EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/16/2011

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  ABA   


Chicago adds back Smith, Carter - by Gianni Pascucci
Usbasket.com has just discovered that the ABA North Central Division table header Chicago Steam has just reached the agreement with PG Eric Smith (6'1''-G-83, college: Campbell) and veteran scorer Maurice Carter (6'3''-G-74, college: Brandon) to strengthen the roster. Both Smith and Carter are comebacks, because they played all the past season with the Steam

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Edwards' 36-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cedevita Zagreb and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 36 points adding eight rebounds for Cedevita as his team was edged out by Cibona (#12, 7-9) 73-71. Cedevita maintains the 7th position in Adriatic League . Cedevita is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 16 games. Edwards turned to be Cedevita's top player in his first season with the team. Central Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Edwards is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.7ppg) and averages solid 61.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Buducnost. He is Montenegrin in his first season at Buducnost. In the last game Dragicevic recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Buducnost to edge the lower-ranked Hemofarm (#10, 7-9) by 2 points 75-73. This victory allowed Buducnost to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 10-6 record is not bad at all. Dragicevic is a newcomer at Buducnost and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) of Radnicki Kragujevac (#8). Cakarevic showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, ten rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Radnicki, leading his team to a 82-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#13, 5-11). The chances of Radnicki 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, Cakarevic could help Radnicki to bring them higher in the standings. Cakarevic has a very solid season. In 15 games in Adriatic League he scored 7.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Afik Nissim (180-G-81) of CEZ Nymburk - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ricardo Marsh (201-F-81) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81) of Union Olimpija - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) of KK Zagreb CO - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) of Cibona - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) of Radnicki - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.9 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.3 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Edwards, Cedevita18.7 
 5. Draper, Cedevita18.7 
 6. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.4 
 7. Car, Zadar17.3 
 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: 8.6
 1. Zoric, KK.8.6 
 2. Kasun, KK.7.0 
 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. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.6 
 10. Zubcic, Cibona5.6 
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. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 6. Nissim, CEZ N.3.9 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 8. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 9. Stipcevic, Cibona3.5 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
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. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 7. Car, Zadar1.9 
 8. Renfroe, KK.1.9 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.8 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zoric, KK.1.2 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.1 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 4. Vesely, Partizan0.8 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.8 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 7. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 8. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 9. Jawai, Partizan0.7 
 10. Booker, Krka0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Obera TC 8-3 
 2. Union Progr. 8-4 
 3. Alvear 8-4 
 4. A.Italiana 7-5 
 5. San Mart.C. 6-5 
 6. A.Espanola 6-6 
 7. Tucuman BB 2-9 
 8. Adelante 1-10 
Zona Sur
 1. Firmat SF 8-4 
 2. Bragado 8-5 
 3. Quilmes MP 7-5 
 4. Union S. 7-5 
 5. Ciclista 7-5 
 6. Banda Norte 6-6 
 7. San Mart.MJ 3-9 
 8. Gimnasia VP 1-10 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Jackson, La Union20.1 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.9 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.0 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 6. Taylor, Lanus16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.9 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.7 
 9. Mikulas, La Union15.3 
 10. Gutierrez, Obras14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 2. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.8 
 3. Kante, Olimpico LB9.5 
 4. Williams, Atenas9.0 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.8.8 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.2 
 7. Martina, Boca Jrs7.8 
 8. Mikulas, La Union7.7 
 9. Levy, Lanus7.7 
 10. Leiva, Penarol7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.0 
 4. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.8 
 5. Cequeira, Obras4.5 
 6. Sartorelli, Argentino3.7 
 7. Salles, Monte H.3.5 
 8. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
 10. Victoriano, Lanus2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.6 
 2. Cequeira, Obras3.0 
 3. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.7 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 5. De los Santo., Olimpi.2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 7. Laws, Olimpico LB2.3 
 8. Sciutto, Monte H.2.2 
 9. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
 10. Ginobili, Libertad S.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.5 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 6. Mofunanya, Lanus1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. White, Monte H.0.8 


Regatas Corrientes land Carl Edwards, release Scott Rodgers - by Eurobasket News
Regatas Corrientes have agreed on terms of contract with Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston). The 29-year-old forward is expected to replace Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) on the roster. Carl Edwards started the season in Malvin. The forward averaged 13.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game in LUB. Carl Edwards is not new to Argentina. He played for Quilmes Mar del Plata in the previous season. Carl Edwards averaged 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance then.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Round 15: Philippine Patriots defeat Satria Muda in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Indonesian Satria Muda (#5) forced the game against Filipino Philippine Patriots (#3) into an overtime, but lost by three points 74-77 on Saturday night. The game took place in Jakarta. But the guests from Manila were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Satria Muda. Satria Muda trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-7 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 3-6. Philippine Patriots dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Satria Muda's 30. They outrebounded Satria Muda 55-38 including a 34-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) contributed with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Philippine Patriots' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Satria Muda. Philippine Patriots (9-6) moved-up to second place. Satria Muda finished the regular season just outside the playoff zone in the fifth position.
Fourth-ranked Singapore Slingers (7-8) were very close to win a game against first ranked Thailand Thailand S. (11-4) in Bangkok. Thailand S. managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Singapore Slingers. It was a great evening for American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Kuete helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Thailand S.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Thailand S. clinched first place with 11-4 record. Singapore Slingers were able to make it to the playoffs despite the loss. They claimed the fourth overall position in the ladder.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (8-7) against sixth ranked Brunei Barracudas (4-11) on Saturday night. Visiting KL Dragons were defeated by Barracudas in Bandar Seri 87-73. It was an exceptional evening for Christopher Garnett who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Nakiea Miller came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for KL Dragons in the defeat. Barracudas finished the season in the sixth spot unable to qualify to the semis. KL Dragons suffered a major drawback as they fell at the third spot and lost the home-court advantage in the upcoming playoff series.



Satria Muda - Philip.Patriots 74-77 OT

Indonesian Satria Muda (#5) forced the game against Filipino Philippine Patriots (#3) into an overtime, but lost by three points 74-77 on Saturday night. The game took place in Jakarta. But the guests from Manila were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Satria Muda. Satria Muda trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-7 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 3-6. Philippine Patriots dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Satria Muda's 30. They outrebounded Satria Muda 55-38 including a 34-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Philippine Patriots' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Antoine Broxsie (209-79, college: Oklahoma St.) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Philippine Patriots (9-6) moved-up to second place. Satria Muda finished the regular season just outside the playoff zone in the fifth position.
Top scorers:
Philip.Patriots: S.Thomas 21+19reb, G.Freeman 18+13reb, A.Crisano 9+6reb+1ast, J.Cabatu 9+5reb+1ast, W.Ibanez 8+1reb, E.Billones 4+3reb+4ast
Satria Muda: A.Broxsie 17+11reb+1ast, M.Legaspi 16+7reb+4ast, M.Morrison 15+11reb+6ast, F.Adriano 13+4reb+3ast, R.Ricafuente 6+3reb, M.Wuysang 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 108619


Barracudas - KL Dragons 87-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (8-7) against sixth ranked Brunei Barracudas (4-11) on Saturday night. Visiting KL Dragons were defeated by Barracudas in Bandar Seri 87-73. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Barracudas's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-16 extending their advantage to 14 points. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by KL Dragons' players. It was an exceptional evening for American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. American-Filipino guard Ramsey Williams (178-80, college: Hawaii) accounted for 10 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists for the winning side. Five Barracudas players scored in double figures. American center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and American-Jamaican forward Justin Leith (201-81, college: Merrimack) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for KL Dragons in the defeat. Barracudas finished the season in the sixth spot unable to qualify to the semis. KL Dragons suffered a major drawback as they fell at the third spot and lost the home-court advantage in the upcoming playoff series.
Top scorers:
Barracudas: C.Garnett 34+11reb+2ast, C.Tolomia 19+6reb+2ast, C.Commons 14+3reb+6ast, B.Faundo 10+11reb+3ast, R.Williams 10+8reb+14ast, M.Badri Suhaili 0
KL Dragons: N.Miller 21+15reb+1ast, Y.Jing Kwaan 14+3reb, J.Leith 12+8reb+2ast, P.Cabahug 10+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 8+2reb+2ast, R.Lingganay 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 108620


Thailand S. - Singapore S. 66-65

FourthSingapore -ranked Singapore Slingers (7-8) were very close to win a game against first ranked Thailand Thailand S. (11-4) in Bangkok. Thailand S. managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Singapore Slingers. It looked good early as Singapore Slingers took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Thailand S. took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. It was a great evening for American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Cameroonian swingman Chris Kuete (195-83) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Thailand S.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and Filipino guard Al Vergara (173-79) scored 13 points. Thailand S. clinched the first place with 11-4 record. Singapore Slingers were able to make it to the playoffs despite the loss. They claimed the fourth overall position in the ladder.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Kuete 17+9reb, J.Dixon 15+12reb+1ast, S.Pinitpatcharalert 8+1ast, P.Piroon 8+4reb, A.Santos 6+3reb, A.Lertmalaiporn 5+1reb
Singapore S.: A.Vergara 13+2reb+2ast, K.Jeffers 12+15reb+2ast, M.Skinner 12+1reb+2ast, L.Avenido 9+2reb, M.Pathman 7+6reb+1ast, H.Ng 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 108621




Standings
O Standings
 1. Thailand S. 11-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 9-6 
 3. KL Dragons 8-7 
 4. Singapore S. 7-8 
 5. Satria Muda 6-9 
 6. Barracudas 4-11 


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  AUSTRALIA   


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


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, Wildcats18.6 
 4. Worthington, Blaze18.5 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.8 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.2 
 7. Clark, Blaze15.5 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans15.4 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Breakers14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.4 
 2. Holmes, 36ers8.1 
 3. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.8 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 6. Williams, Tigers7.1 
 7. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.9 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Gibson, Blaze5.2 
 2. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 3. Shannon, 36ers4.7 
 4. Williams, Tigers4.7 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.7 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.7 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans4.4 
 8. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 3. Penney, Breakers1.5 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.5 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.4 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 8. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 10. Gilder, Sydney K.1.3 
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. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. Mattersb.R. 9-0 
 2. Harreither 7-3 
 3. Mistelbach 7-3 
 4. BC Vienna jrs 6-3 
 5. Fighters 5-6 
 6. Modling 5-6 
 7. UBBC Enns 3-7 
 8. Danube City 2-6 
 9. ATSE Graz 0-10 
West
 1. Dornbirn 10-1 
 2. Schwaz 7-4 
 3. Klagenfurt 6-5 
 4. Salzburg 6-5 
 5. Feldkirch 4-8 
 6. SVO/BRG 0-10 


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 8-12 
 10. BC Vienna 7-13 
 11. St.Polten 5-15 
 12. Worthersee 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.0 
 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, Gussing17.6 
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. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.9 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden7.9 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.4 
 9. Djuric, Gussing7.1 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.9 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.4 
 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. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 9. Parker, Oberwart4.5 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  Gmunden
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boylan, Gmunden2.4 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.3 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 6. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 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 Vienna1.2 
 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 


BC Vienna inks with big man Alen Trepalovac - by Stefan Prager
After transferring league leading rebounder Russell Hicks to the Furstenfeld Panthers the BC Vienna presented his successor at the center spot. The club signed Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, agency: KMG Sports Management) who last played at Clermont in the french Pro B. The 7'0'' center will give his debut today in an importaant game against the Gussing Knights. In seven apperances for Clermont this season Trepalovac averaged 6.7ppg along with 2.4rpg while shooting nearly 60% from 2P distance. Trepalovac was a member of all Croatian youth national teams until 2004. He won a championship with Cibona Zagreb in 2006. He also played a bit of Euroleague with Cibona and was selected to the Croatian All Star Game in 2005.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.7 
 3. Osby, TT.18.6 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.9 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas16.0 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.3 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Osby, TT.11.5 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.9 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.8 
 4. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.6 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.1 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.0 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.6 
 2. Kriisa, TT.5.4 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.2 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 5. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 6. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.8 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.6 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Pilk, TT.2.0 
 6. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 9. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 10. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 5. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.2 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 
 10. Kieza, Juventus1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 10-2 
 2. Rudupis 10-4 
 3. Nevezis 9-3 
 4. Ventspils 9-4 
 5. TU/Rock 9-5 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 7-5 
 7. Siauliai 7-7 
 8. Norrkoping 6-7 
 9. Perlas 5-9 
 10. Liepaja 4-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 3-10 
 12. Valmiera 1-14 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Zemgale 6-3 
 2. Neptunas 6-3 
 3. Alytus Alita 4-5 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-6 
 5. Naglis-Adakris 2-6 
Group B
 1. Juventus 7-2 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-3 
 3. Techasas 5-4 
 4. Sakalai 3-5 
 5. Rakvere 2-6 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 13-2 
 2. Mladost 10-4 
 3. Borac Nektar 10-5 
 4. Capljina 10-5 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 9-6 
 6. Sloboda Dita 7-7 
 7. Zrinjski HT 7-7 
 8. Hercegovac 7-7 
 9. Kakanj 6-8 
 10. Celik 6-9 
 11. Varda HE 5-10 
 12. Brotnjo 3-12 
 13. Slavija 2-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.19.2 
 3. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.17.6 
 4. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.1 
 5. Opacak, Celik16.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.0 
 8. Hajric, Zrinjski HT15.3 
 9. Savovic, Slavija15.3 
 10. Lesko, Brotnjo15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 3. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.1 
 4. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.4 
 5. Kuzmic, Celik6.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.1 
 7. Vukovic, Slavija5.8 
 8. Josipovic, SL IAT L.5.6 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo5.5 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.7 
 3. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.6 
 4. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.3 
 6. Mulic, Kakanj3.3 
 7. Avdibegovic, Mladost3.2 
 8. Ahmetbasic, Kakanj3.2 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.1 
 10. Kahrimanovic, Kak.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.0 
 5. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 6. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 8. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo1.6 
 10. Pejovic, Hercegovac1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna2.0 
 3. Duranovic, Mladost0.9 
 4. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 5. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.8 
 6. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 7. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.6 
 9. Radulovic, Slavija0.6 
 10. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Araldite/Univille 8-3 
 2. BRB/Brasilia 8-3 
 3. Unitri/Universo 7-2 
 4. Flamengo 6-1 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 6-2 
 6. Itabom/Bauru 6-4 
 7. Vivo/Franca 5-3 
 8. Pitagoras/Minas 5-4 
 9. S.Jose/Vinac 5-4 
 10. Paulistano 4-6 
 11. Winner/Limeira 3-3 
 12. Araraquara 3-7 
 13. Vitoria 3-9 
 14. Vila Velha CETAF 2-9 
 15. Assis Basket 0-11 


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 14-0 
 2. Levski 12-2 
 3. Balkan 7-6 
 4. Rilski Sportist 6-8 
 5. Cherno More 5-8 
 6. Tundja 4-9 
 7. Chernomorets 3-10 
 8. Spartak 3-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.25.6 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.3 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak18.4 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.17.0 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.9 
 8. Stankov, Spartak15.4 
 9. James, Lukoil A.14.9 
 10. Mijovic, Rilski S.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.7 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.0 
 4. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.9 
 5. Morton, Balkan7.5 
 6. Dimitrov, Spartak7.5 
 7. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 8. Todorov, Spartak7.4 
 9. Georgiev, Levski6.9 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Zahariev, Chernomo.5.0 
 3. Diakovski, Spartak4.4 
 4. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 5. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja4.2 
 7. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.3.8 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Dimitrov, Spartak2.1 
 3. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.2.0 
 5. Finzgar, Tundja1.8 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 7. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.7 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 9. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.2 
 3. Varbanov, Tundja0.9 
 4. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.9 
 5. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 6. Petkov, Tundja0.8 
 7. Yanev, Cherno More0.7 
 8. Banev, Lukoil A.0.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.0.5 
 10. Cvetkovic, Tundja0.5 


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 8-1 
 2. Dalhousie 5-2 
 3. St.Francis X. 5-2 
 4. Acadia 4-4 
 5. New Brunsw. 4-4 
 6. St.Mary's 3-6 
 7. Memorial 2-6 
 8. UPEI 1-7 
CanWest
 1. Trinity West. 14-2 
 2. UBC 12-2 
 3. Alberta 10-4 
 4. Saskatchewan 9-3 
 5. Manitoba 7-5 
 6. Victoria 7-7 
 7. Regina 6-6 
 8. UCFV 5-9 
 9. Calgary 4-8 
 10. Brandon 4-8 
 11. Lethbridge 3-11 
 12. Winnipeg 2-10 
 13. Thompson R. 2-12 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 8-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 6-3 
 3. Laurentian 5-4 
 4. York 5-6 
 5. Ottawa 3-5 
 6. Queen's 2-7 
 7. Ryerson 2-7 
 8. RMC 0-9 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 9-1 
 2. Laurier 7-2 
 3. Lakehead 6-2 
 4. Brock 6-6 
 5. McMaster 4-5 
 6. Western 4-5 
 7. Waterloo 4-6 
 8. Guelph 3-6 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 5-1 
 2. Concordia 5-3 
 3. McGill 4-2 
 4. UQAM 3-4 
 5. Bishop's 0-7 


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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 14-0 
 2. DongGuan 13-1 
 3. Jiangsu 10-4 
 4. Guandong 10-4 
 5. Beijing 9-6 
 6. Zhejiang G.L. 8-6 
 7. Bayi 8-6 
 8. Liaoning 8-6 
 9. Shandong 7-7 
 10. Qingdao DS 6-8 
 11. Zhejiang C. 6-8 
 12. Shanghai 6-9 
 13. Foshan 4-10 
 14. Jilin 3-11 
 15. Shanxi Zh. 3-11 
 16. TianJin R. 3-11 
 17. Fujian 2-12 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 31.4
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS31.4 
 2. Morris, Beijing29.4 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang28.6 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.28.6 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.1 
 6. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 7. Emmett, Fujian27.0 
 8. Brown, Qingdao DS26.8 
 9. Kelley, Zhejiang.25.6 
 10. Harris, Shanghai24.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Jones, Fujian17.6 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.14.8 
 3. Oyedeji, Foshan14.0 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 5. Harris, Shanghai13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 7. Watkins, Jilin13.5 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.8 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu12.4 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.1 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu6.4 
 3. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 4. Lu, Fujian5.3 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.1 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS4.9 
 7. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 8. Douby, Xinjiang4.7 
 9. Jones, Guandong4.6 
 10. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hu, Jiangsu3.7 
 2. Crittenton, Zhejia.3.6 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.3 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan3.1 
 5. Emmett, Fujian3.0 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan2.9 
 7. Smith, Liaoning2.7 
 8. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.7 
 9. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 10. Zhong, Jilin2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.9 
 2. Jones, Fujian2.6 
 3. Moiso, Jiangsu2.1 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.1 
 5. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 6. Wang, Bayi1.8 
 7. Morris, Beijing1.8 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing1.5 


CBA Round 15: DongGuan Leopards beat Guandong Tigers in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Guandong Tigers (#3) forced the game against DongGuan Leopards (#2) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 103-112 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. DongGuan Leopards made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Guandong Tigers turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who scored 44 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) chipped in 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. DongGuan Leopards has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-1 record behind leader Xinjiang. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. DongGuan Leopards are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#17) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against Foshan (#13) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Tenth-ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (6-8) made lots of trouble for leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (14-0) in Hangzhou. The visitors from Urumqi managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for the former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Quincy Douby contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Zhejiang Cyclones. Undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against Qingdao Double Star (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they edged sixteenth-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin in Tianjin 96-93. It was a great evening for Herve Lamizana who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was SongLin Gong with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. TianJin Rongcheng (3-11) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. and Jilin. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. TianJin Rongcheng will meet higher ranked Bayi Fubang (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
A very interesting game took place in Foshan. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 13th ranked Foshan (4-10) to ninth ranked Shandong Bulls (7-7) 99-96 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Rodney White who led the winners and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Foshan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shandong Bulls maintains ninth place with 7-7 record. Foshan at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#6) in Hangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play at home against Guandong Tigers (#4) in Dongguan.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Qingdao, where higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (8-6) lost to twelfth ranked Qingdao Double Star (6-8) in a road game 104-112 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Dee Brown who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Qingdao Double Star will face Zhejiang Cyclones (#11) in Hangzhou in the next round.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Shanghai were defeated by Jiangsu in Nanjing 94-89. Bayi beat Shanxi Zh. at home 107-100. Jilin lost to Beijing on the opponent's court 98-105.
The best stats of 15th round was 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds by Randolph Morris of Beijing.



Foshan - Shandong 96-99

A very interesting game took place in Foshan. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 13th ranked Foshan (4-10) to ninth ranked Shandong Bulls (7-7) 99-96 on Friday evening. The guests were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-18 Foshan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 99-96 at the end of the game. Shandong Bulls made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Foshan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who led the winners and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Gang Wang (185-83) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) added 21 points respectively for Foshan in the defeat. Five Shandong Bulls and four Foshan players scored in double figures. Foshan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shandong Bulls maintains ninth place with 7-7 record. Foshan at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#6) in Hangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play at home against Guandong Tigers (#4) in Dongguan.
Top scorers:
Shandong: W.Rodney 26+8reb+4ast, W.Gang 18+5reb+1ast, A.Myron 16+3reb+3ast, L.JingYu 16+1reb+2ast, W.Ke 11+3reb, T.HanLin 8+4reb
Foshan: M.Stephon 30+5reb+9ast, Z.Yong-gang 21+1reb, O.Olumide 12+8reb, Z.Zhun 12+5reb, H.Ben 7+6reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 118438


Zhejiang C. - Xinjiang 80-81

Tenth-ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (6-8) made lots of trouble for leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (14-0) in Hangzhou. The visitors from Urumqi managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Zhejiang Cyclones were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 19-13 third quarter run of Xinjiang Flying Tige. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for the former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Dayu Zhang (210-91) added 13 points in the effort for Zhejiang Cyclones. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against Qingdao Double Star (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: M.Bateer 26+9reb+2ast, D.Quincy 25+9reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 10+2ast, S.James 6+8reb+2ast, C.Tal 6+2reb+1ast, M.WuLan 6+2reb
Zhejiang C.: Z.Dayu 13+4reb, B.Josh 13+13reb+2ast, C.Fei 12+3reb+1ast, W.Marcus 11+3reb+3ast, W.DaYong 9+4reb+2ast, J.Lipeng 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 118439


DongGuan - Guandong 112-103 OT

Guandong Tigers (#3) forced the game against DongGuan Leopards (#2) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 103-112 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. DongGuan Leopards made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Guandong Tigers turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who scored 44 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and added 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. DongGuan Leopards has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-1 record behind leader Xinjiang. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. DongGuan Leopards are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#17) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against Foshan (#13) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 44+7reb+1ast, G.QuAn 19+6reb+2ast, V.Jackson 16+11reb+2ast, Z.Kai 12+14reb+3ast, P.Duo 8+1reb+1ast, H.ZhongMian 5+1reb
Guandong: Z.FangYu 25+12reb, haislip 25+10reb, W.ShiPeng 13+2reb+2ast, Z.Peng 10+5reb+1ast, D.Feng 8+8reb+2ast, J.Fred 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118440


Qingdao DS - Zhejiang G.L. 112-104

We should mention about the upset which took place in Qingdao, where higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (8-6) lost to twelfth ranked Qingdao Double Star (6-8) in a road game 104-112 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zhejiang Guangsha Lions won third quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Qingdao Double Star won last quarter 35-26. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 26 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) added 22 points respectively. Four Qingdao Double Star and five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Qingdao Double Star will face Zhejiang Cyclones (#11) in Hangzhou in the next round.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: B.Dee 27+3reb+10ast, G.Charles 26+8reb+2ast, L.Gen 22+4reb+2ast, C.Kai 12+6reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 6+2reb+2ast, C.Liang 6+7reb
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 28+16reb+4ast, K.Tre 22+2reb+2ast, Z.Wei 18+1reb+1ast, D.Li 14+5reb+5ast, L.Chih-Chieh 12+4reb+4ast, X.YuYang 5+2reb
gschID: 118435


Jiangsu - Shanghai 94-89

There was no surprise in Nanjing where 11th ranked Shanghai Sharks (6-9) were defeated by fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (10-4) 94-89 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 57-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jiangsu Dragons forced 22 Shanghai Sharks turnovers. Shanghai Sharks were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals. Five Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach Qiang Xu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds and center Fei Peng (203-87) added 23 points and 9 rebounds respectively. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Jiangsu Dragons. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guandong. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face Shanxi Zhongyu (#15) in Taiyuan in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 21+9reb+3ast, H.XueFeng 20+5reb+8ast, M.Jerome 15+8reb+2ast, L.Cai 15+5reb, T.ZhengDong 14+10reb+1ast, M.Da 9+2reb+1ast
Shanghai: H.Mike 28+18reb+3ast, P.Fei 23+9reb+1ast, L.Ziqui 14+9reb+2ast, W.Yong-Liang 8+4reb+1ast, W.Yang 8+1reb+1ast, G.Yang 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 118436


Bayi - Shanxi Zh. 107-100

No shocking result in a game in Ningbo where eighth ranked Bayi Fubang (8-6) defeated 15th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (3-11) 107-100 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 35-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international forward Lei Wang (203-86) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and forward Shang Ping (205-84, college: Emporia St.) added 18 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Five Bayi Fubang and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Bayi Fubang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning and Zhejiang G.L. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Bayi Fubang will face TianJin Rongcheng (#16) in Tianjin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.Lei 27+8reb+3ast, W.ZhiZhi 21+7reb+6ast, M.Ke 19+9reb+1ast, Z.Bo 12+4reb+1ast, H.Shuo 10+3reb+1ast, L.Ke 6+3reb
Shanxi Zh.: T.Shawn 37+14reb+2ast, P.Shang 18+12reb+2ast, Z.XueWen 13+2reb, P.Jiang 13+2reb+3ast, W.MingLiang 8+1reb, D.JiangPeng 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 118437


Beijing - Jilin 105-98

Very expected game when 14th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-11) were defeated on the road by sixth ranked Beijing Ducks (9-6) 105-98 on Friday. Jilin Tigers trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-105 at the end of the game. Beijing Ducks dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Jilin Tigers' 54 and made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Forward Zhe Ji (202-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman David Young (196-81, college: N.C.Central, agency: Impact Basketball) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and forward Jiang Du (200-82) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place. Jilin Tigers lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Beijing Ducks will face Liaoning Hunters (#8) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play at home against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (#1) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 34+17reb+3ast, C.Joe 22+2reb+1ast, J.Zhe 17+12reb+2ast, X.LiBin 16+6reb+3ast, C.Shidong 7+2reb, H.Chongkai 4+2reb+1ast
Jilin: Y.David 34+9reb+1ast, L.Tao 15+4reb+1ast, D.Jiang 15+7reb, L.Yao 13+4reb, L.Wei 7+2reb, T.Yuchen 5+4reb
gschID: 118433


TianJin R. - Fujian 96-93

Bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they edged sixteenth-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin in Tianjin 96-93. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-93. TianJin Rongcheng made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TianJin Rongcheng made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Forward Nan Zhang (197-81) helped adding 23 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman SongLin Gong (195-81) with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four TianJin Rongcheng and five Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. TianJin Rongcheng (3-11) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. and Jilin. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. TianJin Rongcheng will meet higher ranked Bayi Fubang (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: L.Herve 33+15reb+2ast, Z.Nan 23+4reb+4ast, B.Lee 20+10reb+1ast, Z.Ji 11+9reb, Q.Peng 6+1reb+1ast, X.GuiJun 2+3reb+2ast
Fujian: G.SongLin 25+6reb+4ast, E.Andre 16+9reb+2ast, G.Lei 14+2reb, J.Dwayne 10+14reb, L.Hang 10+6reb+1ast, X.Yacai 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118434




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  CUBA   


LBS 2011 to start soon ? - by Gianni Pascucci
Despite various rumors redarding its cancellation, Jose Ramirez, the Cuban National Basketball Commisioner, had stated before the end of the past year that the 2011 edition of the Liga Superior de Baloncesto (LSB) will start at the end of January.
The teams allowed to particpate are the first six placed of the 2010 edition, respectively Capitalonos Azules de La Habana, Ciego de Avila, Tigres de Camaguey, Guantanamo, Matanzas and Pinar del Rio, plus two teams, coming from a new qualifying tournment played among all the provincial leagues.
In consequence, this season hasn' t been played the usual 'Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (TNA)', used in previous years as the qualifying tournment for LBS:


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-0 
 2. Svendborg 14-2 
 3. Naestved 13-5 
 4. Horsens IC 10-8 
 5. Horsholm 9-7 
 6. Aabyhoj 8-10 
 7. SISU 7-11 
 8. Vaerlose 5-12 
 9. Amager BK 3-15 
 10. Aalborg 1-17 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj21.4 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 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. Colas, Vaerlose9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.4 
 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, Horsholm3.8 
 8. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.5 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.4 
 10. Alili, Vaerlose3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.3 
 3. Roberts, Naestved2.2 
 4. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 9. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.3 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Brown, SISU0.8 
 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. 15-7 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 12-10 
 4. Dakota W. 7-16 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-16 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 17-6 
 2. Rio Grande 13-7 
 3. New Mexico 11-11 
 4. Texas L. 10-9 
 5. Maine RC 10-13 
 6. Austin T. 9-11 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 13-8 
 2. Bakersfield J. 12-9 
 3. Utah F. 10-9 
 4. Idaho S. 6-15 
 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.19.6 
 8. Johnson, Erie B.19.1 
 9. Sims, Maine RC17.5 
 10. McNeal, Rio Grande17.3 
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. Williams, Texas L.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 8. Wheeler, Idaho S.8.9 
 9. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.7 
 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. Jackson, Idaho S.7.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.6 
 6. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.1 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.7 
 10. Cooper, Dakota W.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Jackson, Idaho S.2.4 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Hubbard, New M.2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
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. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Sykes, Sioux F.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.1.8 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.7 
 10. Patterson, Rio G.1.6 


76ers sent Craig Brackins back to Springfield - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that rookie Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) has been re-assigned to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Brackins was first assigned to the Armor on November 30 and was recalled on December 12.

In his first stint with the Armor, Brackins appeared in five games, averaging 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.80 blocks. He has played two games for the Sixers this season, scoring a total of 8 points in 21 minutes of play.

Courtesy of www.fwix.com


Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News
New Mexico - Tulsa 66ers 107-113
Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) posted 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) and Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) added 18 points each to lead the Tulsa 66ers (17-6) to a 113-107 road victory over the New Mexico Thunderbirds (11-11) Friday night, marking the team's ninth consecutive win. Inside Santa Ana Star Center, the 66ers never trailed in the contest that earned them their sixth consecutive road win dating back to Dec. 30. Tulsa currently stands in first place in the West Conference. In addition to scoring 18, Aldrich posted five rebounds and two blocked shots. Also scoring in double-figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 17, Tweety Carter with 15, Latavious Williams with 13 and Robert Vaden with 10. Offensively, Tulsa went 39-72 (.542) from the floor and dished out 28 assists compared to New Mexico's 20. The 66ers improved to 14-1 this season when recording more assists than their opponent. Defensively, the 66ers forced 19 Thunderbird turnovers and recorded seven steals. New Mexico was led by Shane Edwards with 24 points while Dar Tucker and Abdulai Jalloh scored 20. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Dakota W. - Ft.Wayne MA 97-95
Dakota's Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) nailed two free throws with six seconds lift the Wizards over the Mad Ants 97-95. Fort Wayne's Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana) missed a three as time expired. The Ants have now lost three games in a row and five of their last six. Fort Wayne started the game off hot, outscoring the Wizards 28-19 in the first quarter and 55-41 at the half. The Wizards chipped away in the third quarter outscoring the Ants 26-20 and cutting the lead to 75-67 heading into the fourth. In the final frame Dakota outscored the Ants 30-20 to earn the victory. Fort Wayne (12-10) was led by Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, college: Houston) 's 24 points. Walker Russell added 21 points and nine assists. Darnell Lazare (14 points), Wayne Chism (11), and Anthony Kent (10) round out the double digit scores for the Ants. Dakota (7-16) was led by Anthony Goods' 23 points. Chris Johnson added 21 pints and 12 rebounds. Next up the Ants play at Iowa on Sunday at 5 p.m. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 109-123
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) 's 46 points proved to be more than enough for the visiting Erie BayHawks (15-7) as they trounced the Maine Red Claws (10-13) at the Portland Expo Arena with a final score of 123-109. Red Claws had a hard time containing Johnson early, as the 6-8, 230 lb. forward out of Cal. State San Bernardino picked up 30 of his 46 points in the first half. Despite Johnson's shooting prowess, the Red Claws still found themselves within 3 at the break, 53-50. The BayHawks came out strong in the second half, increasing their three point shooting percentage from 8.3% in the first half to a 34.5% in the second half. Every time the Claws would start a run, Erie had an answer for them, whether it was a three to silence the crowd or a stop on the defensive end. Avery Bradley, assigned by the Boston Celtics earlier in the day, made his first appearance with the Red Claws, finishing in double figures with 11 points and 6 assists in his first game of significant minutes as a pro. Jamar Smith (6'3''-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 19 apiece, while Matt Janning shot a great five for six from behind the arch to finish with 18 of his own. DeShawn Sims added 16. Ivan Johnson led the Bayhawks with a game-high 46 points. Starting point guard Blake Ahearn took up where Johnson left off in the second half, adding his 18 late the seal the Red Claws' fate. Garrett Temple (14), Tasmin Mitchell (13) and Kyle Spain (13) also finished in double digits. The Red Claws return to action on Tuesday, making a return trip to Texas to face the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers in back-to-back contests Tuesday and Wednesday. The team will then travel to Frisco, TX to face league newcomer the Texas Legends in the first of two on Friday. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Utah F. - Idaho S. 100-96 OT
The UCCU Events Center was roaring tonight as the Utah Flash won their second overtime game this season against the Idaho Stampede. The final score was 100-96. The Flash, who trailed by 22 points during one stretch of the game, rallied late to get the victory. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) was the game's high scorer with 22 points. The Stampede outscored the Flash by 10 (28-18) in the first quarter. Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) led in scoring for the Flash with eight, while Brandon Costner and Brian Hamilton both had two rebounds. The Stampede were led by Jermareo Davidson and Seth Tarver with six points apiece; Davidson also led in rebounds with six. Although the Flash and Stampede both scored 26 points in the second quarter, the first half ended with the Stampede leading 54-44. Orien Greene, Andre Ingram and Pape Sy led the Flash's scoring rally with six points each; Sy also lead in rebounds with four. Carlos Wheeler led the Stampede with 10 points in the second quarter. The Stampede pulled away from the Flash during the third quarter, 77-59. Idaho had the game's largest lead of 22 points during the third. The fourth quarter was the deciding factor in the game. The Flash came back from a 22-point deficit and by the 8:10 mark in the fourth quarter Utah closed gap to just 10-points. With less than six and a half minutes to play, Greene made it a four-point game with a three-point jumper. The Stampede didn't let down, holding on to the lead until Dupree tied the game with 90-90 with 20 seconds left. After a missed jumper from Antoine Walker, the Flash gained possession of the ball sending the game into overtime. The Flash rallied against the Stampede, outscoring them 100-96 in overtime. Willie Jenkins (6'6''-F-81, college: Tennessee Tech) and Davidson were the Stampede's high scorers with 17 points each. All five starters for the Flash scored in double digits, including 22 from Dupree and 20 from Greene. Greene also had six rebounds, eight assists and six steals on the night. The Flash recently returned from the NBA D-League Showcase in South Padre Island, Texas. Greene was named to the NBA D-League Showcase Second Team; Dupree and Ryan Thompson were named as NBA D-League Showcase Honorable Mentions. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Celtics assign Avery Bradley to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. Bradley is the teams first assignment to the Development League this season.

Bradley, a 62 guard, has appeared in 14 games for the Celtics this season averaging 1.1 points in 4.7 minutes per game. The 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft recorded a season-high four points and a steal against the Sacramento Kings on January 12.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  EL SALVADOR   


Liga Premier updatings - by Jaime Arevalo
The second Salvadorean basketball league is on the way, and Denver claimed the best performance of the new year's first round, by destroying 120-55. Led by USA player Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's), who scored 37 pts, Denver, coached by Ernesto Rodriguez , took the third win in a row and is expected to reach roon the top of the table.
In the other games of the round, EXSAL defeated San Marcos 50-47, Delgadense-UES prevailed over EXBAU 64-46
The standings table of 'Liga Premier' is now as follows:

1. DELGADENSE 4-1
2. ITCA 4-0
3. QUEZALTEPEQUE 2-3
4. SAN MARCOS 2-3
5. DENVER 3-0
6. HALCONES 2-2
7. EXSAL 2-2
8. FELINOS 2-3
9. BIOMEDICAL 2-2
10. SANTA TECLA 1-4
11. EXBAU 0-4

In the so named Liga Desarrollo, the game between tableheader ITEXSAL and Puerto de la Libertad ended before the 40 minutes regulation, due to an accident on the court, with ITEXAL ahead 41-36 in teh score.
UIn the other games, Quezaltepeque largely defeated Armenia 61-31, Olocuilta destroyed San Marcos 88-41, and Aguilares defeated, 79-51 Escuela Alemana.
ITEXSAL leads Liga Desarrollo with a 5-1 record, followed by Licestas de Corazon and Santa Ana, with a 5-0 record.



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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 17-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 12-5 
 4. Rakvere 10-8 
 5. Rapla 7-10 
 6. Valga/CKE 7-12 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 6-11 
 8. Parnu 4-14 
 9. Voru KK 1-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK17.9 
 3. Raap, Parnu16.8 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.16.2 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK15.2 
 7. Vares, Va.14.9 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.8 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere14.5 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.7 
 2. Brown, Va.12.2 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 5. Osby, TT.9.2 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.8 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.8 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.5 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.6 
 3. Kriisa, TT.3.6 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.2 
 5. Oja, Va.3.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 8. Winston, Va.2.7 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere2.7 
 10. Laane, Rapla2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Doronin, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Veideman, TU/Rock2.1 
 6. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Erm, Rapla1.9 
 8. Archibald, TT.1.9 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere1.9 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 3. Osby, TT.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zouros join Zalgiris Kaunas - by Jonas Baranauskas
Four days before it opens the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 on the road, Zalgiris Kaunas has a new head coach, its third of the season, having signed Ilias Zouros of Greece on Saturday. Zouros, 44, arrives from Panellinios, where he led the club to its best results in decades last season and was named the Eurocup Coach of the Year. Zouros guided Panellinios to both the Eurocup and Greek League semifinals. Zouros replaces Rimantas Grigas, who will return to his previous job of sports director for Zalgiris one month after taking over the bench when Aco Petrovic was released. Zalgiris starts Top 16 play on Wednesday in Valencia, Spain against Power Electronics.

Zouros started his coaching career at the age of 20 with the cadet and the junior teams at Panionios. He moved next to Peristeri, serving as assistant coach to the senior team. He continued as an assistant coach at Sporting, Maroussi, Olympiacos and the Greek national team. In the summer of 2000, he was named head coach of Olympiacos, replacing the legendary Giannis Ioannidis, and led that team to the Euroleague quarterfinals. He remained at Olympiacos until February 2002, and then moved to Sagesse in Lebanon, guiding the club to the Asian Club Championship. Afterwards, he returned to Greece with Near East. He coached Aris Thessaloniki in 2005-06, leacing after three months to take over on the French club Racing Paris Levallois, where he remained until he signed for Panellinios in December 2007. Zouros also enjoys the distinction of having coached Olympiacos in the historic first game of the new Euroleague in October 2000 on the road at Real Madrid. The bench at Zalgiris will be his second Euroleague job.


Fenerbahce Ulker and Lynn Greer part ways - by Eurobasket News
Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) is no longer a member of Fenerbahce Ulker. The Turkish champion announced this news today. Greer had 5 ppg and 1.8 apg for 10 Euroleague games this season. According to Italian media, he could continue his career with Armani Jeans Milano.

Montepaschi Siena inks Marko Jaric - by Eurobasket News
Faced with the loss of its backcourt leader during the Top 16, Montepaschi Siena on Friday announced the signing of former Euroleague champion Marko Jaric (198-G-78) until the end of the season.Jaric, a combo guard, arrives to help fill the void left by injury to Bo McCalebb, who broke his foot on Sunday and was operated on Wednesday. McCalebb will be out indefinitely. Jaric had not played since finishing last season with Real Madrid of Spain, in his return to the Euroleague under head coach Ettore Messina, with whom he had won the 2001 continental title at Kinder Bologna. Jaric averaged 7.1 points in 12 games for Real Madrid after joining the club at mid-season. Jaric started his career in Peristeri of the Greek League in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Italy to play with Teamsystem Bologna, where he won the 1999-2000 Italian League. After that, he switched teams in Basket City and joined Kinder under Messina. There, Jaric exploded at a continental level, helping guide Kinder to the Euroleague title in a best-of-five series against Tau Ceramica in 2001. That year, he and Kinder conquered the triple crown by adding the Italian League and the Italian Cup titles, too. The following season, Jaric was voted first-team All-Euroleague while Kinder reached the title game at the 2002 Bologna Final Four, but finished runner-up to to Panathinaikos. Jaric spent the next seven seasons in the NBA, the first three with the Los Angeles Clippers, the next three with Minnesota, and the last one in Memphis.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Jamar Wilson scored 89 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 28: Who is the hottest player in Top League right now? Correct. He is American Guard Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany), who has scored 89 points in two games this week! Last Wednesday Wilson led Honka (Espoo) with 45 pts to a victory in Lahti and tonight Wilson netted 44 pts vs Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Honka won again: 106-91 (61-54). Honka won these two contests without John Williamson and Jukka Matinen, who are on injured list. By the same Wilson is now the leading scorer in Finland. Wilson has scored 537 points in 24 contests, which means 22,38 ppg. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) (Tarmo, Porvoo) has been leading earlier for months and is now # 2 with average 21,48 ppg.
In Salo Vilpas continues winning games in front of full house of spectators. This time Vilpas Vikings defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) 83-76 (31-39). Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga) (24pts/17rbs) and Nick Okorie (185-G-88, college: Texas Tech) (19pts) were the key players. Kauhajoki got 27pts and 12rbs from Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side). The third game today was Kataja (Joensuu) vs Kouvot (Kouvola). It became finally certain kind of thriller, but the hosts won by three 75-72 (44-34). Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led Kataja with 23 pts. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) scored 25 pts for the visitors Kouvot.

Honka - Torpan Pojat 106-91 (61-54). (Jamar Wilson 44/9/5a, Samuli Vanttaja 19, Corey Belser 17 - Mikko Koivisto 22, Hanno Mottola 19, LaVell Blanchard 13/9).
Vilpas - Kauhajoki 83-76 (31-39). (Nicchaeus Doaks 24/17, Nick Okorie 19, Jukka Kataja 9 - Jeremiah Wood 27/12, Eldar Skamo 11, Henri Hirvikoski 11).
Kataja - Kouvot 75-72 (44-34). (Jared Newson 23, Sami Lehtoranta 14, Juho Nenonen 11 - B.A.Walker 25, Ville Kaunisto 21, Antto Nikkarinen 12).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 22-6 
 2. KTP 22-6 
 3. Kataja 18-10 
 4. Korihait 17-10 
 5. Honka 17-10 
 6. Kouvot 14-14 
 7. ToPo 13-15 
 8. Namika Lahti 11-16 
 9. Karhu 11-17 
 10. Salon Vilpas 10-18 
 11. LrNMKY 7-21 
 12. Tarmo 4-23 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.5 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.21.0 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo20.0 
 5. Walker, Kouvot19.8 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.8 
 7. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 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, Kouvot10.5 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.3 
 4. Young, Tarmo10.2 
 5. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.2 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.5 
 10. Williamson, Honka8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Okorie, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.8 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.4 
 10. Fields, KTP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Fields, KTP1.9 
 4. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conerly, Tarmo1.7 
 9. Moore, Korihait1.6 
 10. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Lewis, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 8. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Wilson, Honka0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


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  FRANCE   


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Gravelines
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Woodside, Gravelines18.1 
 2. Massie, Limoges17.7 
 3. Mejia, Cholet17.6 
 4. Darden, Nancy17.4 
 5. Nichols, Vichy17.0 
 6. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Walsh, AS.15.5 
 9. Bennett, Pau-La.15.1 
 10. Haynes, Chalon15.0 
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. Jones, Le Havre8.9 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.9 
 6. Jefferson, AS.8.1 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy7.5 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.4 
 10. Sommerville, Paris-.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Linehan, Nancy6.5 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.4 
 3. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 4. Woodside, Gravelines6.2 
 5. King, Le Havre6.2 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.0 
 7. Diabate, Roanne4.8 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
 9. Houston, Hyeres-T.4.4 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.4 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.1 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.1 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 6. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.9 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.1.9 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.8 
 10. Schilb, Chalon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 3. Issa, Gravelines1.4 
 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 Ouest17.8 
 4. Siggers, Rouen17.8 
 5. Carter, Nanterre17.6 
 6. Ingram, Antibes16.6 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne16.1 
 8. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.8 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.8 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont15.5 
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. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne9.1 
 6. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.2 
 8. Rouse, Charleville7.8 
 9. Sonko, Maurienne7.7 
 10. McClark, Charleville7.6 
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. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.0 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 9. Akono, Nanterre5.0 
 10. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-Reims
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.2.8 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 3. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.5 
 6. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.4 
 7. Darnauzan, Mauri.2.3 
 8. Stanley, Boulogne2.2 
 9. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 10. Craven, Dijon2.1 
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. Davis, Evreux0.8 
 9. James, Bourg0.8 
 10. Taccoen, Lille0.8 


Roanne add Marcelus Kemp - by Eurobasket News
Roanne compensated the loss of K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Clemson). The 23-year-old guard left the team for Italy just days ago. Roanne immediately found the replacement as they landed Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, college: Nevada). The contract is meant till the end of the season. Marcelus Kemp started the season in Bologna. He tallied 13.6 points, 4.4 boards and 1.1 steals per game. Last season Marcelus Kemp played for Sassari in LegaDue. He notched 21.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per appearance helping the team to promote to SeriaA. Marcelus Kemp is expected to don Roanne jersey against Le Mans next week.


ProB Round 17: ALM Evreux is defeated by Lille Metropole - by Eurobasket News
ProB is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

The game between second ranked ALM Evreux (12-5) and tenth ranked Lille Metropole (8-9) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. ALM Evreux was crushed by Lille Metropole in Lille 76-50. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lille Metropole forced 25 ALM Evreux turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by ALM Evreux helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Benoit Gillet (192-86) chipped in 14 points. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lille Metropole maintains tenth place with 8-9 record, which they share with Boulogne. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Rouen. Lille Metropole is looking forward to face league's leader JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play against Nantes and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (14-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked JDA Dijon (9-8) 82-69. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) nailed 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and William Daniels accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) came up with 16 points for JDA Dijon in the defeat. JDA Dijon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre maintains first place with 14-3 record. JDA Dijon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Portel. JSF Nanterre will play against Lille Metropole (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Twelfth-ranked JL Bourg (7-10) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-6) in Aix-les-Bains on Friday. Aix-Maurienne managed to secure only four-point victory 92-88. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The best player for the winners was Moses Sonko who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Ibrahima Koma produced 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the guests. Aix-Maurienne have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulazac. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Antibes. Aix-Maurienne will meet at home JDA Dijon (#8) in the next round. JL Bourg will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Quimper between Quimper UJAP and Fos Ouest. Seventeenth ranked Quimper UJAP (5-12) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Fos Ouest (11-6). Quimper UJAP managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. Jean-Richard Volcy orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with St Vallier and Clermont. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Quimper UJAP's next round opponent will be Saint Vallier (#15) on the road. Fos Ouest will play against SPO Rouen (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: St Vallier lost to Boulogne on the opponent's court 83-90. Clermont unfortunately lost to Le Portel in a home game 80-93. Boulazac managed to beat Nantes on the road 77-64. Antibes was defeated by Chalons-Reims on its own court 61-68. Bottom-ranked Charleville was smashed by Rouen in a road game 102-82.



Maurienne - Bourg 92-88 OT

Twelfth-ranked JL Bourg (7-10) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-6) in Aix-les-Bains on Friday. Aix-Maurienne managed to secure only four-point victory 92-88. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then JL Bourg managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Aix-Maurienne who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-6. The best player for the winners was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Cameroonian guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Power forward Ibrahima Koma (204-87, college: Argenteuil) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulazac. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Antibes. Aix-Maurienne will meet at home JDA Dijon (#8) in the next round. JL Bourg will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 24+12reb+5ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 22+2reb+4ast, J.Mathis 14+11reb+2ast, T.Yvrande 13+3reb+2ast, E.Joldersma 10+3reb, S.Darnauzan 6+1reb+5ast
Bourg: I.Koma 24+5reb+1ast, D.Coleman 17+5reb+1ast, D.Monds 14+7reb+6ast, A.Tsagarakis 13+1reb+1ast, D.Oliver 10+2reb+2ast, C.Ferchaud 8+2reb
gschID: 100477


Dijon - Nanterre 69-82

ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (14-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked JDA Dijon (9-8) 82-69. It looked good early as JDA Dijon took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then JSF Nanterre had a 22-12 second period charge getting the lead and JDA Dijon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-82. JSF Nanterre shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by JDA Dijon's players. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) nailed 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) came up with 16 points and forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) added 16 points respectively for JDA Dijon in the defeat. JDA Dijon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre maintains first place with 14-3 record. JDA Dijon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Portel. JSF Nanterre will play against Lille Metropole (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: M.Riley 23+8reb+4ast, N.Carter 17+7reb+3ast, W.Daniels 16+7reb+4ast, X.Corosine 13+2reb+3ast, G.Pons 7+4reb+3ast, L.Akono 5+2reb+6ast
Dijon: E.Craven 16+4reb+2ast, J.Leloup 16+3reb, D.Melody 11+2reb, E.Bing 6+12reb+1ast, A.Christophe 6+1reb+3ast, B.Monclar 6+1ast
gschID: 100478


Boulogne - St Vallier 90-83

Very expected game when 15th ranked Saint Vallier (5-12) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (8-9) 90-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Saint Vallier won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SO Maritime Boulogne won last quarter 21-16. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. They also forced 25 Saint Vallier turnovers. SO Maritime Boulogne players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) answered with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and guard David Denave (195-85) added 16 points, 5 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Saint Vallier. Five SO Maritime Boulogne and four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lille. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be JL Bourg (#12) on the road. Saint Vallier will play against Quimper UJAP and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: D.Monroe 21+10reb+3ast, L.Milbourne 17+1reb+5ast, L.Kante 17+5reb, M.N'Diaye 11+3reb+3ast, K.Patiejunas 11+4reb+6ast, T.Stanley 10+3reb+7ast
St Vallier: B.Vounang 17+9reb+4ast, D.Denave 16+5ast, F.Tortosa 13+2reb, C.Bronchard 12+4reb+4ast, K.Shiloh 7+3reb+5ast, Y.Zonnet 7+6reb
gschID: 100473


Quimper - Fos Ouest 70-68

A very close game took place in Quimper between Quimper UJAP and Fos Ouest. Seventeenth ranked Quimper UJAP (5-12) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Fos Ouest (11-6). Quimper UJAP managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. Fos Ouest was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 15-8 charge of Quimper UJAP, which allowed them to win the game. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Fos Ouest. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with St Vallier and Clermont. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Quimper UJAP's next round opponent will be Saint Vallier (#15) on the road. Fos Ouest will play against SPO Rouen (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Quimper: V.Mouillard 14+1reb+2ast, M.Jefferson 14+7reb, M.Runkaukas 13+1reb, G.Lessort 12+3reb, J.Volcy 11+7reb+4ast, A.Rigaux 6+1reb+2ast
Fos Ouest: L.Cummard 21+10reb+4ast, S.Gay 20+9reb, K.Atamna 10+6reb+3ast, Z.Bah 7+4reb+6ast, M.Dia 5+3reb+1ast, B.Cisse 4+1reb
gschID: 100474


Clermont - Le Portel 80-93

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Le Portel (9-8) defeated on the road 16th ranked Stade Clermont (5-12) 93-80. The game without a history. Le Portel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. American guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Stade Clermont. The victory was the third consecutive win for Le Portel. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon. Stade Clermont at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#13) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Stade Clermont will play against Boulazac Basket.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 31+1reb+2ast, W.Nigel 12+9reb+1ast, I.Sy 10+2reb+1ast, C.Davis 10+2reb, A.Rowland 8+6reb+11ast, F.N'Kembe 8+2reb+2ast
Clermont: O.Bassett 24+4reb+4ast, S.Cisse 16+6reb, D.Bouldin 16+8reb, X.Delarue 7+3reb, P.Beye 6+1reb, M.Guichard 4+2ast
gschID: 100475


Nantes - Boulazac 64-77

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Nantes (6-11) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Boulazac Basket (11-6) 77-64. American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points. The former international guard Thomas Dubiez (195-80) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87) answered with 20 points and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nantes. The victory was the third consecutive win for Boulazac Basket. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Maurienne and Fos Ouest. Nantes lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Nantes will play against the league's second-placed ALM Evreux.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: B.Jacobson 13+4reb+3ast, M.Badiane 12+5reb, T.Dubiez 12+6reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 10+1ast, D.Diarra 8+4reb, Y.Gaillou 7+4reb+2ast
Nantes: A.Cel 20+4reb+1ast, K.Barber 12+9reb, T.Downey 12+2reb+3ast, J.James 8+6reb+2ast, O.Bardet 5+3reb+2ast, A.Charles 4+6reb
gschID: 100476


Antibes - Chalons-Reims 61-68

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Chalons-Reims (10-7) beat on the road 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-10) 68-61. Olympique Antibes was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. American-Irish guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Steeve Ho You Fat (201-88) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Olympique Antibes. Chalons-Reims moved-up to seventh place. Olympique Antibes at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Chalons-Reims' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Olympique Antibes will play against Le Portel (#9).
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 21+9reb+3ast, B.Mullins 16+6reb+8ast, G.Chathuant 15+5reb, N.Diakite 7+8reb+1ast, H.Jalce 6+4reb, D.Wilson 3+3reb
Antibes: S.Massot 17+8reb, J.Ingram 16+3reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 10+10reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 7+2reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 6+3reb, L.Sambe 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 100470


Rouen - Charleville 102-82

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-14) was outplayed on the road by third ranked SPO Rouen (12-5) 102-82. The game without a history. SPO Rouen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SPO Rouen shot 27 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Charleville-Mezieres only scored seven points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for SPO Rouen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Charleville-Mezieres helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 assists. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and center Garry Florimont (202-87) added 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Charleville-Mezieres' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for SPO Rouen. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Evreux. Charleville-Mezieres lost their tenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. SPO Rouen's next round opponent will be Fos Ouest (#6) on the road. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Chalons-Reims (#7).
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 24+2reb+1ast, R.Kareem 18+3reb+7ast, C.Thioune 16+3reb+3ast, P.Poupet 15+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 13+4reb+2ast, T.Sambou 9+10reb+2ast
Charleville: C.Rouse 23+5reb+1ast, J.McClark 14+6reb+2ast, T.Peterson 11+6reb+2ast, D.Kaba 8+6reb, G.Florimont 6+13reb+4ast, N.Boundy 5+2reb
gschID: 100471


Lille - Evreux 76-50

The game between second ranked ALM Evreux (12-5) and tenth ranked Lille Metropole (8-9) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. ALM Evreux was crushed by Lille Metropole in Lille 76-50. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lille Metropole forced 25 ALM Evreux turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by ALM Evreux helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Benoit Gillet (192-86) chipped in 14 points. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lille Metropole maintains tenth place with 8-9 record, which they share with Boulogne. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Rouen. Lille Metropole is looking forward to face league's leader JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play against Nantes and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lille: A.Harris 18+5reb+1ast, B.Gillet 14+3reb+3ast, A.Defoe 10+6reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 9+9reb, S.Barnette 9+4reb, K.Bradley 5+2reb+3ast
Evreux: D.Reed 14+6reb, D.Davis 9+3reb, P.Da Silva 7+5reb+5ast, T.Maizeroi 7+7reb, C.Watson 6+2reb+1ast, M.Correa 5+3reb
gschID: 100472




ProA Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 14 in ProA was guest Cholet's (11-3) road victory over second-ranked Sluc Nancy (10-4) 85-75 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Cholet. Sluc Nancy managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Cholet looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cholet made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Roanne. Sluc Nancy at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Chalon. Cholet is looking forward to face Poitiers (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sluc Nancy will play against JA Vichy (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Chorale de Roanne delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 10th ranked STB Le Havre (6-8) 75-65. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Souleyman Diabate contributed with 11 points and 5 steals for the winners. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) replied with 26 points for STB Le Havre. Chorale de Roanne maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Cholet. STB Le Havre lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Chorale de Roanne will play against Le Mans (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STB Le Havre will play against Strasbourg IG and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Toulon supposed to be quite interesting. Fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (9-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (7-7). Gravelines-Dunkerque smashed Hyeres-Toulon 91-68 on Friday. Ben Woodside scored 21 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Damir Krupalija responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet at home Limoges CSP Elite (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Limoges, where higher ranked ASVEL (7-7) lost to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-9) in a road game 69-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL. Zack Wright notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains thirteenth position with 5-9 record, which they share with Paris-Levallois. ASVEL at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Levallois, where higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-8) lost to fourteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (5-9) in a road game 73-79 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. The best player for the winners was Marcellus Sommerville who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paris-Levallois moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Paris-Levallois will face higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 14 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Vichy was defeated by Strasbourg in a road game 95-80. Le Mans beat Poitierarleys at home 85-80. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was destroyed by Chalon on the opponent's court 84-62.
The best stats of 14th round was 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Christophe Massie of Limoges.



Limoges - ASVEL 87-69

We should mention about the upset which took place in Limoges, where higher ranked ASVEL (7-7) lost to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-9) in a road game 69-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL. The game without a history. Limoges CSP Elite led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) supported him with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) did not help to save the game for ASVEL. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains thirteenth position with 5-9 record, which they share with Paris-Levallois. ASVEL at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: Z.Wright 21+8reb+7ast, C.Massie 21+9reb+4ast, R.Desroses 15+5reb, K.Souchu 15+5reb+3ast, X.D'Almeida 7+3reb+2ast, R.Biggs 5+5reb+2ast
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 22+7reb, M.Gelabale 14+6reb+4ast, K.Tillie 11+5reb, C.Hammonds 10+7reb+2ast, L.Westermann 9+1reb+4ast, T.Leon 2
gschID: 100198


Nancy - Cholet 75-85

The biggest surprise of round 14 in ProA was guest Cholet's (11-3) road victory over second-ranked Sluc Nancy (10-4) 85-75 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Cholet. Sluc Nancy managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Cholet looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cholet made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American guard John Linehan (175-78, college: Providence) added 8 points and 14 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Roanne. Sluc Nancy at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Chalon. Cholet is looking forward to face Poitiers (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sluc Nancy will play against JA Vichy (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: A.Robinson 24+3reb+1ast, S.Mejia 23+4reb+5ast, D.Nelson 10+8reb+6ast, L.Vebobe 10+7reb+3ast, R.Falker 7+8reb+2ast, G.William 4+1reb+3ast
Nancy: A.Akingbala 18+6reb+1ast, V.Samnick 15+5reb+1ast, T.Darden 15+2reb+2ast, K.Grant 11+3reb+4ast, J.Linehan 8+2reb+14ast, M.Badiane 4
gschID: 100199


Paris-Levallois - Orleans 79-73

An interesting game took place in Levallois, where higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-8) lost to fourteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (5-9) in a road game 73-79 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Entente Orleans 45 won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) produced 24 points and international guard Aldo Curti (180-87) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Paris-Levallois moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Paris-Levallois will face higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: M.Sommerville 26+7reb+4ast, L.Hamilton 16+8reb+2ast, G.Yango 12+5reb, M.Morandais 11+1reb+1ast, W.Aka 7+1ast, A.Albicy 7+2reb+6ast
Orleans: J.Reynolds 24+2reb, A.Curti 13+5reb+4ast, A.Moerman 9+6reb, J.Smith 7+1reb+2ast, L.Vaty 6+4reb, T.Bell 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100200


Strasbourg - Vichy 95-80

There was no surprise when 16th ranked JA Vichy (3-11) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG (6-8) 95-80 on Friday. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by JA Vichy's players. The best player for the winners was American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Strasbourg IG's coach Frederic Sarre used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. U.S. Virgin Isl. Center Frank Elegar (206-86, college: Drexel) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jonathan Aka (203-86) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser JA Vichy stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face STB Le Havre (#11) on the road in the next round. JA Vichy will play against Sluc Nancy (#3).
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: N.Lewis 17+1reb+1ast, J.McCord 15+9reb+2ast, R.Greer 14+5reb+2ast, P.Pasco 14+8reb+1ast, A.MBaye 11+2reb, J.Hawkins 10+2reb+2ast
Vichy: A.Eito 13+1reb+1ast, J.Aka 12+4reb, T.Larrouquis 12+2reb+1ast, F.Elegar 11+6reb+2ast, J.Shuler 9+3ast, T.Thompson 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100201


Hyeres-Toulon - Gravelines 68-91

The game in Toulon supposed to be quite interesting. Fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (9-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (7-7). Gravelines-Dunkerque smashed Hyeres-Toulon 91-68 on Friday. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 21 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St.) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet at home Limoges CSP Elite (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: B.Woodside 21+2reb+8ast, J.Johnson 18+1reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 18+7reb+5ast, C.Akpomedah 12+7reb, D.Issa 8+12reb+1ast, R.Jomby 6+3reb
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Krupalija 20+8reb+4ast, J.Flowers 18+2reb+3ast, K.Houston 12+2reb+6ast, S.Fein 10+1reb, V.Masingue 2+12reb+2ast, P.Morlende 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100195


Le Havre - Roanne 65-75

Leader Chorale de Roanne delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 10th ranked STB Le Havre (6-8) 75-65. STB Le Havre was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Ivorian guard Souleyman Diabate (180-87) contributed with 11 points and 5 steals for the winners. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) replied with 26 points and American forward Wes Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for STB Le Havre. Chorale de Roanne maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Cholet. STB Le Havre lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Chorale de Roanne will play against Le Mans (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STB Le Havre will play against Strasbourg IG and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 16+8reb+4ast, P.Amagou 12+2reb+3ast, S.Diabate 11+3reb+3ast, P.Braud 8+1reb, K.Rivers 7+6reb+4ast, D.Page 7+5reb+3ast
Le Havre: J.Cox 26+4reb+3ast, W.Wilkinson 13+5reb+3ast, J.Jones 9+10reb, N.Pope 9+3reb+5ast, M.Zianveni 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 0+1reb+5ast
gschID: 100196


Le Mans - Poitierarleys 85-80

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Le Mans (6-8) defeated at home 14th ranked Poitiers (4-10) 85-80 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But Poitiers won second period 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) who scored 14 points and 6 assists. International center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Le Mans players scored in double figures. American guard Tommy Gunn (191-81, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Warren Sports International) produced 17 points and his fellow American import forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Poitiers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Poitiers dropped to the fifteenth position with ten games lost. Le Mans will face league's leader Chorale de Roanne on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Poitiers will play against the league's second-placed Cholet (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: B.Dewar 16+2reb+1ast, A.Koffi 14+6reb+1ast, M.Pellin 14+3reb+6ast, A.Diot 12+3reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 10+3reb+1ast, A.Acker 10+2reb+4ast
Poitierarleys: T.Gunn 17+4reb, R.Wright 12+3reb+1ast, C.Ona-Embo 11+1reb+1ast, P.Guillard 10+1ast, P.Badiane 9+3reb+1ast, A.Grant 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100197


Chalon - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 84-62

Very expected game when 9th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-8) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (10-4) 84-62 on Saturday. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Pau-Lacq-Orthez's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) produced 16 points and Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) added 14 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Chalon/Saor will face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against Paris-Levallois.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 18+5reb+9ast, I.Evtimov 18+7reb+5ast, M.Haynes 11+5reb+4ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 10+4reb+2ast, N.Lang 9+6reb+5ast, A.Aminu 8+2reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Mendy 16+3reb+2ast, M.Maravic 14+3reb, D.Bennett 12+4reb, T.Bryant 8+4reb+2ast, J.Morency 4+3reb, S.Rimac 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100194




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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. Simic, Rabotnicki7.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.5 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.5 
 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. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Vukadinovic, Pelist.3.3 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.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. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 7. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 8. Miljkovic, Torus 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. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Jevohn SHEPHERD
  Osnabrueck
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Shepherd, Osnab.20.6 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim20.6 
 3. Johnson, Webmoebel20.5 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.5 
 5. Gause, Freiburg18.9 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.7 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim18.6 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.18.4 
 9. Watts, Dragons17.8 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe9.5 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.8 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchheim8.7 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.5 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.4 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim8.1 
 8. Fuller, Crailsheim7.7 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Henry, Hannover7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 2. Gray, Crailsheim5.6 
 3. Barth, Heidelberg5.3 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz5.3 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.3 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 7. Wallace, B.Mue.4.3 
 8. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.3 
 10. Burnette, Osnab.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.4 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.6 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.4 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.3 
 6. Gray, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Mendez, Heidelberg2.0 
 8. Zazai, Chemnitz1.9 
 9. Burns, Webmoebel1.8 
 10. Scott, Kirchheim1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Karlsruhe
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Williams, Karlsruhe2.0 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.0 
 3. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.8 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.8 
 5. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 7. Hill, Jena1.3 
 8. Hansbro, Freiburg1.2 
 9. Fuller, Crailsheim1.2 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 


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


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Vechta 13-3 
 2. Stahnsdorf 12-4 
 3. Schwelm 12-4 
 4. Herten 10-5 
 5. Wulfen 9-7 
 6. Leipzig 8-8 
 7. ALBA Berlin II 7-9 
 8. Rist-Wedel 6-10 
 9. SU Medien 6-10 
 10. Bayer Giants 6-10 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 4-11 
 12. Bernau 2-14 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 15-1 
 2. Licher Baeren 12-3 
 3. NBC 12-4 
 4. Leitershofen 11-5 
 5. Langen 10-5 
 6. TSV Troester 7-9 
 7. BG Illertal 6-9 
 8. Gotha 6-9 
 9. Dt.Bank SKY II 4-12 
 10. Schwenningen 4-12 
 11. Giessen 3-12 
 12. Konstanz 3-12 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Wood, Dt.17.6 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.3 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons15.8 
 4. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.7 
 5. Callahan, Bremerha.15.5 
 6. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 7. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 8. Allen, ALBA15.2 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.14.7 
 10. Harris, EnBW L.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.7 
 5. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.2 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.8 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.6 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier4.7 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.6 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.4 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.4 
 7. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 8. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.2 
 9. McElroy, AL.4.2 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 7. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Ross, MBC1.4 
 10. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.9 
 4. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 5. Bryant, ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Powell, Dt.1.0 


Roger Powell Stays With The Deutsche Bank Skyliners But Jermaine Bucknor Departs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners announced shortly before the game against Ratiopharm Ulm that they have extended the contract of ex NBA player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) until the end of February with an option until the end of the season, but said farewell to Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). Powell who turned 28 today is averaging 12,7rpg and five rebounds and has amazed the fans in the BEKO BBL with his spectacular play. 'I am happy that we came to terms with Roger. I hope that he quickly finds his old form', stated Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . The club also announced that they are not extending the short term contract of Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). The Canadian was averaging 7,5ppg and 3,3rpg and quickly found a space in the hearts of the fans.'Jermaine helped us win important games.It most likely wasnt easy for him to come to us a second time. However he took it in a very porfessional way.I wish him the best of luck',commented Kamil Novak.'I felt very comfortable in Frankfurt.The fans and management made it easy formeto feel at homehere.That was very important for me and I wnat to say thank you.It was a lot of fun to play with this team. The team is great and I wish them a lot of luck',stressed Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond).

Source:Deutsche Bank Skyliners



Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) We Cant Let Derrick Allen Get So Many Lay Ups And Get A Rhythm Tonight! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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


Congrats on the 92-86 win against Alba Berlin. What kind of feeling did you have coming into the game? Was it a feeling that you guys could pull out the win?

I go into every game expecting to win. If not its no point in playing.

Was this your biggest win of your professional basketball career?

It is a big win but I wouldn't say it is the biggest.

Phoenix Hagen was leading 50-40 at halftime. What were the main reasons that Phoenix hagen was leading?

We played at the tempo that we wanted to play and got defensive stops.

Derrick Allen was a human wrecking crew. Have you ever seen a more dominating player in a game that you played in in the BEKO BBL?

Derrick was unstoppable. It seemed like he didn't miss anything the whole night.

In the third quarter, Alba Berlin fought back taking the lead, but Phoenix Hagen tied the score again and finished third quarter with a 7-0 run. Was it easier holding your composure as a team, because you were at home?

We have had trouble all year pulling out games late so it was good to see that we were able to close this one out against a great team.

Alba Berlin didnt give up staying close at your heels. What was key in the fourth quarter to sealing the win?

We made our freethrows down the stretch and made some big plays.

Many guys had great offensive games for Phoenix Hagen, but please explain how important German Andy Buechert was on defense?

He done what we've expected him to do on that end. He protects the rim for us which we were missing.

What was the most exciting play of the game?



I would have to go with David Bell's And 1 layup with 1:30 left which pushed the lead back up to 5.

How much of an advantage will it be to play Alba Berlin 96 hours later?


Its not much of an advantage but I know it will be another fight til the end.

What will Phoenix Hagen want to do better this time concerning how to stop Derrick Allen?

We can't let him have so many layups to get a rhythm.

What will be key to winning the game?

Just having a mindset from the beginning that we can win the game!!!

Who do you pick in the AFC games Patriots-Jets and Ravens-Steelers and NFC Seahawks-Bears and Packers-Falcons?

I don't care since the Titans didn't make the playoffs.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To EWE Baskets Oldenburg Game January 16th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The EWE Baskets January 16th

In the last 6 games The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have scored 90 points or more four times. how satisfyed are you with the development of the offense? What can still ge better?

We have been doing a good job of knocking down shots, a couple of our guys have been on fire, there is always things that we can improve though.

Is concentration on defense still one of the biggest factors that need to be improved?

Definitely


The next game is against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Is a dunking show possible the way The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had last weekend?


Not sure but it should be a good game.

What has been your impression of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg this season?

I think they have a solid team. They have a cool system that is hard to stop, and they have good players at every position.

What do you remember from the 72-68 loss in Oldenburg?


I remember it being real close and us just coming up short in the end.

What will be key in beating The EWE Baskets Oldenburg?

Defense

Is there any other player besides Dashaun Wood and Derrick Allen who are capable of hitting 40 points in the BEKO BBL?

I think there are a lot of players who are capable, sometimes there not always in a situation where they can do that though. This is a real tough league to do that.

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


Patriots , Steelers, Packers, and im riding with my Seahawks !

How will you be spending the Allstar Break?


Hopefully traveling somewhere in Germany with my family. I love my teammates but its going to be refreshing to get away from seeing their ugly faces everyday !

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Ronald Ross (MBC Wolves) Pregame Thoughts To Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Game January 16th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) is a 27 year old 18 8cm guard playing his first season for MBC. He is originally from Hobbs New Mexico and played at Texas Tech from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 43% and reached the NCA Sweet 16. He started his professional career with Univer Castelletto Ticino (Italy-Lega2) and then moved on to the CBA in 2006-2007 for Butte Daredevils playing 48 games averaging 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 49%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2% and in 2007 for the Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five) playing 21 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4%, FT: 84.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg playing 34 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 77.9% reaching the cup final in 2008. In 2008-2009 he started in Israel before moving on to the Artland Dragons playing 12 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 70.0%. Last season for the Artland Dragons, he played 12 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 83.0%; German League: 32 games: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 75.7%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven January 16th.

What did MBC learn from the sweep against Alba Berlin?


That getting swept isn't fun at all. It was disappointing, but we have to be focused on what's next and how we're going to succeed.


It must have been sad to see Vassil Evtimov go but at the same time the club gets Johnnie Gilbert back. What has impressed you with his game from what you have seen in practice?

Yeah, it was definitely sad to see Vas go considering I didn't even get a chance to play with him. But like you said, Johnnie is back and he looks good early. I'm excited to have another body down there in the paint.

The next game is against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. What has been your impression of that team this season?

I missed most of the first half, but from watching film they seem pretty athletic and aggressive. We have to be ready to match their intensity tomorrow.

They have a very potent front line with Drevo, Callahan and Denison. How important will it be to control the boards? Im sure you, Jordan and Bernard will help out.


Controlling the boards is very important because we normally have a smaller line up and if we can eliminate second chance points for the other team it benefits.



What has been the focus in practice this week?


I couldn't tell you everything going into the game, but we focused on doing the things that make us better offensively and defensively.

What will be key in winning the game?

Defense and making shots.

Is there any other player besides Dashaun Wood and Derrick Allen who are capable of hitting 40 points in the BEKO BBL?


Yeah, definitely. I think David Bell, Rice, my man Flo Hartenstien and Toby Bailey when his knees do him right. lol. Honestly, I think theirs a couple of players that can do it, but it just depends on your freedom and the system of the team.

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

Patriots because the Jets talk too much. Ravens because my best friend gives the Steelers entirely too much credit and then the Packers and Bears.


How will you be spending the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar break?


Probably practicing and having random scrimmages as usual. I'm laid back my man, nothing special besides working on my music when I'm bored.

Thanks Ron for the chat.



Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To EWE Baskets Oldenburg Game January 16th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg January 16th.

In the last 6 games The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have scored 90 points or more four times. how satisfyed are you with the development of the offense? What can still ge better?

I like that we are able to score more but there are times that we can execute much better and our defense can also improve

Is concentration on defense still one of the biggest factors that need to be improved?

Definitely

The next game is against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Is a dunking show possible the way The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had last weekend?


Im sure the fans would like that... whatever gets the win


What has been your impression of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg this season?

They have very talented and experienced players and their team can beat you in many ways. I think they are one of the better teams in the league.

What do you remember from the 72-68 loss in Oldenburg?


It was a rough start for us and we were able to close the gap with some stops in a zone. We will need a better start this time

What will be key in beating The EWE Baskets Oldenburg?

Defense

Is there any other player besides Dashaun Wood and Derrick Allen who are capable of hitting 40 points in the BEKO BBL?

I think there are players that can really score especially Wood and Allen and with half the season left its possible we have yet to see their best night

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


Jets, Ravens, Falcons, Seahawks

How will you be spending the Allstar Break?


Enjoying the extra time with my family while cheering for the North and Marcus Goree

Thanks Brandon for the chat.



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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.3 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos17.0 
 3. Smith, Panellinios16.8 
 4. Marshall, PAOK16.2 
 5. Dikoudis, AEK15.1 
 6. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.3 
 9. Tucker, Aris14.1 
 10. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Smith, Panellinios11.2 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros9.6 
 3. Simmons, Kavala9.3 
 4. Tucker, Aris8.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS8.2 
 6. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.3 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 9. Jazvin, Iraklis6.7 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.8 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.2 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 7. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 8. Diamantidis, Panath.3.8 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.6 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK2.3 
 3. Papaloukas, Olymp.2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.9 
 7. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 8. Pelekanos, Olympiakos1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Byars, Panellinios1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.2 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.1 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.8 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.8 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.9 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apollo.17.4 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.3 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.0 
 5. Michalos, Pagrati16.8 
 6. Vardavas, Amynta.16.3 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati16.1 
 8. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada16.0 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Totsios, Ikaroi S.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kartelo, AE.9.0 
 2. Macheras, Pagrati8.3 
 3. Amato, Near East8.2 
 4. Pantelic, Apollo.7.9 
 5. Koutroulias, Olimp.7.9 
 6. Jovanovic, KAOD7.8 
 7. Latovic, AGOR7.4 
 8. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.4 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.7.3 
 10. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.0 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 3. Katsares, KAOD4.5 
 4. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.3 
 5. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.2 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.2 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apollo.4.1 
 8. Karvounis, Lavrio3.8 
 9. Sourlis, KAOD3.7 
 10. Makris, Olimpiada3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MAKRIS
  Olimpiada
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 2. Michalos, Pagrati1.7 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.7 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.6 
 5. Vukantinov, KAOD1.5 
 6. Sourlis, KAOD1.5 
 7. Nikou, Panelefs.1.4 
 8. Katsares, KAOD1.4 
 9. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
 10. Pettas, Koroivos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.3 
 2. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.7 
 4. Psathas, Apollon .1.2 
 5. Kasabalis, AE.1.2 
 6. Katiakos, Arkadikos0.8 
 7. Karavanas, Panery.0.8 
 8. Latovic, AGOR0.8 
 9. Manavopoulos, Panele.0.7 
 10. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 9-1 
 2. AGOR 8-3 
 3. Lavrio 7-3 
 4. Arkadikos 7-3 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 6-4 
 6. Panelefsiniakos 6-4 
 7. AEK/Argous 5-5 
 8. Olimpiada 4-5 
 9. Apollon Patras 4-6 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 4-6 
 11. Pagrati 4-6 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 4-7 
 13. Koroivos 3-6 
 14. Amyntas Dafnis 3-7 
 15. Near East 3-7 
 16. Panerythraikos 3-7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 13-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 12-1 
 3. Marousi 7-5 
 4. VAP Kolossos 7-5 
 5. PAOK 7-6 
 6. Aris 7-6 
 7. Kavala 7-6 
 8. Peristeri GS 6-7 
 9. Ikaros 6-7 
 10. Panionios 5-7 
 11. AEK 4-7 
 12. Iraklis 3-10 
 13. Panellinios 3-10 
 14. Ilysiakos 1-11 


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  IRAN   


Mahram surrender against Champville - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Champville 81:86

Two-time defending champions Mahram suffered the first defeat in the WABA League Group B action. They lost to Champville of Lebanon to fall at 2-1 record. Champville in the meantime improved at 2-0 record. Champville will take on another undefeated squad Jeish tonight. Mahram will take a break before facing Jeish on Sunday.
Champville surged ahead in the opening term. They posted a 25:16 lead after ten minutes. Mahram managed to get closer as Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) shone in the court. The Iranian side trailed by 7 points at the interval. But Champville stayed calm in the second half keeping Mahram at distance. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) helped the Lebanese team race to the victory at the end. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) stepped up with 26 points to lead Champville. Fadi El Khatib added 18 points, while Mazen Mneimneh secured 17 points in the win. Marlon Garnett answered with 28 points for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 28, Cheikh Samb 19+15 boards
Champville: Jasmon Youngblood 26, Fadi El Khatib 18, Mazen Mneimneh 17



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  IRAQ   


Jeish eke out win over Duhok - by Eurobasket News
Jeish - Duhok 78:77

Jeish of Syria claimed the second win in a row at WABA League Group B. They held off Duhok in thriller to improve at 2-0 record. Duhok in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record. Jeish had to come from behind in the second half to snatch a narrow win at the end.
Duhok had their backs against the wall before this one. So they played aggressively right from the start. The Iraqi team grabbed a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. Duhok maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points 47:38. But Jeish turned things around in the second half. They erased the deficit and eventually sneaked past Duhok. Al Hakam Abdallah (197-F-82) provided 17 points to lead Jeish. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) added 16 points, while Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) had 15 in the victory. Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) answered with 14 points and 17 rebounds for Duhok. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Jeish: Al Hakam Abdallah 17, Christien Charles 16, Anthony Jones 15
Duhok: Micah Brand 14+17 boards, Tyrone Anderson 14



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  ISRAEL   


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 Yaakov25.2 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.24.3 
 4. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 5. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 6. Gomez, Beer Yaakov22.4 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair22.2 
 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.9.4 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.1 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 10. Paris, Hapoel Beeri8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 8
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A8.0 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.7.6 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.5 
 4. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.0 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 6. Harush, Kohav Yair5.4 
 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.2.6 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 5. Bassett, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Harush, Kohav Yair2.3 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 8. Delaney, Maccabi .2.2 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido.2.2 
 10. Stevens, Hapoel T.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. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 9. Markson, Hapoel A.1.4 
 10. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 13-1 
 2. Armani MI 11-3 
 3. Bennet Cantu 10-4 
 4. Air AV 7-7 
 5. CS Bologna 7-7 
 6. Fabi Shoes 7-7 
 7. Scavolini PS 7-7 
 8. Angelico BI 7-7 
 9. Pepsi Caserta 7-8 
 10. Cimberio VA 6-8 
 11. Lottomatica 6-8 
 12. Dinamo Sassari 6-9 
 13. Vanoli CR 6-9 
 14. Benetton TV 6-9 
 15. Banca Tercas 4-10 
 16. Enel Brindisi 4-10 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.0 
 2. Winston, CS Bo.17.3 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.9 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.7 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.9 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR15.8 
 7. Thomas, Air AV15.6 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.6 
 9. Dean, Air AV15.4 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.7 
 2. Homan, CS Bologna8.9 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.7 
 4. Davis, Banca Tercas8.6 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.4 
 6. Suton, Angelico BI7.9 
 7. Troutman, Air AV7.7 
 8. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 9. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.4 
 10. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Green, Air AV6.2 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.4 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA4.4 
 5. Diener, Dinamo S.4.0 
 6. Zoroski, Banca T.3.9 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Fabio DI BELLA
  Pepsi Caserta
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.9 
 2. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.8 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.7 
 6. Collins, Scavolin.2.7 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.6 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR2.6 
 10. Foster, Vanoli CR2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 4. Smith, Benetton TV1.3 
 5. Polonara, Banca T.1.2 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 8. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna1.0 
 10. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Crispin, Barcellona23.6 
 2. Whiting, Aget Imola23.2 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer20.8 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.7 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola20.7 
 6. Roderick, Immobi.18.9 
 7. Gordon, Forli18.4 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco18.3 
 9. Smith, Trenkwalder17.4 
 10. Pecile, Fileni BPA17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.3 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola9.0 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.7 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.4 
 5. Johnson, San Severo8.3 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.3 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD8.2 
 8. Filloy, Immobili.8.1 
 9. Chiacig, Sunris.7.3 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.2 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.8 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 6. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.5 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 8. Hickman, Fastw.3.4 
 9. Williams, Snaidero.3.4 
 10. Childress, San S.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.6 
 2. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 3. Stefanov, San S.2.8 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola2.8 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.7 
 6. Farabello, N.Fer.2.7 
 7. Davis, Sunrise .2.7 
 8. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.2.5 
 10. Hicks, Barcellona2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.3 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.0 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 5. Radulovic, Sunris.0.8 
 6. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.8 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 8. Achara, Barcellona0.8 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 13-2 
 2. Snaidero UD 12-3 
 3. Fastweb CM 12-4 
 4. Barcellona 10-5 
 5. Immobiliare SR 9-6 
 6. Sunrise Scafati 9-6 
 7. Aget Imola 8-7 
 8. Tuscany PT 8-7 
 9. Prima Veroli 7-8 
 10. N.Ferrara 6-9 
 11. Fileni BPA 6-9 
 12. Assigeco 6-10 
 13. Trenkwalder 5-10 
 14. Tezenis Verona 5-11 
 15. Forli 4-12 
 16. San Severo 2-13 


Banca Tercas Teramo will test Jesse Young - by Eurobasket News
Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) has joined Teramo for a try-out period. The 30-year-old centre played for Teramo in the previous season. He tallied 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per EuroCup game. In Seria A his stats read 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per appearance. The Canadian-Irish player moved to Italy after several years in Spain. Jesse Young played with Mallorca, Joventut, Estudiantes and C.B. Murcia.



Montepaschi Siena inks Marko Jaric - by Eurobasket News
Faced with the loss of its backcourt leader during the Top 16, Montepaschi Siena on Friday announced the signing of former Euroleague champion Marko Jaric (198-G-78) until the end of the season.Jaric, a combo guard, arrives to help fill the void left by injury to Bo McCalebb, who broke his foot on Sunday and was operated on Wednesday. McCalebb will be out indefinitely. Jaric had not played since finishing last season with Real Madrid of Spain, in his return to the Euroleague under head coach Ettore Messina, with whom he had won the 2001 continental title at Kinder Bologna. Jaric averaged 7.1 points in 12 games for Real Madrid after joining the club at mid-season. Jaric started his career in Peristeri of the Greek League in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Italy to play with Teamsystem Bologna, where he won the 1999-2000 Italian League. After that, he switched teams in Basket City and joined Kinder under Messina. There, Jaric exploded at a continental level, helping guide Kinder to the Euroleague title in a best-of-five series against Tau Ceramica in 2001. That year, he and Kinder conquered the triple crown by adding the Italian League and the Italian Cup titles, too. The following season, Jaric was voted first-team All-Euroleague while Kinder reached the title game at the 2002 Bologna Final Four, but finished runner-up to to Panathinaikos. Jaric spent the next seven seasons in the NBA, the first three with the Los Angeles Clippers, the next three with Minnesota, and the last one in Memphis.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Angelico Biella adds Rodolfo Rombaldoni - by Eurobasket News
Angelico Biella came up with the new signing. The Italian outfit inked a deal with Rodolfo Rombaldoni (190-G-77, agency: Players Group) for rest of the season. The experienced point guard, who won the silver medal with Team Italy at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens, started the season in Legadue with Tezenis Verona. He had 6.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 6 games.

Benetton inks Brian Skinner - by Gianni Pascucci
Benetton Basket Treviso announced yesterday the agreement with NBA veteran Brian Skinner (207-F/C-76, college: Baylor), who will replace in roster the injured Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket). Skinner will land today in Treviso and will attend the game vs. Pepsi Caserta. His introducion to media is scheduled for monday 17, at Benetton Basket headquarters, in La Ghirada, Treviso.

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Aishin wins Emperor's Cup 2011! - by Eurobasket News
Aishin wins Emperor's Cup 2011 as the team needed overtimes in Semifinal and Final clashes.
In the Semifinals Aishin overcame Hitachi 67:60 in overtime. Trailing 6:19 after the first period, Aishin won the rest of the game and advanced to the Final. In another Semifinal Panasonic edged Toyota 79:76. Trailing 12-13 after the first quarter, Panasonic produced 30-20 in the last frame.
In the Final game needed another overtime to prove the superiority and luck! Aishin won the first frame 21-11 and then Panasonic replied with 18-17 in the second frame. Moreover the latter won the third and the last quarters to tie the game. Due to 11-4 Aishin celebrated another title! J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76, college: UCLA) stepped up with 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners, while Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) added 16. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) responded with 17 points in the losing effort.



Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 23-2 
 2. Sendai 89ers 15-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 12-11 
 4. Saitama Bron. 10-15 
 5. Tokyo Apache 9-8 
 6. Akita 9-16 
 7. Toyama Grouses 7-16 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 17-8 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 16-9 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 15-12 
 4. Okinawa GK 14-11 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 12-13 
 6. Oita H.Devils 12-15 
 7. Shimane 10-15 
 8. Miyazaki 7-18 
 9. Takamatsu FA 6-17 


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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. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.15.5 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.0 
 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. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.5 
 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. Gabrans, Valmiera4.3 
 6. Vaikulis, Liepaja4.2 
 7. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.8 
 9. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 10. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
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, Barons2.0 
 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. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 5. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 6. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 7. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.0.7 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 


LBL Round 14: Top-ranked Ventspils win another game - by Eurobasket News
LBL top team - Ventspils (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-12) in Riga 116-66. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Latvijas Universitate's 34. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 53-23 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Latvijas Universitate's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Latvijas Universitate helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) contributed with 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Atis Slisans (184-81) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Latvijas Universitate. Ventspils have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Newly promoted Latvijas Universitate stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face league's second-placed Liepaja at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Latvijas Universitate's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Barons.

In the last two games of round 14 Turiba was smashed by Barons on the road 91-58. Valmiera lost to defending champion Barons on its own court 65-71.



Barons - Turiba 91-58

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Barons (7-7) crushed 7th ranked Turiba (3-11) in Riga 91-58 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Barons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Barons made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Turiba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard Raimonds Feldmanis (192-82) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Barons players scored in double figures. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Aigars Strelis (198-87) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. 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 moved-up to fourth place. Turiba lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Barons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 20+8reb, A.Servuts 8+4reb, A.Strelis 7+9reb, U.Strauss 6+3reb, L.Mizis 4+1reb+3ast, E.Kikuts 4+3reb+2ast
Barons: I.Timermanis 19+4reb+3ast, R.Feldmanis 16+1reb+5ast, A.Cavars 10+3reb+4ast, A.Epners 10+4reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 10+6reb, M.Skirmants 10+4reb
gschID: 108927


Valmiera - Barons 65-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Valmiera (6-6) lost at home to fifth ranked Barons (7-7) 71-65 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Agnis Cavars (198-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Aigars Vitols (192-76, agency: Stanley International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Arturas Valeika (206-85, college: Midland CC) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Valmiera's coach Gatis Melderis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Barons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: R.Gabrans 15+6reb+2ast, K.Ansons 12+3reb+1ast, J.Andzejevskis 11+3reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 10+4reb+1ast, A.Valeika 10+8reb+2ast, J.Berzins 3+5reb
Barons: A.Cavars 17+8reb+2ast, D.Willjam 14+9reb+2ast, A.Vitols 11+10reb+5ast, M.Skirmants 9+1reb+1ast, I.Timermanis 8+4reb, A.Butjankovs 7+8reb
gschID: 108928


LU - Ventspils 66-116

LBL top team - Ventspils (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-12) in Riga 116-66. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Latvijas Universitate's 34. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 53-23 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Latvijas Universitate's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Latvijas Universitate helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Atis Slisans (184-81) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Arturs Duselis (200-89) added 14 points in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Ventspils have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Newly promoted Latvijas Universitate stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face league's second-placed Liepaja at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Latvijas Universitate's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Barons.
Top scorers:
LU: A.Duselis 14+4reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 13+5reb, A.Slisans 12+7reb+2ast, K.Jaunzems 6+1reb, K.Brigmanis 6+1reb+3ast, E.Tukiss 5+2reb
Ventspils: L.Blaus 28+11reb+4ast, R.Anderson 23, A.Berzins 21+14reb+2ast, I.Bankevics 12+5reb+3ast, A.Strelnieks 9+8reb+2ast, D.Coders 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 119726




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


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Mahram surrender against Champville - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Champville 81:86

Two-time defending champions Mahram suffered the first defeat in the WABA League Group B action. They lost to Champville of Lebanon to fall at 2-1 record. Champville in the meantime improved at 2-0 record. Champville will take on another undefeated squad Jeish tonight. Mahram will take a break before facing Jeish on Sunday.
Champville surged ahead in the opening term. They posted a 25:16 lead after ten minutes. Mahram managed to get closer as Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) shone in the court. The Iranian side trailed by 7 points at the interval. But Champville stayed calm in the second half keeping Mahram at distance. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) helped the Lebanese team race to the victory at the end. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) stepped up with 26 points to lead Champville. Fadi El Khatib added 18 points, while Mazen Mneimneh secured 17 points in the win. Marlon Garnett answered with 28 points for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 28, Cheikh Samb 19+15 boards
Champville: Jasmon Youngblood 26, Fadi El Khatib 18, Mazen Mneimneh 17



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Sragauskis' 32-point game gives him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for LKKA-Atletas Kaunas and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds for LKKA-Atletas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Akademija (#15, 5-18) with 21-point margin 100-79. LKKA-Atletas maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LKKA-Atletas will need more victories to improve their 16-7 record. In the team's last game Sragauskis had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at LKKA-Atletas, through which he has constantly improved. Sragauskis has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.1ppg. Sragauskis is in league's top in and averages solid 58.5% FGP and 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Laurynas Jacevicius (193-G/F-88) of Perlas-MRU Vilnius. He is a swingman in his first season at Perlas-MRU. In the last game Jacevicius recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Perlas-MRU was edged by the higher-ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5, 15-8) 88-85. Perlas-MRU managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Jacevicius is a newcomer at Perlas-MRU and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Perlas-MRU Vilnius' star - forward Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91). Brusokas scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Brusokas' great performance Perlas-MRU lost 85-88 to the higher-ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5, 15-8). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Perlas-MRU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brusokas could help Perlas-MRU to bring them higher in the standings. Brusokas has a very solid season. In 24 games in Lithuania he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Modestas Sidlauskas (193-G-85) of Mazeikiai - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) of Akademija - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Radviliskis - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) of Radviliskis - 7 points and 14 rebounds
8. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-F-89) of Nafta Universitetas - 23 points, 3 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)


Zalgiris inks coach Elias Zouros - by Aurimas Rimselis
As expected B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas agreed to a contract with the Greek coach Elias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ). Coach will debut in B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas on 22th of January in LKL game with Neptunas. Zouros wiil replace Rimantas Grigas, which again will be sports director. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas will have more coach assistants, because today with Zouros arrived greek Giorgos Ketselidis, team also has Oliver Kostic. Over the past three seasons Zouros successfully employed native 'Panellinios' coach, and was the best coach in Eurocup in 2010. 44 year coach in his career worked most with native teams. Zouros was the coach of: 'Olympiakos' in 2002, 'Aris' in 2005-2006, also coached the French team and Lebanon teams - the Beirut 'Sagesse' and the Paris 'Basket Racing'. Giorgos Katselidis was Zouros assitant in 'Panellinios'.

NKL Round 26: Perlas-MRU defeats LKKA-Atletas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

NKL round 26 most interesting game took place in Vilnius between Perlas-MRU and LKKA-Atletas. Eighth ranked Perlas-MRU (11-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (16-8). Perlas-MRU managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LKKA-Atletas. They outrebounded LKKA-Atletas 46-31 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) responded with 16 points and 4 assists. LKKA-Atletas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Perlas-MRU maintains eighth position with 11-14 record. LKKA-Atletas at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU are looking forward to face ABRO-Universitetas (#12) in Siauliai in the next round. LKKA-Atletas will play at home against Delikatesas (#11) in Joniskis and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Radviliskis (17-8) against fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (16-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Radviliskis was defeated by Zalgiris-Sabonio in a tough game in Kaunas 74-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Radviliskis. Guard Vytenis Cizauskas (190-92) notched 27 points and 8 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Mindaugas Kupsas supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Zalgiris-Sabonio has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas. Radviliskis at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda in the next round. Radviliskis will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Pasvalys. First ranked host Pieno Zvaigzdes (23-1) smashed second-ranked Meresta (18-7) 94-71. The best player for the winners was Darius Griskenas who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thomas Druktenis produced 19 points for the guests. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Loser Meresta keeps the second place with seven games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Meresta will play against Mazeikiai (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Akademija managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Puntukas in Vilnius 103-95. Karolis Alekna orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akademija (6-18) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Puntukas and Erelita. Puntukas lost fifth consecutive game. Akademija's next round opponent will be higher ranked Silute (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Puntukas will play against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Eleventh-ranked Delikatesas (7-17) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Mazeikiai (16-9) in Joniskis on Saturday. The visitors from Mazeikiai managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. Bryan Harrison had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Mazeikiai maintains sixth position with 16-9 record. Loser Delikatesas keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Mazeikiai will face league's second-placed Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Delikatesas will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#4) in Kaunas.

In the last two games of round 26 Silute won against ABRO-Univ. on the opponent's court 83-75. Nafta Universitetas unfortunately lost to Triobet Malsta in a home game 53-57.


Akademija - Puntukas 103-95

Bottom-ranked Akademija managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Puntukas in Vilnius 103-95. It looked good early as Puntukas took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Akademija had a 28-20 second period charge getting the lead and Puntukas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 95-103. Akademija made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Puntukas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 32 personal fouls committed by Puntukas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) contributed with 20 points, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and swingman Tadas Rinkunas (196-91) added 15 points and 10 assists in the effort for Puntukas. Four Akademija and five Puntukas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akademija (6-18) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Puntukas and Erelita. Puntukas lost fifth consecutive game. Akademija's next round opponent will be higher ranked Silute (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Puntukas will play against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: M.Norkus 17+5reb+2ast, P.Marcic 17+3reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 15+10ast, D.Keburys 14+5reb, D.Tarvydas 13+7reb+8ast, A.Urbonas 10+3reb
Akademija: K.Alekna 31+4reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 23+4reb+2ast, T.Lekunas 20+4reb+9ast, E.Mockevicius 13+10reb+2ast, T.Pipiras 6+1ast, M.Paliukenas 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 110130


Perlas-MRU - LKKA-Atletas 74-73

NKL round 26 most interesting game took place in Vilnius (derby !!!) between Perlas-MRU and LKKA-Atletas. Eighth ranked Perlas-MRU (11-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (16-8). Perlas-MRU managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LKKA-Atletas. They outrebounded LKKA-Atletas 46-31 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and guard Taurantas Tamosiunas (190-92) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. LKKA-Atletas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Perlas-MRU maintains eighth position with 11-14 record. LKKA-Atletas at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU are looking forward to face ABRO-Universitetas (#12) in Siauliai in the next round. LKKA-Atletas will play at home against Delikatesas (#11) in Joniskis and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 16+4reb+4ast, V.Sragauskis 13+1reb, D.Gricius 8+6reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 8+5reb+4ast, I.Birbalas 8+4reb, T.Urbonas 5+1reb
Perlas-MRU: L.Jacevicius 19+9reb+4ast, K.Brusokas 14+10reb, P.Semaska 13+4reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 13+12reb, M.Gilys 8+3reb, A.Udras 4+7reb
gschID: 110131


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Radviliskis 78-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Radviliskis (17-8) against fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (16-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Radviliskis was defeated by Zalgiris-Sabonio in a tough game in Kaunas 74-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Radviliskis. Radviliskis was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Zalgiris-Sabonio, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Vytenis Cizauskas (190-92) notched 27 points and 8 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) added 19 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas. Radviliskis at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda in the next round. Radviliskis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 19+7reb+2ast, A.Oladimeji 19+13reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 15+2reb+5ast, R.Rauktys 11+4reb+6ast, L.Valantinas 4+1reb+1ast, M.Binza 4+2reb
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Cizauskas 27+4reb+8ast, M.Kupsas 13+7reb+1ast, T.Jogela 8+3reb, G.Zyle 7+11reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 110132


ABRO-Univ. - Silute 75-83

Rather expected game in Siauliai where 12th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-17) was defeated by ninth ranked Silute (10-14) 83-75 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But ABRO-Universitetas won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ABRO-Universitetas was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Mindaugas Mockus (195-80) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Silute players scored in double figures. Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) scored 16 points and 7 assists. Silute maintains ninth position with 10-14 record, which they share with Triobet Malsta. ABRO-Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Silute will face Akademija (#13) in Vilnius in the next round. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: V.Liutych 24+9reb+2ast, A.Kvedaravicius 16+1reb+7ast, A.Gurklys 11+10reb+2ast, A.Kurauskas 8+2reb+1ast, T.Miezis 6+1reb, P.Knyza 6
Silute: E.Jurkus 18+3reb+1ast, E.Kaupaitis 17+8reb+1ast, M.Mockus 15+6reb+5ast, F.Eshon 12+4reb+3ast, J.Nausedas 6+2reb+1ast, E.Ramanauskas 6+2reb
gschID: 110133


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Meresta 94-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pasvalys. First ranked host Pieno Zvaigzdes (23-1) smashed second-ranked Meresta (18-7) 94-71. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Meresta managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes forced 19 Meresta turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Thomas Druktenis (203-78) produced 19 points and guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Loser Meresta keeps the second place with seven games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Meresta will play against Mazeikiai (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Meresta: T.Druktenis 19+2reb, S.Slivka 11+7reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 11+4reb, L.Radavicius 7+4reb+2ast, A.Povilaitis 7+3reb+1ast, V.Padgureckas 6+4ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Griskenas 23+11reb+2ast, N.Varnelis 19+5reb+3ast, D.Leonard 18+6reb+4ast, M.Virbalas 11+3reb, G.Vileita 9+1reb+3ast, A.Masiulis 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 110127


Delikatesas - Mazeikiai 86-89

Eleventh-ranked Delikatesas (7-17) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Mazeikiai (16-9) in Joniskis on Saturday. The visitors from Mazeikiai managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. Delikatesas cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Mazeikiai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and center Julius Jucikas (205-89) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Mazeikiai maintains sixth position with 16-9 record. Loser Delikatesas keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Mazeikiai will face league's second-placed Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Delikatesas will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#4) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 35+5reb+3ast, J.Jucikas 17+5reb, J.Blazys 9+6reb+3ast, P.Klemas 8+1reb+6ast, V.Pikalavicius 7+10reb+1ast, T.Mikalauskas 6+3reb
Mazeikiai: M.Sidlauskas 18+4reb+3ast, B.Harrison 18+4reb+13ast, D.Vaitelis 16+5reb, J.Warren 15+13reb+1ast, A.Vaskys 12+4reb+2ast, V.Luksa 6+4reb
gschID: 110128


Nafta Universitetas - Triobet Malsta 53-57

There was a small surprise in Klaipeda where tenth ranked Triobet Malsta (10-14) defeated 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (13-11) 57-53 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 32-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Triobet Malsta forced 23 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Triobet Malsta moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Silute. Loser Nafta Universitetas keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Triobet Malsta will face Erelita-KTU (#14) in Kaunas in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: J.Kazakauskas 12+5reb+1ast, V.Chodosovskis 11+8reb, M.Girdziunas 9+1reb, A.Zymantas 7+5reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 6+2reb+2ast, D.Norkus 4+7reb
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 21+5reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 11+11reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 10+9reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 7+1reb+4ast, V.Kruzikas 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bernatavicius 1+2reb
gschID: 110129




LKL Round 17: Siauliai defeats Lietuvos Rytas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
LKL round 17 most interesting game took place in Siauliai between Siauliai and Lietuvos Rytas. Fourth ranked Siauliai (8-4) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Lietuvos Rytas (10-2). Siauliai managed to escape with a 1-point win 96-95 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Lietuvos Rytas. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 31-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Siauliai forced 19 Lietuvos Rytas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Siauliai especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) responded with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Siauliai have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-4 record. Defending champion Lietuvos Rytas keeps the second position with two games lost. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos Rytas will play at home against Naglis-Adakris in Palanga and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kaunas. Leader host Zalgiris (12-0) defeated 3rd placed Rudupis (9-4) 97-83. International forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Martynas Pocius accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Zalgiris' coach Rimantas Grigas used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Rudupis in the defeat. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Zalgiris. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Rudupis at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Zalgiris will play against Neptunas (#10) in Klaipeda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rudupis will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Vilnius between Techasas and Sakalai. Fifth ranked Techasas (8-5) got a very close victory on the road over 11th ranked Sakalai (4-9). Techasas managed to escape with a 2-point win 63-61 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Gintaras Leonavicius who scored 15 points. Rolandas Matulis produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Techasas maintains fifth place with 8-5 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Perlas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game took place in Vilnius where 9th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (5-9) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Perlas (4-9) 91-58. Eimantas Bendzius orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perlas moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Sakalai. Aiscai Kaunas at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Perlas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (#7) in Palanga and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 17 Nevezis lost to Juventus on the opponent's court 78-88.


Juventus - Nevezis 88-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Nevezis' (5-7) road loss to sixth ranked Juventus (7-6) 78-88. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Nevezis managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 4 assists. Guard Marius Pociukonis (189-82) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nevezis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Juventus maintains sixth place with 7-6 record. Nevezis lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Juventus' next round opponent will be Aiscai Kaunas (#9) on the road.
Top scorers:
Juventus: M.Pociukonis 16+3reb+1ast, M.Prekevicius 14+3reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 13+5reb, A.Kieza 13+4reb+4ast, G.Maceina 10+3reb+2ast, Z.Urbonas 9+6reb+2ast
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 16+9reb+1ast, P.Belevicius 15+6reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 12+5reb+10ast, E.Kalve 12+3reb, L.Brazdauskis 9+1reb, T.Rakauskas 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120387


Siauliai - Lietuvos Rytas 96-95

LKL round 17 most interesting game took place in Siauliai between Siauliai and Lietuvos Rytas. Fourth ranked Siauliai (8-4) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Lietuvos Rytas (10-2). Siauliai managed to escape with a 1-point win 96-95 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Lietuvos Rytas. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 31-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Siauliai forced 19 Lietuvos Rytas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Siauliai especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) responded with 24 points and Serbian-Montenegrin center Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Siauliai and four Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Siauliai have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-4 record. Defending champion Lietuvos Rytas keeps the second position with two games lost. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos Rytas will play at home against Naglis-Adakris in Palanga and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: D.Weaver 19+11reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 14+2reb+4ast, M.Delas 13+2reb+1ast, R.Broadus 13+5ast, R.Edvinas 11+3reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 11+7reb+2ast
Lietuvos Rytas: M.Gecevicius 24+4reb+3ast, M.Bjelica 14+3reb+1ast, J.Valanciunas 13+2reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 11+1reb+5ast, K.Bajramovic 10+2reb, S.Jasaitis 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 120388


Zalgiris - Rudupis 97-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kaunas. Leader host Zalgiris (12-0) defeated 3rd placed Rudupis (9-4) 97-83. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Rudupis managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rudupis 42-29 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Rimantas Grigas used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Povilas Butkevicius (201-87) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Rudupis in the defeat. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Zalgiris. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Rudupis at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Zalgiris will play against Neptunas (#10) in Klaipeda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rudupis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Pocius 18+2reb+3ast, T.Watson 17+4reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 14+3ast, P.Jankunas 11+7reb, T.Klimavicius 9+12reb+2ast, B.Marjanovic 6+4reb+1ast
Rudupis: J.Sinica 28+2reb, A.Juskevicius 19+6reb+8ast, P.Butkevicius 18+11reb+1ast, G.Orelikas 6+4reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 4+5ast, P.Parachomikas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120389


Sakalai - Techasas 61-63

A very close game took place in Vilnius between Techasas and Sakalai. Fifth ranked Techasas (8-5) got a very close victory on the road over 11th ranked Sakalai (4-9). Techasas managed to escape with a 2-point win 63-61 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-61. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Techasas made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 15 points. Guard Tomas Cerneckis (191-88) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Techasas maintains fifth place with 8-5 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Perlas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 15+4reb+3ast, E.Ezerskis 13+3reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 12+7reb+1ast, M.Valukonis 6+9reb, S.Kulevicius 6+4reb, D.Silinskis 5+4reb+1ast
Sakalai: V.Sirvydis 13+5reb, R.Matulis 12+15reb+1ast, A.Gydra 11+4reb, Z.Stankus 9+2reb+3ast, O.Varanauskas 6+4reb+3ast, A.Butkevicius 4+2reb
gschID: 120385


Perlas - Aiscai Kaunas 91-58

An interesting game took place in Vilnius where 9th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (5-9) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Perlas (4-9) 91-58. The game without a history. Perlas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 36 of its points in the paint compared to Aiscai Kaunas' 16. Perlas forced 24 Aiscai Kaunas turnovers. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Saulius Kulvietis (203-91) contributed with 7 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rolandas Jakstas (198-92) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Aiscai Kaunas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perlas moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Sakalai. Aiscai Kaunas at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Perlas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (#7) in Palanga and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Perlas: E.Bendzius 18+5reb+3ast, A.Siksnius 12+2reb, K.Petrukonis 9+4reb, D.Redikas 9+6reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 7+1reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 7+7reb+3ast
Aiscai Kaunas: R.Jakstas 14+8reb, G.Kurtinaitis 11+3reb, R.Simanavicius 10+2reb+1ast, V.Jasikevicius 8+4reb+4ast, R.Narkevicius 5, K.Saage 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120386




Siauliai defeated Lietuvos Rytas in last seconds - by Aurimas Rimselis
Lithuanian champions suddenly stumbled BC Siauliai. BC Siauliai was able to remove 14 points deficit and layed down Lietuvos Rytas at home 96:95 (22:27, 24:27, 19:22, 31:19). At the end of the third quarter of the Kenan Bajramovic accurate shot Vilnius team had a solid 14-point margin (75:61), but the victory was not sufficient. Two minutes till the end of match after David Wiever dunk 'BC Siauliai' was in front 90:85, but here three point shot scores Martynas Gecevicius 90:88, then Vytautas Sarakauskas layed up 92:88 and Martynas Gecevicius reduces the deficit in three-point aptly 92:91 and Simas Jasaitis layed up and Rytas was in front 92:93. At the last minute of the match R. Gomenyuk scores two point shot, then K. El-Amin brought ahead Rytas 94:95. Just eight seconds before the end 'BC Siauliai' had the ball and then scored breakthrough by R. Broadus. Within last three seconds remaining Gecevicius lost ball and no longer make a shot.
'BC Siauliai' : David Weaver (209-C-87, college: Wake Forest) 19 (11 rbs.), Darius Gvezdauskas 14, RashaunBroadus and Mario Delas 13, Edvinas Ruzgas and Vytautas Sarakauskas (7 rbs.) 11.
'Lietuvos Rytas': Martynas Gecevicius 24, Milko Bjelica 14, Jonas Valanciunas 13, Khalid El-Amin 11, Kenan Bajramovic 10.


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 23-1 
 2. Meresta 18-7 
 3. Radviliskis 17-8 
 4. LKKA-Atletas 16-8 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 16-8 
 6. Mazeikiai 16-9 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 13-11 
 8. Perlas-MRU 11-14 
 9. Silute 10-14 
 10. Triobet Malsta 10-14 
 11. Delikatesas 7-17 
 12. ABRO-Univ. 7-17 
 13. Akademija 6-18 
 14. Erelita 6-18 
 15. Puntukas 6-18 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.7 
 2. Ruikis, Neptunas18.2 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis17.2 
 4. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis16.3 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas16.1 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.7 
 8. Volkus, Techasas14.9 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.9 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.6 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.1 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.7 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis7.5 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.3 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.2 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.7.1 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.6 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris5.0 
 6. Janavicius, Siauliai4.4 
 7. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.3 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 9. Dainys, Rudupis4.0 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas2.0 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas1.9 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.8 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.8 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.6 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.5 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.7 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.2 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.24.5 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.8 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.5 
 4. Jurkus, Silute19.0 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.1 
 7. Vileita, Pieno Z.16.8 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.7 
 9. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 10. Jacevicius, Perla.15.6 
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.9.7 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita7.5 
 7. Nedzinskas, Silute7.5 
 8. Keras, Delikatesas7.2 
 9. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.1 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.8 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.5 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 5. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.6 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 7. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas3.7 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.0 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 3. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.6 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.5 
 5. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Jurkus, Silute2.2 
 8. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 9. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
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. Pupinis, Erelita1.4 
 7. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 9. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.2 
 10. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.0 


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


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 11-4 
 2. Basket Esch 10-4 
 3. Amicale 10-5 
 4. Etzella 10-5 
 5. Sparta 8-6 
 6. Musel Pikes 8-8 
 7. Residence 6-10 
 8. Contern 6-10 
 9. Soleuvre 4-10 
 10. Black Star 2-13 


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  MEXICO   


LNBP Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket
The biggest surprise of round 8 was guest Halcones UV Xalapa's (26-10) road victory over Toros (#4) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. The best player for the winners was American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Despite that victory Halcones UV Xalapa went down to third position due to points difference. Toros at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Halc.Rojos. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Lobos Grises (#9) in Durango in the next round where they are favorite. Toros will play on the road against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Thirteenth-ranked Panteras (13-20) made lots of trouble for first ranked Pioneros (27-9) in Aguascalientes. The visitors from Cancun managed to secure only three-point victory 102-99. However their fans expected much easier game. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Gregory Grays contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83) replied with 32 points for Panteras. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pioneros maintains first position with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Panteras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 20 games lost. Pioneros will play against league's second-placed Fuerza Regia in Monterrey in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panteras will play on the road against Soles (#10) in Mexicali and hope to get back on the winning track.
Another very interesting game took place in Tampico. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Lechugueros (22-14) to ninth ranked Huracanes (22-14) 78-76 in the game for the seventh place. Worth to mention a great performance of Robert Hornsby who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Smith responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Huracanes has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lechugueros and Lobos Grises. Huracanes will meet Ola Verde (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Lechugueros will play against Angeles (#6) in Puebla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Puebla. Local Angeles (23-12) outscored 11th ranked Potros (17-19) 105-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Potros. The winners were led by Reginald Butler who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Angeles' coach Nelson Solorzano felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angeles has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 23-12 record. Potros at the other side keep the eleventh place with 19 games lost. Angeles' next round opponent will be Lechugueros (#7) in Leon. Potros will play at home against Jaguares (#17) in Nayarit.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Volcanes were defeated by Jaguares in Nayarit 99-93. Lobos Grises smashed Algodoneros at home 105-84. Halc.Rojos lost to Fuerza Regia on the opponent's court 72-80. Titanes unfortunately lost to Soles in a home game 71-83. Abejas recorded a loss to Ola Verde on the road 97-101.
The best stats of 8th round was 29 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists by Elys Guzman of Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver..



Jaguares - Volcanes 99-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 18th ranked Volcanes' (2-34) road loss to seventeenth ranked Jaguares (2-31) 93-99. Jaguares outrebounded Volcanes 31-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-85, college: Charleston) who scored that evening 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import forward CamRon Clay (203) supported him with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 34 points (!!!) by swingman Juan Pablo Bravo (191) did not help to save the game for Volcanes. American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-84, college: Georgetown, KY) added 19 points for the guests. Five Jaguares and four Volcanes players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Jaguares maintains seventeenth position with 2-31 record. Volcanes lost seventh consecutive game. Volcanes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 34 lost games. Jaguares' next round opponent will be higher ranked Potros (#11) in Ciudad Obregon and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Volcanes will play at home against Toros (#5) in Nuevo Laredo.
Top scorers:
Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit: J.Johnson 25+5reb, C.Clay 18+4reb, R.Loera 18+4reb, M.Strom 14+1reb, M.Hunter 12+1reb+1ast, C.Martinez 7+2reb+1ast
Volcanes de Toluca: J.Pablo Bravo 34+1reb, C.Moore 19+1reb+1ast, L.Morinia 18+1reb, C.Thomas 10+7reb, N.Jones 6+2reb, L.Funderburke 3+6reb
gschID: 102348


Lobos Grises - Algodoneros 105-84

No shocking result in a game in Durango where eighth ranked Lobos Grises (22-14) smashed 14th ranked Algodoneros (8-17) 105-84. The winners were led by American forward Kenya Capers (194-73, college: Houston) who scored that evening 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) supported him with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Lobos Grises' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points and 5 rebounds by American swingman Blake Walker (196-82, college: Portland St.) did not help to save the game for Algodoneros. His fellow American import power forward Lee Cook (208-80, college: Bowie St.) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lobos Grises moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lechugueros and Huracanes. Algodoneros lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Lobos Grises' next round opponent will be higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Algodoneros will play against Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz.
Top scorers:
Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango: J.Harris 23+6reb+5ast, K.Capers 22+7reb+6ast, M.Allen 16+6reb+6ast, A.Tisby 16+5reb+2ast, B.Heredia 10, M.Thomas 9+6reb
Algodoneros de la Comarca: B.Walker 23+5reb+3ast, L.Cook 16+6reb, J.Vargas 15+3reb+3ast, E.Hare 10+2reb+1ast, M.Chavez 7+1reb+1ast, A.Broxsie 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 102349


Huracanes - Lechugueros 78-76

Another very interesting game took place in Tampico. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Lechugueros (22-14) to ninth ranked Huracanes (22-14) 78-76 in the game for the seventh place. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Mike Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Huracanes has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lechugueros and Lobos Grises. Huracanes will meet Ola Verde (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Lechugueros will play against Angeles (#6) in Puebla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes de Tampico: R.Hornsby 18+7reb+5ast, L.Jacob 17+3reb+2ast, O.Quintero 17+9reb+2ast, K.Jourdon 12+2reb, A.Fuqua 6+10reb+1ast, L.Manuel Gonzalez 2
Lechugueros de Leon: M.Smith 22+9reb+1ast, R.Moss 19+9reb+1ast, R.Johns 15+4reb+5ast, H.Arceneaux 10+7reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 6+2reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 2+1reb
gschID: 102344


Toros - Halc.Xalapa 71-74

The biggest surprise of round 8 was guest Halcones UV Xalapa's (26-10) road victory over Toros (#4) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. The best player for the winners was American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Despite that victory Halcones UV Xalapa went down to third position due to points difference. Toros at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Halc.Rojos. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Lobos Grises (#9) in Durango in the next round where they are favorite. Toros will play on the road against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Halcones UV Xalapa: L.Roe 19+7reb+3ast, D.Meza 11+2reb+1ast, J.Griffin 10+2reb, L.Garcia Morales 9+3reb+4ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 9+1reb+1ast, M.Osimani 8+4reb+1ast
Toros Nuevo Laredo: A.Rougeau 20+10reb+2ast, W.Pagan 18+4reb+4ast, Q.Joseph 11+8reb+1ast, E.Vasquez 9+4reb, M.Dominguez 7+2reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 102345


Fuerza Regia - Halc.Rojos 80-72

Rather expected game in Monterrey where 5th ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) were defeated by third ranked Fuerza Regia (27-9) 80-72. The winners were led by American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 16 points by Puerto Rican guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for Halcones Rojos. American-Puerto Rican forward Carmelo Lee (201-77, college: Long Beach St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Halcones Rojos at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Fuerza Regia's next round opponent will be league's leader Pioneros in Cancun and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones Rojos will play at home against Algodoneros in la Comarca.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia Monterrey: A.Joseph Tyronzic 15+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+12reb, M.Gale 12+6reb+7ast, M.Johnson 10+1reb, J.Habel 10+4reb+1ast, A.Carmona 8+3reb+6ast
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz: C.Lee 16+3reb+2ast, C.Rivera 16+3reb+3ast, L.Hill 11+4reb, H.Nungaray 10+3reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 8+5reb, J.Reynoso 8+2reb
gschID: 102346


Panteras - Pioneros 99-102

Thirteenth-ranked Panteras (13-20) made lots of trouble for first ranked Pioneros (27-9) in Aguascalientes. The visitors from Cancun managed to secure only three-point victory 102-99. However their fans expected much easier game. Panteras were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83) replied with 32 points and American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Panteras. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pioneros maintains first position with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Panteras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 20 games lost. Pioneros will play against league's second-placed Fuerza Regia in Monterrey in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panteras will play on the road against Soles (#10) in Mexicali and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun: G.Grays 21+4reb+5ast, L.Hickerson 20+4reb+8ast, N.Brumfield 16+1reb+5ast, S.Soriano 14+5reb+1ast, H.Llamas 11+7reb+1ast, K.Young 10+3reb+1ast
Panteras de Aguascalientes: R.Melendez 32+1reb+1ast, K.Gayden 13+7reb, G.Colon 11+5reb, L.Miguel Rangel 9+1reb+3ast, A.Garcia 8+8reb+2ast, J.Munoz 7+6ast
gschID: 102347


Angeles - Potros 105-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Puebla. Local Angeles (23-12) outscored 11th ranked Potros (17-19) 105-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Potros. Strangely Potros outrebounded Angeles 43-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American center Reginald Butler (207-77, college: Xavier, agency: ProSportsCareers) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Venezuelan guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) supported him with 13 points and 9 assists. Angeles' coach Nelson Solorzano felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Puerto Rican guard Ansel Guzman (174-84, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for Potros. American forward Jamaal Thomas (202-80, college: Angelo St.) added 15 points for the guests. Five Angeles and four Potros players scored in double figures. Angeles has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 23-12 record. Potros at the other side keep the eleventh place with 19 games lost. Angeles' next round opponent will be Lechugueros (#7) in Leon. Potros will play at home against Jaguares (#17) in Nayarit.
Top scorers:
Angeles de Puebla: R.Butler 22+16reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 16+3reb+1ast, D.Guevara 15+5ast, L.Bethelmy 14+10reb+2ast, G.Vargas 13+4reb+9ast, J.Zuniga 11+3reb+1ast
Potros ITSON: A.Guzman 17+6reb+5ast, F.Harris 17+1reb, J.Thomas 15+3reb+1ast, J.Peters 12+3reb+2ast, R.Perez 9+5reb, D.Berghoefer 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 102341


Titanes - Soles 71-83

Very predictable result in Mexico City where tenth ranked Soles (21-15) beat 16th ranked Titanes (8-27) 83-71. The winners were led by American forward Lorenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Kevin Kruger (186-83, college: UNLV) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Soles' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) did not help to save the game for Titanes. Naturalized American swingman Erick Martin (196-76) added 16 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soles has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 21-15 record. Newly promoted Titanes keep the sixteenth place with 27 games lost. Soles' next round opponent will be Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes. Titanes will play on the road against Abejas in Guanajuato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soles de Mexicali: L.Wade 26+6reb+1ast, K.Kruger 17+6reb+3ast, A.Pedroza 15+3reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 14+2reb+1ast, R.Jennings 4+8reb+1ast, O.Lopez 4+3reb
Titanes Capital D.F.: S.Angounou 22+8reb+1ast, E.Martin 16+4reb+1ast, J.Lopez 14+3reb, A.Nunn 10+1reb, C.Silva 4+2reb+1ast, R.Sandoval 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 102342


Ola Verde - Abejas 101-97

Not a big story in a game in Poza Rica where 14th ranked Abejas (13-23) were defeated by eleventh ranked Ola Verde (15-15) 101-97. Strangely Abejas outrebounded Ola Verde 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Dominican power forward Elys Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists and Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-78, agency: Promotex) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by forward George Travis did not help to save the game for Abejas. American guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) added 24 points and 5 assists for the guests. Five Ola Verde and four Abejas players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Ola Verde went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Abejas at the other side keep the fourteenth place with 23 games lost. Ola Verde's next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#8) in Tampico and it may be quite challenging game. Abejas will play at home against Titanes (#16) in Mexico City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver.: E.Guzman 29+17reb+7ast, M.Daniels jr. 24+4reb, A.Eneas 20+10reb+3ast, N.Brown 16+4reb+5ast, M.Baker 10+8reb+10ast, A.Gonzalez 2
Abejas de Guanajuato: S.Monreal 24+5ast, D.Patten 24+3reb+1ast, G.Travis 21+9reb, C.Soto 11+5reb+1ast, R.Andrade 8+4reb+2ast, C.Brooks 5+5reb
gschID: 102343




LNBP Round 7: Halcones UV Xalapa beats Fuerza Regia in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in LNBP, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Monterrey. Second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa faced 3rd placed Fuerza Regia. Guests from Xalapa (26-10) defeated host Fuerza Regia (27-9) 83-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) fired 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Adam Parada (213-81, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 17 points. Puerto Rican swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Despite that victory Halcones UV Xalapa went down to third position due to points difference. Fuerza Regia at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. They share the position with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Toros (#5) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Pioneros delivered the twentieth seventh victory. This time they crushed 17th ranked Jaguares (2-31) 115-87 in Nayarit. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nathan Brumfield (196-86, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Jeremiah Dominguez contributed with 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-85, college: Charleston) answered with 19 points and 6 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for Jaguares. Pioneros maintains first place with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Newly promoted Jaguares keep the seventeenth position with 31 games lost. Pioneros will play against Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jaguares will play at home against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in la Comarca, where higher ranked Lobos Grises (22-14) lost to fourteenth ranked Algodoneros (8-17) in a road game 85-98 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Lee Cook who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Jovan Harris responded with 21 points. Despite that victory Algodoneros went down to fifteenth position due to points difference. Loser Lobos Grises dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Lechugueros and Huracanes. Algodoneros will again meet higher ranked Lobos Grises (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobos Grises will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Mexico City, where higher ranked Potros (17-19) lost to sixteenth ranked Titanes (8-27) in a road game 80-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Potros. It was an exceptional evening for Salomon Angounou who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Titanes' coach Roberto Zaragoza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Titanes maintains sixteenth place with 8-27 record. Potros at the other side keep the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Titanes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Soles (#10) in Mexicali and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Poza Rica, where 8th ranked Lechugueros (22-14) lost to eleventh ranked Ola Verde (15-15) in a road game 97-101 on Thursday. Aaron Eneas fired 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Despite that victory Ola Verde went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Loser Lechugueros dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. Ola Verde will face Abejas (#14) in Guanajuato in the next round.

Other games of round 7 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Halc.Rojos were defeated by Toros in Nuevo Laredo 83-75. Panteras smashed Volcanes at home 130-60. Soles lost to Angeles on the opponent's court 61-72. Huracanes managed to outperform Abejas in a home game 85-76.
The best stats of 7th round was 28 points by Ricky Johns of Lechugueros de Leon.



Jaguares - Pioneros 87-115

Leader Pioneros delivered the twentieth seventh victory. This time they crushed 17th ranked Jaguares (2-31) 115-87 in Nayarit. They outrebounded Jaguares 29-2 including a 22-1 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nathan Brumfield (196-86, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). His fellow American import guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) contributed with 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-85, college: Charleston) answered with 19 points and 6 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and naturalized American guard Mark Strom (193-82, college: Apprentice) added 16 points in the effort for Jaguares. Five Pioneros and four Jaguares players scored in double figures. Pioneros maintains first place with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Newly promoted Jaguares keep the seventeenth position with 31 games lost. Pioneros will play against Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jaguares will play at home against Volcanes (#18) in Toluca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun: N.Brumfield 24+1ast, J.Dominguez 18+1ast, J.Sanchez 15, L.Hickerson 14, A.Esparza 10+1reb, G.Grays 8+1ast
Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit: J.Johnson 19+1ast, M.Strom 16+1reb+1ast, C.Martinez 15+1ast, M.Hunter 10, C.Clay 10, K.Gonzalez 8+3ast
gschID: 102339


Algodoneros - Lobos Grises 98-85

We should mention about the upset which took place in la Comarca, where higher ranked Lobos Grises (22-14) lost to fourteenth ranked Algodoneros (8-17) in a road game 85-98 on Thursday. It was a great evening for American power forward Lee Cook (208-80, college: Bowie St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Paul Stoll (178-85) helped adding 22 points and 6 assists. Five Algodoneros players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) responded with 21 points and American center Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Despite that victory Algodoneros went down to fifteenth position due to points difference. Loser Lobos Grises dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Lechugueros and Huracanes. Algodoneros will again meet higher ranked Lobos Grises (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobos Grises will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Algodoneros de la Comarca: B.Walker 25+1reb+4ast, L.Cook 23+9reb+1ast, P.Stoll 22+4reb+6ast, J.Vargas 12+2reb+3ast, A.Broxsie 12+7reb+1ast, E.Hare 4+2reb
Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango: J.Harris 21+4reb+1ast, K.Capers 19+2reb, A.Tisby 15+7reb+1ast, M.Thomas 8+3reb+1ast, B.Heredia 8+2reb+3ast, M.Saulsberry 7+8reb
gschID: 102340


Toros - Halc.Rojos 83-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Halcones Rojos' (25-11) road loss to fourth ranked Toros (25-11) 75-83 on Friday. American-Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican forward Carmelo Lee (201-77, college: Long Beach St., agency: Paris Global Sports) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Toros has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 25-11 record, which they share with Halc.Rojos. Toros 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 the league's second-placed Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros Nuevo Laredo: I.Ofoegbu 25+6reb+3ast, A.Rougeau 22+6reb+2ast, E.Vasquez 13+4reb+2ast, M.Dominguez 9+5reb+1ast, W.Pagan 8+3reb+6ast, Q.Joseph 4+3reb
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz: C.Lee 24+5reb+1ast, L.Hill 17+7reb, C.Rivera 16+2reb+2ast, M.Ayala 9+3reb+2ast, A.Solares 5+2reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 3+2reb
gschID: 102336


Fuerza Regia - Halc.Xalapa 75-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Monterrey. Second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa faced 3rd placed Fuerza Regia. Guests from Xalapa (26-10) defeated host Fuerza Regia (27-9) 83-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) fired 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Adam Parada (213-81, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 17 points. Puerto Rican swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Halcones UV Xalapa and four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Halcones UV Xalapa went down to third position due to points difference. Fuerza Regia at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. They share the position with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Toros (#5) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Halcones UV Xalapa: A.Parada 17+3reb, M.Osimani 12+3reb+5ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 11+4reb+4ast, L.Roe 10+9reb+3ast, L.Garcia Morales 10+1reb+1ast, V.Mariscal 9+2reb
Fuerza Regia Monterrey: A.Carmona 26+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+9reb+3ast, M.Gale 13+3reb+1ast, J.Habel 12+5reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 5+2reb, M.Johnson 2+7reb+3ast
gschID: 102337


Panteras - Volcanes 130-60

No shocking result in a game in Aguascalientes where thirteenth ranked Panteras (13-20) smashed bottom-ranked Volcanes (2-34) 130-60 on Thursday. Strangely Volcanes outrebounded Panteras 46-29 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83) fired 33 points (!!!) for the winners. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Jesus Rivera produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Isl. Forward Carl Thomas (203-76, college: Charleston) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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. Panteras maintains thirteenth place with 13-20 record. Volcanes lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 34 lost games. Panteras 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 on the road against Jaguares (#17) in Nayarit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras de Aguascalientes: R.Melendez 33+1reb+2ast, I.Gutierrez 17+5reb+1ast, J.Casillas 16+4reb+3ast, K.Gayden 14+10reb+1ast, G.Colon 14+3reb+1ast, L.Miguel Rangel 11+1reb+5ast
Volcanes de Toluca: J.Rivera 12+9reb, L.Funderburke 11+4reb, N.Jones 10+6reb+1ast, C.Thomas 10+7reb+1ast, L.Morinia 9+3reb+4ast, C.Moore 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 102338


Angeles - Soles 72-61

Very expected game in Puebla where 10th ranked Soles (21-15) were defeated by sixth ranked Angeles (23-12) 72-61 on Thursday. Strangely Soles outrebounded Angeles 42-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Venezuelan center Luis Bethelmy (200-86) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Venezuelan guard Diego Guevara (184-77, college: Charlotte) chipped in 18 points. Angeles' coach Nelson Solorzano used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Kevin Kruger (186-83, college: UNLV) produced 17 points and the former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Angeles has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 23-12 record. Loser Soles keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Angeles will face Potros (#11) in Ciudad Obregon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Soles will play on the road against Titanes in Mexico City.
Top scorers:
Angeles de Puebla: L.Bethelmy 25+11reb, D.Guevara 18+2reb+2ast, J.Walker 9+4reb, R.Butler 8+8reb, G.Vargas 7+6reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 5+6reb
Soles de Mexicali: K.Kruger 17+4reb, A.Pedroza 13+4reb+1ast, L.Wade 7+1reb, O.Lopez 7+4reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 6+1ast, H.Hernandez 5+5reb
gschID: 102332


Titanes - Potros 90-80

An interesting game took place in Mexico City, where higher ranked Potros (17-19) lost to sixteenth ranked Titanes (8-27) in a road game 80-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Potros. It was an exceptional evening for Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Titanes players scored in double figures. Titanes' coach Roberto Zaragoza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Puerto Rican guard Ansel Guzman (174-84, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 17 points respectively for Potros in the defeat. Newly promoted Titanes maintains sixteenth place with 8-27 record. Potros at the other side keep the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Titanes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Soles (#10) in Mexicali and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Titanes Capital D.F.: S.Angounou 18+5reb, E.Martin 15+3reb+4ast, J.del Campo 13+5reb+2ast, J.Lopez 11+10reb+1ast, A.Nunn 10+2reb, V.Avila 6+4reb
Potros ITSON: R.Perez 23+10reb+4ast, A.Guzman 17+1reb+1ast, J.Peters 12+6reb, J.Thomas 9+6reb+1ast, D.Berghoefer 8+9reb, H.Carrillo 6+4reb
gschID: 102333


Ola Verde - Lechugueros 101-97

An interesting game took place in Poza Rica, where 8th ranked Lechugueros (22-14) lost to eleventh ranked Ola Verde (15-15) in a road game 97-101 on Thursday. Lechugueros were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-78, agency: Promotex) fired 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Dominican power forward Elys Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) produced 28 points and American forward Harold Arceneaux (198-77, college: Weber St.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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. Loser Lechugueros dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. Ola Verde will face Abejas (#14) in Guanajuato in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver.: A.Eneas 27+9reb+4ast, E.Guzman 23+7reb+3ast, M.Daniels jr. 22+2reb, M.Baker 13+3reb+7ast, A.Gonzalez 7+3reb, N.Brown 6+5reb+6ast
Lechugueros de Leon: R.Johns 28+2reb+2ast, M.Smith 24+4reb+2ast, H.Arceneaux 22+7reb+1ast, R.Moss 10+2reb, J.Jenkins 4+1reb+2ast, M.Perez 4+2reb
gschID: 102334


Huracanes - Abejas 85-76

Very predictable result in Tampico where ninth ranked Huracanes (22-14) beat 14th ranked Abejas (13-23) 85-76 on Thursday. Abejas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Belizean guard Leon Jacob (191-84, college: Texas A&M Int.) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Huracanes' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Christian Soto (203-87, college: Cal-Riverside) added 12 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) respectively for lost side. Five Abejas players scored in double figures. Huracanes has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lechugueros and Lobos Grises. Loser Abejas keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. Huracanes will face Lechugueros (#7) in Leon in the next round. Abejas 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 de Tampico: R.Hornsby 25+8reb+3ast, L.Jacob 17+4reb+4ast, A.Hunter 12+4reb+1ast, J.Farrera 10+2reb, A.Fuqua 7+9reb+1ast, J.Collins 5+5reb+3ast
Abejas de Guanajuato: S.Monreal 23+5reb+3ast, D.Patten 14+2reb, C.Soto 12+9reb+2ast, G.Travis 11+5reb, C.Brooks 10+3reb+2ast, E.Flores 4+4reb
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Jan Vesely to enter 2011 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
Jan Vesely (6'11''-F-90) says hes in the Draft. The 6-11, 20-year-old told SLAM Magazine that he will enter the 2011 NBA Draft and that hesready for the NBA after this season.

While Partizan is struggling a bit this season and Jans numbers have dropped a tad from last season, hes shown some major advancements in his game. Through the film that we checked out on Synergy Sports Technology, he appears even more athletic and more polished as a shooter than last season. Vesely is spending time between the small and power forward spots for Partizan, though he says that he envisions himself as a power forward in the NBA. Donned the European Blake Griffin by many, hes had no problem putting guys on posters and has more bounce than any true European in recent memory.

We will have plenty more on Jan in SLAM 146, so be sure to go out and cop it once it hits news stands!

SLAM: You would have surely been a lottery pick if you entered the 2010 NBA Draft. What made you decide to spend another year in Partizan?

Jan Vesely: I felt that I should wait another year. In Partizan, the coach believes in me. I have great confidence and trust that I will be more psychologically ready for the transition to the NBA after this season.

SLAM: What is your contract situation like? Is there any buyout?

JV: Im under contract with Partizan until 2013. It all depends on the arrangement between Partizan with a new club from the NBA or from Europe.

SLAM: I have seen you quite a bit on Synergy, but most American fans have not. Though youre European, you have a style reminiscent of an American power forward. Can you describe your game for those who havent seen you play?

JV: I am very dynamic and athletic player. They say that Im one of the best athletes in Europe. I excel in activities such as blocks, primarily gains and dunk. I Intensive work on shooting from long distance and gaming activities based on one on one action.

SLAM: You surprise a lot of people with your athleticism, to the point that many are calling you the European Blake Griffin. Is that something that youve worked on or something that just came to you naturally?

JV: In my condition, I have had to work a lot, but much of it I have received from God.

SLAM: Is there any player (either European or NBA) that you patterned your game after?

JV: My idol for a long time has been LeBron James.

SLAM: What position do you see yourself in the NBA: small forward or power forward?

JV: Power forward.

SLAM: Who is the toughest player that youve ever played against?

JV: I guess Sofoklis Schortsanitis, center from Maccabi Tel Aviv.

SLAM: Will you come over to the NBA immediately after you are drafted? Or do you plan to stay with Partizan for a few years and continue to develop?

JV: Im ready to go to the NBA after this season.

SLAM: What area of your game are you looking to improve upon most?

JV: As I said, Im working intensively on my shooting and one-on-one game.

SLAM: What are your goals both for yourself, and for Partizan this season?

JV: My personal goal is to become the leader of my team. I would be happy with Partizan advancing to the Euroleague playoffs as well.

SLAM: How much did the loss of Aleks Maric hurt Partizan?

JV: Aleks was very important for us, both as a player and a person. If he stayed in Partizan, he would have paired with Nathan Jawai best big man duo in Europe.

SLAM: Will you enter the 2011 NBA Draft? If so, where will you have to be projected to stay in the draft?

JV: I will enter the NBA Draft in 2011 and I believe that I will be picked amongst the top 5 players.

SLAM: Talk a little bit about your season with Partizan. You normally destroy the competition in the Adriatic League, but this season your team is struggling even though you have a very talented team. Why do you think this is?

JV: Each season for our team was very stacked. With the new season, we started with many new players. It takes us some time to play together, but recent games show that we have to do better.

SLAM: Do you plan on playing with the Czech National Team this summer?

JV: Representing my country is a great honor for me. How things will work out in the summer, I dont know. Everything depends on the NBA Draft.

SLAM: If you had to compare yourself to any NBA player, who would it be?

JV: It is hard for me to compare myself to any player who has been in the NBA. Maybe I could say Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas. I like his style of play a lot.

SLAM: What are your thoughts of the situations with Ricky Rubio and Fran Vasquez not coming to the NBA? Is that something that NBA teams need to worry about with you?

JV: Ricky and Fran have their own personal reasons why they have not yet entered the NBA. I am very much looking forward to playing in the NBA, because the fans who love basketball as well as fans in Belgrade. I hope they will love me too.

Courtesy of www.slamonline.com


Celtics assign Avery Bradley to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. Bradley is the teams first assignment to the Development League this season.

Bradley, a 62 guard, has appeared in 14 games for the Celtics this season averaging 1.1 points in 4.7 minutes per game. The 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft recorded a season-high four points and a steal against the Sacramento Kings on January 12.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


76ers sent Craig Brackins back to Springfield - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that rookie Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) has been re-assigned to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Brackins was first assigned to the Armor on November 30 and was recalled on December 12.

In his first stint with the Armor, Brackins appeared in five games, averaging 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.80 blocks. He has played two games for the Sixers this season, scoring a total of 8 points in 21 minutes of play.

Courtesy of www.fwix.com


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns - Portland TB 115-111
Thanks largely to a big game from their two old guys, the Phoenix Suns have won two in a row for the first time in more than a month. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara), who turns 37 on Feb. 7, had 23 points, including a 3-pointer that put Phoenix ahead for good with 1:11 to play, and handed out 13 assists, directing the Suns to a 115-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke), back after missing two games with a sprained knee, scored 21 for the Suns, who hadn't won consecutive games since Dec. 5. The 38-year-old Hill became the 14th active player to reach 16,000 points. 'It's certainly special,' Hill said of the milestone, 'to be able to continue to play after a lot of injuries and still be out there. Sometimes I get depressed because I could have more, but I will take the 16,000 and won't be greedy.' Hill had appeared in 70 consecutive regular-season games before he was sidelined with the minor knee ailment. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Utah Jazz - Cleveland C. 121-99
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) scored 26 points, reserve C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) added 20 and the Utah Jazz cruised to a 121-99 victory Friday night over the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers. The win was the third straight for Utah, while the Cavaliers (8-31) have lost 12 in a row, 26 of their last 29 and 18 straight on the road. Antawn Jamison scored 26 points for the injury-riddled Cavs, who used only eight players. They were coming off the worst loss in franchise history, a 112-57 humiliation in Los Angeles against the Lakers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Golde State W. - LA Clippers 122-112
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 30 points, Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) had 23 and the Golden State Warriors pulled away late for a 122-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Vladimir Radmanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers during the key 10-0 run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. He finished with 13 points and David Lee added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who are in the midst of their longest home stretch of the season. Blake Griffin had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Eric Gordon scored 28 for a Clippers team that failed again to piece together a four-game winning streak. Los Angeles was trying to win four in a row for the first time since the beginning of the 2007-08 season after a big win over Miami earlier this week. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Lakers - New Jersey N. 100-88
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) presented the gargantuan championship ring to Jordan Farmar, and the hometown kid basked in warm applause from his former fans at Staples Center. Then it was back to Farmar's new career with the lowly New Jersey Nets. Life in Hollywood is quite a bit more pleasant. Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on for their seventh straight victory, 100-88 Friday night over the Nets. Lamar Odom had 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers extended the NBA's longest active winning streak despite never shaking the struggling Nets, who got 35 points from Brook Lopez in their ninth loss in 10 games. Sasha Vujacic scored 17 points and Farmar had 12 in both reserve guards' return to Staples Center with New Jersey after winning two titles with the Lakers. Courtesy of Yahoo

Boston C. - Charlotte B. 99-94
Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) huffed and puffed and even knocked his free throws down. Already short-handed with injuries, the Boston Celtics were suddenly even thinner because of fouls and were forced to play their biggest, oldest player a season-high 35 minutes. And O'Neal, 38, hauled his giant body through it all, scoring 23 points, pulling down five rebounds and blocking five shots as the Celtics held off the Charlotte Bobcats 99-94 on Friday night. 'Shaq wants to play, but he doesn't want to play 35 minutes,' Boston coach Doc Rivers said. Rivers and Shaq didn't have much choice. Kevin Garnett was out for the ninth straight game, and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) was on the bench nearly half of the game because of foul trouble, which also depleted the reserves Rivers called on to step in on Friday. The Celtics were also without forward Jermaine O'Neal, who is out indefinitely because of a sore left knee that acted up on him earlier in the week. So Shaq got rest when he could Friday and then was right back on the court. He was 10 for 12 from the field and capped it off by making all three of his free throws. 'I knew that whatever happened I was going to be ready. I've been in foul trouble and haven't really played a lot of minutes, so there was really no excuse for me to be tired,' O'Neal said. 'I just came out and got a few more touches tonight and just did what I do.' Rajon Rondo added 18 points and 13 assists for Boston, and Ray Allen scored eight of his 19 in the fourth quarter, leading Boston on a 10-2 run that broke open the game. Pierce finished with 19 points. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

New York K. - Sacramento K. 83-93
Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) scored 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-83 victory over the lethargic New York Knicks on Friday night. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Carl Landry had 15 points for the Kings, now 1-3 on their six-game road trip. Perhaps it's not surprising the victory came here: They have won four in a row at Madison Square Garden. Tyreke Evans managed just nine points on 4-of-15 shooting in his return to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained left ankle, but the Kings didn't need much from their star guard on a night when the Knicks couldn't do anything offensively. Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 13 rebounds but shot 6 of 22 for New York, which shot a season-worst 31.5 percent from the field. Perhaps still sapped from a tough trip out West, the Knicks had no energy on the offensive end and were booed at home for the first time in a while. The NBA's highest-scoring team, averaging 107.8 points, didn't break 60 until there were less than 9 minutes left. Point guard Raymond Felton was 2 of 15 for six points, while Wilson Chandler missed 10 of his 14 shots. The Knicks had only one day off after returning from a solid 2-2 trip that concluded with Wednesday's 131-125 loss in Utah. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he hoped his players got rest, but also was concerned they might not be sharp against the worst of the West. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

San Antonio S. - Dallas M. 101-89
Everything is on track for the San Antonio Spurs. They're staying healthy and coasting toward the home-court advantage they prize in the playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, are still banged-up and sliding. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) scored 18 points, DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Spurs won their fifth in a row while handing the reeling Mavericks their fourth straight loss, 101-89 on Friday night. Dirk Nowitzki missed his ninth straight game because of an ailing right knee and the once-mighty Mavs lost for the seventh time since the All-Star forward went out. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said after the game Nowitzki could be back as early as Saturday against Memphis. ''They didn't have Dirk and we took advantage of it, but it doesn't mean nothing because they're not the same team without him,'' Parker said. The Spurs (34-6) beat Dallas for a second time with Nowitzki sidelined. The injury has prevented a full-strength showdown between the NBA-best Spurs and Mavs, who have slipped seven games behind their Texas rivals in the Southwest Division. Shawn Marion had 14 points as Dallas matched its worst loss of the season. This one could've easily taken the top spot before the Mavs' bench shaved down a 24-point deficit with both sides sitting most of their starters in the fourth. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Houston R. - N.Orleans H. 105-110 OT
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 29 points, Jarrett Jack (6'3''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 23 points and seven assists and the New Orleans Hornets rallied from 16 points down in the third quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 110-105 in overtime Friday night. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won five straight over Houston. Chris Paul had a quiet night, with 11 points, eight assists and five turnovers. Kyle Lowry matched his season high with 28 points and Kevin Martin added 26 for the Rockets, who've lost seven of their last eight games and four consecutive home games. The Hornets have won six of their last eight. *Courtesy of www.khou.com

Indiana P. - Chicago B. 86-99
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) figured the only way to get over the Charlotte loss was to take care of Indiana. The Chicago point guard needed to shake off his poor shooting and his team's poor defensive effort against the Bobcats, and he responded with 29 points and 10 rebounds in a 99-86 win over the Pacers on Friday night. Chicago led Charlotte 80-75 with eight minutes to go on Wednesday night before falling apart defensively in the closing minutes. Rose was focused on creating a different outcome against Indiana. 'I couldn't wait to play,' Rose said. 'We let that one slip because of our defense. Tonight, we made sure that we played with a lot of intensity at the beginning of the game and made sure that we played defense.' The Bulls held the Pacers to 33 percent shooting. 'We were just ready tonight,' Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. 'We did a good job of focusing on what they do offensively. I thought we did a good job defensively and made them take tough shots, contested shots.' Rose shot 5-for-17 from the field against the Bobcats, but 11-for-21 against the Pacers. He scored 20 points in the second half against Indiana. 'In the second half, when he's going like he's going, it doesn't matter what you do on a pick-and-roll,' Indiana coach Jim O'Brien said. 'That's why people think that he's an MVP candidate.' Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, college: Duke) had 17 points and five assists, Boozer scored 14 points and Kurt Thomas had a season-high 18 rebounds for the Bulls. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Philadelph.76 - Milwaukee B. 95-94
Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left and scored 25 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 95-94 on Friday night. The Sixers blew a 15-point lead and were on the brink of losing their third straight game as they make a push for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Williams delivered with a clutch basket at the end of a quarter like he has throughout the season. He buried a 3 over a lunging John Salmons for a 95-94 lead. The Bucks, who began the day percentage points behind the 76ers, failed to score on two more possessions. Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) led Milwaukee with 16 points. Earl Boykins had 11 assists but missed a 3-point attempt as time expired. Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand each scored 15 points for the Sixers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Toronto R. - Detroit P. 95-101
Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) scored 22 points and added five assists as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Toronto Raptors 101-95 on Friday. Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) added 19 points, Charlie Villanueva provided 16 more from the bench and Greg Monroe chipped in 12 for the Pistons (13-26). Andrea Bargnani led the game with 31 points on 12-for-25 shooting as the Raptors ended a string of four successive games with a shooting percentage of 50 per cent or better. DeMar DeRozan added 15, Linas Kleiza 13 and Jose Calderon 11 for Toronto (13-26). *Courtesy of www.citytv.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.26.0 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.25.7 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat24.9 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.8 
 10. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
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 TB11.6 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.8 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.2 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.8 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 9. Calderon, Toron.8.1 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.8 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 8. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.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. Stoudemire, New Y.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 30-9 
 2. New York K. 22-17 
 3. Philadelph.76 16-23 
 4. Toronto R. 13-26 
 5. New Jersey N. 10-29 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 26-13 
 2. Indiana P. 16-21 
 3. Milwaukee B. 14-23 
 4. Detroit P. 13-26 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 30-11 
 2. Atlanta H. 26-14 
 3. Orlando M. 25-14 
 4. Charlotte B. 15-22 
 5. Washington W. 10-27 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 27-13 
 2. Oklah.City T. 27-13 
 3. Denver N. 22-16 
 4. Portland TB 20-20 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 30-11 
 2. Phoenix Suns 17-21 
 3. Golde State W. 16-23 
 4. LA Clippers 13-25 
 5. Sacramento K. 9-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 34-6 
 2. Dallas M. 26-12 
 3. N.Orleans H. 24-16 
 4. Memphis G. 18-21 
 5. Houston R. 17-23 


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No. 1 Duke bounces back, beats UVa 76-60 - by Eurobasket News
Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) scored 29 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from its first loss in 10 months by pulling away to beat Virginia 76-60 on Saturday.

Andre Dawkins (6'4''-G-91) added 12 of his 14 points after halftime, Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) finished with 13 points and Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) had a career-high 16 rebounds for the slow-starting Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They trailed by 10 late in the first half but outscored Virginia 43-18 over the final 16 minutes and shot nearly 47 percent to avoid their first losing streak in two years.

Mustapha Farrakhan and Joe Harris scored 15 points each for the Cavaliers (10-7, 1-2). They were held to one field goal during a late 8-minute stretch and fell to 1-28 against top-ranked teams.

The Blue Devils almost certainly won't have that designation much longer, after Florida State beat them 66-61 three nights earlier.

Their first defeat since Maryland knocked them off last March snapped the 25-game winning streak that included the run to the program's fourth national championship.

Still, Duke kept a few other streaks intact by winning its 30th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, its fifth straight against Virginia and its 14th in a row against the Cavaliers in Durham.

And they have Dawkins to thank for much of it, after the sophomore made a series of big plays during the burst that erased a nine-point deficit and put Duke up by double digits for the first time.

First, he put the Blue Devils up to stay by knocking down a hanging jumper through contact from Harris and hitting the free throw that followed to make it 45-44 with 12:15 left.

Seconds later, he stole the ball from Harris and found Smith, who streaked the other way for a highlight-reel dunk over Akil Mitchell that sent the Cameron Crazies into delirium.

The third of Dawkins' three 3-pointers during the run stretched Duke's lead to 62-52 with just inside of 7 minutes left. Virginia didn't get closer than eight the rest of the way, and remained winless in 14 tries on a No. 1 team's home floor.

For about 24 minutes, though, Duke's 3s weren't falling - a major reason why the ACC's top-scoring offense was being outscored by the league's worst. Duke averages more than 86 points while the Cavaliers score fewer than 64 points per game.

Some of the same problems that plagued Duke against Florida State reappeared early in this one: relying too heavily on - and missing - 3-pointers. The Blue Devils missed 11 of their first 12 attempts from long range, and during one 6-minute stretch, they attempted only one shot inside the arc while hoisting up seven shots from behind it. Duke finished 5 of 20 from 3-point range, 4 of 8 in the second half.

Virginia led for most of the half, reeling off eight straight points and taking a 27-17 lead on Farrakhan's 3 with 3 1/2 minutes left. The Cavaliers led 31-25 at the break - Duke's largest halftime deficit of the season - and twice led by nine in the second half, the last on Will Sherrill's layup with 16:13 left.

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com


Marcus Morris, Tyrel Reed hit late free throws to lift No. 3 Kansas past Nebraska 63-60 - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) and Tyrel Reed (6'3''-G-89) hit free throws in the final seconds and No. 3 Kansas erased a 10-point second-half deficit to remain unbeaten with a 63-60 victory Saturday over Nebraska.

Kansas, which has dominated Nebraska throughout the decades and came in with a 15-game winning streak over the Huskers, was thoroughly outplayed in a ragged first half and fell behind by 10 points quickly after intermission.

Morris' two foul shots gave the Jayhawks (17-0, 2-0 Big 12) a 62-58 lead. After Lance Jeter (6'3''-G) drove in for a layup, Reed was quickly fouled and made one of two.

Jeter then missed a 3-pointer for Nebraska, which outrebounded Kansas 44-31.

Reed and Marcus Morris each had 16 points and Morris added 10 rebounds as Kansas ran its school-record home court winning streak to 69 games. Jeter had 13 points for Nebraska (13-4, 1-2) and Andre Felipe Almeida (6'11''-C-88) had 10.

The Huskers, playing their final game at Kansas as a member of the Big 12, set the pace from the outset, forcing the Jayhawks into a slow-down game. Dictating the tempo, swarming after every rebound and loose ball, they took a 30-25 halftime lead after outrebouding Kansas in the first half an astonishing 24-12.

The Morris twins in the first half had only four points between them. Markieff wound up with seven points and seven rebounds.

They quickly went ahead after intermission 35-25 on Toney McCray's 3-pointer and Jeter's two free throws.

In a flurry of rapid ball movement, Kansas twice kept the ball from going out of bounds before Markieff Morris whipped the ball to Reed and he canned a long 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to 42-41 and triggering a thunderous roar from a sellout home crowd that had not seen the Jayhawks lose at Allen Fieldhouse since Feb. 3, 2007.

At the 11:41 mark, Markieff Morris took a short pass from Mario Little and dropped in a bucket, putting Kansas on top 43-42.

Jeter's three-point play tied it 48-all, then Jorge Brian Diaz scored to tie it at 50.

Marcus Morris scored for a 52-50 lead and then the Jayhawks took their biggest lead of the hard-fought day on a dunk by Markieff off a feed from Reed and another inside bucket by Markieff, making it 58-52 at the 2:59 mark.

Eshaunte Jones' first bucket of the day turned into a 4-point play when he was fouled on the shot by Marcus Morris. That cut the lead to 58-56 before Marcus soared in and tipped the ball through the bucket for Kansas.

Then Jones was fouled by Little and canned both free throws, making it 60-58 with 1:32 left.

Nebraska rebounded when Marcus Morris missed the front end of a one-and-one foul shot, then Markieff Morris fouled Brandon Richardson and sent him to the line on a 1-and-1 with 53.4 seconds to go. The 6-0 junior missed and Markieff Morris rebounded.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


No. 4 Syracuse stays unbeaten with 67-52 victory over Cincinnati - by Eurobasket News
Cincinnati had rallied from a big early deficit against Syracuse to trail by only four points at halftime. It took the Orange less than six minutes to dash any hopes of an upset.
Fourth-ranked Syracuse broke open the game with a 16-0 run to start the second half and remained unbeaten with a 67-52 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday. Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89) led the charge with 15 points and 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.

Freshman center Fab Melo had four points and Brandon Triche (6'4''-G-91) and James Southerland (6'8''-F) each hit three-pointers to key the game-changing surge.

'To start the second half like that, we played the best offense we've played in a long time and really picked up our defense,' coach Jim Boeheim said.

The 7-foot Melo and 6-11 freshman center Baye Moussa Keita combined with Jackson to help defend the middle the three combined for nine blocks for the Orange (18-0, 5-0 Big East). And when the Bearcats went cold they made only two of their first 20 shots in the second half the Orange quickly pulled away despite the loss of leading scorer Kris Joseph.

'That says a lot about us, that guys can step up,' Jackson said. 'Guys are working hard, staying ready when there's an opportunity.'

Joseph crashed to the floor on a drive and the back of his head slammed into the hardwood with 6:27 left in the first half. He went to the locker room for evaluation after and did not return, finishing with two points. Boeheim said it was too early to say whether Joseph, who was averaging 15 points, would play Monday night at No. 5 Pittsburgh. Syracuse, one of four unbeatens left in Division I, is one win from matching the best start in program history.

Cincinnati hit nine of 19 three-pointers in the first half to rally from an early 15-point deficit, but missed its first seven shots of the second to fall behind by 20 points.

'Our two-point shooting was abysmal,' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. 'We were 3-for-25 from two-point range and we made four of our last six to get to 7 for 31. We started both halves very poorly. You can't do that against a team of their caliber.'

Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-88) and Triche both scored 11 points and Melo finished with six points and four blocks after picking up three early fouls. Syracuse outrebounded Cincinnati 41-28 and outscored the Bearcats 30-10 in the paint.

Dion Dixon (6'3''-G-89) led Cincinnati (16-2, 3-2) with 18 points, all on three-pointers, and Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G) had 11. Yancey Gates, averaging nearly 12 points and seven rebounds, injured an ankle, played just four minutes in the second half, and finished with three points and three rebounds.

'We struggled to finish,' Cronin said. 'Our big guys didn't finish around the basket very well. We didn't get the job done. You're not going to beat Syracuse getting outrebounded by 13.'

Leading 35-31, Syracuse began the second half with a vengeance, and the Bearcats never got closer than nine points the remainder of the game.

'They're long and lanky,' Kilpatrick said. 'It's kind of hard to get it in, especially in the low post. If you're shooting great outside, you can be able to attack their zone. Everything was hyped at halftime. We looked at it as we were still in the game. Everything was good. It drifted away fast.'

Triche started the surge with a jumper from the wing, James Southerland hit a baseline jumper, and Jackson fed Melo for a resounding slam dunk. Jackson then inbounded the ball to Triche, who drained a 3 from the right corner after a give-and-go with Jackson.

Southerland followed with a three from the wing and Jackson shoved his way through the lane for a layup. Melo, who was called for three fouls in the first 3:44 of the game, followed a miss by Triche to give Syracuse a 51-31 lead at 14:07, then swatted away a close-in shot by Ibrahima Thomas.

'Coach wants me to block shots and play defense,' Melo said. 'I felt very comfortable out there today. I think I'll be even better the next game.'

'We needed that from Fab today, and I think he needed it, too,' Jardine said. 'It's a great opportunity going into his biggest game of the year Monday night.'

Cincinnati, which had what was rated as one of the easiest nonconference schedules in Division I, started the season with 15 straight wins before losing at Villanova a week ago. The Bearcats couldn't get anything going offensively in that one. During one stretch they went more than 8 minutes without a field goal, finished the first half with a season-low 23 points, and shot 2 of 20 from three-point range for the game.

Against the Orange, Cincinnati was just 2-for-11 shooting in the first eight minutes as Syracuse built a 15-point lead. Jackson had six points and Jardine matched that with a pair of 3s before the Bearcats began to find their range from the outside.

Kilpatrick hit a pair of threes and Larry Davis (FSY) added another to close the gap to 20-12 with 9:28 remaining in the half.

The Bearcats continued to fire from outside they made only one basket inside during the period and the strategy worked. In the final 7:03, Cashmere Wright hit two 3s and Dixon had three to narrow Syracuse's lead to four at halftime.

Cincinnati finished the half 9-for-19 (47.4%) from beyond the arc against the team that led the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense at 27.3%.

Cincinnati entered the game leading the Big East with a plus-5.47 turnover margin and had forced more turnovers than assists allowed in every game, the best active streak in Division I. That ended in this one as Syracuse registered 16 assists against 13 turnovers.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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  NIGERIA   


Our goal is to improve structures - Fall, NBA Africa CEO - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Former director of scouting for the Dallas Mavericks, Amadou Fall is now the CEO of NBA Africa. It is up exclusively for Fiba Africa on the objectives of the NBA in Africa with Basketball Without Borders in particular.


Why the NBA decided to settle in Africa ?
We had an experience in South Africa. Since 2003, we organized Basketball Without Borders in Johannesburg. And, for the first time we were in Dakar (Senegal). We want to develop basketball and NBA in Africa. All the people want to see sports in general and basketball in particular.

What's the goal of the NBA ?
Our goal is to improve structures. We want more basketball players. Now, our games will broadcast on the TV in Senegal for the first time. We're working with young players and coaches. We want to improve them.
The aim is to organize NBA games in Africa.

It will be preseason games?
At the beginning, yes. This year, we'll have some games in London. We're working on this project.

Which actions did you make since you settle in Africa?
We have NBA Cares since 2005. We built 30 basketball courts. Our aim is to use basketball as a positive social change.
With Adidas, and Nike, we welcomed NBAs coaches such as Triano, Carlisle, Hollins and Lance Ebanks the new GM of Phoenix and we are proud to have Masai Ujiri, who is the GM of the Nuggets.

What is the reaction of NBA franchises from Africa? Their look has changed?
They are always open with foreign players. It's usual to have European, African players in the league. Before, we had African players such as Olajuwon, 2 times NBAs champion, Dikembe Mutombo and his long career... In the last 20 years, we had at least 25 African players playing in NBA. But it's more difficult to follow a player in Africa than in Europe. We hope more young players will come in the USA when they're young and then come back in Africa.

The biggest problem in Africa is not the political situation?
Personally, I think the biggest problem is the structures. There are a lot of arenas in Africa which aren't overcast. So it's difficult to organize big events.


Courtesy: www.fiba-afrique.org




Our goal is to improve structures - Fall, NBA Africa CEO - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Former director of scouting for the Dallas Mavericks, Amadou Fall is now the CEO of NBA Africa. It is up exclusively for Fiba Africa on the objectives of the NBA in Africa with Basketball Without Borders in particular.

Why the NBA decided to settle in Africa ?
We had an experience in South Africa. Since 2003, we organized Basketball Without Borders in Johannesburg. And, for the first time we were in Dakar (Senegal). We want to develop basketball and NBA in Africa. All the people want to see sports in general and basketball in particular.

What's the goal of the NBA ?
Our goal is to improve structures. We want more basketball players. Now, our games will broadcast on the TV in Senegal for the first time. We're working with young players and coaches. We want to improve them.
The aim is to organize NBA games in Africa.

It will be preseason games?
At the beginning, yes. This year, we'll have some games in London. We're working on this project.

Which actions did you make since you settle in Africa?
We have NBA Cares since 2005. We built 30 basketball courts. Our aim is to use basketball as a positive social change.
With Adidas, and Nike, we welcomed NBAs coaches such as Triano, Carlisle, Hollins and Lance Ebanks the new GM of Phoenix and we are proud to have Masai Ujiri, who is the GM of the Nuggets.

What is the reaction of NBA franchises from Africa? Their look has changed?
They are always open with foreign players. It's usual to have European, African players in the league. Before, we had African players such as Olajuwon, 2 times NBAs champion, Dikembe Mutombo and his long career... In the last 20 years, we had at least 25 African players playing in NBA. But it's more difficult to follow a player in Africa than in Europe. We hope more young players will come in the USA when they're young and then come back in Africa.

The biggest problem in Africa is not the political situation?
Personally, I think the biggest problem is the structures. There are a lot of arenas in Africa which aren't overcast. So it's difficult to organize big events.

Courtesy: www.fiba-afrique.org


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  PBL   


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


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.0 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.17.3 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Washington, San M.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.6 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text11.0 
 3. Washington, San M.9.9 
 4. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.9.6 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.4 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.8 
 10. Baclao, Air218.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.8 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.4 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.5 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.1 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.3.8 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.2 
 8. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
 10. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.6 
 4. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text1.2 
 6. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.2 
 7. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 8. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 9. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.0 


Kings pulverize Beermen, keep finals hope alive; Texters end Llamados' PHL Cup title defense bid - by Eurobasket News
Sixth game

Talk N Text - Derby Ace L. 89-72

Talk 'N Text made sure a new Philippine Cup champion will be crowned this season. The Tropang Texters ended B-Meg Derby Ace's bid of becoming the first repeat champion in the Philippine Cup, coasting to an 89-72 win Friday night to clinch the first Finals berth in the season-opening tournament. TNT's deep bench again made the difference in the Game 6 victory as the telecommunication franchise ended the best-of-seven semifinals series, 4-2, at the Araneta Coliseum. by Jason Castro and unheralded Aaron Aban, Talk 'N Text's bench outscored its Derby Ace counterparts for the second straight time, 54-25. The Tropang Texters also did the same against the Llamados, 68-11, in Wednesday's Game 5 win. 'I think in the end it was our depth that pulled us through in this series. Everybody talks about our ability to score, but we won this series with defense,' said Chot Reyes shortly after guiding the team to its ninth championship appearance in the last 15 years and fourth in a tournament without imports. Reyes himself will be in his 11th Finals stint and second with the franchise. The Tropang Texters won the all-Filipino title in 2003 and 2009, but never made the Finals of the last two conferences. They now await the winner of the other semifinals series between sister teams Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel. Castro had another brilliant offensive night with 18 points, while Aban contributed a personal conference-high of 14 points behind 7-of-8 field goal shooting besides having the tough assignment of putting the cuffs on Llamados ace gunner James Yap. Ali Peek (194-F-75, college: St.Mary's, CA) led Talk 'N Text with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Losing a 16-point lead in the first half, the Tropang Texters put the outcome of the game beyond doubt by pouring in 31 points in the third period. That big scoring outburst enabled them to stretch a 42-35 halftime spread to 73-53 entering the fourth. A Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) break-away lay-up gave the top-seeded team its largest lead at 81-57 with 6:08 left in the contest. James Yap finished with 16 points to lead the scoring for the Llamados, who failed to duplicate the feat of the 1984-85 Great Taste team that was the last squad to repeat as All-Filipino champions in the league's 36-year history. But coach Jorge Gallent said the franchise has nothing to be ashamed of, especially after reaching as far as the semifinals despite a slow start and losing two of their big starters in Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) and Rafi Reavies to injuries. 'Nothing to frown about,' he said. 'We started so bad but we still reached this far. It was a great accomplishment for me and this team. We did a good job. We never quit.' - Courtesy of JVP, KY, GMANews.TV (taken from www.pba-online.net)

Fifth Game
San Miguel - Ginebra 76-102
Barangay Ginebra isn't the Philippine Basketball Association's never-say-die team for nothing. Playing with great urgency, the Kings raced to a commanding 18-point halftime lead and never slowed down in a 102-76 demolition of sister team San Miguel Beer Friday night in Game 5 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals before a crowd of 15,000 at the Araneta Coliseum. The Kings still trail the best-of-seven encounter, 3-2, but have a chance to level it with another win in Sunday's Game 6 also at the Big Dome. Mike Cortez (183-G-80, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles), Enrico Villanueva (197-C-80) and Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) led that huge Ginebra breakaway in the first half. From a 26-20 lead after the opening quarter, the Kings outscored the Beermen, 24-14, stretching the margin to 50-34 on two Caguioa free throws. It was already a 53-35 bubble when the halftime break came. 'We just took advantage of their first five. We knew that coming off a double-overtime win, they may tire out early. So we just came out with a lot of energy from the opening tip,' said Cortez, who led Ginebra with 16 points on 7-of-12 field goal shooting. San Miguel was coming off a 108-104 double overtime win in Game 4 that gave it a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. But fatigue obviously caught up with the Beermen as Jay Washington, Dondon Hontiveros and Arwind Santos came out flat and were never really a factor when the Kings made that early first-half run. Worse, starting point guard Alex Cabagnot didn't suit up for the team after he was ordered to go home for showing up with tonsillitis and flu-like symptoms. 'We just hope we'll be able to sustain this win, with a one-day break and a deeper bench,' added Cortez. Washington, Hontiveros and Santos combined for just 16 points for the Beermen, who were led by Joseph Yeo's 14 points and the 12 markers of Denok Miranda who came off the bench. The Kings poured it on by opening the third period with 10 unanswered points to post the first of their 30-point leads, 65-35, on a Rudy Hatfield tip-in with 6:09 to play. During that stretch, San Miguel struggled and went 0-for-10 from the floor. Denok Miranda finally broke the Beermen's six-minute silence with a long jumper to make it 65-37. The lead ballooned to its biggest at 73-42 on two free throws by Willie Wilson. Finding a sparkplug in pesky guard Paul Artadi, the Beermen cut down the deficit to 69-85 with 7:53 left. But Willie Miller shot down San Miguel's last stand by sparking a 12-5 run, capped by a booming three-pointer to extend the lead back to as much as 97-74 with 3:10 remaining in the game. Villanueva added 13 for Ginebra, while Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) had 12, including a surprise three-pointer at the end of the third. Caguioa and Hatfield scored 11 each. - Courtesy of JVP, KY, GMANews.TV (taken from www.pba-online.net)




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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 10-3 
 2. Asseco Prokom 8-2 
 3. PGE Turow 8-4 
 4. Trefl Sopot 8-5 
 5. Polpharma 7-6 
 6. AZS Koszalin 6-6 
 7. Polonia Azbud 6-7 
 8. Zastal 6-7 
 9. Anwil 5-8 
 10. PBG Basket 5-8 
 11. SKK Kotwica 3-9 
 12. Siarka 3-10 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.9 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.4 
 4. Hodge, Zastal16.3 
 5. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.1 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.8 
 7. Goffney, Siarka15.7 
 8. Bennerman, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.15.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.9 
 2. Truscott, Siarka10.8 
 3. Burgess, Zastal10.3 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.3 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.8 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.8 
 9. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.5 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.3 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.5.8 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.7 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.5.1 
 5. Brown, Asseco P.4.3 
 6. Hodge, Zastal4.1 
 7. Vaughn, Polpharma3.8 
 8. Hawkins, PBG B.3.6 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.3.6 
 10. Thomas, Anwil3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.3 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.2.2 
 3. Ewing, Asseco P.2.1 
 4. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 5. Thomas, PGE Turow1.8 
 6. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.7 
 7. Harrington, Trefl S.1.7 
 8. Kinloch, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Frazier, AZS K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.8 
 2. Harris, SKK K.1.7 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.6 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.5 
 5. Giddens, Asseco P.1.3