EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/12/2011

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  ABA   


Mavericks send Rutledge into retirement with another big win - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (14-1) sent power forward DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) into retirement with a dominating 162-75 victory Saturday night at their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) in Winnie, TX. The Mavs displayed stifling defense again and just did not let the Rimrockers do much of anything on offense. It was just another impressive display of team defense by the Mavericks. DeRon Rutledge hit on 13 of 18 shots to tally 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assist, and 1 steal on this his farewell night. It was the perfect way for this power forward to end his stellar career that has spanned over 15 years. He is the best that Ive ever seen play on this level of pro basketball and it was my privilege to have coached him all of these years that weve been together as player and coach! With all of that said, I will remember DeRon as a better person that he was a player! He was special in every way! stated Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker .
In a stirring ceremony at half-time Mavericks Owner Jerry Nelson honored Rutledge and his Family who were in attendance at the game. Rutledge's #22 is the second number retired by the Mavericks and is the first Players Number retired. The #1 was retired two seasons ago in honor of Jerry Nelson. Rutledge led seven Mavericks in double figures for the game! Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored 22 points in his most impressive performance of the season. Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) each scored 20 points respectively. Sanders also added 17 rebounds and 5 assist in his best game as a pro over the last three seasons with the SETX. The Texas Rimrockers were led in scoring by Calvin Crosby with 21 points.
The SETX Mavericks will be back in action this Thursday night at home. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.


Chicago defeats Lake Michigan - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals finally got their chance to revenge last years divisional championship lose to Chicago Steam Sunday night at South Suburban College. Unfortunately they were a little short handed. Zane Gay (6'5''-G-87, college: E.Michigan), Eddie Spencer (6'6''-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan), and Larry Logan (6'7''-F-85, college: Centenary) could not make the trip and their absence was felt. The first quarter was owned by the Chicago Steam and they led 30-21. Then the Admirals woke up and outscored their opponent 38-14 and went into the half with a 59-44 halftime lead. The Steam came out of the locker room charged and cut the lead down to 4 with the score 87-83 Admirals. Then Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston), former Houston Rockets took over and scored 17 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter. The Admirals were led by Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) with 28 points. The Chicago Steam won the game 117-112. The Steam are 8-3 on the season and the Admirals are 3-3.

Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 5-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 4. Texas RR 0-1 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 14-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 4-2 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Cypress 0-0 
 5. Lafayette U. 0-0 
 6. Houston Red S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 7-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K 0-0 
NoCal
 1. Bay Area M. 6-2 
 2. E.Bay Pitbulls 6-3 
 3. Sacramento H. 6-3 
 4. S.Francisco R. 5-2 
 5. California SK 0-0 
 6. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 8-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 3-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. NWI M.Stars 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 5-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 6-0 
 2. San Diego S. 5-3 
 3. San Diego Sol 4-1 
 4. LA Slam 3-1 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 7-0 
 2. St. Louis 2-1 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 6. Indiana Diesel 0-1 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 7-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 6-2 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida Makos 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. H.Prowl 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 8-4 
 2. North Dallas 6-3 
 3. W.Texasbank W. 4-4 
 4. Oklahoma 3-2 
 5. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 6. N.Texas F. 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


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Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Union Olimpija 10-5 
 2. Krka 10-5 
 3. Partizan 9-6 
 4. Buducnost 9-6 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 8-6 
 6. Siroki TT 8-7 
 7. Cedevita 8-7 
 8. Hemofarm 7-8 
 9. CEZ Nymburk 7-8 
 10. Radnicki 6-8 
 11. Igokea 6-9 
 12. Cibona 6-9 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 5-10 
 14. Zadar 5-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.4 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Zoric, KK.18.8 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.7 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.3 
 6. Car, Zadar17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Marsh, Crvena Z.16.8 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.1 
 10. Young, Crvena Z.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Zoric, KK.8.9 
 2. Kasun, KK.7.0 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.6 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.6 
 6. Booker, Krka6.2 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.1 
 8. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona5.8 
 10. Markota, Union O.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.7 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.6 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 6. Nissim, CEZ N.3.6 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.6 
 8. Stipcevic, Cibona3.6 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.3 
 3. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.2 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona1.9 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 7. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 8. Car, Zadar1.9 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.8 
 10. Marsh, Crvena Z.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zoric, KK.1.2 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Vesely, Partizan0.9 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.8 
 7. Booker, Krka0.8 
 8. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Brnas, Cibona0.6 


Round 15: Derby game ends with Partizan's win against Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two Serbian teams: Partizan (#4) and Hemofarm (#8). Hemofarm was defeated at home 64-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. It was a good game for Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward James Gist (203-86) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin forward Milos Borisov (201-85) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Hemofarm. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan has a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Serbian and Adriatic league champion (9-6) moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with CEZ Nymburk. Partizan is looking forward to face Siroki TT Kabeli (#6) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Hemofarm will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (9-6) against fourteenth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (5-10) on Monday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Crvena Zvezda (5-10) in a tough game in Beograd 55-63. It was a great evening for American forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Jahmar Young helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crvena Zvezda moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Zadar. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Partizan. Crvena Zvezda will play against higher ranked Radnicki (#10) in Kragujevac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play at home against Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Adriatic League top team - Slovenian Union Olimpija (10-5) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Croatian Zadar (5-10) in Ljubljana 78-53. It was a quality performance for Damir Markota who led the winners and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Union Olimpija's coach Jurij Zdovc felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Brandon Brown came up with 15 points for Zadar in the defeat. Union Olimpija maintains first place with 10-5 record, which they share with Krka. Loser Zadar dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Crvena Zvezda. Union Olimpija will meet league's second-placed Krka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zadar will play against KK Zagreb CO (#5) and hope to secure a win.
9th ranked Serbian Radnicki (6-8) fell to tenth ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (7-8) in overtime by three points 94-97. The best player for the winners was Chester Simmons who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Czech champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hemofarm. Radnicki lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be Igokea (#11) in Aleksandrovac. Radnicki will play at home against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd.
The game in Zagreb was quite interesting. Second ranked Slovenian Krka (10-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Croatian Cedevita (8-7). Krka managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74 on Saturday. It was a good game for Smiljan Pavic who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Krka has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Union Olimpija. Loser Cedevita keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Krka will face league's leader Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.

In the last two games of round 15 Cibona beat Siroki TT on the road 82-81. KK Zagreb CO won against Igokea on its own court 85-77.


Hemofarm - Partizan 64-71

The most exciting game was a derby match between two Serbian teams: Partizan (#4) and Hemofarm (#8). Hemofarm was defeated at home 64-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. It was a good game for Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward James Gist (203-86) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin forward Milos Borisov (201-85) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Boris Savovic (206-87) added 11 points in the effort for Hemofarm. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan has a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion (9-6) moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with CEZ Nymburk. Partizan is looking forward to face Siroki TT Kabeli (#6) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Hemofarm will play on the road against Buducnost in Podgorica and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Partizan: N.Jawai 14+5reb+2ast, D.Kecman 12+4reb+1ast, J.Gist 11+7reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 8+2reb+2ast, J.Vesely 6+4reb+7ast, D.Milosavljevic 6+2reb+3ast
Hemofarm: M.Borisov 17+6reb+2ast, B.Krstovic 11+1reb+2ast, B.Savovic 11+4reb, U.Petrovic 5+2reb, J.Jordan 5+7reb, M.Sutalo 4+2reb
gschID: 92543


Union Olimpija - Zadar 78-53

Adriatic League top team - Slovenian Union Olimpija (10-5) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Croatian Zadar (5-10) in Ljubljana 78-53. The game was mostly controlled by Union Olimpija. Zadar managed to win fourth quarter 11-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a quality performance for Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian-Slovenian guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, agency: World Sport Agency) accounted for 15 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. Union Olimpija's coach Jurij Zdovc felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) came up with 15 points and guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Zadar in the defeat. Union Olimpija maintains first place with 10-5 record, which they share with Krka. Loser Zadar dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Crvena Zvezda. Union Olimpija will meet league's second-placed Krka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zadar will play against KK Zagreb CO (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: D.Markota 16+8reb+4ast, V.Ilievski 15+4ast, K.Gregory 14+1reb+1ast, G.Jagodnik 11+4reb, G.Shermadini 8+4reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 7+1ast
Zadar: B.Brown 15+4reb, M.Bilan 10+2reb+1ast, M.Dundovic 8+1reb+1ast, C.Mason 7+5reb, J.Vladovic 7+6reb+3ast, M.Car 3+3ast
gschID: 92540


Cedevita - Krka 74-80

The game in Zagreb was quite interesting. Second ranked Slovenian Krka (10-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Croatian Cedevita (8-7). Krka managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74 on Saturday. Cedevita trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 19-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-80 at the end of the game. It was a good game for power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) answered with 24 points and the other American import guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Cedevita. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Krka has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Union Olimpija. Loser Cedevita keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Krka will face league's leader Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.
Top scorers:
Krka: C.Booker 17+3reb, S.Pavic 14+10reb+2ast, J.Balazic 13+3reb, Z.Dragic 9+1reb, D.Djordjevic 7+4reb+3ast, G.Ikonic 6+2reb+1ast
Cedevita: C.Edwards 24+4reb+1ast, D.Draper 18+1reb+6ast, R.Troha 8+4reb+3ast, F.Kastropil 7+1reb, H.Kovacevic 4+1reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 92541


Siroki TT - Cibona 81-82

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Croatian Cibona (6-9) edged 4th placed Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (8-7) in Siroki Brijeg 82-81 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Siroki TT Kabeli won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cibona won last quarter 21-21. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Siroki TT Kabeli was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Leon Radosevic (208-90) who saved his team from a defeat with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Croatian power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Siroki TT Kabeli. Five Cibona and four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Siroki TT Kabeli's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Igokea. Defending Bosnian champion Siroki TT Kabeli dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Cibona: G.Giricek 16+2reb+2ast, B.Bogdanovic 15+2reb+2ast, L.Radosevic 15+6reb+1ast, T.Zubcic 12+8reb+2ast, A.Krapic 10+7reb, K.Vragovic 8+2reb+4ast
Siroki TT: I.Grgat 16+5reb+1ast, F.Pilepic 14+4reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 13+3reb+3ast, S.Spralja 11+6reb+2ast, V.Morovic 9+2reb+4ast, J.Naletilic 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 92542


CEZ Nymburk - Radnicki 97-94 OT

9th ranked Serbian Radnicki (6-8) fell to tenth ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (7-8) in overtime by three points 94-97. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 14-11. CEZ Nymburk brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Michael Lee (207-86) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Czech champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hemofarm. Radnicki lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be Igokea (#11) in Aleksandrovac. Radnicki will play at home against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 25+7reb+4ast, A.Nissim 17+3reb+5ast, M.Kremen 14+3reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 13+8reb, M.Lenzly 11+7reb+6ast, A.Chan 8+5reb
Radnicki: V.Vukosavljevic 22+15reb+1ast, M.Lee 20+6reb+1ast, S.Markovic 19+3reb+2ast, M.Rakic 13+2reb+4ast, P.Miletic 10+9reb+3ast, D.Mijatovic 6+2reb
gschID: 92538


KK Zagreb CO - Igokea 85-77

Very expected game when 11th ranked Bosnian Igokea (6-9) lost on the road to seventh ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (8-6) 85-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zagreb CO outrebounded Igokea 42-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the effort for Igokea. Five KK Zagreb CO and four Igokea players scored in double figures. KK Zagreb CO moved-up to fifth place. Loser Igokea keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. KK Zagreb CO will face bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Igokea will play against CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 25+11reb, K.Simon 16+6reb+2ast, D.Rancic 11+4reb+4ast, M.Kasun 11+9reb+1ast, A.Masic 10+3reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 10+8reb+5ast
Igokea: S.Nadjfeji 20+11reb, M.Pantic 13+4reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 11+6reb+1ast, M.Dozet 11+1reb+2ast, J.Florence 8+3ast, M.Djerasimovic 5
gschID: 92539


Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 63-55

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (9-6) against fourteenth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (5-10) on Monday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Crvena Zvezda (5-10) in a tough game in Beograd 55-63. Buducnost was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. His fellow American import guard Jahmar Young (196, college: N.Mexico St.) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points and Bosnian-Montenegrin forward Sead Sehovic (199-89) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crvena Zvezda moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Zadar. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Partizan. Crvena Zvezda will play against higher ranked Radnicki (#10) in Kragujevac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play at home against Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: J.Young 19+1reb, R.Marsh 18+3reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 8+4reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 8+6reb+3ast, U.Nikolic 4+4reb, L.Drca 3
Buducnost: M.Simonovic 17+4reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Scekic 6+1reb+1ast, A.Mitrovic 4+1reb, B.Dubljevic 4+7reb, N.Otasevic 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 92537




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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Central Africans and Chadians qualify for Abidjan 2011 - by Kristian Santiago
Led by Max Kouguere, the Central African Republic had no difficulties finishing first in the Zone IV qualifiers. They beat out Chad twice (58-49 and 80-47) but the Chadians qualified for the African Championships as well, as DR of Congo, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville failed to show up.

Victorious Central African Republic national-team:

Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85)
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79)
Fabrice Mokoteemapa (192-G-81)
Johan Grebongo (204-C)
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-F-93)
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F-92)
Max Kouguere (198-F-87)
Baide Baikoua (197-F-86)
Ali Marzouk
Jonathan Alalengbi (92)
Herve Ngoko
Lionel Pehoua (196-F-82)

Coach: Jeu Robert Madozein


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  ALGERIA   


D1 Round 16: Blida is upset by CRB Dar El-B. - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in El-Beida between third ranked Blida (12-4) and fifth ranked CRB Dar El-B. (12-4) on Tuesday night. Blida was defeated by CRB Dar El-B. on the road 92-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Blida. CRB Dar El-B. have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Blida. CRB Dar El-B. is looking forward to face ASPTT (#15) in Alger in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Blida will play at home against Arreridj (#6) in B.B. Arreridj and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Staoueli. Top-ranked GS Petroliers faced 4th ranked Staoueli. Guests from Alger (16-0) smashed host Staoueli (12-3) 88-67. Undefeated GS Petroliers have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Staoueli at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. GS Petroliers will play against CRB Temouch. (#14) in Temouchent in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Staoueli will play at home against NAH Dey (#10) in Alger and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Batna. Local O Batna (9-6) outscored 15th ranked ASPTT (2-14) 84-52 on Tuesday night. O Batna moved-up to eighth place. Loser ASPTT keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. O Batna will meet league's second-placed WA Boufarik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ASPTT will play against CRB Dar El-B. (#5) in El-Beida and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
U.S.M. was defeated by NAH Dey in Alger 97-92. Bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout was beaten by Annaba at home 63-78. WA Boufarik won against Skikda on the opponent's court 86-79. Arreridj managed to outperform Sidi-bel-Abbes in a home game 70-54. CSMC managed to beat CRB Temouch. on the road 66-54.


Staoueli - GS Petroliers 67-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Staoueli. Top-ranked GS Petroliers faced 4th ranked Staoueli. Guests from Alger (16-0) smashed host Staoueli (12-3) 88-67. GS Petroliers have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Staoueli at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. GS Petroliers will play against CRB Temouch. (#14) in Temouchent in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Staoueli will play at home against NAH Dey (#10) in Alger and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 120325


NAH Dey - U.S.M. 97-92

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Alger where 10th ranked U.S.M. (4-12) was defeated by eleventh ranked NAH Dey (6-10) 97-92 on Tuesday. NAH Dey moved-up to tenth place. Loser U.S.M. dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. NAH Dey will meet higher ranked Staoueli (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. U.S.M. will play against Annaba (#12) in Annaba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120321


USMM Hadjout - Annaba 63-78

No shocking result in a game in Alger where thirteenth ranked Annaba (5-11) defeated bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (1-15) 78-63 on Tuesday. Annaba moved-up to twelfth place. USMM Hadjout lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Annaba will meet at home higher ranked U.S.M. (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USMM Hadjout will play against Sidi-bel-Abbes (#9).
gschID: 120322


Skikda - WA Boufarik 79-86

Very expected game when 12th ranked Skikda (4-11) was defeated at home by second ranked WA Boufarik (14-2) 86-79 on Tuesday. WA Boufarik has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-2 record having just two points less than leader GS Petroliers. Loser Skikda dropped to the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. WA Boufarik will meet at home O Batna (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Skikda will play against CSMC (#7) in Constantine and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 120323


CRB Dar El-B. - Blida 92-76

The most important game in the last round took place in El-Beida between third ranked Blida (12-4) and fifth ranked CRB Dar El-B. (12-4) on Tuesday night. Blida was defeated by CRB Dar El-B. on the road 92-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Blida. CRB Dar El-B. have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Blida. CRB Dar El-B. is looking forward to face ASPTT (#15) in Alger in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Blida will play at home against Arreridj (#6) in B.B. Arreridj and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 120324


Arreridj - Sidi-bel-Abbes 70-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Arreridj's (8-7) home victory over 7th ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (7-9) 70-54 on Tuesday. Arreridj maintains sixth position with 8-7 record. Sidi-bel-Abbes lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Arreridj will meet higher ranked Blida (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sidi-bel-Abbes will play against USMM Hadjout (#16) in Alger and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 120318


O Batna - ASPTT 84-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Batna. Local O Batna (9-6) outscored 15th ranked ASPTT (2-14) 84-52 on Tuesday night. O Batna moved-up to eighth place. Loser ASPTT keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. O Batna will meet league's second-placed WA Boufarik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ASPTT will play against CRB Dar El-B. (#5) in El-Beida and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 120319


CRB Temouch. - CSMC 54-66

Not a big story in a game in Temouchent where 14th ranked CRB Temouch. (3-11) was defeated by eighth ranked CSMC (9-5) 66-54 on Tuesday. CSMC moved-up to seventh place. CRB Temouch. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. CSMC will meet at home Skikda (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. CRB Temouch. will play against the league's leader GS Petroliers having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 120320




Standings
D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 16-0 
 2. WA Boufarik 14-2 
 3. Staoueli 12-3 
 4. CRB Dar El-B. 12-4 
 5. Blida 12-4 
 6. CSMC 9-5 
 7. O Batna 9-6 
 8. Arreridj 8-7 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 7-9 
 10. NAH Dey 6-10 
 11. Annaba 5-11 
 12. Skikda 4-11 
 13. U.S.M. 4-12 
 14. CRB Temouch. 3-11 
 15. ASPTT 2-14 
 16. USMM Hadjout 1-15 


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Obera TC 8-3 
 2. A.Italiana 7-4 
 3. Union Progr. 7-4 
 4. Alvear 7-4 
 5. San Mart.C. 6-5 
 6. A.Espanola 6-5 
 7. Adelante 1-9 
 8. Tucuman BB 1-9 
Zona Sur
 1. Firmat SF 7-4 
 2. Ciclista 7-4 
 3. Union S. 7-4 
 4. Bragado 7-5 
 5. Quilmes MP 6-5 
 6. Banda Norte 6-5 
 7. San Mart.MJ 2-9 
 8. Gimnasia VP 1-9 


LigaA (second stage) Round 6: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

LigaA round 6 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Atenas (4-1) against second ranked La Union (5-1) 97-84 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 34. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) replied with 21 points for Atenas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union keeps a position of league leader. Atenas at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by La Union. Atenas will play next round against Regatas Corrientes trying to make it back to the top of the standings. La Union will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Obras in Buenos Aires.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lanus (3-2) against eighth ranked Penarol (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Lanus was defeated by eighth ranked Penarol (3-1) in Mar del Plata 85-68. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and Martin Leiva who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Lanus at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Penarol will play against bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lanus will play at home against Club 9 (#11) in Rio Tercero and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Sionista is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to twelfth ranked Gimnasia CR (3-3) 91-83 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Gerald Brown who scored that evening 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 24 points by Juan Manuel Locatelli did not help to save the game for Sionista. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimnasia CR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Sionista still closes the standings with five games lost. Gimnasia CR will meet at home Regatas Corrientes (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play against Penarol in Mar del Plata and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Estudiantes (2-4) and Club 9 (3-3), which took place in Rio Tercero. Higher ranked Estudiantes lost to thirteenth ranked Club 9 in a road game 86-97. The best player for the winners was Jerome Meyinsse who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Club 9 has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Estudiantes lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires and it may be quite challenging game. Estudiantes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#8).
The game between eleventh ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-3) and higher ranked Argentino (3-3) in La Banda on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Olimpico de La Banda outscored guests from Junin 86-57. Djibril Kante orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpico de La Banda has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Argentino. Argentino lost third consecutive game. Olimpico de La Banda will face Boca Juniors (#14) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Boca Jrs was beaten by Monte Hermoso on the road 91-81. Regatas C. lost to Quimsa on its own court 72-83. Obras unfortunately lost to Libertad S. in Sunchales 61-77.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 31 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Hernando Salles of Monte Hermoso.


Monte Hermoso - Boca Jrs 91-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Monte Hermoso's (4-3) home victory over 13th ranked Boca Juniors (2-5) 91-81 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Boca Juniors was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Hernando Salles (188-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Cedric Moodie (187-78, college: Indianapolis) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Monte Hermoso moved-up to third place, which they share with Quimsa. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. Monte Hermoso will face Quimsa (#4) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against Olimpico de La Banda (#10).
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: H.Salles 31+6reb+9ast, B.Johnson 16+6reb+1ast, A.White 13+4reb+2ast, C.Robinson 11+7reb, S.Cabello 9+4reb, G.Sciutto 6+5reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: M.Fierro 18+5reb+2ast, C.Moodie 16+8reb+1ast, J.Brussino 11+2reb, S.Vega 10+1reb+3ast, F.Titarelli 9+6reb+3ast, R.Elliott 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117458


Regatas C. - Quimsa 72-83

Very expected game when 15th ranked Regatas Corrientes (1-3) lost at home to ninth ranked Quimsa (4-3) 83-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Regatas Corrientes managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimsa made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. International center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points and 9 assists in the effort for Regatas Corrientes. Quimsa moved-up to third place, which they share with Monte Hermoso. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the fifteenth position with three games lost. Quimsa will face Monte Hermoso (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Regatas Corrientes will play against the league's second-placed Atenas (#2) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 15+9reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 12+4reb, S.Villegas 11+1reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 11+5reb+2ast, J.Treise 10+3reb+3ast, J.Mazzaro 8+1reb+4ast
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 22+14reb+1ast, J.Martinez 13+3reb+9ast, N.Romano 11+1reb, E.Villares 8+2ast, O.Legaria 7+3ast, R.Stanton 5+2reb
gschID: 117453


Penarol - Lanus 85-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lanus (3-2) against eighth ranked Penarol (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Lanus was defeated by eighth ranked Penarol (3-1) in Mar del Plata 85-68. It looked good early as Lanus took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Penarol had a 19-15 second period charge getting the lead and Lanus was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-85. Lanus was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nicolas Laprovittola (191-90) scored 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Lanus at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Penarol will play against bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lanus will play at home against Club 9 (#11) in Rio Tercero and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Penarol: P.Sebastian Rodriguez 15+1reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 15+6reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 14+1reb, K.Lamonte 13+3reb+2ast, M.Leiva 11+8reb+2ast, M.Mata 6+5reb+4ast
Lanus: T.Taylor 17+6reb, N.Laprovittola 15+2reb, M.Byro 14+1ast, J.Levy 6+5reb, M.Jeffers 5+4reb, F.Malara 3+4reb
gschID: 117454


Club 9 - Estudiantes 97-86

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Estudiantes (2-4) and Club 9 (3-3), which took place in Rio Tercero. Higher ranked Estudiantes lost to thirteenth ranked Club 9 in a road game 86-97. Estudiantes was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 34-15 third quarter run of Club 9. 32 personal fouls committed by Estudiantes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Martin Melo (197-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Four Club 9 players scored in double figures. Naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) produced 9 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Club 9 has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Estudiantes lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires and it may be quite challenging game. Estudiantes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#8).
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Meyinsse 26+7reb+1ast, M.Melo 20+10reb+3ast, G.Torre 11+4reb+2ast, L.Barlasina 11+1reb+2ast, E.Martina 9+5reb+2ast, B.Zanotti 8+1ast
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 23+2reb, F.Aguerre 12+8reb, F.Giorgi 11+5reb, P.Sanchez 9+14reb+8ast, J.Espil 9+1reb, P.Gil 8+3reb
gschID: 117455


Sionista - Gimnasia CR 83-91

Bottom-ranked Sionista is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to twelfth ranked Gimnasia CR (3-3) 91-83 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Gimnasia CR made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) who scored that evening 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Federico Mansilla (190-87) supported him with 16 points. Even 24 points by the former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) did not help to save the game for Sionista. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Five Gimnasia CR and four Sionista players scored in double figures. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimnasia CR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Sionista still closes the standings with five games lost. Gimnasia CR will meet at home Regatas Corrientes (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play against Penarol in Mar del Plata and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia CR: F.Funes 16+1reb+2ast, F.Mansilla 16+3reb+1ast, G.Brown 15+5reb+6ast, R.Okosa 14+6reb, H.Rollins 14+4reb+1ast, M.Franco 5+2reb+2ast
Sionista: J.Manuel Locatelli 24+4reb+1ast, A.Zilli 16+9reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 12+4reb+1ast, D.Osella 10+4reb, P.Rodriguez 8+1reb+2ast, P.Franco 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 117456


La Union - Atenas 97-84

LigaA round 20 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Atenas (4-1) against second ranked La Union (5-1) 97-84 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 34. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) replied with 21 points and the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Atenas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union keeps a position of league leader. Atenas at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by La Union. Atenas will play next round against Regatas Corrientes trying to make it back to the top of the standings. La Union will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Obras in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 27+2reb+4ast, G.Mikulas 15+9reb+1ast, P.Barrios 15+3reb, A.Pau 12+3reb+1ast, D.Cantrell 10+4reb, F.Ferrini 7+3reb+1ast
Atenas: M.Lescano 21+2reb+1ast, B.Labaque 14+1reb+4ast, D.Gerbaudo 10+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 10+4reb, R.Gabini 7+4reb, G.Lewis 6+5reb
gschID: 117457


Olimpico LB - Argentino 86-57

The game between eleventh ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-3) and higher ranked Argentino (3-3) in La Banda on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Olimpico de La Banda outscored guests from Junin 86-57. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpico de La Banda. Argentino managed to win fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpico de La Banda made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Emiliano Agostino (191-84) added 15 points in the effort for Argentino. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpico de La Banda has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Argentino. Argentino lost third consecutive game. Olimpico de La Banda will face Boca Juniors (#14) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Kante 25+9reb, D.Cavaco 12+4reb, A.Laws 10+1reb+1ast, L.Picarelli 9+2reb+4ast, C.Romero 9+4reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 8+3reb+1ast
Argentino: E.Agostino 15+2reb, J.Cangelosi 12+6reb, J.Bunn 8+5reb+1ast, I.Nwankwo 7+5reb, S.Scala 6+1ast, S.Gonzalez 3+2reb
gschID: 117451


Libertad S. - Obras 77-61

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Libertad Sunchales (3-3) won at home against one of their biggest challengers Obras (3-3) 77-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Obras managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Sebastian Ginobili (190-72, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Carlos Schattmann (194-87) added 13 points in the effort for Obras. Libertad Sunchales has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Obras. Libertad Sunchales will face Estudiantes (#13) in Bahia Blanca in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Battle 21+9reb, S.Ginobili 17+2reb+3ast, A.Galindo 13+4reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 11+1reb+4ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 7+4reb, R.Wolkowyski 6+10reb
Obras: C.Schattmann 13+4reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 10+12reb+3ast, J.Pittman 10+2reb, L.Cequeira 8+3reb+1ast, L.Fraga 6+1reb+2ast, A.Elsener 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 117452




Salles' 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old guard Hernando Salles (188-G-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Monte Hermoso and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and nine assists for Monte Hermoso in his team's victory, helping them to beat Boca Jrs (#14, 2-5) 91-81. Monte Hermoso is placed at 3rd position in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Monte Hermoso will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Salles had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Monte Hermoso's top player in his first season with the team. Salles has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 3.5apg).

Second best performed player last round was Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9. He is American forward in his first season at Club 9. In the last game Meyinsse recorded impressive 26 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Club 9 cruised to a 97-86 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Estudiantes (#13, 2-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Club 9 managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Meyinsse is a newcomer at Club 9 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#5). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77) of Estudiantes (#13). Sanchez showcased his all-around game by recording 9 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. Despite Sanchez's great performance Estudiantes lost 86-97 to slightly higher-ranked Club 9 (#11, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Estudiantes not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sanchez could try to bring Estudiantes' a little bit higher in the standings. Sanchez has individually a great season in Argentina. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.3apg (best passer). Pepe Sanchez has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Melo (197-F-82) of Club 9 - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) of Regatas C. - 22 points and 14 rebounds
7. David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 21 points and 9 rebounds
9. Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80) of Monte Hermoso - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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


TNA Round 11: Ciclista loses a game and the top position to Firmat SF - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Ciclista (7-4) in Juninense on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Firmat SF (7-4) 82-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ciclista. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Sur as both teams had the same 6-4 record before this meeting. Firmat SF keeps a position of Zona Sur leader, which they share with Ciclista and Union S. Firmat SF is looking forward to face league's second-placed Union de Sunchales on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ciclista will play against Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked San Martin Corrientes (6-5) against fifth ranked Asociacion Italiana (7-4) on Friday night. Visiting San Martin Corrientes was crushed by fifth ranked Asociacion Italiana (7-4) in Charata 97-76. It was a key game for the second position in Zona Norte. Asociacion Italiana has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Zona Norte, which they share with Alvear and Union Progr. San Martin Corrientes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with A.Espanola. Asociacion Italiana will play against Union Progresista (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's leader Obera TC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Union de Sunchales (7-4) against sixth ranked Banda Norte (6-5) on Friday night. Visiting Union de Sunchales was defeated by sixth ranked Banda Norte (6-5) in Rio Cuarto 79-66. Banda Norte has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place in Zona Sur, which they share with Quilmes MP. Union de Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with four games lost. They share it with Ciclista and Firmat SF. Banda Norte will meet at home higher ranked Bragado (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union de Sunchales will play against Firmat SF in Santa Fe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
TNA top team - Obera TC (8-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Tucuman BB (1-9) 88-69. Obera TC maintains first place in Zona Norte with 8-3 record. Tucuman BB lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Obera TC's next round opponent will be San Martin Corrientes (#5) on the road. Tucuman BB will play against Adelante in Reconquista and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Reconquista was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Alvear (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Adelante (1-9). Alvear defeated Adelante 76-62 on Saturday. Alvear moved-up to second place in Zona Norte, which they share with A.Italiana and Union Progr. Adelante lost third consecutive game. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Alvear will face Asociacion Espanola (#6) in Charata in the next round. Adelante will play on the road against Tucuman BB in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 11
In Zona Norte A.Espanola was destroyed by Union Progr. on the opponent's court 93-64.
In Zona Sur Bragado managed to outperform San Mart.MJ in a home game 79-61.



Group North
Obera TC - Tucuman BB 88-69

TNA top team - Obera TC (8-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Tucuman BB (1-9) 88-69. Obera TC maintains first place in Zona Norte with 8-3 record. Tucuman BB lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Obera TC's next round opponent will be San Martin Corrientes (#5) on the road. Tucuman BB will play against Adelante in Reconquista and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95408


A.Italiana - San Mart.C. 97-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked San Martin Corrientes (6-5) against fifth ranked Asociacion Italiana (7-4) on Friday night. Visiting San Martin Corrientes was crushed by fifth ranked Asociacion Italiana (7-4) in Charata 97-76. It was a key game for the second position in Zona Norte. Asociacion Italiana has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Zona Norte, which they share with Alvear and Union Progr. San Martin Corrientes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with A.Espanola. Asociacion Italiana will play against Union Progresista (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's leader Obera TC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 95409


Union Progr. - A.Espanola 93-64

Everything could happen in Villa Angela at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Union Progresista and 6th ranked Asociacion Espanola had identical 6-4 record. This time Union Progresista used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Charata 93-64 on Friday night. Union Progresista has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Zona Norte, which they share with A.Italiana and Alvear. Asociacion Espanola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Union Progresista will face league's second-placed Asociacion Italiana in Charata in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Espanola will play at home against Alvear in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95410


Adelante - Alvear 62-76

The game in Reconquista was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Alvear (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Adelante (1-9). Alvear defeated Adelante 76-62 on Saturday. Alvear moved-up to second place in Zona Norte, which they share with A.Italiana and Union Progr. Adelante lost third consecutive game. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Alvear will face Asociacion Espanola (#6) in Charata in the next round. Adelante will play on the road against Tucuman BB in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95407


Group South
Banda Norte - Union S. 79-66

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Union de Sunchales (7-4) against sixth ranked Banda Norte (6-5) on Friday night. Visiting Union de Sunchales was defeated by sixth ranked Banda Norte (6-5) in Rio Cuarto 79-66. Banda Norte has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place in Zona Sur, which they share with Quilmes MP. Union de Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with four games lost. They share it with Ciclista and Firmat SF. Banda Norte will meet at home higher ranked Bragado (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union de Sunchales will play against Firmat SF in Santa Fe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95414


Ciclista - Firmat SF 78-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Ciclista (7-4) in Juninense on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Firmat SF (7-4) 82-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ciclista. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Sur as both teams had the same 6-4 record before this meeting. Firmat SF keeps a position of Zona Sur leader, which they share with Ciclista and Union S. Firmat SF is looking forward to face league's second-placed Union de Sunchales on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ciclista will play against Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 95411


Bragado - San Mart.MJ 79-61

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Bragado (7-5) defeated at home 7th ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (2-9) 79-61 on Friday. Bragado has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place in Zona Sur. Loser San Martin Marcos Juarez keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Bragado will face Banda Norte (#6) in Rio Cuarto in the next round. San Martin Marcos Juarez will play at home against Gimnasia VP in Necochea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95413




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Oberwart Gunners add forward Tyrone Sally - by Stefan Prager
After having trouble with the addition of Terrance Woodbury the Oberwart Gunners found another new player to strenghten their roster for the upcoming deciding stage one games as well as the Cup Final Four. Today the club presented forward Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) who is coming from the Giants Bergen Op Zoom. Sally played in the dutch first league since 2008. Last season his club Bergen Giants finsihed as a league finalist. In 45 appearances Sally averaged 11.8 ppg along with 4.3 rpg while shooting a bit more than 52% from the field. Sally is expected to have his debut Sunday against the Furstenfeld Panthers.

Oberwart found a new player - by Stefan Heinrich
After the suprising departure of Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) the Oberwart Gunners were looking for a new player and they signed Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) The 6'7 Forward played for the W. Virginia University in the Big East Conference before he started his pro career. Last season he played for World Class Aviation Academy Giants in Netherlands and in 45 games he averaged 11.8 Points and 4.3 Rebounds per game.

Sally is expected to debut against Furstenfeld on Sunday.


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Manama beat Isa Town in opener - by Yousef Ahmed
MANAMA Club captured a comfortable 95-70 win over Isa Town as they kicked their title bid off to a hot start in main round of the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup yesterday.
The 12-time cup champions, playing their first match under their new American coach John Rabidou, dominated most of the proceedings and never looked behind for a deserving victory, they took a 31-21 lead in the first quarter, then headed into the break with a 51-36 advantage. Manama maintained their momentum in the third quarter, which ended 71-57, before securing a well-deserved 25-point victory. They now share defending champions Muharraq and Al Ahli top spot in this six-team battle with two points each.

Spearheading Manama last night were American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)) who scrored 25 points in his debut game and also bedise him national team super star trio- Mahmood Ghuloom, Mohammed Hassan and Big Man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC) who scored 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The victors were also represented by a group of young but gifted players, including Hassan Naorooz, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Omran Abdulreda, Mohammed Hussain and Ahmed Najaf. Sharp shooter Bader Malabes did not play due to injury.


Isa Town, the dark horses of the season, put up a brave show but were unable to match the strength and experience of their opponents in the closing stages of the game. Coached by Ahmed Salman, Isa Town had big hopes on their professional Boris Siakam of the US who scored 31 points yesterday but had to leave the game at the end due to injury. Isa Town also feature some local talents like Ebrahim Al Khabbaz, Jehad Ahmed, Aziz Qahiri, Mahmood Qaheri, Ahmed Janahi and Sayed Hadi Habib.

Action continues on Thursday with the second week of games when Muharraq and Al Ahli face off at 6.30pm in what promises to be the top clash of the week. In other matches, Sitra play Isa Town on Friday while Al Hala take on Manama the following day in the last game of the second week. The top four teams in the first-half of the league -Manama, Al Ahli, Muharraq and Sitra - received byes in the main round of the cup competition, featuring six teams. The main round is being played in a single round robin format, with the top two clubs reaching the best-of-three final playoff.





Source GDN Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011


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Liepaja and Nashid Beard part ways - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja and Nashid Beard (208-F-83, college: Lamar) decided to part ways. The team announced the decision today. The 27-year-old forward joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 6.6 points, 4.5 boards and 1.2 blocks per game in LBL. In Baltic League his stats read 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per appearance. Nashid Beard played in Sweden, Uruguay, Syria, Hungary, ABA and TPBL before joining Liepaja.


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D2 Round 16: BBC De Westhoek beats Royal Aera Excelsior by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 16 in the D2 took place in Zwevezele. Fifth ranked BBC De Westhoek (8-5) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Royal Aera Excelsior (8-5) 89-87 in the game for the fourth place. BBC De Westhoek moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Excelsior. BBC De Westhoek is looking forward to face league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Royal Aera Excelsior will play against BC Carnieres and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Sint-Jans Antwerpen (10-3) which hosted in Antwerp their biggest opponent Jako Pitzemburg (9-4). Third ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen managed to get a 4-point victory 57-53. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Sint-Jans Antwerpen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Jako Pitzemburg at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen will play against BBC De Westhoek (#4) in Zwevezele in the next round. Jako Pitzemburg will play at home against the league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Belgacom Liege II outleveled sixth-ranked Waregem 83-59. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Belgacom Liege II is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Belgacom Liege II (4-9) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fleurus and M.Hainaut II. Loser Waregem keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Oostkamp. Belgacom Liege II will meet higher ranked Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Waregem will play against Zolder in Zolder and hope to secure a win.
D2 top team - BBC Kangaroes-Boom (11-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked CEP Fleurus (4-9) 87-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CEP Fleurus. BBC Kangaroes-Boom has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-2 record. CEP Fleurus at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. BBC Kangaroes-Boom's next round opponent will be Jako Pitzemburg (#3) in Mechelen, which may be the game of the day. CEP Fleurus will play at home against Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#11) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between KBBC Oostkamp (7-6) and Dexia Mons Hainaut II (4-9), which took place in Quaregnon. Higher ranked KBBC Oostkamp lost to thirteenth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II in a road game 69-74 on Friday. Dexia Mons Hainaut II moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fleurus and Liege II. KBBC Oostkamp lost third consecutive game. KBBC Oostkamp at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will face CEP Fleurus (#12) on the road in the next round.

In the last two games of round 16 Essor Charleroi beat Carnieres on the road 77-64. Zolder won against Gembo on its own court 86-74.



Carnieres - Essor Charleroi 64-77

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Essor Charleroi (6-7) beat on the road bottom-ranked BC Carnieres (3-9) 77-64 on Saturday. Essor Charleroi maintains seventh position with 6-7 record. Loser BC Carnieres dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. Essor Charleroi will face Belgacom Liege II (#13) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BC Carnieres will play against Royal Aera Excelsior in Brussels.
gschID: 101692


De Westhoek - Excelsior 89-87

The biggest surprise of round 16 in the D2 took place in Zwevezele. Fifth ranked BBC De Westhoek (8-5) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Royal Aera Excelsior (8-5) 89-87 in the game for the fourth place. BBC De Westhoek moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Excelsior. BBC De Westhoek is looking forward to face league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Royal Aera Excelsior will play against BC Carnieres and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 101693


Liege II - Waregem 83-59

Bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Belgacom Liege II outleveled sixth-ranked Waregem 83-59. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Belgacom Liege II is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Belgacom Liege II (4-9) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fleurus and M.Hainaut II. Loser Waregem keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Oostkamp. Belgacom Liege II will meet higher ranked Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Waregem will play against Zolder in Zolder and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 101694


M.Hainaut II - Oostkamp 74-69

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between KBBC Oostkamp (7-6) and Dexia Mons Hainaut II (4-9), which took place in Quaregnon. Higher ranked KBBC Oostkamp lost to thirteenth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II in a road game 69-74 on Friday. Dexia Mons Hainaut II moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fleurus and Liege II. KBBC Oostkamp lost third consecutive game. KBBC Oostkamp at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will face CEP Fleurus (#12) on the road in the next round.
gschID: 101688


Sint-Jan Ant. - Pitzemburg 57-53

An interesting game for Sint-Jans Antwerpen (10-3) which hosted in Antwerp their biggest opponent Jako Pitzemburg (9-4). Third ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen managed to get a 4-point victory 57-53. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Sint-Jans Antwerpen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Jako Pitzemburg at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen will play against BBC De Westhoek (#4) in Zwevezele in the next round. Jako Pitzemburg will play at home against the league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 101689


Zolder - Gembo 86-74

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Gembo BBC (5-8) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Zolder (5-9) 86-74 on Saturday. Zolder moved-up to tenth place. Newly promoted Gembo BBC keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Zolder will face higher ranked Waregem (#6) in Waregem in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 101690


Kangar.-Boom - Fleurus 87-56

D2 top team - BBC Kangaroes-Boom (11-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked CEP Fleurus (4-9) 87-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CEP Fleurus. BBC Kangaroes-Boom has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-2 record. CEP Fleurus at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. BBC Kangaroes-Boom's next round opponent will be Jako Pitzemburg (#3) in Mechelen, which may be the game of the day. CEP Fleurus will play at home against Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#11) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 101691




Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 11-2 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 10-3 
 3. Pitzemburg 9-4 
 4. De Westhoek 8-5 
 5. Excelsior 8-5 
 6. Waregem 7-6 
 7. Oostkamp 7-6 
 8. Essor Charleroi 6-7 
 9. Gembo 5-8 
 10. Zolder 5-9 
 11. M.Hainaut II 4-9 
 12. Fleurus 4-9 
 13. Liege II 4-9 
 14. Carnieres 3-9 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Copeland, Aalstar17.7 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende17.5 
 3. Waters, Verviers.16.9 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.2 
 5. Miller, Leuven15.3 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege15.3 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi14.7 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven14.7 
 9. Gomis, Charleroi14.7 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Randle, Gent8.5 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar8.1 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege7.2 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.7.1 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.0 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 7. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.5 
 8. Young, Aalstar6.5 
 9. Hill, Charleroi6.2 
 10. Mejri, Antwerp5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.3 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.3 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.7 
 5. Miller, Leuven3.6 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Hill, Charleroi3.3 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.9 
 2. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende2.5 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Greene, Charleroi2.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 9. Mallet, Charleroi2.0 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 5. Santiago, Charleroi0.8 
 6. Randle, Gent0.8 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Jorssen, Verviers.0.4 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.4 


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Elite City League tips off - by Eurobasket News
Elite City League tipped off at the Berkeley Institute Gym at the weekend. Two games were played.
BHCS opened their campaign with victory. They held off Robin Hood 44:43 in the opener. D'Mitri Butterfield stepped up with 14 points to lead the effort. John Lee grabbed 12 rebounds for Robin Hood.
Team Three also took the victory on the opening day. They shot down Sea Venture 46:43. Dean Jones (198-F-83) paced the winners with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Steven Simmons answered with 18 points for Sea Venture.



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Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lalovic HER 19.9
2 Albijanic SLO 18.0
3 Hajric ZRI 17.5
4 Sakic ZRI 17.1
5 Gajovic HER 16.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Pejovic, Hercegovac 10
2 Jocovic, Borac N. 9
3 Zimic, Bosna 9
4 Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs. 8
5 Albijanic, Sloboda . 8
6 Sakic, Zrinjski HT 8
7 Gajovic, Hercegovac 8
8 Camdzic, Bosna 8
9 Gligora, Capljina 7
10 Hajric, Zrinjski HT 7
Assists Per Game
1 Radovanovic HER 6.1
2 Pasalic BOS 4.6
3 Jovanovic BOR 4.0
4 Ahmetbasic KAK 3.5
5 Zdravkovic CAP 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Gajovic, Hercegovac 7
2 Lesko, Brotnjo 6
3 Rizvic, Celik 5
4 Markovic, Varda HE 3
5 Begagic, Celik 3
6 Komatina, Mladost 3
7 Albijanic, Sloboda . 2
8 Galic, Capljina 2
9 Milosevic, Mladost 2
10 Kajevic, Varda HE 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Zimic, Bosna 2
2 Gajovic, Hercegovac 2
3 Simonovic, Zrinjski. 1
4 Lalovic, Hercegovac 1
5 Komatina, Mladost 1
6 Brkic, Capljina 1
7 Albijanic, Sloboda . 1
8 Malidzan, Varda HE 0
9 Ivanic, Mladost 0
10 Tosic, Borac Nektar 0


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  BRAZIL   


Cavs Anderson Varejao out for season with torn Tendon - by Eurobasket News
Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) injured his right ankle and foot during Thursday afternoons team practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. He was examined and received X-rays and MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health immediately following practice, the results of which revealed an injury to the peroneus longus tendon.

In order to confirm the extent of the injury and diagnosis, a follow-up MRI was obtained today in Phoenix at St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center. The results confirmed a complete tear of the peroneus longus in the midfoot of the right ankle and foot. Anderson will return to Cleveland in the near future for further consultation and treatment decisions will be made and he will likely miss the remainder of the current season.

Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker will coordinate additional consultations and facilitate subsequent treatment plan recommendations. Further updates will be provided as available and appropriate.

Courtesy of www.waitingfornextyear.com


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  BULGARIA   


Division A Round 10: Academik Plovdiv loses to Balkan 2 - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Botevgrad between third ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-3) and fifth ranked Balkan 2 (5-4) on Sunday night. Academik Plovdiv was defeated by Balkan 2 on the road 86-97. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan 2. Academik Plovdiv managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan 2 forced 23 Academik Plovdiv turnovers. Strangely Academik Plovdiv outrebounded Balkan 2 43-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikolay Marinov (178-94) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Martin Horozov (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for Academik Plovdiv. Academik Plovdiv's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Balkan 2 maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Academik Plovdiv at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with NSA. Balkan 2 are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Academik Plovdiv will play against Cherno More U18 (#6) in Varna and is hoping to win this game.
Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-9) in Ruse 108-63. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ventsislav Petkov chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Undefeated Dunav 2007 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad still closes the standings with nine games lost. Dunav 2007 will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Varna was quite interesting. Fourth ranked NSA (6-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Cherno More U18 (4-5). NSA managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Sunday. Galimir Tomov notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 28 points and 7 rebounds by Nikolay Stoyanov did not help to save the game for Cherno More U18. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NSA moved-up to third place, which they share with Academik PL. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Rilski 2. NSA will meet at home Rilski 2 (#7) in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play against Academik Plovdiv and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 10 Chavdar was smashed by Rilski 2 on the road 98-67.



Balkan 2 - Academik PL 97-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Botevgrad between third ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-3) and fifth ranked Balkan 2 (5-4) on Sunday night. Academik Plovdiv was defeated by Balkan 2 on the road 86-97. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan 2. Academik Plovdiv managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan 2 forced 23 Academik Plovdiv turnovers. Strangely Academik Plovdiv outrebounded Balkan 2 43-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikolay Marinov (178-94) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Balkan 2 players scored in double figures. Forward Martin Horozov (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) added 31 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Academik Plovdiv. Academik Plovdiv's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Balkan 2 maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Academik Plovdiv at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with NSA. Balkan 2 are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Academik Plovdiv will play against Cherno More U18 (#6) in Varna and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Balkan 2: N.Marinov 32+3reb+5ast, I.Vuchkov 18+7reb+5ast, P.Petkov 16+2reb+2ast, R.Dundalov 16+8reb+1ast, D.Plamen 6+1reb+6ast, P.Donchev 4+2reb+1ast
Academik PL: D.Horozov 31+5reb+2ast, M.Horozov 27+16reb+3ast, M.Penev 9+5reb, A.Nikolov 7+5reb+5ast, J.Novachev 7, I.Stavrev 3+2reb
gschID: 113087


Cherno More U18 - NSA 77-84

The game in Varna was quite interesting. Fourth ranked NSA (6-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Cherno More U18 (4-5). NSA managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. NSA outrebounded Cherno More U18 52-34 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Lubomir Zhechev (190-88) supported him with 15 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 28 points and 7 rebounds by forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) did not help to save the game for Cherno More U18. Guard Dimitar Petrov (180-93) added 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NSA moved-up to third place, which they share with Academik PL. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Rilski 2. NSA will meet at home Rilski 2 (#7) in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play against Academik Plovdiv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NSA: G.Tomov 27+5reb+2ast, L.Zhechev 15+15reb+1ast, E.Petrov 10+13reb, D.Klechkov 8+1reb+1ast, D.Dikov 6+4reb+2ast, P.Hristov 5+4reb
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 28+7reb+2ast, A.Dikov 14+2ast, D.Vutev 14+6reb, A.Natskin 7+4reb+1ast, G.Yankov 6+1reb+5ast, D.Petrov 6+9reb+7ast
gschID: 113088


Rilski 2 - Chavdar 98-67

Everything could happen in Samokov at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Rilski 2 and 8th ranked Chavdar had identical 3-5 record. This time Rilski 2 used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Troyan 98-67 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Rilski 2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rilski 2 forced 24 Chavdar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Chavdar's players. Guard Lubomir Kirov (195-89) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Krassimir Georgiev (198-89) supported him with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Four Rilski 2 players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Nikolai Balev (209-77) did not help to save the game for Chavdar. Guard Peter Hristov (194-90) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Chavdar's coach Perat Petrov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rilski 2 (4-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More U18. Chavdar lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Rilski 2 will meet higher ranked NSA (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chavdar will play against Vidabasket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski 2: L.Kirov 24+7reb+3ast, K.Georgiev 23+9reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 14+4reb+8ast, M.Karailiev 11+6reb+1ast, D.Vardarov 11+1reb, I.Tsenov 9+6reb+6ast
Chavdar: N.Balev 25+11reb+1ast, P.Hristov 18+9reb+5ast, P.Ignatovski 11+5reb+1ast, V.Dimitrov 4+2reb, V.Kukenski 2+3reb+1ast, K.Koev 2+6reb
gschID: 113089


Dunav 2007 - Academik BL 108-63

Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-9) in Ruse 108-63. The game was mostly controlled by Dunav 2007. Academic Blagoevgrad managed to win fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunav 2007 dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Academic Blagoevgrad's 42. Dunav 2007 forced 31 Academic Blagoevgrad turnovers and outrebounded them 49-35 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Dunav 2007 players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Academic Blagoevgrad's players. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and forward Ivan Kraikov (196-86) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Dunav 2007 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad still closes the standings with nine games lost. Dunav 2007 will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dunav 2007: L.Paskov 16+3reb, C.Borisov 15+1reb+3ast, H.Gospodinov 15+14reb+2ast, N.Nikolov 14+5reb+3ast, V.Petkov 13+5reb+10ast, A.Atanasov 11+7reb+3ast
Academik BL: B.Tenev 24+10reb+2ast, I.Kraikov 15+8reb+1ast, P.Todorov 7+7reb+2ast, L.Jordanov 6+5reb, N.Manov 4+1reb+1ast, N.Nachev 4+2reb
gschID: 113086




Horozov's double-double lands him Division A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Martin Horozov (200-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Academik Plovdiv and receives a Eurobasket.com Division A Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Balkan 2 (#5, 5-4) 86-97. Academik PL maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Academik PL will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 6-3 record. Horozov turned to be Academik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Horozov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 15.3rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nikolai Balev (209-C/F-77) of Chavdar Troyan. He is former international in his first season at Chavdar. In the last game Balev recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Chavdar lost that game 67-98 to slightly higher-ranked Rilski 2 (#7, 4-5). This loss caused Chavdar to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Balev is a newcomer at Chavdar and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 15.7rpg and 3.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92) of league's leader Dunav 2007 Ruse. Gospodinov scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Dunav 2007, leading his team to a 108-63 easy win against Academik BL (#11, 0-9). Dunav 2007 have amazing season winning all 9 games without a single defeat. Gospodinov turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Gospodinov has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolay Marinov (178-G-94) of Balkan 2 - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Krassimir Georgiev (198-F-89) of Rilski 2 - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dimitar Horozov (198-F-82) of Academik PL - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-F-94) of Cherno More U18 - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lubomir Kirov (195-G-89) of Rilski 2 - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lubomir Zhechev (190-G-88) of NSA - 15 points and 15 rebounds
10. Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Dunav 2007 - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists

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


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


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Central Africans and Chadians qualify for Abidjan 2011 - by Kristian Santiago
Led by Max Kouguere, the Central African Republic had no difficulties finishing first in the Zone IV qualifiers. They beat out Chad twice (58-49 and 80-47) but the Chadians qualified for the African Championships as well, as DR of Congo, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville failed to show up.

Victorious Central African Republic national-team:

Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85)
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79)
Fabrice Mokoteemapa (192-G-81)
Johan Grebongo (204-C)
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-F-93)
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F-92)
Max Kouguere (198-F-87)
Baide Baikoua (197-F-86)
Ali Marzouk
Jonathan Alalengbi (92)
Herve Ngoko
Lionel Pehoua (196-F-82)

Coach: Jeu Robert Madozein


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Chad needs to strenghten their team for upcoming African Champs - by Kristian Santiago
The Chadian national-team qualified for the 2011 African Championships due to the no-show of other nations in the recently concluded qualifiers in Bangui, Central African Republic.
But to compete for the first time in such a majore tournament, the country may bolster up their roster with foreign-based players such as:

Charles Ndoloum (183-G) (Newberry)
Wilson Doradji (198-F-85) (Western Nebraska)
Makka Garba (201-F-88) (Virginia Union)
David Baroum (St. Petersburg JC)
Olivier Mbaigoto (St. Petersburg JC)
Ali Djim (206-C) (Bowie State)
Anicet Kessely (200-F-72, college: Anderson JC) Charenton (France)
Abel Doumaye (190-F-77) Cheruy (France)
Djim Bandoumel (203-F) (Idaho)
Guy Ngarndi (203-C-84) (Manhattan)
Abakar Martoussia Djounoumdi (Algeria)
Eric Mbaidiguim Alladoum (Algeria)
Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) (France)

We will see, if the country can pull all players together in time for Abidjan.


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  CHINA   


Beijing land Joe Crawford - by Eurobasket News
Beijing have strengthened their backcourt. They brought in Crawford Joe (196-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kentucky). The 24-year-old guard is meant to replace Francis Steve (191-G-77, college: Maryland) who was waived earlier. Joe Crawford spent the preseason with the Sacramento Kings but never signed a deal. He then moved to Italy in order to sign with Banca Tercas Teramo. However the guard failed again unable to pass medical tests. Finally he reached the agreement with Beijing. Last season Crawford Joe also traveled a lot. He tipped off the season in the Los Angeles D-Fenders in D-League. The guard averaged 17.8 point, 3.1 boards, 3.1 assists per appearance. Later he moved to China to ink with Nangang Dragons Nanjing. In CBA his stats read 20.7 points, 5.7 boards and 2.3 assists.


John Lucas joins Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News
Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) will continue his career in China. The 28-year-old guard signed a deal with the Shanghai Sharks. He will replace Green Devin (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) on the roster. Green Devin was waived just several days ago. Lucas John started the season in the NBA. He tallied 1.0 point and 0.5 assists per game for the Chicago Bulls. Last season Lucas John played for the Shanghai Sharks. The guard notched 27.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Lucas John was named into Asia-Basket.com Chinese CBA All-Imports Team. The player used to play in the NBA, Italy and Spain.


Tim Pickett agrees on terms of contract with Jilin - by Eurobasket News
Pickett Tim (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.) has joined Jilin Northeast Tigers. The 29-year-old forward will replace Young David (196-G/F-81, agency: Impact Basketball, college: N.C.Central) on the squad. Pickett Tim tipped off the season in Israel. He played for Ironi Ashkelon in the Premier League. The forward tallied 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. It is not the first Chinese contract for Pickett Tim. He used to play for Shanxi Kylins in 2009/10 season. Pickett Tim averaged 29.8 points, 6.4 boards, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals then. Last season Pickett Tim played for Capitanes Arecibo in Puerto Rico. His stats read 13.2 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals. He was named into Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team.


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Saric, Dubrava18.4 
 2. Zitko, Trogir18.3 
 3. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 4. Sobin, KK Split17.3 
 5. Helbich, Svjetlost15.5 
 6. Basic, Dubrava15.5 
 7. Ceskovic, Trogir14.9 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda14.8 
 9. Basljan, Dubrava14.7 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Radic, Alkar Sinj9.5 
 3. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 4. Saric, Dubrava8.9 
 5. Krolo, Darda8.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split7.4 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost6.7 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.0 
 10. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudolf JUGO
  Kvarner 2010
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.6 
 2. Misic, Svjetlost4.5 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Delas, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Primorac, Dubrava4.0 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 7. Sarac, Svjetlost3.8 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik3.2 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Saric, Dubrava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ozren MISIC
  Svjetlost
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Misic, Svjetlost2.5 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.2 
 3. Swift, Darda1.9 
 4. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 5. Skific, Borik1.8 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Saric, Dubrava1.8 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda1.7 
 9. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.7 
 10. Petani, Borik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Karac, Dubrovnik1.2 
 4. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.2 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 6. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 7. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 8. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 9. Sarlija, Borik0.9 
 10. Rikic, Dubrava0.7 


A1 Round 10: Borik Puntamika is upset by Vrijednosnice OS - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Darda between second ranked Borik Puntamika (6-4) and tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (3-7) on Friday night. Borik Puntamika was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS on the road 89-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vrijednosnice OS made 25-of-25 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game, while Borik Puntamika only scored seven points from the stripe. Vrijednosnice OS outrebounded Borik Puntamika 28-17 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Borik Puntamika helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) (197-81) chipped in 26 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vrijednosnice OS maintains tenth position with 3-7 record. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. Vrijednosnice OS are looking forward to face league's leader KK Split at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Borik Puntamika will play against Dubrava in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sinj. Third ranked Alkar Sinj faced 4th ranked Svjetlost. Host Alkar Sinj (7-3) defeated guests from Slavonski Brod (5-5) 73-56. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ivica Radic (207-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds. Josip Blajic contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) replied with 13 points for Svjetlost. Alkar Sinj has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Svjetlost at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Dubrovnik. Alkar Sinj will play against Kvarner 2010 (#7) in Rijeka in the next round where they are favorite. Svjetlost will play at home against Trogir in Trogir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader KK Split delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Dubrovnik (5-5) 88-56. Josip Sobin had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Ante Vranjes responded with 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Split maintains first position with 8-2 record. Loser Dubrovnik dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost. KK Split will meet bottom-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dubrovnik will play against Zabok (#6) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Zagreb was quite interesting. 7th ranked Kvarner 2010 (4-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Dubrava (4-6). Dubrava managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. Dario Saric notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Kvarner 2010's coach Rudolf Jugo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dubrava moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kvarner 2010. Dubrava's next round opponent will be higher ranked Borik Puntamika (#3) in Zadar and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 10 Zabok was defeated by Trogir in Trogir 73-64.


KK Split - Dubrovnik 88-56

Leader KK Split delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Dubrovnik (5-5) 88-56. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-56. KK Split dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Dubrovnik's 28. KK Split outrebounded Dubrovnik 26-14 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Luka Babic (200-91) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Ante Vranjes (204-75, agency: Heinrich Sports) responded with 10 points and swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Split maintains first position with 8-2 record. Loser Dubrovnik dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost. KK Split will meet bottom-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dubrovnik will play against Zabok (#6) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 20+10reb+2ast, I.Mimica 19+1reb+1ast, L.Babic 14+5reb+2ast, T.Katic 11+5reb+3ast, T.Dijan 6+2reb+4ast, S.Subotic 6+3reb+1ast
Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 11+3reb+1ast, A.Vranjes 10+3reb+2ast, M.Peric 9+1reb+4ast, M.Lucic 8+4reb, N.Dosen 6+2reb+2ast, V.Soko 5+1ast
gschID: 107736


Trogir - Zabok 73-64

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Zabok (4-6) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Trogir (4-6) 73-64. Zabok was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of Trogir, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Zabok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) notched 23 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and supported him with 22 points. Even 17 points by forward Igor Peklaric (200-79) did not help to save the game for Zabok. Guard Luka Babic (200-91) added 7 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trogir moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Zabok. Zabok lost third consecutive game. Trogir's next round opponent will be higher ranked Svjetlost (#4) in Slavonski Brod and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Trogir: L.Zitko 23+3ast, K.Milan 22+3ast, V.Nikola 8, M.Diminic 8, T.Vitali 6+10reb+2ast, I.Rasetina 4+3reb+1ast
Zabok: I.Peklaric 17+4reb, R.Lez 12+3ast, I.Perincic 9+2reb, S.Sven 7+1reb, L.Jure 7+7reb+2ast, B.Toni 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107737


Alkar Sinj - Svjetlost 73-56

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sinj. Third ranked Alkar Sinj faced 4th ranked Svjetlost. Host Alkar Sinj (7-3) defeated guests from Slavonski Brod (5-5) 73-56. The game without a history. Alkar Sinj led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Alkar Sinj outrebounded Svjetlost 30-15 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Svjetlost was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ivica Radic (207-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) replied with 13 points and forward Matej Karlovic (200-89) added 15 points in the effort for Svjetlost. Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Svjetlost at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Dubrovnik. Alkar Sinj will play against Kvarner 2010 (#7) in Rijeka in the next round where they are favorite. Svjetlost will play at home against Trogir in Trogir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 17+20reb, J.Blajic 11+3reb+8ast, A.Delas 9+3reb+4ast, S.Modric 8+3reb, A.Anzulovic 8+1ast, Z.Zupic 7+7reb
Svjetlost: M.Karlovic 15+3reb, L.Petkovic 13+4reb+3ast, A.Sarac 11+2reb+2ast, F.Vukicevic 10+7reb, M.Matasovic 5+2reb+1ast, D.Paulic 2+3reb
gschID: 107738


Dubrava - Kvarner 2010 91-86

The game in Zagreb was quite interesting. 7th ranked Kvarner 2010 (4-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Dubrava (4-6). Dubrava managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-20 last quarter charge of Kvarner 2010 cut the lead to 91-86 at the end of the game. Power forward Dario Saric (205-94) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Mislav Brzoja (195-94) supported him with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Dubrava players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) did not help to save the game for Kvarner 2010. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) added 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Kvarner 2010's coach Rudolf Jugo tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dubrava moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kvarner 2010. Dubrava's next round opponent will be higher ranked Borik Puntamika (#3) in Zadar and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dubrava: D.Saric 22+11reb+1ast, M.Brzoja 16+4reb+2ast, M.Juricic 15+2reb+4ast, D.Basic 14+2reb, R.Rikic 10+3reb+2ast, S.Cubric 6+3ast
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 20+6reb+4ast, M.Poscic 19+13reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 10+3reb+1ast, T.Maruna 9+3reb+2ast, F.Filipovic 9+2reb, Z.Pehar 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 107739


Darda - Borik 89-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Darda between second ranked Borik Puntamika (6-4) and tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (3-7) on Friday night. Borik Puntamika was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS on the road 89-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vrijednosnice OS made 25-of-25 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game, while Borik Puntamika only scored seven points from the stripe. Vrijednosnice OS outrebounded Borik Puntamika 28-17 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Borik Puntamika helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) chipped in 26 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Mario Pesut (-90) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vrijednosnice OS maintains tenth position with 3-7 record. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. Vrijednosnice OS are looking forward to face league's leader KK Split at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Borik Puntamika will play against Dubrava in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Darda: I.Bakovic 26+4reb+2ast, Z.Ridl 23+8reb+1ast, I.Krolo 18+16reb, A.Bicvic 10+3reb+4ast, T.Rados 4+2ast, D.Meznaric 2+1reb
Borik: J.Skific 20+5reb+1ast, M.Pesut 14+1reb+3ast, M.Cakarun 10+4reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 8+2reb, J.Ruzic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Jurjevic 5+1reb
gschID: 107740




Ivica Radic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Ivica Radic (207-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Alkar Sinj and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 21-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twenty rebounds, while his team crushed Svjetlost (#4, 5-5) with 17-point margin 73-56. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Alkar Sinj is placed at 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Alkar Sinj will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Radic turned to be Alkar Sinj's top player in his first season with the team. Radic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Vrijednosnice OS Darda. Krolo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Darda to another comfortable win 89-73 over the higher-ranked Borik (#3, 6-4) being unquestionably team leader. Darda's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Krolo is well-known by Darda fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of top-ranked KK Split. Sobin scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of KK Split, leading his team to a 88-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Dubrovnik (#5, 5-5). KK Split confirms their top position in the standings Sobin has a great season in Croatia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.4rpg (6th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 69.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of Dubrava - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Matija Poscic (207-C-85) of Kvarner 2010 - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Zvonimir Ridl (204-F-73) of Darda - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) of Kvarner 2010 - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mislav Brzoja (195-G/F-94) of Dubrava - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Toni Katic (185-G-92) of KK Split - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Randall Hanke Moves on to Norrkoping of Sweden - by Surujh Roopnarine
After the New Year, American center Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence) left USK Praha and headed north to play for the Norrkoping Dolphins. The 6-11 Hanke joined Praha in the summer after they lost the services of last years stars Myles McKay and Tremaine Ford. In 13 games with Praha the former Providence big man averaged 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 53.5% from the field. However, in the months of November and December, after the arrival of Serbian center Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81, agency: Promotex), Hanke saw his role diminish to the point where he logged more than 20 m inutes of action in only one game (out of seven). With Norrkoping he has already made his appearance over the past week, playing in one domestic league game as well as a Baltic League contest. Norrkoping currently sits in 4th position domestically with a record of 11-6 while in Baltic league play they are 8th with a 6-7 record. Additionally they have qualified for the Top 16 of EuroChallenge and will face Gravelines of France on the 18th.

Two good news for Nymburk: a win in overtime and Bendas comeback - by Ales Komarek
The two Americans - Mike Lenzly and Tre Simmons - coldblood performances in the nerve-wracking overtime turned the game in the favor of the home team Nymburk in the last round of Adriatic NLB.

It was a thrilling battle full of unexpected turnovers, when the game of Nymburk against Radnicki Kragujevac ended up undecided in a 83:83 tie and went to overtime where Nymburk managed to come back from 4point loss to 97:94 win.
'The players proved strong winning characters , eventhough our opponent topped us for the majority of the game.' said Ronen Ginzburg, Nymburks coach. 'In the end,our succesful free throws helped us out, although oddly enough it was our week point in the game before.
The Czech champion failed to find a defence lock against a giant centre Vladan Vukosavljevic, 22 points scorer. Visiting team of Kragujevac showed their qaulity and the score difference increased up to 11 points, nevertheless Nymburk answered with the 15 straight row points and lost the win with a buzzer, in the last second the 4the period
That was a time when Michal Křemen was already on the bench with 5 fouls, although he scored 4 out of 5 3PTS. Nymburk was on the brink of a defeat when Lenzly scored vital 3 points and Simmons the key free throws
In the next game, Petr Benda will be available again to help the team. 'I practise with the team and I am ready to prove it in the,' he was releaved after a long injury break.

As for American point guard Myles McKay, he leaves Nymburk 10 days before the end of 1 month trial period. Czech champion looks for another type of the player according to coach Ronen Ginzburg.

McKay turned up in only 3 games of Adriatic NLB for Nymburk, including his first and best performance against Cedevita Zagreb when he scored 9 points. He also appeared in one Eurocap game where this former USK Praha (Czech NBL) and Italian San Severo (II. Division) player got only 1:49 mins in total and scored 3PTS against VEF Riga.

Source:iBasket


Richard Field Officially in at BC Kolin, Lubos Stria Out - by Surujh Roopnarine
Now official, BC Kolin was satisfied with the try-out of Richard Field (196-F-85, college: Mercyhurst) and has managed to arrange all of his documents in time for the 25 year to make his debut this Saturday against NH Ostrava. The 6-5 small forward out of Port Huron, Michigan played at Mercyhurst from 2005-2007 where he was a teammate of league-leading scorer Terry Smith.
With the arrival of Field comes the departure of Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81). Stria, 29, appeared in 13 games for Kolin averaging 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds while managing to shoot only 34.0% from the field and 34.8% from three.


CEZ Nymburk Crushed on the Road by Hosts Igokea 70-82 - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ Nymburk traveled to Bosnia to face BC Igokea to start off Round 16 of the Adriatic League, but could not come away with a victory as they fell 70-82. Veteran guard Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) scored a team-high 15 points for Igokea who opened up an 8-0 lead to start the game and led wire-to-wire for their seventh win on the season. Nymburk was led by Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) who scored a game-high 19 points, but it was not enough as Nymburk could only tie the game in the second and then close the gap again late in the third before Igokea pulled away for good. With the loss the Czech Champions fall to 8-8 on the Adriatic League season. A positive for Nymburk was the return of stalwart big man Petr Benda who has been out of action since the fifth game of the season. He came off the bench and logged 24 minutes, but was largely ineffective in his 2011 debut going 0-3 from the field while committing two turnovers.
CEZ NYMBURK: Afik Nissim (19pts+4ast), Pavel Pumprla (16pts), Vladimir Stimac (12pts+10reb), Ladislav Sokolovsky (5pts+4reb)
BC IGOKEA: Brian Chase (15pts+5reb), Milan Dozet (13pts+5reb), Mladen Pantic (10pts+5reb), Donell Harvey (10pts+4reb)



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Edward Morris claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Edward Morris (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aabyhoj IF and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Aalborg (#10, 1-16) 86-77. Aabyhoj maintains the 6th position in Danish Ligaen. Aabyhoj is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-10 record. Morris turned to be Aabyhoj's top player in his first season with the team. Pittsburg State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morris is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.4ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 2.4bpg and 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Aalborg Vikings. Falkner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Aalborg lost that game 77-86 to the higher-ranked Aabyhoj (#6, 8-10). Aalborg are still at the very bottom. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Aalborg managed to get this year. Falkner is a newcomer at Aalborg and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Team FOG Naestved (#3). Roberts scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Naestved, leading his team to a 82-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#8, 4-12). Naestved needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Roberts has a great season in Denmark. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.2spg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) of Horsholm - 22 points and 2 rebounds
5. Mads Frandsen (202-F/C-90) of Aabyhoj - 9 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Peter Simonsen (185-G/F-88) of Amager BK - 17 points and 7 assists
8. Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) of Horsholm - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. D.J. Smedley (180-G-84) of Naestved - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Christian Thomsen (200-F-84) of Aalborg - 18 points and 5 rebounds

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


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 11-1 
 2. Virum 9-3 
 3. Stevnsgade 9-3 
 4. Lemvig 9-3 
 5. Haderslev 8-5 
 6. Solrod 7-5 
 7. Glostrup 5-5 
 8. Aarhus BF 4-8 
 9. ALBA 3-9 
 10. Skt. Klemens 3-9 
 11. Hobas 2-9 
 12. Herlev 1-12 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.4 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.3 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.8 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.4 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC17.9 
 9. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.6 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.9 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.7 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose9.3 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.9 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.4 
 5. Martin, Aabyhoj4.4 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.3 
 7. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.6 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm3.6 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.4 
 10. Bak, Horsholm3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 2. Roberts, Naestved2.2 
 3. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.1 
 5. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken1.7 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
 10. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.4 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Brown, SISU0.8 
 10. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.7 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 16-6 
 2. Erie Bay H. 13-6 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 12-8 
 4. Dakota W. 6-14 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-15 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 15-6 
 2. Rio Grande 12-7 
 3. New Mexico 11-9 
 4. Texas L. 9-9 
 5. Maine RC 9-11 
 6. Austin T. 7-11 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 11-8 
 2. Bakersfield J. 11-8 
 3. Utah F. 9-8 
 4. Idaho S. 5-13 
 5. Springfield A. 5-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.3 
 2. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.6 
 4. Greene, Utah F.20.1 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.20.1 
 6. Edwards, New M.18.9 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.8 
 8. Jones, Texas L.18.7 
 9. Sims, Maine RC18.2 
 10. Johnson, Erie B.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe ALEXANDER
  Texas L.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Alexander, Texas L.10.6 
 2. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.10.2 
 4. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.0 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.9 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.4 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.3 
 8. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.2 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.8.9 
 10. Ewing, Reno B.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.4 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.6 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.5.9 
 7. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.8 
 8. Cooper, Dakota W.5.3 
 9. Jones, Texas L.5.0 
 10. Kruger, Utah F.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.2 
 4. Linhart, Erie B.2.2 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 7. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Hamilton, Utah F.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Dakota W.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.3.2 
 2. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.8 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Sykes, Sioux F.2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.1.9 
 7. Alexander, Texas L.1.7 
 8. Goodridge, Spring.1.7 
 9. VanderMeer, Iowa E.1.7 
 10. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.7 


Monday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 103-83
Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) posted his sixth double-double of the season, Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) tallied 12 points, four rebounds and four blocked shots and the Tulsa 66ers (15-6) outscored the Sioux Falls Skyforce (2-15) 60-31 in the second half to earn their seventh consecutive win 103-83 in the opening game of the 2011 D-League Showcase in South Padre Island. Additionally, the seven consecutive victories is the most in 66ers team history. The 66ers currently stand in first place in the West Conference. Inside the South Padre Island Convention Center, Williams led all scorers with 18 points and tied for a game-high 12 rebounds. Also in double-figure scoring for Tulsa was Brandon Brooks (6'2''-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) with 16, Tweety Carter with 15, Larry Owens with 14 and Jerome Dyson with 11. Brooks also dished out a game-high six assists. Leading the way for Sioux Falls was Dexter Pittman with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Harris with 15 points and 12 boards. Sean Marshall and Cory Underwood added 16 and 10 points, respectively. The 66ers overcame a 12-point deficit by forcing 22 turnovers and seven steals and blocking eight Skyforce shots. Offensively, Tulsa tallied 19 assists as a team and recorded 17 fast break points compared to Sioux Falls' four. Tulsa, winners of 12 of the last 14 games, will return to the court at the 2011 D-League Showcase on Wednesday, Jan. 12, when it takes on the Dakota Wizards at 4:15 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.gtrnews.com

Iowa E. - Utah F. 95-93 OT
The Utah Flash battled all game long with the Iowa Energy, but ended up losing 95-93 in overtime at the D-League Showcase Monday. In a game that saw 14 lead changes and was tied eight times, both teams battled back from deficits, with Utah trailing by as many as 14 in the first quarter. Both teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the final 30 seconds proving to be the most exciting. Utah (9-8) appeared to have the game won in regulation on the strength of Orien Greene's steal and layup, with only 0.4 left on the clock. But Iowa's Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) took an inbounds pass, turned and hit a jumper from the top of the key to send the game to overtime. Sims finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris), who appeared in 14 games with the Utah Jazz during the 2009-10 season, had a game-high 27 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds for the Energy (16-6). Greene, a 2005 second-round pick of the Boston Celtics, finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and six steals for Utah, which also got 18 points from Ronald Dupree. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

New Mexico - Texas L. 95-94
The Texas Legends dropped a nail-biter in their opening game of the 2011 NBA D-League Showcase on Monday afternoon, falling 95-94 to the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the South Padre Island Convention Centre. The Legends got off to a blistering start, running off with a 20-4 lead less than eight minutes into the game. That would be the largest lead that Texas would get in the game. After leading 30-16 through one quarter, New Mexico outscored the Legends 27-18 in the second quarter to go into halftime down by just five, 48-43. Despite out-shooting the T-Birds (48.8% to 35.7% FG; 60% to 33.3% 3-PT FG) in the opening half, the Legends held just a slight lead going into the second. New Mexico came crawling back and with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 56. The T-Birds would take their first lead in the game on the ensuing possession when it was McDowell again hitting a driving layup. An 11-4 run from that point would give New Mexico their largest lead at nine. Texas would fight right back and end the third on an 8-2 sprint and down just three. The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle that saw the T-Birds leading 95-94 with 9.6 second to go in the game and the Legends holding the basketball. Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) drove to the hoop but slipped and lost the ball, sending the T-Birds on to the win. Neither team took great control of the basketball as the Legends committed a season-high 31 turnovers and the T-Birds turned the ball over 28 times as well. Dentmon led the way for the Legends, with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) added 21 points and 10 boards in the loss. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande - Ft.Wayne MA 100-97
The Ants fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 100-97 at the NBDL Showcase Monday night in South Padre 100-97. The Ants started out slow as Fort Wayne was outscored 20-16 in the first quarter and 49-43 in the first half. The Ants stormed out of the gate in the third quarter to tie things up 74 after three. In the fourth the Ants would struggle to score and ended up falling 100-97. Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, college: Houston) led the Ants with 21 points while Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana) added 20. Jeff Adrien paced the Vipers with 30 points. The Ants play Bakersfield Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.wane.com


Lofton, Adrien named D-League Co-Performers of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86, college: Tennessee) of the Iowa Energy and Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played during the week of Jan. 3.

Lofton, a 6-2, 125-pound guard out of Tennessee who has played with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics in the NBA Summer League, led the Energy to a 3-1 record on the week, averaging 26.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.0 steals.

Adrien, a 6-7, 245-pound forward out of Connecticut who played 15 games with the Golden State Warriors this season, led the Vipers to a 2-0 record on the week, averaging 22.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Courtesy of www.basketball.realgm.com


Aaron Miles waived due to Injury - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns have waived PG Aaron Miles (6'1''-G-83, college: Kansas) due to injury after the league's assists leader injured his left knee during the second quarter of Reno's 124-109 loss to the Iowa Energy on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Miles, who had started all 17 games for the Bighorns this season at the time of his injury, was averaging 8.8 assists per game. Miles also was tops in the NBA Development League with 2.5 steals per game.

The all-time Big XII assists leader is the second Bighorns starter to be waived due to injury in the last two weeks. On Dec. 30, C Nick Fazekas was waived due to injury after injuring his ankle.

Pursuant to D-League rules, the Bighorns will retain the rights of both Miles and Fazekas. Both of their return dates are unknown.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round 17: Derby game ends with Kalev/Cramo's defeat of TTU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and TTU/Kalev (#3). Kalev/Cramo (15-2) won against visiting TTU/Kalev (12-5) 88-73. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-73. Kalev/Cramo forced 20 TTU/Kalev turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. The former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) answered with 21 points and 4 assists for TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-2 record having just three points less than leader TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face Rapla (#5) on the road in the next round. TTU/Kalev will play against Voru KK and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
EMKL top team - TU/Rock (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Valga/CKE (6-12) in Tartu 123-91. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) stepped up and scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Timo Eichfuss chipped in 19 points. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Kaarel Koolman (204-88) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for TU/Rock. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Valga/CKE at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play at home against KK Parnu (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
EMKL top team - TU/Rock (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Voru KK (1-17) 134-62. Rain Veideman nailed 40 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winning side. Andrais Thornton came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for Voru KK in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for TU/Rock. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Voru KK lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Voru KK will play against TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Parnu was beaten by Rapla on the road 75-65. TTU/Kalev II won against Voru KK on its own court 80-71. Valga/CKE unfortunately lost to Rakvere in a road game 75-91.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 29 points and 23 rebounds by Raido Ringmets of Rapla.


Rapla - Parnu 75-65

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Rapla (7-10) beat at home 8th ranked KK Parnu (4-13) 75-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. KK Parnu managed to win third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla outrebounded KK Parnu 52-35 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 23 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Sven Kaldre (195-91) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Elgar Tamsalu (182-87) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for KK Parnu in the defeat. Rapla moved-up to fifth place. Loser KK Parnu keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Rapla will meet at home league's second-placed Kalev/Cramo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Parnu will play against Valga/CKE (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Ringmets 29+23reb+3ast, H.Erm 15+4reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 13+5reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 9+6reb+3ast, F.Talts 4+3reb+1ast, A.Antson 3+1reb
Parnu: T.Raadik 18+9reb, R.Raap 16+2reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 15+5reb+4ast, K.Voolaid 6+3reb, M.Paasoja 3+5reb+2ast, T.Hamarsalu 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 119539


TTU/Kalev II - Voru KK 80-71

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Voru KK (1-17) lost to seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II (6-11) in Tallinn 71-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) nailed 9 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Mooses Kaja (195-88) accounted for 13 points and 12 rebounds. TTU/Kalev II's coach Indrek Reinbok allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) added 11 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Voru KK in the defeat. Four Voru KK players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev II moved-up to sixth place. Voru KK lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. TTU/Kalev II will meet at home higher ranked BC Rakvere (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Voru KK will play against TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev II: K.Akenparg 18+4reb, M.Kaja 13+12reb, S.Raudla 12+2reb+2ast, A.Arnold 9+21reb+1ast, M.Kurg 8+4reb, K.Keres 8+3reb
Voru KK: C.Allen 21+9reb, A.Thornton 13+11reb, S.Kuuba 11+14reb+1ast, A.Velleramm 10+2reb+1ast, T.Kimask 7+2reb, T.Zupsman 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 119540


TU/Rock - Valga/CKE 123-91

EMKL top team - TU/Rock (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Valga/CKE (6-12) in Tartu 123-91. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Valga/CKE managed to win fourth quarter 32-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TU/Rock dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Valga/CKE's 46. TU/Rock forced 34 Valga/CKE turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) stepped up and scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) chipped in 19 points. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Kaarel Koolman (204-88) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Robert Petersonig (190-90) scored 21 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for TU/Rock. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Valga/CKE at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play at home against KK Parnu (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: T.Eichfuss 19+3reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 17+2reb, S.Leppik 16+1reb+1ast, K.Evart 12+1reb+2ast, V.Allingu 11+9reb+4ast, C.Eziukwu 10+5reb+1ast
Valga/CKE: K.Koolman 26+6reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 21+3reb+2ast, V.Vares 15+6reb+3ast, A.Vasar 12+6reb+2ast, A.Brown 9+8reb+4ast, T.Oja 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 119541


Kalev/Cramo - TTU/Kalev 88-73

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and TTU/Kalev (#3). Kalev/Cramo (15-2) won against visiting TTU/Kalev (12-5) 88-73. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-73. Kalev/Cramo forced 20 TTU/Kalev turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. The former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-2 record having just three points less than leader TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face Rapla (#5) on the road in the next round. TTU/Kalev will play against Voru KK and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 25+4reb+2ast, R.Keerles 19+4reb+1ast, T.Sokk 11+4reb+7ast, M.Dunigan 9+5reb, J.Toome 8+4reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 7+6reb+6ast
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 21+2reb+4ast, A.Parn 10+4reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 10+4reb+3ast, K.Makke 9+1reb+1ast, M.Klementsov 7+3reb+3ast, B.Osby 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 119536


Voru KK - TU/Rock 62-134

EMKL top team - TU/Rock (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Voru KK (1-17) 134-62. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Voru KK's 40. TU/Rock forced 43 Voru KK turnovers and had a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Voru KK's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TU/Rock made 7 blocks. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) nailed 40 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winning side and international forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) accounted for 28 points and 6 rebounds. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. American center Andrais Thornton (203-85, college: NW Missouri St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds and the former international forward Mooses Kaja (195-88) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Voru KK in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for TU/Rock. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Voru KK lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Voru KK will play against TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: R.Veideman 40+3reb+7ast, T.Kurbas 28+6reb+1ast, A.Paade 17+10reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 12+9reb, S.Sokk 10+2reb+5ast, R.Raadik 10+3reb+1ast
Voru KK: A.Thornton 15+18reb+1ast, S.Kuuba 12+6reb, C.Allen 8+6reb+7ast, M.Niklus 7+2reb, T.Kimask 6+1reb, F.Parker 5
gschID: 119537


Rakvere - Valga/CKE 91-75

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked BC Rakvere (10-7) won at home against 6th ranked Valga/CKE (6-12) 91-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Valga/CKE managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) nailed 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Joosep Pokla (195-86) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Hall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Valga/CKE in the defeat. Five BC Rakvere and four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere maintains fourth place with 10-7 record. Loser Valga/CKE dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. BC Rakvere will meet TTU/Kalev II (#6) in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against KK Parnu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: V.Viljar 17+4reb, M.Hall 16+7reb+4ast, B.McGee 16+6reb+1ast, J.Pokla 15+6reb+2ast, H.Frier 11+1reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 8+3reb+2ast
Valga/CKE: A.Tagamets 22+5reb+2ast, T.Oja 16+3reb+1ast, A.Brown 11+11reb+1ast, V.Vares 11+5reb+3ast, R.Petersonig 9+1ast, A.Vasar 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 119538




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 17-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 15-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 12-5 
 4. Rakvere 10-7 
 5. Rapla 7-10 
 6. TTU/Kalev II 6-11 
 7. Valga/CKE 6-12 
 8. Parnu 4-13 
 9. Voru KK 1-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK17.9 
 3. Raap, Parnu17.4 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.15.8 
 6. Vares, Va.15.5 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK15.2 
 8. Tagamets, Va.15.1 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.8 
 10. Pokla, Rakvere14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.7 
 2. Brown, Va.12.3 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 5. Osby, TT.9.2 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.8 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.8 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.7 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.9 
 10. Erm, Rapla6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 2. Kriisa, TT.3.6 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.6 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.2 
 5. Karner, Parnu3.1 
 6. Oja, Va.3.1 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.8 
 9. Winston, Va.2.8 
 10. Laane, Rapla2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Doronin, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 5. Veideman, TU/Rock2.1 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 8. Erm, Rapla1.9 
 9. Archibald, TT.1.9 
 10. Karner, Parnu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 3. Osby, TT.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Blair, Denek24.7 
 2. Blot, Blois17.8 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 4. Kennedy, Orchy17.6 
 5. Petrovic, St Et.17.0 
 6. Lalugba, Denain16.4 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin16.2 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux15.9 
 9. Laroche, St Ch.15.8 
 10. Disy, Roche15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher GRIMM
  Blois
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Grimm, Blois9.2 
 2. Simmons, St Et.9.1 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 4. Alingue, Souffel8.3 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin8.2 
 6. Boutry, Challans8.2 
 7. Roberts, Brest8.1 
 8. Griffin, Angers B.7.8 
 9. Hoard, Lievin7.8 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.2 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.9 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.9 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.9 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux4.2 
 6. Thomas, St Etienne4.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.1 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.0 
 9. Sauret, Denain4.0 
 10. Rambur, St Quentin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blair, Denek3.0 
 2. Neri, Roche2.2 
 3. Ipouck, Le Puy2.1 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.1 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux1.9 
 6. Pistre, Le Puy1.9 
 7. Barbry, Orchy1.8 
 8. Blot, Blois1.7 
 9. Rinna, St Chamond1.6 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rinna, St Chamond2.0 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.9 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.1 
 7. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 8. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 9. Diallo, Roche1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Le Puy1.0 


NM1 Round 17: #1 Denain Voltaire is defeated by Sorgues - by Eurobasket News
NM1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-3) on the court of fifth ranked Sorgues on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Sorgues 88-83. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 30-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sorgues made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Denain Voltaire turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Denain Voltaire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Julien Sauret (184-81) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sorgues (11-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with St Quentin and Angers BC 49. Denain Voltaire at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Bordeaux. Sorgues is looking forward to face league's second-placed Bordeaux at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Denain Voltaire will play against Lievin Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Saint-Quentin (11-6) against ninth ranked Saint-Etienne (9-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Saint-Quentin was defeated by ninth ranked Saint-Etienne (9-8) in a tough game in Saint-Etienne 89-93. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Benjamin Thomas accounted for 21 points and 4 assists. Forward Jason Bach (198-87) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Saint-Quentin in the defeat. Saint-Etienne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Blois. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49 and Sorgues. Saint-Etienne will play against Blois (#7) at home in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against Le Puy ASMB (#15) in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Roche between Souffelweyersheim and Roche. Twelfth ranked Souffelweyersheim (8-9) got a very close victory on the road over 17th ranked Roche (4-13). Souffelweyersheim managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Jovan Stefanov who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Harry Disy produced 29 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Roche lost their sixth game in a row. Roche at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will meet Vendee Challans (#11) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another very close game took place in Lievin between Lievin Basket and Get Vosges. Sixteenth ranked Lievin Basket (6-11) got a very close home victory over 15th ranked Get Vosges (6-11). Lievin Basket managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 in the fight for the fourteenth place. BALOCKA Petras orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lievin Basket moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Get Vosges and Le Puy. Get Vosges lost their seventh game in a row. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Denain Voltaire at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Bidart where higher ranked Blois (9-8) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Denek (8-9) 100-82 on Saturday. Denek moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Blois dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Denek will face higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Brest won against Orchy on the opponent's court 79-68. Le Puy unfortunately lost to Bordeaux in a home game 82-94. Bottom-ranked CFBB was rolled over Angers BC 49 on the road 62-86. Challans was defeated by St Chamond on its own court 69-77.



Orchy - Brest 68-79

Very expected game in Orchies where 11th ranked Orchesien BC (7-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Etendard de Brest (10-7) 79-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Orchesien BC outrebounded Etendard de Brest 43-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) stepped up and scored 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Baptiste Bataille (178-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 11 points. Guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) responded with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Etendard de Brest will face Denek (#12) in Bidart in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Orchesien BC will play at home against CFBB in Paris.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Verbeke 15+3reb+2ast, E.Barbry 13+6reb+4ast, G.Plateau 11+3reb+1ast, M.Niakate 10+8reb+3ast, O.Vivies 9+9reb, E.Hinfray 5+10reb
Brest: R.Lopez 12+7reb+1ast, J.Blanchot 12+1reb+1ast, J.Doreau 12+3reb+3ast, B.Bataille 11+4reb+3ast, J.Zahoui 10+1reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100775


Le Puy - Bordeaux 82-94

Very predictable result in Le Puy en Velay where second ranked Bordeaux (14-3) defeated 14th ranked Le Puy ASMB (6-11) 94-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Le Puy ASMB managed to win second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Bordeaux outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 38-21 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Damien Pistre (190-83) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Bordeaux. They used an opportunity after Denain lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Le Puy ASMB keeps the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Bordeaux will face Sorgues (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Le Puy ASMB will play against Saint-Quentin (#5).
Top scorers:
Le Puy: D.Pistre 18+1reb+4ast, G.Sene 15+2reb+2ast, M.Ipouck 14+7reb+7ast, C.Guillarme 12+4reb, J.Cortey 8+2reb+9ast, S.Cabarkapa 7+2reb
Bordeaux: G.Darrigand 22+3reb+7ast, M.Doubal 19+4reb+3ast, J.Ford 16+6reb+2ast, R.Dardaine 14+12reb+3ast, M.Diaw 9+5reb+1ast, S.Driss 7+6reb
gschID: 100772


St Etienne - St Quentin 93-89

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Saint-Quentin (11-6) against ninth ranked Saint-Etienne (9-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Saint-Quentin was defeated by ninth ranked Saint-Etienne (9-8) in a tough game in Saint-Etienne 89-93. Saint-Quentin was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 32-21 charge of Saint-Etienne, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) accounted for 21 points and 4 assists. Forward Jason Bach (198-87) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Saint-Quentin in the defeat. Five Saint-Etienne and four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Saint-Etienne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Blois. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49 and Sorgues. Saint-Etienne will play against Blois (#7) at home in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against Le Puy ASMB (#15) in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Bach 22+6reb, J.Lesieu 19+6reb+1ast, K.Howell 18+3reb+2ast, D.Sencanski 11+6reb+3ast, O.Romain 7+1reb+2ast, A.Rambur 5+3reb+6ast
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 23+5reb+1ast, B.Thomas 21+1reb+4ast, R.El Amrani 11+3reb+5ast, L.Simmons 10+10reb+4ast, X.Gaillou 10+4ast, R.Pegon 10+3reb
gschID: 100773


Sorgues - Denain 88-83

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-3) on the court of fifth ranked Sorgues on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Sorgues 88-83. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 30-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sorgues made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Denain Voltaire turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Denain Voltaire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Julien Sauret (184-81) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points. Four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Sorgues (11-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with St Quentin and Angers BC 49. Denain Voltaire at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Bordeaux. Sorgues is looking forward to face league's second-placed Bordeaux at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Denain Voltaire will play against Lievin Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Sauret 24+7reb+4ast, B.Lalugba 17+4reb+1ast, A.Gacko 13+8reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 12+3reb, D.Quincy-Jones 6+7reb+1ast, J.Mihalic 6+5reb+1ast
Sorgues: Y.Bassine 21+2reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 15+2reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 12+3reb+1ast, A.Thinon 11+5reb+3ast, X.Pasut 8+8reb+2ast, S.Mekad 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 100774


Angers BC 49 - CFBB 86-62

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked CFBB (3-14) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (11-6) 86-62 on Friday. The game without a history. Angers BC 49 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 36. Angers BC 49 looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (204-94) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) scored 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Angers BC 49 moved-up to third place, which they share with St Quentin and Sorgues. Loser CFBB stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Angers BC 49 will face Saint Chamond (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. CFBB will play against Orchesien BC (#13) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 15+7reb, A.Racine 14+2reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 9+4reb+3ast, J.Livio 8+9reb+4ast, B.John 7+4reb+4ast, Y.Morin 3+4reb
Angers BC 49: D.Hayes 16+3reb+2ast, D.Griffin 15+8reb+1ast, J.Traore 14+11reb, T.Ramphort 12+1reb+8ast, O.Sulpice 9+4reb+6ast, S.Cherasse 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100768


Denek - Blois 100-82

An interesting game took place in Bidart where higher ranked Blois (9-8) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Denek (8-9) 100-82 on Saturday. Denek moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Blois dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Denek will face higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 100769


Roche - Souffel 74-76

A very close game took place in Roche between Souffelweyersheim and Roche. Twelfth ranked Souffelweyersheim (8-9) got a very close victory on the road over 17th ranked Roche (4-13). Souffelweyersheim managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) produced 29 points and 9 rebounds and forward Stephane Neri (188-85) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Roche lost their sixth game in a row. Roche at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will meet Vendee Challans (#11) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roche: H.Disy 29+9reb+1ast, S.Neri 15+4reb+3ast, F.Bateko 14+4reb+2ast, C.Audouard 5+4reb, I.Diallo 5+6reb, D.Anthony Lewis 4+3reb+1ast
Souffel: J.Stefanov 19+13reb+1ast, F.Broliron 19+5reb, J.Alingue 17+14reb, R.Appel 7+2reb, D.Weber 5+2reb, S.Kancel 4+1reb
gschID: 100770


Challans - St Chamond 69-77

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Saint Chamond (8-9) beat on the road 8th ranked Vendee Challans (8-9) 77-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saint Chamond forced 20 Vendee Challans turnovers. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and American-Italian guard Eric Schmieder (190-79, college: Drexel, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 10 points and 4 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saint Chamond. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Vendee Challans. Saint Chamond will face higher ranked Angers BC 49 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.James 27+12reb+3ast, E.Schmieder 10+1reb+4ast, B.Boutry 9+3reb+1ast, R.Boissie 6+5reb+2ast, M.Boutry 6+6reb, D.Oyono 5+4reb
St Chamond: A.Laroche 21+7reb, R.Aubry 19+8reb+1ast, J.Rinna 17+3reb+1ast, J.LanduBongo 13+2ast, J.Beugnot 5+1ast, M.Bole 2+7reb+4ast
gschID: 100771


Lievin - Get Vosges 71-69

Another very close game took place in Lievin between Lievin Basket and Get Vosges. Sixteenth ranked Lievin Basket (6-11) got a very close home victory over 15th ranked Get Vosges (6-11). Lievin Basket managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 in the fight for the fourteenth place. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Lievin Basket forced 19 Get Vosges turnovers. orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Get Vosges. Four Get Vosges players scored in double figures. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lievin Basket moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Get Vosges and Le Puy. Get Vosges lost their seventh game in a row. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Denain Voltaire at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: M.Gotagni 17+5reb+2ast, Z.Gourde 15+8reb+2ast, T.Sani 14+4reb+2ast, D.Strong 13+7reb, T.Housieaux 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Jacques 2+1reb
Lievin: B.Petras 19+12reb, A.Hoard 15+8reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 11+4reb+2ast, V.Lehut 9+1reb+1ast, J.Dessart 6+2ast, S.Cretaux 5
gschID: 100767




French NM1 round 17 best performance: Djordje Petrovic - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for St Etienne, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out St Quentin (#5, 11-6) 93-89. St Etienne is placed at 8th position in French NM1. St Etienne is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. Petrovic turned to be St Etienne's top player in his first season with the team. Djordje Petrovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.0ppg) and averages impressive 56.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Juwann James (198-F-87) of Vendee Challans Basket. James had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Challans lost that game 69-77 to slightly higher-ranked St Chamond (8-9). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Challans dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. James is a newcomer at Challans, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Julien Sauret (184-G-81) of league's top team Denain ASC Voltaire. Sauret showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Sauret's great performance Denain lost 83-88 to #3 ranked Sorgues. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Denain had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 3rd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Sauret's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Sauret has a great season in France. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (9th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 50.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michel Ipouck (199-F-86) of Le Puy - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of Souffel - 17 points and 14 rebounds
6. Harry Disy (201-F-84) of Roche - 29 points and 9 rebounds
7. Alain Laroche (198-F-83) of St Chamond - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Gauthier Darrigand (184-G-82) of Bordeaux - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jason Bach (198-F-87) of St Quentin - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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


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1.Bundesliga Round 18: Undefeated Brose Baskets lose their first game against Gloria Giants - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Brose Baskets (18-1) in Duesseldorf on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by eighteenth ranked Gloria Giants (3-15) 72-69. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gloria Giants outrebounded Brose Baskets 35-23 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Steven Wright (191-83, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) with 12 points. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth position with 3-15 record. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top place with one game lost. Gloria Giants are looking forward to face higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#17) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Baskets will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-5) against eleventh ranked ratiopharm Ulm (8-10) on Thursday night. Visiting Deutsche Bank Skyliners were defeated by eleventh ranked ratiopharm Ulm (8-10) in a tough game in Ulm 82-87. Americans were the main players on the court. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Lee Humphrey supported him with 20 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Even 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. ratiopharm Ulm maintains eleventh position with 8-10 record, which they share with EnBW L'burg. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will again play against league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have a break next round.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (18-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked ratiopharm Ulm (8-10) 81-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The best player for the winners was Casey Jacobsen who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Roderick Trice who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-1 record. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. Brose Baskets will meet at home bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Eighteenth-ranked Gloria Giants (3-15) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-8) in Duesseldorf. The visitors from Bremerhaven managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for Craig Callahan who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Gloria Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels and are hoping to win another game. Gloria Giants will play on the road against BBC Bayreuth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where 10th ranked Telekom Baskets (10-8) were upseton the court of thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-11) 79-73 on Thursday. Chris Oliver scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Walter Tigers maintains thirteenth position with 7-11 record, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked TBB Trier (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Walter Tigers lost to Phoenix Hagen on the opponent's court 91-99. Goettingen managed to outperform TBB Trier in a home game 65-53. NY Phantoms managed to beat Bayreuth on the road 93-82. Art.Dragons crushed EnBW L'burg on its own court 96-71. LTi 46ers was beaten by Telekom Baskets in Bonn 71-53. Dt.Bank SKY won against EWE Baskets at home 76-71. ALBA managed to outperform MBC on the opponent's court 72-61. ALBA managed to beat MBC in a home game 75-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 5 rebounds by Brandon Thomas of NY Phantoms.


Phoenix Hagen - Walter Tigers 99-91

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 13th ranked Walter Tigers (7-11) were defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-11) 99-91 on Sunday. Walter Tigers trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-99 at the end of the game. Phoenix Hagen shot 30 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Walter Tigers only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Strangely Walter Tigers outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Phoenix Hagen made 7 blocks. Walter Tigers were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 22 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) with 22 points and 9 assists and American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Phoenix Hagen and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Walter Tigers. Phoenix Hagen will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: M.Dorris 26+1reb+2ast, D.Bell 22+1reb+7ast, Z.Jonusas 16+2reb, Q.Pryor 13+2reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 12+15reb+3ast, M.Terwilliger 7+2reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: B.Ratkovica 22+4reb+9ast, C.Oliver 17+5reb, D.Watts 15+11reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 14+7reb+1ast, R.Markovic 9+3reb, K.Wiliams 8+7reb
gschID: 93037


Duesseldorf - Brose Baskets 72-69

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Brose Baskets (18-1) in Duesseldorf on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by eighteenth ranked Gloria Giants (3-15) 72-69. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gloria Giants outrebounded Brose Baskets 35-23 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Steven Wright (191-83, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Gloria Giants players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) with 12 points and Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 10 points. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth position with 3-15 record. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top place with one game lost. Gloria Giants are looking forward to face higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#17) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Baskets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 18+9reb+3ast, S.Wright 18+4reb+4ast, R.Brempong 11+5reb+1ast, J.Buck 11+10reb, N.Khartchenkov 7+2reb, P.Wischnewski 3+1reb+1ast
Brose Baskets: K.Hines 12+3reb+3ast, B.Roberts 11+4reb+1ast, P.Suput 10+2reb+1ast, A.Gavel 10+3reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 9+4reb+3ast, R.Terry 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 111470


ratiopharm - Dt.Bank SKY 87-82

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-5) against eleventh ranked ratiopharm Ulm (8-10) on Thursday night. Visiting Deutsche Bank Skyliners were defeated by eleventh ranked ratiopharm Ulm (8-10) in a tough game in Ulm 82-87. It looked good early as Deutsche Bank Skyliners took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ratiopharm Ulm had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Deutsche Bank Skyliners were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-87. ratiopharm Ulm made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while Deutsche Bank Skyliners only scored four points from the stripe. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 36-24 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Lee Humphrey (188-84, college: Florida) supported him with 20 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Even 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains eleventh position with 8-10 record, which they share with EnBW L'burg. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will again play against league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 22+12reb, L.Humphrey 20+2ast, P.Guenther 13+3reb+2ast, R.Benzing 10+2reb, R.Trice 9+9reb+2ast, C.Collins 6+1reb+1ast
Dt.Bank SKY: R.Powell 18+4reb, J.McKinney 15+1reb+4ast, D.Wood 14+9reb+7ast, K.Muurinen 14+1reb+1ast, M.Nolte 7+2reb, Q.Robertson 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 111471


Goettingen - TBB Trier 65-53

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked BG Goettingen and 8th ranked TBB Trier had identical 9-8 record. This time BG Goettingen used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Trier 65-53 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-53. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BG Goettingen made 8 blocks. TBB Trier was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agency: Court Side) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BG Goettingen (10-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. BG Goettingen will face Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn in the next round. TBB Trier will play on the road against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: M.Scott 14+6reb+2ast, L.Dale 12+5reb+3ast, M.Meeks 9+5reb+1ast, J.Boone 8+9reb+2ast, D.Anderson 8+8reb, A.Jordan 5+2reb
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 12+9reb+1ast, D.Joyce 9+1reb+6ast, P.Zwiener 9+6reb+1ast, J.Bynum 7+4reb+1ast, B.Stewart 6+3reb+3ast, D.Dojcin 5+5reb
gschID: 93034


ratiopharm - Brose Baskets 69-81

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (18-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked ratiopharm Ulm (8-10) 81-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. ratiopharm Ulm managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina, agency: Lanshire Group) who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Robin Benzing (208-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-1 record. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. Brose Baskets will meet at home bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: C.Jacobsen 21+9reb+4ast, P.Suput 15+3reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 11+7reb, K.Hines 9+3reb+1ast, R.Terry 7+8reb, J.Goldsberry 7+6ast
ratiopharm: P.Guenther 12, R.Benzing 11+5reb+4ast, R.Trice 10+8reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 9+1reb, S.Betz 8+5reb, C.Collins 6+4reb
gschID: 93035


Bayreuth - NY Phantoms 82-93

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (4-14) was defeated at home by sixth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-7) 93-82 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. New Yorker Phantoms dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BBC Bayreuth's 30. It was a great shooting night for New Yorker Phantoms especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) with 29 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 17 points and 4 assists. BBC Bayreuth's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will face LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Gloria Giants in Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 27+5reb+1ast, M.Goree 17+2reb, T.Skinn 16+5reb+5ast, L.Greer 11+1ast, J.Cain 10+3reb+4ast, K.Visser 6+5reb+4ast
Bayreuth: P.Campbell 29+6reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 17+4reb+4ast, J.Harris 16+5reb+2ast, D.Gibson 9+1reb+3ast, P.Heyden 7+4reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 2+2reb
gschID: 93036


Duesseldorf - Bremerhaven 67-69

Eighteenth-ranked Gloria Giants (3-15) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-8) in Duesseldorf. The visitors from Bremerhaven managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. Gloria Giants were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Ransford Brempong (203-81, college: W.Carolina) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Gloria Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels and are hoping to win another game. Gloria Giants will play on the road against BBC Bayreuth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: C.Callahan 19+8reb+1ast, J.Allen 14+2reb+5ast, D.Copeland 10+3reb+5ast, T.Martin 9+5reb+3ast, J.Lipke 7+1ast, A.Drevo 4+2reb
Duesseldorf: R.Brempong 17+9reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 15+6reb, S.Wright 11+2reb+3ast, P.Pope 9+1reb+3ast, J.Tatum 8+2reb+2ast, P.Wischnewski 3
gschID: 93031


Art.Dragons - EnBW L'burg 96-71

Everything went according to plan in Quakenbrueck where fifth ranked Artland Dragons (12-6) outscored 11th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-10) 96-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Artland Dragons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) scored 23 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) with 26 points and his fellow American import forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Artland Dragons moved-up to fourth place. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Artland Dragons will face BBC Bayreuth (#17) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: B.Bailey 23+4reb+4ast, T.Rice 16+3reb+6ast, N.Peavy 11+3reb+1ast, R.Boumtje 11+9reb, A.Hess 10+2reb, R.Lewin 8+5reb+2ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 26+2reb+2ast, J.Bowler 14+4reb, D.McCray 10+2reb+1ast, J.Green 6+4reb+5ast, T.Bailey 5+3reb+2ast, S.Vene 4+1reb
gschID: 93032


Telekom Baskets - LTi 46ers 71-53

There was no surprise in Bonn where 16th ranked LTi 46ers (5-13) were defeated by tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (10-8) 71-53 on Sunday. LTi 46ers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Telekom Baskets made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Telekom Baskets outrebounded LTi 46ers 35-21 including 28 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) with 20 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple) scored 13 points. Telekom Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. LTi 46ers lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face BG Goettingen (#7) on the road in the next round. LTi 46ers will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Hunt 19+4reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 15+8reb, T.Ohlbrecht 9+4reb+1ast, J.Jaacks 9+2reb, N.Wise 8+2reb+1ast, F.Campbell 7+4reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 20+4reb+1ast, R.Brooks 13+1reb, C.Griffin 6+1reb, E.Ovcina 5+5reb+1ast, A.Smith 5+4reb+4ast, G.Gamqrelidze 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 93033


Dt.Bank SKY - EWE Baskets 76-71

No shocking result in a game in Frankfurt where second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-5) won against 5th ranked EWE Baskets (10-8) 76-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 28-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) scored 24 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 13-5 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser EWE Baskets dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face ratiopharm Ulm (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 24+2reb+7ast, R.Powell 12+7reb, Q.Robertson 12+5reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 10+5reb, M.Nolte 8+2reb, J.McKinney 5+5reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: O.Stevic 23+6reb, L.Campbell 15+4reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 11+3reb+6ast, R.Paulding 10+3reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 5+5reb+1ast, E.Gill 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 93029


MBC - ALBA 61-72

Very expected game in Weissenfels where 15th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (5-13) was defeated by third ranked ALBA Berlin (12-5) 72-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Michael Jordan (183-77, college: Pennsylvania) scored 17 points. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-5 record having eight points less than leader Brose Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. ALBA Berlin will face Phoenix Hagen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Allen 28+11reb+1ast, I.McElroy 15+11reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 13+2reb+4ast, H.Price 5+1ast, P.Femerling 4+4reb, L.Staiger 3+2reb+1ast
MBC: M.Jordan 17+1ast, R.Ross 14+3reb+1ast, W.Bernard 10+8reb+3ast, R.Shields 10+6reb, R.Dramicanin 6+5reb+1ast, G.Grunheid 3+4reb
gschID: 93030


Round 1
ALBA - MBC 75-60

Very predictable result when third ranked ALBA Berlin (12-5) defeated at home 15th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (5-13) 75-60 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. Mitteldeutscher BC managed to win fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game, while Mitteldeutscher BC only scored nine points from the stripe. Mitteldeutscher BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) with 13 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Guido Grunheid (209-82) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-5 record having eight points less than leader Brose Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. ALBA Berlin will face Phoenix Hagen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.
Top scorers:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 16+3reb+2ast, D.Allen 14+6reb, M.Marinovic 12+4ast, I.McElroy 12+6reb+5ast, L.Staiger 9+2reb, B.Taylor 6+4reb+3ast
MBC: R.Ross 13+4reb+5ast, G.Grunheid 11+7reb+1ast, W.Bernard 8+1reb+1ast, M.Jordan 7+2reb+3ast, R.Dramicanin 7+5reb, D.Roberts 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 120150


Round 3
Walter Tigers - Telekom Baskets 79-73

An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where 10th ranked Telekom Baskets (10-8) were upseton the court of thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-11) 79-73 on Thursday. Walter Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford, agency: Court Side) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Walter Tigers maintains thirteenth position with 7-11 record, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked TBB Trier (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: C.Oliver 22+8reb+2ast, K.Wiliams 14+3reb, R.Markovic 14+1reb+4ast, B.Ratkovica 9+6reb+8ast, A.Kashirov 7+4reb+1ast, J.Herber 7+2reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: F.Campbell 17+2reb+3ast, J.Hunt 17+5reb+5ast, C.Ensminger 12+10reb+1ast, N.Wise 8+1reb+3ast, J.Jaacks 6+7reb, P.Flomo 4+5reb
gschID: 120173




The LTi Giessen 46ers Bring In Brandon Mcknight - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The LTi Giessen 46ers Have brought in some strength to the point guard position getting Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue). He is a 27 year old 188cm guard from South Bend Indiana. He possesses explosive quickness and great ball-handling ability. He is a tremendous defender who can put pressure on the ball, solid scorer who can get to the basket, excellent passer who looks to distribute first and score second. Last season, he played for Plannja Basket Lulea (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 37 games: Score-3 (19.2ppg), 5.2rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-3 (2.0spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 65.5%. This season, he spent a month in France playing for Le Havre where he played 6 games and was averaging 5,6ppg, 1,8rpg and 1,2apg in 20 minutes per game. 'After reviewing the last weeks, we have decided that we need a player that has experience and leadership qualities at the position one. Our play has been lacking creativity and open shots. We think that Brandon will be able to help us. We cant allow to make any mistakes in getting new players, so we decided for this short term deal. it is always an advantage to see a player in a few practices', commented LTi Giessen 46er coach Vladimir Bogojevic

Mcknight played at Purdue (NCAA) from 2001-2005 and was a teammate of ex 46er David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) In his senior yerar, he played
28 games: 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 73.2%. He came to Europe in 2005 to start his professional basketball career for Buyuk Kolej Ankara (Turkey-D1): 30 games: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 68.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for Tekelspor Istanbul (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 24 games: 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 65.3%. In 2007-2008, he played for Solna Vikings (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 31 games: 22,4ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for Elitzur Qiryat Ata/Motzkin (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 21 games: 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 58.2%. Some awards and achievements in his career have been HS runner-up in Indiana Mr. Basketball voting -01, Player of the year by the South Bend Tribune -01, First team all-conference -00, 01, Swedish Basketligan All-Star Game -08, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team -08, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -08, 10, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Defensive Team -08, 10, Swedish League Champion -08, Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 10, and Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -10

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers









Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts To 99-91 Win Against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket following the 99-91 win against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen.

A big 99-91 win against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. How good does it feel to be winning again?


It feels good but its only one game. We still have ways to go.

As the cold weather left and warmer weather came Phoenix Hagen started winning. What has been the teams best asset in this run?


We've gotten back to being aggressive on the offensive end and attacking.

Phoenix Hagen led big 52-36 at halftime. What was Phoenix Hagen doing best on defense keeping Tiebingen at bay?


We were trying to take away their first option and make them do things that they didn't want to.

In the fourth quarter Tuebingen came back and cut lead to 95-91. Why did Phoenix Hagen let Tuebingen back into the game?


We got a bit careless with ball and shot selection.


What was key down the stretch for pulling out the win?


Knocking down free throws.

Who is more underrated in the BEKO BBL Jacob Burtschi or Oliver Stevic?


Jacob is for sure. He does so much for us and brings a lot of energy. He is undersized but he hits the glass.


How much will Chris Moss help The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?


I don't know anything about him so I don't know how much he will help.


How crazy is that the Saints and Colts are out of the playoffs? Does this pave the way for the New England Patriots to win their fourth Superbowl?


Anything happens when you get in between the lines to play. Anybody can be beat. New England has to get past the Jets for that to happen.


Thanks Quentin for the chat



The Rapid Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Jared Reiner (BBC Bayreuth) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jared Reiner is a 28 year old 211cm center playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played for Iowa from 2000-2004. As a rookie, he made the Chicago Bulls roster playing games 19 games averaging 1.1ppg, 2.0rpg; Play-Offs: 3 games: 0pts. In the 2005-2006 season, he was injured and did not play. In 2006-2007, he played for San Antonio Spurs (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'06 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League, starting five): 28 games: 13.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 48%, FT: 69.4%; 28 games: 13.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, in Feb.'07 signed at Milwaukee Bucks (NBA): 27 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2007-2008, he played for Polaris World Murcia (Spain-ACB, starting five): 17 games: 5.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, FT: 44.0%, in Feb.'08 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 20 games: 9.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.8rpg), 2FGP: 52.1%, FT: 53.9%. In 2008-2009, he played for the 76ers (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.'08 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 12 games: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.9%, FT: 72.7%. Last season, he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 17 games: 13.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 72.2%,and then moved to Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico-BSN): 8 games: 12.4ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 25.0%.Currently, he is averaging 13,5ppg, 8,0rpg and 1,3apg. Jared took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball.



You are playing for your third BEKO BBL team BBC Bayreuth. Before that you played for Bamberg and Bremerhaven. Is it not interesting that each team starts with the letter B?


I guess it is. I guess I like the letter B. The only team missing is Bonn.

You forgot Berlin.

Oh yes Alba Berlin would be nice.


BBC Bayreuth has a deep roster. Why is the team so low in the standings?


We play well for 35-37 minutes. For the rest of time we have mental lapses. Except for the game against The Artland Dragons, we have been in each game. We make simple mistakes and have to stop doing this.


How do you like the town of Bayreuth?


It is a great city. I like Ober Franken very much. The club has made me and my wife very comfortable. We are very close to Nurnberg where we like to go.


Last season, you started in the NBA, then played at Fort Wayne and then finished in Puerto Rico. How was the season for you?


I was trying to get back into the NBA last season. I finished the season in Puerto Rico. The team was far from the playoffs and I helped them reach the playoffs.


What has been your impression of coach Andreas Wagner?


He is a great coach. He knows what he wants and runs practices well and prepares us well. It has been unfortunate losing the way we have. We have to get back on track again winning games.


Is there a difference playing for an American coach or a German coach like Andreas Wagner?


No I think that there is no difference. Each coach has their own style, but basketball is an international sport and it is the same everywhere. I enjoy playing for him and he speaks english. My Deutsch is not so good.


Who has been the big surprise player on the team for BBC Bayreuth?


I think it has been Simon Schmitz. He is tough as nails, plays hard and just listens. He always wants to get better.



How well will the Miami Heat do this season?


It has been a bit surprising how they have started, but they have had distractions. The three super stars have long term contracts. They will be fine, but it will take a little while to get going.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Red Dragon with Anthony Hopkins who plays a crazy killer.


Thanks Jared for the chat.






Jacques Jones to Karlsruhe - by Moritz Korff
BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has completed the signing of Jacques Jones (201-F-86, college: Texas Southern), the club announced in a press release. The 24-year-old Houston, Texas native knows what to expect in Germany, because he spent the 2009-2010 season playing for the UBC Hannover Tigers, averaging 13 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Before Jones took his game to Germany he attended Texas Southern University (NCAA Division One) and graduated in 2009.

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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Wood, Dt.17.6 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.3 
 3. Peacock, LTi 46ers16.2 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons15.8 
 5. Callahan, Bremerha.15.5 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm15.0 
 7. Benzing, ratio.15.0 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.14.7 
 9. Bell, Phoenix Hagen14.7 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.7 
 5. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.4 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.2 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.9 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.6 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.1 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons4.6 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier4.5 
 5. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.4 
 6. McElroy, AL.4.4 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.4 
 8. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 9. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 4. Dorris, Phoenix .1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 8. Trice, ratiopharm1.4 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.1.4 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.5 
 4. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 5. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.2 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Bryant, ratiopharm1.2 
 8. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Baynes, EWE B.0.9 


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  GREECE   


Iraklis announced James Peters - by Giorgos Diploidis
James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV) is the new player of the team of Iraklis. The club of Thessaloniki in order to stay in the first division makes a lot of changes the last two months. After hiring Giorgos Kalafatakis (agency: Interperformances ) as a new coach it was time to find a power forward, the 'one' is Peters.

James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV) was playing in A2 of Turkey league with the shirt of
Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi where in ten games had an average of 12.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg,1.5 apg and 1.1 bpg.
Peters will play in Iraklis with William Avery (188-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Duke) who is expected to come In Thessaloniki even today and take some minutes tomorrow against Ikaros Kallitheas






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  IBL   


IBL's Albany Legends players land jobs across 5 continents and the NBDL - by Trask Frost
For immediate release: Albany, NY. - thsi news story is written by Robert Hord- Vice President of the Albany Legends

Capturing the IBL title in July 2010 was only the beginning for the 2010 Albany Legends. Since bringing home the IBL trophy to Albany in the inaugural season, several players are now playing or played in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, the NBDL and other independent North American leagues.

'This is an exciting example of the high quality of the basketball that is available to fans of the Capital District. The IBL player development focus is one reason why the Legends are a member of the IBL and it has clearly paid off! The IBL spring schedule allows us to bring solid talent to the best fans in the IBL and the players benefit by gaining exposure and experience to take advantage of world wide opportunities. This is a win-win for the fans and the players and it is an exciting time to be an Albany Legend' said Legends co-owner and VP, Bob Hord- 'Moreover, with the IBL spring schedule, many Legends veterans will be back here in Albany to defend the IBL Championship in 2011'.

Here is a list of the 2010 Albany Legends who are on the professional basketball circuit in the USA and across the world-

Kyle Cuffee, (St Johns) who played two games with the Legends during the Edmonton Energy series (7 ppg and 3 reb) signed with the 2010 Springfield Armor of the NBDL (NBA Development League) where he averaged 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 games.

Both former Legends Kenny Satterfield (Cinn 01 / NBA Nuggets & Sixers veteran) and Gordon Klaiber (Fairleigh Dickinson) remain teammates in the IBL off season and are both playing well for the Saitama Broncos of Japan's BJ League. Kenny is averaging 16 points and 7.1 assists while Gordon is putting up 12 points a game and 7.4 rebounds.

Rashaun Freeman (UMASS), who appeared in two games with the Legends, with a game high 19 points and 14 rebounds before re-injuring his foot is now playing in Belgium for the VOO Verviers Pepinster of the Ethias League. He is averaging 14 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Belgium organization. (see file photo below).

Evan Lane (St Rose), the Legends work horse who played in twenty one games for the Legends is playing in the Tunisia, Africa D1 League for the Juenesse Sportive Kairouaise. This is the top league in the country where Evan isaveraging more than 10 ppg. Speaking with Evan Lane from Tunisia, Evan said 'When I got cut from Germany in 2009, I was devastated and I never thought I would play professionally again. The Legends gave me that second chance. The competition there made me a much better player and helped me prepare to come overseas and succeed. In addition, I was able to fill a niche on the Legends in front of home town Albany fans who have always supported my ups and downs. I am looking forward to coming back to the Legends when the season ends here in Tunisia. It is in Tunisia where I have faced all sorts of new situations that the Legends really prepared me for. The style of play is different and the language barrier is tough in the locker and on the floor. The Legend veterans showed me how to bring my best every day and keep cool regardless of the adversity. Early on, I could never guard DeAndre Thomas but after practicing every day for 3 months against him, you grow into a pretty good defensive player'. Evan can be reached on elane804@gmail.com and welcomes your correspondence.

Rashad 'Ace' Woods (Kent State) averaged 17.2 ppg and 6.5 rebounds for the Legends in 8 games is currently playing in Saudi Arabia with plans to return to the states at the conclusion of the season.

Deandre Thomas (Indiana / Robert Morris) played with a Chilean National Team in South America this past summer and recently signed with the 2011 Lawton Fort Sill Cavs of the PBL while another fan favorite Damone DaMan.

The season home opener is Friday April 15, 2011 at 7:00pm and all home games will be complete before Memorial Day weekend in time for fans to begin enjoying out-door, summer activity. The Albany Legends home venue is the CBA Athletic Facility, 12 Airline Drive in Colonie New York- which features air conditioning, nearly 1000 seats and close, accessible parking. Visit www.iblhoopsonline.com for more information.





IBL's Gary Splash finish 11-5 to gain #1 seed for Winter Championship tournament - by Trask Frost
The Gary Splash- first year team in the International Basketball League- claims the #1 seed for the IBL tournament, set for this upcoming Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Battle Creek Michigan. The Gary Splash won 11 of their last 12 games to finish at 11-5 and on the final day of the season, they tied the Kankakee County Soldiers record (also 11-5 on the season). For seeding purposes, the IBL uses a coin flip rather than points to determine the #1 seed- and- Gary won the coin flip as well. When pressed to describe his star players, owner and head coach Jay Bradford says that 'different people are stepping up each night' but a few names that seem to stand out are as follows:

6' 9' forward James Booyer
sent down from the NBDL Springfield Amour 'brings a lot of experience to the team, he can make the open shot, he rebounds very well, key blocked shots in games but the key is his experience', says Bradford.

6' 4' shooting guard TJ Jackson- 'actually is a prolific scorer but (he is) sacrificing that by playing strong defensive and rebounding to help the team get over the top'.

6' 9' center Chris Wesby is described by Bradford as 'an energy big, brings a lot of energy'.

6' 6' shooting guard/forward Sean Smith is the 'glue of the team, stabilizes the team, he has a 7 foot 3 inch wing span, so his defense is really good'.

Jay Bradford says about his team- that the record does not surprise him- 'it does not surprise me at all, but the best is yet to come, they (Gary Splash) are still not a team yet not like the Soldiers; they (Kankakee County Soldiers) know where each other is on the floor, on drives, etc. but we are not like that yet... but as we develop as a team, we will get there'.

For information on the tournament this weekend and/or the IBL itself, visit the IBL web site at- www.iblhoopsonline.com


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  IRAN   


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


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 31
 1. Longmire, Belfast .31.0 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune29.3 
 3. Van, UCC Demons24.2 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.23.6 
 5. Foley, Ulster Elks23.2 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.22.9 
 7. Turner, Killester22.8 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.8 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.8 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.6 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.6 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.10.8 
 6. Turner, Killester10.7 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.1 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles6.8 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.3 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.4 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 7. Foley, Ulster Elks3.3 
 8. Clarke, Killester3.3 
 9. Westbrooks, Killester3.3 
 10. Turner, Killester3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Westbrooks, Killester2.5 
 3. Crowder, UCD M.2.5 
 4. Donnelly, DCU S.2.5 
 5. Noonan, Neptune2.4 
 6. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 7. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 8. Turner, Killester2.3 
 9. Dowd, Moycullen2.2 
 10. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.6 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune2.4 
 3. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 4. Turner, Killester2.1 
 5. Longmire, Belfast .2.0 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.3 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.2 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.0 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons1.0 


Pat Crean debuts for DCU Saints - by Eurobasket News
DCU Saints added a new import player to their roster. They signed a deal with Pat Crean (193-F). The forward signed his first pro deal. He just graduated from the Springfield College. Pat Crean averaged 14.8 points, 6.3 boards and 3.2 assists per game in his senior season. Pat Crean made it into NEWMAC 1st Team back in 2009. The forward has already debuted for DCU Saints. He was impressive but could not rescue his team from falling short to UL Eagles in thriller. Pat Crean tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes of action. He went 5/9 from the field and 5/6 from the stripe.


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  ISRAEL   


Best players of Israeli Premier League round 13 - by Eurobasket News
American Shawn James (208-F/C-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team crushed Elitzur Netanya (#8, 4-9) with 21-point margin 89-68. Bnei Hasharon maintains the 5th position in Israeli Premier League. Bnei Hasharon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. James has many years of experience at Bnei Hasharon, through which he has constantly improved. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. James leads league in rebounds with 11.3rpg. James is in league's top in and averages solid 3.6bpg and 75.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American forward Rahshon Turner (201-F-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Ironi Ashkelon. Turner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Ironi Ashkelon cruised to a 99-91 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10, 3-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Ironi Ashkelon left the very bottom place moving slightly to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Turner is a newcomer at Ironi Ashkelon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#3). He also registered 7.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Bnei Hasharon's star - American Lee Nailon (204-F-75). Nailon scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Bnei Hasharon, helping his team with a 89-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#8, 4-9). Bnei Hasharon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Nailon has a great season in Israel. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Carter (201-G/F-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Richard Hendrix (203-F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Desmon Farmer (195-G-81) of Ironi Ashkelon - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dwayne Mitchell (194-G-82) of Maccabi Rishon - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82) of Maccabi Haifa - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79) of Ironi Ashkelon - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Josh Duncan (204-F/C-86) of Maccabi Ashdod - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ITALY   


Best players of Italian SerieA round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Jumaine Jones (201-F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pepsi JuveCaserta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Pepsi Caserta in his team's victory, helping them to beat Banca Tercas (#15, 4-10) 89-81. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Pepsi Caserta is placed at 10th position in Italian SerieA. Pepsi Caserta is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-8 record. It's Jones' second year at Pepsi Caserta and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 61.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American center Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Banca Tercas Teramo. Fletcher impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Banca Tercas lost that game 81-89 to the higher-ranked Pepsi Caserta (#10, 6-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Banca Tercas keeps 15th position. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Banca Tercas managed to get this year. Fletcher is a newcomer at Banca Tercas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side) of Dinamo Sassari (#14). White showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite White's great performance Dinamo Sassari lost 83-92 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 13-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Dinamo Sassari not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, White could try to bring Dinamo Sassari's a little bit higher in the standings. White has individually a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 63.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Air AV - 15 points and 13 rebounds
5. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Fabi Shoes - 15 points and 15 rebounds
6. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85) of Montepaschi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Denis Marconato (211-C-75) of Bennet Cantu - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Herve Toure (202-F-82) of Enel Brindisi - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84) of CS Bologna - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jared Homan (206-C-83) of CS Bologna - 11 points and 18 rebounds

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


Best players of Italian Lega2 round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Panamanian Michael Hicks (193-G-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sigma Barcellona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 35-year old guard had a double-double of 31 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Umana Reyer (#1, 13-2) 83-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Barcellona maintains the 4th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Hicks had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Michael Hicks averages this season 15.4ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Aget Imola. Ebi impressed basketball fans with 40 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Aget Imola lost that game 84-103 to the higher-ranked Fastweb CM (#3, 11-4). Aget Imola managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ebi is a newcomer at Aget Imola and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#4). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: JEMsports) of Tuscany PT (#8). Forte got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. Despite Forte's great performance Tuscany PT lost 81-82 to the lower-ranked Fileni BPA (#12, 6-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Tuscany PT needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Forte has a very solid season. In 13 games in Italy he scored 16.1ppg. He also has 3.2apg and and 3PT: 41.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricky Hickman (190-G-85) of Fastweb CM - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89) of Tezenis Verona - 14 points and 13 rebounds
6. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Assigeco - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) of Prima Veroli - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Terrence Roderick (195-G/F-88) of Immobiliare SR - 26 points and 9 rebounds
9. David Brkic (210-F-82) of Prima Veroli - 25 points and 5 rebounds
10. Luigi Dordei (202-F-81) of Snaidero UD - 19 points and 13 rebounds

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


Josh Heytvelt leaves Virtus Roma - by Antonello Varallo
Lottomatica Roma and Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) part ways.
The big man from Clarkston, who joined Lottomatica last May, leaves Roma after 10 Italian League games played during this season, with an average of 5.7 ppg and a season high of 13 points scored during the unlucky match against Pepsi Caserta. Heytvelt has played 10 games of the current Euroleague, with 5.3 ppg and a high of 13 points scored against Olympiakos.


Dawan Robinson will play for Trenkwalder - by Eurobasket News
Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island) will continue his career in Italy. The 28-year-old guard signed a deal with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. Dawan Robinson will replace Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV). The Mexican guard got injured during the latest LegaDue game. He will miss at least two months. Dawan Robinson started the season in D-League. The guard averaged 12.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.3 boards per game for the Erie Bay Hawks. Dawan Robinson is not new to Italy. Last season he started in Prima Veroli. There he notched 17.0 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists and 3.7 steals. Later he moved to Umana Reyer Venezia but got injured and missed the reminder of the season.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Reati, Treviglio19.6 
 2. Vico, Matera18.0 
 3. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.6 
 4. Evangelisti, Trapani17.0 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta17.0 
 6. Marino, Treviglio16.5 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.4 
 8. Musso, Perugia16.4 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.15.8 
 10. Becerra, Rieti15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Corral, Molfetta10.0 
 2. Bagnoli, Potenza9.9 
 3. Zambon, Rieti9.8 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.2 
 5. Zerini, Ruvo9.1 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.9.0 
 7. Rosignoli, Bisceglie8.9 
 8. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.5 
 10. Gigena, Massafra8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.8 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.5 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 7. Bushati, Brescia3.3 
 8. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
 9. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
 10. Parente, Moncalieri3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.8 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. Bushati, Brescia3.3 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 5. Gullo, Patti3.0 
 6. Malamov, Ruvo2.9 
 7. Palombita, Castelle.2.9 
 8. Vico, Matera2.8 
 9. Santolamazza, Ana.2.8 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Capitanelli, Pales.1.3 
 4. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 5. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.2 
 6. Raminelli, Castelle.1.1 
 7. Pozzi, Molfetta1.1 
 8. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 9. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 


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  JAPAN   


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 24 - by Eurobasket News
American Michael Bell (206-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Sendai 89ers and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Fukuoka Rizing (#3, 15-11) with 34-point margin 112-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sendai 89ers maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sendai 89ers will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game Bell had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sendai 89ers' top player in his first season with the team. Michael Bell averages this season 18.0ppg and 9.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Sendai 89ers' star - 24-year old American guard Mac Hopson (188-G-87). Hopson impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 9 assists. Of course together with Bell he helped Sendai 89ers with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3, 15-11) 112-78. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sendai 89ers consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 14-8 record is not bad at all. Hopson is a newcomer at Sendai 89ers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 5.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of second-ranked Shiga Lakestars. Hamilton showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Shiga Lakestars, leading his team to a 84-76 win against #3 ranked Niigata Albirex. Shiga Lakestars needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Hamilton has a great season in Japan. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Swift (213-F/C-85) of Tokyo Apache - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Broncos - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85) of Niigata Albirex - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83) of Miyazaki - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80) of Tokyo Apache - 22 points and 7 rebounds

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


Randy Holcomb: Life in Japan - by Randy Holcomb
Man, Japan is on of the coolest places in the world to live. Being able to play basketball here and get paid to do it makes it even cooler. Everyone in the world has heard of Tokyo. Its a place that everyone should get to see at least once in there lifetime. With the restaurants, shopping and nightlife, it is every popular with westerns.

Japan is one of the most densely populated cities Ive ever been to. It seems as though people are coming out of every corner. The Japanese are very efficient people. Nothing seems to go to waste. The reality is that the country real has no natural resources and very little space, so its vitally important to be efficient in daily life. From not letting the shower run for long periods to sorting trash, the Japanese make sure to not waste. Dont let me forget to add that it is one of the most expensive places in the world. A basic night on the town could cost you a few hundred dollars. Taxis and trains are very expensive. Dinner for two at the Outback could hit your wallet for about 100 bucks easy.

This is my second tour in Japan. Im playing for the defending champions Link Tochigi Brex. The Brex is one of the few true professional teams in the JBL. The team is only a few seasons old, so winning a championship so early was a real accomplishment for the organization. For a lot of years the league has been dominated by the Aishin Seahorses. Beating them last season for the championship was very gratifying for them Im sure.

Our team is extremely talented. We have the best Japanese player in the country in Takuya Karwamura. He has lead the lead in scoring for the last few seasons, every since the introduction of the rule that each team can only have one American on the floor at a time. Our point guard is Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii). Yuta spent time in the US and is the first Japanese player to play in the NBA, playing with the Phoenix Suns. The rest of the team is all back. The only new additions are myself and the coach, Bruce Palmer.

With all of the fan fair that we have had, we have not been able to put together a winning season so far. We have had so many heartbreaking losses. Injuries to our key players have also hurt our chemistry. We had a coaching change a few weeks ago and now we have started to play somewhat better. The good news is that we have half the season left to make the playoffs where anything can happen. There was an mid-season break and we start up again in a few weeks against Panasonic. I will have some good news to report back soon on Eurobasket.

Follow me,

Randy Holcomb (204-F/C-79, college: San Diego St.)



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  LATVIA   


Liepaja and Nashid Beard part ways - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja and Nashid Beard (208-F-83, college: Lamar) decided to part ways. The team announced the decision today. The 27-year-old forward joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 6.6 points, 4.5 boards and 1.2 blocks per game in LBL. In Baltic League his stats read 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per appearance. Nashid Beard played in Sweden, Uruguay, Syria, Hungary, ABA and TPBL before joining Liepaja.


Latvian U-18 national team wins Baltic Sea Basketball Cup, Janis Berzins MVP - by Arturs Butans

The Baltic Sea Basketball Cup tournament was held in Tallinn in January 3-5 gathering U-18 National teams of Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Latvian national team won all three games (Latvia Finland 71:65, Latvia Sweden 78:66, Latvia Estonia 83:76) that resulted in a triumph of the tournament.

The 17 year old and 200cm tall Latvian national team leader Janis Berzins (200-G/F-93) was nominated the most valuable player (MVP) of the tournament playing on average 27 minutes and scoring 16,3 points (the best indicator in tournament) and 5,7 rebounds.

Janis Berzins (200-G/F-93)' comment about the tournament: 'I'm truly happy that after three years' break the Latvian national team took hold of the Baltic Sea cup. I want to thank all the team-mates because the team effort is that made this happen. Team results are more important to me than individual titles. The Coach Peteris Ozolins really motivated the team and gained the maximum out of players. Now we just have to continue working hard so that we can show even better performance in summer when the U-18 European Championship takes place.'

Link to the interview in Eurobasket.com:
http://www.eurobasket.com/Latvia/basketball.asp?NewsID=210275

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Information prepared by
Kate Glika
BK Valmiera PR and marketing
kate@bkvalmiera.lv
mob. tel. 263 83 963



LBL Round 13: VEF Riga junior beats Liepaja in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
LBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Third ranked VEF Riga junior faced their biggest opponent Liepaja. Host VEF Riga junior (8-5) defeated guests from Liepaja (10-3) 91-81. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Liepaja. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. VEF Riga junior shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Liepaja only scored six points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for VEF Riga junior especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. International swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) fired 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Russian center Ivans Nelyubov (207-88) chipped in 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Liepaja's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior maintains third place with 8-5 record having just 0 points less than leader Ventspils. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face Zemgale (#5) in Jelgava in the next round. Liepaja will have a break next round.
Latvijas Universitate can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Turiba, where they defeated Turiba (3-10) 86-77. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Krists Piternieks (202-87, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Arturs Duselis contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lauris Mizis (196-89) answered with 22 points for Turiba. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Latvijas Universitate maintains eighth place with 1-11 record. It was Turiba's fourth loss in a row. Turiba at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against league's leader Ventspils at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turiba will play against Barons (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Riga was quite interesting. Second ranked Ventspils (10-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Barons (5-7). Ventspils defeated Barons 93-81 on Wednesday. Saulius Kuzminskas stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Derek Willjam responded with 26 points. Ventspils have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Barons keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Ventspils will meet bottom-ranked Latvijas Universitate (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barons will play against Valmiera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Turiba - LU 77-86

Latvijas Universitate can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Turiba, where they defeated Turiba (3-10) 86-77. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-21 Turiba's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Latvijas Universitate made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Turiba was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Krists Piternieks (202-87, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Arturs Duselis (200-89) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Forward Lauris Mizis (196-89) answered with 22 points and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Latvijas Universitate maintains eighth place with 1-11 record. It was Turiba's fourth loss in a row. Turiba at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against league's leader Ventspils at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turiba will play against Barons (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: L.Mizis 22+4reb+2ast, R.Mednis 15+9reb+1ast, N.Sondors 13+3reb, J.Dilevka 8+5reb+1ast, M.Motivans 7+4reb+2ast, M.Steinbergs 5+3reb+4ast
LU: K.Piternieks 22+9reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 16+1reb+1ast, R.Rozitis 14+3reb, A.Duselis 12+7reb+1ast, M.Dargis 8+5reb, A.Slisans 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 108922


VEF Riga jrs - Liepaja 91-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Third ranked VEF Riga junior faced their biggest opponent Liepaja. Host VEF Riga junior (8-5) defeated guests from Liepaja (10-3) 91-81. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Liepaja. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. VEF Riga junior shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Liepaja only scored six points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for VEF Riga junior especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. International swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) fired 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Russian center Ivans Nelyubov (207-88) chipped in 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five VEF Riga junior players scored in double figures. The former international guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-77) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Liepaja's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior maintains third place with 8-5 record having just 0 points less than leader Ventspils. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face Zemgale (#5) in Jelgava in the next round. Liepaja will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Kosuskins 21+1reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 19+5reb+7ast, J.Aleksejevs 10+9reb+1ast, M.Mejeris 9+1reb, M.Meiers 8+1reb, D.Lejasmeiers 7+2reb+2ast
VEF Riga jrs: I.Nelyubov 19+2reb+1ast, B.Bakic 17+4reb, D.Bertans 16+2reb+7ast, K.Berzins 16+4reb+1ast, M.Laksa 14+5reb+1ast, A.Selakovs 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 108926


Barons - Ventspils 81-93

The game in Riga was quite interesting. Second ranked Ventspils (10-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Barons (5-7). Ventspils defeated Barons 93-81 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Ventspils outrebounded Barons 36-20 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) responded with 26 points and guard Raimonds Feldmanis (192-82) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Four Barons players scored in double figures. Ventspils have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Barons keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Ventspils will meet bottom-ranked Latvijas Universitate (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barons will play against Valmiera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barons: D.Willjam 26+4reb+2ast, M.Skirmants 13+4reb+1ast, R.Feldmanis 12+2reb+6ast, A.Cavars 10+5reb+1ast, A.Vitols 8+1reb+1ast, J.Timma 6
Ventspils: S.Kuzminskas 23+8reb+4ast, A.Strelnieks 23+8reb, I.Bankevics 20+3reb, L.Blaus 8+3reb+1ast, A.Berzins 6+6reb+1ast, S.Buskevics 6+5reb+7ast
gschID: 108921




LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 10-1 
 2. Liepaja 10-3 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 8-5 
 4. Valmiera 6-5 
 5. Zemgale 6-7 
 6. Barons 5-7 
 7. Turiba 3-10 
 8. LU 1-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.9 
 3. Veselovs, Valmiera16.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 6. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.15.5 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.3 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.2 
 3. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.9 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.7 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera6.6 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bertans, VEF R.5.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 4. Vaikulis, Liepaja4.2 
 5. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 6. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.8 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja2.3 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.2.2 
 5. Slisans, LU2.1 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.1.7 
 10. Vitols, Barons1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 6. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 7. Skirmants, Barons1.0 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.0.7 
 10. Volkops, LU0.6 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. El Khatib, Champville28.3 
 2. El Khatib, Champville28.3 
 3. Danridge, Byblos28.0 
 4. Warner, Byblos23.9 
 5. Cage, Hoops23.2 
 6. Shannon, Anibal21.3 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Zachery, Antranik20.7 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi20.6 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi15.4 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi15.4 
 3. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 4. Thompson, Sagesse12.4 
 5. Warner, Byblos12.1 
 6. Byrd, Hoops11.7 
 7. Shannon, Anibal11.6 
 8. Battles, Antranik11.3 
 9. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 10. Watkins, Sagesse11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon MASON
  Byblos
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mason, Byblos7.8 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed6.5 
 3. Akl, Anibal6.3 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Fahed, Sagesse4.4 
 8. Khoury, Sagesse3.8 
 9. Roustom, Moutahed3.6 
 10. El Khatib, Champville3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 6. Mason, Byblos2.4 
 7. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.4 
 8. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.4 
 9. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Cox, Champville3.8 
 2. Cox, Champville3.8 
 3. Allen, Champville3.7 
 4. Allen, Champville3.7 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 6. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 7. Thompson, Sagesse2.1 
 8. Danridge, Byblos2.0 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse1.9 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops1.4 


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  LITHUANIA   


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


Lietuvos Rytas looking to strengthen backcourt before Top 16 - by Simas Baranauskas
Lietuvos Rytas confirmed that they are looking to sign another point guard after the departure of Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider), which left the clubs backcourt very thin. The 28-year-old American guard packed his suitcase and left to Turkey, having signed a deal with Galatasaray Istanbul.

'Jerry wasnt happy with his role in the team and we didnt put any obstacles in his way and allowed him to leave,' said the Director of the club, Martynas Purlys, who admitted that Lietuvos Rytas was left shorthanded in the point guard position with only Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) able to play big minutes in this position.

'We are looking for a point guard, but we dont want to rush things,' said Purlys. Decisions will only be made when we find a player, who would both be good for the coach and match our financial capabilities.

The club will be looking to add strength to the roster before Euroleague play resumes in the Top 16 stage, which begins on January 19 for Lietuvos Rytas, when they will welcome Panathinaikos Athens at home in Vilnius.

Courtesy of LithuaniaBasketball.com


Trepocka, Luksa part ways with Alytus - by Aurimas Rimselis
Alytus Alita announced that Vaidas Trepocka (200-F-80, agency: Court Side) will not play longer for the team.
He arrived to Alytus Alita in November, after leaving Techasas.
Player scored 1,5 point, collected 2,2 rebound in 10 minutes average in LKL.
Earlier Alytus Alita announced that Vitalijus Luksa (206-C-86) part ways with team and should join
Mazeikiai in NKL. Alytus Alita has only 7 player left on the court while captain Rytis Adomavicius (199-F/G-83, agency: Court Side) got injury.
Even before Arturas Lazdauskas (201-F-86, college: Long Beach St.), P. Paulius Ivanauskas (195-F-87) and Arturas Valeika (206-F-85, college: Midland CC) left the team.
Official team website publishes that Alytus Alita will not hire any players and will finish this season with current players.



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  MEXICO   


LNBP 1/8 Finals: Potros and Huracanes tie the series to 2-2 against their rivals - by Eurobasket News
Fourth games of the LNBP 1/8 Finals were played on Sunday. Potros and Huracanes managed to beat their rivals and to force decisive Game Five.


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Potros - Fuerza Regia 91-81
Potros outplayed Fuerza Regia at home 91-81. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-81. Potros made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) fired 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American-Guyanese forward Gordon James (198-79, college: Bridgeport) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Game Five is scheduled for Wednesday.
Top scorers:
Potros: S.Monroe 21+7reb+8ast, G.James 18+10reb+2ast, K.Penn 14+4reb, F.Harris 12+3reb+5ast, J.Abu-Shamala 11+5reb+2ast, C.Garcia 7+3reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 24+8reb+1ast, J.Habel 10+4reb, M.Johnson 10+3reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 10+1reb+1ast, S.Bowie 9+8reb, M.Mitchell 5+3reb+4ast




Huracanes - Toros 73-53
Huracanes smashed Toros also in home game 73-53. As mentioned above, thanks to this win Huracances stayed alive and forced decisive Game Five, which is scheduled for Wednesday. (Box-score for Game Four will be available soon)



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  MONTENEGRO   


Sasha Pavlovic to be offered 10-day contract by Dallas Mavericks - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from various media, Sasha Pavlovic (200-F-83) is close to agreeing a deal with Dallas Mavericks. Reportedly, Pavlovic is to be offered 10-day contract after long term injury to Caron Butler. The Montenegrin International has been without the club ever since his contract with Minnesota Timberwolves expired. Next couple of days will show whether this deal will be materialized.
Sasha Pavlovic started his career with Primorka Bar before moving to Buducnost Podgorica in 2001. After three seasons in Podgorica, he was drafted by Utah Jazz as 19th pick in a 1st Round in 2003. In his first season in NBA, Pavlovic appeared in 79 games averaging 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. In November of 2004, Pavlovic was drafted to Cleveland Cavaliers with whom he played for 4 seasons. His best two seasons came in 2007 when Cleveland won the Easter Conference and appeared in NBA Finals. They were defeated by San Antonio Spurs in the Finals. That season, Pavlovic played in 67 regular season games posting averages of 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, while in 20 playoff games he increased slightly his averages to 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. In 2008-2009 Pavlovic was bothered by various injuries which limited his production. He played in 72 games averaging only 4.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. Last season he was traded from Cleveland to Phoenix who then released him. Still Pavlovic secured one year deal with Minnesota Timberwolves where he finished the season.


Slavko Vranes shines in Russia, grabs 16 rebs - by Eurobasket News
Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated wonderful performance in Round Eight of the Russian league. Vranes paced his team Unics Kazan to 87-63 home victory against Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He collected 8 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for 26 minutes on the court. He was third ranked player in this game with valuation 21.
Slavko Vranes joined Unics last summer from the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. Vranes is also active member of the Montenegrin National Team. During the latest Qualifications to European Championships 2011 he had 1.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 8 games. In his career, Vranes won three Adriatic league titles, three Serbian titles and three Serbian Cup trophies. He also won the Montenegrin championship title and Montenegrin Cup with Buducnost Podgorica. Vranes played for Buducnost more than three years in the past.


Mavericks sign Sasha Pavlovic to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pavlovic is a seven-year NBA veteran and joins the Mavericks as a free agent. He holds career averages of 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 16.5 minutes in 452 career games (127 starts) with Utah, Cleveland and Minnesota.

Originally a first round draft pick (19th overall) of the Utah Jazz in 2003, Pavlovic played one season in Utah before being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 expansion draft and traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a first round draft pick. Pavlovic played in Cleveland from 2004-09 and had a career year in 2006-07 when he averaged 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists while helping the Cavaliers win the Eastern Conference Championship and earn a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals.

The native of Bar, Yugoslavia, was also a member of the Serbia and Montenegro 2004 Olympic Team that competed in Athens, Greece.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  MOROCCO   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. PCS Plazza C. 4-1 
 2. RCA Casabl. 4-2 
 3. FUS Rabat 4-2 
 4. CRA Hoceima 4-2 
 5. ASS Sale 3-0 
 6. RSB Berkane 3-3 
 7. WAC Casabl. 3-3 
 8. MAF Fez 2-3 
 9. ASE Essaou. 0-5 
 10. IRT Tanger 0-6 


D1 Round 6: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
D1 round 6 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader CRA Hoceima (4-2) against fourth ranked FUS Rabat (4-2) 78-61 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CRA Hoceima. It was a key game for the second position in the league. FUS Rabat moved-up to second place, which they share with RCA Casabl. and CRA Hoceima.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Casablanca: WAC Casabl. (#8) and RCA Casabl. (#2). RCA Casabl. was defeated at home 72-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of RCA Casabl.. WAC Casabl. (3-3) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with RSB Berkane. RCA Casabl. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with FUS Rabat and CRA Hoceima.
Bottom-ranked ASE Essaou. is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to third ranked PCS Plazza C. (4-1) 56-44 on Saturday evening. PCS Plazza C. keeps a position of league leader. Loser ASE Essaou. still closes the standings with five games lost.
Bottom-ranked IRT Tanger is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to top-ranked ASS Sale (3-0) 91-69. ASS Sale maintains fifth position with 3-0 record. IRT Tanger at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost.
The game in Berkane was quite interesting. 6th ranked MAF Fez (2-3) played at the court of seventh ranked RSB Berkane (3-3). RSB Berkane defeated MAF Fez 89-75 on Saturday. RSB Berkane moved-up to sixth place, which they share with WAC Casabl. Loser MAF Fez dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



RCA Casabl. - WAC Casabl. 72-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Casablanca: WAC Casabl. (#8) and RCA Casabl. (#2). RCA Casabl. was defeated at home 72-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of RCA Casabl.. WAC Casabl. (3-3) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with RSB Berkane. RCA Casabl. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with FUS Rabat and CRA Hoceima.
gschID: 119433


ASE Essaou. - PCS Plazza C. 44-56

Bottom-ranked ASE Essaou. is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to third ranked PCS Plazza C. (4-1) 56-44 on Saturday evening. PCS Plazza C. keeps a position of league leader. Loser ASE Essaou. still closes the standings with five games lost.
gschID: 119434


RSB Berkane - MAF Fez 89-75

The game in Berkane was quite interesting. 6th ranked MAF Fez (2-3) played at the court of seventh ranked RSB Berkane (3-3). RSB Berkane defeated MAF Fez 89-75 on Saturday. RSB Berkane moved-up to sixth place, which they share with WAC Casabl. Loser MAF Fez dropped to the eighth position with three games lost.
gschID: 119435


FUS Rabat - CRA Hoceima 78-61

D1 round 6 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader CRA Hoceima (4-2) against fourth ranked FUS Rabat (4-2) 78-61 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CRA Hoceima. It was a key game for the second position in the league. FUS Rabat moved-up to second place, which they share with RCA Casabl. and CRA Hoceima.
gschID: 119431


IRT Tanger - ASS Sale 69-91

Bottom-ranked IRT Tanger is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to top-ranked ASS Sale (3-0) 91-69. ASS Sale maintains fifth position with 3-0 record. IRT Tanger at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost.



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  NAIA   


Rush win 53-50, complete season sweep of Crusaders - by Emiliano
Devin Andrew (6'4''-G) scored 14 points Monday to lead NAIA No. 13 Xavier (LA) to a 53-50 men's basketball victory over William Carey.
Despite scoring its fewest points in a game this season, Xavier (15-2) won for the 13th straight time at The Barn and completed a two-game season sweep of the Crusaders (8-7). The Gold Rush are 32-1 in non-conference home games during the last four seasons.
Andrew scored in double figures for a team-leading 15th time this season. Michael Harvey and Anthony Simmons added 10 points apiece for Xavier, and Chris Iles' two free throws with 2:54 remaining put the Gold Rush ahead to stay, 48-47. It was the game's 13th lead change.
Kevin Branch missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for William Carey, which has lost four straight.
Drew Meyerchick led the Crusaders with 17 points and was his team's only double-figure scorer.
Xavier trailed 17-11 in the 15th minute before rallying for a 24-23 halftime advantage. William Carey reclaimed the lead in the second half and led 36-31 after Donzedrick Smith's basket with 11:41 remaining.
Xavier shot a season-worst 32.5 percent from the floor but outscored the Crusaders 25-9 in made free throws. Simmons grabbed eight rebounds and Denzell Erves seven to lead Xavier to a 35-30 advantage on the boards.
Xavier, winner of 19 of its last 22 games, will play city rival Loyola at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Barn.



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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.2 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.3 
 3. James, Miami Heat25.3 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat24.9 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.8 
 10. Gordon, LA Clippers23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.8 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.6 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.4 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.8 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.3 
 5. Wall, Washington W.8.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.7 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.7 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.2.0 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. Ginobili, San A.1.9 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.4 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 9. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 28-9 
 2. New York K. 21-15 
 3. Philadelph.76 15-22 
 4. Toronto R. 13-24 
 5. New Jersey N. 10-27 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 25-12 
 2. Indiana P. 14-20 
 3. Milwaukee B. 14-21 
 4. Detroit P. 12-25 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-29 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 30-9 
 2. Orlando M. 25-12 
 3. Atlanta H. 25-14 
 4. Charlotte B. 14-21 
 5. Washington W. 9-26 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 25-13 
 2. Oklah.City T. 25-13 
 3. Denver N. 20-16 
 4. Portland TB 20-18 
 5. Minnesota T. 9-29 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 27-11 
 2. Phoenix Suns 15-20 
 3. Golde State W. 15-22 
 4. LA Clippers 12-24 
 5. Sacramento K. 8-26 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 31-6 
 2. Dallas M. 26-10 
 3. N.Orleans H. 22-16 
 4. Houston R. 17-21 
 5. Memphis G. 17-21 


Mavericks sign Sasha Pavlovic to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pavlovic is a seven-year NBA veteran and joins the Mavericks as a free agent. He holds career averages of 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 16.5 minutes in 452 career games (127 starts) with Utah, Cleveland and Minnesota.

Originally a first round draft pick (19th overall) of the Utah Jazz in 2003, Pavlovic played one season in Utah before being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 expansion draft and traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a first round draft pick. Pavlovic played in Cleveland from 2004-09 and had a career year in 2006-07 when he averaged 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists while helping the Cavaliers win the Eastern Conference Championship and earn a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals.

The native of Bar, Yugoslavia, was also a member of the Serbia and Montenegro 2004 Olympic Team that competed in Athens, Greece.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Cavs Anderson Varejao out for season with torn Tendon - by Eurobasket News
Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) injured his right ankle and foot during Thursday afternoons team practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. He was examined and received X-rays and MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health immediately following practice, the results of which revealed an injury to the peroneus longus tendon.

In order to confirm the extent of the injury and diagnosis, a follow-up MRI was obtained today in Phoenix at St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center. The results confirmed a complete tear of the peroneus longus in the midfoot of the right ankle and foot. Anderson will return to Cleveland in the near future for further consultation and treatment decisions will be made and he will likely miss the remainder of the current season.

Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker will coordinate additional consultations and facilitate subsequent treatment plan recommendations. Further updates will be provided as available and appropriate.

Courtesy of www.waitingfornextyear.com


Monday: Bobcats, Rockets and Bulls celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte B. - Memphis G. 96-82
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored 27 points and the Charlotte Bobcats stayed hot under new coach Paul Silas with a 96-82 victory over the listless Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night in a game played in a nearly empty arena because of a snowstorm. A crowd of about 1,000 fans braved the treacherous roads that shut down much of the city to watch the Bobcats move to 5-2 since Larry Brown was fired. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) added 18 points and nine assists and Matt Carroll (6'6''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) scored 12 points for Charlotte, which was never threatened. Zach Randolph had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost their second straight thanks to terrible shooting. Memphis missed 33 of its first 42 shots in falling behind by 16 points in the second quarter. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Houston R. 102-108
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon) scored 24 points, hitting a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left after Boston cut a 12-point deficit to four and the Houston Rockets held on for a 108-102 victory over the Celtics on Monday night. The Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak despite playing without leading scorer Kevin Martin. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) had 17 with eight assists, Luis Scola scored 12 with nine rebounds and Jordan Hill had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Ray Allen scored 19 for Boston, Marquis Daniels had season highs of 19 points and seven rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists. The Celtics have lost two straight, but they hope that Kevin Garnett will be able to return against Sacramento on Wednesday. With the loss, the Celtics (28-9) fell behind the Miami Heat (30-9) for the best record in the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Detroit P. 95-82
At Chicago, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 29 points and Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 27 points and 11 rebounds to rally Chicago past Detroit. Luol Deng added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who have won seven straight home games. The Bulls erased Detroit's 12-point halftime lead midway through the third quarter behind Boozer. He scored nine quick points to even the score at 61 with 4:54 left in the quarter. Tayshaun Prince scored 15 points and Austin Daye added 14 for the struggling Pistons, who fell to 3-17 on the road. Pistons guard Richard Hamilton played, despite his name circulating in a blockbuster three-team trade centering around Carmelo Anthony. The reported deal would reunite Chauncey Billups and Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony. Hamilton finished with two points off the bench, shooting 0-for-5 from the field. *Courtesy of www.9and10news.com




James, Randolph earn NBA Player of the Week honors - by Eurobasket News
Miami forward LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Memphis forward Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the week ending January 9.

James led the Heat to a 4-0 record during the week by posting an NBA-best 33.3 points per contest. He also finished with per-game averages of 9.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.25 steals.

The reigning two-time league Most Valuable player went for 25-plus points in every game and turned in his best performance in a 107-100 overtime win at Portland on Sunday. In that one James ended with 44 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

Randolph averaged 28.0 points and 14.3 rebounds per contest -- both good for fourth best in the Western Conference -- in helping the Grizzlies go 2-1 during the period. He registered double-doubles in all three games and compiled a 31-point, 16-rebound effort in a 110-105 victory against Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Other nominees for the weekly honors were Atlanta's Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson, Boston's Ray Allen, Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, Miami's Dwyane Wade, New York's Raymond Felton, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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Gophers star Mbakwe jailed - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota star forward Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89) was arrested and jailed on Monday night for allegedly violating a harassment restraining order obtained by a former girlfriend.

Police said Mbakwe was booked into Ramsey County Jail on misdemeanor charges after he posted a message on a St. Paul woman's Facebook page. The woman had previously filed a restraining order against Mbakwe in Dakota County, and reported the contact to police.

University of Minnesota police took Mbakwe into custody at home near campus and brought him to jail. Bail was set at $500.

'We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Trevor,' Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said in a statement issued by the school. 'Until we know all of the facts surrounding the charges it would be premature for us to have any further comment.'

Mbakwe leads the Golden Gophers with 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He transferred to Minnesota before last season, but was not allowed to play while facing a felony battery charge stemming from his days at Miami-Dade Community College.

The case dragged on for a year, and he eventually entered a pretrial program in August rather than go to trial on those charges, but did not admit guilt in the case.

The Gophers host No. 8 Purdue on Thursday.

It's the latest in what has been a long line of difficulty for coach Tubby Smith and the Gophers program in the last few years. Just last week, guard Devoe Joseph left the school and transferred to Oregon after being suspended twice this season for academic and off-the-court issues.

Prized recruit Royce White left the program last year and eventually transferred to Iowa State after pleading guilty to theft and disorderly conduct in an incident at the Mall of America.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Kansas' Little reinstated after missing six games - by Eurobasket News
Mario Little (6'5''-G-87), the senior forward for No. 3 Kansas who missed six games after being charged in a fight, has been cleared to play.

Coach Bill Self announced the decision late Monday. The 22-year-old Little was arrested Dec. 16 after a fight involving his girlfriend and others. He was charged with seven misdemeanors.

Self said Little received a diversion agreement from Lawrence Municipal Court for two battery charges and will receive weekly counseling through the end of the season. He said Little deserves a second chance to finish his career in uniform.

Little played in nine games before he was suspended and averaged 6.2 points per game.

Kansas next plays Wednesday at Iowa State.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Buycks, Marquette scorch the nets from 3-point range as Eagles upset No. 9 Irish - by Eurobasket News
Marquette coach Buzz Williams says his undersized team spends 70 percent of each practice on defense and rebounding. He may be able to increase that percentage, since the Golden Eagles look just fine on offense.

Dwight Buycks (6'3''-G-89) scored a career-high 21 points and Marquette used an impressive long-distance shooting performance to upset No. 9 Notre Dame 79-57 on Monday.

'If it was a good shot, we took the good shot and I think everybody was making shots,' Buycks said.

Buycks went 5 for 5 from 3-point range, part of a 12-for-17 night from behind the arc for Marquette (12-5, 3-1 Big East). The Golden Eagles shot 53 percent (26 for 49) overall.

'Offensively, I don't think we've had any issues, any questions,' Williams said. 'Sometimes we're going to shoot it great, sometimes we're just going to shoot it OK.'

Notre Dame (14-3, 3-2) gained five spots in Monday's poll to reach its highest ranking since January 2009, but it'll be tough for the Fighting Irish to move higher despite getting 15 points from Eric Atkins. Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin each finished with 10.

'I wouldn't have wanted to play horse against them,' Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. 'You're glad a night like this counts as one loss. It counts as one.'

Jae Crowder (6'6''-F) had 18 points, Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89) scored 15 and Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-G-89) 13 for the Golden Eagles, which came in shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.

Butler said Marquette practices shooting every day after practice, not quite games of horse but competitions that include shot after shot after shot against each other. Butler said sometimes the sessions last up to 90 minutes following two-hour practices.

'After practice, everybody stays after and puts up shots,' he said. 'Guys, after they're done making open shots, they'll compete with each other, who can make this many amount of shots first.'

Big East player of the week Ben Hansbrough had nine points and the Fighting Irish shot 39.6 percent overall, including 3 of 16 from 3-point range. But he wasn't sure it would've mattered if they shot better.

'I'm not sure who would have beat them here,' Hansbrough said. 'They're going to beat a lot of people if they shoot 70 percent (from 3-point range).'

Last year, Hansbrough managed just four points in Milwaukee, but Carleton Scott hit a 3 that sent it to overtime and Notre Dame won 63-60 in its last conference road victory.

With the 6-foot-8 Scott out with a hamstring injury that will likely keep him sidelined until February, the Irish struggled knocking down shots after shooting 51 percent in a 76-61 win over St. John's on Saturday.

Hansbrough had a career-best 26 points against the Red Storm, but finished 3 of 9 from the field against Marquette. It snapped a string of 10 straight games with at least 10 points.

'I told him, 'Look, man, get some rest,'' Brey said. 'I've seen that happen before when we've had a player of the week. It's like, 'Yeah! Oh god, we play tonight.' Anyway, give credit to Marquette. We've got to play them again.'

Marquette is in the middle of a stretch of seven ranked opponents in eight games, and entered Monday night 0-4 against Top 25 teams this season.

In the final three weeks of this stretch, the Golden Eagles will face No. 18 Louisville, Notre Dame again, No. 10 Connecticut, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 7 Villanova.

The schedule certainly doesn't seem quite as daunting after Marquette's 3-point effort and much improved defense against Notre Dame following an uncharacteristic 89-81 loss at Pittsburgh where the Panthers shot 60 percent.

'Your pride's hurt when a team shoots 60 percent,' Williams said.

Crowder knocked down his fourth 3-pointer early in the second half, and Marquette extended the lead to double digits at 41-31 for the first time on a free throw by Vander Blue.
Darius Johnson-Odom's 3 put the Golden Eagles up 49-36 with 12:48 left, Buycks drained another and Johnson-Odom finished a fast break with an emphatic slam that made it 64-43 with 7:39 to play.

Tyrone Nash hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 33-29, but the Irish wouldn't get any closer because of the Eagles' 3-point performance, their best effort since going 12 of 15 in a 2001 win over Tulane.

'I think that's an aberration more than anything else,' Williams said. 'For a team that can't shoot to shoot 71 percent from 3, that helps.'

Courtesy of www.marshfieldnewsherald.com


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 10-2 
 2. Asker 9-3 
 3. Ulriken 8-3 
 4. Baerum 7-7 
 5. Gimle 4-7 
 6. Kristiansand 4-8 
 7. Froya 4-9 
 8. Ammerud 2-9 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.8 
 2. Timus, Tromso26.1 
 3. Bullock, Gimle23.4 
 4. Kombat, Froya23.1 
 5. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 6. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud22.1 
 8. January, Tromso21.4 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken19.0 
 10. Gabrans, Froya18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.1 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken12.1 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.0 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.3 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.5 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.1 
 8. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 9. January, Tromso7.5 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bullock, Gimle4.9 
 2. Gabrans, Froya4.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Timus, Tromso3.7 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.7 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.7 
 10. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.8 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker2.0 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Ouakkaha, Ulriken1.9 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 8. Hinsch, Asker1.7 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Christensen, Tro.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.8 
 3. January, Tromso1.2 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 7. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.7 
 9. Ndiaye, Gimle0.6 
 10. Sorensen, Ammerud0.5 


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Halifax R. 2-0 
 2. Lawton Ft.SC 2-0 
 3. Quebec K. 2-1 
 4. Dayton A. 1-1 
 5. Vermont FH 1-2 
 6. Kentucky S. 1-2 
 7. Saint John M.R. 1-2 
 8. Rochester R. 0-2 


Rainmen release Voskuil - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen have released 6'3, 181 pound guard, Alan Voskuil (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas Tech).

Voskuil's release leaves the Rainmen with a roster of ten players, including 6'9, 231 pound forward-centre Marquise Gainous, who joined the team late last week.

The Rainmen will return to the Metro Centre to match up against Premier Basketball League reigning champions, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, today at 7 pm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Participants for the PLK All-Star Game in Kalisz - by Greg

Igor Milicic
Milicic
Cameron Bennerman
Bennerman
Slavisa Bogavac
Bogavac
Zbigniew Bialek
Bialek
Ratko Varda
Varda
#e#5
North:


Igor Milicic (194-G-76) of AZS Koszalin
Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84) of Energa Czarni Slupsk
Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80) of AZS Koszalin
Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82) of Energa Czarni Slupsk
Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) of Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Daniel Ewing (191-G-83) of Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Mantas Cesnauskis (189-G-81) of Energa Czarni Slupsk
Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot
Michael Hicks (193-G-83) of SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.
Bryan Davis (206-F-86) of Energa Czarni Slupsk
Ted Scott (188-G-85) of SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg
Adam Waczynski (199-F-89) of Trefl Sopot
Head Coach: Dainius Adomaitis of Energa Czarni Slupsk


#s#
Walter Hodge
Hodge
Andrzej Pluta
Pluta
Harding NaNa
NaNa
Jakub Dloniak
Dloniak
Chris Burgess
Burgess
#e#5
South:


Walter Hodge (183-G-86) of Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora
Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74) of Anwil Wloclawek
Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Polonia Azbud Warszawa
Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83) of Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora
Chris Burgess (209-C-79) of Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora
Torey Thomas (180-G-85) of PGE Turow Zgorzelec
Eddie Miller (191-G-85) of PBG Basket Poznan
Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) of Polonia Azbud Warszawa
Kevin Goffney (196-F-86) of ASK KS Siarka Tarnobrzeg
Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81) of Anwil Wloclawek
Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82) of PGE Turow Zgorzelec
Tony Easley (206-F-87) of Polonia Azbud Warszawa
Head Coach: Jacek Winnicki of PGE Turow Zgorzelec

Tissot Slam Dunk Contest:
Cameron Bennerman
Bryan Davis
Eddie Miller
Ted Scott

Spalding Three-Point Shootout:
Eddie Miller
Ivan Koljevic (185-G-84) of PGE Turow Zgorzelec
Mantas Cesnauskis
Andrzej Pluta
Michael Hicks




Truscott number one in Poland for round 13 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Louis Truscott (201-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Siarka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Zastal (#8, 6-7) 93-84. Siarka maintains the 12th position in Polish PLK. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 10 games and recorded just three victories. Truscott turned to be Siarka's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Houston star has very solid stats this year. Truscott is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Ivorian Walter Hodge (183-G-86) of Zastal. Hodge had a very good evening with 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Zastal lost that game 84-93 to the lower-ranked Siarka (#12, 3-10). This loss caused Zastal to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Hodge is a newcomer at Zastal, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#4). He also recorded 4.1 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward George Reese (201-F-77, agency: Alti Sport) of AZS Koszalin (#6). Reese showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of AZS Koszalin, leading his team to a 104-92 win against the higher-ranked Energa Czarni (#1, 10-3). AZS Koszalin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Reese has a great season in Poland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcin Stefanski (200-F-83) of Trefl Sopot - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Polpharma - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jerel Blassingame (177-G-81) of Energa Czarni - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Stanley Pringle (185-G-87) of Siarka - 21 points and 3 assists
9. Kevin Goffney (196-F-86) of Siarka - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Torey Thomas (180-G-85) of PGE Turow - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Prince Faisal Basketball Cup 2010/2011 Round of 16 - by Eurobasket News
Prince Faisal Basketball Cup 2010/2011 Round of 16 is almost over. There is just one more game left in it between Al-Safa and Uhud. In another games Al-Nahdha beat Al-Wehda 77:73 at the Hall of Youth Care Dammam. Al-Fath produced a 71 : 61 win over Al-Hilal Match, while Al-Ansar overcame Al-Ittihad 79:68 at the Hall of Youth Care AlMadinah AlMunawwarah. Al-Ahli smashed Al-Jabil 93:36 at the Hall of Youth Care and Al-Massira won over Al-Nasr 71:56. Al-Kweldeeh produced a 80 : 65 win over Al-Qadasiya at the Hall of Youth Care Al-Qatif and Al-Khaleej outscored Al-Shrooq 78:64.

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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 3. Burrows, Komarno22.6 
 4. Delic, Handlova19.8 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok19.6 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.19.4 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 8. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 9. Johnson, Nova Ves18.9 
 10. Moore, Nitra18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova8.8 
 4. Velcic, B.Bystrica8.6 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.5 
 6. Erwin, Nitra8.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok8.1 
 8. Carter, Vahostav.7.6 
 9. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Moore, Nitra7.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.1 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.7 
 4. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Kostomaj, Levice4.8 
 6. Gavlak, Handlova4.6 
 7. Micka, Svit4.3 
 8. Sapp, Pezinok4.2 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Moore, Nitra2.6 
 2. Jones, Komarno2.3 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.2 
 4. Sapp, Pezinok2.1 
 5. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.0 
 7. Kucsa, Inter B.2.0 
 8. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.9 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Karlsruhe
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Prievidza3.3 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.4 
 5. Gavran, Inter B.1.0 
 6. La Rosa, Inter B.0.9 
 7. Tomek, Nitra0.8 
 8. Wolfinger, Levice0.8 
 9. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 


Richard Urland joins Astrum Levice - by Eurobasket News
Richard Urland (195-F-84) joins Astrum Levice and signed a 2.5 years contract with the team. After his Pezinok folded the player went to Levice to continue his career.
In 2006-2007 Richard Urland joined Pezinok and remained with the team for four years. He reached Slovakian Cup Semifinals -06, became Slovakian League One Champion -07, Slovakian Cup Winner -08, 10, Slovakian League Regular Season Champion -08, 09, 10, Slovakian League Finalist -09 and Slovakian League Champion -10. In the last season he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg. This season he started with 5.8 points per game and 2.5 rebounds.
He recorded 16 points in Round 20 as 10th ranked Inter Bratislava (7-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Pezinok (13-6) 93-78. The game rather controlled by Pezinok. Inter Bratislava managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pezinok made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Jessie Sapp who scored that evening 17 points and 9 assists and forward Richard Urland who supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!).



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Olimpija and Krka to meet in quartefinals of Cup Spar - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Union Olimpija will meet Krka in the quarterfinal stage of 2011 Slovenian Cup Spar while runner-up Zlatorog take on Geoplin Slovan. The draw took place today and the tournament, hosted by Skofja Loka, will run from February 10-13.
Quarterfinals (10&11/02): Helios-Sentjur (A), Elektra-Hopsi (B), Union Olimpija-Krka (C), Zlatorog-Geoplin Slovan (D).
Semifinals (12/03): A.-B, C-D.


Filipovski could be Roma's new coach - by Zeljko Zule
Saso Filipovski is poised to take over from Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) as the new coach of Lottomatica Roma, his appointment awaiting final approval from the club.
Filipovski already having been the youngest coach to head a Euroleague bench all decade. He paid his dues as a long-time apprentice in his native Slovenia's most storied club, Union Olimpija of Ljubljana. As an assistant coach, he helped Olimpija to win an Adriatic League, three Slovenian Leagues and five consecutive Slovenian Cup titles between 1999 and 2003. Then, in his head coaching debut at age 29, Filipovski took Olimpija to the Euroleague Top 16 before adding two more Slovenian League crowns to the trophy case. In the summer of 2006, Filipovski moved to Turow and proceeded to lift the club to new heights by making Polish League playoff finals. In March 2009 he took over Lokomotiv Kuban and the started the 2010-11 season in Russia with CSKA Moscow as assistant coach, but he has resigned in December.



Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica21.7 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar19.7 
 3. Primc, Radovljica17.5 
 4. Pusic, Litija17.1 
 5. Jotic, Rogaska17.1 
 6. Blazevic, Litija16.9 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska16.4 
 8. Marcetic, Nova G.16.3 
 9. Lobe, Grosuplje16.3 
 10. Brcina, Hrastnik15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirnes HUSIC
  Kraski Zidar
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Husic, Kraski Zidar11.2 
 2. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.2 
 3. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.7 
 4. Hocevar, Triglav .8.0 
 5. Barovic, Primor.8.0 
 6. Spesic, Rogaska8.0 
 7. Lobe, Grosuplje7.7 
 8. Kosec, Sencur CP7.4 
 9. Buda, Kraski Zidar6.9 
 10. Prole, Splosna plovba6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.0 
 2. Tratnik, Primor.5.4 
 3. Perko, Splosna .5.0 
 4. Zalar, Kraski Zidar4.2 
 5. Milasinovic, Sencur C.4.1 
 6. Blazevic, Litija4.0 
 7. Milovic, Splosna .3.9 
 8. Glavas, KD Postojna3.6 
 9. Ovnik, Hrastnik3.3 
 10. Jereb, Konjice3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jereb, Konjice3.0 
 2. Tomic, Rogaska2.9 
 3. Lobe, Grosuplje2.3 
 4. Jotic, Rogaska2.3 
 5. Bratina, Primor.2.0 
 6. Zalar, Kraski Zidar2.0 
 7. Roser, Medvode1.9 
 8. Podobnik, Medvode1.9 
 9. Glavas, KD Postojna1.8 
 10. Cilgic, Medvode1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.0 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.4 
 3. Lobe, Grosuplje1.4 
 4. Barovic, Primor.1.1 
 5. Trampus, Grosuplje1.1 
 6. Kosec, Sencur CP0.9 
 7. Hren, Litija0.9 
 8. Klepo, Radovljica0.7 
 9. Alispahic, Grosuplje0.7 
 10. Rituper, Nova G.0.6 


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Palacios' double-double lands him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Juan Palacios (203-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for U.B. La Palma and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Navarra (#6, 10-8) 86-94. La Palma maintains the 11th position in Spanish LEB Gold. La Palma is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 18 games. It's Palacios' second year at La Palma and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Palacios has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 50.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best CB Murcia. He is Brazilian center in his second season at CB Murcia. In the last game Faverani recorded impressive 26 points and 6 rebounds. Of course CB Murcia cruised to a 84-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Breogan (#12, 7-11). CB Murcia's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 15 matches. Faverani is well-known at CB Murcia and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#8). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jesus Chagoyen (200-C-78) of La Laguna Socas Canarias (#7). Chagoyen scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Chagoyen's great performance La Laguna lost 69-81 to slightly higher-ranked Leon (#5, 13-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing La Laguna needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Chagoyen has a very solid season. In 18 games in Spain he scored 9.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alvaro Frutos (188-G-87) of Alcazar - 22 points and 4 assists
5. Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74) of Alcazar - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Jorge Garcia (203-C-77) of Leon - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Jerome Tillman (198-F-87) of Burgos - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of CB Tarragona - 12 points and 9 rebounds
9. Levon Kendall (209-F-84) of Obradoiro - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ryan Humphrey (203-F-79) of Caceres - 17 points and 5 rebounds

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


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 15-4 
 2. LF Basket 14-6 
 3. Sodertalje 14-6 
 4. Norrkoping 11-6 
 5. Uppsala 11-8 
 6. Solna 9-10 
 7. Jamtland 7-13 
 8. Boras 7-13 
 9. 08 4-15 
 10. Eco Orebro 4-15 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Sodertalje21.2 
 2. Hargrove, Jamtland20.5 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall20.3 
 4. Smith, Uppsala20.3 
 5. McCoy, Boras19.5 
 6. Gunnarsson, Solna19.3 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland17.8 
 8. Palm, Boras17.7 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.9 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.6 
 2. Palm, Boras9.3 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.2 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.8 
 7. Walker, Solna7.3 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.3 
 9. Salaam, Jamtland7.2 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.3 
 7. Hargrove, Jamtland4.2 
 8. McCoy, Boras4.1 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.1 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.9 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.5 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.5 
 4. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.2 
 5. Smith, Uppsala2.2 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.9 
 8. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 9. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.8 
 10. Chuk, Sodertalje1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.2 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Palm, Boras1.8 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.5 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Levett, LF Basket0.9 


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.7 
 2. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.21.5 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.21.3 
 4. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.1 
 6. Popovich, SAV V.19.9 
 7. Smith, Fribourg18.6 
 8. Yates, Starwings18.6 
 9. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
 10. Byron, BBC Nyon17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon13.6 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Thompson, Starw.9.5 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt9.3 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.4 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.3 
 8. Smith, Fribourg8.1 
 9. Finn, Lugano Tigers8.0 
 10. Dacevic, SAV V.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.1 
 3. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.5 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.5 
 6. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 7. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 8. Buscaglia, Fribourg4.0 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.3.9 
 10. Louissaint, Month.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.4 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.4 
 3. Angley, Lugano T.2.9 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.7 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.2.7 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 7. Sharper, Monthey2.3 
 8. Hawkins, SAM M.2.1 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.1 
 10. Louissaint, Month.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt1.7 
 5. Thompson, Starw.1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.1.3 
 8. Moris, Monthey1.2 
 9. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 
 10. Hawkins, SAM M.0.9 


LNA Round 15: Fribourg defeats SAV Vacallo in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Fribourg (11-4) which hosted in Fribourg 3rd placed SAV Vacallo (10-5). Second ranked Fribourg had an easy win 64-48. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SAV Vacallo. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-48. Fribourg dominated on the defensive end, holding SAV Vacallo to just 6 points in third quarter. Fribourg outrebounded SAV Vacallo 46-24 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. International center Oliver Vogt (209-80) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) answered with 13 points and 4 assists for SAV Vacallo. Fribourg maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Geneve Lions. Fribourg are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SAV Vacallo will play against Monthey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (14-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Starwings (6-9) in Basel 85-71. It was a great evening for American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Byron Sanders helped adding 12 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) with 21 points and 4 assists. Lugano Tigers has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Starwings at the other side keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Fribourg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Massagno was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Boncourt (7-8) played at the court of 8th ranked SAM Massagno (5-10). Boncourt managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for Tony Gugino who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. John Ofoegbu came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for SAM Massagno in the defeat. Boncourt maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. SAM Massagno lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Boncourt will meet at home higher ranked Geneve Lions (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAM Massagno will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 bottom-ranked Zurich Wildcats was beaten by Geneve Lions on the road 77-62. Monthey won against BBC Nyon on its own court 90-80.



Geneve Lions - Zurich Wildcats 77-62

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Geneve Lions (10-5) beat at home bottom-ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-14) 77-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Zurich Wildcats managed to win third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 34 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions outrebounded Zurich Wildcats 48-29 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Congolese forward Max Kouguere (198-87) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Lucas Waldesbuehl (195-89) came up with 19 points and Central African-French guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Court Side) added 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively for Zurich Wildcats in the defeat. Geneve Lions has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with SAV Vacallo. Zurich Wildcats lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Geneve Lions will meet Boncourt (#6) on the road in the next round. Zurich Wildcats will play against SAM Massagno (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zurich Wildcats: L.Bomayako 20+2reb+3ast, L.Waldesbuehl 19+4reb+3ast, M.Lukic 9+7reb, M.Jacobsen 7+3reb+3ast, Z.Zivanovic 4+4reb, L.Marchand 3+4reb+1ast
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 18+13reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 14+6reb+3ast, K.Thomas 14+6reb+1ast, M.Sloan 9+11reb+1ast, R.Ross 9+1reb+3ast, J.Almanson 6+4reb
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Monthey - BBC Nyon 90-80

Very expected game when 9th ranked BBC Nyon (2-13) lost on the road to fifth ranked Monthey (9-6) 90-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. BBC Nyon managed to win fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monthey forced 23 BBC Nyon turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) accounted for 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. American swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Cruz Daniels (211-85, college: High Point) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively for BBC Nyon in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monthey has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 9-6 record. BBC Nyon lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Monthey will meet higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will play against Starwings (#7) in Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BBC Nyon: L.Hunte 23+9reb+4ast, J.Senderos 16+2reb+2ast, C.Byron 14+4reb+1ast, J.Meylan 8+5reb, C.Daniels 8+13reb, X.Paredes 6+4reb
Monthey: R.Yates 24+13reb+1ast, A.Reid 21+10reb+4ast, S.Moris 18+6reb+1ast, J.Sharper 15+5reb+6ast, S.Louissaint 6+2reb+5ast, C.Mafuta 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103695


Starwings - Lugano Tigers 71-85

LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (14-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Starwings (6-9) in Basel 85-71. Starwings were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Lugano Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Starwings' 28. It was a great evening for American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. His fellow American import center Byron Sanders (207-83, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 12 points and 14 rebounds. Five Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) with 21 points and 4 assists and Canadian-Irish swingman Tony McCrory (199-77, college: Simon Fraser) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Lugano Tigers has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Starwings at the other side keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Fribourg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Starwings: T.Brown 21+3reb+4ast, T.McCrory 16+7reb+1ast, A.Thompson 13+11reb, R.Albrecht 6+5reb, M.Hett 5+1ast, M.Petkovic 5+3reb+7ast
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 24+2reb+1ast, M.Efevberha 15+2reb+4ast, D.Mladjan 13+7reb+1ast, B.Sanders 12+14reb, E.Draughan 11+4reb+3ast, B.Angley 6+1reb+7ast
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Fribourg - SAV Vacallo 64-48

An interesting game for Fribourg (11-4) which hosted in Fribourg 3rd placed SAV Vacallo (10-5). Second ranked Fribourg had an easy win 64-48. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SAV Vacallo. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-48. Fribourg dominated on the defensive end, holding SAV Vacallo to just 6 points in third quarter. Fribourg outrebounded SAV Vacallo 46-24 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. International center Oliver Vogt (209-80) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) answered with 13 points and 4 assists and Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Fribourg maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Geneve Lions. Fribourg are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SAV Vacallo will play against Monthey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: R.Gibson 13+4reb+4ast, K.Popovich 9+4reb+4ast, M.Mihajlovic 9+8reb+3ast, P.Badji 9+6reb, R.Kovac 3, S.Smiljanic 3+1reb+1ast
Fribourg: D.Esterkamp 16+7reb+1ast, O.Vogt 13+9reb, V.Buscaglia 11+7reb+3ast, S.Smith 10+8reb+1ast, S.Petkovic 6+2reb, J.Kazadi 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 103697


SAM Massagno - Boncourt 81-87

The game in Massagno was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Boncourt (7-8) played at the court of 8th ranked SAM Massagno (5-10). Boncourt managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Saturday. SAM Massagno was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 30-21 charge of Boncourt, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Shorown Glover (180-87) accounted for 24 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Boncourt players scored in double figures. Center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for SAM Massagno in the defeat. Boncourt maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. SAM Massagno lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Boncourt will meet at home higher ranked Geneve Lions (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAM Massagno will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAM Massagno: J.Ofoegbu 21+11reb+1ast, A.Farokhmanesh 21+2reb+2ast, A.Hawkins 20+5reb+1ast, D.Balletta 8, B.Johnson 5+4reb, F.Fridel 4+1reb
Boncourt: S.Glover 24+2reb+4ast, T.Gugino 22+9reb+2ast, N.Dos Santos 19+7reb+1ast, D.Tshomba 13+3reb+4ast, J.Stucheli 5+1reb, R.Schwaiger 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 103693




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SBL Round 3: Undefeated Taiwan Beer loses their first game against Dacin Tigers - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Taiwan Beer (6-1) on the court of fourth ranked Dacin Tigers on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Dacin Tigers 84-81. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Taiwan Beer. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Taiwan Beer won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Dacin Tigers won last quarter 20-18. It was a great evening for American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Lei Tien (203-83) helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. Dacin Tigers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 3-3 record. Taiwan Beer at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Dacin Tigers are again looking forward to face league's leader Taiwan Beer in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taiwan Beer will play against Taiwan Mobile and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Yulon Luxgen (4-3) against fifth ranked Bank of Taiwan (2-4) on Friday night. Visiting Yulon Luxgen was defeated by fifth ranked Bank of Taiwan (2-4) in 64-53. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Jason Faulknor accounted for 14 points and 15 rebounds. Bank of Taiwan's coach Liang-Chung Lai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Wen-Ting Tseng (202-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks for Yulon Luxgen in the defeat. Bank of Taiwan maintains fifth place with 2-4 record. Yulon Luxgen at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Bank of Taiwan will play against KKL (#6) in the next round. Yulon Luxgen will play against Dacin Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Taiwan Beer's (#1, 6-1) victory against second-best Yulon Luxgen (4-3) 77-52. The best player for the winners was Emmanuel Jones who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Che-Yi Yang who recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Taiwan Beer (6-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Yulon Luxgen dropped to the third position with three games lost. Taiwan Beer will meet at home Dacin Tigers (#4) in the next round. Yulon Luxgen will play against Dacin Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Taiwan Beer's (#1, 6-1) victory against second-best Pure Youth (5-2) 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pure Youth. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a good game for Emmanuel Jones who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Taiwan Beer. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Pure Youth at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Taiwan Beer's next round opponent will be Dacin Tigers (#4). Pure Youth will play against Taiwan Mobile.
Taiwan Mobile's home win over 4th placed Dacin Tigers 82-70 was very exciting. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dacin Tigers. It was a great evening for Marcus Dove who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Taiwan Mobile maintains seventh place with 1-5 record. Loser Dacin Tigers keep the fourth position with three games lost. Taiwan Mobile will face league's second-placed Pure Youth in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dacin Tigers will play against the league's leader Taiwan Beer where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3: Pure Youth destroyed KKL on the opponent's court 89-53. Yulon Luxgen managed to outperform KKL in a home game 79-72. Bank of Taiwan recorded a loss to Pure Youth on the road 81-69. Dacin Tigers defeated Bank of Taiwan on its own court 67-52. Bottom-ranked Taiwan Mobile was beaten by KKL in a road game 76-72.


KKL - Pure Youth 53-89

Very expected game when 6th ranked KKL (2-5) was crushed at home by second ranked Pure Youth (5-2) 89-53 on Sunday. The game without a history. Pure Youth led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KKL to just 7 points in third quarter. Pure Youth dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to KKL's 38. Pure Youth outrebounded KKL 63-35 including a 29-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. KKL was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Rashad Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 25 rebounds. The former international swingman Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-85) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Pure Youth players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international forward Ching-Hwan Chen (190-86) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Shawn Hawkins (198-82, college: Long Beach St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pure Youth maintains second place with 5-2 record behind leader Taiwan Beer. Loser KKL keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Pure Youth will face bottom-ranked Taiwan Mobile (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. KKL will play against Bank of Taiwan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: R.Jennings 23+25reb, W.Tsai 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Chang 13+5reb+2ast, Y.Chen 12+5reb+1ast, S.Chen 7+2reb+2ast, C.En Mao 7+7reb+4ast
KKL: C.Chen 15+8reb+2ast, S.Hawkins 12+12reb, C.Lin 6+3reb+1ast, N.Wang 6+1reb+1ast, C.Lee 6+6reb, W.Shang 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118719


Taiwan Beer - Yulon Luxgen 77-52

Very significant was Taiwan Beer's (#1, 6-1) victory against second-best Yulon Luxgen (4-3) 77-52. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Taiwan Beer's preassure prevailed and they won that period 30-12 extending their advantage to 25 points. Taiwan Beer outrebounded Yulon Luxgen 53-33 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Taiwan Beer made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Jen-Wei Cheng (194-87) chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Che-Yi Yang (193-78) who recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Wen-Ting Tseng (202-84) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Taiwan Beer (6-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Yulon Luxgen dropped to the third position with three games lost. Taiwan Beer will meet at home Dacin Tigers (#4) in the next round. Yulon Luxgen will play against Dacin Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 17+14reb, C.Yang 12+3reb+2ast, D.Creighton 10+5reb, S.Chen 8+5reb+4ast, J.Cheng 7+9reb+3ast, Y.Yang 7+3reb+4ast
Yulon Luxgen: C.Yang 9+5reb+1ast, C.Wu 8+5reb, C.Chen 7+2reb+2ast, W.Tseng 6+6reb+2ast, S.Chou 6+3reb+2ast, C.Lu 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118720


Dacin Tigers - Taiwan Beer 84-81

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Taiwan Beer (6-1) on the court of fourth ranked Dacin Tigers on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Dacin Tigers 84-81. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Taiwan Beer. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Taiwan Beer won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Dacin Tigers won last quarter 20-18. It was a great evening for American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Lei Tien (203-83) helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds and international swingman Ching-Min Yang (188-84) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dacin Tigers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 3-3 record. Taiwan Beer at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Dacin Tigers are again looking forward to face league's leader Taiwan Beer in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taiwan Beer will play against Taiwan Mobile and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: K.Gayden 20+12reb, Y.Lin 15+3reb+2ast, H.Hsu 14+4reb+1ast, L.Tien 10+7reb+5ast, C.Chang 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Yueh 7+2reb+1ast
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 28+16reb+1ast, C.Yang 14+4reb+2ast, J.Cheng 13+4reb+1ast, T.Wu 10+4reb+4ast, D.Creighton 8+4reb+1ast, S.Chen 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 118715


Yulon Luxgen - KKL 79-72

Rather predictable result when second ranked Yulon Luxgen (4-3) defeated at home 6th ranked KKL (2-5) 79-72 on Saturday. KKL trailed by 25 points at halftime and as many as 27 after three quarters before a 33-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-79 at the end of the game. Yulon Luxgen dominated on the defensive end, holding KKL to just 5 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to KKL's 44. Yulon Luxgen outrebounded KKL 53-36 including a 40-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international forward Chien-Lung Wu (193-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Wen-Ting Tseng (202-84) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Shawn Hawkins (198-82, college: Long Beach St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jung-Hsuan Chang (194-87) scored 17 points. Five Yulon Luxgen and four KKL players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Yulon Luxgen went down to third position due to points difference. Loser KKL keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Yulon Luxgen will face Dacin Tigers (#4) in the next round. KKL will play against Bank of Taiwan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: C.Wu 16+11reb+2ast, W.Tseng 15+10reb+1ast, C.Lu 13+7reb, C.Yang 10+2reb+3ast, W.Hsu 10+7reb+8ast, F.Wu 8+3reb+1ast
KKL: J.Chang 17+3reb+2ast, S.Hawkins 17+10reb+3ast, C.Chen 15+2reb+2ast, W.Shang 11+3reb+3ast, C.Lee 8+6reb, Y.Hung 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118716


Pure Youth - Bank of Taiwan 81-69

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Bank of Taiwan (2-4) was defeated on the road by second ranked Pure Youth (5-2) 81-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pure Youth. Bank of Taiwan managed to win fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pure Youth forced 20 Bank of Taiwan turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Rashad Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 24 rebounds. International swingman Chia En Mao (196-82) helped adding 12 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Jason Faulknor (201-80, college: Bradley) with 9 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Bank of Taiwan's coach Liang-Chung Lai rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pure Youth maintains second place with 5-2 record behind leader Taiwan Beer. Loser Bank of Taiwan keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Pure Youth will face bottom-ranked Taiwan Mobile (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bank of Taiwan will play against KKL and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: R.Jennings 27+24reb+1ast, C.Hung 14+2reb+1ast, C.En Mao 12+3reb+4ast, C.Huang 8+3reb+1ast, C.Ke 7, Y.Chang 5+1reb+1ast
Bank of Taiwan: S.Chen 15+4ast, C.Hsu 13+3reb, J.Faulknor 9+11reb, C.Chen 9, Y.Chen 9+4reb+1ast, P.Chang 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118717


Taiwan Mobile - Dacin Tigers 82-70

Taiwan Mobile's home win over 4th placed Dacin Tigers 82-70 was very exciting. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dacin Tigers. The game without a history. Taiwan Mobile led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Taiwan Mobile forced 21 Dacin Tigers turnovers. Dacin Tigers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American swingman Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Yung-Jen Wu (177-82) helped adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Taiwan Mobile players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Lei Tien (203-83) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Taiwan Mobile maintains seventh place with 1-5 record. Loser Dacin Tigers keep the fourth position with three games lost. Taiwan Mobile will face league's second-placed Pure Youth in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dacin Tigers will play against the league's leader Taiwan Beer where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Mobile: Y.Wu 17+6reb+4ast, Y.Su 16+3reb+6ast, C.Ouyang 14+1reb+1ast, M.Dove 12+14reb+1ast, S.Liu 7, Y.Chang 6+1reb+1ast
Dacin Tigers: L.Tien 20+7reb+1ast, K.Gayden 12+11reb, Y.Lo 9+5reb+2ast, T.Chen 8+2reb, Y.Lin 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Chen 5+1reb
gschID: 118718


Bank of Taiwan - Yulon Luxgen 64-53

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Yulon Luxgen (4-3) against fifth ranked Bank of Taiwan (2-4) on Friday night. Visiting Yulon Luxgen was defeated by fifth ranked Bank of Taiwan (2-4) in 64-53. The game was mostly controlled by Bank of Taiwan. Yulon Luxgen managed to win second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian forward Jason Faulknor (201-80, college: Bradley) accounted for 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Bank of Taiwan's coach Liang-Chung Lai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Wen-Ting Tseng (202-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks and the former international guard Chih-Chung Chen (185-77) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Yulon Luxgen in the defeat. Bank of Taiwan maintains fifth place with 2-4 record. Yulon Luxgen at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Bank of Taiwan will play against KKL (#6) in the next round. Yulon Luxgen will play against Dacin Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bank of Taiwan: S.Chen 20+9reb+2ast, J.Faulknor 14+15reb, C.Hsu 10+9reb, J.Lin 6+4reb+5ast, H.Chuan 5+5reb, J.Liu 4+2ast
Yulon Luxgen: W.Tseng 20+15reb+1ast, S.Chou 10+3reb+1ast, C.Chen 9+7reb+4ast, C.Wu 5+5reb+2ast, C.Yang 4+3reb+1ast, C.Lee 4+3reb
gschID: 118714


Dacin Tigers - Bank of Taiwan 67-52

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Dacin Tigers and 5th ranked Bank of Taiwan had identical 2-3 record. This time Dacin Tigers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 67-52 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Dacin Tigers. Bank of Taiwan managed to win third quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bank of Taiwan was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Chih-Feng Chang (183-81) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Jason Faulknor (201-80, college: Bradley) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds and international forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Dacin Tigers. They maintain fourth place with 3-3 record. Loser Bank of Taiwan keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Dacin Tigers will face league's leader Taiwan Beer in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bank of Taiwan will play against KKL (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: Y.Lin 14+1reb+1ast, C.Chang 12+6reb+2ast, K.Gayden 10+14reb+1ast, L.Tien 9+9reb, Y.Lo 6+1reb+2ast, H.Hsu 6+8reb+5ast
Bank of Taiwan: J.Faulknor 15+21reb+2ast, S.Chen 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Chen 9+3reb, P.Chang 3+1reb, C.Hsu 3+5reb, K.Hsu 2+1reb
gschID: 118711


KKL - Taiwan Mobile 76-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Taiwan Mobile's (1-5) road loss to sixth ranked KKL (2-5) 72-76 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Shawn Hawkins (198-82, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. International forward Ching-Hwan Chen (190-86) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. KKL's coach Tien-Chin Lo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American swingman Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 blocks and international guard Yi-Chieh Su (182-87) scored 7 points. KKL maintains sixth place with 2-5 record. Taiwan Mobile lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. KKL will face higher ranked Bank of Taiwan (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taiwan Mobile will play against the league's second-placed Pure Youth.
Top scorers:
KKL: C.Chen 21+5reb+3ast, S.Hawkins 16+16reb+1ast, J.Chang 10+2reb+1ast, W.Shang 7+7reb+3ast, C.Lin 6+6reb+4ast, C.Lee 6+4reb+1ast
Taiwan Mobile: M.Dove 39+16reb+1ast, Y.Wu 9+2reb+1ast, C.Ouyang 7+4reb+2ast, Y.Su 7+4reb+3ast, A.Teng 4+6reb+1ast, W.Hsu 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 118712


Taiwan Beer - Pure Youth 82-65

Very significant was Taiwan Beer's (#1, 6-1) victory against second-best Pure Youth (5-2) 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pure Youth. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Taiwan Beer. Pure Youth managed to win third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Taiwan Beer forced 19 Pure Youth turnovers. Strangely Pure Youth outrebounded Taiwan Beer 39-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Tai-Hao Wu (203-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. American forward Rashad Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds and international swingman Chia En Mao (196-82) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pure Youth. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Taiwan Beer. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Pure Youth at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Taiwan Beer's next round opponent will be Dacin Tigers (#4). Pure Youth will play against Taiwan Mobile.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 29+9reb+2ast, T.Wu 12+9reb+1ast, C.Yang 10+1reb+3ast, S.Chen 9+4ast, Y.Yang 7+1reb, D.Creighton 7+2reb+2ast
Pure Youth: R.Jennings 21+18reb, C.En Mao 17+7reb, C.Huang 10+3reb+1ast, W.Tsai 6+1reb, C.Lin 6+5reb+3ast, Y.Chang 3
gschID: 118713




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emmanuel JONES
  Taiwan Beer
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jones, Taiwan Beer20.0 
 2. Chang, KKL19.2 
 3. Dove, Taiwan Mobile17.5 
 4. Jennings, Pure Y.17.0 
 5. Chen, Bank o.15.7 
 6. Hawkins, KKL15.0 
 7. Tien, Dacin Tigers14.8 
 8. Gayden, Dacin T.14.7 
 9. Chen, KKL14.6 
 10. Su, Taiwan Mobile14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.20.0 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile13.0 
 3. Gayden, Dacin T.12.8 
 4. Hawkins, KKL12.7 
 5. Jones, Taiwan Beer12.6 
 6. Faulknor, Bank o.12.3 
 7. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen9.6 
 8. Wu, Yulon Luxgen9.3 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers9.2 
 10. Chien, Pure Youth7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yung-Jen WU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (177-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Wu, Taiwan Mobile4.0 
 2. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.4 
 3. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.3 
 4. Chen, Bank o.3.2 
 5. Lin, Bank o.3.0 
 6. Chen, Yulon Luxgen2.9 
 7. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.7 
 8. Lin, KKL2.6 
 9. Chen, KKL2.6 
 10. Mao, Pure Youth2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Chou, Yulon Luxgen2.0 
 3. Hawkins, KKL2.0 
 4. Mao, Pure Youth1.8 
 5. Lin, Bank o.1.7 
 6. Yang, Taiwan Beer1.6 
 7. Faulknor, Bank o.1.5 
 8. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.5 
 9. Chen, KKL1.4 
 10. Lin, KKL1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Wen-Ting TSENG
  Yulon Luxgen
  (202-C/F-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen4.6 
 2. Wu, Taiwan Beer2.0 
 3. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.8 
 4. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.7 
 5. Chen, Bank o.1.3 
 6. Gayden, Dacin T.1.0 
 7. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.0 
 8. Jennings, Pure Y.1.0 
 9. Jones, Taiwan Beer0.9 
 10. Lee, KKL0.9 


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


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  TURKEY   


Bornova targets Davis - by Sinan Can
BORNOVA Belediyespor who is in trouble with injuries and performance problems is preparing to add new players in the roster. Izmir team who parted ways with Torin Francis trying to sign a center in first hand as the possible new big man on the road is Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) due to some sources in China. Davis who graduated from Tulane in 2006 had some over seas experience in Cyprus, Portugal, Venezuela. Athletic players last stop was China NBL where he had 22.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 3.0 blocks per game. Davis's last game was on 23rd of August 2010. The player is expected to play against Aliaga Petkim this saturday.

Huseyin Besok will join Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Besiktas. The 35-year-old centre started the season in Aliaga Petkim. He tallied 8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Last season Huseyin Besok played for Turk Telekom. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 boards per game in EuroCup. In Turkish League his stats read 9.2 points and 5.8 boards.


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tolga TEKINALP
  ITU
  (202-F-74)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Tekinalp, ITU21.1 
 2. Johnson, Vestel20.8 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld19.9 
 4. Gardener, Final G.19.1 
 5. Dearman, Hacett.18.5 
 6. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 7. Wright, Orman Genc18.2 
 8. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.8 
 9. Kan, TED Istanbul16.4 
 10. Inan, Beykoz16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gentry LEWIS
  Beykoz
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Lewis, Beykoz13.2 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Johnson, Vestel11.5 
 4. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.5 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld9.5 
 7. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.4 
 8. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 9. Boswell, Basaksehir9.2 
 10. Toyloy, Istanbul.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Can Ugur OGUT
  Turk Telekom
  (178-G-92)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.7 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld5.5 
 3. Kavut, Optimum TED5.5 
 4. Kan, TED Istanbul5.5 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim5.1 
 6. Ay, Final Genclik4.8 
 7. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal4.6 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.6 
 9. Bayrak, Usak4.4 
 10. Sinanoglu, Usak4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld3.1 
 2. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.4 
 3. Akcay, Genc T.2.3 
 4. Karabulut, Orman G.2.3 
 5. Korkmaz, Pertevni.2.3 
 6. Ozdemir, Kepez Bld2.0 
 7. Terzioglu, Gelisim2.0 
 8. Ogut, Genc Telekom1.9 
 9. Demircioglu, Istanb.1.8 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Majok, FMV I.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Vestel2.2 
 3. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.8 
 4. McGowan, Akhisar .1.8 
 5. Smith, Usak1.5 
 6. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 7. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 
 8. Gardener, Final G.1.2 
 9. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 10. Clarkson, TED I.1.1 


TB2L Round 12: Optimum TED defeats Gaziantep in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

TB2L round 12 most interesting game took place in Ankara (derby !!!) between Optimum TED and Gaziantep. First ranked Optimum TED (11-1) got a very close home victory over 4th ranked Gaziantep (8-4). Optimum TED managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Saturday evening. Gaziantep trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-84 at the end of the game. Optimum TED outrebounded Gaziantep 35-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Gaziantep helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Ihsan Yalcin (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Cihan Delicay (185-83) with 23 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Optimum TED has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 11-1 record. Newly promoted Gaziantep keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Optimum TED are looking forward to face TED Istanbul (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gaziantep will play against Istanbulspor (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kepez Bld (9-3) against sixth ranked Istanbulspor (6-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kepez Bld was defeated by sixth ranked Istanbulspor (6-6) in a tough game in Istanbul 78-84. The winners were led by forward Orcun Okkali (192-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Onur Sonsirma supported him with 17 points. Istanbulspor's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds by naturalized Serbian power forward Mesut Ademoglu (207-82, college: NW Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kepez Bld. Istanbulspor has a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Istanbulspor maintains sixth position in Group B with 6-6 record, which they share with Gelisim. Kepez Bld at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Hacettepe Univ.. Istanbulspor will play against higher ranked Gaziantep (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kepez Bld will play against Basaksehir in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Genc Telekom (#5) was upset in Istanbul by eighth ranked Istanbul B.B. 52-36. The best player for the winners was Dane Johnson who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Orhan Haciyeva who recorded 7 points and 11 rebounds. Genc Telekom's coach Timucin Meric rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Istanbul B.B. (6-6) moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Darussafaka and Final Genclik. Loser Genc Telekom keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Istanbul B.B. will meet higher ranked Usak (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Genc Telekom will play against the league's leader Genc Banvit in Balikesir and hope to secure a win.
TB2L top team - Genc Banvit (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Darussafaka (6-6) in Balikesir 88-58. It was a good game for Cenk Sekeroglu who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Genc Banvit have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 10-2 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Genc Banvit's next round opponent will be Genc Telekom (#5) in Ankara. Darussafaka will play at home against the league's second-placed Orman Genc in Ankara and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Bottom-ranked Izmir B.B. (0-12) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Adanaspor (3-9) 83-76 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Deniz Gokay who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 21 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Adanaspor moved-up to tenth place in Group A, which they share with FMV Isikspor. Izmir B.B. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Adanaspor will face higher ranked Vestel (#3) in Manisa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12:
In Group A Final Genclik lost to Orman Genc on the opponent's court 71-75. Vestel managed to outperform FMV Isikspor in a home game 70-61. Usak recorded a loss to Pertevniyal on the road 76-71.
In Group B Basaksehir was defeated by Gelisim on its own court 70-79. TED Istanbul was beaten by Akhisar Bld in a road game 79-71. Selcuk Univ. won against ITU at home 90-74. Hacettepe Univ. outscored Beykoz on the opponent's court 85-65.



Group A
Orman Genc - Final Genclik 75-71

Very expected game in Ankara where 6th ranked Final Genclik (6-6) was defeated by second ranked Orman Genc (9-3) 75-71 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-71. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ertun Bozkurt (198-75) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Orman Genc's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and forward Muratcan Esen (195-90) scored 17 points. They has a solid three-game winning streak. Orman Genc maintains second position in Group A with 9-3 record having just two points less than leader Optimum TED, which they share with Vestel. Loser Final Genclik keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Orman Genc will face Darussafaka (#7) in Istanbul in the next round where they are favorite. Final Genclik will play at home against Pertevniyal in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: H.Gardener 18+16reb+1ast, M.Esen 17+4reb+1ast, O.Sungur 13+2reb, G.Senol 8+6reb+3ast, S.Ay 6+1reb+8ast, E.Ilter 5+2ast
Orman Genc: R.Wright 15+5reb, E.Bozkurt 12+8reb+4ast, M.Sinan Ozgur 10+3reb+1ast, B.Demirci 9+1reb+3ast, H.Karabulut 8+10reb+1ast, T.Yener 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 112426


Genc Banvit - Darussafaka 88-58

TB2L top team - Genc Banvit (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Darussafaka (6-6) in Balikesir 88-58. The game without a history. Genc Banvit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Darussafaka's 38. Genc Banvit outrebounded Darussafaka 41-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Cenk Sekeroglu (200-91, agency: EM-PA) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) contributed with 7 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Genc Banvit players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Gordon (201-85, college: Alabama St., agency: EM-PA) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Yunus Sonsirma (192-92) added 10 points in the effort for Darussafaka. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Genc Banvit have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 10-2 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Genc Banvit's next round opponent will be Genc Telekom (#5) in Ankara. Darussafaka will play at home against the league's second-placed Orman Genc in Ankara and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Gordon 13+5reb, A.Turgut 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Sonsirma 10+4reb+2ast, B.Selen 7+2reb+1ast, O.Kaan Gogus 7+4reb, T.Gedikli 5+1ast
Genc Banvit: C.Sekeroglu 20+9reb+2ast, A.Canititiz 17+1reb+1ast, E.Cinko 16+1reb+3ast, U.Gurgen 12+4reb+3ast, T.Altunbey 7+5reb+2ast, M.Kolaric 7+13reb+2ast
gschID: 112421


Vestel - FMV Isikspor 70-61

Very predictable result in Manisa where third ranked Vestel (9-3) defeated 10th ranked FMV Isikspor (3-9) 70-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Hakan Erol (200-83) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Vestel's coach Murat Polat used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Gokhan Tokatli (205-78) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Alpaslan Uruk (-88) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Vestel moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Orman Genc. Loser FMV Isikspor keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Vestel will face Adanaspor (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FMV Isikspor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Istanbul B.B..
Top scorers:
FMV Isikspor: G.Tokatli 21+5reb+1ast, D.Harris 15+3reb+2ast, A.Uruk 13+9reb+1ast, E.Yoldas 4+7reb+1ast, S.Ugur 4+1reb+1ast, M.Baygul 3+5reb+2ast
Vestel: A.Johnson 20+9reb+3ast, H.Gungor 14+5reb, H.Erol 13+8reb+1ast, S.Gursu 4+5reb+1ast, H.Cantopcu 4+1reb, B.Gacemer 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 112422


Istanbul B.B. - Genc Telekom 52-36

Genc Telekom (#5) was upset in Istanbul by eighth ranked Istanbul B.B. 52-36. Istanbul B.B. held Genc Telekom to an opponent 22.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 27.1 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Erden Eryuz (188-80) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Orcun Okkali (192-87) who recorded 7 points and 11 rebounds and guard Murat Goktas (201-87) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Genc Telekom's coach Timucin Meric rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Istanbul B.B. (6-6) moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Darussafaka and Final Genclik. Loser Genc Telekom keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Istanbul B.B. will meet higher ranked Usak (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Genc Telekom will play against the league's leader Genc Banvit in Balikesir and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: M.Goktas 9+7reb+2ast, O.Haciyeva 7+11reb, U.Peten 5+3reb, G.Karabiyik 4+4reb+1ast, Y.Yananer 3+2reb, E.Aydogan 2+4reb
Istanbul B.B.: D.Johnson 16+20reb, E.Eryuz 12+3reb+1ast, A.Ozer 8+1reb, S.Tasdelen 5+3reb, R.Dogrusoz 4+7reb+3ast, G.Itak 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 112423


Izmir B.B. - Adanaspor 76-83 OT

Bottom-ranked Izmir B.B. (0-12) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Adanaspor (3-9) 83-76 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-9. It was a great shooting night for Adanaspor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 21 rebounds and guard Baris Erdogan (175-84) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Omay Yildirim with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Hakan Erol (200-83) scored 15 points. Four Izmir B.B. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Adanaspor moved-up to tenth place in Group A, which they share with FMV Isikspor. Izmir B.B. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Adanaspor will face higher ranked Vestel (#3) in Manisa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Izmir B.B.: O.Gokcepinar 15+3reb+3ast, M.Arslantas 14+1reb+1ast, O.Yildirim 14+10reb+1ast, O.Topcu 11+1ast, M.Ozmutlu 11, E.Demirer 8+7reb+3ast
Adanaspor: D.Gokay 21+21reb+2ast, D.Guney 19+3reb+2ast, B.Erdogan 17+2reb+5ast, T.Aktulgali 9+3reb+5ast, V.Tokcan 8+1reb, A.Kislitsin 3
gschID: 112424


Pertevniyal - Usak 76-71

There was an upset in Istanbul where higher ranked Usak (8-4) was defeated by ninth ranked Pertevniyal (5-7) 76-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pertevniyal outrebounded Usak 42-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. Usak was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ali Isik (205-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Soykan Yikilmaz (185-92) who added 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ufuk Yanar (197-81) scored 11 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pertevniyal has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position in Group A with 5-7 record. Loser Usak keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Pertevniyal will face higher ranked Final Genclik (#6) in Bursa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Usak will play at home against Istanbul B.B..
Top scorers:
Usak: L.Smith 17+8reb+4ast, E.Algin 12+2reb+3ast, U.Yanar 11+3reb+3ast, E.Sinanoglu 10+1reb+5ast, G.Sunter 8+6reb, M.Bayrak 7+2reb+2ast
Pertevniyal: S.Yikilmaz 20+4reb+3ast, A.Isik 18+14reb+1ast, B.Yuksel 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Can 13+7reb, C.Korkmaz 5+3reb+4ast, R.Tekin 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 112425


Group B
Basaksehir - Gelisim 70-79

Everything went according to plan in Istanbul where seventh ranked Gelisim (6-6) beat 9th ranked Basaksehir (4-8) 79-70 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 25-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gelisim made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sercan Topcu (185-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Orbay Kaya (205-82) who added 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Gelisim players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Tyrus Boswell (202-78, college: Ky Wesleyan) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Mehmet Yildizhan (187-86) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Basaksehir's coach Zafer Cavusoglu let to play eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Gelisim moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Istanbulspor. Basaksehir lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Gelisim will face higher ranked Selcuk Universitesi (#5) in Konya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Basaksehir will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kepez Bld (#2) in Antalya.
Top scorers:
Basaksehir: T.Boswell 23+6reb+2ast, S.Ekmen 9+4reb+1ast, F.Yavuz 9+2reb, V.Incekara 8+3reb+2ast, M.Yildizhan 8+7reb+1ast, A.Sevda 6+8reb+2ast
Gelisim: S.Topcu 17+2reb+5ast, C.Mumcuogullari 17+5reb, J.Miller 12+7reb, O.Kaya 11+11reb+1ast, D.Deniz Yigit 8+7reb+5ast, C.Terzioglu 7+2reb
gschID: 112430


Istanbulspor - Kepez Bld 84-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kepez Bld (9-3) against sixth ranked Istanbulspor (6-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kepez Bld was defeated by sixth ranked Istanbulspor (6-6) in a tough game in Istanbul 78-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kepez Bld won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Istanbulspor won last quarter 25-20. The winners were led by forward Orcun Okkali (192-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Onur Sonsirma (190-85) supported him with 17 points. Istanbulspor's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds by naturalized Serbian power forward Mesut Ademoglu (207-82, college: NW Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kepez Bld. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) added 21 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Istanbulspor has a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Istanbulspor maintains sixth position in Group B with 6-6 record, which they share with Gelisim. Kepez Bld at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Hacettepe Univ.. Istanbulspor will play against higher ranked Gaziantep (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kepez Bld will play against Basaksehir in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kepez Bld: M.Ademoglu 26+15reb+1ast, M.Hall 21+3reb+6ast, U.Durmus 11+6reb+2ast, C.Amasyali 11+5reb+1ast, A.Ozurganci 4+2reb, E.Yetim 3+3reb
Istanbulspor: O.Okkali 18+14reb+1ast, O.Sonsirma 17+1reb+2ast, C.Bayraktar 13+1reb+2ast, O.Er 12+5reb, I.Demircioglu 8+1reb+5ast, C.Bayrak 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 112431


Optimum TED - Gaziantep 84-82

TB2L round 12 most interesting game took place in Ankara (derby !!!) between Optimum TED and Gaziantep. First ranked Optimum TED (11-1) got a very close home victory over 4th ranked Gaziantep (8-4). Optimum TED managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Saturday evening. Gaziantep trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-84 at the end of the game. Optimum TED outrebounded Gaziantep 35-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Gaziantep helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Ihsan Yalcin (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Cihan Delicay (185-83) with 23 points and forward Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 17 points. Four Optimum TED and five Gaziantep players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Optimum TED has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 11-1 record. Newly promoted Gaziantep keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Optimum TED are looking forward to face TED Istanbul (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gaziantep will play against Istanbulspor (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: C.Delicay 23+4reb+1ast, A.Erhan Kocamis 17+4reb+3ast, M.Akdogan 15+4reb+1ast, N.Pastal 10+2reb, J.Boykin 10+4reb+2ast, S.Akyol 5+1reb+4ast
Optimum TED: I.Yalcin 17+6reb, H.Yapar 16+3reb+3ast, S.Kavut 12+2reb+3ast, M.Ozdogan 12+1reb, B.Erol 6+10reb+3ast, U.Turkoglu 5+4reb
gschID: 112432


Akhisar Bld - TED Istanbul 79-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked TED Istanbul's (2-10) road loss to tenth ranked Akhisar Bld (5-7) 71-79 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TED Istanbul won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Akhisar Bld won last quarter 26-20. TED Istanbul was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Kristian Clarkson (202-84, college: Widener) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Sercan Tulek (-88) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Akhisar Bld moved-up to eighth place in Group B. Loser TED Istanbul keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Akhisar Bld will face higher ranked Hacettepe Univ. (#3) in Ankara in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. TED Istanbul will play at home against the league's leader Optimum TED (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
TED Istanbul: K.Clarkson 19+13reb+1ast, S.Tulek 13+5reb+1ast, K.Kaan Atikir 13+5reb+1ast, C.Uzun 8+4reb, A.Kan 7+5ast, M.Baras 5+1reb+1ast
Akhisar Bld: G.Esmer 19+3reb+1ast, T.Nelson 19+8reb+4ast, O.Akis 11+7reb+7ast, B.Sahillioglu 8+3reb+1ast, O.Ozpamir 7, V.Volkan Basaran 6+5reb
gschID: 112427


Selcuk Univ. - ITU 90-74

No shocking result in a game in Konya where fifth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (7-5) won against 12th ranked ITU Istanbul (1-11) 90-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Selcuk Universitesi. ITU Istanbul managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas, agency: EM-PA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Melih Kabakci (200-82) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. Selcuk Universitesi's coach Altar Tunckol used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Tolga Tekinalp (202-74, agency: 1x1 Sports) with 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American swingman Curtis Terry (196-85, college: UNLV) scored 21 points. Selcuk Universitesi maintains fifth position in Group B with 7-5 record. Loser ITU Istanbul keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Selcuk Universitesi will face Gelisim (#7) in Izmir in the next round. ITU Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Beykoz.
Top scorers:
ITU: C.Terry 21+4reb, T.Tekinalp 21+8reb, K.Sems Tunceri 9+3reb+1ast, S.Piskin 7+4ast, E.Enis Ekmen 6+4reb+1ast, O.Bostanci 4
Selcuk Univ.: M.Kabakci 21+5reb+1ast, B.Boddicker 20+11reb+2ast, M.Yolcu 11+2reb+4ast, C.Sahin 11+1reb+3ast, H.Uskuplu 8+3reb+1ast, F.Aydemir 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 112428


Beykoz - Hacettepe Univ. 65-85

Very expected game in Istanbul where 8th ranked Beykoz (4-8) was crushed by third ranked Hacettepe Univ. (9-3) 85-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hacettepe Univ.. Beykoz managed to win second period 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hacettepe Univ. forced 20 Beykoz turnovers. Beykoz was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Derya Yannier (191-85) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Hacettepe Univ. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Erkan Inan (192-89) with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hacettepe Univ. has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Kepez Bld. Loser Beykoz dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Hacettepe Univ. will face Akhisar Bld (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Beykoz's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena ITU Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Beykoz: E.Inan 32+5reb+4ast, G.Lewis 10+16reb+1ast, N.Kaba 8+3reb+1ast, C.Yilmaz 7+7reb, A.Sogancioglu 2+3reb, B.Kayi 2+1reb
Hacettepe Univ.: J.Dearman 25+13reb+2ast, D.Yannier 14+1reb+5ast, O.Adiguzel 12+3ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 11+7reb+1ast, O.Altinmakas 8+1reb, S.Ergin 6+2reb
gschID: 112429




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


UNC Charlotte's Jones ruled academically ineligible - by David Edole
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte senior center Phil Jones (208-C-85, college: Charlotte) has been ruled academically ineligible, ending his college career in another blow for the short-handed 49ers.

Jones was averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting just under 59 percent from the field as a key reserve.

Coach Alan Major said in a statement Monday that he's disappointed with the news. He said Jones still has an opportunity to earn his degree in May.

Major dismissed top scorer Shamari Spears from the team earlier this season and several other players have been sidelined by injuries and eligibility issues.

Charlotte is 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the Atlantic 10 heading into Saturday's home game against Fordham.




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  UBA   


The UBA Expands to Houston, TX - by Griselle Martis

The UBA announced another league expansion in to the heart of Houston,Texas for the 2011-2012 season. The UBA is proud to complete the addition of the Houston Xperience. The Xperience will begin play January 29, 2011 in Austin versus the Central Texas Cyclones. Houston will be a traveling team for the remainder of this season and will begin a full schedule next season.

'Houston, TX is a great place to form a UBA franchise', said Trinity Group partner Jerone Dodd. The UBA needs a city like Houston to the Western Conference. We expect big things from the project.

The city of Houston will host the UBA Western Conference Showcase March 26th and 27th for the first time. This UBA event will include the the top teams from the Western Conference (Central Texas Cyclones, DFW Warriors, Norman Express, Austin Knights). The GIE Morrow Discipless (defending UBA Champions) will also be in attendance to compete in the showcase. Houston has also be selected Host the Eurobasket Summer League on July 22nd- July 24th.

'The UBA and the city of Houston have done a great job of selling it's product to us', said ESL Director Darryl Reshaw. We believe this will be a great location for the ESL and we will see the results. If it works out the Eurobasket Summer League may have a new home.

The Houston Xperience ball club will be led by new head coach Kevin Williams. Williams, a Houston native has selected a dynamic roster of former division 1 and overseas players to compete this season.

2011 Houston Xperience:

Christian Sonier (6'0''-G, college: Prairie View A&M)
Ryan McCoy (6'0''-G-87, college: La-Lafayette)
Tony Hooper (5'11''-G-87, college: La-Monroe)
Justin Wilson (5'8''-G-86, college: Houston Baptist)
Henry Uhegwu (6'3''-G-82, college: S.Utah)
Rorey Lawrence (6'6''-F-86, college: McNeese St..)
Ben Guillory (6'4''-G-87)
Robert Tibbs (6'6''-F, college: SE Louisiana)
Jarvis Vaughn (6'4''-F, college: Southern)
Justin Long (6'7''-F, college: William Penn)
Aldryan Wardell (6'6''-F-86, college: McNeese St..)
Abray Milson (6'9''-F/C-84, college: La-Lafayette)
Demetrius Blair (6'1''-G-83, college: Texas Tyler)
Kevin Barber
Christopher Cormier

The Xperience will be playing its home games at the Historic Fonde Recreation Center in the Heart of Downtown. For more info email the Xperience at witnessxperience@ubabasket.com


UBA Release Power Rankings for week 10 - by UBA media

The Universal Basketball Association released its Power Rankings for week 10 and the Southern Generals take hold of the top spot. The Generals are 10-1 with impressive wins over the Metro Atlanta Stars and Georgia Lions. Alot of their success has come from the stand out play of Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) and Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian). Sloan is currently 2nd in the UBA in scoring (25.6ppg), while De La Cruz is leading the UBA in assist (9.1)

The Central Texas Cyclones have moved into the second spot with dominate play from (Daniel Thomas (6'7''-F-85, college: Langston) and DMond Grismore (6'6''-F-86, college: Huston-Tillotson))). 'The Cyclones have taken there respect', stated UBA Commissioner Darryl Reshaw . 'These guys are impressive right now at 5-0. Owner Jermy Ware is going an excellent job with the Cyclones.

GIE Morrow Disciples are still in the third spot with a record of 10-5. The Disciples have made the most changes in the month of December/January (Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G-84, college: Brewton Parker), Travis Snell (6'4''-G-79, college: W.Florida) and Jamahl Stokes (6'9''-C-83, college: Valdosta St.)). Beaulah may be the biggest pick up averaging 17.3ppg and 2- (8.8apg). Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) is still leading the UBA in scoring with an average of 26.1ppg, but has been in a bit of a shooting slump. The return of Derrick Stroud (6'8''-F/C-75, college: Indiana St.) will be a great assect to the Disciples going into a big weekend vs. the Generals.

1. Southern Generals
2. Central Texas Cyclones
3. GIE Morrow Disciples
4. DFW Warriors
5. Georgia Lions
6. Atlanta Assault
7. Southeast Hoopstars
8. Tennessee Dragons
9. Austin Knights
10. Norman Express
11. Cleveland Vipers
12. Stone Mountain VOF Hawks
13. Northeast Air Soul
14. Columbus Claws
15. Colonial Falcons


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  UGANDA   


Foreigners find home in local league - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Monitor)
Upon retirement from the American NBA in the mid-90s, Sudanese Manute Bol (231-C-62, college: Bridgeport) (RIP) made an unlikely journey back to Africa which ended with the big centre featuring for Power.

This brought the club their first national league title in 1996. Even after Bol left, he had opened a window that has seen several basketball stars from across East Africa come to Uganda.

It took time but the influx has grown so much in the past two to three years. Whereas, Ugandan footballers have preferred to play in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, basketball is the total opposite.

In fact, all the four teams that featured in the mens play-offs had foreigners except the eventual champions Power whose team is filled with Ugandans.

Of these, Tanzanian guard Abdul Ramadhan (186-F-77) is the more prominent having guided Warriors Kyambogo to their first title in 2009. His antics on court thrill and annoy in equal measure.

He has played with Martin Okwako (194-F-83) until the Kenyan forward moved to UCU Canons to link up with countrymen Geoffrey Omondi and Robert Mugabe (196-F). Warriors also have another Kenyan Michael Kariuku and Sudanese Makmot Orom (195-F) although he didnt feature in the post-season due to family commitments. At UCU, there is also Adams Njoroge (183-G-81) and Ken Roti among other Kenyans. Kenyan Geoffrey Mwaniki and Tanzania Henry Mwinuka form the core of the Kampala International Univ. squad. Two-time champions Nkumba Marines have Ladislaus Ikungura (163-G) and Danson Ngati (174-G) in their ranks.

And few teams could beat Mogas Falcons Athletics when it came to employing foreigners until the latter stages of last season when most of them walked out due to non-payment of wages. The league record champions had Ntumba Buzangu (188-G-82), Aime Nkusi (195-F-83), Sudi Ulanga, Cedric Sinarinzi, Didier Gahorani and Albert Lukumba (all from Rwanda), Serge Ngandu (DR Congo) and Kenyan Richard Omondi, who recently crossed to Miracle Eagles. Ndejje University and other lower division teams plus some women sides, too have imports.

Power are yet to spread their wings across the border but you cannot rule out a Kenyan or any other nationality joining them just like Bol did 14 years ago.


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  UKRAINE   


Dewayne Reed on tryout with Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash is looking for the ways to strengthen their backcourt. They recently invited Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) for a 10-day tryout period. The 23-year-old guard graduated from the Auburn University in 2010. He tallied 16.2 points, 4.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in his senior season. Dewayne Reed was trumped the Auburn Playmaker of the Year in 2010. He was also Bob Cousy Award Nominee the same year. Dewayne Reed spent the preseason with Erdemirspor in Turkey but did not sign a deal.


Zvezdan Mitrovic leaves Kryvbasbasket - by Alexei Revenko
Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih have a financial problems. This month all international players leaves the club. A serbian head coach Zvezdan Mitrovic announced that he also leaves the club. He worked in Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih 4 seasons. During his coach career in Ukraine he also was a coach of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. Vladimir Chursin become a new coach of the team. The second part of the season 2010/2011 Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih will play with only ukrainian players.

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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol 9-0 
 2. Durham 5-3 
 3. Brixton 5-4 
 4. Leopards 4-3 
 5. Reading 4-3 
 6. London Capitals 4-4 
 7. Leeds 4-5 
 8. Leicester 3-5 
 9. Manchester 2-5 
 10. Derby 2-6 
 11. Coventry 1-5 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets23.8 
 2. Moore, Newcastle22.2 
 3. Schneck, Cheshire.21.8 
 4. Zabas, Plymouth21.2 
 5. Stout, Sheffiel.19.7 
 6. Dagostino, Sheffi.19.6 
 7. Nelson, MK Lions19.6 
 8. Smith, Newcastle19.5 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.18.8 
 10. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun DURANT
  Worthing
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Durant, Worthing10.2 
 2. Schneck, Cheshire.9.4 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Williams, Sheffi.9.1 
 5. Polk, Plymouth9.1 
 6. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 7. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.6 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.8.0 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.7.9 
 10. Rowe, Plymouth7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.3 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.9 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.7 
 4. Middleton, Worce.5.4 
 5. Patton, Sheffi.4.8 
 6. Marks, Plymouth4.3 
 7. Chapman, Newcastle4.2 
 8. Blount, Leices.4.0 
 9. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 10. Harrison, Glasgow .3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick MIDDLETON
  Worcester
  (186-G/F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Middleton, Worce.3.2 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 3. Moore, Newcastle2.1 
 4. Harrison, Glasgow .2.1 
 5. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.2.0 
 6. Clark, MK Lions2.0 
 7. Adu, Essex Pirates1.8 
 8. Livas, Glasgow .1.8 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. Normantas, Worce.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.3 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.3 
 4. Sturt, Essex P.1.2 
 5. Dobbins, Worcester1.1 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.1.1 
 7. Nelson, MK Lions0.9 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.9 
 9. Harris, Leices.0.9 
 10. Davis, Cheshire.0.6 


EBL Round 10: Bristol Acadamy Flyers edge Brixton Topcats by three points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Second-ranked Brixton Topcats (5-4) made lots of trouble for top-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (9-0) on Saturday. Bristol Acadamy Flyers managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brixton Topcats. Undefeated Bristol Acadamy Flyers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the third place with four games lost.
Another very interesting game took place in Leicester. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Brixton Topcats (5-4) to eighth ranked Leicester Warriors (3-5) 102-99 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brixton Topcats. Leicester Warriors maintains eighth position with 3-5 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the third place with four games lost.
Another very interesting game took place in Durham. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked London Leopards (4-3) to third ranked Durham Wildcats (5-3) 84-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of London Leopards. Durham Wildcats moved-up to second place. London Leopards at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Reading.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from London: London Leopards (#5) and Paws London Capitals (#4). London Leopards (4-3) won against visiting Paws London Capitals (4-4) 72-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paws London Capitals. London Leopards moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Reading. Paws London Capitals at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost.
Bottom-ranked Derby Trailblazers managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Leicester Warriors 100-90. Derby Trailblazers (2-6) moved-up to tenth place. Loser Leicester Warriors keep the eighth position with five games lost.

In the last two games of round 10 Leeds were defeated by Reading in a road game 80-70. Coventry were beaten by Leeds at home 68-69.


Bristol - Brixton 82-79

Second-ranked Brixton Topcats (5-4) made lots of trouble for top-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (9-0) on Saturday. Bristol Acadamy Flyers managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brixton Topcats. Bristol Acadamy Flyers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the third place with four games lost.
gschID: 94918


Durham - Leopards 84-81

Another very interesting game took place in Durham. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked London Leopards (4-3) to third ranked Durham Wildcats (5-3) 84-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of London Leopards. Durham Wildcats moved-up to second place. London Leopards at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Reading.
gschID: 94919


Leicester - Derby 90-100

Bottom-ranked Derby Trailblazers managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Leicester Warriors 100-90. Derby Trailblazers (2-6) moved-up to tenth place. Loser Leicester Warriors keep the eighth position with five games lost.
gschID: 94920


Leicester - Brixton 102-99

Another very interesting game took place in Leicester. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Brixton Topcats (5-4) to eighth ranked Leicester Warriors (3-5) 102-99 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brixton Topcats. Leicester Warriors maintains eighth position with 3-5 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the third place with four games lost.
gschID: 94921


Reading - Leeds 80-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Leeds Carnegie's (4-5) road loss to sixth ranked Reading Rockets (4-3) 70-80 on Sunday. Reading Rockets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Leopards. Loser Leeds Carnegie keeps the seventh position with five games lost.
gschID: 120334


Leopards - London Capitals 72-68

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from London: London Leopards (#5) and Paws London Capitals (#4). London Leopards (4-3) won against visiting Paws London Capitals (4-4) 72-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paws London Capitals. London Leopards moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Reading. Paws London Capitals at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost.
gschID: 94916


Coventry - Leeds 68-69

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Leeds Carnegie (4-5) edged on the road bottom-ranked Coventry Crusaders (1-5) 69-68 on Saturday. Leeds Carnegie maintains seventh position with 4-5 record. Coventry Crusaders lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with five games lost.
gschID: 94917




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  URUGUAY   


Aguada and Trouville advanced to the playoffs - by Hector Lopez
Aguada, beating Bohemios90-88, and Trouville, although it was defeated by Malvin 73-70, advanced to play the Uruguayan League quarter finals. Other teams already qualified are Malvin, Defensor Sporting and Bigua. The results and main players for the two games played for the 5th round second stage were:
Malvin 73 - Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 22 points 9 rebounds 1 block, Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 12 points 4 assists, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 8 points 6 rebounds 1 block,
Trouville 70 - Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) 22 points 6 rebounds 3 blocks 4 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 7 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks 2 assists
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Aguada 90 - Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) 24 points 8 rebounds, Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 20 points 4 rebounds 5 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 8 points 4 rebounds
Bohemios 88 - De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 29 points 5 rebounds, Ramiro Acuna (203-C-80) 15 points 3 rebounds, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 8 points 6 rebounds



Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Malvin 5-0 
 2. Trouville 4-1 
 3. Defensor 3-1 
 4. Aguada 3-2 
 5. Hebraica 2-2 
 6. Bigua 2-2 
 7. Olimpia 1-3 
 8. Welcome 1-3 
 9. Cordon 1-3 
 10. Bohemios 0-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Villegas, Olimpia28.2 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica23.1 
 7. Taboada, Bigua22.3 
 8. Hayes, Cordon21.3 
 9. Woodward, Defensor20.4 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua9.7 
 6. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.6 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
 10. Puckett, Aguada9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.0 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.8 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 5. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.1 
 7. Gonzalez, Defensor4.9 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 9. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Rovira, Bigua2.3 
 5. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 8. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 9. Galeano, Olimpia2.0 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.2 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 4. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.2 
 6. Bortz, Malvin2.1 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.8 


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  VENEZUELA   


Guaros add Paul Stoll and John Millsap - by Eurobasket News
Guaros de Lara are getting ready for the upcoming season. They announced the acquisition of two import players. They are Paul Stoll (178-G-85, agency: Duran International) and John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA).
Paul Stoll started the season in Algodoneros de la Comarca in Mexico. He tallied 17.6 points, 7.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. In December the 25-year-old guard moved to Halcones Rojos de Veracruz. He tallies 13.1 points, 3.6 boards and 3.5 assists per appearance in LNBP. Paul Stoll played for Mexico at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 boards and 4.5 assists in Puerto Rico.
John Millsap played for Boca Juniors this season. The 28-year-old forward notched 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in Liga A.





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Women News

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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnian Cup 1/4 finals Draw - by Joko Zuber
Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has held a draw for the 1/4 Cup finals. Jedinstvo Tuzla was the luckiest Team, drawing a bye, and the direct qualification for the 1/2 finals. The most uncertain game for sure will be the game between Igman and Tomislav, the 3rd and the 4th team in the League at the moment.

Cup 1/4 finals match ups:

Celik - Mladi Krajinik
eljeznicar - Banovici
Igman - Tomislav
Jedinstvo Tuzla (Bye)

All Bosnian Cup 1/4 finals games are scheduled for January 18, 2011.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Phillip scored 16 points (Jan. 4th) - by David Edole
SIGNAL PEAK Of the 32 points that North Idaho sophomore Kama Griffitts scored in the Cardinals 80-73 victory Monday night over fifth-ranked Central Arizona College, none were bigger than the final five.

Griffitts, a 5-foot-11 guard who has committed to play next season for the Arizona Wildcats, converted a putback for the third-ranked Cardinals with 55 seconds left to tie the score at 73-73. She then swished a three-pointer from just right of the top of the key with 24.8 seconds remaining to put North Idaho ahead to stay at 76-73 in the game at the George Young Activity Center.

We knew that she can pull up from anywhere, CAC coach Denise Cardenas said about Griffitts. She has a great shot. Shes big. She plays the game very hard. It was one of those nights for her. That final three-pointer that she hit, we were in her face and she still knocked it down.

Griffitts scored 17 points in the first half and added 15 more after the intermission. She made 10 of 20 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 8 from three-point range, and she also hit 7 of 11 free throws.

Kama has been playing great, North Idaho coach Chris Carlson said. I cant say enough about her. She has really given us leadership, and shes a great player.

Following Griffitts tying putback and go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute, North Idaho (12-2) increased the margin to 78-73 with a steal and two subsequent free throws by Camille Reynolds with 11.8 seconds left. Six seconds later, following a turnover by Central (11-3), Reynolds drove for a layup to account for the games final points.

Its a fantastic win, Carlson said. Its one of the best wins weve had at North Idaho in the last seven years. Im really proud of the girls for just staying mentally tough.

Reynolds, a sophomore guard, finished with 16 points for North Idaho, and sophomore forward Tugce Canitez added 14.

Sophomore guard Ashley Mitchell led