victory with 15 and 12 points respectively. In Lanus (12-8), Sebastian Acosta delivered 14 pts.

Sionista - Olimpico LB 73-53
Easy one for Sionista, whose leading player was Daniel Hure (200-F-85) with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, agency: Liman Sports, college: N.C.Central) also scored 15, and Chuck Robinson added 2 points less. In the loosing squad, Jorge Benitez posted 17 pts. Sionista 11-8, Olimpico LB 8-12.

Penarol - Quilmes MP 78-72
Penarol jumped to 13-4 record after 6-point home win against the last ranked Quilmes. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) stepped up for Penarol with 20 points, Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) had 13 and Leonardo Gutierrez added 12 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Levi Stukes scored 19 pts in defeat.

Union S. - Atenas 81-58
Union blasted Atenas handing them fourth loss of the second phase. James Williams (204-F-79, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Brown Mackie) was in a game mood for the hosts delivered 23 points (5 rebs). Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) had 19, and William McFarlan secured a great help adding 18 points and 7 boards. Juan Pablo Cantero netted 22 pts in defeat. Union 10-10, Atenas 15-4.

Libertad S. - Gimnasia CR 92-72
10-9 for Libertad and 7-13 for Gimnasia CR in the second phase. Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, agency: Buck Andre, college: Maryland) shined with 21 points and 9 rebounds, and Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points, plus 6 rebounds in this victory. In defeat, Hakeem Rollins had double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Regatas C. - C.Entrerriano 66-64
13th win for Regatas in the second stage and at the same time 15th loss for Central Enterriano. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) once again was a key player in his team collecting 15 points and 13 rebounds. Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) shined in defeat with 28 pts.

Quimsa - Estudiantes 71-72
Estudiantes grabbed tiny road win against Quimsa mostly owing to Pedro Franco (187-G-81) and Emiliano Agostino (191-G-84), who drained 18 points each. Michael Robinson (198-F-76, college: Purdue) followed them with 10 points and 9 boards. For the hosts, Roman Gonzalez collected 23 points and 16 rebs. Estudiantes 7-12, Quimsa 9-8.

La Union - Obras 72-78
Juan Espil (193-G-68) exploded in this game with 29 points and 6 rebounds. He made 7 of 9 attempts from behind the arc leading his Obras to 7-11 in the second phase. Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) scored 15 pts. In La Union (12-8), David Jackson and Diego Gerbaudo had 15 pts each.


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL: Perth Wildcats advance to Grand Final - by Eurobasket News
Blaze - Perth 78-82
Perth Wildcats have overcome a 16-point deficit to end the Gold Coast Blaze season 82-78 in a fierce encounter at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Tuesday night. A sublime final term from Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) led the Wildcats to the win; the slippery import was in everything at both ends and had 11 of his 18 in the final five minutes as the Blaze got stage fright. Perth will happily take the win and rest for 10 days with their grand-final opponent yet to be decided, but a final quarter meltdown will haunt the Blaze all offseason. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) scored 14 and Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) added 11 points in this victory. In defeat, inspired skipper James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) was happy to take almost any shot presented him on his way to 28 points and he was supported by apprentice Chris Goulding (190-G-88) (18 points) who tallied his yield in bunches. *Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)



Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Penney, Breakers23.2 
 2. McKee, Hawks17.9 
 3. Ballinger, 36ers17.6 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles17.5 
 5. Hodge, Tigers17.5 
 6. Gilchrist, 36ers16.9 
 7. Bruton, Breakers16.8 
 8. Worthington, Tig.16.3 
 9. Ubaka, Blaze16.3 
 10. Redhage, Perth15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rick RICKERT
  Breakers
  (211-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rickert, Breakers7.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.0 
 3. Worthington, Tig.6.9 
 4. Rychart, Taipans6.8 
 5. Roberts, Crocodiles6.7 
 6. Petrie, Blaze6.6 
 7. Burston, 36ers6.5 
 8. Schenscher, Perth6.5 
 9. Holmes, 36ers6.4 
 10. Maxey, Blaze6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Hodge, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 3. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 4. Ubaka, Blaze4.2 
 5. Gilchrist, 36ers4.2 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles3.4 
 7. Groves, 36ers3.4 
 8. Crosswell, Tigers3.4 
 9. Bruton, Breakers3.3 
 10. Boucher, Breakers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Perth
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Martin, Perth1.5 
 2. Bruton, Breakers1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 4. Jones, Taipans1.3 
 5. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Hodge, Tigers1.2 
 8. McKee, Hawks1.2 
 9. Lisch, Perth1.1 
 10. Worthington, Tig.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hodge, Tigers0.9 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 3. Rickert, Breakers0.7 
 4. Penney, Breakers0.7 
 5. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 6. Redhage, Perth0.6 
 7. Melzer, Taipans0.6 
 8. Maxey, Blaze0.6 
 9. Wagstaff, Perth0.5 
 10. Lisch, Perth0.5 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Furstenfeld 20-3 
 2. Wels 19-4 
 3. Gmunden 18-5 
 4. Klosterneub. 18-5 
 5. Kapfenberg 15-8 
 6. Arkadia 11-12 
Group B
 1. St.Polten 11-12 
 2. Oberwart 10-13 
 3. Gussing 7-16 
 4. Vienna 6-17 
 5. Worthersee 3-20 
 6. UBSC Graz 0-23 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Arkadia
  (193-G/F-76)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Houston, Arkadia23.4 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden20.9 
 3. Francois, Gussing19.7 
 4. Penigar, Furstenf.19.3 
 5. Roderick, Arkadia18.9 
 6. Dilys, Arkadia18.3 
 7. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.3 
 8. Paez, Oberwart18.1 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.17.7 
 10. Kugerl, Kapfenberg17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Oberwart
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Johnson, Oberwart9.2 
 2. Houston, Arkadia8.8 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.8.5 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.8.2 
 5. Conley, Wels7.8 
 6. McCandies, Worth.7.8 
 7. Forrestal, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Heard, Gussing7.0 
 9. Moric, Klostern.6.9 
 10. Anderson, Vienna6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Danek, Arkadia5.0 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden4.9 
 3. Woschank, Kapfe.4.4 
 4. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.4.2 
 6. Richards, Gussing4.0 
 7. Zeleznik, UBSC G.3.9 
 8. Creddle, Klostern.3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Vienna3.5 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenberg3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Arkadia
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Roderick, Arkadia2.3 
 2. O''Neal, Vienna2.2 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 4. Payton, Vienna2.1 
 5. Penigar, Furstenf.1.9 
 6. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.7 
 7. Richards, Gussing1.6 
 8. Jandl, St.Polten1.6 
 9. Schreiner, St.Po.1.6 
 10. Fields, Wels1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus HEARD
  Gussing
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Heard, Gussing1.4 
 2. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 3. Anderson, Vienna1.0 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.8 
 5. Francois, Gussing0.7 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 7. Kohlmaier, St.Polten0.7 
 8. Koch, Gussing0.6 
 9. Bralovic, Arkadia0.6 
 10. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.6 


David Grbesic is leaving Oberwart - Gunners sign Kelvin Parker in stead - by Stefan Prager
David Grbesic (194-G-79) has left the Oberwart Gunners after his Try Out period has expired. Grbesic played just six games for the Gunners. Gunners Manager Andreas Leitner said that he made a good job but that he just wasn't the right player for the Gunners situation. The team from Oberwart is in a 'mini rebuilding process' after missing the so called Hauptrunde and signing a new Head Coach in Neno Asceric. A few days ago injured Shooting Guard Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) left the Gunners as well to play for the Woerthersee Piraten.

Meanwhile the Gunners presented a new Point Guard in Kelvin Parker (183-G-82, college: NW Missouri St.). The 6'0'' Point Guard, Kansas native, has played in Germany since 2006. His former teams are Roendorf Dragons and Bayern Munich of the German Pro A. In the 2008/09 campaign Parker averaged 17.2ppg and dished out a solid 4.1 assists per contest.


A Bundesliga: First round of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Arkadia - Furstenfeld 73-81
Furstenfeld closed Round 1 of the second stage with nice 73-81 road win against Arkadia. Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri St.) shined for the Panthers with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) and Jasmon Youngblood netted 14 and 13 points respectively. For the hosts, Kevin Houston delivered 21 points. Furstenfeld 20-3, Arkadia 11-12.

Kapfenberg - Wels 54-70
Wels cruised past Kapfenberg on the road remaining the second ranked team in Group A with 19-4 record. Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) added 14 points and 9 rebs, while Trenton Meacham also scored 14 points in this game. Armin Woschank replied with 15 pts and 6 rebs in defeat.

Gmunden - Klosterneub. 87-56
Gmunden had couple of players in a game mood this week-end. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was the leading one with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) and Matthias Mayer followed him with 12 pts each. In defeat, Curtis Bobb shined with 17 pts and 9 boards. Both teams have 18-5 record now.

Group B
Worthersee - Oberwart 61-83
10-13 for the Gunners and 3-20 for Worthersee after this game. Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Stephen F. Austin) came up with 29 points in victory. Jonathan Levy (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Milan Stegnjaic (13 rebs) added 20 and 12 points respectively. Rasid Mahalbasic and Sebastian Schall netted 13 points each for the hosts.

Vienna - Gussing 72-64
Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) shined for Vienna with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) had 19 points and Rhynes Spencer helped with 12 pts, plus 7 boards. Visitors got 21 points from Frank Richards. Vienna 6-17, Gussing 7-16.

UBSC Graz - St.Polten 80-94
St. Polten celebrated expected road win against UBS Graz, staying on top of Group B with 11-12 record. David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) was on fire in victory with 26 and Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) followed him with 4 points less. Damir Zeleznik had 24 points and 8 assists for the hosts, who still look for the first win this season.



Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Grundurchgang Standings
East
 1. Basket 2000 11-2 
 2. Mistelbach 9-4 
 3. Danube City 9-4 
 4. Amstetten F. 6-7 
 5. Mattersb.R. 6-7 
 6. Baden BJ 5-8 
 7. Modling 3-10 
 8. Vienna 87 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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Broadus, Suduva21.7 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev21.6 
 3. Davis, Valmiera20.0 
 4. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.8 
 5. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.19.2 
 6. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 7. Kelys, Perlas18.4 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.3 
 9. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.0 
 10. Gailius, Siauliai17.6 
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. Morrison, TU/Rock8.3 
 7. Valanciunas, Perlas8.3 
 8. Cresnar, Valmiera8.2 
 9. Kojenets, Liepaja8.1 
 10. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.7.4 
 2. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.2 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping6.0 
 5. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 6. Maceina, Rudupis4.9 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.9 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.5 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.5 
 10. Kelys, Perlas4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.0 
 2. Vileita, Rudupis2.6 
 3. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 4. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 5. Gervin, Norrkoping2.3 
 6. Bitinas, Neptunas2.2 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 8. Leonavicius, Sakalai2.2 
 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. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas1.5 
 8. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.4 
 9. Silinskis, Nevezis1.4 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 


Baltic-League Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elite
TU/Rock - Nevezis 100-65
TU/Rock fired past Nevezis as Janar Talts (205-C-83) nailed 21 points. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88, agency: Liman Sports) contributed 19 points in the eighth win for the Estonian team. Egidijus Dimsa replied with 15 points for Nevezis in the loss.

Valmiera - VEF Riga 70-84
VEF Riga stopped Valmiera on the road to gain the eighth win in the season. Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) scored 21 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the way. Arnas Labuckas added 17 points for the winners. Daviin Davis answered with 23 points and 12 boards for Valmiera.

Ventspils - Siauliai 80-73
Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) knocked down 17 points to lead Ventspils past Siauliai at home court. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) had 12 points in the winning effort. Mindaugas Kuzminskas delivered 18 points in the loss.



Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Zalgiris 14-2 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 12-1 
 3. Ventspils 9-6 
 4. TU/Rock 8-8 
 5. Siauliai 8-8 
 6. VEF Riga 8-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 6-7 
 8. Valmiera 5-11 
 9. Liepaja 3-12 
 10. Nevezis 2-12 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Norrkoping 6-2 
 2. Juventus 5-3 
 3. Sakalai 4-4 
 4. Techasas 4-4 
 5. Valga Welg 1-7 
Group B
 1. Perlas 6-2 
 2. Tallinna Kalev 5-3 
 3. Zemgale 4-4 
 4. Alytus Alita 3-5 
 5. Aisciai 2-6 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 6-2 
 2. TTU KK 5-3 
 3. Neptunas 5-3 
 4. Suduva 4-4 
 5. Keizarmezs 0-8 


VEF Riga keeps McCullough, Ventspils does the same with Tatum - by Eurobasket News
After two weeks of try-out, VEF Riga signed contract for rest of the season with Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop). The 24-year old McCullough came to Latvia from Ramat Gan. He appeared 12 times in Israeli top division averaging 13.2 points and 4 rebounds. His team had just one victory and was the last ranked in the league. Before Ramat Gan, Taj McCullough spent one season with Erie Bay Hawks and Fort Wayne Mad Ants in NDBL. With the Mad Ants he had 17.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 36 games. McCullough is a product of Winthrop University, where he graduated in 2008. In his senior season McCullough had 11.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 34 games. VEF Riga currently has 7-8 record in Baltic league.
After a short tryout period, Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) has been confirmed by BK Ventspils until the end of the season. Jamaal Tatum started it in Cholet Basket in France. The 25-year-old guard averaged 3.7 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In ProA his stats read 5.4 points and 1.2 assists. Last season Jamaal Tatum played in the D-League. He produced 11.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds for the Idaho Stampede. Ventslips has 7 wins and 8 defeats at this moment in Baltic league.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Fleurus 15-5 
 2. Bree 14-5 
 3. Kangar.-Boom 12-8 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 12-8 
 5. Hasselt 11-9 
 6. De Westhoek 11-10 
 7. Waregem 10-9 
 8. Pitzemburg 10-10 
 9. Essor Charleroi 9-11 
 10. Zolder 7-11 
 11. Excelsior 7-11 
 12. Carnieres 7-12 
 13. Nivelles 6-12 
 14. Jupille 4-14 


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  BRAZIL   


NBB All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Team Kanela - Team Pedroca 127:114
Team Kanela celebrated victory in a highly entertaining NBB All Star Game. The clash crowned an intense basketball action over All Star Game weekend in Uberlandia. Thee-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk contests preceded the All Star Game. Thiago Melo of Pinheiros clinched the crown in Three-Point Shootout. Rafael Mineiro overcame Fulvio to claim the Slam Dunk trophy.
The game itself was a roller-coaster action. Team Kanela enjoyed a 40:27 lead after the opening frame. Team Pedroca Tiago Valentin De Lima and Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) narrowed the deficit in the second frame. Team Kanela led by just one point at halftime 61:60. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) took over in the second half. Flamengo leading scorer fired from all distances to ignite Team Kanela. They ran in front and rallied to a confident win at the end.
Marcelinho Machado exploded with game-high 38 points to lead the effort. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) added 20 points, while Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 11 points for the winners. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points for Team Pedroca. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) nailed 18 points, while Larry Taylor netted 16 points in defeat.
Marcelinho Machado was named the MVP of the Game.

Team Kanela: Marcelinho Machado 38, Olivinha Rodriguez 20, Murilo da Rosa 11
Team Pedroca: Alexandre Garcia 20, Shamell Stallworth 18, Larry Taylor 16



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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Harper, Levski25.1 
 2. Durchev, Chernomo.19.8 
 3. Cole, Levski19.5 
 4. Bozov, Balkan19.4 
 5. Gruev, Rilski Sport17.8 
 6. Brown, Chernomo.17.1 
 7. Lilov, Balkan16.9 
 8. Angelov, Yambol16.6 
 9. Dimitrov, Spart.16.2 
 10. Antic, Lukoil A.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bruce BROWN
  Chernomorets
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Brown, Chernomo.9.1 
 2. Antic, Lukoil A.8.4 
 3. Brown, Lukoil A.8.0 
 4. Peterson, Rilski S.7.8 
 5. Burgess, Rilski Sport7.4 
 6. Radev, Balkan7.4 
 7. Kennerly, Spart.7.4 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.6.6 
 9. Morton, Chernomo.6.4 
 10. Deane, Lukoil A.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Lukoil A.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Russell, Lukoil A.5.5 
 2. Jones, Rilski Sport5.4 
 3. Gruev, Rilski Sport5.3 
 4. Aleksiev, Chernomo.5.2 
 5. Webb, Cherno More4.1 
 6. Mirakovski, Cherno M.4.0 
 7. Velikov, Levski3.8 
 8. Frasor, Levski3.5 
 9. Radionov, Yambol3.3 
 10. Dimitrov, Spart.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Yambol
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Radionov, Yambol2.4 
 2. Russell, Lukoil A.2.1 
 3. Wells, Lukoil A.2.1 
 4. Harper, Levski1.9 
 5. Lilov, Balkan1.9 
 6. Angelov, Yambol1.8 
 7. Deane, Lukoil A.1.8 
 8. Velikov, Levski1.8 
 9. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.8 
 10. Bozov, Balkan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bruce BROWN
  Chernomorets
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Brown, Chernomo.1.5 
 2. Brown, Lukoil A.1.5 
 3. Gocevski, Yambol0.9 
 4. Cole, Levski0.9 
 5. Earl, Yambol0.9 
 6. Peterson, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Radev, Balkan0.7 
 8. Veselovs, Cherno M.0.7 
 9. Burgess, Rilski Sport0.6 
 10. Doychinov, Cherno M.0.6 


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  CROATIA   


Ivan Sunara takes over Helios Domzale as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Helios Domazale has announced appointment of Ivan Sunara (agency: Agency No 10 ) as their new Head Coach. Slovenian outfit has decided to let Rado Trifunovic go after a string of poor results in Adriatic League and Slovenian Cup. Helios is currently 4th in Slovenian top division with the score of 12 wins and 6 losses. However, in Adriatic League they are facing with bad results after wining just 5 times in 21 appearances. Clubs management has decided that the fresh approach is needed and have identified Sunara as the right man for the job. Sunara is expected to make his debut this coming Saturday when Helios is set to face Buducnost Podgorica.
Ivan Sunara started his coaching career in season 1997-1998 when he took over Maribor Ovni. Following year he started as Head Coach at Maribor Ovni, but resigned in October of 1998. He then went on to coach the likes of Krka Telekom Novo Mesto with whom he has won the National Title in 2000. One year later he moved to Croatian outfit Zrinjevac Zagreb where he coached for two seasons. In 2002, he took over Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana and he led them to National Cup Finals in 2003. Sunara also coached Siroki, Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt and Cibona. Last season he returned to Slovenia where he coached Krka Novo Mesto. Sunara also has experience with working with youth categories of the Slovenian National Team. In 2004 he was appointed Head Coach of U20 Slovenia. He took them to U20 European Championships which was held in Czech Republic in 2004. In 2008, he also led Slovenia at U20 European Championships which were held in Latvia.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Nymburk edge Gran Canaria in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Gran Canaria 79:71
The Czech champions Nymburk recorded the second win at the EuroCup Last 16. They held off Gran Canaria in overtime to boost their chances of reaching the tournaments quarterfinal. Nymburk and Gran Canaria are now tied at 2-2 record in Pool L.
The visitors got to the better start to the game. Gran Canaria fired 24 points worth a 7-point lead at the first break. But Nymburk rebounded pretty quickly. The second frame fully belonged to the hosts. They limited Gran Canaria to ten points pouring 24 themselves. The scoreboard read 41:34 at halftime. The roller coaster action continued in the third period. Gran Canaria regained the initiative and started to work their way back into the contest. The visitors denied the deficit and entered the fourth term tied with Nymburk at 55. The teams exchanged baskets throughout tense dramatic fourth period but neither side was able to put their noses in front. Gran Canaria and Nymburk went for extra five minutes. The Spaniards scored just two points in overtime and had to surrender at the end. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) tossed in 19 points to lead the hosts. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) added 17 points in the victory. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 21 points and 5 boards for Gran Canaria. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) had 15 points and 8 caroms in the losing effort.

Nymburk: Arthur Lee 19, Ladislav Sokolovsky 17, Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford), Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) 13
Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 21, Sitapha Savane 15



Eurobasket.com Interview with Dwight Burke - by Surujh Roopnarine
Consistency is an attribute that unfortunately has not been used to describe NH Ostrava this season. After this weekends 101-76 loss at BK Synthesia Pardubice, Ostrava sits at 8-23 and in 11th position in the league standings. However, with nine games to go in the regular season, they are only three games behind BC Kolin (11-20), who hold the eighth and final playoff spot. If Ostrava can get inspired and consistent play over the stretch run, then a return trip to the playoffs is not out of the question. To that point, enter Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette). A rookie out of Marquette who began this season playing in Uruguay for Bigua Basket, Burke joined Ostrava a little les than two weeks ago and made an immediate impact, notching a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 60-84 loss at Opava. While the wins have not immediately come for Ostrava since Burkes arrival (0-3), the 6-8 forward from Brooklyn, N.Y. has provided efficient scoring, a tough interior presence and a consistent effort on both the offensive and defensive ends. Dwight took some time to answer a few questions about his initial impressions of his new club, the beginning of his professional career and they type of player he hopes to be for Ostrava.

Eurobasket: First of all welcome to the Czech Republic. How has your first week been in the country?


Burke: It will actually be two weeks today. It has been good so far. Im finally getting my system adjusted to living here so Im happy. Ostrava is also a nice city so everything has been good so far.

Eurobasket: What are your first impressions of your head coach (Zdenek Hummel) and the rest of your teammates? What has been the biggest adjustment on and off the court?

Burke: Coach Hummel is very laid back but he has a good knowledge for the game. The rest of my teammates are all nice guys. Mike Mitchell (181-G-83, college: N.Mexico St.) has been very helpful in helping me adjust so far. The team is very young and inexperienced so hopefully I can help bring them some of my knowledge as a player and we can do well in the league.

Eurobasket: What led you to joining Ostrava? Did you know anything about the club or the Czech basketball league prior to coming over?

Burke: After leaving my last situation in Uruguay I was looking for an opportunity to play and Ostrava was one of the first teams to show interest so I decided to take the opportunity. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) (point guard for BK Prostejov) is a friend of mine and he's been playing here, so I heard good things about the league and the competition. So in all I think it should be a good situation for me.

Eurobasket: As you mentioned, your pro career actually got started in September when you joined Bigua Basket of Uruguay. What was that experience like? What led to your eventual departure?


Burke: The experience was very mixed. I liked the country and the city I was playing in. The basketball side of things had a few ups and downs. I was playing pretty well for the team but some financial issues came about and it was best that we part ways, so I was released. I learned a lot from the situation there so I am thankful for the experience.

Eurobasket: Your senior class at Marquette was one of the best in the schools history; Wesley Matthews is now with the Utah Jazz while Dominic James and Jerel McNeal are playing in Turkey and Belgium respectively. Was there a lot of talk and help between the four of you in planning your careers after Marquette?

Burke: Yes, I still speak with them regularly now. We all are good friends and after graduating Marquette we all kept in touch and updated each other on what our next moves would be and potential opportunities that came up. I wish all of them success, and I know they feel the same regarding me.

Eurobasket: What is your favorite (basketball) memory from your time at Marquette?

Burke: I do not have one specific memory that I could call my favorite. Playing there for the time I did and enjoying the bonds I built with teammates and competing at such a high level was a great joy for me.

Eurobasket: As a guy from New York who bounced around a little during high school, how did you eventually find yourself in Wisconsin? What were some of your other choices coming out of St. Benedicts (NJ)?

Burke: I chose Marquette because they made me feel at home when I took my visit. The program is nationally recognized and has a great history and tradition. The coaching was top notch, and the team was very close, so at the time it seemed to be the best option for me. Other schools that were interested in me were Rutgers, Seton Hall, Miami, South Florida, and Rhode Island.

Eurobasket: For those who may not know too much about what you bring to the table, please let the fans know just who is Dwight Burke, the person and the player?

Burke: I am a player who is consistent with his effort on a daily basis. I have a good knowledge for the game of basketball. I am talented and have room to grow and make myself better. Most importantly I work very hard and take pride in my work as a player and a professional. As a person I am easy going and very laid back. I am very easy to get along with and a very fun guy.

Eurobasket: Ostrava has been struggling this season to say the least, which is something you were not too used to at Marquette. What do you do to maintain your focus and not get to down during a losing streak or difficult period?

Burke: I am a highly competitive person and do not like losing. I was used to winning at Marquette as you mentioned, so it can be very difficult to step into a situation where that is not the case. The most important thing is for me to keep working on my own personal game every day so that I know I am bringing my best effort to the team. I love my career and the game of basketball so just showing up to the gym everyday with a chance to keep playing will keep me focused.

Eurobasket: Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines that you go thru prior to a game? What is something that people may not know about you?

Burke: Before a game I like to listen to music to help me zone out and get focused. I also like to be one of the first players on the court to shoot and get ready for the game. People may not know that I am very observant of the things and situations around me so I am able to learn and grow from anything I go through.

** Surujh Roopnarine for www.eurobasket.com



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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Johnson, Bakken23.8 
 2. Smith, Svendborg23.4 
 3. Kearse, SISU22.8 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.8 
 5. Nielsen, Randers20.4 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Dennis, Naestved19.1 
 8. Vance, Aalborg18.7 
 9. Seilund, Amager BK18.3 
 10. Proctor, Bakken18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Christoffers., Bak.10.4 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 3. Willis, Randers9.3 
 4. Miskovic, Randers9.3 
 5. Iversen, Svendborg9.2 
 6. Vance, Aalborg9.0 
 7. Johansen, Naestved8.6 
 8. Johnson, Bakken7.8 
 9. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 10. Johnson, Horsens IC7.5 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Randers6.5 
 2. Bradley, Amager BK5.3 
 3. Rinkevicius, SISU4.9 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken4.7 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.6 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.5 
 7. Claitt, Horsens IC4.4 
 8. Thuesen, Bakken4.1 
 9. Dennis, Naestved4.0 
 10. Smith, Svendborg4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Svendborg3.0 
 2. Proctor, Bakken2.0 
 3. Kearse, SISU2.0 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj1.8 
 5. Dennis, Naestved1.8 
 6. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 7. Nielsen, Randers1.6 
 8. Houguet, Aalborg1.6 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg1.6 
 10. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.2 
 3. Willis, Randers1.6 
 4. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 5. Johnson, Bakken1.3 
 6. Miskovic, Randers1.3 
 7. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.1 
 8. Seilund, Amager BK1.1 
 9. Kalvelis, SISU1.0 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 30-6 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 19-14 
 3. Dakota W. 17-15 
 4. Erie Bay H. 12-22 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 11-19 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 24-9 
 2. Austin T. 21-11 
 3. Maine R.Claws 20-13 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 17-14 
 5. Albuquerque 17-16 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 17-17 
 2. Idaho S. 15-17 
 3. Reno Bighorns 15-17 
 4. Bakersfield J. 9-24 
 5. Los Angeles D. 8-20 
 6. Springfield A. 5-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malik HAIRSTON
  San Antonio S.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Hairston, Austin T.29.1 
 2. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 3. Harris, Rio Grande26.1 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.26.1 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 7. Taylor, Idaho S.23.0 
 8. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 9. Tolliver, Idaho S.21.4 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Jones, Austin T.15.4 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 4. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.4 
 5. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.1 
 6. Butch, Bakersfi.10.0 
 7. Harris, Rio Grande9.7 
 8. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.9.6 
 9. Simpson, Los A.9.5 
 10. Looby, Albuquerque9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.4 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande9.4 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.3 
 4. Curry, Springfield A.7.3 
 5. Clinkscales, Erie B.7.0 
 6. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.8 
 8. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.6.5 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.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.2.2 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.0 
 7. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.1.9 
 10. McLeod, Albuquer.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Looby, Albuquerque3.4 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Jones, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Benson, Reno B.1.7 
 7. Trybanski, Reno B.1.7 
 8. McKenzie, Idaho S.1.5 
 9. Daniels, Bakersfi.1.5 
 10. Dorsey, Rio Grande1.5 


Last Night in the D-League: Wizards Squeak Past Stampede 106-105 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Curtis Withers (6'8''-F-84, college: Charlotte) connected on a driving layup in the waning seconds as the Dakota Wizards staged a huge fourth quarter comeback to nip the visiting Idaho Stampede 106-105 last night in Bismarck. Idaho (15-17) entered the fourth quarter with an eight point lead but the home Wizards (18-15 picked away at the lead before capping the comeback with the layup from Withers in the final seconds. Withers was one of six Dakota players to score in double figures, led by Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, college: Fresno St.), who came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points on 6-11 shooting. For Idaho, who have dropped nine of their last 12 dating back to January 23, Lance Allred (6'11''-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) led the way with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Cory Underwood (6'10''-F/C-80, college: SUNO), who has played well since joining Dakota a little over a week ago (12.7ppg, 6.0rpg), scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds against his former team.
STAMPEDE: Donell Taylor (22pt+9rb+5as), Lance Allred (20pt+11rb), Andre Barrett (16pt+9as), Coby Karl (15pt+5rb+5as)
WIZARDS: Renaldo Major (17pt), Curtis Withers (14pt+8rb), Maurice Baker (13pt+5rb+5as), Cory Underwood (10pt+6rb)



Oklahoma City Signs Antonio Anderson from Rio Grande Valley of D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) is the fourth Rio Grande Valley Vipers player to receive an NBA Call-Up this season, as the Oklahoma City Thunder signed the rookie guard to a 10-day contract on Monday. Anderson joins Vipers teammates Michael Harris, Will Conroy and Garrett Temple, who were all signed by Houston, as call-ups this season. Anderson, a 6-6 guard out of Memphis, has started all 32 games he has played for the Vipers this season, averaging 15.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 39.6 minutes.
A four-year contributor at Memphis, Anderson averaged 10.1 points, 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds during his senior season when he was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Anderson was selected as an NBA D-League All-Star this season, but missed the game due to injury.



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  EBA   


Undefeated Delaware Destroyers Sit atop EBA - by EBA Media
With of the EBA season completed, the Delaware Destroyers lead the way with a perfect 8-0 record. This past weekend, the Destroyers stepped out of their conference (Northern) to defeat the only other previously unbeaten team, the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers (Southern) 95-93 in an epic battle.

The Delaware team has displayed good scoring balance and defense throughout the year under the direction of their coach, Dallas Comegys, the former All-American from DePaul. Farheed Cheatham, 21.4 ppg and 9.9 rebounds; Kojak McCoy, 19.3 ppg and 3.5 assists; and Mike Keyes, 17.4 ppg are the team leaders.

The Destroyers are well on their way to defending their 2009 Championship with the #1 seed for the play-offs definitely within their grasp.



Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Carter 28.5 Hype
2 Hankins 28.2 Mustangs
3 Carter 27.0 Rebels
4 Moore 26.5 Stallions
5 Richardson 26.2 Wiz
Rebounds Per Game
1 Brown 13.4 All-Stars
2 Wilson 12.4 Patrons
3 Stewart 11.2 Bulldogs
4 Goodman 11.0 Hype
5 Cox 10.6 Wizards
Assists Per Game
1 Hargrave 8.8 Bulldogs
2 Godette 7.7 Rebels
3 Weldon 7.0 Destroyers
4 Pursoo 5.9 Wizards
5 Jackson 5.6 Bulldogs
Steals Per Game
1 Ford 4.4 Madness
2 Hargrave 3.4 Bulldogs
3 Kemp 3.0 Trailblazers
4 Clark 2.7 Rebels
5 Godette 2.7 Rebels
Blocks Per Game
1 Stewart 4.4 Bulldogs
2 Clark 4.1 Trailblazers
3 Grant 4.0 Wolverines
4 Stibbins 3.8 Horizon
5 Norman 2.6 Dest


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Conference
Empire Div.
 1. Elmira B. 7-1 
 2. New York W. 7-1 
 3. Connecticut S. 3-4 
 4. Hudson V.H. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic Div.
 1. DE Destroyers 8-0 
 2. Harrisburg H. 4-2 
 3. Garden St. R. 4-4 
 4. Newark P. 0-7 
Southern Conference
Capital Div.
 1. Washington M. 5-1 
 2. M. All-Stars 5-4 
 3. Alexandria A. 4-5 
 4. NoVa H. 3-4 
 5. Beltway B. 0-6 
Dominion Div.
 1. True Hope TB 8-1 
 2. Salem M. 2-4 
 3. Hampton RC 1-4 
 4. Virginia W. 0-7 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Krasnie Krilya 3-1 
 2. Goettingen 3-1 
 3. Eiff.Towers 1-3 
 4. AEL 1-3 
Group J
 1. FMP 3-1 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 2-2 
 3. Art.Dragons 2-2 
 4. Liege 1-3 
Group K
 1. Scavolini PS 4-0 
 2. Chalon 2-2 
 3. Buducnost 1-3 
 4. APOEL 1-3 
Group L
 1. Roanne 3-1 
 2. Antwerp 3-1 
 3. Enisey 1-3 
 4. Banvit 1-3 


EuroChallenge Round: 4 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
AEL - Goettingen 90-97
Goettingen improved to 3-1 record in Group I beating AEL 97:90. Six players scored in double digits as Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) led them all with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jacobson Ben nailed 18 and Rochestie Taylor posted 16 for the German side. Giannoulis Giannis responded with 23 points in the losing effort as AEL dropped at 1-3. Evtimov Ilian notched 16 and Taylor Quincy added 13.

Krasnie Krilya - Eiff.Towers 77-47
Krasnie Krilya earned a confident home victory over Eiffel Towers. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Samara team. Luis Flores added 14 points as Krasnie Krilya improved at 3-1 record on top of Group I. Anthony Richardson responded with 13 points for Eiffel Towers. Jerome Beasley had 12 points and 17 boards in defeat.

Group J
Art.Dragons - FMP 82-72
Artland Dragons handed FMP their first 82:72 loss for 2-2 record in Group J. The hosts were too good in the fist three periods and did not mind losing the last frame 13-21. Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Hall Darius followed him with 16. Jeremic Mladen ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Stamenkovic Pedja and Radetic Bojan added 13 apiece.

KK Zagreb CO - Liege 79-94
Liege is too far to give up and is back on track after the trip to Croatia. The Belgian team overcame Zagreb CO 94:79 for 1-3 record in Group J of EuroChallenge. Josh Duncan (204-F/C-86) led five players scoring in double figures with 21 points and Banks Adrian followed him with 19. Zoric Luka responded with 21 points in the losing effort as Zagreb fell at 2-2. Mulaomerovic Damir netted 15 and Garma Nikola had 11.

Group K
Chalon - Buducnost 87-59
Chalon tied their record at 2-2 beating Buducnost 87:59 on February 23rd. Joffrey Lauvergne (207-F-91) stepped up with 14 points, whilst Gray Taj and Schilb Blake scored 12 apiece. Dragicevic Vladimir answered with 15 points for the visitors.

Scavolini PS - APOEL 78-69
Scavolini PS is the only undefeated team in Top 16 of EuroChallenge crusing past APOEL 78:69. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83) top-scored for the favorites with 18 points and Williams Eric followed him with 16. Hopkins Lewis answered with 15 points fo the visiting side.

Group L
Roanne - Enisey 103-87
More than 3000 fans saw another win of Roanne as they rolled over Enisey 103:87. Noel David, Uchenna Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Mims Ralph top-scored for the winners with 17 points each whilst Amagou Pape-Philippe scored 16. Warrick Fred ended up with 21 points for the Russian side.

Antwerp - Banvit 72-59
Antwerp edged Banvit 72:59 at EuroChallenge Top 16 Round 4. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) paced all the winners with 19 points and Black Timothy as well as Moors Roel netted 12 each. Davis Charles finished the night with 15 poits for the guests.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  BC Donetsk
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Tucker, BC Donetsk23.4 
 2. Mitchell, Khimik21.3 
 3. Giannoulis, AEL20.4 
 4. Renfroe, VEF Riga20.2 
 5. Greene, Aalstar20.2 
 6. Flores, Krasnie .18.9 
 7. Banks, Liege18.2 
 8. Perry, BC Donetsk18.2 
 9. Smith, Keravnos17.8 
 10. Simon, Strasbourg17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  Wels
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Conley, Wels10.8 
 2. Burlacu, Ploiesti10.2 
 3. Ebong, M.Hainaut9.7 
 4. Blanchard, Khimik9.3 
 5. Nsonwu, Roanne9.2 
 6. Thomas, Liege8.8 
 7. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.7 
 8. Simon, Strasbourg8.3 
 9. Tomic, KK.8.2 
 10. Zizic, Cedevita7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga9.8 
 2. Everett, Chalon8.0 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers6.2 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie .6.1 
 5. Covic, FMP5.7 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik5.7 
 7. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.5 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg5.5 
 9. Cooper, Keravnos5.3 
 10. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.7 
 2. Ermis, Banvit2.7 
 3. Mitchell, Khimik2.7 
 4. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.5 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines2.3 
 6. Kolchenko, Khimik2.3 
 7. Green, Scavolini PS2.3 
 8. Fields, Wels2.3 
 9. Lukashov, BC Kyiv2.2 
 10. Everett, Chalon2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Taj GRAY
  Chalon
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gray, Chalon2.0 
 2. Morrison, TU/Rock2.0 
 3. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv1.7 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 5. Owens, BC Donetsk1.7 
 6. Shukhovtsov, Lokomo.1.3 
 7. Darden, Strasbourg1.3 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock1.2 
 9. Cisse, AP.1.1 
 10. Zoric, KK.1.1 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. DKV Joventut 3-1 
 2. ALBA 2-2 
 3. Aris 2-2 
 4. Le Mans 1-3 
Group J
 1. Hap.Jerusalem 3-1 
 2. Valencia BC 3-1 
 3. Unics 2-2 
 4. Galatasaray 0-4 
Group K
 1. Bizkaia Bilbao 4-0 
 2. Panellinios 3-1 
 3. Brose Baskets 1-3 
 4. Benetton TV 0-4 
Group L
 1. Crvena Zvez. 3-1 
 2. Gran Canaria 2-2 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 2-2 
 4. T.Telekom 1-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Samuel MEJIA
  Cholet
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Mejia, Cholet22.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas21.8 
 3. Daniels, Azovmash21.0 
 4. Washington, Galatasa.20.4 
 5. Rizvic, Azovmash20.3 
 6. Neal, Benetton TV19.6 
 7. Wright, PGE Turow19.3 
 8. Rancik, Galatasaray19.3 
 9. Spencer, Le Mans18.8 
 10. Popovic, Unics18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erik DANIELS
  Azovmash
  (204-G/F-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Daniels, Azovmash10.4 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.10.0 
 3. Lampe, Unics9.0 
 4. Slaughter, Nancy9.0 
 5. Monya, Dynamo M.8.3 
 6. Boisa, Zadar7.5 
 7. Augustine, Gran C.7.4 
 8. Rancik, Galatasaray7.4 
 9. Robinson, Cholet7.3 
 10. Dudley, T.Telekom7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Markovic, Hemofarm5.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas5.7 
 3. Greer, Nancy5.2 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.9 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.8 
 6. Valters, DKV J.4.7 
 7. Fields, Spartak SP4.5 
 8. Acik, T.Telekom4.5 
 9. Jordan, Telekom B.4.4 
 10. Gray, PGE Turow4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. House, Azovmash2.8 
 2. Slaughter, Nancy2.8 
 3. Lyday, Unics2.7 
 4. Thompson, Hap.Jeru.2.4 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm2.2 
 6. Washington, Galatasa.2.2 
 7. Jasaitis, Galatasaray2.1 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
 9. Sergeev, Triumph2.0 
 10. Neal, Benetton TV2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasan RIZVIC
  Azovmash
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rizvic, Azovmash3.0 
 2. Slaughter, Nancy2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 4. Achara, Angelico BI1.7 
 5. Flomo, Telekom B.1.7 
 6. Plaisted, Zadar1.5 
 7. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.5 
 8. Monya, Dynamo M.1.5 
 9. Pasco, Angelico BI1.3 
 10. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 


Trifunovic after the loss: - by Philip Mulryne
After the surprising loss against Turk Telekom, the coach of Red Star, Alexander Trifunovic said in the press conference that they're still in the race and they have to learn and experience loss as well as win. He've claimed that up to this day they've not lost in the Eurocup at home this year, however, there is nothing to get into a panic situation. Red Star was leading by 16 at the third quarter, however they were not able to win. Zvezda made 18 turnovers, three of the important players, Nemanja Bjelica, Marko Keselj and the captain Vuk Radivojevic were unsatisfactory. Meanwhile, the coach of the revived Turk Telekom, Melih akiroglu said that he wishes this will be the first glory of a serie of victories. This was the first win of Turk Telekom in 4 matches in the Eurocup, however they carry the hopes to advance until they lose again.

Aris officially announces Matt Walsh - by Eurobasket News
Aris Thessaloniki reached an agreement with Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida). There was a lot of talks about this transfer over the past ten days, but it seems the Greek squad finally completed it.
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.


Eurocup Round: 4 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
DKV Joventut - Le Mans 80-73
Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 17 points to help Joventut overcome Le Mans in Badalona. The victory propelled the Spanish team on top of Group I at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. Le Mans slipped at 1-3 record at the bottom of the standings. Joventut could not dictate the tempo in the opening frame. Le Mans looked brave and rallied to a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Joventut managed to erase the deficit and eked out a narrow 48:46 advantage at the interval. The third quarter turned into a low-scoring battle of nerves. The teams teamed up for 15 points as Joventut maintained the lead. The hosts secured a 56:53 lead with ten minutes to go in regulation. The fourth frame did not bring any drastic changes. The Spaniards control the rhythm and held off Le Mans till the final seconds. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 12 points for Joventut. David Jelinek accounted for 10 points in the winning effort. Dewarick Spencer answered with 22 points for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista produced 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Aris - ALBA 80-67
Aris registered the second win in the EuroCup Last 16 round. They toppled visiting ALBA to catch up with their opponents in Group I. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort from the Greek team. Aris quickly gained control over the tempo and surged ahead. The Hellenes maintained the advantage throughout the opening frame and posted a 20:17 lead at the first break. ALBA however changed the course of the encounter in the second frame. Led by Julius Jenkins the German team pulled ahead. The visitors secured a 38:36 advantage at the main break. Aris stressed defence in the second part of the clash. They played more aggressively and limited ALBA to 11 points in the third stanza. It helped the hosts to accumulate a 52:49 lead with ten minutes to go. Aris stepped on the gas in the fourth stanza firing 28 points and leaving their opponents far behind. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds for Aris. Jeremy Richardson finished with 17 points in the win. Jurica Golemac and Julius Jenkins answered with 11 points each for ALBA. Sekulic netted 10 points in the loss. Aris will next host Joventut, while ALBA will play against Le Mans in Berlin.

Group J
Hap.Jerusalem - Unics 82-73
Hapoel Jerusalem made a big step towards reaching the EuroCup Last 8. They held off Unics at home court today improving at 3-1 record in Group J. Unics in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record in the pool. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 19 points in the victory. Hapoel Jerusalem stunned the visitors early. They went on an 8:2 run as Dijon Thompson accounted for 4 points. Unics narrowed the distance and later Marko Popovic drew things level at 17. But Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) capped the frame with a three-pointer to put Hapoel back in charge. Hapoel quickly restored a safe cushion and Sharon Shason opened a double-digit lead for the hosts. Hapoel maintained the lead and posted a 41:32 advantage at halftime. Loncar and Maciej Lampe cut the distance to 5 points at the start of the third period. However Yogev Ohayon and Chester Simmons stepped up with timely buckets as Hapoel regained control. Petr Samoylenko had the last word in the third stanza as he trimmed the gap to 7 points 53:60. Yogev Ohayon, Brandon Hunter and Yuval Naimy scored for the hosts giving Hapoel a 67:55 advantage three minutes into the fourth stanza. Unics responded with 7 points in a row but it was as close as the Kazan outfit could get. Hapoel stayed calm and organized sealing the victory at the end. Chester Simmons notched 16 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. Brandon Hunter netted 15 points and collected 8 rebounds in the win. Maciej Lampe responded with game-high 30 points and 6 boards for Unics. Marko Popovic netted 13 points in the loss.

Valencia BC - Galatasaray 98-95
Valencia narrowly defeated visiting Galatasaray. The Spanish team needed overtime to tame the Istanbul outfit. Galatasaray had their backs against the wall without a single win before the game. But their desperate efforts came up short at the end. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) notched 24 points to lead the charge. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Valencia as they improved at 3-1 record. Darius Washington responded with 26 points for Galatasaray as they ran out of chances to advance into the next round. Radoslav Rancik accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Group K
Bizkaia Bilbao - Brose Baskets 76-66
Bilbao extended their EuroCup perfect run. The Spanish team earned the fourth straight win at the Last 16 stage and remained on top of Pool K. Brose Baskets slipped at 1-3 record. Bilbao entered the game energetically. They quickly ran away to an 18:11 lead. But Brose Baskets gradually adjusted and cut the distance to 18:21 at the first break. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) came up with a bunch of points early in the second period to give the hosts some breathing room. Brose Baskets stayed close and finished the first half down by 3 points 35:38. The German team opened the second half with four points to surge in front. The teams exchanged baskets for some time before Renaldas Seibutis secured a 52:48 lead for the Spaniards heading into the final term. Warren notched 5 points early in the final stanza as Bilbao cleared off to a 59:48 distance. Banic followed with five points of his own to keep Brose Basket at bay. Markota hit from beyond the arc as Bilbao rallied to the victory at the end. Jerome Moiso finished with 14 points to pace the hosts. Alex Mumbru had 11 points, while Renaldas Seibutis netted 10 points for the Basque team. Brian Roberts responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Elton Brown chipped in 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in defeat.

Benetton TV - Panellinios 81-85
Panellinios eliminated Benetton from the EuroCup race claiming a road victory tonight. The Greek team posted the third victory and stepped closer to the qualifying into the tournament's quarterfinals. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) notched 27 points to lead Panellinios. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) nailed 26 points in the winning effort. Gary Neal responded with 25 points for Benetton as they slipped at 0-4 record. K.C. Rivers had 13 points in the loss.

Group L
Crvena Zvez. - T.Telekom 76-78
Turk Telekom celebrated a vital road win in the EuroCup Last 16. They shocked Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade to stay alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth. Crvena Zvezda in the meantime suffered the initial loss at this stage of the tournament. Turk Telekom used an 11:0 run midway through the opening stanza to surge in front. The Turkish team posted a 26:13 advantage at the first break. But things changed drastically in the second frame. The hosts triggered a massive 24:3 run to build a 42:34 lead at the interval. Mike Taylor exploded with two three-pointers early in the third period to boost the gap to 12-point mark. The hosts maintained the pressure and the margin grew at 16 points. But Turk Telekom managed to narrow the deficit trailing by ten at the final break. Turk Telekom continued to get closer as Ersin Dagli, Lang and Senturk put the visitors within two points late in the regulation. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) followed with 5 points to give the Turkish side a 78:75 lead. Taylor hit just one free throw but Crvena Zvezda lost rebound and game. Demond Mallet scored 25 points to pace the charge. Lamayne Wilson contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Oliver Stevic accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Mike Taylor and Filip Videnov netted 16 points each in defeat.

CEZ Nymburk - Gran Canaria 79-71 OT
The Czech champions Nymburk recorded the second win at the EuroCup Last 16. They held off Gran Canaria in overtime to boost their chances of reaching the tournaments quarterfinal. Nymburk and Gran Canaria are now tied at 2-2 record in Pool L. The visitors got to the better start to the game. Gran Canaria fired 24 points worth a 7-point lead at the first break. But Nymburk rebounded pretty quickly. The second frame fully belonged to the hosts. They limited Gran Canaria to ten points pouring 24 themselves. The scoreboard read 41:34 at halftime. The roller coaster action continued in the third period. Gran Canaria regained the initiative and started to work their way back into the contest. The visitors denied the deficit and entered the fourth term tied with Nymburk at 55. The teams exchanged baskets throughout tense dramatic fourth period but neither side was able to put their noses in front. Gran Canaria and Nymburk went for extra five minutes. The Spaniards scored just two points in overtime and had to surrender at the end. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) tossed in 19 points to lead the hosts. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) added 17 points in the victory. Jaycee Carroll replied with 21 points and 5 boards for Gran Canaria. Sitapha Savane had 15 points and 8 caroms in the losing effort.



Mark Worthington joins Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets have agreed on terms of contract with Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.). The 26-year-old Aussie forward played for the Melbourne Tigers in the last two seasons. This season MarK Worthington averaged 16.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in the NBL. Last year his stats read 16.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per appearance. Mark Worthington played for the Boomers at the 2006 World Championship in Japan and at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


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Tiago Splitter suffers ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral must try to preserve its five-year streak in the Quarterfinal Playoffs without the services of two-time All-Euroleague center Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), the competition's fourth-ranked player this season, who will miss at least the next two weeks of the Top 16 with an ankle injury. Splitter (212, 25) missed Game 2 of the Top 16 and had to sit out the team's semifinal in last weekend's Spanish King's Cup due to pain in his left ankle. Caja Laboral announced Monday that its doctors say Splitter must rest at least two weeks while he undergoes treatmeant on the ankle. Splitter is Caja Laboral's second-best scorer and top rebounder this season, with averages of 13.4 points and 6 boards, while ranking fourth among all Euroleague players in with a performance index rating average of 17.3 per game. Splitter is also hitting a career-high 74.5% of his free throws (41 for 55) this season, ranking fifth in shots made from the foul line. His injury comes at a tough moment for Caja Laboral, which is 1-2 in Group H and faces a do-or-die road game at second-place Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday. If undefeated Olympiacos defeats as-yet winless Cibona on Wednesday, Caja Laboral must win at Khimki or be eliminated from the Quarterfinal Playoffs, which has not happened in the previous five-year history of that phase.

Courtesy of Euroleague
(www.euroleague.net)


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Kaarinan Ura Basket sign Zach Ramey - by Eurobasket
Kaarinan Ura Basket (1st Division) signed 29-year old American swingman Zach Ramey (191-F/G-81, college: Benedictine). Ramey played most recently at Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (1st Division). While playing 10 games for LoKoKo this season he averaged 15.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. Ramey is a very experienced player.
Zach was chosen Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago 2nd Team -09, and IBL All-Star Games -09
in his first game with Ura Basket, Ramey played 38 minutes and scored 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Lapua
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Swanston, Lapua22.5 
 2. Haynes, Lapua22.2 
 3. Leggett, Huima21.6 
 4. Coleman, LoKoKo21.3 
 5. Jallow, Uusimaa20.6 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo20.3 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia20.2 
 8. Stamper, Uusimaa19.3 
 9. Kaunomaki, Namika I.18.3 
 10. Pichon, LoKoKo18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Kerava ET
  (191-F-81)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 2. Coleman, LoKoKo13.4 
 3. Nash, Lapua12.9 
 4. Leggett, Huima12.0 
 5. Sampay, Huima11.9 
 6. Jallow, Uusimaa11.4 
 7. Douglas, Ura Basket11.0 
 8. Pichon, LoKoKo11.0 
 9. Stamper, Uusimaa10.4 
 10. King, Jyvaskyla10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zach RAMEY
  Ura Basket
  (191-F/G-81)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ramey, LoKoKo4.8 
 2. Favors, Uusimaa4.7 
 3. Nikitin, Honka4.0 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo3.4 
 5. Coleman, LoKoKo3.2 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia2.8 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 8. Huff, LoKoKo2.7 
 9. Rokala, Ura Basket2.5 
 10. Pekkola, Namika II2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ville PEKKOLA
  Namika Lahti
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pekkola, Namika II3.1 
 2. Nash, Lapua2.9 
 3. Stamper, Uusimaa2.5 
 4. Favors, Uusimaa2.4 
 5. Rokala, Ura Basket2.3 
 6. King, Jyvaskyla2.2 
 7. Conerly, Tarmo2.2 
 8. Korhonen, Kerava ET2.1 
 9. Hale, Tarmo2.0 
 10. Huff, LoKoKo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Erno JOHANSSON
  Namika II
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1
 1. Johansson, Namika I.1.0 
 2. Graham, Tarmo0.8 
 3. Hale, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Raami, Honka0.7 
 5. Hassinen, Wartti0.7 
 6. Streng, Namika II0.6 
 7. Egwuatu, Kerava ET0.6 
 8. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 9. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.5 
 10. Ahila, Jyvaskyla0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.9 
 2. Washington, KTP22.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo21.6 
 4. Golson, Karhu20.4 
 5. Lowe, Pyrinto19.4 
 6. Turner, LrNM.19.2 
 7. Rouse, Namika L.19.1 
 8. Pearson, ToPo19.0 
 9. Wood, Karhu18.9 
 10. Stamper, LrNM.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Wood, Karhu14.2 
 2. McDade, KTP11.8 
 3. Vinson, FoKoPo11.8 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.11.2 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.5 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto10.3 
 7. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 8. Kotti, Honka9.9 
 9. Rouse, Namika L.9.9 
 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. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 4. Trotter, ToPo3.7 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto3.6 
 6. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.1 
 8. Elliott, Honka3.0 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.0 
 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, Karhu2.3 
 5. Stamper, LrNM.2.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 7. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 8. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
 9. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
 10. Washington, KTP1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.9 
 2. Stamper, LrNM.0.7 
 3. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 4. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 5. Clarkson, Kataja0.7 
 6. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 7. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 8. Pearson, ToPo0.7 
 9. Washington, KTP0.6 
 10. Stewart, FoKoPo0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja crushed KTP - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 35: Kataja (Joensuu) winning the fifth game in a row while crushing KTP (Kotka) tonight 96-71 (44-37). Quarters: 25-19, 19-18, 30-13, 22-21. Kataja's Head Coach Pekka Salminen was 90% satisfied with his players performance and defense. Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Widener) started strongly scoring 14 points during the opening quarter. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Portland St.) and Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) continued toughly but not roughly and KTP had an impossible task. KTP missed Eric Washington (DNP) and Mikael Holme (DNP). Now it seems, that Kataja will make the play-off-games and last season Finnish Champion YMCA Lahti could possibly be left outside the top 8? There are still nine rounds to go with the regular season.
Kataja - KTP 96-71 (44-37) (Kristian Clarkson 23, Jeb Ivey 20, Tim Whitworth 15, Sami Lehtoranta 14 - Ville-Pertti Lind 15, Ian Young 13, Isaac Spencer 12).



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Rouen land Jeleel Akindele - by Eurobasket News
Rouen strengthened their roster with addition of Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.). The 26-year-old Nigerian centre spent the pre-season in Spain together with Xacobeo Blu:Sens. Last year Jeleel Akindele played in Italy. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game for Scavolini. Akindele participated at the 2009 AfroBasket with Nigeria. He tallied 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds in Libya.


Clay Tucker leads Joventut past Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Joventut - Le Mans 80:73
Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 17 points to help Joventut overcome Le Mans in Badalona. The victory propelled the Spanish team on top of Group I at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. Le Mans slipped at 1-3 record at the bottom of the standings.
Joventut could not dictate the tempo in the opening frame. Le Mans looked brave and rallied to a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Joventut managed to erase the deficit and eked out a narrow 48:46 advantage at the interval. The third quarter turned into a low-scoring battle of nerves. The teams teamed up for 15 points as Joventut maintained the lead. The hosts secured a 56:53 lead with ten minutes to go in regulation. The fourth frame did not bring any drastic changes. The Spaniards control the rhythm and held off Le Mans till the final seconds. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 12 points for Joventut. David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) accounted for 10 points in the winning effort. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) answered with 22 points for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) produced 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Joventut: Clay Tucker 17, Pere Tomas 12, David Jelinek 10
Le Mans: Dewarick Spencer 22, Joao Paulo Batista 16+10 boards



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague: Round 4 review - by Eurobasket News
Torus had an easy job at home as they hosted Ovce Pole and managed to record 86-64 win. Jovan Markovski (198-F-88) was unstoppable for the winning side as he poured in 30 points. Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was also great with 20 points and 9 assists, while Zoran Milovic chipped in 11 points. Ovce Pole got 16 points from Nebojisa Ristic, while Boban Biljbija finished the game with 12.
Vardar Osiguruvanje hosted Rabotnicki and had no problems to record comfortable 91-70 win. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) led the rout with 18 and 15 points respectively. They got support from Aleksandar Ugrinoski and Igor Penov, who added 13 points apiece. For visitors, Marko Simonovski led the way with 18 points and Marko Dokuzovski and Vladimir Gotic scored 11 points each.
Feni Industri blew Pelister out of the gym as they rolled over them 110-58. Six players scored n double digits for hosts, with Djems Lajf (194-G-83, college: Massachusetts) leading the way with 20 points. Slobodan Mihajlovski (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 16 points and grabbed 15 boards, while Goran Samardziev and Bosko Jovovic added 14 points apiece. On the other side, Jovan Curciev had 19, while Krste Krstevski and Djordji Anakievski chippe in 17 and 16 points respectively.

In the Play-Out, Vardar 2000 secured an important home win over MZT Skopje, as they won the contest 80-74. Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) shinned for hosts with 24 points while Gjorgji Kocov (188-G-85) and Zlatko Todorovski followed with 13 and 12 points. For MZT Skopje, Djordji Talevski scored 16, while Bogdan Vukadinovic followed with 15 points.



Superleague Standings

Places 1-6
1. V.Osiguruvanje 20-1
2. Feni Indistrija 17-4
3. Torus 11-9
4. Rabotnicki 9-11
5. Pelister 8-12
6. Ovce Pole 8-12

Places 7-9
1. Plejmejker K. 7-12
2. Vardar 2000 5-14
3. MZT Skopje 5-15



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  GERMANY   


A Conversation With Brian Roberts (Brose Baskets Bamberg) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services)s a 24 year old 188cm combo guard playing his first season in the BEKO BBL for The Brose Baskets Bamberg. He originally is from Toledo Ohio and played at St Johns high school. He played at Dayton from 2004-2008. He reached the NIT Elite 8 in 2008. In his senior year at Dayton, he played 34 games averaging 18.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 86.0%. Last season in his rookie season, he played in Israel for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa playing 28 games averaging 15.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 88.5%. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about the current season in Bamberg.

This is your first season in the BEKO BBL: How do you like Germany?


I like it very much. I found it as a beautiful country as I first landed in Germany. I like the city and people and it has been a great experience.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg had been playing good basketball winning eight of nine games, and then had lost three of four games before winning the last three. Has the team lost its rhythm before the three game winning streak?



I dont think that we have lost our rhythm, but have moved away a bit from out good stretch. We have lost our edge a bit and want to find our fire again.

You lost a bitter 73-71 thriller in Tuebingen on the last play. Did you not expect an ally-op?



Actually we were expecting an ally op as there was less than a second to play. We knew that they would throw up the ball and look for a tip in. Travis made a tough shot. That loss really hurt. I felt that we had played well enough to win, but let it slip away.

Bambegr lost to The EWE Baskets Oldenburg 75-67 at home. Has Oldenburg been the best team that you have faced?



They are the reigning champs and it is always a big game playing a team like us. I think that Oldenburg is one of the better teams in the league. That was also a tough loss as weplayed pretty well.

Bamberg has the problem of beating top teams in the league. Why has Bamberg not been able to win more games against top teams in the BEKO BBL?


I think that it just has to do with the little things. Teams have been able to hurt us in different ways. I dont think that it is a lack of talent, but it is more like missing a key rebound or a hustle play. We just havent been doing the little things to win.

No player plays over 30 minutes. Does this help the team chemistry and help tame the egos?



We have a deep team and many guys are contributing in different ways. We have a lot of depth and this should help us win games this season.

You are averaging 11,9ppg, 2,1rpg and 1,6apg this season. Are you happy with your game and what do you still need to work on?



I think that I have played solid so far. I want to continue to improve on defense and on my assists and just do what coach Fleming tells me to.

How was your childhood in Ohio?


It was nice. I grew up in Toledo which isnt such a big city. Ohio has been known to bring very good players. There is talent all over the state.. The basketball is very competitive in Ohio and it has been a good experience for me.

Who were your basketball idols?


I liked Allen Iverson and Mike Bibby and liked to compare myself to them since they were about the same height as me.

You had a pre draft work out with the Sacramento Kings in 2008. What kind of experience was that for you?


I played with Tyke Evans, Omri Casspi, John Brockland, Jason Thompson and Donte Greene. I felt that I played well and just tried to contribute as much as I could with the minutes that I got. It was definitely a good experience for me.

In your rookie season, you played in Israel for Galil Gilboa averaging 15,5ppg, 2,3rpg, 2,4apg and 1,4spg.What was it like living there as an American?


Israel is a great country. I had mixed thoughts when I got there, but I was pleasantry surprised as it was nothing like I thought it would be from what you see on the news. It was a nice country and the people loved Americans. It was a good first season for me.

What is something that you have seen in Germany that you have never seen any where else?


I have never seen so many bakeries like in Germany. It seemed like there was a bakery on every corner with fresh croissants. It is great learning about a new culture in Germany. I like to see different places and learn new cultures.

Who was the best player that you ever played against in the NCAA?


Terence Williams and Earl Clark who played at Louisville and Dejuan Blair who plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

Who would win a one on one, you or Casey Jacobson?


I think that it would be good games. We go at it a lot in practice. I think that I would win 5-4. He plays tough defense, but I think I would win on afade away jumper.

Who will win the Super Bowl?



I think that The New Orleans Saints will win. I have been watching them all season. I think that Drew Brees is very underrated.


What was the last DVD that you saw?


Paranormal Activity. It was a very scary movie, but very good.
Thanks Brian for the chat. Good luck this season.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Post Game Thoughts To 93-74 Win Against TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookies eason 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Currently he is averaging 8,5ppg,4,4rpg, 5,9apg and 1,5spg. Kevin took some time to talk to eurobasket after the 93-74 win against TBB Trier.

Congrats on the win against TBB Trier. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are on a 5 game winning streak. Does this bring back memories to the hot start? What is different from this 5 game winning streak to the one at the start of the season?


Well I think the difference is now we know that we can easily go on just as long of a losing streak so we know that we can not dwell on these wins and must continue to work hard everyday.

What is the best thing about long winning streaks besides getting the wins?


Your team builds confidence and it is just a better overall atmosphere.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were leading 47-40 at halftime. Both teams were finding ways to score. Why werent the teams defenses on the same page yet or were they?


Their guards and Copeland made lots of tough shots, and some very nice moves. They were hard to contain on the pick and roll as well.

What kind of adjustments did Braunschweig want to make in the second half?



Well we had to switch up the pick and roll defense a little, and we had to help our big men out a little bit with Copeland. He is a really good 1 on 1 player.

TBB Trier stayed with Braunschweig in the third quarter, but it seemed like you stepped it up a notch in the fourth quarter. What was the turning point in the last quarter?


I think we were able to finally just get some stops. We had a couple steals and limited them to just one shot while they were on offense.

How much of a factor were the crowd? I remember hearing that some games only had 2,200 people. For the TBB Trier game there were 4,310 persons in attendance.


Its always good when you have a good crowd. It gives you an advantage especially when you go on offensive runs. I hope they continue to come out and support us.

What was your impression of the former Michigan State Guard Drew Neitzel?


He is a good player. He hit some nice shots and was a strong guard, he is going to help them this season.

Braunschweig is healthy and on a run. Are we now going to see the true strength of coach Sebastian Machowski? How has he made the team stronger in this run?

Throughout all the injuries coach has really stayed positive. Now that we are all getting back to full health with the exception of Nate who we will need later on in the season the team is feeling a lot more confident.

You had another strong game and was the most efficient Braunschweig player for the second game in a row. Will you treat yourself on your off day?lol



Im going to treat myself to a lazy movie day with my wife and daughter.
Thanks Kevin for the chat.



Bilbao book EuroCup quarterfinal spot edging Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Brose Baskets 76:66

Bilbao extended their EuroCup perfect run. The Spanish team earned the fourth straight win at the Last 16 stage and remained on top of Pool K. Brose Baskets slipped at 1-3 record.
Bilbao entered the game energetically. They quickly ran away to an 18:11 lead. But Brose Baskets gradually adjusted and cut the distance to 18:21 at the first break. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) came up with a bunch of points early in the second period to give the hosts some breathing room. Brose Baskets stayed close and finished the first half down by 3 points 35:38. The German team opened the second half with four points to surge in front. The teams exchanged baskets for some time before Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) secured a 52:48 lead for the Spaniards heading into the final term. Warren notched 5 points early in the final stanza as Bilbao cleared off to a 59:48 distance. Banic followed with five points of his own to keep Brose Basket at bay. Markota hit from beyond the arc as Bilbao rallied to the victory at the end. Jerome Moiso finished with 14 points to pace the hosts. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) had 11 points, while Renaldas Seibutis netted 10 points for the Basque team. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) chipped in 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in defeat.

Bilbao: Jerome Moiso 14, Alex Mumbru 11, Renaldas Seibutis 10
Brose Baskets: Brian Roberts 18, Elton Brown 13



Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Buford, Bremerha.17.5 
 3. Copeland, TBB Trier16.2 
 4. Burns, ratiopharm15.8 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA15.0 
 6. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.9 
 7. Oliver, Goettingen14.8 
 8. Reese, Dt.14.7 
 9. Jenkins, Walter T.14.6 
 10. Suput, Brose B.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.3 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.6 
 3. Johnson, LTi 46ers7.8 
 4. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.5 
 5. Doliboa, Dt.7.3 
 6. Archibong, Duesseld.6.4 
 7. Turek, Phoenix .6.4 
 8. Burns, ratiopharm6.3 
 9. Oliver, Goettingen6.3 
 10. Travis, Walter Tigers6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.5 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.9 
 3. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.6 
 4. Jordan, Phoenix .5.4 
 5. Jordan, Telekom B.4.9 
 6. Reese, Dt.4.8 
 7. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.8 
 8. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.8 
 9. Rowland, ratio.3.7 
 10. Wright, ALBA3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.4 
 2. Jenkins, Walter T.2.0 
 3. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.7 
 5. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.5 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.1.5 
 7. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 8. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 9. Anderson, Goett.1.5 
 10. Burns, ratiopharm1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruben BOUMTJE
  EWE Baskets
  (212-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Boumtje, EWE B.1.6 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 3. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 4. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.1 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm1.0 
 7. Flomo, Telekom B.1.0 
 8. Visser, EnBW L.0.9 
 9. Chaney, EnBW L.0.9 
 10. Gilbert, MBC0.8 


Aris too good for ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Aris - ALBA 80:67
Aris registered the second win in the EuroCup Last 16 round. They toppled visiting ALBA to catch up with their opponents in Group I. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort from the Greek team.
Aris quickly gained control over the tempo and surged ahead. The Hellenes maintained the advantage throughout the opening frame and posted a 20:17 lead at the first break. ALBA however changed the course of the encounter in the second frame. Led by Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) the German team pulled ahead. The visitors secured a 38:36 advantage at the main break. Aris stressed defence in the second part of the clash. They played more aggressively and limited ALBA to 11 points in the third stanza. It helped the hosts to accumulate a 52:49 lead with ten minutes to go. Aris stepped on the gas in the fourth stanza firing 28 points and leaving their opponents far behind. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds for Aris. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) finished with 17 points in the win. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Julius Jenkins answered with 11 points each for ALBA. Sekulic netted 10 points in the loss. Aris will next host Joventut, while ALBA will play against Le Mans in Berlin.

Aris: Andrew Betts 19, Mihalis Kakiouzis 18, Jeremy Richardson 17
ALBA: Jurica Golemac 11, Julius Jenkins 11



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  GREECE   


Aris officially announces Matt Walsh - by Eurobasket News
Aris Thessaloniki reached an agreement with Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida). There was a lot of talks about this transfer over the past ten days, but it seems the Greek squad finally completed it.
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.


Aris too good for ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Aris - ALBA 80:67
Aris registered the second win in the EuroCup Last 16 round. They toppled visiting ALBA to catch up with their opponents in Group I. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort from the Greek team.
Aris quickly gained control over the tempo and surged ahead. The Hellenes maintained the advantage throughout the opening frame and posted a 20:17 lead at the first break. ALBA however changed the course of the encounter in the second frame. Led by Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) the German team pulled ahead. The visitors secured a 38:36 advantage at the main break. Aris stressed defence in the second part of the clash. They played more aggressively and limited ALBA to 11 points in the third stanza. It helped the hosts to accumulate a 52:49 lead with ten minutes to go. Aris stepped on the gas in the fourth stanza firing 28 points and leaving their opponents far behind. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds for Aris. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) finished with 17 points in the win. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Julius Jenkins answered with 11 points each for ALBA. Sekulic netted 10 points in the loss. Aris will next host Joventut, while ALBA will play against Le Mans in Berlin.

Aris: Andrew Betts 19, Mihalis Kakiouzis 18, Jeremy Richardson 17
ALBA: Jurica Golemac 11, Julius Jenkins 11



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  HOLLAND   


Krasnie Krilya earned a confident home victory over Eiffel Towers - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya - Eiffel Towers 77:47

Krasnie Krilya earned a confident home victory over Eiffel Towers. The Russian squad jumped to 3-1 record to share the throne on top of the group after 77:47 win.
Eiffel Towers won the tip and did not mind providing their own game to the hosts from the start. That, however, was the only time they had lead throughout the remainder of the game. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) closed he opening quarter in the game as his side already had 22:7 lead.
Eiffel Towers hit some quick points at the start of the second period as the hosts had a couple of minutes of slack play.Krasnie Krilya started to play more defensively and after 15-9 in the frame enjoyed 3716 at the halftime. The third period saw the Russian team further impose themselves, maintaining their effective defence causing Eiffel Towers to turn the ball over and forcing 24 second violations. Bremer nailed three for 53:28 and Biggs was the last to post in the period for 61:32 advantage. They quickly extended their lead in the beginning of the last quarter but did not mind finishing with the less difference. Wessels nailed a jump shot for the guests to make the final 77:47 result.
Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Samara team. Luis Flores added 14 points as Krasnie Krilya improved at 3-1 record on top of Group I. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) responded with 13 points for Eiffel Towers. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) had 12 points and 17 boards in defeat.

Krasnie Krilya: Marcus Douthit 16 points and 8 rebounds, Luis Flores 14
Eiffel Towers: Anthony Richardson 13 points, Jerome Beasley 12 points and 17 boards



Alton Mason, "I have always prayed to him to guide my life" - by Fred Roggen
I had a chance to sit down with ABC Amsterdam guard Alton Mason this week. Just two seasons ago I had the idea of recording an interview with Alton but through circumstances it never happened. In this wide-ranging interview the veteran told about his time at ASU, his current young team and and his belief that occupies a very large place in his life.

Where did basketball begin for you?
When I was 8 years old I joined a community center youth basketball league and it's been with me ever since.

What will you remember about your time at Arizona State the most?
Playing in the Pac-10 and having the opportunity to showcase my talent among the best in the nation and getting a good education at a quality school.

What has been the highlight of your basketball career at Arizona State?
I was the 3rd all time leader of assists and steals at ASU and I had 30 points against Stanford who was the #2 team in the nation.

What are your expectations for this season and what has demanded the team from you?
I expect our team to make it to the playoffs and win the championship. As a Vet this season the demand is for me to be a coach on the floor and lead our young team.

Are you happy with the first half of your Dutch league season?
First of all I'm a competitor so I can't honestly say that I like our record, but we are playing hard and everyone is contributing the best way we can.

Despite the up-and-down season, do you feel that Amsterdam could turn it up a notch come playoff time?
Absolutely! I believe in our players and I believe that we has the will to win....never underestimate the underdogs. I know that we can make alot of noise in the playoffs.

What has surprised you about the team this year?
Despite all the changes, ups and downs, we keep fighting. We're making progress with each game we play.

How do you psyche yourself up before a game?
A nice family meal, nap and inspirational music to get me hyped and focused.

Your career has taken you all over Europe with stops in Belgium, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Bosnia and Holland . How have your travels influenced you as a person and as a basketball player?
As a person it gave me the opportunity to understand many different cultures and my family gets to see and live in places that most dream about. We consider it a blessing and I am very grateful. Basketball wise, I've learned that the style of play is different in every country. Therefore I consider myself a chameleon because I can always adapt.

What is the hardest thing about playing as a pro?
Honestly, I don't consider it hard. I consider it a blessing that I get to make a living doing something I'm truly passionate about.

Have you had any inspirational coaches or teammates over the course of your basketball career?
Yes, my college coach was a big inspiration to me because he taught me the x's and o's about basketball and I admire how he handled his career as a coach once the ball stopped bouncing.

When and how did you become a Christian?
I had the desire to baptized at 9 years old and accepted Jesus Christ into my life. Since then I've always prayed to him to guide my life and direct my paths.

What connections do you make with other Christians on your team?
Being that our team is so diverse, there are alot of different beliefs and religious backgrounds so for our team there really isn't a connection, it's personal.

How prevalent is religion in the locker room?
In this locker room this season, again it's more personal. I've been on teams where we prayed together before the games, but this is different and I respect that, but I continue to pray.

Have you been able to connect on a spiritual level with others in your profession?
Yes, on previous teams there were other believers and we would get together and have bible study.

Have you always been spiritual?
Yes, it was instilled in me from a young age and it will forever be with me as I pass it on to my children and try to teach them to have faith and believe because all things are possible in Christ.

How much does your faith impact your daily life?
My wife and I read a daily devotional together and right now we are in the process of reading the whole bible in 365 days. So besides our devotional we are reading 2-4 scriptures daily from beginning to end. Even though we've always studied our bible it's amazing how much we are re-learning it and becoming stronger in our faith. This season we have found a church home in Holland. It's a little different than the churches we grew up in, but I enjoy taking my family to church every Sunday.

Is coaching something you hope to pursue full-time when your playing career is over?
For sure, I was inspired by my college coach and he told me that I have the swagger to become a coach after my playing days are over. And with the young team that we have, I like to think that I am being a inspiration to them currently. With my boys I am teaching them the fundamentals because they have the desire to play, and 1 thing I tell them is the game is not a sprint, it's a marathon.


Alton, thanks for your time and wish you an the team all the best during the playoffs


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. ZTE KK 19-0 
 2. Szolnok 15-4 
 3. Kormend 12-6 
 4. Atomeromu 12-7 
 5. Albacomp 11-7 
 6. Soproni 10-9 
 7. Kecskemeti 10-9 
 8. Kaposvari 9-9 
 9. Falco 9-10 
 10. Dombovar 8-10 
 11. Marso-Vagep 8-11 
 12. PVSK Pannon 6-13 
 13. Salgotarjani 1-18 
 14. Debreceni 1-18 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Dombovar24.6 
 2. Doyne, Marso-Vagep22.5 
 3. Frazier, Falco21.3 
 4. Huckaby, Salgotar.21.3 
 5. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 6. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 7. Watson, ZTE K.20.3 
 8. Rice, Szolnok20.1 
 9. Brooks, Soproni19.9 
 10. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.2 
 2. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 5. Scott, Kormend8.4 
 6. Knight, Soproni7.8 
 7. Wilson, ZTE K.7.6 
 8. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 9. Vavra, Salgotarjani6.8 
 10. Banks, Albacomp6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kalman, Falco7.6 
 2. Simon, Albacomp6.6 
 3. Hinnant, ZTE K.6.0 
 4. Savic, Debreceni5.9 
 5. Kelley, Szolnok5.7 
 6. Thomas, Kormend5.1 
 7. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 8. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 10. Fodor, Szolnok4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Falco
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Frazier, Falco3.5 
 2. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.5 
 3. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 4. Toya, Albacomp2.8 
 5. Ames, PVSK P.2.7 
 6. English, Atomeromu2.6 
 7. Lee, Albacomp2.6 
 8. Watson, ZTE K.2.5 
 9. Savic, Debreceni2.4 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.8 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.6 
 3. Clark, Atomeromu1.5 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.4 
 5. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 6. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 7. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 8. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 9. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 10. Scott, Kormend1.0 


Division A: ZTE stays perfect after 19 rounds - by Eurobasket News
ZTE KK - PVSK Pannon 78-71
Another win for ZTE, who keeps the perfect record after 19 appearances in Hungarian top division. Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) led the scorers in ZTE with 27 points and he pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) had 18 points and 8 assists, while Zoltan Trepak added 16 pts and 8 rebs. For the guests, Srdan Helbich posted 15 pts.

Kaposvari - Dombovar 111-94
Kaposvari celebrated nice 111-94 home win against Dombovar improving its score to 9-9. Larry Welton (196-F-85, college: Aurora) and Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) were the key players in victory with 27 and 25 points respectively. Ference Csirke replied with 25 points in Dombovar (8-10).

Debreceni - Albacomp 78-99
Albacomp had Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) in a game mood with 26 points, and Michael Lee (206-F-86) also shined netting 21 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. For the hosts, Gabor Fulop (206-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) collected 20 points and 5 rebounds. Albacomp 11-7, Debreceni 1-18.

Salgotarjani - Falco 87-106
Expected win for Falco, who got 22 points and 7 rebounds from Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.). Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) and Laszlo Kalman delivered 17 and 16 points respectively, with the second one having 11 assists beside that. Eddy Mayfield shined in loss with 23 points. Falco 9-10, Salgotarjani 1-18.

Kormend - Soproni 74-66
Kormend had couple of players in a game mood in this game. Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: High Post Agency) and Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) were the leading ones with 17 points each. Mike Scott followed closely with 13 pts and 9 rebounds. Soproni got 20 points from Donta Richardson. Kormend 12-6, Soproni 10-9.

Marso-Vagep - Szolnok 71-72
Szolnok grabbed thriller win against Marso last night remaining the second ranked team in the league with 15-4 record. Ousmanne Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) shined for the guests with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) helped with 18 pts and 7 boards. In Marso (8-11), Donte Gennie netted 15 pts.

Atomeromu - Kecskemeti 77-74
12-7 for Atomeromu and 10-9 for Kecskemeti after this game. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) led Atomeromu with 19, Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) had 16 and Gergely Kortelyesi added 12 points in this victory. Krisztian Wittmann answered with 20 points for Kesckemeti.


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  INDIA   


Punjab & ONGC record victories - by Anil Kumar
Punjab lived up to their promise as one of the favourites to win the title, pounding Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala 100-71 for their Second win, making their place secure in the knock out stage of the UPL 26th Ramu Memorial Basketball Tournament, sponsored by United Phosphorous Ltd. at the Indian Gymkhana court, here, on Tuesday.
In late night matches on Monday, ONGC, Dehradun and Indian Army also scored convincing wins over Vijaya Bank and RCF, Kapurthala respectively to also stake their claims to the honours at stake
It was a dominating performance in every which way by Punjab, with even their bench showing their mettle.
Jagdeep Singh and Gurkripal Singh got the numbers for Punjab, getting double-double for their teams. Jagdeep was stunning with 28 points and 13 rebounds. His dominance of the defensive board was so dominant that RCF were severely restricted.
Gurkripal had 16 points and 12 asists as Punjab never let their foot off the pedal and never lost the lead, only increasing it to emerge comfortable winners.
ONGC, Dehradun began their campaign with a fluent 96-71 victory over Vijaya Bank, while Indian Army outplayed RCF Kapurthala 92-72.
Trideep Rai, with 18, K Murli with 17 and Mohit Bhandari with 16 did the bulk of the scoring for ONGC, who never looked in trouble against Vijaya Bank. For the bankmen, J Murli waged a brave battle with 22 points, while N Srinidas chipped in with 16.
Army, who had lost their opener to Punjab, hit back through a Nixon, who scored 28 points, and S Subbaiah and Jairm Jat, who tallied 16 points each.
In the womens action, Karnataka sunk to their second straight defeat, losing 69-77 to South East Central Railway.
Following are the results:
Mens: Punjab 100 (Jagdeep Singh 28, Talwinder Singh 18, Gurkirpal Dhillon 16, Gagandeep Singh 15) bt RCF Kapurthala 71 (Arjun Singh 28, Bajinder Kumar 21); O.N.G.C. 96 (Trideep Rai 15, Mohit Bhandari 24, K Murli 15) bt Vijaya Bank 71 (J Murli 22, N Srinidas 16, S Stalin 10) (H T 56-35); Indian Army 92 (A Nixon 28, S Subbaiah 16, Jairam Jat 16, Shambhaji Kadam 12) bt R.C.F. Kapurtala 72 (Arjun Singh 23, Sadab Khan 14, Marsh Vardan 8) (H T 46-42).
Womens: South East Central Railway 77 (A Anju 18, P Pushpa 17, S Seema 14) bt Karnataka 69 (Kruthika Lakshman 17, Savitha L S 16) (H T 40-34).



Ayaz Memon in NBA.com - by Anil Kumar
Articles by Ayaz Memon on NBA.com India page

Reading my posts on this website NBA.com, an acquaintance called up and asked if I had become an evangelist for the NBA in India. I explained to the acquaintance that sport was a passion, and seeing India become a sporting nation a priority, whatever else it may include.

Its difficult to explain to outsiders why India remains among the more impoverished (for honours, medals, titles et al) nations in the sporting world despite a billion-strong population and an economy that has been growing at a robust rate for the past decade and more, never mind a blip or two like the recessionary trend in late 2008-early 2009. Why is the country starved of champions?

The cricket team is of course ranked number 1 now, Vishy Anand is chess world champion and in Beijing in 2008, an individual gold medal was finally won. But does that do justice to the potential the country has? What is it that is being done wrong, and what can be done to improve the situation is something that occupies my mind continuously.

Take the recent imbroglio between hockey players and the federation. The players went on strike, refusing to train for the World cup due in 6-8 weeks because they had not been compensated for achievements dating more than a year back. Remember, this is old payments due, not fresh money being asked for.

Of course, the players also then pressed demands for a graded contract system and revised daily allowance. Officials saw this as threat and lack of patriotic feeling, but that is bunkum. Asking players representing the country to play for 800 USD for an entire tournament (8-14 days), and less than 20 USD daily allowance is not just daft but diabolical.

A few days after the hockey controversy had simmered down, came the story that Indias only Olympic individual gold medalist Abhinav Bindra might quit his sport, shooting, because the national rifle association was insisting that he break away from his training in Europe and come to India to participate in their program. When he did once, the program was postponed, and Bindras training for the Commonwealth Games was thrown out of gear.

The reason why I have written extensively about hockey and shooting here is to highlight the utter lack of understanding of sports in several federations and the constraints under which Indian sportspersons have to perform. Indeed, so apathetic is the situation (barring in cricket) that it is a wonder that some Indians have gone on to become world-beaters.

The sporting ethos in India needs to change. Fresh people and fresh ideas have to come in. India is a young nation, with a robust economic climate and a newfound aspiration to find its place in the global world. Sports remains one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to achieve this.

This is where the NBA can be of help to India: not necessarily because of the sport it represents, but more because of the way it has gone about conducting its business. I used the last word of the previous sentence deliberately, because in India, sports has hardly been seen as business, more as pastime: the government provides some grant, officials hang on to office for power rather than passion for the sport, and players fight heavy odds to eke out a living or at least some glory.

That might throw up an occasional champion by fluke, but unless there is a proper protocol in place for sustained excellence, the method is doomed to fail. My experience with the NBA suggests that theirs is the act that sports federations in India would do well to follow. The NBA has positioned basketball in the world of infotainment with an admirably high degree of efficiency; and this efficiency stems from passion, not just a hankering for a pastime.

The NBA plays for big stakes, and provides great stakes, especially to its franchisees and practitioners. The business model is strong and attracts investment. Players are built up and marketed as stars, spawning an entire industry of merchandising and collectibles. There is a robust system for spotting and nurturing young talent, and it also allies itself to social causes. In effect, it has built up a fascinating ecosystem with the best virtues of sport, business, entertainment and social development.

I have been impressed enough to install a hoop in my farmhouse just outside of Mumbai. Does that make me an evangelist for the NBA I wonder?
More good news this week. I attended two sports seminars at two media institutes last week in Pune and basketball featured among the top three sports that the students believed had a great future in India. The fact that it could be played without great cost was the strongest factor in its favour, but there were ample voices which spoke of the ``excitement of the sport. I would like to deduce that the coverage of the NBA is gaining ground in India.

Obviously basketball is going to compete with some other sports in the future, as I have been maintaining in my earlier columns. Soccer featured very high on the chart of favourites (as did, surprisingly, track and field) for the students and an instant recall exercise resulted in names of players participating in the EPL coming out on top. The penetration of cable television is growing rapidly in a country which is on the fast track of economic development, and global mega events like the EPL and NBA are going to be obvious beneficiaries.

Equally heartening, and perhaps more important in the Indian context, is the growing indulgence of the corporate sector towards sport. The player auction for the third season of the IPL got mired in controversy when cricketers from Pakistan were ignored, but nevertheless there was no evidence that the interest or the cash flow of the franchises was dulling. If anything, all eight franchises of the IPL are going full steam ahead with creating pipelines for talent to flow in through academies and the like. For good measure, I might add, the IPL has already announced its expansion plans for season four which will see the introduction of two more teams and at a considerably higher cost than when the league started in 2008.

There is more evidence that business houses are beginning to see sports as viable investment either in pursuit of corporate social responsibility or in a balance sheet. MahindraSatyam, for instance, has shown interest in World Cup soccer (the parent company Mahindra and Mahindra has supported the game at the grassroots and senior levels for decades) and this could be the forerunner of other initiatives from the IT sector which has otherwise stayed away from sports.

To accentuate the growing awareness and opportunities available through sport, India is also becoming the destination for sports summits which was unthinkable even say two years ago. In March this year itself are scheduled the India International Sports Summit (IISS) in Mumbai and the Commonwealth Games Summit in Delhi. The fact that the hugely popular IPL is being played at the same time is not seen as a deterrent. I am on the advisory board of the IISS and can vouch that there has been high participatory interest shown as yet in the summit from the government and bureaucracy, from the corporate sector, and from sportspersons not forgetting those from overseas who see potential and opportunities in India for further their own business/initiatives.

The point I am trying to make, as I have done right through the past couple of months, is that the environment in India is ripe for the plucking where sports is concerned. If there had to be a sports revolution, it had to happen holistically, with all segments of society involved. I can see that happening now as the government, business houses, and perhaps most crucially, ordinary people start seeing sports as not merely a pastime, but imperative in the making of a strong, vibrant nation.

That should inspire all those who want to expand their footprint of influence. And as I mentioned at the start of this article, basketball may have an early advantage because the young people in India are already seeing it as a cool sport. I hope the NBA is tuned in.



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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Juwann JAMES
  Neptune
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 34.9
 1. James, Neptune34.9 
 2. Ratzsch, Belfast .30.7 
 3. Aaron, Hoops29.4 
 4. Turner, Killester25.6 
 5. Robbins, UL Eagles24.7 
 6. Perre, Belfast Star23.0 
 7. Johnson, UCC D.22.3 
 8. Fritsch, Moycullen21.7 
 9. Foley, Ulster Elks19.2 
 10. Taylor, Hoops18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton AARON
  Hoops
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Aaron, Hoops19.1 
 2. Robbins, UL Eagles13.8 
 3. Ratzsch, Belfast .13.7 
 4. Johnson, UCC D.13.3 
 5. James, Neptune12.3 
 6. Neal, Ulster Elks11.8 
 7. Perre, Belfast Star11.8 
 8. Turner, Killester11.5 
 9. Trimmer, DCU S.10.8 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.8 
 2. Drumm, Ulster Elks6.2 
 3. Coughlin, UCC D.4.1 
 4. Ratzsch, Belfast .4.0 
 5. Turner, Killester3.9 
 6. Cummins, Ulster Elks3.9 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.8 
 8. James, UCD Marian3.6 
 9. Meany, UCD Marian3.4 
 10. Noonan, Neptune3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Killester
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Turner, Killester3.4 
 2. Kelly, Killester2.7 
 3. Nihill, Moycullen2.7 
 4. James, Neptune2.6 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star2.6 
 6. Murphy, UCC Demons2.4 
 7. Loughnane, Moycu.2.3 
 8. Madsen, Killester2.2 
 9. Summersgill, Belfas.2.2 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Micheal TRIMMER
  DCU Saints
  (204-C-67)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trimmer, DCU S.2.2 
 2. James, Neptune2.2 
 3. Fritsch, Moycullen2.2 
 4. Bennett, Neptune1.8 
 5. Neal, Ulster Elks1.5 
 6. Johnson, UCC D.1.3 
 7. Ratzsch, Belfast .1.3 
 8. Robbins, UL Eagles1.2 
 9. Perre, Belfast Star1.2 
 10. Turner, Killester1.2 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 12-4 
 2. Belfast Star 8-7 
 3. DCU Saints 7-8 
 4. Ulster Elks 5-10 
 5. UCD Marian 4-10 
South Conference
 1. Eagles 14-2 
 2. Neptune 9-5 
 3. UCC Demons 9-6 
 4. Hoops 3-10 
 5. Moycullen 3-12 


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Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa30.3 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.1 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .22.5 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.21.7 
 5. Paris, Hapoel Beeri20.9 
 6. Clemente, Macc.Ash.20.7 
 7. Hicks, Kohav Yair20.6 
 8. Drayton, Beer Y.20.6 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.19.5 
 10. Simhon, Hod H.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Brandy, Hod H.12.5 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.12.2 
 3. Paris, Hapoel Beeri11.7 
 4. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.4 
 5. Peterson, Elitzur .10.9 
 6. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.10.3 
 7. Drayton, Beer Y.9.6 
 8. Auter, Macc.Hab.9.4 
 9. Lee, Kiryat Ata9.2 
 10. Hicks, Kohav Yair9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 7
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.7.0 
 2. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.3 
 3. Arieli, Hap.Tivon5.7 
 4. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.7 
 5. Rubinstein, Hapoel B.5.4 
 6. OFIR FARHI Macc..5.4 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.3 
 8. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.1 
 9. Brandwein, Elitzu.5.1 
 10. Bank, Elitzur Ramla4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Macc.Ashdod
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. OFIR FARHI Macc..2.7 
 2. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.3 
 3. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.3 
 4. Markson, Elitzur .2.2 
 5. Matalon, Megido/Y.2.1 
 6. Karpels, Elitzur .2.0 
 7. Cohen, Hapoel Beeri2.0 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.1.7 
 9. Bank, Elitzur Ramla1.6 
 10. Clemente, Macc.Ash.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian AUTER
  Macc.Habikaa
  (200-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.8 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.1.8 
 3. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.5 
 4. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.4 
 5. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.3 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .1.2 
 7. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.0 
 8. Markson, Elitzur .1.0 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.0.9 
 10. Carr, Megido/Yok.0.9 


Hapoel tame Unics in Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel - Unics 82:73
Hapoel Jerusalem made a big step towards reaching the EuroCup Last 8. They held off Unics at home court today improving at 3-1 record in Group J. Unics in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record in the pool. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 19 points in the victory.
Hapoel Jerusalem stunned the visitors early. They went on an 8:2 run as Dijon Thompson accounted for 4 points. Unics narrowed the distance and later Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) drew things level at 17. But Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) capped the frame with a three-pointer to put Hapoel back in charge. Hapoel quickly restored a safe cushion and Sharon Shason opened a double-digit lead for the hosts. Hapoel maintained the lead and posted a 41:32 advantage at halftime. Loncar and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) cut the distance to 5 points at the start of the third period. However Yogev Ohayon and Chester Simmons stepped up with timely buckets as Hapoel regained control. Petr Samoylenko had the last word in the third stanza as he trimmed the gap to 7 points 53:60. Yogev Ohayon, Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and Yuval Naimy scored for the hosts giving Hapoel a 67:55 advantage three minutes into the fourth stanza. Unics responded with 7 points in a row but it was as close as the Kazan outfit could get. Hapoel stayed calm and organized sealing the victory at the end.
Chester Simmons notched 16 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. Brandon Hunter netted 15 points and collected 8 rebounds in the win. Maciej Lampe responded with game-high 30 points and 6 boards for Unics. Marko Popovic netted 13 points in the loss.

Hapoel: Yogev Ohayon 19, Chester Simmons 16, Brandon Hunter 15
Unics: Maciej Lampe 30, Marko Popovic 13



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Wisman named national team coach - by J.D. Greene
From Japan Times (2/24/09)

Kyodo News


American Thomas Wisman , who has a wealth of experience in coaching international basketball, has secured the head coach's job for the men's national team, the Japan Basketball Association said on Monday.

The association had already short-listed Wisman, who has coached the Japan Basketball League's Link Tochigi Brex since 2008. Terms of his contract will be worked out in the coming days.

Wisman, 60, who hails from Illinois, has been the head coach of the British and Malaysian men's national teams in the past. He also coached Isuzu Motors, a former JBL team, from 1997-2002.

Known for his theoretical coaching style, Wisman had guided the Brex, featuring former NBA player Yuta Tabuse into second place with a 20-12 record as of Monday.



Hamamatsu Phoenix sign Dzaflo Larkai - by Eurobasket
Hamamatsu Phoenix (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-F/C-81, college: Bellarmine). Larkai played most recently at Everton Tigers (United Kingdom). While playing 9 games for Everton T. this season he averaged 12.6ppg and 6.3rpg. Larkai is a very experienced player.
in Spain last season he played C.B. L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver): 32 games: 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 62.4%, FT: 67.7% and was awarded :
Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off Semifinals -09
Spanish LEB Silver Cup Finalist -09

in his first game with Hamamatsu Phoenix, Larkai played 34 miuntes and scored 18 pointsm 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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VEF Riga keeps McCullough, Ventspils does the same with Tatum - by Eurobasket News
After two weeks of try-out, VEF Riga signed contract for rest of the season with Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop). The 24-year old McCullough came to Latvia from Ramat Gan. He appeared 12 times in Israeli top division averaging 13.2 points and 4 rebounds. His team had just one victory and was the last ranked in the league. Before Ramat Gan, Taj McCullough spent one season with Erie Bay Hawks and Fort Wayne Mad Ants in NDBL. With the Mad Ants he had 17.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 36 games. McCullough is a product of Winthrop University, where he graduated in 2008. In his senior season McCullough had 11.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 34 games. VEF Riga currently has 7-8 record in Baltic league.
After a short tryout period, Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) has been confirmed by BK Ventspils until the end of the season. Jamaal Tatum started it in Cholet Basket in France. The 25-year-old guard averaged 3.7 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In ProA his stats read 5.4 points and 1.2 assists. Last season Jamaal Tatum played in the D-League. He produced 11.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds for the Idaho Stampede. Ventslips has 7 wins and 8 defeats at this moment in Baltic league.


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Washington Wizards get Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rights to Emir Preldzic - by Eurobasket News
It was going to take a special opportunity to get the Cavaliers to trade franchise pillar Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances).

That chance came Wednesday amid a wild day of negotiations for the team's front office as they attempted to upgrade their roster ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. With two deals on the table, one for the Phoenix Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire and one for the Washington Wizards' Antawn Jamison, the Cavs had to make a decision.

When the dust had settled, the Cavs took Jamison in a three-team trade that also involved the Los Angeles Clippers.

The team has agreed to send Ilgauskas, the Cavs' 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Slovenian forward Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) to the Wizards. The Clippers sent the Cavs journeyman point guard Sebastian Telfair and the Clippers get former Cav Drew Gooden from the Wizards. Washington also received forward Al Thornton from the Clippers.

It is uncertain whether Jamison will be in uniform for the Cavs' game Thursday against the Denver Nuggets. For the trade to go through, all six players must report and pass physicals or have their physicals waived by the receiving team. This could slow down the process of the trade becoming final.

The move, said some close to the team, came with a bit of a heavy heart. It gets the Cavs the sweet-shooting big man they have been looking for since last summer. Jamison, a former All-Star and Team USA member, is averaging 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Wizards.

The Cavs have been targeting Jamison, 33, for months, ever since a slow start plus legal problems for star Gilbert Arenas ruined Washington's once-promising season.

But Ilgauskas, in the final year of a contract that pays him $11.5 million this season, is the franchise leader in rebounds, blocks and games played. Teammate LeBron James has played more games with Ilgauskas than any other player in his life.

It wasn't an easy decision to move Ilgauskas or to decide which player to move him for.

According to sources, the Cavs pressed the Suns to take or leave an offer they presented last week for Stoudemire. A year after a potential deal for Shaquille O'Neal was pulled off the table by the Suns just before the trade deadline, the Cavs wanted to give themselves time to pursue another deal this time around.

The Suns, it is believed, allowed a deadline the Cavs had put in place to pass. It is not clear how close the two teams ever came to making the deal, sources said. The Cavs then moved on to acquire Jamison.

There were three key facets that got the trade, which started to come together on Monday, to work.

For the Cavs, getting Jamison and holding on to prized forward J.J. Hickson, who the Suns wanted for Stoudemire, was attractive.

For the Wizards, getting the Cavs to take on the two years and $28 million left on Jamison's contract will put them under the salary cap this summer and accelerate their rebuilding process. So will getting Thornton, a promising forward who was the Clippers' first-round draft pick in 2008.

For the Clippers, it clears $5.5 million in salary-cap space for this summer, when the team plans to be a player in the free-agent market. Telfair has a $2.7 million player option for next season that he is likely to exercise.

It has long been speculated that the Cavs would hope to trade Ilgauskas, then he'd seek a buyout of his contract so he could return. These deals are allowed but cannot be pre-arranged and Ilgauskas would have to wait 30 days from the trade becoming official before re-signing with the Cavs.

Ilgauskas, who received a trade bonus of roughly $600,000 because of a clause in his contract, can discuss a buyout with the Wizards, who are in last place in the Southeast Division. He must receive the buyout before March 1 to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

The fact that the Wizards have young big men they may want to give minutes to down the stretch, hints they would be open to buying Ilgauskas out.

Another major incentive for the Wizards to pursue a buyout is they now are roughly $1 million over the luxury tax threshold. By buying out Ilgauskas, they may be able to get under and trigger millions in savings plus revenue-sharing incentives. The Cavs still have their $1.99 million bi-annual exception left to sign bought-out players.

One of the reasons the Cavs, who now do not own any picks in his year's draft after trading their second rounder to the Suns for O'Neal last summer, were able to complete this trade was because they had an open spot on their 15-man roster.

That will go to Telfair, traded for the fourth time in his six-year career. The 25-year-old former New York City high school legend followed James in prep stardom, once having a documentary filmed about his senior year at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.But Telfair, 25, has not panned out in the league thus far. He's played in 39 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.9 assists. For his career, he's averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 assists on -- and this is his major issue -- just 39 percent shooting.

It is unlikely that Telfair, who fills a need for the Cavs as a third point guard, will be able to help the team in the near future. Last month he suffered a ruptured groin muscle. He's missed three weeks so far.

The trade deadline isn't until 3 p.m. Thursday and it is possible the Cavs could still be in the market. They would be interested in picking up draft picks at this point and possibility a shooting guard.

But there isn't expected to be much activity. They have made their major move, the fourth major trade made by general manager Danny Ferry in the last two years.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


LKL Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Perlas - Rudupis 88-91
Rudupis posted the 7th victory as they narrowly defeated Perlas. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Povilas Sakinis and Gintautas Vileita netted 17 points each for Rudupis. Zydrunas Kelys replied with 19 points, 4 boards and 4 assits in the losing effort.

Juventus - Techasas 95-73
Juventus cruised past Techasas for the 10th win in the season. Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) came up with 26 points to lead the hosts. Jonas Elvikis added 25 points in the winning effort. Vaidotas Volkus responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Techasas.

Neptunas - Suduva 91-82
Neptunas overcame Suduva at home court for the 9th win. Julius Zurna (188-G-86) fired 34 points to lead the Klaipeda team. Simonas Serapinas added 15 points in the victory. Rashaun Broadus replied with 27 points for Suduva. Marius Janisius had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.



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, Rudupis15.6 
 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. Vilkius, Neptunas7.6 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Valukonis, Aisciai7.2 
 7. Morkeliunas, Juven.6.8 
 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
 1. Broadus, Suduva6.0 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.0 
 3. Low, Siauliai5.1 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietuv.5.0 
 5. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas4.6 
 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. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 4. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 5. Salenga, Zalgiris2.2 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas2.1 
 7. Kelys, Perlas2.1 
 8. Vileita, Rudupis2.1 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 10. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 4. Zyle, Aisciai1.3 
 5. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Valukonis, Aisciai1.1 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.0 
 9. Volkus, Techasas0.9 
 10. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.9 


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


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 30.4
 1. Kennedy, Residence30.4 
 2. Largent, Racing27.1 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre25.5 
 4. Walters, Musel Pikes23.1 
 5. Delgado, Etzella22.9 
 6. Muller, T7122.1 
 7. McDaniel, BBC N.21.9 
 8. Schumacher, T7121.2 
 9. Scott, Etzella20.6 
 10. Smith, Sparta19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Gary, Contern14.8 
 2. McDaniel, BBC N.14.0 
 3. Walters, Musel Pikes12.4 
 4. Scott, Etzella12.3 
 5. Kennedy, Residence11.3 
 6. DePree, Amicale10.4 
 7. Crawford, Soleuvre10.1 
 8. Grant, Sparta9.3 
 9. Stephens, T719.1 
 10. Muller, T718.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tom SCHUMACHER
  T71
  (190-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Schumacher, T713.9 
 2. DePree, Amicale3.9 
 3. Schartz, Amicale3.8 
 4. Largent, Racing3.6 
 5. Schwartz, Musel P.3.0 
 6. Rajniak, T712.8 
 7. Ruffato, T712.7 
 8. Becker, Contern2.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella2.6 
 10. Schmit, Musel Pikes2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Travis DEPREE
  Amicale
  (199-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. DePree, Amicale3.4 
 2. Scott, Etzella2.6 
 3. Schartz, Amicale2.2 
 4. Jones, Amicale2.1 
 5. Delgado, Etzella2.1 
 6. Delgado, Etzella2.0 
 7. Stephens, T711.9 
 8. Walters, Musel Pikes1.8 
 9. Jeitz, Contern1.8 
 10. Schumacher, T711.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Jones, Amicale0.9 
 2. Delgado, Etzella0.9 
 3. Largent, Racing0.8 
 4. Scott, Etzella0.8 
 5. Abdiu, Residence0.7 
 6. Albaladejo, Etzella0.6 
 7. Bintz, BBC Nitia0.6 
 8. Hoffmann, Etzella0.6 
 9. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.5 
 10. McDaniel, BBC N.0.5 


Jermaine Washington: Playing in Europe is the best thing I ever did - by Daniel Poerschke
Jermaine Washington (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Nevada) plays for Telstar Hesperange in the National 2 league in Luxemburg this season. Before that, he spent two years in Ireland and was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague 2nd Team in 2009. The athletic inside-outside forward was also nominated for the N2 All-Star Game, which took part last weekend in Mondorf. Eurobasket.com had the chance to sit down with Jermaine and talk some hoops with him:

What were your highlights during your NCAA 1 college career at the University of Nevada-Reno?
My college highlight was my first year at Nevada when we went to the Sweet Sixteen and we played the top schools in the nation. And when we won back to back titles in the WAC conference, that was my best individual college highlight. However my career highlight is having a chance to play ball overseas, coming from where I from I never thought that I would be making it this far with playin ball.

How are your experiences as a pro in Europe?
Experiences as an american playing overseas is great. It is the best thing, that I ever did. The clubs do really take good care of you and it is a good time to get away from home for some months.

How is your current season going for your team in Luxemburg?
The season is going good so far. Its just really hard, because we have a young team and the young guys have never played on this level before. But other then that, its going good for me. I am just gettin my game better every week.

What are your future plans with Basketball?
My future plans is to keep workin with Scorers1st as my agency and see how long I can keep playing basketball.

Tell us a little bit about your life off-court.
The stuff that intersting in my life besides basketball is, that I am working with my little brother on his game ,so that he can be better then me and so one day he might make it to the NBA.



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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. Hickerson, Pioneros22.0 
 7. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 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. Stokes, Barreteros4.5 
 6. lee, Indios4.5 
 7. Hollyfield, Barre.4.2 
 8. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.0 
 9. Roque, Toros4.0 
 10. Villegas, Lechugueros3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Luis Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.0 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.5 
 3. Lewis, Soles2.3 
 4. Hollyfield, Barre.2.2 
 5. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 6. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 7. Monroe, Potros2.1 
 8. Hornsby, Huracanes2.0 
 9. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.1.9 
 10. Gooner, Halc.Rojos1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.1 
 3. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 4. Arceneaux, Lechugue.0.9 
 5. lee, Indios0.8 
 6. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 7. Hill, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 8. McHugh, Abejas0.8 
 9. McCullough, Libert.0.8 
 10. Carmona, Fuerza R.0.8 


Halcones Rojos de Veracruz sign Lawrence Abney - by Eurobasket
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) signed 33-year old American power forward Lawrence 'Larry' Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.). Abney played most recently at Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (Argentina). While playing 7 games for Estudiantes this season he averaged 15.6ppg and 8.6rpg. Abney is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Australia, Cyprus, France, Holland, Syria and Venezuela.
in his first game with Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, Larry played only 3 minutes and scored 2 minutes
By Eurobasket Data Center


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Gold Rush again wins in overtime against Dillard - by Richard
Ryan Derousselle (6'1''-G) scored 15 of his career-high 19 points after halftime Saturday, and Devin Andrew (6'4''-G)'s 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Xavier (LA) to a 77-74 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory over Dillard in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic at The Barn.
The Gold Rush (16-12 overall, 7-9 GCAC) defeated the Bleu Devils (4-20, 1-15) for the second time in overtime this season.
Andrew, who finished with 14 points, made his 3-pointer from the left corner to give Xavier a 75-72 lead and cap an 8-1 run. Kevin Miller, a freshman from Baton Rouge and Catholic High, made two free throws for the Rush with 7.9 seconds remaining for the final points.
James Burkes missed a 3-pointer for Dillard on the final possession.
Jamaan Kenner (6'4''-G) and Dannie Woods (6'7''-F-87) scored 12 points apiece for Xavier. Woods reached double figures for the second straight game after missing 12 consecutive games due to injury.
Mico Sjekloca scored 24 points for the Bleu Devils, and Burkes had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Sjekloca's 3-point play with 5.8 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 64, then Andrew missed from 30 feet as the period expired.
Xavier outshot Dillard 57.8 to 43.3 percent from the floor.
Xavier leads the series with Dillard, its city, conference and HBCU rival, 72-47. The Rush won 10 of the last 11 meetings and 13 of the last 15. Xavier is 4-0 in overtime against Dillard in the last five seasons.
source: Xavier (LA)


Gold Rush shoots past Rams for 3rd straight victory - by Richard
Michael Harvey (6'3''-G) made the most of his limited playing time Monday, scoring 12 points in 14 minutes to lead Xavier (LA) to a 65-45 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory over Mobile.
Harvey was 4-of-4 from 3-point range, making three in the first half, and helped the Gold Rush (17-12 overall, 8-9 GCACA) win its third in a row and clinch a winning record for the 10th consecutive season.
Freshman Deronn Scott (6'5''-G) added 11 points -- his second highest total of the season -- and had four assists for Xavier, which remained in sixth place in the GCAC but extended its lead over idle Spring Hill and SUNO to one game. The GCAC's top six teams will receive first-round byes in next week's conference tournament.
Harvey's 3-pointer at 17:41 put the Gold Rush ahead to stay at 3-2, and 9-of-11 shooting in the first 12 minutes gave Xavier a 24-9 lead. The Rush led 32-18 at halftime, and the 20-point margin at the end was its largest of the night.
Donte Walker, with 16 points, was the only double-figure scorer for Mobile (16-9, 9-7), which remained in fifth place. The loss was just the second in nine games for the Rams.
Xavier, No. 2 in NAIA Division I in field-goal percentage defense, limited Mobile to 35.6 percent. The Gold Rush shot 57.5 percent and topped 50 percent for the third time in four games.
Ryan Derousselle (6'1''-G) had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists for Xavier.
Xavier has not finished with a losing record since 1989-90.
The Gold Rush will conclude its regular season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against GCAC, city and HBCU rival SUNO at The Barn. It will be senior night for Xavier's DeRousselle, Landon Bussie and Dannie Woods.
source: Xavier (LA)


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Monday's games (5) review - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee B. - New York K. 83-67
Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) had 24 points and 20 rebounds in his third career 20-20 game, and the Milwaukee Bucks forced the Knicks into their worst offensive performance in more than two years in an 83-67 victory Monday night. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) helped the winners with 15 points. In NY Knicks, Tracy McGrady delivered 15 pts.

Indiana P. - Dallas M. 82-91
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) tied his career high with 20 rebounds - most of them uncontested while he controlled the lane on defense - and the Mavericks improved to 4-0 with him as their starting center in a 91-82 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Jason Terry scored 14 pts. On the other side, Indiana got 14 points from T.J. Ford.

Atlanta H. - Utah Jazz 105-100
Now an NBA All-Star, Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks win in Utah for the first time in 17 years, beating the short-handed Jazz 105-100 on Monday night. The Hawks hadn't won in Utah since Feb. 13, 1993, when Dominique Wilkins scored 43 points to lead Atlanta to a 121-112 victory. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) followed Johnson with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Paul Millsap had 14 pts and 9 boards in defeat.

Charlotte B. - LA Clippers 94-98
Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) scored 20 points and Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles on Monday night in a 98-94 victory that ended their four-game losing streak against the Bobcats. Gerald Wallace shined for the guests with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Chicago B. - Washington W. 95-101
Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards to a 101-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.) had 17 points and 7 boards, while Randy Foye added 16 pts, plus 9 assists. In the loosing squad, Derrick Rose collected 22 points, 5 boards and 6 assists.



Thunder signs Antonio Anderson to 10-day contract, waives Harpring - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced that the team has signed Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) to a 10-day contract.

Anderson, 24, is a free agent call-up from the NBA Development Leagues Rio Valley Grande Vipers where he has averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 39.6 minutes in 32 games (32 starts). A 6-6, 215 pound guard who went undrafted out of Memphis in 2009, Anderson went to training camp with the Charlotte Bobcats. He appeared in five games, averaging 3.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 14.2 minutes before being waived on October 22.

With his signing, Anderson becomes the 14th Gatorade Call-Up from the D-League this season. He will wear uniform #8. In order to accommodate Anderson, Oklahoma City has waived forward Matt Harpring (6'7''-F-76, college: Georgia Tech) who was acquired along with Eric Maynor in a trade with the Utah Jazz on December 22.

'I think this deal was more made for practice purposes more than needing game help. With Kyle Weaver hurt and the scare of Thabo getting poked in the eye, it seems like OKC might be a little thin on the practice court. But there is also a chance Im wrong about that. Anderson is a long, defense first shooting guard that doesnt shoot the ball extremely well, but is very athletic and can guard three positions. Hes kind of like Thabo Lite in a way.'

The good news is though, I guess Harpring can broadcast for the Jazz in peace now.


Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.9 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.8 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.29.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers28.0 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.1 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.8 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.7 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.5 
 9. Granger, Indiana P.22.9 
 10. Roy, Portland TB22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.5 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.8 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.6 
 5. Lee, New York K.11.5 
 6. Love, Minnesota T.11.4 
 7. Bosh, Toronto R.11.4 
 8. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers11.0 
 10. Duncan, San A.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.0 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers7.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.7 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.7 
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. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 7. Jackson, Charlott.1.9 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Felton, Charlott.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.8 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Bogut, Milwauke.2.3 
 4. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 6. Dalembert, Philad.2.1 
 7. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 8. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Lopez, New J.1.9 
 10. Perkins, Boston C.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 36-19 
 2. Toronto R. 31-24 
 3. Philadelph.76 21-34 
 4. New York K. 19-37 
 5. New Jersey N. 5-52 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 44-14 
 2. Chicago B. 29-27 
 3. Milwaukee B. 27-28 
 4. Detroit P. 21-35 
 5. Indiana P. 19-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 38-19 
 2. Atlanta H. 35-20 
 3. Miami Heat 29-29 
 4. Charlotte B. 27-28 
 5. Washington W. 20-34 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 37-19 
 2. Utah Jazz 36-20 
 3. Oklah.City T. 33-22 
 4. Portland TB 33-26 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-44 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 43-14 
 2. Phoenix Suns 35-23 
 3. LA Clippers 23-33 
 4. Sacramento K. 18-39 
 5. Golde State W. 16-39 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 36-21 
 2. San Antonio S. 31-23 
 3. N.Orleans H. 30-27 
 4. Houston R. 28-27 
 5. Memphis G. 28-28 


76ers' Allen Iverson out indefinitely because of family matter - by Eurobasket News
Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) will be away from the team for an indefinite period as he deals with a family matter.

At this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Sixers, Allen and his family that he be allowed to deal with a very serious issue that is far greater than the game of basketball, Ed Stefanski, the teams president and general manager, said in a statement.

Iverson played in the 76ers last three games after missing five contests and the National Basketball Association All-Star Game while dealing with his 4-year-old daughters illness, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

The 34-year-old guard, an 11-time All-Star, has played in 25 games for Philadelphia following his release by the Memphis Grizzlies three games into the season. Hes averaged 13.9 points and 4.1 assists per contest since rejoining the 76ers, where he played for 10 seasons before his December 2006 trade to the Denver Nuggets.

The 76ers are 21-34, 14 1/2 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division.


Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com


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Jermaine Washington: Playing in Europe is the best thing I ever did - by Daniel Poerschke
Jermaine Washington (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Nevada) plays for Telstar Hesperange in the National 2 league in Luxemburg this season. Before that, he spent two years in Ireland and was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague 2nd Team in 2009. The athletic inside-outside forward was also nominated for the N2 All-Star Game, which took part last weekend in Mondorf. Eurobasket.com had the chance to sit down with Jermaine and talk some hoops with him:

What were your highlights during your NCAA 1 college career at the University of Nevada-Reno?
My college highlight was my first year at Nevada when we went to the Sweet Sixteen and we played the top schools in the nation. And when we won back to back titles in the WAC conference, that was my best individual college highlight. However my career highlight is having a chance to play ball overseas, coming from where I from I never thought that I would be making it this far with playin ball.

How are your experiences as a pro in Europe?
Experiences as an american playing overseas is great. It is the best thing, that I ever did. The clubs do really take good care of you and it is a good time to get away from home for some months.

How is your current season going for your team in Luxemburg?
The season is going good so far. Its just really hard, because we have a young team and the young guys have never played on this level before. But other then that, its going good for me. I am just gettin my game better every week.

What are your future plans with Basketball?
My future plans is to keep workin with Scorers1st as my agency and see how long I can keep playing basketball.

Tell us a little bit about your life off-court.
The stuff that intersting in my life besides basketball is, that I am working with my little brother on his game ,so that he can be better then me and so one day he might make it to the NBA.



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1 de Mayo wins Liga de Pilar - by Gianni Pascucci
After easily winnning Game 1 of Final Series, the 'reds' of 1 de Mayo defeated two other times Capitan Bado, for the final 3-0 in the aggregate result, becoming the 2010 Liga de Pilar Champions. The starting five of the 'reds' was made of Gustavo Torres (175-G-80), Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74), Federico Mellone (190-G/F-85), Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) and Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82).

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Capitanes Blistering Second Half Downs Millrats - by Richard
The Capitanes de Arecibo de Arecibo shot a blistering 61% from the field in the second half, putting 75 points on the board, and took down the Manchester Millrats 114-89.
Coming off an exuberant buzzer-beating win against Vermont the night before, the Manchester Millrats entered Sunday's action at the Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University looking to make it two in a row, and in the process take down the #1 ranked team in the Premier Basketball League.
Puerto Rico forced a slow pace early on, taking seemingly every opportunity to play the game in the half court offensively. After falling behind by single digits, the Millrats rallied in the second quarter to take a 40-39 halftime lead.
Manchester fell victim to the Capitanes crisp ball movement and sharp shooting in the third quarter, as the Capitanes poured in 41 points during the quarter to take control, 80-62. The Millrats fought and got to within thirteen points, at 88-75 with 6:55 left in the game, but failed to close the gap.
Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) led the Millrats' offense output with 23 points, while Eric Gilchrese added 19. Puerto Rico's Elias 'Larry' Ayuso led all scorers with 29.
Manchester improves to 4-9 on the season and Puerto Rico improves their league best record to 11-1.

Next Sunday the Millrats will host Keith Friel and the Rochester RazorSharks at the Lundholm Gymnasium on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
source: PBL


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Derick PAYNE
  Buffalo S.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Payne, Buffalo S.23.0 
 2. Anderson, Manchest.22.5 
 3. Ayuso, Capitanes22.0 
 4. Bronson, Manchest.21.7 
 5. Stanley, Buffalo S.21.3 
 6. Sherrill, Maryland.20.5 
 7. Bennett, Halifax R.19.7 
 8. Cortes, Capitanes19.0 
 9. Jeanty, Quebec K.19.0 
 10. Robinson, Buffa.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelo REYES
  Capitanes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Reyes, Capitanes17.7 
 2. Crookshank, Halif.14.2 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes14.2 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.11.8 
 5. Demasi, Vermont FH11.1 
 6. Brown, Buffalo S.10.5 
 7. Ross, Buffalo S.9.3 
 8. Wise, Quebec K.9.0 
 9. Johnson, Rocheste.8.8 
 10. Bronson, Manchest.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH6.3 
 2. Anderson, Manchest.6.2 
 3. Ervin, Halifax R.6.0 
 4. Bowden, Lawton F.5.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Capit.5.8 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.5.4 
 7. Daniels, Lawton F.5.3 
 8. Price, Buffalo S.5.1 
 9. Robinson, Buffa.4.3 
 10. Fortier, Quebec K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Charles FORTIER
  Quebec K.
  (193-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fortier, Quebec K.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Rocheste.2.5 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.2.3 
 4. Jeanty, Quebec K.2.0 
 5. Council, Rocheste.2.0 
 6. Rice, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.2.0 
 8. Stewart, Manchest.2.0 
 9. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 10. Michel, Quebec K.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reggie GEORGE
  Quebec K.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. George, Quebec K.2.0 
 2. Aubry, Capitanes2.0 
 3. Bailey, Vermont FH1.6 
 4. Thomas, Maryland.1.5 
 5. Crookshank, Halif.1.5 
 6. Marshall, Lawton F.1.3 
 7. Ocitti, Manchest.1.3 
 8. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 9. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 10. Mazur, Halifax R.1.0 


Latest games: Capitanes stay on top - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes - Vermont FH 97-86
The Premier Basketball League's top team proved it is worthy of such distinction on Friday, as the Arecibo Capitanes of Puerto Rico withstood several Vermont rallies and left the Barre Auditorium with a 97-86 victory. The Capitanes were paced by Elias Ayuso (6'3''-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) 's game-high 40 points, including 8-of-10 3-point shooting. David Cortes (6'3''-G/F-81) added 14 points and Omar Alvarado chipped in 12 points. Jared Carter led Vermont with 16 points while Benson Callier and Troy Jackson both finished with 12 points.

Vermont FH - Manchester M. 111-113
Anthony Anderson returned to the Millrats just in time, as he dropped an high arching floater off the glass, barely beating the buzzer, and lifting Manchester to a 113-111 win over their arch rivals, the Vermont Frost Heaves. Anderson stood as the Premier Basketball League's leading scorer and assist man, before leaving the Millrats two weeks ago to pursue an overseas opportunity. 'It was great to have him back, our team seems to play with more confidence knowing he's leading the charge,' stated Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'We've been in this situation before and for whatever reason we hadn't gotten Anthony the ball, but tonight we did.' Manchester maintained a lead throughout the first three quarters, but Vermont stayed nipping at their heels. The Millrats lead stood at 90-80 with 9:30 to go in the game, before Vermont reeled off a 13-0 run and took their own lead at 93-90. Manchester hung tough while Vermont's offense was kicking into overdrive. Julian Allen drilled a three pointer to break a 106-106 tie. Anthony Anderson then added two free throws after Vermont's Troy Jackson hit one, to make it 111-107 with 37 seconds left. Vermont's Ross Dimasi scored in the paint quickly and then Vermont converted a turnover by Manchester into a layup by Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield), and suddenly the game was tied again at 111-111 with 3.1 seconds left. After a timeout, Julian Allen inbounded to a curling Anderson who drove baseline and his high arching shot over several Frost Heaves was the game winner. Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-G-87, college: New Hampshire) led Manchester with 20 points, while Anderson poured in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Julian Allen and Charles Bronson had 17 each, and Tyrece Gibbs 12. Stanley Ocitti was a difference-maker with 13 rebounds and 5 blocks to go with his 9 points. Dwuan Rice led all scorers with 27. *Courtesy of www.mlntherawfeed.com

Quebec K. - Rochester R. 89-102
In a back and forth game, the Rochester RazorSharks came out on top 102-89 as Glen Dandridge scored nine of his 19 points in the second half. Keith Friel returned to the lineup and scored seven points as the RazorSharks led 25-15 after the first quarter. Both teams exchanged leads multiple times in the second quarter before Rochester took control 47-44 as Glen Dandridge and Melvin Council each scored 10 first half points. Quebec's John Ruffus (6'10''-F/C-81, college: Fayetteville St.) led the Kebs with 12 points. After being down for most of the third quarter, the RazorSharks tied the score 70-70 before the end of the period. In the fourth quarter Donielle Davis put up all nine of his points including a big three pointer that gave Rochester the extra boost they needed to win their second straight game. The RazorSharks' (7-3) David Bailey (6'8''-F-83, college: Prince George CC) pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 12 points to earn a double-double. Rochester's Jerice Crouch and Melvin Council each finished with 15 points. Quebec (1-9) had six players score in double figures led by John Ruffus's 18. Joseph Flegler (17), Jamaal Wise (13), Samuel Audet-Sow (12), Charles Fortier (10) and Jean Philippe-Morin (10) were the other Kebs who scored in double digits. * Courtesy of www.razorsharks.com

Maryland GH - Halifax R. 105-155
The Rainmen destroyed Maryland GH with 105-155 win. Gary Gallimore (6'4''-G-84) top-scored in victory with 26 and Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) added 25 points, plus 11 rebounds. Byron Mouton replied with 23 points and 8 boards in defeat.


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Buster Figueroa from Arecibo to Guaynabo - by Luis Ramirez
According to local press reports all indicators point to the fact that Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) may become a Guaynabo Mets in the next hours. The Arecibo Captains and the Guaynabo Mets have been trying to iron out a deal for several days, and it now seems that the deal is very close to being a done deal.

Press reports have indicated that Figueroa and his agent Mr. Jose Paris met last night to go over the fine print of the new agreement and it seems that Figueroa is comfortable with the deal. One of the main sticking point for the deal was that Guaynabo had to honor Figueroas salary currently with the Captains. It is said that Guaynabo team administrator Edwin Loubriel assured Figueroa that this would not be a problem. With this hurdle surpassed it is almost certain that Figueroa will change uniforms.

Figueroa had already played for Guaynabo some years ago, in fact this was the first team in the BSN with which Figueroa played. On the other hand, the Arecibo Captains fans will be sad to see Figueroa leave since Buster has been one of the most successful players in the franchise.



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  ROMANIA   


Romanian Cup Final-Four to be played in Sibiu - by Sebastian Umbrich
Monday, 22nd of February, the final-four draw took place at the Romanian Basketball Federation. With this opportunity, the host of the final-four has been revealed: the first time since 2006 the final-four will be held by the Transilvania Sports Center from Sibiu. The following teams have qualified for the final-four: CS Otopeni, CS Elba Timisoara, CS Gaz Metan Medias and CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. In the semifinals, CS Otopeni will meet CS Elba Timisoara while two of the top 4 from the championship will meet in the second semifinal: CS Gaz Metan Medias vs. CSU Ploiesti. What's more to say, the final-four will take place on the 9th April (semifinals) and on the 10th April (3rd place match and the final). CSU Ploiesti has won the last 6 Cups of Romania.

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Bassett, Craiova22.5 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.9 
 3. Bubanja, Brasov19.5 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.0 
 5. Peciukas, Mures18.9 
 6. Mack, Steaua T.18.7 
 7. Santana, Municipal B.18.0 
 8. Lawrence, U.Mobite.17.8 
 9. Dzambic, Timisoara17.8 
 10. Smith, CSU Sibiu17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HERNDON
  CSU Sibiu
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Herndon, CSU Sibiu10.4 
 2. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 3. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.7 
 4. Masiulis, Mures9.0 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.8 
 6. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.6 
 7. Trim, Rovinari8.6 
 8. Waterstradt, Munici.8.5 
 9. Smith, CSU Sibiu7.8 
 10. Nicoara, Gaz Metan7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.5 
 2. Cooley, Mures5.4 
 3. Dzambic, Timisoara5.0 
 4. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.8 
 5. Mladenovic, Brasov4.6 
 6. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.6 
 7. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 8. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 9. Helcioiu, Municipa.4.2 
 10. Dawson, Gladiato.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.7 
 2. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 4. Maric, Oradea2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Smith, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 7. Timus, Steaua T.2.0 
 8. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.0 
 9. Hargrove, Ploiesti2.0 
 10. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.3 
 2. Lazar, Oradea2.0 
 3. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 4. Dragovic, Craiova1.7 
 5. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 6. Wiggins, Steaua T.1.3 
 7. Trim, Rovinari1.1 
 8. Vajda, Mures1.0 
 9. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 
 10. Rhymer, Gaz Metan1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Krasnie Krilya earned a confident home victory over Eiffel Towers - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya - Eiffel Towers 77:47

Krasnie Krilya earned a confident home victory over Eiffel Towers. The Russian squad jumped to 3-1 record to share the throne on top of the group after 77:47 win.
Eiffel Towers won the tip and did not mind providing their own game to the hosts from the start. That, however, was the only time they had lead throughout the remainder of the game. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) closed he opening quarter in the game as his side already had 22:7 lead.
Eiffel Towers hit some quick points at the start of the second period as the hosts had a couple of minutes of slack play.Krasnie Krilya started to play more defensively and after 15-9 in the frame enjoyed 3716 at the halftime. The third period saw the Russian team further impose themselves, maintaining their effective defence causing Eiffel Towers to turn the ball over and forcing 24 second violations. Bremer nailed three for 53:28 and Biggs was the last to post in the period for 61:32 advantage. They quickly extended their lead in the beginning of the last quarter but did not mind finishing with the less difference. Wessels nailed a jump shot for the guests to make the final 77:47 result.
Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Samara team. Luis Flores added 14 points as Krasnie Krilya improved at 3-1 record on top of Group I. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) responded with 13 points for Eiffel Towers. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) had 12 points and 17 boards in defeat.

Krasnie Krilya: Marcus Douthit 16 points and 8 rebounds, Luis Flores 14
Eiffel Towers: Anthony Richardson 13 points, Jerome Beasley 12 points and 17 boards



Hapoel tame Unics in Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel - Unics 82:73
Hapoel Jerusalem made a big step towards reaching the EuroCup Last 8. They held off Unics at home court today improving at 3-1 record in Group J. Unics in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record in the pool. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 19 points in the victory.
Hapoel Jerusalem stunned the visitors early. They went on an 8:2 run as Dijon Thompson accounted for 4 points. Unics narrowed the distance and later Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) drew things level at 17. But Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) capped the frame with a three-pointer to put Hapoel back in charge. Hapoel quickly restored a safe cushion and Sharon Shason opened a double-digit lead for the hosts. Hapoel maintained the lead and posted a 41:32 advantage at halftime. Loncar and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) cut the distance to 5 points at the start of the third period. However Yogev Ohayon and Chester Simmons stepped up with timely buckets as Hapoel regained control. Petr Samoylenko had the last word in the third stanza as he trimmed the gap to 7 points 53:60. Yogev Ohayon, Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and Yuval Naimy scored for the hosts giving Hapoel a 67:55 advantage three minutes into the fourth stanza. Unics responded with 7 points in a row but it was as close as the Kazan outfit could get. Hapoel stayed calm and organized sealing the victory at the end.
Chester Simmons notched 16 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. Brandon Hunter netted 15 points and collected 8 rebounds in the win. Maciej Lampe responded with game-high 30 points and 6 boards for Unics. Marko Popovic netted 13 points in the loss.

Hapoel: Yogev Ohayon 19, Chester Simmons 16, Brandon Hunter 15
Unics: Maciej Lampe 30, Marko Popovic 13



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  SERBIA   


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Superfund 16-2 
 2. Radnicki O. 14-4 
 3. Crnokosa 13-5 
 4. Smederevo 12-6 
 5. Jagodina 11-7 
 6. Mladost CA 11-7 
 7. Zeleznicar I. 9-9 
 8. Vojvodina 8-10 
 9. FMP II 7-10 
 10. Jug Vranje 7-11 
 11. Vrbas 6-12 
 12. Partizan II 5-13 
 13. Zdravlje 4-14 
 14. Beovuk 72 2-15 


Turk Telekom stay alive with win over Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Turk Telekom 76:78
Turk Telekom celebrated a vital road win in the EuroCup Last 16. They shocked Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade to stay alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth. Crvena Zvezda in the meantime suffered the initial loss at this stage of the tournament.
Turk Telekom used an 11:0 run midway through the opening stanza to surge in front. The Turkish team posted a 26:13 advantage at the first break. But things changed drastically in the second frame. The hosts triggered a massive 24:3 run to build a 42:34 lead at the interval. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) exploded with two three-pointers early in the third period to boost the gap to 12-point mark. The hosts maintained the pressure and the margin grew at 16 points. But Turk Telekom managed to narrow the deficit trailing by ten at the final break. Turk Telekom continued to get closer as Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama), Lang and Senturk put the visitors within two points late in the regulation. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) followed with 5 points to give the Turkish side a 78:75 lead. Taylor hit just one free throw but Crvena Zvezda lost rebound and game.
Demond Mallet scored 25 points to pace the charge. Lamayne Wilson contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Mike Taylor and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) netted 16 points each in defeat.

Crvena Zvezda: Oliver Stevic 18, Mike Taylor 16, Filip Videnov 16
Turk Telekom: Demond Mallet 25, Lamayne Wilson 15, Ersin Dagli 12



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  SLOVAKIA   


BC Prievidza sign Ali Thomas - by Eurobasket
BC Prievidza agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF). Thomas played most recently at BSW Sixers (Germany). Thomas is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Italy and Ukraine.
Ali was awarded Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team in 2008, then in Ukraine next season he played 20 games at BS Odessa (UBL) and averaged 5.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 70.0% just before he left in Jan.'09 and was awarded Ukrainian UBL Cup Finalist -09
in his first game with Prievidza, Thomas played 31 minutes and scored 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Fears, Prievidza22.5 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.9 
 3. Polakovic, Svit19.5 
 4. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 5. Mroz, Nova Ves17.0 
 6. Nicholson, Pezinok16.6 
 7. Jackson, Pezinok16.2 
 8. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 9. Stojanovic, Vahost.16.1 
 10. Laco, Svit15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.9 
 2. Nicholson, Pezinok8.2 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza7.9 
 4. Skara, B.Bystrica7.5 
 5. Polakovic, Svit7.2 
 6. Tomek, Nitra7.2 
 7. Madaj, Komarno6.5 
 8. Cvitanovic, Svit6.4 
 9. Micuda, Pezinok6.4 
 10. Batka, Nova Ves6.3 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. BANNISTER
  Komarno
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Bannister, Komarno8.8 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.8 
 3. Scott, Nitra5.3 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves4.4 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.3 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica3.6 
 7. Milosevic, Pezinok3.4 
 8. Grznar, Levice3.2 
 9. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
 10. Demecko, Nova Ves3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jan ZAVODNY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zavodny, Vahost.2.6 
 2. Scott, Nitra2.6 
 3. Fears, Prievidza2.3 
 4. Glavinic, Handlova2.0 
 5. Zilik, Inter B.2.0 
 6. Jackson, Pezinok2.0 
 7. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.9 
 8. Ravasz, Inter B.1.9 
 9. Bannister, Komarno1.7 
 10. Jefferson, Nova Ves1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Vincent POLAKOVIC
  Svit
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Polakovic, Svit0.9 
 2. Blagojevic, Komar.0.8 
 3. Cvitanovic, Svit0.7 
 4. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 5. Klar, Levice0.6 
 6. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 7. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 8. Stefanac, Inter B.0.5 
 9. Barisic, Handlova0.5 
 10. Glavinic, Handlova0.5 


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  SLOVENIA   


Helios inks Shields - by Zeljko Zule
Helios announced signing of American player Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) for the remainder of the season. He arrives from Greek team Kavala, where he averaged 10.4 points (2P 34%, 3P 41%, FT 89%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals over 26 minutes in 9 HEBA A-1 League games this season. Shields is already a well-known face in Slovenia. Last season he spent with Krka averaging 11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.6 apg for 31 games of Slovenian Telemach League and 15.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.2 spg for 26 games of Adriatic NLB League.

Washington Wizards get Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rights to Emir Preldzic - by Eurobasket News
It was going to take a special opportunity to get the Cavaliers to trade franchise pillar Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances).

That chance came Wednesday amid a wild day of negotiations for the team's front office as they attempted to upgrade their roster ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. With two deals on the table, one for the Phoenix Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire and one for the Washington Wizards' Antawn Jamison, the Cavs had to make a decision.

When the dust had settled, the Cavs took Jamison in a three-team trade that also involved the Los Angeles Clippers.

The team has agreed to send Ilgauskas, the Cavs' 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Slovenian forward Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) to the Wizards. The Clippers sent the Cavs journeyman point guard Sebastian Telfair and the Clippers get former Cav Drew Gooden from the Wizards. Washington also received forward Al Thornton from the Clippers.

It is uncertain whether Jamison will be in uniform for the Cavs' game Thursday against the Denver Nuggets. For the trade to go through, all six players must report and pass physicals or have their physicals waived by the receiving team. This could slow down the process of the trade becoming final.

The move, said some close to the team, came with a bit of a heavy heart. It gets the Cavs the sweet-shooting big man they have been looking for since last summer. Jamison, a former All-Star and Team USA member, is averaging 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Wizards.

The Cavs have been targeting Jamison, 33, for months, ever since a slow start plus legal problems for star Gilbert Arenas ruined Washington's once-promising season.

But Ilgauskas, in the final year of a contract that pays him $11.5 million this season, is the franchise leader in rebounds, blocks and games played. Teammate LeBron James has played more games with Ilgauskas than any other player in his life.

It wasn't an easy decision to move Ilgauskas or to decide which player to move him for.

According to sources, the Cavs pressed the Suns to take or leave an offer they presented last week for Stoudemire. A year after a potential deal for Shaquille O'Neal was pulled off the table by the Suns just before the trade deadline, the Cavs wanted to give themselves time to pursue another deal this time around.

The Suns, it is believed, allowed a deadline the Cavs had put in place to pass. It is not clear how close the two teams ever came to making the deal, sources said. The Cavs then moved on to acquire Jamison.

There were three key facets that got the trade, which started to come together on Monday, to work.

For the Cavs, getting Jamison and holding on to prized forward J.J. Hickson, who the Suns wanted for Stoudemire, was attractive.

For the Wizards, getting the Cavs to take on the two years and $28 million left on Jamison's contract will put them under the salary cap this summer and accelerate their rebuilding process. So will getting Thornton, a promising forward who was the Clippers' first-round draft pick in 2008.

For the Clippers, it clears $5.5 million in salary-cap space for this summer, when the team plans to be a player in the free-agent market. Telfair has a $2.7 million player option for next season that he is likely to exercise.

It has long been speculated that the Cavs would hope to trade Ilgauskas, then he'd seek a buyout of his contract so he could return. These deals are allowed but cannot be pre-arranged and Ilgauskas would have to wait 30 days from the trade becoming official before re-signing with the Cavs.

Ilgauskas, who received a trade bonus of roughly $600,000 because of a clause in his contract, can discuss a buyout with the Wizards, who are in last place in the Southeast Division. He must receive the buyout before March 1 to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

The fact that the Wizards have young big men they may want to give minutes to down the stretch, hints they would be open to buying Ilgauskas out.

Another major incentive for the Wizards to pursue a buyout is they now are roughly $1 million over the luxury tax threshold. By buying out Ilgauskas, they may be able to get under and trigger millions in savings plus revenue-sharing incentives. The Cavs still have their $1.99 million bi-annual exception left to sign bought-out players.

One of the reasons the Cavs, who now do not own any picks in his year's draft after trading their second rounder to the Suns for O'Neal last summer, were able to complete this trade was because they had an open spot on their 15-man roster.

That will go to Telfair, traded for the fourth time in his six-year career. The 25-year-old former New York City high school legend followed James in prep stardom, once having a documentary filmed about his senior year at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.But Telfair, 25, has not panned out in the league thus far. He's played in 39 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.9 assists. For his career, he's averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 assists on -- and this is his major issue -- just 39 percent shooting.

It is unlikely that Telfair, who fills a need for the Cavs as a third point guard, will be able to help the team in the near future. Last month he suffered a ruptured groin muscle. He's missed three weeks so far.

The trade deadline isn't until 3 p.m. Thursday and it is possible the Cavs could still be in the market. They would be interested in picking up draft picks at this point and possibility a shooting guard.

But there isn't expected to be much activity. They have made their major move, the fourth major trade made by general manager Danny Ferry in the last two years.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Sunara wins first game as coach of Helios - by Zeljko Zule
Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79) had 17 points and 7 rebounds,Klemen Lorbek added 14 and Alexei Lashkevich collected 13 points and 8 rebounds and Helios won its first game under new coach Ivan Sunara, beating Geoplin Slovan 78-63 in the game of Round 20. Helios trailed just at 2-3, led by as many as 14 points after the first period. Slovan opened the second quarter with a 12-1 run and trailed just 61-65 with 5:57 into the game. Helios, though, went on a 13-2 spurt to win 78-63. For Slovan, Ernest Novak scored 17 points, Bojan Jovanovic added 14 and Milan Klepo 12.

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  SPAIN   


Bilbao book EuroCup quarterfinal spot edging Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Brose Baskets 76:66

Bilbao extended their EuroCup perfect run. The Spanish team earned the fourth straight win at the Last 16 stage and remained on top of Pool K. Brose Baskets slipped at 1-3 record.
Bilbao entered the game energetically. They quickly ran away to an 18:11 lead. But Brose Baskets gradually adjusted and cut the distance to 18:21 at the first break. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) came up with a bunch of points early in the second period to give the hosts some breathing room. Brose Baskets stayed close and finished the first half down by 3 points 35:38. The German team opened the second half with four points to surge in front. The teams exchanged baskets for some time before Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) secured a 52:48 lead for the Spaniards heading into the final term. Warren notched 5 points early in the final stanza as Bilbao cleared off to a 59:48 distance. Banic followed with five points of his own to keep Brose Basket at bay. Markota hit from beyond the arc as Bilbao rallied to the victory at the end. Jerome Moiso finished with 14 points to pace the hosts. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) had 11 points, while Renaldas Seibutis netted 10 points for the Basque team. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) chipped in 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in defeat.

Bilbao: Jerome Moiso 14, Alex Mumbru 11, Renaldas Seibutis 10
Brose Baskets: Brian Roberts 18, Elton Brown 13



Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.1 
 2. Riera, Mallorca17.6 
 3. Morley, Burgos17.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.17.1 
 5. Hughes, Leon16.3 
 6. Roe, Tenerife16.1 
 7. Guillen, La Laguna16.0 
 8. Quinteros, CAI Z.15.4 
 9. Blanch, Mallorca15.0 
 10. Rabaseda, Cornella14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Donaldson, La La.10.9 
 2. Starosta, Melilla9.8 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.2 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.2 
 5. Adrien, Breogan8.0 
 6. Arteaga, Palencia7.7 
 7. Humphrey, Leon7.5 
 8. Ayon, Tenerife7.4 
 9. Padgett, La Palma7.4 
 10. Seawright, CB Tarra.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.1 
 2. Cherry, Caceres4.8 
 3. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.1 
 4. Mena, La Palma4.0 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Perez, Cornella3.6 
 7. Garrido, La Laguna3.2 
 8. Riera, Mallorca3.0 
 9. Quinteros, CAI Z.3.0 
 10. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.2.9 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.4 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.2 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife1.9 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.9 
 7. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 8. Perez, Cornella1.8 
 9. Garcia, La Palma1.7 
 10. Morley, Burgos1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nedzad SINANOVIC
  Clin.Rincon
  (221-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.9 
 2. Naymick, Caceres1.8 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.4 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.3 
 7. Samb, Cornella1.3 
 8. Joseph, Cornella1.3 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.1 
 10. Mirotic, Palencia0.9 


Randall Hanke pens deal with Canarias - by Eurobasket News
Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence) landed in Cuidad de La Laguna Canarias. The 25-year-old centre signed for the Scottish Rocks in the BBL in January. Randall Hanke appeared in seven games averaging 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Last season the US-British centre graduated from Providence College. He tallied 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his senior season.


Terrence Oglesby joins CB Tarragona - by Eurobasket News
CB Tarragona added Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson) to the roster. The US-Norwegian player started the season in Napoli but soon moved to Ukraine. There the guard joined MBC Mykolaiv. Terrence Oglesby averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in the Ukrainian Superleague. Oglesby graduated from the Clemson University in 2009. The guard averaged 13.2 points, 1.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game in his senior season. Terrence Oglesby played for the Norwegian U20 National Team at the European Championship in Romania in 2008.


Nymburk edge Gran Canaria in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Gran Canaria 79:71
The Czech champions Nymburk recorded the second win at the EuroCup Last 16. They held off Gran Canaria in overtime to boost their chances of reaching the tournaments quarterfinal. Nymburk and Gran Canaria are now tied at 2-2 record in Pool L.
The visitors got to the better start to the game. Gran Canaria fired 24 points worth a 7-point lead at the first break. But Nymburk rebounded pretty quickly. The second frame fully belonged to the hosts. They limited Gran Canaria to ten points pouring 24 themselves. The scoreboard read 41:34 at halftime. The roller coaster action continued in the third period. Gran Canaria regained the initiative and started to work their way back into the contest. The visitors denied the deficit and entered the fourth term tied with Nymburk at 55. The teams exchanged baskets throughout tense dramatic fourth period but neither side was able to put their noses in front. Gran Canaria and Nymburk went for extra five minutes. The Spaniards scored just two points in overtime and had to surrender at the end. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) tossed in 19 points to lead the hosts. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) added 17 points in the victory. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 21 points and 5 boards for Gran Canaria. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) had 15 points and 8 caroms in the losing effort.

Nymburk: Arthur Lee 19, Ladislav Sokolovsky 17, Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford), Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) 13
Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 21, Sitapha Savane 15



Tiago Splitter suffers ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral must try to preserve its five-year streak in the Quarterfinal Playoffs without the services of two-time All-Euroleague center Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), the competition's fourth-ranked player this season, who will miss at least the next two weeks of the Top 16 with an ankle injury. Splitter (212, 25) missed Game 2 of the Top 16 and had to sit out the team's semifinal in last weekend's Spanish King's Cup due to pain in his left ankle. Caja Laboral announced Monday that its doctors say Splitter must rest at least two weeks while he undergoes treatmeant on the ankle. Splitter is Caja Laboral's second-best scorer and top rebounder this season, with averages of 13.4 points and 6 boards, while ranking fourth among all Euroleague players in with a performance index rating average of 17.3 per game. Splitter is also hitting a career-high 74.5% of his free throws (41 for 55) this season, ranking fifth in shots made from the foul line. His injury comes at a tough moment for Caja Laboral, which is 1-2 in Group H and faces a do-or-die road game at second-place Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday. If undefeated Olympiacos defeats as-yet winless Cibona on Wednesday, Caja Laboral must win at Khimki or be eliminated from the Quarterfinal Playoffs, which has not happened in the previous five-year history of that phase.

Courtesy of Euroleague
(www.euroleague.net)


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Pigram, Andorra17.2 
 2. Vereen, Rosalia16.5 
 3. Ferrer, Cajasur .15.8 
 4. Thompson, ADT T.15.3 
 5. Uriz, Santurtzi15.3 
 6. Barcelo, Plasencia15.3 
 7. Higgs, L''Hospitalet15.2 
 8. Wolfram, Andorra15.0 
 9. Holmes, Caja Rioja14.8 
 10. Howard, Guadalaj.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shalawn MILLER
  Huelva
  (204-C/F-74)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Miller, Huelva9.4 
 2. Thompson, ADT T.9.2 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.8.7 
 4. Santana, Caja Rioja8.4 
 5. Williams, Matchmind7.9 
 6. Adams, Navarra7.3 
 7. Johnson, Huesca7.3 
 8. Hampl, Santurtzi7.2 
 9. Ausina, Matchmind7.2 
 10. Andrews, Huesca7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja6.1 
 2. Castello, ADT T.4.9 
 3. Rufian, Huelva4.4 
 4. Rodriguez, Rosalia4.1 
 5. Gonzalez, Navarra4.1 
 6. Lopez, Coruna3.9 
 7. Alonso, Matchmind3.7 
 8. Marcos, Alcazar3.7 
 9. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.6 
 10. Santamaria, ADT T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.5 
 2. Gomez, Huelva2.4 
 3. Miller, Coruna2.3 
 4. Pigram, Andorra2.2 
 5. Johnson, Huesca2.2 
 6. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.1 
 7. Ott, Caja Rioja2.0 
 8. Martinez, Huelva1.9 
 9. Bavosi, Promobys1.9 
 10. Arjonilla, Guadalaj.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Navarra
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Adams, Navarra1.4 
 2. Byombo, Illescas1.3 
 3. Matali, Andorra1.2 
 4. Thompson, ADT T.1.2 
 5. Williams, Matchmind1.1 
 6. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 7. Ward, Alcazar1.1 
 8. De Santana, Caja R.1.0 
 9. Andrews, Huesca1.0 
 10. Sekulic, Plasencia0.9 


Clay Tucker leads Joventut past Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Joventut - Le Mans 80:73
Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 17 points to help Joventut overcome Le Mans in Badalona. The victory propelled the Spanish team on top of Group I at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. Le Mans slipped at 1-3 record at the bottom of the standings.
Joventut could not dictate the tempo in the opening frame. Le Mans looked brave and rallied to a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Joventut managed to erase the deficit and eked out a narrow 48:46 advantage at the interval. The third quarter turned into a low-scoring battle of nerves. The teams teamed up for 15 points as Joventut maintained the lead. The hosts secured a 56:53 lead with ten minutes to go in regulation. The fourth frame did not bring any drastic changes. The Spaniards control the rhythm and held off Le Mans till the final seconds. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 12 points for Joventut. David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) accounted for 10 points in the winning effort. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) answered with 22 points for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) produced 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Joventut: Clay Tucker 17, Pere Tomas 12, David Jelinek 10
Le Mans: Dewarick Spencer 22, Joao Paulo Batista 16+10 boards



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Plannja Basket Lulea sign John Williamson - by Eurobasket
Plannja Basket Lulea signed 24-year old American center John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati). Williamson played most recently at Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland). While playing 15 games for Znicz this season he averaged 17.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. Williamson played also pro basketball in France and Poland.
in his first game with Plannja Basket Lulea, John played 38 minutes and scored 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Gordon WATT
  Uppsala
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Watt, Uppsala20.9 
 2. McKnight, Plannja20.1 
 3. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.1 
 4. Rush, Gothia Basket19.0 
 5. Palm, Boras18.8 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.9 
 7. Spagrud, Sundsvall16.3 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.7 
 9. Akingbade, Jamtl.15.7 
 10. Gervin, Norrkoping15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Palm, Boras10.7 
 2. Konare, Jamtland10.4 
 3. Spagrud, Sundsvall9.0 
 4. Watt, Uppsala9.0 
 5. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.7 
 6. Rush, Gothia Basket8.4 
 7. Mottram, Gothia B.7.5 
 8. Akesson, Plannja7.5 
 9. Djordjic, Soder.7.5 
 10. Jonzen, Uppsala7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.2 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.8 
 4. Mbemba, Solna5.2 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 6. Carter, Gothia B.4.6 
 7. Mitchell, Solna4.4 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.3 
 9. Larsson, Plannja3.9 
 10. Hellgren, Jamtland3.8 
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. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 5. Mbemba, Solna2.0 
 6. Grant, Norrkoping2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Solna1.9 
 8. Crone, Sodertalje1.8 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
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. McNaull, Norrkoping0.8 
 8. Walker, Sodertalje0.8 
 9. Drains, Norrkoping0.8 
 10. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.8 


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hollins, Starwings19.9 
 2. Thomas, Lausanne19.8 
 3. Brown, Starwings19.7 
 4. Hamilton, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Hines, SAM M.19.0 
 6. Schneiderman., SAV V.17.9 
 7. Bradley, MGS17.8 
 8. Volcy, Monthey17.6 
 9. Abukar, Lugano T.17.3 
 10. Lee, Geneva Devils16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SLOAN
  Starwings
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sloan, Starwings11.0 
 2. Flowers, Lausanne10.2 
 3. Grimm, SAM M.9.8 
 4. Thompson, Lausanne9.5 
 5. Volcy, Monthey9.0 
 6. Southall, BBC Nyon8.9 
 7. Gugino, Boncourt8.9 
 8. VanderMeer, Lugano T.7.8 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg7.2 
 10. Sanders, Lugano T.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Hollins, Starwings6.3 
 2. Lukovic, SAV V.5.6 
 3. Monroe, Boncourt5.5 
 4. Wooten, Boncourt5.0 
 5. Walton, Lugano T.4.9 
 6. Bradley, MGS4.9 
 7. Gray, SAM Massagno4.8 
 8. Pleux-D., Lausanne4.8 
 9. Stein, Lugano T.4.8 
 10. Johnson, BBC Nyon4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Mykolaiv
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hamilton, SAM M.5.0 
 2. Gray, SAM Massagno2.9 
 3. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 4. Volcy, Monthey2.5 
 5. Stein, Lugano T.2.4 
 6. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.4 
 7. Tshomba, Boncourt2.4 
 8. Dacevic, SAV V.2.3 
 9. Lukovic, SAV V.2.2 
 10. Jaquier, Starwings2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Lausanne
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Thompson, Lausanne3.9 
 2. Southall, BBC Nyon3.3 
 3. VanderMeer, Lugano T.2.7 
 4. Sloan, Starwings1.4 
 5. Niang, MGS1.3 
 6. Sanders, Lugano T.1.2 
 7. Gilmore, MGS1.2 
 8. Flowers, Lausanne1.2 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg1.1 
 10. Grimes, Lausanne1.0 


Damien Goodman left Boncourt - by Luca Maffioli
Due to family reasons Damien Goodman (201-F-82, college: NC-Pembroke) has left BC Boncourt Red Team. Goodman has appeared in 20 games this season and he averaging 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists. The american forward played also at Georgia Gwizzlies, Murfreesboro Musicians, South Carolina Heat and in Uruguay for Sayago.
Lugano Tigers-U23 changes head coach. Due to personal problems the head coach Gianluca Barilari a
nd his assistent Fausto Degrada letf the 1LN club. The head coach position will be taken by Carlos Lopes, ex assistent coach of Renato Carettoni at Lugano Tigers 1st team.


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Savio shock ABC - by Carlos Pereira
Savio staged a late onslaught to successfully whip ABC by 61-49 points in a thrilling Dar es Salaam regional basketball leagues battle of titans at the National Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

It was a match that brought together the physically and technically gifted sides which produced heart-throbbing performance to keep spectators spellbound throughout inside a packed stadium.

Savio started on a sound note and being the better organised side defensively, they had an upper hand during the early exchanges to command a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter, while their opponents were yet to notch a single point.
Savios key players Henry Mwinuka, Mohamed Yusuph, Jije Makani and George Tarimo linked well and punished ABC with every defensive mistake the latter committed.
ABC calmed their nerves in the closing stages of the quarter, deploying an aggressive game to significantly narrow the margin to 15-14 points at the end of the second quarter.
ABC coaching panel had to rest their key players Haleluya Kavalambi and Ibrahim Mwinyi for the better part of the match after the duo failed to cope with Savios pace and versatility.
The game turned into a tightly contested affair for the other two quarters as ABC pilled more pressure in front of Savios hoop.
ABCs big men Gilbert Batungi and Godfrey Changwe succeeded to slightly open Savio defence with their powerful bursts, pin-point passes and well executed lay-ups to bring the score to unique level terms of 36-36 points at the end of the third quarter.
Savios never-say-die attitude came into play in the final quarter and their quick-fire displays were too much for ABC, who had to opt for desperate defending tactics and, in the process, committed lots of fouls to award their opponents crucial free-throws.
Yusuph finished with 16 points, Mwinuka had 11 points, Tarimo and Ally Mnyamani added 10 and nine points respectively for Savio.
ABC scorers were Batungi with 15 points and Stephen Charles managed 10 points.
Savios win has elevated them to the top of the standings table and underlined their supremacy as the most consistent side destined for this years podium finish.
ABC have consequently dented their chance to win their first regional league silverware since bouncing back into competitive basketball and they have to win their remaining fixtures to have any hope of edging Savio.

Other matches in the mens category held earlier at the same venue saw Oilers beat Tanzania Prisons by 57-45 points, Changombe Boys claimed a 73-43 points win over Mgulani JKT, while the only game in the women category witnessed Cargo Ladies hand Don Bosco Lionesses a 66-56 points defeat.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN


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  TPBL   


GLADIATORS shoot down PTS in battle of HOUSTON ,TX - by Chris Cardenas
HOUSTON,TX - Sunday the gladiators set out to avenge their first loss to the Houston pts,and that they did. Coming off his big game last week from the bench Herk Singleton earned a starting positon this week and he showed he's worthy by another strong performance putting up 23 pts with a helping hand from other teammates like leading scorer micheal sneed with 34 points and Aaron slaw with 20 before being sidelined with a high ankle sprain. The trio combined for 81 of the teams 109 pts gladiators continued their quest to becoming one of the elite teams in this years tpbl.
The PTS were led by veteran guard Arturo zuniga with 34pts followed by a strong outing for guard Omar Harris as well with 24pts who tried their best to help out shorthanded PTS. League owner chris cardenas ' its apparent once again that the Houston area teams, as well as the Tx hurricanes of Dallas will be strong/tough teams to contend with for this years TPBL TITLE. Which of course is why the tpbl continues to get stronger each season with the addition of new teams.'


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Radio station partner with NBFTT for Big 8 - by Don Farrell

A FIRST-time partnership deal expected to promote the sport of basketball and capture new markets, was reached between the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) and Radio Vision- Power 102.1FM.
But yesterday with president Brian Manning not in attendance, the federations technical director Obadiah Asher revealed that the deal is a move to bring the crowds out to the sport.

OBrien Haynes chief executive officer (CEO) of Radio Vision which is member of the Boom Champions - 94.1FM said the objective is to put a face and name to the countrys top basketballers. He described the deal as purely experimental that will be done particularly for the national basketball championships Big Eight play-offs. But did not rule out the possibility of an extension of the deal.

According to Haynes, the deal is expected to include bringing the crowds out to matches and peaking interests among young budding sportsmen and women

As such Haynes said they will conduct advertisements of the fixtures on a regular basis in the initial stages, after which they will focus highlighting the game and the players.

He also told a small media gathering that they may even make contact with some of the countrys top entertainers to perform at matches.

The idea of a partnership was snapped up by the popular radio station, most of whom saw it as a way of life for Trinidadians and Tobagonians, this Haynes said was because the game is being seen more as something visual. The Big Eight play-offs begin tomorrow with an exciting encounter between 2008 winners Defence Force and National Flour Mills the 2003 champions from 8.30pm at the St Paul Street Complex. The game will be the feature of a double header at the East Port-of-Spain facility, the other game will be a womens match up between Defence Force and Police timed to tip off at 7.00 pm.

From the big eight play-offs which will be played in a round-robin format, the tournament will be reduced to a Big Four where the winner will walk away with a $100,000 cash prize. Runners-up will receive $50,000 while $25,000 each will go to the third and fourth placed teams.

Brigadier Carl Alfonso, chairman of the disciplinary committee said prize money for the women will be $30,000 to the winners and $15,000 to the runners-up. The third and fourth placed teams will get $10,000) each .
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Trinidad & Tobago set the agenda for future basketball expansion - by Don Farrell
Trinidad & Tobago set the agenda for future basketball expansion

By tapping into players and coaches with NBA experience, the Caribbean islands hope to continue their progress.

by Albert Lee Young




The future of basketball in the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago looks very positive.

That thinking is based on an assessment of recent developments, such as the creditable performance by the national team at the 2009 Caribbean championships, the hosting of top-level coaching clinics by the federation and the impressive start by players in global professional leagues and at various US collegiate leagues.

With an intensive drive headed by it's president Brian Manning, the National Basketball Federation of TT is seeking to continue scouting for players who are eligible to play on national teams.

Such players must either be born in Trinidan and Tobago or born to parents who are citizens of the islands.

Hopefully, in keeping with the present international trend, the national team can boast of a roster with NBA experience.

One such possibility is Miami Heats Jamaal Magloire, who holds Canadian citizenship and whose parents were born in TT.

Also Roger Hinds, head athletic trainer of the NY Knicks, is a TT citizen and has already hosted a training clinic and pleaded his continued support for the sport in his native country.
Another initiative for the Federation is to place more local talent on the international professional circuit and also to secure athletic scholarships to US schools for the younger promising athletes.
Following the Caribbean championships, head coach Terry Layton recommended that future teams be given more exposure as part of its team preparation.
Layton suggestions included the PRO-AM in the US and international friendly games.



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  TURKEY   


Ormanspor Genc Ankara sign Henry Dobie - by Eurobasket
Ormanspor Genc Ankara (TB2L) added to their roster 32-year old American guard Henry Dobie (183-G-78, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Warren Sports International). Dobie played most recently at Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (Argentina). While playing 3 games for Quimsa this season he averaged 2.7ppg and 1.3apg. Dobie is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Israel and Poland.
in his first game with Ormanspor Genc Ankara, Dobie played 35 minutes and scored 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Albert FISHER
  Akcakoca P.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Fisher, Akcakoca P.25.1 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal22.3 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.2 
 4. Garrison, Pamuk.21.1 
 5. Abi, ITU21.1 
 6. Curtis, Beykoz20.1 
 7. Kan, Yesilyurt19.3 
 8. Hairston, Duzce G.18.8 
 9. Karamahmut, Usak18.0 
 10. Eiukwu, Usak18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas BROWN
  Yesilyurt
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Brown, Yesilyurt12.9 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal11.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.7 
 4. Curtis, Beykoz11.4 
 5. Egemonye, Optimum .11.4 
 6. Eiukwu, Usak11.0 
 7. Ibekwe, Genc B.11.0 
 8. Garrison, Pamuk.10.2 
 9. Gray, Gelisim9.8 
 10. Gokay, Akcakoca P.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Yesilyurt
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kan, Yesilyurt5.7 
 2. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.6 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.1 
 4. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.8 
 5. Gacemer, Gelisim4.8 
 6. Hot, Akcakoca P.4.4 
 7. Akyol, Olin Genclik4.4 
 8. Senol, Final Genclik4.4 
 9. Tutuncu, Beykoz4.4 
 10. Tunceri, Hacettep.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (--89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal3.0 
 2. Yavuklu, Orman G.2.5 
 3. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.3 
 4. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.1 
 5. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.1 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.1 
 7. Mutaf, FMV I.2.0 
 8. Ozseven, TED I.1.9 
 9. Gursu, Genc Banvit1.9 
 10. Kocamis, Gelisim1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EIUKWU
  Usak
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Eiukwu, Usak3.3 
 2. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.5 
 3. Garrison, Pamuk.2.4 
 4. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.1 
 5. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 6. Hairston, Duzce G.1.9 
 7. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 8. Mims, Istanbul.1.7 
 9. Courtney, Final G.1.6 
 10. Davenport, Vestel1.5 


TB2L: Round 18 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Beykoz - Yeni Nesil 97-71
Beykoz grabbed comfortable win against Yeni Nesil mostly owing to Kenan Tutuncu (185-G-81, agency: EM-PA), who scored magnificent 35 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Mustafa Gorur (204-F-88) and Ibrahim Daloglu helped with 16 and 14 pts respectively. In defeat, Jamar McKnight collected 17 points and 7 boards. Beykoz 8-10, Yeni Nesil 1-17.

Selcuk Univ. - Duzce Genclik 101-38
Selcuk destroyed Duzce Genclik improving to 12-6 in Group A. Halit Gulveren (204-C-88) shined for the winners with 29 points and 9 rebounds. James Hairston (203-F-84, college: Towson) was the best scorer in defeat with just 8 points.

Vestel - Pertevniyal 87-79
Emre Ozpulat (200-F-82) stepped up for the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Cihan Amasyali (191-G/F-83, agency: EM-PA) had 19 and Eren Ocakturk followed with 17 points, pus 7 boards. Orhan Haciyeva replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Vestel 10-8, Pertevniyal 9-9.

Istanbul B.B. - Hacettepe Un. 81-85
Hacettepe stays on top of Group A with almost perfect 17-1 record. Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) paced Hacettepe to victory in this round with 23 points and 9 rebounds. The hosts got 13 pts from Dogan Deniz Yigit (89).

Final Genclik - Trabzonspor 70-85
Easy on for Trabzonspor, who stays No.2 in Group A with 15-3 score. Caner Oner (200-F-87) and Firat Aydemir (187-G-80) led the winners with 13 points each. On the other side, Guven Esmer netted 20 (6 triples).

Orman Genc - Gelisim 65-74
Gelisim celebrated 10th victory of the season, getting 22 points and 5 rebounds from Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-F-86). Marquise Gray (203-C-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Michigan St.) followed him with 14 points and 11 boards. In defeat, Henry Antawn Dbbie delivered 19 points.

Group B
Akhisar Bld - TED Istanbul 70-69
Akhisar Bld celebrated thriller win against TED Istanbul, staying on the 6th place together with ITU (9-9). Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) shined for the hosts with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Levent Demirci (190-G-76) netted 17 pts. In defeat, Jermont Horton collected 21 pts and 6 boards.

Genc Banvit - Pamukkale 82-62
Important win for the hosts, who now joined Pamukkale with 5-13 record. Sertay Gursu (87, agency: EM-PA) led the winners with 18 points, while Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland) added 16 pts and 11 rebounds. Visitors got 20 points from Ezel Goktug Akgor.

Yesilyurt - Genc Telekom 82-85
Genc Telekom grabbed tiny 82-85 win against Yesilyurt, improving to 12-6 score in Group B. Pertev Onguner (192-G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. Admir Kan (185-G-83) delivered 21 points and 8 assists in loss.

Akcakoca P. - Olin Genclik 65-80
Olin Genclik had an easy job against Akakoca, staying on top of Group B with nice 15-3 record. Barkin Cinar (193-G-83) shined for the guests with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Derya Yannier (191-G-85) had 19 points and 6 assists. For the hosts, Albert Fisher shined with 32 points and 6 rebounds.

Optimum TED - Usak 70-63
8-10 for Optimum TED and 11-7 for Usak after this game. Hadi Dogan (200-F-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) was the best player in victory with 20 points. He made 6 of 12 attempts from behind the arc and was 50% successful for FG2 (1/2). Visitors got 19 points from Hasan Ozkan (205-F-81).

FMV Isikspor - ITU 54-71
9th victory of the season for ITU, who got 17 points from Johnny Dukes (203-F-84, college: San Bernardino CC). Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) this time stopped on 12 points. In FMV Isikspor (11-7), Can Mutaf collected 22 points (5 triples).


Turk Telekom stay alive with win over Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Turk Telekom 76:78
Turk Telekom celebrated a vital road win in the EuroCup Last 16. They shocked Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade to stay alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth. Crvena Zvezda in the meantime suffered the initial loss at this stage of the tournament.
Turk Telekom used an 11:0 run midway through the opening stanza to surge in front. The Turkish team posted a 26:13 advantage at the first break. But things changed drastically in the second frame. The hosts triggered a massive 24:3 run to build a 42:34 lead at the interval. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) exploded with two three-pointers early in the third period to boost the gap to 12-point mark. The hosts maintained the pressure and the margin grew at 16 points. But Turk Telekom managed to narrow the deficit trailing by ten at the final break. Turk Telekom continued to get closer as Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama), Lang and Senturk put the visitors within two points late in the regulation. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) followed with 5 points to give the Turkish side a 78:75 lead. Taylor hit just one free throw but Crvena Zvezda lost rebound and game.
Demond Mallet scored 25 points to pace the charge. Lamayne Wilson contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Mike Taylor and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) netted 16 points each in defeat.

Crvena Zvezda: Oliver Stevic 18, Mike Taylor 16, Filip Videnov 16
Turk Telekom: Demond Mallet 25, Lamayne Wilson 15, Ersin Dagli 12



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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk22.8 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot20.8 
 3. Thomas, Fe.20.1 
 4. Curry, Azovmash19.0 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.8 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik18.8 
 7. Sparks, Hoverla17.6 
 8. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
 9. McIntosh, Halyc.17.3 
 10. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Hoverla
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.9 
 2. Thomas, Fe.11.7 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash7.6 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.5 
 5. Hunter, Fe.7.5 
 6. Finn, Halychyna7.4 
 7. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 8. Dubnyuk, Pulsar6.9 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa6.8 
 10. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Crowe, Dnipro6.6 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.5 
 3. Karim, DniproAzot5.6 
 4. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.6 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik5.5 
 6. Love, Mykolaiv5.3 
 7. Sparks, Hoverla5.1 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.8 
 9. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
 10. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. House, Azovmash2.8 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla2.1 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 5. Curry, Azovmash1.9 
 6. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 7. El-Amin, Budivelnyk1.9 
 8. Tiggs, Fe.1.8 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.8 
 10. Rybalko, Fe.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.8 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.7 
 4. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 5. Balashov, BC Odessa1.6 
 6. Agafonov, Khimik1.3 
 7. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 8. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.2 
 9. Sokur, DniproAzot1.1 
 10. Khizhnyak, Budivelnyk1.0 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 16-1 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 14-2 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 14-3 
 4. BC Odessa 11-5 
 5. BC Kyiv 10-6 
 6. Azovmash 10-8 
 7. Dnipro 9-8 
 8. Khimik 8-8 
 9. Hoverla 8-8 
 10. Halychyna 7-10 
 11. Mykolaiv 5-12 
 12. Pulsar 2-14 
 13. DniproAzot 2-15 
 14. Gryfony 0-16 
ZFolded
 1. BC Donetsk 0-0 


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BBL Team of the Week #21 - by Andy Webb
This week, the BBL Team of the Week is led by last years Playoff Final MVP, Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.), who returned to these shores last this season, now featuring for Everton Tigers. The American hit a massive 31 points in 33:36 of action in the Tigers win over Marshall MK Lions last weekend, as well as dishing out 14 assists and grabbing 3 steals. His three point shooting was at 75%, whilst he nailed 6/6 free throws, and shot 8/13 from the floor.

He is joined by British guard James Jones, who scored 27 points in the same game, on 5/6 field goal shooting, and 4/6 from behind the arc. The Manchester-born former Guildford Heat player, also got his team mates involved, as he handed out 7 assists.

BBL veteran Rob Yanders, of Glasgow Rocks, earned his place this week thanks to his 35 point haul against Cheshire Jets, as the Rocks sneaked it 70-75. The former Sheffield Shark nailed 7/10 from three point range, 4/6 from inside the arc, and a perfect 6/6 from the charity stripe.

This weeks inside pair are Andrew Sullivan and Kadiri Richard. Team GB Captain Sullivan made his return to the Eagles last week, following the departure of GB team mate, Flinder Boyd. The 68 Forward marked his return to his adopted home with a 25 point, 10 rebound display against Marshall MK Lions. He also nailed an impressive 4/6 from downtown in 29:49 of playing time.

Richard, who has had a solid impact at Worthing Thunder all season long, takes the Centre spot this week, thanks to scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 boards in the Thunders win over PAWS London Capital. The American, who also holds a Liberian passport, was also sharp on the defensive end, with 5 steals to his name.



Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.27.1 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.24.9 
 3. Harrison, MK Lions22.2 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.21.6 
 5. Yanders, Scottish.21.4 
 6. Wierzbicki, Leices.21.2 
 7. Moore, Everton T.20.9 
 8. Toney, Sheffield S.19.4 
 9. Valencia, Plymouth R.19.3 
 10. Martin, Guildford H.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tafari TONEY
  Sheffield S.
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Toney, Sheffield S.11.3 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.10.6 
 3. Rodrigo, Essex P.9.4 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth R.9.4 
 5. Janusauskas, London C.8.3 
 6. Richard, Worthing.8.2 
 7. Valencia, Plymouth R.7.6 
 8. Bratton, Worthing.7.4 
 9. New, MK Lions7.2 
 10. Young, Cheshire J.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Plymouth R.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Martin, Plymouth.7.6 
 2. Sapp, Scottish R.7.4 
 3. Moore, Everton T.5.3 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.4.9 
 5. Yanders, Scottish.4.8 
 6. Drakeford, Guildfor.4.6 
 7. Bell, Everton T.4.3 
 8. Middleton, Worceste.4.3 
 9. Peterson, Cheshire.4.2 
 10. Jackson, Newcastl.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Olu BABALOLA
  Everton T.
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Babalola, Evert.2.5 
 2. Middleton, Worceste.2.3 
 3. Moore, Everton T.2.3 
 4. Peterson, Cheshire.2.2 
 5. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.2 
 6. Bratton, Worthing.2.0 
 7. Normantas, Worceste.2.0 
 8. Sapp, Scottish R.2.0 
 9. Harrison, MK Lions2.0 
 10. Lasker, Plymouth.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Worthing T.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richard, Worthing.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.1.8 
 3. Hanke, Scottish R.1.7 
 4. Toney, Sheffield S.1.6 
 5. Young, Cheshire J.1.4 
 6. Morris, MK Lions1.2 
 7. Janusauskas, London C.1.1 
 8. Holmes, MK Lions1.0 
 9. Disy, Worcester W.0.9 
 10. George, Essex P.0.9 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 18-0 
 2. Sibenik 16-2 
 3. Merkur Celje 11-7 
 4. M.Kraj. BL 9-9 
 5. Hit Kran.Gora 8-10 
 6. Jedinstvo 8-10 
 7. Vojvodina 6-12 
 8. Medvescak 6-12 
 9. Ragusa 4-14 
 10. AJM Maribor 4-14 


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Lauren JACKSON
  Canberra C.
  (196-F/C-81)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Jackson, Canberra.25.3 
 2. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.24.6 
 3. Harrower, Bendi.23.7 
 4. Cambage, Bulle.20.3 
 5. Cox, Townsville F.18.1 
 6. Smith, Sydney UF16.0 
 7. Marino, Adelaide16.0 
 8. Lewis, Townsville F.16.0 
 9. Foley, Adelaide15.4 
 10. Francis, Adelaide15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cambage, Bulle.9.7 
 2. Smith, Townsville F.9.6 
 3. Francis, Adelaide9.5 
 4. Jackson, Canberra.9.2 
 5. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.8.8 
 6. Kerr, Townsville F.8.4 
 7. Bishop, Canberra C.8.4 
 8. Tolo, Canberra C.7.8 
 9. Lindsey, Dandenon.7.0 
 10. Afeaki, Sydney UF7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kristi HARROWER
  Bendigo S.
  (166-G-75)
  Avg: 5
 1. Harrower, Bendi.5.0 
 2. Veal, Logan T.4.9 
 3. O''Hea, Bulleen B.4.6 
 4. Milner, Bulleen B.4.5 
 5. Marino, Adelaide4.4 
 6. Butler, Sydney UF4.4 
 7. Mahony, Dandenon.3.8 
 8. Smith, Sydney UF3.8 
 9. Flanagan, Townsvil.3.7 
 10. Hurst, Canberra C.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Veal, Logan T.2.2 
 2. Taylor, AIS1.9 
 3. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.1.9 
 4. Bishop, Canberra C.1.8 
 5. Flanagan, Townsvil.1.8 
 6. Jackson, Canberra.1.7 
 7. Purcell, Logan T.1.6 
 8. Malpass, Perth L.1.6 
 9. Kerr, Townsville F.1.3 
 10. Mahony, Dandenon.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aneka KERR
  Townsville F.
  (183-F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kerr, Townsville F.1.0 
 2. Smith, Townsville F.1.0 
 3. Lewis, Townsville F.1.0 
 4. Cox, Townsville F.1.0 
 5. Roberts, AIS1.0 
 6. Harrower, Bendi.1.0 
 7. Smith, Sydney UF1.0 
 8. Tolo, Canberra C.0.9 
 9. Bishop, Canberra C.0.9 
 10. Starks, Perth L.0.9 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 12-2 
 2. Lukoil 11-3 
 3. Montana 2003 9-4 
 4. Beroe 2007 6-7 
 5. Minor 3-12 
 6. Slavia 0-13 


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  CHINA - Women  


Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Henan 18-4 
 2. Bayi 17-5 
 3. Liaoning 16-6 
 4. Shenyang ar. 15-7 
 5. Guangdong 14-8 
 6. Beijing 13-9 
 7. Jiangsu 11-11 
 8. Yunnan 10-12 
 9. Shanghai 9-13 
 10. Heilongjiang 6-16 
 11. Zhejiang 2-20 
 12. Shandong 1-21 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 20
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.20.0 
 2. Vlkova, Valosun .18.5 
 3. Viteckova, Frisco S.16.9 
 4. Misurova, Trutnov16.7 
 5. Zrustova, Valosun .16.3 
 6. Vetrovcova, Karlov.15.6 
 7. Sipova, Slovanka.15.4 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.14.6 
 9. Novakova, Hradec K.14.5 
 10. Grima, Frisco Sika14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 11
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.11.0 
 2. Kulichova, Frisco S.8.9 
 3. Hartigova, Trutnov8.9 
 4. Vetrovcova, Karlov.8.0 
 5. Sipova, Slovanka.7.8 
 6. Stepanova, VS Praha7.7 
 7. Zrustova, Valosun .7.3 
 8. Tamane, USK Praha6.9 
 9. Novakova, Hradec K.6.8 
 10. Svobodova, Valosun .6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.4.5 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.4.2 
 3. Bednarova, USK P.3.7 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.1 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika3.0 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice2.5 
 7. Borecka, Karlovy .2.5 
 8. Maltsi, USK Praha2.4 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov2.3 
 10. Viteckova, Frisco S.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Hana HORAKOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (182-F/G-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Horakova, Frisco S.3.8 
 2. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.4 
 3. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.8 
 4. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.2.7 
 5. Wallace, BA Sparta2.6 
 6. Vetrovcova, Karlov.2.5 
 7. Borecka, Karlovy .2.5 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.2.4 
 9. Brantlova, Karlovy .2.3 
 10. Elhotova, USK Praha2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kulichova, Frisco S.1.9 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha1.8 
 3. Novakova, Hradec K.1.1 
 4. Vetrovcova, Karlov.1.0 
 5. Kraayveld, USK P.1.0 
 6. Reisingerova, Strako.1.0 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha0.8 
 8. Hartigova, Trutnov0.8 
 9. Kohoutova, Hradec K.0.8 
 10. Kublina, USK Praha0.7 


Trailing in the whole game Wisla escapes from Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
TS Wisla Can-Pak - Frisco Sika 78:74

Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane), Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) and Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) each scored 18 points to lead Wisla in the opener of the EuroLeague Quarterfinals in Poland. TS Wisla Can-Pak shrugged off having to play their home game against Frisco Sika in Krakow to win 78:74 on Tuesday.
Frisco Sika won the tip and from the resulting possession their main scorers. That, however, was the good time as they had lead throughout the remainder of the period. Ewelina Kobryn closed the frame at 19:19 making a jump shot. Frisco Sika hit 10 quick points at the start of the second period as TS Wisla Can-Pak had a couple of minutes of slack play. No matter how hard the hosts tried to reduce they lost the second period 15-24. Cohen's three brought only 34:43 at the halftime. The third period saw the hosts further impose themselves, maintaining their effective defence causing Frisco to turn the ball over and forcing 24 second violations. Wils won the period 22-19 and cut it to 56:62 after 30 minutes. Iziane Castro nailed a three-pointer for the first lead at 70:69 and Cohen added two more points. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) scored for 76:74, while Janell Burse brought the necessary victory for the hosts.
Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) posted 20, whilst DeWanna Bonner collected 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Game 2 is scheduled o February 26th in Czech Republic.

TS Wisla Can-Pak: Janell Burse 18, Ewelina Kobryn 18, Iziane Castro 18
Frisco Sika: Eva Viteckova 22, Jelena Skerovic 20, DeWanna Bonner 17+12 rebs


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Spartak V MR
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Taurasi, Spartak .22.6 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.19.3 
 3. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli18.5 
 4. Montgomery, TEO V.17.6 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.17.6 
 6. Young, Galatasaray17.3 
 7. Macchi, Familia Schio17.2 
 8. Langhorne, Rivas E.17.1 
 9. Milton-Jones, Ros C.16.6 
 10. Burse, TS Wi.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janell BURSE
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Burse, TS Wi.11.1 
 2. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.9 
 3. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.9 
 4. Bjelica, TEO V.9.2 
 5. Langhorne, Rivas E.9.0 
 6. De Souza, Ros C.8.5 
 7. Brunson, Taranto8.3 
 8. Fowles, Spartak .8.2 
 9. McCoughtry, Dobri A.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda JELAVIC
  Gospic
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Jelavic, Gospic6.7 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs6.6 
 3. Richards, Gorzow4.7 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.4.4 
 5. Bermejo, Rivas E.4.3 
 6. Ratkaine, MKB E.4.2 
 7. Cohen, TS Wi.4.1 
 8. Fernandez, TS Wi.4.0 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Spart.4.0 
 10. Bird, Spartak V MR4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Dobri Anjeli
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McCoughtry, Dobri A.3.4 
 2. Willis, TTT Riga3.3 
 3. McCarville, Spart.2.9 
 4. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs2.7 
 5. Horakova, Frisco S.2.6 
 6. Perkins, Galatasa.2.3 
 7. Jelavic, Gospic2.3 
 8. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.3 
 9. Lima, TTT Riga2.3 
 10. Vardarli, Fener.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maria STEPANOVA
  UMMC
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stepanova, UMMC1.5 
 2. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli1.5 
 3. Parker, UMMC1.4 
 4. Burse, TS Wi.1.4 
 5. Lisina, Spartak .1.3 
 6. De Souza, Ros C.1.3 
 7. Lisina, Dobri Anjeli1.3 
 8. Ndongue, Bourges1.2 
 9. Christon, Lotos G.1.1 
 10. Sipaviciute, Szeged1.0 


Euroleague Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Perfumerias 74-50
Ros Casares wins the Spanish opener in EuroLeague Quarterfinals to take 1-0 in the series over Perfumerias. The hosts enjoyed 74:50 at home to step closer to Final Four. Palau Laia opened the scoring account in the game for the hosts and Lyttle Sancho responded for the guests. The squads were tied at 5:5, while Ros Casares created a 10-0 run for 15:5 lead. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) closed the first period at 21:12 making two free-throws. The lead remained n the second period, however Perfumerias managed to reduce to 23:18 in he beginning of it. Ros Casares pushed the tempo later in the frame and enjoyed 33:20 advantage midway through the period. De Mondt nailed a three-pointer for the visitors reducing back to 33:27 but Ros Casares took 10-point deficit at the halftime. The third quarter became the most defensive as the teams paid more attention at their own basket. Due to16:11 Ros managed to take 55:40 after 30 minutes in the court when Aguilar made a lay-up. Milton-Jones Delisha scored another three-pointer for 60:40 when it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. De Souza made a lay-up or 70:50 while Montanana and Palau Laia finished the game with the baskets. Belinda Snell top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Milton-Jones Delisha nailed 14, while Palau Laia posted 13. Willingham Le'Coe ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Lyttle Sancho added 13.

Spartak V MR - Fenerbahce 90-79
Spartak MR ensured a confident win over Fenerbahce in the first game of the best-of-three Euroleague quartefinal series. Diana Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) fired 28 points to lead Spartak to the opening success. Nevriye Yilmaz tipped off the game with a layup. But soon the Russian team took over. They poured in six points in a row midway through the starting stanza to take a 19:9 advantage. Miller dropped 5 points, while Sue Bird added two more as Spartak piled up a 32:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Diana Taurasi helped the hosts to a 19-point buffer midway through the second term. Fenerbahce answered with a 7:0 run late in the half to trim the deficit. The Turkish team trailed by as many as 15 points at the long break. McCarville and Sylvia Fowles boosted the margin back to 19 points at the start of the third term but Fenerbahce refused to surrender. Tuncluer and Nicole Powell maintained a slender hope for the visitors. But it did not last too long. Diana Taurasi triggered a 10:2 run from Spartak as they earned a 77:53 cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Spartak loosened the grip late in regulation allowing Fenerbahce to cut the distance to 11 points at the final buzzer. Sylvia Fowles notched 18 points and 12 boards for Spartak MR. Sue Bird had 10 points for the winners. Nicole Powell responded with 25 points and 6 boards for Fenerbahce. Nevriye Yilmaz netted 22 points in defeat.

UMMC - Dobri Anjeli 81-56
UMMC cruised to the opening win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series against Dobri Anjeli. The Russian powerhouse left no chance for the visitors storming to a 25-point victory. The teams will now move to Slovakia for what could be a decisive second game of the series. Musovic, Lawless and Candice Dupree secured a dramatic start for Dobri Anjeli as they grabbed a 6:0 lead. However UMMC soon answered with a 9:0 run to gain the lead. Angel McCoughtry and Candice Dupree had the last words in the opening frame but UMMC still led 17:16. The teams traded baskets before Sandrine Gruda started to make difference. She put the home team up by 8 points, while Svetlana Abrosimova stretched the gap at 10-point mark. UMMC ensured a 47:39 advantage at the interval. Sandrine Gruda and Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) ignited a 10:2 run from the Russian team early in the second half as they cleared off to a 16-point distance. Candace Parker finished the frame with 9 points as UMMC built a 64:44 lead. Kupcikova and Angel McCoughtry tried to stop bleeding for the visitors but hardly succeeded as UMMC continued to roll confidently. They eased to the final victory setting up a comfortable advantage in the series. Candace Parker came up with 21 points and 14 boards to lead UMMC. Svetlana Abrosimova added 14 points, while Sandrine Gruda had 13 in the win. Candice Dupree responded with 13 points for the Slovakian team. Ivana Jalcova and Angel McCoughtry netted 12 points apiece in the loss.

TS Wisla Can-Pak - Frisco Sika 78-74
Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane), Kobryn Ewelina and Castro Iziane each scored 18 points to lead Wisla in the opener of the EuroLeague Quarterfinals in Poland. TS Wisla Can-Pak shrugged off having to play their home game against Frisco Sika in Krakow to win 78:74 on Tuesday. Frisco Sika won the tip and from the resulting possession their main scorers. That, however, was the good time as they had lead throughout the remainder of the period. Kobryn Ewelina closed the frame at 19:19 making a jump shot. Frisco Sika hit 10 quick points at the start of the second period as TS Wisla Can-Pak had a couple of minutes of slack play. No matter how hard the hosts tried to reduce they lost the second period 15-24. Cohen's three brought only 34:43 at the halftime. The third period saw the hosts further impose themselves, maintaining their effective defence causing Frisco to turn the ball over and forcing 24 second violations. Wils won the period 22-19 and cut it to 56:62 after 30 minutes. Castro Iziane nailed a three-pointer for the first lead at 70:69 and Cohen added two more points. Bonner DeWanna scored for 76:74, while Janell Burse brought the necessary victory for the hosts. Viteckova Eva ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. Skerovic Jelena posted 20, whilst Bonner DeWanna collected 17 points and 12 rebounds. Game 2 is scheduled o February 26th in Czech Republic.



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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Yolanda JONES
  PeKa
  (185-F-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jones, PeKa21.9 
 2. Freeman, S-Hameen.21.7 
 3. Lee, PeKa21.5 
 4. Haynes, FoA21.1 
 5. Bailey, FoA18.4 
 6. Robinson, Huima17.9 
 7. Pellom, FoA17.4 
 8. Glover, Huima16.8 
 9. Pounds, HoNsU16.6 
 10. Johnson, HoNsU16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Robinson, Huima14.1 
 2. Freeman, S-Hameen.12.8 
 3. Johnson, HoNsU12.3 
 4. Jones, PeKa11.4 
 5. Moua, Kerava ET11.3 
 6. Solovyeva, Catz11.2 
 7. Glover, Huima11.1 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.7 
 9. Haynes, Espoo Team10.3 
 10. Freshour, S-Hameen.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Robinson, Huima3.5 
 2. Kesanen, Catz3.3 
 3. Green, PeKa3.2 
 4. Snelgro, HoNsU3.1 
 5. Pellom, FoA2.9 
 6. Piipari, Catz2.6 
 7. Moua, Kerava ET2.6 
 8. Rinta, Espoo Team2.5 
 9. Small, Huima2.4 
 10. Haynes, FoA2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa LEE
  PeKa
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lee, PeKa3.3 
 2. Snelgro, HoNsU2.8 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU2.7 
 4. Green, PeKa2.6 
 5. Jones, PeKa2.3 
 6. Bailey, FoA2.3 
 7. Pellom, FoA2.2 
 8. Reshetko, Catz2.2 
 9. Johnson, HoNsU2.1 
 10. Robinson, Huima2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephanie JONES
  PeKa
  (188-F/C-80)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Jones, PeKa0.7 
 2. Lehtoranta, PeKa0.5 
 3. Jahilo, FoA0.5 
 4. Kesanen, S-Hameen.0.5 
 5. Bailey, FoA0.5 
 6. Haynes, FoA0.5 
 7. Green, PeKa0.4 
 8. Koukkari, HoNsU0.4 
 9. Koponen, Kerava ET0.4 
 10. Robinson, Huima0.3 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Tarbes Gespe Bigorre sign Hamchetou Maiga - by Eurobasket
Tarbes Gespe Bigorre strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Malian swingman Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU). Maiga played most recently at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in the U.S. Maiga is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in China, Czech Rep. and Spain.
2009 was very succeful year for Hamchetou. she was awarded:
Czech Rep. D1 Finalist -09
Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Honorable Mention -09
Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. D1 All-Imports Team -09
Francophone Games in Lebanon -09
Africabasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team -09
and she participated in African Championships in Madagascar -09 (where she won the Silver Medal): 8 games: 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 59.1%

in his first game with Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, Maiga played 5 minutes and scored 2 points.
By Eurobasket Data Center


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lenae WILLIAMS
  Mondeville
  (186-F-79)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Williams, Mondeville16.7 
 2. Taylor, Nantes16.5 
 3. Anderson, Villeneuve15.7 
 4. Houston, Tarbes15.3 
 5. Eldebrink, Tarbes14.9 
 6. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.14.3 
 7. Page, Aix-en-Prov.14.1 
 8. Krawczyk, Lattes M.14.1 
 9. Sy, Nantes13.9 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Agathe NNINDJEM
  Toulouse
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Nnindjem, Toulouse9.4 
 2. Neaves, Calais8.6 
 3. Sy, Nantes8.3 
 4. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.8.1 
 5. Bonnan, Mondeville8.1 
 6. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes8.0 
 7. Davis, Limoges7.9 
 8. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.7.6 
 9. Amant, Arras7.6 
 10. Taylor, Nantes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Nantes
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Macleod, Nantes6.2 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville5.6 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes5.1 
 4. Mitchell, Arras4.8 
 5. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.3 
 6. Spatharou, Limoges4.0 
 7. Cousseins, Calais3.9 
 8. Hermouet, Toulouse3.6 
 9. Metcalf, Toulouse3.4 
 10. Cibert, Calais3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aja PARHAM
  Landes
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Parham, Landes2.6 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville2.4 
 3. Hermouet, Toulouse2.2 
 4. Bremont, Armentie.2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Arras2.1 
 6. Gomis, Arras2.1 
 7. Michel, Arras2.0 
 8. Konate, Landes2.0 
 9. Whittington, Lattes M.1.9 
 10. Kaltsidou, Bourges1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Leah METCALF
  Toulouse
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Metcalf, Toulouse0.9 
 2. Nnindjem, Toulouse0.9 
 3. Nedovic, Armentie.0.7 
 4. Fikiel, Toulouse0.7 
 5. Maurice, Toulouse0.6 
 6. Fisher, Armentie.0.6 
 7. Putnina, Mondeville0.6 
 8. Cousseins, Calais0.6 
 9. Page, Aix-en-Prov.0.6 
 10. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.0.6 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Hajdana RADUNOVIC
  SEAT Lami
  (192-F/C-78)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Radunovic, SEAT L.17.4 
 2. Crasnoscioc, ZTE16.6 
 3. Vajda, MiZo Pecs16.5 
 4. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs16.0 
 5. Balint, Atomeromu15.9 
 6. Holt, MKB Eurol.15.5 
 7. Budimir, Bajai NKK15.3 
 8. Szlimak, BSE15.2 
 9. Sipaviciute, Szeged14.9 
 10. Krivacevic, MKB E.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena BUDIMIR
  Bajai NKK
  (192-C/F-85)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Budimir, Bajai NKK8.4 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs8.3 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.7.6 
 4. Licina, Cegledi EKK7.3 
 5. Sipaviciute, Szeged7.2 
 6. Cazac, Atomeromu6.8 
 7. Somogyi, Vasas-Cs.6.4 
 8. Farkasinszki, Szolnok6.4 
 9. Krnjic, MiZo Pecs6.4 
 10. Keller, SEAT L.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Csilla DARIDA
  Szolnok
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Darida, Szolnok5.9 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.2 
 3. Kocsis, BSE4.1 
 4. Englert, SEAT L.3.7 
 5. Pungor, Atomeromu3.6 
 6. Djelmis, SEAT L.3.5 
 7. Nemeth, Szeged3.4 
 8. Iva, Szeged3.4 
 9. Eordogh, MKB E.3.3 
 10. Furesz, Szeged3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  MiZo Pecs
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.7 
 2. Bukovszki, ZTE3.7 
 3. Iva, Szeged3.4 
 4. Pungor, Atomeromu3.2 
 5. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.1 
 6. Darida, Szolnok2.8 
 7. Hadarics, MKB E.2.7 
 8. Horvath, Szeged2.7 
 9. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.6 
 10. Laczi, Szeged2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.5 
 2. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 3. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.9 
 4. Bagi, Vasas-Csata0.8 
 5. Varda, BSE0.8 
 6. Fejes, Vasas-Csata0.7 
 7. Szlimak, BSE0.7 
 8. Szelesy, ZTE0.6 
 9. Budimir, Bajai NKK0.6 
 10. Radunovic, SEAT L.0.6 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Liron Cohen in Wisla - by Gil Goshen


WIsla Can Pack : Frisco Sika Brno 78:74 !!!!!

Wisla made the first step for the Final - Four ( the fisrt time in the history of the club ) by winning the first quarter final.

The Israeli National team guard played 28 points and had 13 points ( the last 10 points of the team after Brno led by 15 poiints !!!!! )
E. Kobryn had 18 points and 11 rbs.
J. Burse had 18 points, 12 rbs and 6 ast.
I. Castro Marques had 18 points.

For Brno:
D. Bonner 17 points and 12 rbs.
E. Viteckova 22 points.
j. Skerovic had 20 points.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


D1 Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Electra Ramat - Elizur Holon 80-76
Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) led Electra Ramat for 2-1 record in the series over Elizur Holon as she nailed 24 points in a 80:76 win. Sam Sheri Lynette posted 19 and Vaughn Kia notched 12. Gardin Kerri responded with 24 points in the losing case.

Elizur Netanya - Ramat Hen 83-71
Elizur Netanya took 2-1 Quarterfinal lead over Ramat Hen after 83:71 in Game 3. Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Suez Karni Liad posted 14. Little Marissa answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds.

Elizur Ramla - Jerusalem 74-60
Elizur Ramla overcame Jerusalem 74:60 for 2-1 in the series. Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 boards, whilst Quinn Noelle collected 16 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Rogers Diamond ended up with 17 points and 10 caroms in defeat.

M.Ashdod - Raanana Her. 95-69
Ashdod became the fisrt team to advance to the Semifinals sweeping the series over Raanana 95:69. Ashley Walker (185-F/C-87, college: California) stepped up with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, while Tomas Kristy scored 20. James Tamara finished the night with 24 points for the guests.



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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Tamecka DIXON
  GMA Napoli
  (176-G-75)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Dixon, GMA Napoli18.1 
 2. Robert, Faenza17.1 
 3. Smith, Comense16.9 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio16.3 
 5. Cirov, Priolo16.0 
 6. Machanguana, Bracco G.15.9 
 7. Brunson, Taranto15.6 
 8. Walker, GMA Napoli15.0 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo14.2 
 10. Basko, Umana Reyer13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcedes WALKER
  GMA Napoli
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walker, GMA Napoli9.7 
 2. Robert, Faenza9.1 
 3. Brunson, Taranto8.4 
 4. Harper, Umana R.7.6 
 5. Smith, Comense7.5 
 6. Willis, Livorno7.5 
 7. Machanguana, Bracco G.7.2 
 8. Screen, Basket P.7.1 
 9. Seino, Priolo6.2 
 10. Mosby, Bracco Geas6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pinto, Faenza3.1 
 2. Macchi, Familia Schio2.6 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.4 
 4. Eric, Vomero NA2.3 
 5. Moro, Familia Schio2.3 
 6. Ballardini, Umana R.2.3 
 7. Goryanova, GMA N.2.2 
 8. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.1 
 9. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 10. Greco, Taranto1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tamecka DIXON
  GMA Napoli
  (176-G-75)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dixon, GMA Napoli5.0 
 2. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 3. Palie, Vomero NA4.7 
 4. Pinto, Faenza4.6 
 5. Ristic, Livorno4.4 
 6. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.4 
 7. Fazio, Comense4.2 
 8. Robert, Faenza4.0 
 9. Zara, Basket Parma3.9 
 10. Ngoyisa, Familia .3.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marte ALEXANDER
  Faenza
  (194-C-76)
  Avg: 1
 1. Alexander, Faenza1.0 
 2. Prystupa, Faenza1.0 
 3. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 4. Smith, Comense0.8 
 5. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.8 
 6. Wabara, Bracco G.0.8 
 7. Godin, Taranto0.7 
 8. Brunson, Taranto0.6 
 9. Cinili, Umbertide0.6 
 10. Aziz, Comense0.6 


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 16-0 
 2. Faenza 13-4 
 3. Familia Schio 12-4 
 4. Umana Reyer 12-5 
 5. Priolo 11-6 
 6. Bracco Geas 7-10 
 7. Comense 7-10 
 8. Umbertide 6-10 
 9. Basket Parma 5-12 
 10. Livorno 5-12 
 11. GMA Napoli 4-13 
 12. Vomero NA 2-14 


A1, Round 17 review: Taranto stays unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Livorno - Basket Parma 55-53
Livorno celebrated tiny 55-53 win against Basket Parma in the last game of Round 17. The hosts had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Alessandra Balestra (183-G/F-80) with 15 pts. Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Carolina) also had important role last night adding 9 points and 15 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Francesca Zara delivered 15 pts. Both teams have 5-12 score now.

Bracco Geas - Taranto 52-59
Taranto cruised past Bracco Geas on the road keeping the perfect record in A1 (16-0). Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) once again shined in her team with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) also added 13 pts, but with 7 boards. Ilisaine David followed with 12 pts. For the hosts (7-10), Clarisse Machanguana collected 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Umana Reyer - Faenza 60-56
Umana Reyer was better than Faenza in derby game of Round 17. The team from Venice was led by Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) and Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman), who had 14 points and 6 rebounds each. Laura Harper added 12 pts and 9 boards in this victory. In defeat, Maja Erkic collected 14 pts. Umana Reyer 12-5, Faenza 13-4.

Comense - Familia Schio 71-61
Comense grabbed valuable win against Familia Schio improving to 7-10 record. At the same time visitors dropped to 12-4. Natasa Andjelic (185-G-77) shined for the hosts with 17 points, Leigh Aziz (186-F/C-79, college: Syracuse) had 15 pts and 6 rebounds, while Jiullian Harmon helped with 12 points and 8 boards. Nicole Antibe replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Priolo - Umbertide 73-68
Priolo had couple of players in a game mood with Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) leading the way with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Kristin Haynie (175-G-83, college: Michigan St.) and Tania Seino netted 15 and 14 points respectively. Seino pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. In defeat, Liene Jansone collected 21 points and 6 boards. Priolo 11-6, Umbertide 6-10.

Vomero NA - GMA Napoli 70-68
The last ranked Vomero finally registered second victory of the season. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) was a key player for the hosts registering monster double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Marija Eric (164-G-83) and Paola Mauriello netted 13 and 12 points respectively. In GMA Napoli (4-13), Marcedes Walker collected 18 points and 15 rebs.


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Superleague 1A Standings
 1. Roling Niksic 11-0 
 2. Buducnost 6-5 
 3. Antivari Bar 4-7 
 4. Rudar 1-10 
 5. Jedinstvo 0-0 


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  POLAND - Women  


Trailing in the whole game Wisla escapes from Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
TS Wisla Can-Pak - Frisco Sika 78:74

Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane), Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) and Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) each scored 18 points to lead Wisla in the opener of the EuroLeague Quarterfinals in Poland. TS Wisla Can-Pak shrugged off having to play their home game against Frisco Sika in Krakow to win 78:74 on Tuesday.
Frisco Sika won the tip and from the resulting possession their main scorers. That, however, was the good time as they had lead throughout the remainder of the period. Ewelina Kobryn closed the frame at 19:19 making a jump shot. Frisco Sika hit 10 quick points at the start of the second period as TS Wisla Can-Pak had a couple of minutes of slack play. No matter how hard the hosts tried to reduce they lost the second period 15-24. Cohen's three brought only 34:43 at the halftime. The third period saw the hosts further impose themselves, maintaining their effective defence causing Frisco to turn the ball over and forcing 24 second violations. Wils won the period 22-19 and cut it to 56:62 after 30 minutes. Iziane Castro nailed a three-pointer for the first lead at 70:69 and Cohen added two more points. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) scored for 76:74, while Janell Burse brought the necessary victory for the hosts.
Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) posted 20, whilst DeWanna Bonner collected 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Game 2 is scheduled o February 26th in Czech Republic.

TS Wisla Can-Pak: Janell Burse 18, Ewelina Kobryn 18, Iziane Castro 18
Frisco Sika: Eva Viteckova 22, Jelena Skerovic 20, DeWanna Bonner 17+12 rebs


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC roll past Dobri Anjeli - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Dobri Anjeli 81:56
UMMC cruised to the opening win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series against Dobri Anjeli. The Russian powerhouse left no chance for the visitors storming to a 25-point victory. The teams will now move to Slovakia for what could be a decisive second game of the series.
Musovic, Lawless and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) secured a dramatic start for Dobri Anjeli as they grabbed a 6:0 lead. However UMMC soon answered with a 9:0 run to gain the lead. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) and Candice Dupree had the last words in the opening frame but UMMC still led 17:16. The teams traded baskets before Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) started to make difference. She put the home team up by 8 points, while Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) stretched the gap at 10-point mark. UMMC ensured a 47:39 advantage at the interval. Sandrine Gruda and Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) ignited a 10:2 run from the Russian team early in the second half as they cleared off to a 16-point distance. Candace Parker finished the frame with 9 points as UMMC built a 64:44 lead. Kupcikova and Angel McCoughtry tried to stop bleeding for the visitors but hardly succeeded as UMMC continued to roll confidently. They eased to the final victory setting up a comfortable advantage in the series.
Candace Parker came up with 21 points and 14 boards to lead UMMC. Svetlana Abrosimova added 14 points, while Sandrine Gruda had 13 in the win. Candice Dupree responded with 13 points for the Slovakian team. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) and Angel McCoughtry netted 12 points apiece in the loss.

UMMC: Candace Parker 21+14 boards, Svetlana Abrosimova 14, Sandrine Gruda 13
Dobri Anjeli: Candice Dupree 13, Ivana Jalcova 12, Angel McCoughtry 12



Spartak Moscow Region with convincing win over Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Fenerbahce 90:79

Spartak MR ensured a confident win over Fenerbahce in the first game of the best-of-three Euroleague quartefinal series. Diana Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) fired 28 points to lead Spartak to the opening success.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80, agency: Ates Ceren) tipped off the game with a layup. But soon the Russian team took over. They poured in six points in a row midway through the starting stanza to take a 19:9 advantage. Miller dropped 5 points, while Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) added two more as Spartak piled up a 32:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Diana Taurasi helped the hosts to a 19-point buffer midway through the second term. Fenerbahce answered with a 7:0 run late in the half to trim the deficit. The Turkish team trailed by as many as 15 points at the long break. McCarville and Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) boosted the margin back to 19 points at the start of the third term but Fenerbahce refused to surrender. Tuncluer and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) maintained a slender hope for the visitors. But it did not last too long. Diana Taurasi triggered a 10:2 run from Spartak as they earned a 77:53 cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Spartak loosened the grip late in regulation allowing Fenerbahce to cut the distance to 11 points at the final buzzer.
Sylvia Fowles notched 18 points and 12 boards for Spartak MR. Sue Bird had 10 points for the winners. Nicole Powell responded with 25 points and 6 boards for Fenerbahce. Nevriye Yilmaz netted 22 points in defeat.

Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 28, Sylvia Fowles 18+12 boards, Sue Bird 10
Fenerbahce: Nicole Powell 25, Nevriye Yilmaz 22



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. Parker, UMMC15.3 
 5. Taurasi, Spartak .15.2 
 6. Snow, Dynamo K.15.2 
 7. Firsova, Spartak SP14.8 
 8. Danilochkina, Cheva.13.4 
 9. Korstine, Spartak .13.1 
 10. Petrovic, Spartak .12.6 
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.9.5 
 4. Zakalyuzhnay., Nadezh.7.9 
 5. Stepanova, UMMC7.8 
 6. Kuzina, Dynamo M.7.3 
 7. Vodopyanova, Dynamo M.7.1 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.6.8 
 9. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.6.5 
 10. Yakovleva, Cheva.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cappie PONDEXTER
  UMMC
  (175-G-83)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Pondexter, UMMC4.9 
 2. Dumerc, UMMC4.3 
 3. Berseneva, Nadezhda.4.0 
 4. Poto, Dynamo NSU3.9 
 5. Firsova, Spartak SP3.6 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.5 
 7. Mosch, Nadezhda O.3.5 
 8. Nolan, UMMC3.4 
 9. Miller, Spartak .3.2 
 10. Popova, Dynamo M.3.1 
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.2.7 
 4. Poto, Dynamo NSU2.3 
 5. Popova, Dynamo M.2.3 
 6. Bibrzycka, UMMC2.2 
 7. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.1 
 8. Nolan, UMMC2.0 
 9. Vorozhtsova, Spart.2.0 
 10. Belyakova, Spart.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.1 
 2. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.1.8 
 3. Osipova, Spartak .1.5 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC