EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/17/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 17: #1 Union Olimpija is defeated by Cibona - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-6) in Ljubljana on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by twelfth ranked Croatian Cibona (8-9) 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Union Olimpija. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Union Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Leon Radosevic (208-90) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) chipped in 15 points. American swingman Kenny Gregory (197-78, college: Kansas) responded with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Union Olimpija at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb CO.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Serbian Partizan (10-7) against seventh ranked Croatian Cedevita (9-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Partizan was defeated by Cedevita in a tough game in Zagreb 84-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Partizan. American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) nailed 23 points, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and Trent Plaisted accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) came up with 18 points for Partizan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Cedevita moved-up to sixth place. Defending Serbian champion Partizan dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Krka and Buducnost. Cedevita will play against Hemofarm (#9) in Vrsac in the next round. Partizan will play at home against the league's leader Union Olimpija (#1) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-7) against tenth ranked Serbian Radnicki (8-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Radnicki in a tough game in Kragujevac 68-75. The best player for the winners was Michael Lee who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Marko Simonovic produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Radnicki moved-up to seventh place. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Partizan and Krka. Radnicki will meet at home league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and hope to secure a win.
The game in Zagreb supposed to be quite interesting. 4th placed Slovenian Krka (10-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (10-6). KK Zagreb CO smashed Krka 104-82. Luka Zoric orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Zagreb CO has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Defending Slovenian champion Krka dropped to the third position with seven games lost. KK Zagreb CO's next round opponent will be Radnicki (#7) in Kragujevac which should be theoretically another easy game. Krka will play at home against CEZ Nymburk (#12).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Hemofarm won against Siroki TT on the opponent's court 90-84. Crvena Zvezda unfortunately lost to Igokea in a home game 72-81. Bottom-ranked Zadar was rolled over CEZ Nymburk on the road 70-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Boris Savovic of Hemofarm.



Cedevita - Partizan 88-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Serbian Partizan (10-7) against seventh ranked Croatian Cedevita (9-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Partizan was defeated by Cedevita in a tough game in Zagreb 84-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-21 Partizan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-84 at the end of the game. Cedevita made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game. Partizan was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) nailed 23 points, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) came up with 18 points and American forward James Gist (203-86) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Partizan in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Cedevita moved-up to sixth place. Defending Serbian champion Partizan dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Krka and Buducnost. Cedevita will play against Hemofarm (#9) in Vrsac in the next round. Partizan will play at home against the league's leader Union Olimpija (#1) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Draper 23+1reb+6ast, D.Rudez 14+2reb, T.Plaisted 13+9reb, B.Wright 13+1reb, R.Troha 8+3reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 5+3reb+2ast
Partizan: N.Jawai 18+4reb+2ast, J.Gist 13+8reb, D.Milosavljevic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Kecman 11+7reb, C.Jerrells 9+1reb, R.Katic 7+4reb
gschID: 92556


Siroki TT - Hemofarm 84-90

There was a minor upset in Siroki Brijeg where higher ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (8-9) was defeated by twelfth ranked Serbian Hemofarm (8-9) 90-84. Siroki TT Kabeli was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 23-9 charge of Hemofarm, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.9 percent from the field and made 33-of-40 charity shots (82.5 percent) during the game. 33 personal fouls committed by Siroki TT Kabeli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) answered with 19 points and Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for Siroki TT Kabeli. Four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Siroki TT Kabeli. Siroki TT Kabeli lost fourth consecutive game. Hemofarm's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cedevita (#6) in Zagreb and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: B.Savovic 34+8reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 13+4reb+5ast, M.Borisov 8+6reb+2ast, M.Jeremic 7+2reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 6+2reb, D.Andusic 5
Siroki TT: F.Pilepic 19+4reb+3ast, I.Grgat 14+1reb, S.Spralja 11+5reb+1ast, V.Morovic 10+3reb+6ast, S.Stemberger 10+3reb+5ast, J.Bilinovac 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 92557


KK Zagreb CO - Krka 104-82

The game in Zagreb supposed to be quite interesting. 4th placed Slovenian Krka (10-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (10-6). KK Zagreb CO smashed Krka 104-82. It looked good early as Krka took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KK Zagreb CO had a 28-17 second period charge getting the lead and Krka was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-104. KK Zagreb CO shot 62.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for KK Zagreb CO especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) contributed with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jure Balazic (204-80) added 12 points in the effort for Krka. Five Krka players 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. KK Zagreb CO has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Defending Slovenian champion Krka dropped to the third position with seven games lost. KK Zagreb CO's next round opponent will be Radnicki (#7) in Kragujevac which should be theoretically another easy game. Krka will play at home against CEZ Nymburk (#12).
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 25+8reb+4ast, K.Simon 20+3reb+1ast, D.Mulaomerovic 12+1ast, M.Kasun 9+9reb+3ast, A.Masic 9+1reb, A.Renfroe 9+1reb+4ast
Krka: G.Ikonic 13+2ast, J.Balazic 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 11+1reb+2ast, S.Pavic 10+7reb+1ast, C.Booker 10+5reb, D.Drobnjak 9+4reb
gschID: 92554


Union Olimpija - Cibona 75-84

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-6) in Ljubljana on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by twelfth ranked Croatian Cibona (8-9) 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Union Olimpija. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Union Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Leon Radosevic (208-90) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) chipped in 15 points. American swingman Kenny Gregory (197-78, college: Kansas) responded with 19 points and forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Union Olimpija at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Cibona: L.Radosevic 24+9reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 15+3reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 11+5reb, K.Vragovic 9+2reb+1ast, G.Giricek 8+4reb+4ast, J.Lalic 6+2reb
Union Olimpija: K.Gregory 19+4reb+3ast, G.Jagodnik 17+6reb, D.Markota 12+6reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 10+1reb+5ast, G.Shermadini 6+4reb, K.Pinkney 4+2reb
gschID: 92555


Radnicki - Buducnost 75-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-7) against tenth ranked Serbian Radnicki (8-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Radnicki in a tough game in Kragujevac 68-75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Buducnost won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost's 24. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Lee (207-86) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Radnicki moved-up to seventh place. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Partizan and Krka. Radnicki will meet at home league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: M.Lee 21+8reb, M.Rakic 13+2reb+4ast, M.Cakarevic 13+3reb+1ast, V.Vukosavljevic 8+10reb+1ast, S.Markovic 8+5reb+3ast, A.Gaddefors 7+2reb+1ast
Buducnost: M.Simonovic 18+7reb+4ast, G.Kadziulis 16+2reb+4ast, M.Scekic 9+4reb+3ast, V.Dragicevic 8+12reb+3ast, A.Popovic 5, V.Mihailovic 5
gschID: 92551


Crvena Zvezda - Igokea 72-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Bosnian Igokea's (8-9) road victory over 13th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (5-12) 81-72. Crvena Zvezda was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 50-33 second half run of Igokea. 26 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Igokea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Radnicki (#7) in Kragujevac and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Crvena Zvezda will play on the road against Zadar (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: B.Chase 20+2reb+5ast, C.Vitkovac 19+8reb, S.Nadjfeji 13+1reb, D.Harvey 9+8reb+1ast, M.Pantic 7+4reb, N.Joksimovic 5+5reb+5ast
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 20+6reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 11+3ast, J.Young 10+1reb, S.Milosevic 9+11reb, V.Subotic 8+3reb, A.Cvetkovic 6+2ast
gschID: 92552


CEZ Nymburk - Zadar 91-70

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Croatian Zadar (5-12) was rolled over on the road by eleventh ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (8-9) 91-70. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Chester Mason (192-81, college: Miami (OH), agency: N.E.T.) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Zadar. Defending Czech champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Zadar lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be higher ranked Krka (#5) in Novo Mesto and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zadar will play at home against Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 21+2reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 16+7reb+3ast, C.Simmons 12+3reb, P.Slezak 11+2reb, P.Benda 9+3reb, V.Stimac 8+5reb+2ast
Zadar: M.Car 16+5reb+2ast, C.Mason 13+9reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 11+5reb, I.Batur 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Jurica 7+4reb, I.Ivanov 6+2reb
gschID: 92553




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Union Olimpija 11-6 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 10-6 
 3. Partizan 10-7 
 4. Buducnost 10-7 
 5. Krka 10-7 
 6. Cedevita 9-8 
 7. Radnicki 8-8 
 8. Igokea 8-9 
 9. Hemofarm 8-9 
 10. Siroki TT 8-9 
 11. Cibona 8-9 
 12. CEZ Nymburk 8-9 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 5-12 
 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. Draper, Cedevita18.9 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.4 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.3 
 8. Car, Zadar17.3 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.3 
 10. Young, Crvena Z.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Zoric, KK.8.6 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.1 
 3. Harvey, Igokea7.0 
 4. Kasun, KK.7.0 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 6. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.6 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.3 
 8. Booker, Krka6.1 
 9. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 10. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.8 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.7 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.5 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.3 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 6. Nissim, CEZ N.3.9 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 8. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Stipcevic, Cibona3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.8 
 2. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.2 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 6. Car, Zadar1.9 
 7. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 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.0.9 
 4. Vesely, Partizan0.8 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 7. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.8 
 8. Jawai, Partizan0.7 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Garnett's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old center Christopher Garnett (211-C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brunei Barracudas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat KL Dragons (#3, 8-7) 87-73. Barracudas maintains the 6th position in ASEAN League . Too late to improve their position as they are currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. Garnett turned to be Barracudas' top player in his first season with the team. Indiana University Southeast graduate has very impressive stats this year. Garnett is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.6ppg) and rebounds (7th best: 12.7rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Steve Thomas (203-F-81) of league's second-best Philip.Patriots. He is American forward in his first season at Philip.Patriots. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Philip.Patriots to edge the lower-ranked Satria Muda (#5, 6-9) in overtime by 3 points 77-74. This victory allowed Philip.Patriots to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 9-6 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at Philip.Patriots and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Nakiea Miller (205-C-79) of Westsports KL Dragons (#3). Miller scored 21 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Miller's great performance KL Dragons lost 73-87 to the lower-ranked Barracudas (#6, 4-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing KL Dragons needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Miller has a great season in ASEAN League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 15.8rpg (2nd best). He also has 3.5bpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ramsey Williams (178-G-80) of Barracudas - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists
5. Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79) of Satria Muda - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jason Dixon (205-C-73) of Thailand S. - 15 points and 12 rebounds
7. Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) of Thailand S. - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Satria Muda - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85) of Singapore S. - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bryan Faundo (198-C-84) of Barracudas - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Interview with Mt Gambier Pioneers' Andrew Summerville - by Danny Russell
We took the chance to ask Head Coach Andrew Summerville a few questions,we hope you enjoy what he had to say during the offseason.
You have lived in several cities in Australia, America and Canada, how are you enjoying Mount Gambier after your first season?

Its been good. Ive done a fair bit of travelling over the past 7 or 8 years with my coaching career so its good to be settled in one place for a few seasons. The town has a rich basketball tradition so its a good place to be.

Last season you coached against Spartans, the club where you grew up playing, what was that like?

Yeah it was strange actually. I spent about 10 years of my life at Spartans so it was weird, but you definitely want to take it at your old club and beat them, particularly when they are a strong program that sets the bench mark. Luckily we beat them at our house this year in front of a huge crowd. It was the first time in club history that we have beaten the Spartans so that was a big night. They beat us at their house a few weeks later so its 1-1 against them so next year should be interesting.

What was the most memorable moment of the SEABL 2010 season?

Definitely winning both games on the tough double road trip to Tasmania. We had been on a losing streak and myself and the players were definitely under some pressure to perform. Not many teams in the history of the SEABL have won both games on the Tasmanian road trip. I think we were the only team to do it last year. We beat Hobart on the first night and then backed it up with a huge win in North West Tasmania the next night. The celebration in the locker room that night is something I will never forget.

Who are your coaching heros?

Lindsay Gaze was somebody I always looked up to for his ability to keep winning year in and year out. Mike Katz a former Canadian Olympic coach is also someone who taught me a lot in my 3 seasons assisting him at the University of Toronto and US college coach by the name of Chuck Benson n. I assisted him back in early 2000s and he had an unique ability to attract the best players in the country.

Best player you have played or coached against?

Thats a tough one, there has been so many. I was an assistant coach in the NBL when Andrew Gaze (201-G-65, college: Seton Hall) was playing so it would have to be him, but in recent years it would have to be Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83, college: Georgia Tech) of the Geelong Supercats in the SEABL. He is just about impossible to stop.

We have read about a few players re-signing at Mt Gambier, is there any other gossip you can let us in on?

I try not to get in to gossip, I generally only deal in facts. Right now the facts are that we have 5 players returning from last year in Dallas Jeffree (195-F-80), Nick Morrison, Matt Sutton (190-G-84), Erik Burdon (189-G-85) and James Fleming. We have also signed two new players from Brisbane with US college experience in Chris Smith (208-C-89, college: Chaminade) and Drew Phillips. Our latest signing is C.J. Webster (206-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Texas St.-San Marcos). Ill let you know once we have some more facts.

What is your favourite basketball memory?

Thats easy the 1996 NBL grand final series between the Melbourne Tigers and the South East Melbourne Magic. It was a sold out crowd of 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena. Mark Bradtke challenged John Dorge to hit him in the chin. Gaze was bandaged up like a Mummy, Ray Gordon had his nose broken by Andrew Parkinson and both teams hit some incredible shots. Those were the glory days for basketball in this country.

Who is going to win the NBA, NBL and NCAA this season?

Miami Heat, Cairns Taipans and Syracuse


NBL Round 14: New Zealand Breakers beat Cairns Taipans in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Auckland. First ranked New Zealand Breakers faced 4th ranked Cairns Taipans. Host New Zealand Breakers (12-3) defeated guests from Cairns (10-4) 94-88. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 59-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 22 points. New Zealand Breakers' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. New Zealand Breakers maintains first position with 12-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon in the next round where they are favorite. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against Melbourne Tigers and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Perth. Second ranked Perth Wildcats faced 4th ranked Wollongong Hawks. Host Perth Wildcats (11-5) smashed guests from Gwynneville (9-7) 92-58. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Shawn Redhage contributed with 13 points for the winners. Swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Wollongong Hawks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-5 record behind leader Breakers. Wollongong Hawks lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play on the road against Kings in Sydney and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Findon was quite interesting. 6th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Adelaide 36ers (6-9). Adelaide 36ers managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Sunday. Eddie Shannon scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Adelaide 36ers' coach Marty Clarke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Adam Gibson responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to sixth place. Loser Gold Coast Blaze dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Adelaide 36ers will meet at home league's second-placed Perth Wildcats in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Cairns Taipans (#3) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 14 Tigers were crushed by Taipans in Cairns 95-74. Crocodiles beat Tigers at home 94-78.
The best stats of 14th round was 26 points and 8 rebounds by Russell Hinder of Crocodiles.



Taipans - Tigers 95-74

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-11) were crushed on the road by fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (10-4) 95-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cairns Taipans. Melbourne Tigers managed to win fourth quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cairns Taipans forced 20 Melbourne Tigers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Dusty Rychart (201-79, college: Minnesota, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) responded with 18 points and naturalized American swingman Benny Lewis (203-87, college: Benedict) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Cairns Taipans moved-up to third place. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Cairns Taipans will again meet Melbourne Tigers (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Taipans: I.Crosswhite 17+12reb+4ast, R.Dorsey 16+2reb, P.Jones 12+4reb+2ast, D.Rychart 12+9reb+3ast, A.Ubaka 10+1reb+8ast, D.Brebner 10+2reb
Tigers: C.Williams 18+3reb+1ast, B.Lewis 14+5reb+2ast, M.Burston 11+8reb+1ast, E.Devendorf 9+2reb+3ast, D.Corletto 9+2reb+2ast, L.Nevill 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 94597


36ers - Blaze 90-83

The game in Findon was quite interesting. 6th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (6-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Adelaide 36ers (6-9). Adelaide 36ers managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Sunday. Gold Coast Blaze was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Adelaide 36ers made 8 blocks. American guard Eddie Shannon (180-77, college: Florida) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 17 points and 6 blocks during the contest. Adelaide 36ers' coach Marty Clarke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Adelaide 36ers and four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to sixth place. Loser Gold Coast Blaze dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Adelaide 36ers will meet at home league's second-placed Perth Wildcats in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Cairns Taipans (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Ballinger 17+4reb, E.Shannon 16+5reb+5ast, R.Howard 14+5reb, M.Creek 11+3reb+2ast, B.Hill 10+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 10+3reb
Blaze: C.Goulding 19+2reb, M.Worthington 16+8reb+3ast, A.Gibson 16+6reb+9ast, I.Clark 10+10reb, T.Garlepp 7+2reb, S.Hoare 7+4reb
gschID: 94598


Breakers - Taipans 94-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Auckland. First ranked New Zealand Breakers faced 4th ranked Cairns Taipans. Host New Zealand Breakers (12-3) defeated guests from Cairns (10-4) 94-88. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 59-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 22 points. New Zealand Breakers' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) added 14 points and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers maintains first position with 12-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon in the next round where they are favorite. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against Melbourne Tigers and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 24+6reb+5ast, G.Wilkinson 22+3reb, C.Bruton 13+1ast, K.Braswell 12+2reb+8ast, A.Pledger 6+4reb, P.Henare 5+6reb+4ast
Taipans: R.Dorsey 20+10reb, A.Loughton 14+8reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 14+4reb+7ast, I.Crosswhite 10+7reb+2ast, D.Dillon 9+1reb+3ast, D.Rychart 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 94594


Crocodiles - Tigers 94-78

No shocking result in a game in Wulguru where fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) defeated 8th ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-11) 94-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Townsville Crocodiles made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Bradley Williamson (197-81) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Townsville Crocodiles' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Townsville Crocodiles has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will meet league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Melbourne Tigers will play against Cairns Taipans (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: R.Hinder 26+8reb+3ast, B.Williamson 18+5reb+2ast, M.Cedar 15+2reb+3ast, R.Ellis 10+4reb, P.Crawford 10+1reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 6+7reb+2ast
Tigers: C.Williams 18+6reb+4ast, L.Nevill 15+8reb, E.Devendorf 14+2reb+4ast, M.Burston 13+9reb, W.Helliwell 8+1reb, L.Walker 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 94595


Wildcats - Hawks 92-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Perth. Second ranked Perth Wildcats faced 4th ranked Wollongong Hawks. Host Perth Wildcats (11-5) smashed guests from Gwynneville (9-7) 92-58. The game was mostly controlled by Perth Wildcats. Wollongong Hawks managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Wollongong Hawks to just 7 points in second quarter. Perth Wildcats dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Wollongong Hawks' 26. Perth Wildcats forced 25 Wollongong Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-5 record behind leader Breakers. Wollongong Hawks lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play on the road against Kings in Sydney and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: C.Tovey 16+11reb+4ast, K.Lisch 15+1reb+3ast, S.Redhage 13+3reb+3ast, A.Majok 10+2reb+1ast, J.Trueman 10+5reb, B.Robbins 9+2reb+2ast
Hawks: T.Coenraad 21+7reb+1ast, R.Martin 14+7reb+6ast, T.Behrendorff 8+2reb, T.Demos 8+4reb+2ast, D.Gruber 4+2reb, O.Forman 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 94596




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, Blaze18.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.8 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.2 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans15.4 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.2 
 9. Clark, Blaze15.0 
 10. Wilkinson, Breakers14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.4 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.8 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.8 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.1 
 8. Williams, Tigers7.1 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.9 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 2. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 3. Williams, Tigers4.7 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.7 
 5. Ervin, Hawks4.7 
 6. Saville, 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. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Penney, Breakers1.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.4 
 6. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Hill, 36ers1.3 
 10. Williams, Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.2 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 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. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Hinder, Crocodiles0.8 


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. 36ers 6-9 
 7. Blaze 6-10 
 8. Tigers 5-11 
 9. Sydney K. 1-14 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 20: No surprise as #1 Gmunden Swans defeat Raiffeisen Wels - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the first stage of A Bundesliga. The round 20 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (16-4) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-10) 71-60. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 43-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) responded with 20 points. Gmunden Swans has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion has nice 16-4 record and they already secured the first place at this stage. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Graz supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Arkadia Lions (13-7) played at the court of 7th ranked UBSC Graz (11-9). Arkadia Lions smashed UBSC Graz 104-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UBSC Graz. The winners were led by Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Benedikt Danek supported him with 18 points and 8 assists. Arkadia Lions' coach Andrea Maghelli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points by guard Sebastian Schaal (189-90) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Arkadia Lions have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kapfenberg. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against Oberwart Gunners (#6) at home in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: bottom-ranked Worthersee was destroyed by Klosterneub. on the opponent's court 88-51. BC Vienna managed to outperform Gussing in a home game 92-80. Furstenfeld managed to beat Oberwart on the road 87-79. St.Polten was defeated by Kapfenberg on its own court 64-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists by Stjepan Stazic of BC Vienna.


Klosterneub. - Worthersee 88-51

Very expected game in Klosterneuburg where 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-19) was crushed by fifth ranked Xion Dukes (12-8) 88-51. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Xion Dukes outrebounded Worthersee Piraten 43-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Anton Maresch (188-91) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Bernhard Weber (201-87) did not help to save the game for Worthersee Piraten. American forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 14 points for the guests. Four Worthersee Piraten players scored in double figures. Xion Dukes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oberwart and Furstenfeld. Worthersee Piraten lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Xion Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#4) on the road in the next round. Worthersee Piraten will play against St.Polten (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Worthersee: E.Rhinehart 14+4reb+2ast, M.Breithuber 12+2reb+4ast, M.Breithuber 10+1reb, B.Weber 10+10reb+1ast, G.Zajic 3+2reb, M.Kunovjanek 2+6reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 25+7reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 17+6reb, A.Maresch 16+5reb+4ast, M.Rachar 7+6reb+2ast, C.Gschwind 6, H.Obermann 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 93816


BC Vienna - Gussing 92-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Wien where tenth ranked BC Vienna (7-13) defeated 9th ranked Gussing Knights (8-12) 92-80. The game without a history. BC Vienna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Gussing Knights' 38. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 38-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. BC Vienna players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists and Montenegrin power forward Sveto Pekovic (202-82) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five BC Vienna players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) did not help to save the game for Gussing Knights. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Vienna maintains tenth position with 7-13 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. BC Vienna will play against league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gussing Knights will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gussing: M.Heard 23+8reb+2ast, A.Djuric 21+10reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 14+1reb+3ast, M.Jandrasits 8+3ast, S.Koch 7+3reb+2ast, A.Nunner 4+3ast
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 27+16reb+11ast, S.Pekovic 20+6reb+3ast, M.Carr 13+5reb+9ast, A.Trepalovac 11+6reb, S.Rhynes 10+4reb, M.Graf 9+1ast
gschID: 93817


Wels - Gmunden 60-71

A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (16-4) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-10) 71-60. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 43-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) responded with 20 points and the former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Gmunden Swans has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-4 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: R.Holcomb Faye 20+1reb+2ast, R.Brokenborough 15+5reb, D.Lamesic 12+8reb+1ast, T.Klette 7+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 3+2reb, B.Fields 2+6reb+1ast
Gmunden: D.Mayes 21+5reb+1ast, I.Boylan 13+1reb+3ast, D.Oppland 12+13reb, E.Murati 7+1reb, M.Mayer 6+9reb+2ast, P.Hutter 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93813


Oberwart - Furstenfeld 79-87

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Oberwart Gunners (12-8) were defeated at home by sixth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-8) 87-79. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 26-26 run, which allowed them to win the game. Furstenfeld Panthers made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Oberwart Gunners only scored five points from the stripe. Oberwart Gunners were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard De'Angelo Alexander (198-84, college: Charlotte) supported him with 21 points. Even a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Oberwart Gunners. Guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) added 17 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Five Furstenfeld Panthers and four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Xion Dukes (#5) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Oberwart Gunners will play on the road against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: K.Parker 17+2reb+5ast, J.Dean Shawn 16+10reb+4ast, J.Johnson 10+9reb+1ast, T.Sally 10+3reb+2ast, H.Artner 9+1reb, H.Ochsenhofer 7+1reb+4ast
Furstenfeld: D.Alexander 21+3reb+1ast, S.Ray 20+7reb+1ast, R.Hicks 14+8reb, L.O'Neal 12+3reb, A.Shavies 10+4reb+7ast, D.Carr 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93814


UBSC Graz - Arkadia 64-104

The game in Graz supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Arkadia Lions (13-7) played at the court of 7th ranked UBSC Graz (11-9). Arkadia Lions smashed UBSC Graz 104-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UBSC Graz. The game without a history. Arkadia Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 36. Arkadia Lions forced 26 UBSC Graz turnovers and outrebounded them 33-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Benedikt Danek (174-86) supported him with 18 points and 8 assists. Five Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions' coach Andrea Maghelli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points by guard Sebastian Schaal (189-90) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) added 7 points for the hosts. Arkadia Lions have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kapfenberg. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against Oberwart Gunners (#6) at home in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: S.Schaal 14+2reb+3ast, D.Miletic 9+3reb, L.Graham 8+4reb+1ast, S.Grum 8+2reb+3ast, R.Lanegger 7+2reb+2ast, M.Pesic 7+4reb+3ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 21+9reb+5ast, B.Danek 18+4reb+8ast, K.Houston 17+9reb+2ast, S.Balga 12+4reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 12+2reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 9
gschID: 93815


St.Polten - Kapfenberg 64-71

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-7) beat on the road 11th ranked St.Polten (5-15) 71-64. It looked good early as St.Polten took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 22-3 second period charge getting the lead and St.Polten was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-71. Kapfenberg Bulls dominated on the defensive end, holding St.Polten to just 3 points in second quarter. They made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded St.Polten 33-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Armin Woschank (184-82) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by international forward Richard Poiger (201-87) did not help to save the game for St.Polten. The former international guard David Jandl (180-84, agency: Court Side) added 13 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for the hosts. Four St.Polten players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Arkadia. St.Polten lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against BC Vienna (#10) in Wien in the next round and are hoping to win another game. St.Polten will play on the road against Worthersee Piraten in Klagenfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Poiger 21+7reb+2ast, D.Jandl 13+4reb+8ast, H.Opoku 11+5reb+2ast, T.Gaspar 11+2reb, A.Worenz 3+1ast, M.Speiser 3
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 17+10reb, L.Jordan 14+4reb+1ast, A.Woschank 11+5reb+4ast, L.Gordon 9+5reb+1ast, D.Nelson 8+2reb, S.Knabl 6+5reb
gschID: 93812




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 16-4 
 2. Kapfenberg 13-7 
 3. Arkadia 13-7 
 4. Furstenfeld 12-8 
 5. Klosterneub. 12-8 
 6. Oberwart 12-8 
 7. UBSC Graz 11-9 
 8. Wels 10-10 
 9. Gussing 8-12 
 10. BC Vienna 7-13 
 11. St.Polten 5-15 
 12. Worthersee 1-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.0 
 2. Vay, Arkadia21.0 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.2 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.4 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden18.0 
 8. Nagler, Klostern.17.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing17.6 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.7 
 3. Volcic, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 7. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.3 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.2 
 10. Klette, Wels7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.8 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.4 
 3. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 4. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.2 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.6 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.6 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 6. Artner, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 10. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.9 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


Manama beat Tenacious Al Hala - by Yousef Ahmed


Manama continued their winning ways last night in the Zain Basketball Arena, but not without a fight from Al Hala club. The game started with Hala leading 24 to 17 in the first quarter and would continue to dominate until half time with a 48 43 score thanks to American professional Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) who scored 27 points for the game, but 19 of his points came in the first half.

In the second half Manama coached by Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) changed their game plan and tightened their defense and closed the gap to 70 -71. But, Al Hala continued leading the way, thanks to Ahmed Ali Hussein and Ahmed Mirza each scoring 14 points for the game keeping Hala in the lead. During the 4th quarter though, Manama started with a sense of urgency and team work and took the lead and never looked back.
Captain Mahmud Ghulum was the star for Manama scoring 23 points and most of his scoring came in the end of the game. NBA player Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)) also dominated the game with 33 points and 13 rebounds and Bahraini Big man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC) scored 8 points and 15 rebounds dominating the boards through out the game and helping Manama in their much needed defense.

The Game was one of the best of the year with a 12 lead changes and physical play by both sides. But in the end Manama's experience and Coach Jason tactics won.
Manama now joins Muharraq with 2 wins a piece, while Ahli has 1 win and 1 loss joining Sitra and Hala are at the bottom with 2 losses.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Liepaja add Pierce Caldwell - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja strengthened their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, college: Incarnate World). The 22-year-old guard has recently played in D-League. The guard averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 assists per game for the Frisco Texas Legends. Pierce Caldwell graduated from the University of Incarnate World. He tallied 18.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.1 assists per game in his senior season. Pierce Caldwell participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas last summer. He was named All-Tournament Co-MVP. Pierce Caldwell has already debuted for Liepaja. He scored 7 points, grabbed 3 boards and issed 2 assists against Ventspils.



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  BELARUS   


Double defeat of Grodno-93 - by Alina Rakhman
The central game of the previous round took place in Osipovichi. The hosts received Grodno-93. Those two games were in interesting and tense struggle. Grodno-93 took double
wins. The first day the outcome of the game was decided only in the last quarter. This evening most points were benefited by Lemik (30 points+ 10 rebounds). Osipovichi: Charikov
(21 points+10 assists), Svirydov (21 points), Matyukevych (13 points), Yafremov (11points). Grodno-93: Lemik (30 points), Bogdanov (16 points), Vabishchevich (20 points), Gandlin
(12 points+10 assists).
The second game was similar to the first one. The chances were equal until the last minutes. On Saturday Valery Gandlin benefited the most points for Grodno-93, 21 points. Besides
Paliashchuk (11 points+14 rebounds) and Lemik were at their best. Lemik had a double-double by scouring 11 points. Osipovichi: Charikov (25points +10 assists), Vornik (20 points),
Yafremov (18 points), Matyukevych (16 points). Grodno-93: Gandlin (21points), Dadukin (16 points+8 rebounds), Paliashchuk (11 points+14 rebounds), Lemik (11points+ 11
rebounds), Bogdanov (11 points), Ivanov (11 points).


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 11-2 
 2. M.Hainaut 9-4 
 3. Charleroi 8-2 
 4. Antwerp 7-6 
 5. Oostende 7-7 
 6. Liege 5-8 
 7. Leuven 4-8 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-9 
 9. Gent 2-10 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.3 
 2. Waters, Verviers.16.6 
 3. Copeland, Aalstar16.3 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.4 
 5. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.9 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.9 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.14.9 
 9. Stipanovic, Liege14.7 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Randle, Gent8.5 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar8.1 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.5 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.7.3 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.0 
 6. Tofi, Leuven6.9 
 7. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.7 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.2 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.4 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.2 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.8 
 4. Miller, Leuven3.4 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi3.3 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Steinbach, Aalstar3.0 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
 9. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 10. Hill, Charleroi2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.7 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende2.6 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi2.0 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.9 
 10. Greene, Charleroi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Santiago, Charleroi0.8 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.4 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.4 


D1 Round 15: Leader Okapi Aalstar gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Okapi Aalstar delivered the eleventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Leuven Bears (4-8) 76-69. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against the league's second-placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Liege supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Spirou Charleroi (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-8). Spirou Charleroi did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 79-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Demond Mallet contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) answered with 17 points and 6 steals for Belgacom Liege. Defending champion maintains third place with 8-2 record having 3 victories less than leader Aalstar. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Base Oostende (#5) at home in the next round. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 15 bottom-ranked Gent was defeated by M.Hainaut in Quaregnon 70-62. Oostende beat Verviers-Pep. at home 78-74.
The best stats of 15th round was 26 points and 7 assists by Darrel Mitchell of Oostende.



M.Hainaut - Gent 70-62

There was no surprise in Quaregnon where 9th ranked Optima Gent (2-10) was defeated by third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (9-4) 70-62. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Impact Basketball) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Senne Geukens (190-83) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Optima Gent. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to second place. Optima Gent lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will play against Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gent: S.Geukens 19+7reb+2ast, M.Randle 13+8reb, D.Emerson 10+5reb+2ast, M.Rose 7+2reb, M.De Zeeuw 6+6reb+1ast, L.Bosco 4+3reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: B.McCauley 15+4reb+5ast, A.Nivins 13+7reb+1ast, R.Taylor 10+2reb+1ast, P.Van Paassen 10+3reb, R.Lewis 9+3reb+2ast, M.Hatten 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 98620


Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 78-74

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Base Oostende (7-7) defeated at home 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-9) 78-74. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But VOO Verviers-Pepinster won third quarter 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Base Oostende won last quarter 19-17. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Darrel Mitchell (180-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 assists. Forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Rashaun Freeman (203-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Base Oostende maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Base Oostende will play against higher ranked Spirou Charleroi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's leader Okapi Aalstar (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: R.Freeman 22+9reb, S.Jackson 16+6reb+1ast, D.Waters 13+3reb+2ast, B.Gay 9+8reb+1ast, A.Chada 7+3reb, A.Agudio 5+1ast
Oostende: D.Mitchell 26+3reb+7ast, M.Lojeski 14+2reb+5ast, W.Thomas 12+11reb+1ast, B.Ebong 10+2reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 7+3reb+4ast, D.Katnic 6+1reb
gschID: 98621


Liege - Charleroi 62-79

The game in Liege supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Spirou Charleroi (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-8). Spirou Charleroi did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 79-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) answered with 17 points and 6 steals and forward Taylor Griffin (201-86, college: Oklahoma) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Defending champion maintains third place with 8-2 record having 3 victories less than leader Aalstar. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Base Oostende (#5) at home in the next round. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liege: M.Jenkins 17+3reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 11+4reb, T.Griffin 11+5reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 8+5reb+2ast, G.Hockins 7, G.Muya 5+2reb+1ast
Charleroi: C.Beghin 15+4reb, B.Greene 14+6reb+4ast, D.Mallet 14+3reb+5ast, C.Hill 14+2reb+3ast, A.Riddick 10+5reb, J.Gomis 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 98618


Aalstar - Leuven 76-69

Leader Okapi Aalstar delivered the eleventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Leuven Bears (4-8) 76-69. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Okapi Aalstar and four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against the league's second-placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Leuven: J.Tofi 19+6reb+1ast, B.Freeman 15+5reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 12+1reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 10+3reb+3ast, D.Lowhorn 9+10reb+1ast, C.Matheus 4+4reb+1ast
Aalstar: A.Hilliard 23+6reb+4ast, A.Ruoff 13+2reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 11+1reb+5ast, C.Young 10+11reb+2ast, T.Johnson 10+3reb+1ast, C.Copeland 5+4reb
gschID: 98619




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  BULGARIA   


Levski beat Spartak Pleven for 12-th win of the season - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski had a difficult game against Spartak Pleven at home but still managed to win their 12-th victory of the season. in the National Basketball League. 'The Blues' led through the entire match, despite the fact that the guests were very close to take over in few moments during the second half. Despite the absence of Aaron Harper, the team of Levski was able to get the final score in their favor 96-87. It was their fifth victory in a row for a total of 12-th for them, as they have 2 defeats as well. Spartak is with the record of 3 wins and 11 losses.

The best player on the court was American with Bulgarian passport Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State), who finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds and was unstoppable in clutch moments of the game. Donald Cole added 17 points and 7 rebounds while Zlatin Georgiev ended with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

For Spartak Pleven Hrisimir Dimitrov recorded double-double as he finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Rosen Sofroniev added 15 points (4 three pointers) and Iliya Stankov captured 11 points.

In the next round of Levski will be host, this time to Chernomorets while Spartak Pleven will play against the other favorite for the title in Bulgaria - Lukoil Academic. Both matches will take place on January 21 (Friday) with 18.00 oclock local time tip-off.



NBL Round 14: Tundja defeats Chernomorets in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
NBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left.

NBL round 14 most interesting game took place in Burgas (derby !!!) between Tundja and Chernomorets. Sixth ranked Tundja (5-9) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Chernomorets (3-11). Tundja managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chernomorets won fourth quarter 31-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Chernomorets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian forward Simon Finzgar (196-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Guard Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-89) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Tundja maintains sixth position with 5-9 record. Chernomorets lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Tundja are looking forward to face higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chernomorets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski (#2) in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Balkan (7-7) against fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Balkan was defeated by Euroins Cherno More in a tough game in Varna 72-77. Forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Vasil Kiossev supported him with 24 points. Euroins Cherno More's coach Lyubomir Minchev allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Balkan lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with seven games lost. Euroins Cherno More will play against Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Balkan will play on the road against Tundja in Yambol and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Top-ranked host Lukoil Academik (14-0) defeated 4th ranked Rilski Sportist (6-8) 96-87. The best player for the winners was Dominic James who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ivan Lilov produced 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the guests. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Cherno More. Lukoil Academik will meet at home bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rilski Sportist will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Levski (12-2) beat at home 8th ranked Spartak (3-11) by 9 points 96-87, which is the biggest margin this round. Priest Lauderdale orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak at the other side stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Levski's next round opponent will be Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas where they are favorite. Spartak will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 11 rebounds by Hrisimir Dimitrov of Spartak.



Chernomorets - Tundja 83-86

NBL round 14 most interesting game took place in Burgas (derby !!!) between Tundja and Chernomorets. Sixth ranked Tundja (5-9) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Chernomorets (3-11). Tundja managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chernomorets won fourth quarter 31-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Chernomorets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian forward Simon Finzgar (196-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Tundja players scored in double figures. Guard Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-89) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dimitar Roshmanov (185-85) scored 20 points and 7 assists. Tundja maintains sixth position with 5-9 record. Chernomorets lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Tundja are looking forward to face higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chernomorets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski (#2) in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Tundja: S.Finzgar 26+8reb, S.Govedarov 16+2reb+6ast, D.Sattler 14+1reb+5ast, M.Durchev 10+6reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 8+12reb, P.Marinov 5+5reb+2ast
Chernomorets: T.Ivanov 23+6reb+2ast, D.Roshmanov 20+3reb+7ast, S.Naydenov 20+7reb, A.Saraliyski 9+7reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 5+6reb+1ast, A.Penev 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98300


Cherno More - Balkan 77-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Balkan (7-7) against fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Balkan was defeated by Euroins Cherno More in a tough game in Varna 72-77. Balkan was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 24-12 charge of Euroins Cherno More, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Vasil Kiossev (195-90) supported him with 24 points. Euroins Cherno More's coach Lyubomir Minchev allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Balkan lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with seven games lost. Euroins Cherno More will play against Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Balkan will play on the road against Tundja in Yambol and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: V.Kiossev 24+3reb+2ast, S.Iliev 20+10reb+3ast, N.Kolev 10+10reb, T.Zhelev 9+5reb+2ast, M.Borisov 7+2reb+1ast, P.Alexiev 6+1reb+2ast
Balkan: L.Lilov 18+9reb+3ast, K.Doychinov 18+11reb+2ast, G.Davidov 14+5reb+2ast, I.Vuchkov 10+7reb+3ast, D.Filipov 8+4reb+4ast, K.Raykov 4
gschID: 98301


Levski - Spartak 96-87

Second ranked Levski (12-2) beat at home 8th ranked Spartak (3-11) by 9 points 96-87, which is the biggest margin this round. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spartak won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Levski won last quarter 28-20. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 30. Levski had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Spartak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). American center Donald Cole (204-81, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Alexander Diakovski (185-82) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Spartak. Levski have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak at the other side stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Levski's next round opponent will be Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas where they are favorite. Spartak will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia.
Top scorers:
Levski: P.Lauderdale 28+8reb+2ast, D.Cole 17+7reb, A.Velikov 10+6reb+4ast, Z.Georgiev 9+7reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 9+3reb+2ast, J.Crowe 8+2reb+6ast
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 25+11reb+3ast, R.Sofroniev 15+2reb+1ast, I.Stankov 11+4reb+3ast, T.Ostrev 10+1reb+3ast, A.Diakovski 9+6reb+5ast, T.Todorov 9+4reb
gschID: 98302


Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist 96-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Top-ranked host Lukoil Academik (14-0) defeated 4th ranked Rilski Sportist (6-8) 96-87. Rilski Sportist trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 26-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-96 at the end of the game. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 40. The best player for the winners was American guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) produced 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzhovski (189-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Cherno More. Lukoil Academik will meet at home bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rilski Sportist will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.James 19+5reb+6ast, T.Stoykov 16+2reb+3ast, B.Avramov 12+2reb+3ast, B.Bowman 10+5reb, T.Peterson 10+10reb+1ast, T.Banev 8+3reb
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 25+9reb+8ast, D.Karadzhovski 14+4reb+2ast, B.Boev 11+2reb+5ast, S.Vaklinov 11+3reb+2ast, M.Marinov 9+2reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98299




Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 14-0 
 2. Levski 12-2 
 3. Balkan 7-7 
 4. Rilski Sportist 6-8 
 5. Cherno More 6-8 
 6. Tundja 5-9 
 7. Chernomorets 3-11 
 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.17.2 
 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, Tundja10.8 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.0 
 4. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.9 
 5. Kolev, Cherno More7.6 
 6. Dimitrov, Spartak7.5 
 7. Todorov, Spartak7.4 
 8. Morton, Balkan7.0 
 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.4.7 
 3. Govedarov, Tundja4.4 
 4. Diakovski, Spartak4.4 
 5. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 6. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 7. Alexiev, Cherno M.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. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 7. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.6 
 9. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.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. Petkov, Tundja0.8 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More0.7 
 7. Yanev, Cherno More0.7 
 8. Banev, Lukoil A.0.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.0.5 
 10. Davidov, Balkan0.5 


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  CANADA   


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


Rainmen make statement in 66-point half - by Eurobasket News
A vengeful Halifax Rainmen squad made sure the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions first visit to the Metro Centre wasn't a pleasant one.

The Rainmen, coming off their first loss of the season, trampled their guests for 66 first-half points en route to a 115-83 victory over one of the Premier Basketball Leagues two newest teams on Saturday night in front of 3,202 fans who were treated to one of the most dominant halves in franchise history.

'We wanted to come out and make a statement and we did a good job of that,' shooting guard Mike Mercer said after scoring 18 points in Halifaxs first outing since a 105-94 setback to the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry on Tuesday.

Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena), making his Rainmen debut, led the way with 19 points. Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) also netted 18, Kavon Jones and Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) counted 13 and Desmond Ferguson had 12.

'It was important to have a game like this, especially coming off a tough loss,' said Mitchell, activated earlier this week after missing the first three games of the season with an ankle injury.

Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) led Kentucky with 17 and Jason McLeish, who tried out with the Rainmen last season, had 15.

The final score - at least on the home side - didnt reflect the fact that both squads got off to tentative starts, combining for only four field goals in the first 4 minutes.

But after McLeish knocked down a pair of free throws to put Kentucky up 8-6, Halifax suddenly found its rhythm and left the Stallions in a cloud of dust. Going on the attack and showing off their athleticism, the Rainmen torched Kentucky with a 24-4 run to finish the quarter with a commanding 30-12 lead.

It didnt get any better for the visitors in the second period. The Rainmen continued to force the issue and put up 36 more points to go into the locker-room with a 66-29 lead. The offensive outburst fell just short of Halifaxs 68-point first half last February in a 147-105 thrashing of the Maryland GreenHawks at the Metro Centre.

Halifax led 95-55 after the third quarter and hit the century mark on Mercers trey 2:04 into the fourth.

'Everybody came into the game wanting to be more aggressive and it translated into a lot of points,' Mercer said. 'I feel like were more athletic and were quicker than a lot of teams in the PBL and thats something that we need to do. We need to get out in transition and use our quickness.'

Centre James (Boo) Jackson, brought in Friday as the latest to audition for Halifaxs opening for a big man in the middle, scored 11 points in 20 minutes of action.

For the third straight game, Halifax started two guards and three forwards, with six-foot-eight power forward Eric Crookshank the tallest Rainman on the floor for the tipoff.

But size didnt matter as Halifax outraced the Stallions on offence and occasionally employed a trapping defence that created a handful of turnovers during the big first-quarter run.

Seven-foot-two Kentucky centre Reo Logan didnt hit his first field goal until late in the third quarter, when both teams had all but settled into garbage time.

Halifax, now 3-1, holds a half-game lead on Quebec (3-2) in the East Division after the Kebs lost 107-101 to Rochester on Saturday afternoon. Kentucky fell to 2-3.

'Its a good confidence-builder,' Mitchell said of Saturdays victory, in which Halifax set a season high for points and turned in its stingiest defensive effort.

'It was good to get this win and get out on the road and take care of business.'

The Rainmen are travelling this week for a two-game stretch against the leagues expansion cousins. Theyre in Dayton on Wednesday to meet the Air Strikers and play a rematch against the Stallions next Sunday night in Georgetown.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  CHINA   


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.0 
 2. Morris, Beijing28.7 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang28.6 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan27.9 
 6. Lamizana, TianJ.27.9 
 7. Brown, Qingdao DS26.7 
 8. Emmett, Fujian26.6 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan24.8 
 10. Kelley, Zhejiang.24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Jones, Fujian17.8 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.14.9 
 3. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 4. Oyedeji, Foshan13.8 
 5. Harris, Shanghai13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 7. Watkins, Jilin13.4 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.6 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu12.5 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing12.1 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.4 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu6.3 
 3. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan5.3 
 5. Lu, Fujian5.3 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.2 
 7. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 8. Douby, Xinjiang4.7 
 9. Jones, Guandong4.6 
 10. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Crittenton, Zhejia.3.6 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu3.5 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.2 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan3.1 
 5. Emmett, Fujian2.9 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan2.8 
 7. Smith, Liaoning2.7 
 8. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.7 
 9. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.7 
 10. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.9 
 2. Jones, Fujian2.5 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan2.1 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu2.1 
 5. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 6. Morris, Beijing1.7 
 7. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 8. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing1.4 


CBA Round 16: DongGuan Leopards lose to Fujian SBS XunXin - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Jinjiang between second ranked DongGuan Leopards (13-2) and seventeenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (3-12) on Sunday night. DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Fujian SBS XunXin in a tough game on the road 113-120. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game without a history. Fujian SBS XunXin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fujian SBS XunXin shot 36 for 50 from the free-throw line, while DongGuan Leopards only scored seventeen points from the stripe. 34 personal fouls committed by DongGuan Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 20 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for DongGuan Leopards. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fujian SBS XunXin moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Jilin and TianJin R. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin is looking forward to face higher ranked Foshan (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. DongGuan Leopards will play against Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jiangsu Dragons (10-5) against fifteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (4-11) on Sunday night. Host Jiangsu Dragons were defeated by Shanxi Zhongyu in Nanjing 124-106. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Leon Rodgers who added 32 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (3-12) in Urumqi 103-80. The winners were led by Quincy Douby who scored that evening 29 points and 5 assists. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach XingQuan Jiang felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by Jameel Watkins did not help to save the game for Jilin Tigers. Undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Jilin Tigers lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with TianJin R. and Fujian. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet Liaoning Hunters (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jilin Tigers will play against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Zhejiang G.L. beat Shandong on the road 97-90. Bayi destroyed TianJin R. on its own court 93-72. Foshan unfortunately lost to Guandong in Dongguan 114-120. Qingdao DS managed to beat Zhejiang C. at home 113-102. Liaoning was defeated by Beijing on the opponent's court 103-91.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 41 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals by Charles Gaines of Qingdao DS.


Fujian - DongGuan 120-113

The most important game in the last round took place in Jinjiang between second ranked DongGuan Leopards (13-2) and seventeenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (3-12) on Sunday night. DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Fujian SBS XunXin in a tough game on the road 113-120. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game without a history. Fujian SBS XunXin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fujian SBS XunXin shot 36 for 50 from the free-throw line, while DongGuan Leopards only scored seventeen points from the stripe. 34 personal fouls committed by DongGuan Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 20 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 25 points and 6 assists in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fujian SBS XunXin moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Jilin and TianJin R. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin is looking forward to face higher ranked Foshan (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. DongGuan Leopards will play against Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fujian: J.Dwayne 28+20reb+3ast, E.Andre 24+7reb+4ast, G.SongLin 19+5reb+3ast, G.Lei 15+2reb, Y.Qin 11+2reb, Z.TaiLong 10+1reb+1ast
DongGuan: V.Jackson 31+15reb+8ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 25+4reb+6ast, P.Duo 14+3reb, Z.Kai 12+10reb+2ast, Q.Biao 10+2reb+2ast, C.Ya-Song 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 118448


Shandong - Zhejiang G.L. 90-97

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (9-6) beat 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (7-8) in Jinan 97-90 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shandong Bulls won third quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and center Wei Zhang (203-84) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) did not help to save the game for Shandong Bulls. His fellow American import guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) added 18 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions maintains sixth position with 9-6 record, which they share with Bayi. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Qingdao DS. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet at home higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#12) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 35+16reb+3ast, Z.Wei 19+6reb, K.Tre 18+1reb+1ast, W.Bo 11+5reb+3ast, L.Chih-Chieh 6+7reb+1ast, D.Li 4+4reb
Shandong: W.Rodney 20+7reb+4ast, A.Myron 18+4reb+4ast, L.JingYu 12+3reb+2ast, W.Ke 10+4reb, W.Gang 10+4reb+2ast, S.Jie 10+1reb
gschID: 118445


Bayi - TianJin R. 93-72

Very expected game when 16th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (3-12) was smashed by seventh ranked Bayi Fubang (9-6) in Ningbo 93-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayi Fubang. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win second period 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayi Fubang forced 21 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. The winners were led by international forward Lei Wang (203-86) who scored that evening 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Ke Mo (210-82) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks by Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) did not help to save the game for TianJin Rongcheng. American power forward Lee Benson (208-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 12 points and 17 rebounds for lost side. Five Bayi Fubang and four TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. TianJin Rongcheng's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Bayi Fubang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. Loser TianJin Rongcheng dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Jilin and Fujian. Bayi Fubang will meet league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.Lei 22+9reb+7ast, M.Ke 19+5reb+2ast, Z.Bo 16+4reb, Z.Chengyu 13+3reb+2ast, L.Ke 12+10reb+1ast, H.Ke 6+11reb
TianJin R.: L.Herve 19+10reb+1ast, Z.Nan 18+4reb+3ast, B.Lee 12+17reb, X.Lei 10+4reb, X.GuiJun 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 3+1reb
gschID: 118446


Guandong - Foshan 120-114

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Guandong Tigers (11-4) won against 13th ranked Foshan (4-11) in Dongguan 120-114 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Foshan won third quarter 39-38. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Foshan 49-38 including a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Even 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for Foshan. Guard Ben He (202-89) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers moved-up to third place. Loser Foshan keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Guandong Tigers will meet Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#6) in the next round. Foshan will play against Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in Jinjiang and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guandong: W.ShiPeng 34+2reb+2ast,S.Wei 11+12reb, L.XiaoYu 10+3reb+5ast, W.Zheng 6+5reb+1ast
Foshan: M.Stephon 35+7reb+6ast, H.Ben 21+5reb+2ast, Z.Yong-gang 16+5reb+3ast, Y.Wenbo 16+6reb+2ast, O.Olumide 14+11reb, Z.Nan 6+2reb
gschID: 118447


Qingdao DS - Zhejiang C. 113-102

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Qingdao Double Star and 11th ranked Zhejiang Cyclones had identical 6-8 record. This time Qingdao Double Star used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hangzhou 113-102 on Sunday night. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals and guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) supported him with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Cyclones. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Qingdao Double Star (7-8) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Shandong. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Shanghai. Qingdao Double Star will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 41+13reb+4ast, B.Dee 26+7reb+9ast, C.Kai 23+6reb+1ast, A.Zaid 7+3reb, C.Liang 6, L.Gen 6
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 33+6reb+3ast, B.Josh 18+9reb, C.Fei 17+5reb+2ast, D.Jinhui 12+8reb+2ast, Z.Dayu 5+3reb, C.ZhaoShen 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118443


Jiangsu - Shanxi Zh. 106-124

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jiangsu Dragons (10-5) against fifteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (4-11) on Sunday night. Host Jiangsu Dragons were defeated by Shanxi Zhongyu in Nanjing 124-106. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. Jiangsu Dragons managed to win third quarter 31-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) who added 32 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) scored 25 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 32+3reb+2ast, D.Osama 25+8reb+12ast, T.Shawn 23+7reb+1ast, P.Shang 12+8reb+3ast, Z.XueWen 10+4reb+1ast, W.MingLiang 10+4reb
Jiangsu: T.ZhengDong 25+9reb+2ast, W.Antoine 25+2reb, Y.Li 14+2reb+2ast, M.Jerome 11+15reb+1ast, H.XueFeng 11+4reb+4ast, L.Yahui 10+7reb
gschID: 118444


Beijing - Liaoning 103-91

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Beijing Ducks (10-6) defeated at home 8th ranked Liaoning Hunters (8-7) 103-91 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Liaoning Hunters managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Liaoning Hunters turnovers. Strangely Liaoning Hunters outrebounded Beijing Ducks 45-32 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 27 points. Even 24 points by forward Tian-ju He (203-90) did not help to save the game for Liaoning Hunters. American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 19 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks maintains fifth position with 10-6 record. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liaoning Hunters will play against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (#1) in Urumqi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: C.Joe 27+1reb+2ast, M.Randolph 19+10reb+1ast, W.Xiaohui 15+1ast, A.Zaid 11+9reb+1ast, C.Lei 9+1reb+3ast, X.LiBin 7+1reb
Liaoning: H.Tian-ju 24+4reb+2ast, S.Donta 19+4reb+5ast, R.Chris 13+12reb, H.Dejun 11+4reb, G.Ailun 7+9reb+2ast, B.Qiang 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 118441


Xinjiang - Jilin 103-80

CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (3-12) in Urumqi 103-80. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Jilin Tigers managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 20 Jilin Tigers turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who scored that evening 29 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) supported him with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach XingQuan Jiang felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Jilin Tigers. Forward Tao Li (200-82) added 18 points for lost side. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Jilin Tigers lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with TianJin R. and Fujian. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet Liaoning Hunters (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jilin Tigers will play against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 29+3reb+5ast, X.GuoChong 20+1reb+1ast, S.James 19+11reb+1ast, M.WuLan 15+4reb+4ast, C.Tal 10+4reb, Z.QingPeng 6+2reb+1ast
Jilin: W.Jameel 19+12reb+2ast, L.Tao 18+3reb, L.Wei 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Shulong 10+5reb+1ast, D.Jiang 6+2reb+1ast, L.Xudong 5+1ast
gschID: 118442




Xinjiang Keeps Winning, Dongguan Loses - by Arthur Volbert
Undefeated Xinjiang blew out Jilin 103-80 despite the absence of Mengke Bateer, With Dongguan losing, Xinjiang extended its CBA lead to two games. Quincy Douby had 29 points and 5 assists. James Singleton had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 20. Maiwulan, subbing for Bateer, had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Xirelijiang (Co Tal) had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Jilin. Li Tao had 18 points and 3 rebounds. Lu Wei scored 11. Yu Shulong had 10 points and 5 rebounds. David Young has left Jilin but Tim Pickett has not yet arrived.

Second-place Dongguan was shocked by lowly Fujian 120=113. Jones Dwayne (211-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) had 28 points and 20 rebounds. Andre Emmett had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Gong Songlin had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guo Lei scored 15. Yang Qin scored 11 and Zhao Tailong had 10. Jackson Vroman had 31 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists for Dongguan. Josh Akognon had 25 points and 6 assists. Meng Duo scored 14. Zhang Kai had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Qiu Biao, returning from injury, scored 10.

Wang Shipeng scored 34 points as Guangdong defeated Foshan 120-114, to gain third place in the CBA. Marcus Haislip had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Lester Hudson (191-G-84, college: Tennessee-Martin), a new import replacing Fred Jones, had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Su Wei had 11 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes. Zhu Fangyu and Du Feng did not play. Guangdong seems to need two productive imports if it wants to climb back to the top in the CBA, and not rely as much on its domestic talent. Stephon Marbury had 35 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Foshan. He Ben had 21 points and 5 rebounds, playing the entire game. Yang Wenbo and Zhao Yonggang each scored 16. Olumide Oyedeji had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Zheng Zhun, the young and soft seven-footer, only played 9 minutes and had 2 points and no rebounds.

Shanxi Zhongyu upset Jiangsu 124-106. Leon Rogers scored 32 points. Osama Daghlas had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Shawn Taggart had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Shang Ping had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Xuewen and Wei Mingliang each scored 10. Tang Zhengdong had 25 points and 9 rebounds for Jiangsu. Antoine Wright scored 25 but only hit 2 of 12 three-pointers. Yi Li scored 14. Jerome Moiso had 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hu Xuefeng had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Liu Yahui had 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Beijing defeated Liaoning 103-91 as new import Joe Crawford scored 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting. Randolph Morris had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Wang Xiaohui scored 15. Zaid Abbas had 11 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 9. He Tianju scored 24 for Liaoning. Donta Smith had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Chris Richard had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Han Dejun had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 15 minutes. Guo Ailun had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Yang Ming did not play.

Qingdao defeated Zhejiang 113-102. Charles Gaines had 41 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. Dee Brown had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Chen Kai had 23 points and 6 rebounds. Marcus Williams had 33 points and 6 rebounds for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Cao Fei had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 12 points, 8 rebounds but fouled out in 36 minutes and had 7 turnovers. Wang Dayong, the guard who has been so good lately, had only 3 points on 1 of 5 shooting in 13 minutes.

The Zhejiang Lions defeated Shandong 97-90. Peter John Ramos had 35 points and 16 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Tre Kelley scored 18. Wang Bo had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Rodney White had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Shandong. Myron Allen had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Li Jingyu scored 12. Wang Gang, Wu Ke and Sun Jie, returning from injury, had 10. Tao Hanlin had 8 points and 9 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Bayi destroyed Tianjin 93-72 though Wang Zhizhi only played 7 minutes and was scoreless and Xu Zhonghao continued to be out with an injury. Wang Lei had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Mo Ke had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Chengyu had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Li Ke had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Hu Ke had 11 rebounds but only 6 points on 3 of 12 shooting. Herve Lamizana had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Tianjin. Zhang Nan had 18 points but also 8 turnovers. Lee Benson had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Xu Lei had 10 points and 4 rebounds.



Randolph Morris claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Beijing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 34 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Jilin (#14, 3-11) 105-98. Beijing is placed at 5th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beijing will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Morris turned to be Beijing's top player in his first season with the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morris is in league's top in points (2nd best: 29.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 12.8rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Shanxi Zh.. Taggart impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 37 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Shanxi Zh. lost that game 100-107 to the higher-ranked Bayi (#7, 8-6). Shanxi Zh. is still second from the bottom in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Shanxi Zh. managed to get this year. Taggart is one of the most experienced players at Shanxi Zh. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. (#6). Ramos showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Ramos' great performance Zhejiang G.L. lost 104-112 to the lower-ranked Qingdao DS (#10, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Zhejiang G.L. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Ramos has a great season in China. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 65.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R. - 33 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 28 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86) of DongGuan - 44 points and 7 rebounds
7. Lei Wang (203-F-86) of Bayi - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. XueFeng Hu (185-G-80) of Jiangsu - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. David Young (196-G/F-81) of Jilin - 34 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka ZITKO
  Trogir
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Zitko, Trogir18.3 
 2. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 3. Sobin, KK Split17.3 
 4. Bakovic, Darda17.3 
 5. Saric, Dubrava16.8 
 6. Ridl, Darda15.8 
 7. Helbich, Svjetlost15.5 
 8. Ceskovic, Trogir14.9 
 9. Kamaldin, Darda14.8 
 10. Basljan, Dubrava14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Radic, Alkar Sinj9.5 
 3. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 4. Krolo, Darda8.6 
 5. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 6. Sobin, KK Split7.4 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost6.7 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split6.3 
 10. Ridl, Darda6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudolf JUGO
  Kvarner 2010
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.6 
 2. Misic, Svjetlost4.5 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Delas, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Sarac, Svjetlost3.8 
 7. Primorac, Dubrava3.3 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 9. Katic, KK Split2.9 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ozren MISIC
  Svjetlost
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Misic, Svjetlost2.5 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.2 
 3. Skific, Borik2.1 
 4. Petani, Borik2.0 
 5. Swift, Darda1.9 
 6. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 7. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda1.7 
 9. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.7 
 10. Saric, Dubrava1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 5. Karac, Dubrovnik1.0 
 6. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 8. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.9 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.7 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 8-3 
 2. Borik 7-4 
 3. Alkar Sinj 7-4 
 4. Svjetlost 6-5 
 5. Zabok 5-6 
 6. Dubrovnik 5-6 
 7. Kvarner 2010 5-6 
 8. Dubrava 4-7 
 9. Darda 4-7 
 10. Trogir 4-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO
 4. Zadar


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


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CEZ Nymburk Trounces Visiting KK Zadar 91-70 in Adriatic League Round 17 - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ Nymburk posted a resounding 91-70 beating on visiting KK Zadar of Croatia yesterday afternoon. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) led the way for the Czech Champions with a game-high 21 points on 9-12 shooting from the field in 30 minutes. After a close opening quarter, Nymburk turned up their offense, outscoring Zadar by 20 points over the rest of the game. Veteran Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-F-77) followed Pumprla with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds for Nymburk who improve to 8-9 on the season. For Zadar, which falls to 5-12, was led by Marko Car (188-G/F-85) who scored a team-high 16 points and Chester Mason (192-G-81, college: Miami (OH))who had his best game thus far with Zadar, scoring 13 points while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.
NYMBURK: Pavel Pumprla (21pts), Ladislav Sokolovsky (16pts+7reb), Chester Simmons (12pts), Vladimir Stimac (8pts+5reb)
ZADAR: Marko Car (16pts+5reb), Chester Mason (13pts+9reb), Jakov Vladovic (11pts+5reb), Ivan Batur (9pts)



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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 16-7 
 2. Erie Bay H. 15-8 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 12-10 
 4. Dakota W. 7-16 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-17 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 18-6 
 2. Rio Grande 13-7 
 3. New Mexico 11-12 
 4. Texas L. 10-10 
 5. Maine RC 10-13 
 6. Austin T. 9-11 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 14-8 
 2. Bakersfield J. 13-9 
 3. Utah F. 10-9 
 4. Springfield A. 7-15 
 5. Idaho S. 6-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.5 
 2. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.8 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 5. Greene, Utah F.19.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.7 
 7. Johnson, Erie B.19.3 
 8. Edwards, New M.19.3 
 9. Tucker, New Mexico17.8 
 10. Sims, Maine RC17.5 
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. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.7 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 8. Wheeler, Idaho S.8.9 
 9. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 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. Jackson, Idaho S.7.9 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.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. Cooper, Dakota W.5.6 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Hubbard, New M.2.3 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.0 
 9. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 4. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 5. Sykes, Sioux F.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.0 
 8. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.6 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 
 10. Alexander, Texas L.1.6 


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Texas L. 108-95
The Texas Legends lost the front end of a weekend double-header in Reno on Saturday night, falling 108-95 to the Reno Bighorns inside the Reno Events Center. The Legends and Bighorns battled back-and-forth through the first quarter and a half, until Reno went on a 20-2 run midway through the second quarter to take a commanding 19-point lead. Reno would go into halftime on top 64-63. However, after a Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) Jr. bucket for Reno to start the third quarter, the Legends would go on a 22-3 sprint and climb within four points at 69-65. Texas would trail by nine going into the fourth. Reno seemed to put the game out of reach after they jumped on top of Texas to begin the fourth quarter, running out to a 16-point lead with just under eight minutes to go in the game. The Legends cut the deficit down to eight late in the quarter, but failed to get any closer as the Bighorns hung on for the victory. Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) had another strong game with a team-high 24 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth consecutive double-double. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) led the Bighorns with 24 points, while Jeremy Lin added 21. The loss dropped the Legends to 10-10, as the Bighorns improved to 14-8 on the year. The Legends will remain in Reno for the weekend finale tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Reno Events Center. Texas returns home to Frisco on Friday as they play host to the Maine Red Claws at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. *Courtesy of D-League

Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 110-95
At the first sight of Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) ' bright blue Nikes, it was obvious he was different. The 6-foot-10 forward, an NBA assignee whose rights are owned by the Philadelphia 76ers, joined the Springfield Armor today and wore sneakers that did not at all match those of his teammates. But it didn't take discolored footwear for Brackins to stand out in the first game of his second D-League assignment in Springfield. Brackins poured in 31 points to lead Springfield to a 110-95 victory against the Erie BayHawks Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. 'That's what [Brackins] does,' said Armor coach Dee Brown. 'He drove here and came right out onto the court, so that just shows how professional he is and how prepared he is to play the game. We'll probably have him for a few games, and then he'll go back up [to the NBA] and join his team.' Springfield trailed 6-2 before Brown could even take a deep breath, and the coach did not like the way his team was playing. Brown took his first timeout with 9:27 remaining in the first quarter, and it was not so he could exchange pleasantries with his players. 'I can't say it on air,' noted Brown with a chuckle. 'No, I just talked about energy. Pretty much I told them to get their heads out of their tushes, in so many words. I just said, ‘Listen, come on, guys. We're back home. Let's start this [six-game] homestand on the right note.' That's a good Erie basketball team.' The Armor regrouped after the timeout, heeding Brown's advice. A stretch of solid ball movement, led by Scottie Reynolds' penetration and Brackins' sweet outside stroke, allowed Springfield to take a 28-23 lead by the first quarter's end. The second quarter was the Craig Brackins Show - written by, produced by, directed by, and starring Brackins himself. He drained mid-range jump shots, nailed a three-pointer and even soared to slam home a crowd-pleasing alley-oop as the Armor raced to a 47-32 lead. A quick Erie run cut the Armor's lead to 49-42, but Springfield followed a Brackins three-pointer with two spectacular plays - an L.D. Williams three-pointer off a Reynolds no-look, around-the-back pass; and an off-the-backboard alley-oop from JamesOn Curry to Williams - to push the lead to 57-42. Two minutes later, the first half ended with the score 61-49. Brackins scored 12 points in the second quarter, bringing his first-half total to 19. Erie again threatened in the third quarter, pulling within four points at 75-71. But the Armor stayed resilient, closing out the quarter with a 12-4 run to lead 87-75. The final period was nothing more than a victory lap, as the BayHawks failed to creep closer than twelve points. For the Armor, Curry finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Chas McFarland scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Reynolds finished with 11 assists. Gavin Edwards tweaked his knee in the second quarter and did not return, but Brown said the injury was no big deal. A day after scoring 46 points against the Maine Red Claws, Ivan Johnson paced Erie with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Garrett Temple added 21 points, and Tasmin Mitchell poured in 20. But there should be no mistaking that this was Brackins' night. 'I've been working on my shot,' he said. 'Just practicing, working hard every day. I guess it's just showing that I practice how to keep it consistent. I've got to keep rebounding and defending; that's what I'm really here for. The shot's always going to come. It's just a knack that I have.' Maybe bright blue Nikes should become the next trend. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Sioux Falls S. - Bakersfield J. 100-126
The Bakersfield Jam defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 126-100 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday night. Bakersfield outscored Sioux Falls 65-34 in the second half to break open a tight game in Duane Ticknor's first game as interim head coach. Sioux Falls (2-17) came out strong in their first home game since Christmas Night and led by as many as 11 points (61-50) with just over two minutes to play in the opening half. Bakersfield (13-9) closed the gap to 63-61 but Anthony Harris swished a shot from beyond halfcourt at the halftime buzzer to give the Skyforce a 66-61 lead. NBA Development League leading scorer Trey Johnson took over in the third quarter as he scored 20 points on 10-of-12 field goals to give the Jam a 94-86 lead heading into the final stanza. Bakersfield made 6-of-9 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and send Sioux Falls to their 12th straight loss. Johnson scored a game-high 34 points on 16-of-23 field goals. Brandon Wallace (6'9''-F-85, college: S.Carolina) scored 20 points behind 6-of-8 3-pointers to go along with eight rebounds. Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) added 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Harris scored a season-high 26 points and Maureece Rice posted 22 in his home debut. Cory Underwood also had a solid home debut with 13 points and six rebounds in a reserve role. The same two teams tangle tomorrow night at the Sioux Falls Arena at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

New Mexico - Tulsa 66ers 95-100
After trailing for most of the game the Tulsa 66ers (16-6) used a late fourth quarter run to beat the New Mexico Thunderbirds (11-12) by a score of 100-95 and extend their winning streak to 10 consecutive games. Led by Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul) and Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87, college: Findlay (OH)) the Thunderbirds raced out to an early lead in the first quarter. With the T-Birds holding a small 17-14 advantage the Thunderbirds went on a 15-3 run to close the quarter and take a 32-17 lead after one. Tucker led all scorers with 10 points and Bostic had eight points. The 66ers quickly closed the gap scoring the first 10 points of the second quarter to make the score 32-27. The T-Birds answered by going on a 10-0 run of their own to open the lead back up to 15 points. Tulsa would close the score to 50-43 at the half. In the third quarter, the T-Birds extended the lead as high as 13 points with 4:13 to go in the quarter. Tulsa then closed the quarter on a 15-4 run to trim the Thunderbirds lead to 73-71 heading into the fourth quarter. Tweety Carter led the way for the 66ers with 15 points in the third quarter. The T-Birds still held a four point lead with 9:17 to go, but then Tulsa went on a 13-3 run to take their first lead of the game and make the score 90-84. The Thunderbirds quickly responded going on an 11-2 run to take a 95-92 lead. Tulsa then scored the next six points of the game to take back the lead for good. All five Thunderbirds starters scored in double figures led by Tucker who finished with a game high 27. The Thunderbirds will begin a five-game road trip on Thursday when they take on Sioux Falls at 6:00 p.m. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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EMKL Round 18: Valga/CKE defeats KK Parnu in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
EMKL round 18 most interesting game took place in Valga between Valga/CKE and KK Parnu. Seventh ranked Valga/CKE (7-12) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked KK Parnu (4-14). Valga/CKE managed to escape with a 3-point win 77-74 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Timo Oja (182-87) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Valga/CKE maintains seventh position with 7-12 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Valga/CKE are looking forward to face higher ranked TTU/Kalev II (#6) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play on the road against BC Rakvere and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Rakvere. 4th ranked host BC Rakvere (10-9) was smashed by second ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-2) 100-72. International guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) notched 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Joosep Toome supported him with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) did not help to save the game for BC Rakvere. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-2 record having just 1 point less than leader TU/Rock. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
BC Rakvere (#4) was upset in Tallinn by seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II 85-77. The best player for the winners was Mooses Kaja who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Matthew Hall who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. TTU/Kalev II has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rapla. Loser BC Rakvere keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. TTU/Kalev II will meet Valga/CKE (#7) on the road in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rapla was quite interesting. Second ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Rapla (7-11). Kalev/Cramo did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-79. It was a good game for Michael Dunigan who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-2 record having just 1 point less than leader TU/Rock. Newly promoted Rapla keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 18 bottom-ranked Voru KK lost to TTU/Kalev on the opponent's court 83-98.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 14 rebounds by Curtis Allen of Voru KK.


TTU/Kalev - Voru KK 98-83

Very expected game in Tallinn where 9th ranked Voru KK (1-18) was defeated by third ranked TTU/Kalev (13-5) 98-83. TTU/Kalev forced 26 Voru KK turnovers. Strangely Voru KK outrebounded TTU/Kalev 46-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Andrais Thornton (203-85, college: NW Missouri St.) added 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Voru KK. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader TU/Rock. Voru KK lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. TTU/Kalev will have a break next round. Voru KK will play at home against BC Rakvere (#4).
Top scorers:
Voru KK: A.Thornton 24+8reb+1ast, C.Allen 24+14reb+2ast, S.Kuuba 10+7reb, T.Kimask 9+2reb+1ast, M.Niklus 7+12reb, V.Feliks 5+1reb
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 25+6reb+2ast, B.Osby 18+4reb+4ast, M.Klementsov 16+2ast, S.Tomingas 10+6reb+1ast, E.Keedus 8+8reb+3ast, K.Makke 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 119545


TTU/Kalev II - Rakvere 85-77

BC Rakvere (#4) was upset in Tallinn by seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II 85-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BC Rakvere outrebounded TTU/Kalev II 45-33 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mooses Kaja (195-88) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Brett McGee (198-84, college: Mt.Mercy) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev II has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rapla. Loser BC Rakvere keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. TTU/Kalev II will meet Valga/CKE (#7) on the road in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: M.Hall 26+10reb+1ast, B.McGee 19+6reb, R.Anderson 10+9reb+2ast, V.Viljar 10+2reb, J.Pokla 7+9reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 5+3reb
TTU/Kalev II: M.Kaja 20+7reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 15+3reb+1ast, A.Arnold 14+11reb+1ast, S.Raudla 13+1reb+4ast, M.Kurg 9+3ast, K.Keres 7+7reb
gschID: 119546


Rakvere - Kalev/Cramo 72-100

The game between Top Four teams took place in Rakvere. 4th ranked host BC Rakvere (10-9) was smashed by second ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-2) 100-72. BC Rakvere was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 54-25 second half run of Kalev/Cramo. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 BC Rakvere turnovers. International guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) notched 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and international forward Joosep Toome (202-85) supported him with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) did not help to save the game for BC Rakvere. Forward Janis Vahter (195-86) added 12 points. Both teams had five 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. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-2 record having just 1 point less than leader TU/Rock. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
Rakvere: H.Frier 13+2ast, M.Hall 13+7reb+2ast, V.Viljar 12+5reb, J.Pokla 12+3reb+1ast, J.Vahter 12+3reb+2ast, B.McGee 9+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: K.Orula 21+1reb+1ast, R.Keerles 14+3reb, R.Tamm 14+6reb+4ast, J.Toome 12+5reb+6ast, G.Arbet 10+4reb+2ast, M.Dunigan 9+7reb
gschID: 119542


Valga/CKE - Parnu 77-74

EMKL round 18 most interesting game took place in Valga between Valga/CKE and KK Parnu. Seventh ranked Valga/CKE (7-12) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked KK Parnu (4-14). Valga/CKE managed to escape with a 3-point win 77-74 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Timo Oja (182-87) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Martin Paasoja (189-93) scored 16 points. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Valga/CKE maintains seventh position with 7-12 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Valga/CKE are looking forward to face higher ranked TTU/Kalev II (#6) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play on the road against BC Rakvere and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Parnu: M.Paasoja 16+4reb+2ast, T.Raadik 15+10reb, E.Tamsalu 14+4reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 13+4reb, R.Raap 8+1reb+2ast, R.Karner 6+6reb+2ast
Valga/CKE: T.Oja 24+6reb+5ast, A.Brown 22+9reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 13+5reb+2ast, V.Vares 5+4reb+1ast, K.Koolman 4+6reb+1ast, A.Vasar 4+1ast
gschID: 119543


Rapla - Kalev/Cramo 79-96

The game in Rapla was quite interesting. Second ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Rapla (7-11). Kalev/Cramo did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-79. It looked good early as Rapla took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kalev/Cramo took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. 31 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rapla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-2 record having just 1 point less than leader TU/Rock. Newly promoted Rapla keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 20+6reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 17+13reb+3ast, I.Kajupank 14+7reb+3ast, M.Parn 11+3reb, A.Antson 9+2reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 3+4reb
Kalev/Cramo: M.Dunigan 21+11reb+1ast, G.Arbet 12+3reb+5ast, K.Orula 11+1ast, M.Riis 10+3reb+3ast, R.Tamm 10+4reb+3ast, R.Keerles 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 119544




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 17-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 17-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 13-5 
 4. Rakvere 10-9 
 5. Rapla 7-11 
 6. TTU/Kalev II 7-11 
 7. Valga/CKE 7-12 
 8. Parnu 4-14 
 9. Voru KK 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.5 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla16.8 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.8 
 5. Brown, Va.16.2 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK14.9 
 7. Vares, Va.14.9 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.8 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.3 
 2. Brown, Va.12.2 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.5 
 5. Osby, TT.8.9 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.8 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK8.7 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.6 
 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.3.4 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.2 
 5. Oja, Va.3.2 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 7. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 8. Laane, Rapla2.7 
 9. Winston, Va.2.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
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. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 7. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere1.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Osby, TT.1.5 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 


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U16 European Championships Draw - by Eurobasket News
U16 European Championships Draw was held to determine the teams into the groups and divisions. Pardubice/Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)
will host Division A that was divided into 4 groups from 28 July - 7 August, 2011. Division B will be played on the same dates in Skopje (F.Y.R. of Macedonia). Twenty three teams were divided into four groups.

Division A
28 July - 7 August, Pardubice/Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)


GROUP A
1. Poland
2. Czech Republic
3. Spain
4. Greece

GROUP B
1. Russia
2. Montenegro
3. Serbia
4. Germany

GROUP C
1. France
2. Latvia
3. Lithuania
4. Ukraine

GROUP D
1. Turkey
2. Italy
3. Croatia
4. Bulgaria

Division B
28 July - 7 August, Skopje (F.Y.R. of Macedonia)


GROUP A
1. Luxembourg
2. Romania
3. Georgia
4. Belarus
5. England
6. F.Y.R. of Macedonia

GROUP B
1. Austria
2. Portugal
3. Slovenia
4. Netherlands
5. Finland
6. Cyprus

GROUP C
1. Ireland
2. Slovak Republic
3. Hungary
4. Switzerland
5. Sweden
6. Armenia

GROUP D
1. Bosnia & Herzegovina
2. Estonia
3. Israel
4. Belgium
5. Denmark


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The 2011 European Championships Draw for U18 teams - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 European Championships Draw for U18 teamswas announced yesterday in Krakow City Hall. Division A will be played in Poland from 21 - 31 July, 2011. Four groups will have 4 teams with total of 16 teams. Division B will be played in Varna (Bulgaria) from 21 - 31 July, 2011. Nineteen teams were divided into 4 groups with three groups for 5 teams and groupc C with four teams.

Division A
21 - 31 July, Poland
GROUP A
1. Slovenia
2. Greece
3. Croatia
4. Poland

GROUP B
1. Finland
2. Germany
3. Turkey
4. Serbia

GROUP C
1. Czech Republic
2. Latvia
3. France
4. Spain

GROUP D
1. Ukraine
2. Italy
3. Russia
4. Lithuania

Division B
21 - 31 July, Varna (Bulgaria)
GROUP A
1. Georgia
2. Luxembourg
3. Bulgaria
4. Hungary
5. Austria

GROUP B
1. Belgium
2. Portugal
3. Denmark
4. England
5. Estonia

GROUP C
1. Belarus
2. Netherlands
3. Montenegro
4. Romania

GROUP D
1. Slovak Republic
2. Switzerland
3. Israel
4. Sweden
5. Norway


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Bilbao to host U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao to host U20 European Championship in Divison A, while Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) will invite to Division B this summer. Division A will be hosted by Bilbao (Spain) on the 14 - 24 July, 2011. Sixteen teams were divided into 4 groups with 4 teams in each.Division B will be played in Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) from 14 - 24 July, 2011. Twenty-two teams were divided into 4 groups with 5 and 6 teams respectfully.

Division A
14 - 24 July, Bilbao (Spain)


GROUP A
1. Montenegro
2. Russia
3. Serbia
4. Slovenia

GROUP B
1. Sweden
2. Croatia
3. France
4. Latvia

GROUP C
1. Austria
2. Spain
3. Turkey
4. Greece

GROUP D
1. Ukraine
2. Italy
3. Lithuania
4. Germany

Division B
14 - 24 July, Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
GROUP A
1. Poland
2. Romania
3. Georgia
4. Estonia
5. Switzerland
6. F.Y.R. of Macedonia

GROUP B
1. Bulgaria
2. Slovak Republic
3. Denmark
4. Netherlands
5. Hungary

GROUP C
1. Czech Republic
2. Portugal
3. Norway
4. Great Britain
5. Finland
6. Luxembourg

GROUP D
1. Israel
2. Belarus
3. Iceland
4. Belgium
5. Bosnia & Herzegovina


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Korihait tough at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 28: Only one contest tonight. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) defeating Tarmo (Porvoo) 102-90 (49-50). Korihait record at home is excellent 12-1 and totally 18-10, which
means position # 4 right now as there are 16 rounds left out of the regular season. Korihait had all starters in double figures. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) led the hosts with 28 points.
Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-F-82, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored his season high 22 pts and was the leading scorer on Tarmo roster.
Korihait - Tarmo 102-90 (49-50). (Nigel Moore 28, Petri Heinonen 21, Bojan Sarcevic 13 - Esa Maki-Tulokas 22, Jonathan Heard 21, Jerrah Young 19).

In Division 1 there were four games tonight. Korikonkarit (Loimaa) defeated BC Nokia 83-73 (32-40). LoKoKo had a newcomer on the roster as Channing Toney (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) had transfered from Tarmo (Porvoo) to Loimaa. Toney started with a double-double 15pts/11rbs. Sami Mantymaa (192-F-88) scored 27 pts for the hosts as Huima beat Korikobrat (Lapua) 92-80 (48-38). Demarcus Hall (193-F) and Eryk Thomas (200-C-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) combined 48 pts and helped Riento (Saynatsalo) to win over Ura Basket (Kaarina) on the road 82-104 (39-54). And Honka (Tapiola) lost at home vs FoKoPo (Forssa) 76-93 (37-47). BC Jyvaskyla and FoKoPo on the top with 11-3 record.
LoKoKo - BC Nokia 83-73 (JSon Stamper 25/19, Maurice Horton 19, Channing Toney 15/11 - Timo Riihela 16, Pekka Setala 13, Tomi Kankaanpaa 11).

Huima - Lapua 92-80 (Sami Mantymaa 27, Jamaal Douglas 23/24, Treylon Manning 23/6a - Benny Valentine 27, Jussi Turja 19, Tyrwone Still 16).
Ura Basket - SayRi 82-104 (Zach Ramsay 20, Miska Ahokas 14, Jonas Mattila 12 - Demarcus Hall 24, Eryk Thomas 24, Eetu Nieminen 23).
T.Honka - FoKoPo 76-93 (Juho Helenius 15, Kilian Cato 14, Daniel Dolenc 10 - Olli Kaunomaki 17, Jeremy McCulloch 15, Mika Suokas 13).



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  FRANCE   


Christophe Massie claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Limoges CSP Elite and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 33-year old power forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Limoges in his team's victory, helping them to crush ASVEL (#7, 7-7) with 18-point margin 87-69. Limoges maintains the 13th position in French ProA. Limoges is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-9 record. Massie turned to be Limoges' top player in his first season with the team. University of Memphis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Massie is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 60.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Limoges CSP Elite's star - 25-year old American guard Zack Wright (188-G-85). Wright impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course together with Massie he helped Limoges with another comfortable win 87-69 over the higher-ranked ASVEL (#7, 7-7) being unquestionably team leader. Limoges' 13th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Wright is a newcomer at Limoges and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Davon Jefferson (203-F-86) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#7). Jefferson scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Jefferson's great performance ASVEL lost 69-87 to the lower-ranked Limoges (#13, 5-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing ASVEL needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Jefferson has a great season in France. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (6th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81) of Strasbourg - 14 points and 8 rebounds
6. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82) of Paris-Levallois - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84) of Cholet - 24 points and 3 rebounds
8. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) of Gravelines - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Blake Schilb (201-G-83) of Chalon - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists

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


French ProB round 17 best performance: Moses Sonko - by Eurobasket News
Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maurienne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Bourg (#12, 7-10) in overtime 92-88. Maurienne is placed at 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maurienne will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Sonko had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Maurienne and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Coastal Carolina College star has very solid stats this year. Sonko is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.6ppg. Sonko is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.7rpg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 61.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Darryl Monroe (202-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of SO Maritime Boulogne. Monroe had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Boulogne cruised to a 90-83 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 5-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Boulogne keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Monroe is a newcomer at Boulogne, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-G-86) of Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (#16). Bassett scored 24 points and passed four assists. Despite Bassett's great performance Clermont lost 80-93 to the higher-ranked Le Portel (#9, 9-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Clermont can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bassett he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bassett has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Daniels (200-F-82) of Chalons-Reims - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mehdi Labeyrie (202-F-78) of Le Portel - 31 points and 2 assists
6. Ibrahima Koma (204-F/C-87) of Bourg - 24 points and 5 rebounds
7. Lee Cummard (201-G-85) of Fos Ouest - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Corey Rouse (203-F-84) of Charleville - 23 points and 5 rebounds
9. Mykal Riley (198-F-85) of Nanterre - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-G-77) of Maurienne - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 15-3 
 2. Denain 14-4 
 3. Angers BC 49 12-6 
 4. Sorgues 11-7 
 5. St Quentin 11-7 
 6. St Etienne 10-8 
 7. Brest 10-8 
 8. Denek 9-9 
 9. Blois 9-9 
 10. Souffel 9-9 
 11. Orchy 8-10 
 12. St Chamond 8-10 
 13. Challans 8-10 
 14. Lievin 7-11 
 15. Le Puy 7-11 
 16. Get Vosges 7-11 
 17. Roche 4-14 
 18. CFBB 3-15 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 19-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 14-5 
 3. ALBA 13-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 12-6 
 5. NY Phantoms 12-7 
 6. Bremerhaven 11-8 
 7. Telekom Baskets 10-8 
 8. Goettingen 10-8 
 9. EWE Baskets 10-9 
 10. TBB Trier 10-9 
 11. EnBW L'burg 9-10 
 12. ratiopharm 8-11 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 8-12 
 14. Walter Tigers 7-12 
 15. MBC 5-14 
 16. LTi 46ers 5-14 
 17. Bayreuth 4-14 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-16 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 15-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 13-3 
 3. Kirchheim 11-5 
 4. Chemnitz 11-5 
 5. Osnabrueck 9-5 
 6. Crailsheim 9-7 
 7. Braves 8-7 
 8. Karlsruhe 8-8 
 9. Webmoebel 7-8 
 10. Heidelberg 7-9 
 11. Hannover 7-9 
 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 11-5 
 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 4-12 
 12. Bernau 2-14 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 15-1 
 2. NBC 12-4 
 3. Licher Baeren 12-4 
 4. Langen 11-5 
 5. Leitershofen 11-5 
 6. BG Illertal 7-9 
 7. TSV Troester 7-9 
 8. Gotha 6-10 
 9. Dt.Bank SKY II 4-12 
 10. Giessen 4-12 
 11. Schwenningen 4-12 
 12. Konstanz 3-13 


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.16.4 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons15.8 
 4. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.7 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.6 
 6. Allen, ALBA15.5 
 7. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 9. Bryant, ratiopharm14.7 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.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. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.6 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.2 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.8 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
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. Copeland, Bremerha.4.5 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.4 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 9. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 10. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.8 
 4. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 10. Pryor, Phoenix .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.8 
 4. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 5. Bryant, ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.2 
 8. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 9. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.0 


Chris Moss Made John Bryant Feel Like Tip Toeing On A Tight Rope As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Got Revenge Against Ratiopharm Ulm Winning 74-67. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After The Deutsche Bank Skyliners witnessed a combination of a seemingly huggable teddy bear and the curliness of Seth Rogens hair in John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (201-F-82, college: St.Joseph's) 9 days ago in Ulm where he showed more the banging fierceness of Shaq lost in the Kuhberg arena without his Kazaam DVD than the shyness of a Dwight Howard after missing a pregame meal and not being effective as the gang of Gordon Herbert t wanted to extend their unbeaten streak in the Ballsporthalle to 11 games in a row and were as focused to halt John Bryant and Ratiopharm Ulm in their tracks like American rapper Gucci Mane was too shock the world with an ice cream tattoo on his cheek, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suing The United Football League for not repaying a loan and Borussia Dortmund starting off the second half of the Fussball Bundesliga with a win against Bayer Leverkusen. It wasnt pretty at the end, but Frankfurt was able to win again at home with a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter and didnt let John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (201-F-82, college: St.Joseph's) dominate again like in Ulm. 'We used our home court advantage well tonight. It is never easy to stop Bryant and the best you can do is slow him down. Bryant will play well anyway, but we were able to shave his totals from Ulm from 22and 12 to 9 and 13',stressed current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). Despite the loss, Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) was pleased with the way his boys played and sees a few things that can be corrected especially in crunch time. 'We need to grow and execute better at the end of games. Guys still get excited and make mistakes. There are little fine details that the team is missing for example on the last play as Bryant was double teamed on the lob pass and Guenther didnt go to the wing to improve the passing lane. Its small things that cost us games. We need to approach game winning possessions in the fourth quarter like fourth quarter game winning possessions and not like first quarter possessions', warned Ratiopharm coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ). 'We got stops at the end on defense which was big. We can always improve on defense', stated Skyliner Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'We didnt use our chnaces at the end and we had enough of them. Mckinney hit a big three pointer. We have to make less mistakes at the end to be able to win', warned German National player Robin Benzing (208-F-89)

The game marked the return of German national player Robin Benzing who started his career at TV Langen which is only a 20 minute drive from the Ballsporthalle. With a 80 man fan club group in the arena, the 20 year 208cm power forward felt very much at home and showed early that he wanted to compete with DaShaun Wood as the game top scorer as he had 16 points. Benzing is a big reason why Ratiopharm Ulm is nipping at the playoff door. After a difficult World Championships in Turkey, the German quickly erased the bad experience as is having a superb year averaging 15,0ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,3 apg. 'Robin didnt have a good World Championships, but we showed him right away that we stand behind him and he got the feeling that its no crime to make a mistake. Even after a bad shot, he doesnt have fear to be able to take another shot. He is on a good way, helped us win the game in Bremerhaven. Americans in the BEKO BBL also have good and bad games, but for some reason it is always the Germans that get Criticized', stressed Ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll . People tend to forget that Benzing is unable to work on certain things in the off season, because he is with the German National team. 'It is not easy for Robin. During the summer when he should be working on his muscles in the weight room to increase his jumping ability, he is with the German National team. He has to work on these things now during the season, but he is progressing well. We help him with his goals, but he has developed well. He is dunking more and his rebounding is up from last season', added Thomas Stoll . Benzing was less of a factor in the second half making four points and finishing with 20 points, but the NBA draft speculations continue to grow with each good game. 'I think that Robin could of been drafted last season. I am pretty sure that he will get drafted in 2011 late in the first round or early in the second round. It all depends if he can do NBA draft workouts, because he will be with the German National team. He needs to play a good season and has the total support of his teammates. His teammates know that he is better than they are. What many dont know is that Benzing is a lot better in practice than in games', expressed Thomas Stoll . Stoll isnt to keen about the negativity in Germany regarding how criticism should be used. 'Germany is too negative. Benzing would be hyped in any other country about his game. It is only normal that players in their early 20s will have set backs. Critics in Germany need to understand that young players need time to develop to give back success', warned Thomas Stoll .

Everybody was anticipating the debut of new center/forward Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). Moss who is a 30 year old 204cm player from Virginia passed with flying colors in his first game having nine points and ten rebounds (7 off rebounds) in 22 minutes. He had no easy task defending big 290 pound John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (201-F-82, college: St.Joseph's), but did a good job. 'Moss is a good player. He has very much strength for his size and it wasnt easy getting position in the post against him. He ran the pick and role well with Wood. He is a good defender and uses his advantages well', added Ratiopharm Ulm center John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (201-F-82, college: St.Joseph's). Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) can talk in detail or be concise and too the point when needed and with Moss he had little to say, but had only positive words for the ex ACB player. 'He played very well being it was his first game. He showed his presence under the boards cleaned up with rebounds and gave support to Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) when he was on the bench', added Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Moss was a big factor for John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (201-F-82, college: St.Joseph's) not getting to play his game. 'I guess you could say that Moss made the hair of Bryant stick up in fear. He contained Bryant well', added Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) 'Moss is a good player. He is a big physical post player and will get better', expressed Ratiopharm Ulm American Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Carolina). Despite his good debut, Moss will still have individual training this week, because he hasnt played in seven months. 'I felt good today. I am in relatively good physical shape, but not basketball shape. It doesnt really matter how much you run and hit the weights, it wont do you much good, if you arent in basketball shape. I will continue to work on that this week', commented Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'Moss got lay ups today and it was a good first game. He will help us a lot in the future. He just needs to get into basketball shape', warned DaShaun Wood.

Before the game started, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners announced that power forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) got an extension of his short term contract to the end of February, but likeable Canadian National player Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) did not get a contract extension. Bucknor was a good sport and supported Frankfurt and will be remembered in a nice way. If he will come back a third time is teh question, but stranger things have happened in basketball. 4,660 people showed up to the Ballsporthalle and were greeted by two that started with a very high intensity as both offenses found their groove on offense. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners jumped out on a 5-2 lead as Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) made a lay up and DaShaun Wood nailed a three pointer. Benzing got on the board quick scoring and Trice made his patented fade away jumper as Ratiopharm Ulm trailed 5-4. Wood has three main strenghes as he can penetrate, hit the jumper or pass and one never really knows what he will do. Wood dazzled the crowd with a nifty cross over getting by Bryant easily and then changing the ball from his right hand to his left hand and scoring. Frankfurt led 7-4, but it was Benzing making his second shot drooping a three point bomb from the top of the key not hesitating as he buried the jumper. Moss then entered the game and quickly got an offensive rebound before getting fed beautifully by Wood for an easy lay up as Frankfurt led 9-6. Ratiopharm Ulm continued to stay at the heels of Frankfurt as Trice made a difficult jumper over Kimmo Muurinen as Frankfurt led 9-8. The game last weekend against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg was remembered with the many dunks and this game also would feature breathtaking dunks. Quantez Super Tez Robertson continued to get in valuable game time dunks for the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game by coming from the right side faking a shot and getting Trice in the air and then charging to the hoop and finishing with a big dunk as Frankfurt led 11-8. Ratiopharm Ulm countered with two Per Guenther free throws to cut the Frankfurt lead to 11-10. A basketball game cant survive without runs and the first quarter ended with two of them. Frankfurt started with a 8-0 run as Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) hit an open three pointer after getting a nice kick out pass from Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), the St Louis native then made three pointer from the wing and Moss a lay up after getting an offensive rebound. Frankfurt led 19-10, but couldnt hold the momentum as Ratiopharm Ulm closed out the first quarter with a 9-1 run as Frankfurt led 20-19 after one quarter. Ratiopharm Ulm spread around the ball as Trice made another fade away jumper, Benzing a three pointer, Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) a lay in over Moss and Travis Walton a pull up jumper as the buzzer sounded. Sitting behind the Ratiopharm Ulm bench was a big blond looking guy that looked a bit from the side of the face like German national player Jan Jagla, but really was the brother of John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) and was rooting for his brother. 'The first quarter was very high paced. There was a lot of running. I thought that Ulm was moving the ball well. Benzing was shooting well, but my brother wasnt as involved', stressed Josh Bryant.

Ratiopharm Ulm was able to take the lead in the second quarter with a lay in from Mr energizer Sebastian Betz (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) to lead 21-20. However The Deutsche Bank Skyliners seemed to still have their first quarter run in their minds and proceeded to go on a 8-2 run to lead 28-23. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) didnt show anything form his 20% shooting from the parking lot as he nailed a three pointer, which was followed by a clutch three pointer with one second left on the shot clock. American Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) interrupted the run with a dunk, but Mckinney made a pull up jumper. Ratiopharm Ulm stayed on track as Trice scored from outside. Ratiopharm Ulm was doing a super job moving the ball around quick whenever Bryant was being covered well and finding the open man and getting points. Wood then found Moss with a two handed dunk via a bounce pass as Frankfurt led 30-26. Ratiopharm Ulm remained very feisty continuing to score as they marched on a 10-2 run to retake the lead 33-32. Ratiopharm Ulm got free throws from Bryant and Guenther and heads up play from Benzing who scored seven points and stayed alert getting a tip in off a missed Bryant free throw as Frankfurt was sleeping and then a tricky off balance lay in as he had to move to his right and get by Kimmo Muurinen The 20 year old German then made a three pointer as Bryant was out of commission inside. Ratiopharm Ulm would hold the lead until halftime. After a Moss dunk, Bryant found some daylight scoring an easy layup as Frankfurt trailed 38-34. Wood then as usual did some of his magic finding the right spot and making a lay up, but Benzing washed away that highlight hitting another three pointer from the top of the key as Ratiopharm Ulm led 41-36. Wood and Benzing then traded baskets again as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners trailed 43-38 at halftime. 'Frankfurt was hitting a lot of contested shots. Ulm was rebounding better and my brother was doing better at the end slowly warming up', added Josh Bryant. Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 55% from the field and 44% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 50% from the three point line. Ratiopharm Ulm had the 18-15 rebounding edge and both teams had six turnovers a piece.

In years past, the third quarter hasnt always been a favorite quarter of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they stumbled at times, but this season, coming on to the court from halftime has somehow stimulated the play of the club. Last weekend a 26-0 run to begin against Oldenburg and this time only a 6-0 run, but the lead back into the hands of Frankfurt. Wood made a lay in as did Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Nolte then made free throws as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners led again 44-43. Trice then scored after getting an offensive rebound off a Benzing miss, but Robertson not only was dunking but had his range from downtown as he nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt led 47-45. 30 year Sean Sonderleiter then made a nice lob pass inside which Bryant gobbled up and put home for two points as the game was deadlocked at 47-47. Ratiopharm Ulm went back to the basics getting Bryant the ball inside. Frankfurt then went on a mini 4-0 run as Wood scored and Nolte did as Muurinen found the German with a bullet pass and once again showing his precise passing skills. Wood then found Super Tez as he showcased a monster two handed dunk as Frankfurt led 53-49. Ratiopharm Ulm stormed back to take the lead as German Sebastian Betz (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) somewhat took over the role from 2006 & 2007 NCAA champion Lee Humphrey as he nailed another three pointer as Ratiopharm Ulm led 54-53.

No club wanted to trail for more than a few seconds as Frankfurt stormed back to go on a 7-0 run to lead 61-55 as Powell nailed another three pointer and Wood scored again inside as his quickness just left any opponent in striking distance in the dust as Frankfurt led 58-54. Sometimes it seems like Wood is in such hurry to get to the rim as if pop queen Rihanna were waiting for him and counting each second where he isnt at her side. It is always amazing to see how quickly Wood decides if he will penetrate and finish or find a player somewhere in striking distance? 'I see things that happen before I drive and make a picture. I know where each guy is most of the time. Tez and I had some nice combinations today, but we have been working hard in practice to get these plays down. It is like a quarterback and receiver who have to be on the same page', stressed DaShaun Wood. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) then dunked again this time over Benzing. Ratiopharm Ulm closed out the third quarter with a 7-2 run as Frankfurt led only 63-62. 2009 NCAA finalist with Michigan State Travis Walton made a floater and Benzing a tip in off a Collins miss. Nolte then scored inside getting a beautiful pass from Wood who was creating, but Betz who is known first for his defense knocked home a three pointer. 'The third quarter was very tight and we were missing too many open shots, but we finally got back into the game as we started making more shots', stressed Kimmo Muurinen The Deutsche Bank Sklyiners were shooting 58% from the field and 41% from the parking lot while Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 53% from the field and 50% from the parking lot. Ratiopharm Ulm still had the rebounding edge 25-23, but 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had only eight turnovers.

The fourth quarter seemed to be somewhat of a mystery when one compared it to the first three quarters where offense seemed to be the first order of business. In the last 10 minutes, the game had much less scoring and many more errors a sonly a total of 16 points were scored. The fourth quarter was dominated with three runs of four, five and seven and then the game was over. Frankfurt got on the score board first with Nolte free throws as Frankfurt led 65-62. It took three minutes before the first field goal was made as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) made a pull up jumper as Frankfurt led 67-62. Ratiopharm came back and went on a 5-0 run to tie the score at 67-67. Bryant scored inside, Benzing made one of two free throws and Trice scored on the fast break. Frankfurt was making many turnovers, but Ratiopharm Ulm had stepped up their defense a bit. But The Deutsche Bank Skyliners played tough defense when it counted most in crunch time not allowing Ratiopharm Ulm to score in the last three minutes as they closed out the game with a 7-0 run to win 74-67. Wood then dished out another one of his 12 assists again fooling the Ratiopharm Ulm defense setting up Super Tez with a lay up as Frankfurt led 69-67. 'Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) gave Wood the ultimate compliment following the loss. Wood had 12 assists the same number that we had and I thought that we were moving the ball very well', added Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ). Mckinney then sealed the win with a clutch three pointer making up for some missed open three pointers earlier in the game. Wood made two free throws ending the game. 'The key was good defensive stops. We played hustle defense, getting steals and loose balls which helped. We showed by example of good defense how we can get fast break buckets', added Kimmo Muurinen 'It was a tough loss. We were in it until the end. We got some steals, but then always turned the ball over', said ex BG Goettingen forward Roderick Trice. 'Ratiopharm Ulm is a very good offensive team. They have a good point guard that can penetrate, a strong big man and good shooters. Benzing can do it all. We showed great toughness holding that team to only 5 points in the fourth quarter. You would never have sold me a dream before the game that we would hold such an offensive team like that to so little points', stressed DaShaun Wood.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 17 points and 12 assists. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) added 14 points and six rebounds. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points. Jimmy McKinney chipped in with 11 points. Ratiopharm Ulm was led by Robin Benzing with 20 points. Roderick Trice had 13 points and five rebounds. Sebastian Betz (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) gave valuable stability from the bench with 11 points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners remain unstoppable at home as they won for the 11th time and once again showed that they had nerves of steel in crunch time not letting Ratiopharm Ulm use their arsenal of weapons on offense. The shooting percentages went down in the fourth quarter as both teams didnt shoot well. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot 44% from the field and 33% from downtown and came back to win the rebounding duel 35-34. Ratiopharm Ulm had 17 turnovers while Frankfurt had 13 turnovers. Frankfurt surprisingly also won the points in the paint battle 38-30 as they got many points off the penetration from Wood and didnt really play that classic inside post up play to Nolte and Moss for points. The Brose Baskets biggest weapon besides their team chemistry is their ball movement something that Frankfurt continues to improve and develop. 'I was really impressed how well Frankfurt moved the ball. Wood really killed us on the ball screen', added Roderick Trice. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) may only be on the team a week, but he has had no problems fitting into the team on the court. 'I only knew two plays, but I had little problems getting involved becuase of the good team chemistry. each guy knows their role and there are no selfish players. the team is always working to get the best shot', warned Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners now have a two week break until the next game in Duesseldorf. DaShaun Wood, Jimmy McKinney and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) will be traveling to The BEKO BBL Allstar game in Duesseldorf. Super Tez Robertson is really motivated to win after getting beat by Jamal Shuler last season and has many guys on his side. 'I am sure Quantez will win. I thought he won last year', joked Roderick Trice. 'Tez can get up. I am sure he has a good chance to win. I will be rooting for my teammate', said Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners January 29th.



ProB Round 16: Ehingen/Urspringschule defeats BV Villingen-Schwenningen in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Tenth-ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Allmendingen managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ruben Spoden (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) who added 7 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains first position in Group South with 15-1 record. Newly promoted BV Villingen-Schwenningen dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Giessen and Dt.Bank SKY II. Ehingen/Urspringschule are looking forward to face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against Giessen Pointers (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another very close game took place in Leverkusen between Bayer Giants and RSV Eintracht. Tenth ranked Bayer Giants (6-10) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked RSV Eintracht (12-4). Bayer Giants managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of RSV Eintracht. Bayer Giants moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Rist-Wedel and SU Medien. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Schwelm. Bayer Giants will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play at home against the league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Sixth-ranked TSV Troester (7-9) gave a tough game to third ranked NBC (12-4) in Nurnberg on Saturday. NBC managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected easier game. Ahmad Smith fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Philipp Neumann produced 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. NBC moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. TSV Troester lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with BG Illertal. NBC will meet Licher Baeren (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TSV Troester will play against Baskets Konstanz and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Licher Baeren (12-4) against fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (11-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Licher Baeren was defeated by TV 1862 Langen in a tough game in Langen 46-54. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Licher Baeren. It was a very good performance for Nathan Drury who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TV 1862 Langen has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Licher Baeren at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. TV 1862 Langen's next round opponent will be Leitershofen (#5) in Diedorf. Licher Baeren will play at home against the league's second-placed NBC in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProB top team - SC Rasta Vechta (13-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (7-9) 76-68. Worth to mention a quality performance of Matthew Reid who helped to win the game recording 21 points. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group North with 13-3 record. ALBA Berlin II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face league's second-placed RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALBA Berlin II will play at home against USC Leipzig (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16:
In Group North Wolfenbuettel was destroyed by Herten on the opponent's court 92-71. Wulfen managed to outperform SU Medien in a home game 83-68. Rist-Wedel recorded a loss to Leipzig on the road 82-72. Bernau was defeated by Schwelm on its own court 83-94. SU Medien beat Herten in Braunschweig 94-84.
In Group South BG Illertal won against Gotha at home 91-80. Giessen managed to outperform Konstanz on the opponent's court 69-67. Dt.Bank SKY II recorded a loss to Leitershofen in a home game 66-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals by Monyea Pratt of Leipzig.



Group North
Herten - Wolfenbuettel 92-71

Very expected game when 11th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-12) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Hertener Loewen (11-5) 92-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-71. Hertener Loewen made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hertener Loewen maintains fourth position in Group North with 11-5 record. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Hertener Loewen will face SC Rist Wedel (#8) on the road in the next round. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against SSV Lok Bernau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: J.Sexton 19+6reb, B.Giles 14+3reb+1ast, M.Kemp 11+2ast, H.Knopke 8+7reb+5ast, D.Nawrocki 5+1ast, B.Seebode 4+1ast
Herten: V.Kittmann 22+13reb, B.Schultz 22+2reb+3ast, M.Monk 21+9reb+3ast, M.Berger 12+2reb+6ast, N.Schulwitz 5+2reb+1ast, C.Marquardt 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94014


Bayer Giants - Stahnsdorf 76-74

Another very close game took place in Leverkusen between Bayer Giants and RSV Eintracht. Tenth ranked Bayer Giants (6-10) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked RSV Eintracht (12-4). Bayer Giants managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of RSV Eintracht. Bayer Giants moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Rist-Wedel and SU Medien. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Schwelm. Bayer Giants will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play at home against the league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 94011


Wulfen - SU Medien 83-68

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked BSV Wulfen (9-7) defeated at home 9th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (6-10) 83-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BSV Wulfen. Spot Up Medien Baskets managed to win third quarter 29-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spot Up Medien Baskets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Daniel Theis (205-92) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen maintains fifth position in Group North with 9-7 record. Loser Spot Up Medien Baskets dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. BSV Wulfen will face higher ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: J.El Domiaty 13+6reb+1ast, N.Nnadili 12+1reb+2ast, D.Theis 11+9reb+1ast, F.Theis 10+5reb, M.Obradovic 6+1reb+1ast, P.Noch 5+3reb+2ast
Wulfen: S.Briggs 26+3reb+5ast, J.Henley 15+8reb+1ast, J.Sprunken 14+4reb+2ast, T.White 8+2reb+3ast, P.Mazur 6+4reb+1ast, N.Janoschek 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94012


Vechta - ALBA Berlin II 76-68

ProB top team - SC Rasta Vechta (13-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (7-9) 76-68. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-68. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin II's 30. SC Rasta Vechta forced 19 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. ALBA Berlin II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and the other American import forward Marcus King-Stockton (206-85, college: Colorado) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. King-Stockton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) scored 20 points. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group North with 13-3 record. ALBA Berlin II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face league's second-placed RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALBA Berlin II will play at home against USC Leipzig (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: T.Grauel 20+3reb, A.Seiferth 16+9reb+3ast, J.Ney 8+3reb+2ast, M.Ziegenhagen 8+1ast, K.Klein 7+2reb+4ast, J.Kleiner 4+6reb+1ast
Vechta: M.Reid 21+3reb+2ast, M.King-Stockton 16+10reb, M.Boadu 11+1reb+1ast, C.Thompson 10+8reb+1ast, A.Kronhardt 9+5reb+2ast, D.Krause 5
gschID: 94013


Leipzig - Rist-Wedel 82-72

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-10) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked USC Leipzig (8-8) 82-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by USC Leipzig. SC Rist Wedel managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals and the other American import guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) who added 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Kay Gausa (194-92) responded with 15 points and swingman Mac-Davis Duah (186-76) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixth position in Group North with 8-8 record. Loser SC Rist Wedel keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. USC Leipzig will face ALBA Berlin II (#7) on the road in the next round. SC Rist Wedel will play against Hertener Loewen.
Top scorers:
Rist-Wedel: D.Gomez 15+3reb, K.Gausa 15+3reb+3ast, M.Leger 12+6reb+1ast, M.Duah 9+6reb+4ast, P.Huber-Saffer 6+1reb, F.Moysich 6+5reb+3ast
Leipzig: M.Pratt 25+11reb+6ast, L.Morinia 18+4reb+5ast, R.Schirmer 15+11reb, A.Spalke 6+1ast, M.Scholz 5+3reb+2ast, N.Beier 5
gschID: 94009


Bernau - Schwelm 83-94

Everything went according to plan when third ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (12-4) beat on the road 12th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-14) 94-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. SSV Lok Bernau managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 29-of-38 free shots (76.3 percent) during the game. SSV Lok Bernau was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Max Dohmen (201-88) who added 25 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. At the losing side American guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Dreshawn Vance (203-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: Rasmussen Services) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Stahnsdorf. SSV Lok Bernau lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face BSV Wulfen (#5) at home in the next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bernau: C.Brock 23+5reb, D.Vance 15+8reb+1ast, S.Trzcionka 14+1reb+6ast, J.Heide 10+4reb+3ast, M.Dathe 6+3reb+3ast, K.Mau 6+2reb+1ast
Schwelm: M.Dohmen 25+7reb+1ast, J.Holmes 24+8reb+3ast, K.Speier 15+11reb+1ast, D.Bunts 11+2reb+3ast, J.Ducker 9+3reb+1ast, T.Doll 7+1ast
gschID: 94010


Round 14
Herten - SU Medien 84-94

There was an upset when higher ranked Hertener Loewen (11-5) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (6-10) 94-84 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. Hertener Loewen managed to win third quarter 23-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Spot Up Medien Baskets won last quarter 35-26. Spot Up Medien Baskets outrebounded Hertener Loewen 41-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Spot Up Medien Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of center Daniel Theis (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Nigerian guard Nnamdi Nnadili (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach Liviu Calin used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American swingman Blake Schultz (191-87, college: Williams) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Spot Up Medien Baskets and four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Rist-Wedel and Bayer Giants. Loser Hertener Loewen keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round. Hertener Loewen will play on the road against SC Rist Wedel (#8).
Top scorers:
Herten: B.Schultz 20+9reb+5ast, V.Kittmann 16+5reb+1ast, C.Hackenesch 15+8reb+1ast, M.Berger 15+1reb+8ast, B.Wolff 6, N.Schulwitz 6+2reb+2ast
SU Medien: D.Theis 22+8reb+4ast, N.Nnadili 20+5reb+3ast, D.Schroeder 16+4reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 15+7reb+1ast, F.Theis 11+8reb+1ast, P.Noch 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 119430


Group South
BG Illertal - Gotha 91-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn and 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha had identical 6-9 record. This time BG Illertal/Weissenhorn used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Gotha 91-80 on Sunday night. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (7-9) moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with TSV Troester. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play at home against Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#9) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94020


NBC - TSV Troester 61-58

Sixth-ranked TSV Troester (7-9) gave a tough game to third ranked NBC (12-4) in Nurnberg on Saturday. NBC managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-58. NBC outrebounded TSV Troester 40-22 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Desmond Yates (201-86, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90, agency: Pro One Sports) added 8 points respectively for lost side. NBC moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. TSV Troester lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with BG Illertal. NBC will meet Licher Baeren (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TSV Troester will play against Baskets Konstanz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: P.Neumann 19+5reb, M.Stuckey 8+2reb+3ast, J.Dippold 8+1reb+1ast, I.Pavic 7+3reb+1ast, E.Land 7+3reb, M.Fuchs 5+3reb+3ast
NBC: D.Yates 14+5reb, A.Smith 12+8reb+3ast, C.Adler 10+5reb+1ast, W.Chavis 10+2reb+2ast, C.Ceccotti 6+5reb, S.Schroeder 5+3reb
gschID: 94017


Schwenningen - Ehingen 64-65

Tenth-ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Allmendingen managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ruben Spoden (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) who added 7 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American guard Markus Hallgrimson (190-75, college: Montana St. - Billin) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains first position in Group South with 15-1 record. Newly promoted BV Villingen-Schwenningen dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Giessen and Dt.Bank SKY II. Ehingen/Urspringschule are looking forward to face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against Giessen Pointers (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Schwenningen: M.Hallgrimson 18+5reb+3ast, B.Brooks 17+7reb+2ast, B.Young 17+14reb+6ast, J.Fikiel 5+2reb+1ast, B.Goehrke 4+6reb, C.Gundlach 3+1reb
Ehingen: R.Spoden 15+7reb, T.Korndoerfer 8+3reb, V.Matthews 7+8reb, A.Vargas 7+4reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 6+4reb, M.Blessing 6
gschID: 94018


Konstanz - Giessen 67-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Giessen Pointers and 12th ranked Baskets Konstanz had identical 3-12 record. But Baskets Konstanz was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Giessen 69-67 on Sunday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-12. But Baskets Konstanz won second period 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Giessen Pointers won last quarter 19-19. Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) who added 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Barrett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Giessen Pointers players scored in double figures. Giessen Pointers' coach Dejan Kostic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Frederik Henningsen (197-88) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Giessen Pointers (4-12) moved-up to ninth place in Group South, which they share with Schwenningen and Dt.Bank SKY II. Baskets Konstanz at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Giessen Pointers will face BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#11) at home in the next round. Baskets Konstanz will play against TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach.
Top scorers:
Konstanz: F.Henningsen 16+3reb+4ast, C.McKnight 14+3reb+2ast, M.Lay 12+5reb+4ast, E.Foth 7+9reb+3ast, R.Louisme 6+7reb+1ast, L.Menck 5+3reb
Giessen: F.Rotaru 17+11reb+1ast, K.Barrett 14+8reb+2ast, T.Wosnitza 13+1reb+3ast, M.Johnson 12+3reb+2ast, P.Unger 8+7reb+1ast, S.Rotaru 3
gschID: 94019


Dt.Bank SKY II - Leitershofen 66-82

Rather predictable result in Frankfurt where fifth ranked Leitershofen (11-5) defeated 9th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (4-12) 82-66 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jonathan Genck (185-86) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Fabian Franke (198-88) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Ryan Staudacher (193-87, college: Montana) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Leitershofen has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners II keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Leitershofen will face TV 1862 Langen (#4) at home in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY II: R.Staudacher 23+7reb+1ast, F.Franke 20+9reb+2ast, F.Theilig 6+3reb+5ast, A.Klisura 5+5reb+2ast, C.Lindbom 4+2reb+1ast, K.Schluter 4
Leitershofen: J.Genck 16+6reb+1ast, D.Uskoski 12+12reb+2ast, D.Veney 10+6reb+1ast, V.Zenk 10+3reb, M.Mathey 9+4reb+3ast, L.Vrkas 9
gschID: 94015


Langen - Licher Baeren 54-46

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Licher Baeren (12-4) against fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (11-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Licher Baeren was defeated by TV 1862 Langen in a tough game in Langen 46-54. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Licher Baeren. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-11 Licher Baeren's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 54-46 at the end of the game. TV 1862 Langen dominated on the defensive end, holding Licher Baeren to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a very good performance for American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian center Auryn MacMillan (203-88, college: Gardner-Webb) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Austrian forward Armin Willemsen (200-85) replied with 8 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Peer Wente (203-77) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Licher Baeren. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TV 1862 Langen has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Licher Baeren at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. TV 1862 Langen's next round opponent will be Leitershofen (#5) in Diedorf. Licher Baeren will play at home against the league's second-placed NBC in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: P.Wente 14+5reb, A.Willemsen 8+13reb, W.Gardner 7+3reb+2ast, R.Christen 6+1reb, T.Fairley 5+5reb+1ast, V.Klassen 4+2reb
Langen: A.MacMillan 16+8reb+1ast, N.Drury 14+8reb+5ast, P.Heckmann 12+1reb+1ast, N.Barth 7+4ast, M.Voeller 3+6reb+3ast, M.Lachmann 2
gschID: 94016




Vladi Bogojevic Steps Down As Head Coach Of The Giessen 46ers As Steven Key Is Named New Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
http://www.giessener-allgemeine.de is reporting tonight that Vladimir Bogojevic has stepped down as head coach of the Giessen 46ers, but will remain as sports director of the club. After losing their 12th game in a row last night to EnBW Ludwigsburg 88-54, Bogojevic decided to step down. The new coach of the Giessem 46ers will be 42 year old American Steven Key who also has the Serbian nationality.'I am happy that I got this chance and am excited about it. Giessen is a place that has a rich basketball history and great atmosphere. Our fans play a big role. We need the fans to be a wall behind us to give us extra power. I would never have taken this job if I wasnt sure that we could get past the current situation. I have a plan in my head and look forward to working with the team', stressed Steven Key. Key had a long basketball career playing in Europe from 1991-2002. He played in Germany for four teams including Bayreuth, Tuebingen, Rhondorf and Braunschweig. He also got expereince playing in France. He has coaching experience in Germany having coached the ART Dusseldorf Magics (2.Bundesliga) from 2003-2005. He also coached Chicago Sky (WNBA)in 2006. 'I thank the club for their confidence despite the tough situation. The situation has become so tense that a change had to be done in order not to lose the fight against staying in the league. I dont want to stand in the way. The team needs a coach now that can give new impulses', warned Giessen 46er sports director Vladi Bogojevic.





Maurice Jeffers Back For A Third Time With The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The basketball news flashes are buzzing in Giessen on Sunday night as first was reported that Vladi Bogojevic stepped down as coach and now the club has announced that Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) will return back to the Giessen 46ers for the third time getting a contract until the end of the 2011-2012 BEKO BBL season. After 12 loses, the team had to react and obviously the team was lacking some expereince and Jeffers is the perfect fit. Jeffers is a 31 year old 194cm shooting guard7small forward from Arkansas. He played for Giessen in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 totaling 49 games in the last two seasons. In 2008-2009, he played 22 games: 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 71.4% and in 2009-2010, he played 27 games: 14.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 79.4%. This season, he started for Cytavision APOEL (Cyprus-Division A) before moving to Argentina to play for Lanus Buenos Aires (Argentina-LigaA) where he was avergaing 8,8ppg,2,7rpg and 1,4spg. 'We wanted to keep him last season. It didnt work last seaosn, but we are very happy to have him for the rest of this season and next season. We know how valuable Mo was for us in the last two seasons. He will help us with his qualities to give our team more consistency', stressed Giessen CEO Christoph Syring.

Jeffers played at ST Louis from 1999-2001 and in his senior year played
31 games: ScoreCUSA-10 (16.0ppg), 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 77.7%. In 2001, he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings (NBA,2rd (55). He started his professional basketball career in 2001 for the Asheville Altitude (NBDL): was waived in Nov.'01: 2 games: 3.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 2-8, FT: 3-6, in Feb.'02 signed at Benetton Fribourg Olympic (Switzerland-LNA): 16 games: 15.2ppg 4.7rpg 1.2apg. In 2003-2004, he played for WTC Cornella (Spain-LEB2): 18 games: 16.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 77.5%. he then played some years in Spain starting with Leon Caja Espana (Spain-LEB1): 41 games: 15.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 37.7% in 2004-2005. In 2005-2006, he played for C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB): 33 games: 15.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 70.9%. In 2006-2007, he played for Plus Pujol Lleida (Spain-LEB, starting five): 33 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 31.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold): 34 games: 10.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.0%. Awards and achievements in his career have been ConfUSA Tournament Winner -00, All-Conf.USA 2nd Team -01, Swiss LNA Finalist -02, USBL Semifinals -04, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB 2nd Team -05, Eurobasket.com Spanish, LEB All-Imports Team -05, Spanish LEB1 Semifinals -05, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB1 2nd Team -06, Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Winner -08, Spanish LEB Gold Semifinals -08, and Cyprus Super Cup Winner -11.

Source: www.giessen 46ers




ProA Round 16: Top-ranked Bayern Muenchen wins another game - by Eurobasket News
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (15-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat ninth ranked USC Heidelberg (7-9) 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. USC Heidelberg managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by USC Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (made all of his eight free throws). Power forward Darius Hall (201-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with 21 points for USC Heidelberg. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hannover. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Science City Jena (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. USC Heidelberg will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Jena. Tenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (8-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Science City Jena (6-10) 80-78 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and Dwight Thorne who added 23 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) responded with 24 points and 4 assists. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to eighth place. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. BG Karlsruhe will play against Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover in the next round. Science City Jena will play on the road against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between eleventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (7-8) and 15th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (3-13) in Paderborn on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Webmoebel Baskets outscored guests from Cuxhaven 99-62. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by Kejuan Johnson who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 14 points and 4 assists by Aaron Cook did not help to save the game for Cuxhaven BasCats. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to ninth place. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats keep the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Freiburg. Webmoebel Baskets will meet at home higher ranked GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against USC Freiburg (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Crailsheim beat Hannover on the road 89-85. Chemnitz won against ETB Wohnbau on its own court 61-47. Braves unfortunately lost to Wuerzburg in a road game 61-65. Bottom-ranked Freiburg recorded a loss to Osnabrueck at home 84-88. Kirchheim defeated Dragons on the opponent's court 85-81.



Hannover - Crailsheim 85-89

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (9-7) beat on the road 10th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-9) 89-85 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by forward Reggie Fuller (198-86, college: Binghamton) who scored that evening 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) supported him with 14 points and 8 assists. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 4 assists by guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) did not help to save the game for Hannover Tigers. Forward Ben Stywall (196-87, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Hannover Tigers keep the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Heidelberg. Crailsheim Merlins will meet at home Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hannover: L.Phillips 21+1reb+4ast, B.Stywall 13+6reb+2ast, C.Henry 12+7reb, M.Nunnally 11+5reb, S.Turnbull 10+3reb+2ast, S.Janzen 8+5reb+3ast
Crailsheim: R.Fuller 16+8reb, F.Young 15+2reb+1ast, K.Gray 14+2reb+8ast, R.Ferguson 10+3reb, K.Schwarz 9+3reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 8+7reb+7ast
gschID: 93489


Heidelberg - B.Muenchen 71-87

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (15-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat ninth ranked USC Heidelberg (7-9) 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. USC Heidelberg managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by USC Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (made all of his eight free throws). Power forward Darius Hall (201-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with 21 points and swingman Greg Baker (194-84, college: Adams St.) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for USC Heidelberg. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hannover. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Science City Jena (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. USC Heidelberg will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: J.Wright 21+4reb+3ast, G.Baker 15+8reb, O.Komarek 11+2reb+2ast, L.Mendez 8+5reb, B.Schoo 8+9reb, K.Barth 4+4ast
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 25+4reb+3ast, S.Hamann 16, D.Hall 14+3reb+3ast, A.Nadjfeji 9+3reb+5ast, R.Garrett 8+7reb, B.Wyrick 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93490


Chemnitz - ETB Wohnbau 61-47

Very expected game when 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-12) lost on the road to fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (11-5) 61-47 on Saturday. BV Chemnitz 99 have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kirchheim. ETB Wohnbau lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet Kirchheim Knights (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ETB Wohnbau will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 93486


Jena - Karlsruhe 78-80

Important game to mention about took place in Jena. Tenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (8-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Science City Jena (6-10) 80-78 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Science City Jena took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BG Karlsruhe had a 26-17 second period charge getting the lead and Science City Jena was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who added 23 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) responded with 24 points and 4 assists and power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) scored 19 points. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to eighth place. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. BG Karlsruhe will play against Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover in the next round. Science City Jena will play on the road against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jena: M.Hall 24+4reb+4ast, C.Roquette 19+4reb+1ast, J.Tucker 13+4reb+2ast, A.Hill 8+9reb, J.Eichler 5, C.Hoffmann 4+2reb+7ast
Karlsruhe: D.Thorne 23+2reb+2ast, F.Stuckemann 17+2reb+4ast, J.Black 16+14reb+7ast, T.Williams 9+3reb+1ast, P.Schmidt 6+3reb, 4+1reb
gschID: 93487


Wuerzburg - Braves 65-61

Rather predictable result when second ranked s Oliver Baskets (13-3) won against 6th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (8-7) in Wuerzburg 65-61 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saar-Pfalz Braves won fourth quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) who scored that evening 17 points and 5 rebounds and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Even 13 points and 5 assists by American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) did not help to save the game for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Center Robert Oehle (209-88) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 13-3 record having just two points less than leader B.Muenchen. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. s Oliver Baskets will meet ETB Wohnbau (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against Webmoebel Baskets (#9) in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.Lowery 13+4reb+5ast, R.Oehle 10+6reb, M.Damjanovic 8+5reb+1ast, S.Cramer 8+4reb, M.Weber 7+3reb+5ast, J.Jamerson 7+7reb
Wuerzburg: J.Levy 17+5reb+2ast, L.Jeka 16+1reb+7ast, I.Elliott 15+7reb+2ast, S.Kesselring 6+11reb+2ast, C.Henneberger 5, P.Paelay 2+2reb
gschID: 93488


Webmoebel - Cuxhaven 99-62

The game between eleventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (7-8) and 15th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (3-13) in Paderborn on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Webmoebel Baskets outscored guests from Cuxhaven 99-62. The game without a history. Webmoebel Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Cuxhaven BasCats' 38. Webmoebel Baskets forced 24 Cuxhaven BasCats turnovers. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Five Webmoebel Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 4 assists by guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) did not help to save the game for Cuxhaven BasCats. Forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to ninth place. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats keep the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Freiburg. Webmoebel Baskets will meet at home higher ranked GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against USC Freiburg (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: A.Cook 14+4reb+4ast, E.Shaw 12+2reb, D.Yearby 8+7reb, A.Hasenkamm 6+1reb, R.Frohlich 5+2reb, S.Eco 4+3reb
Webmoebel: M.Samarco 25+1reb, K.Johnson 19+8reb+4ast, D.Burns 19+5reb+6ast, B.Spoeler 13+4reb+1ast, T.Hampton 13+3reb, D.Lieneke 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93484


Freiburg - Osnabrueck 84-88

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked USC Freiburg (3-13) lost at home to fifth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (9-5) 88-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 31-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) who scored that evening 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five GiroLive-Ballers players scored in double figures. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) did not help to save the game for USC Freiburg. His fellow American import guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for lost side. GiroLive-Ballers maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. USC Freiburg lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Cuxhaven. GiroLive-Ballers will meet Webmoebel Baskets (#9) in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Nutter 24+5reb+4ast, P.Gause 16+5reb+4ast, A.Shoutvin 12+4reb, J.Heindel 9+4reb+2ast, G.Hagner 9+2reb+4ast, X.Hansbro 8+3reb
Osnabrueck: P.Friedel 17+2reb+3ast, J.Shepherd 16+7reb+2ast, T.Spoeler 16+6reb+3ast, T.Burnette 15+1reb, J.Lange 10+7reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 4+6reb
gschID: 93485


Dragons - Kirchheim 81-85

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Kirchheim Knights (11-5) defeated on the road 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (5-11) 85-81 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) supported him with 23 points and 5 steals. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) did not help to save the game for Dragons Rhoendorf. Center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Four Kirchheim Knights and five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-5 record having four points less than leader B.Muenchen, which they share with Chemnitz. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf keeps the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will meet at home BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dragons: S.Watts 19+10reb, R.Howard 15+6reb+2ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 14+7reb+2ast, K.Moore 11+2reb+3ast, D.Watson 10+5reb+1ast, F.Thulig 6+2reb+3ast
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 23+3reb+1ast, M.Smallwood 14+4reb, R.De Michael 13+15reb, S.Adeberg 10+5reb+3ast, R.Tomasevic 9+3reb+1ast, B.Lischka 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 93483




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. Burnette, Osnab.18.4 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim18.3 
 9. Watts, Dragons17.8 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.17.6 
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. Schoo, Heidelberg7.6 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gray, Crailsheim5.8 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 3. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.4 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz5.3 
 5. Barth, Heidelberg5.2 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 7. Wallace, B.Mue.4.3 
 8. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 9. Lowery, Braves4.2 
 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, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Zazai, Chemnitz1.9 
 8. Mendez, Heidelberg1.9 
 9. Scott, Kirchheim1.8 
 10. Burns, Webmoebel1.8 
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. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.8 
 5. Schoo, Heidelberg1.8 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.8 
 7. Hill, Jena1.3 
 8. Hansbro, Freiburg1.2 
 9. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 
 10. Henry, Hannover1.2 


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  GREECE   


Aris sign John Thomas for Eurocup games - by George Fragkos
Aris Thessaloniki announced one more addition to their roster for the rest of the season. John Thomas (206-F/C-75, college: Minnesota) has agreed terms with the Greek club and he will help them achieve their goals initially only at the Eurocup. After a short trial period, Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) will decide if the 35-year-old forward will replace Bryant Dunston (201-F/C-86) at the league games too.

John Thomas talking to the official site of Aris Thessaloniki talked for the next step in his career stating his delight and impatience to return to the courts:
'I am very glad to have joined Aris Thessaloniki. I am aware of the history and warm fans of the team and I cannot wait to live the experience. I will do my best so that the club accomplishes all of its targets. The way European teams play is not something new to me and this will help adapting much easier to my new team. Another thing which will make things easier is that I know PJ Tucker, because of last season when we were both playing in Israel. This will give us the opportunity to co-operate better'.

Thomas is expected to arrive in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, when he will his new coach and teammates for the first time.


A2 Round 10: AGOR edges Apollon Patras by two points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the A2 took place in Patra. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Apollon Patras (4-6) to second ranked AGOR (8-3) 60-58 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 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-58. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos 185-83) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) produced 13 points and 5 assists for lost side. Apollon Patras' coach Nikos Vetoulas tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. AGOR has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record behind leader KAOD. Newly promoted Apollon Patras dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Pagrati and Ermis Lagkada. AGOR are looking forward to face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play on the road against Arkadikos (#4) in Arkadia and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panelefsiniakos (6-4) against sixth ranked Ikaroi Serron (6-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Panelefsiniakos was defeated by Ikaroi Serron in a tough game in Serres 85-92. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kostas Totsios contributed with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-81) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Panelefsiniakos. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Panelefsiniakos. Ikaroi Serron will play against Olimpiada (#7) in Patras in the next round. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Pagrati in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Panerythraikos managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Panerythraikos won against thirteenth-ranked Amyntas Dafnis in Athens 83-76. Thanasis Straganiotis scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Kostas Vardavas responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panerythraikos (3-7) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Amyntas Dafnis. Panerythraikos will meet at home higher ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Amyntas Dafnis will play against AEK/Argous and hope to secure a win.
Leader KAOD delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (4-6) 93-57 in Dramas. Ljubo Jovanovic notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KAOD (9-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Ermis Lagkada lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with six games lost. KAOD's next round opponent will be league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against Near East (#15) in Kesariani.
A very interesting game took place in Perikos. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 12th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (4-7) to fifth ranked Arkadikos (7-3) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Giorgos Mprozos fired 19 points for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Arkadikos has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lavrio. Periko/Arhelaos lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with seven games lost. Arkadikos will face Apollon Patras (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Olimpiada defeated Koroivos in Patras 79-73. Near East was beaten by Lavrio at home 76-89. AEK/Argous won against Pagrati on the opponent's court 75-73.
The best stats of 10th round was 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists by Apost Koutroulias of Olimpiada.


Koroivos - Olimpiada 73-79

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Koroivos (3-7) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Olimpiada (5-5) 79-73 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Koroivos won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpiada dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Koroivos' 28. They outrebounded Koroivos 39-21 including a 33-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Koroivos was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized Serbian forward Milos Sakota (203-84, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Olimpiada players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dimitrios Apostolopoulos (188-78) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Koroivos' coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpiada moved-up to seventh place, which they share with AEK/Argous. Koroivos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Olimpiada will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Koroivos will play on the road against Lavrio (#3).
Top scorers:
Koroivos: P.Kosanovic 18+7reb, D.Apostolopoulos 14+2reb+6ast, S.Tsabis 10+1reb+2ast, T.Ifantis 9+2ast, M.Pekovic 9, D.Athanasiadis 4
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 20+13reb+6ast, S.Veskoukis 17+5reb+2ast, M.Sakota 16+8reb+2ast, K.Tsotsos 10+2reb+1ast, N.Makris 8+6reb+7ast, D.Makris 6+4reb
gschID: 98789


Near East - Lavrio 76-89

No shocking result in a game in Kesariani where fourth ranked Lavrio (7-3) defeated 14th ranked Near East (3-7) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Near East managed to win second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lavrio dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Near East's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Swingman Sa Giannakopoulos (195-82) fired 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Alkis Pappas (185-88, agency: FCM) produced 13 points and 5 assists and Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lavrio has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Arkadikos. Near East at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Lavrio will face Koroivos (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Near East will play against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
Near East: M.Stanojevic 15+1ast, A.Pappas 13+4reb+5ast, A.Gribaviotis 13+1ast, F.Moschovitis 8+2reb+1ast, F.Amato 7+6reb, E.Tomaras 7+4reb
Lavrio: N.Psileas 19+3reb+4ast, S.Giannakopoulos 18+6reb+7ast, G.Kakiouzis 18+8reb+2ast, K.Paschalis 9+4reb+1ast, P.Karvounis 8+3reb+5ast, M.Perakis 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98790


KAOD - Ermis Lagkada 93-57

Leader KAOD delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (4-6) 93-57 in Dramas. The game without a history. KAOD led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ermis Lagkada's 36 and made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Ermis Lagkada only scored three points from the stripe. KAOD had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Ermis Lagkada's players. Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Nikos Katsares (190-83) supported him with 11 points and 7 assists. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Ermis Lagkada. Naturalized German guard Darko Rallis (180-78) added 14 points and 5 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KAOD (9-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Ermis Lagkada lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with six games lost. KAOD's next round opponent will be league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against Near East (#15) in Kesariani.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 19+6reb, D.Rallis 14+1reb+5ast, S.Nisiotis 6+6reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 6+6reb, N.Gamouras 4+4reb, N.Papakonstantinou 3+1reb+1ast
KAOD: L.Jovanovic 16+11reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 11+1reb, V.Margaritis 11+4reb+1ast, N.Katsares 11+1reb+7ast, S.Benas 10+2reb, I.Vukantinov 9+3reb+4ast
gschID: 98786


Pagrati - AEK/Argous 73-75

Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked AEK/Argous and 10th ranked Pagrati had identical 4-5 record. But Pagrati was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Argous 75-73 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pagrati won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK/Argous had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AEK/Argous made 8 blocks. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) produced 24 points and 6 assists and guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AEK/Argous has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Olimpiada. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. AEK/Argous will face Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in Athens in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play on the road against Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 24+1reb+6ast, N.Michalos 22+4reb+3ast, K.Macheras 14+7reb, G.Dimakos 4+2reb, D.Lolas 4+3reb, T.Vardianos 3+3reb
AEK/Argous: D.Lewis 22+8reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 20+6reb+2ast, D.Papantoniou 13+2reb+6ast, I.Kartelo 12+9reb+3ast, A.Raptis 6+6reb+2ast, T.Kasabalis 2+2reb
gschID: 98787


Ikaroi Serron - Panelefsiniakos 92-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panelefsiniakos (6-4) against sixth ranked Ikaroi Serron (6-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Panelefsiniakos was defeated by Ikaroi Serron in a tough game in Serres 85-92. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 32-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ikaroi Serron shot 64.6 percent from the field and made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Panelefsiniakos was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) contributed with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-81) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Panelefsiniakos. Ikaroi Serron will play against Olimpiada (#7) in Patras in the next round. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Pagrati in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: S.Manavopoulos 17+6reb+2ast, N.Kaklamanos 16+5ast, P.Martzos 14+2reb+2ast, T.Nikou 13+3reb+7ast, G.Tirlas 8+4reb+2ast, C.Deligiannis 7+2reb
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 23, K.Kakaroudis 16+6reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 14+7reb+4ast, K.Pehlivanis 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pavlisevic 9+1reb, G.Koukas 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98788


Amyntas Dafnis - Panerythraikos 76-83

Bottom-ranked Panerythraikos managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Panerythraikos won against thirteenth-ranked Amyntas Dafnis in Athens 83-76. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panerythraikos made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Panagiotis Karavanas (213-84) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) scored 14 points and 7 assists. Five Panerythraikos and four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panerythraikos (3-7) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Amyntas Dafnis. Panerythraikos will meet at home higher ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Amyntas Dafnis will play against AEK/Argous and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 21+8reb, L.Zoupas 14+3reb+7ast, P.Koukounias 13+2reb, B.Samothrakis 10+1reb+1ast, P.Papargiropoulos 9+9reb, C.Barbas 5+2reb+1ast
Panerythraikos: T.Straganiotis 14+5reb+4ast, A.Sizopoulos 14+1reb, G.Charalabakis 12+7reb, P.Karavanas 12+8reb, N.Pritsos 11+2reb+1ast, S.Kontoudis 6+1ast
gschID: 98783


Periko/Arhelaos - Arkadikos 72-74

A very interesting game took place in Perikos. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 12th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (4-7) to fifth ranked Arkadikos (7-3) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Giorgos Mprozos fired 19 points for the winners. Swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian center Nemania Tsouk (208-74) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Arkadikos has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lavrio. Periko/Arhelaos lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with seven games lost. Arkadikos will face Apollon Patras (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: N.Tsouk 12+5reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 12+2reb+4ast, E.Jeromanovs 11+2reb+4ast, G.Papachristos 11+6reb+1ast, K.Behlivanis 10+1reb, P.Nanis 8+1reb+3ast
Arkadikos: G.Mprozos 19+4reb+3ast, N.Kokkalis 14+6reb+3ast, M.Papadakis 12+2reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 7+4reb, D.Katiakos 5+3reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98784


Apollon Patras - AGOR 58-60

The most exciting game of round 10 in the A2 took place in Patra. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Apollon Patras (4-6) to second ranked AGOR (8-3) 60-58 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 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-58. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) produced 13 points and 5 assists and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 6 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Apollon Patras' coach Nikos Vetoulas tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. AGOR has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record behind leader KAOD. Newly promoted Apollon Patras dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Pagrati and Ermis Lagkada. AGOR are looking forward to face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play on the road against Arkadikos (#4) in Arkadia and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 13+4reb+5ast, A.Koronidis 10+1reb, G.Psathas 10+6reb, G.Petropoulos 8+2reb, D.Pantelic 6+14reb+1ast, G.Lianos 4+1reb
AGOR: G.Kiriakopoulos 14+5reb+1ast, T.Charismidis 13+5reb, S.Magounis 10+2reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 9+3reb, G.Koumoulos 6+2reb+1ast, D.Latovic 3+5reb
gschID: 98785




Donie Macgrath for surgery - by Giorgos Diploidis
The player of PAOK Thessaloniki, Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Providence) is out suffering an injury for a lot of time. He last played against Marousi BC in a game before Christmas (19/12). The doctors tried to avoid the surgery for the American-Irish combo guard in order to return to the courts earlier but didn't succeed in doing it.

So the player will have to travel to Germany to make the surgery to get over the problem that he is suffering from. The specific doctor is known to the team of PAOK Thessaloniki from the two surgeries that had the football player of the club, Zlatan Mouslimovic.

After that event although the financial part of the team is not good, they may have to look for the replacement of Macgrath



A1 Round 13: Marousi defeats Peristeri GS in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
A1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

A1 round 13 most interesting game took place in Marousi (derby !!!) between Marousi and Peristeri GS. Sixth ranked Marousi (7-5) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Peristeri GS (6-7). Marousi managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-79. Marousi made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Puerto Rican guard David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) chipped in 10 points. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Marousi moved-up to third place. Peristeri GS at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Panionios and Ikaros. Marousi are looking forward to face AEK (#11) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Peristeri GS will play at home against VAP Kolossos in Rodou and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kavala (7-6) against seventh ranked PAOK (7-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kavala was crushed by PAOK in Thessaloniki 92-55. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Lazaros Papadopoulos accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Kavala in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kavala. PAOK will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play on the road against Ilysiakos in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Ilysiakos managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked VAP Kolossos in Athens 84-74. Jimmy Baxter fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Pat Kalathis produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ilysiakos maintains fourteenth place with 2-11 record. Loser VAP Kolossos keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ilysiakos will meet at home higher ranked Kavala (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VAP Kolossos will play against Peristeri GS in Athens and hope to secure a win.
A1 top team - Olympiakos (13-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Iraklis (3-10) in Athens 88-58. Worth to mention a great performance of Yotam Halperin who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Newly promoted Iraklis keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Olympiakos' next round opponent will be Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki which should be theoretically another easy game. Iraklis will play on the road against Panellinios (#13) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kalitheas between Ikaros and Aris. Ninth ranked Ikaros (6-7) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Aris (7-6). Ikaros managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Saturday evening. Deon Thompson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used entire bench in such tough game. Ikaros moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Panionios and Peristeri GS. Loser Aris dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Ikaros will face AEK (#11) in Athens in the next round. Aris will play on the road against the league's leader Olympiakos (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 13 Panathinaikos won against Panellinios on the opponent's court 80-73. Panionios managed to outperform AEK in a home game 78-75.


Marousi - Peristeri GS 81-79

A1 round 13 most interesting game took place in Marousi (derby !!!) between Marousi and Peristeri GS. Sixth ranked Marousi (7-5) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Peristeri GS (6-7). Marousi managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-79. Marousi made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Puerto Rican guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) chipped in 10 points. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Michael King (193-78, college: George Washington, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Marousi moved-up to third place. Peristeri GS at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Panionios and Ikaros. Marousi are looking forward to face AEK (#11) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Peristeri GS will play at home against VAP Kolossos in Rodou and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Marousi: D.Huertas 22+5reb+4ast, Y.Gagaloudis 11+1reb+3ast, D.Clemente 11+1reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 10+4reb+3ast, D.Bagaric 9+2reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 7+6reb
Peristeri GS: M.King 17+4reb+3ast, K.Looby 15+9reb, E.Scott 11+3reb+3ast, A.Petroulas 10+2reb, E.Mantzaris 10+7reb+4ast, D.Papanikolaou 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 103802


Ikaros - Aris 64-62

A very close game took place in Kalitheas between Ikaros and Aris. Ninth ranked Ikaros (6-7) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Aris (7-6). Ikaros managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aris won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaros made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 14 points. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American forward P.J. Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) responded with 8 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Ikaros moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Panionios and Peristeri GS. Loser Aris dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Ikaros will face AEK (#11) in Athens in the next round. Aris will play on the road against the league's leader Olympiakos (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: D.Thompson 21+15reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 14+2reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 12+1reb+3ast, L.Harris 8+2reb+1ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 2+2reb, A.Falekas 2+1reb+2ast
Aris: D.Borovnjak 11+7reb+1ast, P.Pierce 10+1reb+3ast, C.Tapoutos 9+4reb+1ast, P.Tucker 8+14reb, B.Dunston 8+2reb, K.Sloukas 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103803


Olympiakos - Iraklis 88-58

A1 top team - Olympiakos (13-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Iraklis (3-10) in Athens 88-58. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Iraklis' 34. Olympiakos players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Iraklis' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Olympiakos players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Matt Bouldin (196-88, college: Gonzaga) added 9 points in the effort for Iraklis. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympiakos have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Newly promoted Iraklis keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Olympiakos' next round opponent will be Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki which should be theoretically another easy game. Iraklis will play on the road against Panellinios (#13) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Y.Halperin 17+4reb+5ast, V.Spanoulis 15+5reb+4ast, L.Mavrokefalides 12+1reb, M.Pelekanos 11+1reb+2ast, Z.Erceg 11+1reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 6+4reb+3ast
Iraklis: E.Jazvin 12+5reb, F.Lambropoulos 10+5reb, M.Bouldin 9+4reb+2ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 8+3reb, S.Iliadis 7+1ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 7+3reb
gschID: 103804


Panellinios - Panathinaikos 73-80

Very expected game in Athens where 13th ranked Panellinios (3-10) was defeated by second ranked Panathinaikos (12-1) 80-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Panellinios was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mike Batiste (203-77, college: Arizona St.) stepped up and scored 14 points for the winners and international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) chipped in 13 points (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side guard Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-84, agency: FCM) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists and American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Panellinios players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Loser Panellinios dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Panathinaikos will face PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Panellinios will play at home against Iraklis (#12) in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: M.Batiste 14+4reb+2ast, K.Kaimakoglou 13+4reb+2ast, D.Diamantidis 10+3reb+4ast, A.Fotsis 9+5reb, R.Sato 9+2reb+1ast, M.Tepic 9+3reb+1ast
Panellinios: S.Udrih 20+3reb+3ast, S.Smith 18+11reb, V.Xanthopoulos 17+2reb+10ast, J.Krabbenhoft 12+3reb, T.Francis 6+5reb, I.Karathanasis 0
gschID: 103805


PAOK - Kavala 92-55

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kavala (7-6) against seventh ranked PAOK (7-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kavala was crushed by PAOK in Thessaloniki 92-55. The game was mostly controlled by PAOK. Kavala managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kavala to just 6 points in fourth quarter. PAOK made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kavala 45-23 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for Kavala in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kavala. PAOK will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play on the road against Ilysiakos in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.Gechevski 18+6reb, L.Papadopoulos 13+9reb, R.Marshall 13+3reb+1ast, R.Dozier 12+8reb+2ast, J.Gray 10+4reb+5ast, G.Apostolidis 9+5reb+3ast
Kavala: C.Simmons 16+7reb, B.Jorovic 14+1reb+1ast, M.Palacio 13+2reb+1ast, 8+1reb+1ast, S.Huff 2+3reb, C.Kostov 2
gschID: 103806


Ilysiakos - VAP Kolossos 84-74

Bottom-ranked Ilysiakos managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked VAP Kolossos in Athens 84-74. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 50-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ilysiakos made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 VAP Kolossos turnovers. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) chipped in 21 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Costas Harissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ilysiakos maintains fourteenth place with 2-11 record. Loser VAP Kolossos keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ilysiakos will meet at home higher ranked Kavala (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VAP Kolossos will play against Peristeri GS in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 21+2reb+1ast, J.Baxter 19+6reb, A.Karydas 13+7ast, 10+2reb, L.Prowell 9+4reb+1ast, G.Galiotos 5+4reb+1ast
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 20+7reb+1ast, C.Harissis 12+5reb+2ast, N.Pappas 12+2reb+1ast, A.Asimakopoulos 8+4reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 7+3reb+1ast, J.Golemac 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 103807


Panionios - AEK 78-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Panionios' (6-7) home victory over 11th ranked AEK (4-8) 78-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-75. AEK was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Giorgos Tsiaras (207-82) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: ZAG Advocates) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas let to play all 12 players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Bosnian guard Terell Castle (182-72, college: Nicholls St., agency: Court Side) responded with 23 points and 8 assists (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) and the former international forward Periklis Dorkofikis (206-80) scored 18 points (made all of his seven free throws). The victory was the third consecutive win for Panionios. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ikaros and Peristeri GS. Loser AEK keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Panionios will face higher ranked Marousi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK will play against Marousi (#3).
Top scorers:
Panionios: R.Covile 16+5reb, G.Tsiaras 15+5reb+3ast, G.Athanasoulas 11+1reb+2ast, S.Ioannou 9+4reb, M.Batis 7+5reb+3ast, V.Kavvadas 5+1reb+1ast
AEK: T.Castle 23+2reb+8ast, P.Dorkofikis 18+3reb+2ast, D.Dikoudis 13+7reb+2ast, P.Nikolaidis 9+4reb, L.Mack 6+4reb, N.Papanikolaou 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 103801




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.3 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos17.2 
 3. Smith, Panellinios16.8 
 4. Marshall, PAOK16.2 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.2 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.9 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.3 
 9. Kalathis, VAP K.14.2 
 10. Tucker, Aris14.1 
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.8.0 
 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.5.1 
 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. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.9 
 7. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 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. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.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. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.4 
 3. Macheras, Pagrati8.3 
 4. Amato, Near East8.2 
 5. Pantelic, Apollo.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. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.2 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.2 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apollo.4.1 
 8. Makris, Olimpiada3.9 
 9. Karvounis, Lavrio3.8 
 10. Sourlis, KAOD3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MAKRIS
  Olimpiada
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Makris, Olimpiada1.9 
 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. Psathas, Apollon .1.4 
 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. Kasabalis, AE.1.2 
 5. Psathas, Apollon .1.2 
 6. Karavanas, Panery.0.8 
 7. Katiakos, Arkadikos0.8 
 8. Latovic, AGOR0.8 
 9. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.7 
 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. Olimpiada 5-5 
 8. AEK/Argous 5-5 
 9. Apollon Patras 4-6 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 4-6 
 11. Pagrati 4-6 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 4-7 
 13. Amyntas Dafnis 3-7 
 14. Koroivos 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. PAOK 7-6 
 5. VAP Kolossos 7-6 
 6. Aris 7-6 
 7. Kavala 7-6 
 8. Peristeri GS 6-7 
 9. Ikaros 6-7 
 10. Panionios 6-7 
 11. AEK 4-8 
 12. Iraklis 3-10 
 13. Panellinios 3-10 
 14. Ilysiakos 2-11 


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 18-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 16-4 
 3. Eiffel Towers 16-5 
 4. Magixx 12-9 
 5. BS Weert 10-11 
 6. DeFriesland 10-11 
 7. ABC 9-12 
 8. Giants 7-14 
 9. Landstede 5-16 
 10. Rotterdam 1-20 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Stokes, BS Weert18.7 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants16.9 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 4. Borha, Landstede16.2 
 5. Laing, Magixx16.1 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.4 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 8. Blue, Giants14.4 
 9. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.3 
 10. Voorn, ABC14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra10.0 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.7 
 3. Sihota, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 5. Griffin, Giants9.1 
 6. de Randamie, ABC9.0 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.8 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert8.7 
 9. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.5 
 10. Koenis, Giants8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert3.9 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.7 
 8. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.5 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 10. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.4 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. McDowell, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.6 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.5 
 3. Blue, Giants1.3 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 8. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 9. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 14-3 
 2. Szolnok 13-3 
 3. Atomeromu 13-4 
 4. Kormend 12-3 
 5. ZTE KK 11-6 
 6. Kecskemeti 10-7 
 7. Marso-Vagep 8-9 
 8. PVSK Pannon 7-9 
 9. Soproni 7-9 
 10. Szedeak 6-10 
 11. Falco-Szova 6-10 
 12. Kaposvari 5-10 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-15 
 14. Salgotarjani 0-15 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Bell, Kormend21.3 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.0 
 4. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.4 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 7. Townes, Soproni19.6 
 8. Doyne, Falco-Szova19.1 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.0 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.9 
 2. Townes, Soproni11.1 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari10.8 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari10.8 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.7 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.4 
 7. Bell, Kormend9.3 
 8. Jones, Albacomp9.2 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, ZTE K.6.9 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.3 
 4. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok6.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.3 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.4 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.8 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari2.8 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.8 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.8 
 7. Kaman, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 9. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.5 
 10. Williams, ZTE K.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.7 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.6 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.4 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.1.0 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.8 


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  IRAQ   


ASU eliminate Duhok - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Duhok 87:69

ASU recorded the first win at WABA League Group B. They knocked down Duhok in the crucial battle for both sides. The loss meant Duhok fell out of title contention. ASU in the meantime made it into the quarterfinal stage. Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Jordanian team.
ASU did not waste too much time. They surged ahead building a 30:18 lead after ten minutes. Duhok never came back to life in this one. They looked stunned and could not pick up the right tempo in the reminder of the contest. Nidal Alsharif (190-G-82) and Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) scored 13 points each for ASU. Mousa Al Awadhi had 11 points in the victory. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) replied with 15 points for Duhok.

ASU: Terrence Roberts 19+16 boards, Nidal Alsharif 13, Norman Nolan 13+10 boards
Duhok: Tyrone Anderson 15



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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 14 in National League was guest Elitzur Yavne's (10-4) road victory over Hapoel Tivon (#4) 88-79 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Tivon. Hapoel Tivon was trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 36-25 charge of Elitzur Yavne, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who scored 25 points and 8 assists. The other American import center DeVon Hardin (211-86) chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds. American center Ben Strong (211-86, college: Guilford, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi HBK. Hapoel Tivon at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Beer Yaakov. Elitzur Yavne is looking forward to face league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Kohav Yair in Kohav Yair and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Undefeated leader Hapoel T-A delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-11) 107-67 in Tel-Aviv. The former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Gal Eytan contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) replied with 19 points for Ironi Nahariya. Undefeated Hapoel T-A (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Ironi Nahariya lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Hapoel T-A will play against league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nahariya will play against Maccabi HBK (#3) in Habikaa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (7-7) outscored 11th ranked Hod Hasharon (4-9) 108-61 on Tuesday night. Bryant Markson scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Jitim Young responded with 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Hod Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Hapoel Afula will meet Lev Hasharon (#10) on the road in the next round. Hod Hasharon will play against Elitzur Ramla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ironi Ramat Gan was defeated by Megido/Yokneam in a road game 101-90. Maccabi HBK beat Lev Hasharon at home 86-69. Kohav Yair lost to Beer Yaakov on the opponent's court 93-99. Hapoel Beeri unfortunately lost to Elitzur Ramla in a home game 91-97.
The best stats of 14th round was 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Stacey Moragne of Hapoel Beeri.


Megido/Yokneam - Ironi Ramat Gan 101-90

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (6-8) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Megido/Yokneam (8-6) 101-90 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Megido/Yokneam. Ironi Ramat Gan managed to win fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Megido/Yokneam forced 26 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Megido/Yokneam's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Yariv Yatzkan (199-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Megido/Yokneam maintains sixth position with 8-6 record. Loser Ironi Ramat Gan keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kohav Yair. Megido/Yokneam will meet at home Hapoel Beeri (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Beer Yaakov (#5) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: Y.Yatzkan 23+5reb+2ast, I.Rosefelt 20+8reb, J.Thomas 17+8reb+2ast, A.Fisher 15+2reb+4ast, C.Zigdon 8+3reb+4ast, I.Ohanon 6+2reb+1ast
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 36+9reb+1ast, N.Miller 25+12reb+4ast, J.Shtarkman 14+1reb+2ast, N.Tishman 9+1reb+4ast, C.Buchman 5+4reb+4ast, T.Bar Even 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 105605


Hapoel Afula - Hod Hasharon 108-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (7-7) outscored 11th ranked Hod Hasharon (4-9) 108-61 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Hapoel Afula led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hod Hasharon's 20. Hapoel Afula forced 20 Hod Hasharon turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hod Hasharon's players. American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Omer Shmidt (193-87) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 20 points and guard Or Ron (181-88) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Hod Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Hapoel Afula will meet Lev Hasharon (#10) on the road in the next round. Hod Hasharon will play against Elitzur Ramla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 20+4reb+2ast, O.Ron 12+4reb+1ast, K.Sharvit 6+3reb+4ast, S.Brandy 6+8reb, O.Menskey 5+2reb, G.Gendel 3+6reb
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 24+8reb+1ast, D.Hugee 20+7reb, O.Shmidt 18+2reb+8ast, A.Eliyahu 13+5reb+10ast, E.Solomoviz 11+4reb, D.Wollis 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 105600


Maccabi HBK - Lev Hasharon 86-69

No shocking result in a game in Habikaa where second ranked Maccabi HBK (10-4) defeated 10th ranked Lev Hasharon (5-9) 86-69 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi HBK. Lev Hasharon managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Maccabi HBK players scored in double figures. Power forward Raviv Pitshon (202-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi HBK have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-4 record having four points less than leader Hapoel T-A, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Lev Hasharon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with nine games lost. Maccabi HBK will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lev Hasharon will play against Hapoel Afula (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: R.Pitshon 17+12reb+1ast, A.Henry Dobie 15+4ast, L.Wade 11+6reb+2ast, O.Hover 6+1reb+1ast, Z.Ostfeld 6+1reb, A.Shiran 5+2reb+2ast
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 21+7reb+2ast, S.Bradford 15+8reb+1ast, N.Matalon 13+4reb+4ast, I.Grinboim 12+1ast, M.Moscovitz 10+2reb, I.Lev 8+10reb+2ast
gschID: 105601


Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nahariya 107-67

Undefeated leader Hapoel T-A delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-11) 107-67 in Tel-Aviv. The game without a history. Hapoel T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya's 32 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel T-A forced 19 Ironi Nahariya turnovers and had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Ironi Nahariya's players. The former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Gal Eytan (182-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Hapoel T-A players scored in double figures. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) replied with 19 points and the other his fellow American import import center DeVon Hardin (211-86) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel T-A (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Ironi Nahariya lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Hapoel T-A will play against league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nahariya will play against Maccabi HBK (#3) in Habikaa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 19+2reb, O.Ben Hemo 8, E.Drayton 7+6reb+1ast, A.Pereg 7+4reb+1ast, R.Sabag 6+3ast, E.Knafo 6+4reb
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 20+2reb+1ast, G.Eytan 16+3reb+6ast, A.Uter 16+8reb+1ast, M.Naor 15+5reb+7ast, E.Eliyah 14+2ast, Y.Alfasi 6+1ast
gschID: 105602


Hapoel Tivon - Elitzur Yavne 79-88

The biggest surprise of round 14 in National League was guest Elitzur Yavne's (10-4) road victory over Hapoel Tivon (#4) 88-79 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Tivon. Hapoel Tivon was trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 36-25 charge of Elitzur Yavne, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who scored 25 points and 8 assists. The other American import center DeVon Hardin (211-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. American center Ben Strong (211-86, college: Guilford, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Elitzur Yavne and five Hapoel Tivon players scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi HBK. Hapoel Tivon at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Beer Yaakov. Elitzur Yavne is looking forward to face league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Kohav Yair in Kohav Yair and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: B.Strong 25+15reb, T.Stevens 16+2reb+5ast, Z.Evans 12+8reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 11+3reb+9ast, K.Izik 11+10reb+2ast, O.Ida 4+3reb
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 25+3reb+8ast, D.Hardin 14+13reb+2ast, E.Hofman 11+7reb+3ast, O.Brandwein 10+1reb+2ast, N.Golan 10+3reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105603


Beer Yaakov - Kohav Yair 99-93

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Kohav Yair (6-8) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Beer Yaakov (9-5) 99-93 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 35-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Beer Yaakov made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) scored 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ofir Farhi (187-86) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists during the contest. Farhi is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Gil Amitai (197-89) responded with 23 points and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel Tivon. Loser Kohav Yair keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Beer Yaakov will meet Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) on the road in the next round. Kohav Yair will play against Hapoel Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: G.Amitai 23+2reb+3ast, O.Rub 18+2reb+1ast, E.Traimel 18+7reb+3ast, S.Ibrahim 14+8reb+2ast, S.Harush 12+2reb+4ast, S.Molnar 8+4reb
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 27+7reb, Y.Bet-Yosef 18+4reb+4ast, J.Gomes 16+2ast, G.Karni 15+3reb+1ast, O.Farhi 14+5reb+11ast, I.Bochman 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 105604


Hapoel Beeri - Elitzur Ramla 91-97

Everything could happen in Beer-Shev at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Elitzur Ramla and 12th ranked Hapoel Beeri had identical 3-10 record. But Hapoel Beeri was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Ramla 97-91 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-91. It was a great shooting night for Elitzur Ramla especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and forward Daniel Aidan (204-89) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla (4-10) moved-up to twelfth place. Hapoel Beeri lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Elitzur Ramla will meet higher ranked Hod Hasharon (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Beeri will play against Megido/Yokneam and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 39+9reb+2ast, D.Aidan 16+8reb+2ast, T.Havkin 10+1ast, H.Shifman 8+4reb+4ast, G.Dotan 7+1reb+1ast, A.Borsuk 7+1reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: D.Paris 29+7reb+5ast, A.Sukar 21+1reb+3ast, D.Davidi 18+4reb+3ast, K.Young 10+3reb+1ast, T.Parselani 9+1reb, I.Berkowitz 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 105599




Ironi Naharia add Roberts, Drayton and Oren - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Naharia add Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, college: Wyoming), E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) and Oren Ben Hemo (190-G-79) to their roster.
Jeron Roberts did not play since the beginning of the season and debuted with 19 points. Before that in 2009-2010 he started for Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) but was released in Nov.'09. In Jan.'10 moved to Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League, starting five) and after 11 games averaged 2.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.4apg.
E.J. Drayton played last season for Maccabi Beer Yaakov. The American Forward debuted with 7 points and 6 rebounds. In Jan.'09, joined Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (Israel-National League, starting five) and in 12 games became the fifth top-scorer of the league with 25.1ppg, Reb-5 (10.1ppg), 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 68.2%. In 2009-2010 for Maccabi Beer Yaakov (Israel-National League, starting five) played in 26 games and again became the fifth top-scorer averaging 21.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 68.0%.
Oren Ben Hemo arrives from Hapoel Natzrath Elite. He scored 8 points in his debut. In 2008-2009 appeared for Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League, starting five) and in 27 games had 14.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 79.1%. In 2009-2010 started for Hapoel Natzrath Elite (National League, starting five) and after 24 games had 15.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 77.0%.




Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 12-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 8-5 
 3. Maccabi Ashdod 8-6 
 4. Galil Gilboa 7-6 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 7-6 
 6. Hapoel Holon 5-7 
 7. Maccabi Rishon 5-7 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 5-9 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 4-9 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 3-8 


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.4 
 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. Young, Hod Hasharon21.2 
 9. Dobie, Lev Hasharon20.8 
 10. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.7 
 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. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Paris, Hapoel Beeri8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yoad BET-YOSEF
  Beer Yaakov
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.7.6 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.5 
 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. Bassett, Ironi R.2.5 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.4 
 6. Harush, Kohav Yair2.3 
 7. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.2 
 8. Delaney, Maccabi .2.2 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido.2.2 
 10. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
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-A1.8 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.1.6 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.5 
 8. Markson, Hapoel A.1.4 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 10. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.3 


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AJ Milano announced the agreement with Lynn Greer - by Antonello Varallo
Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) will play with Armani Jeans Milano.
The point guard from Philadelphia returns to Italy after 5 seasons: during 2005-2006 he was the top scorer of Italian Serie A, averaging 22.6 poits with Napoli (also his cousin, Lamaar Greer, has played with Napoli) in the best season of his career. Greer graduated from Temple, and he played 41 NBA games with Milwaukee Bucks (4.1ppg)
In Europe, he also played with Slask Wroclaw (Poland-EBL), Near East (Greece-A1), Dynamo Moscow, (Russia-A Superleague),Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1) and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), where he began this season playing 9 games with only 3.6 ppg.


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


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.0 
 2. Winston, CS Bo.17.0 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.7 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.1 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA16.1 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.9 
 7. Milic, Vanoli CR15.8 
 8. Dean, Air AV15.5 
 9. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes15.4 
 10. Thomas, Air AV15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.9 
 2. Homan, CS Bologna9.0 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.7 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.7 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 6. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 7. Suton, Angelico BI7.7 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 9. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.3 
 10. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Air AV6.5 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.4.5 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA4.3 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.1 
 6. Diener, Dinamo S.4.0 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 9. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.5 
 10. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
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. Goss, Cimberio VA2.8 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.7 
 6. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 7. Green, Bennet Cantu2.6 
 8. Milic, Vanoli CR2.6 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.6 
 10. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Smith, Benetton TV1.3 
 4. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 5. Polonara, Banca T.1.1 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 7. Homan, CS Bologna1.1 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. White, Dinamo Sassari0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.8 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli21.7 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola21.1 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.7 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.4 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.3 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.6 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.16.9 
 10. Beck, Trenkwalder16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.0 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.9 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.4 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.3 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD8.2 
 8. Johnson, San Severo8.1 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.3 
 10. Chiacig, Sunris.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.2 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.9 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.3.9 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 6. Hoover, N.Ferrara3.6 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.6 
 8. Hickman, Fastw.3.4 
 9. Childress, San S.3.4 
 10. Penn, Prima Veroli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.4 
 2. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola2.8 
 4. Farabello, N.Fer.2.7 
 5. Davis, Sunrise .2.7 
 6. Stefanov, San S.2.6 
 7. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 8. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 9. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.4 
 10. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.3 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 4. Achara, Barcellona0.9 
 5. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.8 
 6. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 8. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.0.7 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.0.7 
 10. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 


Lega2 Round 16: Prima Veroli defeats leader Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Umana Venezia (13-3) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Prima Veroli (8-8) in overtime 87-86. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Umana Venezia managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Prima Veroli who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-15. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Guard James Penn (178-77, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Umana Venezia. Prima Veroli has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Aget Imola. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Snaidero UD. Prima Veroli is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#8) at home in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Snaidero Udine (13-3) which hosted in Udine 4th ranked Sigma Barcellona (10-6). Second ranked Snaidero Udine managed to get a 6-point victory 73-67. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and Gerald Lee who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Ryan Bucci (192-81, college: C.W. Post) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Snaidero Udine has a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Umana Reyer lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Immobiliare SR. Snaidero Udine will play against Sunrise Scafati (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sigma Barcellona will play against Mazzeo San Severo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo edged sixth-ranked Sunrise Scafati 90-87. The winners were led by Kaniel Dickens who scored that evening 25 points and 6 rebounds. Even 21 points by Nikola Radulovic did not help to save the game for Sunrise Scafati. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo maintains sixteenth position with 3-13 record. Loser Sunrise Scafati keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will meet higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sunrise Scafati will play against the league's second-placed Snaidero Udine having rather not much hope for a victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aget Imola (8-8) and Naturhouse Ferrara (7-9), which took place in Imola. 7th ranked Aget Imola lost at home to tenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara 77-86. Klaudio Ndoja fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturhouse Ferrara maintains tenth position with 7-9 record. Aget Imola at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#4) in Rimini and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game between fifteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (5-11) and 14th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-12) in Verona on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Tezenis Verona outscored guests from Forli 92-69. It was a very good performance for Keith Waleskowski who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. MarcoPoloShop.it's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tezenis Verona moved-up to fourteenth place. MarcoPoloShop.it lost fifth consecutive game. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Tezenis Verona will face higher ranked Fileni BPA (#13) in Jesi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against the league's leader Umana Venezia having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Assigeco was beaten by Fastweb CM on the road 96-81. Trenkwalder won against Fileni BPA on its own court 74-65. Tuscany PT unfortunately lost to Immobiliare SR in Rimini 64-73.


Tezenis Verona - Forli 92-69

The game between fifteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (5-11) and 14th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-12) in Verona on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Tezenis Verona outscored guests from Forli 92-69. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tezenis Verona dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to MarcoPoloShop.it's 30 and made 24-of-25 free shots (96.0 percent) during the game. Tezenis Verona forced 21 MarcoPoloShop.it turnovers and had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. MarcoPoloShop.it was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) replied with 26 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and American-German guard Cody Toppert (193-83, college: Cornell) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. Five Tezenis Verona and four MarcoPoloShop.it players scored in double figures. MarcoPoloShop.it's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tezenis Verona moved-up to fourteenth place. MarcoPoloShop.it lost fifth consecutive game. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Tezenis Verona will face higher ranked Fileni BPA (#13) in Jesi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against the league's leader Umana Venezia having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: K.Waleskowski 24+13reb+2ast, M.Jurevicus 19+5reb+3ast, A.Renzi 16+11reb, J.Trepagnier 13+4reb+2ast, A.Porta 13+7reb+9ast, O.Gueye 3+1ast
Forli: L.Goldwire 26+3reb+7ast, C.Toppert 13+5reb, M.Poletti 12+4reb, L.Gordon 10+7reb, F.Lestini 5+4reb, A.Forray 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 95906


Fastweb CM - Assigeco 96-81

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Fastweb CM (12-4) beat 11th ranked Assigeco BPL (6-10) in Casale 96-81 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Fastweb CM. Assigeco BPL managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fastweb CM made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Assigeco BPL turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. The other American import guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Assigeco BPL. Four Fastweb CM and five Assigeco BPL players scored in double figures. Fastweb CM has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-4 record behind leader Umana Reyer. Loser Assigeco BPL keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Fastweb CM will face Tuscany Pistoia (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Assigeco BPL will play against Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: D.Taylor 17+4reb+5ast, R.Hickman 16+1reb+3ast, T.Fantoni 13+5reb+1ast, D.Chiotti 11+4reb, S.Gentile 9+1ast, S.Pierich 8+2reb+2ast
Assigeco: P.Ezugwu 15+3reb, R.Boykin 15+5reb, B.Cerella 14+6reb+1ast, P.Marigney 12+4reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 11+1reb+2ast, D.Banti 6
gschID: 95903


Snaidero UD - Barcellona 73-67

An interesting game for Snaidero Udine (13-3) which hosted in Udine 4th ranked Sigma Barcellona (10-6). Second ranked Snaidero Udine managed to get a 6-point victory 73-67. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-12 Sigma Barcellona's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-67 at the end of the game. Snaidero Udine dominated on the defensive end, holding Sigma Barcellona to just 7 points in first quarter. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Snaidero Udine forced 20 Sigma Barcellona turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Snaidero Udine players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Ryan Bucci (192-81, college: C.W. Post) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Snaidero Udine has a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Umana Reyer lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Immobiliare SR. Snaidero Udine will play against Sunrise Scafati (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sigma Barcellona will play against Mazzeo San Severo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: G.Lee 18+8reb, D.Mathis 16+5reb+6ast, C.Cotis Harrison 15+5reb+1ast, J.Williams 14+6reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 4+1reb, R.Truccolo 3+2reb+1ast
Barcellona: R.Bucci 14+6reb+1ast, J.Crispin 11+1reb+7ast, M.Cardinali 9+1reb, K.Achara 9+9reb, A.Ghiacci 7+2reb+4ast, G.Sorrentino 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95904


Trenkwalder - Fileni BPA 74-65

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Fileni BPA (6-10) lost to thirteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-10) in Reggio Emilia 65-74 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Fileni BPA outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 44-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Swingman Matteo Frassineti (195-87) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian forward Marko Tusek (203-75, agency: Alti Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Assigeco. Trenkwalder RE will face Assigeco BPL (#11) in Lodi in the next round.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 24+2reb+2ast, M.Frassineti 20+6reb+2ast, R.Valenti 13+6reb, R.Fultz 7+2reb, T.Ostler 6+2reb, A.Frosini 2+2ast
Fileni BPA: M.Tusek 20+10reb+1ast, B.Elder 18+4reb, M.Maggioli 11+10reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 7+4reb, F.Migliori 6+4reb, A.Pecile 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 95905


Immobiliare SR - Tuscany PT 73-64

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Immobiliare SR (10-6) won against 8th ranked Tuscany Pistoia (8-8) in Rimini 73-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 42-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Quadre Lollis (200-73, college: Montana St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Immobiliare SR players scored in double figures. American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) replied with 19 points and power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) added 5 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Tuscany Pistoia. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barcellona. Tuscany Pistoia lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Immobiliare SR will face Naturhouse Ferrara (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Tuscany Pistoia will play against Fastweb CM in Casale.
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: Q.Lollis 17+11reb+2ast, D.Vukcevic 15+1reb+2ast, D.Filloy 15+11reb+1ast, P.Alessandro 10+2reb+3ast, G.Tomassini 7+1reb+2ast, G.Gurini 7+4reb+1ast
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 19+4reb+3ast, J.Varnado 10+5reb, J.Porzingis 10+1reb+1ast, G.Fucka 9+6reb, A.Filloy 9+4reb+3ast, F.Toppo 5+14reb+2ast
gschID: 95901


San Severo - Sunrise Scafati 90-87

Bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo edged sixth-ranked Sunrise Scafati 90-87. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-87. Mazzeo San Severo made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. The winners were led by American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) who scored that evening 25 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Randolph Childress (190-72, college: Wake Forest) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Even 21 points by the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) did not help to save the game for Sunrise Scafati. American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) added 18 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo maintains sixteenth position with 3-13 record. Loser Sunrise Scafati keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will meet higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sunrise Scafati will play against the league's second-placed Snaidero Udine having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
San Severo: K.Dickens 25+6reb+2ast, R.Childress 21+4reb+5ast, R.Stefanov 16+1reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 15+1reb+1ast, A.Johnson 5+5reb+1ast, M.Ferri 5+6reb
Sunrise Scafati: N.Radulovic 21+4reb+2ast, J.Hunter 18+4reb+4ast, R.Davis 18+5reb, P.Baldassarre 14+7reb+1ast, M.Levin 6+1reb+5ast, M.Casini 5+1reb
gschID: 95902


Aget Imola - N.Ferrara 77-86

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aget Imola (8-8) and Naturhouse Ferrara (7-9), which took place in Imola. 7th ranked Aget Imola lost at home to tenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara 77-86. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-25 Aget Imola's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Naturhouse Ferrara made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Aget Imola turnovers. Naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Naturhouse Ferrara maintains tenth position with 7-9 record. Aget Imola at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#4) in Rimini and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
N.Ferrara: K.Ndoja 19+7reb+1ast, R.Hoover 19+5ast, T.Kotti 16+5reb, J.Boyette 10+2reb+3ast, D.Cournooh 9+3reb+1ast, V.Mazzola 7+6reb+1ast
Aget Imola: N.Ebi 27+13reb+1ast, T.Whiting 20+11reb+3ast, P.Prato 15+1ast, M.Ringstrom 9+3reb, D.Bruttini 3+5reb, A.Amici 3+1reb
gschID: 95899


Umana Reyer - Prima Veroli 86-87 OT

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Umana Venezia (13-3) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Prima Veroli (8-8) in overtime 87-86. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Umana Venezia managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Prima Veroli who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-15. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Guard James Penn (178-77, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Umana Venezia. Prima Veroli has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Aget Imola. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Snaidero UD. Prima Veroli is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#8) at home in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 35+1reb, J.Penn 17+6reb+4ast, I.Gatto 11+7reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 10+6reb, D.Brkic 8+7reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 6+12reb+3ast
Umana Reyer: A.Young 21+5reb+2ast, T.Slay 20+10reb+3ast, K.Clark 19+4reb+3ast, M.Allegretti 8+5reb, A.Causin 6+3reb, G.Meini 6+3ast
gschID: 95900




SerieA Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
SerieA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left.

SerieA round 15 most important game was a victory of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro over 5th ranked Angelico Biella 86-78 on Sunday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Angelico Biella won third quarter 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 39-17 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) answered with 19 points for Angelico Biella. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (8-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CS Bologna. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro is looking forward to face Dinamo Sassari (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Pepsi Caserta (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bennet Cantu (10-5) against tenth ranked Cimberio Varese (7-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Cimberio Varese in Varese 82-65. It was a great evening for American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. Diego Fajardo helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Cimberio Varese moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round. Bennet Cantu will play against CS Bologna (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi edged fourth-ranked Air Avellino 80-79. It was an exceptional evening for Anthony Roberson who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Chevon Troutman came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds for Air Avellino in the defeat. Enel Brindisi (5-10) moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Air Avellino dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Enel Brindisi will meet at home higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#12) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Benetton Treviso (#14) and hope to secure a win.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (14-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (6-9) 73-67. The best player for the winners was Rimantas Kaukenas who scored 17 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Lottomatica Roma at the other side keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. Montepaschi Siena's next round opponent will be Vanoli-Braga (#11) in Cremona and are hoping to win another game. Lottomatica Roma will play on the road against Enel Brindisi.
The game between 13th ranked Benetton Treviso (6-9) and tenth ranked Pepsi Caserta (7-8) in Treviso on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Caserta outscored Benetton Treviso 90-67. It was a good game for Eric Williams who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Pepsi Caserta's coach Stefano Sacripanti felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Benetton Treviso dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Pepsi Caserta will face Angelico Biella (#9) on the road in the next round. Benetton Treviso will play against Air Avellino.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: Vanoli CR was beaten by Dinamo Sassari on the road 83-71. Banca Tercas lost to CS Bologna on its own court 55-62. Scavolini PS unfortunately lost to Armani MI in Milano 84-94.


Angelico BI - Fabi Shoes 78-86

SerieA round 15 most important game was a victory of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro over 5th ranked Angelico Biella 86-78 on Sunday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Angelico Biella won third quarter 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 39-17 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) answered with 19 points and American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-88, college: W.Kentucky) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Angelico Biella. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (8-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CS Bologna. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro is looking forward to face Dinamo Sassari (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Pepsi Caserta (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: M.Soragna 19+1reb+1ast, E.Sosa 17+1reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 13+3reb+4ast, G.Jurak 11+2reb+1ast, M.Salyers 8+3reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 4+1ast
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 18+6reb, S.Ford 14+14reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 14+5reb+1ast, A.Ray 14+2reb+2ast, M.Antonutti 8+4reb, B.Jones 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 96144


Dinamo Sassari - Vanoli CR 83-71

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Dinamo Sassari (6-9) beat at home higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (6-9) 83-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Sassari. Vanoli-Braga managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. His fellow American import guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Vanoli-Braga. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Vanoli-Braga. Vanoli-Braga lost their third game in a row. Dinamo Sassari will face higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: M.Milic 20+11reb+2ast, J.Foster 18+2reb+3ast, E.Rowland 15+7reb+2ast, M.Formenti 8+1reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 6+7reb+1ast, R.Antonelli 4
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 21+4reb+1ast, B.Sacchetti 16+5reb+3ast, D.Tsaldaris 16+1reb+2ast, T.Diener 15+3reb+8ast, O.Hunter 8+8reb, A.Cittadini 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96145


Air AV - Enel Brindisi 79-80

Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi edged fourth-ranked Air Avellino 80-79. Air Avellino was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Enel Brindisi, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 11 points and 10 assists respectively for Air Avellino in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi (5-10) moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Air Avellino dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Enel Brindisi will meet at home higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#12) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Benetton Treviso (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Air AV: C.Troutman 22+16reb+2ast, T.Dean 17+1reb+2ast, M.Green 11+2reb+10ast, O.Thomas 11+4reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 8+4reb, V.Spinelli 7+4reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: A.Roberson 27+6reb, Y.Diawara 15+3reb+1ast, B.Dixon 14+8reb+7ast, K.Lang 10+10reb, G.Maresca 10+1reb, H.Toure 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 96141


Banca Tercas - CS Bologna 55-62

Very expected game when 15th ranked Banca Tercas (4-11) lost to fifth ranked CS Bologna (8-7) in Teramo 55-62 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-55. CS Bologna dominated on the defensive end, holding Banca Tercas to just 4 points in third quarter. It was a good game for Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Banca Tercas. Banca Tercas' coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Loser Banca Tercas dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. CS Bologna will face higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banca Tercas will play against the league's second-placed Armani Milano (#2).
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: K.Fletcher 13+9reb, D.Diener 13+3reb, I.Zoroski 8+7reb+6ast, R.De La Fuente 6+10reb, J.Davis 6+10reb+2ast, G.Boscagin 5+5reb
CS Bologna: K.Winston 14+3reb, G.Poeta 12+7reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 11+10reb, V.Amoroso 8+7reb, P.Koponen 7+1reb, J.Homan 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 96142


Cimberio VA - Bennet Cantu 82-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bennet Cantu (10-5) against tenth ranked Cimberio Varese (7-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Cimberio Varese in Varese 82-65. It looked good early as Bennet Cantu took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cimberio Varese had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Bennet Cantu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-82. Cimberio Varese dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Bennet Cantu's 24. Cimberio Varese forced 22 Bennet Cantu turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) with 9 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points. Four Bennet Cantu players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round. Bennet Cantu will play against CS Bologna (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: V.Micov 13+1reb+3ast, M.Green 12+1reb+3ast, N.Mazzarino 12+3reb+2ast, D.Marconato 10+6reb, M.Leunen 9+7reb+3ast, B.Ortner 7+3reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 26+4reb+4ast, D.Fajardo 12+8reb+1ast, R.Slay 10+8reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 9+3reb+3ast, J.Thomas 8+3reb, G.Galanda 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 96143


Armani MI - Scavolini PS 94-84

Very predictable result when second ranked Armani Milano (12-3) won at home against 7th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (7-8) 94-84 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Scavolini Pesaro managed to win second period 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Scavolini Pesaro 34-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) contributed with 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) answered with 23 points and American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola (MD)) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. The victory was the third consecutive win for Armani Milano. They maintain second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. Loser Scavolini Pesaro dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Armani Milano will face bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Scavolini Pesaro will play at home against Cimberio Varese (#10).
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 23+3reb+2ast, G.Diaz 21+2reb+1ast, A.Collins 16+4reb+4ast, N.Aleksandrov 7+3reb, S.Flamini 6+1reb, M.Almond 6+1reb
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 23+2reb+6ast, I.Jaaber 19+8reb+5ast, J.Maciulis 17+3reb+2ast, O.Pecherov 15+9reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 10+6reb, M.Rocca 4+5reb
gschID: 96138


Lottomatica - Montepaschi 67-73

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (14-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (6-9) 73-67. It looked good early as Lottomatica Roma took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Montepaschi Siena had a 18-9 second period charge getting the lead and Lottomatica Roma was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-73. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) who scored 17 points. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 12 points and 6 steals. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 6 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Lottomatica Roma at the other side keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. Montepaschi Siena's next round opponent will be Vanoli-Braga (#11) in Cremona and are hoping to win another game. Lottomatica Roma will play on the road against Enel Brindisi.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: V.Dasic 14+7reb+1ast, N.Gordic 13, N.Dedovic 9+5reb+2ast, L.Datome 8+2reb, C.Smith 7+1reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 6+10reb+3ast
Montepaschi: R.Kaukenas 17+2reb+1ast, D.Moss 12+3reb+1ast, M.Hairston 9+2reb, M.Rakovic 7+6reb, S.Stonerook 6+1reb+2ast, P.Aradori 6+2reb
gschID: 96139


Benetton TV - Pepsi Caserta 67-90

The game between 13th ranked Benetton Treviso (6-9) and tenth ranked Pepsi Caserta (7-8) in Treviso on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Caserta outscored Benetton Treviso 90-67. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-67. It was a good game for American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. Pepsi Caserta's coach Stefano Sacripanti felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Swiss forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) answered with 17 points and 6 steals and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Benetton Treviso. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Benetton Treviso dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Pepsi Caserta will face Angelico Biella (#9) on the road in the next round. Benetton Treviso will play against Air Avellino.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: G.Brunner 17+4reb+1ast, H.Peric 14+6reb+1ast, R.Toolson 10+1reb+1ast, D.Smith 8+3reb, A.Gentile 6+1reb+1ast, J.Wojciechovski 4+1reb+1ast
Pepsi Caserta: E.Williams 20+8reb, T.Bowers 18+4reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 17+3reb+1ast, E.Ere 15+1reb, J.Jones 8+10reb+2ast, M.Colussi 6
gschID: 96140




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  JAPAN   


BJ League Round 26: #1 Osaka Evessa is defeated by Saitama Broncos - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (17-8) on the court of fourth ranked Saitama Broncos on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Saitama Broncos 76-64. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 29-12 charge of Saitama Broncos, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Saitama Broncos (10-15) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position, which they share with Shimane. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Saitama Broncos is again looking forward to face league's leader Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Okinawa between Sendai 89ers and Okinawa GK. Second ranked Sendai 89ers (15-8) got a very close victory on the road over 4th ranked Okinawa GK (14-11). Sendai 89ers managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Saturday evening. American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Chris Holm supported him with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-84) did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. Sendai 89ers have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-8 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okinawa GK will play again at home against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another very close game took place in Kyoto between Shiga Lakestars and Kyoto Hannaryz. Second ranked Shiga Lakestars (16-9) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (12-13). Shiga Lakestars managed to escape with a 2-point win 90-88 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Gary Hamilton who scored 9 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. Kibwe Trim produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds for the hosts. Shiga Lakestars maintains second position with 16-9 record having seven points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannaryz will play again against the league's second-placed Shiga Lakestars (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Another very close game took place in Fukuoka between Akita Happinets and Fukuoka Rizing. Sixth ranked Akita Happinets (9-16) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd ranked Fukuoka Rizing (15-12). Akita Happinets managed to escape with a 1-point win 91-90 on Saturday evening. Sek Henry saved the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Akita Happinets maintains sixth position with 9-16 record. Fukuoka Rizing lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Akita Happinets.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (23-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (6-17) in Mikawa 106-83. Jeffrey Parmer scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-2 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Takamatsu FA will play against Tokyo Apache.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Tokyo Apache won against Miyazaki on the opponent's court 95-78. Niigata Albirex outscored Oita H.Devils in a home game 79-58. Toyama Grouses recorded a loss to Shimane on the road 76-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 19 rebounds by Zachary Andrews of Niigata Albirex.


Fukuoka Rizing - Akita 90-91

Another very close game took place in Fukuoka between Akita Happinets and Fukuoka Rizing. Sixth ranked Akita Happinets (9-16) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd ranked Fukuoka Rizing (15-12). Akita Happinets managed to escape with a 1-point win 91-90 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fukuoka Rizing won third quarter 28-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) saved the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) replied with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks and his fellow American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Akita Happinets maintains sixth position with 9-16 record. Fukuoka Rizing lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Akita Happinets.
Top scorers:
Akita: S.Henry 24+4reb+4ast, P.Butorac 18+9reb+4ast, A.Akingbade 15+16reb+1ast, K.Shoji 11+2reb, R.Mizumachi 8+2reb+1ast, M.Hasegawa 7+2ast
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 28+8reb, N.Murry 20+2reb+2ast, J.Henderson 10+6reb+1ast, T.Cordeiro 8+2reb+2ast, A.Takeno 7+3reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105917


Miyazaki - Tokyo Apache 78-95

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (7-18) were defeated at home by fifth ranked Tokyo Apache (9-8) 95-78 on Saturday. Tokyo Apache had a 37-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Four Tokyo Apache players scored in double figures. Forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Tokyo Apache maintains fifth position with 9-8 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth place with 18 games lost. Tokyo Apache will face Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again against Tokyo Apache.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: T.Kensuke 18+2reb+1ast, B.Eaton 17+4reb+9ast, J.Nakama 11+2reb+2ast, M.Chappell 11+10reb+2ast, R.Swift 10+16reb+2ast, C.Aoki 10+2reb+3ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 22+10reb+1ast, J.Manuel 20+7reb+4ast, T.Shimizu 13+4reb+6ast, H.Fujita 8+1reb+2ast, E.Palmer 7+7reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 3+1reb
gschID: 105918


Okinawa GK - Sendai 89ers 75-78

A very close game took place in Okinawa between Sendai 89ers and Okinawa GK. Second ranked Sendai 89ers (15-8) got a very close victory on the road over 4th ranked Okinawa GK (14-11). Sendai 89ers managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Okinawa GK took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sendai 89ers had a 24-22 second period charge getting the lead and Okinawa GK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-78. American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) supported him with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-84) did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. American swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-8 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okinawa GK will play again at home against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 24+10reb+2ast, C.Holm 16+16reb+1ast, M.Bell 16+6reb+1ast, L.Hechon 11+2reb+2ast, T.Shimura 6+2reb, D.Takaoka 3+1ast
Okinawa GK: S.Kinjo 21+5reb+4ast, A.McHenry 13+13reb+4ast, C.Dixon 11+5reb+1ast, J.Newton 10+7reb+5ast, A.Kuso 6+2reb, T.Yonamine 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 105919


Niigata Albirex - Oita H.Devils 79-58

Rather predictable result when third ranked Niigata Albirex (12-11) smashed at home 6th ranked Oita Heat Devils (12-15) 79-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Niigata Albirex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward Kimitake Sato (186-84) responded with 14 points and American forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Niigata Albirex maintains third position with 12-11 record having thirteen points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Oita Heat Devils (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 20+4reb+4ast, Y.Ikeda 20+2reb, Z.Andrews 15+19reb+2ast, N.Takushi 12+4reb+8ast, W.Veasley 10+5reb+1ast, I.Konare 2+5reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: K.Sato 14+4reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+5reb+3ast, M.Lottich 11+1reb, H.Sato 8+2reb+2ast, R.Howell 5+9reb+3ast, Y.Suzuki 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105912


Saitama Bron. - Osaka Evessa 76-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (17-8) on the court of fourth ranked Saitama Broncos on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Saitama Broncos 76-64. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 29-12 charge of Saitama Broncos, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Saitama Broncos (10-15) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position, which they share with Shimane. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Saitama Broncos is again looking forward to face league's leader Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 17+7reb+6ast, G.Klaiber 12+6reb, G.Leach 11+9reb+3ast, K.Hatano 11+2reb+4ast, Y.Kitamuki 11+3reb+1ast, B.Nash 7+1ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 17+13reb+3ast, W.Knight 12+8reb+1ast, W.Marshall 9+8reb+2ast, J.Klotz 8+5reb+1ast, H.Takada 7+2reb+4ast, H.Katsumata 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 105913


Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA 106-83

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (23-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (6-17) in Mikawa 106-83. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 15 points and 10 assists during the contest. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Makoto Kita (169-78) scored 20 points. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-2 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Takamatsu FA will play against Tokyo Apache.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 23+7reb+1ast, K.Tomori 17+2reb+5ast, J.Dixon 15+1reb+10ast, D.Larkai 14+9reb+1ast, W.Arnold 11+3reb+1ast, R.Nixon 11+4reb+3ast
Takamatsu FA: R.Sparks 20+8reb+5ast, M.Kita 20+1reb+1ast, S.Takada 15+2reb+2ast, J.Price 11+7reb+2ast, S.Takeda 7+3reb+2ast, T.Farley 6+5reb
gschID: 105914


Kyoto Hannaryz - Shiga Lakestars 88-90

Another very close game took place in Kyoto between Shiga Lakestars and Kyoto Hannaryz. Second ranked Shiga Lakestars (16-9) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (12-13). Shiga Lakestars managed to escape with a 2-point win 90-88 on Saturday evening. Kyoto Hannaryz was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Shiga Lakestars, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Kyoto Hannaryz turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) who scored 9 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import center Ray Schafer (213-83, college: Oregon) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) added 22 points and 5 steals respectively for the hosts. Four Shiga Lakestars and five Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars maintains second position with 16-9 record having seven points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannaryz will play again against the league's second-placed Shiga Lakestars (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 15+5reb+1ast, R.Schafer 15+5reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 13+3reb+2ast, L.Rice 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Okada 10+2ast, G.Hamilton 9+19reb+7ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 22+2reb+3ast, K.Trim 16+18reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 15+2reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 12+4reb+3ast, W.White 11+6reb+4ast, T.Murakami 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 105915


Shimane - Toyama Grouses 76-62

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (7-16) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Shimane Magic (10-15) 76-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and center Matthew Kyle (211-86, college: Yale) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Shimane Magic moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Toyama Grouses (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 22+6reb+1ast, F.Fisher 13+3reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 12+3reb+5ast, J.Davis 11+14reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 10+7reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 4+1reb
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 15+11reb+1ast, M.Kyle 14+9reb, H.Johnson 8+1reb, J.Smith 8+7reb, T.Mito 8+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 105916




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ASU eliminate Duhok - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Duhok 87:69

ASU recorded the first win at WABA League Group B. They knocked down Duhok in the crucial battle for both sides. The loss meant Duhok fell out of title contention. ASU in the meantime made it into the quarterfinal stage. Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Jordanian team.
ASU did not waste too much time. They surged ahead building a 30:18 lead after ten minutes. Duhok never came back to life in this one. They looked stunned and could not pick up the right tempo in the reminder of the contest. Nidal Alsharif (190-G-82) and Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) scored 13 points each for ASU. Mousa Al Awadhi had 11 points in the victory. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) replied with 15 points for Duhok.

ASU: Terrence Roberts 19+16 boards, Nidal Alsharif 13, Norman Nolan 13+10 boards
Duhok: Tyrone Anderson 15



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Kosovan teams preparing for the second half of season - by Onur Deqani
The second half of the BKT Superleague of Kosovo will start on 19th of February , so teams have a month left for preparing . Most of teams have started training this week , after they took some days-off in the mid-season.
Some of them will now play several friendly matches in Kosovo and also abroad, mostly in Macedona, Montenegro and Albania.
The sportive director of Sigal Prishtina , Artan Rugova declared that after 24th of January they are going to play 8 matches in these countries, then they will come back and play 2 other matches in Kosovo before the second-half of season starts .
In the first half of season, the top 4 that takes the teams to play-offs were taken by Sigal Prishtina, Bambi, Peja and Trepca.


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Liepaja add Pierce Caldwell - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja strengthened their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, college: Incarnate World). The 22-year-old guard has recently played in D-League. The guard averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 assists per game for the Frisco Texas Legends. Pierce Caldwell graduated from the University of Incarnate World. He tallied 18.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.1 assists per game in his senior season. Pierce Caldwell participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas last summer. He was named All-Tournament Co-MVP. Pierce Caldwell has already debuted for Liepaja. He scored 7 points, grabbed 3 boards and issed 2 assists against Ventspils.



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.9 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.15.5 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.2 
 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. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.6 
 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: 7.8
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils7.8 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.5.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 6. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 7. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.8 
 9. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.7 
 10. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils2.6 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 3. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.2 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.2 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 8. Slisans, LU2.0 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
 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. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Selakovs, VEF R.0.7 


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


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  LEBANON   


Jeish down Champville in quadruple-overtime drama - by Eurobasket News
Jeish - Champville 95:94 (4OT)

Jeish recorded the third straight win at the WABA League Group B. They survived a four-overtime thriller to knock down Champville. Jeish improved 3-0 record on top of the ladder, while the Lebanese team slipped at 2-1. Al Hakam Abdallah (197-F-82) stepped up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Syrian champions.
Jeish were up by three points after ten minutes of action. But Champville turned things around in the next two periods. They erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 51:45 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Jeish however came from behind to level things up at 65. Neither of the next three extra periods decided on the winner. Jeish finally stepped up in the fourth overtime and stole an exhausting but valuable win at the end. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) delivered 24 points and 16 boards for Jeish. Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) contributed 21 points in the victory. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) answered with 38 points and 10 rebounds for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Jeish: Al Hakam Abdallah 28+11 boards, Christien Charles 24+16 boards, Anthony Jones 21
Champville: Fadi El Khatib 38+10 boards, Jasmon Youngblood 21+11 boards



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  LIBYA   


AL-ahly Bengize beat AL halal 75-67 - by Wasim Baruni
Al Ahli Benghazi managed to win over the neighbor's AL-halal team, and be credited to the ninth round of Libyan Basketball League, in the match that brought the two teams on Friday. And the imposition of civil - hopeful to keep the title - rhythm and control of the match and was able to end the first quarter in favor of the outcome of 23 to 17 In the second quarter and the team continued its domination of the National meeting and managed to win the outcome of 40 to 33 in the third quarter increased the excitement and thrill between the two teams, and regained his balance and resolve the Al-halal quarter in its favor the outcome of 53 to 52 In the last quarter of the match returned to impose the same civil and control and was able to finish the game in its favor the outcome of 67 versus 75


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ahli Benghazi 7-1 
 2. Ahli Tripoli 7-1 
 3. Nasr 7-2 
 4. Ittihad 7-2 
 5. Morog 4-5 
 6. Madina 3-5 
 7. Hilal 3-6 
 8. Shabab 2-5 
 9. Yarmook 1-7 
 10. Jazeera 1-8 


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 26 best performance: Darius Griskenas - by Eurobasket News
Forward Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Meresta (#2, 18-7) with 23-point margin 94-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Pieno Zvaigzdes to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Pieno Zvaigzdes has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 23-1. In the team's last game Griskenas had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Darius Griskenas averages this season 11.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Zilvinas Petraitis (194-G/F-88) of Delikatesas Joniskis. Petraitis had a very good evening with 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Delikatesas was edged by the higher-ranked Mazeikiai (#6, 16-9) 89-86. Delikatesas is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Delikatesas managed to get this year. Petraitis is a newcomer at Delikatesas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#2). He also registered 4.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) of Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas (#5). Cizauskas scored 27 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Zalgiris-Sabonio, leading his team to a 78-74 win against slightly higher-ranked Radviliskis (#3, 17-8). Zalgiris-Sabonio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Cizauskas has a great season in Lithuania. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (9th best) and assists with 4.6apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) of Radviliskis - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) of Akademija - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Erikas Kaupaitis (202-F/C-84) of Silute - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Karolis Alekna (183-G-91) of Akademija - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Lithuanian LKL round 17 best performance: David Weaver - by Eurobasket News
American center David Weaver (209-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Siauliai, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Lietuvos Rytas (#2, 10-2) 96-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Siauliai maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Siauliai will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Weaver as usually he does not deliver so high stats. David Weaver averages this season 9.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of league's second-best Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. Gecevicius had a very good evening with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Lietuvos Rytas was edged by slightly lower-ranked Siauliai (#4, 8-4) 96-95. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lietuvos Rytas still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 10 other games. Gecevicius is one of the most experienced players at Lietuvos Rytas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis Prienu (#3). Juskevicius showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Juskevicius' great performance Rudupis lost 83-97 to #1 ranked Zalgiris. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Rudupis needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Juskevicius has a great season in Lithuania. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.6apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) of Nevezis - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Zalgiris - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Povilas Butkevicius (201-F-87) of Rudupis - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81) of Zalgiris - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86) of Zalgiris - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tomas Cerneckis (191-G-88) of Techasas - 12 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.9 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.22.0 
 4. Schumacher, T7121.6 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.21.5 
 6. Muller, T7121.2 
 7. Delgado, Etzella19.1 
 8. Gary, Contern18.9 
 9. Smith, Sparta18.6 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.4 
 2. Gary, Contern12.7 
 3. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.7 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.6 
 6. Stephens, T7111.1 
 7. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.4 
 9. Abercrombie, Spa.10.1 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.5 
 2. Schumacher, T714.6 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.5 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.2 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.0 
 6. Koster, Residence2.9 
 7. Arbaut, Sparta2.8 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.7 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale2.6 
 10. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jones, Amicale2.2 
 2. Smith, Sparta1.9 
 3. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 4. Schartz, Amicale1.8 
 5. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 6. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 7. Kennedy, Residence1.6 
 8. Birenbaum, Amicale1.5 
 9. Gary, Contern1.4 
 10. Abdiu, Residence1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gary, Contern1.9 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale1.9 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.1.6 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.4 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.1.0 
 6. Stephens, T710.9 
 7. Weisen, Soleuvre0.8 
 8. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 10. Reimold, Basket E.0.6 


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  MALAYSIA   


Barracudas Shaped the Playoffs - by Abdallah Omari
The Brunei Barracudas surprise the Westports KL Dragons with a 87 73 victory and push the Dragons to settle for third seed going into the playoffs. With nothing to lose, the Barracudas definitely like to bow out their 2010/2011 ABL season in fashion and show their gratitude to the home crowd for supporting them thus far. Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) shows his dominance with 34 points, 20 in the first half, with 11 boards. Chester Tolomia (191-G-80) (191-G-80) finally broke out the shooting slump with 19 points, and Ramsey Williams (178-G-80, college: Hawaii) (178-G-80, college: Hawaii) was 2 rebounds shy from a triple-double, scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds and an ABL all-time high 14 assists. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) (205-C-79, college: Iona) posted 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Dragons but failed to hold down Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) at the defensive end. Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) was limited to 12 points, shooting 4/16 from the field. Kwan Yong Jing (198-C-90) (198-C-90) jumped out from the bench to score 14 points for the Dragons in under 20 minutes of action. The Dragons slipped to the third spot and lose the Semis home court advantage to the AirAsia Philippine Patriots with a combination of this defeat and a Patriots victory over the Satria Muda BritAma. The Dragons will start their playoffs journey on the road, seeing the Patriots in Ynares Sports Arena next week.

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  MEXICO   


Toros take 1-0 lead over Fuerza Regia with 84-75 victory - by Carlos Chapa
Toros Nuevo Laredo, ranked sixth in the regular season LNBP standings, managed to steal game one from the second-seeded Fuerza Regia Monterrey with a superb second half on both ends of the floor.

After picking two early fouls in the first period, Jerome Habel was substituted by JaJa Richards, who gave his best game this postseason in terms of influencing his team, unfortunately for their cause, the inside scoring and quick passes that gave an advantage for the 'Regios' stopped in the third quarter.

The game changing situation took place with 6:30 to go in the third frame when Wilfredo Pagan committed a flagrant foul on Jeremis Smith, that foul slowed the pace of the offense ran by the local team and started a streak that eventually gave the lead to the Toros. Another key element for the outcome of the game was the continuous threat that every big men from the Toros gave to the opposing defense while attempting the three-point shot, a strategy that helped stretch the defense and increase their advantage.

Pagan fell short from recording a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, Smith led Monterrey with 17 units and 13 boards.

A great sell-out crowd gathered in the Nuevo Leon Gym with dozens of opposing fans that traveled from the city of Nuevo Laredo, game two of the series will take place Sunday, January the 16th at 16:00 CT.



LNBP Quarterfinals: Toros and Pioneros take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

First games of the LNBP Quarterfinals were played yesterday. Toros and Pioneros outplayed their rivals and grabbed 1-0 lead in the series (best-of-five). Second games are scheduled for today.


Fuerza Regia - Toros 75-84 (0-1)

Fuerza Regia was defeated by Toros in a tough game in Monterrey 75-84. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Toros: Q.Joseph 17+7reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 17+5reb+4ast, W.Pagan 14+11reb+7ast, A.Henning 12+3reb+1ast, J.Hutchingson 10+3reb, A.Rougeau 9+5reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 17+13reb+1ast, S.Bowie 16+4reb+4ast, A.Izaguirre 10+2reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 10+1reb+9ast, J.Habel 8+1reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 7+2reb+1ast

gschID: 120549


Pioneros - Angeles 97-78 (1-0)

Pioneros (27-9) outscored Angeles (23-12) 97-78 for 1-0 lead. It looked good early as Angeles took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pioneros had a 29-12 second period charge getting the lead and Angeles were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-97. Angeles were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Curtis Withers (203-84, college: Charlotte) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Angeles. Five Pioneros and four Angeles players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: G.Grays 17+5reb+2ast, S.Soriano 17+2reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 15+1reb+2ast, K.Young 14+7reb, J.Dominguez 11+4reb+2ast, R.Allen 10+8reb+2ast
Angeles: C.Withers 18+9reb+2ast, J.Walker 17+3reb, A.Sucre 15+10reb+1ast, G.Vargas 11+2reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 7+2reb, D.Guevara 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 120548




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  MOLDOVA   


Club Manager Shaved head and 2010 Moldova Cup Final. - by Andrei Ciausov
ASEM - UASM, December 27, 2010.

2 best team this season, as it was predicted, reached Cup final. Both having 7-0 run after 7 games in Championship, both having National team players, both having famouse
coaches, and both aiming for a double this year: Cup and Championship. UASM was fully ready for the fight: all are healthy and on the field. ASEM lost very important player, Vitalii
Crasnoschioc, in the semi-final.

The game started very equally, as it was expected. Ivan Cropotov  (208-F-88, college: SW Baptist), Vladimir Priscepnii  (200-F/G-88), Eugeniu Melnic  (196-F/G-79) have been working hard in scoring for UASM, Evgheni Nartov  (200-F-87) and Anton Rulevschii (194-G/F-88) were leading ASEM players in offence. First half of the game finished at 37-33 for UASM. All was decided in the third quarter that was failed by ASEM. UASM have been able to win it 25-11, and with a lead of 18 points (62-44) it was almost all decided, seeing that ASEM does not really have potential to force in the game. Final score 82-63, 19 points difference. 

Ivan Cropotov scored 30 points for UASM, Vladimir Priscepnii helped his team with Double-double 19 points and 17 rebounds!!!, Eugeniu Melnic 17 points. On the other hand another 2 national team players of ASEM scored 25 - Evgheni Nartov and 18 - Anton Rulevschii, and how much they where missing Crasnoschioc who was supposed to help them with rebounds.

It is a first time BS UASM Chisinau wins Moldova Cup. Willing to win first Cup title UASM Club Manager anoused that he will shave his head if his players defeat ASEM. Man promised,
man supposed to do it. The only thing is that Club Manager, Evghenii Draciov, was thinking of barber's shop when promising, but his team was thinking of 'after the game'. And they
prepared for the execution, bringing shaving-set right in the gym. This is what I am saying proper communication means :)


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  NBA   


Clippers sign C Jarron Collins to 2nd 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Jarron Collins (6'10''-F-78, college: Stanford) has signed a second 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The center is averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 7.0 minutes in 22 games this season.

Collins was originally signed on Sept. 27 before being waived Jan. 3. He was signed to his first 10-day contract two days later.

Courtesy of www.fox43.com


Spurs sign Larry Owens to a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract. Owens is the second call-up of the 2010-11 D-League season.

Owens, a 6-7 forward, has spent the past two seasons with the 66ers. This year he has started in all 23 games for Tulsa, averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.1 minutes while shooting .462 (108-234) from the field, .373 (25-67) from three-point range and .743 (52-70) from the foul line. Hes scored in double figure 18 times, including a season-high vs. Iowa on Nov. 26. Owens recorded a double-double in the season opener with 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds at Bakersfield on Nov. 19.

Last season Owens started all 50 games for the 66ers, averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.50 steals in 36.3 minutes. He shot .489 (299-611) from the field, .380 (52-137) from beyond the arc and .772 (139-180) from the charity stripe. In the D-League playoffs he averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in eight games while leading the 66ers to the D-League Finals. Prior to joining the 66ers Owens was in training camp with the New Orleans Hornets.

Owens played two seasons at Oral Roberts University posting career averages of 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.62 assists. In his second season with the Golden Eagles he was named to the All-MCC First Team and was the All-MCC Defensive Player of the Year.

Owens has also played overseas in France and Belgium.

Owens will wear. No. 33 for the Silver and Black and will be available for tonights game vs. Denver.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - New Jersey N. 96-89
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) made the go-ahead dunk with 1:56 left and finished with 27 points, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 96-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) scored 32 points for the Nets, who led by as many as 13 in the first half but couldn't fend off the late rally by the Trail Blazers. It was New Jersey's fifth straight loss. Nicolas Batum had a season-high 23 points for the Blazers, who snapped a three-game losing streak, including Friday night's 115-111 loss at Phoenix. Portland avoided its first three-game losing streak at the Rose Garden in nearly three years. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Chicago B. - Miami Heat 99-96
LeBron James sat on the end of the bench, watching intently and working on his gum while he rested his sore ankle. Chris Bosh limped off, tried to return and then went for X-rays after hurting his ankle in the third quarter. Down to one star instead of three, the Miami Heat turned to Dwyane Wade and he responded Saturday night. It just wasn't enough to keep the Heat from their third straight loss because Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was just as tough for the Chicago Bulls. Rose had 34 points to Wade's 33 and after the two Chicago natives and stars had an old-fashioned shootout in the final 2 minutes, the Bulls prevailed 99-96 when Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) retrieved a loose ball and hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left. 'Both of us do our best to lead our teams. I try to do the same thing. When my team looks down and out, I try to lead them back,' Wade said. 'In the fourth I got my body going and with the guys out there I just tried to win the game. ... We were one rebound away from having an opportunity to steal the game.' Wade had 12 points in the fourth quarter, including three straight 3-pointers to give the Heat the lead. 'You can't do anything about that when somebody is jumping at a player and he's fading away and hitting 3s,' Rose said. 'You got to chalk it up. ... In the NBA that's the type of shot you want people to take and he was making them tonight. He's a tough player.' Bosh added 17 points, 11 in the third quarter, but hurt his ankle in the closing seconds of the period when he went to the floor during a scramble for the ball. He returned to the game in the fourth but played only briefly before leaving the game as Miami forged through the final period without two of its stars. X-rays were negative. 'I couldn't push off it. I thought I could at first,' Bosh said. 'As bad as I wanted to play, you have to keep the big picture in mind. I was finally getting a rhythm. I can't wait to play these guys again.' Rose had 11 in the final quarter as he and Wade matched shots in a wild finish that resembled a playoff game. Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. Eddie House scored 13 for the Heat, who had to rely on its bench. It was a Rose vs. Wade showdown over the final 2 minutes. Rose drove for a basket, Wade answered with a 3-pointer and then Rose converted a three-point play after hanging in the air for a jumper around Mario Chalmers to put the Bulls up 94-90. But Wade hit yet another 3 with 1:07 to go and after a Bulls turnover, Wade connected again from long distance and the Heat had a 96-95 lead with 37 seconds remaining. Rose missed from inside but after a missed tip by Boozer, Korver came up with the loose ball and sank his 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to put Chicago ahead 98-96. 'At first I thought I had to get back on D, but there was a loose ball and I went after it,' Korver said. 'Everyone else was flying the other way. The ball came to me and I was wide open.' After Wade nearly lost the ball in the lane, the Heat retrieved it and Chalmers missed a 3-pointer from the key and Chicago's Ronnie Brewer rebounded with 4.4 seconds to go. Brewer missed the first and made the second of two free throws before Wade's jumper was off with just under a second left. Rose sliced through four defenders for a twisting layup to cap a startling 17-0 run opening the second half that gave the Bulls a 65-53 lead. He also sank back-to-back 3-pointers early in the quarter and fed Keith Bogans for another as the Bulls appeared ready to run away. Chicago had trailed by five at the half after blowing a 14-point lead as Wade scored 21 first-half points. But during the 17-point outburst, Wade - booed loudly by fans in his hometown when introduced - picked up his third and fourth fouls and suddenly the Heat were without two of their two biggest stars as he joined a gum-chewing James on the bench. But Bosh brought the Heat back with 11 points as Miami rallied to tie it at 67 late in the period. James went through some pregame shooting, even a couple of dunks, to test the ankle but then sat out his second straight game. The Bulls made their pitch last summer to the two-time MVP and also met with Wade, hoping to lure the Chicago native to return home. With James out of the lineup, the fans let Wade have it during pregame introductions and continued the loud boos every time he touched the ball early in the game. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - Orlando M. 99-108
Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game against Minnesota that he's never seen a player with the combination of 3-point shooting and rebounding prowess that Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) has in his game. For one night at least, there was a guy on his own team that looked pretty darn close. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Richardson scored 21 points to lift the Magic to a 108-99 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday night. ''They play the same way quite honestly,'' Van Gundy said of Love and Anderson. ''It spreads the floor out for other guys, he pulls guys away from the basket. Kevin Love doesn't want to guard a guy out there either. I don't mean he's not trying, but it's not a comfortable place for big guys to go out and guard.'' Dwight Howard had 16 points and nine rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 21 for the Magic, who ended a two-game skid and have now won 10 of their last 12. Corey Brewer had 23 points and five steals and Love had 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who committed 12 turnovers in the second half to give away a 15-point lead. The Magic (26-14) are 10-4 since a blockbuster trade last month that brought Hedo Turkoglu, Gilbert Arenas and Richardson to Orlando and have leapfrogged Atlanta for second place in the Southeast Division. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Memphis G. - Dallas M. 89-70
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) was back in uniform for Dallas, then back in the locker room long before the Mavericks' losing streak reached five games. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies ruined Nowitzki's abbreviated return with an 89-70 victory on Saturday night. Darrell Arthur finished with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, and Rudy Gay added 16 as the Grizzlies capitalized on Nowitzki's ejection to win their second straight and fifth in the last seven. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Denver N. - Cleveland C. 127-99
Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) scored 22 points, Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) and Arron Afflalo each added 21 and the Denver Nuggets handed the banged-up Cleveland Cavaliers their 19th straight road loss, 127-99 on Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony, shrugging off the intensifying trade talks, finished with 12 points as the Nuggets rolled to their third straight rout. Cleveland kept it close early, even with only eight players available due to a rash of injuries and Ryan Hollins missing the game because of a death in the family. But the Nuggets went on a 43-18 run early in the second quarter to turn the game into a blowout. Ramon Sessions scored 21 points and Antawn Jamison added 17 for the Cavs, who dropped their 13th straight game. Leading by 36 points late in the third quarter, the Nuggets pulled most of their starters. Reserve Al Harrington chipped in 16 points and J.R. Smith contributed 13. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Washington W. - Toronto R. 98-95
Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) had his second big home game in a row, scoring 18 of his 29 points in the third quarter Saturday night as the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 98-95. Young didn't match the 43 he posted against Sacramento four nights earlier, but he again ignited a Wizards team that continues to look decent at home and terrible on the road. Washington improve to 11-8 at the Verizon Center, hardly enough to offset its 0-19 mark on the road. Young made 10 of 19 field goals, including eight in a row at one point. He scored the Wizards' first 13 points of the second half, all jumpers from at least 15 feet, and he went 5 for 6 from the free throw line in the final 18 seconds. Neither team led by more than 10 in a game between two teams languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Andray Blatche, back after missing one game with a sprained right shoulder, had 17 points and 13 rebounds on the night his bobblehead was the featured giveaway. Javale McGee (6'11''-F-88, college: Nevada) had 10 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Wizards, and Yi Jianlian made all five of his field goals to score 10 points. *Courtesy of www.nbc29.com

Charlotte B. - N.Orleans H. 81-88
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) had 26 points and eight rebounds and the weary New Orleans Hornets took advantage of Tyrus Thomas' late ejection to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 88-81 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) added 19 points in the return to his home state for the Hornets, who after playing their second straight overtime game didn't arrive at their Charlotte hotel until 6:15 a.m. Saturday following travel problems. Thomas was ejected for elbowing Emeka Okafor in the face after grabbing a rebound with 2:38 left and New Orleans up 81-77. Okafor and West hit four straight free throws following the flagrant foul to put i