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  ACPBL   


Greenhawks removed, Virgina Avengers are in. - by Gianni Pascucci
JUST RECEIVED FROM ACPBL OFFICE: On January 12, effective immediately, the Washington Greenhawks organization has been removed from the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) and replaced immediately by the Virginia Avengers owned and operated by Dominic Manuel .
Dominic Manuel is no stranger to minor league professional basketball as he has spent the last several seasons as head coach of the Alexandria Avengers professional basketball team.
The ACPBL received direct text message communication on Saturday night during the GreenHawks home opener from GreenHawks general manager Adam Dantus stating that he was very disappointed with the fan turn out, and that the GreenHawks may not finish the season because of the poor attendance at the home opener. However, the GreenHawks played the next day (Sunday) on the road in Norfolk, Virginia and gave the league indications that they were going to play through the season. The ACPBL was then contacted the following day (this past Monday) by Washington Greenhawks owner Tom Doyle stating that his team wished to cease operations immediately the ACPBL immediately. Soon after the ACPBL received this e-mail Washington Greenhawks players immediately began calling the nearest ACPBL team known as the Beltway Bombers whom have been generous enough to accept as many of the former Washington Greenhawks players as possible, including the world famous Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) and Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's (MD)), both players were widely regarded as the two top player on the Washington Greenhawks roster with both being considered to be potential ACPBL all-stars. It all came about suddenly and as a bit of a shock, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz ' I'm very pleased that within in just 48 hours notice the ACPBL front office was able to land a replacement team to take on the Washington Greenhawks remaining schedule and that a good number of Washington Greenhawks players were able to find a new team to continue with their ACPBL playing careers'.


Standings
ACPBL Standings
 1. Norfolk TB 4-0 
 2. Buffalo S. 3-1 
 3. New York L. 3-2 
 4. Garden St. R. 2-2 
 5. Hudson Valley 2-2 
 6. Washington 2-2 
 7. Beltway B. 1-4 
 8. Wildkatz 0-4 


ACPBL Week #5 Recap: Jamaal Wise named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) has successfully completed its fifth week in the leagues inaugural season, and the league front office is pleased to announce that former NCAA D-1 Rhode Island University star player and current ACPBL Beltway Bombers star player Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island) has been named Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League Player Of The Week. On Saturday January 8th Jamaal Wise recorded 26 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 blocked shot in a overtime loss to the Washington GreenHawks.
Below is the full recap of week #5 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game.

BELTWAY BOMBERS (1-4) 127 - WASHINGTON GREENHAWKS (2-2) 134
Top performers: Washington GreenHawks: Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's (MD)) 31 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 1 block. Beltway Bombers: Jamaal Wise 26 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block.

GARDEN STATE REBELS (2-2) 96 - WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (0-4) 84
Top performers: Garden State Rebels: Justin Carter (6'3''-G, college: Rutgers-Newark) 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals. Westchester WildKatz: Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) 26 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 blocks.

NEW YORK LIONS (3-2) 75 - BUFFALO STAMPEDE (3-1) 90
Top performers: Buffalo Stampede: Greg Gamble (6'4''-G-87, college: Buffalo) 8 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 7 steals. New York Lions: Mike Sessions (6'5''-F-81, college: Dowling) 20 points, 18 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks.

WASHINGTON GREENHAWKS (2-2) 114 - TRU HOPE TRAILBLAZERS (4-0) 131
Top performers: Tru Hope Trailblazers: Brian Graves (6'2''-G-85, college: Catawba) 34 points, 10 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal. Washington GreenHawks: Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) 29 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zagreb inks American Josh Heytvelt, Cibona targets Terrell Everett - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb reinforced its roster at the PF/C position. The Croatian outfit signed a deal with Joshua Heytvelt (211-OF/C-86, college: Gonzaga) for rest of the season. The 24-year-old American arrives to Zagreb from Lottomatica Virtus Roma, where he started this season. Heytvelt played 10 Euroleague games for the Italians averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. In SerieA, he had 5.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg also for ten games. Heytvelt joined Roma in May of 2010 from Oyak Renault Bursa. With the Turkish squad he had 17.3 ppg, 10 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.2 bpg for 30 games in TBL last season. Joshua Heytvelt is a product of Gonzaga University, where he graduated in 2009. In his senior season, Heytvelt had 14.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
Meanwhile, Cibona is close to sign a new point guard. According to Croatian media, the team plans to sign a deal with Terrell Everett (193-G-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Oklahoma).


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  ALBANIA   


Tirana inks Bruno Daliu, Bircaj moves to Kamza Basket - by Liridon Iberdemaj
Bruno Daliu (202-C-85, college: Tusculum) is a new player of Sport Klub Tirana. He left the team of Studenti Tirana with which he had a perfect half-season by winning all seven matches in the league, and also the Albanian Cup in the final against the big rivals of Sport Klub Tirana.
The second player who left the team led by coach Bujar Shehu is Fjorentin Bircaj (205-C-89). The 21 years old center who is part of the Albanian National Team joined Kamza Basket (former Valbona).
This will not be the last move for Kamza Basket, because the team from the Tirana's biggest suburb is discussing terms with foreign players.


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. La Union 5-1 
 2. Penarol 4-1 
 3. Atenas 4-2 
 4. Monte Hermoso 4-3 
 5. Quimsa 4-3 
 6. Lanus 3-2 
 7. Obras 3-3 
 8. Libertad S. 3-3 
 9. Gimnasia CR 3-3 
 10. Olimpico LB 3-3 
 11. Club 9 3-3 
 12. Argentino 3-3 
 13. Regatas C. 2-3 
 14. Estudiantes 2-4 
 15. Boca Jrs 2-5 
 16. Sionista 0-6 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Jackson, La Union20.1 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.1 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.9 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.0 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 6. Taylor, Lanus16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.9 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.5 
 9. Mikulas, La Union15.3 
 10. Gutierrez, Obras14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 2. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.6 
 3. Kante, Olimpico LB9.4 
 4. Williams, Atenas9.3 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.8.9 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.2 
 7. Leiva, Penarol8.1 
 8. Mikulas, La Union7.7 
 9. Martina, Boca Jrs7.6 
 10. Levy, Lanus7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.9 
 4. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.8 
 5. Cequeira, Obras4.5 
 6. Sartorelli, Argentino3.7 
 7. Salles, Monte H.3.5 
 8. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Penarol2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.6 
 2. Cequeira, Obras3.0 
 3. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.8 
 4. De los Santo., Olimpi.2.5 
 5. Williams, Atenas2.5 
 6. Laws, Olimpico LB2.4 
 7. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 8. Sciutto, Monte H.2.2 
 9. Rollins, Gimnasia.2.2 
 10. Ginobili, Libertad S.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 6. Mofunanya, Lanus1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. White, Monte H.0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.8 


Quimsa overwhelm Espanol de Talca in Ibarra - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Espanol de Talca 81:62

Quimsa celebrated a vital win at the Liga Americas Group C action. After losing to Flamengo in the opener Quimsa came up with a comfortable win over Espanol de Talca in the second round. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) knocked down 18 points as Quimsa caught up with Espanol de Talca at 1-1 record.
Quimsa left little chance for the Chilean team right from the start. Quimsa held their opponents to just 6 points in the starting frame to take a 15-point lead. Quimsa maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a massive 42:18 lead at halftime. Espanol de Talca struggled to change the complexion of the encounter. The Argentinean team enjoyed a 67:42 lead at the final break and rallied to the victory at the end. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) notched 14 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) added 10 points in the win. Peter Kvietek (205-C-77) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Espanol de Talca. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 18, Dionisio Gomez Camargo 14, Julio Mazzaro 10
Espanol de Talca: Peter Kvietek 20+14 boards, Guillermo Araujo 13



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Harper's 25 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old swingman Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Levski Sofia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had the game-high 25 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Levski in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Svjetlost (#5, 0-6) with 33-point margin 107-74. It allowed Levski to take over top position in the Balkan League group A. Levski have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Levski and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP and 47.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) of top-ranked Feni Indistrija Kavadarci. He is a guard in his first season at Feni Indistrija. In the last game Stojanovski recorded impressive 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Feni Indistrija to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Rilski Sportist (#3, 2-3) 90-66. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. Feni Indistrija consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Stojanovski is a newcomer at Feni Indistrija and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Mate Perajica (203-C-81) of Zrinjski HT (#3). Perajica scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Perajica's great performance Zrinjski HT lost 82-89 to #4 ranked Ulcijn. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Zrinjski HT needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group A. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. The season just started for Perajica as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) of Mornar Bar - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Igor Maric (196-F-85) of Svjetlost - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Aleksandar1 Radulovic (209-C-84) of Ulcijn - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lubomir Lilov (198-F-87) of Balkan - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Levski - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) of Rilski Sportist - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 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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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 10-2 
 2. M.Hainaut 8-4 
 3. Charleroi 7-2 
 4. Antwerp 7-6 
 5. Oostende 6-7 
 6. Liege 5-7 
 7. Leuven 4-7 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-8 
 9. Gent 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.5 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar17.4 
 3. Waters, Verviers.16.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.6 
 5. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.4 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege15.3 
 7. Miller, Leuven15.3 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven14.7 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Randle, Gent8.5 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar8.3 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 4. Stipanovic, Liege7.2 
 5. Freeman, Verviers.7.1 
 6. Tofi, Leuven7.0 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.5 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi6.3 
 10. Hill, Charleroi6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.3 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.1 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.9 
 4. Miller, Leuven3.6 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi3.1 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 8. Hill, Charleroi2.9 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
 10. Gomis, Charleroi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.7 
 2. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende2.5 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 8. Mallet, Charleroi1.9 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.8 
 10. Beghin, Charleroi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.9 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Randle, Gent0.8 
 5. Santiago, Charleroi0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 
 10. Ebong, Oostende0.4 


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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo sneak past Mavort - by Eurobasket News
Mavort - Flamengo 80:81

Flamengo registered the second straight win at Liga Americas. They defeated Mavort in Ibarra to stay on top of Group C. Mavort in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) came up with another pivotal performance for the Rio de Janeiro team as he unloaded 25 points.
David Teague scored 12 of his points in the starting frame as Flamengo took over. They posted a 23:16 lead. But Mavort turned things their way in the second quarter. Led by Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) the hosts used a 12:0 run to surge ahead. Mavort kept Flamengo at bay and secured a 43:38 lead at the interval. Flamengo came from behind in the third term. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) helped the visitors to accumulate a 2-point lead with ten minutes to go. It all came down to the final seconds when a pair of misses from Marcus Elliott sealed the winning outcome for Flamengo.
Marcelinho Machado had 22 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Flamengo. Guilherme Teichamann had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Blake Walker answered with 32 points for Mavort. Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Georgia) finished with 18 points and 15 caroms in the loss.

Mavort: David Teague 25, Marcelinho Machado 22, Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) 13+14 boards
Flamengo: Blake Walker 32, Albert Jackson 18+15 boards



Winner/Limeira triumph in Paulista League - by Eurobasket News
Winner/Limeira - Pinheiros/Sky 77:75

Winner/Limeira clinched Paulista League title. They narrowly defeated Pinheiros/Sky in Game 4 of the Final series to triumph. Andre Bambu (205-C-79) knocked down a late bucket to propel Winner/Limeira to a narrow victory at the end.
Pinheiros/Sky got to an aggressive start. The visitors eked out a 20:16 lead at the first intermission. But Winner/Limeira bounced back pretty quickly. They stepped on the gas in the second term and put their noses in front. The hosts built a 37:32 lead at the interval. Pinheiros/Sky stayed close in the third frame. They trailed by just two points at the final break. The visitors regained lead late in regulation but Eric Tatu Romualdo (185-G-83) found Andre Bambu with time ticking out and the centre converted a decisive basket to bring victory for Winner/Limeira. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) and Rodrigo Biro finished with 16 points each for Winner/Limeira. Eric Tatu Romualdo added 14 points in the win. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) answered with 20 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Winner/Limeira: Ronald Ramon 16, Rodrigo Biro 16, Eric Tatu Romualdo 14
Pinheiros/Sky: Olivinha Rodriguez 20, Marquinhos Vinicius 14




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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BD Basketball Drive Starts Saturday - by David Edole
The VI BD Basketball Association District Drive clinics will start this Saturday in East End. The clinics are to sharpen the childrens skills and prepare them for the District King League beginning February 25 through April 16, 2011. Clinics will be held in each district beginning at 10:00 am. Everyone is invited.

For more information please contact Brian Brewley at 443-1461, Sharlene Hill at 496-7383 or Carolann Simmonds at 496-8452.

Schedule:

DATE LOCATION TIME
JAN 15 EAST END 10 am - 2 pm
JAN 19 LOWER ESTATE 4 pm - 5:30 PM
JAN 22 CANE GARDEN BAY/APPLE BAY 10 m - 12NOON/1 - 3 PM
JAN 26 HUNTUMS GHUT 4 pm - 5:30 PM
JAN 29 BELLE VUE 10 am - 12 noon
FEB 2 CENTRAL 4 pm - 5:30 PM
FEB 5 CENTRAL 10am - 2 pm


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  BULGARIA   


National team prospects to train in February - by Maria Mitzova
A short training camp for national team prospects will be held in February. This team will play two friendly games on February 18 and 19, against Lukoil Akademic and Levski on the respective dates.
15 players from the Bulgarian championship, selected from teams, different than the two above, will be included in the squad. They will be selected by the head coach Rosen Barchovski (agency: Interperformances ) and his assistant Lubomir Minchev, in the beginning of February.
The next training camp, before the summer, will be held in April from 7 to 10th and then there will be players from Lukoil Akademic and Levski.



Jordan Bozov to miss some action - by Maria Mitzova
Balkan Botevgrad captain Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) will miss some playing time, after undergoing an operation on this knee. Doctor Tony Georgiev performed the arthroscopic surgery and is yet to be seen how long will the recovery take.
Bozov has been in pain since the autumn, but it became severe before the game between Balkan Botevgrad and Lukoil Akademic. He passed a MRI check and it was still unclear what causes the pain. Based on the symptoms, the doctor scheduled the op, to be sure on the damage.
Best case scenario is that Bozov will be able to practice in a month.


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Central African National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Lionel Bomayako
Bomayako
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi
Kodjo-Sitchi
Martial Gotagni
Gotagni
Fabrice Mokoteemapa
Mokoteemapa
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Djimrabaye
#e#5

Lionel Bomayako 196-G-78 Zurich Wildcats Switzerland

Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi 191-F-85 Sorgues France

Martial Gotagni 190-F-79 Get Vosges France

Fabrice Mokoteemapa 192-G-81 Interclube Angola

Johan Grebongo 204-C Mazanga Central Africa

Neil Wilfried Londoumon 190-F-93 Abeilles Central Africa

Jimmy Djimrabaye 203-F-92 Vichy France

Max Kouguere 198-F-87 Geneve Lions Switzerland

Baide Baikoua 197-F-86 Poitiers II France

Ali Marzouk


Jonathan Alalengbi 92 Marmande France

Herve Ngoko


Lionel Pehoua 196-F-82 Hampton USA


Jeu Robert Madozein Head Coach


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  CHILE   


Basketball News 20110110 Campioni del Domani and Liga Americas - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
Basketball News 20110110

The 38th Campioni del Domani Under 19 Mens Basketball Invitational in Stadio Italiano Las Condes, is underway in Santiago de Chile.

In 2 groups of 6 teams each, the best 4 in both groups qualify to the next round.

This youth players RUN and a lot. but their lack on skills is compensated with emotion.

You will find low shooting percentage, many turnovers, including interceptions,stepping in the court sidelines and walking violations. Sometimes it looks like street basketball and the attendance repond to that by applauding mostly blocks and dunks.

Other aspect I am letting you know in advance is low scoring, because of the poor shooting. A good side is that it has been a clean torunament so far, not many fouls and less of them are flagrant/ intentional.
And maybe the reason is that the free throw average is low too.

The accomodations are small (about 500 people), so make sure to arrive early.
The website or a booklet will let you know know the full schedule in advance.

There are 4 games each day, starting 16 hrs. (GMT -3), except last round Thursday, January 13, when it starts at 13:00 and end at around 23:00.

Be aware of METRO subway closing hours at about 23:00 depending of station, so make sure how to return home.

The playoffs are from Friday to Sunday.

My best team are Boca Juniors, Espanol; then Boston College, Liceo Mixto and surprising Sokol.
Fighting to qualify inside the first 4 are Stadio Italiano, Universidad de Chile, Sergio Ceppi and Villa Moderna.

What to watch? The Champions of TODAY: Franco Morales, Acuna, Urzua, from Espanol de Talca. Espanol is the current Liga Nacional Superior Champion and is also playing in Liga de las Americas.

Boston College is current Liga Nacional B Champion.

This years probable champion
Boca Juniors' Coach Cordoba, in an interview with me, has on its under-19 roster Marcos Delia, whom Cordoba think is a likely player on the Adult series of Boca Juniors. I also interviewed Delia (18 years old), and he said to me he is practising with the Adult team, and is dedicating himself only to basketball, after finishing High School. Delia could make a living out of basketball only in Argentina maybe abroad. He has conditions and is most likely to make big achievements and you can SEE HIM and others of the Champions of tomorrow, HERE in Santiago.

Liga de las Americas: Mavort Ecuador hosting for the first time Group C of this international league, Espanol Talca will play for the fist time, in the history of the 4th edition of this Latin American Tournament.

Flamengo Brazil, Quimsa Argentina are the strong teams, and the best 2 will qualify.

Tuesday to Thursday there will be 2 games in the afternoon, to be aired on cable, LIVE on Premium and delayed or live on basic pay TV.

Rod Hunrichse, 20110110.



Quimsa overwhelm Espanol de Talca in Ibarra - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Espanol de Talca 81:62

Quimsa celebrated a vital win at the Liga Americas Group C action. After losing to Flamengo in the opener Quimsa came up with a comfortable win over Espanol de Talca in the second round. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) knocked down 18 points as Quimsa caught up with Espanol de Talca at 1-1 record.
Quimsa left little chance for the Chilean team right from the start. Quimsa held their opponents to just 6 points in the starting frame to take a 15-point lead. Quimsa maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a massive 42:18 lead at halftime. Espanol de Talca struggled to change the complexion of the encounter. The Argentinean team enjoyed a 67:42 lead at the final break and rallied to the victory at the end. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) notched 14 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) added 10 points in the win. Peter Kvietek (205-C-77) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Espanol de Talca. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 18, Dionisio Gomez Camargo 14, Julio Mazzaro 10
Espanol de Talca: Peter Kvietek 20+14 boards, Guillermo Araujo 13



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Chinese CBA round 14 best performance: Jackson Vroman - by Eurobasket News
American-Lebanese Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked DongGuan, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Shandong (#9, 6-7) 110-101. DongGuan maintains the 2nd position in Chinese CBA. DongGuan has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. Vroman turned to be DongGuan's top player in his first season with the team. Former Iowa State University star has very solid stats this year. Vroman is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.4apg) and averages impressive 2.2bpg,3.2spg and 61.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai. Harris had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 24 rebounds. Of course Shanghai cruised to a 116-105 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Bayi (#8, 7-6). This victory allowed Shanghai to move up to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Harris is a newcomer at Shanghai, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian (#16). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eighteen rebounds . Despite Jones' great performance Fujian lost 115-126 to slightly higher-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#15, 3-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fujian can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jones he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jones has individually a great season in China. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.9rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 1.0apg (8th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. ZhiZhi Wang (214-C-79) of Bayi - 36 points and 10 rebounds
5. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Shanxi Zh. - 30 points and 13 rebounds
7. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 26 points and 17 rebounds
8. XueWen Zhang (201-F-86) of Shanxi Zh. - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Fujian - 44 points and 4 rebounds
10. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R. - 27 points, 6 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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Svjetlost lose badly against Levski - by Ivan Ilakovac

BC Levski from Sofia came home with the great win 107:74 against their hosts from Croatia and remained on the top of the table in group A of Eurohold Balkan legaue. About 1000 spectators view the loss of ther team in city hall of Vijus.
KK Svjetlost opened the game better. Their forward Maric kept them in the lead and made 3-pointer for Svjetlost's biggest lead 21:18 in 8th minute in the 1st half. After that guests woke up and answered to Svjetlost's 13-2 run with 12-2 run finishing 1st quarter with the lead 30:23.
The hosts tried with zone defense but the crucial moment happened in the 17th minute when Maric injured his arcade and had to go on the bench. Guests used that very well and with 8:0 run that includes three counter-attacks from Harper ended 2nd quarter to enjoy their lead 57:36. Aaron Harper - 17 points for BC Levski and injured Igor Maric -15 points for KK Svjetlost were best scorers in the 1st half.
After the players came back from the locker rooms hosts showed some resistance and began to play tough defence. The youngster Zivkovic ( 194-SG-93 ) with two 3-pointers and Karlovic ( 199-SF-89 ) with the dunk reduced Levski's lead to 50:61, but that was all. The 3rd quarter ended 76:63 for BC Levski.
The last part of the game started with 11:0 run for Toni Dechev's team. The players from bench - Slaveykov, Cekovski and Ivanov made easy lay ups to increase the lead of their team to 87:63 and resolve this game. After that KK Svjetlost's coach Zoran Kalpic led into the game juniors Panduric, Jelavic and Kljaic so that they could gain experience against the best team that has played this season in Vijus. Game was finished with 107:74 for BC Levski.
Best scorer for BC Levski was Aaron Harper ( 200-SF-81 ) who made 25 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds helped by Donald Cole ( 204-PF-81 ) who added 15 ponits 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Igor Maric ( 197-SF-85 ) played his best game in Balkan league making 20 points and 8 rebounds. Luka Petkovic ( 192-PG-88 ) was also very good making 14 points and 8 assists.
The next game for Svjetlost will be home game against KK Trogir in croatian A-1 league. They need to win to stay in touch with other teams for the playoffs.


by co-correspondent Kresimir Grcevic


Tihomir Bujan replaces Daniel Jusup on Zadar's bench - by Eurobasket News
Zadar made very important change yesterday. The team released Daniel Jusup (agency: Agency No 10 ) and immediately hired Tihomir Bujan as their new Head Coach.
Daniel Jusup (agency: Agency No 10 ) took over Zadar in January of 2010. He guided them to the Playoff Finals last season in Croatia. However, this season the team made just 5 wins in 16 games in Adriatic league and they are currently on the bottom of standings, together with Crvena Zvezda. In EuroChallenge, Zadar reached the next stage but it seems it was not enough for Jusup to keep his job.
Tihomir Bujan is coming to Zadar from A2 team Pet Bunara. In the past he worked with Borik Puntamika and Siroki Prima Pivo. Bujan will make his debut on Zadar's bench next weekend in Adriatic league. They will meet CEZ Nymburk on the road.


Zagreb inks American Josh Heytvelt, Cibona targets Terrell Everett - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb reinforced its roster at the PF/C position. The Croatian outfit signed a deal with Joshua Heytvelt (211-OF/C-86, college: Gonzaga) for rest of the season. The 24-year-old American arrives to Zagreb from Lottomatica Virtus Roma, where he started this season. Heytvelt played 10 Euroleague games for the Italians averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. In SerieA, he had 5.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg also for ten games. Heytvelt joined Roma in May of 2010 from Oyak Renault Bursa. With the Turkish squad he had 17.3 ppg, 10 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.2 bpg for 30 games in TBL last season. Joshua Heytvelt is a product of Gonzaga University, where he graduated in 2009. In his senior season, Heytvelt had 14.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
Meanwhile, Cibona is close to sign a new point guard. According to Croatian media, the team plans to sign a deal with Terrell Everett (193-G-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Oklahoma).


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Lubos Stria Lands with BK Decin - by Surujh Roopnarine
29-year old forward Lubos Stria quickly landed on his feet after parting ways with BC Kolin this week. Tonight he made his debut with third place BK Decin. The 6-6 Stria began the season in Kolin, appearing in 13 games and averaging 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. In his first game with Decin he scored five points in nine minutes of action as Decin defeated NH Ostrava 92-60. The majority of Stria's career has been spent with Pardubice and then Podebrady for the last two seasons.

BK Decin Dominates Visiting NH Ostrava 92-60 to Begin Round 17 of the NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
After suffering a humbling loss on the road this past Saturday to seventh place BC Kolin, BK Decin quickly wiped the bad taste from their mouths with a dominating 92-60 victory over NH Ostrava. Decin (12-4) started fast and never looked back, showing their class as one of the clear leaders of the league along with Prostejov, Pardubice and Novy Jicin. Jakub Houska (206-C-82) and Pavel Houska (201-F-84) led the way in the first half, scoring team-high eight points a piece, but it was a total team effort as every Decin player who played scored. Pavel Houska ended the night leading Decin with team-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. After a first quarter which saw Decin stake a 27-15 lead, they turned up the defensive pressure in the second, limiting Ostrava (10-6) to just 11 points and went to the half up 46-26. Ostrava shot a woeful 0-8 from three in the first half, finishing 2-16 on the night. Fittingly, the only two made three pointers came from the one man on Ostrava who put up a respectable effort, rising star Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette). The former Marquette forward put up game highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes while shooting 70% from the field (7-10). The only negative was his unevenness at the free throw line where he connected on just five of 10 attempts. Unfortunately the rest of the team did not show up in a game where a win against Decin on the road would have gone a long way to cementing Ostrava as one of the top-5 teams in the NBL. Now, combined with an uninspired 67-61 victory last week against Plzen and this 32 point loss, the team will have to look themselves in the mirror and get re-focused.
OSTRAVA: Dwight Burke (21pts+9reb), Cezary Trybanski (9pts+6reb), Andrew Spagrud (8pts+5reb), Jan Stehlik (8pts)
DECIN: Pavel Houska (16pts+8reb), Jakub Houska (12pts+6reb), Levell Sanders (12pts), Miroslav Soukup (8pts+6reb)



Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 16-3 
 2. J.Hradec 14-5 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 12-6 
 4. Usti n/Labem 12-7 
 5. Vysehrad 11-8 
 6. Opava B 10-9 
 7. Sokol H.Kralove 10-9 
 8. Proton Zlin 10-9 
 9. Trutnov 9-10 
 10. Benesov 7-12 
 11. Litomerice 7-13 
 12. Sparta Praha 6-13 
 13. Prostejov B 5-14 
 14. Liberec 3-14 


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Reno Bighorns acquire former lottery pick Patrick O'Bryant - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns acquired former NBA lottery pick Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) yesterday in a trade with the Bakersfield Jam, filling the roster spot vacated by injured point guard Aaron Miles.

O'Bryant, a 7-0, 250-pound center from Bradley University, was the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He has appeared in 90-career games in the NBA with Golden State, Boston and Toronto, averaging 2.1 points per game and 1.4 rebounds per game.

While at Bradley, O'Bryant led his team to the Sweet 16 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, while averaging 11.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in two seasons with the Braves.

In exchange for O'Bryant, the Bighorns parted with their first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.

O'Bryant will be active for Reno's games today and Thursday at the NBA D-League Showcase in South Padre Island, Texas.

The 'Horns return home on Jan. 15 to face the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets for all games by calling (775) 284-2622, visiting the Silver Legacy box office or browsing ticketmaster.com.

Reno Bighorns group tickets and fan experience packages are on sale now by calling the Bighorns front office at (775) 284-2NBA or visiting RenoBighorns.com. Fans can high-five the players, play a game-before-the-game on the Bighorns court, perform a talent routine and more.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.

For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams - including the debut of the Texas Legends.

A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams.

In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs.

The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.

Throughout the league's 10th season, which tips off Nov. 18, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Mad Ants sign Chism - by Eurobasket News
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced today that they have acquired Dwayne Chism (6'9''-F-87, college: Tennessee) and have waived Obi Muonelo (6'5''-G-88, college: Oklahoma St.).

Chism, a 6-9 forward out of Tennessee , was recently waived from a team in Turkey . As a senior, he averaged 12.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 1.3 bpg. He earned first-team All-SEC honors and also was named to the NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Region. Chism finished his career as the school's all-time career leader in game played (142), wins (104), NCAA Tournament game played (11), NCAA Tournament wins (7) and rebounds in the NCAA Tournament (57).

Muonelo, the Mad Ants 1st round draft pick, averaged 4.2 points per game in 19 games for the Mad Ants.

Chism is expected to join the team in South Padre Island for their second game of the NBA D-League Showcase against the Bakersfield Jam Wednesday morning at 10:45 AM.

Courtesy of www.wane.com


Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Erie Bay H. - Rio Grande 106-124
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) and Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) each poured in 27 points and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers completed a two game sweep of their NBA D-League Showcase games on South Padre Island Wednesday with a 124-106 victory over the Erie Bay Hawks. The win was the Vipers' sixth straight this season and ties a franchise record for consecutive victories. The largest crowd of the three day festival watched the local team roll past the Bay Hawks and former Vipers' player Garrett Temple in spectacular fashion. Each season, the D-League brings all the teams to one location to allow NBA scouts and player personnel an easy opportunity to check up on talent. The Vipers now improve to 13-and-7, just two games back of first place Tulsa in the West Conference. *Courtesy of www.krgv.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Bakersfield J. 93-105
Six players scored at least 13 points Wednesday to help the Bakersfield Jam defeat the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants 105-93 on Day 3 of the D-League Showcase. Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) scored 18 to lead the Jam (12-8), and league scoring leader Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) added 15 points and six rebounds. Jeremy Wise had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. 'They seemed pretty focused on trying to limit my offense, but I'm not just a scorer, I'm a basketball player, and I'll look to get my teammates involved,' said Johnson, who averages 25 points per game. 'I think for me to get back to the NBA, I just have to continue to do what I'm doing, which is taking the scoring when it's there but also helping get others involved.' Walker Russell paced Fort Wayne (12-9) with a game-high 25 points, making all 10 of his free throws. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Reno Bighorns - Maine RC 111-102
Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) scored 29 points and Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard) added 21 for the Reno Bighorns, who took a 30-10 first-quarter lead and never trailed Wednesday in a 111-102 victory against the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development Showcase at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Landry and Lin combined for 17 points in the first 7:32 as the Bighorns opened their 20-point lead. Reno led 67-52 at the half and extended it to 84-60 midway through the third quarter. Maine pulled within 96-91 with 5:11 remaining in the game, but a Landry 3-pointer started a 6-0 run and the Red Claws never got closer than eight the rest of the way. All five starters reached double digits for Reno, which improved to 12-8. Donald Sloan had 15 points and 10 assists, Anthony Richardson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Patrick Ewing Jr. chipped in 16 points. The Bighorns shot 54.3 percent from the field. Reserve Paul Harris had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Red Claws, who fell to 10-12. Mario West put up 17 points and Jamar Smith had 16 points before fouling out. Kenny Hayes added 16 off the bench. The Red Claws shot 46.3 percent from the field. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Dakota W. - Tulsa 66ers 92-96
Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) (16-6) recorded season highs with 19 points and seven blocked shots and point guard Tweety Carter (5'11''-G-86, college: Baylor) scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining, to help the Tulsa 66ers hold off the Dakota Wizards 96-92 Wednesday evening in their final game of the 2011 D-League Showcase in South Padre Island. The 66ers, who led by as many as 23 points and never trailed in the contest, won their eighth consecutive game of the season and currently stand atop the West Conference. Latavious Williams led the 66ers in rebounding with a game-high 12 boards. Elijah Milllsap and Jerome Dyson chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively, and Carter led the team with six assists. Chris Johnson picked up a double-double for the Wizards (6-16) with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Goods led the team in scoring with 22. Also scoring in double figures was Dominique Scales with 21, Walter Sharpe with 12 and Vernon Hamilton with 10. Darren Cooper dished out a game-high nine assists for the Wizards. Next up, the Tulsa 66ers travel to Albuquerque to take on the New Mexico Thunderbirds this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14th and 15th. Both games are scheduled to tip at 8:30 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Wizards and Hype About To Make Pro Basketball History - by EBA Media
Its a unique take on the famed quote by Chicago Cubs Shortstop Ernie Banks, often referred to as Mr. Cub, who loved playing so much he wanted to play a doubleheader every day:' It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!' The Hudson Valley Hype and New York Wizards are set to make Pro Basketball History when each team will face off against each other in both games of a doubleheader on 1/15/2011 at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush NY. Tip Offs will be 5PM and 7 PM.

During our competition on Long Island on 11/20 myself and Hype Coach and Co-Owner Allen Pickett started discussing the great condition a player needs to be in to work all week and play pro ball on the weekends. We also discussed how often times it was difficult to get playing time for all 12 talented players on most EBA rosters Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Well one thing led to another and the next thing you know we are discussing with the league the possibility of playing a true doubleheader game.

What makes this unique is that it may have never been done, and if it was it was as far back as the 1920s or 1930s.The New York Rens and The Harlem Globetrotters may have been credited with playing more than one game in a day, but it was not in league play or for league competition.

Many teams can state that your top 5 players or top 8 players are better than another clubs on any given night Continues Coach Cerillo This competition however will require all 12 players to play and play well. This is a real statement for our league, our teams, and our players! It's also historic and a real treat for the fans of the Pine Bush area!

From the Wizards perspective, this is a very difficult situation. They place their current un-defeated record in jeopardy. In addition to playing the two games on the road, where often times all players can find it difficult to attend, the Hype were the one team this season who cracked a difficult Wizards defense and scored effectively -113 points (the most points scored on the Wizards this season).

From the Hypes perspective they play one of the current top ranked teams in the league 2 times on the same day. No easy task! The Hype will have to use their proven ability to score against the Wizards, and hope that travel and fatigue play a part for a unique Home Court Advantage which may be difficult to overcome.

Stated Allen Pickett Coach Cerillo and myself have a vision of what our teams and the league could be with the right promotion and creativity. Even though this is only the Hype's sophomore season in the league we are trying to not only build our fan base but also give the community a great set of home games at an affordable price for everyone in the family. We may be creating a rivalry between the North and South of New York that will last for years to come; we look forward to seeing everyone there.'

Both games will be covered live on Internet Radio by the voice of the Wizards Frankie 'The Sports Guy' Maniscalco. Fans of the Hype or the Wizards, or EBA basketball in general, can listen by logging on to NewYorkWizards.com (the New York Wizards Website) and follow the prompts to the live broadcast.



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Flamengo sneak past Mavort - by Eurobasket News
Mavort - Flamengo 80:81

Flamengo registered the second straight win at Liga Americas. They defeated Mavort in Ibarra to stay on top of Group C. Mavort in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) came up with another pivotal performance for the Rio de Janeiro team as he unloaded 25 points.
David Teague scored 12 of his points in the starting frame as Flamengo took over. They posted a 23:16 lead. But Mavort turned things their way in the second quarter. Led by Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) the hosts used a 12:0 run to surge ahead. Mavort kept Flamengo at bay and secured a 43:38 lead at the interval. Flamengo came from behind in the third term. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) helped the visitors to accumulate a 2-point lead with ten minutes to go. It all came down to the final seconds when a pair of misses from Marcus Elliott sealed the winning outcome for Flamengo.
Marcelinho Machado had 22 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Flamengo. Guilherme Teichamann had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Blake Walker answered with 32 points for Mavort. Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Georgia) finished with 18 points and 15 caroms in the loss.

Mavort: David Teague 25, Marcelinho Machado 22, Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) 13+14 boards
Flamengo: Blake Walker 32, Albert Jackson 18+15 boards



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Barcelona's Pascual gets two more years - by Eurobasket News
The Euroleague's defending champion, Regal FC Barcelona, announced Wednesday a contract extension that will keep coach Xavier Pascual at the head of the team's bench through the end of the 2012-13 season. The two-year extension was added to Pascual's current deal, which was due to expire at the end of the season. Pascual, 38, led Barcelona to its second Euroleague crown last season with one of the most dominant modern performances in the competition. Barcelona's 20-2 final record was the highest winning percentage of any Euroleague champ all decade. Those 20 victories came by an average margin of 14.8 points. And Barcelona was just the third team since the Final Four era began in 1988 to win both their semifinal and title games by double-digits. After the season, Pascual was honored with the Euroleague's Aleksandar Gomelskiy Coach of the Year award. Since taking over the Barcelona bench less than three years ago, on February 14, 2008, Pascual has also won the 2009 Spanish League and 2010 Spanish Cup titles. Before joining the club as an assistant coach in 2005, Pascual had been a head coach at lower-division teams Aracena and Olesa, among others, in Spain.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Olimpija sells 32,000 Top 16 tickets in 20 minutes! - by Zeljko Zule
A breakthrough season for Union Olimpija in all aspects of the club's sports and business operations continued on Wednesday when 32,000 tickets for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 were sold in just 20 minutes. The average of almost 11,000 tickets sold already for each of the three games in the Top 16 almost guarantees a continuance of the sellout crowds at 13,000-seat Stozice Arena that highlighted the regular season there. This is the team's first season at Stozice, which opened in August. After playing its Euroleague opener at Stozice before 8,700 fans to start the regular season, Olimpija had an average attendance of 12,900 in its subsequent four home games. Olimpija went undefeated at home to finish 6-4, good for second place in its regular season group. In the Top 16, Olimpija will face defending champion Regal FC Barcelona, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Lottomatica Roma in Group F. For the Top 16, the club has planned on-court shows involving more than 140 artists, acrobats and dancers that will assure a basketball party for a new generation of Euroleague fans at Stozice Arena! (euroleague.net)

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Jamar Wilson claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jamar Wilson (185-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Honka Espoo Playboys and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 45 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Honka in his team's victory, helping them to beat Namika Lahti (#9, 10-16) 96-91. Honka maintains the 5th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Honka will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. In the team's last game Wilson had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Honka's top player in his first season with the team. University at Albany graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wilson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.4ppg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Anthony Vereen (201-F-86) of Namika Lahti. Vereen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Namika Lahti lost that game 91-96 to the higher-ranked Honka (#5, 16-10). This loss caused Namika Lahti to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Vereen is a newcomer at Namika Lahti 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 Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki (#8). Wood scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Karhu, leading his team to a 103-94 win against the higher-ranked Kataja (#3, 17-10). The chances of Karhu ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wood could help Karhu to bring them higher in the standings. Wood has a great season in Finland. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (7th best), rebounds with 14.0rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.8apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81) of ToPo - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Cedric Latimer (198-F-87) of Namika Lahti - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 10 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) of Korihait - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 19 points and 3 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)


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.5 
 2. Wilson, Honka21.4 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.21.2 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo20.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 7. Wood, Karhu19.5 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.3 
 9. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 10. Moore, LrNM.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wood, Karhu14.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Young, Tarmo10.2 
 4. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.0 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo10.0 
 6. Vinson, Kouvot10.0 
 7. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 9. Belser, Honka8.5 
 10. Williamson, Honka8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 2. Okorie, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.8 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.8 
 9. Fields, KTP3.4 
 10. Ivey, KTP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jared NEWSON
  Kataja
  (195-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.7 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 9. Walker, Kouvot1.6 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.9 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.0.8 
 4. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 8. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Jevohn SHEPHERD
  Osnabrueck
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Shepherd, Osnab.20.9 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel20.6 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim20.5 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.5 
 5. Gause, Freiburg19.1 
 6. Burnette, Osnab.18.7 
 7. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.7 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim18.6 
 9. Watts, Dragons17.7 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.6 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe9.2 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.9 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.5 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.3 
 7. Fuller, Crailsheim7.7 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim7.7 
 9. Henry, Hannover7.6 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim6.1 
 2. Gray, Crailsheim5.6 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.3 
 4. Barth, Heidelberg5.3 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.3 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel5.1 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Wallace, B.Mue.4.3 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.3 
 10. Larsen, Dragons4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.4 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.6 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.4 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Gray, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Mendez, Heidelberg2.0 
 8. Scott, Kirchheim1.9 
 9. Zazai, Chemnitz1.9 
 10. Burnette, Osnab.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ethan SHAW
  Cuxhaven
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shaw, Cuxhaven2.2 
 2. Williams, Karlsruhe2.1 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.1 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 5. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.4 
 7. Hansbro, Freiburg1.3 
 8. Hill, Jena1.3 
 9. De Michael, Kirchheim1.3 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim1.2 


ProB Round 15: Hertener Loewen loses to SG Schwelmer Baskets - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Hertener Loewen (10-4) and fourth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (11-4) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Hertener Loewen was crushed by SG Schwelmer Baskets in Schwelm 63-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hertener Loewen. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-63. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hertener Loewen's players. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) contributed with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Hertener Loewen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to third place in Group North. Hertener Loewen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets are looking forward to face SSV Lok Bernau (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hertener Loewen will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked NBC (11-4) against twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-12) on Saturday night. Visiting NBC was defeated by twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-12) in Konstanz 78-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of NBC. It was a great evening for American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 assists. Robinson Louisme helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Rasmussen Services) with 22 points. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Baskets Konstanz maintains twelfth place in Group South with 3-12 record. NBC at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Baskets Konstanz will play against higher ranked Giessen Pointers (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NBC will play against TSV Troester (#6) in Breitenguessbach and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProB top team - SC Rasta Vechta (12-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-9) 85-72. It was a quality performance for Matthew Reid who led the winners and scored 28 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). David Gomez came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for SC Rist Wedel in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 12-3 record, which they share with Stahnsdorf. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will meet at home ALBA Berlin II (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SC Rist Wedel will play against USC Leipzig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (14-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Giessen Pointers (3-11) 71-52. The best player for the winners was Virgil Matthews who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for Ehingen/Urspringschule. They maintain first place in Group South with 14-1 record. Giessen Pointers lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Giessen Pointers will play against Baskets Konstanz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Breitenguessbach was quite interesting. Fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-5) played at the court of 6th ranked TSV Troester (6-8). TV 1862 Langen managed to secure a 5-point victory 83-78 on Saturday. It was a good game for Patrick Heckmann who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Loser TSV Troester keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face league's second-placed Licher Baeren at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TSV Troester will play against NBC (#3) in Nurnberg.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15:
In Group North Bernau was beaten by SU Medien on the road 80-63. Stahnsdorf won against ALBA Berlin II on its own court 74-66. Leipzig managed to outperform Wolfenbuettel in a road game 77-60. Bayer Giants recorded a loss to Wulfen at home 95-105.
In Group South Schwenningen were defeated by Gotha on the opponent's court 93-76. Leitershofen smashed BG Illertal in a home game 100-80. Dt.Bank SKY II lost to Licher Baeren on the road 56-62.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 43 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Josh Young of Bayer Giants.


Group North
SU Medien - Bernau 80-63

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (5-9) beat 12th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-13) in Braunschweig 80-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. SSV Lok Bernau managed to win third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spot Up Medien Baskets made 7 blocks. It was a good game for Nigerian guard Nnamdi Nnadili (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists. Swingman Philip Noch (200-89) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Dreshawn Vance (203-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and center Manuel Imamovic (204-89) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to ninth place in Group North. SSV Lok Bernau lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SSV Lok Bernau will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#3).
Top scorers:
SU Medien: N.Nnadili 21+4reb+4ast, P.Noch 19+8reb+2ast, J.El Domiaty 19+5reb+2ast, D.Theis 7+11reb, D.Stawowski 5+2reb, F.Theis 4+5reb+2ast
Bernau: D.Vance 22+11reb+1ast, M.Imamovic 14+6reb+1ast, C.Brock 10+5reb+1ast, S.Trzcionka 7+4reb+2ast, J.Heide 5+5reb, M.Dathe 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 94001


Stahnsdorf - ALBA Berlin II 74-66

Rather expected game when 5th ranked ALBA Berlin II (7-8) lost to second ranked RSV Eintracht (12-3) in Stahnsdorf 66-74 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. RSV Eintracht shot 25 for 35 from the free-throw line, while ALBA Berlin II only scored nine points from the stripe. ALBA Berlin II was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Kellen Williams (193-84, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. Power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Malte Ziegenhagen (193-91) added 15 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for RSV Eintracht. They keep a position of Group North leader, which they share with Vechta. Newly promoted ALBA Berlin II dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. RSV Eintracht will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin II will play on the road against the league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (#1).
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: Y.Evans 17+5reb+1ast, K.Williams 17+9reb, M.Green 12+4reb+1ast, T.Modersitzki 11+5reb+1ast, M.Haucke 11+2reb+1ast, A.Moosmann 6+1reb
ALBA Berlin II: A.Seiferth 17+10reb+2ast, M.Ziegenhagen 15+3reb+2ast, T.Grauel 9+2reb+1ast, J.Saibou 9+3reb, J.Ney 5+4reb+3ast, J.Kleiner 4+3reb
gschID: 94002


Wolfenbuettel - Leipzig 60-77

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked USC Leipzig (7-8) won on the road against 11th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-11) 77-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by USC Leipzig. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 assists. Forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Brandon Giles (198-88, college: W.Carolina) answered with 21 points and forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. USC Leipzig moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. USC Leipzig will face SC Rist Wedel (#8) at home in the next round. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Hertener Loewen.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 22+3reb+8ast, M.Pratt 18+8reb+5ast, R.Schirmer 13+8reb+1ast, K.Schweiger 9+2reb+1ast, K.Kranz 6+2reb, M.Scholz 6+3reb+1ast
Wolfenbuettel: B.Giles 21+4reb+2ast, H.Knopke 15+5reb+3ast, J.Sexton 13+11reb+1ast, M.Kemp 6+7reb+4ast, T.Granz 2+2reb+1ast, M.Schwarz 2+5reb
gschID: 93997


Rist-Wedel - Vechta 72-85

ProB top team - SC Rasta Vechta (12-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-9) 85-72. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rist Wedel managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a quality performance for American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) who led the winners and scored 28 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. American forward David Gomez (201-85, college: Tulane) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian forward Mitch Leger (198-87) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for SC Rist Wedel in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 12-3 record, which they share with Stahnsdorf. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will meet at home ALBA Berlin II (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SC Rist Wedel will play against USC Leipzig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta: M.Reid 28+2reb+2ast, M.Boadu 17+2reb+2ast, C.Thompson 12+4reb, A.Kronhardt 12+9reb, M.King-Stockton 10+4reb, D.Krause 3
Rist-Wedel: D.Gomez 20+8reb, M.Leger 12+10reb+4ast, P.Huber-Saffer 11+5reb+2ast, K.Gausa 6+1reb+2ast, S.Kiese 5+1ast, M.Maraite 4+1reb
gschID: 93998


Schwelm - Herten 92-63

The game between third ranked Hertener Loewen (10-4) and fourth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (11-4) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Hertener Loewen was crushed by SG Schwelmer Baskets in Schwelm 63-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hertener Loewen. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-63. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hertener Loewen's players. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) contributed with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Blake Schultz (191-87, college: Williams) added 11 points in the effort for Hertener Loewen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to third place in Group North. Hertener Loewen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets are looking forward to face SSV Lok Bernau (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hertener Loewen will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: D.Bunts 21+6reb+5ast, M.Dohmen 19+1reb+1ast, K.Speier 14+7reb+1ast, J.Holmes 7+6reb+9ast, F.Gentgen 7+2reb+2ast, J.Malbeck 6+4reb
Herten: M.Monk 14+7reb+1ast, B.Schultz 11+4reb+2ast, V.Kittmann 10+4reb, C.Hackenesch 8+9reb, B.Wolff 4, J.Schutz 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93999


Bayer Giants - Wulfen 95-105

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Bayer Giants (5-10) lost to fifth ranked BSV Wulfen (8-7) in Leverkusen 95-105 on Wednesday. Bayer Giants were trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 33-22 charge of BSV Wulfen, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Bayer Giants were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with 42 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Josh Young (185-88, college: Drake) answered with 43 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and center Nick Michael (208-85, college: Elmhurst) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bayer Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen maintains fifth place in Group North with 8-7 record. Loser Bayer Giants keep the tenth position with ten games lost. BSV Wulfen will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round. Bayer Giants will play at home against the league's second-placed RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 42+3reb+4ast, J.Henley 24+11reb+2ast, T.White 11+1reb, J.Sprunken 10+6reb+1ast, R.Bakoa 5+2reb+1ast, P.Lensing 5+1reb
Bayer Giants: J.Young 43+9reb+5ast, N.Michael 17+7reb+1ast, J.Eller 14+6reb, T.Joenke 12+7reb+1ast, F.Engel 7+3reb+5ast, S.Monse 2+4reb+5ast
gschID: 94000


Group South
Gotha - Schwenningen 93-76

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-9) defeated at home 10th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-11) 93-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Oettinger Rockets Gotha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oettinger Rockets Gotha outrebounded BV Villingen-Schwenningen 39-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. BV Villingen-Schwenningen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Guard John Cadmus (183-85) contributed with 25 points for the winners. American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) answered with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American guard Markus Hallgrimson (190-75, college: Montana St. - Billin) added 28 points in the effort for BV Villingen-Schwenningen. BV Villingen-Schwenningen's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with BG Illertal. BV Villingen-Schwenningen lost their fourth game in a row. BV Villingen-Schwenningen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#7) on the road in the next round. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against the league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Gotha: J.Boucher 27+5reb+3ast, J.Cadmus 25+3reb+1ast, R.Scruggs 9+2reb+4ast, M.Virijevic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 8+4reb+2ast, P.Smith 8+12reb+1ast
Schwenningen: M.Hallgrimson 28+2ast, B.Young 24+6reb+4ast, M.Schlafke 9+1reb+2ast, A.Henrichs 5, J.Robert 4+4reb, J.Fikiel 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 94008


TSV Troester - Langen 78-83

The game in Breitenguessbach was quite interesting. Fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-5) played at the court of 6th ranked TSV Troester (6-8). TV 1862 Langen managed to secure a 5-point victory 83-78 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TSV Troester won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV 1862 Langen made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. TSV Troester was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Patrick Heckmann (196-92, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. Center Erik Land (203-90) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Philipp Neumann (210-92) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TSV Troester. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Loser TSV Troester keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face league's second-placed Licher Baeren at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TSV Troester will play against NBC (#3) in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Langen: P.Heckmann 16+6reb+2ast, N.Barth 15+3reb+1ast, A.MacMillan 15+2ast, N.Drury 14+3reb+6ast, M.Voeller 11+10reb+2ast, M.Lachmann 8+4reb
TSV Troester: E.Land 20+6reb+2ast, M.Stuckey 12+1reb+2ast, P.Neumann 11+7reb, J.Dippold 9+4reb+3ast, S.Dinkel 8+2ast, F.Hoffmann 8+4reb
gschID: 94004


Leitershofen - BG Illertal 100-80

There was no surprise when 7th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (6-9) was outleveled by fifth ranked Leitershofen (10-5) in Diedorf 100-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 20 points. Leitershofen looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's players. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Edward Williams (200-80, college: NC-Wilmington) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Five Leitershofen and four BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Leitershofen moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with Langen. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn lost their third game in a row. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Leitershofen will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#9) in Frankfurt in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 29+10reb+3ast, M.Mathey 19+2reb+6ast, D.Veney 17+3reb+1ast, J.Genck 13+4ast, S.Montag 10+4reb+4ast, L.Vrkas 10+3reb
BG Illertal: E.Williams 19+8reb, D.Spraggins 18+6reb+2ast, D.McDuffie 17+2reb+2ast, M.Heberlein 11+2reb, M.Wenzl 9+1reb, F.Mobius 4+10reb
gschID: 94005


Konstanz - NBC 78-63

Very important is a road loss of second ranked NBC (11-4) against twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-12) on Saturday night. Visiting NBC was defeated by twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-12) in Konstanz 78-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of NBC. NBC was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 39-21 second half run of Baskets Konstanz. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to NBC's 22. Baskets Konstanz forced 20 NBC turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by NBC's players. It was a great evening for American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Rasmussen Services) with 22 points and forward Dominik Schneider (203-85) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Baskets Konstanz maintains twelfth place in Group South with 3-12 record. NBC at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Baskets Konstanz will play against higher ranked Giessen Pointers (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NBC will play against TSV Troester (#6) in Breitenguessbach and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Konstanz: M.Lay 26+3reb+6ast, R.Louisme 16+6reb+1ast, C.McKnight 14+3reb+4ast, F.Henningsen 8+6reb+7ast, L.Menck 5+7reb+1ast, P.Leidig 5
NBC: W.Chavis 22+1reb+1ast, C.Adler 10+3reb, D.Schneider 8+11reb, A.Smith 6+5reb+6ast, J.Reile 5+5reb+1ast, F.Brutting 4
gschID: 94006


Licher Baeren - Dt.Bank SKY II 62-56

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Licher Baeren (12-3) beat at home 9th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (4-11) 62-56 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Deutsche Bank Skyliners II won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Licher Baeren dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Deutsche Bank Skyliners II's 18. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Licher Baeren made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Naturalized Austrian forward Armin Willemsen (200-85, agency: Heinrich Sports) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Finnish forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners II. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Licher Baeren. They maintain second place in Group South with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Ehingen. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners II keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Licher Baeren will face TV 1862 Langen (#4) on the road in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will play against Leitershofen (#5) in Diedorf.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: T.Fairley 20+7reb, A.Willemsen 16+9reb+2ast, V.Klassen 9+2reb+1ast, P.Wente 8+5reb, J.Schlafer 4+2reb+1ast, R.Christen 3+7reb
Dt.Bank SKY II: F.Franke 16+10reb, C.Lindbom 15+8reb, R.Staudacher 9+1reb+2ast, F.Theilig 6+4reb+7ast, A.Klisura 5+3reb, T.Oldenburg 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 94007


Giessen - Ehingen 52-71

ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (14-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Giessen Pointers (3-11) 71-52. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. Giessen Pointers managed to win third quarter 12-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Johnson (191-87, college: Dayton) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for Ehingen/Urspringschule. They maintain first place in Group South with 14-1 record. Giessen Pointers lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Giessen Pointers will play against Baskets Konstanz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: V.Matthews 14+10reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 14+3reb, K.Bright 11+2reb+3ast, T.Korndoerfer 11+6reb+1ast, J.Wolf 7, G.Raebel 5+1reb
Giessen: M.Johnson 14+5reb, K.Barrett 14+3reb, Z.Pavlovic 9+3reb, D.Czepczynski 5+3reb+3ast, V.Zabel 3+1reb+2ast, P.Unger 2+3reb
gschID: 94003




Can Chris Moss Bring The Bushy Hair Of John Bryant To Stand Up Tall In Trepidation And The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Get Revenge On Ratiopharm Ulm January 15th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is always a highlight when two professional sports teams can play against each other in a short span of time. Frankfurt and Ulm may be 290 kilometers apart in distance and more like an ICE train series then a subway series, but who could forget playoff series of the the shuttle series of the 90s between The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the 80s west coast Hollywood-east coast beantown duels between the Los Angeles Lakers and The Boston Celtics or the subway series between The New York Yankees and New York Mets? The BEKO BBL has given the fans an early taste of what the 2011 playoff atmosphere might be like as teams have faced off against one another twice quite frequently recently as 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin sweeped the MBC wolves right off their den patio within 72 hours, Phoenix Hagen and Alba Berlin meeting each other within 96 hours this week and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet Ratiopharm Ulm for a second time within 218 hours. The many gatherings by separate BEKO BBL teams seem as frequent as Lionel Messi had to say gracias this week for being named best soccer player 2010 or Peyton Manning have to hear the last days 'why did it end already this season for the Colts'? MBC didnt learn from their loss in Berlin and will it be an advantage for Frankfurt to play so quickly against Ratiopharm Ulm again? It should be an advantage for Frankfurt. Frankfurt is aware what Ulm did well and you also know what they didnt do so well in the short time span and can adjust better. It also gives the coaches a better way of preparing when there is such a tight span of time in between, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). You cant really call Frankfurt-Ulm a special distance name besides possibly the ICE series, but you could also call Alba Berlin-New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig an ICE series, but John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) has his special series favorites from back home. It was always fun watching the Sacremento Kings-Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat-New York Knicks and you could never go wrong watching the Lakers and Celtics, but there are not too many more close distance rivalaries going on unless your talking college sports, explained John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are seeking revenge on Ratiopharm Ulm after losing 87-82 in Ulm last week. This was a game that Frankfurt could of won in crunch time despite a very poor team rebounding effort losing the paint battle 39-28. Ratiopharm hit some big shots at the end including a huge Robin Benzing (208-F-89) bomb from the parking lot after he had been in a drought after hitting his first two shots early in the first quarter. One man who really hurt Frankfurt was big 208cm center John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) that produced 22 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. He is the top center in the BEKO BBL currently and has scored in double figures in 13 of 18 games. He had a poor game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg mustering only 5 points (2/9), nine rebounds in 29 minutes last weekend. It is not to often that the California native will slip twice on the floor. One must not forget that Frankfurt was playing without Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) and that new center. Frankfurt got a new player with 30 year old Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) , but he is a 204cm forward who is an excellent rebounder and defender and most importantly a player that is physical something Frankfurt had been missing. Moss had some strong seasons in Europes strongest league the ACB and will have a real test in his debut against Moss. His best season was 2006-2007 for Vive Menorca as he averaged
13,4ppg and 7,0rpg in 34 games. Moss might have to pull out his incredible hulk mask in order to make both the hair on the head and neck of Bryant stand on end, laughed Houston Native Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU) who plays for the Geneva Lions this season. Frankfurt started off very sluggishly against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg trailing 19-13 at halftime on the boards, but picked up their rebounding in the second half increasing their defensive intensity and contesting their shots more keeping them in bad position to rebound. Frankfurt will have to give an effort like that again to be successful under the boards especially when the very efficient shooting Bryant is roaming around in the zone. Frankfurt has to control Bryant and make a collective effort on the boards. Guards will have to come back and help out and it will have to be a team effort. They have to play Bryant very tough and hope that he misses or send double teams from different positions to change it up and confuse him and double him early. Force him to get the ball out of his hands quick, warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

Currently Ratiopharm Ulm is in 12th place with a record of 8-10 'They have been up and down this season as are many teams, but they can compete with anybody. They are very tough with John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) in the middle as he is playing some tough ball', stated 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar slam dunk contestant John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The club already has had a four and three game losing streak as defense seems to be their weak point again. 'We have to improve on defense. We can improve many things like containing the dribble, ball screen defense, post defense and help side defense. Our offense has been getting better. We are one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league and have to improve that. We have to continue to rebound on a consistent level in order to keep up with teams like Bamberg, Berlin and Frankfurt. We have the right players to take the step', added Ratiopharm Ulm guard Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). 'Ulm started off struggling, but have found their groove in the last weeks. They are a very talented team', stated Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). In their first 16 games they have allowed 80 or more points nine times. Despite not having the defense on par yet, this is probably the most talented team outside the playoff range that could get in. 'I think that Ulm is a playoff team especially with their talent and personal. With the standings being so tight now anything is possible and they had a big win in Bremerhaven on the weekend', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'I think that we are also a playoff team. We try not to think to much about to add extra pressure. We all believe it, but just try not to talk about. Things will take care of themselves', commented Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). However the sour play of their defense may not necessarily be a weakness. 'I dont know if their defense is their weakness, but that is their style and they play more up tempo than most teams, but that is more of an advantage than weakness', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'A weakness can be that at times you can catch them sleeping on defense', warned American Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

Ratiopharm Ulm are led by John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) who is playing his first season in Europe. Many basketball fans were a bit confused at the start of the season as there was a new John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara). Did Mike Taylor now have two John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara)s which would of made for a very interesting season, but he only got a new different John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara). The only similarities was that both were American. Bryant is a 23 year old 208cm center that was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Pablo. He played at Santa Clara university coming in in 2005 as well known players Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) and Kyle Bailey had just graduated. He played 124 NCAA games getting WCC Player of the Year in 2009. In his last three years, he was able to average double figures in points. In his senior year, he tore up the NCAA playing 33 games: 18.1ppg, 14.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7%. In 2009 he was drafted by the Erie BayHawks (D-League,2rd (31) and played 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Milwaukee Bucks). So far in the BEKO BBL, he is tearing up the league averaging 15,0ppg and 10,8rp, 1,3apg and 1,1bs and is leading the German league in rebounding. He is shooting 63% from the field. He has registered six double doubles and his best game was 26 points and 18 rebounds against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. He is a extremely mature player for his age and has the utmost respect from his teammates. He has a great feel for the game. This is his first season and who would of thought that he would play sow ell? He stays with his strength and takes high percentage shots. He has a very high basketball IQ with scoring and rebounding. I think that he could compete at any level in the world., stressed teammate Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). .

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will also have their third meeting with ex TV Langen player Robin Benzing (208-F-89) who is a 21 year old 208cm forward who made such a giant leap as a player at the European championships in 2009 in the German National team, but many Frankfurt fans were unhappy that Frankfurt was unable to sign him. The reasons and speculation why Benzing was not able to put on a Skyliner shirt this season have been varied, but the idea that Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) did not want him last season are false. Who wouldnt want a god given talent? We wanted him more than a German beer or champagne, stressed Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Benzing made his mark in the German National team training camp and reached the pinnacle of starting many games for Germany at The European Championships in Poland. In 6 games, Benzing averaged 5.5ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 91.7% after tearing up the PRO A in 2008-2009 averaging 22.2ppg), 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 80.0%. For captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76), after seeing Benzing on TV and practicing with him in 2008-2009, he will play his third pro game against him. Benzing made a huge jump with the National team. I didnt really get to know him so well since he wasnt at many practices, but from what I saw, he is a very mobile power forward and can shot from outside. If he has the goal to play international, then he has to get stronger, added Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Last season, Benzing had a superb rookie campaign playing 33 games: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT-3 (84.7%). He already has the respect from the BEKO BBL Robin is very talented. He is still young and I am sure he will improve his rebounding with time and work, stressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Benzing got his first taste of not being successful at every thing he does as he had a subpar World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games and averaging 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg. He is finding his mark this season as he is averaging 15,0ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,2apg. He has improved his rebounding, but his shooting is still not quite there shooting 36% from the field and 30% from downtown. The team brought back German national player Per Guenther who is a 22 year old 185cm point guard that was born in Giessen and grew up in Hagen. He has very good speed and can dribble with both his hands he is very good in shooting from the arc and he has very good organizational skills, he watches the court with one glance and can assist his team-mates on a blind method pretending that he will shoot. He has an inborn charisma of a leader from a young age so he leads his team without having any problem. He played for BBV Hagen from 2003-2006 and with Phoenix Hagen from 2006-2008. In his last season in Hagen, he raised eyebrows with his play playing 29 games: 14.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 80.1%. He has improved his play each season as last season he played 34 games: 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.3%. This season, he has become into a real scoring option, but still keeping his playmaking qualities in front of him. He is averaging 12,7ppg, 1,1rpg and 2,9apg. He got into three games at the World Championships last summer in Turkey. Benzing brings a good work ethic. The young players look up to him and he helps them. He is a very hart worker in practice and often stays after practice to keep working, stated teammate Sean Sonderleiter.

The team brought back 26 year old 191cm forward Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Carolina) from Georgia that could probably make a living touring the world dunking, but is too versatile and valuable to basketball to do that. He was signed shortly before the season started and gives that extra push on defense and on the transition game. He has made a big splash in Germany tearing up the PRO A three years ago with Cuxhaven and two years ago with BG Goettingen leading the team into the playoffs averaging 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 69.6% in 34 games. Last season, the South Carolina alumnist played 33 games averaing12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 75.0%. This season, the American is averaging 9,8ppg, 5,3rpg, 2,0apg and 1,4spg. He is shooting very well at 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line. The team also brought back 24 year old 206 cm American Coleman Collins who is a big man that runs the floor well and played in the BBL in 2007-2008 with ENBW Ludwigsburg averaging 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.1% in 33 games. He almost made the Phoenix Suns in 2008-2009, but played in the D League for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants averaging 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.4%, FT: 75.1% in 46 games. Collins played at Virginia tech (NCAA)from 2003-2007 playing 33 games: 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 50.3%, FT: 65.1%. This season, Collins is averaging 8,4ppg, 4,8rpg and 1,3apg. The team signed also signed Sean Sonderleiter who is a 29 year old 206cm center who is playing his first season in Europe for Ratiopharm Ulm. He has a quick first step. He is the kind of a penetrator who attacks with the dribble and is capable of thunderous dunks. He played at Iowa from 2000-2004 together with ex NBA and BBC Bayreuth player Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa). He played in Australia in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he played for Perry Lakes Hawks (Australia-SBL): 20 games: 23.9ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 68.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League), left in Jan.'09, but returned shortly after leaving: 33 games: 4.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, FT: 65.0%. Last season, he played his second season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 45 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 49.0%, FT: 72.3%. Recently he played Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets). This season, he is averaging 6,8ppg and 4,8rpg in 19 minutes.

The team brought back 26 year old 188 cm guard Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida), who is probably best known for breaking the netting in a college game on account of his fast shot. He played at Florida from 2003-2007 winning the NCAA title in 2006-2007. In his senior year, he played 40 games: 10.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 45.9%, FT: 69.2% In his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm, he played 36 games averaging 10.9ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 77.6%. When he is hot, he can be as efficient from three point land the same way Pascal Roller (180-G-76) is from the free throw line. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.3%. This season, he is averaging 7,1ppg, 1,0rpg and 1,0apg. His shooting is coming around at 40% from the field and 39% from outside, but he will surely still pick it up in the second half of the season. 25 year old 200cm forward Sebastian Betz is a a young, hardworking wing who provides energy, defensive effort and consistent three point shooting. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 with Bamberg playing there until 2008. In five years, he was only able to play four games never being able to shake the Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) rotation. Mike Taylor scooped him up in 2007 and the German is playing his fourth season in Ulm. His best season so far has been 2008-2009 as he played 36 games: 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season, he played only 19 games: 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg. This season, he is averaging 3,8ppg and 2,9rpg in 16 minutes per game.

The club also brought in Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) who is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. This season, he has shown a worthy backup to German national player Per Guenther as he is averaging 2,4ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,8apg in 13 minutes per game. The club also signed Walt Baxley (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Mars Hill) is a 25 year old 191cm guard that is playing his first season in The BEKO BBL for Ratiopharm Ulm. He played NCAA 2 ball at Mars Hill from 2003-2006. In the 2005-2006 season, he played 27 games averaging 28.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 42.9 FG%, 37 3P%. In 2006-2007, he played in Iran for : Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality. In 2007-2008, he played in Poland for JKKS Gornik Walbrzych (Poland-DBE), but left at the end of Dec.2007: 6 games: 4.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg. In 2008-2009, he played for Kaiserslautern Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five), left in pre-season, in Nov.2008 moved to Winston-Salem Storm (ABA). Last season, he played his first full season in Europe for German team Kaiserslautern Braves playing 30 games and averaging 19.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 63.1%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 77.4%.. His claim to fame in the PRO A was scoring 50 points in a game. This season, he has only played 8 games and is averaging 1,5ppg and 1,0rpg in seven minutes per game. A hidden strength in my game is passing and defense. I enjoy passing and making my teammates better. I also enjoy playing defense. I have worked on my foot speed this summer just to show that I can play on both sides of the court, stated Walt Baxley (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Mars Hill). The team let Baxley recently. The team also brought back 26 year old 180cm guard Christian Grosse (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services). He started his career at TUS uhrspring in 2000. He played for Ratiopharm Ulm from 2001-2007. In this time, he played 88 second league games and 22 BEKO BBL games. He then played for SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA): 23 games: 9.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT-2 (46.1%), FT: 76.7%. He then retired in 2008, but came back in 2009 to Ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played only 7 games: 1.6ppg. The team also has 19 year old 208cm center Michael Wenzl. He played 4 BEKO BBL games averaging 1,0ppg and played for the Basketballakademie Ulm (Oberliga): 21 games: 13.8ppg. This season, he has a license also to play for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB). This season, he has played 13 games for ratiopharm Ulm averaging 2,57 minutes per game.

Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) who won the 2008-2009 BEKO BBL scoring title might be thousands of miles away in Qatar earning his bread, but he still follows the BEKO BBL religiously Westley might consider becoming a scout or assistant coach after his playing days, because he has very much knowledge about the game and players for a 29 year old. Westley is earning his dough in Qatar and remembers Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida), Per Guenther (185-G-88) and Roderick Trice very well from his duels against Ratiopharm Ulm from last season and has some tips for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners about these three players. You cant give Humphrey any open jump shots, because that is his best shot and all that he does all day long just taking jumpers from all over the court. However Frankfurt should go at him on offense, because it is safe to say that he doesnt play much defense. Gunther is a nice young guard who is very crafty and will penetrate looking to dish so I would make him finish at the rim. He doesnt shoot a lot so I would let him shoot until he makes a shot and then guard him. Per and Lee are small guards so Frankfurt will have mismatches all day long and that is how Frankfurt should take advantage of them. Trice is a crazy athlete. If you dont box him out then you will get dunked on. He has a good cross over and likes the mid range jumper. The mid range is his bet shot unless he is dunking. He can take the three, but isnt a volume shooter. He is good at defense, because he is long and plays the passing lanes well like Lebron does and is gambling a lot so Frankfurt should slow him down on offense and make him work on defense, warned Ohio native Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.)

In the last three years, Frankfurt has a 5-4 record against Ratiopharm Ulm, but are 2-2 in Ulm. They won in overtime 87-83 in 2007 with Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) buzzer beater will for some reason always be stuck in the minds of people. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a positive 2-1 record in the Ballsporthalle. Last season, Frankfurt lost 74-69, but got a strong game form ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In the first meeting last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated the game and put on a scoring display led by 23 points by Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) as the club prevailed 95-82.Frankfurt shot an astronomical 57% from the field and easily won the rebounding fight 34-25. Ratiopharm Ulm did a great job only having seven turnovers. In the return game in Frankfurt last season, Ratiopharm Ulm lost 84-77 as Skyliner American Seth Doliboa had another monster game pouring home 18 points and 15 rebounds.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to improve their 2011 record to 2-1 and go into the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar break with a good feeling. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a new big man with Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) who still has to find his rhythm and be integrated, but he will be able to show his toughness right away and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) finding his groove again against Ratiopharm Ulm. The biggest ace that Frankfurt has in their deck is a beautiful arena called The Ballsporthalle. They are 10-0 this season and are giving the league that Dont come into our living room, because we dont want any company at the fireplace feeling as they are showing that dominating presence that BG Goettingen displayed last season in their old rail road LOK Halle. Not only rebounding will be key for winning, but not having the three points field goal percentage below freezing. Frankfurt has to shoot better and make their open shots. They also should get into transition and they really have plenty of options and as always it all starts with DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76), warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). If Ulm can get around the electric fence around the glass, then they will be a good step in the right direction of maybe putting a dent in the Frankfurt Ballsporthalle unbeaten streak. Ulm has to play their game and control the boards like last week. It will have to be a collective effort, but anything is possible, stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). If one had a dime for each time a player said our defense gets our offense going, then one would very quickly have seen the last of the Abraham Lincoln face. We have to play very aggressive on defense and feed off the crowd. I hope that we are able to play better against Ulm this time, added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). All Gordon Herbert really needs to do is make a quick 3 minute highlight film of the third quarter against Oldenburg and play it over and over. The more that amazing third quarter is in their heads, the more confidence they will have and remember what the club is capable of doing on their home court. We have to play better under the basket and take the play and momentum of the third quarter against Oldenburg and take into the Ulm game, warned Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Ratiopharm Ulm January 15th at 18:30.




Robert Turner I Miss Germany Because Of All The Basketball fans That They Have There - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine) is a 28 year old 206cm center from Buena Park, California. He played at the beautiful Pepperdine University in California from 2001-2005. His best season was 2002-2003 where he played 27 games averaging 7.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg. In the fall of 2005, he became a member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters and was able to tour the world and play the game he loves. In 2008, he decided to play organized basketball in Europe and went to Germany to play for the Koeln 99ers playing 34 games and averaging 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 65.6%. In the summer of 2009, he played in the IBL for the Phoenix Red Rock Raptors. Last season, he played for Lappeenranta NMKY (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 38 games: 19.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 71.0%. This season, he played for BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A) averaging 9,4ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,2apg an din Eurochallenge play averaged 8,6ppg and 2,9rpg. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

You played 8 games for BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A) and left the team. Why didnt this situation work out for you?


I played 8 eurochallenge games with them and 22 games overall but the situation and the overall experience didn't pan out the way we had planned so it was best for me to start over else where.

What kind of an experience was it playing the Romania league? How did you like the skill level of the league?

The Romanian league is a lot stronger than most people think. There are some good players, teams and also some great coaches as well. I enjoyed the league and the competition.

How do you think was your game able to progress in the short time in Romania?


I was in Romania from August 5th until December 23rd. From the first day I got there we worked hard. I have changed my game a lot in that time frame and I am hoping to prove it very soon on someone's team.

After playing in Germany and Finland, how was the lifestyle in Romania. I am sure it was somewhat a downgrade to the previous places?


The lifestyle in Romania wasn't that much different from Germany. I wasin Bucharest, so we had all the American restaurants I like to eat at and had a movie theater that had movies in english . So there wasn't a big adjustment for me. A lot of the people spoke english too so that helped also.

After coming from the Harlem Globetrotters, you played fro Rhine Energy Cologne and the last two years in lesser leagues Finland and Romania. I am sure you are a bit dissappointed that you didnt land in a stronger league?


I am a little disappointed that i wasn't able to stay in Germany or move on to a stronger league. But that is the way things go sometimes and it just makes me work harder on my game and prove to myself that I belong in a top league.

Why has the market gotten so tough in last years? There seem to be more and more strong players playing in lower leagues than say 5 years ago.


I do not know the exact reason why the market is so tough right now but I think its a good thing for some of the lower leagues because now they get to see some of these top players that they usually would not get a chance to see on a regular basis.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?


I think a strength in my game that goes unnoticed right away is the fact that I can shoot better than people think. At first glance most people think I am only an athlete. And as they see me more and more they notice I can also shoot too.

What is your biggest strength in your game which would help any team at this moment?


The biggest strength in my game is that I always bring energy. I think that can help many teams. I never get tired and I am always ready to work .

How much would you like to play in Germany again in the BEKO BBL?


I would love to play again in Germany. I never wanted to leave in the first place, but things happen for a reason and hopefully I will be back in the future.

What do you miss most about Germany?


I miss Germany because of the basketball fans they have there. The people know basketball and actually enjoy it. Its not an up and coming sport to them.

What was your nicest memory playing in the BEKO BBL with Rhine Energy Cologne?


The nicest memory I had playing for cologne was playing with my teammates everyday. We became close and I still keep in contact with a lot of them. I talk to a lot of them almost everyday still.

Who was the toughest opponent that you had in the BEKO BBL as a player?


The toughest opponent I faced in the BBL as a team I would have to say Alba, Frankfurt, and Bonn. Those games were always challenging for myself. I couldn't name just one player that was tough to face because there were a lot of them back then and still are today.

How often did Phillip Schwethelm amaze you with his shooting in practice in Cologne?


Philip was a hard worker. He showed up everyday early to practice and was working on his shot. He would win pretty much all of the shooting games. And it has paid off for him. I check up on him every now and then on him and see he shooting the ball very well. Its good to see him doing well. Same with Tibor.

Who won a one on one in practice in Romania you or VIRGIL STANESCU who played with the Opel Skyliners?


LOL. That is a question you would have to ask him. Everyday I would try to dunk on him and everyday he would foul me. Virgil is a very skilled big man but he has no chance against me! LOL

Which 2 teams will reach the Superbowl?


I am not sure what other team will make it but I know the Patriots will be in it. They are playing well. Im just waiting for my San Diego Chargers to start rebuilding!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD movie that I saw was Despicable Me.

Thanks Robert for the chat.






Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 18-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 13-5 
 3. Art.Dragons 12-6 
 4. ALBA 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 8-11 
 14. Walter Tigers 7-11 
 15. MBC 5-13 
 16. LTi 46ers 5-13 
 17. Bayreuth 4-14 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-15 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 14-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 12-3 
 3. Kirchheim 10-5 
 4. Chemnitz 10-5 
 5. Osnabrueck 8-5 
 6. Braves 8-6 
 7. Crailsheim 8-7 
 8. Heidelberg 7-8 
 9. Hannover 7-8 
 10. Karlsruhe 7-8 
 11. Webmoebel 6-8 
 12. Jena 6-9 
 13. Dragons 5-10 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 4-11 
 15. Cuxhaven 3-12 
 16. Freiburg 3-12 


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. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 7. Allen, ALBA15.2 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.0 
 9. Bryant, ratiopharm15.0 
 10. Harris, EnBW L.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. Jordan, MBC4.4 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 9. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 10. McElroy, AL.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Ross, MBC1.4 
 7. Trice, ratiopharm1.4 
 8. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 9. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 10. Stevic, EWE B.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 .1.9 
 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 


ProA Round 15: Oliver Baskets are upset by BV Chemnitz 99 - by Eurobasket News
ProA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left.

The game between second ranked s Oliver Baskets (12-3) and fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (10-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. s Oliver Baskets were defeated by BV Chemnitz 99 in Chemnitz 65-55. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Afghani guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) who scored 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Jorge Schmidt (193-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BV Chemnitz 99 has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kirchheim. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with three games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 is looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves 79-74. It was a good game for American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Joleik Schaffrath contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Cuxhaven BasCats (3-12) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Freiburg. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play on the road against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Bayern Muenchen delivered the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 15th ranked USC Freiburg (3-12) 79-72. It was a great evening for Aleksandar Nadjfeji who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Paul Gause with 20 points and 8 assists. Bayern Muenchen (14-1) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. USC Freiburg lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cuxhaven. Bayern Muenchen will meet USC Heidelberg (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Freiburg will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in Osnabrueck and hope to secure a win.
The game in Hannover supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-8). Kirchheim Knights smashed Hannover Tigers 91-68. It was an exceptional evening for Cedric Brooks who led the winners and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kirchheim Knights. They maintain third place with 10-5 record having four points less than leader B.Muenchen, which they share with Chemnitz. Hannover Tigers at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rhoendorf. Local Dragons Rhoendorf (5-10) outscored 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-11) 89-59 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf maintains thirteenth place with 5-10 record. ETB Wohnbau lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 15 Karlsruhe was defeated by Heidelberg in Heidelberg 78-68. Jena was beaten by Crailsheim at home 70-83.


Heidelberg - Karlsruhe 78-68

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-8) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked USC Heidelberg (7-8) 78-68 on Sunday. The game without a history. USC Heidelberg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American swingman Greg Baker (194-84, college: Adams St.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Tarvis Williams (205-78, college: Hampton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively. USC Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karlsruhe and Hannover. USC Heidelberg will face league's leader Bayern Muenchen at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: G.Baker 24+11reb+1ast, J.Wright 20+2ast, B.Schoo 10+13reb+3ast, L.Mendez 9+8reb+3ast, O.Komarek 6+3reb+2ast, N.Montgomery 5+6reb+2ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 21+6reb+1ast, T.Williams 16+13reb+2ast, A.Rueck 13+2reb, J.Black 8+10reb+4ast, F.Stuckemann 6+6reb+2ast, A.Zyskunov 2
gschID: 93481


Jena - Crailsheim 70-83

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (8-7) defeated on the road 11th ranked Science City Jena (6-9) 83-70 on Tuesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Crailsheim Merlins especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Science City Jena was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Reggie Fuller (198-86, college: Binghamton) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) who recorded 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Adrian Hill (203-84, college: Rutgers) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Crailsheim Merlins. They maintain seventh place with 8-7 record. Loser Science City Jena dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face Hannover Tigers (#9) in Hannover in the next round. Science City Jena will play at home against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Gray 19+3reb+10ast, F.Oladipo 16+5reb, R.Fuller 14+8reb+1ast, F.Young 11+1reb, B.Obiango 7+4reb+2ast, R.Anderson 6
Jena: C.Roquette 17+4reb+1ast, A.Hill 11+4reb, M.Hall 10+1reb+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 8+1ast, L.Cunningham 7+1reb+2ast, J.Tucker 7+5reb
gschID: 93482


Chemnitz - Wuerzburg 65-55

The game between second ranked s Oliver Baskets (12-3) and fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (10-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. s Oliver Baskets were defeated by BV Chemnitz 99 in Chemnitz 65-55. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Afghani guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) who scored 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Jorge Schmidt (193-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BV Chemnitz 99 has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kirchheim. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with three games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 is looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: A.Zazai 16+4reb+6ast, J.Schmidt 11+5reb+2ast, G.Johnson 11+4reb+2ast, T.Lipke 8+1ast, T.Shaw 5+7reb, P.Stachula 5+1reb
Wuerzburg: C.Heinrich 11+4reb, I.Elliott 10+6reb+2ast, C.Henneberger 8+1ast, J.Levy 8+6reb, T.Baker 4, L.Jeka 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 93478


Freiburg - B.Muenchen 72-79

Leader Bayern Muenchen delivered the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 15th ranked USC Freiburg (3-12) 79-72. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) helped adding 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) with 20 points and 8 assists and Israeli power forward Anton Shoutvin (206-89) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen (14-1) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. USC Freiburg lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cuxhaven. Bayern Muenchen will meet USC Heidelberg (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Freiburg will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in Osnabrueck and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: S.Hamann 20+4reb+3ast, A.Nadjfeji 17+6reb+4ast, D.Hall 16+3reb, B.Doreth 11+5reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 7+4reb+3ast, R.Garrett 4+2reb
Freiburg: P.Gause 20+4reb+8ast, A.Shoutvin 16+8reb, X.Hansbro 12+4reb, M.Jost 8+4reb+2ast, J.Nutter 5+5reb+5ast, J.Heindel 4+3reb
gschID: 93479


Cuxhaven - Braves 79-74

Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves 79-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But Saar-Pfalz Braves won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats outrebounded Saar-Pfalz Braves 43-32 including 28 on the defensive glass. Saar-Pfalz Braves were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Center Joleik Schaffrath (206-88) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Robert Cardenas (200-82) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Cuxhaven BasCats (3-12) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Freiburg. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play on the road against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.Schaffrath 19+5reb+1ast, D.Yearby 17+13reb, J.Capel 11+5reb+2ast, A.Cook 9+2reb+8ast, B.Knox 7+1reb, A.Canty 7+2reb
Braves: S.Cramer 23+6reb, R.Cardenas 10+8reb, T.Tarver 8+1reb+1ast, M.Weber 8+2reb+1ast, R.Lowery 8+4reb+3ast, R.Oehle 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93475


Dragons - ETB Wohnbau 89-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Rhoendorf. Local Dragons Rhoendorf (5-10) outscored 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-11) 89-59 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Dragons Rhoendorf led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dragons Rhoendorf outrebounded ETB Wohnbau 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dragons Rhoendorf made 7 blocks. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. American forward Ryan Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Morgan Lewis (193-87, college: Findlay (OH)) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf maintains thirteenth place with 5-10 record. ETB Wohnbau lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Dragons: J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 23+15reb+1ast, R.Howard 16+6reb+3ast, K.Moore 14+2reb+5ast, S.Watts 14+6reb+3ast, F.Thulig 9+8reb+2ast, N.Larsen 9+2reb+4ast
ETB Wohnbau: M.Lewis 18+6reb+1ast, K.Chones 12+5reb+1ast, K.Kern 9+1reb, C.Alexander 8+3reb+8ast, D.Fiorentino 8+6reb+3ast, T.Schoeps 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 93476


Hannover - Kirchheim 68-91

The game in Hannover supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-8). Kirchheim Knights smashed Hannover Tigers 91-68. The game was mostly controlled by Kirchheim Knights. Hannover Tigers managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Nunnally (203, college: Pacific) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and center David Arigbabu (203-75, college: Rhode Island, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Hannover Tigers in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kirchheim Knights. They maintain third place with 10-5 record having four points less than leader B.Muenchen, which they share with Chemnitz. Hannover Tigers at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 20+6reb+8ast, R.De Michael 19+5reb+3ast, M.Smallwood 13+7reb+1ast, G.Scott 11+6reb, R.Tomasevic 10+3reb+3ast, S.Adeberg 8+5reb
Hannover: W.Buchmiller 13+2reb+2ast, M.Nunnally 12+5reb+1ast, D.Arigbabu 9+5reb+3ast, S.Turnbull 9+4reb+3ast, B.Stywall 7+5reb+2ast, C.Henry 6+6reb
gschID: 93477




Seth Doliboa I Miss Not Helping The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, But Basketball Is A Business And I Play In Turkey Now - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 203 cm power forward that is playing his first season with Olin Edirne in Turkey. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. In 2008-2009, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Last season, he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 47 games: 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 74.3%
Seth spoke to Eurobasket about his life in Turkey

You are playing for Olin Edirne in Turkey. How do you like it?


It is ok. I am here to play basketball. This season is similar to last year In Frankfurt. We were not expected to do much this season, but we got off to a good start and got some good wins. We are playing very hard to achieve success like in Frankfurt.

Where is Olin Edirne exactly?


It is the eastern part of Turkey five kilometers from the Greek boarder and two hours west from Istanbul.

Is the lifestyle in turkey harder to get used to than in Germany?


It is not more difficult, but more different. I had everything in Germany. Everyone was friendly in Germany and in turkey there are less speaking English. There are less options for food and we stay more at home and cook. There are also less activities here. I guess that I was a bit spoiled in Frankfurt.

You played against Besiktas Istanbul and Allen Iverson losing by 12 points. Iverson scored 10 points and you scored 7 points. What kind of experience was this for you?


It was a great experience playing against him. Iverson has brought a lot of excitement to the league. He wasnt anything what I expected. he wasnt arrogant at all, but down to earth and was a real team player. I expected to win, but I didnt play very well.

If you could of asked Iverson one question what would you have asked him?



I would of asked him how the transition has been from the NBA to Europe and how it was to come from the top level of the NBA and play overseas and how he is coping with the new lifestyle.

What is your role in the team?


We have more of a slow down system focusing on the center. I have to be ready to hit the jumpers when the center gets doubled and on defense help out on the rotations.

How would you compare the Turkish league with the BEKO BBL?

Both leagues are comparable. We play more a team style, while most other teams have 4 Americans and play more of a one on one game.

What is your impression of teammate Renaldas Seibut who was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks?



He is a talented young player. You see that he is growing each day as a player. I think he has the potential to play in the NBA one day.

Do you still have contact to your ex teammates Grayson Moyer and Marius Nolte?


Yes I do, but I only talk to them about once a month. It is hard to keep contact when you are worrying about the next game. But I consider both very good friends.


How did you hear about the horrible news about AJ Moye?


I actually heard about it the day after when the parents of my wife and said they had seen the news about Moye on TV. I was worried when I heard about it.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are in second place. Do you miss not being able to help the team?


Of course I miss not helping them, but basketball is a business and I play in Turkey now. Frankfurt has a great organization and I check on how they are doing and always wish them the best.

You played one season together with Skyliner Dashaun Wood at Wright State. Did you already know then that he would be a great player?


Yes I knew that he was a special player. I was a senior and he was a freshman and he started which is something that doesnt always happen as a freshman. I followed his growth the last years and he is a heck of a point guard.

What do you miss the most about Germany?


I miss how americanized it is. I had the subway and Burger King which just made life more easy.

Who wins a one on one game in practice you or Rhea Oz?


We dont really play one on one. Basketball is a team game on our team.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



The Dark Knight.

Thanks Seth for the chat.





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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.7 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos17.0 
 3. Marshall, PAOK16.5 
 4. Dikoudis, AEK15.1 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris14.7 
 6. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.6 
 7. Tucker, Aris14.6 
 8. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 9. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Smith, Panellinios11.3 
 2. Simmons, Kavala9.5 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.2 
 4. Bagaric, Marousi8.2 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS8.1 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.8 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.1 
 9. Jazvin, Iraklis7.0 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.0 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.2 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Palacio, Kavala4.2 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.3.8 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 9. Mocnik, Perister.3.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Iraklis
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK2.4 
 3. Papaloukas, Olymp.2.0 
 4. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.9 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.8 
 7. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 8. Pelekanos, Olympiakos1.6 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Byars, Panellinios1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.6 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.2 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.8 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.8 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 10. Mavrokefalid., Olympi.0.7 


A1 Round 12: Olympiakos alone on top - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Panathinaikos (11-1) in Athens on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Olympiakos (12-0) 65-61. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 11-0 record before this meeting. It was a good game for naturalized Slovenian center Radoslav Nesterovic (212-76) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Central African swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Defending champion Panathinaikos keeps the second place with one game lost. Olympiakos are looking forward to face Iraklis (#12) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panathinaikos' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panellinios.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Aris (7-5) against eleventh ranked Panionios (5-7) on Wednesday night. Host Aris was defeated by eleventh ranked Panionios (5-7) in a tough game in Thessaloniki 84-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aris. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Milos Vujanic (192-80) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists and Chinemelu Elonu who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Panionios moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ikaros. Aris at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with VAP Kolossos and Kavala. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens AEK.
The game in Rodou was quite interesting. 5th ranked PAOK (6-6) played at the court of seventh ranked VAP Kolossos (7-5). VAP Kolossos managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PAOK. The winners were led by Pat Kalathis who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 assists by Lazaros Papadopoulos did not help to save the game for PAOK. VAP Kolossos moved-up to third place, which they share with Aris and Kavala. Loser PAOK dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS. VAP Kolossos will meet bottom-ranked Ilysiakos (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. PAOK will play against Kavala (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ikaros (5-7) and Iraklis (3-9), which took place in Thessaloniki. Higher ranked Ikaros lost to thirteenth ranked Iraklis in a road game 64-78. The best player for the winners was Fotis Lambropoulos who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iraklis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Panellinios. Ikaros at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Iraklis' next round opponent will be league's leader Olympiakos in Athens and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#8) and Ilysiakos (#14). Peristeri GS (6-6) won against visiting Ilysiakos (1-11) 68-61. It was a good game for Michael King who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with PAOK. Ilysiakos lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Peristeri GS will face higher ranked Marousi (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ilysiakos will play against VAP Kolossos (#4) in Rodou.

In the last game of round 12 Panellinios was beaten by Kavala on the road 81-70.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Milton Palacio of Kavala.


VAP Kolossos - PAOK 71-66

The game in Rodou was quite interesting. 5th ranked PAOK (6-6) played at the court of seventh ranked VAP Kolossos (7-5). VAP Kolossos managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PAOK. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But PAOK won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VAP Kolossos outrebounded PAOK 33-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Costas Harissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four VAP Kolossos players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 4 assists by the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) did not help to save the game for PAOK. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. VAP Kolossos moved-up to third place, which they share with Aris and Kavala. Loser PAOK dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS. VAP Kolossos will meet bottom-ranked Ilysiakos (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. PAOK will play against Kavala (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 18+12reb+2ast, C.Harissis 15+8reb, J.Golemac 13+4reb+3ast, J.Jordan 11+2reb+5ast, N.Pappas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 3+5reb+1ast
PAOK: L.Papadopoulos 19+3reb+4ast, J.Gray 13+2reb+1ast, T.Gechevski 9+7reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 9+2reb+3ast, R.Marshall 6+2reb+1ast, R.Dozier 4+2reb
gschID: 103799


Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos 68-61

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#8) and Ilysiakos (#14). Peristeri GS (6-6) won against visiting Ilysiakos (1-11) 68-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ilysiakos won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ilysiakos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Michael King (193-78, college: George Washington, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. The former international power forward Georgos Tsiakos (205-82, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) replied with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Giorgos Galiotos (209-86) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ilysiakos. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with PAOK. Ilysiakos lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Peristeri GS will face higher ranked Marousi (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ilysiakos will play against VAP Kolossos (#4) in Rodou.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: M.King 22+3reb, G.Tsiakos 13+7reb+2ast, E.Mantzaris 10+6reb, D.Papanikolaou 6+3reb+2ast, E.Scott 5+3reb+1ast, A.Petroulas 5+1ast
Ilysiakos: G.Galiotos 12+5reb, J.Baxter 12+5reb+4ast, A.Karydas 11+1reb+3ast, 8+1reb+2ast, E.Webb 8+2reb, A.Kiritsis 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 103800


Aris - Panionios 84-89

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Aris (7-5) against eleventh ranked Panionios (5-7) on Wednesday night. Host Aris was defeated by eleventh ranked Panionios (5-7) in a tough game in Thessaloniki 84-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aris. Aris was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 47-40 second half run of Panionios. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Aris' 28. Strangely Aris outrebounded Panionios 33-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Milos Vujanic (192-80) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Panionios players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Panionios moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ikaros. Aris at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with VAP Kolossos and Kavala. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens AEK.
Top scorers:
Panionios: M.Vujanic 24+1reb+8ast, C.Elonu 18+7reb+2ast, N.Barlos 11+4reb+2ast, M.Batis 10+3reb+1ast, M.Paragios 10+1reb, G.Tsiaras 5+1reb+2ast
Aris: C.Tapoutos 21+10reb+1ast, K.Charalampidis 14+1reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 10+3reb+4ast, N.Hatzivrettas 10+1reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+4reb, D.Borovnjak 7+3reb
gschID: 103794


Iraklis - Ikaros 78-64

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ikaros (5-7) and Iraklis (3-9), which took place in Thessaloniki. Higher ranked Ikaros lost to thirteenth ranked Iraklis in a road game 64-78. The game was mostly controlled by Iraklis. Ikaros managed to win fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Fotis Lambropoulos (206-83) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Five Iraklis players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) added 16 points respectively. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iraklis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Panellinios. Ikaros at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Iraklis' next round opponent will be league's leader Olympiakos in Athens and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: F.Lambropoulos 16+5reb, S.Iliadis 13+5reb, M.Bouldin 12+3reb+3ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 12+1reb+4ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 11+4reb+1ast, E.Jazvin 10+7reb+2ast
Ikaros: K.McAlarney 16+2ast, D.Thompson 16+15reb, L.Harris 8+2ast, S.Katoufas 6+1reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 6+2reb+2ast, V.Karaboulas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 103796


Panathinaikos - Olympiakos 61-65

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Panathinaikos (11-1) in Athens on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Olympiakos (12-0) 65-61. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 11-0 record before this meeting. It was a good game for naturalized Slovenian center Radoslav Nesterovic (212-76) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Central African swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) added 15 points in the effort for Panathinaikos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olympiakos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Defending champion Panathinaikos keeps the second place with one game lost. Olympiakos are looking forward to face Iraklis (#12) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panathinaikos' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panellinios.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: R.Nesterovic 17+4reb, Z.Erceg 10+5reb, M.Teodosic 10+5reb+4ast, T.Papaloukas 9+5reb+5ast, I.Bourousis 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 5+1reb
Panathinaikos: D.Nicholas 15+3reb, R.Sato 13+6reb, A.Fotsis 9+7reb, S.Perperoglou 6, M.Batiste 6+5reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 103797


Kavala - Panellinios 81-70

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kavala (7-5) beat at home 12th ranked Panellinios (3-9) 81-70 on Wednesday. It was a good game for Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. Kavala's coach Dimitris Priftis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Panellinios. Kavala moved-up to third place, which they share with Aris and VAP Kolossos. Loser Panellinios keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Kavala will face PAOK (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: B.Jorovic 17+4reb, M.Palacio 17+9reb+4ast, S.Huff 13+3reb, 12+2reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 10+5ast, C.Simmons 6+9reb
Panellinios: S.Smith 24+14reb+1ast, T.Francis 20+7reb+1ast, M.Bailey 7+3reb, V.Xanthopoulos 7+2ast, S.Udrih 5+1reb, V.Sklavos 5+2reb
gschID: 103798




The financial status of Iraklis changes - by George Fragkos
At last some good news for Iraklis Thessaloniki. Giorgos Galanos, the former investor of the club has been convinced to help the team avoid relegation and invest some money for transfers. After the elections at the club, Fotis Theos stepped down from the post of the chairman and Moschos Sarlis is the new head of the board. It is believed that this is the reason that Mr. Galanos decided to return to Iraklis and with the financial contribution of other members of the board to save the team.

After this turn of things, Iraklis cancelled the agreement with William Avery (188-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Duke) and they are also going to reevaluate the one with James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV). The new board is hoping that with the new funds available to them, they can acquire players of a higher level. Their primary targets are Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.) and Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82, college: Kentucky), two players with experience from important leagues like ACB and Lega 1.



Ilysiakos adds Marc Dawson to replace LaQuan Prowell - by Eurobasket News
Ilysiakos came up with the new signing. The Greek outfit landed Marc Dawson (206-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Long Beach St.) and at the same time they parted ways with LaQuan Prowell (203-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Auburn).
Marc Dawson arrives to Ilysiakos from Lebanon, where he started this season. He played 14 games for Chabab Zahle registering 20.1 ppg, 12.5 ppg and 1.6 apg. Last season, Dawson spent with German ProA team Giants Noerdlingen. Actually, he joined them in February of 2010 averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds for 9 games. In the meantime, Dawson played in China as a member of Guangzhou Free Man. For 22 games in NBL he had 22.2 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.8 bpg. In the past, he was a member for Slovenian Hopsi Polzela, Slovakian Levice and German Schalke.
LaQuan Prowell joined Ilysiakos more than two months ago. He had 8.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for seven games.


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 13-2 
 2. Albacomp 13-3 
 3. Atomeromu 12-4 
 4. Kormend 11-3 
 5. Kecskemeti 10-6 
 6. ZTE KK 10-6 
 7. PVSK Pannon 7-8 
 8. Marso-Vagep 7-9 
 9. Falco-Szova 6-9 
 10. Soproni 6-9 
 11. Szedeak 6-10 
 12. Kaposvari 5-10 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-14 
 14. Salgotarjani 0-14 


A Division Round 16: Atomeromu loses to Kaposvari - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Kaposvar between third ranked Atomeromu (12-4) and twelfth ranked Kaposvari (5-10) on Wednesday night. Atomeromu was defeated by Kaposvari on the road 84-101. The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. Atomeromu managed to win second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Atomeromu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for Atomeromu. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kaposvari maintains twelfth position with 5-10 record. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Kaposvari are looking forward to face higher ranked Szedeak (#11) in Szeged in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Atomeromu will play at home against Kecskemeti (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Division top team - Szolnok (13-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Kecskemeti (10-6) 80-70. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Obie Trotter who added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) responded with 23 points. Szolnok maintains first position with 13-2 record. Kecskemeti at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with ZTE KK. Szolnok will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round where they are favorite. Kecskemeti will play on the road against Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Salgotarjani is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to sixth ranked ZTE KK (10-6) 95-63 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by Adam Vertetics who scored that evening 12 points and 9 rebounds. ZTE KK's coach Imre Patonay felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds by Andras Vavra did not help to save the game for Salgotarjani. ZTE KK has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kecskemeti. Loser Salgotarjani still closes the standings with 14 games lost. ZTE KK will meet at home PVSK Pannon (#7) in the next round. Salgotarjani will play against Marso-Vagep (#8) in Nyiregyhaza and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Szombathely was quite interesting. Second ranked Albacomp (13-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Falco-Szova (6-9). Albacomp managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81. Jonathan Jones fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Albacomp maintains second position with 13-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Szolnok. Falco-Szova at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be league's leader Szolnok in Szolnok and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falco-Szova will play on the road against Kormend (#4).

In the last two games of round 16 FS Debrecen was smashed by Marso-Vagep on the road 105-81. PVSK Pannon destroyed Szedeak on its own court 104-84.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 47 points (!!!) and 6 assists by Muhammad El-Amin of PVSK Pannon.



Marso-Vagep - FS Debrecen 105-81

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Marso-Vagep (7-9) crushed 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-14) in Nyiregyhaza 105-81. The game was mostly controlled by Marso-Vagep. FS Debrecen managed to win second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Marso-Vagep forced 19 FS Debrecen turnovers. American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) chipped in 28 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marso-Vagep moved-up to eighth place. FS Debrecen lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Marso-Vagep's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road where they are favorite. FS Debrecen will play against Soproni.
Top scorers:
Marso-Vagep: B.Stojakovic 28+4reb+5ast, C.Marshall 28+14reb+1ast, B.Savic 18+2reb+9ast, E.Sitku 9+3reb, M.Mohacsi 8+7reb+1ast, K.Nagy 7+1ast
FS Debrecen: K.Langford 23+10reb+2ast, Y.Mekongo 15+5reb+4ast, I.Kovacs 14+6reb+3ast, G.Toth 9+1reb, C.Singletary 9+3reb+4ast, M.Mondzinger 7+1reb
gschID: 109589


Kaposvari - Atomeromu 101-84

The most important game in the last round took place in Kaposvar between third ranked Atomeromu (12-4) and twelfth ranked Kaposvari (5-10) on Wednesday night. Atomeromu was defeated by Kaposvari on the road 84-101. The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. Atomeromu managed to win second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Atomeromu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Akos Kovacs (184-88) added 19 points in the effort for Atomeromu. Five Kaposvari and four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kaposvari maintains twelfth position with 5-10 record. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Kaposvari are looking forward to face higher ranked Szedeak (#11) in Szeged in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Atomeromu will play at home against Kecskemeti (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: D.Werner 23+12reb+6ast, G.Soos 22+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 20+4reb+5ast, G.Kutasi 15+6reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 11+5reb+1ast, T.Markus 6
Atomeromu: A.Kovacs 19+3reb+1ast, B.Winters 16+1reb, I.Johnson 14+5reb, B.Sales 14+14reb, P.Toth 6+2reb+3ast, G.Koertelyesi 6+1reb
gschID: 109590


Kecskemeti - Szolnok 70-80

A Division top team - Szolnok (13-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Kecskemeti (10-6) 80-70. Kecskemeti was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 39-28 second half run of Szolnok. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Szolnok outrebounded Kecskemeti 34-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) responded with 23 points and American guard Jerome LaGrange (192-78, college: Livingstone) scored 6 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Szolnok maintains first position with 13-2 record. Kecskemeti at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with ZTE KK. Szolnok will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round where they are favorite. Kecskemeti will play on the road against Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 23+11reb, O.Trotter 12+8reb+4ast, V.Budimir 10+1reb+2ast, P.Szabo 10+2reb+1ast, M.Fodor 10+2reb, P.Grebenar 6+2reb
Kecskemeti: K.Wittmann 23+2reb+3ast, M.Csorvasi 15+2reb, I.Siriscevic 10+2ast, H.Orsulic 8+4reb+3ast, J.LaGrange 6+9reb+5ast, Z.Bencze 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 109591


Salgotarjani - ZTE KK 63-95

Bottom-ranked Salgotarjani is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to sixth ranked ZTE KK (10-6) 95-63 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Salgotarjani managed to win fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ZTE KK dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Salgotarjani's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Salgotarjani's players. The winners were led by guard Adam Vertetics (187-87) who scored that evening 12 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) supported him with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. ZTE KK's coach Imre Patonay felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds by forward Andras Vavra (200-78) did not help to save the game for Salgotarjani. Guard Zoltan Szabo (185-83) added 17 points for lost side. ZTE KK has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kecskemeti. Loser Salgotarjani still closes the standings with 14 games lost. ZTE KK will meet at home PVSK Pannon (#7) in the next round. Salgotarjani will play against Marso-Vagep (#8) in Nyiregyhaza and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: D.Vojvoda 16+3reb, A.Vertetics 12+9reb+3ast, L.Williams 11+1reb+5ast, G.Toth 10+3reb+1ast, A.Toth 10+5reb+1ast, T.Kaman 9+2ast
Salgotarjani: A.Vavra 20+19reb+3ast, Z.Szabo 17+2reb+1ast, D.Koma 10+6reb, T.Kocsis 8+2reb, K.Kiss 6+1reb, T.Sebok 2+11reb
gschID: 109592


Falco-Szova - Albacomp 81-85

The game in Szombathely was quite interesting. Second ranked Albacomp (13-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Falco-Szova (6-9). Albacomp managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81. Falco-Szova was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 53-44 second half run of Albacomp. It was a great shooting night for Albacomp especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) produced 28 points and 8 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) added 22 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Albacomp maintains second position with 13-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Szolnok. Falco-Szova at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be league's leader Szolnok in Szolnok and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falco-Szova will play on the road against Kormend (#4).
Top scorers:
Albacomp: J.Jones 21+14reb, A.Hanga 20+1reb+5ast, B.Simon 16+1reb+9ast, F.Bodi 7+2reb, T.Crocker 6+3reb+2ast, A.Keller 5+6reb
Falco-Szova: L.Kalman 28+8ast, J.Doyne 22+10reb+2ast, C.Gosa 12+7reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 7+8reb+1ast, T.Pankar 5+2reb, P.Hajmasy 4+1reb
gschID: 109593


PVSK Pannon - Szedeak 104-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Szedeak's (6-10) road loss to eighth ranked PVSK Pannon (7-8) in Pecs 84-104. PVSK Pannon made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Szedeak turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Szedeak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) fired 47 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) added 17 points respectively for lost side. PVSK Pannon moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Szedeak dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's leader Szolnok in Szolnok and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Szedeak will play at home against Kaposvari (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 47+4reb+6ast, B.Egemonye 25+13reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 12+3reb+5ast, N.Toth 10+3reb+1ast, L.Gemes 4+3reb, P.Kovacs 4+1ast
Szedeak: J.Rubin 26+6reb+3ast, N.Dukic 17+4reb, B.McKenzie 10+9reb, A.Tanacs 9+7reb+2ast, G.Drahos 6+3reb+2ast, M.Molnar 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 109588




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  IRAN   


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


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  IRAQ   


Champville better Duhok in Amman - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Duhok 77:71

Champville opened WABA Club Championship with victory. They defeated Duhok in Group B opener. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) came up with 21 points to lead the Lebanese team. Champville will take on Mahram of Iran on Friday. Duhok will look for the initial win as they face Mahram tonight.
Champville fired hard right from the start. They exploded with 26 points in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. But Duhok stopped the rot and managed to take over. They outgunned the Lebanese team 28:12 in the second term to build a 46:38 halftime advantage. Champville adjusted their defense after the main break and got within 6 points at the final break. The fourth quarter belonged to the Lebanese powerhouse as they rallied to the victory. Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 20 points for Champville. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) had 14 points in the win. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) answered with game-high 31 points for Duhok. Qutaiba Hamad finished with 12 points for the Iraqi side.

Champville: Jasmon Youngblood 21, Darnell Cox 20, Fadi El Khatib 14
Duhok: Tyrone Anderson 31, Qutaiba Hamad 12



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  ISRAEL   


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 13-0 
 2. Elitzur Yavne 10-4 
 3. Maccabi HBK 10-4 
 4. Hapoel Tivon 9-5 
 5. Beer Yaakov 8-5 
 6. Megido/Yokneam 8-6 
 7. Hapoel Afula 7-7 
 8. Kohav Yair 6-7 
 9. Ironi Ramat Gan 6-8 
 10. Lev Hasharon 5-9 
 11. Hod Hasharon 4-9 
 12. Elitzur Ramla 4-10 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 3-11 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 2-10 


Good Start - by Chad Timberlake
Our team did exactly what we needed to. We started the second part of the season with a win. This game was a big game for us because it was against a very tough opponent Hapoel Kiryat Tivon. During the game we showed flashes of our potential and but also rust from our 7 days off. We went into the fourth quarter tied. Something that isn't comfortable for an away team. We were able to rally to a 79-88 victory. I had 25 points and 8 assists. I played well at the end but I like most of us showed the rust at the beginning of the game. My big man DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) played big for us with a solid double double. 14 points 13 rebounds. Our point guard Nir Golan (180-G-86) had 10 points 5 assists. It was a pretty balanced attack from our team with five players in double figures and Zafrir Volfer (200-F-81) aka the plumber had 9 points and 3 steals. I was particularly happy with the win because I had a special visitor in the stand to watch me play. My mother. My mother is a huge basketball fan and this was her first time watching me play in about 3 years. So for her to watch me play was extra motivation. She is staying with me for a few more days. She will get to catch one more game against Hapoel TA. That is a prime time match between 1 vs 2. Hapoel always brings a tough crowd and on top of they are very talented. We are going to have to be extra focused. We started preparing today and we'll need to be focused throughout the week.

We had an off day yesterday and my mother and I spent it in Jerusalem. This was a great experience for her. We walked all the stations of Via Dolorosa. This was actually a great experience for both of us because it was my first time as well. My mother is the type of person who wants to stop at all the little shops and see what everyone is selling so it's good that I was there and I was able to keep her focused. Anyone who has been to Jerusalem knows that there is literally a shop every ten feet. If there was ever an open spaces someone has filled it with antique shop/spice shop/gift shop. I had to stay on my toes to keep her out of them for the first 40 minutes to an hour but after that she got annoyed with all the barterers and people trying to make a quick buck and offering their fake help. My mother isn't a person really built for the city. Even though she has spent a lot of her life in one. After leaving the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem we took a quick walk to the Garden Tomb. The peace and quiet that we experience was perfect. I think of all the places we went to in Jerusalem this was the place my mother enjoyed the most. She really got to relax and not feel rushed. After that the exit was by the gift shop and of course we got some gifts from there. :) When it was all said and done we got a lot of walking done yesterday and today we are feeling the effects of the walking we did. Sore legs. Well, my mother is feeling the effects. Haha I'm a basketball player I better be able to handle a long walk throw the stone roads of Jerusalem.

So now after the day off it's time to buckle down like I said and prepare for the next match. We have a very tough schedule with us playing the top three teams in the first four games. That leaves us very little room for error. No excuses, we have to bring it every night. I will keep you posted.

Until next time,

Your favorite blogger

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


Maccabi Haifa inks Germaine Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Germaine Jackson (195-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) is a new player of Maccabi Haifa. They signed a deal for rest of the season. The experienced American guard arrives from Mexico, where he started 2009/10. He appeared 17 times with Lobos Grises averaging 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8 assists.
Last season, Germaine Jackson split between Lobos Grises and Argentinean Central Entrerriano Gualeguaychu. In LigaA he had 9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 5.2 apg for Central Entrerriano. Jackson also has experience from Italy, Spain, Ukraine and Greece. He is also a player with NBA experience as he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.
Maccabi Haifa is currently the last ranked team in Israeli Premier league. They have 3-8 record.


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Plisnic joins Sassari - by Gianni Pascucci
Dinamo Ford Sassari has announced the agreement with Serbian front court player Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket), from Russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod. Plisnic is not a rookie for Italian Serie A, having played last last year in Angelico Biella

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BJ League Round 25: Hamamatsu Phoenix defeats leader Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Osaka Evessa (17-7) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Hamamatsu Phoenix (22-2) 104-86. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Osaka Evessa managed to win fourth quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!). American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds for Osaka Evessa. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix are looking forward to face Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osaka Evessa will play against Saitama Broncos (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Third ranked Niigata Albirex (11-11) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent Shiga Lakestars (15-9) 86-85 on Sunday evening. American players dominated the game. Power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Willie Veasley chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 11-11 record having thirteen points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Shiga Lakestars at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against Oita Heat Devils (#6) at home in the next round. Shiga Lakestars will play against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (22-2) which played road game in Osaka against leader Osaka Evessa (17-7). First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to get a 10-point victory 79-69. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Jeffrey Parmer nailed 17 points for the winning side. Lynn Washington came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Loser Osaka Evessa still keeps top position with seven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will meet at home Takamatsu FA (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osaka Evessa will play against Saitama Broncos (#4) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Sendai 89ers (14-8) which hosted in Sendai 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing (15-11). Second ranked Sendai 89ers managed to get a 5-point victory 85-80. American players dominated also this game. Mac Hopson fired 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Sendai 89ers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-8 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Sendai 89ers' next round opponent will be Okinawa GK (#4) on the road. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Akita Happinets.
The game between sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (12-14) and 6th ranked Akita Happinets (8-16) in Oita on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Oita Heat Devils outscored guests from Akita 85-62. It was a very good performance for Matt Lottich who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Oita Heat Devils. They maintain sixth place with 12-14 record which they share with defeated Akita Happinets. Loser Akita Happinets keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Akita were beaten by Oita H.Devils on the road 94-77. Tokyo Apache won against Shimane on its own court 76-68. Saitama Bron. managed to outperform Takamatsu FA in a road game 79-71. Toyama Grouses managed to beat Miyazaki at home 77-73.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 31 points and 18 rebounds by Michael Parker of Fukuoka Rizing.


Oita H.Devils - Akita 85-62

The game between sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (12-14) and 6th ranked Akita Happinets (8-16) in Oita on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Oita Heat Devils outscored guests from Akita 85-62. Oita Heat Devils dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 38. Oita Heat Devils forced 19 Akita Happinets turnovers. Strangely Akita Happinets outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 52-38 including 22 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Akita Happinets' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Oita Heat Devils made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. His fellow American import forward Taj Finger (203-86) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) answered with 9 points and 19 rebounds and American forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. The victory was the third consecutive win for Oita Heat Devils. They maintain sixth place with 12-14 record which they share with defeated Akita Happinets. Loser Akita Happinets keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: M.Lottich 26+2reb+3ast, T.Finger 18+5reb+3ast, Y.Suzuki 12+3reb+1ast, R.Howell 9+13reb+1ast, K.Sato 8, D.Johnson 7+4reb+4ast
Akita: S.Henry 15+6reb+2ast, P.Butorac 12+13reb+1ast, A.Burks 10+1reb, A.Akingbade 9+19reb, M.Hasegawa 5+1reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 4+4reb
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Oita H.Devils - Akita 94-77

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (12-14) beat at home 6th ranked Akita Happinets (8-16) 94-77 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 54-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Oita Heat Devils made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Oita Heat Devils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Taj Finger (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kohei Mitomo (179-80) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 23 rebounds and American forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Oita Heat Devils. They maintain sixth place with 12-14 record which they share with defeated Akita Happinets. Loser Akita Happinets keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Finger 30+11reb+4ast, K.Mitomo 22+3reb+5ast, K.Sato 21+1reb+2ast, R.Howell 9+9reb+6ast, M.Lottich 6+11reb+5ast, T.Aoki 2+1ast
Akita: P.Butorac 21+9reb, A.Akingbade 14+23reb, S.Henry 14+5reb+3ast, R.Mizumachi 8+1reb+3ast, K.Shoji 6+4reb+2ast, M.Hasegawa 6+2reb+3ast
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Tokyo Apache - Shimane 76-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Shimane Magic's (9-15) road loss to sixth ranked Tokyo Apache (8-8) 68-76 on Sunday. Shimane Magic trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 25-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 68-76 at the end of the game. Tokyo Apache outrebounded Shimane Magic 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for guard Tanaka Kensuke (187-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Tokyo Apache players scored in double figures. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Jeral Davis (216-84) added 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Shimane Magic. Tokyo Apache moved-up to fifth place. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost. Tokyo Apache will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) on the road in the next round. Shimane Magic will play against Toyama Grouses (#7).
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: T.Kensuke 18+2reb+1ast, C.Aoki 14+2reb, 13+5reb+2ast, R.Swift 10+8reb+1ast, J.Tyler 10+8reb, J.Nakama 9+2reb+2ast
Shimane: R.Golson 17+7reb+6ast, J.Davis 16+13reb, T.Ishizaki 12+5ast, T.Evans 9+3reb, S.Nakanishi 8, F.Fisher 6+3reb+2ast
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Shiga Lakestars - Niigata Albirex 85-86

Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Third ranked Niigata Albirex (11-11) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent Shiga Lakestars (15-9) 86-85 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Shiga Lakestars were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and swingman Willie Veasley (190-87, college: Butler, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) scored 8 points and 14 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 11-11 record having thirteen points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Shiga Lakestars at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against Oita Heat Devils (#6) at home in the next round. Shiga Lakestars will play against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 22+7reb+2ast, W.Veasley 20+11reb+2ast, Z.Andrews 19+18reb+1ast, N.Takushi 15+4reb+6ast, Y.Ikeda 10+1reb+1ast, R.Narumi 0
Shiga Lakestars: L.Rice 26+6reb, M.Joho 15+4reb+2ast, Y.Okada 11, R.Schafer 9+5reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 8+14reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 6+2reb+4ast
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Takamatsu FA - Saitama Bron. 71-79

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (9-15) won on the road against 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (6-16) 79-71 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Takamatsu FA won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos outrebounded Takamatsu FA 49-27 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Saitama Broncos' coach Bob Nash allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Saitama Broncos. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shimane. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face league's leader Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Takamatsu FA will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 19+14reb+4ast, G.Leach 12+9reb+3ast, B.Nash 12+4reb, Y.Kitamuki 11+2reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 6+7reb+2ast, H.Shishito 6+2reb
Takamatsu FA: T.Farley 14+6reb+1ast, R.Sparks 13+7reb+3ast, H.Kikuchi 13, J.Price 11+10reb+3ast, S.Takada 8+2reb+2ast, M.Kita 7+1reb+1ast
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Osaka Evessa - Hamamatsu P. 86-104

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Osaka Evessa (17-7) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Hamamatsu Phoenix (22-2) 104-86. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Osaka Evessa managed to win fourth quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!). American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix are looking forward to face Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osaka Evessa will play against Saitama Broncos (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 35+4reb+1ast, J.Parmer 17+7reb+4ast, J.Dixon 14+4reb+6ast, A.Ohta 8+3reb+1ast, K.Ohta 8+1reb+2ast, K.Tomori 6+2reb
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 26+6reb+3ast, L.Washington 12+6reb+4ast, H.Takada 10+2reb+3ast, W.Marshall 10+1reb, D.Tamura 10+1reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 7+3reb+2ast
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Osaka Evessa - Hamamatsu P. 69-79

An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (22-2) which played road game in Osaka against leader Osaka Evessa (17-7). First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to get a 10-point victory 79-69. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Osaka Evessa turnovers. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) nailed 17 points for the winning side and forward Kazutoshi Ohta (191-82) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Loser Osaka Evessa still keeps top position with seven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will meet at home Takamatsu FA (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osaka Evessa will play against Saitama Broncos (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 17+4reb+1ast, K.Ohta 14+6reb+2ast, D.Larkai 9+7reb, W.Arnold 8+7reb+6ast, J.Dixon 7+3reb+3ast, S.Okada 7+1reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 16+6reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 15+5reb, S.Konno 14+2reb+1ast, H.Katsumata 9+4reb, W.Knight 6+8reb+1ast, W.Marshall 5+7reb+1ast
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Sendai 89ers - Fukuoka Rizing 85-80

An interesting game for Sendai 89ers (14-8) which hosted in Sendai 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing (15-11). Second ranked Sendai 89ers managed to get a 5-point victory 85-80. Fukuoka Rizing was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 51-43 second half run of Sendai 89ers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Fukuoka Rizing helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. Guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) fired 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds and forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sendai 89ers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-8 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Sendai 89ers' next round opponent will be Okinawa GK (#4) on the road. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Akita Happinets.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 24+8reb+8ast, C.Holm 18+17reb, M.Bell 15+17reb+6ast, L.Hechon 11+1ast, K.Takahashi 10+1reb+2ast, T.Shimura 5+3ast
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 31+18reb+1ast, J.Henderson 16+9reb+2ast, N.Murry 12+8reb+2ast, D.Kimizuka 6+3reb+3ast, M.Kano 6+4reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 5+3reb+4ast
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Toyama Grouses - Miyazaki 77-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns' (7-17) road loss to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (7-15) 73-77 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toyama Grouses made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) answered with 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses maintains seventh place with 7-15 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face Shimane Magic (#7) on the road in the next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Tokyo Apache.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 23+17reb, J.Davis 18+6reb+2ast, B.Harper 16+5reb+1ast, T.Mito 10+6reb+7ast, M.Kato 5+1reb+1ast, M.Azuma 3
Miyazaki: J.Manuel 19+4reb+5ast, B.Cole 15+9reb+2ast, E.Palmer 13+13reb, H.Fujita 12+1reb+1ast, T.Ito 6+2reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 6+4reb+2ast
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Best players of Latvian LBL round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Ventspils and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to beat Barons (#6, 5-7) 93-81. It allowed Ventspils to jump to the first place in the Latvian LBL. Ventspils has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Kuzminskas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Saulius Kuzminskas averages this season 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Krists Piternieks (202-G-87, agency: FCM) of LU. Piternieks impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course LU cruised to a 86-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Turiba (#7, 3-10). LU's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory LU managed to get this year. Piternieks is a newcomer at LU 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 Derek Willjam (185-G-85) of Barons (#6). Willjam scored 26 points. Despite Willjam's great performance Barons lost 81-93 to the higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 10-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Barons ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Willjam could help Barons to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Willjam as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivans Nelyubov (207-C-88) of VEF Riga jrs - 19 points and 2 rebounds
5. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) of Ventspils - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) of Liepaja - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of VEF Riga jrs - 16 points and 4 rebounds
8. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Turiba - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Martins Laksa (200-F-90) of VEF Riga jrs - 14 points and 5 rebounds
10. Agnis Cavars (198-F-86) of Barons - 10 points and 5 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)


LBL D2 Round 12: BS Ogre defeats Liepaja-2 in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Tenth-ranked Liepaja-2 (4-8) gave a tough game to first ranked BS Ogre (10-2) on Wednesday. BS Ogre managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. BS Ogre have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost.
The game in Riga was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Saldus (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked DSN Riga (6-5). Saldus managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66. Saldus moved-up to fourth place, which they share with ASK/Buki. DSN Riga lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Zemgale/Jun.

11th ranked Livani (1-10) was outscored at home by seventh ranked BS Daugava (6-6) with the biggest margin this round 88-58 on Wednesday night. Despite that victory BS Daugava went down to eighth position due to points difference. Livani lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with VEF Kadeti.

In the last two games of round 12 BS Daugava was destroyed by Zemgale/Jun. on the opponent's court 78-54. ASK/Buki outscored Barons/Ridzene in a home game 78-53.


Livani - BS Daugava 58-88

11th ranked Livani (1-10) was outscored at home by seventh ranked BS Daugava (6-6) with the biggest margin this round 88-58 on Wednesday night. Despite that victory BS Daugava went down to eighth position due to points difference. Livani lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with VEF Kadeti.

gschID: 120371


BS Ogre - Liepaja-2 81-79

Tenth-ranked Liepaja-2 (4-8) gave a tough game to first ranked BS Ogre (10-2) on Wednesday. BS Ogre managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. BS Ogre have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost.
gschID: 120372


DSN Riga - Saldus 66-71

The game in Riga was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Saldus (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked DSN Riga (6-5). Saldus managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66. Saldus moved-up to fourth place, which they share with ASK/Buki. DSN Riga lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Zemgale/Jun.
gschID: 120368


Zemgale/Jun. - BS Daugava 78-54

There was a minor upset in Jelgava where 7th ranked BS Daugava (6-6) was crushed by seventh ranked Zemgale/Juniors (6-5) 78-54 on Tuesday. Zemgale/Juniors has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DSN Riga. BS Daugava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with six games lost.
gschID: 120369


ASK/Buki - Barons/Ridzene 78-53

Rather predictable result in Gulbene where fifth ranked ASK/Buki (8-4) smashed 9th ranked Barons/Ridzene (2-10) 78-53 on Wednesday. ASK/Buki has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Saldus. Barons/Ridzene at the other side dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost.
gschID: 120370




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  LEBANON   


Champville better Duhok in Amman - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Duhok 77:71

Champville opened WABA Club Championship with victory. They defeated Duhok in Group B opener. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) came up with 21 points to lead the Lebanese team. Champville will take on Mahram of Iran on Friday. Duhok will look for the initial win as they face Mahram tonight.
Champville fired hard right from the start. They exploded with 26 points in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. But Duhok stopped the rot and managed to take over. They outgunned the Lebanese team 28:12 in the second term to build a 46:38 halftime advantage. Champville adjusted their defense after the main break and got within 6 points at the final break. The fourth quarter belonged to the Lebanese powerhouse as they rallied to the victory. Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 20 points for Champville. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) had 14 points in the win. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) answered with game-high 31 points for Duhok. Qutaiba Hamad finished with 12 points for the Iraqi side.

Champville: Jasmon Youngblood 21, Darnell Cox 20, Fadi El Khatib 14
Duhok: Tyrone Anderson 31, Qutaiba Hamad 12



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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Flamengo top Group C with two victories - by Eurobasket News
Group C
Flamengo - Mavort 81-80
Flamengo registered the second straight win at Liga Americas. They defeated Mavort in Ibarra to stay on top of Group C. Mavort in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) came up with another pivotal performance for the Rio de Janeiro team as he unloaded 25 points. David Teague scored 12 of his points in the starting frame as Flamengo took over. They posted a 23:16 lead. But Mavort turned things their way in the second quarter. Led by Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) the hosts used a 12:0 run to surge ahead. Mavort kept Flamengo at bay and secured a 43:38 lead at the interval. Flamengo came from behind in the third term. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) helped the visitors to accumulate a 2-point lead with ten minutes to go. It all came down to the final seconds when a pair of misses from Marcus Elliott sealed the winning outcome for Flamengo. Marcelinho Machado had 22 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Flamengo. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Blake Walker answered with 32 points for Mavort. Albert Jackson finished with 18 points and 15 caroms in the loss.

Dep.Espanol - Quimsa 62-81
Quimsa celebrated a vital win at the Liga Americas Group C action. After losing to Flamengo in the opener Quimsa came up with a comfortable win over Espanol de Talca in the second round. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) knocked down 18 points as Quimsa caught up with Espanol de Talca at 1-1 record. Quimsa left little chance for the Chilean team right from the start. Quimsa held their opponents to just 6 points in the starting frame to take a 15-point lead. Quimsa maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a massive 42:18 lead at halftime. Espanol de Talca struggled to change the complexion of the encounter. The Argentinean team enjoyed a 67:42 lead at the final break and rallied to the victory at the end. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) notched 14 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) added 10 points in the win. Peter Kvietek (205-C-77) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Espanol de Talca. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.




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Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Kieza, Juventus19.2 
 2. Ruikis, Neptunas18.2 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis17.6 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas17.2 
 5. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis16.3 
 7. Volkus, Techasas16.1 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.4 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.9 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus12.3 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.6 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.5 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis7.5 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.3 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.7.1 
 8. Silinskis, Techasas7.0 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas6.8 
 10. Janisius, Sakalai6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Collins, Zalgiris5.0 
 5. Janavicius, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.5 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 8. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.2 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.0 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas2.1 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas2.0 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas2.0 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.8 
 9. El-Amin, Lietuvos.1.7 
 10. Babrauskas, Lietuv.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.4 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.8 


A, Kiausas returns to Sakalai - by Aurimas Rimselis
Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) after 4 years playing abroad returns to Sakalai Vilnius and will dress 19th number jersey. A. Kiausas signed a contract till the end of season. Forward comes from Ivan-Frankovsk 'Goverla' team, after leaving it few days ago. Kiausas played in Sakalai Vilnius on 2000-2001, 2002-2004, 2006-2007 seasons. Player played for Anyksciu 'Puntukas', Wroclav 'Deichman-Slask', Bydgodsz 'Astoria', Vigo 'Gestiberica', NIcosia 'Keravnos' and 'Lletuvos Rytas' Vilnius. This season In Ukraine A. Kiausas played 13 min, scored 3,5 point, collected 1,6 rebound in Ukrainian championship.


D. Rodman is visitting Lithuania - by Aurimas Rimselis
Dennis Rodman (204-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) arrived to Lithuania on thursday afternoon from Frankfurt. 49 year old exclusive look former player secretly flew to Lithuania. At the airport, it has been derived through the very important persons (VIPs) exit, sat in a black SUV and moved through the streets of the capital. At the center of Vilnius star, nicknamed Worm, hurried to register their hotel room. When asked what the purpose of visit to Lithuania, Mr Rodman said: 'I do not know. ' Later he added: 'For commercial reasons'. It appears that Rodman will record promotional video for hotels. When asked Is he planning to play basketball in Lithuania, the American replied briefly: 'No basketball'. Rodman should stay in Vilnius until Saturday.

Cukinas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aisciai Kaunas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Alytus Alita (#13, 0-12), the league's bottom-ranked team 91-79. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Aiscai Kaunas is placed at 9th position in Lithuanian league. Aiscai Kaunas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Cukinas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Povilas Cukinas averages this season 10.5ppg and 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Modestas Silale (192-G-87) of Alytus Alita. He is a guard in his 4th season at Alytus Alita. In the last game Silale recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Alytus Alita lost that game 79-91 to the higher-ranked Aiscai Kaunas (#9, 5-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Alytus Alita is still at the dead bottom 13th position. 12 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Silale is one of the most experienced players at Alytus Alita and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) of Naglis-Adakris Palangos (#8). Dilys scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Naglis-Adakris, leading his team to a 86-82 win against slightly higher-ranked Nevezis (#7, 5-6). The chances of Naglis-Adakris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dilys could help Naglis-Adakris to bring them higher in the standings. Dilys has a great season in Lithuania. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Techasas - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) of Siauliai - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) of Naglis-Adakris - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84) of Siauliai - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) of Aiscai Kaunas - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mario Delas (208-F/C-90) of Siauliai - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 19 points, 6 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)


Puntukas-Dussman gets Brencius - by Aurimas Rimselis
Rimvydas Brencius (200-F-92) moves from Sakalai Vilnius of LKL to Puntukas-Dussman Anyksciai of NKL by the loan. The decision was made to give the young forward much more playing time to improve his skills. This season Brencius didn't play any official match. In 09/10 season Brencius played 3 games in LKL and 1 game in BBL for Neptunas.
Statistics: LKL 0 pts; 1,3 reb; 0,3 as in 12,7 min; BBL 5 pts; 6 reb; 1 as in 18 min.


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  LUXEMBOURG   


North celebrate over South in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
South - North 143:150

North Team earned the victory in the All-Star Game. The event was held at Atert hall in Bertange. Samy Picard (195-F-88) unloaded 31 points to lead North. He was trumped the MVP after the game. South were up by 12 points at halftime but could not capitalize. North led by Samy Picard recovered in the second half and eked out an impressive victory at the end. Reimold added 30 points for the winners. Larrie Smith (197-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) had 16 points for North. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) answered with 31 points and 6 boards for South. Nelson Delgado (186-G/F-80) and Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Ark.-Monticello) provided 18 points apiece in the loss.
The game was preceded by the Slam Dunk Contest. Kosta Karamatskos (197-G-86) claimed the slam dunker crown. He overcame Christopher Jones in the final.

Michel Weyland (182-G-81) triumphed at Three-Point Shooutout Contest.



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  MEXICO   


LNBP 1/8 Finals, Game Five: Toros and Fuerza Regia grab last Quarterfinals tickets - by Eurobasket News
Toros and Fuerza Regia outplayed their rivals in crucial Game Five and booked a spot for the next stage.

Toros - Huracanes 85-63 (3-2)

Toros outscored Huracanes 85-63 on Wednesday night winning the series with 3-2. The game without a history. Toros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Toros outrebounded Huracanes 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-F-84, college: McNeese St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Toros players scored in double figures. Haitian-American forward Jean Auguste Wilder (198-82, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) added 17 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Rougeau 23+2reb+2ast, Q.Joseph 18+13reb+6ast, I.Ofoegbu 17+3reb+3ast, W.Pagan 12+4reb+5ast, E.Vasquez 7+2reb, A.Henning 6+10reb+4ast
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 17+2reb+2ast, J.Auguste Wilder 15+8reb+1ast, A.Hunter 14+4reb+1ast, O.Quintero 9+4reb+1ast, T.Bobbitt 5+4reb, E.Albor 2
gschID: 120167


Fuerza Regia - Potros 87-78 (3-2)

There was no surprise in Monterrey where Potros were defeated by Fuerza Regia 87-78 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 52-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fuerza Regia made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Potros' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 26 points and American-Guyanese forward Gordon James (198-79, college: Bridgeport) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Fuerza Reggia won the series 3-2.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 20+11reb+3ast, S.Bowie 17+2reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 16+3reb+6ast, J.Habel 12+14reb+1ast, M.Johnson 8+3reb+7ast, A.Izaguirre 7+3reb+1ast
Potros: S.Monroe 26+3reb+3ast, F.Harris 14+4reb+1ast, S.Monreal 13+4reb+2ast, G.James 12+12reb+1ast, C.Garcia 9+7reb, K.Penn 4+8reb
gschID: 120164




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  NBA   


Sundiata Gaines sign with Toronto - by Giorgos Diploidis
Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) who left Minnesota Timberwolves some time ago will have a second chance to show his abilities in NBA because he sign a ten day contract with the team of Toronto Raptors.

Gaines who played 8 games with Minnesota having 2.6ppg and 0.8 apg was heard as a possible replacement of Bo Lester McCalebb (6'0''-G-85, college: New Orleans) (who was badly injured) in Italian team Montepaschi Siena but he finally decided not to return to Europe where he has played the season 2008-2009 for Bennet Cantu having very good numbers.






Sacramento's Arco Arena will be renamed to Power Balance Pavilion - by Eurobasket News
Arco Arena will be renamed after the Southern California-based company Power Balance announced Maloof Sports and Entertainment Tuesday.

The arena will be renamed to Power Balance Pavilion on March 1.

Power Balance is a $35 million a year company that manufactures performance wristbands. According to Power Balance's website, the bracelets boost performance based on the body's natural energy field.

'We are thrilled to be partners with Power Balance,' Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof said in a statement. 'This is a great collaboration for the entire Kings franchise and we are particularly excited in this economy to be able to sign a multi-year agreement with a company on Power Balance's trajectory.'

Arco and the Maloof Family have been partners for 25 years. The new multi-year partnership with Power Balance includes venue naming rights for the Sacramento Kings home arena, local retail incentive programs and cross-platform integration across the Maloof family's many properties.

'The Maloof organization presented a unique opportunity to bring together Power Balance's young and hungry brand with a youthful and talented NBA team,' CEO and co-founder of Power Balance Troy Rodarmel said in a statement. 'We are excited to work together to activate new community and wellness-focused events to engage people in multiple markets.'

Power Balance has faced some controversy over popular products. Last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ordered the company to stop marketing its wristbands with claims they boosted athletic performance. A representative of Power Balance Australia issued a statement admitting, 'That there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims. Therefore, we engaged in misleading conduct.'

U.C. Davis sports medicine expert, Dr. Brian Davis agreed. 'We just don't have any data to say whether this product really works,' he said.

Davis added the results many users of the bracelets and pendants claim may be due to a placebo effect. 'It's very easy to put on some device and assume that it actually makes you feel better because you want to feel better.'

At a Sacramento city council meeting Tuesday night, Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who represents the Natomas district, said she is pleased to see interest in Arco Arena.

Ashby said she was aware of the debate over the product's claims.

'I know that the Power Balance bracelets are somewhat controversial and may or may not be as effective as they are previously marketed to be but I do know that a lot of kids wear them,' Ashby said. 'I see them in a lot of youth sports.'

The Kings organization has not released the financial terms of the partnership.

Courtesy of www.news10.net


Sacramento's Arco Arena will be renamed to Power Balance Pavilion - by Eurobasket News
Arco Arena will be renamed after the Southern California-based company Power Balance announced Maloof Sports and Entertainment Tuesday.

The arena will be renamed to Power Balance Pavilion on March 1.

Power Balance is a $35 million a year company that manufactures performance wristbands. According to Power Balance's website, the bracelets boost performance based on the body's natural energy field.

'We are thrilled to be partners with Power Balance,' Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof said in a statement. 'This is a great collaboration for the entire Kings franchise and we are particularly excited in this economy to be able to sign a multi-year agreement with a company on Power Balance's trajectory.'

Arco and the Maloof Family have been partners for 25 years. The new multi-year partnership with Power Balance includes venue naming rights for the Sacramento Kings home arena, local retail incentive programs and cross-platform integration across the Maloof family's many properties.

'The Maloof organization presented a unique opportunity to bring together Power Balance's young and hungry brand with a youthful and talented NBA team,' CEO and co-founder of Power Balance Troy Rodarmel said in a statement. 'We are excited to work together to activate new community and wellness-focused events to engage people in multiple markets.'

Power Balance has faced some controversy over popular products. Last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ordered the company to stop marketing its wristbands with claims they boosted athletic performance. A representative of Power Balance Australia issued a statement admitting, 'That there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims. Therefore, we engaged in misleading conduct.'

U.C. Davis sports medicine expert, Dr. Brian Davis agreed. 'We just don't have any data to say whether this product really works,' he said.

Davis added the results many users of the bracelets and pendants claim may be due to a placebo effect. 'It's very easy to put on some device and assume that it actually makes you feel better because you want to feel better.'

At a Sacramento city council meeting Tuesday night, Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who represents the Natomas district, said she is pleased to see interest in Arco Arena.

Ashby said she was aware of the debate over the product's claims.

'I know that the Power Balance bracelets are somewhat controversial and may or may not be as effective as they are previously marketed to be but I do know that a lot of kids wear them,' Ashby said. 'I see them in a lot of youth sports.'

The Kings organization has not released the financial terms of the partnership.

Courtesy of www.news10.net


Nuggets committed to bringing coach Karl back - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets remain committed to bringing coach George Karl back despite the team's expected rebuilding plan, according to sources.

Karl is also committed to remaining in Denver.

His contract will expire at the end of the season, but the two sides have been working on an extension since December.

'Yeah,' Karl said Tuesday night. 'I'm hoping to be in Denver next year.'

Courtesy of www.realgm.com


Andrei Kirilenko becomes US citizen - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81) isn't making a big deal about it -- he didn't even tell his coach, Jerry Sloan -- but the Russian forward became a U.S. citizen on Monday.

Kirilenko and his wife Masha passed their immigration tests, and were sworn as American citizens at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, according to the Desert News.

Drafted by the Jazz in 1999, Kirilenko has spent his entire 10-year career in Utah after coming over for the 2001-02 NBA season. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he said 'it was time' to become a U.S. citizen. He and his wife have two sons who are already have citizenship having been born in the U.S., and they adopted a daughter from Russia who Kirilenko said will eventually get citizenship, too.

For those curious about the test, Kirilenko said it was tough, but that he was well prepared. More on that from the Deseret News:

'I know for some guys it's kind of trouble, but it wasn't a very hard test,' [Kirilenko] said.

And what was the toughest question for Kirilenko? After thinking for a minute, he replied, 'Why the colonists didn't like Great Britain. It was taxation without representation. I said everyone wanted freedom.'

Among the other questions, were 'How many amendments to the Constitution?' 'Which territory was given to the U.S. from France?' and 'Who is the vice president?

'I knew it was (Joe) Biden, but I was ready for who is the third in charge,' he said, referring to the speaker of the House.

How many amendments to the Constitution? It would be interesting to see what percentage of natural born U.S. citizens could answer that one.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Wednesday's games (12) review - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns - New Jersey N. 118-109 OT
Embarrassed a night earlier, Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) refused to let the Phoenix Suns lose again. Nash had 23 points and 16 assists, Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) also scored 23 points, and the Suns erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 118-109 in overtime on Wednesday night. Nash scored 10 in overtime and Carter had his highest point total since coming from Orlando in a trade on Dec. 18. Phoenix trailed 90-75 early in the fourth quarter before turning up the pressure on defense, bouncing back from a 132-98 loss in Denver on Tuesday and winning for only the second time in six games. 'This is the type of game, especially after [Tuesday] night, we needed to find a way to win and that's exactly what we did,' Nash said. 'We were competing but not playing great, then we took a stand. That's all Coach [Alvin Gentry] wanted whether we won or lost in the end.' Reserve Sasha Vujacic scored 19 points for the Nets, who had six players in double figures. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Utah Jazz - New York K. 131-125
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) and reserve C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) scored 24 points apiece, leading seven Utah players in double figures as the Jazz beat the New York Knicks 131-125 on Wednesday night. The game was a battle of 3-pointers, with the Jazz hitting 10 of 22 and New York making 14 of 29. Reserve Shawne Williams was 7 of 8 from behind the arc and scored 25 points for the Knicks, who made it close after trailing by as many as 16 before finishing 2-2 on their western trip. Al Jefferson added 19 points for Utah, Raja Bell had 18, Paul Millsap 17 and Andrei Kirilenko 14. Utah improved to 26-13. New York dropped to 22-16 and has not won in Salt Lake City since 2005. Reserve center Mehmet Okur returned to action for Utah after missing the last six games with a lower-back strain and finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Amare Stoudemire scored 10 of New York's first 20 points, but found himself in foul trouble. He picked up No. 2 with 4:30 left in the first quarter and No. 4 just three minutes into the third. He played just 16 minutes through the first three quarters and finished with 22 points. *Courtesy of www.northjersey.com

Golde State W. - LA Lakers 110-115
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 and the sluggish Los Angeles Lakers rallied late to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-110 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. Bryant also assisted on Ron Artest's crucial 3-pointer with 1:55 to play. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) did his part to fuel the comeback, scoring 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 20 points and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who looked uncharacteristically out of sync for much of the game before turning it on when it mattered for their 12th consecutive win over the Warriors and sixth straight in Oakland. Golden State's Monta Ellis scored 38 for his 10th 30-point game of the season after missing the two previous days of practice with the flu. But the Warriors couldn't hold an early 14-point lead against the defending NBA champions. Andrew Bynum had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who played through loud chants of 'Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!' in the waning moments from the sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena. Los Angeles pulled out some defensive stops late after trading baskets with the Warriors for much of the final quarter. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Miami Heat 111-105
Energized by the prospect of taking on the Big Three, the Los Angeles Clippers came out attacking and never let up. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 30th double-double, and the Clippers surprised Miami 111-105 Wednesday night, ending the Heat's 13-game road winning streak. Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) added 26 points and Baron Davis had 20 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who led virtually the entire game against the NBA's second-best team. It was just the 13th win of the season for Los Angeles. ''I'm sure they were a lot more hyped up for that Christmas Day game against the Lakers and not us,'' Griffin said. ''Beat the Heat!'' the sellout crowd stood and chanted in the closing seconds. ''It's a good win for us,'' Davis said in a muted locker room. ''It's not like we have done anything. We still have to get a lot better to improve our record.'' Dwyane Wade scored 31 points, LeBron James added 27 and Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who had also won nine in a row overall. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

N.Orleans H. - Orlando M. 92-89 OT
Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime on Wednesday night, snapping the Magic's nine-game winning streak. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) capped a 22-point performance with a crucial jumper and two free throws in the final minute of the extra period as the Hornets took lead for good and won their second straight. Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists and David West had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 20 rebounds, but missed a pair of free throws that could have given Orlando a one-point lead with 11 seconds to go. Jason Richardson added 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers, including a pair in the final minute to help Orlando erase a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation and force overtime. The Magic entered the game averaging 107.7 points per game during their winning streak but were frustrated by the Hornets defense that came in allowing an average of 92.2 points per game. *Courtesy of www.fox8live.com

Milwaukee B. - San Antonio S. 84-91
Reserve Matt Bonner (6'9''-F-80, college: Florida) scored all 17 of his points in the second half, Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 23 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-84 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win. The Spurs improved the NBA's best record to 33-6 despite a pace more fitting to the grinding Bucks, who came in as the worst shooting and lowest scoring team in the league. Trailing by two, Bonner sparked an 11-2 run after hitting two 3-pointers and a floater that gave San Antonio a 79-72 lead with 8:32 left. When Milwaukee cut it to three late, Bonner answered with a 15-footer with 57 seconds to play that halted the Bucks' rally. John Salmons scored 17 and Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, losers of four of their last five. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 112-118
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 23 points and 13 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped the franchise's 11-game losing streak in Houston with a 118-112 win over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Thabo Sefolosha grabbed 13 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka and Jeff Green added 16 points apiece for the Thunder. The franchise won in Houston for the first time since Feb. 22, 2005, when the team was still the Seattle SuperSonics. Luis Scola scored 31 points, but none in the fourth quarter, for Houston. The Rockets played without leading scorer Kevin Martin (sore right wrist) and backup center Brad Miller (sore left knee) for the second straight game. Houston scored a season-high 70 points in the paint, but went 5-for-18 from 3-point range. Green sank two 3-pointers in the first six minutes and the Thunder built an early lead. Oklahoma City started 9-for-13 from the field, and Durant and Westbrook had two of the misses. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 101-104
Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left, Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored a season-high 36 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory. Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Al Horford had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won nine of their past 11 meetings with the Raptors. Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 26 points for the Raptors, who also got 26 from Andrea Bargnani. Toronto has lost five of seven and 14 of 19. Jose Calderon had 11 points and nine assists for Toronto, but lost the ball out of bounds in the final 10 seconds and his team down by a point. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Charlotte B. - Chicago B. 96-91
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) had 22 points and 12 assists, hit four decisive free throws down the stretch and outplayed Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) in the Charlotte Bobcats' 96-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. The Bulls, off to their best start since their last title under Michael Jordan in 1998, couldn't keep it going with Jordan sitting courtside. The Bobcats owner stood and clapped as the final seconds ticked down in Charlotte's fourth straight win. Ex-Bull Tyrus Thomas added 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Bobcats moved to 6-2 under interim coach Paul Silas. Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Luol Deng added 22 points for Chicago, which lost for only the fifth time in 20 games. Rose, who had been on a tear of late, scored 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting and committed a key turnover in the final minute. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Boston C. - Sacramento K. 119-95
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 25 points and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had 10 points and 13 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 119-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Pierce scored 15 points in the first quarter as Boston got off to a quick start to bounce back from surprising home loss to Houston on Monday night. The Celtics had been 5-5 since Christmas, when they lost to the Orlando Magic to end a 14-game winning streak. Reserve Carl Landry scored 17 points and Beno Udrih had 16 for Sacramento, which has lost 12 consecutive road games. The Kings lost 136-133 in overtime to the Wizards in Washington on Tuesday night and arrived in Boston at 3:30 a.m., just beating the worst of the blizzard that blanketed the Boston area with more than a foot of snow. The Celtics thanked fans for coming out in the snow; it was announced as a sellout, and there weren't many no-shows. And the crowd got an early start on the way out, thanks to a blowout that the Celtics needed. Since opening the season with a 23-4 record - the best in the East - the Celtics had played .500 ball and fallen a game behind Miami in the conference. After Monday's loss to the Rockets, who were without leading scorer Kevin Martin, Boston coach Doc Rivers warned his players that the loss of home-court advantage could be costly. They seemed to respond. Ray Allen scored 14 points, making four of five from 3-point range, and reserve Semih Erden had 10 points and eight rebounds while filling in at center when Shaquille O'Neal got into early foul trouble. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

Detroit P. - Memphis G. 99-107
There have been several times in Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) 's career that he has been rumored to be joining the Detroit Pistons. The former Michigan State star showed again Wednesday night why the Pistons have wanted him. Randolph finished with 34 points and 17 rebounds -- his ninth career double-double against the Pistons and his third 30-point game at the Palace of Auburn Hills -- and his Memphis Grizzlies beat Detroit 107-99. 'Z-Bo makes it easy for us,' said Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut), who added 26 points. 'He's a big mismatch, because he's such a load down low. He gets rebounds and he is always getting himself in position to score.' Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the second half as Memphis scored 64 points to rally for the victory. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - Dallas M. 102-89
The Indiana Pacers have struggled at times to find offense late in games. Rookie Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) provided it when it was needed on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old forward scored a season-high 16 points for the Pacers in a 102-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Indiana an 83-71 lead with 10 minutes left, and the Pacers remained ahead by at least six points the rest of the way. 'Other nights, I would have been hesitant to shoot the ball,' he said. 'Tonight, I just wanted to play with confidence. I know within myself, if I play with confidence, I'll start getting into a flow, and that's what happened tonight.' Pacers coach Jim O'Brien began playing George recently to provide a spark, and it has worked. 'He is shooting with confidence, and he's in and out defensively,' he said. 'But by and large, I thought he was very good defensively tonight. He can shoot it. He is going to be a terrific basketball player.' The Pacers squandered a 15-point lead in the second half of their previous home game by shooting 1 for 15 in the fourth quarter of a loss to San Antonio. They shot 8 for 19 in the fourth against Dallas a night after winning at Philadelphia. The Pacers hadn't won consecutive games since Nov. 28 against the Los Angeles Lakers and Nov. 30 against Sacramento. *Courtesy of www.wishtv.com




Michael Beasley may miss games due to ankle sprain - by Eurobasket News
Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) rolled his ankle and got a mild sprain last Friday night against Portland. He played through it Sunday against the Spurs but rolled it again. He played through that on Tuesday after some treatment and, you guessed it, aggravated the sprain for the third straight game.

Beasley has gotten the message, hes taking some time off, he told the Star Tribune. How long is unclear but on Wednesday coach Kurt Rambis called him doubtful for Thursday. The Wolves next game after that is Sunday against the Magic.

Beasley has become the perimeter threat for the T-Wolves, and has averaged 19.8 points per game in the Wolves last 10. He has not been terribly efficient getting there (16.6 shot attempts per game to get those points) but the Wolves will take the offense wherever they can get it at this point.

Courtesy of www.probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


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


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.8 
 2. Timus, Tromso26.1 
 3. Kombat, Froya23.1 
 4. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 5. Karlsen, Asker22.2 
 6. Bullock, Gimle21.9 
 7. January, Tromso21.4 
 8. Diomande, Ammerud21.0 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken20.3 
 10. Gabrans, Froya18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.5 
 2. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.8 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.3 
 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: 5
 1. Bullock, Gimle5.0 
 2. Gabrans, Froya4.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.3 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.8 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.7 
 9. Timus, Tromso3.7 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.4 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.4 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.3 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Hinsch, Asker1.9 
 7. Mahnin, Asker1.8 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Okoroafor, Ammerud1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.8 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken1.2 
 4. January, Tromso1.2 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.8 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 9. Ndiaye, Gimle0.6 
 10. Sorensen, Ammerud0.5 


BLNO Round 14: Derby game ends with Ulriken's defeat of Gimle - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bergen: Ulriken (#3) and Gimle (#5). Ulriken (9-3) won against visiting Gimle (4-8) 72-67. Gimle was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!). Guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Stian Enge (190-90) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Gimle. Ulriken have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record behind leader Tromso. Gimle at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kristiansand. Ulriken are looking forward to face Kristiansand (#6) at home in the next round. Gimle will play against Froya in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ammerud supposed to be quite interesting. Fourth ranked Baerum (7-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Ammerud (2-10). Baerum smashed Ammerud 82-53. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vincent Hamilton chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) responded with 16 points and 6 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. Baerum maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Ammerud lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Baerum will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud will play at home against Froya (#7) in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Asker (10-3) and 8th ranked Ammerud (2-10) in Asker on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Asker outscored guests from Ammerud 87-54. Ronny Karlsen notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by Thor Hagen did not help to save the game for Ammerud. Ammerud's coach Ulf Landstrom gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Asker has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Tromso. Ammerud lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Asker will meet at home league's leader Tromso in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ammerud will play against Froya (#7) in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Asker - Ammerud 87-54

The game between second ranked Asker (10-3) and 8th ranked Ammerud (2-10) in Asker on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Asker outscored guests from Ammerud 87-54. The game without a history. Asker led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Ammerud to an opponent 22.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Asker outrebounded Ammerud 48-32 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Asker players scored in double figures. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by the former international forward Thor Hagen (196-80) did not help to save the game for Ammerud. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) added 9 points and 4 steals for the guests. Ammerud's coach Ulf Landstrom gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Asker has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Tromso. Ammerud lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Asker will meet at home league's leader Tromso in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ammerud will play against Froya (#7) in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asker: R.Karlsen 21+14reb+4ast, F.Nyborg 14+5reb+3ast, T.Aliferis 13+4reb, C.Hinsch 10+5reb, M.Midtvedt 8+4reb+3ast, M.Sterenga 7+5reb+2ast
Ammerud: T.Hagen 10+7reb, M.Molvaer 9+1reb, J.Hellerstrom 9+1reb+1ast, S.Diomande 9+4reb+1ast, V.Cairo 5+2reb, M.Bryn 4+2reb
gschID: 99004


Ulriken - Gimle 72-67

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bergen: Ulriken (#3) and Gimle (#5). Ulriken (9-3) won against visiting Gimle (4-8) 72-67. Gimle was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!). Guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Stian Enge (190-90) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Gimle. Ulriken have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record behind leader Tromso. Gimle at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kristiansand. Ulriken are looking forward to face Kristiansand (#6) at home in the next round. Gimle will play against Froya in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: A.Eskeland 35+4reb+3ast, A.Ouakkaha 16+6reb+6ast, C.Ndow 9+3reb, T.Mullenax 6+9reb+2ast, J.Solbakken 4, D.Hammer 2+5reb
Gimle: S.Enge 26+7reb+2ast, F.Gnatt 13+1reb+2ast, S.de Lange 11+4reb+3ast, P.Bullock 7+6reb+6ast, B.Ndiaye 5+4reb+2ast, S.Rakneberg 4+4reb
gschID: 99005


Ammerud - Baerum 53-82

The game in Ammerud supposed to be quite interesting. Fourth ranked Baerum (7-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Ammerud (2-10). Baerum smashed Ammerud 82-53. The game without a history. Baerum led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Ammerud turnovers. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Vincent Hamilton (196-80, college: Wilberforce) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Baerum players scored in double figures. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Thor Hagen (196-80) scored 8 points and 6 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. Baerum maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Ammerud lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Baerum will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud will play at home against Froya (#7) in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baerum: N.Skara 13+2reb+1ast, V.Hamilton 12+6reb, S.Berg 12+2reb+2ast, D.Oatis 10+20reb+2ast, A.Ronnqvist 10+2reb+5ast, M.Elgmork 6+3reb+2ast
Ammerud: S.Diomande 16+6reb+2ast, T.Hagen 8+6reb, B.Aunan 7+1reb, O.Okoroafor 6+5reb, M.Molvaer 6+1reb, A.Inagaki 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 99003




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


Cavalry charges past Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry brought their A game to the Metro Centre on Tuesday night.

The Halifax Rainmen, in their first big test of the young season, could muster only a middling grade as the defending Premier Basketball League champs rode a big second quarter to a 105-94 victory in a matchup of two unbeaten clubs.

A disappointed Eric Crookshank said he and his teammates may have been guilty of making too much of the early-season showdown against the squad that swept them from the PBL playoffs a year ago.

'I think we should have come in here and played like a normal game,' said the veteran power forward, who netted 12 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in 35 minutes.

'We were looking at them like the league champions. We put em high on a pedestal we got a good team, you know, but they came in and they kicked our bums.'

The Cavalry, now 3-0, held a two-point lead after a fast-paced first quarter but took control with a 10-0 run to start a second period in which the Rainmen went ice-cold. Halifax hit only four of 18 shots, missing all seven attempts from three-point range, and trailed by as many as 20 points before reaching halftime looking up at a 52-37 deficit.

'With a team like that, you cant let them get that big of a lead that early in the game, theyre just too good,' said Rainmen small forward Marshall Brown, who scored 11 points. 'Youre constantly digging yourself out of a hole for the rest of the game.'

Thats how the Rainmen spent the third and fourth quarters. Behind by 23 points at one point, they mounted several runs to try to fight back but the Cavalry always had an answer.

Midway through the fourth, a 9-1 stretch got Halifax to within 89-80, igniting the 2,100 Metro Centre fans whod been silenced by Lawton-Fort Sills big second period. After the Cavalry responded, the Rainmen completed a 9-0 run on a Mike Mercer hoop with about a minute left to cut the gap to 100-92. But that was as close as they got.

Elvin Mims (6'5''-G/F-79, college: S.Mississippi) topped Lawton-Fort Sill with a game-best 24 points while Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) had 16 and Jamaal Davis 15 for the Cavalry, who scored 26 points in each of the first three quarters and had 27 in the fourth.

Halifax, trying to equal the 3-0 start of the 2008-09 Rainmen, was led by Taliek Brown's (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) 18 points. Kavon Jones added 16, Mercer chipped in with 15 and Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) had 13.

The Rainmen ended up outscoring the Cavalry by two points in both the third and fourth quarters but werent able to overcome their tepid second period.

'At times, when a team scores a few buckets in a row, you feel the pressure and you start trying to do it yourself and I felt like we just didnt come together when we needed to,' Marshall Brown said.

Crookshank, who gave his team a C minus for Tuesday nights performance, agreed with that assessment.

'Veteran teams, when they get down, . . . they stay together. Were a young team and weve gotta work on that.'

The loss was the third in a row for the Rainmen at home against the Cavalry, the only PBL team with a regular-season or playoff win at the Metro Centre the past two seasons.

The Rainmen will try to reassert their home-court dominance Saturday night when they entertain the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, making their first visit to the Metro Centre.

The Stallions, one of two new PBL teams this season, are 1-2 going into tonights showdown with their expansion cousins, the Dayton Air Strikers.

Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca


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Castro keys TNT win over Derby Ace in Game 5; Beermen nip Gin Kings, move closer to PBA finals - by Eurobasket News
Fifth Game

Derby Ace L. - Talk N Text 83-97

Jason Castro (173-G-86) came off the bench and scored 22 points to spark Talk 'N Text past defending champion B-Meg Derby Ace, 97-83, to move within striking distance of reaching the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum. Castro keyed two separate runs that spelled the difference in the Game 5 win that gave the Tropang Texters a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven semifinals series. The telecommunication franchise can advance outright to its first All-Filipino Cup Finals in two years with another win on Friday, also at the Big Dome. The former Philippine Christian University (PCU) stalwart was at the helm of a huge 16-4 run in the fourth quarter that stopped the comebacking Llamados on their tracks. The reigning champions had just threatened at 76-77 with 9:18 to go when Castro, in tandem with Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Larry Fonacier (186-G-82), unleashed that big offensive blast that put the Tropang Texters way ahead for good, 93-80, in the final 1:35. Ali Peek (194-F-75, college: St.Mary's, CA) complemented Castro with 16 points, while Fonacier and Ranidel de Ocampo had 13 each. 'We know they're the defending champions, so it's going to be a hard series,' said Alapag, who finished with only eight points but was a solid presence in the Tropang Texters' backcourt. James Yap paced the reigning champions with 24 points, 15 in the first half when the Llamados led by as many as 14 points before settling for a 31-20 lead at the end of the first period. But Castro combined with Alapag to lead a furious Tropang Texters comeback, tying the score at 48-all. Fonacier's long three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer put Talk 'N Text in front for good, 51-48. The Tropang Texters led by as much as 62-50 halfway in the third period on a Peek basket underneath. - Courtesy of KY, RCJ, GMANews.TV

Fourth Game
Ginebra - San Miguel 104-108 OT2
San Miguel outlasted Barangay Ginebra in double overtime, 108-104, and moved on the verge of making the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum. Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) had a career-high 20 rebounds and 19 points, while Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in an all-around showing for the Beermen, who now lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1, following the grind-out win in Game Four. The Beermen opened the second extra period with seven unanswered points for a 106-99 lead, before holding off a late comeback by the Kings to seal the deal. Another victory against the embattled Kings on Friday will have the Beermen advancing to their 32nd stint in the championship round. Rookie coach Ato Agustin expressed his intention to finish off the Kings. 'Pag ganito ang nilalaro ng mga players, malamang na papasok na kami sa Finals,' he said in the post-game interview. 'There were signs na mananalo kami. They missed crucial free throws and then we made stops.' For the record, only two teams in the 36 years of Asia's pioneering pro league were able to come back from a 1-3 deficit and win a series. Ginebra was one of them, initially doing the feat in the 1991 First Conference Finals against Shell. Purefoods later duplicated the feat at the expense of Alaska in the 2006 Philippine Cup semifinals. Jong Uichico admitted Ginebra could have won the game outright in regulation. 'I thought we should have won in regulation,' he said. 'If games are this close, the players will have to make the plays.' Danny Ildefonso sent the game into overtime at 94-94 following an unmolested shot with 12.6 second left in regulation. Mark Caguioa got away from Dondon Hontiveros, but missed a driving lay-up with two seconds left for the first overtime period. Again the Kings had a shot at a possible win, but Jay-Jay Helterbrand missed two important free throws with 1:06 remaining that could have put Ginebra on top. The second overtime ended at 99-99. The Beermen then summoned their remaining strength and delivered the most crucial run of the night by outscoring the Kings, 7-0, to start the second extra period. The closest Ginebra could get was at 102-106 on a three-pointer by Willie Miller with 1:38 left to play, but veteran Olsen Racela, seeing action in his 918th game, clinched the win for the Beermen by sinking two free throws for the final count. Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) finished with a personal conference-best of 28 points, while Enrico Villanueva (197-C-80) added 19 for the Kings. - Courtesy of KY, RCJ, GMANews.TV




PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.2 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.17.3 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 9. Washington, San M.16.4 
 10. Isip, Barako16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.3 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text11.4 
 3. Washington, San M.10.3 
 4. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.9.5 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.4 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.8 
 10. Baclao, Air218.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.8 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.4 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.7 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 8. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.3.8 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 5. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.3 
 6. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 7. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.6 
 4. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text1.2 
 6. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.2 
 7. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 9. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.0 


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  POLAND   


Changes in All-Star Game rosters - by Lukasz Leik
Kevin Goffney (196-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga) from ASK KS Siarka Tarnobrzeg and Mantas Cesnauskis (189-G-81, agency: Promotex) from Energa Czarni Slupsk will not play in Polish All-Star Game. Goffney will be replaced by Ivan Koljevic (185-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) from PGE Turow Zgorzelec because of his injury and Jerel Blassingame (177-G-81, college: UNLV) will play instead of his teammate Cesnauskis who is ill. Lithuanian guard was also selected to take part in Spalding 3-Point Shootout, so Koljevic will also go in for a shootout.
Polish All-Star Game will take place on 16th January in Kalisz.


Marcin Sroka moves to Ukraine - by Lukasz Leik
Marcin Sroka (200-F-81, agency: Promotex) has terminated his contract with AZS Koszalin. Polish small forward will soon sign a new one with Politekhnika-Halychyna.
Politekhnika is currently on 12th position in ukrainian Superleague. Sroka knows the coach Andrei Podkovyrov, because of his short stint in Energa Czarni Slupsk in 2008/2009 season.
This is the first time that Marcin Sroka will play abroad. In current season this 30-year-old player averaged 10.8 points adding 2.8 rebounds recording a season-high 26 points against Zastal Zielona Gora.


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  PORTUGAL   


Antonio Paulo Ferreira at the highest level - by Hugo Carvalho
The portuguese coach Antonio Paulo Ferreira, who recently left Barreirense not stopped and continues to work and at the highest level. The portuguese coach is participating in the work of the team Estudiantes Asefa from ACB league (10 to 23 January). The aim is to work on what is the best league in the world (ACB) right after the NBA. Share experiences, strengthen knowledge and live with the preparation of the team Estudiantes Asefa for the league and ULEB Eurocup. This participation is very important for Portugal and our league will be stronger for sure in the future. This team is still struggling to win the Cup of the King. On January 18 in Madrid, will play against CEZ Basketball from Czech Republic. It is a privilege to have a portuguese coach at the highest level of basketball worldwide.
It is also the promise that we will publish the results of this work.
Good luck to Antonio Paulo Ferreira.
By Hugo Carvalho



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  RUSSIA   


Andrei Kirilenko becomes US citizen - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81) isn't making a big deal about it -- he didn't even tell his coach, Jerry Sloan -- but the Russian forward became a U.S. citizen on Monday.

Kirilenko and his wife Masha passed their immigration tests, and were sworn as American citizens at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, according to the Desert News.

Drafted by the Jazz in 1999, Kirilenko has spent his entire 10-year career in Utah after coming over for the 2001-02 NBA season. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he said 'it was time' to become a U.S. citizen. He and his wife have two sons who are already have citizenship having been born in the U.S., and they adopted a daughter from Russia who Kirilenko said will eventually get citizenship, too.

For those curious about the test, Kirilenko said it was tough, but that he was well prepared. More on that from the Deseret News:

'I know for some guys it's kind of trouble, but it wasn't a very hard test,' [Kirilenko] said.

And what was the toughest question for Kirilenko? After thinking for a minute, he replied, 'Why the colonists didn't like Great Britain. It was taxation without representation. I said everyone wanted freedom.'

Among the other questions, were 'How many amendments to the Constitution?' 'Which territory was given to the U.S. from France?' and 'Who is the vice president?

'I knew it was (Joe) Biden, but I was ready for who is the third in charge,' he said, referring to the speaker of the House.

How many amendments to the Constitution? It would be interesting to see what percentage of natural born U.S. citizens could answer that one.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


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  SERBIA   


Slobodan Bozovic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sloga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Sloboda Uzice (#7, 8-7) with 22-point margin 91-69. Sloga is placed at 11th position in Serbian A League. Sloga is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. Bozovic turned to be Sloga's top player in his first season with the team. Bozovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.9ppg) and averages solid 73.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old power forward Borislav Djurovic (205-F/C-80) of KK Crnokosa Kosjeric. Djurovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Crnokosa lost that game 73-83 to the higher-ranked Beograd (#2, 11-4). Crnokosa managed to keep the same 13th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Crnokosa managed to get this year. Djurovic is a newcomer at Crnokosa 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 Dejan Buric (204-C-81) of Tamis Petrohemija Pancevo (#8). Buric scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Tamis, leading his team to a 77-62 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Borac (#10, 6-9). The chances of Tamis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Buric could help Tamis to bring them higher in the standings. Buric has a very solid season. In 15 games in Serbia he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.9rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 66.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Andjic (201-F-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 19 points and 4 rebounds
5. Filip Covic (180-G-89) of FMP - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) of Metalac - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87) of Superfund - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Slobodan Pejovic (192-G-86) of Napredak - 25 points and 2 rebounds
9. Zoran Majkic (207-C-78) of Proleter Naftagas - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Marko Ljubicic (200-F-87) of Metalac - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 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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  SLOVENIA   


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 13-1 
 2. Sencur CP 12-2 
 3. Kraski Zidar 11-3 
 4. Splosna plovba 10-4 
 5. Litija 9-5 
 6. Hrastnik 7-7 
 7. Grosuplje 7-7 
 8. Radovljica 6-8 
 9. Medvode 6-8 
 10. Nova Gorica 5-9 
 11. KD Postojna 5-9 
 12. Primorac Branik 3-11 
 13. Konjice 2-12 
 14. Triglav Kranj 2-12 


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. Jotic, Rogaska17.3 
 5. Pusic, Litija17.1 
 6. Markus, Triglav .17.0 
 7. Blazevic, Litija16.9 
 8. Tomic, Rogaska16.4 
 9. Marcetic, Nova G.16.3 
 10. Lobe, Grosuplje16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirnes HUSIC
  Kraski Zidar
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Husic, Kraski Zidar11.2 
 2. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.2 
 3. Spesic, Rogaska8.8 
 4. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.7 
 5. Hocevar, Triglav .8.0 
 6. Barovic, Primor.8.0 
 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. Jereb, Konjice3.3 
 10. Ovnik, Hrastnik3.3 
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, Rogaska2.1 
 5. Bratina, Primor.2.0 
 6. Zalar, Kraski Zidar2.0 
 7. Roser, Medvode1.9 
 8. Podobnik, Medvode1.9 
 9. Glavas, KD Postojna1.8 
 10. Trampus, Grosuplje1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.0 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje1.4 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.4 
 4. Barovic, Primor.1.1 
 5. Trampus, Grosuplje1.1 
 6. Hren, Litija0.9 
 7. Kosec, Sencur CP0.9 
 8. Alispahic, Grosuplje0.7 
 9. Klepo, Radovljica0.7 
 10. Podobnik, Medvode0.6 


Vranjkovic has season-ending knee surgery, Helios inks Petrovic, Alispahic out for two months - by Zeljko Zule
Marko Vranjkovic (204-F/C-90) will undergo knee surgery, likely sideling him for the rest of the season. He is Helios' third-leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 23 minutes. Helios have already activaced their free agent Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81). He appeared in 21 Adriatic League last season and averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 assists. Those numbers jumped to 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals in the 32 games of Slovenian Teleamch League.
Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) of Grosuplje will be sidelined by an elbow injury for at least two months. He suffered injury during a B-1 League game on Saturday .



1B Round 14: Kraski Zidar beats Splosna plovba in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Kraski Zidar (11-3) survived in overtime against Splosna plovba (10-4) by three points 106-103 on Saturday night. Splosna plovba trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-21 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 15-18. 36 personal fouls committed by Splosna plovba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Tilen Zalar (193-87) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Forward Mirnes Husic (203-85) chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Rok Perko (179-87) produced 26 points and 4 assists for the guests. Splosna plovba's coach Konstantin Subotic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kraski Zidar moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Splosna plovba dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Kraski Zidar are looking forward to face Grosuplje (#7) in Grosuplje in the next round. Splosna plovba will play at home against Litija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Rogaska delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 13th ranked Triglav Kranj (2-12) 103-68. Power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Zeljko Jotic contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Rogaska's coach Matej Baksic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Ziga Markus (195-92) replied with 29 points for Triglav Kranj. Rogaska (13-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Triglav Kranj at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Konjice. Rogaska will play against Medvode (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Triglav Kranj will play against Primorac Branik (#12) in Maribor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Grosuplje, where higher ranked Grosuplje (7-7) lost at home to tenth ranked Nova Gorica (5-9) 71-81 on Saturday. Marko Marcetic scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Blaz Lobe responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Nova Gorica maintains tenth position with 5-9 record, which they share with KD Postojna. Loser Grosuplje keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Hrastnik. Nova Gorica will meet higher ranked Hrastnik (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Grosuplje will play against Kraski Zidar in Sezana and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Postojna, where higher ranked Litija (9-5) lost to eleventh ranked KD Postojna (5-9) in a road game 72-86. Gregor Jakhel notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. KD Postojna moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nova Gorica. Litija lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. KD Postojna's next round opponent will be higher ranked Radovljica (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Litija will play against Splosna plovba in Portoroz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 14 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Konjice was defeated by Medvode in a road game 64-57. Hrastnik smashed Primorac Branik at home 95-63. Radovljica lost to Sencur CP on the opponent's court 80-84.



Grosuplje - Nova Gorica 71-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Grosuplje, where higher ranked Grosuplje (7-7) lost at home to tenth ranked Nova Gorica (5-9) 71-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Nova Gorica. Grosuplje managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Guard Marko Marcetic (186-79) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Rajko Rituper (202-75) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals during the contest. Power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and center Matija Trampus (203-89) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Grosuplje players scored in double figures. Nova Gorica maintains tenth position with 5-9 record, which they share with KD Postojna. Loser Grosuplje keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Hrastnik. Nova Gorica will meet higher ranked Hrastnik (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Grosuplje will play against Kraski Zidar in Sezana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nova Gorica: M.Marcetic 25+5reb+1ast, R.Rituper 19+4reb+1ast, G.Kuburic 12+5reb+3ast, T.Horvat 8+1reb, T.Sluga 7+1reb, N.Djuzic 6+2reb
Grosuplje: B.Lobe 16+7reb+3ast, Z.Jerman 13+2reb+2ast, M.Trampus 12+5reb+2ast, J.Misic 11+3reb+4ast, Z.Erculj 10+4reb, J.Virk 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 89515


Medvode - Konjice 64-57

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Konjice (2-12) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Medvode (6-8) 64-57. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Medvode outrebounded Konjice 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Konjice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Andraz Podobnik (198-88) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and swingman Franko Primoz (195-88) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by power forward Bostjan Sivka (200-76) did not help to save the game for Konjice. Swingman Aljosa Gacnik (194-83) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Medvode moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Radovljica. Konjice lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Medvode's next round opponent will be league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Konjice will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sencur CP (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Medvode: A.Podobnik 21+12reb+3ast, F.Primoz 12+8reb+1ast, M.Cilgic 6+2reb+2ast, Z.Drvaric 6+3reb+1ast, R.Babic 4+4reb+3ast, Z.Jenko 4+1reb
Konjice: B.Sivka 18+6reb+2ast, A.Gacnik 14+7reb+2ast, T.Jereb 8+3reb+2ast, J.Teras 6+4reb+2ast, S.Cresnar 5+1reb+1ast, D.Sipura 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 89512


Triglav Kranj - Rogaska 68-103

Leader Rogaska delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 13th ranked Triglav Kranj (2-12) 103-68. The game without a history. Rogaska 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 Triglav Kranj's 34 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rogaska outrebounded Triglav Kranj 50-25 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Zeljko Jotic (185-89) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Rogaska players scored in double figures. Rogaska's coach Matej Baksic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Ziga Markus (195-92) replied with 29 points and Rok Cebasek (-85) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Triglav Kranj. Rogaska (13-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Triglav Kranj at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Konjice. Rogaska will play against Medvode (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Triglav Kranj will play against Primorac Branik (#12) in Maribor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rogaska: I.Spesic 26+14reb, M.Petrovic 18+6reb+3ast, Z.Jotic 18+6reb+4ast, D.Ambroz 16+5reb+3ast, J.Pesic 6+10reb+1ast, U.Polajzar 5+1reb
Triglav Kranj: Z.Markus 29+1reb+1ast, M.Svarc 10+2reb+3ast, R.Cebasek 9+10reb+4ast, J.Luca Bilbija 8, L.Mezan 7+2reb+2ast, A.Zupanec 3+2reb
gschID: 89513


Hrastnik - Primorac Branik 95-63

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Hrastnik (7-7) smashed at home 12th ranked Primorac Branik (3-11) 95-63. The game without a history. Hrastnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Primorac Branik's 38. Hrastnik forced 23 Primorac Branik turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Primorac Branik's players. Swingman Miha Vajdic (202-75) notched 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Ziga Koritnik (197-89) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Hrastnik players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by forward Ilija Gavric (200-88) did not help to save the game for Primorac Branik. Guard Jan Tratnik (190-89) added 16 points and 6 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hrastnik moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Grosuplje. Primorac Branik at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Hrastnik's next round opponent will be Nova Gorica (#10) at home. Primorac Branik will play against Triglav Kranj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hrastnik: M.Vajdic 18+5reb+2ast, Z.Koritnik 16+5reb+3ast, Z.Percel 15+1reb+2ast, T.Tusek 12+4reb+5ast, D.Brcina 12+3reb+1ast, A.Kristo 7+3reb+5ast
Primorac Branik: I.Gavric 23+4reb+1ast, J.Tratnik 16+3reb+6ast, N.Senekovic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bratina 6+2reb+2ast, Z.Pihlar 4+1reb+1ast, D.Barovic 3+8reb
gschID: 89514


KD Postojna - Litija 86-72

An interesting game took place in Postojna, where higher ranked Litija (9-5) lost to eleventh ranked KD Postojna (5-9) in a road game 72-86. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when KD Postojna's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-17 extending their advantage to 14 points. KD Postojna outrebounded Litija 39-24 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Gregor Jakhel (206-88) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Tim Skerbec (200-93) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points by Kosovan guard Dragan Pusic (193-84) did not help to save the game for Litija. Guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KD Postojna moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nova Gorica. Litija lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. KD Postojna's next round opponent will be higher ranked Radovljica (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Litija will play against Splosna plovba in Portoroz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KD Postojna: G.Jakhel 25+14reb+2ast, T.Skerbec 22+6reb+2ast, K.Panic 19+3reb+2ast, M.Zupanc 17+6reb+2ast, K.Muha 3+4reb+3ast, M.Radmanovic 0
Litija: D.Pusic 19+1reb+3ast, C.Lipovsek 13+6reb+1ast, A.Blazevic 13+5reb+4ast, L.Hren 11+6reb+1ast, L.Dobovicnik 5+1reb, M.Goropevsek 5+2reb
gschID: 89510


Sencur CP - Radovljica 84-80

Very expected game in Kranj where 8th ranked Radovljica (6-8) was defeated by second ranked Sencur CP (12-2) 84-80. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 27-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sencur CP made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Radovljica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Stefan Kosec (195-83) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Dejan Milasinovic (179-89) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sencur CP's coach Gregor Jeras allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by Serbian power forward Uros Ivanovic (204-74) did not help to save the game for Radovljica. Center Milan Klepo (211-80) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Five Sencur CP and four Radovljica players scored in double figures. Sencur CP has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Rogaska. Newly promoted Radovljica keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Sencur CP's next round opponent will be Konjice (#13) at home which should be an easy win for them. Radovljica will play against KD Postojna (#11).
Top scorers:
Sencur CP: S.Kosec 20+6reb+3ast, D.Milasinovic 16+5reb+4ast, J.Hladnik 12+4reb, R.Horvat 12+3reb+3ast, U.Troppan 10+6reb, A.Urbanc 8+7reb+1ast
Radovljica: A.Tomic 17+2reb+3ast, U.Ivanovic 17+11reb+1ast, M.Klepo 16+6reb, J.Ucman 11+3reb+2ast, G.Budkovic 9+1reb+1ast, E.Omanovic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 89511


Kraski Zidar - Splosna plovba 106-103 OT

Kraski Zidar (11-3) survived in overtime against Splosna plovba (10-4) by three points 106-103 on Saturday night. Splosna plovba trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-21 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 15-18. 36 personal fouls committed by Splosna plovba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Tilen Zalar (193-87) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Forward Mirnes Husic (203-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Rok Perko (179-87) produced 26 points and 4 assists and power forward Alen Prole (198-83) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Splosna plovba's coach Konstantin Subotic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kraski Zidar moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Splosna plovba dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Kraski Zidar are looking forward to face Grosuplje (#7) in Grosuplje in the next round. Splosna plovba will play at home against Litija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kraski Zidar: T.Zalar 24+2reb+4ast, Z.Lazarevski 18+4reb, M.Likar 17+2reb, M.Husic 15+14reb, N.Buda 12+7reb+1ast, M.Meden 12+1ast
Splosna plovba: R.Perko 26+4reb+4ast, A.Prole 16+8reb+1ast, P.Djurkovic 16+4reb+1ast, A.Kavgic 14+5reb+1ast, D.Moro 14+2reb, J.Drenik 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 89509




Olimpija sells 32,000 Top 16 tickets in 20 minutes! - by Zeljko Zule
A breakthrough season for Union Olimpija in all aspects of the club's sports and business operations continued on Wednesday when 32,000 tickets for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 were sold in just 20 minutes. The average of almost 11,000 tickets sold already for each of the three games in the Top 16 almost guarantees a continuance of the sellout crowds at 13,000-seat Stozice Arena that highlighted the regular season there. This is the team's first season at Stozice, which opened in August. After playing its Euroleague opener at Stozice before 8,700 fans to start the regular season, Olimpija had an average attendance of 12,900 in its subsequent four home games. Olimpija went undefeated at home to finish 6-4, good for second place in its regular season group. In the Top 16, Olimpija will face defending champion Regal FC Barcelona, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Lottomatica Roma in Group F. For the Top 16, the club has planned on-court shows involving more than 140 artists, acrobats and dancers that will assure a basketball party for a new generation of Euroleague fans at Stozice Arena! (euroleague.net)

Igor Spesic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian 1B - by Eurobasket News
Igor Spesic (204-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Terme Rogaska and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1B Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Triglav Kranj (#14, 2-12) with 35-point margin 103-68. It allowed Rogaska to consolidate first place in the Slovenian 1B. Rogaska has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. It's Spesic's second year at Rogaska and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Spesic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 56.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old power forward Gregor Jakhel (206-F/C-88) of KD Postojna. Jakhel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead KD Postojna to another comfortable win 86-72 over the higher-ranked Litija (#5, 9-5) being unquestionably team leader. KD Postojna's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Jakhel is a newcomer at KD Postojna 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 Andraz Podobnik (198-F-88) of Tinex Medvode (#9). Podobnik scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Medvode, leading his team to a 64-57 win against the lower-ranked Konjice (#13, 2-12). The chances of Medvode ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Podobnik could help Medvode to bring them higher in the standings. Podobnik has a very solid season. In 7 games in Slovenia he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 64.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mirnes Husic (203-F-85) of Kraski Zidar - 15 points and 14 rebounds
5. Stefan Kosec (195-F/C-83) of Sencur CP - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tilen Zalar (193-G-87) of Kraski Zidar - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Miroslav Petrovic (199-F-84) of Rogaska - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rok Perko (179-G-87) of Splosna plovba - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marko Marcetic (186-G-79) of Nova Gorica - 25 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ilija Gavric (200-F-88) of Primorac Branik - 23 points and 4 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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South Korean KBL round 29 best performance: Sang-Oh Park - by Eurobasket News
Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Sonic Boom KT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Daegu Orions (#9, 9-22) 87-73. Sonic Boom KT is placed at 2nd position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT will need more victories to improve their 22-9 record. In the team's last game Park had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Sonic Boom KT, through which he has constantly improved. Sang-Oh Park has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (5th best: 1.4apg) and averages impressive 60.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Chris Alexander (216-C-80, agency: Priority Sports) of LG Sakers. Alexander had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead LG Sakers to another comfortable win 83-70 over the higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#4, 17-14) being unquestionably team leader. LG Sakers' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-17 record. Alexander is well-known at LG Sakers and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another LG Sakers' star - American forward Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent). Stevenson scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of LG Sakers, helping his team with a 83-70 easy win against the higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#4, 17-14). The chances of LG Sakers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stevenson could help LG Sakers to bring them higher in the standings. Stevenson has a great season in South Korea. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (2nd best). Greg Stevenson has also South Korean passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Simon (207-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 14 points and 11 rebounds
5. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Herbert Hill (203-F-84) of Elephants - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights - 23 points and 5 rebounds
9. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of KCC Egis - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT - 21 points and 8 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)


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Joventut lost Henk Norel - by Giorgos Diploidis
Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) will miss the rest of the season due to a serious injury in his left knee. The player was hurt in the game of DKV Joventut Badalona for the Spanish league (16 week) against Caja Laboral Vitoria where his team lost in Vitoria 98-78 . Norel managed to play in this match 23 minutes before to get out scoring 2 points and taking 6 rebounds

Since now the Dutch center for had an average of 6.4 points and 4.8 rebound in ACB.



Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.1 
 2. Martinez, Valencia15.8 
 3. McDonald, DKV J.15.7 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.6 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.15.6 
 6. Navarro, Regal B.15.3 
 7. English, DKV J.14.5 
 8. Kurz, Granada14.4 
 9. San Emeterio, Caja L.13.2 
 10. Davis, Cajasol12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kurz, Granada9.5 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral7.3 
 4. Donaldson, Menorca6.8 
 5. Doellman, Meridiano6.7 
 6. Trias, DKV Joventut6.5 
 7. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.4 
 8. Davis, Cajasol6.4 
 9. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.4 
 10. Miralles, Lagun A.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Rubio, Regal Barca5.3 
 3. Cook, Valencia4.8 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 5. Ciorciari, Menorca4.4 
 6. Dumas, Valladolid4.1 
 7. Ingles, Granada3.9 
 8. Green, Gran Canaria3.8 
 9. Prigioni, Real Madrid3.6 
 10. San Miguel, Manre.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Joe INGLES
  Regal Barca
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ingles, Granada2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol2.1 
 4. Mickeal, Regal Barca2.0 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.2.0 
 6. Davis, Cajasol2.0 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.1.9 
 8. Victor, Menorca1.8 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Real Madrid
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fischer, Real Madrid1.8 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.7 
 3. Kurz, Granada1.4 
 4. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 5. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.3 
 6. Majstorovic, Manre.1.1 
 7. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.1 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Barac, Caja Laboral1.0 
 10. Savane, Gran C.0.9 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 13-3 
 2. Real Madrid 13-3 
 3. Caja Laboral 11-5 
 4. Valladolid 10-6 
 5. Valencia 10-6 
 6. DKV Joventut 9-7 
 7. Fuenlabrada 9-7 
 8. Bizkaia Bilbao 9-7 
 9. Gran Canaria 8-8 
 10. Unicaja 8-8 
 11. CAI Zaragoza 7-9 
 12. Lagun Aro GBC 7-9 
 13. Cajasol 7-9 
 14. Manresa 6-10 
 15. Estudiantes 6-10 
 16. Menorca 4-12 
 17. Meridiano 4-12 
 18. Granada 3-13 


Barcelona's Pascual gets two more years - by Eurobasket News
The Euroleague's defending champion, Regal FC Barcelona, announced Wednesday a contract extension that will keep coach Xavier Pascual at the head of the team's bench through the end of the 2012-13 season. The two-year extension was added to Pascual's current deal, which was due to expire at the end of the season. Pascual, 38, led Barcelona to its second Euroleague crown last season with one of the most dominant modern performances in the competition. Barcelona's 20-2 final record was the highest winning percentage of any Euroleague champ all decade. Those 20 victories came by an average margin of 14.8 points. And Barcelona was just the third team since the Final Four era began in 1988 to win both their semifinal and title games by double-digits. After the season, Pascual was honored with the Euroleague's Aleksandar Gomelskiy Coach of the Year award. Since taking over the Barcelona bench less than three years ago, on February 14, 2008, Pascual has also won the 2009 Spanish League and 2010 Spanish Cup titles. Before joining the club as an assistant coach in 2005, Pascual had been a head coach at lower-division teams Aracena and Olesa, among others, in Spain.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Sodertalje21.2 
 2. Hargrove, Jamtland20.5 
 3. Smith, Uppsala20.4 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.3 
 5. McCoy, Boras19.6 
 6. Gunnarsson, Solna19.6 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland17.8 
 8. Palm, Boras17.3 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.1 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.5 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.3 
 3. Palm, Boras9.3 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.6 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Salaam, Jamtland7.2 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.1 
 10. Jonzen, Uppsala7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.1 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.4 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.3 
 7. Smith, Uppsala4.3 
 8. Mosley, Eco Orebro4.2 
 9. Hargrove, Jamtland4.2 
 10. McCoy, Boras4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.9 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.4 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.4 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 5. Smith, Uppsala2.1 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.1 
 7. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.9 
 8. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.2 
 2. Palm, Boras1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.3 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 7. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping0.9 


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Defending champ Song-shan marches into semifinal round - by Chris Wang
Two-time defending champion Song-shan HS advanced to the semifinal round after defeating Nan-shan HS in the last game of the quarterfinal round to finish No. 1 with a 6-1 record.

Center-forward Hu Lung-mao had 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks and guard Chien Chao-yi added 12 points in the 65-59 win on Jan. 9.

Song-shan HS is scheduled to meet the No. 4 seed San-min HS in the semifinal, which will be played Feb. 26, while No. 2 seed Nan-shan HS will take on third-seeded Nen-ren HS, which has lost in the HBL finals to Song-shan HS in the last two years, in the other semi match.

Song-shan beat San-min in the quarterfinal round as Hu scored 42 points. The matchup of Hu and San-min center Shih Yen-tsung will be a sight to watch in the semi. Nan-shan beat Nen-ren 79-64 in the round robin quarterfinal.

Men's quarterfinal standing:
1. Song-shan HS 6-1
2. Nan-shan HS 5-2
3. Nen-ren HS 4-3
4. San-min HS 4-3
5. Tai-shan HS 4-3
6. Nan-hu HS 3-4
7. Hsin-jung HS 2-5
8. Youth HS 0-7

In the women's group, top seed Hai-shan HS will meet Jin-ou HS in the semifinal while defending champion Tamsui HS, the No. 2 seed, will meet Hu-jian HS in the other match.

Women's quarterfinal standing:
1. Hai-shan HS 7-0
2. Tamsui HS 6-1
3. Hu-jian HS 5-2
4. Jin-ou HS 4-3
5. Nan-hu HS 3-4
6. Taipei First Girls' HS 2-5
7. Pu Men HS 1-6
8. An-le HS 0-7


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Allen Iverson to have growth removed - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA star Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown) plans to have a growth removed from his right leg in the United States and intends to rejoin his Turkish team in time for the playoffs.

Iverson, who signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Turkish team Besiktas this fall after no NBA team showed any interest, had tests on the calf three weeks ago to find the cause of persistent pain, his business manager and longtime friend, Gary Moore said Wednesday.

An MRI originally showed a tiny shadow between the two bones in Iverson's lower leg, but he continued to play. When the pain worsened, a second MRI was taken in the last few days and showed the shadow had doubled in size to a half-penny. Moore said the shadow could be anything from a lesion to a cyst to a tumor.

Iverson, who was en route back to the U.S. and unavailable for comment, hopes to find out by having surgery within the next few days.

'Two things have to happen,' Moore said. 'First, that lesion has to come out. Second, it has to be tested to see if it is malignant or benign.'

Besiktas spokesman Kursat Kaplan told The Associated Press on Wednesday the team would assess Iverson's future after another MRI this week. Iverson, though, Moore said, is proceeding as if the shadow is benign and expects to be back on the court for Besiktas in four to six weeks.

'People need to know that Allen is and always has been a fighter,' Moore told The AP by phone. 'He's got a battle ahead of him.'

Moore said this is something that neither he nor Iverson ever expected could happen.

'He's a freak of nature the way he has played through everything,' Moore said. 'But this was the most pain he's ever been in. Remember when he took that knee from Shaquille O'Neal, 160 pounds going up against 350? The pain in his leg is 10 times worse than that. This might be the biggest challenge he's ever had.'

However, Moore denied Turkish reports that said Iverson planned to retire.

'It's not a misquote, it's an outright lie, because he didn't talk to anybody,' Moore said. 'He has every hope of playing again.'

Iverson, an 11-time NBA All-Star, has said he's happy with his new career in Turkey, though his start has been mixed since playing his first game in November.

Moore said Iverson, the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2001, last played Saturday.

'This is the most pain he's ever felt from any injury he's had,' Moore said to The AP. 'He's been in tremendous agony.'

Iverson spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia before bouncing through Denver and Detroit, ending up in Memphis last season.

He played only three games before returning for a second stint with the Sixers, where he averaged 13.9 points in 25 games. He took a leave of absence toward the end of the season to deal with some family matters, which he said have been resolved.

When no NBA team was interested in him, Iverson was wooed by Besiktas executive board member Seref Yalcin to continue his career overseas.

'He's enjoying the beauty of the country, the beauty of the people,' Moore told The AP. 'No one has any expectations of him other than what he gives on the basketball court. No one cares about what he did five, six years ago.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Back from the Holiday Break - by Brandon Gordon
Whats good yall! Ya boy is back from the holiday break. Had a great time at the crib. Time seemed too short but it was well worth it and back to work I go. Well Ive been back for a cool minute now but im just now writing in the blog and we had our first game since the break and it unfortunately resulted in a blowout. We played the #1 Genc Banvit and they beat us like we stole something. We got handed and beating by 30!!! True enough they are bigger and more talented than as a whole but aint no way we shouldve have gotten beat like that. They were well prepared for us and knew everything we even thought about doing. But it was mostly our fault for not preparing or scouting our opposing team. To be honest we never do. This is the first team Ive ever been on that does this type of thing. We never prepare for the team in practice, never watch film until the day before the game, and never watch filim on ourselves to learn from our own mistakes. With all that being said they actually expect to win on gameday.

Now its funny to me that even though we got beat by 30 with a mediocre talented and undersized team which managed to get to a .500 record after an 0-3 start they still manage to blame a lot like this on me (the American). Even though i manage to lead the team in EVERY category. Things are getting more and more frustrating everyday and with management constantly blaming you when things are going bad doesnt make it any easier. ( I did mention that Im the only American on the team didnt I)?? So all this weight is placed on my shoulders and mine alone. I told you my job is harder than anybody that atleast has more than one foreign player on a team. Everyday im praying and practicing harder just to try to get better and prepare myself for the game mentally and physically because the odds are definitely not in my favor.

Another thing is I hate when people talk and try to blame you for things and have no valid reason or proof justifying their statement. Just rididculous and stupid if you ask me.
But we got the #2 Ormanspor this sunday and its thursday and we have gone over nothing at all about what this team does neither have we watched the film on ourselves the last time we played them. i will watch the film but i guarantee we wont watch it as a team. Well im signing off for now. A bit frustrated at the moment but hoping for the best. PEACE


Oyak Renault brings in Ogun Sevinc - by Eurobasket News
Oyak Renault reinforced its roster at position 2/3. The team signed a deal with Ogun Sevinc (198-F/G-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) for rest of the season. Sevinc is coming to Oyak Renault from Kepez Bld Antalya, where he started this season. He played 12 games for them in TB2L collecting 11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Ogun Sevinc split last season between Aliaga and ITU. He had limited time with Aliaga and later with ITU he had 10.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg in TB2L. In the past, Sevinc also was a member of Trabzon, Alpella and Ulker.
Ogun Sevinc played for the Turkish University National Team at the World University Games 2009 in Serbia. He had 2.3 ppg for 7 appearances. Sevinc also played for U20, U19 and U18 Turkey in the past.


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Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 2-0 
 2. Columbus C. 2-1 
 3. Colonial F. 1-1 
 4. Cleveland V. 1-2 
 5. NE Air Soul 0-3 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 10-1 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 10-5 
 3. Georgia L. 6-4 
 4. Atlanta A. 5-7 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-5 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 5-0 
 2. DFW Warriors 5-1 
 3. Tennessee D. 5-5 
 4. Norman E. 3-2 
 5. Austin K. 1-1 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Dallas Star 3-7 
 2. Columbus Crush 2-1 
 3. Houston X. 0-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-3 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-5 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-8 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.1 
 2. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 3. Kearse, Dallas Star23.0 
 4. Hill, DFW Warriors22.6 
 5. Webb, Tennessee D.21.3 
 6. Stroud, GIE M.20.2 
 7. Cromartie, Atlan.20.0 
 8. Joseph, St.Mount.19.3 
 9. Davis, Dallas Star19.1 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Dailey, GIE M.11.7 
 2. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 3. Hill, DFW Warriors10.0 
 4. Stroud, GIE M.10.0 
 5. Davis, Dallas Star9.5 
 6. Akpele, S.Generals9.3 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.9.2 
 8. Moore, S.Generals9.0 
 9. Stokes, Dallas Star8.7 
 10. Williams, GIE M.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Will DE LA CRUZ
  DOM
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 2. Beaulah, GIE M.8.2 
 3. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.0 
 4. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 5. Williams, GIE M.7.4 
 6. Douglas, DFW W.7.2 
 7. Brown, Norman E.6.8 
 8. Taylor, Tennesse.6.2 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.5.7 
 10. Webb, Tennessee D.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Demetrice WILLIAMS
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, GIE M.3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas Star3.5 
 3. Taylor, Tennesse.3.2 
 4. Williams, S.Generals2.6 
 5. Sloan, S.Generals2.5 
 6. Brown, Norman E.2.4 
 7. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 9. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.2 
 10. Stroud, GIE M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Davis, Dallas Star3.2 
 4. Hall, St.Mount.3.2 
 5. Wilson, Tennesse.2.8 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors2.6 
 7. Dailey, GIE M.2.6 
 8. Stokes, Dallas Star2.4 
 9. Carlyle, DFW W.1.7 
 10. Bedford, Georgia L.1.7 


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Hoverla add Richard Jeter - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla filled in the spot that was vacant after they parted ways with Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80). The Ivano-Frankovsk team signed a deal with Richard Jeter (198-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC). The 30-year-old guard started the season in the UBA. He played for Tennessee Dragons before leaving the team in October. Richard Jeter moved to KK Lirija in FYR Macedonia. Richard Jeter appeared in ten Macedonian Superleague games. He tallied 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Last season Richard Jeter started in Consuelo San Pedro in Dominican Republic, then the guard moved to New Zealand to join the Manawatu Jets. He finished the season with the Austin Knights in the UBA. Richard Jeter is not new to Ukraine. He played for Azovmash back in 2004/05 season.


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 20-5 
 2. BC Donetsk 20-5 
 3. Hoverla 16-9 
 4. Azovmash 15-10 
 5. Kryvbasbasket 15-10 
 6. Dnipro 14-11 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 12-14 
 8. Mykolaiv 11-13 
 9. BC Odessa 11-14 
 10. DniproAzot 9-15 
 11. Khimik 8-18 
 12. Halychyna 7-19 
 13. BC Kyiv 5-20 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.4 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.2 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.1 
 6. Williams, Halychyna16.0 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.3 
 8. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
 9. Morrison, Halyc.14.7 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alan WIGGINS
  Halychyna
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 2. Burns, Fe.8.5 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.3 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 6. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 7. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa6.6 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 3. Millage, Khimik5.0 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.4 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.8 
 3. House, Azovmash1.7 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.7 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.5 
 7. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 8. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Rybalko, Fe.1.3 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.4 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 4. Pettway, Dnipro1.6 
 5. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 9. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Gilyevych, Mykolaiv1.1 


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Betts Retires From Team GB - by Paul Nilsen

GB Standard Life player, Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) (33), has announced his decision to retire from international basketball.

He commented on his decision to take a step back from international competition: My decision to retire is based on my wish to spend time with my family. I am going to be 34 in May and my recent contracts have meant I have been playing away from my family and the summer is my time to be with my three children. I think its time to let the younger guys have their turn with GB and I think I leave the team in the best situation it has ever been in with the best talent and also the most professional organisation the country has ever seen.

Playing for England and GB has given me so many good memories and has made me so proud. All international athletes will tell you there is no better feeling than pulling on your countries shirt and hearing your national anthem. I have played for my country for 13 years and loved every minute of it.

Betts is from Leicestershire, and he is currently acting as an ambassador for the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, as was instrumental in their recent signing of 7foot centre Liam Potter

He debuted for England in 1996 against Slovakia and went on to collect 39 caps, averaging 11 points per game. He first donned a GB vest in 2007 in a EuroBasket test game versus Georgia. From there he racked up 23 caps from 12 test games and 11 competitive games, of which he started 18 and averaged a strong 10 points per game.

Betts was a vital part of the GB team that successfully achieved promotion in 2007 to EuroBasket Division A following a 6-0 game record. His highest scoring game for GB, where he banked 17 points, was in their 110-78 victory over Albania. In 2008 GB qualified for the EuroBasket finals the following year in Poland, where Betts played in two of their three losses, averaging 10 points in what was to be his last games for GB.

Betts wishes his former teammates luck as they head to Lithuania to compete in EuroBasket 2011. I honestly believe that if all the players selected show up this summer we have a realistic chance for a medal. Many people will think I'm crazy for saying that but last time at the EuroBasket finals we had the toughest possible group and we didn't have Luol [Deng]. If Ben Gordon does play this summer it will make our starting fiveas strong as any team there.

He added: Thank you to Chris Finch [GB coach], Lazlo Nemeth [England coach] and all the GB and England staff that have supported me over the years.

GB Standard Life Head Coach, Chris Finch, commented on Betts incredible commitment to his countrys team over the last few years: It's players like Andy that should make up every counties National Teams. His sacrifice, commitment, leadership and of course performance has been inspirational for our programme. I cannot personally thank him enough for all he has given to Great Britain and England.

We completely understand and respect his decision to step away from the international game and spend this time with his family. Life presents you with limited opportunities and time to share with your loved ones and given our line of work it becomes a continual balancing act. As such, it's hard to feel anything but happiness for Andy and his family. We shall miss him greatly, but like all of the players that I have had the pleasure of working with since the inception of the GB programme in 2006, he will always remain part of our family too.

I think I have a few good years left at the top level yet. As a veteran having the summers to relax and recuperate are a necessity if I am to continue playing.




Sharks Back To Best Against Raiders - by Paul Nilsen
One Health Sharks Sheffield warmed up for Sundays BBL Cup final with a comfortable 96-82 over the in-form UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders on Wednesday night.

Sharks looked back to their early season form while Raiders couldnt overcome a slow start, which saw them trail by 10 at the end of the first quarter and more than 20 at half time.

A 12-2 run up to the half time buzzer gave Sharks their biggest lead of the half at 54-31.Sharks kept a lead of 20 points through the majority of the third quarter. Raiders best run of 10-4 only got them back to 66-47 before Sheffield, through Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham) and Mike Tuck combined well to stretch the margin to 77-54.

After a scoreless first half Evaldas Zabas was leading Raiders better play and he set up Chez Marks for the last basket of the period to trim Sharks lead to 77-57.

Any hopes Plymouth had for a comeback were extinguished by a Steve Dagostino inspired 14-4 burst, which put Sharks lead to 91-61 and the match beyond the visitors.




Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Liverpool MT 12-2 
 2. Cheshire Jets 10-3 
 3. Newcastle 8-3 
 4. Glasgow Rocks 8-4 
 5. Sheffield Sharks 8-4 
 6. Guildford Heat 8-5 
 7. Plymouth 7-6 
 8. Leicester Riders 6-6 
 9. Worcester 5-10 
 10. MK Lions 2-6 
 11. Worthing 1-13 
 12. Essex Pirates 0-13 


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, Plymouth20.2 
 5. Stout, Sheffiel.20.2 
 6. Nelson, MK Lions19.6 
 7. Dagostino, Sheffi.19.5 
 8. Smith, Newcastle19.5 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.18.8 
 10. Marks, Plymouth18.7 
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. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 5. Polk, Plymouth8.9 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.8.5 
 7. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.4 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.8.0 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.7.9 
 10. Dobbins, Worcester7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.3 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.9 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.5 
 4. Middleton, Worce.5.4 
 5. Patton, Sheffi.4.8 
 6. Chapman, Newcastle4.2 
 7. Marks, Plymouth4.1 
 8. Blount, Leices.4.0 
 9. Harrison, Glasgow .3.9 
 10. Missere, Leices.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. Harrison, Glasgow .2.1 
 4. Moore, Newcastle2.1 
 5. Clark, MK Lions2.0 
 6. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.2.0 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.1.8 
 8. Livas, Glasgow .1.8 
 9. Schneck, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. Adu, Essex Pirates1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.2 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Richard, Newcastle1.3 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.2 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester1.1 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.0.9 
 8. Harris, Leices.0.9 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.9 
 10. Tuck, Sheffiel.0.6 


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Hayes talks about the present of Cordon - by Sergio Palay



Cordon defeated Olimpia and continues to fight to get into playoffs. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) is key at this time of the team.
We talked to him about the team and the future

Would you like to be the team's first offensive option?

Honestly, I would like to be whatever option is needed to win. Some nights that may mean me being the first option offensively and other nights I may have more of a defensive assignment. On those nights my teammate Austen Powers and the other guys are more than capable of leading the way.

What are the objectives for the remainder of the season?

The top objectives for us as a team is really just to come to the gym every day and get better, trying to work ourselves further into the playoffs. At this point of the season what worked last week against a team may not work again because the good teams study and make adjustments. If we want to be around in February we will have to do the same.






Last four stages at Uruguayan League - by Sergio Palay
With just four stages to complete the second phase, six teams have secured their place in playoff. They are: Malvin (33.0), Defensor Sporting Club (32.5), Atletico Bigua (31.0), Atletico Aguada (31.0), Club Trouville (30.5) and Hebraica Macabi (29.0)
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Club Atletico Olimpia (27.5), Atletico Welcome (27.5), Atletico Cordon (27.0) and Bohemios (25.0) are fighting for the last two places.
This is the fixture for each team

Club Atletico Olimpia: Bohemios (Home) - Atletico Welcome (Away) - Hebraica (Away) - Defensor Sporting Club (Away)
Atletico Welcome: Cordon (Home) - Club Atletico Olimpia (Home) - Atletico Aguada (Neutral) - Club Trouville (Away)
Cordon: Atletico Welcome (Away) - Club Trouville (Home) - Bohemios (Away) - Atletico Bigua (Away)
Bohemios: Club Atletico Olimpia (Away) - Atletico Bigua (Away) - Cordon (Home) - Malvin (Away)


Hayes and Powers lead Cordon - by Hector Lopez
Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 28 points with 5 rebounds and Austen Powers (203-F-87, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle) netted 18 with 10 rebounds, leading Cordon to beat Olimpia 90-82 for LUB 5th round 2nd stage, also for Cordon, Marcel Bouzout (206-C-71) netted 16 points with 10 rebounds. For Olimpia Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 18 with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. The standings with four rounds still to be played are: Malvin 33, Defensor Sporting 32.5, Aguada and Bigua 31, Trouville 30.5, Hebraica Macabi 29, Olimpia and Welcome 27.5, Cordon 27, Bohemios 25. The eigth best teams will advanced to the best-of- five quater finals.

Standings - LUB

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


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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 6-1 
 2. Unics 6-1 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 4-3 
 4. Minsk-2006 3-3 
 5. Dnipro 1-6 
 6. Honka 0-6 
Group B
 1. Khimky 6-1 
 2. Zalgiris 5-2 
 3. Azovmash 4-3 
 4. Asseco Prokom 3-5 
 5. VEF Riga 3-5 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 1-6 




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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Rivas Ecopolis edged Gospic Croatia to ensure Top 16 birth - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis-Gospic Croatia 99:89

Rivas Ecopolis edged Gospic Croatia to ensure Top 16 birth of EuroLeague. The Spanish team overcame Croiatian representative 99:89.
It was an offensive start and only due to the last shot in it Gospic grabbed 29:28 lead. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) gave their side 41:34 advantage and Rivas enjoyed 52:42 halftime advantage. The tempo remained the same in the third quarter and the hosts managed to keep the lead. Both squads finished the third frame as the board showed 81:57 for the Spanish outfit. In the last frame the guests played better and reduced the gap to 10 points.
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) was unstoppable with 27 point for the winners and Amaya Valdemoro netted 18. Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 14, whilst Elisa Aguilar added 11. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) as well as Vrsaljko had 15 each. Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) posted 14 and Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 11.

Rivas Ecopolis: DeWanna Bonner 27, Amaya Valdemoro 18, Courtney Paris 14, Elisa Aguilar 11
Gospic Croatia: Sandra Mandir 22, Jelena Ivezic 15, Vrsaljko 15, Michelle Maslowski 14, Maurita Reid 11



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Euroleague Round: 9 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Taranto - Mondeville 79-67
Taranto toppled visiting USO Mondeville in Round 9 of Euroleague regular season. Taranto thus climbed at 8-1 record on top of Group A. USO Mondeville are at 3-6 record in the fifth place in the standings. Taranto controlled the situation in the opening minutes. The hosts posted a 14:5 lead but USO Mondeville struck back. The French team went on a 12:0 run to take a 17:14 lead almost before the break. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) dragged Taranto closer but the visitors tipped off the second frame with 7 points in a row to stay on top. Pagnier opened a double-digit lead for USO Mondeville midway through the second term. But Taranto stayed contestant as they narrow the distance at only two-point mark at halftime 40:42. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor), Wambe and Megan Mahoney put Taranto back in front in the third term. The hosts capped the period with a 6:1 run to earn a 62:56 advantage. Taranto erupted for 17:2 rally midway through the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Sophia Young knocked down 18 points to lead Taranto. Elodie Godin added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Lenae Williams replied with 18 points for USO Mondeville. Aurelie Bonnan had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Pecs 2010 - Dobri Anjeli 75-72
Pecs 2010 grabbed an important victory at home over Good Angels Kosice for 4-5 record in Euroleague Group A. The Hungarian team led 10 points in the last quarter but saved 75:72 total win. The first quarter was a real battle in the game and the teams stayed closed to each other after 10 minutes at 18:17. Fegyverneky opened the second frame for 19:18 and Houston later tied at 36:36. They were all tied three times in the third frame as well, while Ivanyi's three-pointer brought 55:50 on the board. Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87, college: Nebraska) drove a lay-up for 64:54 and Fegyverneky kept the difference midway through the quarter. Kelsey Griffin made the last successful free throw in the game for the final result. Ivanyi paced all the winners with 18 points and Fegyverneky netted 15. Kelsey Griffin posted 14, while Bujdoso added 12. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) responded with 18 points in the losing effort as her team fell at 5-4. Zirkova scored 13 and Houston was responsible for 12 points.

TTT Riga - Wisla Can-Pak 74-82
Wisla Can-Pack improved to 6-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The Polish Powerhouse overcame TTT Riga 82:74 in Latvia to send the hosts to 1-8 record. Riga outfit started better and Karklina as well as Butler led to 9:5 advantage. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) increased to 16:9 and Butler added two for 22:15. The picture remained the same in the second period, while the guests managed to reduce the gap at the end of the first half. Jelavic and Basko cut it to 39:37 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to Wisla. After 24-18 in it, the Polish team enjoyed 61:57 deficit after three periods. Leuchanka made it 79:70, while Dita Krumberga closed the game with the jump shot for her team. Powell and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) stepped up with 18 points each for the winners. Leuchanka debuted with 14 and Pawlak added 10. Zellous answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Karklina had 17. Butler produced 16 points, while Dita Krumberga netted 10.

Group B
Lotos Gdynia - Fenerbahce 64-77
Perfect Fenerbahce march on in Group B of EuroLeague. The Turkish Powerhouse grabbed 77:64 road win over Lotos Gdynia for 9-0 record. Monica Wright surprised the guests with 6 consecutive points and Bjelica scored for 10:5. Lotos managed to keep the lead until the first period and Babkina scored for 22:15. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) brought the guests 24:23 and Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:36. Horakova nailed three for 45:39 and Nevriye Yilmaz posted two free throws for 56:43. Both squads nailed 13 points each in the last frame for the final 77:64 result on the board. It was Angel McCoughtry with a lay-up to deliver the 9th consecutive win for her new team Fenerbahce. Nevriye Yilmaz led the way with 19 points, while Taylor and Matovic followed her with 16 points. Angel McCoughtry debuted with 11 points in a win. Monica Wright responded with 23 points in the losing effort. Babkina scored 21, while Bjelica had 10.

MKB Eurol. - UMMC 68-87
MKB Euroleasing experienced the strength of this seasons Euroleague favorites UMMC tonight. The Hungarian team hosted the Russian powerhouse and had to surrender at the end. Candace Parker returned to action in style for UMMC. She tallied 23 points to lead the visitors to the eighth win in the season. UMMC climbed on top of Group B after the victory. MKB Euroleasing suffered the fifth defeat as they are at 4-5 record. The hosts opened the game with five points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the quarter. But Arteshina and Abrosimova gave UMMC a narrow 19:17 advantage after ten minutes. UMMC went on a 10:0 run midway through the second quarter to clear off. The visitors recorded a 41:32 lead at halftime. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Abrosimova and Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) ensured a 20-point lead for UMMC midway through the third term. MKB Euroleasing never recovered in the reminder of the contest as the Russian team cruised to the victory. Sandrine Gruda accounted for 20 points for UMMC. Agnieszka Bibrzycka added 12 points in the win. Amber Holt answered with 23 points for MKB Euroleasing. Tijana Krivacevic had 10 points in defeat.


Rivas Ecopolis-Gospic UMMC 99-89

Rivas Ecopolis edged Gospic Croatia to ensure Top 16 birth of EuroLeague. The Spanish team overcame Croiatian representative 99:89.
It was an offensive start and only due to the last shot in it Gospic grabbed 29:28 lead.
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) gave their side 41:34 advantage and Rivas enjoyed 52:42 halftime advantage. The tempo remained the same in the third quarter and the hosts managed to keep the lead. Both squads finished the third frame as the board showed 81:57 for the Spanish outfit. In the last frame the guests played better and reduced the gap to 10 points.
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) was unstoppable with 27 point for the winners and Amaya Valdemoro netted 18. Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 14, whilst Elisa Aguilar added 11. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) as well as Vrsaljko had 15 each. Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) posted 14 and Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 11.



Group C
Tarbes - Spartak V MR 61-78
Spartak Moscow Region posted the sixth Euroleague victory this season. They overcame Tarbes in France to return to the second spot in Group C ladder. Tarbes slipped at 3-6 record in a three-team tie for the fourth position in the ladder. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) led the three-time defending champions with 21 points. Spartak quickly spurred in front and rallied to a 19:10 lead. They maintained the tempo building a 23:13 advantage after ten minutes. Tarbes got as close as 7 points but Sonja Petrovic triggered a 9:0 run as the visitors cleared off. The Russian powerhouse established a 40:29 lead at the interval. The margin grew in the third term and Spartak entered the fourth period up by 19 points. Spartak MR controlled the tempo in the final stanza and drove to the win at the end. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) notched 12 points for the winners. Sonja Petrovic and Jelena Milovanovic had 11 points apiece for Spartak. Jelena Dubljevic responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Tarbes. Ivanka Matic finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Galatasaray - Perfumerias 64-81
Halcon Avenida celebrated the seventh Euroleague victory this season. They surprised Galatasaray in Istanbul to improve at 7-2 record. Galatasaray fell at 3-6 record still balancing between the fourth and fifth place in Group D. Alba Torrens and Anna Montanana teamed up to ensure a quick start for Halcon Avenida. The Spanish team outscored Galatasaray 23:8 in the starting ten minutes. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) and Melisa Can (188-F-84, college: Rutgers) managed to drag Galatasaray closer late in the first half. The hosts trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 32:37. However Alba Torrens fired 8 points in a 10:0 run late in the third frame that gave the visitors a 60:44 advantage. Halcon Avenida marched on in the final stanza and posted a confident win at the end. Alba Torrens nailed 24 points for Halcon Avenida. Erika DeSouza added 18 points and 11 caroms in the win. Seimone Augustus answered with 15 points for Galatasaray. Melisa Can and Sylvia Fowles finished with 12 points apiece in defeat.

USK Praha - VICI Kaunas 87-60
USK Praha cruised past VICI Kaunas in Euroleague regular season Round 9. The Czech champions experienced little problems en route to the fifth win in Group C. They climbed onto the second place in the ladder. VICI Kaunas fell at 3-6 record after the loss. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89), Delisha Milton-Jones and Lindsay Whalen came up with 20 points each to lead impressive USK Praha offense. Valentiene gave VICI Kaunas a 3:2 lead early in the encounter but the hosts quickly proved their strength. They fired 27 points in the starting period to take an 11-point lead. USK Praha opened the second quarter on a 13:2 run to boost the lead. They marched to a comfortable 52:29 lead at the interval. The things stayed almost the same in the second half. USK Praha eased to a 74:42 lead at three-quarter time and never looked back. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) accounted for 17 points. Marina Solopova answered with 20 points for VICI Kaunas. Giedre Paugaite had 14 points in defeat.

Group D
Familia Schio - Nadezhda O. 74-66
Schio stood off ambitious Nadezhda to earn the sixth win in Euroleague Group D. The Italian side improved at 6-3 record as they share the second spot with Bourges. Nadezhda slipped at 4-5 record after the loss. Masciadri and McCaville helped Schio surge in front early in the encounter. But Nadezhda did not allow the hosts to run away. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) unleashed 10 points in the quarter and the visitors trailed by two points 17:19. Sapova organized a 7:0 run that propelled Nadezhda to a 23:19 lead early in the second term. But Schio immediately answered with a 12:2 run to retain the lead. The hosts ensured a 40:32 lead at the interval. Burik and Tina Charles drew things level at 47 midway through the third quarter. But Schio once again cleared off to a take some breathing room at 57:50 with ten minutes remaining. Sapova and Tina Charles kept Nadezhda hopeful in the fourth quarter but Erkic, Pastore and Laura Macchi came up with timely buckets to seal the winning outcome for Schio. Laura Macchi stepped up with 17 points for Schio. Liron Cohen added 14 points in the win. Tina Charles was impressive for Nadezhda with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Hammon finished with 12 points in the loss.

Bourges - Frisco Sika 77-60
Bourges earned Euroleague victory #6 this season. They rallied past visiting Frisco Sika to climb at 6-3 record in Group D. The teams traded baskets in a close first quarter. Bourges were more accurate as they recorded an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Miljkovic and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) gave the hosts a 6-point lead midway through the second term. Ndognue knocked down a pair of jumpers late in the half as Bourges recorded a 40:29 lead at the interval. The margin continued to grow in the third quarter. Styliani Kaltsidou and Ndongue gave the home side a 17-point buffer. Bourges enjoyed a comfortable 61:45 lead at the final break. They did not slow down in the fourth quarter. The French side stayed in charge and drove to a confident win at the end. Endene Miyem knocked down 22 points for Bourges. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) added 17 points in the victory. Cheryl Ford answered with 19 points and 21 boards for Frisco Sika. Frida Eldebrink had 14 points in the loss.

Gorzow - Ros Casares 52-86
Ros Casares eased to the seventh win in Euroleague regular season Group D. They stunned Gorzow in Poland to remain on top of the standings at 7-2 record. Gorzow fell at 2-7 record in the fifth position. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was pivotal for Ros Casares in the starting quarter. She knocked down 11 points to help the visitors to a 19:18 lead. The Valencia team tipped off the second term with 9 consecutive points to boost the margin. Palau and Martinez ensured a 39:22 lead for the Spanish team as they started to get away. Ros Casares posted a 48:24 lead at the interval. The margin just kept on growing in the third stanza. Ros Casares recorded an impressive 70:30 advantage before the final stanza and did not look back on the way to the victory. Rebekkah Brunson stepped up with 16 points to lead Ros Casares. Edwige Lawson-Wade added 12 points in the win. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) responded with 19 points for Gorzow. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) and Justyna Zurowska contributed 9 points each in the loss.




Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Taranto 8-1 
 2. Wisla Can-Pak 6-3 
 3. Dobri Anjeli 5-4 
 4. Pecs 2010 4-5 
 5. Mondeville 3-6 
 6. TTT Riga 1-8 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 9-0 
 2. UMMC 8-1 
 3. MKB Eurol. 4-5 
 4. Rivas Ecopolis 4-5 
 5. Gospic 1-8 
 6. Lotos Gdynia 1-8 
Group C
 1. Perfumerias 7-2 
 2. Spartak V MR 6-3 
 3. USK Praha 5-4 
 4. Galatasaray 3-6 
 5. Tarbes 3-6 
 6. VICI Kaunas 3-6 
Group D
 1. Ros Casares 7-2 
 2. Familia Schio 6-3 
 3. Bourges 6-3 
 4. Nadezhda O. 4-5 
 5. Frisco Sika 2-7 
 6. Gorzow 2-7 


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Spartak Moscow Region bring victory from France - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Spartak MR 61:78

Spartak Moscow Region posted the sixth Euroleague victory this season. They overcame Tarbes in France to return to the second spot in Group C ladder. Tarbes slipped at 3-6 record in a three-team tie for the fourth position in the ladder. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) led the three-time defending champions with 21 points.
Spartak quickly spurred in front and rallied to a 19:10 lead. They maintained the tempo building a 23:13 advantage after ten minutes. Tarbes got as close as 7 points but Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) triggered a 9:0 run as the visitors cleared off. The Russian powerhouse established a 40:29 lead at the interval. The margin grew in the third term and Spartak entered the fourth period up by 19 points. Spartak MR controlled the tempo in the final stanza and drove to the win at the end. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) notched 12 points for the winners. Sonja Petrovic and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) had 11 points apiece for Spartak. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Tarbes. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Tarbes: Jelena Dubljevic 10, Ivanka Matic 9
Spartak MR: Epiphanny Prince 21, Sue Bird 12, Sonja Petrovic 11, Jelena Milovanovic 11



Taranto outgun USO Mondeville - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - USO Mondeville 79:67

Taranto toppled visiting USO Mondeville in Round 9 of Euroleague regular season. Taranto thus climbed at 8-1 record on top of Group A. USO Mondeville are at 3-6 record in the fifth place in the standings.
Taranto controlled the situation in the opening minutes. The hosts posted a 14:5 lead but USO Mondeville struck back. The French team went on a 12:0 run to take a 17:14 lead almost before the break. Dacic dragged Taranto closer but the visitors tipped off the second frame with 7 points in a row to stay on top. Pagnier opened a double-digit lead for USO Mondeville midway through the second term. But Taranto stayed contestant as they narrow the distance at only two-point mark at halftime 40:42. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor), Wambe and Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) put Taranto back in front in the third term. The hosts capped the period with a 6:1 run to earn a 62:56 advantage. Taranto erupted for 17:2 rally midway through the final term and rolled to the victory at the end.
Sophia Young knocked down 18 points to lead Taranto. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) replied with 18 points for USO Mondeville. Aurelie Bonnan (187-F-83) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Taranto: Sophia Young 18, Elodie Godin 15, Megan Mahoney 11
USO Mondeville: Lenae Williams 18, Aurelie Bonnan 15+11 boards



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Pecs 2010 grabbed an important victory at home over Good Angels Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Pecs 2010- Good Angels Kosice 75:72

Pecs 2010 grabbed an important victory at home over Good Angels Kosice for 4-5 record in Euroleague Group A. The Hungarian team led 10 points in the last quarter but saved 75:72 total win.
The first quarter was a real battle in the game and the teams stayed closed to each other after 10 minutes at 18:17. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) opened the second frame for 19:18 and Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) later tied at 36:36. They were all tied three times in the third frame as well, while Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.)'s three-pointer brought 55:50 on the board. Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87, college: Nebraska) drove a lay-up for 64:54 and Zsofia Fegyverneky kept the difference midway through the quarter. Kelsey Griffin made the last successful free throw in the game for the final result.
Dalma Ivanyi paced all the winners with 18 points and Zsofia Fegyverneky netted 15. Kelsey Griffin posted 14, while Nora Bujdoso (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 12. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) responded with 18 points in the losing effort as her team fell at 5-4. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) scored 13 and Charde Houston was responsible for 12 points.

Pecs 2010: Dalma Ivanyi 18, Zsofia Fegyverneky 15, Kelsey Griffin 14, Nora Bujdoso 12
Good Angels Kosice: Candice Dupree 18, Zuzana Zirkova 13, Charde Houston 12



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Express L. Round 13: Snaefell beats Haukar by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Express L..

The biggest surprise of round 13 in the Express L. took place in Stykkisholmur. Fifth ranked Snaefell (5-8) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 4th placed Haukar (6-7) 73-72 on Wednesday evening. Haukar was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Snaefell made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (175-93) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) answered with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Haukar. Haukar's coach Henning Henningsson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Snaefell maintains fifth place with 5-8 record. Haukar at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Snaefell are looking forward to face Grindavik (#7) on the road in the next round. Haukar will play against Fjolnir and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Keflavik (11-2) against eighth ranked Grindavik (3-10) on Wednesday night. Host Keflavik was defeated by eighth ranked Grindavik (3-10) in Keflavik 71-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Keflavik. American guard Crystal Boyd (180-87, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Helga Hallgrimsdottir chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Keflavik's coach Jon Eovaldsson let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Grindavik moved-up to seventh place. Keflavik at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Grindavik will play against higher ranked Snaefell (#5) in Stykkisholmur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Keflavik will play on the road against the league's leader Hamar having rather not much hope for a victory.
Express L. top team - Hamar (13-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Njardvik (4-9) 93-67. Slavica Dimovska nailed 30 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Shayla Fields came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Njardvik 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. Undefeated Hamar have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Njardvik lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Hamar will meet at home league's second-placed Keflavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Njardvik will play against KR (#3) in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
The game in Fjolnir was quite interesting. Third ranked KR (8-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Fjolnir (2-11). KR managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77. Chazny Morris fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Defending champion maintains third place with 8-5 record having five points less than leader Hamar. Fjolnir lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. KR's next round opponent will be Njardvik (#6) at home. Fjolnir will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur.



Njardvik - Hamar 67-93

Express L. top team - Hamar (13-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Njardvik (4-9) 93-67. The game without a history. Hamar 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 Njardvik's 40. FYR Macedonian guard Slavica Dimovska (177-85) nailed 30 points and 7 assists for the winning side and American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Shayla Fields (175-87, college: N.Carolina St., agency: 540 Sports) came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian forward Dita Liepkalne (185-87, college: Hawaii) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Njardvik 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. Hamar have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Njardvik lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Hamar will meet at home league's second-placed Keflavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Njardvik will play against KR (#3) in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: S.Fields 26+9reb+1ast, D.Liepkalne 17+9reb+4ast, A.Runarsdottir 11+7reb+1ast, A.Helga Palsdottir 7+5reb+2ast, E.Hakonardottir 2, E.Gretarsdottir 2
Hamar: S.Dimovska 30+3reb+7ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 25+2reb+1ast, J.Butler 19+16reb+3ast, A.Asgeirsdottir 7+1reb+2ast, G.Sverrisdottir 6+5reb, F.Guamundsdottir 4+3reb+1ast
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Fjolnir - KR 77-82

The game in Fjolnir was quite interesting. Third ranked KR (8-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Fjolnir (2-11). KR managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77. Fjolnir was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 25-16 third quarter run of KR. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American guard Chazny Morris (178, college: UMKC) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists. Latvian center Inga Buzoka (191-81, college: Missouri Western) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Natasha Harris (177-86, college: Boise St.) added 20 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains third place with 8-5 record having five points less than leader Hamar. Fjolnir lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. KR's next round opponent will be Njardvik (#6) at home. Fjolnir will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: I.Buzoka 23+15reb+1ast, N.Harris 20+8reb+8ast, E.Kristinsdottir 14+4reb+2ast, B.Eiriksdottir 11+5reb+2ast, B.Holton Tomasdottir 7+5reb+7ast, E.Emilsdottir 2+3reb
KR: C.Morris 25+5reb+2ast, M.Sturludottir 19+3reb+6ast, G.Aorsteinsdottir 13+7reb+3ast, H.Halfdanardottir 8+7reb+2ast, S.Hermannsdottir 8+6reb+2ast, H.Einarsdottir 4+5reb
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Snaefell - Haukar 73-72

The biggest surprise of round 13 in the Express L. took place in Stykkisholmur. Fifth ranked Snaefell (5-8) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 4th placed Haukar (6-7) 73-72 on Wednesday evening. Haukar was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Snaefell made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (175-93) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) answered with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Haukar. Haukar's coach Henning Henningsson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Snaefell maintains fifth place with 5-8 record. Haukar at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Snaefell are looking forward to face Grindavik (#7) on the road in the next round. Haukar will play against Fjolnir and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Haukar: K.Snodgrass 29+9reb+4ast, R.Brynjarsdottir 12+12reb+1ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 8+3reb+2ast, A.Sverrisdottir 7+3reb+2ast, L.Janne thomas-Johnsson 7+4reb, M.Siguraardottir 3+3reb+2ast
Snaefell: M.Martin 31+18reb+2ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 11+1reb+4ast, B.Einarsdottir 10+4reb+1ast, H.Bjoergvinsdottir 9+4reb+2ast, H.Kjartansdottir 6+7reb+1ast, E.Hoegnadottir 3+2reb+1ast
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Keflavik - Grindavik 59-71

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Keflavik (11-2) against eighth ranked Grindavik (3-10) on Wednesday night. Host Keflavik was defeated by eighth ranked Grindavik (3-10) in Keflavik 71-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Keflavik. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Keflavik managed to win third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Crystal Boyd (180-87, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and center Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-87) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-87) scored 7 points and 5 assists. Keflavik's coach Jon Eovaldsson let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Grindavik moved-up to seventh place. Keflavik at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Grindavik will play against higher ranked Snaefell (#5) in Stykkisholmur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Keflavik will play on the road against the league's leader Hamar having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: J.Adamshick 34+10reb+1ast, B.Guamundsdottir 8+4reb, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 7+3reb+5ast, H.Johannsdottir 4+7reb, I.Jakobsdottir 3+3reb+2ast, A.Viaarsdottir 2+1reb+1ast
Grindavik: C.Boyd 29+7reb+1ast, B.Magnusdottir 12+8reb+1ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 10+11reb+1ast, A.Reke 9+6reb+2ast, I.Yrsa Ellertsdottir 8+2reb, A.Hauksdottir 2+2reb+1ast
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Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Hamar 13-0 
 2. Keflavik 11-2 
 3. KR 8-5 
 4. Haukar 6-7 
 5. Snaefell 5-8 
 6. Njardvik 4-9 
 7. Grindavik 3-10 
 8. Fjolnir 2-11 


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Schio tame robust Nadezhda - by Eurobasket News
Schio - Nadezhda 74:66

Schio stood off ambitious Nadezhda to earn the sixth win in Euroleague Group D. The Italian side improved at 6-3 record as they share the second spot with Bourges. Nadezhda slipped at 4-5 record after the loss.
Masciadri and McCaville helped Schio surge in front early in the encounter. But Nadezhda did not allow the hosts to run away. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) unleashed 10 points in the quarter and the visitors trailed by two points 17:19. Sapova organized a 7:0 run that propelled Nadezhda to a 23:19 lead early in the second term. But Schio immediately answered with a 12:2 run to retain the lead. The hosts ensured a 40:32 lead at the interval. Burik and Tina Charles drew things level at 47 midway through the third quarter. But Schio once again cleared off to a take some breathing room at 57:50 with ten minutes remaining. Sapova and Tina Charles kept Nadezhda hopeful in the fourth quarter but Erkic, Pastore and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) came up with timely buckets to seal the winning outcome for Schio. Laura Macchi stepped up with 17 points for Schio. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) added 14 points in the win. Tina Charles was impressive for Nadezhda with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Schio: Laura Macchi 17, Liron Cohen 14, Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) 13
Nadezhda: Tina Charles 25+12 boards, Becky Hammon 12




Taranto outgun USO Mondeville - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - USO Mondeville 79:67

Taranto toppled visiting USO Mondeville in Round 9 of Euroleague regular season. Taranto thus climbed at 8-1 record on top of Group A. USO Mondeville are at 3-6 record in the fifth place in the standings.
Taranto controlled the situation in the opening minutes. The hosts posted a 14:5 lead but USO Mondeville struck back. The French team went on a 12:0 run to take a 17:14 lead almost before the break. Dacic dragged Taranto closer but the visitors tipped off the second frame with 7 points in a row to stay on top. Pagnier opened a double-digit lead for USO Mondeville midway through the second term. But Taranto stayed contestant as they narrow the distance at only two-point mark at halftime 40:42. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor), Wambe and Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) put Taranto back in front in the third term. The hosts capped the period with a 6:1 run to earn a 62:56 advantage. Taranto erupted for 17:2 rally midway through the final term and rolled to the victory at the end.
Sophia Young knocked down 18 points to lead Taranto. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) replied with 18 points for USO Mondeville. Aurelie Bonnan (187-F-83) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Taranto: Sophia Young 18, Elodie Godin 15, Megan Mahoney 11
USO Mondeville: Lenae Williams 18, Aurelie Bonnan 15+11 boards



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Wisla Can-Pack improved to 6-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga-Wisla Can-Pack 74:82

Wisla Can-Pack improved to 6-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The Polish Powerhouse overcame TTT Riga 82:74 in Latvia to send the hosts to 1-8 record. Riga outfit started better and Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) as well as Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) led to 9:5 advantage. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) increased to 16:9 and Kimberly Butler added two for 22:15. The picture remained the same in the second period, while the guests managed to reduce the gap at the end of the first half. Jelavic and Basko cut it to 39:37 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to Wisla. After 24-18 in it, the Polish team enjoyed 61:57 deficit after three periods. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made it 79:70, while Dita Krumberga closed the game with the jump shot for her team.
Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) stepped up with 18 points each for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka debuted with 14 and Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 10. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Kristine Karklina had 17. Kimberly Butler produced 16 points, while Dita Krumberga netted 10.

TTT Riga: Shavonte Zellous 21, Kristine Karklina 17, Kimberly Butler 16, Dita Krumberga 10
Wisla Can-Pack: Nicole Powell 18, Ewelina Kobryn 18, Yelena Leuchanka 14, Paulina Pawlak 10



Latvian LSBL round 11 best performance: Kristina Egle - by Eurobasket News
Forward Kristina Egle (177-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Daugavpils Universitate, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat Cesis (#8, 1-12) 61-50. Daugavpils maintains the 6th position in Latvian LSBL. Daugavpils is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-9 record. In the team's last game Egle had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Daugavpils, through which he has constantly improved. Kristina Egle has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 12.8ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old international forward Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of league's leader TTT Riga. Krumberga had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she lead TTT Riga to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked LU (#3, 10-3) 110-42. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. TTT Riga consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. She plays for the best team in the league and TTT Riga managed to win all 12 games keeping perfect record. Krumberga is one of the most experienced players at TTT Riga and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#4). She also registered 6.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) of TTT Kadetes (#5). Veidere scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of TTT Kadetes, leading her team to a 60-50 win against slightly higher-ranked TTT Juniores (#4, 6-6). The chances of TTT Kadetes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Veidere could help TTT Kadetes to bring them higher in the standings. Veidere has a great season in Latvia. After 11 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86) of TTT Riga - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) of TTT Riga - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) of TTT Juniores - 15 points and 18 rebounds
7. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86) of TTT Riga - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82) of TTT Riga - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82) of TTT Riga - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of TTT Riga - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 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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Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI Kaunas 14-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 9-4 
 3. Laisve 8-6 
 4. LKKA-Aistes 7-5 
 5. MRU 5-9 
 6. Ruta Siauliai 3-11 
 7. Utena 1-12 


Lina Aglinskaite joins Laisve - by Eurobasket News
Lina Aglinskaite (181-F-87) will continue her career in Laisve. The 22-year-old forward started the season in MRU. She tallied 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game for MRU. In LMKL her stats read 13.8 points, 5.3 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance. Lina Aglinskaite is actually coming back to Laisve. She played for the team in the previous season. The forward produced 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.


LMKL Round 16: Leader VICI Kaunas get another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader VICI Kaunas delivered the fourteenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked MRU (5-9) 71-55. The game without a history. VICI Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VICI Kaunas outrebounded MRU 43-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. American center Amanda Kemezys (192-87, college: Saint Louis) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-80) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. VICI Kaunas' coach Mantas Sernius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Inga Aleksaite (193-89) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Undefeated VICI Kaunas (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. MRU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. VICI Kaunas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MRU will play at home against Ruta Siauliai (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Klaipeda. Local Lemminkainen (9-4) outscored 6th ranked Ruta Siauliai (3-11) 76-50. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ruta Siauliai. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Gabriele Gutkauskaite contributed with 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Sandra Baliutaviciute (182-81) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Ruta Siauliai. Ruta Siauliai's coach Birute Dominauskaite gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lemminkainen maintains second position with 9-4 record having six points less than leader VICI Kaunas. Ruta Siauliai at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Lemminkainen will play against bottom-ranked Utena (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Ruta Siauliai will play against MRU in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 16 bottom-ranked Utena was defeated by Laisve in Kaunas 91-75.



Lemminkainen - Ruta Siauliai 76-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Klaipeda. Local Lemminkainen (9-4) outscored 6th ranked Ruta Siauliai (3-11) 76-50. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ruta Siauliai. The game was mostly controlled by Lemminkainen. Ruta Siauliai managed to win fourth quarter 13-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lemminkainen made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Ruta Siauliai only scored four points from the stripe. Lemminkainen forced 31 Ruta Siauliai turnovers. Ruta Siauliai was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (174-90) contributed with 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Sandra Baliutaviciute (182-81) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Ela Briedyte (176-79) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ruta Siauliai. Ruta Siauliai's coach Birute Dominauskaite gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lemminkainen maintains second position with 9-4 record having six points less than leader VICI Kaunas. Ruta Siauliai at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Lemminkainen will play against bottom-ranked Utena (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Ruta Siauliai will play against MRU in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: G.Gutkauskaite 18+4reb+2ast, R.Milieskiene 17+4reb+4ast, L.Povilonyte 12+2reb, R.Margeviciute 8+6reb+3ast, M.Grigalauskyte 7+7reb, I.Visgaudaite 6+3reb+1ast
Ruta Siauliai: S.Baliutaviciute 17+8reb+1ast, E.Briedyte 10+6reb+4ast, A.Tamutyte 6+4reb, B.Dominauskaite 6+5reb+2ast, S.Kuodiene 4+3reb+3ast, I.Kazlauskaite 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 119630


Laisve - Utena 91-75

There was no surprise in Kaunas where 7th ranked Utena (1-12) was defeated by fourth ranked Laisve (8-6) 91-75. Utena was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 62-38 second half run of Laisve. They also forced 20 Utena turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-76) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Egle Taraseviciute (182-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Laisve's coach Andrius Kuliesius used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Agne Ziegyte (175-86) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Asta Daujadiene (176-73) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Utena. Four Laisve and five Utena players scored in double figures. Laisve moved-up to third place. Utena lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Laisve's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena LKKA-Aistes.
Top scorers:
Laisve: L.Kinkeviciene 26+3reb+5ast, L.Aglinskaite 13+7reb+3ast, E.Taraseviciute 13+12reb+2ast, J.Budryte 12+11reb, E.Sarapaite 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kvederaviciute 8+4reb+6ast
Utena: A.Ziegyte 20+5reb+5ast, A.Daujadiene 19+5reb+5ast, I.Stankeviciute 12+2reb+1ast, E.Juceviciute 11+8reb+1ast, G.Kirstukaite 10+5reb+1ast, L.Puplauskaite 3+5reb+5ast
gschID: 119631


VICI Kaunas - MRU 71-55

Undefeated leader VICI Kaunas delivered the fourteenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked MRU (5-9) 71-55. The game without a history. VICI Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VICI Kaunas outrebounded MRU 43-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. American center Amanda Kemezys (192-87, college: Saint Louis) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-80) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. VICI Kaunas' coach Mantas Sernius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Inga Aleksaite (193-89) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Vaida Pacauskiene (176-79) added 17 points respectively for lost side. VICI Kaunas (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. MRU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. VICI Kaunas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MRU will play at home against Ruta Siauliai (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VICI Kaunas: A.Kemezys 20+8reb+1ast, V.Kuktiene 12+8reb, A.Kristina 8+6reb, G.Paugaite 8+5reb+2ast, M.Sauliute 6+1reb+8ast, M.Solopova 5+6reb+3ast
MRU: V.Pacauskiene 17+2reb+2ast, D.Zintikaite 14+2reb+2ast, I.Aleksaite 12+15reb, G.Sniokaite 7+4reb+1ast, S.Povilionyte 2+1reb, N.Bytautaite 2+3reb
gschID: 119629




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South edge North in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
South - North 70:64

South celebrated the victory at the All-Star Game in Bertrange. They held off North opponents in the entertaining and emotional event at the Atert. Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Tenn.St.) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead South. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) was named the games MVP.
South led right from the start. They enjoyed a 30:23 lead midway through the second term. North leveled things up at 30 but could not break away. South ensured a 52:38 lead at the final intermission and rallied to the victory. Rachele Fitz (183-F-87, college: Marist) accounted for 13 points for South. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) had 9 points in the win. Katie Donovan answered with 11 points for North. Ana Petrova (170-F-82), Christine Spencer (185-G-87, college: UCSB) and Stephanie Geehan (191-F-88, college: Fairfield) chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.




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John R. Wooden Award midseason candidates announced - by George Fragkos
The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who, based on last years individual performance and team records, are the current frontrunners for college basketballs most prestigious honor.

Connecticuts Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89), the 2009 Wooden Award winner and a 2008 and 2010 Wooden Award All American, is looking to become only the second four-time Wooden Award All American, after Courtney Paris of Oklahoma accomplished the feat from 2006-09. This season, Moore is averaging 23.9 points (No. 4 nationally), 7.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals, including a career-high 41 point effort in the Huskies record-breaking 89th straight win last month. Stanfords Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90), the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, helped her team snap that streak at 90 games a week later with a win over the Huskies; on the season she averages 17.2 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds.

The John R. Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round during the NCAA Tournament, making it unique among college postseason awards. Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are eligible for this midseason list but did not appear on the preseason Top 30. All players nationally who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

An unprecedented nine players from the 2010 Wooden Award ballot return to the midseason list in 2011, including the nations No. 1 (Dawn Evans (5'7''-G) of James Madison) and No. 3 scorers (Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) of Ohio State). The Wooden Award Womens Advisory Board had an especially difficult task in preparing this years midseason list, with several members commenting that they could find six or seven additional players who were deserving beyond the 20 selected. Competition for one of the 20 spots on the Wooden Award Ballot is expected to be especially tough this year.

Stanford and North Carolina were the only two schools with two players chosen to the list. The Cardinal is represented by Ogwumike and senior forward Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F), while Jessica Breland (6'3''-F-88) and Italee Lucas (5'8''-G-89), the Tar Heels senior leaders, are two of the four ACC players selected.

The ACC had the highest number of players chosen, with four. Other conferences with multiple players represented include the Big East (3), Pac-10 (3), Big 12 (3), SEC (2), and Big 10 (2). The Atlantic 10, CAA, and West Coast Conferences each had one selection.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Mens and Womens Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, given to Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo, will take place April 8, 2011.



Name Height Class Position University Conference
Danielle Adams 6-1 Sr. F/C Texas A&M Big 12
Kachine Alexander 5-9 Sr. G Iowa Big Ten
Angie Bjorklund 6-0 Sr. G/F Tennessee SEC
Jessica Breland 6-3 Sr. F North Carolina ACC
Skylar Diggins 5-9 So. G Notre Dame Big East
Jasmine Dixon 6-0 Jr. G UCLA Pac-10
Victoria Dunlap 6-1 Sr. F Kentucky SEC
Dawn Evans* 5-7 Sr. G James Madison CAA
Brittney Griner 6-8 So. C Baylor Big 12
Amber Harris* 6-5 Sr. F Xavier A10
Shenise Johnson 5-11 Jr. F Miami ACC
Jantel Lavender* 6-4 Sr. C Ohio State Big Ten
Italee Lucas 5-8 Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Maya Moore $#* 6-0 Sr. F Connecticut Big East
Nnemkadi Ogwumike$* 6-2 Jr. F Stanford Pac-10
Kayla Pedersen* 6-4 Jr. F Stanford Pac-10
Danielle Robinson* 5-9 Sr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Sugar Rodgers 5-11 So. G Georgetown Big East
Jasmine Thomas* 5-9 Sr. G Duke ACC
Courtney Vandersloot* 5-8 Sr. G Gonzaga WCC

(Players listed alphabetically)
*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden Award ballot
$ Indicates 2010 Wooden Award All American
# Indicated 2009 Wooden Award winner

Courtesy: John R. Wooden Award




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Energa sign H. Radunovic - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Energa Torun add Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) to their roster. Montenegrin player will replace Mirna Mazic and Patrycja Gulak-Lipka. Radunovic will probably makes debut in the game in FIBA EuroCup against Gran Canaria.
She is many-sided and can play as a center and as a power forward.
She arrives to Torun from Elitzur Ramla - current leader of Israel D1 League. She represented Ramla since start of this season. Hajdana Radunovic appeared only in 6 games FIBA EuroCup. She didn't play very well - she averaging 3,2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds. Before Israel She was a starting five player in Hungarian teams for two years. Radunovic had got about 15 points per game and 7 rebounds in both seasons. She also has experience from French league. Hajdana Radunovic included episode in WNBA; in New York (2001).



Perfect Fenerbahce march on - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia-Fenerbahce 64:77

Perfect Fenerbahce march on in Group B of EuroLeague. The Turkish Powerhouse grabbed 77:64 road win over Lotos Gdynia for 9-0 record.
Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) surprised the guests with 6 consecutive points and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) scored for 10:5. Lotos managed to keep the lead until the first period and Elina Babkina (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) scored for 22:15. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) brought the guests 24:23 and Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:36. Horakova nailed three for 45:39 and Nevriye Yilmaz posted two free throws for 56:43. Both squads nailed 13 points each in the last frame for the final 77:64 result on the board. It was Angel McCoughtry with a lay-up to deliver the 9th consecutive win for her new team Fenerbahce.
Nevriye Yilmaz led the way with 19 points, while Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) followed her with 16 points. Angel McCoughtry debuted with 11 points in a win. Monica Wright responded with 23 points in the losing effort. Elina Babkina scored 21, while Milka Bjelica had 10.

Lotos Gdynia: Monica Wright 23, Elina Babkina 21, Milka Bjelica 10
Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 19, Penelope Taylor 16, Ivana Matovic 16, Angel McCoughtry 11




Wisla Can-Pack improved to 6-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga-Wisla Can-Pack 74:82

Wisla Can-Pack improved to 6-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The Polish Powerhouse overcame TTT Riga 82:74 in Latvia to send the hosts to 1-8 record. Riga outfit started better and Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) as well as Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) led to 9:5 advantage. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) increased to 16:9 and Kimberly Butler added two for 22:15. The picture remained the same in the second period, while the guests managed to reduce the gap at the end of the first half. Jelavic and Basko cut it to 39:37 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to Wisla. After 24-18 in it, the Polish team enjoyed 61:57 deficit after three periods. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made it 79:70, while Dita Krumberga closed the game with the jump shot for her team.
Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) stepped up with 18 points each for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka debuted with 14 and Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 10. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Kristine Karklina had 17. Kimberly Butler produced 16 points, while Dita Krumberga netted 10.

TTT Riga: Shavonte Zellous 21, Kristine Karklina 17, Kimberly Butler 16, Dita Krumberga 10
Wisla Can-Pack: Nicole Powell 18, Ewelina Kobryn 18, Yelena Leuchanka 14, Paulina Pawlak 10



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Schio tame robust Nadezhda - by Eurobasket News
Schio - Nadezhda 74:66

Schio stood off ambitious Nadezhda to earn the sixth win in Euroleague Group D. The Italian side improved at 6-3 record as they share the second spot with Bourges. Nadezhda slipped at 4-5 record after the loss.
Masciadri and McCaville helped Schio surge in front early in the encounter. But Nadezhda did not allow the hosts to run away. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) unleashed 10 points in the quarter and the visitors trailed by two points 17:19. Sapova organized a 7:0 run that propelled Nadezhda to a 23:19 lead early in the second term. But Schio immediately answered with a 12:2 run to retain the lead. The hosts ensured a 40:32 lead at the interval. Burik and Tina Charles drew things level at 47 midway through the third quarter. But Schio once again cleared off to a take some breathing room at 57:50 with ten minutes remaining. Sapova and Tina Charles kept Nadezhda hopeful in the fourth quarter but Erkic, Pastore and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) came up with timely buckets to seal the winning outcome for Schio. Laura Macchi stepped up with 17 points for Schio. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) added 14 points in the win. Tina Charles was impressive for Nadezhda with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Schio: Laura Macchi 17, Liron Cohen 14, Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) 13
Nadezhda: Tina Charles 25+12 boards, Becky Hammon 12




Spartak Moscow Region bring victory from France - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Spartak MR 61:78

Spartak Moscow Region posted the sixth Euroleague victory this season. They overcame Tarbes in France to return to the second spot in Group C ladder. Tarbes slipped at 3-6 record in a three-team tie for the fourth position in the ladder. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) led the three-time defending champions with 21 points.
Spartak quickly spurred in front and rallied to a 19:10 lead. They maintained the tempo building a 23:13 advantage after ten minutes. Tarbes got as close as 7 points but Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) triggered a 9:0 run as the visitors cleared off. The Russian powerhouse established a 40:29 lead at the interval. The margin grew in the third term and Spartak entered the fourth period up by 19 points. Spartak MR controlled the tempo in the final stanza and drove to the win at the end. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) notched 12 points for the winners. Sonja Petrovic and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) had 11 points apiece for Spartak. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Tarbes. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Tarbes: Jelena Dubljevic 10, Ivanka Matic 9
Spartak MR: Epiphanny Prince 21, Sue Bird 12, Sonja Petrovic 11, Jelena Milovanovic 11



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Pecs 2010 grabbed an important victory at home over Good Angels Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Pecs 2010- Good Angels Kosice 75:72

Pecs 2010 grabbed an important victory at home over Good Angels Kosice for 4-5 record in Euroleague Group A. The Hungarian team led 10 points in the last quarter but saved 75:72 total win.
The first quarter was a real battle in the game and the teams stayed closed to each other after 10 minutes at 18:17. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) opened the second frame for 19:18 and Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) later tied at 36:36. They were all tied three times in the third frame as well, while Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.)'s three-pointer brought 55:50 on the board. Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87, college: Nebraska) drove a lay-up for 64:54 and Zsofia Fegyverneky kept the difference midway through the quarter. Kelsey Griffin made the last successful free throw in the game for the final result.
Dalma Ivanyi paced all the winners with 18 points and Zsofia Fegyverneky netted 15. Kelsey Griffin posted 14, while Nora Bujdoso (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 12. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) responded with 18 points in the losing effort as her team fell at 5-4. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) scored 13 and Charde Houston was responsible for 12 points.

Pecs 2010: Dalma Ivanyi 18, Zsofia Fegyverneky 15, Kelsey Griffin 14, Nora Bujdoso 12
Good Angels Kosice: Candice Dupree 18, Zuzana Zirkova 13, Charde Houston 12



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  SPAIN - Women  


Rivas Ecopolis edged Gospic Croatia to ensure Top 16 birth - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis-Gospic Croatia 99:89

Rivas Ecopolis edged Gospic Croatia to ensure Top 16 birth of EuroLeague. The Spanish team overcame Croiatian representative 99:89.
It was an offensive start and only due to the last shot in it Gospic grabbed 29:28 lead. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) gave their side 41:34 advantage and Rivas enjoyed 52:42 halftime advantage. The tempo remained the same in the third quarter and the hosts managed to keep the lead. Both squads finished the third frame as the board showed 81:57 for the Spanish outfit. In the last frame the guests played better and reduced the gap to 10 points.
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) was unstoppable with 27 point for the winners and Amaya Valdemoro netted 18. Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 14, whilst Elisa Aguilar added 11. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) as well as Vrsaljko had 15 each. Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) posted 14 and Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 11.

Rivas Ecopolis: DeWanna Bonner 27, Amaya Valdemoro 18, Courtney Paris 14, Elisa Aguilar 11
Gospic Croatia: Sandra Mandir 22, Jelena Ivezic 15, Vrsaljko 15, Michelle Maslowski 14, Maurita Reid 11



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Smart, Kvarnby24.5 
 2. Saunders, Visby22.5 
 3. Ferm, Eos19.6 
 4. Key, Marbo Basket17.9 
 5. Glaser, Kvarnby17.4 
 6. Zahui, Telge17.1 
 7. Frieson, Kvarnby15.9 
 8. Tattersdill, Sallen15.9 
 9. Abdi, 0815.7 
 10. Bacon, Solna Vikings14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Zahui, Telge10.8 
 2. Tattersdill, Sallen10.4 
 3. Frieson, Kvarnby9.1 
 4. Brown, Visby9.0 
 5. Smart, Kvarnby8.4 
 6. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.3 
 7. Bacon, Solna Vikings8.3 
 8. Gustavsson, Brahe8.1 
 9. Nilsson, Solna V.7.6 
 10. Fontaine, 087.5 
Assists Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Smart, Kvarnby4.1 
 2. Johansen, Sallen4.1 
 3. Kucukkaya, Telge4.1 
 4. Persson, Brahe4.0 
 5. Saunders, Visby3.8 
 6. Rivero, Kvarnby3.8 
 7. Kabengano, Telge3.7 
 8. Gultekin, Solna V.3.2 
 9. Nilsson, Lulea BBK3.0 
 10. Kjelsson, 083.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  Sallen
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.7 
 3. Key, Marbo Basket2.9 
 4. Persson, Brahe2.8 
 5. Aili, Lulea BBK2.6 
 6. Nekmouche, Sallen2.5 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.2.5 
 8. Otamiri, Eos2.4 
 9. Rivero, Kvarnby2.2 
 10. Ausmann, Eos2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.2 
 2. Cesnaviciute, Visby2.1 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.6 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby1.4 
 5. Scott, Lulea BBK1.2 
 6. Smart, Kvarnby0.9 
 7. Glaser, Kvarnby0.9 
 8. Stjarnstroem, Norrko.0.9 
 9. Persson, Brahe0.8 
 10. Forsman-Goga, Tel.0.8 


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


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  TURKEY - Women  


Perfect Fenerbahce march on - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia-Fenerbahce 64:77

Perfect Fenerbahce march on in Group B of EuroLeague. The Turkish Powerhouse grabbed 77:64 road win over Lotos Gdynia for 9-0 record.
Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) surprised the guests with 6 consecutive points and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) scored for 10:5. Lotos managed to keep the lead until the first period and Elina Babkina (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) scored for 22:15. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) brought the guests 24:23 and Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:36. Horakova nailed three for 45:39 and Nevriye Yilmaz posted two free throws for 56:43. Both squads nailed 13 points each in the last frame for the final 77:64 result on the board. It was Angel McCoughtry with a lay-up to deliver the 9th consecutive win for her new team Fenerbahce.
Nevriye Yilmaz led the way with 19 points, while Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) followed her with 16 points. Angel McCoughtry debuted with 11 points in a win. Monica Wright responded with 23 points in the losing effort. Elina Babkina scored 21, while Milka Bjelica had 10.

Lotos Gdynia: Monica Wright 23, Elina Babkina 21, Milka Bjelica 10
Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 19, Penelope Taylor 16, Ivana Matovic 16, Angel McCoughtry 11




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  WBCBL - Women  


Lee-Garlington Named WBCBL Director of Business Development - by Willie McCray
Christopher John Lee-Garlington Sr. is the co-founder operating director of Inner Good Health & Fitness inc. He overseas all components of the Inner Good Health & Fitness inc. family (Inner G, Inner G Kids, Instinct Sports, Overtime Sports Academy, the Atlanta BattleCats and much more)

Christophers family background is in the Christian ministries worldwide. With Christophers foundation being in the ministry, he followed the steps of his family at the age of only 13. Christopher was a licensed minister by the age of 17, even prior to his high school graduation date. Associated with the Body of Christ Christian Church, Christopher worked with the teen and youth ministries.

As a collegiate basketball player, Lee-Garlington was a pupil of Hall of Famers Nino Samuels and Cazzie Russell. He finished his playing career at Indiana Tech and also had a short stint with the Pro team Atlanta Vision. Christopher soon began training and working with kids, high school students, and fellow teammates on the fundamentals of the game.

Lee-Garlington is in his last year as the General Manager / Head Coach of the WBCBLs very own Atlanta BattleCats. The BattleCats are Atlantas only semi-pro womens basketball team represented in the WBCBL league.

In 2009 Lee-Garlington proposed the implementation of a regional director position, for the WBCBL, in order to produce more structure. The WBCBL adopted the new proposal, and implemented the position immediately. Southern Regional team owners elected Lee-Garlington as the first Regional Director for the WBCBL Southern Region.

After leading the Battlecats to a winning record of 8-4 in his first season as Head Coach and inaugural season for the team (2009), Christopher picked up where he left off in 2010. In only his second season, he lead the Battlecats to a 11-3 record, a WBCBL Atlanta Classic Title, a Southern Region Title, and a trip to the Nationals.

Lee-Garlingtons business experience and leadership skills are a great asset to the WBCBL and its future. Christophers passion for the fundamentals, and development are needed greatly in the WBCBL. As the new Business Development Director, he will continue to assist the WBCBLs growth and development plans. After the 2011 season, Lee-Garlington will move his passion and love for the game over to the west coast to help expand the WBCBL and his business in the San Francisco area.

- Cathy Turner,

WBCBL National Director



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  WNBA - Women  


Stephanie White returning to Fever as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Former Purdue star Stephanie White, one of the original Indiana Fever players in 2000, is returning to the WNBA team as an assistant coach.

The Fever announced today that White, who retired as a player after the 2004 season, will join coach Lin Dunns staff for the 2011 season.
White will be re-united with Fever coach Lin Dunn, the former Purdue coach who recruited White for the Boilermakers. White led the Boilers to the 1999 NCAA championship.

Whites hiring marks the first time the Fever have hired an assistant coach with pro playing experience. White will share assistant coaching duties with Gary Kloppenburg, who begins his fourth year with the Fever.

White has spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Sky after previous stints as a college assistant at Ball State, Kansas State and Toledo. She also has worked regularly as a broadcaster on the Big Ten Network and ESPN.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com