EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/4/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


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


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.18.6 
 3. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista16.9 
 5. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.8 
 6. Williams, Olimpico.16.7 
 7. Moodie, Boca Jrs16.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol16.2 
 9. Lo Grippo, Atenas16.2 
 10. Cutley, C.Entr.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.12.7 
 2. Williams, Union S.7.8 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.7 
 4. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.4 
 5. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.4 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 7. McFarlan, Union S.7.3 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.2 
 9. Osborne, La Union6.9 
 10. Pelussi, Libertad.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Luis CEQUEIRA
  Sionista
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Cequeira, Sionista4.9 
 2. Victoriano, Lanus4.3 
 3. Martinez, Sionista3.9 
 4. Labaque, Obras3.8 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes3.6 
 6. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.4 
 7. Salles, La Union3.3 
 8. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 9. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.1 
 10. Figueroa, Aten.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.4 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.1.8 
 3. Victoriano, Lanus1.8 
 4. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes1.7 
 6. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 7. Woodward, Boca Jrs1.6 
 8. Lopez, Quilmes MP1.6 
 9. Labaque, Obras1.6 
 10. Lane, C.Entrerria.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.1.5 
 2. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 3. Johnson, Lanus1.1 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.0 
 6. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 7. Williams, Union S.0.9 
 8. Zanotti, Regatas C.0.8 
 9. Keep, Quilmes MP0.8 
 10. Leiva, Penar.0.8 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ASEAN-League Semi-Finals The Scores - by Jahred LS
Game 2 - February 3, 2010

Satria Muda BritAma - Singapore Slingers 74-45
In what could be their last home game of the season, Satria Muda BritAma (SMB) treated their loyal followers with a spectacular show dwarfing the Singapore Slingers with a lot of dizzying defensive stops and accurate passing.
The Scores:
Satria Muda BritAma 74 Miller 24, Hartman 15, Situmorang 12, Wuysang 6, Wijaya 6, Sondakh 4, Gunawan 4, Prihantono 3, Arifin 0, Julius 0, Galank 0, Siregar 0
Singapore Slingers 45 LeBlanc 14, Vergara 10, Jeffers 5, Wei J.H. 4, Wei L.W. 4, Khoo 2, Matialakan 2, Ng 2, Soon Yuh 2, Desmond Oh 0
Quarters: 24-14, 38-21, 56-35, 74-45

Philippine Patriots - Kuala Lumpur Dragons 70-65
The visiting Patriots snares the first spot in the Finals by eliminating the KL Dragons at their home turf in Malaysia. The Dragons missed 5 straight 3-pointers in the early minutes of the fourth quarter that became the Dragons doom as they were leading after the first 3 quarters.
The Scores:
Philippine Patriots 70 Dixon 22, Freeman 17, Alcaraz 7, Gaco 6, Wainwright 6, Coronel 5, Ybaez 5, Sta. Maria 2, Acua 0, Baclao 0
KL Dragons 65 Kuete 20, Lingganay 13, Loh 12, Brown 11, Hugnatan 7, Batumalai 2, Koh 0, Chee 0, Chai 0, Ng 0, Wee 0
Quarters: 13-22, 32-40, 50-55, 70-65

Game 1 - January 31, 2010

Singapore Slingers - Satria Muda BritAma 87-68
In the first game of the best of 3 semifinal series between no.2 Singapore Slingers and No.3 Satria Muda BritAma, the home crowd was not disappointed as the Slingers fashioned out an 87-68 mastery of the visiting Indonesians. Slingers American imports led a balance attack as all starters scored in double figures. Nakiea Miller and Alex Hartmans efforts were no match to the Slingers team play.
The Scores:
Singapore Slingers 87 LeBlanc 22, Jeffers 21, Wei J.H. 11, Ng 10, Vergara 10, Desmond Oh 5, Matialakan 4, Soon Yuh 2, Wei L.W. 0
Satria Muda 67 Hartman 21, Miller 18, Wuysang 9, Wijaya 6, Prihantono 5, Sondakh 3, Gunawan 2, Sitepu 2, Situmorang 2, Julius 0, Galank 0, Siregar 0
Quarters: 16-13, 35-31, 62-51, 87-68

Philippine Patriots - Kuala Lumpur Dragons 77-43
Patriots unleashed gritty defense on to the Dragons to give claim game 1 in their best of 3 semifinal clash. The Dragons recorded the lowest point by a team in a game in this maiden ABL season as Coach Goh limited his imports playing time.
The Scores:
Philippine Patriots 77 Freeman 15, Dixon 13, Acua 12, Ybaez 8, Gaco 7, Baclao 6, Espiritu 6, Sta. Maria 5, Mirza 3, Alcaraz 2, Coronel 0, Wainwright 0
KL Dragons 70 Lingganay 10, Brown 7, Loh 7, Hugnatan 6, Kuete 4, Koh 4, Bandaying 3, Batumalai 1, Chee 1, Chai 0, Ng 0, Wee 0
Quarters: 18-6, 30-16, 52-30, 77-43



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  AUSTRIA   


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


Timothy Black nailed 22 points as Antwerp cruised past Enisey - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Enisey 81:72

Timothy Black nailed 22 points as Antwerp cruised past Enisey 81:72. The hosts opened the game with 21-18 however the Russian side bounced back with 23-15 in the second period. Antwerp needed two wins in the second half to take the second straight win in Top 16. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) collected 16 points, while Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) posted 13. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) answered with 22 points for the guests.
Roanne handed Banvit their second loss as they defeated them 76:53 in France. The hosts won all the periods and rightfully deserved the win. David Noel stepped up with 21 points, whilst Mims Ralph had 18 and Nsonwu Uchenna collected 14 points and 14 caroms. Williams Lance ended up with 13 points for the Turkish side that fell at 0-2.



Artland Dragons rolled over Liege in Group J of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Art.Dragons - Liege 86:78
Artland Dragons rolled over Liege 86:78 in Group J. Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) steped up with 19 points for the winners and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) posted 14. Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. The German side improved to 1-1 record in the standings, while the Belgian side fell at 0-2.
In another game of the group FMP rebounded beat KK Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night in the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Serbian team jumped to 2-0 record on top of Group J after 83:78 win. Miroslav Raduljica paced all the winners with 26 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Stefanovic Sasa added 18. Mulaomerovic Damir finished the night with 23 points in defeat as Zagreb is 1-1 in the group.



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  BOSNIA   


KK Igokea release Filip Goranovic - by Miljan Veskovic
KK Igokea parted ways with Filip Goranovic (206-F/C-85). The strong 25-year-old power forward/center arrived to Igokea at the begenning of the season from Hercegovac Bileca. Last year he was one of the best players of the league averaging 18.3 ppg. This season his role in the new team has changed but he still did a good team work and helped the club reaching great results so far. Igokea is currently on the top of the league table with the score 14-2.

Jazvin signs with Granada - by Nedzad Kladusak
Ermin Jazvin is a player that stands in the shadow of bosnian stars like Mirza Teletovic and Kenan Bajramovic.
He is not the top scorer of the bosnian NT but he is a guy that does the dirty work under the boards.
After seasons in Germany, Greece and Russia he added another top league to his personal career record.
He signed for Granada which is trying to clinch a play-off spot in ACB, the second-strongest league worldwide.
He didn t play on saturday against Nihad Djedovic and his team since he needs to learn the set plays. In a first statement he pointed out that Granada
is a real challenge in his career and he is confident to help his team to reach the play-offs.
Regardless the uncertainities concerning the new NT coach the Mostar-native center will be a player that simply can t be left out.


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  BULGARIA   


Slavko Stefanovic moves to Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81) has agreed on terms of contract with Bulgarian Lukoil Akademik. The 28-year-old centre started the season in OKK Beograd. He tallied 14.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the Serbian league. In December the centre moved to Ukraine where he spent some time with BC Odessa. However shortly the sides parted ways and Slavko Stefanovic joined Lukoil Akademik. Last season the Serbian player played for Russian Universitet-Yugra Surgut. He notched 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per appearance.


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jiangsu - TianJin R. 119-111
Tang ZhengDong (213-C-84) finished the game with 32 points and 9 rebounds as Jiangsu rolled over Tianjin 119:111. Donnell Harvey followed him with 24 points and 15 rebounds and Hu Xuefeng added 23 points. Zhang Nan replied with 28 points for Tianjin.

Liaoning - Xinjiang 109-83
Xinjiang dropped from the throne being upset by Liaoning 83:109. Robinson Brandon (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) paced Liaoning with 29 points, while Li Xiaoxu had 23 points and 14 rebounds. Mengke Bateer ended up with Xinjiang with 28 points and 4 rebounds.

Bayi - Zhejiang C. 82-90
Zhejiang outscored Bayi 90:82 as Williams Marcus (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Arizona) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds and Andre Brown had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi answered with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Bayi.

DongGuan - Qingdao DS 130-93
Dongguan smashed Qingdao 130:93 as Kelley Tre (182-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: S.Carolina) exploded with 32 points and 11 assists, while Cedric Simmons had 23 points and 6 rebounds. Reggie Okosa responded with 36 points and 13 rebounds for Qingdao.

Shanxi Zh. - Guandong 104-113
Guangdong improved to 18-1 record as Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) led with 19 points, 7 rebounds, while David Harrison had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Marbury could not upset the favorites as he had 15 points and 15 assists. Wei Mingliang led Shanxi with 26 points.

Jilin - Shaanxi 109-113
Shaanxi cruised past Jilin 113:109 as Pickett Tim (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.) top-scored not only in the game however in the Regular Season Round 20 as well with 40 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Tasheed Carr had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Jilin.

Fujian - Zhejiang G.L. 91-100
Fujian lost to Zhejiang G.L. 91:100 as the latter got 29 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists from White Rodney (206-F-80, college: Charlotte). Peter John Ramos had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Porter answered with 37 points and 13 rebounds for Fujian.

Shanghai - Beijing 106-99
Shanghai overcame Beijing 106:99, while Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) erupted with 36 point and Wang Yong scored 20. Men Wei had 22 points and 4 rebounds for Beijing and Chen Lei added 21 points.



Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 18-1 
 2. Xinjiang 16-2 
 3. Zhejiang G.L. 16-3 
 4. Shanghai 14-5 
 5. Jiangsu 14-6 
 6. Liaoning 13-6 
 7. Shandong 9-9 
 8. Fujian 9-10 
 9. Zhejiang C. 8-11 
 10. Bayi 8-11 
 11. Jilin 6-12 
 12. DongGuan 6-13 
 13. Qingdao DS 5-13 
 14. TianJin R. 5-14 
 15. Beijing 5-14 
 16. Shaanxi 4-15 
 17. Shanxi Zh. 4-15 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 32.6
 1. Emmett, Shandong32.6 
 2. Gaines, Xinjiang29.6 
 3. Edwards, Shaanxi29.3 
 4. White, Zhejiang.28.9 
 5. Rodgers, Jilin26.7 
 6. Lucas, Shanghai26.6 
 7. Lamizana, TianJ.26.6 
 8. Pickett, Shaanxi26.4 
 9. Mays, Beijing26.0 
 10. Kelley, DongGu.25.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo COLLINS
  Jilin
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Collins, Jilin16.2 
 2. Mays, Beijing13.2 
 3. Ramos, Zhejiang.12.5 
 4. Oyedeji, Liaoning12.1 
 5. Williams, Zhejiang C.12.1 
 6. Swift, Shandong11.5 
 7. Gaines, Xinjiang11.2 
 8. Harvey, Jiangsu11.1 
 9. Zhang, DongGuan11.1 
 10. Lamizana, Tia.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 XiaoMing LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Lu, Fujian6.6 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu5.7 
 3. Liu, Shanghai5.1 
 4. Parker, Guandong5.0 
 5. Lucas, Shanghai4.9 
 6. Kelley, DongGuan4.8 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. White, Zhejiang.4.4 
 9. Zhang, Liaoning4.3 
 10. Allen, Xinjia.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Williams, Qingd.4.4 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 3. Parker, Guandong3.2 
 4. Emmett, Shandong2.7 
 5. Wang, Bayi2.6 
 6. Zhong, Jilin2.6 
 7. Lu, Fujian2.5 
 8. Liu, Shanghai2.4 
 9. Sui, Shandong2.3 
 10. Pickett, Shaan.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.5 
 2. Swift, Shandong3.2 
 3. Collins, Jilin2.6 
 4. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.2 
 5. Watkins, Jiangsu2.2 
 6. Simmons, DongGuan2.0 
 7. Xu, Bayi1.8 
 8. McCoy, Fujian1.8 
 9. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 10. Smith, Shanxi.1.6 


Guangdong Beats Zhongyu and Marbury, Xinjiang Loses - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 113-104 as Stephon Marbury's appearance still has not brought Shanxi a victory.

Zhu Fangyu led 18-1 Guangdong with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. David Harrison had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Shipeng scored 17. Smush Parker had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Du Feng had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Su Wei scored 9 and Chen Jianghua had 8. Marbury had 15 points, 4 rebounds and a huge 15 assists for Zhongyu, but he only hit 4 of 18 shots. Wei Mingliang led Shanxi with 26 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Maurice Taylor had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Li Minggang had 15 points and 6 rebounds, hitting all 6 of his shots. Hou Bing had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 9.

Xinjiang lost its second game of the season, falling to Liaoning 109-83. Robinson Brandon (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) led Liaoning with 29 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Li Xiaoxu had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the NBA should put him on their radar screen for the 2012 draft. Olumide Oyedeji had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 19 points and 6 assists. Bian Qiang scored 9. Mengke Bateer led Xinjiang with 28 points and 4 rebounds. Myron Allen had 21 points and 4 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Xirelijiang scored 8. Xue Yuyang played played slightly over 1 minute and was scoreless and it is clear that his coach no longer trusts him.

Rodney White had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals as the Zhejiang Lions defeated Fujian 100-91 to gain a 16-3 record. Peter John Ramos had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Lin Chieh-Cheh had 12 points and 5 assists. Jin Lipeng scored 14. Li Meng scored 9 and Wang Bo had 8. Chris Porter had 37 points and 13 rebounds for Fujian. Jelani McCoy only played 19 minutes and had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 5 fouls. Ageless Liu Yudong scored 14. Yang Genglin had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Gong Songlin scored 9.

Dongguan defeated Qingdao 130-93. Tre Kelley had 32 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Cedric Simmons had 23 points and 6 rebounds, hitting all 10 of his shots. Qiu Biao had 18 points and 7 rebounds. He Zhongmian had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. This heralded youngster, listed as born in 1991, is looking more and more like the real thing. Zhang Kai had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Young 7-3 Sun Zhe had 9 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. We're not ready to say he's the real thing yet. Reggie Okosa had 36 points and 13 rebounds for Qingdao. Chris Williams had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Lu Keming scored 13. Zhao Anan scored 8.

Zhejiang defeated Bayi 90-82. Marcus Williams had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 steals. Andre Brown had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Luo Zhi had 17 points and 4 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Cao Fei had 11 points and 3 steals. Zhang Dayu had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Wang Zhizhi had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Bayi. Delehei had 16 points and 3 rebounds. Li Ke and Hu Ke each scored 10. Xu Zhonghao had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes as he and Zhang Dayu, the two young 7-footers, played to a draw.

John Lucas scored 36 as Shanghai overcame Beijing 106-99. Wang Yong scored 20. Wang Ligang had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Luo Xudong scored 12. Meng Lingyuan had Zaid Abbaas had 5 points and 13 rebounds. Garret Siler had 6 points, 5 rebounds and fouled out in 10 minutes. Liu Wei again did not play. Men Wei had 22 points and 4 rebounds for Beijing. Chen Lei had 21 points and 3 rebounds. Ernest Brown had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cedric Bozeman had 10 points and 6 rebounds but fouled out in 30 minutes. Li Ke had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Ji Zhe had 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Tang Zhengdong had 32 points and 9 rebounds, his best performance of the season, as Jiangsu defeated Tianjin 119-111. Donnell Harvey had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Hu Xuefeng had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Yi Li had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Meng Da had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Han Shuo scored 6 in 4 minutes. Zhang Nan scored 28 points for Tianjin. Brandon Crump had 23 points and 16 rebounds. Herve Lamizana had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Guijun had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 8 points and 7 assists.

Playing with only one import and using its five starters for almost the entire game, Shaanxi edged Jilin 113-109. Tim Pickett had 40 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. He Ben had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. 214 cm Zheng Zhun had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Yang Wenbo, returning to the lineup, had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Feng Tian had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Tasheed Carr had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Jilin. DeAngelo Collins had 21 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhang Biao had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Yu Shulong had 19 points and 4 rebounds but fouled out in 45 minutes. Liu Wei, Lu Wei and Zhong Cheng each scored 8.



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  CROATIA   


FMP beat KK Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - FMP 78:83

FMP beat KK Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night in the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Serbian team jumped to 2-0 record on top of Group J after 83:78 win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Buck Andre) paced all the winners with 26 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Sasa Stefanovic (188-G-75) added 18. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) finished the night with 23 points in defeat as Zagreb is 1-1 in the group.
Artland Dragons rolled over Liege 86:78 in Group J. Ronald Ross stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Fenn Darren posted 14. Banks Adrian ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. The German side improved to 1-1 record in the standings, while the Belgian side fell at 0-2.



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  CYPRUS   


Kelly and Sims Lead APOEL to Victory in France - by Nima Siar
Chalon sur Saone, France: In the second game of the EuroChallenge Final 16, Madisons Apoel Nicosia found a way to get an important road win in France to end a 3 game losing skid and improve to .500 in Group K. Stylianidis team who desperately needed a win after being upset by Etha over the weekend and still looking to clinch the league, saw themselves hanging on to a 39-36 lead going into the half. In the third quarter, APOEL took control of the game outscoring ES Chalon-Sur-Saone 25-11 while getting some solid play from Wykeen Kelly 17 pts. 7 ast. and Lewis Sims 17 pts. 4 reb. The French side who are tied for last place in the Pro A, were able to pull the game within 6 points twice in the final period but Milan Dozet's jump shot as well as solid D from Brandon Heath and Sullivan Phillips were just too much.

Game Notes:
Chalon shot 49% from the field but sloppy play led to 17 turnovers and 22 fouls. They next take on Scavolini Spar Pesaro who is undefeated in Group K. Jerome Tillman scored 22 pts. on 8/12 shooting while Terell Everett dished out 10 ast. APOEL's huge win away from home allows them to
focus on clinching the Cyprus League. Another road win against KK Buducnost on 09/02 will give the Nicosia side the momentum they need to compete for the top spot in their group.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. McKay, USK P.24.3 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin17.3 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin17.3 
 4. Sarovic, Novy Jicin16.3 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.16.0 
 6. Stuchly, NH Ostrava15.5 
 7. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.9 
 8. Stec, BK B&W O.14.8 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.6 
 10. Chan, BK Prostej.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.3 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.3 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.1 
 4. Chan, BK Prostejov7.4 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.7.2 
 6. Houska, BK Decin6.8 
 7. Payne, NH Ostrava6.7 
 8. Machac, BC Kolin6.6 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.4 
 10. Platt, BC Kol.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Levell SANDERS
  Novy Jicin
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.9 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.5 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.4.4 
 4. Jones, BC Kolin4.3 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha4.1 
 6. Carnecky, BK B&W O.4.0 
 7. McKay, USK P.4.0 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin3.9 
 9. Wright, BK Pardu.3.3 
 10. Vrubl, Basket.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.4 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.2.3 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.2.2 
 4. Sirina, BK B&W O.2.1 
 5. Pandula, Novy Jicin2.1 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 7. Muirhead, Novy Jicin2.0 
 8. McKay, USK P.2.0 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.1.9 
 10. Lenzly, CEZ.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.6 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.1.4 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.4 
 4. Steffel, Novy Jicin1.3 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.3 
 6. Ford, USK Praha1.2 
 7. Castleberry, Podeb.1.2 
 8. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Ricci, CEZ Nymbu.1.0 


Nymburk steal victory in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Nymburk 92:97 (OT)

Nymburk earned an important away from home victory in Ankara. Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the Czech team to the opening win in EuroCup Last 16 round. Turk Telekom slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) unleashed seven points late in regulation to force overtime. But Lenzly accounted for quick 4 points early in the extra period and Nymburk escaped with a crucial road win at the end.
Turk Telekom got to a slightly better start as they were up by 2 points at the first break. But Nymburk recharged in the second frame and rolled to a 46:45 advantage at halftime. Nymburk continued to dominate in the third frame. The visitors cleared off to a 7-point distance with ten minutes to go. But late heroics from Huseyin Besok helped Turk Telekom survive sending the game into overtime.
Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) knocked down 13 points apiece for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla, Ron Lewis and Lenzly added 12 points each for the winners. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Turk Telekom. Huseyin Besok and Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Turk Telekom: Ersin Dagli 18, Huseyin Besok 16, Kristoffer Lang 16
Nymburk: Philip Ricci 24, Arthur Lee 13, Petr Benda 13



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Novy Jicin 24-3 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 24-3 
 3. BK Prostejov 23-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 18-9 
 5. BK Decin 17-10 
 6. BC Kolin 11-16 
 7. USK Praha 11-16 
 8. BK B&W Opava 10-16 
 9. Basketbol Brno 8-18 
 10. NH Ostrava 8-19 
 11. Podebrady 7-20 
 12. Vysehrad 1-27 


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Latest Transactions: Andre Barrett Returns to D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Idaho: Signed veteran point guard Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall). Barrett, a D-League All-Star during the 2007-08 season joins Idaho after having been in training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers this past off-season. He spent last season in Spain playing for powerhouse Regal FC Barcelona. In 14 Euroleague contests he averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 assists, while in 27 domestic league games averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 assists, primarily off the bench. The former Seton Hall Star out of Rice HS in the Bronx, NY has extensive experience in the D-League as well as NBA. Over 67 career NBA games split between Houston, Orlando, Phoenix, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles (Clippers), the 5-9 point guard has averaged 3.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.0assists while shooting 36.9% from the field. His D-League resume however is much more impressive, as he has been without a doubt one of the more dominant performers over the past several seasons. In 76 career games with Florida, Bakersfield and Austin he has averaged 17.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 48.1% from the field, including 41.4% from three. Barrett is sixth all-time in D-League history with a 7.8apg average.

Reno: Waived the recently acquired Yarolslav Korolev (6'9''-G/F-87) due to injury and re-acquired Dave Noel (6'3''-G-85, college: Cent.Florida). The 22-year old Karolev had appeared in three games for Reno since being acquired in a trade with Albuquerque earlier this month. He was averaging 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds for Reno, while in 20 games for Albuquerque he averaged 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in just over 24 minutes per game.

Los Angeles: Signed Hughes Gabriel (7'0''-F/C-80, college: California) and waived Sasha Cuic (6'10''-F-83, college: Oregon St.). Hughes, a 7-0 center out of California was with the D-Fenders last season. In 35 games he averaged 8.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 55.4% from the field. He signed with ShenYang Dongjin to begin this season, but left shortly after. Sasha Cuic joined LA in December and in 12 games had averaged 5.8 points and 2.0 rebounds.

Bakersfield: Waived Rodney Webb (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida Atlantic). Webb, a 6-7 small forward out of Florida Atlantic appeared in 24 games for the Jam, averaging 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 24.5 minutes. He starred last season in Japan where he averaged close to 20 points per contest in 52 combined games for Toyama and Sendai.



Tuesday: Jam, Vipers and Bighorns celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 100-102
Despite being down two players, the Bakersfield Jam proved it still had its full compliment of determination Tuesday night. His team missing guards Blake Ahearn and John Williams because of injuries, Patrick Mutombo (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Metro St.) made a 3-pointer from the left corner with 8.6 seconds left to help the Jam gut out a 102-100 victory against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at Jam Events Center. Jeremy Wise (6'2''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi), who was pressed into 38 minutes of action because of the injuries, led all scorers with a season-high 27 points to go along with seven assists. John Edwards and Reece Gaines had 17 points each, and Brian Butch added 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Jam, which won for the third time in five games. Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Kentucky) led the D-Fenders with 25 points but missed a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds when he lost control of the ball underneath the basket. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Rio Grande - Albuquerque 106-88
After being down 16 points in the first half, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers started a furious rally in the third quarter, outscoring the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 44-20 to take a lead they would not relinquish in their 106-88 win Tuesday morning at Tingley Coliseum. The win is the 21st of the season for Rio Grande Valley tying their franchise record for wins in a season set in each of the first. Michael Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice), who was named January's D-League Player of the Month on Monday, exploded for 31 points and 22 rebounds to lead the charge for the Vipers. Taylor had his best game of his assignment scoring 30 points and hauling in five rebounds. Antonio Anderson and Garrett Temple had 15 and 11 respectively to round out the top scorers for RGV. The Thunderbirds were led by a 27-point charge by Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina). Antoine Agudio scored 18 points with six rebounds. Chad Toppert added 13 with five boards. Ironically, the three former Vipers on T-birds, Kris Collins Marcus Hubbard, and Kurt Looby each scored only four points. Looby added 11 rebounds four blocks. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno Bighorns - Austin T. 109-97
Playing against his former team, Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) 's 26-point, 14-rebound double-double lifted the Reno Bighorns to a 109-97 victory over the Austin Toros Tuesday night in the Cedar Park Center. Benson, who played 13 games for the Toros in the 2006-07 season, finished 11-of-15 from the floor on his way to 26 points. He matched a season-best effort with 14 boards, while adding three steals, two blocks and an assist. The two teams finished the first period of play knotted at 24, but Reno (11-14) would explode in the second quarter to take a 13-point lead into intermission. Austin (15-10) would fire back in the third quarter to carve the Bighorns lead down to just a point through three quarters, but Reno would outscore the Toros 35-24 in the final frame to pick up the victory. In addition to Benson's effort, Reno's Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) collected 23 points and eight rebounds on the evening. Will Blalock kicked-in 18 points and six assists. Austin was led by 29 points from Malik Hairston. Dwayne Jones scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 23-6 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 14-13 
 3. Dakota W. 12-13 
 4. Erie Bay H. 12-17 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 9-17 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 21-7 
 2. Maine R.Claws 18-9 
 3. Austin T. 16-10 
 4. Albuquerque 14-13 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 13-13 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 16-13 
 2. Idaho S. 13-12 
 3. Reno Bighorns 11-14 
 4. Bakersfield J. 7-19 
 5. Los Angeles D. 6-15 
 6. Springfield A. 5-20 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malik HAIRSTON
  San Antonio S.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Hairston, Austin T.30.2 
 2. Almond, Springfi.26.9 
 3. Harris, Rio Grande26.7 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.25.7 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 6. Farmer, Reno B.23.7 
 7. Powell, Albuquerque22.9 
 8. Taylor, Idaho S.22.7 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.22.4 
 10. Tolliver, Idaho.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 MA10.9 
 5. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.3 
 6. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 7. Harris, Rio Grande10.0 
 8. Looby, Albuquerque9.6 
 9. Barron, Iowa E.9.6 
 10. Cummings, Spri.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande8.4 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.6 
 4. Curry, Springfield A.7.3 
 5. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.7.0 
 6. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 7. Clinkscales, Erie B.6.9 
 8. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.9 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.6.4 
 10. Anderson, Rio.6.0 
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. Stinson, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 6. Charlo, Reno B.2.0 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Erie B.1.9 
 10. Jerrells, Austin.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.7 
 2. Looby, Albuquerque3.6 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Looby, Rio Grande2.6 
 6. Jones, Austin T.2.0 
 7. Daniels, Bakersfi.2.0 
 8. Trybanski, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Simpson, Los A.1.7 
 10. Benson, Reno.1.7 


2010 NBA D-League All-Star Rosters Announced - by Surujh Roopnarine
Twenty of the NBA D-Leagues top performers will suit up at the fourth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday, February 13 at the NBA All-Star Jam Session in Dallas. Selections were made based on a combination of fan voting from www.nba.com/dleague and by the leagues 16 head coaches. Nick Nurse of the Iowa Energy and Chris Finch of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers were selected as coaches of the East and West squads, respectively, based on their teams having the highest winning percentages in the league as of Jan. 26. The West squad is highlighted by reigning D-League Player of the Month Michael Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) of RGV while he will be joined by teammates Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-83, college: Memphis) and Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis). The Austin Toros will be represented by rookie swingman Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, agency: Buck Andre, college: Alabama) and veteran center Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's). Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) and Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) both called-up and currently on NBA teams (Utah and Golden State) were also selected. The East is highlighted by the D-leagues second-leading scorer, Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) of Springfield and the leading assist man, Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) of Iowa.

EAST ROSTER
Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) (7'1''-C-88) (Maine/Charlotte)
Morris Almond (Springfield)
Alade Aminu (6'10''-F-87, college: Georgia Tech) (Erie)
Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) (Iowa)
Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) (Maine)
Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) (Fort Wayne) - Injured
Robert Kurz (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) (Fort Wayne)
Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.) (Iowa)
Curtis Stinson (Iowa)
Reggie Williams (6'5''-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: VMI) (Sioux Falls)
Head Coach: Nick Nurse (Iowa)
Assistant: Nate Bjorkgren (Iowa)

WEST ROSTER
Antonio Anderson (Rio Grande Valley)
Joey Dorsey (Rio Grande Valley/Houston)
Sundiata Gaines (Idaho/Utah)
Alonzo Gee (Austin)
Michael Harris (Rio Grande Valley)
Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) (Utah)
Dwayne Jones (Austin)
Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) (Albuquerque)
Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) (Tulsa)
Anthony Tolliver (Idaho/Golden State)

Head Coach: Chris Finch (Rio Grande Valley)
Assistant: Paul Mokeski (agency: SportsTalent ) (Rio Grande Valley)



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CUPES SIGN CRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ - by Ozell Wells
CUPES in the search for the championship have signed Dominican-Puerto Rican Cristopher Rodriguez. Rodriguez, a center standing 6'8 has accomplished many things playing in the Sub-25 League in Puerto Rico where he played against players liked Benjamin Colon, Walter Hodge, Gabriel Colon, and others.
CUPES, in the middle of a new strategy by Coach Vicente Contreras are looking ot move to a high level with members of the national pre-selection team like Manny Quezada, Osvaldo Lopez, Dee Andre Hullet, Carlos & Odalis Paulino, Hugo Rodrguez & an import player to be signed soon.


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Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Hankins, Salem, 37
2, Stibbins, Hbrg, 26.7
3, Harris, Alexand, 26.3
4, Carter, NewYork, 25.6
5, Carter, GardSt, 24.8
Rebounds Per Game
1, Wilson, Newark, 12.4
2, Clark, Norfolk, 11.7
3, Stewart, Elmira, 10.8
4, Cox, New York, 10.4
5, Bresett, Elmira, 9.3
Assists Per Game
1, Hargrave, Elmira, 10.3
2, Ruffin, Norfolk, 7
3, Jackson, Elmira, 6.5
4, Pursoo, NewYork, 6.2
5, Godette, GardSt, 5.5
Steals Per Game
1, Ford, Washington, 4.4
2, Hargrave, Elmira, 3.3
3, Valenti, Elmira, 3
4, Clark, Garden St, 2.8
5, Arrington, Norfolk, 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1, Clark, Norfolk, 5.5
2, Grant, Virginia, 4.8
3, Stewart, Elmira, 4.5
4, Stibbins, Hbrg, 3.7
5, Norman, DE, 3.3


ELMIRA BULLDOGS STAR PLAYER MAKES IT TO THE NBA D-LEAGUE!!!!! - by EBA Media
'Tychicus Snow has signed and is currently playing with Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League'

Former Elmira Bulldogs star player Tychicus 'Tyc' Snow has taken his professional basketball career to the next level. Snow has signed with the Erie Baywhawks of the NBA Developmental League, Erie is the official NBA minor league franchise of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Snow is now literally just one phone call away from playing along side Lebron James and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of their NBA championship run.

Tychicus Snow a 5'7' 165-pound point guard with a lightning quick first step signed with the Erie Bayhawks last week and was instantly inserted right into the teams rotation logging 9 minutes in his first game on January 29, 2010 where he recorded 3 assists in a 82-78 loss to the Maine Redclaws (the official NBA minor league team of the Boston Celtics). Snow then played 13 minutes the following night January 30, 2010 in a 93-91 win over the Springfield Armor (the official NBA minor league team of the New York Knicks) Snow played a huge part in the 2-point Erie Bayhawks win by scoring 5 points and dishing off 3 assists. Tychicus 'Tyc' Snow will next be in action tonight February 3, 2010 @ 7pm in a home game vs. the Iowa Energy (the official NBA minor league team of the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns).

Tychicus Snow's pro career started in Elmira, NY with the Elmira Bulldogs. Tyhicus Snow averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 assists per game for the Elmira Bulldogs during the 2008 season (the teams first season in Elmira) helping to lead the Elmira Bulldogs to the 2008 National Professional Basketball League championship game. The following season Snow joined the Virginia Fast Break of the Eastern Basketball Alliance where he averaged a team leading 22.2 points per game.

Now the professional career that all started in Elmira, NY has Tychicus Snow within in grasp of a NBA Gatorade call up to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Toronto Raptors.

'I just want to thank the Elmira Bulldogs and coach Schutz for giving me the chance to play professional basketball', stated NBA D-league player Tychicus Snow. 'I'm not sure I would be in the position I'm in now had it not been for the opportunity given to me in Elmira, NY'.

'Snow is a great example of a talented basketball player who never gave up on his dream', stated Bulldogs head coach James R. Schutz. 'In the very near future he will get the call up to the NBA, I have no doubt about it'.

Prior to going professional with the Elmira Bulldogs Tychicus Snow was the starting point guard for NCAA D-1 Mississippi Valley State.

The Elmira Bulldogs are a professional basketball team located in Elmira, NY who have a all-time franchise record of 27-6 and have won 24 out of the teams last 27 games played. The Elmira Bulldogs have made it to the league championship game every year in the franchises existence with trips to the 2008 National Professional Basketball League and followed that up with a trip the 2009 Eastern Basketball Alliance championship game.

The Elmira Bulldogs have now placed players in the NBA D-league (Tychicus Snow--2008 Elmira Bulldogs) as well as high paying jobs overseas in such places as Venezuela (David Ruffin--2008 Elmira Bulldogs), Iceland (Jerry Cheves--2008 Elmira Bulldogs) and Qatar (Peter Lawal--2009 Elmira Bulldogs).

'Playing for the Elmira Bulldogs gives players not only a chance to play for one of the most successful minor league teams of all-time but it also gives players a chance to move onto lucrative pay days with the NBA and overseas', stated Bulldogs head coach and general manager James R. Schutz. 'When you have had as much on the court success as we have had here in Elmira, NY it is naturally going to bring the eyes of NBA and top European clubs'.



Mid Atlantic and Dominion division All-stars named - by Justin Moore
THE MID-ATLANTIC AND DOMINION 2010 EBA ALL-STARS AND SLAM DUNK AND THREE-POINT CONTEST PLAYER HAVE BEEN ANNOUCE THIS YEARS EBA ALL-STAR GAME WILL TAKE PLACE IN WASHINGTON DC FEBRAURY 20TH THIS EVENT WILL BE ORGANIZED BY Washington Madness OWNER Larry Bowden AND FORMER NBA PLAYER Dallas Comegys THIS WILL BE A BIG EVENT SHOWCASING SOME OF THE TALENT IN THE EBA AND WILL BE DONE IN OUR NATIONS CAPITAL HOME OF SEVERAL EBA FRANCHISES SO EXPECT A BIG TURN OUT MORE ALL-STARS WILL BE NAMED FOR MORE EBA INFORMATION A ALL-STAR SELECTION CHECKOUT WWW.EASTERNBASKETBALLALLIANCE.COM

MID-ATLANTIC DIVISION AND DOMINION DIVISION

Delaware Destroyers
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79, college: Lincoln (PA))
Todd McCoy (6'4''-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Indiana St.)

Harrisburg Horizon
Anthony Frazier (6'8''-F-82, college: Cheyney)
OR
Makal Stibbins (6'7''-F/C-86, college: Millersville)

Garden State Rebels
Derryck Alexander (6'5''-F-85, college: Rutgers-Newark)

Newark Patrons
RASHAWN WILSON

Tru Hope Trailblazers
Jason Clark (6'8''-C-82, college: Virginia)
Eric Ruffin (6'4''-G-85, college: Beaver County CC)

Hampton Roads Cardinals
Sherman Holland (6'1''-G-80)

Salem Mustangs
Djuan Hankins (6'4''-G, college: Wingate)

Virginia Wolverines
Philip Frazier (5'10''-G)

COACHES
Dallas Comegys
MR. RUDY FRAZIER

2010 EBA ALL-STAR
EVENTS

3 POINT CONTEST
Sami Wylie (5'11''-G-84, college: Lincoln (PA))

SLAM DUNK CONTEST
Mike Keyes (6'5''-F) - FORWARD - WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY



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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 16-4 
 2. TTU KK 13-5 
 3. TU/Rock 12-4 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 11-5 
 5. Valga Welg 9-9 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 5-13 
 7. Parnu 4-13 
 8. Kuremaa 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.24.3 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa18.8 
 3. Kriisa, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Kurg, Kuremaa17.9 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev17.8 
 6. Toome, TTU K.16.9 
 7. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.16.4 
 8. Covington, Tallin.16.1 
 9. Raap, Parnu15.3 
 10. Kikerpill, Valga We.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  Kuremaa
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McGee, Kuremaa10.6 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.0 
 3. Toome, TTU K.9.2 
 4. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.8.6 
 5. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 6. Erm, Parnu8.0 
 7. Winston, Kuremaa7.9 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere7.8 
 9. Tagamets, Valga W.7.8 
 10. Ringmets, Par.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Rakvere
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere5.1 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.8 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg3.7 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock3.4 
 6. Winston, Kuremaa3.3 
 7. Saage, Rakvere3.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 9. Tein, TU/Rock2.4 
 10. Abernethy, TU/Ro.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.5 
 2. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 4. Covington, Tallin.2.3 
 5. Veideman, Rakvere2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 7. Kurg, Kuremaa1.9 
 8. McGee, Kuremaa1.8 
 9. Erm, Parnu1.8 
 10. Ringmets, Par.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.5 
 2. Toome, TTU K.1.7 
 3. Talts, TU/Rock1.5 
 4. McGee, Kuremaa1.2 
 5. Kitsing, TU/Rock1.0 
 6. Hallik, Rakvere1.0 
 7. Morrison, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Saks, TTU K.0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Parnu0.7 
 10. Viiask, TU/Ro.0.7 


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Top 16, Round 2: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Partizan - Regal Barca 67-66 OT
There is no more unbeaten teams in Euroleague this season. Partizan Belgrade crushed Regal Barca 67-66 in heartbreaking thriller for perfect 2-0 in Group E. It was a game full of turns and the winner is decided in overtime, actually after 10-minute break as referees had to watch the replay of Barca's last shot many times. Partizan had plus 1 and Barca had the last possession in OT. Pete Mickeal tried from the paint, but his almost perfect hook went out of the rim, after what Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) swept the ball away once the board was illuminated, signaling that the time has expired. Referees watched the replay many times and decided that ball was not in goaltending when Roberts touched it. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) shined for the hosts with double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Lawrence Roberts had 12 points and 11 boards, while Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 11 points and 6 assists. Slovenian duo in Regal Barca, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), responded with 14 and 10 points respectively.

Group F
Efes Pilsen - Montepaschi 88-78
Efes Pilsen downed Montepaschi celebrating the first victory in Top 16. Ergin Ataman's team and the Italian powerhouse now have the same 1-1 score in Group F. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) shined for the winners nailing 17 points and pulling down 9 rebounds, all of that in just 18 minutes on the floor. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) added 11 pts. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) responded with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) and David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) netted 12 pts each in this defeat. At the halfway of the last period it was already clear who the winner of the night will be as Efes Pilsen reached 76-56 lead.

Group G
Unicaja - Assec.Prokom 50-70
The Polish powerhouse demonstrated wonderful performance in Malaga celebrating valuable 50-70 victory. That is the second win in Top 16 for Prokom, who now shares the first place in Group G with CSKA. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) led the winning squad tonight with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) followed with 16 points and 6 boards. In Unicaja, Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) netted 13 pts.

Zalgiris - CSKA 68-83
CSKA jumped to 2-0 in Top 16 phase (Group G). The Russian powerhouse cruised past Zalgiris in Kaunas making a huge step forward to Euroleague Quarterfinals. At the same time, the Greens dropped to 0-2. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) top-scored in victory with 17 points, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) (6 rebs) and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) had 16 pts each, while J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) this time helped with 11 pts. The hosts got 12 points from Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances).

Group H
Olympiakos - Khimky 87-69
Olympiakos managed to grab the second consecutive victory in Top 16. The Reds outplayed Khimky for 2-0 in Group H. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) shined for the hosts with 15, while Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) nailed one point less than him. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) followed with 12 points and 7 rebounds. In Khimky (1-1), Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) had 18 and 15 points respectively.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  U.Olimpija
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Walsh, U.Olimpija17.3 
 2. Kleiza, Olympiakos17.2 
 3. Maric, Partizan16.8 
 4. Woods, Assec.Pr.16.5 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.15.7 
 6. Langdon, CSKA15.5 
 7. Childress, Olympiakos15.1 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.7 
 9. Tomas, Cibona14.5 
 10. Traore,.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Watson, Zalgiris10.7 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.1 
 3. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.6 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA7.4 
 5. Roberts, Partizan7.3 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.6 
 7. Javtokas, Khimky6.4 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.2 
 9. Asik, Fener.Ulker6.0 
 10. Fotsis, Panathinaik.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.6.7 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.5 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.4 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca5.2 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.4.8 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA4.5 
 7. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.4 
 8. Sciarra, Orleans4.2 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.4.1 
 10. Prigioni, MMC.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan POPOVIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.4 
 2. Lukauskis, AS.2.3 
 3. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.2 
 4. Gordon, Cibona2.1 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA1.9 
 6. Dobbins, Orleans1.9 
 7. McIntyre, Montepas.1.8 
 8. Smith, Efes Pilsen1.8 
 9. Finley, Armani MI1.7 
 10. Lukas, Marousi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Partizan
  (229-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vranes, Partizan1.9 
 2. Fischer, Maccabi .1.4 
 3. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 4. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.4 
 6. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 7. Morris, Regal B.1.3 
 8. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 9. Javtokas, Khimky1.2 
 10. Lasme, Maccabi T.1.2 


Standings
Euroleague Top 16 Standings
Group E
 1. Partizan 2-0 
 2. Regal Barca 1-1 
 3. Panathinaikos 0-1 
 4. Marousi BC 0-1 
Group F
 1. MMC Real M. 1-0 
 2. Montepaschi 1-1 
 3. Efes Pilsen 1-1 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-1 
Group G
 1. CSKA 2-0 
 2. Assec.Prokom 2-0 
 3. Unicaja 0-2 
 4. Zalgiris 0-2 
Group H
 1. Olympiakos 2-0 
 2. Khimky 1-1 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-1 
 4. Cibona 0-1 
Regular Season Standings


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 25-5 
 2. Kouvot 23-7 
 3. ToPo 19-11 
 4. KTP 17-12 
 5. Honka 17-13 
 6. LrNMKY 17-13 
 7. Korihait 15-15 
 8. Namika Lahti 13-17 
 9. Kataja 11-18 
 10. Karhu 8-22 
 11. FoKoPo 8-22 
 12. Salon Vilpas 6-24 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.3 
 2. Washington, KTP22.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo22.2 
 4. Golson, Karhu19.7 
 5. Turner, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Lowe, Pyrinto19.6 
 7. Wood, Karhu18.9 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.18.7 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto18.7 
 10. Belser, Hon.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Wood, Karhu14.4 
 2. McDade, KTP12.1 
 3. Vinson, FoKoPo12.1 
 4. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 5. Stamper, LrNM.10.5 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto10.3 
 7. Rouse, Namika L.10.1 
 8. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.0 
 9. Kotti, Honka9.9 
 10. Smith, Kar.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Wood, Karhu4.9 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti4.1 
 3. Trotter, ToPo3.8 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto3.7 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 6. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.4 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.0 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.0 
 9. Jarvinen, LrNM.3.0 
 10. Stewart, FoKo.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.2 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.1 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.7 
 4. Golson, Karhu2.5 
 5. Belser, Honka2.1 
 6. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 7. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 8. Clarkson, Kataja1.9 
 9. Washington, KTP1.9 
 10. Bradford, Kata.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 J''son STAMPER
  LrNMKY
  (200-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1
 1. Stamper, LrNM.1.0 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Hudson, Korihait0.8 
 4. Niskanen, Karhu0.7 
 5. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 6. Pearson, ToPo0.7 
 7. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 8. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 9. Turner, LrNM.0.6 
 10. Champion, FoKo.0.6 


Korisliiga Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
LrNMKY - Salon Vilpas 88-74
J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, college: Minnesota) nailed 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead LrNMKY past Salon Vilpas. Robert Turner added 19 points, 6 assists and 4 caroms in the victory. Roope Ahonen had 20 points for the Vikings in defeat.

Pyrinto - Karhu 106-85
The league leading Pyrinto had no problems against Karhu at home court. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) notched 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead the charge. Kenneth Lowe added 22 points for the Tampere outfit. Reggie Golson netted 30 points for Karhu in defeat.

ToPo - Namika Lahti 109-96
ToPo outgunned Namika Lahti as Obie Trotter and Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) scored 24 points each. Samuel Haanpaa added 17 points for the winners. Ricky Hickman answered with 27 points for Namika Lahti. Corey Rouse added 21 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Korihait - Kataja 77-67
Korihait registered the 15th win as they held off Kataja. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 18 points and 9 reboudns for the winners. Darryl Hudson added 16 points and 7 rebounds for Korihait. Kataja got 25 points and 13 boards from Kristian Clarkson.

KTP - Honka 95-84
Six players scored in double figures as KTP prevailed agianst Honka. Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) debuted with 24 points for KTP. Isaac Spencer contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Corey Belser delivered 24 points and 8 caroms for the Playboys.

FoKoPo - Kouvot 75-85
Kouvot improved at 23-7 record as they upset FoKoPo on the road. Ross Neltner (206-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) dropped 20 points for Kouvot. Antti Kanervo added 16 points for the winning team. Rodrick Stewart and Alex Barnett had 15 points each for the home side.



KORISLIIGA: Two technical fouls - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 30: No big upsets tonight. Pyrinto (Tampere) almost crushed Karhu (Kauhajoki) 106-85, when hosting team got 65 points from their three American players.
Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) scored 30 pts for Karhu. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) beat YMCA Lahti 109-96. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) and Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) netted 24 pts both. YMCA Lahti, last season Finnish Champion, is missing Ilkka Vuori (on injured list) and Vesa Makalainen (in Sweden) a lot. Team's defense is much weaker than last year (difference 11 pts/game). Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) led again Lahti with 27 pts. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) took an important victory, when defeating Kataja (Joensuu) 77-67. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) led the hosts with 18 pts and Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Widener) the visitors with 25 pts and 13 rbs. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) was back in action (16 pts). KTP (Kotka) again tough at home court. Honka (Espoo) had to admit also that after a 95-84 loss. Honka had 'bad luck' during the second quarter. First American G Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) got two technical fouls and his game was over (played only 13:42 minutes). Then Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) (KTP) fouled against G Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) in the way, that Vanjoki hurt his back - and he could not play at all during the second half. In the same time KTP newcomer G Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) scored game high 24 pts and led his new team to victory. The only win on the road at Forssa, where FoKoPo scored only 75 pts and that was 10 pts less than Kouvot (Kouvola) was able to score. The Player of January Ross Neltner (206-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) led Kouvot with 20 pts.

Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 106-85 (55-46) (Chris Hester 25, Kenny Lowe 22, Damon Williams 18/13 - Reggie Golson 30, Jeremiah Wood 18).

Torpan Pojat - YMCA Lahti 109-96 (54-56) (Tyray Pearson 24, Obie Trotter 24, Samuel Haanpaa 17 - Ricky Hickman 27, Corey Rouse 21/12, Pasi Pekkola 16).
Korihait - Kataja 77-67 (42-32) (Josh Gonner 18, Darryl Hudson 16, Petri Heinonen 12 - Kristian Clarkson 25/13, Sami Lehtoranta 16, Tim Whitworth 11).
KTP - Honka 95-84 (53-47) (Ian Young 24, Isaac Spencer 19/11, Ryan McDade 15/13 - Corey Belser 24, Tuukka Kotti 23/12, Tuomas Iisalo 15).
FoKoPo - Kouvot 75-85 (37-40) (Rodrick Stewart 15, Alex Barnett 15, Durell Vinson 14 - Ross Neltner 20, Antti Kanervo 16, Antto Nikkarinen 14).


KORISLIIGA: KTP testing Ian Young - by Rauno Hurmalainen
KTP (Kotka) is testing American G Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) in the near future. Young started this season in France (Quimper, ProB), where he played 16 games averaging 15,3 ppg in 33,6 mpg. Earlier Young has played pro basketball in Germany and in Saudi Arabia. This time # 6 Team KTP (16-12 right now) wants to avoid certain kind of injury problems in the spring time. When Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) is now on injured list (knee), Young will get his chance at once, when the Top League regular season round 30 will take place. There are 14 rounds left and then the Top 8 teams will start the play-off-games in April.

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Roanne handed Banvit their second loss - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Banvit 76:53

Roanne handed Banvit their second loss as they defeated them 76:53 in France. The hosts won all the periods and rightfully deserved the win. David Noel (198-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 21 points, whilst Mims Ralph had 18 and Uchenna Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) collected 14 points and 14 caroms. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) ended up with 13 points for the Turkish side that fell at 0-2.
Timothy Black nailed 22 points as Antwerp cruised past Enisey 81:72. The hosts opened the game with 21-18 however the Russian side bounced back with 23-15 in the second period. Antwerp needed two wins in the second half to take the second straight win in Top 16. Beghin Christophe collected 16 points, while Hopkins Bryan posted 13. Kambala Kaspars answered with 22 points for the guests.



Chalon loses the home battle - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - APOEL 78:84

APOEL tied the records with Chalon at 1-1 in Group K after 84:78 win in France on Tuesday. Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, college: Salem Intern.) and Lewis Hopkins (203-F/C-73, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Van Dorpe Gerben netted 16. Jerome Tillman (198-F-87, college: Ohio) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.
Trailing 21-28 after the opening quarter Scavolini PS bounced back and won over Buducnost 90:77 in Round 2 of EuroChallenge Top 16. The third period was decisive as the hosts produced 29-16 in it. Michael Hicks paced all the winners with 22 points and Cinciarini Daniele netted 13. Dragicevic Vladimir finished the game with 17 points and 11 boards in the losing case.


Antoine Diot leads Le Mans past Aris - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans celebrated a thrilling last-second win in Thessaloniki. The victory propelled the French team to 1-1 record in Group I. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) hit a buzzer-beating jumper to win the game for Le Mans. Aris led by one ten minutes into the game 18:17. Le Mans turned the tables in the second frame and grabbed a 37:35 advantage at the interval. Aris went on an 11:0 run in the third frame to surge ahead. The Hellenes established a 50:45 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame. The lead changed hands for several times in the period. Aaron Miles pulled Aris in front with 5 seconds to go in regulation. But Antoine Diot stole the show hitting the buzzer-beater. Zach Wright (188-G-85, college: Cent.Missouri) scored 15 points and grabbed 6 boards for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) and Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) added 14 points each for the winners. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds for Aris. Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) netted 12 points in defeat.


Alexis Ajinca to have right thumb surgery - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats center Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) will have surgery on Friday, February 5, to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Paul Perlik at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital in Charlotte.

Ajinca, who is currently on assignment with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, injured the thumb during the team's game against the Idaho Stampede on January 27. An MRI was performed by the Red Claws medical staff late last week, and Ajinca returned to Charlotte on Monday to see Dr. Perlik.

Following the surgery, Ajinca will be in a cast for six weeks before beginning rehab.

Ajinca was announced earlier today as a member of the Eastern Conference team for the NBA D-League All-Star Game. In 22 games with the Red Claws, Ajinca is averaging 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots in 26.0 minutes played, while shooting.546 from the field (113-207) and.748 from the free-throw line (95-127). The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBA's 30th franchise when they joined the league in 2004-05, return to action tomorrow when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30pm ET at Staples Center. The game can be seen on SportSouth and heard on WFNZ 610 AM.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  GERMANY   


ALBA and Brose Baskets victorious in Europe - by Eurobasket News
ALBA claimed the second straight win in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The German team held off Joventut 72:68 in Berlin. Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) scored 19 points for ALBA to remained on top of Group I. Joventut slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
The Spaniards pulled in front early in the encounter but ALBA responded with a 14:2 run to take the lead. The hosts ensured a 21:15 advantage at the first break. ALBA maintained the advantage well throughout the second stanza. They secured a 33:29 buffer at the interval. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) dragged Joventut closer at the start of the second half but ALBA reacted. They accounted for 6 unanswered points to stay comfortably ahead. The hosts finished the third stanza ahead by 6 points 53:47. ALBA cleared off to a 9-point distance but Joventut did not surrender. They cut the deficit to just two points 66:68 late in regulation. However Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) came up with a soothing layup that put ALBA in control till the final buzzer. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) provided 16 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy added 11 points for the winners. Clay Tucker responded with 15 points for Joventut. Josep Franch and Antonio Bueno had 9 points each in the loss.
Brose Baskets outgunned visiting Benetton Treviso 73:63 for 1-1 record in Group K. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) had a pivotal performance for Bamberg as he notched 22 points and 9 boards. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) added 17 points for the winning team. Brose Baskets unleashed a 10:0 run early in the game to earn 14:4 lead. The hosts maintained the gap as they finished the frame ahead by 10 points 21:11. However Benetton tipped off the second frame with 8 points in a row to get closer. Benetton stayed within striking distance in the period and finally drew things level 31:31 at halftime. Benetton surged in charge in the third stanza. They enjoyed a 41:37 advantage but Brose Baskets were able to erase the deficit and tied things up at 49 after thirty minutes. Bamberg went on a decisive 11:0 run midway through the fourth term and grabbed the key lead. Benetton could not respond and had to surrender at the end. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 9 points for Bamberg. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) answered with 13 points for Benetton. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points in defeat.



Artland Dragons rolled over Liege in Group J of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Art.Dragons - Liege 86:78
Artland Dragons rolled over Liege 86:78 in Group J. Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) steped up with 19 points for the winners and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) posted 14. Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. The German side improved to 1-1 record in the standings, while the Belgian side fell at 0-2.
In another game of the group FMP rebounded beat KK Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night in the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Serbian team jumped to 2-0 record on top of Group J after 83:78 win. Miroslav Raduljica paced all the winners with 26 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Stefanovic Sasa added 18. Mulaomerovic Damir finished the night with 23 points in defeat as Zagreb is 1-1 in the group.



Studying, Working And Basketball Are All In A Days Work For Armin Willemsen (Frankfurt PRO B) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Armin Willemsen (200-F-85, agency: Heinrich Sports) is a 24 year old 200cm forward that was born in Bonn. This season, he is playing for The Frankfurt PRO B team. He started his basketball career with TUS Lichterfelde playing there from 2003-2006. IN the 2006-2007 season, he played for EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1.Bundesliga), German League: 4 games: 0.0ppg and also at Oldenburger TB (Regionalliga): 17 games: 11.4ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for TV Langen playing 19 games averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 61.5%. He also played two games for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Last season, he played for SSV Lokomotive Bernau and VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (2.Regionalliga) playing 7games averaging 11.1ppg. This season, he is averaging 16,1ppg, 6,4rpg, 2,3apg and 1,3spg. He scored 39 points against Vechta. He recently took some time and spoke with eurobasket about his basketball life.

Youre playing your first season for the Frankfurt Pro B team, how do you like it?

I like it in Frankfurt, everything is going well but it could be better since we have had very many injury problems this season. Those things happen in basketball.

The team has a record of 5 10 and is in 13th place. Why has the team been struggling?

The injuries have been a problem as guys like Fabian Franke, Willis Gardner and Filmore Beck have been out. It is also difficult that a lot of these guys do not practise with us since they practise with the BBL team.

You have lost quite a few close games. Could a reason be that it is because the team is very young?

We have many young guys but we cannot use that as an excuse. Igor Starkevic has a lot of experience as do Fabian Franke and me. With these guys and Willis Gardner, we should be able to win games. Of course it is not easy for the young guys to get used to this new level.

Frankfurt recently lost a close game to Nuremberg 81 83. Fabian Franke missed 2 free throws in the end which might have tied the game. Have you ever had a situation like Franke did in your career?

Well, that is a situation that no player wants to remember. I cannot remember losing a game missing 2 free throws. However, you cannot blame Franke for the loss, we lost the game way before his free throws. You do not always lose a game on the last shot.

What words did coach Harald Stein have after the Nuremberg loss?

Coach Stein was obviously disappointed but we could be extremely happy with the result. We played good ball. We did not have a very good start, where we did not play good defense and in between we made little mistakes.

The team has strong players with yourself, Willis Gardner, Igor Starkevic and Fabian Franke. On paper, these 4 guys should be able to beat most teams in the Pro B, right?

I think so. We showed we could beat the best team in the league with Rhondorf with 14 points. If the team could practise together more often, then we could be 10- 5 instead of 5- 10.

You are playing a strong season and you are averaging 16.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg. Are you happy with your performance this season?

I think a basketball player can never be really happy with his game because otherwise, one could not develop any further. I am happy we are not last in the standings, the most important thing for me is to play team basketball and not think about individual stats.

You scored 39 points against Vechta. Was that a lucky day or can we see a game like that again from you?

Against Vechta, Franke, Beck and Gardner were injured. 3 scoring options were gone, so I had to score a lot. I was very happy that they were able to put me into scoring opportunities. When everybody is healthy, I do not need to score 39 points in a game.

How does a normal day look like?

I get up at 8, then I work 3 or 4 hours for university, in the afternoon I am doing my apprenticeship for the Frankfurt Pro B team in the Skyliner office from 1 to 5. Then, I practise for 2 hours with the Pro B team.

You are studying Economics at the Fern uni Hagen. How is that going for you?

I decided to take this route because when you are changing teams so much, it is difficult to move your University place quickly. Now, I have to work alone at home but I have high motivation and discipline that I will be able to finish.

What goals do you still have as a basketball player?

Right now, I am focussing on my studies, which still go for 1 years. I have been playing basketball since I was 10 years old and I want to continue doing so. I will just have to see what happens. It all depends if I stay healthy.

Last season you played in the regional league at VFB Hermsdorf Berlin. Was that difficult going back down a league?

It was very pleasant, I was able to be with my friends and to play with them.

In 2006/2007 you played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The difference between coaches Don Beck and Predrag Krunic must be like night and day?

Well, that is hard to answer since I never played for Predrag Krunic but in my last season in Oldenburg we missed the playoffs and last year they became champion. So I guess you could say that it might be day and night.

You started your basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde. What is the most important thing you learned there?

That is where I learned the basics of basketball. 90% of the player I am now came from there.

Who is the best player you played against?

Derrick Allen, Jovo Stanojevic, Michael Wright.

What was your craziest shot?

That was 2 years ago with Ilian Evtimov. We would always practise hook shots from the center of the court and I hit quite a few of those.

You have to be one of the few basketball players that likes techno music.

Well, I come from Berlin where techno music comes from so every now and then when you go to parties, that is the type of music you hear.

What is your impression of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

I think they are playing very well. Nobody expected them to be as good as they are before the season started. The club has good team spirit, they work together very well and they still have very much potential. We will see where they are in 3 to 4 months when the playoffs start.

What are your hobbies?

Talking on the phone with friends and walking around in Frankfurt.

What was the last DVD you saw?

I do not watch many movies. I watched the game, Stahnsdorf Vechta.


Thanks Armin for the chat.



Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 16-4 
 2. EWE Baskets 15-6 
 3. Goettingen 14-6 
 4. Bremerhaven 14-7 
 5. Telekom B. 14-7 
 6. Dt.Bank SKY 13-8 
 7. Walter Tigers 11-10 
 8. MBC 11-10 
 9. Art.Dragons 11-10 
 10. Brose Baskets 11-10 
 11. NY Phantoms 10-11 
 12. EnBW L'burg 9-11 
 13. TBB Trier 8-12 
 14. ratiopharm 8-13 
 15. Duesseldorf 7-15 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 6-14 
 17. LTi 46ers 5-16 
 18. Pad.Baskets 4-17 


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. Oliver, Goettingen16.2 
 4. Burns, ratiopharm15.9 
 5. Copeland, TBB Trier15.2 
 6. Reese, Dt.14.7 
 7. Reese, Dt.14.7 
 8. Allen, Dt.14.7 
 9. Allen, Dt.14.7 
 10. Suput, Brose.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.2 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.5 
 3. Johnson, LTi 46ers8.3 
 4. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.5 
 5. Doliboa, Dt.6.9 
 6. Doliboa, Dt.6.9 
 7. Turek, Phoenix .6.7 
 8. Oliver, Goettingen6.5 
 9. Burns, ratiopharm6.5 
 10. Archibong, Duesse.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.5 
 2. Jordan, Phoenix .6.3 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.6.0 
 4. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.6 
 5. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.6 
 6. Jordan, Telekom B.5.3 
 7. Reese, Dt.4.8 
 8. Reese, Dt.4.8 
 9. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.8 
 10. Ross, Art.Drago.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.4 
 2. Jenkins, Walter T.2.0 
 3. Jenkins, Walter T.2.0 
 4. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.7 
 6. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 7. Anderson, Goett.1.5 
 8. Ross, Art.Dragons1.5 
 9. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.5 
 10. Teague, LTi 46e.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruben BOUMTJE
  EWE Baskets
  (212-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Boumtje, EWE B.1.6 
 2. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 3. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 4. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.2 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm1.1 
 7. Visser, EnBW L.1.1 
 8. Chaney, EnBW L.0.9 
 9. Flomo, Telekom B.0.9 
 10. Barrett, Pad.Ba.0.8 


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  GHANA   


LCS Lions Girls Team roar quietly over Labone Senior High - by Isaac Kwapong
LCS Lions of lincoln Community School (LCS) today won their second season game against Labone Senior High School at the Lincoln Multipurpose Sports Facility. The game started with both teams not taken good care of the ball resulting in many turnovers by both teams. Both teams did not take advantage of the turnovers which ended the first quarter at lincoln leading by just a point after 10minutes running time.

The second quarter started with labone passing the ball and going for a quick two. Labone maintained its lead through out the second quarter and ended the first half with a three point lead over the home team with 6 -3.

The lions came back in the second half with more fighting spirit and with just three minutes to go in the third quarter they led by a point 7-6. The score was the same at the end of the third quarter. Both teams had alot of attempts at the basket but both had a low percentage shot through out the game. At the end of the third quarter LCS was shooting 3/21 Field goals whiles Labone was shooting 3/25 Field goals. T.

The last quarter saw great ball movement from the lions who seemed to end their second season game with a win after loosing to Action Progressive Institute a week before in their season opener. With just five minutes to go both teams made fastbreak points after playing some good defense. Labone after missing five of their freethrow attempts finally made one and that got them to nine points. The play of the day came from the lions after one of their players mentained her composure to finish a basket after been pushed in the process of shooting the ball. The game ended with lincoln lions rawing quietly with a win over Labone Senior High School (17 - 9)

by: Isaac Robert Kwapong Jnr

Below is the Full Time game Stats. click to go to Highschool news page


Lincoln FG 8/23 , FT 1/7, RB 10, TO 14 , STL 6 TOTAL PTS: 17

Labone FG 4//21, FT 1/6, RB 13, TO 14, STL 9 TOTAL PTS: 9

For more info visit http://www.ghanabasketballassociation.com



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Aris and Panellinios lose in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Aris suffered a bitter last-second defeat in EuroCup Last 16. The Greek team came up short against Le Mans 71:72 in Thessaloniki. The loss threw Aris at 0-2 record in Group I. Le Mans clinched the first win and improved at 1-1 record in the pool. It all came down to the final seconds in this clash. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) hit a buzzer-beating jumper to win the game for Le Mans. Aris led by one ten minutes into the game 18:17. Le Mans turned the tables in the second frame and grabbed a 37:35 advantage at the interval. Aris went on an 11:0 run in the third frame to surge ahead. The Hellenes established a 50:45 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame. The lead changed hands for several times in the period. Aaron Miles pulled Aris in front with 5 seconds to go in regulation. But Antoine Diot stole the show hitting the buzzer-beater. Zach Wright (188-G-85, college: Cent.Missouri) scored 15 points and grabbed 6 boards for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) and Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) added 14 points each for the winners. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds for Aris. Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) netted 12 points in defeat.
Panellinios got beaten in Bilbao 61:81 to fall at 1-1 record in Group K. Panellionios trailed by just three points at the first break but Bilboa stepped on the gas in the second frame and cleared off to a 9-point buffer at halftime. Bilbao maintained the advantage throughout the second half and eased to the second straight win at Last 16 stage. Janis Blums (190-G-82) unloaded 17 points to pace the hosts. Jerome Moiso had 16 points in the win. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) responded with 20 points and 6 boards for Panellinios. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) netted 14 points in the loss.



Second Division: Round 15 - Pierikos Arhelaos is untouchable! - by Chris Mammides
A great weekend for Pierikos as the Katerini team added another great victory in its series and is marching towards the A2 division. This time the victim was the Thessaloniki team of Mantoulidis with Gannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) figuring as the top scorer and the MVP of the division. Furthermore this week we had some great road wins and some great home wins, Anagennisi Floga beat Apollon Kalamarias in Kalamaria while Panelefsiniakos beat in Argos the home teams of AEK while Lavrio succeeded an easy home win over the strong team of MENT. Last but not least another disappointing results for Apollon Patras and Coach Nikos Vetoulas as they lost from the Eryhtrea team of Panerythraikos with their top performer Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) being silently punished and out of the court. The results in more analysis were as follows:

Mantoulidis - Pierikos Arhelaos 67-81
Quarters: 9-23, 28-40, 38-65, 67-81.
Mantoulidis: Pallis 18, Trantas 12
Pierikos: Raptis 11, Gogidis 10, Gannis Rodostoglou 18, Cuk 11, Psaropoulos 18

Doukas - Keravnos Aigiou 77 - 71
Quarters: 15 - 17, 39 - 35, 56 - 57, 77 - 71.
Doukas: Majitombe 10, Kakkavas 14, Achis 12, Ifantis 22.
Keravnos: Petropoulos 11, Grammatikos 13, Giorgos Samourellis (204-C-84) 26, Ekine 10

Apollon Kalamarias - Anagennis Floga 65-73
Quarters: 6-19, 23 - 39, 48 - 56, 65 - 73.
Apollon Kalamarias: Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 20, Valavanidis 17.
Anagennisi Floga: Lefteris Galanidis (185-G-88) 19, Georgoulas 14, Kothras 18

Komotini - Agia Paraskevi 60-79
Quarters: 13-28, 24-54, 43-71, 60-79
Komotini: Papageorgiou 12, Dinas 11
Agia Paraskevi: Kostas Hatzikostis (185-G-81) 22, Ktistou 14, Christodoulos 10.

AIAS Evosmou - M. Alexandros 71-62
Quarters: 13-18, 27-26, 48-39, and 71-62.
AIAS Evosmou: Triantafillidis 10, Papapetrou 13. Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) 21, Hatzivretas 10
M. Alexandros: Mitsikas 22

Lavrio - MENT 81-65
Quarters: 26 - 16, 42 - 32, 63 - 47, 81-65.
Lavrio: Giannakopoulos 21, Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 27
MENT: Hatzipetrou 10, Brozos 23

Panerythraikos Apollon Patras 61-52
Quarters: 19-14, 32-27, 51-41, 61-52.
Panerythraikos: Mantzioris 14, Phillip Hopson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) 22, Haralampakis 12
Apollon Patras: Nikoloudis 14, Jelic 21

AEK Argous - Panelefsiniakos 55-68
Quarters: 16 - 20, 27 - 37, 39 - 54, and 55 - 68.
AEK: Lappas 19, Gavanopoulos 11
Panelefsiniakos: Ventouris 10, Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) 17, Theos 15



Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Rodostoglou, Pier. 18
2 Hopson, Paner. 17
3 Cuk, Pierikos, 16
4 Melas, Doukas 16
5 Giannakop. Lavrio 14
6 Papoulidis, Douka 13
6 Filiousis, AIAS 13
7 Veskoukis, Apol.P.12
8 Psileas, Lavrio. 15
9 Theos, Panelefs. 12
10 Koronides Apoll.P 12
Rebounds Per Game
1 Cuk, PArhelaos 7.7
1 Jelic, Apollon P 7.5
2 Theos, Panelefs. 6.2
2 Papoulidis, Doukas 6.2
4 Papadopoulo, Pan. 5.8
4 Gamouras, AKalam.5.8
6 Maltesios, MAlex. 5.7
7 Kyriakidis, KAigiou 5.6
Assists Per Game
1 Koronides, APatras 3.6
2 Filiousis, AIAS 3.4
2 Kothras, AFloga 3.4
4 Trantas, Mantoul. 3.2
4 Katsivelis, Mantou. 3.2
6 Hatzikostis, AParas. 3
7 Giannakopoul, Lav. 2.8
Steals Per Game
1 Rodostogl, PArhel. 2.6
2 Hopson of Paneryt. 2.5
5 Melas, Doukas 2
6 Sfeikos, MENT 2
7 Gavanopoulos, AEK 2
Blocks Per Game
1. Jelic, Apoll. Patras 2
2. Cuk, Pierikos 1.7
3. Papadopoulos 1.5
4. Hopson 1.4
5. Psileas 1.3


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  HOLLAND   


AEL won over Eiffel Towers - by Eurobasket News
AEL won over Eiffel Towers 87:85 in Top 16 Round 2 of Eurochallenge. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) notched 22. Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) responded with 22 points in the losing effort. All four teams now in the group have 1-1 record after the games tonight.
In another game of the group Krasnie Krilya and Goettingen the Russian team tied both records at 1-1 in Group I after 82:74 overtime victory. Ralph Biggs top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Bremer Ernest added 21. Flores Luis followed them with 10 points in a win. Boone Jason responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Anderson Dwayne nailed 14, while McNaughton Christopher posted 12.


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  HUNGARY   


Market news - by Tamas Deri
The management of SKSE decided to break the contract with head coach Karoly Walke and replace him with Csaba Deri . The new coach just moved to the city yesterday and had his first game tongiht with his new team in Kormend.

Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) agreed to part ways with Dombovar and signed with ASE for the rest of the season. The american point guard played 15 games for Dombovar and averaged 17.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 36.4 minutes on the court. With his arrival Chad Timberlake (193-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) got free again, but he did not have to wait too long for a new job - he moved already to Debrecen, where he is close to sign with DEKE for the rest of the season.


Hungarian Cup: Albacomp beat ASE - by Tamas Deri
Last night american big man George Banks was unstopable again and lead his team to a 10 points victory in the first round of the 1/8 finals of the Hungarian Cup. The 203 cm tall american big man spent 35 minutes on the court and had an amazing double-double with 33 points (6/13 2pt's, 6/7 3pt's, 3/3 FT's) and 11 rebounds. Michael Lee was close to a double-double with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) had 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Albacomp - Atomeromu SE 76-66
(16-19, 20-18, 22-18, 18-11)
Szekefehervar, Referees: Hartyani Zs., Benczur T., Hegedus T.
Albacomp: Simon 7, Toya 9/3, Bodi , Michael Lee (206-F-86) 16/6, George Banks (202-F/C-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 33/18, Hanga 5, Radovic 6, Keller , Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
ASE: Meszaros 12, Horvath 5/3, Kiss 3/3, Kortelyesi 10, Anthony Dill 15, Clark 7, LaGrange 9/3, Medve , Gulyas 5, Coach: Branislav Dzunic



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  ISRAEL   


Wykeen Kelly strengthens Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News
Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, college: Salem Intern.) became the new player in Hapoel Holon. The 30-year-old guard started the season in Cyprus. He averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 boards and 4.4 assists per game for Apoel Nicosia. Last season Wykeen Kelly spent in Ukraine. The point guard tallied 11.4 points, 5.4 boards and 4.2 assists per game for Khimik in the Superleague. In EuroChallenge Wykeen Kelly delivered 14.7 points, 4.2 boards and 2.5 assists.


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa30.6 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.7 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .23.4 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.21.9 
 5. Clemente, Macc.Ash.21.6 
 6. Drayton, Beer Y.21.3 
 7. Hicks, Kohav Yair21.0 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.20.2 
 9. Paris, Hapoel Beeri20.1 
 10. Simhon, Hod.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Brandy, Hod H.12.8 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.12.7 
 3. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.9 
 4. Paris, Hapoel Beeri11.7 
 5. Peterson, Elitzur .10.5 
 6. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.10.3 
 7. Auter, Macc.Hab.9.9 
 8. Drayton, Beer Y.9.5 
 9. Brown, Hap.Haifa9.4 
 10. Hicks, Kohav Ya.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.6.8 
 2. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.6 
 3. Arieli, Hap.Tivon6.0 
 4. Farchi, Macc.Ash.5.8 
 5. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.7 
 6. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.5 
 7. Rubinstein, Hapoel B.5.2 
 8. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.1 
 9. Brandwein, Elitzu.5.1 
 10. Levi, Beer Yaak.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Orit FARCHI
  Macc.Ashdod
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Farchi, Macc.Ash.2.6 
 2. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.5 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .2.3 
 4. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.2 
 5. Matalon, Megido/Y.2.1 
 6. Saudai, Hap.Tivon2.0 
 7. Cohen, Hapoel Beeri1.9 
 8. Karpels, Elitzur .1.9 
 9. Almoznino, Megido/Y.1.8 
 10. Brandy, Hod.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian AUTER
  Macc.Habikaa
  (200-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.8 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.1.7 
 3. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.6 
 4. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.5 
 5. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.4 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .1.3 
 7. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.2 
 8. Markson, Elitzur .1.1 
 9. Eliyaho, Hap.Haifa1.1 
 10. Carr, Megido/Y.1.0 


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  ITALY   


Trailing after the opening quarter Scavolini bounced back and won over Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini PS - Buducnost 90:77

Trailing 21-28 after the opening quarter Scavolini PS bounced back and won over Buducnost 90:77 in Round 2 of EuroChallenge Top 16. The third period was decisive as the hosts produced 29-16 in it. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) paced all the winners with 22 points and Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83) netted 13. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) finished the game with 17 points and 11 boards in the losing case.
APOEL tied the records with Chalon at 1-1 in Group K after 84:78 win in France on Tuesday. Wykeen Kelly and Hopkins Lewis top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Van Dorpe Gerben netted 16. Tillman Jerome responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.



Benetton on brink of elimination from EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Benetton suffered the second straight defeat in Last 16 stage of EuroCup. They surrendered against Brose Baskets 63:73 in Bamberg. The loss threw the Treviso outfit at 0-2 record in Group K. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) had a pivotal performance for Bamberg as he notched 22 points and 9 boards. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) added 17 points for the winning team. Brose Baskets unleashed a 10:0 run early in the game to earn 14:4 lead. The hosts maintained the gap as they finished the frame ahead by 10 points 21:11. However Benetton tipped off the second frame with 8 points in a row to get closer. Benetton stayed within striking distance in the period and finally drew things level 31:31 at halftime. Benetton surged in charge in the third stanza. They enjoyed a 41:37 advantage but Brose Baskets were able to erase the deficit and tied things up at 49 after thirty minutes. Bamberg went on a decisive 11:0 run midway through the fourth term and grabbed the key lead. Benetton could not respond and had to surrender at the end. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 9 points for Bamberg. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) answered with 13 points for Benetton. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points in defeat.


A.B. Latina land Pavel Bosak - by Eurobasket News
A.B. Latina have agreed on terms of contract with Pavel Bosak (192-G-82). The Czech 27-year-old guard started the season in Prievidza in Slovakia. He tallied 17.7 points, 4.0 boards and 3.1 assists per game. Last season Pavel Bosak played for Prostejov averaging 3.3 points per appearance. Pavel Bosak participated at the 2010 Slovakian Extraliga All-Star Game. Earlier Pavel Bosak played for USK Praha and Lokomotiv Plzen.


A Dilettanti Last Transactions - by Armando Caporaso
Matteo Maestrello (198-G/F-81) leaves Matera (group B) and signs for Imola (Lega2) after 13 matches and 14.9 points of average with 49% by 3 points. To replace it, after the big economic problems of Sebastiani Napoli (LegaA1), Davide Bonora (186-G-73) leaves the Martos and signs with the Bawer. In 10 matches in LegaA1 only 12 total points and 15 assist in 20.8 minutes. Very expert player, in his long carrier played at Venezia, Avellino, Bologna, Roma, Verona and Treviso first of his recent experience with Rieti/Napoli. 'Centrale del Latte' is the new main sponsor of Brescia, at fifth place in standing in the group A with 11 wins and 7 defeats. Fidenza (group A) lands Matteo Lottici (185-G-91), on loan by Casalpusterlengo (LegaA2). The guard left Castelfiorentino (B Dilettanti) after 14 matches and 16.9 minutes, with 2.9 points. S.Antimo (group B) inks Raffaele Martone (211-C-90), young center, on load by Montepaschi Siena (LegaA1). In this summer, with the Italian National Team under 18, played in the European U18 in Greece, scoring 3.8 points, with 3.1 rebounds, in 12.6 minutes. Forli (group A) test Federico Lestini (203-F-83), recently at Bologna and Brindisi, stationary long for a car crash in last year. Fortitudo Bologna (group A) reinforces his roster adding Marko Micevic (199-F-89). The serbian player, with italian passport, grew in the youth team of Armani Jeans Milano (LegaA1) and arrives by Fidenza (group A) where closed this first part of season with 10.8 points and 5 rebounds in 30.1 minutes of average. Brescia (group A) lands the polish player Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) by Casalpusterlengo (Lega2). Grown at Treviso (LegaA1), in this season 16 games with 6.1 points in 15 minutes in LegaA2. Mathias Drigo (202-F-89) joins with Trapani (group B). In the last season at Montevarchi (B Dilettanti) 14 points and 5 rebounds of average. Jesolo (group A) announce the return of the argentinian guard Patricio Carlo Villalon (181-G-86) to replace the injured Gallina and Toffolo. Agricola Gloria Montecatini (group A) renews the contract with Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) for another season. The argentinian is best scorer of the team with 20.4 points in 36.2 minutes. Ostuni (group B) signs Luigi Camera (198-F-84) by the Palmieri Pianopoli (C Dilettanti). For his 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in 12 matches. Exchange of coach for Agrigento (group B): Luca Corpaci leaves the Sicily and arrives Riccardo Paolini , with experience at Sassari and Fossombrone.


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  JAMAICA   


Cedarvilles second half run knocks out Wilberforce - by Leonard Whyte
Wilberforce, OH (02/03/2010): NAIA Division II No. 18 Cedarville University, behind a game-high 16 points from Ricardo Alliman (201-F-87), recorded its sixth straight victory last night with a 77-60 decision over Wilberforce University in American Mideast Conference play. The 6 7 senior forward also grabbed nine rebounds and sank 6-of-8 free throws to pace the Yellow Jackets to a 8-2 conference record and 16-7 overall. Cedarville helped its cause with a solid performance at the charity stripe, hitting 22-of-24 shots, but it was a 23-4 run early in the second half that immobilized Wilberforce. The Yellow Jackets return home to face Urbana University tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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  JAPAN   


West defeats East in BJ League All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
West -East 105:102

West defeats East in BJ League All Star Game 105:102. West team grabbed 25:24 lead after the opening quarter and scored another 25 points in the second frame for 50:47 halftime advantage. They also won the third period and lost the last to win the full game. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84, college: SE Louisiana) followed him with 24 and George Leach (210-C-81, college: Indiana) posted 18. William Knight (196-F/G-79, college: UCLA) responded with 27 points in the losing effort and Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV) scored 22.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Barons
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Timermanis, Barons20.2 
 2. Berkis, Keizarmezs18.5 
 3. Davis, Valmiera17.9 
 4. Gulbis, Zemgale16.9 
 5. Kojenets, Liepaja16.6 
 6. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 7. Nelyubov, VEF Riga16.2 
 8. Efejuku, Barons15.9 
 9. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 10. Bertans, Ventspi.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Pettway, Ventspils8.6 
 3. Kojenets, Liepaja8.1 
 4. Zorin, Barons7.1 
 5. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.0 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF Riga6.4 
 7. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 8. Cresnar, Valmiera5.6 
 9. Timermanis, Barons5.4 
 10. Davis, Valmie.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.0 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Sirsnins, Barons4.5 
 4. Vilums, Liepaja3.4 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.2 
 6. Steinbergs, Keiza.2.8 
 7. Bankevics, VEF Riga2.4 
 8. Valeika, Valmiera2.4 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale2.3 
 10. Gulbis, Zemga.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Sirsnins, Barons2.6 
 2. Bertans, Ventspils2.6 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.2 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.2 
 5. Osins, Keizarmezs2.0 
 6. Davis, Valmiera2.0 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja1.8 
 8. Labuckas, VEF Riga1.8 
 9. Vitols, Barons1.7 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.5 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.2 
 3. Cresnar, Valmiera1.1 
 4. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 5. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.8 
 6. Kosuskins, Liepaja0.7 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 
 8. Ferguson, Barons0.7 
 9. Pettway, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Labuckas, VEF Ri.0.6 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons 14-3 
 2. Valmiera 10-6 
 3. Liepaja 9-6 
 4. VEF Riga 5-0 
 5. Zemgale 5-11 
 6. Ventspils 4-3 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-18 


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Lietuvos Rytas keeps Milko Bjelica for another year - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius announced signing of 1-year contract extension with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). It means that the 25-year old power forward will stay in Vilnius until the end of 2010/11 season.
Milko Bjelica joined Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius during the summer 2008. In his first season with the club, Bjelica helped it win 4 trophies (EuroCup, Lithuanian League, National Cup and Baltic League). In all competitions together he had about 10.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg. At the end of the last season Bjelica was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year -09'.
Before Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, Milko Bjelica spent one season with the German Koeln 99ers and was awarded with 'Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -08'. He also played one season for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and few years for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.
This season, Bjelica averaged 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists for 10 Euroleague games.


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 13-1 
 2. Siauliai 13-2 
 3. Zalgiris 12-0 
 4. Juventus 8-6 
 5. Neptunas 8-7 
 6. Suduva 7-8 
 7. Techasas 7-9 
 8. Rudupis 5-9 
 9. Perlas 5-10 
 10. Alytus Alita 5-11 
 11. Aisciai 4-9 
 12. Sakalai 4-10 
 13. Nevezis 2-11 


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. Griskenas, Techasas17.6 
 6. Sirvydis, Sakalai17.2 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 8. Vileita, Rudupis15.7 
 9. Gailius, Siauliai15.6 
 10. Kieza, Sudu.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis7.9 
 3. Vilkius, Neptunas7.5 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Morkeliunas, Juven.7.2 
 7. Valukonis, Aisciai7.1 
 8. Watson, Zalgiris6.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Aisciai6.9 
 10. Adomaitis, Alytus.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Broadus, Suduva6.8 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.1 
 3. Low, Siauliai5.7 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietuv.5.3 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.8 
 6. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas4.4 
 8. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.2 
 10. Jomantas, Liet.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vidas GINEVICIUS
  Lietuvos Rytas
  (193-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ginevicius, Lietuv.3.0 
 2. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.8 
 3. Salenga, Zalgiris2.6 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas2.3 
 6. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.2 
 7. Kelys, Perlas2.1 
 8. Low, Siauliai2.1 
 9. Valukonis, Aisciai2.1 
 10. Vileita, Rudup.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.7 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 4. Begic, Zalgiris1.4 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai1.3 
 6. Zyle, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Dimsa, Nevezis1.1 
 8. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.0 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakal.1.0 


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 33-8 
 2. Halc.Rojos 33-9 
 3. Pioneros 32-9 
 4. Toros 32-10 
 5. Soles 31-10 
 6. Halc.Cordoba 29-12 
 7. Lobos Grises 28-14 
 8. Bucaneros 23-19 
 9. Panteras 22-20 
 10. Fuerza Regia 20-22 
 11. Lechugueros 19-22 
 12. Potros 18-23 
 13. Angeles 17-25 
 14. Barreteros 16-25 
 15. Abejas 16-25 
 16. Huracanes 14-28 
 17. Libertadores 11-29 
 18. Cosmos 8-32 
 19. Indios 8-32 
 20. Pilares 2-38 


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros25.6 
 2. Monroe, Potros24.8 
 3. Moore, Abejas24.3 
 4. Habel, Cosmos22.1 
 5. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 6. Hickerson, Pioneros21.8 
 7. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 8. Mills, Indios21.4 
 9. Hornsby, Huracanes21.4 
 10. Martin, Pilar.21.3 
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, Pioneros10.4 
 5. Berghoefer, Potros10.0 
 6. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 7. Moss, Lechugueros9.3 
 8. Mills, Indios9.3 
 9. Garcia, Pioneros9.2 
 10. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Funn, Bucaneros6.4 
 2. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.7 
 3. Malpica, Cosmos5.3 
 4. Brown, Fuerza R.5.3 
 5. Stokes, Barreteros5.0 
 6. lee, Indios4.5 
 7. Roque, Toros4.3 
 8. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.3 
 9. Hollyfield, Barre.4.1 
 10. Villegas, Lechuguer.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Luis Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.1 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.6 
 3. Lewis, Soles2.4 
 4. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.2 
 5. Hollyfield, Barre.2.2 
 6. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 7. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 8. Monroe, Potros2.1 
 9. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.1 
 10. Penny, Sol.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.1 
 3. Jordan, Lobos G.0.9 
 4. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 5. Arceneaux, Lechugue.0.9 
 6. Carmona, Fuerza R.0.8 
 7. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 8. McHugh, Abejas0.8 
 9. Quintero, Huracanes0.8 
 10. lee, Indi.0.8 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Lietuvos Rytas keeps Milko Bjelica for another year - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius announced signing of 1-year contract extension with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). It means that the 25-year old power forward will stay in Vilnius until the end of 2010/11 season.
Milko Bjelica joined Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius during the summer 2008. In his first season with the club, Bjelica helped it win 4 trophies (EuroCup, Lithuanian League, National Cup and Baltic League). In all competitions together he had about 10.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg. At the end of the last season Bjelica was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year -09'.
Before Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, Milko Bjelica spent one season with the German Koeln 99ers and was awarded with 'Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -08'. He also played one season for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and few years for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.
This season, Bjelica averaged 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists for 10 Euroleague games.


Ivan Koljevic moves to Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) is a new player of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. The Montenegrin NT point guard signed contract for rest of the current season. He started it in Turkey with Bornova, but they parted ways during the last month. In Bornova, Koljevic averaged 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists for 11 appearances.
Ivan Koljevic is not a new face in Ukrainian basketball. Last season the Montenegrin player spent in Cherkasy. There he tallied 16.1 points, 3.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Earlier Ivan Koljevic had stints in Buducnost, Bilbao, Olympiakos, Lietuvos Rytas and Ural Great.


Trailing after the opening quarter Scavolini bounced back and won over Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini PS - Buducnost 90:77

Trailing 21-28 after the opening quarter Scavolini PS bounced back and won over Buducnost 90:77 in Round 2 of EuroChallenge Top 16. The third period was decisive as the hosts produced 29-16 in it. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) paced all the winners with 22 points and Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83) netted 13. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) finished the game with 17 points and 11 boards in the losing case.
APOEL tied the records with Chalon at 1-1 in Group K after 84:78 win in France on Tuesday. Wykeen Kelly and Hopkins Lewis top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Van Dorpe Gerben netted 16. Tillman Jerome responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.



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  NBA   


Chris Paul out indefinitely with knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) is out indefinitely with a left knee injury.

Hornets coach Jeff Bower said on Monday that an MRI revealed more damage to the knee than the initial diagnosis of a bruise. The coach refused, however, to confirm reports that Paul had a meniscus tear and would miss at least a month.

Sources close to the situation confirmed to ESPN.com on Sunday that Paul tore cartilage in his left knee and will be forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery.

'We're in fact-finding stages right now, gathering as much information as possible for decisions to be made to take the next steps,' Bower said. 'It is likely there will be a surgical solution for it. We don't have a timetable [for Paul's return] right now, nor do we know a surgical procedure right now.'

Paul first hurt his left knee in a game at Golden State on Wednesday. He struck the same spot against a camera when he went out of bounds near the end of regulation against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

He missed the Hornets' game at Memphis on Saturday.

Yahoo! Sports, citing unidentified sources close to Paul, reported that test results showed a partially torn meniscus and that he would miss one to two months.

This will be Paul's second extended absence of the season. An ankle injury cost him eight games soon after Byron Scott was replaced as coach by Bower, but the Hornets managed a 4-4 record during that stretch.

After Paul tweaked the knee on Wednesday at Golden State, it appears he suffered the tear Friday night in a home overtime loss to the Bulls following a scramble for a loose ball and a hard landing on the baseline in the final seconds of regulation.

Rookie Darren Collison, averaging 6.8 points and 3.2 assists, will start in Paul's place. Collison handed out a Hornets rookie-record 18 assists and scored 17 points on Saturday when New Orleans ended Memphis' 11-game home winning streak with a 113-111 overtime victory.

After starting slowly, the Hornets have won 13 of their last 17 games and were tied for the eighth spot in the Western Conference entering Monday night's home game against Phoenix.

In nine games as a starter, Collison was averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 assists.

'It's nothing I haven't seen before,' Collison said. 'We've been jelling with Chris, and without him I don't think it's going to stop us.'

When Paul is formally ruled out of the All-Star Game, his replacement on the Western Conference roster will be chosen by NBA commissioner David Stern. Prime candidates to replace Paul at guard include Denver's Chauncey Billups and Golden State's Monta Ellis.


Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4877224)


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Anthony, Denver N.29.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.7 
 3. James, Clevelan.29.3 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers28.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.26.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.2 
 9. Roy, Portland TB23.1 
 10. Arenas, Washin.22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.3 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Noah, Chicago B.12.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.11.9 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 6. Bosh, Toronto R.11.5 
 7. Lee, New York K.11.4 
 8. Wallace, Charlotte B.11.0 
 9. Duncan, San A.10.8 
 10. Gasol, LA Lake.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.3 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.2 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers7.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Duhon, New York.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Charlott.1.9 
 6. Davis, LA Clippers1.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 9. Felton, Charlott.1.7 
 10. Ariza, Houston.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.7 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Bogut, Milwauke.2.2 
 4. Dalembert, Philad.2.2 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 6. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 7. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 8. Perkins, Boston C.2.0 
 9. Lopez, New J.2.0 
 10. Duncan, San.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 31-16 
 2. Toronto R. 27-23 
 3. New York K. 19-29 
 4. Philadelph.76 17-31 
 5. New Jersey N. 4-44 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 39-11 
 2. Chicago B. 23-24 
 3. Milwaukee B. 21-26 
 4. Indiana P. 17-32 
 5. Detroit P. 16-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 33-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 31-17 
 3. Charlotte B. 24-23 
 4. Miami Heat 24-25 
 5. Washington W. 16-32 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 33-15 
 2. Utah Jazz 30-18 
 3. Portland TB 29-22 
 4. Oklah.City T. 28-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 11-38 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 37-13 
 2. Phoenix Suns 29-21 
 3. LA Clippers 21-28 
 4. Sacramento K. 16-32 
 5. Golde State W. 13-35 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 31-18 
 2. San Antonio S. 29-19 
 3. Memphis G. 26-22 
 4. Houston R. 26-22 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-23 


Cleveland Cavaliers sign Cedric Jackson to a second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
With Delonte West's return from a fractured finger still in doubt, the Cavaliers decided to sign former Cleveland State star Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) to a second 10-day contract this morning.

Jackson played in four of the five games that covered his first 10 contract, playing seven total minutes with one point and one rebound.

West has a splint for his fractured left ring finger and has experimented a little playing with it. If this were the playoffs he would likely attempt to play. But the Cavs, who currently have the best record in the NBA, are willing to be conservative and let the injury heal .

The Cavs look to continue their eight-game winning streak tonight when the host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. at The Q.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Alexis Ajinca to have right thumb surgery - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats center Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) will have surgery on Friday, February 5, to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Paul Perlik at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital in Charlotte.

Ajinca, who is currently on assignment with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, injured the thumb during the team's game against the Idaho Stampede on January 27. An MRI was performed by the Red Claws medical staff late last week, and Ajinca returned to Charlotte on Monday to see Dr. Perlik.

Following the surgery, Ajinca will be in a cast for six weeks before beginning rehab.

Ajinca was announced earlier today as a member of the Eastern Conference team for the NBA D-League All-Star Game. In 22 games with the Red Claws, Ajinca is averaging 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots in 26.0 minutes played, while shooting.546 from the field (113-207) and.748 from the free-throw line (95-127). The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBA's 30th franchise when they joined the league in 2004-05, return to action tomorrow when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30pm ET at Staples Center. The game can be seen on SportSouth and heard on WFNZ 610 AM.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Tuesday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta H. - Oklah.City T. 99-106
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and Oklahoma City recovered after its big lead slipped away to beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-99 on Tuesday night. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 19 and Russell Westbrook added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Visitors got 37 points from Joe Johnson.

Golde State W. - Houston R. 97-119
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) and Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 24 points apiece, and the Rockets salvaged the last game of their longest homestand of the season, routing the Golden State Warriors 119-97 on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza secured a great help adding 18 pts and 5 rebounds. Monta Ellis shined in defeat scoring 34 pts.

Toronto R. - Indiana P. 115-130
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 23 points to help the Pacers snap Toronto's five-game winning streak. Indiana also ended a three-game skid. Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) had 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Roy Hibbert helped with 18 pts and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Chris Bosh collected 35 points and 15 boards.

Milwaukee B. - Orlando M. 82-99
Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) came up with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Vince Carter had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to help the short-handed Orlando Magic to an easy 99-82 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Luke Ridnour (6'2''-G-81, college: Oregon) and Charlie Bell delivered 13 pts each in defeat.

Detroit P. - New Jersey N. 97-93
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) had 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including three free throws in the final 21.3 seconds, and the key pass on the go-ahead basket. Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) added 21 points and the screen on Prince's dunk, while Bynum had 10 points in his first game since being sidelined for 16 with a sprained left ankle. Tayshaun Prince had 15 pts and 8 boards. On the other side, the NJ Nets got 27 points and 7 boards from Brook Lopez.

LA Clippers - Chicago B. 90-82
Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) had 21 points and 11 rebounds helping his Clippers snap a four-game losing streak with a 90-82 victory over the Bulls. Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) top-scored in this victory with 24 points. In Chicago Bulls, Luol Deng collected 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Memphis G. - Cleveland C. 89-105
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) (22 points) tied a career high with 15 assists and Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) ruled underneath, collecting 13 points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the worn-down Memphis Grizzlies 105-89 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory. Daniel Gibson helped with 16 points in this victory. In Memphis Grizzlies, Rudy Gay came up with 15 points.


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South Carolina's Devan Downey is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week - by George Manousidis
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) - The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected South Carolina guard Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87, college: Cincinnati) as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 31. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 23 this season.

As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Downey was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Downey, a 5-9 senior from Chester, S.C., led the Gamecocks to two SEC victories, scoring a combined 63 points, including a 30-point effort in Carolina's 68-62 upset victory over previously unbeaten No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday. The win was South Carolina's first ever vs. the top-ranked team in the AP poll. Downey added five rebounds, three assists and two steals while shooting 10-for-11 from the free-throw line.

He followed up with a 33-point effort in a 78-77 win over Georgia on Saturday. The game was his third consecutive with 30-plus points and his fifth in seven SEC games this season.

This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Fri., April 5 in Indianapolis, site of the 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 29th season, bigger and better in 2009-10. Blue Ribbon, long-known as 'The Bible of College Basketball,' gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 17-1 
 2. Gimle 14-5 
 3. Tromso 12-7 
 4. Harstad 11-8 
 5. Baerum 9-9 
 6. Ammerud 8-11 
 7. Froya 3-16 
 8. Ulriken 1-18 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matthew LAWRENCE
  Tromso
  (201-G-86)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Lawrence, Tromso24.1 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken23.4 
 3. Williams, Tromso22.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker20.2 
 5. Djerman, Gimle19.2 
 6. Skaara, Baerum19.0 
 7. Oatis, Baerum18.8 
 8. Mahnin, Asker18.5 
 9. Kombat, Froya17.9 
 10. Bullock, Gim.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dexter GRAY
  Baerum
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gray, Baerum10.8 
 2. Woodson, Harstad10.7 
 3. Oatis, Baerum10.6 
 4. Nwachukwu, Ammerud9.6 
 5. Bullock, Gimle9.2 
 6. Djerman, Gimle8.7 
 7. Karlsen, Asker8.1 
 8. Williams, Tromso8.1 
 9. Christensen, Tro.7.8 
 10. Kombat, Fro.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christer ELGMORK
  Baerum
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Elgmork, Baerum6.3 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.9 
 3. Mihaylov, Tromso4.4 
 4. Diomande, Harstad4.1 
 5. Hinsch, Ammerud4.0 
 6. Jawara, Froya4.0 
 7. Woodson, Harstad3.9 
 8. Ble, Harstad3.8 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso3.4 
 10. Nguyen, Fro.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 2. Jawara, Froya2.3 
 3. Myhrer, Harstad2.2 
 4. Ellingsen, Gimle1.8 
 5. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.8 
 6. Lancaster, Gimle1.7 
 7. Mihaylov, Tromso1.7 
 8. Ble, Harstad1.7 
 9. Ouakkaha, Ulriken1.7 
 10. Issalhi, Trom.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Oatis, Baerum2.5 
 2. Williams, Tromso1.5 
 3. Kombat, Froya1.3 
 4. Woodson, Harstad1.2 
 5. Bullock, Gimle0.8 
 6. Karlsen, Asker0.8 
 7. Frierson, Harstad0.8 
 8. Christensen, Tro.0.7 
 9. Johansson, Ulriken0.6 
 10. Bolinz, Ask.0.6 


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PBL Mourns the Passing of Otis Hailey - by Ozell Wells
The Premier Basketball League is saddened by news of the passing of Maryland GreenHawks head coach Otis Hailey. Hailey succumbed to kidney failure on the morning of January 30, 2010.

On behalf of the Premier Basketball League, its players and staff, we send our condolences to Otis Hailey s family, said Dr. Severko Hrywnak, Chairman of the Board of the PBL.

Hailey had been named as coach of the Maryland GreenHawks on January 19, 2010, replacing then-head coach Rob Spon. Hailey coached two games for the GreenHawks, winning one against the Quebec Kebs and losing one game against the Rochester Razorsharks. His team was scheduled to host a home game against the Vermont Frost Heaves that Saturday.

Hailey has worked as a head coach for ten years, beginning in February 2001 when he was promoted from Assistant Coach to Head Coach of the International Basketball Associations Saskatchewan Hawks. He was also associated with minor league teams in Bakersfield, Tijuana, Calgary and Los Angeles, as well as in Jamestown (N.Y.) and in St. Catherines (Ont.).
source: PBL


Millrats Anderson Earns Overseas Contract - by Richard
The Premier Basketball League's leading scorer and assist-man, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) of the Manchester Millrats, has earned an overseas contract with Trotamundos de Carabobo.

Anderson is the fourth Millrat to earn such a contract in the first month of the season.

Forward Alexus Foyle has signed a contract with Taiwan Mobile, Luke Bonner signed with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League, and Jose Guitian with Humacao of the BSN in Puerto Rico.

'Part of our mission is to help players advance their playing careers, and we've done that extraordinarily well this season,' said Millrats GM Ian McCarthy. 'When it happens, it opens the door for other players to step into new roles.'

Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-G-87, college: New Hampshire) and Tyrece Gibbs (6'3''-G-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: New Hampshire), both rookie guards from the University of New Hampshire who were out of the Millrats guard rotation two weeks ago, are now starters. Gilchrese scored 28 points and Gibbs 19 in last night's game in Vermont.
source: PBL


Millrats Edged By Vermont In Double-OT Barn Burner - by Richard
The Manchester Millrats were without the PBL's leading scorer and assist-man, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts), but battled hard nonetheless against their arch-rival, the Vermont Frost Heaves. In the end Vermont edged the Millrats, 124-121 in a double overtime barn burner.

Troy Jackson sank two three pointers in the final minute of the second overtime to propel the Frost Heaves from a 121-118 deficit, to the three point victory. The Millrats David Cooper attempted a final three pointer as time was winding down, but
it fell harmlessly off the rim.

'We didn't pick up Troy early enough in transition on both possessions and he knocked them down, and that really hurt us,' explained Millrats Head Coach Heath Teixeira. 'You go from trying to hold on for a win to suddenly behind down 3 points with just seconds remaining, and its a challenge for a young team.'

In a game that started out with Manchester sinking their first five shots for an 11-2 advantage, the game ended up tied at the half 57-57.\\The Frost Heaves built a 91-81 lead at the end of three quarters, and extended the lead to as many as 13 in the fourth quarter. But Manchester battled back in the fourth quarter to claim a 107-105 lead with 29 seconds remaining. Vermont's Troy Jackson scored a layup to tie the game and was fouled. He missed the ensuing free throw and neither team coverted in the waning seconds, so the game went to the first overtime.

In the overtime, the Millrats built a 115-110 lead with 1:42 remaining. But again Vermont refused to quit and tied the game at 115-115 all to send the game to a second overtime. It was in the second overtime where Jackson's heroics propelled Vermont Head Coach Joe Salerno to his first victory in the professional ranks.

Former UNH Wildcat guards Eric Gilchrese and Tyrece Gibbs scored 28 and 19 points respectively for the Millrats. Dwight Brewington added 23 points, P.J. Young 20, and Julian Allen 19. Troy Jackson led Vermont with 25.
The win was Vermont's first on the season and they improve to 1-4, while the Millrats fall to 2-6.
Manchester heads to Rockville, Maryland on Saturday February 6th to visit the Maryland GreenHawks at 7:00PM at Wooten High School, before returning home to host the Lawton Fort-Sill Cavalry on Tuesday night at Hesser College.
Source: PBL


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Dwayne Archbold substitutes Ryan Schneider at CAB - by Antonio Santos
CAB Madeira has announced Ryan Schneider (201-F-85, college: Marist) has a right shoulder problem that will require surgery. In its place the team from the Madeira Islands will use 29 year old combo guard Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, college: Siena).

Dwayne is a versatile player, who at 1.98 mt. plays mainly the 2 and 3 positions. He has had considerable international experience in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and, most recently (2007/2008), Holland. In these competitive leagues he always managed to post good numbers. There is no record on eurobasket.com of him having played since 2008, which should mean he will need some time to get back into game shape.

CAB Madeira has been somewhat under performing for the expectations around the team in the beginning of the season. The club has, in recent years, been a strong team in the Portuguese League.

Dwayne is expected to make his debut this week, against Vagos Norbain Lusavouga.


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Few surprises in BSN Rookie Draft - by Raul Colon
To the surprise of no one, Kansas States off guard Dennis Clemente was the number overall pick of the 2010 Superior National Basketball (SNB) League Rookie Draft held yesterday at the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee facility.

Its unclear if he will play for the Humacao Caciques, the team that took him, because of his suspected desire to test other markets. But that is not the view of the man in charge of the recently completed draft.

All players drafted today have submitted papers expressing their intentions of playing this season, said league president Carlos Beltran. Recent rumors point to Clemente playing at least a few games until the NBA draft arrive next June.

Im excited about the upcoming season. You can feel the enthusiasm in the air here. I think we will have a banner 2010 campaign and these are the building blocks of it, added the executive who is in his second year running the oldest professional league on the island.

With their shooting guard in the bag, Humacao picked next (2nd overall) the best available big man, Kleonn Penn. Penn, a fixture in the United States British Virgin Island national team, is considered one of the most talented players in this draft.

The Arecibo Captains were next and they picked G Guillermo Diaz. Ponce took F Jonathan Rodriguez with the fourth pick. Then the Isabela Gallitos wasted little time in grabbing who is arguable the best point guard on the board, Walter Hodges.

The Athletics of San German did good on their promise to improve their backcourt when they selected G Ryan Abraham. Santurce solidified their front line when they grabbed strong forward Robert Shane.

Maybe the steal of the draft, Boston University F Carlos Strong, was taken by the Athletics who plan to make the 6-foot-6 Strong their anchor on the defensive end.
Humacao swing out the first major trade of the draft when they sent Angel Clemente to the Mayaguez Indians in exchange for the number nine pick. With the selection, the Caciques promptly took Tyler Huges, an athletic small forward with good shooting range.

The defending champions, the Bayamon Cowboys, closed out the opening round when they selected F Marcus Mitchell.
Mayaguez used the first pick of the second round in young forward Jose Lopez. Guaynabo Mets drafted Michael Gonzalez (PG) with the second pick of round two. Isabela was next and drafted G Luis Hernandez.

Rounding out the second round was Ponce (G C. Figueroa), Mayaguez (G Benigno Carmona), San German (F Christian Rodriguez) and Arecibo (F Juan Lanauze).



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Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. N.Novgorod 23-2 
 2. Saransk 21-5 
 3. Revda 16-8 
 4. Severstal 15-10 
 5. Lok.Novos. 15-10 
 6. Spartak-P. 12-11 
 7. Ural Ekater. 12-12 
 8. Rjazan 10-15 
 9. Chelabinsk 9-15 
 10. Naltchik 8-16 
 11. Magnitogorsk 7-17 
 12. Tambov 6-19 
 13. Irkutsk 6-19 


Unics unable to stop Valencia in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Valencia 68:72

Unics suffered the first loss in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. They bowed against visiting Valencia 68:72. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 22 points to lead the visitors. Valencia entered the game after the loss in the opening round. But the Spaniards stayed aggressive throughout the encounter and managed to eke out a tough win at the end. Valencia used a 7:0 run late in the starting quarter to take a 24:15 lead at the first break. Matt Nielsen stretched the gap at 10 points midway through the second stanza. But Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) and Lyday helped Unics to get within five at the interval. Valencia stormed into the second half. They boosted the advantage at 14-point mark. Unics replied with 6 points in a row to stay contestant. Veremeenko capped the third quarter with a half-court bomb as Unics trailed by 8 points 50:58 at the final break. Stombergas and Kresimir Loncar allowed the home team to trail by just 4 points midway through the fourth term. Rafael Martinez and Matt Nielsen stepped up with crucial buckets late in regulation to extend the margin. Unics could not get close enough in the dying minutes and suffered the initial defeat in Group J. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) scored 13 points each for the winners. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) responded with 17 points for Unics. Kresimir Loncar had 14 points in defeat.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 17, Kresimir Loncar 14
Valencia: Rafael Martinez 22, Nando De Colo 13, Kosta Perovic 13



Timothy Black nailed 22 points as Antwerp cruised past Enisey - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Enisey 81:72

Timothy Black nailed 22 points as Antwerp cruised past Enisey 81:72. The hosts opened the game with 21-18 however the Russian side bounced back with 23-15 in the second period. Antwerp needed two wins in the second half to take the second straight win in Top 16. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) collected 16 points, while Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) posted 13. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) answered with 22 points for the guests.
Roanne handed Banvit their second loss as they defeated them 76:53 in France. The hosts won all the periods and rightfully deserved the win. David Noel stepped up with 21 points, whilst Mims Ralph had 18 and Nsonwu Uchenna collected 14 points and 14 caroms. Williams Lance ended up with 13 points for the Turkish side that fell at 0-2.



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FMP beat KK Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - FMP 78:83

FMP beat KK Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night in the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Serbian team jumped to 2-0 record on top of Group J after 83:78 win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Buck Andre) paced all the winners with 26 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Sasa Stefanovic (188-G-75) added 18. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) finished the night with 23 points in defeat as Zagreb is 1-1 in the group.
Artland Dragons rolled over Liege 86:78 in Group J. Ronald Ross stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Fenn Darren posted 14. Banks Adrian ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. The German side improved to 1-1 record in the standings, while the Belgian side fell at 0-2.



Crvena Zvezda stay undefeated in EuroCup Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Gran Canaria 97:67
Crvena Zvezda posted the second straight win at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They cruised past Gran Canaria in Belgrade. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points to lead the charge. The hosts maintained the lead right from the start. Crvena Zvezda opened up a double-digit advantage midway through the starting frame. However Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) helped Gran Canaria to trim the distance at 7 points ten minutes into the game. Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) dragged the visitors within one points early in the second frame. But the hosts unloaded a 16:5 run late in the quarter and sealed the first half outcome at 53:37. Stevic and Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the gap at 20 points early in the third frame as Crvena Zvezda started to get away. Gran Canaria however triggered an 11:1 run that put Gran Canaria as close as 8 points. Crvena Zvezda secured a 72:59 lead heading into the fourth frame. Crvena Zvezda exploded with a 25:8 rally in the final stanza erasing any hopes of the visiting team. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) nailed 21 points for the winning side. Elmedin Kikanovic added 15 points for the Serbian team. Melvin Sanders answered with 17 points for Gran Canaria. Jaycee Carroll had 14 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nemanja Bjelica 22, Mike Taylor 21, Elmedin Kikanovic 15
Gran Canaria: Melvin Sanders 17, Jaycee Carroll 14



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Extraliga Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Inter Bratislava - Levice 89-83
Inter Bratislava tamed Levice behind 17 points and 6 boards from Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78). Andrej Kuffa notched 16 points, while Marko Ravasz added 15 for the winners. Marek Jurik responded with 23 points for Levice.

Vahostav-Zilina - Svit 87-71
Zilina recorded the tenth win as they prevailed against Svit. Viliam Kosa (190-G-86) and Jan Zavodny knocked down 19 points each to pace the charge. Miroslav Futo and Lukas Hoferica had 9 points each in the win. Jovan Bajic responded with 22 points for Svit in defeat.

Pezinok - Nitra 88-70
Pezinok extended their lead on Nitra to five games beating the archrivals at home court. Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) fired 28 points in the win. Yemi Nicholson added 19 points for the league leaders. Dametri Hill tossed in 17 points for Nitra.

B.Bystrica - Komarno 78-87
Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) scored 28 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead Komarno past Banska Bystrica. Richard Misinsky added 23 points for the winners. Matej Marchyn had 21 points for Banska Bystrica as they slipped at 13-17 record.



Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 26-3 
 2. Nitra 21-8 
 3. Handlova 17-12 
 4. Nova Ves 15-12 
 5. Prievidza 15-13 
 6. Inter Bratisl. 13-16 
 7. B.Bystrica 13-17 
 8. Komarno 11-18 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 10-19 
 10. Svit 9-20 
 11. Levice 8-20 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Fears, Prievidza22.7 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.7 
 3. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 4. Nicholson, Pezinok16.9 
 5. Mroz, Nova Ves16.8 
 6. Stojanovic, Vahost.16.8 
 7. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 8. Laco, Svit16.1 
 9. Jackson, Pezinok15.8 
 10. Hill, Nit.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.9 
 2. Nicholson, Pezinok8.3 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza7.9 
 4. Skara, B.Bystrica7.8 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit6.9 
 6. Tomek, Nitra6.8 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.6 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves6.5 
 9. Madaj, Komarno6.4 
 10. Dorazil, B.Bystri.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Nitra
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Crawford, Levice8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.9 
 3. Scott, Nitra5.2 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves4.6 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.1 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica3.7 
 7. Milosevic, Pezinok3.4 
 8. Demecko, Nova Ves3.3 
 9. Grznar, Levice3.1 
 10. Bosak, Prievid.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edward SCOTT
  Nitra
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Nitra2.6 
 2. Zavodny, Vahost.2.6 
 3. Crawford, Levice2.4 
 4. Fears, Prievidza2.3 
 5. Glavinic, Handlova2.1 
 6. Ravasz, Inter B.2.0 
 7. Mielczarek, Nova V.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Pezinok2.0 
 9. Demecko, Nova Ves1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Nova V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivica BLAGOJEVIC
  Komarno
  (206-C-74)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Blagojevic, Komar.0.8 
 2. Crawford, Levice0.8 
 3. Cvitanovic, Svit0.7 
 4. Klar, Levice0.6 
 5. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 6. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 7. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 8. Tilandy, Vahost.0.5 
 9. Fears, Prievidza0.5 
 10. Glavinic, Handlo.0.5 


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Krka ends Helios' eight-game winning streak - by Zeljko Zule
Krka defeated Helios on the road, 71-58, in the opening game of Round 17. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) scored 15 points, Davor Marcelic 14 and Simon Petrov 13. Helios tied the game at 18, but then allowed Krka to go on a 16-3 run and Helios never got closer than 8 points. Krka had its largest lead of the game at 61-40 late in the third period. Helios ended its eight-game winning streak. Alexei Lashkevich posted 16 points and Sanel Bajramlic added 11.

Sencur cut five players, inks Ristic - by Zeljko Zule
Sencur CPK is the only winless team in Telemach League and parted ways with five players, Bojan Popovic (209-C-83), Aleksandar Nestrovic (186-G-90), Marko Dimnik (190-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Vladica Jovanovic (202-F-83) and Srdjan Bozic (196-G-84) and inked Crt Ristic (182-G-89) ex Krka.
Popovic appeared in 7 games of Telemach League this season, averaging 8.3 points (2P 41%, 3P 50%, FT 79%), 2.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals in 19.2 minutes per appearance. Nestrovic appeared in 5 games, averaging 3.6 points (2P 60%, 3P 20%), 0.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.6 steals in 14.0 minutes per appearance. Dimnik played just 2 games, averaging 5.0 points (2P 57%, FT 67%), 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.6 minutes per appearance. Jovanovic appeared in 11 gamed before injuring knee, averaging 9.2 points (2P 57%, 3P 13&, FT 48%), 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game. Bozic played 2 games, averaging 4.0 points (2P 25%, 3P 33%), 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 18.2 minutes per appearance.


2010 WC Slovenian NT preliminary list - by Zeljko Zule
National team coach Mehmed Becirovic (agency: World Sport Agency ) announced an expanded list of candidates in the national team, which this summer to participate in the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.
It was composed of the following 35 players (!) and later will be trimmed down to 12 players: Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of AJ Milano, Mirza Begic (215-C-85) of Zalgiris, Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of Philadelphia 76ers, Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Zalgiris, Sandi Cebular (196-G-86) of Sentjur, Dejan Cigoja (205-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) of Geoplin Slovan, Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) of Zlatorog, Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) of Phoenix Suns, Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) of Geoplin Slovan, Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) of ALBA Berlin, Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) of Hemofarm, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Scavolini, Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) of Teramo, Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) of Union Olimpija, Matej Krusic (211-C-87) of Geoplin Slovan, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) of Barcelona, Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) of Helios, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) of Barcelona, Marko Maravic (201-F-79) of Pau Orthez, Dino Muric (199-F-90) of Parklji, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) of Efes Pilsen, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Toronto Raprtors, Jure Mocnik (183-G-85) of Helios, Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) of Union Olimpija, Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM) of Krka, Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) of Fenerbahce, Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) of Azovmash, Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) of Union Olimpija, Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow, Beno Udrih (194-G-82) of Sacramento Kings, Samo Udrih (195-G-79) of Cibona, Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances) of Union Olimpija, Marko Vranjkovic (204-F/C-90) of MFC.2 Branik, Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) of LA Lakers, Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) of Trikala.



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Stevenson Selected 1st in KBL Korean Ethnic Draft - by Rick Ross
The ET Land Elephants selected
Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) with the first pick in the
Korean Basketball League (KBL)'s
ethnic Korean draft Wednesday.

Stevenson, the older brother of LG Sakers player
Moon Tae-yong, was also the only player taken,
as the four other teams eligible for the draft
declined to make selections.

The 34-year-old's professional basketball
career has taken him to Russia, Spain,
Greece and, currently, Serbia.

I am very excited to be taken with the
No. 1 pick. I'm looking forward to helping ET Land,
Stevenson said. 'I think it's going to be big challenge.
My brother played very well so there's going
to be a lot of pressure on me to play better.
So I will try to step up to the challenge to
represent our family and the KBL.

Usually my natural position is small forward but
I think in the KBL I might be more of a power
forward because of my height. I am looking
forward to playing both small and power
forward to help my team get as many wins
as possible,he said.

Stevenson's brother said he's looking forward
to meeting his brother in games next season.

I am very excited because this is the first
time we will be playing in the same league
since high school. I'm very happy he was taken with the
No. 1 pick and I look forward to playing him
next season,' Moon Tae-young said.

He has talent and a lot of experience,
said Elephants head coach Yoo Do-hoon.
So we are very happy. We haven't scored a lot


from beyond the arc this season

So we expect him to reinforce us in that area.

Only the five teams who did not select a
player in last year's ethnic Korean draft
the Elephants, Ulsan Mobis, Dongbu Promy,
Daegu Orions and SK Knights
were eligible to make picks this year.

The Elephants received the first pick
when they won the draft lottery.
Each of the five teams had an equal chance at winning.
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter



Magic Team beat Dream Team in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Magic Team -Dream Team 123:114

Magic Team beat Dream Team in All Star Game that was held over the weekend in Seoul. Jamsil Gymnasium saw 123:114 victory for the team consisted of the players from SK, KCC, KT & G, Samsung and ET Land. The Magics started with 39:23 and never looked behind after. Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific) was named MVP of the tournament as he collected 27 points and 9 rebounds. Daniels Chris (211-C-84) collected 42 points and 20 rebounds in he losing effort. Bang Sung-Yoon (197-F/G-82) won three-point contest being the best player from the arc. Joseph Taylor became the best dunker of the event as he won the Dunk-Contest.



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Valencia bring valuable win from Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Valencia earned an important road win against Unics in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 22 points to lead the visitors. Valencia entered the game after the loss in the opening round. But the Spaniards stayed aggressive throughout the encounter and managed to eke out a tough win at the end. Valencia used a 7:0 run late in the starting quarter to take a 24:15 lead at the first break. Matt Nielsen stretched the gap at 10 points midway through the second stanza. But Loncar and Lyday helped Unics to get within five at the interval. Valencia stormed into the second half. They boosted the advantage at 14-point mark. Unics replied with 6 points in a row to stay contestant. Veremeenko capped the third quarter with a half-court bomb as Unics trailed by 8 points 50:58 at the final break. Stombergas and Loncar allowed the home team to trail by just 4 points midway through the fourth term. Rafael Martinez and Matt Nielsen stepped up with crucial buckets late in regulation to extend the margin. Unics could not get close enough in the dying minutes and suffered the initial defeat in Group J. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) scored 13 points each for the winners. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) responded with 17 points for Unics. Loncar had 14 points in defeat.
ALBA claimed the second straight win in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The German team held off Joventut 72:68 in Berlin. Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) scored 19 points for ALBA to remained on top of Group I. Joventut slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
The Spaniards pulled in front early in the encounter but ALBA responded with a 14:2 run to take the lead. The hosts ensured a 21:15 advantage at the first break. ALBA maintained the advantage well throughout the second stanza. They secured a 33:29 buffer at the interval. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) dragged Joventut closer at the start of the second half but ALBA reacted. They accounted for 6 unanswered points to stay comfortably ahead. The hosts finished the third stanza ahead by 6 points 53:47. ALBA cleared off to a 9-point distance but Joventut did not surrender. They cut the deficit to just two points 66:68 late in regulation. However Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) came up with a soothing layup that put ALBA in control till the final buzzer. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) provided 16 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy added 11 points for the winners. Clay Tucker responded with 15 points for Joventut. Josep Franch and Antonio Bueno had 9 points each in the loss.
Gran Canaria got thrashed in Belgrade 67:97. Crvena Zvezda dominated right from the start. The hosts built a 53:37 lead at the interval. Gran Canaria tried to add some intrigue in the third stanza as they outgunned the home team by three points. But Crvena Zvezda exploded with a 25:8 rally in the final stanza erasing any hopes of the visiting team. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 22 points to lead the charge. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) added 21 points for the winning side. Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with 17 points for Gran Canaria. Jaycee Carroll had 14 points in the loss.



Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Melilla 15-5 
 2. Vive Menorca 14-6 
 3. CAI Zaragoza 14-6 
 4. La Laguna 13-7 
 5. Burgos 12-8 
 6. Breogan 12-8 
 7. Leon 11-9 
 8. Girona 10-10 
 9. Caceres 10-10 
 10. La Palma 10-10 
 11. Mallorca 10-10 
 12. Ourense 9-11 
 13. Tenerife 8-12 
 14. Clin.Rincon 8-12 
 15. Palencia 7-13 
 16. Cornella 7-13 
 17. CB Tarragona 6-14 
 18. Vigo 4-16 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.19.1 
 2. Morley, Burgos17.9 
 3. Roe, Tenerife17.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.17.3 
 5. Riera, Mallorca17.1 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.16.5 
 7. Hughes, Leon16.3 
 8. Guillen, La Laguna15.7 
 9. Urtasun, Leon15.2 
 10. Smith, Cornel.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.1 
 2. Starosta, Melilla10.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.2 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.6 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife8.2 
 6. Arteaga, Palencia8.1 
 7. Padgett, La Palma7.6 
 8. Adrien, Breogan7.5 
 9. Phillip, CAI Z.7.4 
 10. Coleman, Breog.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.0 
 2. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.3 
 3. Mena, La Palma4.0 
 4. Jimenez, Melilla3.9 
 5. Perez, Cornella3.7 
 6. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.3.2 
 7. Garrido, La Laguna3.2 
 8. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 9. Sabat, Girona3.1 
 10. Quinteros, CAI.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.3.1 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.6 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.1 
 6. Boccia, Tenerife2.1 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.9 
 8. Garcia, La Palma1.8 
 9. Xavier, Breogan1.7 
 10. Rodriguez, CB Tar.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nedzad SINANOVIC
  Clin.Rincon
  (221-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.7 
 2. Donaldson, La La.1.7 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.7 
 4. Naymick, Caceres1.7 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife1.5 
 6. Samb, Cornella1.4 
 7. Joseph, Cornella1.4 
 8. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.3 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.1 
 10. Green, Mallor.1.0 


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Kenny THOMAS
  Lausanne
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Thomas, Lausanne20.2 
 2. Brown, Starwings20.2 
 3. Sowell, Geneva Devils19.2 
 4. Hamilton, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Volcy, Monthey18.7 
 6. Bradley, MGS17.9 
 7. Hollins, Starwings17.7 
 8. Abukar, Lugano T.17.2 
 9. Schneiderman., SAV V.17.0 
 10. Mladjan, Lugano.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SLOAN
  Starwings
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sloan, Starwings11.5 
 2. Grimm, SAM M.9.9 
 3. Thompson, Lausanne9.6 
 4. Volcy, Monthey9.4 
 5. Southall, BBC Nyon8.9 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt8.5 
 7. Vogt, Fribourg7.9 
 8. VanderMeer, Lugano T.7.9 
 9. Sanders, Lugano T.7.3 
 10. Dacevic, SAV.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Hollins, Starwings5.9 
 2. Stein, Lugano T.5.5 
 3. Monroe, Boncourt5.4 
 4. Lukovic, SAV V.5.2 
 5. Bradley, MGS5.1 
 6. Wooten, Boncourt5.0 
 7. Walton, Lugano T.4.9 
 8. Pleux-D., Lausanne4.8 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.6 
 10. Gray, SAM Massag.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Mykolaiv
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hamilton, SAM M.5.0 
 2. Stein, Lugano T.3.0 
 3. Gray, SAM Massagno2.9 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 5. Tshomba, Boncourt2.4 
 6. Jaquier, Starwings2.3 
 7. Dacevic, SAV V.2.3 
 8. Volcy, Monthey2.3 
 9. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.2 
 10. Pleux-D., Lausan.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Lausanne
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Thompson, Lausanne4.4 
 2. Southall, BBC Nyon3.3 
 3. VanderMeer, Lugano T.2.9 
 4. Sloan, Starwings1.7 
 5. Niang, MGS1.4 
 6. Sanders, Lugano T.1.3 
 7. Volcy, Monthey1.2 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg1.2 
 9. Grimm, SAM M.1.1 
 10. Gilmore, M.1.0 


LNA Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt - MGS 80-70
Todd Peterson (203-F-84, college: N.Illinois) scored 25 points to pace Boncourt past MGS. Lewis Monroe provided 17 points, 10 assists and 5 boards in the 7th win for the Red Team. Karon Bradley and Brian Gilmore responded with 18 points each for MGS.

Geneva Devils - SAM Massagno 78-88
SAM Massagno outgunned Geneva on the road. Samuel Hines (199-F/G-70, college: S.Alabama) and Christopher Grimm produced 23 points each for the winners. Daniel Fitzgerald and Kameron Gray contributed 12 points apiece in the victory. Stephan McDowell replied with 21 points for the Devils.

Fribourg - Starwings 76-69
Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) notched 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists as Fribourg prevailed against Starwings. Oliver Vogt knocked down 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the winning effort. Vernard Hollins replied with 21 points and 7 assists for Starwings in the loss.

Lausanne - Lugano Tigers 59-106
Lugano Tigers marched past Lausanne on the road. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Dusan Mladjan added 21 points for the winners. Lausanne responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds from Kenny Thomas.

SAV Vacallo - Monthey 92-74
Vacallo prevailed against Monthey as Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) and Slaven Smiljanic scored 20 points each. Dejan Lukovic added 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards in the victory. Sebastien Maio answered with 17 points for Monthey.



Lausanne waive Patterson, Swiss Central sign Isler - by Luca Maffioli
Lausanne Basket parted ways with Tyson Patterson (198-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Appalachian St.). The 31-years-old playmaker played 5 games with Lausanne and he averaged 9.2 points,1.0 boards and 6.8 assists per game.
Swiss Central Basket sign Peter Isler (196-G/F-87, college: Kutztown). The 23-years-old forward played last season in LNB with Union Neuchatel Basket. He averaged 13.5 points, 8.7 boards and 1.6 assists per game. He also played in NCAA II at Kutztown University (1.0 points, 0.8 assists per game).


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TT qualifies for 2010 Centro Championships! - by Albert-Lee Young
For the first time in 20 years a Trinidad & Tobago Men Basketball team will compete at the Centrobasket Tournament.

At the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) AGM held on January 30 in the British Virgin Island, the president of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Brian Manning, was officially informed of the tournament roster.

Also in attendance were Horacio Muratore, President of FIBA Americas; Alberto Garcia, Secretary-General of FIBA Americas; Jenaro Tutu Marchand, Secretary-General Emeritus of FIBA Americas; and Ruperto Herrera, President of Central American and Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CONCENCABA).

Both the CBC & CONCENCABA are regional representative bodies of FIBA Americas.

This years tournament is tentatively scheduled to be held in Santo Domingo from July 5-11 and will have an increase of ten teams instead of eight. The ten national teams are: Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and US Virgin Islands. The classification of Belize depends on the appeal result sent to Lausanne, Switzerland about the eligibility of some of their players that were in the 2009 COCABA Championship.

Team TT qualification was based on their 4th place finish at the 2009 CBC Championships in Tortola, BVI.

This tournament qualifies the top four teams for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic), the top eight for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagez, Puerto Rico and the top three for the 2011 Pan American Games scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico.



TT last appearance at the championships was back in 1989 with a 9th place finish.


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Nymburk steal victory in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Nymburk 92:97 (OT)

Nymburk earned an important away from home victory in Ankara. Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the Czech team to the opening win in EuroCup Last 16 round. Turk Telekom slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) unleashed seven points late in regulation to force overtime. But Lenzly accounted for quick 4 points early in the extra period and Nymburk escaped with a crucial road win at the end.
Turk Telekom got to a slightly better start as they were up by 2 points at the first break. But Nymburk recharged in the second frame and rolled to a 46:45 advantage at halftime. Nymburk continued to dominate in the third frame. The visitors cleared off to a 7-point distance with ten minutes to go. But late heroics from Huseyin Besok helped Turk Telekom survive sending the game into overtime.
Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) knocked down 13 points apiece for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla, Ron Lewis and Lenzly added 12 points each for the winners. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Turk Telekom. Huseyin Besok and Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Turk Telekom: Ersin Dagli 18, Huseyin Besok 16, Kristoffer Lang 16
Nymburk: Philip Ricci 24, Arthur Lee 13, Petr Benda 13



Roanne handed Banvit their second loss - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Banvit 76:53

Roanne handed Banvit their second loss as they defeated them 76:53 in France. The hosts won all the periods and rightfully deserved the win. David Noel (198-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 21 points, whilst Mims Ralph had 18 and Uchenna Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) collected 14 points and 14 caroms. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) ended up with 13 points for the Turkish side that fell at 0-2.
Timothy Black nailed 22 points as Antwerp cruised past Enisey 81:72. The hosts opened the game with 21-18 however the Russian side bounced back with 23-15 in the second period. Antwerp needed two wins in the second half to take the second straight win in Top 16. Beghin Christophe collected 16 points, while Hopkins Bryan posted 13. Kambala Kaspars answered with 22 points for the guests.



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UBA Overseas Player of the Month (January): Terrence Woodyard (Japan) - by UBA media
USBasket.com UBA Overseas Player of the Month (January): Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina)

The UBA Overseas Player of the Month award for January went to Saitama Broncos guard

Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina). Woodyard is averaging 17.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.0bpg in the month of January. Woodyard posted a game high 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in a 77-75 win versus Okinawa GK.

At the moment, Woodyard is the Broncos best scorer, rebounder and shot blocker with an average of 14.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4bpg. Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina) posted his best game October 24 against the Tokyo Apache with 34 points and 9 rebounds.


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  UBL   


UBL SPRINGFIELD THRILL TRYOUTS FEB, 20 2010 - by Ozzie Denson
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The Springfield Thrill will be holding open tryouts on Feb. 20th at Glendale High school in Springfield, MO. Registration will be at 10:00am and work-out will be 11:00 - 1:00. Tryout fee is $50 for all players not on UBL roster last season. Any player that makes the roster will be refunded his fee. Contact GM/Head Coach Sean Williamson with any questions 417- 849-3734


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  URUGUAY   


Cordon and Bigua advanced to quarter finals - by Hector Lopez
Cordon and Bigua completed the eigth teams to play the LUB playoff, along with Malvin, Defensor Sporting, Union Atletcia, Atenas, Trouville, Olimpia, with only one round still to be played for the regular season. the results fo the last games were as follows (Incluiding all import players):
Cordon 87 - Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) 20 points 6 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 12 points 11 rebounds, Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) 12 points 6 rebounds
Sayago 83 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 34`points 3 rebounds, 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 18 points 8 rebounds
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Union Atletica 75 - Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) 22 points 13 rebounds, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 22 points 4 assists, Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) 7 points 5 rebounds
Atenas 74 - Pablo Clerici (195-F-78) 24 points, Will Caudle (206-C-82, agency: Liman Sports, college: Xavier) 14 points 8 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 16 points 14 rebounds, 6 blocks
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Trouville 75 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 18 points 20 rebounds 2 blocks 4 assists
Hebraica 69 -Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary) 14 points 7 rebounds, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 10 points 11 rebounds 3 blocks 6 assists
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Olimpia 75 - Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: Liman Sports, college: Temple) 24 points, Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) 4 points 12 rebounds, Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 12 points 8 rebounds
Bigua 73 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 24 points, File Costa 15 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
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Cordon and Bigua advanced to quarter finals - by Hector Lopez
Cordon and Bigua completed the eigth teams to play the LUB playoff, along with Malvin, Defensor Sporting, Union Atletcia, Atenas, Trouville, Olimpia, with only one round still to be played for the regular season. the results fo the last games were as follows (Incluiding all import players):
Cordon 87 - Marcelo Perez 20 points 6 rebounds, Ryan Blankson 12 points 11 rebounds, Timothy Jennings 12 points 6 rebounds
Sayago 83 - John Huggins 34`points 3 rebounds, 'Pop' Thornton 18 points 8 rebounds
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Union Atletica 75 - Evan Brock 22 points 13 rebounds, Gustavo BArrera 22 points 4 assists, Arthur Long 7 points 5 rebounds
Atenas 74 - Pablo Clerici 24 points, Will Caudle 14 points 8 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn 16 points 14 rebounds, 6 blocks
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Trouville 75 - Gordon James 18 points 20 rebounds 2 blocks 4 assists
Hebraica 69 -Michael Gale 14 points 7 rebounds, Grady Reynolds 10 points 11 rebounds 3 blocks 6 assists
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Olimpia 75 - Quincy Wadley 24 points, Jeff McMillan 4 points 12 rebounds, Reque Newsome 12 points 8 rebounds
Bigua 73 - Emilio Taboada 24 points, File Costa 15 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
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Boys and Girls Club of America and the USBA to continue partnership thru 2012 - by USBA Media


Atlanta, Ga. (February 3, 2010)---Continuing their efforts to address the growing needs of young people in our communities, the United States Basketball Association (USBA) have announced that they would secure funding for a new program for the Boys & Girls Club of America. The 'Goals for Graduation', program will be installed in each of their team cities. 'Boys and Girls Clubs are a very important part of the community. They provide safe, drug-free, supervised and cost-effective after-school, weekend and summer havens for our children and families', said USBA president Duane Jenkins.

The league states, 'The cure all to poverty is a college education and its the intention of the USBA to assist this organization in that capacity'. In their respected communities the Boys & Girls Club have a variety of after-school recreation and education program for middle school children to reduce the risk of youth criminal activity, improve academic performance, and reduce alcohol abuse while inspiring young people to realize their full potential. Based on a national model, all Boys & Girls Clubs after-school program encourages healthy attitudes and lifestyles through sports leagues, self-esteem enhancement workshops, character and leadership development programs, homework assistance, and recreational activities. 'I am also committed to making sure that every child has an opportunity to participate in the various after-school programs of the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc', said Jenkins. 'We are aware that parents in each of our cities have a difficult time managing their work schedules and the quality time their children need with their homework or school projects and it is incumbent for us to assist their children during the afternoon and early evening hours while they are at work'.

'These programs will be free and available to everyone and it will help many families who do not have access to affordable, quality after-school tutoring', continued Jenkins. USBA Youth Outreach programs can be view at www.usbaball/usbayouthoutreach.com. The programs will be implemented at a secure facility, and under the supervision of the management of each club and the administration of the local school district. The USBA will employ upper class college students from the local universities to assist in the programs. The USBA contracts with colleges and universities to play their professional basketball games. 'The majority of the students at the Boys and Girls Club, come from working families and our fans are hard working, church going folks, our programs will promote education and it is our top priority', proclaimed Jenkins. 'The higher the kids can reach, the more they can accomplish. We all have to get involved, the greater an impact our programs to the children the greater the chance we can help our children succeed in life'.

As a part of this new program, the USBA has authorized each team to hire children from the boys and girls clubs to work as official ball children at every home basketball game. Eight children will be selected each week to participate in the capacity as game assistants. The league will conduct an educational contest at each club. Winning participants will be selected and they will receive compensation of $25.00 per game. According to the league, the Boys and Girls Club of America local clubs will receive an $180,000.00 donation to be equally divided to the clubs in each USBA team city. The league made 1200 season tickets available in the USBA 2010 Season Ticket Extravaganza to fund this venture. The clubs in each USBA city will receive $10,000.00. The funds will be distributed to purchase computers, software, printers and monitors. Each club is designated to receive 10 complete computer systems. 'We have spoken to the folks at Hewlett Packard, Dell and Apple to supply the commuters and Microsoft for the software Service is key, once we buy the products from one of these companies, we will require them to donate their time to make sure the computers are kept in top running condition, after all these machines will get a lot of use', said Jenkins.' We made superior customer service a priority with these companies, we believe the kids deserve it'.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) -- is a national organization whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as a productive, caring, responsible citizen. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by installing a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence, the organization was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. The BGCA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

United States Basketball Association (USBA) -- is a single A division minor league mens professional basketball league. The season commences in early April and culminates in early July. The league has eighteen basketball teams spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The league was founded in 2007. The USBA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., Is a not-for profit company. Its primary purpose is to establish youth programs throughout its network of teams. The programs promote service and community involvement. The company was founded in 2007. The USBA Youth Outreach is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact:

Duane Allen Jenkins- (678) 996-9993
media@usbaball.com
usbayouthoutreach@usbaball.com



USBA will tip off basketball season Wednesday April 7, 2010 - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga. (February 3, 2010) ---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is poised for its inaugural season. Opening day is scheduled for April 7, 2010. The league will field 18 teams housed in 3 divisions. Permanent home gymnasiums of each individual team are complete. 'We see no economic challenges between now and the beginning of the season, we will tip off on Wednesday night, April 7, 2010, we have agreements in place to use gymnasium for all of our teams, the colleges and universities that we planned to occupy this year, understood the challenges we faced in 2009 and they graciously permitted the league to renew their commitment to play at their facilities', said USBA president and C.E.O Duane Allen Jenkins. 'We have arenas set in each city; we will disclose the locations in the very near future.'

The 2010 regular season will begin on April 7, 2010 and end on July 3, 2010. There is a mid season All Star Classic Game slated for May 22nd and May 23rd, 2010. The Championship game is scheduled for July 11, 2010. Both the All Star game and the Championship game will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The top four teams in each division will secure playoff positions. The Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship Trophy will be awarded to the top team.

The league will continue its partnership with churches, civic groups and charitable organizations in each individual team city. The USBA announced its continuation of their support to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America and the USMC Toys for Tots. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city and children housed in juvenile detention centers. The league has authorized each team to conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys. We'll invite all groups who help children to contact the league and well issue complimentary tickets to these groups to our home games. The selected children to be the ball kids will receive $25.00 apiece per game for their services,' said Jenkins.

The league has three divisions, the Atlantic, the Appalachian and the Southern. The divisions make up the Southeastern Conference. 'With the economy stabilizing, its full steam ahead,' said USBA vice president of basketball operations, Kenneth Green. This is a prime opportunity for us to activate the league. 'We'll have an opportunity to get to know our fans and supporters in each city. We want our fans to be able to have ample access to the coaches and players', said Green. A National Player Tryout Combine is scheduled for March 6, 2010. Individual tryouts for each team will be held on March 13th and 20th, 2010 in each team city.

The leagues season ticket packages are now available. The season ticket promotion is called the 2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza; the promotion is available in each city. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league made 1200 single season tickets available in each city for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers,' said Jenkins.

The league has set the price of $105.00 per season ticket. Each season ticket comes with admission to all fifteen home games and fifteen free single game tickets; this also includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24-inch x 36-inch full color poster with the basketball team or the dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 30, which breaks down to $3.50 per admittance). 'We designed the USBA basketball games to be family friendly, our promotions, our entertainment and our prices will fit right into anyones budget,' said Jenkins

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. ' We're very excited about this promotion. Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but also there is the chance to win a new car, a trip to see an NBA game and to go on a Disney World vacation,'

The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2010 Lincoln Mercury Grand Marquis LS
(one automobile and a $40.00 Quik Trip, BP, RaceTrac or local fuel company weekly gas card for one year, will be given away in each USBA team city, 18 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation
(Family of four, rt airfare on Delta Airlines, transfers to and from the airport, daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide),

* 3rd prize: The NBA Extravaganza
( Trip for two to an NBA game, round trip airfare on Delta Airlines, overnight stay at Marriott Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancakes, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide.)

* 4th Prize: The Trek Bicycle Explosion
(Six mens, six womens, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each USBA team city, 432 total league wide)

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

* 6th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts
(25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

The Grand prize drawing for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener, the drawings for the other prizes will be held at a special pre-game show. 'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports,' said Jenkins. Fans can visit our website at www.usbaball.com for rules and disclaimers about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association. 'We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins. For more detailed information, call or email the USBA league office at (678) 966-9993 or usba@usbaball.com . For further information on the USBA go to www.usbaball.com/seasonticketextravaganza .

2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Rules and Disclaimer:

Purchase of a season ticket to any 2010 USBA team necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and the District of Columbia who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. This promotion ends April 6, 2010 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. USBA employees, family member of USBA employees, team members, Season Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per season ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion. Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of season tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 1200 season tickets sold per USBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 1200 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 50 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 48 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 48 to 1. The USBA has set aside 1200 season tickets per USBA team city to be sold, a total 21,600 league wide. Odds of winning a prize in this promotion are derived on a per city basis only. If the same individual purchases two season tickets for the 2010 basketball season and before April 5, 2010 the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize. This promotion is a USBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) not for Profit Company. Single ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prizewinners must make travel reservation through the USBA. Travel blackout periods may effect certain travel dates. All NBA games must be east of the Mississippi River and in the Continental United States. Grand prizewinners will have a choice of color. There is no time limit for any of the travel prizes, gift card or any other prize in this promotion. Promotion is void where prohibited by law





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Frisco Sika upset Rivas in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Frisco Sika 83:88

Frisco Sika made a huge step towards reaching the Euroleague quarterfinals after they nipped Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. The Czech vice-champions will be able to wrap up the series on Friday when they host the Spanish team. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) opened the game with four points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter and entered the second stanza ahead by 9 points. Ujhelyi and Garcia trimmed the distance to four points early in the second frame but Frisco Sika immediately responded with 7 unanswered points to clear off. Frisko Sika kept their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the half and grabbed a 55:43 halftime advantage. Hana Horakova and Tay McWilliams tipped off the second half with 6 consecutive points as the visitors boosted the gap at 18 points. The situation hardly changed in the third frame as Frisco Sika stayed in control. They accumulated a 71:52 lead entering the final stanza. Rivas Ecopolis went on a desperate rescue rally late in regulation. But Tay McWilliams, Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) and Skerovic went deadly from the stripe late in regulation sealing the victory for Frisco Sika.
Hana Horakova tossed in 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists in the win. Eva Viteckova knocked down 19 points for Frisco Sika. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) responded with 23 points and 11 boards for Rivas Ecopolis. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) delivered 16 points in the losing effort.

Rivas Ecopolis: Crystal Langhorne 23+11 boards, Catherine Joens 16
Frisco Sika: Tay McWilliams 21+10 boards, Hana Horakova 21, Eva Viteckova 19



Erika De Souza led Ros Casares to the opening win in the series against USK Praha - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - USK Praha 81:70

Erika De Souza (197-C-82) scored 24 points and pulled down 12 boards to lead Ros Casares to the opening win in the series against USK Praha. The Spamish Powerhouse was better at home in Game 1, 81:70.
The Spanish team went on a 4:0 lead in the opening tip and Valdemoro scored for 9:4. The hosts took control in the first period and finished it with 24:14. The margin became to grow as Ros Casares started to increase the lead in the second frame. Montanana nailed a three-pointer for 45:20 and it seemed the game was over with the intrigue at that time. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) managed to reduce the gap to 52:31 at the halftime. Ros went in front by 19 in the third quarter but Prague maintained their focus and chipped away. Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) cut it to minus 15 and she also was the last to score in the third period for 63:46. Both teams remained at the same level within the first few minutes of the last stanza and USK Praha only managed to cut it at the end of the game. Charde Houston made it 61:51 and Elhotova scored for 64:54. Le Drean was the last player to score for the guests bringing 79:70, but Erika De Souza gave the final victory at 81:70 for the hosts.
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 14 points and 6 boards for the winners. The Czech champions responded with 16 points from Charde Houston. Sonja Kireta finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Ros Casares: Erika De Souza 24 points +12 boards, Delisha Milton-Jones 14 points and 6 boards
USK Praha:Charde Houston 16, Sonja Kireta 15 points and 8 rebounds



ZVVZ USK Praha sign Charde Houston - by Eurobasket
ZVVZ USK Praha agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management). Houston played most recently at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (France). While playing 10 games for Tarbes this season she averaged 16.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2spg. Houston is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in Brazil, France and Israel.
Chrade is a WNBA All-Star Game in 2009 as well as she is Israeli Cup Semifinals, Israeli League Semifinals, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team in 2009
in her first game with USK Praha, Houston played 26 minuts at the Euroleague against ROS CASARES VALENCIA, and she scored 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists and 3 steals.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 9-0 
 2. TLU 4-5 
 3. Audentes 4-5 
 4. Tartu Ulikooli 1-8 


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1/8 Finals, Round 2: Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Saarlouis 84-69
Hemofarm outplayed Saarlouis tonight 84-69, but that was not enough for the EuroCup Quarterfinals. The German squad celebrated 86-65 victory in Game 1, so they booked a spot for the next stage with 155-149 in total. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) led Hemofarm tonight with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) scored 18 points and handed out 6 assists. In Saarlouis, Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) once again was a key player collecting 20 points and 6 boards.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Sales, Besiktas25.5 
 2. Player, Olivais23.8 
 3. Pimenova, Cheva.22.0 
 4. Champion, CAB M.21.0 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.20.8 
 6. Villarroel, Sierre20.6 
 7. Doron, Targoviste19.9 
 8. Milovanovic, ICIM A.19.3 
 9. Reid, Hatis Yerevan19.3 
 10. Diacona, Sf.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer FLEISCHER
  Dexia
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Fleischer, Dexia12.1 
 2. Mazic, Medvescak11.8 
 3. Santos, AD Vagos11.5 
 4. Anosike, Targoviste11.0 
 5. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.10.3 
 6. Snow, Dynamo K.9.9 
 7. Kuzina, Dynamo M.9.8 
 8. Little, AEL9.7 
 9. Carter, CCC P.9.7 
 10. Sanford, EBE.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zoll, Botas7.0 
 2. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 3. Berseneva, Nadezhda.5.1 
 4. Reid, Hatis Yerevan4.8 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo M.4.7 
 6. Chapdelaine, MBK R.4.7 
 7. White, Hapoel T-A4.3 
 8. Zygelyte, Lemminkain.4.2 
 9. Zellous, Besiktas4.2 
 10. Parau, Targovis.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tamara RADOCAJ
  Hemofarm
  (168-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Radocaj, Hemofarm3.8 
 2. Sales, Besiktas3.8 
 3. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.7 
 4. Doron, Targoviste3.6 
 5. Bingham, Saarlouis3.5 
 6. Anosike, Targoviste3.5 
 7. Zoll, Botas3.3 
 8. Skrela, Lattes M.3.2 
 9. Reid, Hatis Yerevan3.2 
 10. Linkeviciene, Dynamo.3.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.7 
 2. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.3 
 3. Sowinski, CAB M.2.2 
 4. Lukacovicova, MBK R.1.9 
 5. Ivankovic, Sibenik1.8 
 6. Kovacevic, Hemof.1.8 
 7. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.7 
 8. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 9. Toma, Targoviste1.4 
 10. Yolovska, Dun.1.3 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Spartak V MR
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Taurasi, Spartak .21.4 
 2. Taurasi, Spartak .21.4 
 3. McCoughtry, Dobri A.20.9 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli19.4 
 5. Montgomery, TEO V.17.6 
 6. Langhorne, Rivas E.17.6 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.17.5 
 8. Young, Galatasaray17.5 
 9. Burse, TS Wi.17.2 
 10. Macchi, Familia Sch.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janell BURSE
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Burse, TS Wi.11.2 
 2. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli11.0 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.5 
 4. Bjelica, TEO V.9.2 
 5. Langhorne, Rivas E.8.9 
 6. De Souza, Ros C.8.7 
 7. Brunson, Taranto8.3 
 8. Kobryn, TS Wi.8.1 
 9. McCoughtry, Dobri A.8.1 
 10. Ohlde, MiZo Pe.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda JELAVIC
  Gospic
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Jelavic, Gospic6.7 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.9 
 3. Bermejo, Rivas E.4.8 
 4. Cohen, TS Wi.4.7 
 5. Richards, Gorzow4.7 
 6. Vardarli, Fener.4.6 
 7. Pondexter, UMMC4.3 
 8. Fernandez, TS Wi.4.2 
 9. Ratkaine, MKB E.4.2 
 10. Taurasi, Sparta.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa WILLIS
  TTT Riga
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Willis, TTT Riga3.3 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.3.2 
 3. Horakova, Frisco S.2.9 
 4. Dumerc, UMMC2.6 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.6 
 6. Fernandez, TS Wi.2.5 
 7. McCarville, Spart.2.4 
 8. McCarville, Spart.2.4 
 9. Perkins, Galatasa.2.3 
 10. Lima, TTT Ri.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Candice DUPREE
  Dobri Anjeli
  (188-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli1.6 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.4 
 3. Stepanova, UMMC1.4 
 4. De Souza, Ros C.1.4 
 5. Burse, TS Wi.1.3 
 6. Lisina, Dobri Anjeli1.3 
 7. Christon, Lotos G.1.1 
 8. Christon, Lotos G.1.1 
 9. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.1 
 10. Sipaviciute, Szeg.1.0 


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Perfumerias too good for Bourges - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias - Bourges 72:53

Perfumerias claimed the first win in the Euroleague eighth-final series against Bourges. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the hosts in Salamanca.
Manic put Bourges ahead at the start of the game. However Perfumerias answered with a 26:4 run to earn a 28:9 lead at the first break. Bourges Basket adjusted their defence in the second quarter limiting the hosts to only 9 points. Bourges got within 12 points at halftime 25:37. Perfumerias regained control in the third stanza. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) and Sancho Lyttle boosted the margin at 22 points late in the quarter. Miyem capped the third period with a jumper as Bourges got within 20. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the final term and celebrated a comfortable win at the end.
Anke De Mondt fired 17 points for Avenida. Le'Coe Willingham contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 13 points for Bourges. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84) had 11 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Perfumerias: Sancho Lyttle 24+10 boards, Anke De Mondt 17, Le'Coe Willingham 13
Bourges: Ana Lelas 13, Paoline Salagnac 11



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


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Wisla is not slowing down their Euroleague pace - by Eurobasket News
TS Wisla Can-Pak - MiZo Pecs 80:53

Wisla is not slowing down their Euroleague pace. They stormed past MiZo Pecs 80:53 in the eighth-final series opener.
The hosts scored the first four points of the game, however MiZo Pecs replied with 7-0 for 7:4 advantage. The teams later exchanged the baskets and Wisla pushed the tempo in the end of the peiod for 22:17 lead. Zohnova nailed a three-pointer to open the second frame and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) brought 28:20. Alexandria Quigley (86) reduced to 34:31, while Dalma Ivanyi kept the differenbce at 38:35. Fernandez sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37 as the teams poured in 20 points each in the period. Dalma Ivanyi drilled a three-pointer early in the second half to cut the Wisla lead to 44:40, but the wheels then fell off for the visitors from Hungary.Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) made it 53:40 and Liron Cohen scored for 59:44. Brazilian International Castro closed the third period at 62:46. Kobryn made it plus 20 early in the fourth period and it became clear that Wisla will get the first victory. Castro was the last to score at the game as she delivered the last points to celebrate with her team at 80:53.
Janell Burse scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Wisla. Liron Cohen added 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the Krakow outfit. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for MiZo Pecs in the loss.

TS Wisla Can-Pak: Janell Burse 17 points and 9 rebounds, Liron Cohen 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists
MiZo Pecs: Nicole Ohlde 14 points and 10 rebounds, Alexandria Quigley 11


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  ITALY - Women  


Fenerbahce are 1-0 up on Taranto - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Taranto 89:83

Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) scored 28 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead Fenerbahce past Taranto in the Euroleague eighth-final series. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80, agency: Ates Ceren) was helpful with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Michelle Greco (176-G-80) teamed up for ten points in the opening frame as Taranto jumped ahead. However Nevriye Yilmaz and Vardarli capped the quarter with five points in a row as Fenerbahce secured a 23:20 lead. The teams kept it close throughout the second quarter. Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) and Giauro crowned the half with four points as Taranto trailed by 2 points 36:38. Fenerbahce silenced the visitors early in the third period. They unloaded 8 points in a row to clear off. Rebekkah Brunson and Siccardi dragged the Italian team within three points and later Michelle Greco, Rebekkah Brunson and Ilisaine David put Taranto in charge. Nevriye Yilmaz though had the last laugh in the term as Fenerbahce entered the final frame ahead by one 63:62. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Montagnino retained the lead for Taranto but not for long though. Penelope Taylor and Nevriye Yilmaz accounted for crucial points midway through the fourth stanza as the hosts gained a 9-point lead. Taranto could not surpass the deficit and had to surrender at the end.
Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) notched 16 points and 6 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Rebekkah Brunson replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Taranto. Ilisaine David, Megan Mahoney and Michelle Greco delivered 12 points apiece in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce: Penelope Taylor 28, Nevriye Yilmaz 22+11 boards, Tamara Sutton-Brown 16
Taranto: Rebekkah Brunson 25, Ilisaine David 12, Megan Mahoney 12, Michelle Greco 12



Dobri Anjeli take lead over Schio - by Eurobasket News
Schio - Dobri Anjeli 67:70
Dobri Anjeli pulled ahead in the best-of-three series of the Euroleague eighth-finals against Schio. The Slovakian powerhouse stole a road win in the series opener. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) knocked down 17 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 ten minutes into the encounter. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville), Vackova and Cikosova helped Dobri Anjeli to pull ahead 25:18 at the start of the second frame. Angel McCoughtry gave Dobri Anjeli a double-digit lead midway through the second quarter. The visitors maintained the lead and ensured a 48:36 advantage at halftime. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82), Masciadri and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) triggered an 11:2 run from Schio as the hosts cut the deficit in the third period. Angel McCoughtry responded with 4 points in a row late in the quarter allowing Dobri Anjeli to secure a 56:51 lead into the fourth term. Schio got within two points in the fourth period but Miljana Musovic (181-G-87) came up with crucial five points to give Dobri Anjeli some breathing space. Lucia Kupcikova followed with a tip-in and Dobri Anjeli never looked back en route to the win.
Angel McCoughtry knocked down 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Miljana Musovic added 12 points for Dobri Anjeli. Laura Macchi replied with 24 points for Schio. Bernadette Ngoyisa had 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Schio: Laura Macchi 24, Bernadette Ngoyisa 13
Dobri Anjeli: Lucia Kupcikova 17, Angel McCoughtry 15, Miljana Musovic 12



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  LATVIA - Women  


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


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. Cesis 16-2 
 2. TEO Vilnius 15-2 
 3. Aistes-Atletas 12-6 
 4. Laisve 10-7 
 5. Lemminkain. 9-8 
 6. MRU 5-13 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 4-15 
 8. LAMMKK 0-18 


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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla is not slowing down their Euroleague pace - by Eurobasket News
TS Wisla Can-Pak - MiZo Pecs 80:53

Wisla is not slowing down their Euroleague pace. They stormed past MiZo Pecs 80:53 in the eighth-final series opener.
The hosts scored the first four points of the game, however MiZo Pecs replied with 7-0 for 7:4 advantage. The teams later exchanged the baskets and Wisla pushed the tempo in the end of the peiod for 22:17 lead. Zohnova nailed a three-pointer to open the second frame and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) brought 28:20. Alexandria Quigley (86) reduced to 34:31, while Dalma Ivanyi kept the differenbce at 38:35. Fernandez sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37 as the teams poured in 20 points each in the period. Dalma Ivanyi drilled a three-pointer early in the second half to cut the Wisla lead to 44:40, but the wheels then fell off for the visitors from Hungary.Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) made it 53:40 and Liron Cohen scored for 59:44. Brazilian International Castro closed the third period at 62:46. Kobryn made it plus 20 early in the fourth period and it became clear that Wisla will get the first victory. Castro was the last to score at the game as she delivered the last points to celebrate with her team at 80:53.
Janell Burse scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Wisla. Liron Cohen added 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the Krakow outfit. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for MiZo Pecs in the loss.

TS Wisla Can-Pak: Janell Burse 17 points and 9 rebounds, Liron Cohen 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists
MiZo Pecs: Nicole Ohlde 14 points and 10 rebounds, Alexandria Quigley 11


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Dobri Anjeli take lead over Schio - by Eurobasket News
Schio - Dobri Anjeli 67:70
Dobri Anjeli pulled ahead in the best-of-three series of the Euroleague eighth-finals against Schio. The Slovakian powerhouse stole a road win in the series opener. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) knocked down 17 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 ten minutes into the encounter. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville), Vackova and Cikosova helped Dobri Anjeli to pull ahead 25:18 at the start of the second frame. Angel McCoughtry gave Dobri Anjeli a double-digit lead midway through the second quarter. The visitors maintained the lead and ensured a 48:36 advantage at halftime. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82), Masciadri and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) triggered an 11:2 run from Schio as the hosts cut the deficit in the third period. Angel McCoughtry responded with 4 points in a row late in the quarter allowing Dobri Anjeli to secure a 56:51 lead into the fourth term. Schio got within two points in the fourth period but Miljana Musovic (181-G-87) came up with crucial five points to give Dobri Anjeli some breathing space. Lucia Kupcikova followed with a tip-in and Dobri Anjeli never looked back en route to the win.
Angel McCoughtry knocked down 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Miljana Musovic added 12 points for Dobri Anjeli. Laura Macchi replied with 24 points for Schio. Bernadette Ngoyisa had 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Schio: Laura Macchi 24, Bernadette Ngoyisa 13
Dobri Anjeli: Lucia Kupcikova 17, Angel McCoughtry 15, Miljana Musovic 12



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Shocking Reports Out Of Zkk Merkur Celje - Slovenia!!! - by Richard
Nikya Hughes (191-F/C-85) THE LEAGUE MVP of ZKK Merkur Celje was courted out of the country due to the team not getting her a visa extended or processed properly. Ms.Hughes should have never been allowed to play a full season 2009 in Slovenia. She was considered an illegal alien in their country but the ZKK Merkur Celje team forged necessary documents to allow the player to stay longer than needed. Also Hughes should have never been allowed to play this season because its against the country of Slovenia rules to enter and stay in SLOVENIA without a FBI Clearance. This incident is to blame on the ZKK Merkur Celje team and the coach! Hughes was recruited to the team from college & teammate and daughter of the coach all this was done without a FIBA licensed agent.The team played her in games and Eurocup games illegally. All games she played in should be forfeited due to the team taking advantage of the players innocents. Ms. Hughes was a college teammate of the coaches daughter and she never thought that the team would have her arrested and sent out of the country to CROATIA and then the team would not give her a ticket home or pay for hotel or meals. She had to have a team in POLAND send for her so she could get a release to play this season but ZKK Merkur Celje will not release her because they want her to pay for the games the team will loose due to her not being there. This is an unfair act committed by the team and the management. This player has no rights or recourse to the team and has no outlet to clear her name.This is shocking that teams let this happen to players or better yet female players left in foreign countries without help. Our thanks go out to the city of KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje & LKS Siemens AGD Lodz POLAND team for trying to help the player rectify what happened to her and not all teams or countries treat players like this!!!!
source: 610 SPORTS & ENT MGMNT


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  SPAIN - Women  


Erika De Souza led Ros Casares to the opening win in the series against USK Praha - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - USK Praha 81:70

Erika De Souza (197-C-82) scored 24 points and pulled down 12 boards to lead Ros Casares to the opening win in the series against USK Praha. The Spamish Powerhouse was better at home in Game 1, 81:70.
The Spanish team went on a 4:0 lead in the opening tip and Valdemoro scored for 9:4. The hosts took control in the first period and finished it with 24:14. The margin became to grow as Ros Casares started to increase the lead in the second frame. Montanana nailed a three-pointer for 45:20 and it seemed the game was over with the intrigue at that time. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) managed to reduce the gap to 52:31 at the halftime. Ros went in front by 19 in the third quarter but Prague maintained their focus and chipped away. Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) cut it to minus 15 and she also was the last to score in the third period for 63:46. Both teams remained at the same level within the first few minutes of the last stanza and USK Praha only managed to cut it at the end of the game. Charde Houston made it 61:51 and Elhotova scored for 64:54. Le Drean was the last player to score for the guests bringing 79:70, but Erika De Souza gave the final victory at 81:70 for the hosts.
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 14 points and 6 boards for the winners. The Czech champions responded with 16 points from Charde Houston. Sonja Kireta finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Ros Casares: Erika De Souza 24 points +12 boards, Delisha Milton-Jones 14 points and 6 boards
USK Praha:Charde Houston 16, Sonja Kireta 15 points and 8 rebounds



Frisco Sika upset Rivas in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Frisco Sika 83:88

Frisco Sika made a huge step towards reaching the Euroleague quarterfinals after they nipped Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. The Czech vice-champions will be able to wrap up the series on Friday when they host the Spanish team. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) opened the game with four points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter and entered the second stanza ahead by 9 points. Ujhelyi and Garcia trimmed the distance to four points early in the second frame but Frisco Sika immediately responded with 7 unanswered points to clear off. Frisko Sika kept their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the half and grabbed a 55:43 halftime advantage. Hana Horakova and Tay McWilliams tipped off the second half with 6 consecutive points as the visitors boosted the gap at 18 points. The situation hardly changed in the third frame as Frisco Sika stayed in control. They accumulated a 71:52 lead entering the final stanza. Rivas Ecopolis went on a desperate rescue rally late in regulation. But Tay McWilliams, Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) and Skerovic went deadly from the stripe late in regulation sealing the victory for Frisco Sika.
Hana Horakova tossed in 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists in the win. Eva Viteckova knocked down 19 points for Frisco Sika. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) responded with 23 points and 11 boards for Rivas Ecopolis. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) delivered 16 points in the losing effort.

Rivas Ecopolis: Crystal Langhorne 23+11 boards, Catherine Joens 16
Frisco Sika: Tay McWilliams 21+10 boards, Hana Horakova 21, Eva Viteckova 19



Perfumerias too good for Bourges - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias - Bourges 72:53

Perfumerias claimed the first win in the Euroleague eighth-final series against Bourges. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the hosts in Salamanca.
Manic put Bourges ahead at the start of the game. However Perfumerias answered with a 26:4 run to earn a 28:9 lead at the first break. Bourges Basket adjusted their defence in the second quarter limiting the hosts to only 9 points. Bourges got within 12 points at halftime 25:37. Perfumerias regained control in the third stanza. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) and Sancho Lyttle boosted the margin at 22 points late in the quarter. Miyem capped the third period with a jumper as Bourges got within 20. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the final term and celebrated a comfortable win at the end.
Anke De Mondt fired 17 points for Avenida. Le'Coe Willingham contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 13 points for Bourges. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84) had 11 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Perfumerias: Sancho Lyttle 24+10 boards, Anke De Mondt 17, Le'Coe Willingham 13
Bourges: Ana Lelas 13, Paoline Salagnac 11



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  TURKEY - Women  


Fenerbahce are 1-0 up on Taranto - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Taranto 89:83

Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) scored 28 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead Fenerbahce past Taranto in the Euroleague eighth-final series. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80, agency: Ates Ceren) was helpful with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Michelle Greco (176-G-80) teamed up for ten points in the opening frame as Taranto jumped ahead. However Nevriye Yilmaz and Vardarli capped the quarter with five points in a row as Fenerbahce secured a 23:20 lead. The teams kept it close throughout the second quarter. Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) and Giauro crowned the half with four points as Taranto trailed by 2 points 36:38. Fenerbahce silenced the visitors early in the third period. They unloaded 8 points in a row to clear off. Rebekkah Brunson and Siccardi dragged the Italian team within three points and later Michelle Greco, Rebekkah Brunson and Ilisaine David put Taranto in charge. Nevriye Yilmaz though had the last laugh in the term as Fenerbahce entered the final frame ahead by one 63:62. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Montagnino retained the lead for Taranto but not for long though. Penelope Taylor and Nevriye Yilmaz accounted for crucial points midway through the fourth stanza as the hosts gained a 9-point lead. Taranto could not surpass the deficit and had to surrender at the end.
Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) notched 16 points and 6 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Rebekkah Brunson replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Taranto. Ilisaine David, Megan Mahoney and Michelle Greco delivered 12 points apiece in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce: Penelope Taylor 28, Nevriye Yilmaz 22+11 boards, Tamara Sutton-Brown 16
Taranto: Rebekkah Brunson 25, Ilisaine David 12, Megan Mahoney 12, Michelle Greco 12