EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/15/2011

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  ABA   


Mavericks trap GymRats to win 15th game - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 ranked SETX Mavericks (15-1) defeated the Shizuoka Gymrats 119-65 at their Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center on Thursday night.
Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) led the way in scoring for the Mavericks with 21 points. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) added 17 points. Brandon Davis (6'6''-G) scored 16 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots in his first game in a Mavericks uniform. Joe Rogers (6'1''-G) ended the game with a 14 point, 8 rebound performance. Josh Pace nearly had a triple double with 10 points, 10 assist, and 8 rebounds. Silvester Simple (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Wiley) led Shizuoka with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Joe Vdeoji followed up with 20 points.
The Mavericks will travel back to Gulfport, MS next Wednesday night where they lost their only game of the season just before the Christmas Break to the Gulf Coast Flash (4-2). The Flash and Mavericks will get together for their third match-up this season. The game will be at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, MS. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
Just before the game, coach Steve Tucker had stated this down to Usbasket.com:

'We have been ranked #1 in ABA Power Rankings for 23 consecutive weeks (9 straight weeks this season & 14 straight the last 14 regular season weeks of last season). In other words we have been ranked #1 in the Power Rankings since the second Monday of December 2009. At any time or any given game could end this streak and it is one of those Amazing Streaks that I doubt will ever be matched or broken. This is unheard of and our players deserve all of the credit for this streak. They have kept things in perspective and have just gone out and won games. The sad thing is that not one word has been mentioned or written about this. That is unfortunate for this is just an Amazing Streak.'
We can only add that for sure the Mavericks are stably one of the best minor league teams in the USA and their last seasons records tells by the same.




Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 5-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 4. Shizuoka Gym. 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 15-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 4-2 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-4 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston Red S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 7-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K 0-0 
NoCal
 1. Bay Area M. 6-2 
 2. E.Bay Pitbulls 6-3 
 3. Sacramento H. 6-3 
 4. S.Francisco R. 5-2 
 5. California SK 0-0 
 6. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 8-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 3-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. NWI M.Stars 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 5-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 6-0 
 2. San Diego S. 5-3 
 3. San Diego Sol 4-1 
 4. LA Slam 3-1 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. SoCal Swish 0-0 
 9. Riverside R. 0-1 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 7-0 
 2. St. Louis 2-1 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 6. Indiana Diesel 0-1 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 7-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 6-2 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida Makos 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. H.Prowl 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 8-4 
 2. North Dallas 6-3 
 3. West Texas W. 4-4 
 4. Oklahoma 3-2 
 5. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 6. N.Texas F. 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.9 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Zoric, KK.18.9 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.7 
 5. Edwards, Cedevita18.7 
 6. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.4 
 7. Car, Zadar17.4 
 8. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.0 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.0 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Zoric, KK.8.7 
 2. Kasun, KK.6.8 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 4. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.8 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.6 
 6. Gist, Partizan6.1 
 7. Booker, Krka6.1 
 8. Lee, Radnicki5.8 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona5.7 
 10. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.8 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.8 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.4 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona3.7 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.3.6 
 9. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 10. Rakic, Radnicki3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.3 
 3. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 5. Dragic, Krka2.0 
 6. Ozbolt, Union O.1.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Car, Zadar1.9 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Vladimir DRAGICEVIC
  Buducnost
  (206-C/F-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.1 
 2. Zoric, KK.1.1 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Vesely, Partizan0.8 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.8 
 7. Booker, Krka0.8 
 8. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 9. Jawai, Partizan0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 


Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Adriatic League round 16 most important game was a victory of Union Olimpija over their biggest opponent Krka 80-75 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Krka. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Kenny Gregory (197-78, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Krka. Union Olimpija maintains first position with 11-5 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Partizan and Buducnost. Union Olimpija are looking forward to face Cibona (#12) in Zagreb in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Krka will play on the road against KK Zagreb CO (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Podgorica. Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (7-9) 75-73 on Thursday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and Gintaras Kadziulis who added 10 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan and Krka. Hemofarm at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Buducnost will play against Radnicki (#8) in Kragujevac in the next round where they are favorite. Hemofarm will play on the road against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two Croatian team: KK Zagreb CO (#5) and Zadar (#14). Zadar was defeated at home 71-81. The winners were led by Luka Zoric who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by Brandon Brown did not help to save the game for Zadar. Zadar's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO maintains fifth position with 9-6 record. Loser Zadar stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda. KK Zagreb CO will meet at home higher ranked Krka (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zadar will play against CEZ Nymburk (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two Serbian teams: Radnicki (#12) and Crvena Zvezda (#13). Radnicki (7-8) won against visiting Crvena Zvezda (5-11) 82-69. Marko Cakarevic fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki moved-up to eighth place. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Radnicki's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Igokea (#9) in Aleksandrovac.
Another interesting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#12) and Cedevita (#7). Despite it looked like an easy game for Cibona, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. How else can you describe just 2 points victory of Cibona 73-71. It was a very good performance for Bojan Bogdanovic who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cibona's coach Drazen Anzulovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion (7-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cedevita lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Cibona will face league's leader Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 16 CEZ Nymburk was beaten by Igokea on the road 82-70. Partizan destroyed Siroki TT on its own court 93-43.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Corsley Edwards of Cedevita.


Zadar - KK Zagreb CO 71-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two Croatian teams: KK Zagreb CO (#5) and Zadar (#14). Zadar was defeated at home 71-81. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zagreb CO. Zadar managed to win second period 31-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Zadar outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) did not help to save the game for Zadar. His fellow American import guard Chester Mason (192-81, college: Miami (OH), agency: N.E.T.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five KK Zagreb CO and four Zadar players scored in double figures. Zadar's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO maintains fifth position with 9-6 record. Loser Zadar stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda. KK Zagreb CO will meet at home higher ranked Krka (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zadar will play against CEZ Nymburk (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 20+6reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 15+3reb+4ast, K.Simon 13+6reb+2ast, A.Masic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Kasun 10+5reb, D.Rancic 5+1reb
Zadar: I.Batur 16+2reb+2ast, B.Brown 14+6reb+1ast, M.Car 11+7reb, C.Mason 10+9reb+2ast, M.Dundovic 6, M.Bilan 4+8reb
gschID: 92548


Igokea - CEZ Nymburk 82-70

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Bosnian Igokea (7-9) beat 9th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (7-9) in Aleksandrovac 82-70 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Igokea. CEZ Nymburk managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian swingman Milan Dozet (203-79) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-87, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Igokea moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated CEZ Nymburk. Igokea will face Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd in the next round.
Top scorers:
Igokea: B.Chase 15+5reb+3ast, M.Dozet 13+5reb+2ast, S.Nadjfeji 11+1reb, D.Harvey 10+4reb, M.Pantic 10+5reb, N.Joksimovic 9+4reb+3ast
CEZ Nymburk: A.Nissim 19+2reb+4ast, P.Pumprla 16+2reb+1ast, V.Stimac 12+10reb, M.Lenzly 7+2reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 5+4reb, C.Simmons 5+2reb
gschID: 92549


Radnicki - Crvena Zvezda 82-69

Another interesting game was again a derby between two Serbian teams: Radnicki (#12) and Crvena Zvezda (#13). Radnicki (7-8) won against visiting Crvena Zvezda (5-11) 82-69. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Radnicki's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-16 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Radnicki players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Radnicki players scored in double figures. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Radnicki moved-up to eighth place. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Radnicki's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Igokea (#9) in Aleksandrovac.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: V.Vukosavljevic 17+8reb, S.Markovic 17+1reb+6ast, M.Cakarevic 14+10reb+7ast, M.Lee 14+5reb, M.Spica 10+7reb, M.Rakic 5+2reb+6ast
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 19+9reb+2ast, J.Young 12+1reb+2ast, V.Subotic 10+2reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 8+6reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 6+7reb, A.Myles 5+6reb
gschID: 92550


Krka - Union Olimpija 75-80

Adriatic League round 16 most important game was a victory of Union Olimpija over their biggest opponent Krka 80-75 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Krka. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Kenny Gregory (197-78, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Krka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Union Olimpija maintains first position with 11-5 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Partizan and Buducnost. Union Olimpija are looking forward to face Cibona (#12) in Zagreb in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Krka will play on the road against KK Zagreb CO (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: K.Pinkney 19+4reb, S.Ozbolt 18+3reb+2ast, K.Gregory 17+5reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 14+4reb+3ast, G.Jagodnik 7+5reb, D.Markota 4+3reb
Krka: S.Pavic 18+5reb, C.Booker 12+5reb, G.Ikonic 12+3reb+3ast, D.Djordjevic 11+4reb+4ast, J.Balazic 8+5reb, S.Petrov 7+1reb
gschID: 92547


Buducnost - Hemofarm 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Podgorica. Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (7-9) 75-73 on Thursday evening. The hosts were already 18 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 29-9 last quarter charge of Hemofarm cut the lead to 75-73 at the end of the game. Hemofarm was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) who added 10 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan and Krka. Hemofarm at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Buducnost will play against Radnicki (#8) in Kragujevac in the next round where they are favorite. Hemofarm will play on the road against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: V.Dragicevic 25+11reb+2ast, V.Mihailovic 11+2ast, G.Kadziulis 10+1reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 8+3reb, N.Otasevic 8+3reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 7+2reb+1ast
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 19+4reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 14+2reb+2ast, M.Borisov 9+4reb+1ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 8+2ast, M.Sutalo 7+3reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 92544


Partizan - Siroki TT 93-43

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (8-8) was smashed by third ranked Serbian Partizan (10-6) in Beograd 93-43 on Thursday. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Siroki TT Kabeli's 22. Partizan outrebounded Siroki TT Kabeli 38-23 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Slovenian guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dalibor Persic (193-85) added 4 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Siroki TT Kabeli. Partizan have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Krka and Buducnost. Siroki TT Kabeli lost third consecutive game. Defending Bosnian champion keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Partizan will face Cedevita (#7) in Zagreb in the next round where they are favorite. Siroki TT Kabeli will play at home against Hemofarm in Vrsac.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Klobucar 16+4reb+2ast, V.Lucic 12+4reb+4ast, B.Djekic 10+5reb+2ast, J.Vesely 9+3reb+2ast, R.Katic 8+6reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 8+7reb+3ast
Siroki TT: S.Spralja 23+7reb, S.Stemberger 7+4ast, B.Barac 5+2reb, D.Persic 4+7reb+1ast, J.Naletilic 2+4ast, M.Novak 2+2reb
gschID: 92545


Cibona - Cedevita 73-71

Another interesting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#12) and Cedevita (#7). Despite it looked like an easy game for Cibona, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. How else can you describe just 2 points victory of Cibona 73-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Center Leon Radosevic (208-90) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Cibona's coach Drazen Anzulovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) replied with 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cedevita. Defending Croatian champion (7-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cedevita lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Cibona will face league's leader Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 20+7reb, L.Radosevic 18+4reb, T.Zubcic 9+4reb+4ast, G.Giricek 8+3reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 5+4ast, K.Vragovic 5+3reb+2ast
Cedevita: C.Edwards 36+8reb, D.Draper 18+5reb+4ast, V.Princ 7+4reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 6+7reb+3ast, B.Wright 3+2reb+2ast, R.Troha 1+2reb
gschID: 92546




Igokea signs Milorad Sutulovic - by Eurobasket News
Igokea continues to reinforce its roster after a good start in their Adriatic League debut. Team from Aleksandrovac, who is currently in 7th place has reportedly reached agreement with young Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90). The 20-year-old Sutulovic has agreed a deal until the end of the season but the financial details were not disclosed. Sutulovc spent previous season and a half as a member of Slovenian outfit Olimpija. There he could not establish himself as starter, so a move to Igokea will present him with a chance to kick-start his career. Sutulovic is expected to make his debut soon.
Milorad Sutulovic is a product of Buducnost youth system. He made debut during 2006-2007 season as member of Buducnost II team. Two years later he was promoted to senior squad. In 2009 he won National Cup with Buducnost as well as the National Title. At the start of last season, Sutulovic moved to Olimpija Ljubljana. He played in 5 Adriatic league matches, averaging 1.2 points per game. In Slovenian league he averaged 2.0 points in 8 matches played. As a member of Olimpija, Sutulovic has won Slovenian Super Cup and National Cup in 2010. So far, Sutulovic has represented Montenegro at youth levels. He was a member of U17 and U18 Montenegro National Team. In 2009, he played with the U20 National Team at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Last year, he also played at the U20 European Championships in Croatia, making 8 appearances and averaging 2.5 points.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Enabu brothers team up - by Kristian Santiago
(By the Daily Monitor)

Three Enabu brothers have been named on the national team to represent Uganda at the Fiba Africa Zone V Championships in Kigali, Rwanda early next month.

UCU captain Ivan Enabu (182-G), MVP when Uganda hosted and won the tournament in 2005, is now joined by his younger brothers Jimmy and Emmanuel. Jimmy is Ivans teammate whereas the latter impressed in his first season to help DMark Power win a fourth national basketball league title last month.

Coach Gad Eteu sprung up only two surprises in summoning Charging Rhino shooting guard Mark Peterson Opio (194-F-84) and Gulu Hawks centre Andrew Peterson to the provisional 20-man squad. Since the team has very little time, my plan is to stick to the basics and team chemistry. At this point, you cannot decide on how a player shoots, Eteu said. Eight players will be dropped from the team which started training yesterday at UCU, Mukono. The tournament has attracted Rwanda, Kenya, Egypt, Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania, DR Congo, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Just like Eteu, his womens team counterpart Mandy Juruni is yet to name a skipper. Nabisunsas Sharon Karungi earned a maiden call. Most of the girls in my team are young and excited about playing which is a very good thing, Juruni said.

During a media gathering at in Kampala yesterday, Fuba president Ambrose Tashobya said Shs55m has been budgeted for the event. He also unveiled short and long-term plans aimed at building the national teams. We plan to introduce teams for U-12 and U-16 from now on. Concurrently, we are holding discussions with Kenya and Rwanda to have a regional tournament, Tashobya revealed.

Men: Ben Komakech, Ivan Enabu , Emmanuel Enabu Jimmy Enabu, Norman Blick (201-F-83), Joseph Ikong (193), Ronnie Kasewu (199-F), M. Peterson Opio, Isaac Afridra (193-G/F), Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79), Caesre Kizito, Stephen Okias (193-C/F), Phillip Wakimwero (186-F), Ben Okello (F), Eric Malinga (186-G), Henry Malinga (193-F), Edwin Kateregga, Brian Ssentongo, Robert Mubiru (196-F), Andrew Peterson (200-F/C) .
Reserves: Peter Elungat (188-F), Wilson Otweyo, I. Luggude, Jude Ocheng (177-G), E. Ateng, F. Luzinda

Women: P. Proscovia, S. Karungi, M. Siima, A. Nakiwu, M. Hamala, C. Nantalo, B. Akullo, G. Kyomugisha, M. Amoding, J. Nansobya, L. Nalunkuma, F. Nabulobi, V. Nassolo, H. Kassim, A. Namirimu, C. Karungi, M.
Soigi, J. Chemutai, C. Nafono, C. Achieng, A. Namirimu

Reserves: M. Apako, S. Amito, R. Meme, M. Khisa



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Quimsa hold off Mavort to reach Liga Americas second round - by Eurobasket News
Mavort - Quimsa 65:75

Quimsa secured the second win at the Liga Americas Group C action. They defeated Mavort in Ibarra to seal the next round birth. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) and Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) scored 20 points each to lead the Argentinean team. Mavort fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Mavort got to the better start as they were up by three points after ten minutes 19:16. But Quimsa quickly stopped the rot and pulled in front in the second stanza. The visitors recorded a 37:33 lead at the interval. Mavort persisted as they outscored Quimsa in the third term. The Ecuadorian team entered the final term up by one point. But a 21:10 rally in the fourth quarter helped Quimsa ensure the victory. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) had 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Quimsa. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with 19 points for Mavort. Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) tallied 18 points in the loss.

Mavort: Marcus Elliott 19, Blake Walker 18
Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 20, Dionisio Gomez Camargo 20, Julio Mazzaro 14



Obras land Martin Osimani, Lanus release Maurice Jeffers - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarias decided to strengthen their roster. They have agreed on terms of contract with Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne). The 29-year-old guard started the season with Halcones Xalapa in Mexico. He tallied 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for Xalapa. Later Martin Osimani moved to Soles de Mexicali. The guard averaged 10.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per LNBP game. Martin Osimani played for Uruguay at the South American Championships in 2010. He produced 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds per appearance in Colombia.
Meanwhile Lanus and Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) split ways. The 31-year-old forward joined the team back in November. He posted 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for Lanus in LigaA.




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Round 12: Philippine Patriots defeat Singapore Slingers in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket
An interesting game for Filipino Philippine Patriots (8-6) which hosted in Manila one of their biggest challengers Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-7). Second ranked Philippine Patriots managed to get a 7-point victory 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Singapore Slingers. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Singapore Slingers won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Egay Billones (175-75) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Philippine Patriots' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Skinner (201-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Singapore Slingers. Philippine Patriots maintains second position with 8-6 record having just two points less than leader Thailand S., which they share with KL Dragons. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Philippine Patriots is looking forward to face league's leader Thailand S. in Bangkok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will play on the road against the league's second-placed KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ASEAN League top team - Thailand Thailand S. (10-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Brunei Barracudas (3-11) in Bandar Seri 72-65. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Kuete who added 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Thailand S.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Thailand S. maintains first position with 10-4 record. Barracudas lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Thailand S. will play against Philippine Patriots (#3) in Manila in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Barracudas will play at home against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Philip.Patriots - Singapore S. 80-73

An interesting game for Filipino Philippine Patriots (8-6) which hosted in Manila one of their biggest challengers Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-7). Second ranked Philippine Patriots managed to get a 7-point victory 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Singapore Slingers. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Singapore Slingers won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Egay Billones (175-75) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Philippine Patriots' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Skinner (201-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. Philippine Patriots maintains second position with 8-6 record having just two points less than leader Thailand S., which they share with KL Dragons. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Philippine Patriots is looking forward to face league's leader Thailand S. in Bangkok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will play on the road against the league's second-placed KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: M.Skinner 19+11reb, L.Avenido 15+2reb+2ast, K.Jeffers 13+11reb, A.Vergara 10+3reb+7ast, M.Pathman 8+4reb, W.Long Wong 8+1reb
Philip.Patriots: E.Billones 21+3reb+2ast, G.Freeman 17+6reb+2ast, S.Thomas 12+14reb, B.Fernandez 9+2reb, C.Jaime 6+3reb, P.Alcaraz 5+2ast
gschID: 108611


Barracudas - Thailand S. 65-72

ASEAN League top team - Thailand Thailand S. (10-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Brunei Barracudas (3-11) in Bandar Seri 72-65. It looked good early as Barracudas took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Thailand S. had a 14-8 second period charge getting the lead and Barracudas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-72. They outrebounded Barracudas 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and Cameroonian swingman Chris Kuete (195-83) who added 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Thailand S.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Chris Commons (204-84, college: USC Aiken) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Thailand S. maintains first position with 10-4 record. Barracudas lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Thailand S. will play against Philippine Patriots (#3) in Manila in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Barracudas will play at home against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barracudas: C.Garnett 20+13reb+2ast, C.Commons 19+6reb, B.Faundo 17+7reb, R.Williams 5+2reb+9ast, C.Tolomia 4+2ast, M.Noor Deen 0
Thailand S.: C.Kuete 21+7reb+2ast, J.Dixon 18+15reb+2ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 10+3reb, M.Jantuma 6+2reb+1ast, A.Santos 5+3reb, P.Piroon 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 108612




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NBL Round 3: Perth Wildcats edge Wollongong Hawks by three points - by Eurobasket
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in NBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Perth. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Wollongong Hawks (9-7) to second ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) 87-84 on Friday evening. Perth Wildcats forced 20 Wollongong Hawks turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-5 record behind leader Breakers. Wollongong Hawks lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Perth Wildcats are looking forward to face Cairns Taipans (#4) on the road in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play against Melbourne Tigers and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (9-4) against seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-9) on Friday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach 92-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cairns Taipans. It was a good game for the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Anthony Petrie contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) answered with 19 points and 4 assists for Cairns Taipans. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will play against league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-10) 84-79 in Auckland. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. It was a great evening for CJ Bruton who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was TJ Campbell with 18 points and 4 assists. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 12-3 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Melbourne Tigers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
The game in Findon was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9). Wollongong Hawks defeated Adelaide 36ers 96-82. It was an exceptional evening for Gary Ervin who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 assists. Despite that victory Wollongong Hawks went down to fifth position due to points difference. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Wollongong Hawks' next round opponent will be Melbourne Tigers (#8) on the road. Adelaide 36ers will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Kings (1-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) in Wulguru on Saturday. Townsville Crocodiles managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Luke Schenscher who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Townsville Crocodiles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kings lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kings will play against Adelaide 36ers (#7) in Findon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Blaze - Taipans 92-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (9-4) against seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-9) on Friday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach 92-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cairns Taipans. Gold Coast Blaze made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) added 17 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will play against league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gold Coast Blaze: M.Worthington 20+1reb+2ast, C.Goulding 17+1ast, A.Gibson 15+6reb+4ast, J.Harvey 14+9reb+3ast, A.Petrie 14+10reb+1ast, T.Garlepp 10+10reb+1ast
Skytrans Cairns Taipans: A.Ubaka 19+1reb+4ast, I.Crosswhite 17+4reb+2ast, D.Dillon 16+5reb+1ast, A.Loughton 16+6reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 10+6reb+1ast, D.Rychart 3+10reb+1ast
gschID: 94540


Wildcats - Hawks 87-84

The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Perth. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Wollongong Hawks (9-7) to second ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) 87-84 on Friday evening. Perth Wildcats forced 20 Wollongong Hawks turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-5 record behind leader Breakers. Wollongong Hawks lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Perth Wildcats are looking forward to face Cairns Taipans (#4) on the road in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play against Melbourne Tigers and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Perth Wildcats: C.Tovey 14+6reb+1ast, K.Lisch 13+2reb+2ast, S.Redhage 12+1reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 10+10reb+2ast, M.Knight 10+9reb, S.Weigh 10+3reb+3ast
Wollongong Hawks: O.Forman 23+8reb+3ast, G.Ervin 17+4reb+4ast, L.Davidson 12+9reb+4ast, T.Coenraad 9+3reb+1ast, M.Campbell 7+1reb+1ast, T.Demos 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 94541


Crocodiles - Sydney K. 80-79

Ninth-ranked Kings (1-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) in Wulguru on Saturday. Townsville Crocodiles managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Townsville Crocodiles outrebounded Kings 48-32 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Luke Cooper (183-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Townsville Crocodiles and five Kings players scored in double figures. Townsville Crocodiles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kings lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kings will play against Adelaide 36ers (#7) in Findon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Townsville Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 26+10reb+3ast, R.Hinder 13+12reb+2ast, M.Cedar 12+3reb+2ast, G.Freeman 10+12reb+2ast, N.Crosswell 8+3reb+3ast, W.Blalock 6+3reb+2ast
Sydney Kings: T.McCullough 17+2reb+2ast, L.Cooper 15+2reb+5ast, J.Khazzouh 14+9reb+1ast, G.Dann 11+7reb+1ast, R.Grizzard 10+8reb+1ast, D.Ryan 5+2reb
gschID: 94542


36ers - Hawks 82-96

The game in Findon was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9). Wollongong Hawks defeated Adelaide 36ers 96-82. Wollongong Hawks shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 assists. Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) accounted for 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side. Five Wollongong Hawks players scored in double figures. American guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) came up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) added 9 points and 11 assists respectively for Adelaide 36ers in the defeat. Despite that victory Wollongong Hawks went down to fifth position due to points difference. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Wollongong Hawks' next round opponent will be Melbourne Tigers (#8) on the road. Adelaide 36ers will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wollongong Hawks: G.Ervin 26+3reb+13ast, O.Forman 18+8reb+1ast, L.Davidson 15+17reb+3ast, T.Demos 12+1reb, T.Coenraad 11, M.Campbell 10+4reb+2ast
Adelaide 36ers: R.Carter 12+2reb+3ast, A.Ballinger 12+4reb, C.Winder 12+6reb+6ast, J.Dowdell 11+3reb, B.Hill 10, T.DeVries 9+4reb+11ast
gschID: 94543


Breakers - Tigers 84-79

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-10) 84-79 in Auckland. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. It was a great evening for the former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard TJ Campbell (175-88, college: Portland) with 18 points and 4 assists and power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 12-3 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Melbourne Tigers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
New Zealand Breakers: C.Bruton 25+5reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 14+7reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 12+4reb+3ast, A.Pledger 12+2reb, C.Webster 8+4reb+1ast, M.Vukona 7+8reb+2ast
Melbourne Tigers: T.Campbell 18+4reb+4ast, C.Tragardh 16+5reb+3ast, E.Devendorf 16+3reb, L.Nevill 14+6reb+1ast, D.Corletto 7+4reb, W.Helliwell 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 94539




NBL Round 2: New Zealand Breakers edge Perth Wildcats by two points - by Eurobasket
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL.

The most exciting game of round 2 in the NBL took place in Auckland. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (12-3) 96-94 in the game for the first place. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 21 points. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers maintains first position with 12-3 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with five games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perth Wildcats will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another very interesting game took place in Gwynneville. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) to fourth ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-7) 71-70 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. Oscar Forman contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Townsville Crocodiles. Townsville Crocodiles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Wollongong Hawks went down to fifth position due to points difference. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Wollongong Hawks will play against Adelaide 36ers (#7) in Findon in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Kings (#9) in Sydney and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Broadbeach was quite interesting. 5th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-9). Gold Coast Blaze managed to secure a 4-point victory 94-90 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. Mark Worthington scored 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Russell Hinder responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Townsville Crocodiles' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place. Loser Townsville Crocodiles dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Kings in Sydney and hope to secure a win.
The game in Melbourne supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-10). Perth Wildcats smashed Melbourne Tigers 91-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. Damian Martin notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-5 record behind leader Breakers. Melbourne Tigers at the other side dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.

In the last game of round 2 36ers were defeated by Taipans in Cairns 85-74.



Hawks - Crocodiles 71-70

Another very interesting game took place in Gwynneville. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) to fourth ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-7) 71-70 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. Wollongong Hawks brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) saved the victory by scoring 25 points. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Michael Cedar (195-86) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Townsville Crocodiles. Townsville Crocodiles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Wollongong Hawks went down to fifth position due to points difference. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Wollongong Hawks will play against Adelaide 36ers (#7) in Findon in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Kings (#9) in Sydney and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Townsville Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 17+9reb, P.Crawford 9+6reb, M.Cedar 8+7reb+1ast, W.Blalock 8+1reb+4ast, G.Freeman 7+8reb, N.Crosswell 6+3reb
Wollongong Hawks: G.Ervin 25+1reb+3ast, O.Forman 12+7reb, G.Saville 9+4reb+4ast, M.Campbell 8+5reb+2ast, T.Behrendorff 6+2reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 94535


Taipans - 36ers 85-74

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9) were defeated on the road by third ranked Cairns Taipans (9-4) 85-74. Center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) supported him with 20 points. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) did not help to save the game for Adelaide 36ers. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Cairns Taipans has a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Cairns Taipans went down to fourth position due to points difference. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Cairns Taipans' next round opponent will be Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Adelaide 36ers: A.Ballinger 16+7reb+1ast, T.DeVries 12+7reb+4ast, J.Holmes 10+6reb+4ast, B.Hill 10+1reb, C.Winder 7+5reb+2ast, J.Dowdell 7+6reb+1ast
Skytrans Cairns Taipans: A.Loughton 20+2reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 17+9reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 16+3reb+1ast, D.Dillon 11+7reb, D.Rychart 7+5reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 6+4reb
gschID: 94536


Blaze - Crocodiles 94-90

The game in Broadbeach was quite interesting. 5th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-9). Gold Coast Blaze managed to secure a 4-point victory 94-90 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. Gold Coast Blaze forced 19 Townsville Crocodiles turnovers. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) scored 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Townsville Crocodiles' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place. Loser Townsville Crocodiles dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Kings in Sydney and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Townsville Crocodiles: W.Blalock 18+2reb+1ast, M.Cedar 17+3reb, P.Crawford 14+2reb+1ast, G.Freeman 14+7reb+2ast, R.Hinder 11+8reb+4ast, L.Schenscher 9+6reb+1ast
Gold Coast Blaze: M.Worthington 26+6reb+1ast, A.Petrie 17+9reb+1ast, A.Gibson 14+4reb+2ast, C.Goulding 13+4reb+3ast, J.Harvey 13+8reb+2ast, S.Hoare 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94537


Tigers - Wildcats 66-91

The game in Melbourne supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-10). Perth Wildcats smashed Melbourne Tigers 91-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. Perth Wildcats forced 31 Melbourne Tigers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. International guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Marymount) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 17 points. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. The former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) added 9 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-5 record behind leader Breakers. Melbourne Tigers at the other side dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Melbourne Tigers: C.Tragardh 16+4reb+2ast, D.Corletto 11+1ast, B.Lewis 9+4reb, M.Burston 9+6reb+3ast, L.Nevill 6+8reb+2ast, W.Helliwell 5+4reb
Perth Wildcats: D.Martin 21+10reb+3ast, S.Redhage 17+4reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 15+4reb+1ast, M.Knight 13+3reb+1ast, D.Williamson 7+1reb+2ast, S.Weigh 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 94538


Breakers - Wildcats 96-94

The most exciting game of round 2 in the NBL took place in Auckland. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (12-3) 96-94 in the game for the first place. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 21 points. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) added 26 points respectively for the guests. Five New Zealand Breakers and four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers maintains first position with 12-3 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with five games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perth Wildcats will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Perth Wildcats: S.Redhage 26+3reb+2ast, K.Lisch 21+7reb+4ast, D.Martin 11+3reb+5ast, M.Knight 10+9reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 8+1reb+1ast, S.Weigh 7+5reb
New Zealand Breakers: K.Braswell 21+4reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 17+7reb, C.Bruton 17+2reb+3ast, C.Webster 12+1reb+2ast, M.Vukona 11+9reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94534




NBL Round 1: Perth Wildcats are upset by Adelaide 36ers - by Eurobasket
The Regular Season in NBL just started.

The game between second ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) and sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Perth Wildcats were defeated by Adelaide 36ers in a tough game in Findon 69-74. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) chipped in 3 points and 18 rebounds. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Adelaide 36ers went down to seventh position due to points difference. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with five games lost. Adelaide 36ers are looking forward to face higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perth Wildcats will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (9-4) against fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in a tough game in Wulguru 70-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cairns Taipans. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Russell Hinder contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Cairns Taipans. Townsville Crocodiles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sydney. Local Kings (1-14) lost to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (12-3) 83-70 on Saturday night. Thomas Abercrombie stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. New Zealand Breakers' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Taj McCullough responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 12-3 record. Kings lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home league's second-placed Perth Wildcats in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kings will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 1 Blaze were defeated by Hawks in Gwynneville 83-77. Tigers was beaten by Sydney K. at home 68-84.
The best stats of 1st round was 24 points and 17 rebounds by Julian Khazzouh of Sydney Kings.



Sydney K. - Breakers 70-83

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sydney. Local Kings (1-14) lost to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (12-3) 83-70 on Saturday night. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) chipped in 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Taj McCullough (201-86, college: Winthrop) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 12-3 record. Kings lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home league's second-placed Perth Wildcats in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kings will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sydney Kings: T.McCullough 17+5reb+2ast, J.Khazzouh 16+6reb+2ast, R.Grizzard 10+8reb+4ast, L.Cooper 7+4reb+3ast, D.Ryan 6+2reb, B.Madgen 5+3reb+1ast
New Zealand Breakers: K.Braswell 16+1reb+3ast, A.Pledger 14+4reb, T.Abercrombie 13+11reb+1ast, C.Bruton 10+2reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 10+8reb+2ast, P.Henare 8+2ast
gschID: 94532


36ers - Wildcats 74-69

The game between second ranked Perth Wildcats (11-5) and sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Perth Wildcats were defeated by Adelaide 36ers in a tough game in Findon 69-74. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) chipped in 3 points and 18 rebounds. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Adelaide 36ers went down to seventh position due to points difference. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with five games lost. Adelaide 36ers are looking forward to face higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perth Wildcats will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Perth Wildcats: S.Redhage 19+5reb+1ast, K.Lisch 19+2reb+1ast, D.Martin 8+3reb+2ast, M.Knight 5+8reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 5+6reb, B.Robbins 4+1reb+1ast
Adelaide 36ers: T.DeVries 20+8reb+5ast, A.Ballinger 12+6reb, C.Winder 11+1reb, J.Dowdell 7+3reb+1ast, D.Johnson 7+1reb, R.Carter 6+4ast
gschID: 94533


Hawks - Blaze 83-77

There was no surprise in Gwynneville where 7th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-7) 83-77 on Friday. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Wollongong Hawks went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Gold Coast Blaze dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Wollongong Hawks will meet at home higher ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gold Coast Blaze: J.Harvey 20+4reb+2ast, A.Petrie 14+6reb+2ast, A.Gibson 12+6reb+6ast, J.Maye 11+5reb+1ast, M.Worthington 8+7reb, T.Garlepp 6+5reb
Wollongong Hawks: G.Ervin 27+5reb+3ast, D.Gruber 16+7reb+2ast, G.Saville 15+8reb+3ast, T.Coenraad 9+3reb+2ast, T.Demos 7+3reb, L.Davidson 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 94529


Tigers - Sydney K. 68-84

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Kings (1-14) defeated on the road 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-10) 84-68 on Friday. Kings had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and American forward Taj McCullough (201-86, college: Winthrop) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) scored 13 points. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers' coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Kings maintains ninth place with 1-14 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Kings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Melbourne Tigers: L.Nevill 17+12reb+2ast, M.Burston 13+4reb+1ast, E.Devendorf 10+4reb+1ast, D.Corletto 10+2ast, L.Walker 6+3reb, T.Campbell 5+3reb+3ast
Sydney Kings: J.Khazzouh 24+17reb+1ast, T.McCullough 14+4reb+1ast, D.Ryan 12+2reb+1ast, G.Dann 9+6reb+2ast, L.Cooper 7+4reb+7ast, J.Blagoj 7+1ast
gschID: 94530


Crocodiles - Taipans 79-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (9-4) against fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in a tough game in Wulguru 70-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cairns Taipans. Townsville Crocodiles made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) added 16 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Townsville Crocodiles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Skytrans Cairns Taipans: A.Loughton 21+7reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 16+1reb+1ast, D.Rychart 12+4reb+2ast, P.Jones 8+6reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 5+6reb+4ast, A.Grabau 3+5reb
Townsville Crocodiles: R.Hinder 18+4reb+1ast, G.Freeman 16+6reb+1ast, M.Cedar 10+3reb+5ast, W.Blalock 9+1reb+4ast, B.Williamson 8+2reb, P.Crawford 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 94531




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Ervin, Hawks22.7 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.7 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.9 
 4. Worthington, Blaze18.5 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.8 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.2 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans15.8 
 8. Clark, Blaze15.5 
 9. Devendorf, Tigers15.1 
 10. Ballinger, 36ers15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.4 
 2. Holmes, 36ers8.1 
 3. Nevill, Tigers7.9 
 4. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 5. Williams, Tigers7.7 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.9 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.7 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Williams, Tigers5.2 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.2 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 4. Ervin, Hawks4.7 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.7 
 6. Shannon, 36ers4.7 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 3. Penney, Breakers1.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers1.5 
 5. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.4 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 8. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.1.3 
 10. Carter, 36ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.2 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.6 
 3. Gilder, Sydney K.1.4 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Break.0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 12-3 
 2. Wildcats 11-5 
 3. Crocodiles 10-7 
 4. Taipans 9-4 
 5. Hawks 9-7 
 6. Blaze 6-9 
 7. 36ers 5-9 
 8. Tigers 5-10 
 9. Sydney K. 1-14 


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 15-4 
 2. Kapfenberg 13-7 
 3. Arkadia 12-7 
 4. Oberwart 12-7 
 5. Klosterneub. 11-8 
 6. Furstenfeld 11-8 
 7. UBSC Graz 11-8 
 8. Wels 10-9 
 9. Gussing 8-11 
 10. BC Vienna 6-13 
 11. St.Polten 5-15 
 12. Worthersee 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna25.9 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.2 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.6 
 5. Nagler, Klostern.19.2 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.9 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.8 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.8 
 10. Heard, Gussing17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart8.8 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.7 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden7.9 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.9 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.4 
 9. Klette, Wels7.1 
 10. Hampton, Furstenf.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.9 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.8 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.6 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.6 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.5 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.2 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.3 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 6. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 7. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 10. Woschank, Kapfe.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.2.0 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Jordan Bozov out for a month - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Balkan as they are set to lose one of their best players to injury. Reportedly, Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) is facing a month on sidelines after undergoing arthroscopic procedure on his knee. Bozov has been nagged by pain in his knee for a while and after further examinations it was decided that the surgery is the best solution. Now he is facing some rehab time, but everyone stays optimistic that he will be able to recover quickly.
Jordan Bozov made his debut as member of CSKA Sofia during 1997-1998 season. After 5 seasons with the club he moved to Levski Sofia where in his debut season he averaged 11.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10 FIBA Champions Cup games. Following season he averaged 20 points per game for Levski. In 2004, Bozov returned for his 2nd stint with CSKA Sofia. This time he led the team to the National Cup. Following year, Bozov averaged 22.2 points in 12 games for CSKA before going on trial with BC Kyiv. Afterwards he ended up in Israel where he finished the season as member of Hapoel Galil Eylon. In 2006, Bozov was back in CSKA Sofia, this time averaging 14.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 40 games. Bozov also played in Spain for Burgos, and had a 4th comeback to CSKA Sofia, before signing a deal with BC Balkan at the start of last season. He played in 30 league games for Balkan and has posted averages of 17.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. He was voted Domestic Player of the Year for his performances.


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  BELARUS   


VTB United League: "Minsk-2006" won "Dnipro" - by Timur Tolokh
'Minsk-2006' won the Dnipropetrovsk 'Dnipro' in a match 6 rounds VTB League. On the 'Minsk-Arena' Team Krivonos Andrei in a bitter struggle was able to show a real team basketball, retain the initiative and bring an important game to a confident victory - 85:74

Both teams are now eagerly awaited match. Players from Dnipro, despite the injuries some of the main players were going at all costs to get even a home defeat. Minsk dwellers had to prove the nonrandomness give them advances and the compliments. As a result, their meeting turned out it was so, what its been waiting to see who gathered in the stands 'Minsk-Arena fans: a dense, with lots of fighting and beautiful moments.

The owners of the site started the match with the pressure and the efforts of Melvin Sanders Tywain McKee and have another brilliant match ALIAKSANDR KUDRAUTSAU confident enough to win the first quarter - 24:21. To oppose the onslaught of the owners of the Dnipro could only rebounds Denham Brown, who is unlikely to serve as a weighty asset, but helped the Ukrainians to not let the opponent very far away, and then completely back into the game the notorious 'swing'.

In the course of the second quater came to himself Ukrainians, led by the Brier, 'thumb' Steve Burtt, managed not only to compensate for the lag, or even come out ahead by 7 points. Retain the status quo Trust Zhuravlov Denys not allowed to command of the citizens of Minsk. Burtt this day was, as always, is good. Snake curled under the shield, one after the other to wind protectors, supplied tricky transfers of partners and to the final siren to cart 'Minsk' 24 points. But effort alone Burtta to win was not enough.

Catches courage Melvin Sanders (19 points) and picked up the initiative of Comrade Tywain Mckee (19 points) and recalling the young Charko Uladzimir repeatedly upsetting risen, it was an attack, opponents, and sat on the bench until late in the last quarter, giving the opportunity to appear on the site Vergun Rostislav and recruit 'Minsk' Larry Hall. The latter, incidentally, caused the greatest interest, however, to satisfy his allocated to him 2 minutes of time, of course, failed. That, however, did not spoil the gaming experience.

His next match at 'Minsk-Arena' champion of Belarus will now only 9 February against UNICS (between times visited by a visit to the underdog in Group A - Finland 'Honka'). And there is no doubt that the second, this time home, a meeting with the Kazan club at the beginning of the season receiving the first test 'Minsk' in a single league VTB, will leave a very different emotions.




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Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 10-2 
 2. Charleroi 8-2 
 3. M.Hainaut 8-4 
 4. Antwerp 7-6 
 5. Oostende 6-7 
 6. Liege 5-8 
 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, Charleroi15.4 
 5. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.4 
 6. Miller, Leuven15.3 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.3 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven14.7 
 9. Stipanovic, Liege14.7 
 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. Freeman, Verviers.7.1 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.0 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege7.0 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.5 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi6.1 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar6.0 
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. Mallet, Charleroi3.3 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 8. Hill, Charleroi2.9 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
 10. Gomis, Charleroi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.7 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende2.5 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi2.0 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 9. Cage, M.Hainaut1.8 
 10. Greene, Charleroi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 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. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Ebong, Oostende0.4 


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Seid Hajric returns to Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Seid Hajric (203-F-83) has left Zrinjski Mostar and has joined Polish outfit Anwil Wloclawek. Hejric's three-month contract with Zrinjski has expired and he was free to look for a new club. Polish outfit was quickest to his signature and the Bosnian center has agreed a deal until the end of the season. This will be his second stint with Anwil, having previously played for them from 2004-2007. With Zrinjski, Hajric averaged 21 points in domestic league while in BIBL he played in 2 matches adding 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Seid Hajric started his career with Celik Zenica in 1999. Later, actually at the start of the 2004-2005, Hajric moved to Anwil but after being hampered by injuries he made only 12 league appearances averaging 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Following season was significantly better as he played in 35 league games and has posted averages of 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. In 2007, Hajric led Anwil Wloclawek to National Cup. At the same year he moved to Polpak Swiecie but after 15 games he was released in February of 2008. He moved to Bosna ASA BH Telecom with whom he has won the National Title. With Bosna, Hajric has also won two National Cups in 2009 and 2010. This season, Hajric also struggled with injuries but has still managed to make 22 league appearances for Bosna. He posted averages of 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 56.0% for two.


Igokea signs Milorad Sutulovic - by Eurobasket News
Igokea continues to reinforce its roster after a good start in their Adriatic League debut. Team from Aleksandrovac, who is currently in 7th place has reportedly reached agreement with young Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90). The 20-year-old Sutulovic has agreed a deal until the end of the season but the financial details were not disclosed. Sutulovc spent previous season and a half as a member of Slovenian outfit Olimpija. There he could not establish himself as starter, so a move to Igokea will present him with a chance to kick-start his career. Sutulovic is expected to make his debut soon.
Milorad Sutulovic is a product of Buducnost youth system. He made debut during 2006-2007 season as member of Buducnost II team. Two years later he was promoted to senior squad. In 2009 he won National Cup with Buducnost as well as the National Title. At the start of last season, Sutulovic moved to Olimpija Ljubljana. He played in 5 Adriatic league matches, averaging 1.2 points per game. In Slovenian league he averaged 2.0 points in 8 matches played. As a member of Olimpija, Sutulovic has won Slovenian Super Cup and National Cup in 2010. So far, Sutulovic has represented Montenegro at youth levels. He was a member of U17 and U18 Montenegro National Team. In 2009, he played with the U20 National Team at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Last year, he also played at the U20 European Championships in Croatia, making 8 appearances and averaging 2.5 points.


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Flamengo win Liga Americas Group C - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Espanol de Talca 85:66

Flamengo recorded the third straight win in Ibarra. They held off Espanol de Talca to clinch the top position in Group C. The Brazilian vice-champions advanced into the next round of the competition. Espanol de Talca finished in the third place at 1-2 record. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was pivotal for Flamengo with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Espanol de Talca surprised Flamengo with an aggressive game in the opening term. The Chilean side grabbed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Flamengo quickly straighten up their game. The Brazilian side outscored Espanol 26:13 in the second term and posted a 10-point halftime lead. Espanol did not surrender as they fought bravely in the third term. The Chilean side got as close as 8 points with ten minutes remaining but Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) notched 10 points and 10 rebounds for Flamengo. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) added 9 points in the victory. Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) responded with 16 points for Espanol de Talca. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) and Franco Morales (179-G-92) had 10 points each in the loss.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 35+12 boards, Guilherme Teichmann 10+10 boards, Atila Santos 9
Espanol de Talca: Francisco Bravo 16, Guillermo Araujo 10, Franco Morales 10



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  CHILE   


Flamengo win Liga Americas Group C - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Espanol de Talca 85:66

Flamengo recorded the third straight win in Ibarra. They held off Espanol de Talca to clinch the top position in Group C. The Brazilian vice-champions advanced into the next round of the competition. Espanol de Talca finished in the third place at 1-2 record. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was pivotal for Flamengo with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Espanol de Talca surprised Flamengo with an aggressive game in the opening term. The Chilean side grabbed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Flamengo quickly straighten up their game. The Brazilian side outscored Espanol 26:13 in the second term and posted a 10-point halftime lead. Espanol did not surrender as they fought bravely in the third term. The Chilean side got as close as 8 points with ten minutes remaining but Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) notched 10 points and 10 rebounds for Flamengo. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) added 9 points in the victory. Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) responded with 16 points for Espanol de Talca. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) and Franco Morales (179-G-92) had 10 points each in the loss.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 35+12 boards, Guilherme Teichmann 10+10 boards, Atila Santos 9
Espanol de Talca: Francisco Bravo 16, Guillermo Araujo 10, Franco Morales 10



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  CHINA   


Xinjiang Edges Zhejiang 81-80, Dongguan Edges Guangdong in Overtime - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang edged Zhejiang 81-80 to remain undefeated and atop the CBA standings. Mengke Bateer led Xinjiang with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Quincy Douby had 25 points and 9 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 10. James Singleton had 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Xirelijiang and Mai Wulan also scored 6. Zhejiang now has a 4-2 record since Marcus Williams replaced Michael James as an import and Wang Dayong emerged as a top-flight CBA guard. Wang was held to 9 points by Xinjiang but plays within a team concept much better than did Mays. Williams is also more team-oriented and had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Josh Boone had 13 points and 13 rebounds while Zhang Dayu had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Jin Lipeng scored 8 and Chen Zhaosheng had 7. Ding Jinhui had 4 points and 2 rebounds in 24 minutes.

Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) had 44 points and 7 rebounds to lead second-place Dongguan over Guangdong 112-103 in overtime. Gu Quan, listed as born in 1992 who played in last year's Albert Schweitzer Tournament for the U-18 team, scored 19, grabbed 6 rebounds, and is increasingly looking like a prospect to be watched. Jackson Vroman had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Meng Duo scored 8. Marcus Haislip, a new import replacing injured David Harrison, had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in 35 minutes for Guangdong. Zhu Fangyu had 25 points and 12 rebounds but hit only 1 of 10 three-pointers. Wang Shipeng scored 13 and Zhou Peng had 10. Du Feng had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Fred Jones scored 7 points in 11 minutes.

Jiangsu tied Guangdong for third place in the CBA by defeating Shanghai 96-89. Donta Smith had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Hu Xuefeng had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals. Jerome Moiso had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes. Young Cai Lilong had 15 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Yi Li played 7 minutes returing from injury but was scoreless. Michael Harris had 28 points and 18 rebounds for Shanghai. Peng Fei had 23 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Ziqui had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Yong and Wu Yang each scored 8. New import John Lucas has not yet arrived.

Randolph Morris had 34 points and 17 rebounds as Beijing defeated Jilin 105-98. New import Joe Crawford scored 22. Ji Zhe had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Xi Libin had 16 points and 6 rebounds. David Young had 34 points and 9 rebounds for Jilin. Du Jiang had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Li Tao had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Lu Yao had 13 points and 4 rebounds. 206 cm Zhong Cheng cannot shoot, missing all 6 shots he took, but had 11 rebounds and 2 steals and excels in other aspects of the game. Jameel Watkins did not play.

Qingdao defeated the Zhejiang Lions 112-104. Charles Gaines had 26 points and 8 rebounds. Dee Brown had 27 points and 10 assists. Li Gen had 22 points and 4 rebounds. Chen Kai scored 12. Peter John Ramos had 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the Lions. Tre Kelley scored 22. Zhang Wei scored 18. Deng Li had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Tianjin edged Fujian 96-93. Herve Lamizana had 33 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zhang Nan had 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Lee Benson had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Ji had 11 points and 9 rebounds. Gong Songlin had 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Fujian. Andre Emmett had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guo Lei scored 14. Dwayne Jones had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Li Hang had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Xie Yacai scored 9.

Bayi defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 107-100. Wang Lei had 27 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Mo Ke had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Han Shuo scored 10. Shawn Taggart had 37 points and 14 rebounds for Shanxi. Shang Ping had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Pan Jiang and Zhang Xuewen each scored 13. Wei Mingliang scored 8.

Shandong edged Foshan 99-96. Rodney White had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Gang had 18 points and 4 rebounds. Li Jingyu and Myron Allen each scored 16. Wu Ke scored 11 and Tao Hanlin had 8. Stephon Marbury had 30 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for Foshan. Zhao Yonggang scored 21. Zheng Zhun had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Olumide Oyedeji had 12 points and 8 rebounds.


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 9-2 
 2. APOEL 7-2 
 3. Apollon 7-3 
 4. Etha 7-4 
 5. Achilleas 6-6 
 6. AEL 3-6 
 7. ENAD 3-8 
 8. AEK 3-8 
 9. Omonia 2-8 


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-0 
 2. Svendborg 14-2 
 3. Naestved 13-5 
 4. Horsens IC 10-8 
 5. Horsholm 8-7 
 6. Aabyhoj 8-10 
 7. SISU 7-11 
 8. Vaerlose 4-12 
 9. Amager BK 3-14 
 10. Aalborg 1-16 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.4 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.3 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.8 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.5 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC17.9 
 9. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.6 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.9 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.7 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose9.3 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.2 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.9 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 4. Martin, Aabyhoj4.4 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.1 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm3.6 
 8. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.6 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.4 
 10. Bak, Horsholm3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 2. Roberts, Naestved2.2 
 3. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 4. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm2.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 9. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.7 
 10. Morris, Aabyhoj1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.4 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose0.9 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Brown, SISU0.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 16-7 
 2. Erie Bay H. 14-7 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 12-9 
 4. Dakota W. 6-16 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-16 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 16-6 
 2. Rio Grande 13-7 
 3. New Mexico 11-10 
 4. Texas L. 10-9 
 5. Maine RC 10-12 
 6. Austin T. 9-11 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 13-8 
 2. Bakersfield J. 12-9 
 3. Utah F. 9-9 
 4. Idaho S. 6-14 
 5. Springfield A. 6-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.1 
 2. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.8 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.20.0 
 5. Greene, Utah F.19.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.8 
 7. Edwards, New M.19.4 
 8. Johnson, Erie B.17.9 
 9. Sims, Maine RC17.6 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe ALEXANDER
  Texas L.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Alexander, Texas L.10.6 
 2. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.9 
 4. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.7 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.5 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 8. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.1 
 9. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.8 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.2 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.6 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.6.1 
 7. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.7 
 8. Cooper, Dakota W.5.5 
 9. Anderson, New M.5.0 
 10. Jones, Texas L.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 7. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.0 
 10. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Dakota W.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 4. Sykes, Sioux F.2.2 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.1.8 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.7 
 10. Patterson, Rio G.1.6 


Solomon Alabi is back with Toronto Raptors - by Matthew Man
The Toronto Raptors announced today they have recalled center Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) from the Erie Bay Hawks, their NBA Development League Affiliate.
Alabi, 7-foot-1, 250 pounds, was on his second assignment with the team and appeared in the last four games for Erie. He played seven games during his first stint.

In 11 games (all starts), he averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in 22.1 minutes of play.

Alabi, a rookie out of Florida State, will be back with the Raptors when they host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.


Courtesy of Oursportscentral.com


Former Idaho Stampede Star Sundiata Gaines Gets another Shot in the NBA - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Toronto Raptors have signed former Idaho Stampede point guard Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, college: Georgia) to a 10-day contract, the club announced Thursday. Gaines was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 12th but was waived on January 4th (before contracts became guaranteed for the 2010-11 season). In eight games the former University of Georgia star averaged 2.6 points and eight minutes.
Last season, Gaines burst onto the scene as he dominated the NBA D-League in Idaho to the tune of 23.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 14 games, prior to being signed by the Utah Jazz. He signed two 10-day contracts with the Jazz in January before being inked for the remainder of the season on January 25. With Utah Gaines averaged 3.3 points, 1.2 assists and 6.8 minutes in 32 games. His most memorable moment came against the Cleveland Cavaliers exactly one-year ago today as he nailed a buzzer-beating three-point shot (his first career NBA three-pointer) to propel the Jazz to a 97-96 victory.
Gaines began his professional career with NGC Cantu in the Italian League in the 2008-09 season. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30 outings. He practiced with the Raptors on Thursday and will be available for them on Friday night against the visiting Detroit Pistons.



Final day of D-League's showcase event - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - Iowa E. 119-114
The Iowa Energy lost an exciting 119-114 game to the Texas Legends, thanks in part to another technical foul by Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) with 17.5 seconds remaining, on the final day of the NBA Development League's four-day showcase event. Stinson made a layup with 23.5 seconds left to cut Texas' lead to 116-114, but a Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86, college: Tennessee) foul was followed by Stinson drawing a technical. Texas hit all three awarded free throws, and Iowa missed three jump shots in the final 14 seconds to fall to 16-7. The Legends (10-9), coached by women's basketball icon Nancy Lieberman, got a spectacular game from Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington), who had 38 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and four steals to go along with seven turnovers. Six players scored in double figures for the Energy, but the surprise was a four-point, four-rebound, 31-minute performance from Courtney Sims. The 6-foot-11 center averages 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Iowa made just 16-of-28 free throws and 6-of-23 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com

Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 104-117
The Austin Toros used balanced scoring -- seven players scored in double figures -- and held the Jam to 40 percent shooting Thursday on the way to a 117-104 victory in the NBA D-League Showcase at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) and Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) scored 19 points apiece for Austin (9-11), which shot 52 percent from the field, outrebounded the Jam 52-39, and led 62-42 at halftime. Leo Lyons and Aubrey Coleman scored 16 apiece for Austin. Coleman had 11 rebounds. NBA D-League scoring leader Trey Johnson led Bakersfield (12-9) with 31 points, making 13 of his 26 field goal attempts. The Jam next visits Sioux Falls (S.D.) on Saturday. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Springfield A. - Idaho S. 86-90
The Springfield Armor's second matchup with the Idaho Stampede did not go as well as the first. Despite an impressive 17 points and 12 rebounds from center Chas McFarland, the Armor dropped a 90-86 decision to the Stampede Thursday at the NBA Development League Showcase in South Padre Island, Texas. Former Boston Celtics star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) did not torch the Armor the way he did last month at the MassMutual Center, when he scored 27 points. Instead, Walker struggled to score six points on 2-of-13 shooting - not good for someone looking to get another shot with an NBA club after a three-year hiatus. Scouts from all 30 teams are represented at the annual Showcase, and they saw Walker shoot 4-for-26 with only seven rebounds in two games. Among the NBA executives in attendance was Sacramento Kings assistant general manager Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft - the year the Celtics selected Walker at No. 6. The Big East Conference combo of Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87, college: Villanova) (Villanova) and Gavin Edwards (Connecticut) added 11 and 13 points, respectively, for the Armor (6-15). Jermareo Davidson led Idaho with 22 points and eight rebounds, hopefully turning enough heads to earn his fourth call-up to the NBA. The days following the Showcase usually see numerous D-League players signed to 10-day NBA contracts. The Armor are back in action Saturday, hosting the Erie BayHawks at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Sioux Falls S. - Reno Bighorns 93-117
The Reno Bighorns opened the second half on a 25-6 run and cruised to a 117-93 win over Sioux Falls on Thursday afternoon at the NBA Development League Showcase in the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Leading by 10 at the break, Reno made 11 of its first 15 second-half shots to blow the game open. The Bighorns' 44-point third-quarter outburst marked their highest single-quarter point total this season and tied the second highest in Reno franchise history. Reno was led by Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.), who finished with a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds. Golden State Warriors assignee Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard) added 22 points, while Mo Charlo chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds. Maureece Rice poured in 21 points for Sioux Falls, which lost its 11th-straight game. Six Skyforce players finished in double-figures, but the Bighorns defense forced 24 turnovers en route to their third win in their last four games. Reno finished the 2011 NBA D-League Showcase with a 2-0 record, while Sioux Falls completed their Showcase with an 0-2 mark. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


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Quimsa hold off Mavort to reach Liga Americas second round - by Eurobasket News
Mavort - Quimsa 65:75

Quimsa secured the second win at the Liga Americas Group C action. They defeated Mavort in Ibarra to seal the next round birth. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) and Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) scored 20 points each to lead the Argentinean team. Mavort fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Mavort got to the better start as they were up by three points after ten minutes 19:16. But Quimsa quickly stopped the rot and pulled in front in the second stanza. The visitors recorded a 37:33 lead at the interval. Mavort persisted as they outscored Quimsa in the third term. The Ecuadorian team entered the final term up by one point. But a 21:10 rally in the fourth quarter helped Quimsa ensure the victory. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) had 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Quimsa. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with 19 points for Mavort. Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) tallied 18 points in the loss.

Mavort: Marcus Elliott 19, Blake Walker 18
Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 20, Dionisio Gomez Camargo 20, Julio Mazzaro 14



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Ronald Flip Murray is the impressive signing of Efes Pilsen - by Xisco Carots
Less than a week before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 starts, Turkish powerhouse Efes Pilsen Istanbul has reinforced its perimeter game with the addition of veteran scorer Ronald Murray (193-G-79, college: Shaw),, the club announced Friday. Murray (191, 31), who signed until the end of the current season, has spent his entire professional career in his native United States, playing for eight NBA teams in as many years. Murray last played with Chicago, averaging 10.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29 games after arriving there in February of 2010. He has also played for NBA teams in Milwaukee, Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Atlanta and Charlotte. His longest stint was three seasons in Seattle, where he averaged 12 points over 25 minutes per game in the 2003-04 season. During his only season in Cleveland, 2005-06, he posted his highest scoring average, 13.5 points over 36 minutes per game. Overall, he had a career scoring average of 9.9 points. Murray began playing in his hometown of Philadelphia and at Shaw University, where he was named the NCAA Division II player of the year in 2002.

Courtesy of Euroleague.net


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KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto back on the top - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 28: Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) is back on the top of Korisliiga (Top League). Pyrinto visited tonight in Kotka and beat KTP 79-92 (37-41).
This means both Pyrinto and KTP have the same record (22-6), but Pyrinto has won twice over KTP Basket in three games. Pyrinto started this 2010-11 season slowly as Team was 2-4 after six rounds. The next 22 games Pyrinto has taken care much better with 20-2 record. Damon Williams, 37, (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) was once again The Man Pyrinto can trust in important contests. Williams scored game high 30 pts (2 - 12/16), grabbed 11 rbs and gave four assists. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) added 22 pts (FTs 12/13) and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) 17 pts. Pyrinto won the rebounds 30-38 and had 32 FTs (25 made). KTP was much better from behind the arc (3 - 11/33), but had only nine FTs (eight made). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) led KTP with 18 pts.
KTP - Pyrinto 79-92 (37-41). Quarters: 20-22, 17-19, 12-21, 30-30. (Jeb Ivey 18, Sefton Barrett 14, Clifton Jones 11/9 - Damon Williams 30/11, Kenneth Lowe 22, Antwine Williams 17)
YMCA Lappeenranta and YMCA Lahti needed an OT before the winner of the game was clear. The hosts were ahead by 18 pts (50-32) during the half time, but visitor Lahti won the game by three 87-90. Quarters and OT: 31-19, 19-13, 11-23, 16-22 and 10-13). The leading scorers: HL Coleman 26/14, Malik Moore 20, James Lewis 19 - Anthony Vereen 22, Ryan Ayers 20, Roope Suonio 15/5a).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 22-5 
 2. Pyrinto 21-6 
 3. Kataja 17-10 
 4. Korihait 17-10 
 5. Honka 16-10 
 6. Kouvot 14-13 
 7. ToPo 13-14 
 8. Namika Lahti 11-16 
 9. Karhu 11-16 
 10. Salon Vilpas 9-18 
 11. LrNMKY 7-21 
 12. Tarmo 4-23 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Jyvaskyla 11-3 
 2. FoKoPo 10-3 
 3. Lapua 9-4 
 4. Honka 8-5 
 5. BC Nokia 8-5 
 6. LoKoKo 6-6 
 7. Huima 6-7 
 8. Ura Basket 6-7 
 9. TomPo II 6-8 
 10. Kerava ET 5-9 
 11. SayRi 4-8 
 12. Namika II 0-14 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua25.5 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Hall, SayRi22.0 
 4. Manning, Huima21.7 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia21.3 
 6. Stamper, LoKoKo21.3 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET20.4 
 8. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.3 
 9. Thomas, SayRi18.0 
 10. Ramey, Ura Basket17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  BC Nokia
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Bojang, BC Nokia15.6 
 2. Brown, Namika II14.8 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.9 
 4. Douglas, Huima13.6 
 5. Nelson, Lapua13.6 
 6. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.2 
 8. Wilson, Huima11.3 
 9. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.6 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.7 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.6 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.1 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.5 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 8. Pehkonen, TomPo II2.5 
 9. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.5 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.9 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 4. Hall, SayRi2.2 
 5. Still, Lapua1.9 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket1.9 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Stamper, LoKoKo1.8 
 10. Vertio, Honka1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.9 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 4. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 5. Alanen, Namika II0.7 
 6. Valentine, Lapua0.6 
 7. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 8. Mantymaa, Huima0.6 
 9. Brown, Namika II0.6 
 10. Nelson, Lapua0.6 


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.21.0 
 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. Coleman, LrNM.8.5 
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. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 7. Conerly, Tarmo1.7 
 8. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 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 Lahti0.8 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.7 
 8. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Roanne 10-3 
 2. Nancy 10-3 
 3. Cholet 10-3 
 4. Chalon 9-4 
 5. Gravelines 9-5 
 6. ASVEL 7-6 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 7-7 
 8. Orleans 6-7 
 9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-7 
 10. Le Havre 6-7 
 11. Le Mans 6-8 
 12. Strasbourg 6-8 
 13. Limoges 4-9 
 14. Paris-Levallois 4-9 
 15. Poitierarleys 4-10 
 16. Vichy 3-11 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 13-3 
 2. Evreux 12-5 
 3. Rouen 11-5 
 4. Fos Ouest 11-5 
 5. Maurienne 11-6 
 6. Boulazac 11-6 
 7. Chalons-Reims 10-7 
 8. Dijon 9-7 
 9. Le Portel 9-8 
 10. Lille 8-9 
 11. Boulogne 7-9 
 12. Bourg 7-10 
 13. Antibes 7-10 
 14. Nantes 6-11 
 15. St Vallier 5-11 
 16. Clermont 5-12 
 17. Quimper 4-12 
 18. Charleville 3-13 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Gravelines
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Woodside, Gravelines18.1 
 2. Massie, Limoges17.5 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.5 
 4. Mejia, Cholet17.2 
 5. Nichols, Vichy17.0 
 6. Jefferson, AS.16.4 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Walsh, AS.15.5 
 9. Bennett, Pau-La.15.4 
 10. Haynes, Chalon15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Art.Dragons
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.1 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.9.0 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.9 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.8 
 6. Jefferson, AS.8.2 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy7.6 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Darden, Nancy7.5 
 10. Sommerville, Paris-.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.3 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines6.2 
 4. King, Le Havre6.2 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.0 
 7. Diabate, Roanne4.9 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.5 
 9. Houston, Hyeres-T.4.4 
 10. Pellin, Le Mans4.4 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.6 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.1 
 5. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 6. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 7. Sangare, Le Havre1.9 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.1.9 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.8 
 10. Washam, Hyeres-T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.4 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.3 
 4. Elegar, Vichy1.3 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 6. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.1 
 8. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 9. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 
 10. Lewin, Vichy1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.6 
 2. Harris, Lille17.9 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest17.7 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.6 
 5. Siggers, Rouen17.4 
 6. Ingram, Antibes16.6 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne16.1 
 8. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.8 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.8 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Maurienne
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mathis, Maurienne10.7 
 2. Barber, Nantes10.5 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.9.9 
 4. Monroe, Boulogne9.0 
 5. Bing, Dijon9.0 
 6. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.2 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.0 
 9. Sonko, Maurienne7.7 
 10. McClark, Charleville7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.6 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.9 
 5. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 9. Akono, Nanterre4.9 
 10. Craven, Dijon4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-Reims
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.2.8 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.8 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.7 
 4. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.5 
 6. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.4 
 7. Darnauzan, Mauri.2.3 
 8. Haquet, Fos Ouest2.2 
 9. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 10. Da Silva, Evreux2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.5 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.2 
 4. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont1.0 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont1.0 
 7. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 8. James, Bourg0.8 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 10. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 


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Jovan Teodosic to join MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News
MZT Skopje continues to strengthen their roster for second half of the season. After inking Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Interperformances) recently, the club has brought in a new point guard. Reportedly the club has reached agreement with Serbian player Jovan Teodosic (190-G-84). Teodosic started this season as member of Crnokosa Kosjeric but failed to settle in. He has spent past several days working out with MZT players and has done enough to be offered a deal until the end of the season. Teodosic is expected to bring stability at the point guard position, but he is equally adept to playing off guard as well.
Jovan Teodosic made his professional debut during 2001-2002 season as member of Division B outfit Buducnost Pec. In 2007 he signed with Metalac Valjevo whom he helped reach Serbian A league. Following season, he made 32 appearances for Metalac and has posted averages of 13.7 points and 3.8 assists per game. At the start of last season, Teodosic moved to Greece where he played for A2 outfit ESTIA Egaleo. In 16 games he averaged 10.6 points and 3.4 assists per contest. He returned to Metalac in March of 2010 and has averaged 6.7 points and 4.6 assists in 16 games. This season, Teodosic signed a deal with Crnokosa Kosjeric in October of 2010. Still he only made 2 appearances for Crnokosa averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 assists per game.


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.24.3 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Jeter, Lirija19.8 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.7 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.2 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.9 
 7. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.8 
 9. Morban, Lirija16.2 
 10. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Lirija
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Pavlovski, Lirija10.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.5 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 6. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.5 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.5 
 10. Neal, ABA Strumica7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.8 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 3. Morban, Lirija4.6 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.6 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.6 
 6. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 7. Vukadinovic, Pelist.3.3 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.3 
 9. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Jeter, Lirija2.3 
 3. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 6. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.5 
 7. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.6 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 3. Avramovski, MZT S.1.4 
 4. Krstevski, Torus S.1.4 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.2 
 6. Petric, Kumanovo.1.2 
 7. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


Zlatko Gocevski set for MZT Skopje move - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from FYR Macedonian media, MZT Skopje has reinforced its roster in the winter transfer window. Reportedly, the club has reached an agreement with Macedonian International Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Interperformances) who arrives from Rabotnicki. This will be 2nd stint with the club for Gocevski who previously played for MZT Skopje from 2000-2003. The player is expected to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Zlatko Gocevski made his professional debut as a teenager with Delikates Kocani. After 3 seasons at the club, and after averaging 20.2 points per game in his last season, Gocevski moved to MZT Skopje in 2000. In 2001, Gocevski won the National Cup with MZT Skopje, and that season he averaged 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. After 3 years with MZT Skopje, he moved to Vardar in 2003. Gocevski also spent a season in Iceland, where he played for Keflavik during 2005-2006 season. In 7 games for the club Gocevski posted averages of 7.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. In 2006, Gocevski returned to FYROM where he signed with Strumica winning the National Title that same season. Following season, Gocevski moved to Feni Inudstri and there he also won the Title, his second in row, as well as the National Cup. During 2008-2009 season, he averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds as a member of Feni Industri. Last season Gocevski played for Yambol where he averaged 9.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while he started this year as member of Rabotnicki.


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Courtesy of Euroleague: TOP 16 profiles: GIORGI SHERMADINI - by Geo Basket
Following a rich tradition of young Georgian players who made names for themselves at Slovenia's signature club, center Giorgi Shermadini is making every second of his playing time count at Union Olimpija so far during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Shermadini is a new name to add to the list of Georgians who at Union Olimpija, such as Vladimer Stepania, Vladimer Boisa and Manuchar Markoishvili. And he could yet prove to be the one who goes furthest. At age 21, Shermadini has confirmed his status as one of the most promising big men anywhere. His mobility, post skills and great hands made him more than just an interesting prospect during the regular season. His timely contributions helped inspire comebacks by Union Olimpija, experience that will certainly help him to take on an even bigger role as his team takes on the challenge of the upcoming Top 16.

Amazingly enough, Shermadini did not play organized basketball until 2005, when he was 16. In just three years, Shermadini became a dominant player in the Georgian League, posting competition-best averages of 33.5 points, 18.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks playing for Maccabi Tbilisi. Always on the look-out for young talent, Panathinaikos signed him to a multi-year deal in 2008. He became a full-time member of the Greens' first team last season. Panathinaikos opted to send Shermadini on loan to Olimpija, where he has played a critical role off the bench so far this season.

Shermadini has been most effective in providing instant offense every time he steps on court. The proof is in his per-minute numbers, as he ranks seven among all Euroleague players in free throws per minute (.17) and 10th in fouls drawn (.21 per minute) so far this season. He is also one of the best offensive rebounders per minute (0.11) in this Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Shermadini ties for 10th place in shooting percentage (67.9%) and is the third-best center in free throw percentage, at 87.5%.

Shermadini had a big impact in some Olimpija wins, starting with the season's very first game, which set the tone for the team's eventual second-place finish. He had 9 quick points to help Olimpija erase a dangerous third-quarter deficit and eventually win the home game against Efes Pilsen in double overtime. Subsequently, his scoring early in the fourth quarter allowed Olimpija to get a decisive lead in a home win against Power Electronics Valencia. Confirming his use as a late-game scoring specialist, Shermadini also had all of his 7 points in a big fourth-quarter effort against AJ Milano, allowing Olimpija to stay unbeaten at home. In other words, his contribution has been not only steady, but decisive down the stretch.

The fact that he has only played basketball for six years shows that Shermadini has room for improvement - even when he has already shown what he is capable of. He can take the outside shot but gets most of his points in transition, powering the offensive boards or using his post skills down low. His instinct and feel for the game improve every year. By now, all Olimpija fans know that Shermadini is a reliable, rock-solid option to battle against the best big men in the Euroleague in a tough Top 16 group.



Courtesy of Euroleague



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Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Phillip Zwiener Will Always be Aggressive And Attack You - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket before the game against TBBTrier on January 15th.

How well has the team digested the loss in Hagen?

That was a tough loss for us, we needed that game to put ourselves in front of Hagen and keep our momentum going through the break.

Tuebingen gave up 99 points in Hagen. What will the team have to do better on defense against TBB Trier?

We definitely cannot give up 99 points, we need to control our offense so it does not lead to easy transition points for them as well as control the perimeter playmaking of Triers guards.

What is your overall impression of TBB Trier this season?

They are well coached, disciplined team that plays tough defense and has been pretty consistent this year.


What do you remember from the 68-63 loss in Trier?

I remember sitting on the bench most of the game in foul trouble and us losing a 4th quarter lead.

TBB Trier is a very good defensive team. What makes them so strong on the defensive end?

I think that they pressure the perimeter well and give help to each other on defense.

What do you have to watch out most when defending Phillip Zwiener?

He will always be aggressive and try to attack you.

What will be key this time in winning this ball game?

Not giving them easy points, being focused on our defensive and offensive assignments and playing harder than Trier.

What are your NFL picks this weekend? Pats-Jets, Ravens-Steelers, Packers-Falcons and Seahawks-Bears?

Pats, Steelers, Falcons, Bears---doesn't matter much to me now that my Chiefs are done.

What do you like more a white Tuebingen or a butt naked Tuebingen?

Not sure what you are asking me there.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Cedric Brooks claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Cedric Brooks (185-G-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for VfL Kirchheim Knights and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old guard had the game-high 20 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Kirchheim in his team's victory, helping them to crush Hannover (#9, 7-8) with 23-point margin 91-68. Kirchheim maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kirchheim will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kirchheim and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pittsburg State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brooks. Brooks is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.5ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 54.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf. Wohlfarth-Bottermann impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Dragons to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#14, 4-11) 89-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Dragons keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Wohlfarth-Bottermann is well-known by Dragons fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Greg Baker (194-G/F-84) of USC Heidelberg (#8). Baker scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Heidelberg, leading his team to a 78-68 win against Karlsruhe (7-8). The chances of Heidelberg 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, Baker could help Heidelberg to bring them higher in the standings. Baker has a very solid season. In 14 games in Germany he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephen Cramer (188-G-84) of Braves - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ryan Howard (198-F-84) of Dragons - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81) of Heidelberg - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78) of Karlsruhe - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of Kirchheim - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kameron Gray (186-G-82) of Crailsheim - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88) of Cuxhaven - 19 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)


Uskoski's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Leitershofen and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed BG Illertal (#7, 6-9) with 20-point margin 100-80. Leitershofen maintains the 5th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Leitershofen will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Uskoski had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leitershofen's top player in his first season with the team. Rocky Mountain College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Uskoski is in league's top in points (5th best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Josh Young (185-G-88) of Bayer Giants. He is American guard in his first season at Bayer Giants. In the last game Young recorded impressive 43 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Bayer Giants lost that game 95-105 to the higher-ranked Wulfen (#5, 8-7). Bayer Giants managed to keep the same 10th spot in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Young is a newcomer at Bayer Giants and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 34.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joseph Henley (196-F-85) of Wulfen (#5). Henley scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Wulfen, leading his team to a 105-95 win against the lower-ranked Bayer Giants (#10, 5-10). Wulfen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Henley has a great season in Germany. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.1ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steve Briggs (178-G-85) of Wulfen - 42 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Matthew Reid (185-G-84) of Vechta - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michael Lay (175-G-83) of Konstanz - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jason Boucher (180-G-80) of Gotha - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81) of Leipzig - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Thomas Fairley (206-F/C-82) of Licher Baeren - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Virgil Matthews (188-G-83) of Ehingen - 14 points, 10 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)


Chris Ellis in Duesseldorf - Ogilvy won't come - by Moritz Korff
The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf have struggled to bring home some victories in this current 2010-2011 season, having won only three games in the 1. Bundesliga, while giving away as many as 15. Thus, for obvious reasons head coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is looking to add some fresh players to turn things around in the weeks to come. While Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), who had been mentioned as a potential new entrant, is eventually going to stay with Besiktas Istanbul instead of taking his game to Germany, Ellis Chris (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest) has made a deal with the Giants and will provide some support underneath the basket for the Giants. The 26-year-old Marietta, GA native is coming off a stint with Changan Group Guangdong of China. Ellis played six games for the NBL side, averaging 10 points points per contest to go along with 12.3 boards an encounter. He has spent some time in the NBA D-League, in Uruguay and Romania earlier in his career. Rumors have it, the Giants are considering to bring in at least one more new player very shortly.

Bernau parted company with Coach Torsten Schierenbeck - by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau has parted company with head coach Torsten Schierenbeck, as reported on the club's website. Schierenbeck was standing at the helm of the Bernau team since 2006 and led the club to 2. Bundesliga Pro B basketball last year. Bernau achieved a 2-13 record so far this season, currently sitting in the last spot of the Pro B North standings. On this past weekend Lok fell short to Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig 63-80 on the road. Assistant Coach Andreas Roeblitz will lead the trough saturday's home game versus Schwelm, the announcement who will follow in Schierenbeck's footsteps as the Bernau coach will is expected to be made at the beginning of the upcoming week.

Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game January 15th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) 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. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Janaury 15th.

How well has Ratiopharm Ulm digested the loss against Bamberg?

We have learned from the game and moving forward.

If you had to rank Casey Jacobsen in the top 10 players in the BEKO BBL, where would he stack up?

I dont know but top ten. He is a very smart basketball player.

What is the most importnat thing Ratiopharm Ulm learned from the lass against Bamberg?

The way they play their defense.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How much of an advantage will it be to play them 9 days after the last meeting against them?


I think it will be good. Its always good to play a team you just played not to long ago because they are fresh in your memory.

John Bryant had a tough game against Bamberg. He hasnt had many sub par games this season, but when he does do the teammates help him pick up his game or is he a silent warrior that gets his own game going again?


I think he is a silent warrior. We are pros not kids.

Frankfurt has a new forward with Chris Moss who is physical. Will the battle under the boards take on a new dimesion in this game?


Yea I hear Chris Moss is a good player. Should be a good battle between him and John Bryant

What will be key in winning the game?

Just staying focused and sticking to what we do.

What are your NFL picks this weekend? Patriots-Jets, Ravens-Steelers, Packers-Falcons and Seahawks-Bears?


Patriots, Ravens, Falcons,Bears.

Thanks Travis for the chat.




John Bynum (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To Walter Tigers Tuebingen Game January 15th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen on January 15th.

How well has TBB Trier digested the loss against BG Goettingen?


Well we watched film the next day and then we evulated things and then we began to watch film about our next opponent.


How good are the chances that BG Goettingen will be in the playoffs this season?

They have a good chance at making the playoffs along with 6 other teams that are in the tight race as well. Teams will start to seperate themselves now, but they have a good shot just like anyone else as well.

The next game is against The Walter Tigers Tubingen. How dangerous are these teams in the middle of the standings like them and Phoenix Hagen who beat Alba Berlin this season?


They are dangerous just like anyone in the league. It is even more of a dangerous game because it is on the road and any team is tough to beat on the road.


What has been your impression of The Walter Tigers Tubingen this season?


They have had an up and down season but they are capable of beating anyone in the league. Like I said it will be a tough task on the road because I know they felt like they let one get away from them when we played them in Trier.

Tuebingen have a very strong front court. Does TBB trier have the man power to slow them down?


I think we do, we just have to stay out of foul trouble and it will be a collective effort, if anyone gets in foul trouble,we just have to find a way to get it done.

Is Bane Rathkovica one of the toughest guards to guard in the BEKO BBL?


He is a solid guard and has great numbers, he is doing a good job this season and is leading the team in a positive way.

What will be key in winning besides defense and controlling the boards?


I think we have to run when we can as well, and the boards are a real key with us. I think if we can do those things we have a good shot because our defense is really solid.

What other players currently in the BEKO BBL can manage to make 40 points besides Dashaun Wood and Derrick Allen?


Julius Jenkins, Casey Jacobsen, and others could do it, but at the same time, the players I named dont need to score that much for there teams to be successful, I am sure there are a lot more but it just depends on what your team needs from you.

What are your NFL picks this weekend? Patriots-Jets, Ravens-Steelers, Packers-Falcons and Seahawks-Bears?


Patriots over the Jets, Steelers over the Ravens, Packers over the Falcons and Seahawks over the Bears... lol

Thanks John for the chat.


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Vechta 12-3 
 2. Stahnsdorf 12-3 
 3. Schwelm 11-4 
 4. Herten 10-5 
 5. Wulfen 8-7 
 6. Leipzig 7-8 
 7. ALBA Berlin II 7-8 
 8. Rist-Wedel 6-9 
 9. SU Medien 6-9 
 10. Bayer Giants 5-10 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 4-11 
 12. Bernau 2-13 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 14-1 
 2. Licher Baeren 12-3 
 3. NBC 11-4 
 4. Langen 10-5 
 5. Leitershofen 10-5 
 6. TSV Troester 6-8 
 7. BG Illertal 6-9 
 8. Gotha 6-9 
 9. Dt.Bank SKY II 4-11 
 10. Schwenningen 4-11 
 11. Giessen 3-11 
 12. Konstanz 3-12 


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The appeal of Aris was not enough - by Giorgos Diploidis
Yesterday (14/01), it was judged the appeal of Aris Thessaloniki against the decision to play 3 games without their fans. The court only reduced the fine to the team of Thessaloniki from 7.400 to 5.000 euros. In contrary it will have to give two more home games without it's spectators.

In the first one the 'yellows' were influenced and lost from Panionios ON Telecoms Athens 84-89. Now they will have to play also without supporters against Panellinios Athens and Ilysiakos Athens


Panathinaikos without fans for two games - by Giorgos Diploidis
Panathinaikos Athens will have to play two games without fans and to pay 13.900 euros fine for the behavior of their audience against Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus. It was made a huge effort from the two teams and the police a good climate to dominate in OAKA court, but the light torches that were thrown in the playing area were the main reason for this punishment.

So the 'Greens' will have to play against Ilysiakos Athens and VAP Kolossos Rodou without their fans support.


Kalathis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old swingman Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for VAP Kolossos Rodou and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat PAOK (#7, 6-6) 71-66. VAP Kolossos is placed at 4th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. VAP Kolossos will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. Kalathis turned to be VAP Kolossos' top player in his first season with the team. Saint Joseph's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kalathis is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Steven Smith (203-F-83) of Panellinios. He is American forward in his first season at Panellinios. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Panellinios lost that game 70-81 to the higher-ranked Kavala (#3, 7-5). This loss caused Panellinios to drop to 13th position in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Panellinios managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at Panellinios and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Milton Palacio (190-G-78) of Kavala (#3). Palacio showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kavala, leading his team to a 81-70 win against the lower-ranked Panellinios (#13, 3-9). Kavala needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Palacio has a great season in Greece. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.2apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Ikaros - 16 points and 15 rebounds
5. Michael King (193-G-78) of Peristeri GS - 22 points and 3 rebounds
6. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) of PAOK - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of Panellinios - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) of Panionios - 24 points and 8 assists
10. Ryvon Covile (206-C-84) of Panionios - 18 points, 7 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)


Nielsen replaced Gordon - by Giorgos Diploidis
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) returns to the Greek League after he recovered from his injury. He will take the place of Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) who has not performed according to the expectations. At first Nielsen was expected to replace Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) but the good game of the last one in the win against Panathinaikos Athens made them to change their mind.

The role of Gordon in the guards will be transferred to Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) who gained again the faith of Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket )


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  HOLLAND   


Laing number one in Holland for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, agency: JEMsports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (41 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat DeFriesland (#6, 9-11) in overtime 100-95. Magixx maintains the 4th position in Dutch DBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Magixx will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. In the team's last game Laing had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Magixx's top player in his first season with the team. Former Seton Hall University star has very solid stats this year. Laing is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.9ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Nigerian Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden. Adako had a very good evening with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as DeFriesland lost that overtime game 95-100 to slightly higher-ranked Magixx (#4, 12-8). DeFriesland managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Adako is a newcomer at DeFriesland, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (#3). Mills showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Eiffel Towers, leading his team to a 98-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Landstede (#9, 5-15). Eiffel Towers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Mills has a very solid season. In 17 games in Holland he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 7.1rpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of DeFriesland - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Thomas Jackson (175-G-80) of ZZ Leiden - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Trey McDowell (188-G-85) of BS Weert - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of ZZ Leiden - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Eiffel Towers - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84) of Eiffel Towers - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 17-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 16-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 15-5 
 4. Magixx 12-8 
 5. BS Weert 10-10 
 6. DeFriesland 9-11 
 7. ABC 8-12 
 8. Giants 6-14 
 9. Landstede 5-15 
 10. Rotterdam 1-19 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Stokes, BS Weert19.1 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants16.9 
 3. Laing, Magixx16.9 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 5. Borha, Landstede16.2 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.5 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.9 
 8. Humphrey, Magixx14.6 
 9. Blue, Giants14.4 
 10. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra10.1 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.7 
 3. Sihota, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 5. Griffin, Giants9.1 
 6. de Randamie, ABC9.0 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.6 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert8.5 
 9. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 10. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert3.9 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.7 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 8. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.5 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 10. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.9 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra2.3 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 7. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 9. McDowell, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.7 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.6 
 3. Blue, Giants1.3 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.9 
 7. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 8. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 9. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


El-Amin's 47-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for PVSK Pannonpower Pecs and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 47 points adding four rebounds and six assists for PVSK Pannon in his team's victory, helping them to crush Szedeak (#11, 6-10) with 20-point margin 104-84. PVSK Pannon is placed at 7th position in Hungarian league. PVSK Pannon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. In the team's last game El-Amin had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be PVSK Pannon's top player in his first season with the team. State University of New York,Stony Brook graduate has very impressive stats this year. El-Amin is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.2ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Benson Egemonye (208-C-83). He is Nigerian center in his first season at PVSK Pannon. In the last game Egemonye recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Of course together with El-Amin he helped PVSK Pannon with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Szedeak (#11, 6-10) 104-84. This victory allowed PVSK Pannon to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Egemonye is a newcomer at PVSK Pannon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Marso-Vagep NYKK (#8). Marshall scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Marso-Vagep, leading his team to a 105-81 easy win against the lower-ranked FS Debrecen (#13, 1-14). The chances of Marso-Vagep ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marshall could help Marso-Vagep to bring them higher in the standings. Marshall has a great season in Hungary. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 58.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Werner (203-F-87) of Kaposvari - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Andras Vavra (200-F-78) of Salgotarjani - 20 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bosko Stojakovic (196-G-84) of Marso-Vagep - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 23 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of Falco-Szova - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova - 28 points and 8 assists
10. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 21 points and 14 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)


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.9 
 4. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.2 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 7. Sales, Atomeromu19.4 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu19.4 
 9. Townes, Soproni19.1 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Sales, Atomeromu12.1 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu12.1 
 3. Townes, Soproni10.9 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari10.8 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari10.8 
 6. Egemonye, PVSK P.10.1 
 7. Jones, Albacomp9.6 
 8. Bell, Kormend9.4 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.1 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, ZTE K.6.9 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.4 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.3 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.2 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.6 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.5 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.3 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok2.9 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari2.8 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari2.8 
 6. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.6 
 7. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.6 
 8. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 9. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.7 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.6 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 5. Langford, FS Debre.1.1 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.1 
 7. Sales, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu1.0 
 10. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 


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  INDONESIA   


Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Pelita Jaya 19-1 
 2. Satria Muda 16-3 
 3. ASPAC 16-5 
 4. CLS 15-6 
 5. Garuda 12-9 
 6. Stadium Jak. 10-11 
 7. Muba Hangtuah 7-12 
 8. Bima Sakti 4-16 
 9. Citra Satria 1-18 
 10. Angsapura 1-20 


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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 2-3 
 10. Shahrekord 1-4 
 11. M.H.Ahvaz 0-5 
 12. Pouya 0-5 


Mahram defeat Duhok for second straight win in Amman - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Duhok 97:82

Mahram secured the second consecutive win at the WABA League Group B. They knocked down Iraqi Duhok for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 38 points to lead the Iranian side. Duhok fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Mahram started the encounter in a dominant manner. Two-time defending champions posted a 28:17 lead after ten minutes. Duhok however challenged their opponents in the second term. The Iraqis outscored Mahram to trail by 9 points at halftime. But Mahram gradually cleared off as Marlon Garnett was unstoppable. Eventually Mahram celebrated a well-deserved win. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) provided 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Farshad Zarghi (199-F-79) contributed 12 points for Mahram. Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) answered with 25 points for Duhok. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) finished with 21 points in the loss.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 38, Cheikh Samb 24+14 boards, Farshad Zarghi 12
Duhok: Micah Brand 25, Tyrone Anderson 21



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  IRAQ   


Mahram defeat Duhok for second straight win in Amman - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Duhok 97:82

Mahram secured the second consecutive win at the WABA League Group B. They knocked down Iraqi Duhok for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 38 points to lead the Iranian side. Duhok fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Mahram started the encounter in a dominant manner. Two-time defending champions posted a 28:17 lead after ten minutes. Duhok however challenged their opponents in the second term. The Iraqis outscored Mahram to trail by 9 points at halftime. But Mahram gradually cleared off as Marlon Garnett was unstoppable. Eventually Mahram celebrated a well-deserved win. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) provided 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Farshad Zarghi (199-F-79) contributed 12 points for Mahram. Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) answered with 25 points for Duhok. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) finished with 21 points in the loss.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 38, Cheikh Samb 24+14 boards, Farshad Zarghi 12
Duhok: Micah Brand 25, Tyrone Anderson 21



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  IRELAND   


James Crowder's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
American forward James Crowder (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old player recorded a triple-double of 24 points and added12 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team crushed Ulster Elks (#5, 2-10) with 22-point margin 94-72. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish SuperLeague. UCD Marian is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. In the team's last game Crowder had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be UCD Marian's top player in his first season with the team. Former Pfeiffer University star has very solid stats this year. Crowder is in league's top in points (6th best: 22.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 2.5spg,59.7% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Clayton Longmire (201-F-84) of Belfast Star. Longmire had a very good evening with 39 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Belfast Star cruised to a 75-67 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Killester (#1, 10-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Belfast Star consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Longmire is a newcomer at Belfast Star, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.0ppg (#1). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of league's second-best UCC Demons. Van scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of UCC Demons, leading his team to a 91-55 easy win against #4 ranked Moycullen. UCC Demons needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Van has a great season in Ireland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 13.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.5bpg and FGP: 66.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88) of UL Eagles - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Benjamin De La Cruz) of Ulster Elks - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) of Ulster Elks - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Barry Glover (198-C-82) of UCD Marian - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Patrick Crean (193-F) of DCU Saints - 15 points and 12 rebounds
10. Scott Kinevane (175-G-87) of UL Eagles - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 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 - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 31
 1. Longmire, Belfast .31.0 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune29.3 
 3. Van, UCC Demons23.8 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.23.6 
 5. Foley, Ulster Elks23.2 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.22.9 
 7. Turner, Killester22.8 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.1 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.8 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.7 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.4 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.6 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.10.8 
 6. Turner, Killester10.7 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.1 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles6.8 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.3 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.4 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 7. Foley, Ulster Elks3.3 
 8. Turner, Killester3.3 
 9. Westbrooks, Killester3.3 
 10. Clarke, Killester3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Westbrooks, Killester2.5 
 3. Crowder, UCD M.2.5 
 4. Donnelly, DCU S.2.5 
 5. Noonan, Neptune2.4 
 6. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 7. Turner, Killester2.3 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
 10. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune2.4 
 3. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 4. Turner, Killester2.1 
 5. Longmire, Belfast .2.0 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.3 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.2 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.0 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons0.9 


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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 9-5 
 6. Megido/Yokneam 8-6 
 7. Hapoel Afula 7-7 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 6-8 
 9. Kohav Yair 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 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A28.0 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov25.1 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.24.3 
 4. Gomez, Beer Yaakov23.3 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair22.6 
 8. Johnson, Ironi N.22.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.2 
 10. Dobie, Lev Hasharon20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.13.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.8 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.1 
 5. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne9.9 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.6 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.3 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Paris, Hapoel Beeri8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yoad BET-YOSEF
  Beer Yaakov
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.8.5 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A8.0 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.5 
 4. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 5. Harush, Kohav Yair5.5 
 6. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.5 
 7. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon5.0 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.8 
 10. Skverer, Maccabi .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.5 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.1 
 3. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.2.8 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 5. Bassett, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Harush, Kohav Yair2.4 
 7. Delaney, Maccabi .2.2 
 8. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.2 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 10. Shtarkman, Megido.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodney WEBB
  Maccabi Haifa
  (200-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 2. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri2.1 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.9 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.1.6 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.5 
 8. Markson, Hapoel A.1.4 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 10. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 


Lorrenzo Wade joins Lev Hasharon, Al Fisher signs with Ironi Ramat Gan - by Eurobasket News
Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) joins Lev Hasharon, Albert Fisher (184-G-86, college: Kent St.) signs with Ironi Ramat Gan in the latest transfers of Israeli National League.
Lorrenzo Wade spent four years in San Diego St. (NCAA) and in the last season averaged 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 75.5%. In 2010 played for Rayos de Hermosillo (Mexico-CIBACOPA) and had 24.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, then moved to Derby Ace Llamados (Philippines-PBA, starting five) and after 5 games averaged 25.2ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 61.1%. The season 2010-2011 started for Bakersfield Jam (D-League), waived befor the beginning of the season. In his first game in Israel he debuted with 11 points.
Albert Fisher meanwhile moved from Hapoel Be'eri to Ironi Ramat-Gan. He averaged 13.5 points per game for his previous team and recorded 28 points and 11 rebounds. Last year he signed at Akcakoca Poyraz (Turkey-TB2L, starting five) and after 13 games was the top-scorer with 26.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 85.4%.


Changes at Hapoel Beeri - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Beeri announced some changes of the players in the roster. Al Fisher went to Ironi Ramat Gan, while the team added Stacey Moragne (195-F-83, college: Mass.-Lowell), Haiim Barbi (197-F-89) and Amit Bursuk (184-G).
Stacey Moragne erupted with 39 points in his debut. In 2007-2008 he played for Manchester Millrats (ABA), released on Nov.'07, 7 games: 13.4ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 70.0%, next month joined Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League, starting five) and in 23 games averaged 22.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 42.7%. The season 2008-2009 he spent with Elitzur Kohav Yair/Yuval (Israel-National League, starting five) and after 25 games had massive 21.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.9%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 78.8%.
Haiim Barbi arrives from Elitzur Yavne (National League), where he spent his last few years. This season he averaged 3.5 points per game.
Amit Bursuk comes from Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan. This season he averaged 0.8 points for his previous team.


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Virtus Bologna signs KC Rivers - by Antonello Varallo
Former Benetton Treviso K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Clemson) will play with Virtus Bologna, having agreed terms after a long negotiation.
The shooter from Charlotte has began this season with Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA), playing 13 games with 14.8 ppg (39,2% 3FGP) and a season high of 20 points scored against Orleans. Last season Rivers played the first part of the season with Basket Latina (12 games: 24.5ppg), the second one with Benetton Treviso (23 games: 12.3 ppg).


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Finger's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Taj Finger (203-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Oita Heat Devils and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Akita (#6, 8-16) with 17-point margin 94-77. Oita H.Devils maintains the 6th position in Japanese BJ League. Oita H.Devils is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-14 record. In the team's last game Finger had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Oita H.Devils' top player in his first season with the team. Taj Finger averages this season 15.2ppg and 9.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing. He is American swingman in his 3rd season at Fukuoka Rizing. In the last game Parker recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Fukuoka Rizing lost that game 80-85 to slightly higher-ranked Sendai 89ers (#2, 14-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Fukuoka Rizing still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-11 record is not bad at all. Parker is one of the most experienced players at Fukuoka Rizing and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.2ppg (#1). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85) of Niigata Albirex (#3). Andrews scored 19 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Niigata Albirex, leading his team to a 86-85 win against #2 ranked Shiga Lakestars. Niigata Albirex needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Andrews has a great season in Japan. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.0bpg and FGP: 65.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wayne Arnold (193-G-84) of Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix - 35 points and 4 rebounds
5. Jerrell Smith (206-F-85) of Toyama Grouses - 23 points and 17 rebounds
6. Ayodokun Akingbade (207-F-84) of Akita - 14 points and 23 rebounds
7. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Bron. - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Sendai 89ers - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Willie Veasley (190-G/F-87) of Niigata Albirex - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 18 points and 17 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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Anthony Jones leads Jeish past ASU - by Eurobasket News
Jeish - ASU 69:59

Jeish got to the winning start of their WABA League campaign. They held off hosting ASU in Group B. Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Syrian champions. ASU in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record.
Jeish led by just a single point after the opening quarter. But they gradually mounted the pressure and eventually ran away for the initial win at the tournament. Christian Charles produced 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Al Hakam Abdallah (205-C) contributed 13 points for Jeish. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) answered with 19 points for ASU. Abbaas Islam (201-C-80) had 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Jeish take on Duhok tonight, ASU take a break before facing Duhok on Saturday.

Jeish: Anthony Jones 21+10 boards, Christian Charles 16+15 boards, Al Hakam Abdallah 13
ASU: Mousa Alawadi 19, Abbaas Islam 11



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Connors State College to extend their winning streak vs in state rivalry Western Oklahoma State College. - by Rangi Gescheit
Connors State JC State College to extend their winning streak vs in state rivalry Western Oklahoma State College.

Connors State JC lead by its sophomores Robert Crawford (6'6''-G), Corey Wilford (6'1''-G) and Jarvis Garner (6'7''-F) extended the team's winning streak to 15. Freshman PG Harrison brought his quickness and floor vision to put all the pieces together scoring 11 points and passing 5 assists. Robert Crawford added 22 points and 12 rebounds, G Corey Wilford 11 points and 2 rebounds. Jarvis Garner had a monstrous game with 14 points 15 rebounds (second best score for the Sophomore this season).
Connors State JC which are region 2 champions back to back 2009 & 2010 are ranked 2nd in the nation. Next time out they will face another in-state rival in Eastern Oklahoma St College. Eastern Oklahoma won in a buzzer beater on Thursday when they faced Carl Albert St College.



Top 10 (DI)


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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Ogre 10-2 
 2. Jurmala 10-2 
 3. Ventspils Aug. 8-3 
 4. Saldus 8-4 
 5. Gulbene 8-4 
 6. BAA Riga 6-5 
 7. Zemgale/Jun. 6-5 
 8. Daugava 6-6 
 9. Liepaja-2 4-8 
 10. Ridzene 2-10 
 11. Livani 1-10 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.9 
 3. Veselovs, Valmiera16.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 6. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.15.5 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.3 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 3. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.9 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.7 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera6.6 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils7.5 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.5.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 5. Vaikulis, Liepaja4.2 
 6. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 7. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.8 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils2.8 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 3. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.3 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.2 
 6. Cavars, Barons2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
 9. Slisans, LU1.9 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 5. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 6. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 7. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 
 10. Selakovs, VEF R.0.7 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 11-1 
 2. Liepaja 10-3 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 8-5 
 4. Valmiera 6-5 
 5. Barons 6-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-7 
 7. Turiba 3-11 
 8. LU 1-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Mavort
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Walker, Mavort27.0 
 2. Machado, Flamengo24.7 
 3. Giovannoni, BRB/B.23.7 
 4. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 5. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 6. Lo Grippo, Quimsa20.3 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol19.0 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.18.7 
 9. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter KVIETEK
  Dep.Espanol
  (205-C-77)
  Avg: 13
 1. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 2. Teichmann, Flame.11.7 
 3. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 4. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 5. Henning, Toros9.3 
 6. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 7. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.7 
 8. Giovannoni, BRB/B.8.7 
 9. Romero, Espartanos8.3 
 10. Joseph, Toros8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.7.0 
 2. Garcia, BR.6.7 
 3. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 4. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.5.0 
 5. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 6. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 7. Machado, Flamengo4.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa4.0 
 9. Martinez, Regat.4.0 
 10. Harris, Halc.Xalapa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 2. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 3. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 4. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 5. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 6. Garcia, BR.2.3 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.3 
 8. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 9. Treise, Quimsa2.0 
 10. Caicedo, Mavort2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 3. Teichmann, Flame.2.0 
 4. Santos, Flamengo2.0 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 6. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Araujo, Dep.Espanol1.3 
 9. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.3 
 10. Diez, Penarol1.0 


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Regatas C. 3-0 
 2. Penarol 2-1 
 3. Espartanos 1-2 
 4. Toros 0-3 
Group B
 1. Halc.Xalapa 3-0 
 2. BRB/Brasilia 2-1 
 3. Defensor 1-2 
 4. Caneros 0-3 
Group C
 1. Flamengo 3-0 
 2. Quimsa 2-1 
 3. Dep.Espanol 1-2 
 4. Mavort 0-3 
Group D
 1. Capitanes 0-0 
 2. Cocodrilos 0-0 
 3. Halc.Rojos 0-0 
 4. Sionista 0-0 


Group C. Flamengo clinch top position - by Eurobasket News
Group C
Mavort - Quimsa 65-75
Quimsa secured the second win at the Liga Americas Group C action. They defeated Mavort in Ibarra to seal the next round birth. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) and Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) scored 20 points each to lead the Argentinean team. Mavort fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Mavort got to the better start as they were up by three points after ten minutes 19:16. But Quimsa quickly stopped the rot and pulled in front in the second stanza. The visitors recorded a 37:33 lead at the interval. Mavort persisted as they outscored Quimsa in the third term. The Ecuadorian team entered the final term up by one point. But a 21:10 rally in the fourth quarter helped Quimsa ensure the victory. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) had 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Quimsa. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with 19 points for Mavort. Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) tallied 18 points in the loss.

Flamengo - Dep.Espanol 85-66
Flamengo recorded the third straight win in Ibarra. They held off Espanol de Talca to clinch the top position in Group C. The Brazilian vice-champions advanced into the next round of the competition. Espanol de Talca finished in the third place at 1-2 record. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was pivotal for Flamengo with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Espanol de Talca surprised Flamengo with an aggressive game in the opening term. The Chilean side grabbed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Flamengo quickly straighten up their game. The Brazilian side outscored Espanol 26:13 in the second term and posted a 10-point halftime lead. Espanol did not surrender as they fought bravely in the third term. The Chilean side got as close as 8 points with ten minutes remaining but Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) notched 10 points and 10 rebounds for Flamengo. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) added 9 points in the victory. Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) responded with 16 points for Espanol de Talca. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) and Franco Morales had 10 points each in the loss.




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Idaho state lost the third consecutive time - by Deividas Valiunas
No shocking result in a game in Colorado where first ranked in Big Sky conference Northen Colorado university (9-7) defeated 7th ranked Idaho state university (5-11) 57:37 on
Friday. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Elliott Lloyd (185-G) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 3 from 4 three-point field goals and Devon Beitzel (185-G-88) who added 10 points and 2 assists during the contest.

At the losing side Big man from Lithuania Deividas Busma (213-C-87) responded with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Top scorers:

Idaho State Bengals: K.McGowen 12, P.Taylor 9+2stl, D.Busma 4+4reb, M.Lacey 3+8reb.

Northern Colorado Bears: E.Lloyd 11+5reb+4ast, D.Beitzel 10, T.Montgomery 8+7reb, E.Addo 7.



Siknius lent to Perlas - by Aurimas Rimselis
Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) moves from Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius to Perlas Vilnius on loan till the end of season. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius director Martynas Purlys said: 'We have many players in forward position, so we need to lend Siksnius to other team. We signed a long-term contract with Siksnius, so we are interested that he will get much more playing minutes'. Siknius played in 7 LKL games, scored 5 points, rebounded 2 balls. He played 6 Euroleague games too, scored 0.7 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists in 4 minutes. From 12 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius players one is injured - pointguard Zydrunas Kelys, it is expected that the team will receive strenghten in pointguard position.

A. Masiulis, Z. Frederick joins Pasvalys - by Aurimas Rimselis
The leader of NKL Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys has strenghten. Pasvalys team made contracts with center Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and defender Zambalistas Frederick. Big man Masiulis recently released from tenth place in the Romanian Basketball Championship holding Sibiu 'Atlassib' team. He scored 9,5 pts, captured 6,9 rbs, made 1,2 ass and block 1,5 shot in Romanian league. Z. Frederick was born in Italia.

Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 22-1 
 2. Meresta 18-6 
 3. Radviliskis 17-7 
 4. LKKA-Atletas 16-7 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 15-8 
 6. Mazeikiai 15-9 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 13-10 
 8. Perlas-MRU 10-14 
 9. Silute 9-14 
 10. Triobet Malsta 9-14 
 11. Delikatesas 7-16 
 12. ABRO-Univ. 7-16 
 13. Puntukas 6-17 
 14. Erelita 6-18 
 15. Akademija 5-18 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.25.1 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.2 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.6 
 4. Jurkus, Silute19.0 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.5 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.17.1 
 7. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.0 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.6 
 9. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.0 
 10. Jacevicius, Perla.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Juventus
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.0 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.6 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute7.6 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita7.5 
 8. Keras, Delikatesas7.3 
 9. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.2 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.5 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.6 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.6 
 5. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.5 
 7. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.7 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.1 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.7 
 3. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.6 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.5 
 5. Petraitis, Delikate.2.4 
 6. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 8. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 10. Pupinis, Erelita2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Puntukas
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.7 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.2.0 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Urbonas, LK.1.7 
 6. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.4 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.3 
 9. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.2 
 10. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.0 


NKL Round 25: Zalgiris-Sabonio beats Perlas-MRU by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Eighth-ranked Perlas-MRU (10-14) was very close to win the game against sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (15-8) in Kaunas on Friday. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perlas-MRU. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Center Gediminas Zyle (209-88) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 assists for Perlas-MRU. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to fifth place. Perlas-MRU at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio are looking forward to face higher ranked Radviliskis (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perlas-MRU will play against LKKA-Atletas (#4) in Kaunas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (22-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Mazeikiai (15-9) 80-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) stepped up and scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Gintautas Vileita chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) responded with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-1 record. Mazeikiai at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against league's second-placed Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Delikatesas (#11) in Joniskis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 13th ranked Puntukas (6-17) and seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (13-10) in Anyksciai on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Klaipeda outscored Puntukas 86-61. Viktoras Chodosovskis nailed 23 points for the winning side. Darius Tarvydas came up with 14 points and 4 assists for Puntukas in the defeat. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nafta Universitetas maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Puntukas lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home Triobet Malsta (#10) in the next round. Puntukas will play against Akademija in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Bottom-ranked Akademija was smashed by LKKA-Atletas on the road 100-79. Triobet Malsta lost to Delikatesas on its own court 66-76. Erelita unfortunately lost to Meresta in Pakruojis 54-70. Silute recorded a loss to Radviliskis at home 62-70.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 32 points and 8 rebounds by Vidmantas Sragauskis of LKKA-Atletas.


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Perlas-MRU 88-85

Eighth-ranked Perlas-MRU (10-14) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (15-8) in Kaunas on Friday. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perlas-MRU. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Center Gediminas Zyle (209-88) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 assists and forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Five Zalgiris-Sabonio and four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to fifth place. Perlas-MRU at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio are looking forward to face higher ranked Radviliskis (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perlas-MRU will play against LKKA-Atletas (#4) in Kaunas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: L.Jacevicius 23+4reb+10ast, M.Kazonas 19+1reb, K.Brusokas 18+12reb+3ast, G.Ramonas 11+2reb+2ast, M.Gilys 8+3reb+1ast, P.Semaska 4+2reb+2ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: G.Zyle 21+5reb, M.Kupsas 16+10reb, V.Cizauskas 11+4reb+6ast, Z.Skucas 11+3reb, T.Jogela 10+4reb+1ast, V.Kariniauskas 8+2reb
gschID: 110121


LKKA-Atletas - Akademija 100-79

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked LKKA-Atletas (16-7) crushed bottom-ranked Akademija (5-18) in Kaunas 100-79 on Friday. The game without a history. LKKA-Atletas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. LKKA-Atletas forced 21 Akademija turnovers. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) nailed 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) came up with 18 points and guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for Akademija in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LKKA-Atletas maintains fourth place with 16-7 record. Akademija lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. LKKA-Atletas will meet Perlas-MRU (#8) in the next round. Akademija will play against Puntukas (#13) in Anyksciai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademija: T.Lekunas 18+4reb+2ast, K.Alekna 15+3reb+5ast, E.Mockevicius 14+7reb+1ast, M.Paliukenas 14+2ast, T.Pipiras 7+1reb, O.Olisevicius 6+2reb
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 32+8reb, S.Vingelis 17+3reb+7ast, D.Gricius 16+4reb+1ast, T.Tamosiunas 16+3reb+4ast, P.Malasauskas 9+1reb+4ast, I.Birbalas 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 110122


Puntukas - Nafta Universitetas 61-86

The game between 13th ranked Puntukas (6-17) and seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (13-10) in Anyksciai on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Klaipeda outscored Puntukas 86-61. The game without a history. Nafta Universitetas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Puntukas to just 7 points in third quarter. Nafta Universitetas dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Puntukas' 40. Nafta Universitetas forced 24 Puntukas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Puntukas' players. Forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) nailed 23 points for the winning side and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. Four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) came up with 14 points and 4 assists and center Deivydas Keburys (200-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Puntukas in the defeat. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nafta Universitetas maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Puntukas lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home Triobet Malsta (#10) in the next round. Puntukas will play against Akademija in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 14+3reb+4ast, D.Keburys 12+5reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 8+2ast, P.Marcic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Urbonas 7+5reb, S.Jankunas 6+5reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: V.Chodosovskis 23+3reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 15+3reb+7ast, M.Girdziunas 13+3reb+3ast, T.Klimas 10+5reb, H.Venskus 7+6reb+2ast, D.Norkus 7+10reb+3ast
gschID: 110123


Triobet Malsta - Delikatesas 66-76

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Triobet Malsta (9-14) lost to twelfth ranked Delikatesas (7-16) in Jonava 66-76 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Delikatesas. Triobet Malsta managed to win third quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Delikatesas made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and guard Paulis Klemas (186-91) accounted for 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) came up with 18 points and forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-90) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Triobet Malsta in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Triobet Malsta's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ABRO-Univ. Loser Triobet Malsta dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Silute. Delikatesas will meet at home higher ranked Mazeikiai (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triobet Malsta will play against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: V.Kruzikas 18+3reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 10+7reb, H.Vorotnikovas 10+10reb+2ast, T.Sebeziovas 10+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+6reb+4ast, T.Milinskas 4+5reb+1ast
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 23+6reb+3ast, J.Jucikas 14+3reb, P.Klemas 13+4reb+5ast, V.Pikalavicius 10+6reb+2ast, T.Mikalauskas 8+5reb+1ast, J.Blazys 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 110124


Mazeikiai - Pieno Zvaigzdes 72-80

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (22-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Mazeikiai (15-9) 80-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) stepped up and scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) responded with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-1 record. Mazeikiai at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against league's second-placed Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Delikatesas (#11) in Joniskis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: M.Sidlauskas 21+3reb+3ast, D.Vaitelis 17+6reb, B.Harrison 14+6reb+5ast, J.Warren 8+6reb, V.Kazlauskas 4+3reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 4+4reb
Pieno Zvaigzdes: N.Varnelis 18+6reb+1ast, G.Vileita 16+6reb+4ast, D.Leonard 13+8reb+5ast, M.Virbalas 11+3reb, A.Masiulis 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Fredrick 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 110125


Meresta - Erelita 70-54

Very predictable result when second ranked Meresta (18-6) won against 14th ranked Erelita-KTU (6-18) in Pakruojis 70-54 on Friday. The game without a history. Meresta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Erelita-KTU to just 7 points in second quarter. Guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Tomas Balciunas (186-79) accounted for 13 points. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Karolis Pupinis (200-88) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Erelita-KTU in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Meresta maintains second place with 18-6 record having three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Erelita-KTU lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Meresta will meet league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Erelita-KTU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Erelita: R.Cepanonis 14+10reb, K.Pupinis 10+5reb, V.Pliauga 9+1reb, M.Sapiega 8+2reb+3ast, M.Lisajevicius 4+2reb+3ast, M.Mackevicius 3+2reb
Meresta: S.Slivka 15+5reb+2ast, T.Balciunas 13+3reb+1ast, V.Padgureckas 12+1reb+2ast, A.Povilaitis 10+4reb, T.Druktenis 8+4reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 6+8reb
gschID: 110126


Silute - Radviliskis 62-70

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Silute (9-14) lost at home to third ranked Radviliskis (17-7) 70-62 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Silute won third quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side and guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) accounted for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Silute in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Radviliskis. They maintain third place with 17-7 record having four points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Silute keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Triobet Malsta. Radviliskis will meet at home Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in the next round. Silute will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#12) in Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Jurkus 19+7reb+1ast, E.Kaupaitis 15+8reb+1ast, M.Mockus 12+8reb+2ast, E.Ramanauskas 11+7reb+1ast, V.Nedzinskas 5+4reb+3ast, S.Jonuskis 0+1reb
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 19+11reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 15+5reb+7ast, M.Pukinskas 13+1reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 10+3reb, A.Oladimeji 7+14reb, R.Rauktys 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 110120




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Bass Dieng joins Amicale - by Eurobasket News
Amicale brought in another import player. They invited Bass Dieng (206-F-85, college: Georgia Tech). The Senegalese player has arrived to Luxembourg today. The 25-year-old forward started the previous season in Al Ahly in Lybia. Later in the season Bass Dieng moved to As Sadd in Qatar. In 2008/09 season Bass Dieng played for Georgia Tech University. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Bass Dieng was the participant of U18 Global Games in Dallas in 2001. Bass Dieng will stay with Amicale for the period of tryouts. The forward is expected to appear at weekend game against Residence.



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LNBP Round 29: Fuerza Regia is upset by Halcones Rojos - by Eurobasket
The Regular Season in LNBP is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked Fuerza Regia (27-9) and fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Fuerza Regia was crushed by Halcones Rojos in Veracruz 86-61. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. Halcones Rojos forced 24 Fuerza Regia turnovers. The best player for the winners was Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Puerto Rican guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 16 points for the guests. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Halcones Rojos has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros. Fuerza Regia at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Pioneros. Halcones Rojos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Regia will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Volcanes managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Volcanes won against seventeenth-ranked Jaguares in Toluca 83-72. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Malcolm Connor contributed with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Volcanes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Jaguares. Newly promoted Volcanes maintains eighteenth place with 2-34 record. Jaguares at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the seventeenth position with 31 games lost. Volcanes will play against higher ranked Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jaguares will play on the road against the league's leader Pioneros (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Pioneros delivered the twentieth seventh victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Panteras (13-20) 132-72 in Cancun. Jeremiah Dominguez stepped up and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ricardo Melendez responded with 18 points. Pioneros maintains first place with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Panteras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home Jaguares (#17) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Panteras will play against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ciudad Obregon, where higher ranked Angeles (23-12) lost to eleventh ranked Potros (17-19) in a road game 74-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angeles. Gordon James nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Potros maintains eleventh place with 17-19 record. Angeles at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Potros' next round opponent will be Titanes (#16) in Mexico City which should be theoretically an easy game.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jaguares were defeated by Halc.Xalapa in Xalapa 91-76. Lechugueros beat Huracanes at home 86-77. Jaguares were destroyed by Halc.Rojos on the opponent's court 95-62. Soles outscored Titanes in a home game 103-50.



Halc.Xalapa - Jaguares 91-76

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Jaguares (2-31) were defeated on the road by second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (26-10) 91-76. Halcones UV Xalapa players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) nailed 22 points and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) accounted for 16 points and 6 assists. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Ivan Deniz used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Bahamas guard Ray Rose (183-83, college: Olivet Nazarene) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Adrian Armstrong (185, college: Va Intermont) added 19 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Jaguares in the defeat. Despite that victory Halcones UV Xalapa went down to third position due to points difference. Newly promoted Jaguares keep the seventeenth place with 31 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaguares will play on the road against the league's leader Pioneros (#1) in Cancun.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: O.Mendez-Valdez 22+1reb+6ast, J.Harris 16+4reb+6ast, L.Garcia Morales 15+4reb+3ast, V.Mariscal 12+3reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 8+1reb+1ast, L.Roe 7+5reb+3ast
Jaguares: R.Rose 23+9reb+8ast, A.Armstrong 19+14reb+1ast, E.Halgunseth 8+1reb+2ast, S.Escobar 7+2reb+2ast, R.Ruiz 6+3reb+1ast, J.Carlos Amador 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 102537


Pioneros - Panteras 132-72

Leader Pioneros delivered the twentieth seventh victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Panteras (13-20) 132-72 in Cancun. Pioneros well out of reach of Panteras shooting 71.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Panteras 48-19 including a 41-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pioneros shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Panteras' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pioneros made 7 blocks. American guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) stepped up and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83) responded with 18 points and forward Jorge Casillas (196-90) scored 12 points. Five Pioneros and four Panteras players scored in double figures. Pioneros maintains first place with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Panteras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home Jaguares (#17) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Panteras will play against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: K.Young 25+6reb+2ast, J.Dominguez 19+8reb+8ast, J.Villanueva 14+4reb, H.Llamas 14+7reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 13+1reb+1ast, R.Allen 13+9reb+5ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 18+2reb+2ast, J.Casillas 12+4reb+2ast, M.Dorado 11+3reb, L.Miguel Rangel 10+1reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 9+2reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 102533


Lechugueros - Huracanes 86-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Lechugueros' (22-14) home victory over 9th ranked Huracanes (22-14) 86-77. They outrebounded Huracanes 41-23 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lechugueros shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) nailed 22 points and 8 assists for the winning side and American swingman Mike Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) accounted for 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) came up with 15 points and 8 assists and the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for Huracanes in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lechugueros moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lobos Grises and Huracanes. Lechugueros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Johns 22+3reb+8ast, R.Moss 19+11reb, M.Smith 17+9reb+6ast, A.Sanchez 16+6reb+4ast, M.Jackson 5+7reb, E.Zuniga 5+2reb+1ast
Huracanes: T.Bobbitt 17+2reb+4ast, R.Hornsby 15+3reb+8ast, O.Quintero 14+3reb+6ast, A.Hunter 11+2reb+3ast, J.Solano 6+3reb+1ast, A.Fuqua 4+9reb
gschID: 102534


Halc.Rojos - Fuerza Regia 86-61

The game between third ranked Fuerza Regia (27-9) and fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Fuerza Regia was crushed by Halcones Rojos in Veracruz 86-61. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. Halcones Rojos forced 24 Fuerza Regia turnovers. The best player for the winners was Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Puerto Rican guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 16 points and the other American import swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Halcones Rojos has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros. Fuerza Regia at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Pioneros. Halcones Rojos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Regia will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: C.Rivera 23+2reb+4ast, J.Lloreda 23+9reb+2ast, L.Hill 17+5reb+1ast, B.Robinson 10+3reb+1ast, J.Aubry 6+7reb, P.Stoll 3+4reb+4ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Habel 16+4reb+1ast, S.Bowie 15+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 8+9reb+1ast, M.Johnson 6+3reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 5, A.Izaguirre 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 102535


Halc.Rojos - Jaguares 95-62

Very expected game in Veracruz where 17th ranked Jaguares (2-31) were rolled over by fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) 95-62. Halcones Rojos dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Jaguares' 34. Halcones Rojos forced 20 Jaguares turnovers and outrebounded them 51-32 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Halcones Rojos players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Jaguares' players. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international guard Paul Stoll (178-85) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Bahamas guard Ray Rose (183-83, college: Olivet Nazarene) came up with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Jaguares in the defeat. Halcones Rojos has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros. Newly promoted Jaguares keep the seventeenth position with 31 games lost. Halcones Rojos will have a break next round. Jaguares will play on the road against the league's leader Pioneros (#1) in Cancun.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: J.Lloreda 16+13reb+4ast, J.Reynoso 12+1reb+1ast, C.Rivera 12+5ast, P.Stoll 10+6reb+2ast, F.Benitez 8+3reb, M.Ayala 7+1reb+3ast
Jaguares: R.Rose 19+9reb+4ast, A.Armstrong 10+3reb, F.Hooks 9+6reb+3ast, J.Garcia 8+4reb+1ast, S.Escobar 8+7reb+1ast, E.Halgunseth 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 102536


Soles - Titanes 103-50

Very predictable result in Mexicali where tenth ranked Soles (21-15) outscored 16th ranked Titanes (8-27) 103-50. Soles dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Titanes' 34. Soles forced 22 Titanes turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Titanes' players. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami (OH)) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 16 points. Soles' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Christopher Silva added 13 points respectively for Titanes in the defeat. Soles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 21-15 record. Newly promoted Titanes keep the sixteenth position with 27 games lost. Soles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Angeles (#6) in Puebla and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Titanes will play on the road against Potros (#11) in Ciudad Obregon.
Top scorers:
Soles: A.Pedroza 16+2reb+1ast, R.Garces 15+4reb, D.Davis 14+7reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 10+6reb+1ast, O.Lopez 10+5reb, V.Esquer 9+3ast
Titanes: S.Angounou 19+7reb+1ast, C.Silva 13+4reb, R.Gonzalez 6+7reb, J.Garcia 4+1reb, R.Sandoval 3+4ast, A.Flores 2+6reb
gschID: 102530


Potros - Angeles 90-74

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ciudad Obregon, where higher ranked Angeles (23-12) lost to eleventh ranked Potros (17-19) in a road game 74-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angeles. They outrebounded Angeles 42-28 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Guyanese forward Gordon James (198-79, college: Bridgeport) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Venezuelan guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Angeles in the defeat. Five Potros and four Angeles players scored in double figures. Potros maintains eleventh place with 17-19 record. Angeles at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Potros' next round opponent will be Titanes (#16) in Mexico City which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Potros: G.James 17+10reb+1ast, F.Harris 17+4reb+3ast, S.Monroe 14+5reb+6ast, R.Perez 11+7reb+4ast, K.Penn 11+6reb, S.Monreal 10+4reb+3ast
Angeles: A.Sucre 20+8reb+2ast, G.Vargas 15+2reb+4ast, J.Walker 13+4reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 13+1reb, R.Butler 9+7reb+1ast, J.Zuniga 4
gschID: 102531


Volcanes - Jaguares 83-72

Bottom-ranked Volcanes managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Volcanes won against seventeenth-ranked Jaguares in Toluca 83-72. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American-Barbados swingman Malcolm Connor (198-80, college: W.New Mexico) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Morinia is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Volcanes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and Erick Ortiz added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jaguares. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Volcanes maintains eighteenth place with 2-34 record. Jaguares at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the seventeenth position with 31 games lost. Volcanes will play against higher ranked Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jaguares will play on the road against the league's leader Pioneros (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Volcanes: L.Morinia 27+7reb+6ast, M.Connor 17+12reb+3ast, G.Lira 16+4reb+2ast, C.Roland 10+11reb+1ast, A.Velarde 9+7reb+2ast, S.Torres 4+1reb+1ast
Jaguares: F.Hooks 22+12reb+1ast, E.Ortiz 16+5reb+1ast, R.Rose 11+2reb+1ast, S.Escobar 10+5reb, J.Garcia 5+1reb, J.Carlos Amador 4+4reb
gschID: 102532




LNBP Round 25: Halcones UV Xalapa is upset by Soles - by Eurobasket
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game between second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (26-10) and tenth ranked Soles (21-15) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Halcones UV Xalapa was defeated by Soles in Mexicali 72-57. American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Soles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 21-15 record. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Soles are looking forward to face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play on the road against Potros in Ciudad Obregon and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Monterrey. Third ranked Fuerza Regia faced 4th placed Toros. Host Fuerza Regia (27-9) defeated guests from Nuevo Laredo (25-11) 86-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Jeremis Smith contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Toros. Fuerza Regia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Toros at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Halc.Rojos. Fuerza Regia will again play against Toros (#5) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
Leader Pioneros delivered the twentieth seventh victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Angeles (23-12) 84-73 in Cancun. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angeles. Gregory Grays stepped up and scored 29 points for the winners. At the losing side Gregory Vargas responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Pioneros maintains first place with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Loser Angeles keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home Titanes (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angeles will play against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and hope to secure a win.
Seventeenth-ranked Jaguares (2-31) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Ola Verde (15-15) in Poza Rica. Ola Verde managed to secure only seven-point victory 98-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Aaron Eneas nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for the winning side. Despite that victory Ola Verde went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Jaguares at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the seventeenth place with 31 games lost. Ola Verde's next round opponent will be Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes. Jaguares will play on the road against Huracanes (#8) in Tampico.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ciudad Obregon, where higher ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) lost to eleventh ranked Potros (17-19) in a road game 74-79 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. Sammy Monroe fired 23 points for the winners. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Potros maintains eleventh place with 17-19 record. Loser Halcones Rojos dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Potros will face higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones Rojos will play against Soles in Mexicali.

Other games of round 25 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Titanes defeated Volcanes in Mexico City 87-80. Lechugueros beat Lobos Grises at home 93-85. Panteras lost to Huracanes on the opponent's court 82-88.
The best stats of 25th round was 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists by Larry Morinia of Volcanes.



Fuerza Regia - Toros 86-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Monterrey. Third ranked Fuerza Regia faced 4th placed Toros. Host Fuerza Regia (27-9) defeated guests from Nuevo Laredo (25-11) 86-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. They outrebounded Toros 41-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Fuerza Regia players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Toros' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Toros. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Toros at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Halc.Rojos. Fuerza Regia will again play against Toros (#5) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: D.Shaw 20+12reb+6ast, J.Smith 16+6reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 12+5reb+1ast, J.Habel 10+5reb+4ast, J.Richards 8+2reb, M.Johnson 8+2reb+3ast
Toros: A.Rougeau 20+6reb, W.Pagan 16+3reb+5ast, B.Assie 15+2reb+1ast, M.Helms 15+4reb, M.Rivera 6+2reb+3ast, E.Vasquez 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 102502


Volcanes - Titanes 80-87

There was no surprise in Toluca where 18th ranked Volcanes (2-34) were defeated by sixteenth ranked Titanes (8-27) 87-80 on Thursday. Titanes dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 28. Titanes had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Abdu Martin (196-76) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Four Titanes players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) produced 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists and American-Barbados swingman Malcolm Connor (198-80, college: W.New Mexico) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Titanes maintains sixteenth place with 8-27 record. Volcanes lost their seventh game in a row. Volcanes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 34 lost games. Titanes will face league's leader Pioneros in Cancun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Volcanes will play at home against Algodoneros (#15) in la Comarca.
Top scorers:
Titanes: S.Angounou 25+11reb, C.Silva 20+8reb, E.Martin 20+10reb+3ast, R.Sandoval 10+1reb+1ast, A.Flores 6+4reb+2ast, G.Fragoso 6+1reb
Volcanes: L.Morinia 40+4reb+5ast, M.Connor 17+10reb+3ast, A.Velarde 9+1reb+3ast, G.Lira 4+5reb+1ast, S.Torres 4+2reb, J.Gomez 3+2reb
gschID: 102498


Pioneros - Angeles 84-73

Leader Pioneros delivered the twentieth seventh victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Angeles (23-12) 84-73 in Cancun. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angeles. Pioneros shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. American guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 29 points for the winners and his fellow American import center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Pioneros players scored in double figures. At the losing side Venezuelan guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami (FL)) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Pioneros maintains first place with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Loser Angeles keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home Titanes (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angeles will play against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: G.Grays 29+3reb+1ast, N.Brumfield 13+3reb+3ast, R.Allen 12+11reb+1ast, A.Esparza 10+3ast, J.Sanchez 8+3reb+1ast, K.Young 4+6reb
Angeles: G.Vargas 20+6reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 17+1reb, J.Walker 14+7reb, L.Bethelmy 8+5reb+2ast, C.Morris 8+3reb, R.Butler 4+1reb
gschID: 102499


Lechugueros - Lobos Grises 93-85

There was a small surprise in Leon where eighth ranked Lechugueros (22-14) defeated 8th ranked Lobos Grises (22-14) 93-85 on Thursday. Lechugueros looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Lobos Grises' players. American swingman Mike Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import Jamal Jenkins (, college: Brookdale CC) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Venezuelan forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Germaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Five Lobos Grises players scored in double figures. Lobos Grises' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lechugueros moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lobos Grises and Huracanes. Lechugueros will face Algodoneros (#15) in la Comarca in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: M.Smith 26+7reb+3ast, A.Sanchez 17+2reb, J.Jenkins 14+4reb+8ast, R.Johns 14+2reb+8ast, R.Moss 8+11reb+3ast, M.Jackson 8+10reb+2ast
Lobos Grises: H.Salcedo 20+12reb, M.Thomas 13+6reb+3ast, G.Jackson 12+7reb+6ast, J.Harris 11+4reb+1ast, C.Bailey 10+7reb, M.Patton 9+3reb
gschID: 102500


Huracanes - Panteras 88-82

Very expected game in Tampico where 13th ranked Panteras (13-20) were defeated by ninth ranked Huracanes (22-14) 88-82 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Strangely Panteras outrebounded Huracanes 43-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) fired 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83) added 24 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Huracanes. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lechugueros and Lobos Grises. Panteras lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Huracanes will face Jaguares (#17) in Nayarit in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panteras will play on the road against Ola Verde (#12) in Poza Rica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 23+6reb+6ast, O.Quintero 20+2reb+4ast, J.Solano 13+6reb+2ast, A.Hunter 10+3reb+1ast, T.Bobbitt 7+4reb+9ast, A.Fuqua 6+2reb
Panteras: R.Melendez 24+3reb+2ast, C.Brooks 19+6reb+1ast, A.Garcia 16+17reb+2ast, J.Casillas 7, M.Dorado 6+2reb+2ast, L.Miguel Rangel 6+6reb+6ast
gschID: 102495


Soles - Halc.Xalapa 72-57

The game between second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (26-10) and tenth ranked Soles (21-15) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Halcones UV Xalapa was defeated by Soles in Mexicali 72-57. American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: Va Commonwealth) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Soles has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 21-15 record. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Soles are looking forward to face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play on the road against Potros in Ciudad Obregon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Soles: T.Thomas 22+10reb+5ast, R.Garces 15+14reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 15+4reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 9+2reb, L.McCoy 5+1reb+3ast, D.Davis 3+8reb+1ast
Halc.Xalapa: L.Garcia Morales 15+1reb+2ast, L.Roe 15+8reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 13+7reb+2ast, R.Traylor 7+5reb, A.Parada 3+3reb, L.Pulido 2+2ast
gschID: 102496


Potros - Halc.Rojos 79-74

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ciudad Obregon, where higher ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) lost to eleventh ranked Potros (17-19) in a road game 74-79 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) fired 23 points for the winners. American-Guyanese forward Gordon James (198-79, college: Bridgeport) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Potros maintains eleventh place with 17-19 record. Loser Halcones Rojos dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Potros will face higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones Rojos will play against Soles in Mexicali.
Top scorers:
Potros: S.Monroe 23+4reb+2ast, G.James 16+12reb+1ast, R.Perez 15+2reb+2ast, A.Meeking 8+2reb, A.Guzman 6+3reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 6+5reb
Halc.Rojos: J.Lloreda 16+6reb+3ast, C.Rivera 13+5reb+2ast, C.Lee 12+5reb, J.Aubry 8+7reb+1ast, A.Solares 7+4reb, H.Nungaray 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 102497


Ola Verde - Jaguares 98-91 OT

Seventeenth-ranked Jaguares (2-31) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Ola Verde (15-15) in Poza Rica. Ola Verde managed to secure only seven-point victory 98-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Ola Verde made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-78, agency: Promotex) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for the winning side and Dominican power forward Elys Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) accounted for 26 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Bahamas guard Ray Rose (183-83, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 28 points respectively for Jaguares in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Ola Verde went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Jaguares at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the seventeenth place with 31 games lost. Ola Verde's next round opponent will be Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes. Jaguares will play on the road against Huracanes (#8) in Tampico.
Top scorers:
Ola Verde: E.Guzman 26+9reb, O.McCullough 24+6reb+3ast, A.Eneas 20+13reb+4ast, M.Baker 18+8reb+7ast, E.Medina 8+3ast, J.Vargas 2+1reb+2ast
Jaguares: R.Rose 28+3reb+2ast, F.Hooks 19+12reb+3ast, E.Ortiz 17+3reb, Q.Demariet 11+1reb+5ast, S.Escobar 7+5reb+3ast, A.Armstrong 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 102494




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Thursday: Timberwolves, Thunder and Nuggets celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota T. - Washington W. 109-97
John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) and the Washington Wizards walked into to Target Center - the arena where losing streaks come to die - fully expecting to finally get that elusive first road victory. Instead, Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) delivered another all-star performance in a season full of them, refusing to let his Minnesota Timberwolves fold in the fourth quarter again. Love had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) added 14 points and 11 rebounds to keep the Wizards winless on the road in Minnesota's 109-97 victory on Thursday night. Love made 13 of 18 shots, including 5 of 6 from three-point range, to help make up for the absence of Michael Beasley, who was out with a sprained left ankle. 'It's a tough guard when you've got a 4 man who can shoot the ball,' the six-foot-nine Love said. 'Six-foot-eight or above and shooting the three-ball like that, its tough to guard.' He's been that way all season, leading the NBA in rebounding while shooting .435 on threes, good for 11th in the NBA in when the day began. Wall had 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who fell to 0-19 on the road. They are the only team in the NBA that has yet to win away from home this season. *Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Oklah.City T. - Orlando M. 125-124
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 36 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 32 in a triple-double on Thursday as Oklahoma City edged Orlando 125-124 for a fourth straight NBA victory. Westbrook also had 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the fourth triple-double of his career. The Thunder notched their highest-scoring game of the season, surpassing even their total in a triple-overtime triumph against New Jersey. Dwight Howard led Orlando with 39 points and 18 rebounds, and JJ Redick made four three-pointers en route to 18 points, but his efforts in a fourth-quarter rally couldn't get Orlando over the hump. Orlando had trimmed a 12-point deficit to 111-110 midway through the final period, thanks to a 14-5 scoring run that included Redick's three three-pointers in three attempts. The Magic got within two points three times in the final minute. Durant, determined to hold off the challenge, scored Oklahoma City's final six points, hitting all four of his free throws and connecting with a basket over Hedo Turkoglu with 8.1 seconds remaining. Orlando's Jason Richardson drained a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the Magic dropped a second straight decision after seeing their nine-game winning streak end on Wednesday in New Orleans. *Courtesy of http://onehd.com.au

Denver N. - Miami Heat 130-102
Reserve J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 28 points and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) added 21, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 130-102 win over a Miami Heat team missing LeBron James on Thursday night. Nene contributed 17 points and Chauncey Billups had 13 assists as the Nuggets routed a second straight opponent. They beat Phoenix by 34 points two nights ago. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 16 for Miami, which lost two in a row for the first time since dropping three straight in late November. James sat out after spraining his left ankle the night before in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game that James was 'feeling a little better.' He will likely try to play Saturday in Chicago. *Courtesy of www.wralsportsfan.com




Solomon Alabi is back with Toronto Raptors - by Matthew Man
The Toronto Raptors announced today they have recalled center Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) from the Erie Bay Hawks, their NBA Development League Affiliate.
Alabi, 7-foot-1, 250 pounds, was on his second assignment with the team and appeared in the last four games for Erie. He played seven games during his first stint.

In 11 games (all starts), he averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in 22.1 minutes of play.

Alabi, a rookie out of Florida State, will be back with the Raptors when they host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.


Courtesy of Oursportscentral.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.25.6 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat24.9 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.1 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.8 
 10. Gordon, LA Clippers23.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.4 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.9 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.8 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.5 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.9 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.3 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.2.0 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Garnett, Boston C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 29-9 
 2. New York K. 22-16 
 3. Philadelph.76 15-23 
 4. Toronto R. 13-25 
 5. New Jersey N. 10-28 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 25-13 
 2. Indiana P. 16-20 
 3. Milwaukee B. 14-22 
 4. Detroit P. 12-26 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-30 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 30-11 
 2. Atlanta H. 26-14 
 3. Orlando M. 25-14 
 4. Charlotte B. 15-21 
 5. Washington W. 10-27 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 27-13 
 2. Utah Jazz 26-13 
 3. Denver N. 22-16 
 4. Portland TB 20-19 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 29-11 
 2. Phoenix Suns 16-21 
 3. Golde State W. 15-23 
 4. LA Clippers 13-24 
 5. Sacramento K. 8-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 33-6 
 2. Dallas M. 26-11 
 3. N.Orleans H. 23-16 
 4. Memphis G. 18-21 
 5. Houston R. 17-22 


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Karlsen's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Asker Aliens BC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Ammerud (#8, 2-10) with 33-point margin 87-54. Asker maintains the 2nd position in Norwegian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Asker will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Karlsen had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Asker, through which he has constantly improved. Independence CC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Karlsen is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 41.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Audun Eskeland (175-G-85) of Ulriken Eagles. He is former international guard in his 6th season at Ulriken. In the last game Eskeland recorded impressive 35 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ulriken to edge slightly lower-ranked Gimle (#5, 4-8) by 5 points 72-67. Ulriken's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Eskeland is one of the most experienced players at Ulriken and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.3ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.4rpg and 4.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Donald Oatis (206-F/C-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Baerum Basket (#4). Oatis scored 10 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Baerum, leading his team to a 82-53 easy win against the lower-ranked Ammerud (#8, 2-10). Baerum needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Oatis has a great season in Norway. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 3.3bpg and FGP: 65.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stian Enge (190-G-90) of Gimle - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ali Ouakkaha (185-G-90) of Ulriken - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Frank Nyborg (197-F-83) of Asker - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vincent Hamilton (196-F-80) of Baerum - 12 points and 6 rebounds
8. Samuel Diomande (191-G-88) of Ammerud - 9 points and 4 rebounds
9. Adam Ronnqvist (181-G-90) of Baerum - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Stian Berg (187-G-91) of Baerum - 12 points, 2 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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  POLAND   


Seid Hajric returns to Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Seid Hajric (203-F-83) has left Zrinjski Mostar and has joined Polish outfit Anwil Wloclawek. Hejric's three-month contract with Zrinjski has expired and he was free to look for a new club. Polish outfit was quickest to his signature and the Bosnian center has agreed a deal until the end of the season. This will be his second stint with Anwil, having previously played for them from 2004-2007. With Zrinjski, Hajric averaged 21 points in domestic league while in BIBL he played in 2 matches adding 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Seid Hajric started his career with Celik Zenica in 1999. Later, actually at the start of the 2004-2005, Hajric moved to Anwil but after being hampered by injuries he made only 12 league appearances averaging 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Following season was significantly better as he played in 35 league games and has posted averages of 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. In 2007, Hajric led Anwil Wloclawek to National Cup. At the same year he moved to Polpak Swiecie but after 15 games he was released in February of 2008. He moved to Bosna ASA BH Telecom with whom he has won the National Title. With Bosna, Hajric has also won two National Cups in 2009 and 2010. This season, Hajric also struggled with injuries but has still managed to make 22 league appearances for Bosna. He posted averages of 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 56.0% for two.


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 9-1 
 2. Sangalhos 8-2 
 3. Galitos FC 8-2 
 4. Angra 8-2 
 5. Fisica 8-3 
 6. Povoa 5-5 
 7. Electrico FC 4-6 
 8. Terceira Basket 4-6 
 9. Guifoes 3-7 
 10. Maia Basket 2-8 
 11. Alges 2-9 
 12. Seixal 0-10 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Captains ready to defend their home court - by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains will participate in the League of the Americas Tournament which gets underway on January 18th thru January 20th of this month. Arecibo plays in Group D, which also hosts the following teams:
Juventud Sionista de Parana from Argentina, Cocodrilos of Caracas from Venezuela, and Halcones Rojos de Veracruz from Mexico.

The Captains have a good mix of players to include, Bobby Joe Hatton, Larry Ayuso, Danilo Pinnock among others and have recently acquired the services of 7 footer Larry Turner who played for the University of Tennessee State in Nashville.

The games will be held at the Arecibo Coliseum so it is expected that the Captains will have a good turn out of their hometown fans for these games.



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  ROMANIA   


Latest Divizia A transfers - by Eurobasket News
Asesoft CSU Ploiesti added Cezar Stanescu (192-G-88) as well as Ike Okoye (206-F, college: Boise St.) until the end of the season. The Romanian guard Cezar arrives from CSM Bucuresti (Romania) and averaged 1.6 points per game.
Theron Smith (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Ball St.) was added to Steaua Turabo Bucuresti. The Amercan Forward played for Latina Basket (Italy) and after 12 games had 10.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 70.4%. Slovenian Gregor Hafnar (195-G-77) as well as Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) were added to the roster.
Jermont Horton (198-G-83, college: Rutgers-Newark) as well as Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) and Brock Gillespie (185-G-82, college: Rice) moved to SCM U Craiova. In Dec.'09 Jermont Horton signed at Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul (Turkey-TB2L, starting five) and after 14 games averaged 18.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 73.8%.
Other transfers that already were almost mentioned in the previous articles are: Gaz Metan Medias added Patrick Marcu (191-G-86), Damien Kinloch, while BC Mures Tsrgu-Mures signed Andrei Capusan and Nicholas Covington. BCM U Pitesti invited Bojan Grubisic (212-C-80) and CSU Atlassib Sibiu signed 'Boomer' Herndon, Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: BeoExcell), Stefan Atanackovic. BC Timisoara agreed with Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT) and CSU Cuadripol Brasov invited Milorad Perovic, Mihai Popa (186-G-79), Bogdan Draguis, Andrei Dohi (207-F-87), Alexandru Stamate (186-G-80), Vladimir Mihai (180-G-90).BC Miercurea Ciuc signed Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Iona) and Clevin Hannah (180-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.).





Jamaal Smith, Ray Kraemer, Shawn Taylor move to CSM Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News
Jamaal Smith (175-G-85, college: N.Mexico), Ray Kraemer (193-G-87), Shawn Taylor (211-C-84) move to CSM Bucuresti to better the team's position in the standings. Jamaal Smith had 2 years in N.Mexico (NCAA) and in the last season there averaged 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3Pts: 48.7%, FT: 78.6%. In Jan.'09 signed at Las Vegas Aces (ABA), then moved to Correcaminos UAT Victoria (Mexico-LNBP) and after 9 games had 18.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 71.1%. Ther season 2009-2010 started for Las Vegas Aces (ABA).
Ray Kraemer started for Weatherford JC (NJCAA) and then moved to Nevada (NCAA). In his last season there he averaged 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 48.8%, FT: 50.0%. He reached WAC Tournament Semifinals -08, 10, became WAC Regular Season Runner-Up -09, WAC Tournament Finalist -09 and WAC Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10.
Shawn Taylor became the latest addition to the roster of the team. The American Center recently played for Rizing Fukuoka (BJ League) in japan and after 39 games averaged 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9bpg.



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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 15-5 
 2. Spartak-Primorie 14-4 
 3. Saransk 14-4 
 4. Severstal 13-5 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 8-7 
 6. Rjazan 8-10 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 7-11 
 8. Revda 6-10 
 9. Irkutsk 6-12 
 10. Lokomotiv 3-14 
 11. Zaretchny 3-15 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Williams, Enisey19.6 
 2. Langford, Khimky18.7 
 3. Labovic, Enisey15.6 
 4. Popovic, Unics15.6 
 5. Domercant, Spart.15.0 
 6. Baxter, Enisey14.2 
 7. Lampe, Unics14.1 
 8. Lyday, Unics14.0 
 9. Paunic, N.Novgorod13.8 
 10. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.5 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 3. Monya, Khimky7.4 
 4. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.5 
 5. Vorontsevich, CSKA6.3 
 6. Labovic, Enisey6.2 
 7. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.9 
 8. Likhodey, Triumph5.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey5.8 
 10. Plisnic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Williams, Enisey6.6 
 2. Ponkrashov, Spart.6.5 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.0 
 4. Khvostov, Dynamo4.5 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 6. Planinic, Khimky3.7 
 7. Aleksic, N.Novgorod3.2 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.1 
 9. Samoylenko, Unics3.1 
 10. Holden, CSKA3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. McCarty, Unics1.9 
 3. Langford, Khimky1.8 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 5. Voronov, Dynamo1.6 
 6. Kulagin, N.Novgorod1.5 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.5 
 8. Pashutin, Unics1.5 
 9. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.5 
 10. Jeretin, Lokomotiv1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Monya, Khimky1.6 
 2. Varlamov, Triumph1.4 
 3. Vranes, Unics1.4 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 5. Zabelin, CSKA1.3 
 6. Likhodey, Triumph1.3 
 7. Lampe, Unics1.0 
 8. Zhukanenko, Dynamo1.0 
 9. Vorontsevich, CSKA0.9 
 10. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 6-2 
 2. CSKA 6-2 
 3. Lokomotiv 6-2 
 4. Spartak SP 5-3 
 5. Enisey 5-4 
 6. Khimky 4-3 
 7. Dynamo 2-6 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 2-6 
 9. N.Novgorod 2-6 
 10. Triumph 2-6 


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ROLLER COASTER RIDE CALLED LIFE - by Ryan Holmes
THIS PAST WEEK HAS BEEN A REAL ROLLER COASTER RIDE FOR ME! I'VE HIT THE HIGHEST HIGHS AND THE LOWEST LOWS, BUT THE ONLY THING I KNOW FOR CERTAIN IS THAT I WILL SEE IT THROUGH! THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK BUT IM GOING TO ONLY TALK BOUT THE HIGHEST POINT OF MY ROLLER COASTER CALLED LIFE AND THE LOWEST POINT! THURSDAY NIGHT WE HAD A GAME AND WE WERE IN SEARCH OF OUR 6TH WIN OF THE SEASON (WHICH WOULD MATCH THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF WINS MY CLUB GOT LAST SEASON). WE GOT THE WIN AND I SCORED 55 POINTS THAT NIGHT AND IT FELT GOOD! 55 POINTS AINT EASY TO GET WHEN YOUR ONLY PLAYING 40 MINUTES! I GOT TO THE BASKET WHEN I WANTED, MY SHOTS WERE GOOD AND I GOT TO THE FREE THROW LINE.....ALMOST PERFECT GAME! HOWEVER, I WOKE UP FRIDAY MORNING WITH TERRIBLE NEWS. THE TYPE OF NEWS WE BASKETBALL PLAYERS DREAD TO HEAR WHEN WE'RE OVERSEAS.....'CALL ME ASAP' SO AFTER SEEING SEVERAL CALL ME ASAP MESSAGES I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG......I CALLED MY FATHER BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT IF I HAD TO GET SOME BAD NEWS I WANT IT TO COME FROM HIM OR MY SISTER REGAN (THEY'RE BOTH USUALLY REAL CALM IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS) WHEN I GOT MY FATHER ON THE PHONE HE HAD INFORMED ME THAT MY BABY SISTER HAD PASSED AWAY. AS, I WRITE THIS BLOG, MY EYES ARE FULL OF TEARS BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS FOR ME TO VENT! RAINIA 'NENE' HOLMES WAS AN ANGEL HERE ON EARTH AND FRIDAY MORNING GOD DECIDED TO GIVE HER, HER WINGS! SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED BUT I'M WELL AWARE OF THE FACT THAT GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES AND SHE'S IN A BETTER PLACE! 'TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY, IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD' S0, WE DONT HAVE TO PRAY FOR NENE....SHE'S GOOD! GOD HAS HIS HANDS ON HER. I ASK THAT YOU PRAY FOR MY FAMILY. THANK YOU ALL.......TILL NEXT TIME TAKE CARE STAY HEALTHY AND DONT FORGET TO TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS YOU LOVE EM! NOBODY SHOULD BE SO TOUGH TIL THAT CAN'T UTTER THOSE WORDS.....

SINCERLY,




Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith)










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Dinamo Ford Sassari lands Vanja Plisnic - by Zoran Popovic
Only few days after he leaved BC Nizhny Novgorod, Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) fined new team. He will continue career in Italy in Dinamo Ford Sassari. Plisnic started season in Russia and for Dinamo Ford Sassari on 8 games in EuroChallenge cup Plisnic average scored 8.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.8 steals, on 7 games in Russian league average scored 10.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. During the career Plisnic played for NAP, Radnicki Beograd, Vojvodina NIS Novi Sad, FMP Zeleznik, Telindus BC Oostende, Hemofarm Vrsac, Ural Great Perm, Angelico Biela and BC Nizhny Novgorod. Vanja Plisnic was member of Yugoslavian U20 National team and Serbia and Montenegro University National team. With FMP Zeleznik Vanja Plisnic won Yugoslavian National Cup 2003 and Adriatic league 2004.

Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 16-0 
 2. Beograd 11-4 
 3. Novi Sad 9-6 
 4. Mega Vizura 9-6 
 5. Metalac 9-7 
 6. Napredak 8-7 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 8-7 
 8. Tamis 7-8 
 9. Vojvodina 6-9 
 10. Borac 6-9 
 11. Sloga 6-9 
 12. Proleter Naftagas 6-9 
 13. Crnokosa 4-11 
 14. Superfund 1-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Nikola KOPRIVICA
  Iraklis
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Koprivica, Super.22.4 
 2. Milisavljevi., Mega V.19.8 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.3 
 4. Bunic, Novi Sad17.4 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga16.9 
 6. Vasojevic, Borac16.8 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.16.5 
 8. Sulovic, Napredak16.5 
 9. Micevic, Sloboda .16.1 
 10. Tresac, Borac16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Markovic, FMP8.2 
 2. Jelovac, Mega V.7.8 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac6.9 
 4. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 5. Borovcanin, Sloga6.7 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.7 
 7. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 8. Dedijer, Borac6.5 
 9. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 10. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Vlahovic, Sloga5.6 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.4 
 4. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.1 
 5. Ljubicic, Metalac5.1 
 6. Covic, FMP4.9 
 7. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 8. Djoric, Superfund4.3 
 9. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.2 
 10. Mitrovic, Beograd3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Vuksan GAGOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gagovic, Prolet.2.6 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.5 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac2.3 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.2 
 5. Dundjerski, Beograd2.1 
 6. Bocka, Crnokosa2.1 
 7. Vujosevic, Novi Sad1.8 
 8. Djoric, Superfund1.8 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Bunic, Novi Sad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.4 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.2 
 5. Buric, Tamis1.1 
 6. Bircevic, Metalac1.1 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.8 
 9. Dedijer, Borac0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 17-4 
 2. Nova Ves 15-7 
 3. Komarno 12-10 
 4. Vahostav-Zilina 11-11 
 5. Handlova 11-11 
 6. Svit 10-11 
 7. Levice 10-12 
 8. Inter Bratislava 8-13 
 9. Prievidza 7-14 
 10. B.Bystrica 6-14 


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  SPAIN   


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Obradoiro 17-2 
 2. CB Murcia 16-3 
 3. Burgos 14-5 
 4. Leon 14-5 
 5. Caceres 13-6 
 6. La Laguna 10-9 
 7. Navarra 10-9 
 8. Melilla 9-10 
 9. Lleida 9-10 
 10. Girona 8-10 
 11. La Palma 8-10 
 12. Clinicas Rincon 8-11 
 13. Alcazar 7-11 
 14. Breogan 7-12 
 15. CB Tarragona 6-13 
 16. Huesca 5-13 
 17. Palencia 5-14 
 18. Ourense 3-16 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 12-3 
 2. Andorra 12-3 
 3. Mallorca 11-4 
 4. ADT Tarragona 10-6 
 5. Promobys 9-6 
 6. Plasencia 8-7 
 7. Avila 7-8 
 8. Prat Juventud 6-9 
 9. Oviedo Feve 6-9 
 10. Santurtzi 6-9 
 11. Lan Mobel ISB 6-9 
 12. Regal FC II 6-9 
 13. Coruna 5-10 
 14. Guadalajara 5-10 
 15. Illescas 4-11 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.7 
 2. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.16.3 
 3. Justo, Avila15.5 
 4. Bratton, Lan M.15.1 
 5. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.9 
 6. Perez, Promobys14.9 
 7. Bivia, Mallorca14.8 
 8. Swanston, Clavijo14.8 
 9. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 10. Barcelo, Plasencia14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.1 
 4. Chubrevich, Illescas8.1 
 5. Larry, Regal F.8.0 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.7 
 7. Howard, Andorra7.7 
 8. Mesa, Clavijo7.5 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila6.9 
 10. McDade, Promobys6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.7 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.5 
 3. Lopez, Coruna5.5 
 4. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.3 
 5. Rufian, Promobys4.1 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.1 
 7. Marco, ADT T.4.1 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys3.6 
 9. Lopez, Avila3.4 
 10. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mikel URIZ
  Santurtzi
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Uriz, Santurtzi2.1 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 3. Martinez, Plasencia2.0 
 4. Guirao, ADT T.1.9 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.7 
 6. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 7. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 8. Rueda, Plasencia1.7 
 9. Alonso, Mallorca1.7 
 10. Larry, Regal F.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Conde, Avila1.1 
 6. Johnson, Andorra1.1 
 7. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 
 8. Aramburu, ADT T.0.9 
 9. De Santana, Clavijo0.9 
 10. Torres, Mallorca0.9 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.6 
 2. Palacios, La Palma17.8 
 3. Detrick, Melilla17.0 
 4. Mohammed, Lleida16.2 
 5. Quezada, Leon15.4 
 6. Narros, Navarra15.3 
 7. Navarro, Girona15.2 
 8. Seawright, Leon15.0 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.14.7 
 10. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Curtis, Lleida8.9 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar8.6 
 3. Arteaga, Breogan7.9 
 4. Franklin, CB Tarra.7.7 
 5. Seawright, Leon7.6 
 6. Kale, Ourense7.6 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.7.6 
 8. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.5 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.7.5 
 10. Frost, Palencia7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.4 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.2 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.3.9 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.9 
 5. Quezada, Leon3.5 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.5 
 7. Jimenez, Melilla3.4 
 8. Cherry, Caceres3.3 
 9. Garrido, Palencia3.2 
 10. Rodriguez, La Pa.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.8 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.9 
 3. Johnson, Huesca1.8 
 4. Quezada, Leon1.7 
 5. Navarro, Girona1.6 
 6. Rost, Girona1.6 
 7. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 8. Palacios, La Palma1.6 
 9. Ventura, Huesca1.5 
 10. Zamora, Clinicas.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Foote, Melilla2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.9 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.5 
 4. Faverani, CB Mu.1.4 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.4 
 6. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.1 
 8. McCoy, Caceres1.0 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.0.9 
 10. Ward, Alcazar0.9 


ACB Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 16 in ACB was guest Blancos de Rueda's (#4) road victory over Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#7) 77-73 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Blancos de Rueda won last quarter 20-18. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Blancos de Rueda outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Nacho Martin (205-F-83) fired 18 points for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) chipped in 6 points and 10 rebounds. Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) produced 15 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Blancos de Rueda has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-6 record, which they share with Valencia. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Bizkaia Bilbao and DKV Joventut. Blancos de Rueda is looking forward to face higher ranked Caja Laboral (#3) in Vitoria in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Madrid to the arena Real Madrid.
Leader Regal FC Barcelona delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 17th ranked Meridiano Alicante (4-12) 83-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Juan Carlos Navarro contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Meridiano Alicante. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regal FC Barcelona (13-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Real Madrid. Meridiano Alicante at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Menorca. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Lagun Aro GBC (#12) in San Sebastian in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Meridiano Alicante will play at home against CB Granada (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Vitoria. Local Caja Laboral (11-5) outscored 5th ranked DKV Joventut (9-7) 98-78 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DKV Joventut. Worth to mention a quality performance of Marcelinho Huertas who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side Quinton Hosley responded with 22 points. DKV Joventut's coach Jose Vicente Hernandez rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains third position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader Regal Barca. Loser DKV Joventut dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Bizkaia Bilbao and Fuenlabrada. Caja Laboral will meet Blancos de Rueda (#4) in the next round. DKV Joventut will play against CAI Zaragoza and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Unicaja defeated Granada in Malaga 73-69. Cajasol was beaten by Real Madrid at home 75-89. Bizkaia Bilbao won against Menorca on the opponent's court 71-63. Estudiantes unfortunately lost to Manresa in a home game 67-77. Lagun Aro GBC recorded a loss to CAI Zaragoza on the road 72-88. Valencia defeated Gran Canaria on its own court 81-77.
The best stats of 16th round was 27 points and 5 assists by Paolo Quinteros of CAI Zaragoza.


Granada - Unicaja 69-73

There was no surprise when 18th ranked CB Granada (3-13) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-8) 73-69 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-8. But CB Granada won second period 24-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Unicaja Malaga won last quarter 21-18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by CB Granada's players. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American-Bulgarian guard Roderick Blakney (181-76, college: S.Carolina St.) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Coby Karl (196-83, college: Boise St.) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import forward Robert Kurz (206-85, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Gran Canaria. CB Granada lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Unicaja Malaga will meet at home Gran Canaria 2014 (#9) in the next round. CB Granada will play against Meridiano Alicante (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: J.Freeland 18+10reb+1ast, R.Blakney 12+2reb+6ast, C.Jimenez 11+7reb, B.Rodriguez 7+1reb+6ast, R.Archibald 6+1reb+1ast, U.Tripkovic 6+3reb+3ast
Granada: C.Karl 19+4reb+3ast, R.Kurz 17+6reb, P.Barrera 10+3reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 9+8reb+1ast, N.Gianella 7+2reb, Y.Korolev 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92276


Cajasol - Real Madrid 75-89

No shocking result in a game in Sevilla where second ranked Real Madrid (13-3) defeated 11th ranked Cajasol (7-9) 89-75 on Thursday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Real Madrid's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-11 extending their advantage to 14 points. They shot 64.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Real Madrid especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Clay Tucker (195-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and Italian-Argentinian guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Louis Bullock (185-76, college: Michigan) scored 11 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid has a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Regal Barca. Cajasol lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with CAI Zaragoza and Lagun Aro GBC. Real Madrid's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Madrid Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: C.Tucker 26+2reb+4ast, N.Mirotic 19+6reb, P.Prigioni 17+5reb+5ast, A.Tomic 14+3reb+2ast, C.Suarez 7+4reb+3ast, S.Llull 4+2reb+3ast
Cajasol: P.Davis 28+8reb, L.Bullock 11+2ast, M.Katelynas 7+2reb, T.Satoransky 6+2ast, J.Triguero 6+4reb, J.Sastre Morro 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92273


Menorca - Bizkaia Bilbao 63-71

Very expected game in Mahon where 16th ranked Menorca Basquet (4-12) was defeated by ninth ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (9-7) 71-63 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-63. Bizkaia Bilbao outrebounded Menorca Basquet 34-17 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Marko Banic (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Chris Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina) who added 11 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) responded with 11 points and Israeli guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) scored 9 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bizkaia Bilbao moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fuenlabrada and DKV Joventut. Menorca Basquet lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Meridiano. Bizkaia Bilbao will meet at home Cajasol (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Menorca Basquet will play against Assignia Manresa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bizkaia Bilbao: M.Banic 13+8reb+2ast, C.Warren 11+3reb+5ast, A.Jackson 9+5reb, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 8+5reb, D.Mavroeidis 7+4reb+1ast, C.Vasiliadis 6+2reb
Menorca: C.Victor 14, R.Huertas 11+1ast, I.Radenovic 11+3reb+2ast, R.Limonad 9+3reb+3ast, U.Otegui 6, D.Ciorciari 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 92274


Estudiantes - Manresa 67-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Madrid where fifteenth ranked Assignia Manresa (6-10) beat 14th ranked Asefa Estudiantes (6-10) 77-67 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 43-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Assignia Manresa made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Asefa Estudiantes turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rodrigo San Miguel (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals and Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Assignia Manresa players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and center German Gabriel (207-80) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Asefa Estudiantes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Assignia Manresa moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Estudiantes. Assignia Manresa will meet at home Menorca Basquet (#16) in the next round. Asefa Estudiantes will play against Power Electronics Valencia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Manresa: S.Gladyr 16+3reb+1ast, U.Slokar 14+6reb+1ast, R.San Miguel 11+6reb+5ast, L.Lewis 11+3reb+1ast, M.Majstorovic 9+4reb+2ast, A.Llorca 7+3reb
Estudiantes: N.Caner-Medley 13+8reb, G.Gabriel 10+6reb+2ast, P.Jasen 9+5reb+1ast, J.Granger 8+3reb+1ast, J.Welsch 8+2reb+2ast, D.Clark 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92275


Regal Barca - Meridiano 83-75

Leader Regal FC Barcelona delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 17th ranked Meridiano Alicante (4-12) 83-75. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Meridiano Alicante was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). International guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and French guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) added 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Meridiano Alicante. Four Meridiano Alicante players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regal FC Barcelona (13-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Real Madrid. Meridiano Alicante at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Menorca. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Lagun Aro GBC (#12) in San Sebastian in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Meridiano Alicante will play at home against CB Granada (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regal Barca: A.Anderson 24+5reb, J.Carlos Navarro 16+1reb+5ast, B.Ndong 8+2reb, F.Vazquez 8+6reb+2ast, K.Perovic 6+3reb+1ast, R.Rubio 5+8reb+1ast
Meridiano: J.Doellman 19+7reb+2ast, S.Erdogan 11+1reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 11+2reb+6ast, M.Rancik 11+6reb, K.Hasbrouck 7+1reb+2ast, M.Andriuskevicius 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 92269


CAI Zaragoza - Lagun Aro GBC 88-72

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Lagun Aro GBC (7-9) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked CAI Zaragoza (7-9) 88-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by CAI Zaragoza. Lagun Aro GBC managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CAI Zaragoza made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. CAI Zaragoza outrebounded Lagun Aro GBC 34-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Argentinian-Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 assists and power forward Pablo Aguilar (203-89, agency: Interperformances) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five CAI Zaragoza players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) responded with 20 points and swingman Alfonso Sanchez (200-87) scored 14 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CAI Zaragoza moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cajasol and Lagun Aro GBC. Lagun Aro GBC lost fourth consecutive game. CAI Zaragoza will meet higher ranked DKV Joventut (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lagun Aro GBC will play against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
CAI Zaragoza: P.Quinteros 27+3reb+5ast, C.Cabezas 13+6ast, P.Aguilar 12+10reb+1ast, R.Hettsheimeir 12+5reb+1ast, A.Miso 10+3reb+1ast, D.Phillip 7+4reb
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Baron 20+3reb+3ast, A.Sanchez 14+2reb+1ast, J.Salgado 8+3ast, R.Uriz 7+2ast, D.Doblas 6+2reb, M.Kone 6+3reb
gschID: 92270


Caja Laboral - DKV Joventut 98-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Vitoria. Local Caja Laboral (11-5) outscored 5th ranked DKV Joventut (9-7) 98-78 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DKV Joventut. The game was mostly controlled by Caja Laboral. DKV Joventut managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caja Laboral looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by DKV Joventut's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Brazilian-Italian guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Quinton Hosley (198-84, college: Fresno St.) responded with 22 points and Canadian guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii) scored 18 points. DKV Joventut's coach Jose Vicente Hernandez rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains third position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader Regal Barca. Loser DKV Joventut dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Bizkaia Bilbao and Fuenlabrada. Caja Laboral will meet Blancos de Rueda (#4) in the next round. DKV Joventut will play against CAI Zaragoza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 23+7reb, B.Oleson 17+3reb+2ast, M.Huertas 14+7reb+9ast, F.San Emeterio 13+3reb+7ast, E.Batista 8+4reb+1ast, S.Barac 7+2reb+1ast
DKV Joventut: Q.Hosley 22+3reb, C.English 18+4reb+2ast, W.McDonald 16+7reb, N.Llobet 6+2reb, P.Tomas 5+9reb+1ast, J.Franch 4+4ast
gschID: 92271


Fuenlabrada - Valladolid 73-77

The biggest surprise of round 16 in ACB was guest Blancos de Rueda's (#4) road victory over Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#7) 77-73 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Blancos de Rueda won last quarter 20-18. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Blancos de Rueda outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Nacho Martin (205-83) fired 18 points for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) chipped in 6 points and 10 rebounds. Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) produced 15 points and 6 assists and Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., agency: Duran International) added 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Blancos de Rueda has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-6 record, which they share with Valencia. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Bizkaia Bilbao and DKV Joventut. Blancos de Rueda is looking forward to face higher ranked Caja Laboral (#3) in Vitoria in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Madrid to the arena Real Madrid.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: N.Martin 18+4reb+1ast, J.Robinson 10+1reb, D.Garcia 10+2reb+2ast, M.Stanic 9+2reb+3ast, S.Dumas 8+3reb+3ast, L.Barnes 6+10reb
Fuenlabrada: G.Ayon 18+3reb, K.Valters 15+3reb+6ast, D.Kus 10+2reb+4ast, J.Colom 6+2reb+4ast, L.Mainoldi 6+5reb, J.Cortaberria 5+1ast
gschID: 92272


Valencia - Gran Canaria 81-77

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Power Electronics Valencia (10-6) won at home against 9th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (8-8) 81-77 on Thursday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Power Electronics Valencia made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Power Electronics Valencia outrebounded Gran Canaria 2014 38-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Victor Claver (207-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 20 points and his fellow American import guard Taurean Green (185-85, college: Florida) scored 18 points. Gran Canaria 2014's coach let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Power Electronics Valencia have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Valladolid. Loser Gran Canaria 2014 keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Unicaja. Power Electronics Valencia will meet at home Asefa Estudiantes (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gran Canaria 2014 will play against Unicaja Malaga (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valencia: D.Savanovic 17+6reb+1ast, V.Claver 16+10reb+1ast, N.De Colo 13+2reb+4ast, R.Martinez 10+1reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 9+8reb, J.Augustine 8+3reb+1ast
Gran Canaria: J.Carroll 20+2reb+1ast, T.Green 18+2reb+2ast, S.Savane 11+2reb+3ast, M.Bramos 9+2reb, J.Wallace 5+4reb+3ast, J.Beiran 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 92268




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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 17-4 
 2. LF Basket 16-6 
 3. Sodertalje 14-7 
 4. Norrkoping 12-6 
 5. Uppsala 11-9 
 6. Solna 10-11 
 7. Boras 8-14 
 8. Jamtland 7-14 
 9. 08 5-16 
 10. Eco Orebro 4-17 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Smith, Sodertalje20.9 
 2. Rush, Sundsvall20.7 
 3. Smith, Uppsala20.4 
 4. Hargrove, Jamtland20.1 
 5. McCoy, Boras19.5 
 6. Gunnarsson, Solna19.5 
 7. Palm, Boras17.7 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland17.6 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.1 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.2 
 2. Palm, Boras9.3 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.6 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.0 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.0 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.3 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.3 
 8. Hargrove, Jamtland4.2 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.2 
 10. McCoy, Boras4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.5 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.3 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 5. Smith, Uppsala2.1 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 8. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 9. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.1 
 2. Palm, Boras1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.5 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.3 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping0.9 


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  SYRIA   


Karameh Club in Big Financial problems !!!!! - by Tarek Burhan
The biggest club Budget in Syria Karameh Club has Big Financial problems recently !!!!!!!!
Yeah thats the truth ... Today the team Beat Hurriya but without Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) and Milan Vucicevic (208-F/C-85) !!!!! The both import players didnot play today
The local player also didnot get them salary since 5months ... the team need them mangement to back and pay for the team ... the players cannot play without money !!!
The Players stopped the practises many times to protest non-payment of them salaries, but to No benefit ...
I think the players going to leave the team and move to another clubs !!!!!


Anthony Jones leads Jeish past ASU - by Eurobasket News
Jeish - ASU 69:59

Jeish got to the winning start of their WABA League campaign. They held off hosting ASU in Group B. Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Syrian champions. ASU in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record.
Jeish led by just a single point after the opening quarter. But they gradually mounted the pressure and eventually ran away for the initial win at the tournament. Christian Charles produced 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Al Hakam Abdallah (205-C) contributed 13 points for Jeish. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) answered with 19 points for ASU. Abbaas Islam (201-C-80) had 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Jeish take on Duhok tonight, ASU take a break before facing Duhok on Saturday.

Jeish: Anthony Jones 21+10 boards, Christian Charles 16+15 boards, Al Hakam Abdallah 13
ASU: Mousa Alawadi 19, Abbaas Islam 11



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  TAIWAN   


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


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 13-2 
 2. Banvit 12-2 
 3. Galatasaray 11-3 
 4. Efes Pilsen 10-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 9-5 
 6. Besiktas 8-6 
 7. Antalya 8-6 
 8. Olin Edirne 8-6 
 9. Turk Telekom 7-8 
 10. Bornova 5-9 
 11. Trabzonspor 5-9 
 12. Tofas 5-9 
 13. Aliaga 4-10 
 14. Erdemir 3-11 
 15. Mersin 3-11 
 16. Oyak Renault 2-12 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.21.1 
 2. Scales, Mersin19.2 
 3. Smith, Karsiyaka18.8 
 4. Barbour, Erdemir18.4 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.3 
 6. Randle, Aliaga18.3 
 7. Smith, Bornova18.2 
 8. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 9. Mays, Oyak Renault17.9 
 10. Christopher, Antal.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.2 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.1 
 3. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.9 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault9.7 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.3 
 6. Wesson, Turk T.8.9 
 7. Smith, Bornova8.8 
 8. Karadeniz, Trabzons.8.5 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas8.2 
 10. Guler, Antalya7.9 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka6.0 
 2. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.4 
 3. Ermis, Banvit5.0 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas4.8 
 5. Iverson, Besiktas4.7 
 6. Rowe, Tofas4.7 
 7. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.6 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 9. Akin, Olin Edirne4.1 
 10. Tunceri, Efes Pilsen4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Mays, Oyak Renault2.5 
 3. Waller, Oyak Renault2.4 
 4. Holston, Karsiyaka2.4 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
 7. Scales, Mersin2.0 
 8. Rowe, Tofas1.9 
 9. Prince, Antalya1.8 
 10. Christopher, Antal.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.2.3 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.9 
 3. Simpsons, Turk T.1.5 
 4. Likholitov, Besiktas1.4 
 5. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.2 
 7. Johnson, Erdemir1.2 
 8. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.1 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas1.1 
 10. Koc, Tofas0.9 


Efes Pilsen inks Ronald 'Flip' Murray - by Baha Kurtulus
Efes Pilsen Istanbul announced the signing of guard Ronald Murray (193-G-79, college: Shaw) via their official website. ( www.efesbasket.org )
The deal is meant till the end of the season. He takes minute against Montepaschi Siena in Euroleague Top-16 on 19th January 2011.

The 31-year-old guard played 45 games for the Charlotte Bobcats last summer collecting 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and
he also played 34 games for Chicago Bulls collecting 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists.




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


2011 Virgin Islands Martin Luther King Basketball Tourney Day 1 Results - by David Edole
St. THOMAS--Eudora Kean Lady Rays opened the 2011 I-AA Martin Luther King Basketball tourney with a rout of All Saints, 67-8, Friday night.
The Lady Rays, led by Akia Frett, jumped out to 27-0 first period lead and never looked back. Frett scored 19 of her game high 23 points in the period.
'This was a warm up for the next game,' said Kean Coach Akil Lewis. 'We played well in spots and are still trying to put a full game together. We have a tough game against Central (High) in the morning and will find out exactly where we are.'
All Saints has not played competitive basketball and it showed. With Frett, a freshman point guard, quickness Kean opened up with a 1-2-2 press that baffled the young All Saints squad. Kean scored at will and often to subdue the young team.
Natacha Martinez scored All Saints first points in the third period on a free throw. Martinez finished with a team high three points along with Chavante Monsanto.
Alanah George chipped in with10 points for the Lady Rays and Tenequa Martin added eight points.The Lady Rays will play Central High at 9:00 am in the double elimination tournament.

ST. THOMAS-- Charlotte Amalie Lady Hawks opened the 2010 MKL tourney with an easy, 46-29, win over Antilles School. Press seams to be the word of the day as the Lady Hawks opened with a 3-1-1 press to run out to a 12-3 first period lead. Hurricanes used their two six footers Sakile Brathwaite-Hall and Edidiong Utibe to get back into the game. Hall, who had all three first period points, nailed a three point play to pull Hurricanes within, six, 12-6. Hawks Merissa Murphy responded with a three point play that trigged an 9-1 run. The Hawks led 21-7 at the Half.
A pair of free throws by Brathwaite-Hall helped Antilles creep within eight, 21-13. Seven points by TeAndra Richardson and two free shots by Germequa Bell was all that Hawks needed to put the game out of reach.
Richardson finished with a game high 15 points, and Kelssy Trass added 11 points.
Brathwaite-Hall finished with 11 points and Cha'les Martin chipped in with eight points.

ST. THOMAS--X marks the spot as Xavier Richards scored 18 points to lead Ivanna Eudora Kean to an easy6, 61-28, win over All Saints. Richards was all over the court, blocking shots and scoring at will. He even threw down a thunderous dunk that brought the crowd to a roar.
Behind 10 points by Richards, Kean jumped out to an 16-6 first period led. Both teams battled hard in the second but Rays managed to outscore the All Saints, 9-8, in the frame.
Kean led 25-14 at Half.
The third period was like the first, behind eight more points from Richards Kean outscored All Saints, 18-6 to put the game out of reach.
Shakieme Freeman was the second Kean player to reach double digits when he tipped in 14 points.
Bryan Wynter led All Saints with 17 points.
Kean is scheduled to play the number one team Central High on Saturday morning.

ST. THOMAS --Charlotte Amalie Boys followed their girls with a severe beating of Antilles, 62-27, in the last game of the day. The Hawks showed no ill effects from the Puerto Rico trip as they showed off their 1-2-2 press. Jmoi Smith scored 11 of the Hawks 20 first quarter points on their way to the route. Smith finished with 13 as seven players scored between six and thirteen points. Jamari Rivera added 10 points, Cursim Hansen and Deshawn Creque tallied eight and Shanoi Miller and Merwin Potter chipped in with six.
Antilles big two of Ageyi Gregory and Dornell Weaver chipped in with nine and eight respectively.

Saturday Schedule
Girls-3: Kean vs. Central at 9am
Boys-3: Kean vs. Central 5 maf
Girls-4: CAHS vs. Educational Complex 5 maf
Boys-4: CAHS vs. Educational Complex 5 maf
Girls-5: All Saints vs. Antilles 5 maf
Boys-5: All Saints vs. Antilles 5 maf
Girls-6: L-3 vs. L-4 5maf
Boys-6: L-3 vs. L-4 5maf
Girls-7: W-3 vs. W-4
Boys-7: W-3 vs. W-4

Sunday January 16, 2011
Boys-8: W-5 vs. W-6 9:00 am
Girls-8: W-5 vs. W-6 5 maf
Boys-9: W-8 vs. L-7 5 maf
Girls-9: W-8 vs. L-7 5 maf



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  UGANDA   


Enabu brothers team up - by Kristian Santiago
(By the Daily Monitor)

Three Enabu brothers have been named on the national team to represent Uganda at the Fiba Africa Zone V Championships in Kigali, Rwanda early next month.

UCU captain Ivan Enabu (182-G), MVP when Uganda hosted and won the tournament in 2005, is now joined by his younger brothers Jimmy and Emmanuel. Jimmy is Ivans teammate whereas the latter impressed in his first season to help DMark Power win a fourth national basketball league title last month.

Coach Gad Eteu sprung up only two surprises in summoning Charging Rhino shooting guard Mark Peterson Opio (194-F-84) and Gulu Hawks centre Andrew Peterson to the provisional 20-man squad. Since the team has very little time, my plan is to stick to the basics and team chemistry. At this point, you cannot decide on how a player shoots, Eteu said. Eight players will be dropped from the team which started training yesterday at UCU, Mukono. The tournament has attracted Rwanda, Kenya, Egypt, Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania, DR Congo, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Just like Eteu, his womens team counterpart Mandy Juruni is yet to name a skipper. Nabisunsas Sharon Karungi earned a maiden call. Most of the girls in my team are young and excited about playing which is a very good thing, Juruni said.

During a media gathering at in Kampala yesterday, Fuba president Ambrose Tashobya said Shs55m has been budgeted for the event. He also unveiled short and long-term plans aimed at building the national teams. We plan to introduce teams for U-12 and U-16 from now on. Concurrently, we are holding discussions with Kenya and Rwanda to have a regional tournament, Tashobya revealed.

Men: Ben Komakech, Ivan Enabu , Emmanuel Enabu Jimmy Enabu, Norman Blick (201-F-83), Joseph Ikong (193), Ronnie Kasewu (199-F), M. Peterson Opio, Isaac Afridra (193-G/F), Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79), Caesre Kizito, Stephen Okias (193-C/F), Phillip Wakimwero (186-F), Ben Okello (F), Eric Malinga (186-G), Henry Malinga (193-F), Edwin Kateregga, Brian Ssentongo, Robert Mubiru (196-F), Andrew Peterson (200-F/C) .
Reserves: Peter Elungat (188-F), Wilson Otweyo, I. Luggude, Jude Ocheng (177-G), E. Ateng, F. Luzinda

Women: P. Proscovia, S. Karungi, M. Siima, A. Nakiwu, M. Hamala, C. Nantalo, B. Akullo, G. Kyomugisha, M. Amoding, J. Nansobya, L. Nalunkuma, F. Nabulobi, V. Nassolo, H. Kassim, A. Namirimu, C. Karungi, M.
Soigi, J. Chemutai, C. Nafono, C. Achieng, A. Namirimu

Reserves: M. Apako, S. Amito, R. Meme, M. Khisa



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  UKRAINE   


Halychyna pen deal with Marcin Sroka - by Eurobasket News
Halychyna added Marcin Sroka (200-F-81, agency: Promotex) to the roster. The 29-year-old forward had recently terminated his contract with AZS Koszalin and moved to Ukraine. Marcin Sroka tallied 9.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously Marcin Sroka played for Pogon Slaska, Unia Tarnow, Stal Ostrow, Anwil, Polpak and Energa Czarni.


Dnipro smash Budivelnyk in the Cup - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro - Budivelnyk 89:61

Dnipro stepped closer to the Cup Final Four. They thrashed Budivelnyk in the opening game of the quarterfinal clash. Olexiy Shchepkin (192-G-89) knocked down 19 points to lead the hosts. Budivelnyk will have a chance to erase the deficit when the teams meet again tomorrow.
Dnipro surged ahead early in the encounter. Budivelnyk that brought mostly reserves to Dnipropetrovsk could not keep up the tempo and trailed by 12 points at the first break 12:24. Dnipro stayed aggressive in the second stanza as they boosted the margin to as many as 18 points 46:28. Things did not change after the main break. Dnipro mounted the pressure and kept the visitors at bay. The hosts secured a comfortable 21-point lead before the fourth term and just enlarged it in the final stanza. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) contributed 16 points for Dnipro. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Viktor Kobzisty (200-F-79) responded with game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds. Oleksandr Furs delivered 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Dnipro: Olexiy Shchepkin 19, Olexiy Len 16, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 12
Budivelnyk: Viktor Kobzisty 27+11 boards, Oleksandr Furs 11




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  URUGUAY   


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Villegas, Olimpia28.4 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 7. Taboada, Bigua22.5 
 8. Hayes, Cordon21.8 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.2 
 10. Woodward, Defensor20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 6. Dilligard, Olimpia9.7 
 7. Wilborn, Bigua9.4 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.2 
 10. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.0 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.8 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.2 
 5. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor5.1 
 7. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Rovira, Bigua2.2 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 8. Galeano, Olimpia2.0 
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