EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/19/2011

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL Week #6 Recap: Hugh "Baby Shaq" Jones named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League has successfully completed its sixth week in the leagues inaugural season, and the ACPBL front office is pleased to announce that AND1 street ball legend Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) has been named ACPBL player of the week. This marks the second time that Hugh Jones has been named player of the week and is the only player in ACPBL history to earn the honor more then a single time. Jones broke the ACPBL single game scoring record on Saturday January 15, 2011 with 52 points including the game winning free throw in double overtime with no time left on the game clock to defeat the ACPBL 1st place Tru Hope Trailblazers by 1 point, Trailblazers entered the game undefeated. Hugh Jones also finished with 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots in the game.
Below is the full recap of week #6 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game.

TRU HOPE TRAILBLAZERS (4-1) 136 - BELTWAY BOMBERS (2-4) 137
Top performers: Beltway Bombers: Hugh Jones 52 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Tru Hope Trailblazers: Donnie Stith (6'7''-F-85, college: Tulane) 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals 1 block.

GARDEN STATE REBELS (3-2) 90 - BUFFALO STAMPEDE (3-2) 84
Top performers: Garden State Rebels: Antoinne Morgano (6'5''-G/F-86) 30 points, 16 rebounds, 1 steal, 6 blocks. Buffalo Stampede: Chris Gadley (6'9''-C-87, college: Canisius) 14 points, 10 rebounds, 1 asist, 6 blocks.

WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (0-5) 91 - NEW YORK LIONS (4-2) 113
Top performers: New York Lions: J.J. Walsh (6'5''-F, college: St.Joseph's (NY)) 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Westchester Wildkatz: Henri Burford (6'2''-G-80, college: Mt.St.Vincent) 29 points, 1 rebound.


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


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


TNA Round 12: Ciclista loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more games left in the Regular Season in TNA. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 12 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ciclista (7-5). They were crushed by fifth ranked Quilmes MP (7-5) 97-72 on Friday night. Quilmes MP moved-up to third place in Zona Sur, which they share with Ciclista and Union S. Ciclista will play next round against San Martin Marcos Juarez trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Quilmes MP will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Firmat SF in Santa Fe.
Leading Obera TC (8-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of fifth ranked San Martin Corrientes. Visitors were defeated by San Martin Corrientes 77-64. San Martin Corrientes (7-5) moved-up to fourth place in Zona Norte, which they share with A.Italiana. Obera TC at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Alvear and Union Progr.. San Martin Corrientes will play against Adelante (#8) in Reconquista in the next round. Obera TC will play at home against the league's second-placed Union Progresista (#2) in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Quite upsetting was Union de Sunchales' (#2) home defeat in a game versus third ranked Firmat SF 83-76. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Sur. Firmat SF has a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of Zona Sur leader. Union de Sunchales lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP and Ciclista. Firmat SF will meet at home Quilmes MP (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union de Sunchales will play against the league's second-placed Bragado and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Villa Angela. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Asociacion Italiana (7-5) to third ranked Union Progresista (8-4) 82-81 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Asociacion Italiana. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Norte. Union Progresista have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of Zona Norte leader, which they share with Obera TC and Alvear. Asociacion Italiana at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Union Progresista's next round opponent will be league's leader Obera TC on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Italiana's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Charata Asociacion Espanola.
Important game to mention about took place in Rio Cuarto. Fourth ranked Bragado (8-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Banda Norte (6-6) 93-92 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Banda Norte. Bragado has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Zona Sur. Newly promoted Banda Norte keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Bragado will face Union de Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round. Banda Norte will play against Gimnasia VP in Necochea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12:
In Zona Norte Alvear won against A.Espanola on the opponent's court 83-76. Tucuman BB managed to outperform Adelante in a home game 80-70.
In Zona Sur Gimnasia VP recorded a loss to San Mart.MJ on the road 91-77.



Group North
San Mart.C. - Obera TC 77-64

Leading Obera TC (8-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of fifth ranked San Martin Corrientes. Visitors were defeated by San Martin Corrientes 77-64. San Martin Corrientes (7-5) moved-up to fourth place in Zona Norte, which they share with A.Italiana. Obera TC at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Alvear and Union Progr.. San Martin Corrientes will play against Adelante (#8) in Reconquista in the next round. Obera TC will play at home against the league's second-placed Union Progresista (#2) in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120551


Union Progr. - A.Italiana 82-81

A very interesting game took place in Villa Angela. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Asociacion Italiana (7-5) to third ranked Union Progresista (8-4) 82-81 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Asociacion Italiana. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Norte. Union Progresista have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of Zona Norte leader, which they share with Obera TC and Alvear. Asociacion Italiana at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Union Progresista's next round opponent will be league's leader Obera TC on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Italiana's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Charata Asociacion Espanola.
gschID: 95418


A.Espanola - Alvear 76-83

Rather expected game in Charata where 6th ranked Asociacion Espanola (6-6) was defeated by fourth ranked Alvear (8-4) 83-76 on Friday. Alvear has a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of Zona Norte leader, which they share with Obera TC and Union Progr. Asociacion Espanola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Alvear will face Tucuman BB (#7) in Tandil in the next round where they are favorite. Asociacion Espanola's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Charata to the arena Asociacion Italiana.
gschID: 95415


Tucuman BB - Adelante 80-70

Everything could happen in Tandil at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Tucuman BB and 7th ranked Adelante had identical 1-9 record. This time Tucuman BB used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Reconquista 80-70 on Friday night. Tucuman BB (2-9) moved-up to seventh place in Zona Norte. Adelante lost fourth consecutive game. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Tucuman BB will face higher ranked Alvear (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelante will play at home against San Martin Corrientes (#5).
gschID: 95416


Group South
San Mart.MJ - Gimnasia VP 91-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Gimnasia VP's (1-10) road loss to seventh ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (3-9) 77-91 on Friday. San Martin Marcos Juarez maintains seventh position in Zona Sur with 3-9 record. Gimnasia VP lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. San Martin Marcos Juarez will face higher ranked Ciclista (#5) in Juninense in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gimnasia VP will play at home against Banda Norte in Rio Cuarto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95421


Banda Norte - Bragado 92-93

Important game to mention about took place in Rio Cuarto. Fourth ranked Bragado (8-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Banda Norte (6-6) 93-92 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Banda Norte. Bragado has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Zona Sur. Newly promoted Banda Norte keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Bragado will face Union de Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round. Banda Norte will play against Gimnasia VP in Necochea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95422


Union S. - Firmat SF 76-83

Quite upsetting was Union de Sunchales' (#2) home defeat in a game versus third ranked Firmat SF 83-76. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Sur. Firmat SF has a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of Zona Sur leader. Union de Sunchales lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP and Ciclista. Firmat SF will meet at home Quilmes MP (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union de Sunchales will play against the league's second-placed Bragado and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95419


Quilmes MP - Ciclista 97-72

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 12 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ciclista (7-5). They were crushed by fifth ranked Quilmes MP (7-5) 97-72 on Friday night. Quilmes MP moved-up to third place in Zona Sur, which they share with Ciclista and Union S. Ciclista will play next round against San Martin Marcos Juarez trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Quilmes MP will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Firmat SF in Santa Fe.
gschID: 95420




Joseph Bunn claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) had an amazing evening in the last round for Argentino and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 35-year old power forward had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds for Argentino in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Libertad S. (#9, 4-4) 79-77. Argentino is placed at 4th position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Argentino will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Bunn turned to be Argentino's top player in his first season with the team. Phillips University, OK graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bunn is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.6ppg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 38-year old American forward Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, agency: Dream Team Management) of Monte Hermoso. Robinson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Monte Hermoso was edged by the higher-ranked Atenas (#1, 6-2) 85-81. Monte Hermoso managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Robinson is a newcomer at Monte Hermoso 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 another Monte Hermoso's star - American Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management). Johnson scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Monte Hermoso lost 81-85 to the higher-ranked Atenas (#1, 6-2). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Monte Hermoso needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (8th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Williams (204-F/C-79) of Atenas - 12 points and 11 rebounds
5. Cedric Moodie (187-G-78) of Boca Jrs - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) of Obras - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Damian Cantrell (200-F-76) of La Union - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of Atenas - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Juan Brussino (185-G-91) of Boca Jrs - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) of Regatas C. - 20 points and 5 rebounds

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


Last transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Obras Sanitarias signed uruguayan guard Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne). He will replace Cristian Cortes, injured for the rest of the season.
Lanus agreed in terms with Ricky Johns (193-G-85, college: Utah). He will replace Maurice Jeffers.
Quilmes mar del plata inked Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego), who already played this season in Argentina, in 9 de Julio.
Sionista will test LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) in Liga de las Americas.




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Cimberio Varese to sign Damien Ryan - by Eurobasket News
Damien Ryan (193-G-79) is set for his return to Italy. The experienced guard parted ways with Sidney Kings and he will sign a deal with Cimberio Varese. Ryan will replace injured Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte).
Damien Ryan started this season in Australia with the Kings. He played 15 games for them averaging 6.7 points and 1.5 rebounds. Last season, Ryan was a member of Jesi. For 35 games in LegaDue he had 12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.6 spg. In the off-season, Ryan spent some time with Australian Sandringham Sabres.
Damien Ryan arrived to Italy for the first time in March of 2003. He signed a deal with Ferrara at that time and later was a member of Avelino, Teramo, Udine and Vanoli Soresina. In Australia, he played for the Canberra Cannons, Brisbane Bullets, Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings.


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Lietuvos Rytas tabs DJ Strawberry - by Greg
D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) client of Scott Nichols and Rize Management, is a new player of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.
The American guard comes from NBDL where he was playing with Reno Bighorns averaging more than 14ppg. Strawberry returns to Europe after his stint in Italy with Fortitudo Bologna in which he scored 11.1ppg in 19 games played.


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 19-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 13-5 
 3. Grodno-93 12-6 
 4. OZAA Osipov. 11-8 
 5. Lokomotiv 8-11 
 6. Borifsen 6-13 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 3-16 
 8. Vitalyur 1-18 


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Pinar Karsiyaka won the overtime thriller over Antwerp Giants in one of the most interesting games of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-Pinar Karsiyaka 82:89 OT

Pinar Karsiyaka won the overtime thriller over Antwerp Giants in one of the most interesting games of Round 1 in EuroChallenge Sweet 16. The Turkish team grabbed 89:82 over the Belgium team on Tuesday night.
Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) brought the first points for the winners and Smith later scored for 15:8. The hosts managed to tie the game after 10 minutes and closed the period at 18:18. Only 1 point separated the teams in the second frame as Erdogan sent the teams to the lockers for 35:34. The third quarter however completely belonged to the guests that enjoyed 61:50 deficit after three quarters. It seemed they would win after 4 quarters, but Moors tied the game at 77:77 after 40 minutes. In overtime the Turkish side played better and reached the necessary win.
David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) poured in 24 points for the winners and Jovo Stanojevic added 20. Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) ended up with 17 points and Smith collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) chipped in 13. Trent Strickland (196-G-84, college: Wake Forest) delivered 12 and Brown notched 11.

Antwerp Giants: Darnell Wilson 23, Bryan Hopkins 13, Trent Strickland 12, Brown 11
Pinar Karsiyaka: David Holston 24, Jovo Stanojevic 20, Osiris Eldridge 17, Smith 16+10 rebs




Krka prove the successful debut season in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Krka-Dexia Mons-Hainaut 85:77

Krka prove the successful debut season in EuroChallenge as they won the sixth straight game. Novo Mesto saw 85:77 win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the Group J opener.
Krka were always struggling to keep check of the guests in the first quarter, but they managed to trail one point after 10 minutes. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) gave the Belgian team 27:22 lead and Nivins scored for 42:34. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) nailed three to close the half at 42:39. In the third quarter the Slovenian team played better and staryed in front for the majority of it. Taylor however brought last 5 points for the guests to tie it all at 57:57. Only trailing 60:61 early in the fourth, the hosts started to take control of the game. Drobnjak scored for 69:63 and Dusan Djordjevic closed the run at 75:63. Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) was the last to score in the game but it was not enough for his team's win.
Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Dusan Djordjevic and Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) brought 18 apiece. Marcus Hatten answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Taylor added 15. Alexandre Libert netted 12, while van Paassen scored 8.

Krka: Goran Ikonic 21, Dusan Djordjevic 18, Zoran Dragic 18
Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Marcus Hatten 26, Taylor 15, Alexandre Libert 12, van Paassen 8




BC Oostende overcame BK Prostejov in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov-BC Oostende 66:74

BC Oostende looked better in their opener of EuroChallenge Last 16 in Group L to beat BK Prostejov. The Belgian team needed 74:66 for the first points in the group.
The first quarter saw both sides trading baskets throughout, but the guest held a slender lead at the end of the first quarter. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) scored for 17:15 and Ebong delivered two for 23:19. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) however closed the half for 35:31 as the team from Czech Republic won the frame 22-15. In the second half, the guests stepped up their defensive intensity. They managed to win the third period 27-17 to take 58:52 lead. Mitchell nailed three to open the last frame and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) followed him for 71:64. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) exchanged the baskets at the end for the final result.
Matt Lojeski stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Caleb Green, Marcus Faison and Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 11 each. Benas Veikalas replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Kyle Landry collected 17 points and 10 boards, whilst Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) scored 10 points.

BK Prostejov: Benas Veikalas 18+10 rebs, Kyle Landry 17+10 rebs, Radoslaw Hyzy 10
BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 17, Caleb Green 11, Marcus Faison 11, Will Thomas 11+11 rebs



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Vranjes' 28 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old swingman Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Borac Nektar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Borac Nektar in his team's victory, helping them to beat Brotnjo (#12, 3-12) 95-80. Borac Nektar is placed at 3rd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Borac Nektar will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. Vranjes turned to be Borac Nektar's top player in his first season with the team. Nemanja Vranjes averages this season 14.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) of Sloboda Dita. He is a center in his 4th season at Sloboda Dita. In the last game Albijanic recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Sloboda Dita to edge slightly lower-ranked Zrinjski HT (#8, 7-8) by 3 points 70-67. Sloboda Dita's 6th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Albijanic is one of the most experienced players at Sloboda Dita and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#3). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Borac Nektar's star - center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87). Jagodic Kuridza scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Borac Nektar, helping his team with a 95-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Brotnjo (#12, 3-12). Borac Nektar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Jagodic Kuridza has a very solid season. In 15 games in Bosnia he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Zrinjski HT - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Milos Savovic (200-G/F-89) of Slavija - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) of Borac Nektar - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ognjen Kuzmic) of Celik - 13 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ninoslav Milosevic (194-G-79) of Mladost - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Bozo Durasovic (200-F-87) of Bosna - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) of Zrinjski HT - 21 points and 11 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.19.2 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.3 
 4. Opacak, Celik16.6 
 5. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 7. Lesko, Brotnjo16.2 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.0 
 9. Savovic, Slavija15.3 
 10. Hajric, Zrinjski HT15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.3 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Ljuca, Kakanj6.8 
 5. Kuzmic, Celik6.5 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.4 
 7. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.3 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .5.9 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija5.8 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.7 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.6 
 5. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 6. Boljkovac, Slavija3.3 
 7. Mulic, Kakanj3.3 
 8. Ahmetbasic, Kakanj3.2 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 10. Kahrimanovic, Kak.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 4. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 5. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.0 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.7 
 8. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo1.6 
 10. Pejovic, Hercegovac1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (--)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.2 
 2. Zimic, Bosna2.0 
 3. Ljuca, Kakanj1.6 
 4. Duranovic, Mladost0.9 
 5. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.8 
 6. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 7. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 9. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 10. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 


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  BRAZIL   


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


Rio Claro announces their roster for 2011 - by Paulo Freire
The expectation was high, since one of the cities with more tradition in basketball, Rio Claro, was about to announces their roster that will represent the county this year. The group has so far ten players and will soon earn more reinforcements to complete the rotation of the team.

Of the athletes already confirmed, seven were in the group in 2010 and renewed their contracts: Jeffrey Addai (188-G-84, agency: GOTathletes, college: Texas A&M), Leo Alves (202-F/C-75), Ulisses Lima (192-F-85), Atilio de Mello (203-C-82), Vinicius Dione (196-F/C-87),

Thiago Pereira (188-G-82) and Juliano Randal (87).

The first increase for 2011 was already announced by eurobasket earlie, the combo guard Will Evangelista (G-84), former Piracicaba that was in try-out at Bauru team, another player who is also coming from the same team, Piracicaba, is the point guard Taqua Silva (194-G/F-85) of 1.88m tall . For the lane, the team gets the center Andre Liuz de Oliveira (205-F/C-84) former Tijuca (RJ) of 2.06m height.


Sorocaba add former head coach to coach staff - by Paulo Freire
The Sorocaba team (L.S.B. / OBJETIVO / FLEXTRONICS) agreed to hire the experienced coach Marcelo Barbosa, more knowing as Te Barbosa. As an assistent coach Te will divide the duties of the head coach job with Rinaldo Rodriguez, currently president and coach of the team.

This two guys has brought much joy to Sorocaba Basketball on the pass and the idea is to repeat the good times, starting with the Brazil Cup, as the first challenge of the season.

' Coach Te is a great professional, has shown that in the teams he coached where and when he was with us here in Sorocaba, he will fit very well with the profile of the team and I hope he helped us a lot with his experience and knowledge. We expect him to come help us in make a good season in the competitions of 2011, ' says Rinaldo Rodrigues.

In 2009, he led the Arthur Nogueira's team Championship in the Paulista Serie A2 , the new hire of LSB was elected by that time the best coach of the season and won the trophy Ubiratan Pereira Maciel.

Te was Born in March 29, 1967, as a player he was a point guard who made career at Joinville and for long time Casa Branca team. He start as an Assistant Coach in 2003-2004 at Casa Branca. As a Head Coach he work at Esportiva Sanjoanense (2005-2006:), Unifeob/S.Joao Basquetbol (2006), ABI/Casa Branca (2008-2009) and Arthur Nogueira (2009).





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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Academic is victorious in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Lukoil Academic 78:95

Maccabi Haifa lost to Lukoil Academic at the start of Group I EuroChallenge. The team from Bulgaria stole 78:95 win due to the last frame.
Both teams traded baskets in the early going, but last three points from Haifa took the score out to 23:19. Kadir and Landesberg made it 27:19, while James reduced to 31:28. Killingsworth meanwhile made it 46:33 to close the first half. The second half saw Lukoil Academic begin to stamp their authority on the game as they edged ahead of their hosts thanks to some strong offensive play from Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport), Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and James. Due to 35-23 in the third period the board showed 69:68 at the end of 30 minutes. In the last stanza, the visitors continued to extend their lead and reached an easy win. A massive 27-9 allowed the Bulgarian team to taste 95:78 victory.
Bruno Sundov and Tencho Banev stepped up with 15 points each for the winners. James netted 14, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) scored 11. Killingsworth ended up with 24 points in the losing case and Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) posted 17. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) delivered 13, while Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) added 12.

Maccabi Haifa: Killingsworth 24, Frank Robinson 17, Boris Rothbart 13, Derrick Low 12
Lukoil Academic: Bruno Sundov 15, Tencho Banev 15, James 14, Damjan Stojanovski 11



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


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  CROATIA   


Massey, Chalmers and Tucker led Lokomotiv over Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-BC Zadar 87:69

Lokomotiv Kuban edged BC Zadar 87:69 at the start of Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian squad improved to 1-0 record to share the top with BC Oostende.
The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. Lokomotiv Kuban however pushed the tempo late in the period to take 25:15. Moreover Lokomotiv added an 11-0 run for 36:25 advantage early in the second. BC Zadar responded with 7-0 run in the end of the half to trail 28:43 at the halftime.
In the third period Kuban continued to extend their lead thanks to some highly impressive outside shooting from Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier). His three-pointer gave the hosts 54:36 and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) made it 60:42. Sheleketo opened the last frame for 64:46 and Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami (OH)) reduced a bit to 67:54. Toporov and Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) made the last free throws in the game for the winners that enjoyed 87:69 win.
Jeremiah Massey, Lionel Chalmers and Alando Tucker top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Chester Mason scored 13 and Miro Bilan (212-F-89) added 11.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 14, Lionel Chalmers 14, Alando Tucker 14
BC Zadar: Pavle Marcinkovic 14, Chester Mason 13, Miro Bilan 11



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  CYPRUS   


Apollon tab Shammond Williams - by Eurobasket News
Apollon strengthened their backcourt. They added experienced Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) to the roster. The 35-year-old guard started the previous season in Unicaja. He tallied 6.2 points, 2.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in ACB. In Euroleague Williams notched 4.2 points, 2.0 assists and 1.2 boards per appearance. Later Shammond Williams moved to C.B. Murcia. His stats read 12.1 points, 5.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds. In May Shammond Williams signed a short-term deal with Montepaschi Siena. Shammond Williams was reported to reach an agreement with Oyak Renualt a couple of weeks ago but the deal never happened. Shammond Williams can debut for Appolon as soon as January 21 against Achilleas.



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 4-8 
 8. ENAD 3-9 
 9. Omonia 2-9 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


1Liga Round 20: Sokol Prazsky is defeated by Proton Zlin - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Zlin between third ranked Sokol Prazsky (12-7) and eighth ranked Proton Zlin (11-9) on Sunday night. Sokol Prazsky was defeated by Proton Zlin in a tough game on the road 81-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sokol Prazsky. Proton Zlin moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Opava B and Sokol H.Kralove. Sokol Prazsky at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Proton Zlin is looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#6) on the road in the next round. Sokol Prazsky's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sparta Praha.
BK Usti nad Labem (#4) was upset in Hradec Kralove by seventh ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove 80-76. Sokol Hradec Kralove (11-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Proton Zlin and Opava B. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Vysehrad. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against bottom-ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against Kara Trutnov (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1Liga top team - Levharti Chomutov (17-3) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-14) 85-81. Levharti Chomutov have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home league's second-placed BK Lions Hradec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth ranked Kara Trutnov (10-10) crushed at home 13th ranked BK Prostejov B (5-15) by 22 points 99-77, which is the biggest margin this round. Kara Trutnov maintains ninth position with 10-10 record. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. BK Prostejov B will play against BC Benesov (#10).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: bottom-ranked Liberec lost to Opava B on the opponent's court 62-76. J.Hradec outscored Sparta Praha in a home game 99-77. Vysehrad managed to beat Benesov on the road 88-82.



Trutnov - Prostejov B 99-77

Ninth ranked Kara Trutnov (10-10) crushed at home 13th ranked BK Prostejov B (5-15) by 22 points 99-77, which is the biggest margin this round. Kara Trutnov maintains ninth position with 10-10 record. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. BK Prostejov B will play against BC Benesov (#10).
gschID: 91935


Sokol H.Kralove - Usti n/Labem 80-76

BK Usti nad Labem (#4) was upset in Hradec Kralove by seventh ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove 80-76. Sokol Hradec Kralove (11-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Proton Zlin and Opava B. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Vysehrad. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against bottom-ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against Kara Trutnov (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 91936


Opava B - Liberec 76-62

Very expected game when 14th ranked BK Kondori Liberec (3-15) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked B&W Opava B (11-9) 76-62. B&W Opava B maintains sixth position with 11-9 record, which they share with Proton Zlin and Sokol H.Kralove. BK Kondori Liberec at the other side stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. B&W Opava B's next round opponent will be Proton Zlin (#8) at home. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#7).
gschID: 91937


J.Hradec - Sparta Praha 99-77

Very predictable result in J.Hradec where second ranked BK Lions Hradec (15-5) smashed 12th ranked Sparta Praha (6-14) 99-77. BK Lions Hradec maintains second position with 15-5 record having just two points less than leader Chomutov. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. BK Lions Hradec's next round opponent will be league's leader Levharti Chomutov on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta Praha's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha Sokol Prazsky.
gschID: 91932


Litomerice - Chomutov 81-85

1Liga top team - Levharti Chomutov (17-3) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-14) 85-81. Levharti Chomutov have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home league's second-placed BK Lions Hradec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#4) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 91933


Benesov - Vysehrad 82-88

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked BC Benesov (7-13) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (12-8) 88-82. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Usti n/Labem. BC Benesov at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Sokol Vysehrad's next round opponent will be Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. BC Benesov will play against BK Prostejov B.
gschID: 91934


Proton Zlin - Sokol Prazsky 90-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Zlin between third ranked Sokol Prazsky (12-7) and eighth ranked Proton Zlin (11-9) on Sunday night. Sokol Prazsky was defeated by Proton Zlin in a tough game on the road 81-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sokol Prazsky. Proton Zlin moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Opava B and Sokol H.Kralove. Sokol Prazsky at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Proton Zlin is looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#6) on the road in the next round. Sokol Prazsky's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sparta Praha.
gschID: 91931




Reinberger's 24 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Stepan Reinberger (201-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Basketbol Brno and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Basketbol Brno in his team's victory, helping them to crush BC Kolin (#7, 7-9) with 18-point margin 90-72. Basketbol Brno maintains the 8th position in Czech Republic league. Basketbol Brno is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. It's Reinberger's second year at Basketbol Brno and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Stepan Reinberger averages this season 10.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin. He is international forward in his 5th season at BK Decin. In the last game Houska recorded impressive 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead BK Decin to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked NH Ostrava (#5, 10-6) 92-60. BK Decin's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 12-4 record is not bad at all. Houska is one of the most experienced players at BK Decin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#5). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Derek Wright (175-G-86) of league's second-best BK Pardubice. Wright scored 17 points. He was a key player of BK Pardubice, leading his team to a 87-60 easy win against the lower-ranked USK Praha (#9, 4-11). BK Pardubice is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-3 record is not that bad... Wright has a very solid season. In 15 games in Czech Republic he scored 9.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwight Burke (203-F-86) of NH Ostrava - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of BK Prostejov - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jakub Sedlak (210-C-89) of Svitavy - 14 points and 10 rebounds
7. David Machac (204-F-80) of BC Kolin - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of BK Prostejov - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) of Basketbol Brno - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kyle Landry (206-F-86) of BK Prostejov - 14 points and 6 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)


Estudiantes overcome Nymburk in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Nymburk 89:80

Estudiantes opened EuroCup Last 16 round with victory. They held off Nymburk for 1-0 record in Group K. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) knocked down 20 points to pace the hosts.
The teams got to a flying start. They traded baskets eagerly and stayed close. Estudiantes proved more accurate as they registered a 29:25 lead after ten minutes of action. Estudiantes cleared off in the second term but just before a 6:0 run from the Czech champions that Nymburk as close as a single point. Nymburk finally drew things level at 47 heading into the locker rooms. The teams slowed down in the third term. Estudiantes managed to take control as they entered the final stanza up by five points 69:64. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) sparked a 5:0 run from the home team as they enlarged the gap. Nymburk narrowed the deficit at only two-point mark with under two minutes remaining but Sergio Sanchez came up with a timely three-pointer to silence the visitors. Daniel Clark netted 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for Estudiantes. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) had 14 points in the win. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points each for Nymburk. Chester Simmons notched 16 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Josh Asselin 20, Daniel Clark 15, Nik Caner-Medley 14
Nymburk: Pavel Pumprla 15, Petr Benda 15



BC Oostende overcame BK Prostejov in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov-BC Oostende 66:74

BC Oostende looked better in their opener of EuroChallenge Last 16 in Group L to beat BK Prostejov. The Belgian team needed 74:66 for the first points in the group.
The first quarter saw both sides trading baskets throughout, but the guest held a slender lead at the end of the first quarter. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) scored for 17:15 and Ebong delivered two for 23:19. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) however closed the half for 35:31 as the team from Czech Republic won the frame 22-15. In the second half, the guests stepped up their defensive intensity. They managed to win the third period 27-17 to take 58:52 lead. Mitchell nailed three to open the last frame and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) followed him for 71:64. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) exchanged the baskets at the end for the final result.
Matt Lojeski stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Caleb Green, Marcus Faison and Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 11 each. Benas Veikalas replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Kyle Landry collected 17 points and 10 boards, whilst Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) scored 10 points.

BK Prostejov: Benas Veikalas 18+10 rebs, Kyle Landry 17+10 rebs, Radoslaw Hyzy 10
BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 17, Caleb Green 11, Marcus Faison 11, Will Thomas 11+11 rebs



Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 17-3 
 2. J.Hradec 15-5 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 12-7 
 4. Vysehrad 12-8 
 5. Usti n/Labem 12-8 
 6. Opava B 11-9 
 7. Sokol H.Kralove 11-9 
 8. Proton Zlin 11-9 
 9. Trutnov 10-10 
 10. Benesov 7-13 
 11. Litomerice 7-14 
 12. Sparta Praha 6-14 
 13. Prostejov B 5-15 
 14. Liberec 3-15 


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


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.21.0 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.20.5 
 5. Greene, Utah F.19.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.9 
 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: 10.3
 1. Alexander, Texas L.10.3 
 2. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.10.0 
 4. Williams, Texas L.10.0 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 6. Davidson, Idaho S.9.7 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.5 
 9. Wheeler, Idaho S.8.9 
 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.8.5 
 3. Jackson, Idaho S.8.0 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.7 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.1 
 8. Cooper, Dakota W.5.8 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.4 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.1 
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. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 9. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 10. Greene, Utah F.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.2.3 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 8. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.7 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 
 10. Alexander, Texas L.1.6 


Monday: Dakota loses to Idaho - by Eurobasket News
Dakota W. - Idaho S. 95-103
After dropping a second straight home game to the short-handed Idaho Stampede on Monday night, 103-95, the Dakota Wizards have to be wondering who they can beat. Even after the weekend sweep of the Wizards, the Stampede (8-15) still has the worst record in the West Conference. And Idaho won both games despite having two of its top four scorers - Carlos Wheeler and Luke Jackson - missing both games. An injury to Eric Boateng on Sunday left Idaho with a seven-man lineup Monday. But Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) again flirted with a triple-double - 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) kicked in 18 points and 12 rebounds. And three-time NBA all-star Antoine Walker had 16 points, 11 in the second half. The Wizards (7-18) got another great game from Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). For the second straight day Hall set a season-high in scoring, pouring in 27, and he grabbed 11 rebounds. But he just didn't get enough help. 'He's the only one that's carrying us,' a frustrated Wizards coach Rory White said. 'If you look across the board - Anthony Goods, Chris Johnson, Mike Anderson, Renaldo Major - we're not getting anything.' Actually, Major had a pretty good night. The veteran forward scored 20 points - topping the 2,500 mark for his Wizards' career - and grabbed nine rebounds. He shot 7-for-14 and committed no turnovers. But Dakota's guards were badly outplayed, even with the return of Maurice Baker. Idaho's three guards - Jackson, Seth Tarver and Lance Hurdle - outscored Darren Cooper, Goods and Baker 48-31. More important, they outshot their Wizards counterparts 56.7 percent (17 for 30) to 32.4 percent (11 for 34). 'We're not making shots, and defensively we're not there, either,' White said. 'We're letting guys penetrate to the rim. Our rotations are totally off.' Despite all that, the Wizards had a chance to win, just as they did on Sunday. The Wizards trailed 73-70 early in the fourth quarter when they had a brief meltdown. A foul was called on Anderson, then Baker was given a technical. While the Stampede was shooting the ensuing free throws, Anderson also got T'd up. After all the freebies were taken, the Wizards trailed 78-70, but responded by going on an 11-2 tear. Major put the Wizards on top with a three-point play, then followed it with a jumper. But that was as good as it would get for the Wizards. The Stampede answered with three critical 3-pointers. The first, by Willie Jenkins, tied the game at 81 and slowed Dakota's momentum. The second, by Hurdle, put Idaho in control, 88-82. The third, again by Jenkins, effectively put the game out of reach (99-91). Baker was disappointing in his return. Although he did have six assists, he was 1-for-6 from the floor and committed four turnovers. 'We're trying to get his feet wet,' White said. 'He missed some shots, too. That's just normal. Hopefully he gets a couple of days of practice and we get him in the lineup this weekend and he can help us a little bit more.' The game left the Wizards 1-2 on their franchise record 10-game homestand. They'll try to regroup before Friday's game against Rio Grande Valley. 'Tomorrow, I just told them I want everybody to get away from basketball - don't even come into the gym,' White said. 'Let's just refocus. ... I know they're mentally tired, but you've still got to focus. Especially at home, you've got to focus and win games.' n NOTES: Forward Walter Sharpe was not with the team Monday. White said that he told Sharpe not to dress for the game. He has not been waived yet - a trade is possible - and White said Sharpe's status will likely be determined after he talks to him today. The assignment of Hamady N'Diaye, and before, DeMarre Carroll, cut into Sharpe's minutes. 'It boils down to, like every player, playing time. When you get guys sent down from the NBA, you've got to get them minutes.' *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com




Anderson likely headed for D-League for rehab by end of week - by Eurobasket News
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that No. 1 draft pick James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) will likely play in the NBAs Developmental League by the end of the week as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right foot.

Popovich said that Andersons rehabilitation will be stepped up this week.

This coming week, hell be going one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, Popovich said. Hell have his first contact and towards the end of the week hell be headed to the D-League.

Popovich said that a projected return to the Spurs lineup likely will come by the end of the month.

Hes a couple of weeks away, Popovich said. According to the pictures, hes healthy. Were going to extend it and make sure.

Anderson has appeared in six games this season, averaging 7.0 points in 17.7 minutes. He made a 3-pointer in each of his first six games, becoming the first player in San Antonio history to accomplish that feat.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Maurice Baker rejoining Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards' search for a point guard has ended in a familiar place - and with a familiar face - Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.).

The team's all-time leading scorer was in dress clothes on Dakota's bench during Sunday's loss to the Idaho Stampede. If all the necessary legwork is done in time, Baker will be in the lineup for tonight's rematch against Idaho.

'I hope so,' Baker said. 'I'm going to do a physical (Monday) and I've got to do the paperwork right now, so I hope I'll play.'

Baker is as closely identified with the Dakota Wizards franchise as any player. He is the team's career leader in most major categories, including points (3,288), assists (1,273), steals (393) and even rebounds (1,357).

Baker, who will be in his seventh season with the Wizards, helped Dakota win the 2007 D-League championship and has played for five of the team's eight coaches.

The 31-year-old had been playing for a higher-paying team in Mexico. When that season wrapped up, he figured he'd return to Bismarck.

'I love this city, and I love basketball,' Baker said. 'I was done playing in Mexico, so I came up here to play. I had a couple options, but they're later on in the season.

'... Early in the summer, I knew I wanted to come back to Dakota, but I just had to go down there real quick and take care of some business.'

The Wizards have been searching for a point guard all season, even moreso since Vernon Hamilton went down with a hamstring injury.

Dakota has an open roster spot, and coach Rory White is happy to have Baker return to fill it.

'He's an extension of me on the court,' White said. 'He played for me last year, and he knows what I'm going to want. I'm not going to have to be screaming all the time. He knows the plays to run and he'll get us in sets.

'He knows the D-League, and he knows these players,' White said. 'He can calm these guys down, especially when we get in an uproar. He knows how to settle things down.'

None of the Wizards' teams Baker has played on has had a losing record - even the 2005-06 team which tanked in the second half of the season was 13-13 when Baker left to play overseas. But the team he joins this season is just 7-17.

'I'm not even going to look at the losing record right now,' Baker said. 'We're just trying to get wins, take it one game at a time and try to get wins.'

Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com


Lietuvos Rytas tabs DJ Strawberry - by Matthew Man
D.J. Strawberry (6'5''-G-85, college: Maryland), client of Scott Nichols and Rize Management, is a new player of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.
The American guard comes from NBDL where he was playing with Reno Bighorns averaging more than 14ppg. Strawberry returns to Europe after his stint in Italy with Fortitudo Bologna in which he scored 11.1ppg in 19 games played.


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  EL SALVADOR   


Liga Premier Standings
Liga Premier Standings
 1. ITCA 4-0 
 2. Delgadense 4-1 
 3. Denver-2 3-0 
 4. Biomedical 2-2 
 5. ExSAL2 2-2 
 6. Halcones 2-2 
 7. Felinos 2-3 
 8. Quezaltepeque 2-3 
 9. San Marcos-2 2-3 
 10. Santa Tecla 1-4 
 11. Exbau 0-4 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Maccabi Haifa - Lukoil Academik 78-95
Maccabi Haifa lost to Lukoil Academic at the start of Group I EuroChallenge. The team from Bulgaria stole 78:95 win due to the last frame. Both teams traded baskets in the early going, but last three points from Haifa took the score out to 23:19. Kadir and Landesberg made it 27:19, while James reduced to 31:28. Killingsworth meanwhile made it 46:33 to close the first half. The second half saw Lukoil Academic begin to stamp their authority on the game as they edged ahead of their hosts thanks to some strong offensive play from Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport), Banev and James. Due to 35-23 in the third period the board showed 69:68 at the end of 30 minutes. In the last stanza, the visitors continued to extend their lead and reached an easy win. A massive 27-9 allowed the Bulgarian team to taste 95:78 victory. Bruno Sundov and Banev stepped up with 15 points each for the winners. James netted 14, while Stojanovski scored 11. Killingsworth ended up with 24 points in the losing case and Robinson posted 17. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) delivered 13, while Low added 12.

Spartak SP - Elitzur Netanya 73-70
Spartak Saint-Petersburg got their EuroChallenge Group I campaign off to a successful start after a thriller over Barak Netanya. The Russian team grabbed 73:70 win in the dying seconds even having 8-points deficit in the last quarter. The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Spartak took 18-13 lead after the first period as Domercant closed the quarter with a jump shot. The teams traded baskets up to the end of the half as Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) reduced it to 33:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the hosts managed to get 24-18 spurt and grabbed 57:48 after 30 minutes. Israeli team created an 8-0 run in the start of the fourth frame and came to 59:56 margin. Moreover Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) cut it to 72:70, but Domercant made the last free throw for the final success. Domercant top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Antic added 15. Zupan ended up with 12 points in the loisng effort, while Kotishevskiy and Popovic brought 9 apiece. Tony Washam delivered 23 points in defeat, but missed important free throws and the last three-pointer. Romeo Travis notched 16, whilst Brown had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Group J
Krka - M.Hainaut 85-77
Krka prove the successful debut season in EuroChallenge as they won the sixth straight game. Novo Mesto saw 85:77 win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the Group J opener. Krka were always struggling to keep check of the guests in the first quarter, but they managed to trail one point after 10 minutes. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) gave the Belgian team 27:22 lead and Nivins scored for 42:34. Djordjevic nailed three to close the half at 42:39. In the third quarter the Slovenian team played better and staryed in front for the majority of it. Taylor however brought last 5 points for the guests to tie it all at 57:57. Only trailing 60:61 early in the fourth, the hosts started to take control of the game. Drobnjak scored for 69:63 and Djordjevic closed the run at 75:63. Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) was the last to score in the game but it was not enough for his team's win. Ikonic paced all the winners with 21 points, while Djordjevic and Dragic brought 18 apiece. Marcus Hatten answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Taylor added 15. Alexandre Libert netted 12, while van Paassen scored 8.

Antwerp - Karsiyaka 82-89 OT
Pinar Karsiyaka won the overtime thriller over Antwerp Giants in one of the most interesting games of Round 1 in EuroChallenge Sweet 16. The Turkish team grabbed 89:82 over the Belgium team on Tuesday night. Stanojevic brought the first points for the winners and Smith later scored for 15:8. The hosts managed to tie the game after 10 minutes and closed the period at 18:18. Only 1 point separated the teams in the second frame as Erdogan sent the teams to the lockers for 35:34. The third quarter however completely belonged to the guests that enjoyed 61:50 deficit after three quarters. It seemed they would win after 4 quarters, but Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) tied the game at 77:77 after 40 minutes. In overtime the Turkish side played better and reached the necessary win. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) poured in 24 points for the winners and Stanojevic added 20. Eldridge ended up with 17 points and Smith collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Hopkins chipped in 13. Strickland delivered 12 and Brown notched 11.

Group K
Ventspils - Benfica 100-65
BK Ventspils destroy Lisboa e Benfica in Group K opener of EuroChallenge. Trailing 4 points after the first 10 minutes, the Baltic side pushed the tempo for good to win the encounter. The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. The Portuguese team grabbed 31:27 after the first quarter. but was smashed later in the game. Strelnieks tied it at 34;34 and Gulbis gave already 46:36 lead for the hosts. After 23-10 in the period, the Latvia team took 50:41 advantage. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) stemmed the flow and helped BK Ventspils to increase to 59:44 in the third period, while Jenkins closed it at 73:39. In the last quarter the Latvian team controlled the game and reached three digits number. Ingus Bankevics paced all the winners with 26 points, while Strelnieks collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) netted 12 and Anderson followed them with 11 points. Jenkins responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Evora netted 13, whilst Evans produced 12.

Gravelines - Norrkoping 75-65
Trailing in the whole first half, BCM Gravelines Dunkerque needed a massive second to win over Norrkoping Dolphins. The French side started their EuroChallenge Last 16 with the win over Scandinavian team 75:65. The hosts had a nightmare first half and were steamrollered as the Dolphins won both first periods. After 22-21 in the first period they added 25-19 in the second. In the third period BCM Gravelines Dunkerque worked really hard and outscored the guests heavily which was not surprising with the home defence 15-5. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) drove a laypup to close the third frame at 55:52. Another 20-13 in the last quarter allowed the French team to taste the win. Ben Woodside poured in 23 points and Akpomedah collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) nailed 10, while Johnson scored 9. Gervin finished the night with 12 points in defeat and Saks as well as Lindqvist chipped in 11 apiece. Mitchell followed them all with 10 points.

Group L
BK Prostejov - Oostende 66-74
BC Oostende looked better in their opener of EuroChallenge Last 16 in Group L to beat BK Prostejov. The Belgian team needed 74:66 for the first points in the group. The first quarter saw both sides trading baskets throughout, but the guest held a slender lead at the end of the first quarter. Faison scored for 17:15 and Ebong delivered two for 23:19. Landry however closed the half for 35:31 as the team from Czech Republic won the frame 22-15. In the second half, the guests stepped up their defensive intensity. They managed to win the third period 27-17 to take 58:52 lead. Mitchell nailed three to open the last frame and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) followed him for 71:64. Green and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) exchanged the baskets at the end for the final result. Matt Lojeski stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Green, Faison and Thomas notched 11 each. Benas Veikalas replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Landry collected 17 points and 10 boards, whilst Hyzy scored 10 points.

Lokomotiv - Zadar 87-69
Lokomotiv Kuban edged BC Zadar 87:69 at the start of Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian squad improved to 1-0 record to share the top with BC Oostende. The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. Lokomotiv Kuban however pushed the tempo late in the period to take 25:15. Moreover Lokomotiv added an 11-0 run for 36:25 advantage early in the second. BC Zadar responded with 7-0 run in the end of the half to trail 28:43 at the halftime. In the third period Kuban continued to extend their lead thanks to some highly impressive outside shooting from Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier). His three-pointer gave the hosts 54:36 and Massey made it 60:42. Sheleketo opened the last frame for 64:46 and Mason reduced a bit to 67:54. Toporov and Tucker made the last free throws in the game for the winners that enjoyed 87:69 win. Massey, Lionel Chalmers and Tucker top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Mason scored 13 and Bilan added 11.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Banks, Elitzur .19.6 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 4. Anderson, Ventspils17.6 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 6. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.3 
 7. King, Etha17.0 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut17.0 
 9. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 10. Becirovic, Turk T.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka11.7 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.10.7 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 4. Smith, Karsiyaka9.4 
 5. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv8.9 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.9 
 8. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 9. Brown, Elitzur .8.7 
 10. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 2. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 3. Brener, Elitzur .5.7 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 6. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.1 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines5.1 
 9. James, Lukoil A.5.0 
 10. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 5. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 8. Domercant, Spart.2.1 
 9. Robinson, Maccabi .2.1 
 10. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.2 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 3. King, Etha2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 5. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.6 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.4 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Spartak SP 1-0 
 2. Lukoil Academik 1-0 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 0-1 
 4. Elitzur Netanya 0-1 
Group J
 1. Krka 1-0 
 2. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 3. Antwerp 0-1 
 4. M.Hainaut 0-1 
Group K
 1. Gravelines 1-0 
 2. Ventspils 1-0 
 3. Norrkoping 0-1 
 4. Benfica 0-1 
Group L
 1. Oostende 1-0 
 2. Lokomotiv 1-0 
 3. BK Prostejov 0-1 
 4. Zadar 0-1 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.19.0 
 4. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 5. Walsh, AS.17.7 
 6. Tucker, Aris17.6 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm17.0 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 9. Draper, Cedevita16.4 
 10. Carroll, Gran Canaria16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Tucker, Aris8.2 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm8.0 
 6. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 7. Lampe, Unics7.6 
 8. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .8.3 
 2. Popovic, Unics7.0 
 3. Meacham, Goett.6.7 
 4. Draper, Cedevita6.6 
 5. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 6. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 7. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 8. Granger, Estudian.5.1 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.5.1 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Popovic, Unics2.5 
 3. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 5. House, Azovmash2.5 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.4 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.3 
 8. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.3 
 9. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 10. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Dunston, Aris1.9 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Rupert, Le Mans1.3 
 5. Edwards, Cedevita1.1 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.1 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.1.0 
 8. Owens, Azovmash1.0 
 9. Haryasz, GasTerra1.0 
 10. Ivshyn, Azovmash1.0 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Unics 1-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Hemofarm 0-0 
 4. Gran Canaria 0-1 
Group J
 1. Aris 1-0 
 2. Goettingen 1-0 
 3. Le Mans 0-1 
 4. Budivelnyk 0-1 
Group K
 1. Pepsi Caserta 1-0 
 2. Estudiantes 1-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-1 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-1 
Group L
 1. Cajasol 1-0 
 2. Benetton TV 1-0 
 3. ALBA 0-1 
 4. Panellinios 0-1 


Eurocup Round: 1 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Unics - Gran Canaria 67-64
Unics victoriously opened the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off Gran Canaria in Group I opener. Ricky Minard came off the bench to score 16 points in the victory. It was a tough battle of two well-matched teams. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) allowed Gran Canaria to open the game confidently. The Spanish team led for some time throughout the opening stanza but Unics tied the score at 16 at the first break. Jaycee Carroll continued to deliver for the visitors as they posted a 32:28 halftime advantage. But Unics improved their performance after the long break. They adjusted their defense to limit Gran Canaria to 12 points in the period. The hosts narrowed the margin to a single point with ten minutes remaining. Unics eventually pulled in front and sneaked past Gran Canaria in tense last minutes. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) and Maciej Lampe scored 12 points each and teamed up for 14 rebounds in the victory. Jaycee Carroll paced Gran Canaria with game-high 22 points. Judson Wallace finished with 9 points in defeat.

Group J
Aris - Budivelnyk 85-69
Aris opened the win count at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They fired past Budivelnyk in Greece tonight. Bobby Brown nailed 23 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the effort. Bobby Brown led Aris in the opening frame. The hosts built a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Budivelnyk struggled in accuracy committing too many misses. Aris capitalized piling up a 41:30 lead at the interval. The visitors changed the pace in the third term. The Ukrainian team went on a run that put them behind by one 51:52. Aris did not allow Budivelnyk to step in front taking a 59:53 lead at the final intermission. The visitors tipped off the fourth quarter with five unanswered points but then Aris took over. They silenced Budivelnyk with a 26:5 outburst to seal the winning outcome at the end. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Christos Tapoutos knocked down 15 points each for Aris. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Lamayne Wilson answered with 14 points apiece for Budivelnyk.

Goettingen - Le Mans 75-71
Goettingen posted the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Le Mans in Group J opener. Mike Scott stepped up with 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts. Goettingen got to a slow start. Le Mans spurred in front in the opening period and recorded a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. The French team maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They enjoyed a 39:32 lead at the interval. Goettingen woke up after the main break. The home team quickly adjusted their offense and started to claw their way back into this one. The German team cut the distance to just two points heading into the fourth stanza. Eventually Goettingen came from behind and celebrated a tough win at the end. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) provided 16 points, while Dwayne Anderson finished with 15 for the winners. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) answered with 18 points for Le Mans. Benjamin Dewar had 14 points in the loss.

Group K
Pepsi Caserta - Galatasaray 81-76 OT
Pepsi Caserta defeated Galatasaray in Group K of EuroCup Last 16 round. The teams did not decide on the winner in regulation and had to play extra five minutes. The hosts eventually proved the strength posting the initial win in the group. Ebi Ere chipped in 19 points to lead the home side. Pepsi Caserta dominated in the first half. They limited Galatasaray to only 13 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead at the first break. The Italian team kept their opponents at bay in the second stanza. Galatasaray managed only 14 points in the second quarter and faced a 10-point halftime deficit. Galatasaray finally started to tune up offensively in the third term. The visitors unloaded 21 points to trim the distance at the final break. Led by Taylor Rocheste (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) the visitors outgunned Pepsi Caserta 21:12 in the fourth period to force overtime. But Pepsi Caserta pulled together in the extra frame and eked out a tough win at the end. Fabio Di Bella provided 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Jumaine Jones accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds for Pepsi Caserta. Taylor Rocheste responded with 16 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for the Turkish team. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points in the loss.

Estudiantes - CEZ Nymburk 87-80
Estudiantes opened EuroCup Last 16 round with victory. They held off Nymburk for 1-0 record in Group K. Josh Asselin knocked down 20 points to pace the hosts. The teams got to a flying start. They traded baskets eagerly and stayed close. Estudiantes proved more accurate as they registered a 29:25 lead after ten minutes of action. Estudiantes cleared off in the second term but just before a 6:0 run from the Czech champions that Nymburk as close as a single point. Nymburk finally drew things level at 47 heading into the locker rooms. The teams slowed down in the third term. Estudiantes managed to take control as they entered the final stanza up by five points 69:64. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) sparked a 5:0 run from the home team as they enlarged the gap. Nymburk narrowed the deficit at only two-point mark with under two minutes remaining but Sergio Sanchez came up with a timely three-pointer to silence the visitors. Daniel Clark netted 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for Estudiantes. Nik Caner-Medley had 14 points in the win. Pavel Pumprla and Petr Benda replied with 15 points each for Nymburk. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) notched 16 points in the loss.

Group L
Panellinios - Cajasol 82-87 OT
Cajasol registered the first win at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Spaniards outscored Panellinios in overtime to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Louis Bullock knocked down 23 points to pace Cajasol. Louis Bullock was pivotal in the first half. The guard unloaded 14 points in the opening twenty minutes to set the tone. Cajasol led by as many as 5 points at the first break. Cajasol cleared off to a 10-point distance in the second period but the hosts used a 6:0 run to narrow the gap at 7 points 38:45 at halftime. Panellinios went on a comeback rally in the third term. The Hellenes cut the deficit at a single point 56:57 at the final break. Vasilis Xanthopoulos scored five points in a row to level things up at 65 midway through the final stanza. Samo Udrih finally put Panellinios in front 68:65 but Louis Bullock and Satoransky knotted things up at 70. Louis Bullock scored quick five points in the extra period as Cajasol spurred in charge for good. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 16 points and collected 7 rebounds for Cajasol. Paul Davis notched 14 points in the victory. Torin Francis answered with 16 points and 10 caroms for Panellinios. Vangelis Sklavos had 15 points in the loss.

Benetton TV - ALBA 75-71
Benetton remained the only undefeated team in the EuroCup season. They held off Alba to spoil the perfect record of the German side tonight. Benetton thus improved at 1-0 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. Greg Brunner and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) nailed 15 points each to lead the Treviso outfit. Benetton used a 7:0 run early in the encounter to take the lead. They maintained it throughout the starting period posting a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Alba however went on a 6:0 run of their own in the second term to surge ahead. Benetton immediately answered with seven straight points and rolled to a 45:35 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric and Devin Smith kept Alba at distance in the third quarter. Benetton posted a comfortable 66:53 lead with ten minutes to go. The hosts kept control and though Alba got as close as 6 points with under three minutes remaining Benetton kept it cool and drove to the victory at the end. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) and Donatas Motiejunas produced 9 points each for the winning team. Derrick Allen answered with 18 points for Alba. Tadija Dragicevic had 12 points in defeat.




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Spanoulis: It was my decision to move to Olympiacos and I am happy with it - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos' shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) ranked third in assists (4.9 apg), sixth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and seventh in performance index rating (16.7), while making more free throws (52) than any other Euroleague player so far. He gave an interesting interview at the official site of Euroleague, regarding the Top 16 that begins tomorrow but also other subjects as well:
Vassilis, how exciting is this time of year, the start of the Top 16, for you?
'Look, to me, the Top 16 is one of the toughest parts of any basketball competition that I have played in. Many teams and, more importantly, many of the favorites have to struggle in this round. You have to concentrate a lot, to be in your best shape and to play at your highest possible level just to avoid these struggles. Everyone knows that if you lose a game, you can be in trouble. So the Top 16 is difficult, but it is exciting.'
Could you analyze the regular season a bit? What did that show you about your team?
'We were a new team, with a new coach, a lot of new players and a new philosophy. In the beginning, we needed time to make it work, to learn about each other and to adjust to the coach's philosophy. On our court, we were very good, but we had some problems on the road. We kept working hard every day, seeing what we were doing well and doing badly, but slowly we improved. I think now is a good time for us to start the Top 16. Our psychology is very good, the kind of psychology you need to play on the highest level. Every game is like a final now. We have big targets for this season, and we are serious about them.'
You are putting up the best numbers of your career in European competition. What is happening for you to do that?
'First of all, I am very healthy. I feel very good. Even so, numbers say nothing to me. I try to do my best in any way to help my team win. That is all that is on my mind, how to be a good teammate and help my team win. I feel very good on this team and that has a lot to do with my teammates, who help me a lot. Without them, I can do nothing, because basketball is a team sport, not an individual sport. Also, there is a great co-operation with our coach and great confidence between us. Other than that, it's all hard work to get better, but this is a nice group of guys to work with.'
Why did you decide to move to Olympiacos in the summer?
'It was my decision and I am happy with it. Every day it gets better. I saw that it could be very nice to work with this club, and once I got here, it was a big motivation for me to play with my teammates here. I feel very good on this team. I have a good relationship with all the people here, the players and coaches, the club and the fans. It's a motivation to do well.'
At 28 years old, what does the responsibility of being a veteran mean to you?
'You know, for sure it's a responsibility, and a big one, to do the right things for my team. Olympiacos has been trying for many years to take some trophies, and for sure part of making that happen falls on me from now on. As a veteran, you have to help your team in many aspects, both on and off the floor. Fortunately, as I said before, we have a great group of guys, all concentrated on the same target. It's my job as a veteran to help all of us get there.'
You have played as a point guard, among the other positions, as well on other years. This season you are a full-time shooting guard again. Do you feel more comfortable in that way?
'I have always done whatever my coach was asking from me. I think that now, in modern basketball, there is not so much difference as before between these positions. They are almost the same, really. I know one thing: that you have to play several positions to get more playing time. I think this is important, but we have great players who play as point guards already. For me, it's the same. I do my best whether I play as a point guard or as a shooting guard.'
You are playing with two MVP point guards, Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87). What is it like to play with them?
'They are different players, but they are both great persons with great character and great players. They are also aware of having a big responsibility for this team, and that is why our relationship is great on and off the court. Everybody here respects each other and is very focused to help the team go well, not just the guards. I am talking about all the players up and down the roster, who have good character and work hard every day. But it's true, I am excited to be working on the court with Theo and Milos. We hope to have a great season together.'
What is it like for you playing for Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket )?
'It has been very nice for me to work with Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ). He's a legend in basketball. Everyone on the team has great respect for him. He has so much experience, and he's a teacher on the floor and off. We try to do what he tells us and follow his philosophy, because we know that it's a winning philosophy. It's just a big pleasure for all of us to work with him.'
You start the Top 16 at home against Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday. How dangerous is that game?
'The first game is always dangerous. It's very important to the standings already, and in the Top 16, you have no choice but to win on your home court. We have those big targets as I mentioned, and we have started well, but we have to know this will not be easy, beginning from this week. Fenerbahce is also having a good year and they want to win the same way that we do. We will have to work very, very hard on the court to beat them, and we will prepare our best to do that. The big thing we will have is our fans supporting us. We have to play good defense firstly, because Fenerbahce has a lot of good, creative players, inside and outside. Both their guards and centers can create. They have good experience and had some good wins so far. But we are at home and we have to control the tempo on our court to win.'
What about Zalgiris and Power Electronics Valencia?
'Zalgiris for the first five or six games of the regular season was one of the best teams in the Euroleague. So, it is a strong team, especially at home. Valencia with Coach Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) is now very strong, too, playing a different game than they started out playing. They have won a lot of games lately and came back from a difficult position in their group to reach the Top 16, which makes them dangerous. I think our group has the toughest four teams. Every game is like a final, with no tomorrow, against every team. If we want to advance, we have to think that way.'
You have been to the Final Four in the past, won it and been the Final Four MVP. How much do those experiences motivate you to get back to the Final Four this season?
'My motivation is at a very, very high level. I want to go as far as I can and have the best possible season with Olympiacos. Why not go all the way? My philosophy, however, is that we have to spend a lot of hours in the gym and do all the work possible before that can happen. It's not an easy job, because there are a lot of teams that want the same as we do. We have to face them and show that we are better. We cannot go with just our names to the Final Four. We have to prove in every game that we deserve to be there in the end. There's only one way: show it on the court.'


Courtesy of Euroleague




Lietuvos Rytas tabs DJ Strawberry - by Matthew Man
D.J. Strawberry (6'5''-G-85, college: Maryland), client of Scott Nichols and Rize Management, is a new player of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.
The American guard comes from NBDL where he was playing with Reno Bighorns averaging more than 14ppg. Strawberry returns to Europe after his stint in Italy with Fortitudo Bologna in which he scored 11.1ppg in 19 games played.


Caja Laboral extends Pape Sow for another month - by Eurobasket News
Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) got another one-month deal with Caja Laboral. The reigning Spanish champion is satisfied with his performance and decided to keep the player.
Pape Sow joined Caja Laboral in December for his first short-term deal. He appeared six times in ACB averaging 4.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. In Euroleague, Sow played one game collecting 13 points and 5 boards. Pape Sow started the season with Meridiano Alicante, where he spent second half of 2009/10 as well. Before that, the Senegalese big guy was a member of Asseco Prokom. Sow also has experience from AJ Milano, Rieti and Toronto Raptors.
Pape Sow is active member of the Senegalese National Team. At the AfroBasket 2009 in Libya he had 6.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.8 spg.


Chus Mateo is the new head coach of Unicaja Malaga - by Xisco Carots
Unicaja Malaga announced on Tuesday that Jesus Mateo , 42, will be the one taking the reins at the team until the end of the season after the waiving of Garcia Aito Reneses . Mateo was an assistant coach at Fuenlabrada of the Spanish League and was also the assistant of Sergio Scariolo at the Spanish national team. He had been in Unicaja Malaga also assisiting Scariolo during the stint of the Italian coach in Malaga. Mateo was formed in the Real Madrid inferior categories and arrived in Malaga in 2004 to help Scariolo, as they had been already together in Real Madrid. They won the 2005 Spanish King's Cup together and also won the 2006 Spanish League. He then moved to CAI Zaragoza of the second division to become a head coach but was waived in the middle of the season. Since then, he has been in Fuenlabrada. Mateo will make his debut at the Unicaja Malaga bench in the first Top 16 game to be played Thursday against Caja Laboral in Malaga.

Courtesy of Euroleague.net


Mirza Begic pens deal with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid seriously bolstered their frontcourt. The Madrid powerhouse signed a deal with Mirza Begic (216-C-85). The contract is meant through 2012/13 season. Mirza Begic started the season in Zalgiris Kaunas. The centre averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per Euroleague game. In VTB League his stats read 7.0 points, 3.5 boards and 2.8 blocks per appearance. In LKL Mirza Begic produced 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots. He however left the Kaunas outfit in December citing the payments problem as the reason. Mirza Begic moved to Zalgiris from Olimpija Ljubljana. Previously the centre had stints with Geoplin Slovan, Bologna, Zadar and Triglav Kranj. Mirza Begic used to play for U18 and U20 Slovenian selections.



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Goettingen edge Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Le Mans 75:71

Goettingen posted the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Le Mans in Group J opener. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) stepped up with 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts.
Goettingen got to a slow start. Le Mans spurred in front in the opening period and recorded a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. The French team maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They enjoyed a 39:32 lead at the interval. Goettingen woke up after the main break. The home team quickly adjusted their offense and started to claw their way back into this one. The German team cut the distance to just two points heading into the fourth stanza. Eventually Goettingen came from behind and celebrated a tough win at the end. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) provided 16 points, while Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) finished with 15 for the winners. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) answered with 18 points for Le Mans. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) had 14 points in the loss.

Goettingen: Mike Scott 27, Jason Boone 16, Dwayne Anderson 15
Le Mans: Antoine Diot 18, Benjamin Dewar 14



Patrick Okafor leaves Poznan for Rouen - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) has left PBG Poznan. The 31-year-old forward is going to continue his career in France. He has agreed on terms of contract with ProB side Rouen. Patrick Okafor joined PBG Poznan at the start of the season. He averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in PLK. Patrick Okafor once tried in France. He was tested by Evreux Basket in 2006/07 season but did not sign a deal.


Pau-Orthez inks guard Ronnie Taylor - by Eurobasket News
Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) is a new member of Pau-Orthez. The American guard will replace Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, college: Arkansas), who is out due to injury.
Ronnie Taylor arrives to the club from SPO Rouen Basket, where he started this season. He played 16 games in ProB registering 11.4 ppg, 5 apg and 2.6 rpg. Season 2009/10 Taylor spent with Le Portel. He appeared 36 times for them collecting 15.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 6.8 apg. Eurobasket awarded him with All-French ProB 1st Team -10. Taylor also played for French teams Boulazac and Brest in the past. Outside of France, he was a member of Hungarian Szolnoki and German teams Giessen, Kaiserslautern, Jenna and Heidelberg. Taylor is a product of the NC-Greensboro, where he graduated in 2004. He had 9.4 ppg and 5.1 apg for them as a senior.


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Blair, Denek24.8 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.1 
 3. Kennedy, Orchy17.6 
 4. Blot, Blois17.2 
 5. Petrovic, St Et.17.0 
 6. Lalugba, Denain16.6 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin16.2 
 8. Disy, Roche15.8 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux15.8 
 10. Laroche, St Ch.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.2 
 2. Grimm, Blois8.6 
 3. Lesieu, St Quentin8.3 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues8.2 
 5. Alingue, Souffel8.2 
 6. Roberts, Brest8.0 
 7. Boutry, Challans8.0 
 8. Griffin, Angers B.7.9 
 9. Hoard, Lievin7.7 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.2 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.0 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.8 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.9 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.5 
 6. Thomas, St Etienne4.2 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux4.1 
 9. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 10. Rambur, St Quentin3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blair, Denek3.0 
 2. Neri, Roche2.2 
 3. Ipouck, Le Puy2.1 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.1 
 5. Pistre, Le Puy2.0 
 6. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.6 
 8. Blot, Blois1.6 
 9. Barbry, Orchy1.6 
 10. Calvez, Denek1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.3 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.1 
 7. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Diallo, Roche1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 


Woodside poured in 23 in a home win over the Dolphins - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-Norrkoping Dolphins 75:65

Trailing in the whole first half, BCM Gravelines Dunkerque needed a massive second to win over Norrkoping Dolphins. The French side started their EuroChallenge Last 16 with the win over Scandinavian team 75:65.
The hosts had a nightmare first half and were steamrollered as the Dolphins won both first periods. After 22-21 in the first period they added 25-19 in the second. In the third period BCM Gravelines Dunkerque worked really hard and outscored the guests heavily which was not surprising with the home defence 15-5. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) drove a laypup to close the third frame at 55:52. Another 20-13 in the last quarter allowed the French team to taste the win.
Ben Woodside poured in 23 points and Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) nailed 10, while Johnson scored 9. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) finished the night with 12 points in defeat and Sara Saks (186-F/C-87) as well as Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 apiece. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) followed them all with 10 points.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 23, Cyril Akpomedah 15+12 rebs, Yannick Bokolo 10, Johnson 9
Norrkoping Dolphins: George Gervin 12, Sara Saks 11, Mikael Lindqvist 11, Andrew Mitchell 10



Partizan wants to return Vule Adalovic - by Eurobasket News
According to Serbian media, Partizan Belgrade wants to return their former player Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket). Reportedly, the Serbian powerhouse already contacted Cholet in order to secure his service. It remains to be seen will they make a deal or not.
Vule Avdalovic joined Cholet last summer from the Spanish Meridiano Alicante. He appeared in 10 Euroleague games this season collecting 8.5 ppg, 3.6 apg and 1.8 rpg. Cholet was close to reach the Top16, but they didn't make it at the end. In ProA, Avdalovic had 10.1 ppg, 3 apg and 1.6 rpg in 14 games. The reigning French champion already won the SuperCup this season.
Vule Avdalovic was a member of Partizan Belgrade from 1998 to 2005. He left them for Pamesa Valencia, where he stayed four years. From 2003 to 2006, Avdalovic played for the Serbian National Team.


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Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Kevin Hamilton Has The Ability To Get A Triple Double On Any Given Night - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket after the 79-70 win against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Congrats on the 78-70 win against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Is Oldenburg better than last season when you beat them in the playoffs?


They are still dangerous. I think they have more options offensively this season so you have to prepare differently.


It seems like Gill and Bogojevic havent been integrated yet. When they are, is this a team that could win it all?


They are still new to the team and in most cases it takes time but Im sure they will be a contender in the end.

Oldenburg led 34-32 at halftime. How would you describe the first half. What was giving Braunschweig the biggest problems?

We gave up some open looks and easy baskets and struggled to get easy baskets for ourselves

Braunschweig scored 28 points in the third quarter. What adjustments did the team make?

We got a few more stops with fast breaks and moved the ball for easier points

Oldenburg fought back in the fourth quarter, but Braunschweig pulled out the win in the end. What was key for getting win in 4th quarter?

Having a great 3rd quarter

You had many strong games since coming back from your injury. Are you the 100% the old Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts)?

Yeah I feel good and thanks to the trainers for helping me get back in the gym so fast.

Kevin Hamilton had a great game with 11 points, 10 assists and four steals. Was this the best game he has ever played for Braunschweig?


It was one of his best but I think he has played even better. He has always filled the stats and has the ability to get a triple double any given night.

Will Derrick Rose be the top NBA point guard in 5 years?


Hes definitely on the right track.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) We Have To Get Better Keeping Our Defensive Focus For 40 Minutes In The Second Half Of The Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that will be starting his 9th professional basketball season playing with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket afte rthe 64-51 win against BG Goettingen.

Congrats on the 64-51 win. From the stats it looked like an ugly game. Shots didnt seem to be falling for both teams?

Yea. It was a tough came where both teams were playing very aggressive defensive. Both teams shot pretty bad from the field and from the free throw line.

The Artland Drgaons were leading 25-23 after 20 minutes. How would you describe that first half?

Goettingen came out strong in the first quarter and took the early lead. I think we were playing with so much energy in the first few minutes of the game, that we werent playing smart basketball. There were a lot of quick shots and a few turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Artland Dragons came out scoring 24 points and limiting BG Goettingen to 9 points. What adjustements did the team make and why was it running more smoothly?

We tried to hold them to one shot, because they are a great offensive rebounding team. We started to play more patient and found our rhythm on offense.

What was key in the fourth quarter for keeping the lead and getting the 6th win out of the last seven games?

I think the key was our defense and rebounding. I believe we outrebounded them.


What was the most important thing that The Artland Dragons took out of this win?

I think the most important thing is that we showed we can win even when shots are not falling. If we do the little things there is always a chance to win the game.

Darren Fenn had a monster game with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Does his work under the board sometimes get overshadowed by other big men in the BEKO BBL doing a good job?

I think so. He did an excellent job rebounding the board. I think he gets overlooked sometimes, because on offense he shoots the three so well.

What do The Artland Dragons have to work on in the second half of the season?

I think we have to get better keeping our defensive focus for 40 minutes and continue to work on our defensive rebounding.

How will you be spending the Allstar break?

With my wifes family in Frankfurt.

Who will win the slam dunk contest?

I have no idea who is in the slam dunk contest.

Who do you think will be MVP of the BEKO BBL Allstar game?

I hope one of my teammates. Tyrese or Darren.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.


Regionalliga News - by Daniel Poerschke
Stephen Arigbabu re-signed with the BSW Sixers of the 1. Regionalliga North. The former german international center started his head coaching debut this season with the Sixers and will continue to do that until the end of the 2011-12 season. 'We are very happy, that Stephen will stay as our head coach', said manager Maik Leuschner.

In the 1. Regionalliga West TV Werne announced the comeback of fan favourite Trevor Wittwer (195-G/F-85, college: Gustavus Adolphus). The athletic wing spend the past two seasons with Werne already and was now asked to come back by coach Ivan Rosic , because their serbian top-scorer Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77) decided to accept an offer in his homeland during the winter break. Wittwer had 30 points and 15 rebounds in his first game against Grevenbroich last Saturday.


Benetton roll past Alba in the battle of unbeatens - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Alba 75:71

Benetton remained the only undefeated team in the EuroCup season. They held off Alba to spoil the perfect record of the German side tonight. Benetton thus improved at 1-0 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) nailed 15 points each to lead the Treviso outfit.
Benetton used a 7:0 run early in the encounter to take the lead. They maintained it throughout the starting period posting a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Alba however went on a 6:0 run of their own in the second term to surge ahead. Benetton immediately answered with seven straight points and rolled to a 45:35 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric and Devin Smith kept Alba at distance in the third quarter. Benetton posted a comfortable 66:53 lead with ten minutes to go. The hosts kept control and though Alba got as close as 6 points with under three minutes remaining Benetton kept it cool and drove to the victory at the end. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points each for the winning team. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 18 points for Alba. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in defeat.

Benetton: Greg Brunner 15, Devin Smith 15, Donatas Motiejunas 9, Ryan Toolson 9
Alba: Derrick Allen 18, Tadija Dragicevic 12



Christian Standhardinger will play for La Salle University now - by Daniel Poerschke
Christian Standhardinger (203-F-89), who averaged 9.5 points per game in six contests as a sophomore forward for Nebraska this season, has enrolled at La Salle University for the spring semester and is eligible to begin practicing with the team. Standhardinger will be able to play for the Explorers following the conclusion of the fall 2011 semester after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations.

'We will have some turnover in our frontcourt next year and we are thrilled to add a proven, major college player in Christian Standhardinger,' head coach Dr. John Giannini said. 'Christian was one of the most productive scorers and rebounders per minutes played in the Big 12 last year. With another year for personal improvement he should be highly productive for us.

'He is a skilled big man with a lot of energy. He is an ideal fit for us and we are excited about his arrival at La Salle.'

In six games this year, Standhardinger (6-8, 210) was third on the team in scoring while playing 17.7 minutes per game. Prior to this season, Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn cited Standhardinger as one of five sophomores nationally primed with breakout potential.

Last year, the Munich, Germany native averaged averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game to rank fourth on the team in scoring in 16.0 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 25 points and added eight rebounds at Iowa State.

As a high school player in 2008-09, Standhardinger averaged 22.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals over 26 games. He hit 54.7 percent (151-of-276) from the floor, including 40.6 percent (43-of-106) from beyond the arc. The previous year, Standhardinger averaged 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Ehingen while hitting 47.3 percent from the floor.

Standhardinger came to the United States with the Urspringschule in the Arby's Classic in Bristol, Tenn., in the winter of 2007-08. Standhardinger led the team to a fourth-place finish in the tournament and was the only player from his team named to the all-tournament squad.

In the finale of the 2008 U19 German Championship, he scored 37 points and posted 12 rebounds. He also earned top scorer honors at the Europe's Best Junior Tournament in 2007 and was the MVP of the German Top 4 in 2007.

A year earlier while playing for Urspringschule, he scored a career-best 52 points in a contest against Ulm, as he hit 19-of-21 shots in the game. Later that season, he posted a career-high 22 rebounds against Mittlehessen. He averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in his first year at Urspringschule while hitting 53.9 percent from the field and 66.2 percent at the line.

Standhardinger was also a member of the German Junior National Team, where he averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game at the 2007 U18 European Championships.

While Christian was born and raised in Germany, his mother, Elizabeth, is originally from the Philippines, making him one of only a handful of Division I basketball players of Filipino heritage.

source: http://www.goexplorers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/011811aaa.html



Goettingen edge Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Le Mans 75:71

Goettingen posted the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Le Mans in Group J opener. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) stepped up with 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts.
Goettingen got to a slow start. Le Mans spurred in front in the opening period and recorded a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. The French team maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They enjoyed a 39:32 lead at the interval. Goettingen woke up after the main break. The home team quickly adjusted their offense and started to claw their way back into this one. The German team cut the distance to just two points heading into the fourth stanza. Eventually Goettingen came from behind and celebrated a tough win at the end. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) provided 16 points, while Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) finished with 15 for the winners. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) answered with 18 points for Le Mans. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) had 14 points in the loss.

Goettingen: Mike Scott 27, Jason Boone 16, Dwayne Anderson 15
Le Mans: Antoine Diot 18, Benjamin Dewar 14



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Aris too good for Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Budivelnyk 85:69

Aris opened the win count at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They fired past Budivelnyk in Greece tonight. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) nailed 23 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the effort.
Bobby Brown led Aris in the opening frame. The hosts built a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Budivelnyk struggled in accuracy committing too many misses. Aris capitalized piling up a 41:30 lead at the interval. The visitors changed the pace in the third term. The Ukrainian team went on a run that put them behind by one 51:52. Aris did not allow Budivelnyk to step in front taking a 59:53 lead at the final intermission. The visitors tipped off the fourth quarter with five unanswered points but then Aris took over. They silenced Budivelnyk with a 26:5 outburst to seal the winning outcome at the end.
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) knocked down 15 points each for Aris. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) answered with 14 points apiece for Budivelnyk.

Aris: Bobby Brown 23, Konstantinos Sloukas 15, Christos Tapoutos 15
Budivelnyk: Zach Morley 14, Lamayne Wilson 14



Panionios inks Milutin Aleksic - by Giorgos Diploidis
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens after the serius injury of Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) was looking for someone to take his place. Finally it was decided to be signed a player who can help both as a guard and a forward. This player is Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82). Aleksic last November signed for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas while the last season was playing in BC Donetsk having 4.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg in Baltic league and 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg Ukrainian League. In the past has played again in Greece, the season 2005-06 has joined PAOK Thessaloniki, to help them for the play-offs.

Alexis has already come to Greece and he is expected to make his first training with his new team.


Cajasol survive overtime to edge Panellinios - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Cajasol 82:87 (OT)

Cajasol registered the first win at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Spaniards outscored Panellinios in overtime to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) knocked down 23 points to pace Cajasol.
Louis Bullock was pivotal in the first half. The guard unloaded 14 points in the opening twenty minutes to set the tone. Cajasol led by as many as 5 points at the first break. Cajasol cleared off to a 10-point distance in the second period but the hosts used a 6:0 run to narrow the gap at 7 points 38:45 at halftime. Panellinios went on a comeback rally in the third term. The Hellenes cut the deficit at a single point 56:57 at the final break. Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84, agency: FCM) scored five points in a row to level things up at 65 midway through the final stanza. Samo Udrih finally put Panellinios in front 68:65 but Louis Bullock and Satoransky knotted things up at 70. Louis Bullock scored quick five points in the extra period as Cajasol spurred in charge for good. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 16 points and collected 7 rebounds for Cajasol. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) notched 14 points in the victory. Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) answered with 16 points and 10 caroms for Panellinios. Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) had 15 points in the loss.

Panellinios: Torin Francis 16+10 boards, Vangelis Sklavos 15
Cajasol: Louis Bullock 23, Mindaugas Katelynas 16, Paul Davis 14



Spanoulis: It was my decision to move to Olympiacos and I am happy with it - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos' shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) ranked third in assists (4.9 apg), sixth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and seventh in performance index rating (16.7), while making more free throws (52) than any other Euroleague player so far. He gave an interesting interview at the official site of Euroleague, regarding the Top 16 that begins tomorrow but also other subjects as well:
Vassilis, how exciting is this time of year, the start of the Top 16, for you?
'Look, to me, the Top 16 is one of the toughest parts of any basketball competition that I have played in. Many teams and, more importantly, many of the favorites have to struggle in this round. You have to concentrate a lot, to be in your best shape and to play at your highest possible level just to avoid these struggles. Everyone knows that if you lose a game, you can be in trouble. So the Top 16 is difficult, but it is exciting.'
Could you analyze the regular season a bit? What did that show you about your team?
'We were a new team, with a new coach, a lot of new players and a new philosophy. In the beginning, we needed time to make it work, to learn about each other and to adjust to the coach's philosophy. On our court, we were very good, but we had some problems on the road. We kept working hard every day, seeing what we were doing well and doing badly, but slowly we improved. I think now is a good time for us to start the Top 16. Our psychology is very good, the kind of psychology you need to play on the highest level. Every game is like a final now. We have big targets for this season, and we are serious about them.'
You are putting up the best numbers of your career in European competition. What is happening for you to do that?
'First of all, I am very healthy. I feel very good. Even so, numbers say nothing to me. I try to do my best in any way to help my team win. That is all that is on my mind, how to be a good teammate and help my team win. I feel very good on this team and that has a lot to do with my teammates, who help me a lot. Without them, I can do nothing, because basketball is a team sport, not an individual sport. Also, there is a great co-operation with our coach and great confidence between us. Other than that, it's all hard work to get better, but this is a nice group of guys to work with.'
Why did you decide to move to Olympiacos in the summer?
'It was my decision and I am happy with it. Every day it gets better. I saw that it could be very nice to work with this club, and once I got here, it was a big motivation for me to play with my teammates here. I feel very good on this team. I have a good relationship with all the people here, the players and coaches, the club and the fans. It's a motivation to do well.'
At 28 years old, what does the responsibility of being a veteran mean to you?
'You know, for sure it's a responsibility, and a big one, to do the right things for my team. Olympiacos has been trying for many years to take some trophies, and for sure part of making that happen falls on me from now on. As a veteran, you have to help your team in many aspects, both on and off the floor. Fortunately, as I said before, we have a great group of guys, all concentrated on the same target. It's my job as a veteran to help all of us get there.'
You have played as a point guard, among the other positions, as well on other years. This season you are a full-time shooting guard again. Do you feel more comfortable in that way?
'I have always done whatever my coach was asking from me. I think that now, in modern basketball, there is not so much difference as before between these positions. They are almost the same, really. I know one thing: that you have to play several positions to get more playing time. I think this is important, but we have great players who play as point guards already. For me, it's the same. I do my best whether I play as a point guard or as a shooting guard.'
You are playing with two MVP point guards, Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87). What is it like to play with them?
'They are different players, but they are both great persons with great character and great players. They are also aware of having a big responsibility for this team, and that is why our relationship is great on and off the court. Everybody here respects each other and is very focused to help the team go well, not just the guards. I am talking about all the players up and down the roster, who have good character and work hard every day. But it's true, I am excited to be working on the court with Theo and Milos. We hope to have a great season together.'
What is it like for you playing for Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket )?
'It has been very nice for me to work with Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ). He's a legend in basketball. Everyone on the team has great respect for him. He has so much experience, and he's a teacher on the floor and off. We try to do what he tells us and follow his philosophy, because we know that it's a winning philosophy. It's just a big pleasure for all of us to work with him.'
You start the Top 16 at home against Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday. How dangerous is that game?
'The first game is always dangerous. It's very important to the standings already, and in the Top 16, you have no choice but to win on your home court. We have those big targets as I mentioned, and we have started well, but we have to know this will not be easy, beginning from this week. Fenerbahce is also having a good year and they want to win the same way that we do. We will have to work very, very hard on the court to beat them, and we will prepare our best to do that. The big thing we will have is our fans supporting us. We have to play good defense firstly, because Fenerbahce has a lot of good, creative players, inside and outside. Both their guards and centers can create. They have good experience and had some good wins so far. But we are at home and we have to control the tempo on our court to win.'
What about Zalgiris and Power Electronics Valencia?
'Zalgiris for the first five or six games of the regular season was one of the best teams in the Euroleague. So, it is a strong team, especially at home. Valencia with Coach Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) is now very strong, too, playing a different game than they started out playing. They have won a lot of games lately and came back from a difficult position in their group to reach the Top 16, which makes them dangerous. I think our group has the toughest four teams. Every game is like a final, with no tomorrow, against every team. If we want to advance, we have to think that way.'
You have been to the Final Four in the past, won it and been the Final Four MVP. How much do those experiences motivate you to get back to the Final Four this season?
'My motivation is at a very, very high level. I want to go as far as I can and have the best possible season with Olympiacos. Why not go all the way? My philosophy, however, is that we have to spend a lot of hours in the gym and do all the work possible before that can happen. It's not an easy job, because there are a lot of teams that want the same as we do. We have to face them and show that we are better. We cannot go with just our names to the Final Four. We have to prove in every game that we deserve to be there in the end. There's only one way: show it on the court.'


Courtesy of Euroleague




Coleman arrives for Iraklis - by Giorgos Diploidis
A lot of names were heard as possible replacements of Terrell Everett (193-G-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Oklahoma). Marcus Norris and William Every the previous week, Mardy Collins and Smush Parker the last days. Finally today (19/01) is expected to arrive in Thessaloniki at 13:30 Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, college: Rutgers) Coleman last year has played in Ukraine for BC Odessa while he started this season in BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Romania), where in three games had 11.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg.

It's worth stating that Iraklis Thessaloniki decided to sign with Coleman because it didn't receive any response from Smush Parker in the proposal they made to him.




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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Stokes, BS Weert18.7 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants16.5 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 4. Laing, Magixx16.1 
 5. Borha, Landstede15.8 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.4 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 8. Blue, Giants14.5 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.3 
 10. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra10.0 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.9 
 3. Sihota, Rotterdam9.4 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.1 
 5. de Randamie, ABC9.0 
 6. Ellis, GasTerra8.8 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.7 
 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. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants3.7 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.2 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.4 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 4. McDermott, Magixx2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 7. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
 10. McDowell, BS Weert2.0 
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, Giants1.2 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam0.9 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 7. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 8. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 


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Hungarian A Division round 17 best performance: Thomas Kelley - by Eurobasket News
American guard Thomas Kelley (188-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Soproni, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush FS Debrecen (#13, 1-15) with 19-point margin 100-81. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Soproni is placed at 9th position in Hungarian A Division. Soproni is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-9 record. In the team's last game Kelley had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Soproni's top player in his first season with the team. Former Michigan State University star has very solid stats this year. Kelley is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.3apg) and averages impressive 41.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Slovenian Brane Savic (181-G-79, agency: Interperformances) of Marso-Vagep NYKK. Savic had a very good evening with 29 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Marso-Vagep cruised to a 102-90 relatively comfortable win over Salgotarjani (#14, 0-15). This victory allowed Marso-Vagep to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Savic is a newcomer at Marso-Vagep, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Soproni's star - American forward Darian Townes (208-F/C-84). Townes scored 27 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Soproni, helping his team with a 100-81 easy win against the lower-ranked FS Debrecen (#13, 1-15). The chances of Soproni ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Townes could help Soproni to bring them higher in the standings. Townes has a great season in Hungary. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg, 2.0bpg and FGP: 63.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Daniel Werner (203-F-87) of Kaposvari - 23 points and 15 rebounds
6. Adam Hanga (201-G-89) of Albacomp - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87) of PVSK Pannon - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79) of ZTE KK - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kyle Wilson (206-F-83) of ZTE KK - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Bencze named as the new head coach of Falco - by Balazs Radics
Tamas Bencze (194-G-68) named as the new head coach of Falco KC Szombathely. The position was opened up after the Club and Nikola Lazics parted ways! The 42 years old Coach formerly worked with Szeged's women team, signed until the end of the season. With his impact, the team can still complete its aim to make it into the playoff.
Bencze made his name in the hungarian Leage as a player already, won 4 championship titles with ZTE and Kaposvar and played for the National Team 137 times!


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IBL's Kankakee County Soldiers win the first IBL Winter Championship - by Trask Frost
The Kankakee County Soldiers (13-5) beats the Gary Splash (12-6) 88 to 87 to claim the first IBL Winter Championship. The International Basketball League runs a Winter season and a traditional Spring/Summer season. The Spring/Summer season is the more recognized season but nine teams played games in the Winter with four teams competing for the Winter title. Kankakee's star player Ryan Edwards hit a running 45 foot shot as time expired to win this game. The Gary Splash had multiple opportunities to secure a lead but left Kankakee a tiny window of opportunity which Ryan Edwards seized. The Gary Splash had won 11 of 12 games prior to this Championship game and now they look to make a run in the Spring/Summer season that starts in April of 2011. For more information about the IBL, visit www.IBLhoopsOnline.com



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Express L. Round 13: Keflavik defeats leader Snaefell - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Snaefell (11-2) on the court of third ranked Keflavik on Monday night. Visitors were rolled over by Keflavik 112-89. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Snaefell. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-89. Keflavik dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 48. Keflavik forced 25 Snaefell turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Keflavik made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 steals. The former international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for Snaefell. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik maintains third place with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Snaefell, which they share with KR. Defending champion Snaefell still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Keflavik is looking forward to face Stjarnan (#5) on the road in the next round. Snaefell will play against Njardvik (#11) in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Sauoarkrokur was quite interesting. 5th ranked Haukar (6-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Tindastoll (6-7). Tindastoll managed to secure a 7-point victory 95-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Haukar. American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up and scored 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Sean Cunningham chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Tindastoll has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Haukar. Tindastoll will play against league's second-placed Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play against KR (#4) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Grindavik beat KFI on the road 74-64. KR won against Hamar on its own court 97-87. IR managed to outperform Njardvik in Reykjavik 97-89. Fjolnir recorded a loss to Stjarnan at home 92-97.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 17 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists by Pavel Ermolinskij of KR.



Tindastoll - Haukar 95-88

The game in Sauoarkrokur was quite interesting. 5th ranked Haukar (6-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Tindastoll (6-7). Tindastoll managed to secure a 7-point victory 95-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Haukar. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-25 Haukar's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 95-88 at the end of the game. Tindastoll made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Haukar only scored seven points from the stripe. Tindastoll forced 23 Haukar turnovers. Haukar was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up and scored 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American-Dutch guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Tindastoll and five Haukar players scored in double figures. Tindastoll has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Haukar. Tindastoll will play against league's second-placed Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play against KR (#4) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Haukar: G.Robinson 22+8reb+3ast, H.Askarsson 17+5reb+2ast, S.Sveinsson 16+4reb+1ast, S.Inge 12+8reb+4ast, O.Siguraarson 10+3reb, S.Haraldsson 5+3reb+2ast
Tindastoll: H.Fain 28+8reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 20+1reb+6ast, D.Kitanovic 15+7reb+4ast, F.Hreinsson 13+3reb+1ast, H.Margeirsson 10+1ast, H.Viggosson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107855


KFI - Grindavik 64-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Grindavik (11-2) beat bottom-ranked KFI (2-11) in Reykjavik 74-64. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) stepped up and scored 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 17 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). At the losing side Serbian-Slovenian forward Marko Milicevic (204-82, agency: SportsList Inc.) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Craig Schoen (178-83, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 13 points. KFI's coach B.J. Aldridge rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Grindavik have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Snaefell lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. KFI lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Grindavik will play against Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KFI's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena IR.
Top scorers:
KFI: M.Milicevic 16+5reb+1ast, C.Schoen 13+3ast, C.Josey 10+4reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 8+3reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 7, R.McNutt 4+9reb+1ast
Grindavik: R.Pettinella 17+4reb+2ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 16+4reb+4ast, A.Alafsson 13+6reb+1ast, A.Alafsson 9+4reb, G.Eyjolfsson 9+1reb, A.Savarsson 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 107856


Keflavik - Snaefell 112-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Snaefell (11-2) on the court of third ranked Keflavik on Monday night. Visitors were rolled over by Keflavik 112-89. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Snaefell. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-89. Keflavik dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 48. Keflavik forced 25 Snaefell turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Keflavik made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 steals. The former international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Five Keflavik players scored in double figures. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Snaefell. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik maintains third place with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Snaefell, which they share with KR. Defending champion Snaefell still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Keflavik is looking forward to face Stjarnan (#5) on the road in the next round. Snaefell will play against Njardvik (#11) in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 28+13reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 20+7reb+4ast, S.Burton 15+7reb+7ast, A.Hreinsson 7+4reb+2ast, E.Johannsson 7+1reb, S.Daviasson 5+4reb+2ast
Keflavik: T.Sanders 30+3reb, A.Vilhjalmsson 17+5reb+11ast, G.Aorsteinsson 16+7reb+1ast, L.Johannsson 16+9reb+1ast, J.Hafsteinsson 11+6reb+2ast, G.Einarsson 9+5reb
gschID: 107857


KR - Hamar 97-87

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hamar (5-8) lost to fourth ranked KR (9-4) in Reykjavik 87-97. KR made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists for the winners and American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 19 points. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) responded with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Andre Dabney (175-83, college: Bloomfield) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KR moved-up to third place, which they share with Keflavik. Hamar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. KR will play against Haukar (#6) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. Hamar will play at home against Fjolnir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamar: K.Karason 14+2reb+2ast, S.Palsson 14+4reb, N.Taraskus 13+3reb, A.Dabney 13+3reb+5ast, D.Hilmarsson 13+6reb+4ast, E.Arnarson 11+2reb+5ast
KR: M.Walker 19+3reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 17+17reb+16ast, F.Alafsson 16+5reb+1ast, B.Bjoernsson 16+2reb+1ast, F.Magnusson 15+4reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 9+1reb
gschID: 107858


Njardvik - IR 89-97

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked IR (4-9) won against on the road 10th ranked Njardvik (4-9) 97-89. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-25 Njardvik's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 97-89 at the end of the game. IR made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American guard James Bartolotta (193-86, college: MIT) stepped up and scored 32 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) chipped in 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks and the former international guard Johann Alafsson (195-86) scored 17 points and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Four Njardvik players scored in double figures. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IR moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Njardvik and Fjolnir. Njardvik lost third consecutive game. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik KFI.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: C.Smith 21+5reb+3ast, J.Alafsson 17+2reb+8ast, G.Jonsson 14+3reb+2ast, R.Erlingsson 13+3reb+5ast, F.Stefansson 8+4reb, E.Jonasson 6+4reb
IR: J.Bartolotta 32+6reb+4ast, N.Sovic 32+6reb+4ast, K.Biedler 17+12reb+5ast, H.Friariksson 9+7reb+4ast, K.Jonasson 3+2reb, S.Claesson 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107853


Fjolnir - Stjarnan 92-97

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Fjolnir (4-9) lost at home to sixth ranked Stjarnan (7-6) 97-92. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fjolnir won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) stepped up and scored 24 points and 4 assists for the winners and FYR Macedonian forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Aegir Steinarsson (182-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists and American forward Brandon Springer (196, college: Cumberland) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Four Stjarnan and five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Fjolnir's coach Tomas Holton rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stjarnan moved-up to fifth place. Fjolnir lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Njardvik and IR. Stjarnan will play against higher ranked Keflavik (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fjolnir will play against Hamar (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: I.Hafsteinsson 20+3reb, B.Springer 20+9reb, J.Sverrisson 17+5reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 15+3reb+1ast, A.Steinarsson 13+8reb+14ast, A.Guamundsson 3
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 24+4reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 23+7reb, R.Lindmets 16+4reb+2ast, F.Helgason 16+9reb+3ast, D.Guamundsson 9, M.Valdimarsson 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 107854




Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik25.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar22.8 
 3. Biedler, IR22.3 
 4. Robinson, Haukar22.0 
 5. Dabney, Hamar21.9 
 6. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Smith, Njardvik21.0 
 8. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
 9. Fain, Tindastoll20.5 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.4 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR12.7 
 3. Biedler, IR12.4 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.1 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik10.7 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.6 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Suljic, KFI9.5 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir9.2 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.8.0 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar6.1 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.9 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.3 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.3 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.4 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.2 
 3. Inge, Haukar3.0 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.8 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 8. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.2.3 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.2 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR1.8 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik1.7 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 7. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.4 
 8. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.2 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan1.2 
 10. Inge, Haukar1.1 


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 11-2 
 2. Grindavik 11-2 
 3. Keflavik 9-4 
 4. KR 9-4 
 5. Stjarnan 7-6 
 6. Haukar 6-7 
 7. Tindastoll 6-7 
 8. Hamar 5-8 
 9. Fjolnir 4-9 
 10. IR 4-9 
 11. Njardvik 4-9 
 12. KFI 2-11 


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Spartak Saint-Petersburg got their EuroChallenge Group I campaign off to a successful start - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Barak Netanya 73:70

Spartak Saint-Petersburg got their EuroChallenge Group I campaign off to a successful start after a thriller over Barak Netanya. The Russian team grabbed 73:70 win in the dying seconds even having 8-points deficit in the last quarter.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Spartak took 18-13 lead after the first period as Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) closed the quarter with a jump shot. The teams traded baskets up to the end of the half as Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) reduced it to 33:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the hosts managed to get 24-18 spurt and grabbed 57:48 after 30 minutes. Israeli team created an 8-0 run in the start of the fourth frame and came to 59:56 margin. Moreover Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) cut it to 72:70, but Henry Domercant made the last free throw for the final success.
Henry Domercant top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 15. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) ended up with 12 points in the loisng effort, while Aleksey Kotishevskiy (196-F/G-85) and Popovic brought 9 apiece. Tony Washam delivered 23 points in defeat, but missed important free throws and the last three-pointer. Romeo Travis notched 16, whilst Brown had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Spartak: Henry Domercant 16, Pero Antic 15, Miha Zupan 12, Aleksey Kotishevskiy 9, Popovic 9
Barak Netanya: Tony Washam 23, Romeo Travis 16, Brown 13+9 rebs




Lukoil Academic is victorious in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Lukoil Academic 78:95

Maccabi Haifa lost to Lukoil Academic at the start of Group I EuroChallenge. The team from Bulgaria stole 78:95 win due to the last frame.
Both teams traded baskets in the early going, but last three points from Haifa took the score out to 23:19. Kadir and Landesberg made it 27:19, while James reduced to 31:28. Killingsworth meanwhile made it 46:33 to close the first half. The second half saw Lukoil Academic begin to stamp their authority on the game as they edged ahead of their hosts thanks to some strong offensive play from Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport), Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and James. Due to 35-23 in the third period the board showed 69:68 at the end of 30 minutes. In the last stanza, the visitors continued to extend their lead and reached an easy win. A massive 27-9 allowed the Bulgarian team to taste 95:78 victory.
Bruno Sundov and Tencho Banev stepped up with 15 points each for the winners. James netted 14, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) scored 11. Killingsworth ended up with 24 points in the losing case and Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) posted 17. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) delivered 13, while Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) added 12.

Maccabi Haifa: Killingsworth 24, Frank Robinson 17, Boris Rothbart 13, Derrick Low 12
Lukoil Academic: Bruno Sundov 15, Tencho Banev 15, James 14, Damjan Stojanovski 11



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Pepsi Caserta prevail against Galatasaray in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Galatasaray 81:76 (OT)

Pepsi Caserta defeated Galatasaray in Group K of EuroCup Last 16 round. The teams did not decide on the winner in regulation and had to play extra five minutes. The hosts eventually proved the strength posting the initial win in the group. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points to lead the home side.
Pepsi Caserta dominated in the first half. They limited Galatasaray to only 13 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead at the first break. The Italian team kept their opponents at bay in the second stanza. Galatasaray managed only 14 points in the second quarter and faced a 10-point halftime deficit. Galatasaray finally started to tune up offensively in the third term. The visitors unloaded 21 points to trim the distance at the final break. Led by Taylor Rocheste (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) the visitors outgunned Pepsi Caserta 21:12 in the fourth period to force overtime. But Pepsi Caserta pulled together in the extra frame and eked out a tough win at the end. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) provided 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79, college: Georgia) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds for Pepsi Caserta. Taylor Rocheste responded with 16 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for the Turkish team. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points in the loss.

Pepsi Caserta: Ebi Ere 19, Jumaine Jones 18+11 boards, Fabio Di Bella 17
Galatasaray: Taylor Rocheste 16, Luksa Andric 15



Benetton roll past Alba in the battle of unbeatens - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Alba 75:71

Benetton remained the only undefeated team in the EuroCup season. They held off Alba to spoil the perfect record of the German side tonight. Benetton thus improved at 1-0 record in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) nailed 15 points each to lead the Treviso outfit.
Benetton used a 7:0 run early in the encounter to take the lead. They maintained it throughout the starting period posting a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Alba however went on a 6:0 run of their own in the second term to surge ahead. Benetton immediately answered with seven straight points and rolled to a 45:35 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric and Devin Smith kept Alba at distance in the third quarter. Benetton posted a comfortable 66:53 lead with ten minutes to go. The hosts kept control and though Alba got as close as 6 points with under three minutes remaining Benetton kept it cool and drove to the victory at the end. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points each for the winning team. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 18 points for Alba. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in defeat.

Benetton: Greg Brunner 15, Devin Smith 15, Donatas Motiejunas 9, Ryan Toolson 9
Alba: Derrick Allen 18, Tadija Dragicevic 12



Cimberio Varese to sign Damien Ryan - by Eurobasket News
Damien Ryan (193-G-79) is set for his return to Italy. The experienced guard parted ways with Sidney Kings and he will sign a deal with Cimberio Varese. Ryan will replace injured Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte).
Damien Ryan started this season in Australia with the Kings. He played 15 games for them averaging 6.7 points and 1.5 rebounds. Last season, Ryan was a member of Jesi. For 35 games in LegaDue he had 12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.6 spg. In the off-season, Ryan spent some time with Australian Sandringham Sabres.
Damien Ryan arrived to Italy for the first time in March of 2003. He signed a deal with Ferrara at that time and later was a member of Avelino, Teramo, Udine and Vanoli Soresina. In Australia, he played for the Canberra Cannons, Brisbane Bullets, Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Reati, Treviglio18.9 
 2. Evangelisti, Trapani17.7 
 3. Vico, Matera17.6 
 4. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.1 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta16.5 
 6. Marino, Treviglio16.4 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.4 
 8. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 9. Musso, Perugia16.1 
 10. Becerra, Rieti15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.5 
 2. Corral, Molfetta10.1 
 3. Zambon, Rieti9.6 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.4 
 5. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.2 
 6. Zerini, Ruvo9.1 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.8.9 
 8. Chiaramello, Recanati8.4 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.4 
 10. Gigena, Massafra8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.8 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.5 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.1 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 7. Lenardon, Massafra3.2 
 8. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 9. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
 10. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 4. Gullo, Patti3.1 
 5. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 6. Palombita, Castelle.2.9 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.9 
 8. Pozzi, Molfetta2.8 
 9. Valentini, S.Antimo2.8 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.0 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Capitanelli, Pales.1.3 
 4. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 5. Pozzi, Molfetta1.1 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.1 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.1 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 10. Crow, Brescia0.8 


Forli inks Stefano Borsato, parts ways with Ryan Wittman - by Eurobasket News
Forli announced a new signing for rest of the season. The LegaDue team inked a deal with guard Stefano Borsato (190-G-86) and at the same time parted ways with forward Ryan Wittman (198-F-88, college: Cornell).
Stefano Borsato arrives to the club from Naturhouse Ferrara, where he had 4.2 ppg and 1.5 rpg this season.
Ryan Wittman joined Forli last summer and he averaged 14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.8 apg in 14 games.


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Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Cooper.Bank 0-0 
 2. ICC 0-0 
 3. KCB Lions 0-0 
 4. Lomboritz 0-0 
 5. Ports Authority 0-0 
 6. Posta 0-0 
 7. Strathmore U. 0-0 
 8. Trail Blazers 0-0 
 9. Univ Nairobi 0-0 
 10. USIU 0-0 


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BK Ventspils destroy Lisboa e Benfica in Group K opener - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Lisboa e Benfica 100:65

BK Ventspils destroy Lisboa e Benfica in Group K opener of EuroChallenge. Trailing 4 points after the first 10 minutes, the Baltic side pushed the tempo for good to win the encounter.
The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. The Portuguese team grabbed 31:27 after the first quarter. but was smashed later in the game. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) tied it at 34;34 and Gulbis gave already 46:36 lead for the hosts. After 23-10 in the period, the Latvia team took 50:41 advantage. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) stemmed the flow and helped BK Ventspils to increase to 59:44 in the third period, while Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) closed it at 73:39. In the last quarter the Latvian team controlled the game and reached three digits number.
Ingus Bankevics paced all the winners with 26 points, while Janis Strelnieks collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) netted 12 and Anderson followed them with 11 points. Gregory Jenkins responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 13, whilst Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) produced 12.

BK Ventspils: Ingus Bankevics 26, Janis Strelnieks 14+10 rebs, Saulius Kuzminskas 12, Anderson 11
Lisboa e Benfica: Gregory Jenkins 16, Elvis Evora 13, Heshimu Evans 12



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  LEBANON   


Dubai 22nd International Tournament Updates - by Rabih Khoury
Dubai 22nd International Tournament will kick off on thursday with the participation of 9 teams divided in 2 groups:
Group A:
Ittihad 'Syria'
Sagesse 'Lebanon'
Hoop 'Lebanon'
UAE NT

Group B:
Wahda 'Syria'
Anibal 'Lebanon'
Smart Gilas 'Philippines'
Ittihad Alexandria 'Egypt'
Sharjah 'UAE'.

Three teams will be representing Lebanon. Sagesse will add Voule Mantic for their roster as 3rd foreigner, and lebanese american center Daniel Faris, while Anibal Zahle added Tiras Wade to join the team as a 3rd foreigner in the tourney. Hoops will participate with 2 foreigners only.
The tournament will be in Al Ahly Stadium in Dubai from January 20 till the 29th.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. El Khatib, Champville28.3 
 2. El Khatib, Champville28.3 
 3. Danridge, Byblos28.0 
 4. Warner, Byblos23.9 
 5. Cage, Hoops23.2 
 6. Shannon, Anibal21.3 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Zachery, Antranik20.7 
 9. Byrd, Hoops20.6 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi15.4 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi15.4 
 3. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 4. Thompson, Sagesse12.4 
 5. Warner, Byblos12.1 
 6. Shannon, Anibal11.9 
 7. Byrd, Hoops11.7 
 8. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 9. Battles, Antranik11.2 
 10. Watkins, Sagesse11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon MASON
  Byblos
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mason, Byblos7.8 
 2. Bannister, Antranik7.4 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed6.5 
 4. Akl, Anibal6.1 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 8. Fahed, Sagesse4.4 
 9. Khoury, Sagesse3.8 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Bannister, Antranik3.0 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 6. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 7. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.4 
 8. Mason, Byblos2.4 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.4 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Cox, Champville3.8 
 2. Cox, Champville3.8 
 3. Allen, Champville3.7 
 4. Allen, Champville3.7 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 6. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 7. Thompson, Sagesse2.1 
 8. Danridge, Byblos2.0 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse1.9 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops1.4 


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 14-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 13-3 
 3. Moutahed 10-6 
 4. Sagesse 10-6 
 5. Anibal 9-7 
 6. Hoops 6-10 
 7. Antranik 5-11 
 8. Byblos 3-13 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


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"Lietuvos Rytas" inks D.J. Strawberry - by Aurimas Rimselis
Today basketball club Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius website officially reported that club signed a contract with D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland). This season player represented NBA secondary league NBDL team 'Reno Bighorn' team, where scored 13,9 pts, made 2,6 ass. Vilnius team for an american player under NDBL rules payed 35000 USD. 2007 NBA Draft DJStrawberry chose the Phoenix Suns team, but there played little. Later, American moved to Europe to play for 'Fortitudo' Bologna. This summer D.J. Strawberry played in NBA summer league for Los Angeles 'Lakers' and later signed with New Orleans 'Hornets', but the team refused to service.

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Diekirch League Round 15: Basket Esch wins overtime game against Sparta - by Eurobasket News
Sparta (#5) forced the game against Basket Esch (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 78-80 on Sunday night. The game took place in Bertrange. But the guests from Esch were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sparta won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Sparta used huge pressure winning it 24-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period -. Strangely Sparta outrebounded Basket Esch 41-29 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sparta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Sparta's coach Olaf Stolz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Basket Esch maintains second place with 11-4 record behind leader T71. Sparta lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Basket Esch are looking forward to face league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta will play on the road against Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Diekirch League top team - T71 (12-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Soleuvre (4-11) in Belvaux 82-73. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-4 record. Soleuvre lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. T71 will play against league's second-placed Basket Esch on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Soleuvre will play against Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Etzella (11-5) crushed at home 10th ranked Black Star (2-14) by 19 points 88-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Etzella moved-up to third place. Black Star lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Etzella will meet Soleuvre (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Black Star will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 15 Residence lost to Amicale on the opponent's court 84-100. Musel Pikes managed to outperform Contern in a home game 62-52.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 10 rebounds by Louis Birdsong of Amicale.


Amicale - Residence 100-84

Rather expected game in Steinsel where 7th ranked Residence (6-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Amicale (10-5) 100-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Amicale. Residence managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Amicale looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Christopher Jones (186-90) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Amicale has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-5 record. Residence at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Contern. Amicale will meet Contern (#8) on the road in the next round. Residence will play against Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amicale: L.Birdsong 31+10reb+2ast, C.Jones 24+8reb+1ast, C.Schartz 13+5reb+12ast, R.Birenbaum 12+3reb+4ast, E.Jeitz 8+4reb+3ast, C.Scholtes 6+1ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 26+11reb, T.Abdiu 21+2reb, P.Koster 17+2reb+5ast, M.Schmit 10+2reb+2ast, S.Felten 6+3reb+1ast, M.Leschek 3+4reb
gschID: 103552


Soleuvre - T71 73-82

Diekirch League top team - T71 (12-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Soleuvre (4-11) in Belvaux 82-73. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-4 record. Soleuvre lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. T71 will play against league's second-placed Basket Esch on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Soleuvre will play against Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 103553


Sparta - Basket Esch 78-80 OT

Sparta (#5) forced the game against Basket Esch (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 78-80 on Sunday night. The game took place in Bertrange. But the guests from Esch were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sparta won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Sparta used huge pressure winning it 24-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period -. Strangely Sparta outrebounded Basket Esch 41-29 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sparta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Sparta's coach Olaf Stolz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Basket Esch maintains second place with 11-4 record behind leader T71. Sparta lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Basket Esch are looking forward to face league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta will play on the road against Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: J.Reimold 31+4reb+2ast, J.Biever 15+4reb+2ast, S.Svitek 14+9reb+2ast, M.Rajniak 13+7reb+1ast, K.Diederich 5+1reb+3ast, C.Donnersbach 2+1reb+1ast
Sparta: L.Smith 22+9reb+2ast, J.Hublart 18+5reb, C.Abercrombie 17+6reb+1ast, R.Wolzfeld 9+7reb+2ast, P.Arbaut 6+5reb+4ast, D.Gindt 3+3reb
gschID: 103554


Musel Pikes - Contern 62-52

Rather predictable result in Stadrbredimus where sixth ranked Musel Pikes (8-8) defeated 8th ranked Contern (6-10) 62-52 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American forward Trenton Wurtz (203-83, college: Indiana St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Guy Schmit (185-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Sven Pezzotta (186-88) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Musel Pikes has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 8-8 record. Contern at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Residence. Musel Pikes will meet at home higher ranked Sparta (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Contern will play against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: T.Wurtz 14+11reb+2ast, J.Kox 14+5reb+2ast, G.Schmit 14+11reb+1ast, L.Schwartz 14+4reb+1ast, R.Dentzer 4+3reb, E.steffen 2+1reb
Contern: B.Gary 16+12reb+1ast, S.Pezzotta 8+6reb+1ast, A.Milongo 6+2reb, D.Torres 4+5reb, E.Bissener 4+2reb, T.Schleimer 4+2reb
gschID: 103555


Etzella - Black Star 88-69

Fourth ranked Etzella (11-5) crushed at home 10th ranked Black Star (2-14) by 19 points 88-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Etzella moved-up to third place. Black Star lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Etzella will meet Soleuvre (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Black Star will have a break next round.
gschID: 103556




Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.9 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. Reimold, Basket E.22.2 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.22.0 
 5. Schumacher, T7121.6 
 6. Muller, T7121.2 
 7. Delgado, Etzella19.1 
 8. Gary, Contern18.9 
 9. Smith, Sparta18.9 
 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.9.8 
 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. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.2.9 
 7. Koster, Residence2.9 
 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. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Smith, Sparta1.9 
 4. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 5. Schartz, 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.0.9 
 6. Stephens, T710.9 
 7. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 8. Weisen, Soleuvre0.8 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


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LNBP Quarterfinals: Toros and Pioneros are 2-0 up - by Eurobasket News
Toros and Pioneros celebrated in second games of the LNBP Quarterfinals. Both teams are 2-0 up now and they need one more victory for the next stage. Third games are scheduled for Wednesday.


Fuerza Regia - Toros 90-93 OT (0-2)

Toros survived in overtime against Fuerza Regia by three points 93-90 on Sunday night. The game took place in Monterrey. But the guests from Nuevo Laredo were better at the end. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 14-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. 27 personal fouls committed by Fuerza Regia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-F-84, college: McNeese St.) (200-84, college: McNeese St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Toros players scored in double figures. American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) produced 32 points and his fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Henning 21+5reb, Q.Joseph 15+11reb+5ast, A.Rougeau 15+3reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 14+6reb+1ast, A.Gomez 9+2reb+2ast, W.Pagan 8+1reb+6ast
Fuerza Regia: S.Bowie 32+4reb+3ast, J.Habel 17+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 15+9reb+5ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 9+1reb, M.Johnson 6+10reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 5+1ast
gschID: 120561


Pioneros - Angeles 99-93 (2-0)

Pioneros beat Angeles 99-93. It looked good early as Angeles took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pioneros had a 27-25 second period charge getting the lead and Angeles were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 93-99. Pioneros made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Angeles only scored four points from the stripe. American guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Joseph Sanchez (180-83, college: UTPA) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Curtis Withers (203-84, college: Charlotte) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Angeles.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: G.Grays 22+4reb+5ast, J.Sanchez 19+2reb+3ast, S.Soriano 14+6reb+3ast, K.Young 12+3reb+1ast, R.Allen 11+8reb, C.Paniagua 6+2reb+1ast
Angeles: A.Sucre 19+13reb+1ast, C.Withers 18+9reb+2ast, J.Walker 14+1reb, D.Guevara 14+5reb, G.Vargas 14+7reb+7ast, J.Gonzalez 6+3reb
gschID: 120560




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Gold Rush beat Spring Hill, clinch another winning season - by Emiliano
Junior forward Cordell Hadnot (6'7''-F) scored eight of his season-high 11 points Monday to help NAIA No. 12 Xavier (LA) rally for a 64-58 men's basketball victory against Spring Hill.
The victory was the third in a row for the Gold Rush (17-2). Xavier won its 15th straight at The Barn -- the Gold Rush has Louisiana's longest current home win streak -- and clinched a school-record-tying 11th consecutive winning season.
Xavier trailed 29-26 at halftime and 33-28 in the 23rd minute before taking control with an 11-2 run in which Hadnot scored twice. Jeremy Lee's basket with 12:58 remaining put the Gold Rush ahead to stay at 41-40.
Iles clinched the victory when he rebounded his missed shot, drew a foul and sank two free throws for a 63-58 lead with 28 seconds remaining.
The Gold Rush shot 27.6 percent from the floor in the first half but 60.9 percent thereafter.
Anthony Simmons added 10 points for Xavier, and Jamaan Kenner and Iles each made a pair of 3-pointers to finish with eight points apiece. Iles had nine assists. Hadnot grabbed seven rebounds and Denzell Erves six to lead the Gold Rush to a 34-26 advantage.
Steve Edwards was 5-of-9 from 3-point range and led Spring Hill (6-8) with a career-high-tying 21 points. Alex Looney scored nine. Nick Brown, the Badgers' season scoring and rebounding leader, played only 15 minutes because of foul trouble and finished with eight points and one rebound.
It's the first time since the 1940s that Xavier produced 11 consecutive winning seasons. The Gold Rush also clinched a 20th consecutive non-losing season, which includes .500 records in 1996-97 and 1998-99. The Gold Rush are 17-2 for the first time since 2003-04.
Xavier and Spring Hill will meet again Feb. 7 at Spring Hill. The next Gold Rush game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Barn against NAIA No. 21 Tougaloo in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener for both teams.



Gold Rush climb to 12th place in NAIA Division I Top 25 - by Emiliano
Xavier (LA) climbed one place to 12th in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 announced Monday.
The Gold Rush have been ranked in all five polls this season. On Saturday the XU men will play their first ranked NAIA opponent of the season: Tougaloo, which climbed two places to 21st. The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Barn, will be the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Xavier is 17-2 for the first time since the 2003-04 season after its 64-58 home victory Monday against Spring Hill. The game tipped off about three hours after the poll's release.
The Gold Rush have a 15-game home win streak, which dates to last season, and Tougaloo has won five straight on the road since Christmas. The Bulldogs will play host to Texas College on Wednesday.
LSU-Shreveport received 11 of 12 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the second consecutive week. The top six teams are in the same position as a week ago.



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Monday's games review - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Indiana P. 114-107
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had a career-high 47 points and 14 rebounds for his 27th consecutive double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-107 on Monday. It was Griffin's 33rd double-double of his rookie season, and his 19 field goals made were a career best. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 32 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and former UCLA star Darren Collison added 30 points and eight assists for the Pacers. Eric Gordon added 23 points and Baron Davis had 14 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who were coming off a win over the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers a day earlier and have won 10 of their last 14. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Atlanta H. - Sacramento K. 100-98
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored a season-high 36 points, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after trailing most of the game to beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-98 on Monday. Johnson drove past three defenders for layup with 23 seconds remaining to give Atlanta a 98-96 lead. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) answered with a tying basket for Sacramento with 11.7 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Johnson was fouled by Tyreke Evans on a drive with less than a second remaining. Johnson made both free throws. Atlanta took its first lead with 13 consecutive points early in the fourth quarter. Al Horford added 23 points with 9 rebounds and 7 blocks for Atlanta. Josh Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 20 points. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Golde State W. - New Jersey N. 109-100
By protecting the ball the Golden State Warriors made sure they protected the home court once again in this key stretch they hope will turn their season around. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 26 points and nine assists, and the Warriors committed a season-low six turnovers to beat the New Jersey Nets for the sixth straight time, 109-100 on Monday. 'If you take care of the ball you give yourself a chance to win,' coach Keith Smart said. 'It compensates for some other things you don't have, maybe on the offensive glass. But if you are taking care of the basketball, you don't give them opportunities to run out in transition to where you can't get back and defend.' David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won two of their first three games in a key stretch to the season that features 13 of 14 games at home. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - Milwaukee B. 93-84
The Houston Rockets finally rediscovered how to properly finish a home game. Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 36 points and the Rockets snapped a four-game home losing streak in a 93-84 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan Hill added 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Rockets, who lost their previous four home games by an average of 4.5 points. Houston blew 16-point leads in two of the last three and lost in overtime. ''We just need to go back to basics and do what makes us dangerous,'' Scola said. ''We did the right thing (today). We were up on the scoreboard, they came back and we didn't panic. We got some stops, we kept running. That's the way we need to close games.'' Corey Maggette scored a season-high 25 points for the Bucks, who've lost 11 straight games in Houston and remain the only team without a victory at the Toyota Center, which opened in 2003. Milwaukee has lost eight of its last 10 games overall. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Detroit P. - Dallas M. 103-89
Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) scored 20 points, and the Detroit Pistons sent the Dallas Mavericks to their sixth consecutive loss, 103-89 on Monday. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) added 19 points and rookie Greg Monroe had 16 points and nine rebounds for Detroit, which has won three straight for the first time all season. The Pistons shot 65 percent in the second half, including a stretch of 11 straight shots without a miss in the third quarter as they turned a close game into a surprising rout. Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points for Dallas in his second game back from a sprained right knee. Jason Terry added 18 points, but no other Maverick was in double figures. *Courtesy of www.wfaa.com

Washington W. - Utah Jazz 108-101
Rookie John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) had 19 points and a career-high 15 assists to lead the Washington Wizards to their fourth straight home victory and first two-game winning streak of the season, 108-101 over the Utah Jazz on Monday afternoon. Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) scored 25 points, and Andray Blatche had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Blatche hit his first five shots, while Wall had 10 assists in the first 18 minutes as Washington led 42-39 at halftime. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Memphis G. - Chicago B. 84-96
The Chicago Bulls were missing two key players, so Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) picked up the slack with his first career triple-double. Returning to the city where he starred at the University of Memphis, Rose scored 22 points, handed out 12 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 96-84 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, college: Duke) scored 28 points, while Rose used his superior quickness and court vision to outperform the Grizzlies' starting backcourt of Mike Conley and Sam Young, who scored just 10 points combined. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Philadelph.76 - Charlotte B. 96-92 OT
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) hit the go-ahead jumper with 37.6 seconds left in overtime, Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) followed with a game-saving steal and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-92 on Monday. Iguodala's pull-up jumper eased the sting of blowing a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter. Kwame Brown's errant cross-court pass was intercepted by Young, and Evan Turner hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds for the Sixers. Iguodala had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Elton Brand added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Boris Diaw had a triple-double for the Bobcats with 25 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

N.Orleans H. - Toronto R. 85-81
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) 's clutch shooting and defense in the final minutes helped the Hornets survive an upset bid by the Toronto Raptors. West had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hornets won their fifth straight, 85-81 over Toronto on Monday. West's jumper with 31.7 seconds left put New Orleans ahead 83-81. He then preserved the lead with a block on Amir Johnson in the paint, got the rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws for the final margin. Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, tying a Hornets franchise record with 12 offensive rebounds. Reserve guard Jarrett Jack added 17 points - 15 in the second half - while Chris Paul had 11 assists. DeMar DeRozen scored 23 points for Toronto, which let a 12-point third-quarter lead slip away en route to its fourth-straight loss. Johnson scored 17 points, Ed Davis had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani added 11 points for the Raptors. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Phoenix Suns 121-129
Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) got his 20,000th career point as the Phoenix Suns logged their third straight win in beating the New York Knicks 129-121. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) 's team-leading 41 points at Madison Square Garden in New York couldn't prevent the Knicks from losing their third straight National Basketball Association game. The win gave the Suns revenge for a 25-point Jan. 7 loss to the Knicks in Phoenix. Carter's 29 points took him to 20,020 over 884 NBA games, making him the eighth active player to pass the 20,000-point threshold. Grant Hill added 25 points and Channing Frye had 18 for the Suns, while Wilson Chandler added 23 points for the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari, who missed New York's past six games with a sprained left knee, returned to the lineup and collected 17 points. The game was the first of five on the road for the Suns (18-21). The Knicks (22-18) begin a three-game road trip on Jan. 19 in Houston, followed by stops in San Antonio and Oklahoma City. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Boston C. - Orlando M. 109-106
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) didn't look injured when he nimbly sidestepped a pick, reached out to intercept a pass and help the Celtics steal a victory from Orlando. The Celtics forward returned after missing nine games with a leg injury and scored 19 points, adding eight rebounds and a key steal with 16 seconds left on Monday night to help Boston beat the Magic 109-106. ''These last two weeks have been dark days for me. Being hurt is not one of my favorite things,'' said Garnett, who injured his right calf against Detroit on Dec. 29. ''I've been doing a lot of things to get back here and get strong, and I was glad I was able to come out here and help my team out.'' Garnett went around Jameer Nelson and intercepted a pass intended for Jason Richardson, then threw the ball ahead to Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut). Allen was fouled while trying to dribble out the clock; he made both free throws - giving him 26 points for the game and 13 in the fourth quarter alone. ''We look like a totally different team out there,'' Celtics forward Paul Pierce said. ''You can't replace what Kevin gives to a ballclub. ... He raises everyone's play when he's on the court.'' Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists for Boston, which went 6-3 with Garnett out. The Celtics have won three straight to follow a 5-5 stretch that started on Christmas Day, when they lost to 86-78 to the Magic to snap a 14-game winning streak in the team's only other meeting this season. Dwight Howard scored 33 points with 13 rebounds and Ryan Anderson scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Magic. But Boston made 60 percent of its shots - a season-high for an Orlando opponent. *Courtesy of www.comcast.com

Portland TB - Minnesota T. 113-102
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) and the Portland Trail Blazers fatten up when facing the Minnesota Timberwolves. Aldridge scored a career-high 37 points and the Trail Blazers won for the 15th consecutive time over Minnesota, beating the Timberwolves 113-102 Monday night. Aldridge hit 15 of 24 shots and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win for Portland (22-20). Earlier this season, Aldridge matched his career high of 36 points when the Blazers (22-20) beat Minnesota on Dec. 17. In a game on Jan. 7 in Minnesota, Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored a career-high 36 points against the Timberwolves. he scored 23 of Portland's season-best 113 on Monday night. *Courtesy of www.ctpost.com

LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 101-94
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 21 points, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) added 21 and seven assists, though he missed three last-minute free throws, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-94 Monday night for their eighth win in nine games. Lamar Odom had 16 points and Derek Fisher scored a season-high 15 for the Lakers in the clubs' first meeting since the Los Angeles sent home the eighth-seeded Thunder from the first round of last season's playoffs in a highly competitive six-game series. Russell Westbrook had 32 points and 12 assists, and he led a late run aided by those three straight misses by Bryant. But Westbrook missed two free throws of his own with 21.4 seconds left before airballing a 3-point attempt. *Courtesy of www.koco.com


Brandon Roy has surgery on both knees - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) has undergone arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees.

There is no timetable for the three-time All-Star's return.

Roy has missed 18 games this season because of soreness in his knees, which he has said is caused by a lack of cartilage.

Roy is averaging 16.6 points in 23 games this season. For his career, the 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year is averaging 19.9 points and 4.9 assists.

Roy's surgery was performed Monday in Vancouver, Wash., by Dr. Don Roberts, a team physician.

Courtesy of ESPN


Bobcats F Tyrus Thomas suspended without pay for 1 game for flagrant foul against Okafor - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU) has been suspended without pay for Monday's game for a flagrant foul against the Hornets' Emeka Okafor.

Thomas elbowed Okafor in the head and was ejected for a flagrant foul, penalty two, late in the Bobcats' 88-81 loss Saturday. Thomas will miss Charlotte's game at Philadelphia.

The fifth-year player is averaging 11.2 points and 5.9 rebounds off the bench this season.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Anderson likely headed for D-League for rehab by end of week - by Eurobasket News
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that No. 1 draft pick James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) will likely play in the NBAs Developmental League by the end of the week as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right foot.

Popovich said that Andersons rehabilitation will be stepped up this week.

This coming week, hell be going one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, Popovich said. Hell have his first contact and towards the end of the week hell be headed to the D-League.

Popovich said that a projected return to the Spurs lineup likely will come by the end of the month.

Hes a couple of weeks away, Popovich said. According to the pictures, hes healthy. Were going to extend it and make sure.

Anderson has appeared in six games this season, averaging 7.0 points in 17.7 minutes. He made a 3-pointer in each of his first six games, becoming the first player in San Antonio history to accomplish that feat.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.25.7 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.5 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers23.9 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.8 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.3 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.8 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.7 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.3 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.3 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.8 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.5 
 8. Calderon, Toron.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 10. Garnett, Boston C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers2.0 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 31-9 
 2. New York K. 22-18 
 3. Philadelph.76 17-23 
 4. Toronto R. 13-28 
 5. New Jersey N. 10-31 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 28-13 
 2. Indiana P. 16-22 
 3. Detroit P. 15-26 
 4. Milwaukee B. 14-24 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 30-12 
 2. Atlanta H. 27-15 
 3. Orlando M. 26-15 
 4. Charlotte B. 15-24 
 5. Washington W. 12-27 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 27-14 
 2. Oklah.City T. 27-14 
 3. Denver N. 23-17 
 4. Portland TB 22-20 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-32 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 31-12 
 2. Phoenix Suns 18-21 
 3. Golde State W. 17-23 
 4. LA Clippers 15-25 
 5. Sacramento K. 9-30 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 35-6 
 2. Dallas M. 26-14 
 3. N.Orleans H. 26-16 
 4. Memphis G. 19-22 
 5. Houston R. 19-23 


Atlanta Hawks sign Damien Wilkins to a second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Hawks will re-sign guard/forward Damien Wilkins (6'7''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia) to a second 10-day contract, coach Larry Drew said after the game. Wilkins, the nephew of Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins, was originally signed Dec. 3 to fill in for Johnson during his recovery from elbow surgery. Wilkins was then waived Jan. 5 in advance of the Jan. 10 deadline at which point his contract would have been guaranteed for the remainder of the season if he were on the roster.

Wilkins has provided defensive energy and is now playing minutes in the absence of forward Marvin Williams, who is out with a back injury. After the second 10-day contract, the Hawks will either have to re-sign Wilkins for the rest of the season or release him. Drew said the team hasn't made that decision yet.

Courtesy of www.sportando.net


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Christian Standhardinger will play for La Salle University now - by Daniel Poerschke
Christian Standhardinger (203-F-89), who averaged 9.5 points per game in six contests as a sophomore forward for Nebraska this season, has enrolled at La Salle University for the spring semester and is eligible to begin practicing with the team. Standhardinger will be able to play for the Explorers following the conclusion of the fall 2011 semester after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations.

'We will have some turnover in our frontcourt next year and we are thrilled to add a proven, major college player in Christian Standhardinger,' head coach Dr. John Giannini said. 'Christian was one of the most productive scorers and rebounders per minutes played in the Big 12 last year. With another year for personal improvement he should be highly productive for us.

'He is a skilled big man with a lot of energy. He is an ideal fit for us and we are excited about his arrival at La Salle.'

In six games this year, Standhardinger (6-8, 210) was third on the team in scoring while playing 17.7 minutes per game. Prior to this season, Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn cited Standhardinger as one of five sophomores nationally primed with breakout potential.

Last year, the Munich, Germany native averaged averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game to rank fourth on the team in scoring in 16.0 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 25 points and added eight rebounds at Iowa State.

As a high school player in 2008-09, Standhardinger averaged 22.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals over 26 games. He hit 54.7 percent (151-of-276) from the floor, including 40.6 percent (43-of-106) from beyond the arc. The previous year, Standhardinger averaged 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Ehingen while hitting 47.3 percent from the floor.

Standhardinger came to the United States with the Urspringschule in the Arby's Classic in Bristol, Tenn., in the winter of 2007-08. Standhardinger led the team to a fourth-place finish in the tournament and was the only player from his team named to the all-tournament squad.

In the finale of the 2008 U19 German Championship, he scored 37 points and posted 12 rebounds. He also earned top scorer honors at the Europe's Best Junior Tournament in 2007 and was the MVP of the German Top 4 in 2007.

A year earlier while playing for Urspringschule, he scored a career-best 52 points in a contest against Ulm, as he hit 19-of-21 shots in the game. Later that season, he posted a career-high 22 rebounds against Mittlehessen. He averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in his first year at Urspringschule while hitting 53.9 percent from the field and 66.2 percent at the line.

Standhardinger was also a member of the German Junior National Team, where he averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game at the 2007 U18 European Championships.

While Christian was born and raised in Germany, his mother, Elizabeth, is originally from the Philippines, making him one of only a handful of Division I basketball players of Filipino heritage.

source: http://www.goexplorers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/011811aaa.html



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BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.7 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.8 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Kombat, Froya22.8 
 5. Karlsen, Asker22.1 
 6. Bullock, Gimle21.9 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud21.5 
 8. January, Tromso20.8 
 9. Gabrans, Froya19.1 
 10. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.5 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken11.9 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.4 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.7 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.9 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.1 
 8. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 9. January, Tromso7.7 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bullock, Gimle5.0 
 2. Gabrans, Froya4.9 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.2 
 5. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 6. Ouakkaha, Ulriken4.0 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso3.9 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.8 
 9. Timus, Tromso3.5 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.8 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.4 
 3. Hinsch, Asker2.2 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.2 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken2.2 
 6. Russell, Kristiansand1.8 
 7. Mahnin, Asker1.8 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Timus, Tromso1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.6 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 4. January, Tromso1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 7. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.8 
 9. Ndiaye, Gimle0.6 
 10. Muren, Asker0.5 


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  PBL   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Vermont FH
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Williams, Vermo.22.0 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.21.0 
 3. Crouch, Rocheste.19.0 
 4. Mitchell, Halifax R.19.0 
 5. Jones, Kentucky S.18.3 
 6. Brown, Quebec K.17.8 
 7. Rice, Vermont FH17.3 
 8. Parran, Quebec K.16.8 
 9. Anderson, Saint J.16.3 
 10. George, Dayton A.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Crookshank, Halif.12.7 
 2. DeMasi, Vermont FH10.3 
 3. Williams, Vermo.8.5 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.3 
 5. Jones, Kentucky S.7.8 
 6. Brown, Quebec K.7.3 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.7.0 
 8. Austin, Vermont FH7.0 
 9. Walton, Rocheste.7.0 
 10. Logan, Kentucky S.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Rice, Vermont FH8.8 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.7.0 
 3. Acker, Quebec K.5.8 
 4. Parran, Quebec K.5.5 
 5. Brown, Quebec K.4.5 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.4.3 
 7. Fountain, Lawton F.4.3 
 8. Bowden, Lawton F.4.3 
 9. Daniels, Lawton F.4.0 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Brown, Quebec K.3.3 
 2. Rice, Vermont FH2.8 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.7 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.2.3 
 5. Parran, Quebec K.2.3 
 6. Gilchrese, Saint J.2.0 
 7. Egerson, Saint J.2.0 
 8. Voskuil, Halifax R.2.0 
 9. Taylor, Dayton A.1.8 
 10. Taylor, Kentucky S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joshua DOLLARD
  Halifax R.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dollard, Halifax R.1.7 
 2. Carter, Rocheste.1.3 
 3. DeMasi, Vermont FH1.3 
 4. Crookshank, Halif.1.0 
 5. Callier, Quebec K.1.0 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.0 
 7. Thomas, Lawton F.1.0 
 8. DeLuca, Saint J.1.0 
 9. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.0 
 10. Farley, Rocheste.1.0 


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  POLAND   


Michalak number one in Polish 1Liga for round 17 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Michal Michalak (194-G-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Polonia 2011 Warszawa, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 17-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat AZS Szczecin (#11, 5-10) 84-76. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Polonia 2011 is placed at 15th position in Polish 1Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Michalak had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Polonia 2011's top player in his first season with the team. Michal Michalak has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.9ppg) and averages impressive 3.4spg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (191-G-91, agency: Promotex) of Znicz Basket. Szumelda-Krzycki had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Znicz Basket lost that game 65-84 to the higher-ranked LKS Lodz (#6, 10-6). This loss caused Znicz Basket to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Szumelda-Krzycki is a newcomer at Znicz Basket, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-F-80, agency: Promotex) of Start Lublin (#16). Luszczewski scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Luszczewski's great performance Start Lublin lost 63-92 to the higher-ranked Tempcold AZS (#1, 13-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Start Lublin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-12 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Luszczewski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Luszczewski has a very solid season. In 11 games in Poland he scored 8.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) of Sokol Lancut - 15 points and 9 rebounds
5. Jakub Dluski (200-F-87) of LKS Lodz - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) of ISS Sportino - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Marcel Wilczek (200-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jerzy Koszuta (191-F-82) of Spojnia - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Artur Donigiewicz (185-G-84) of Rosasport - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Pawel Wiekiera (206-F-78) of Rosasport - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Patrick Okafor leaves Poznan for Rouen - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) has left PBG Poznan. The 31-year-old forward is going to continue his career in France. He has agreed on terms of contract with ProB side Rouen. Patrick Okafor joined PBG Poznan at the start of the season. He averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in PLK. Patrick Okafor once tried in France. He was tested by Evreux Basket in 2006/07 season but did not sign a deal.


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One Half Of The Season Down, One More To Go. - by Nate Bowie
As the first half of the season is in the books, the second half of the season is near. We ended the first half of the season currently tied for sixth place with Povoa. I would sum up or first half of the season as a rollercoaster ride. Being the most dangerous team in the league, we are started to finally come together as a team and have our full roster play together, which is a very good thing. I would say that the first half of the season ended in a success, giving most of the thanks to my coach (Rui Fonseca) for keeping us focus when we needed it, and also telling us that we could beat any team any night if we focus and play our game. But success can not be done with out mentioning my teammates, starting with our core in the center Durrell Nevels, dazzling the crowd with his defensive stops and dunks. Next Alvaro Pontes who has took his game to the next level by doing whatever it takes to help us win. Frederico Tavares, our pure sharp shooter but also at times showing that he is also a defensive presents. But lastly our big guy Diogo Goncalves giving us that extra lift at times, hitting crucial 3's. Having a solid first half of the season could of not been accomplish without these people and also sponsors. We ended the first half of the season with a BANG! Beating our Island Rivals Angra Basket (tied 4th/5th place) for the last round. The atmosphere was crazy as you look up in the stands and see fans fill up the stadium wearing their green and black shirts or their blue and red scarfs around their necks. As emotions were high just as inticipated , the game was an up and down battle, filled with upper cuts and jabs only leaving the strong to survive at the end. Giving us the victory in OT with a score of 115 to 111. I would say Terceira Basket and Angra Basket gave the fans and media a night to remember, and I would like to applaud both teams in our efforts.
Ending the 1st half of the season with high hopes and ambitions to continue or success, I look forward to taking my game to the next level as well. Ending the 1st half with being first in points (26.5), fifth in assist (4.9), and fourth in steals with (2.6). The Sky is the limit.
We continue to get better and continue hardnose practice this week getting ready to play in the Portugal Cup against Academica this weekend. Being the underdog is always the best feeling especially when you surprise the opponent. Practice is a key to the next round and half of the seasons success, and im looking forward to making this happen.
Im looking forward to keeping everybody updated in our upcoming matches and round. Thank you
We must remember that 'Success Is A Word The Lazy Uses To Describe The Dedicated.' XAU.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


BK Ventspils destroy Lisboa e Benfica in Group K opener - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Lisboa e Benfica 100:65

BK Ventspils destroy Lisboa e Benfica in Group K opener of EuroChallenge. Trailing 4 points after the first 10 minutes, the Baltic side pushed the tempo for good to win the encounter.
The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. The Portuguese team grabbed 31:27 after the first quarter. but was smashed later in the game. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) tied it at 34;34 and Gulbis gave already 46:36 lead for the hosts. After 23-10 in the period, the Latvia team took 50:41 advantage. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) stemmed the flow and helped BK Ventspils to increase to 59:44 in the third period, while Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) closed it at 73:39. In the last quarter the Latvian team controlled the game and reached three digits number.
Ingus Bankevics paced all the winners with 26 points, while Janis Strelnieks collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) netted 12 and Anderson followed them with 11 points. Gregory Jenkins responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 13, whilst Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) produced 12.

BK Ventspils: Ingus Bankevics 26, Janis Strelnieks 14+10 rebs, Saulius Kuzminskas 12, Anderson 11
Lisboa e Benfica: Gregory Jenkins 16, Elvis Evora 13, Heshimu Evans 12



James Robert joins Lusitania Expert - by Joao Santos
Lusitania has been taken by injury problem, which sent Marcel Momplasir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island) (9.1 ppg and 8.8rpg) to surgery.
James Robert (203-F/C-86, college: Dowling) , who last season played in Illiabum is his replacement.
James Robert (203-F/C-86, college: Dowling) will join the recent signings of the Lusitania Expert Charles Little and Rick Cardoso, and will have the option to coach Nuno Barroso at the next round.


Diamantino number one in Portuguese Proliga for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Joao Diamantino (201-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maia Basket Clube, receiving a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Electrico FC (#9, 4-7) 80-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . Maia Basket maintains the 10th position in Portuguese Proliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Diamantino had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Maia Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Joao Diamantino averages this season 13.0ppg and 8.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket. Bowie had a very good evening with 44 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Terceira Basket to edge the higher-ranked Angra (#4, 8-3) in overtime 115-111. This victory allowed Terceira Basket to move up to 7th position in Round 9. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Bowie is a newcomer at Terceira Basket, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.5ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.3rpg and 4.9apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark (#4). Mack showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Mack's great performance Angra lost 111-115in overtime to the lower-ranked Terceira Basket (#7, 5-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Angra needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Round 9. Their record is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Mack has a great season in Portugal. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (4th best). He also has 3.4spg and FGP: 50.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Galitos FC - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Alvaro Pontes (190-F-85) of Terceira Basket - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eneyde Ferreira (196-F/C-90) of Seixal - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tiago Magalhaes (192-F-76) of Seixal - 9 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Durrell Nevels (198-F/C-86) of Terceira Basket - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Galitos FC - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 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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Puerto Rico comes from behind for Win - by Luis Ramirez
In the second game of the night it was Arecibo Captains against the Cocodrilos de Caracas. The starting five for Puerto Rico were Danilo Pinnock, Bobby Joe Hatton, Larry Ayuso, Larry Turner and Daniel Santiago. It was Pinnock who scored the first points for Puerto Rico. Venezuela scored 9 unanswered points to take command of the game early in the quarter. It was Larry Ayuso who put a stop to this with a 3 pointer to make the score 9-5 with 6:14 to go in the quarter. Venezuela was leading 15-7 with 3:30 to go in the quarter. Venezuela had taken a 12 point lead but Puerto Rico was able to cut the lead to 6 points 20-14 with less than a minute to go in the quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, Venezuela kept the pressure on and was leading by 10 points 30-20 with 6:28 left in the half. Puerto Rico seemed out of sync and Venezuela took advantage of this, the lead was 12 points 34-22 with 4:18 to go in the half. The half ended 46-36 with Venezuela in the lead.

In the 3rd quarter, Puerto Rico opened up with a 7-0 run to cut the lead 46-43. It was Antonio Latimer with a 3 pointer that brought Puerto Rico within 2 points 50-48 with 5:26 to go in the quarter. With 2:51 left in the quarter Venezuela had taken a 6 point lead 54-48. The quarter ended 60-54 in favor of Venezuela.

In the 4th quarter, Venezuela had taken a 10 point lead and with a thunderous dunk from Danilo Pinnock the crowd seemed to come alive, seconds later Pinnock was called for a charge and once again the Venezuelan team silenced the crowd, the score was 68-57 with 7:45 left in the game. Consecutive baskets by Puerto Rico trimmed the lead to just 1 point 68-67. Venezuela immediately called for a timeout with 6:04 on the clock. Puerto Rico took the lead69-68 with a layup from Danilo Pinnock. Larry Ayuso followed up with a 3 pointer to put the score 72-68. Venezuela fought back and tied the score at 72 points with 3:44 left in the game. Rafael Cruz scored 2 free throws to put Puerto Rico back in the lead 76-74 with 3 minutes left. Ayuso followed up with a field goal to put Puerto Rico up by 4 points 80-76 with 1:23 to go. Larry Ayuso made one of two free throws to put Puerto Rico up by 5 points 82-77 with seconds left in the game. The final score was 84-79.

For Puerto Rico, Larry Ayuso scored 22 points followed by Danilo Pinnock with 21 points.

For Venezuela, Tayron Thomas scored 20 points followed by Luis Bethelmy with 17 points.



Mexico draws first blood at FIBA Americas Group D - by Luis Ramirez
The opening round of Group D of the FIBA Americas League saw Sionista of Argentina against Halcones Rojos of Mexico. The Mexican team is coached by Manolo Cintron who was the Puerto Rico National Team head coach and was recently replaced by NCAA Coach Rick Pitino. The game was marked by runs by both teams, and it was Mexico who took the lead halfway thru the game but Argentina battled back to just 1 point 68-67 with 6:03 to play in the game. A 3 pointer from Juan Locatelli put Argentina in front 70-68 with 5:48 to play. Mexico tied the game at 70 points with a shot made by Jose Lloreda with 5:09 to go. The game was nip and tuck and Carlos Rivera went up for a layup to win the game but missed the shot. The game went into overtime. In this period, Paul Stoll came up big for Mexico as he drained a 3 pointer and came up with 3 crucial rebounds. A pair of free throws sealed the victory for Mexico 92-88.

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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.6 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.8 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.19.6 
 4. Wohlleb, Craiova18.8 
 5. Scott, Otopeni18.8 
 6. Vujacic, Pitesti18.3 
 7. Darby, Rovinari18.2 
 8. Tomic, CSM B.17.6 
 9. Seals, CSU Sibiu16.9 
 10. Nicoara, Gaz Metan16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Simms, Craiova11.6 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan11.1 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.8 
 4. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.5 
 5. Forte, Mures9.2 
 6. Coleman, Miercurea8.9 
 7. Mladenovic, Mures8.1 
 8. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.1 
 9. Scott, Otopeni7.9 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  Timisoara
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 2. Cooley, Mures6.9 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.7 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 7. Gennie, Pitesti4.6 
 8. Maric, Oradea4.4 
 9. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.3 
 10. Tucker, Miercurea3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Adrian BLIDARU
  Ploiesti
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.6 
 2. Gennie, Pitesti2.6 
 3. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 4. Paliciuc, Brasov2.6 
 5. Dawson, Polite.2.5 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 7. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 8. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.4 
 9. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 10. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.2 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.9 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.2 
 8. Dumitru, Mures1.1 
 9. Anghel, Polite.1.1 
 10. Miskovic, Timisoara1.0 


Krstanovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for U.Mobitel.CN and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Pitesti (#9, 8-8) 92-85. U.Mobitel.CN maintains the 3rd position in Romanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. U.Mobitel.CN will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Krstanovic has many years of experience at U.Mobitel.CN, through which he has constantly improved. Krstanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 55.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was LeRoy Dawson (188-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Politehnica Iasi. He is American guard in his first season at Politehnica Iasi. In the last game Dawson recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Politehnica Iasi to edge slightly higher-ranked Craiova (#13, 5-11) by 4 points 94-90. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Politehnica Iasi keeps 14th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Politehnica Iasi managed to get this year. Dawson is a newcomer at Politehnica Iasi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.6rpg and 3.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Kenneth Simms (203-C) of SCM CSU Craiova (#13). Simms scored 22 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Simms' great performance Craiova lost 90-94 to slightly lower-ranked Politehnica Iasi (#14, 3-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Craiova not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simms could try to bring Craiova's a little bit higher in the standings. Simms has individually a great season in Romania. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83) of Politehnica Iasi - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77) of Ploiesti - 29 points and 7 rebounds
6. Deven Mitchell (196-F-84) of Gaz Metan - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Casey Wohlleb (201-G-86) of Craiova - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Mures - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of CSM Bucuresti - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) of Gaz Metan - 18 points and 6 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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Spartak Saint-Petersburg got their EuroChallenge Group I campaign off to a successful start - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Barak Netanya 73:70

Spartak Saint-Petersburg got their EuroChallenge Group I campaign off to a successful start after a thriller over Barak Netanya. The Russian team grabbed 73:70 win in the dying seconds even having 8-points deficit in the last quarter.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Spartak took 18-13 lead after the first period as Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) closed the quarter with a jump shot. The teams traded baskets up to the end of the half as Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) reduced it to 33:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the hosts managed to get 24-18 spurt and grabbed 57:48 after 30 minutes. Israeli team created an 8-0 run in the start of the fourth frame and came to 59:56 margin. Moreover Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) cut it to 72:70, but Henry Domercant made the last free throw for the final success.
Henry Domercant top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 15. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) ended up with 12 points in the loisng effort, while Aleksey Kotishevskiy (196-F/G-85) and Popovic brought 9 apiece. Tony Washam delivered 23 points in defeat, but missed important free throws and the last three-pointer. Romeo Travis notched 16, whilst Brown had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Spartak: Henry Domercant 16, Pero Antic 15, Miha Zupan 12, Aleksey Kotishevskiy 9, Popovic 9
Barak Netanya: Tony Washam 23, Romeo Travis 16, Brown 13+9 rebs




Unics narrowly defeat Gran Canaria in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Gran Canaria 2014 67:64

Unics victoriously opened the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off Gran Canaria in Group I opener. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) came off the bench to score 16 points in the victory.
It was a tough battle of two well-matched teams. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) allowed Gran Canaria to open the game confidently. The Spanish team led for some time throughout the opening stanza but Unics tied the score at 16 at the first break. Jaycee Carroll continued to deliver for the visitors as they posted a 32:28 halftime advantage. But Unics improved their performance after the long break. They adjusted their defense to limit Gran Canaria to 12 points in the period. The hosts narrowed the margin to a single point with ten minutes remaining. Unics eventually pulled in front and sneaked past Gran Canaria in tense last minutes. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 12 points each and teamed up for 14 rebounds in the victory. Jaycee Carroll paced Gran Canaria with game-high 22 points. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) finished with 9 points in defeat.

Unics: Ricky Minard 16, Hasan Rizvic 12, Maciej Lampe 12
Gran Canaria 2014: Jaycee Carroll 22, Judson Wallace 9



Massey, Chalmers and Tucker led Lokomotiv over Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-BC Zadar 87:69

Lokomotiv Kuban edged BC Zadar 87:69 at the start of Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian squad improved to 1-0 record to share the top with BC Oostende.
The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. Lokomotiv Kuban however pushed the tempo late in the period to take 25:15. Moreover Lokomotiv added an 11-0 run for 36:25 advantage early in the second. BC Zadar responded with 7-0 run in the end of the half to trail 28:43 at the halftime.
In the third period Kuban continued to extend their lead thanks to some highly impressive outside shooting from Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier). His three-pointer gave the hosts 54:36 and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) made it 60:42. Sheleketo opened the last frame for 64:46 and Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami (OH)) reduced a bit to 67:54. Toporov and Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) made the last free throws in the game for the winners that enjoyed 87:69 win.
Jeremiah Massey, Lionel Chalmers and Alando Tucker top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Chester Mason scored 13 and Miro Bilan (212-F-89) added 11.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 14, Lionel Chalmers 14, Alando Tucker 14
BC Zadar: Pavle Marcinkovic 14, Chester Mason 13, Miro Bilan 11



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  SERBIA   


Partizan wants to return Vule Adalovic - by Eurobasket News
According to Serbian media, Partizan Belgrade wants to return their former player Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket). Reportedly, the Serbian powerhouse already contacted Cholet in order to secure his service. It remains to be seen will they make a deal or not.
Vule Avdalovic joined Cholet last summer from the Spanish Meridiano Alicante. He appeared in 10 Euroleague games this season collecting 8.5 ppg, 3.6 apg and 1.8 rpg. Cholet was close to reach the Top16, but they didn't make it at the end. In ProA, Avdalovic had 10.1 ppg, 3 apg and 1.6 rpg in 14 games. The reigning French champion already won the SuperCup this season.
Vule Avdalovic was a member of Partizan Belgrade from 1998 to 2005. He left them for Pamesa Valencia, where he stayed four years. From 2003 to 2006, Avdalovic played for the Serbian National Team.


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Corey Hallett: Life in Slovakia - by Corey Hallett
Hello Eurobasket. I would like to welcome you to my blog and hope that I can provide some insight into life as a professional hooper over here in Slovakia. This is my first year here, having played the last three years in Austria ( with a short stop in Hungary and New Zealand) and overall things have been going ok. We had a very rough start to the year, with alot of player movement and coaching changes but I now think we have the right pieces to the puzzle. We have started to dig ourselves out of the hole we were in and hope to be into playoff postion come the end of March.
Life in Slovakia is not that bad and the fans here in BC Prievidza are some of the best I have played in front of. They really get into the game and provide us with a huge homecourt advantage. Off the court it is a mid sized city with everything you need. Of course it is not as economically advanced as Austria but Slovakia is much better than people outside of the country give it credit for. I have a million and one stories I could tell about my time here but somethings are better left untold for the time being. I choose to only focus on the positive and rid my mnd of all negative thoughts as much as I can.
We got a huge two weeks coming up, if we go on a little run we can be right where we want to be and take some pressure off ourselves. I promise to update often and if you want to check out some previous blog entries from a blog I put up for my family and friends back home go to coreyhallett.blogspot.com. If anyone got any questions feel feel to contact me via coreyhallett@gmail.com, Until next time .......

Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, college: Monmouth) is a Candian pro player actually in Slovakia with BC Prievidza


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Krka prove the successful debut season in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Krka-Dexia Mons-Hainaut 85:77

Krka prove the successful debut season in EuroChallenge as they won the sixth straight game. Novo Mesto saw 85:77 win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the Group J opener.
Krka were always struggling to keep check of the guests in the first quarter, but they managed to trail one point after 10 minutes. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) gave the Belgian team 27:22 lead and Nivins scored for 42:34. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) nailed three to close the half at 42:39. In the third quarter the Slovenian team played better and staryed in front for the majority of it. Taylor however brought last 5 points for the guests to tie it all at 57:57. Only trailing 60:61 early in the fourth, the hosts started to take control of the game. Drobnjak scored for 69:63 and Dusan Djordjevic closed the run at 75:63. Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) was the last to score in the game but it was not enough for his team's win.
Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Dusan Djordjevic and Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) brought 18 apiece. Marcus Hatten answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Taylor added 15. Alexandre Libert netted 12, while van Paassen scored 8.

Krka: Goran Ikonic 21, Dusan Djordjevic 18, Zoran Dragic 18
Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Marcus Hatten 26, Taylor 15, Alexandre Libert 12, van Paassen 8




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Estudiantes overcome Nymburk in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Nymburk 89:80

Estudiantes opened EuroCup Last 16 round with victory. They held off Nymburk for 1-0 record in Group K. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) knocked down 20 points to pace the hosts.
The teams got to a flying start. They traded baskets eagerly and stayed close. Estudiantes proved more accurate as they registered a 29:25 lead after ten minutes of action. Estudiantes cleared off in the second term but just before a 6:0 run from the Czech champions that Nymburk as close as a single point. Nymburk finally drew things level at 47 heading into the locker rooms. The teams slowed down in the third term. Estudiantes managed to take control as they entered the final stanza up by five points 69:64. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) sparked a 5:0 run from the home team as they enlarged the gap. Nymburk narrowed the deficit at only two-point mark with under two minutes remaining but Sergio Sanchez came up with a timely three-pointer to silence the visitors. Daniel Clark netted 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for Estudiantes. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) had 14 points in the win. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points each for Nymburk. Chester Simmons notched 16 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Josh Asselin 20, Daniel Clark 15, Nik Caner-Medley 14
Nymburk: Pavel Pumprla 15, Petr Benda 15



Unics narrowly defeat Gran Canaria in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Gran Canaria 2014 67:64

Unics victoriously opened the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off Gran Canaria in Group I opener. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) came off the bench to score 16 points in the victory.
It was a tough battle of two well-matched teams. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) allowed Gran Canaria to open the game confidently. The Spanish team led for some time throughout the opening stanza but Unics tied the score at 16 at the first break. Jaycee Carroll continued to deliver for the visitors as they posted a 32:28 halftime advantage. But Unics improved their performance after the long break. They adjusted their defense to limit Gran Canaria to 12 points in the period. The hosts narrowed the margin to a single point with ten minutes remaining. Unics eventually pulled in front and sneaked past Gran Canaria in tense last minutes. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 12 points each and teamed up for 14 rebounds in the victory. Jaycee Carroll paced Gran Canaria with game-high 22 points. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) finished with 9 points in defeat.

Unics: Ricky Minard 16, Hasan Rizvic 12, Maciej Lampe 12
Gran Canaria 2014: Jaycee Carroll 22, Judson Wallace 9



Mirza Begic pens deal with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid seriously bolstered their frontcourt. The Madrid powerhouse signed a deal with Mirza Begic (216-C-85). The contract is meant through 2012/13 season. Mirza Begic started the season in Zalgiris Kaunas. The centre averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per Euroleague game. In VTB League his stats read 7.0 points, 3.5 boards and 2.8 blocks per appearance. In LKL Mirza Begic produced 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots. He however left the Kaunas outfit in December citing the payments problem as the reason. Mirza Begic moved to Zalgiris from Olimpija Ljubljana. Previously the centre had stints with Geoplin Slovan, Bologna, Zadar and Triglav Kranj. Mirza Begic used to play for U18 and U20 Slovenian selections.



Cajasol survive overtime to edge Panellinios - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Cajasol 82:87 (OT)

Cajasol registered the first win at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Spaniards outscored Panellinios in overtime to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) knocked down 23 points to pace Cajasol.
Louis Bullock was pivotal in the first half. The guard unloaded 14 points in the opening twenty minutes to set the tone. Cajasol led by as many as 5 points at the first break. Cajasol cleared off to a 10-point distance in the second period but the hosts used a 6:0 run to narrow the gap at 7 points 38:45 at halftime. Panellinios went on a comeback rally in the third term. The Hellenes cut the deficit at a single point 56:57 at the final break. Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84, agency: FCM) scored five points in a row to level things up at 65 midway through the final stanza. Samo Udrih finally put Panellinios in front 68:65 but Louis Bullock and Satoransky knotted things up at 70. Louis Bullock scored quick five points in the extra period as Cajasol spurred in charge for good. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 16 points and collected 7 rebounds for Cajasol. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) notched 14 points in the victory. Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) answered with 16 points and 10 caroms for Panellinios. Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) had 15 points in the loss.

Panellinios: Torin Francis 16+10 boards, Vangelis Sklavos 15
Cajasol: Louis Bullock 23, Mindaugas Katelynas 16, Paul Davis 14



Chus Mateo is the new head coach of Unicaja Malaga - by Xisco Carots
Unicaja Malaga announced on Tuesday that Jesus Mateo , 42, will be the one taking the reins at the team until the end of the season after the waiving of Garcia Aito Reneses . Mateo was an assistant coach at Fuenlabrada of the Spanish League and was also the assistant of Sergio Scariolo at the Spanish national team. He had been in Unicaja Malaga also assisiting Scariolo during the stint of the Italian coach in Malaga. Mateo was formed in the Real Madrid inferior categories and arrived in Malaga in 2004 to help Scariolo, as they had been already together in Real Madrid. They won the 2005 Spanish King's Cup together and also won the 2006 Spanish League. He then moved to CAI Zaragoza of the second division to become a head coach but was waived in the middle of the season. Since then, he has been in Fuenlabrada. Mateo will make his debut at the Unicaja Malaga bench in the first Top 16 game to be played Thursday against Caja Laboral in Malaga.

Courtesy of Euroleague.net


Caja Laboral extends Pape Sow for another month - by Eurobasket News
Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) got another one-month deal with Caja Laboral. The reigning Spanish champion is satisfied with his performance and decided to keep the player.
Pape Sow joined Caja Laboral in December for his first short-term deal. He appeared six times in ACB averaging 4.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. In Euroleague, Sow played one game collecting 13 points and 5 boards. Pape Sow started the season with Meridiano Alicante, where he spent second half of 2009/10 as well. Before that, the Senegalese big guy was a member of Asseco Prokom. Sow also has experience from AJ Milano, Rieti and Toronto Raptors.
Pape Sow is active member of the Senegalese National Team. At the AfroBasket 2009 in Libya he had 6.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.8 spg.


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Woodside poured in 23 in a home win over the Dolphins - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-Norrkoping Dolphins 75:65

Trailing in the whole first half, BCM Gravelines Dunkerque needed a massive second to win over Norrkoping Dolphins. The French side started their EuroChallenge Last 16 with the win over Scandinavian team 75:65.
The hosts had a nightmare first half and were steamrollered as the Dolphins won both first periods. After 22-21 in the first period they added 25-19 in the second. In the third period BCM Gravelines Dunkerque worked really hard and outscored the guests heavily which was not surprising with the home defence 15-5. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) drove a laypup to close the third frame at 55:52. Another 20-13 in the last quarter allowed the French team to taste the win.
Ben Woodside poured in 23 points and Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) nailed 10, while Johnson scored 9. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) finished the night with 12 points in defeat and Sara Saks (186-F/C-87) as well as Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 apiece. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) followed them all with 10 points.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 23, Cyril Akpomedah 15+12 rebs, Yannick Bokolo 10, Johnson 9
Norrkoping Dolphins: George Gervin 12, Sara Saks 11, Mikael Lindqvist 11, Andrew Mitchell 10



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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.3 
 2. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.21.5 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.20.4 
 4. Reid, Monthey20.4 
 5. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 6. Popovich, SAV V.19.9 
 7. Brown, Starwings19.9 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon18.7 
 9. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
 10. Yates, Starwings18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon13.6 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Reid, Monthey9.6 
 5. Thompson, Starw.9.5 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt9.1 
 7. Yates, Monthey8.6 
 8. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.5 
 9. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.3 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.8 
 2. Glover, Boncourt5.9 
 3. Brown, Starwings4.6 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.5 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.5 
 6. Hollins, Starwings4.3 
 7. Buscaglia, Fribourg4.2 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 9. Sharper, Monthey4.1 
 10. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.4 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.4 
 3. Angley, Lugano T.2.9 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 5. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.7 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 7. Reid, Monthey2.4 
 8. Sharper, Monthey2.4 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.1 
 10. Hawkins, SAM M.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.5 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.4 
 3. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 4. Thompson, Starw.1.6 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.6 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.1.2 
 8. Moris, Monthey1.2 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 
 10. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Bernex 14-2 
 2. Neuchatel 13-2 
 3. Vevey 12-4 
 4. Momo Basket 9-5 
 5. Martigny 7-8 
 6. Pully 7-9 
 7. Swiss Central 6-9 
 8. Chene 6-9 
 9. DDV Lugano 6-10 
 10. Villars 6-10 
 11. Bern 5-9 
 12. Vernier 5-9 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 3-13 


LNA Round 16: Lugano Tigers defeat Fribourg in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Fribourg (11-5) gave a tough game to first ranked Lugano Tigers (15-1) on Saturday. Lugano Tigers managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. Fribourg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Lugano Tigers has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Fribourg at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Geneve Lions. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face Monthey (#5) on the road in the next round. Fribourg will play against Geneve Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked SAV Vacallo (10-6) against fifth ranked Monthey (10-6) on Saturday night. Host SAV Vacallo was defeated by Monthey in Chiasso 76-66. The winners were led by American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and John Sharper supported him with 22 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) did not help to save the game for SAV Vacallo. Monthey have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated SAV Vacallo. Monthey will play against league's leader Lugano Tigers at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. SAV Vacallo will play against BBC Nyon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Boncourt was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Geneve Lions (11-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Boncourt (7-9). Geneve Lions managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65 on Saturday. Babacar Toure fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Nicolas Dos Santos produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Geneve Lions have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Fribourg. Loser Boncourt keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Starwings. Geneve Lions will meet league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boncourt will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 16 Starwings won against BBC Nyon on the opponent's court 76-66.


Boncourt - Geneve Lions 65-73

The game in Boncourt was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Geneve Lions (11-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Boncourt (7-9). Geneve Lions managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 47-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Boncourt's 30. They outrebounded Boncourt 45-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Congolese forward Max Kouguere (198-87) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. International center Nicolas Dos Santos (200-87) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Shorown Glover (180-87) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Boncourt players scored in double figures. Geneve Lions have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Fribourg. Loser Boncourt keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Starwings. Geneve Lions will meet league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boncourt will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: N.Dos Santos 18+9reb+3ast, S.Glover 17+5reb+3ast, D.Tshomba 16+5reb+3ast, R.Schwaiger 10+1reb+1ast, T.Gugino 4+5reb+4ast, C.Boesch 0
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 23+13reb+1ast, K.Thomas 15+5reb+3ast, M.Kouguere 13+8reb+7ast, J.Almanson 9+6reb+1ast, J.Jaunin 6+1reb+3ast, M.Sloan 4+10reb
gschID: 103699


SAV Vacallo - Monthey 66-76

Very important is a home loss of third ranked SAV Vacallo (10-6) against fifth ranked Monthey (10-6) on Saturday night. Host SAV Vacallo was defeated by Monthey in Chiasso 76-66. It looked good early as SAV Vacallo took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Monthey had a 25-15 second period charge getting the lead and SAV Vacallo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-76. Monthey forced 19 SAV Vacallo turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 22 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) did not help to save the game for SAV Vacallo. Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Monthey have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated SAV Vacallo. Monthey will play against league's leader Lugano Tigers at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. SAV Vacallo will play against BBC Nyon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: R.Gibson 17+8reb+3ast, M.Mihajlovic 15+5reb+2ast, S.Smiljanic 9+1ast, P.Badji 8+9reb+1ast, R.Kovac 5+1reb+2ast, N.Dacevic 5
Monthey: J.Sharper 22+2reb+8ast, A.Reid 19+12reb+2ast, R.Yates 15+7reb+2ast, C.Mafuta 11+5reb+1ast, S.Moris 5+9reb+2ast, W.Molteni 2+2reb
gschID: 103700


Lugano Tigers - Fribourg 83-82

Second-ranked Fribourg (11-5) gave a tough game to first ranked Lugano Tigers (15-1) on Saturday. Lugano Tigers managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. Fribourg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Yuanta Holland (202-78, college: Dayton) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Lugano Tigers and five Fribourg players scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Fribourg at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Geneve Lions. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face Monthey (#5) on the road in the next round. Fribourg will play against Geneve Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: D.Esterkamp 15+8reb+5ast, O.Vogt 15+6reb+2ast, V.Buscaglia 13+3reb+7ast, S.Smith 13+6reb, Y.Holland 11+8reb+5ast, J.Kazadi 9+2reb+1ast
Lugano Tigers: M.Efevberha 17+6reb+1ast, D.Mladjan 16+5reb+2ast, E.Draughan 13+2reb+2ast, M.Abukar 12+4reb+2ast, M.Schneiderman 8+4reb, S.Finn 8
gschID: 103701


BBC Nyon - Starwings 66-76

Rather expected game when 9th ranked BBC Nyon (2-14) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Starwings (7-9) 76-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Starwings. BBC Nyon managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Starwings forced 20 BBC Nyon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BBC Nyon's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Chad Byron (188-87, college: Cumberlands) produced 31 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and center Cruz Daniels (211-85, college: High Point) added 9 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks respectively for lost side. Starwings moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boncourt. BBC Nyon lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Starwings will meet SAM Massagno (#8) on the road in the next round. BBC Nyon will play against SAV Vacallo in Chiasso and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BBC Nyon: C.Byron 31+7reb+2ast, L.Hunte 10+5reb+2ast, J.Senderos 9+1reb+1ast, C.Daniels 9+14reb+4ast, J.Meylan 3+2reb+1ast, L.Vallotton 2+1ast
Starwings: T.Brown 16+5reb+6ast, A.Thompson 16+9reb+3ast, M.Petkovic 11+4reb+8ast, T.McCrory 9+5reb+2ast, R.Albrecht 9+2reb, V.Hollins 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 103702




LNB Round 17: Martigny beats Swiss Central in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Swiss Central (#7) forced the game against Martigny (#6) into an overtime, but lost by three points 87-90 on Sunday night. The game took place in Luzern. But the guests from Martigny were better at the end. Martigny (7-8) moved-up to fifth place. Swiss Central lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Chene. Martigny are looking forward to face Pully (#6) at home in the next round. Swiss Central will play against DDV Lugano in Davesco-Soragno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Bernex delivered the fourteenth win. This time they beat 5th ranked Pully (7-9) 66-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pully. Bernex (14-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Pully at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Bernex will play against Villars (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pully will play against Martigny (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Davesco-Soragno was quite interesting. Third ranked Vevey (12-4) played at the court of 8th ranked DDV Lugano (6-10). Vevey did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-69 on Saturday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Vevey. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Bernex. DDV Lugano lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Villars. Vevey will meet at home Chene (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DDV Lugano will play against Swiss Central in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Villars, where 9th ranked Villars (6-10) lost at home to twelfth ranked Chene (6-9) 60-72. Chene moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Swiss Central. Villars at the other side keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Chene's next round opponent will be higher ranked Vevey (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villars will play against the league's leader Bernex (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Grand-Lancy. Local Vernier (5-9) was outscored by second ranked Neuchatel (13-2) 91-56 on Saturday night. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Neuchatel. They maintain second place with 13-2 record behind leader Bernex. Vernier lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Neuchatel will face Bern (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vernier will play against Academie Fribourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 bottom-ranked Acad.Fribourg was crushed by Momo Basket in Chiasso 84-63.



Pully - Bernex 58-66

Leader Bernex delivered the fourteenth win. This time they beat 5th ranked Pully (7-9) 66-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pully. Bernex (14-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Pully at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Bernex will play against Villars (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pully will play against Martigny (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107558


Swiss Central - Martigny 87-90 OT

Swiss Central (#7) forced the game against Martigny (#6) into an overtime, but lost by three points 87-90 on Sunday night. The game took place in Luzern. But the guests from Martigny were better at the end. Martigny (7-8) moved-up to fifth place. Swiss Central lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Chene. Martigny are looking forward to face Pully (#6) at home in the next round. Swiss Central will play against DDV Lugano in Davesco-Soragno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107559


Momo Basket - Acad.Fribourg 84-63

There was no surprise in Chiasso where 13th ranked Academie Fribourg (3-13) was crushed by fourth ranked Momo Basket (9-5) 84-63 on Saturday. Newly promoted Momo Basket maintains fourth place with 9-5 record. Academie Fribourg lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Momo Basket will have a break next round. Academie Fribourg will play at home against Vernier (#12) in Grand-Lancy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107555


Vernier - Neuchatel 56-91

The game with biggest result difference took place in Grand-Lancy. Local Vernier (5-9) was outscored by second ranked Neuchatel (13-2) 91-56 on Saturday night. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Neuchatel. They maintain second place with 13-2 record behind leader Bernex. Vernier lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Neuchatel will face Bern (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vernier will play against Academie Fribourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107556


Villars - Chene 60-72

We should mention about the upset which took place in Villars, where 9th ranked Villars (6-10) lost at home to twelfth ranked Chene (6-9) 60-72. Chene moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Swiss Central. Villars at the other side keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Chene's next round opponent will be higher ranked Vevey (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villars will play against the league's leader Bernex (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 107557


DDV Lugano - Vevey 69-88

The game in Davesco-Soragno was quite interesting. Third ranked Vevey (12-4) played at the court of 8th ranked DDV Lugano (6-10). Vevey did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-69 on Saturday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Vevey. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Bernex. DDV Lugano lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Villars. Vevey will meet at home Chene (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DDV Lugano will play against Swiss Central in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107554




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  TAIWAN   


SBL Week 4 MVP: Rashad Jones-Jennings - by Chris Wang
Pure Youth import Rashad Jones-Jennings became the first repeat winner of the SBL weekly MVP when he was named Week 4 MVP Tuesday. The American forward averaged 22.7 points, 25.3 rebounds and led PY to a perfect 3-0 week.

Jennings missed by a bucket to become the first SBL player to have five straight 20-20s during a season, but he did not seem to mind, saying that individual statistics came second.

He is averaging 18.7 points and 21.6 rebounds for the season.

Jennings had 36 points in the media poll. TB's Yang Ching-min came second with 16 points.

2010-11 SBL Weekly MVPs:
Week 4: Rashad Jones-Jennings (PY)
Week 3: Rashad Jones-Jennings (PY)
Week 2: Yang Ching-min (TB)
Week 1: Tseng Wen-ting (Yulon)



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.18.7 
 2. Hawkins, KKL18.0 
 3. Dove, Taiwan Mobile16.9 
 4. Tien, Dacin Tigers16.8 
 5. Gayden, Dacin T.16.2 
 6. Chang, KKL15.9 
 7. Jones, Taiwan Beer15.9 
 8. Chen, Bank o.15.1 
 9. Chen, KKL15.1 
 10. Chien, Pure Youth15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.21.6 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile13.4 
 3. Gayden, Dacin T.12.7 
 4. Faulknor, Bank o.12.3 
 5. Hawkins, KKL11.0 
 6. Jones, Taiwan Beer10.5 
 7. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen9.8 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers7.9 
 9. Wu, Yulon Luxgen7.8 
 10. Chien, Pure Youth7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Yung-Jen WU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (177-G-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.6 
 2. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.5 
 3. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen3.3 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.2 
 5. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.1 
 6. Chen, Yulon Luxgen3.0 
 7. Lin, KKL3.0 
 8. Chen, Bank o.3.0 
 9. Hawkins, KKL2.8 
 10. Lin, Bank o.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jui-Kun LIN
  Bank of Taiwan
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lin, Bank o.2.2 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.0 
 3. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.9 
 4. Lin, KKL1.6 
 5. Mao, Pure Youth1.6 
 6. Faulknor, Bank o.1.5 
 7. Yang, Taiwan Beer1.4 
 8. Hawkins, KKL1.4 
 9. Chen, Taiwan Beer1.4 
 10. Chen, KKL1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Wen-Ting TSENG
  Yulon Luxgen
  (202-C/F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen3.5 
 2. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.9 
 3. Wu, Taiwan Beer1.8 
 4. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.7 
 5. Lee, KKL1.2 
 6. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.2 
 7. Jennings, Pure Y.1.0 
 8. Chen, Bank o.0.9 
 9. Chen, Bank o.0.8 
 10. Hawkins, KKL0.8 


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Trim voted 2nd best! - by Albert-Lee Young
Trinidad and Tobago center Kibwe Trim of Kyoto Hannaryz was voted as the second best player of the Japanese BJ League Round 26.

The 6-10 Trim had a very good evening on January 15 with a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds but 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz was edged by 2nd ranked Shiga Lakestars 90-88. Trim is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz, but is already one of team's top players.

In another BJ game, 6-9 Julius Ashby posted up 14pts, 6 rebounds and 2 assists as Niigata Albirex defeated Oita H.Devils 75-62 on January 16.

Over in Iran, 6-4 guard Ian Young had 25 points on January 10 but Gorgan still went under 71-78 to Tarabari Qom. It was Gorgan Basketball Club 2nd lost at home in the 4th week of Iran Super League Basketball.

Across in Europe, 6-9 power forward Duane Virgil tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist as Alcazar defeated CB Tarragona 81-75 in a Spanish LEB Gold League regular season round 18 game on January 9.

And in France, 6-6 guard Leo Westermann came off the bench to contribute 9 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists in a losing 69-87 effort for ASVEL against Limoges.

Meanwhile down under, 6-3 guard Daniel Dillon had 9 points, 1 rebound and 3 assist for Cairns Taipans on January 13 in an exciting game between the top teams in Auckland.


However the first ranked New Zealand Breakers defeated their guests from Cairns 94-88 in a regular season round 14 game of the Australian Men NBL.



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  TUNISIA   


Competition Halts while Tunisia rebuilds. - by Matthew Kyle
The Tunisian Basketball League stopped last week ever since a revolution began.

Tunisia has been rocked by riots recently over unemployment and corruption, thought to have been sparked by the suicide of a young man who could not find a job and was barred from selling fruit without a permit.

The antigovernment protests began a month ago when a college-educated street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi in the small town of Sidi Bouzid burned himself to death in despair at the frustration and joblessness confronting many educated young people here. But the protests he inspired quickly evolved from bread-and-butter issues to demands for an assault on the perceived corruption and self-enrichment of the ruling family.

Former President Ben Ali had imposed free higher education for the masses during his time in office. The economy of Tunisia could not support the mass influx of skilled workers though and led to many of them taking lesser jobs.

The fall of Mr. Ben Ali marked the first time that widespread street demonstrations had overthrown an Arab leader. And even before the last clouds of tear gas had drifted away from the capitals cafe-lined Bourguiba Boulevard, people throughout the Arab world had begun debating whether Tunisias uprising could prove to be a model, threatening other autocratic rulers in the region.

Play is suspended indefinitely until further notice.




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  TURKEY   


TBL Round 15: Leader Fenerbahce Ulker gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
TBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Leader Fenerbahce Ulker delivered the thirteenth win on Friday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Turk Telekom (7-8) 83-68 in Istanbul. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fenerbahce Ulker made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Oguz Savas (208-87) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Lithuanian center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mehmet Yagmur (188-87) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce Ulker has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record, which they share with Banvit. Turk Telekom at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker is looking forward to face league's second-placed Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Turk Telekom will play on the road against Besiktas (#5) in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Antalya was quite interesting. Third ranked Galatasaray (12-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Antalya (8-7). Galatasaray did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-70. It was a good game for American guard Taylor Rocheste (185-85, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Jerry Johnson contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. The former international guard Muratcan Guler (192-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) answered with 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for Antalya. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Galatasaray maintains third place with 12-3 record behind leader Fener.Ulker. Antalya lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Olin Edirne. Galatasaray will play against Erdemir (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Antalya will play against Efes Pilsen (#4) in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Edirne was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Efes Pilsen (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Olin Edirne (8-7). Efes Pilsen managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olin Edirne. It was a great evening for Erwin Dudley who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. The best for the losing side was Predrag Samardjiski with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Efes Pilsen maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Olin Edirne dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Antalya. Efes Pilsen will meet Antalya (#7) on the road in the next round. Olin Edirne will play against Mersin in Akdeniz and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Erdemir. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Tofas (5-10) to fourteenth ranked Erdemir (4-11) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for James Thomas who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Erdemir's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Erdemir maintains fourteenth place with 4-11 record. Tofas at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Erdemir's next round opponent will be higher ranked Galatasaray (#3) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Fourteenth-ranked Erdemir (4-11) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Besiktas (9-6) on Wednesday. The visitors from Istanbul managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Mire Chatman who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Besiktas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Karsiyaka. Erdemir lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Besiktas will face Turk Telekom (#9) in Ankara in the next round. Erdemir will play at home against Galatasaray (#3) in Istanbul.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Aliaga defeated Bornova in a road game 70-64. Bottom-ranked Oyak Renault was beaten by Banvit at home 65-82. Karsiyaka lost to Trabzonspor on the opponent's court 77-80. Besiktas outscored Mersin in a home game 91-71.



Bornova - Aliaga 64-70

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Bornova (5-10) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Aliaga (5-10) 70-64 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Aliaga dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Bornova's 32. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and guard Soner Senturk (194-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Aliaga moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Tofas and Bornova. Bornova lost sixth consecutive game. Aliaga will face bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in Bursa in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Bornova: U.Sonkol 29+12reb+1ast, S.Senturk 17+2reb+4ast, S.Yavuz 5+1reb+3ast, R.Murat Kaya 5+2reb+2ast, T.Nagys 5+6reb+2ast, P.Onguner 3+4reb+4ast
Aliaga: B.Hunter 28+13reb+2ast, K.Kambala 16+9reb+2ast, G.Fitch 8+10reb+7ast, P.Kaya 7+1reb+2ast, J.Randle 6, L.Bilgin 3+3reb
gschID: 111187


Antalya - Galatasaray 70-89

The game in Antalya was quite interesting. Third ranked Galatasaray (12-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Antalya (8-7). Galatasaray did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-70. Galatasaray players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Antalya's players. It was a good game for American guard Taylor Rocheste (185-85, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Galatasaray players scored in double figures. The former international guard Muratcan Guler (192-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) answered with 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international power forward Baris Hersek (204-88) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Antalya. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Galatasaray maintains third place with 12-3 record behind leader Fener.Ulker. Antalya lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Olin Edirne. Galatasaray will play against Erdemir (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Antalya will play against Efes Pilsen (#4) in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Antalya: M.Guler 16+3reb+5ast, J.Prince 12+4reb+3ast, B.Hersek 12+7reb, D.Downey 9+1ast, P.Christopher 9+3reb+2ast, P.Kocaoglu 8+2reb
Galatasaray: T.Rocheste 16+8reb+8ast, J.Johnson 14+2reb+7ast, E.Kurtoglu 13+4reb, P.Shumpert 12+6reb+1ast, H.Yildirim 10+2reb, R.Rancik 10+5reb
gschID: 111188


Fener.Ulker - Turk Telekom 83-68

Leader Fenerbahce Ulker delivered the thirteenth win on Friday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Turk Telekom (7-8) 83-68 in Istanbul. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fenerbahce Ulker made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Oguz Savas (208-87) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Lithuanian center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mehmet Yagmur (188-87) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce Ulker has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record, which they share with Banvit. Turk Telekom at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker is looking forward to face league's second-placed Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Turk Telekom will play on the road against Besiktas (#5) in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: M.Yagmur 23+6reb+3ast, K.Wesson 11+6reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Jagla 8+4reb+1ast, A.Oren 6+1reb, Y.Cankaya 5+2reb+2ast
Fener.Ulker: O.Savas 26+10reb+2ast, O.Onan 16+1ast, D.Lavrinovic 10+12reb+1ast, R.Ukic 10+4reb+3ast, E.Preldzic 8+3reb+3ast, S.Jasikevicius 7+4ast
gschID: 111189


Olin Edirne - Efes Pilsen 72-79

The game in Edirne was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Efes Pilsen (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Olin Edirne (8-7). Efes Pilsen managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olin Edirne. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Efes Pilsen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. It was a great evening for American power forward Erwin Dudley (204-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. International power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-77) helped adding 9 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardjiski (214-86, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Efes Pilsen maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Olin Edirne dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Antalya. Efes Pilsen will meet Antalya (#7) on the road in the next round. Olin Edirne will play against Mersin in Akdeniz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olin Edirne: P.Samardjiski 17+12reb+4ast, C.Akin 16+1reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 15+1reb+5ast, C.Ercan 8+2reb+1ast, S.Doliboa 6+3reb+2ast, R.Oz 5
Efes Pilsen: E.Dudley 15+4reb+1ast, S.Guler 10+3reb+1ast, K.Gonlum 9+6reb+3ast, B.Nachbar 8+2reb, M.Thornton 8+3reb, K.Tunceri 8+5ast
gschID: 111190


Oyak Renault - Banvit 65-82

No shocking result in a game in Bursa where second ranked Banvit (13-2) defeated bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (2-13) 82-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Banvit. Oyak Renault managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banvit dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Oyak Renault's 30. The best player for the winners was American center Lance Williams (206-80, college: De Paul) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Mutlu Akpinar (203-83) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Banvit players scored in double figures. Banvit's coach Orhun Ene used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kerem Ozkan (201-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks respectively. Banvit have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fener.Ulker. Oyak Renault lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Banvit will face league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oyak Renault will play at home against Aliaga (#13).
Top scorers:
Oyak Renault: K.Ozkan 18+11reb, J.Mays 13+13reb+3ast, W.Conroy 8+3reb+6ast, A.Waller 8+1reb+5ast, O.Sevinc 6, N.Dal 4+2reb
Banvit: L.Williams 14+5reb+1ast, M.Akpinar 13+6reb+1ast, V.Golubovic 12+4reb+2ast, I.Yildirim 12+2reb+1ast, A.Graves 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Turna 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 111191


Trabzonspor - Karsiyaka 80-77

There was an upset when higher ranked Karsiyaka (9-6) was edged on the road by eleventh ranked Trabzonspor (6-9) 80-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) who recorded 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Trabzonspor has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser Karsiyaka keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Trabzonspor will face Bornova (#12) at home in the next round. Karsiyaka will play against Tofas (#11) in Bursa.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: D.Holston 23+1reb+6ast, A.Smith 17+9reb, J.Stanojevic 12+8reb+3ast, B.Batuk 11+2reb+2ast, O.Eldridge 6+2reb+2ast, A.Saruhan 3+5reb
Trabzonspor: A.Rasic 16+7reb+5ast, A.Karadeniz 15+7reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 14+3reb+1ast, H.Ozdemir 9+4reb+2ast, G.Cakic 8+4reb+2ast, E.Gorkem 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 111184


Erdemir - Tofas 81-80

A very interesting game took place in Erdemir. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Tofas (5-10) to fourteenth ranked Erdemir (4-11) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Tofas took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Erdemir had a 24-22 second period charge getting the lead and Tofas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-81. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Erdemir's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola (MD)) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Austin Nichols (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) added 22 points respectively for Tofas in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Erdemir maintains fourteenth place with 4-11 record. Tofas at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Erdemir's next round opponent will be higher ranked Galatasaray (#3) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tofas: A.Nichols 22+4reb+3ast, J.Rowe 21+6reb+4ast, C.Altintig 13+3reb+2ast, I.Koc 10+10reb+3ast, T.Ruzic 10+6reb+1ast, I.Karaman 4+9reb+2ast
Erdemir: E.Veyseloglu 15+1ast, J.Thomas 13+8reb+1ast, A.Barbour 12+3reb+6ast, H.Demirel 12+3reb+5ast, A.Erol 10+9reb+1ast, D.Johnson 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 111185


Besiktas - Mersin 91-71

Very predictable result in Istanbul where sixth ranked Besiktas (9-6) outscored 15th ranked Mersin (3-12) 91-71 on Monday. The game without a history. Besiktas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Besiktas looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) who scored 28 points. American guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Besiktas' coach Ergin Ataman used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Vincent Grier (195-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Karsiyaka. Loser Mersin keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Besiktas will face Turk Telekom (#9) in Ankara in the next round. Mersin will play on the road against Olin Edirne (#8).
Top scorers:
Mersin: V.Grier 16+9reb+3ast, A.Scales 11+1reb+2ast, D.Christmas 11+2reb+2ast, A.Stimac 10+4reb+1ast, N.Yucel 10+10reb+1ast, A.Pars 7+3reb+4ast
Besiktas: M.Ignerski 28+2reb+1ast, B.Yarangume 14+2reb, A.James Ogilvy 13+9reb+2ast, M.Chatman 13+7reb+6ast, C.Ozer 7+3reb+5ast, H.Besok 6+3reb+4ast
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Round 10
Erdemir - Besiktas 64-66

Fourteenth-ranked Erdemir (4-11) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Besiktas (9-6) on Wednesday. The visitors from Istanbul managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. Erdemir was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) who recorded 4 points and 16 rebounds and the former international forward Erkan Veyseloglu (200-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Karsiyaka. Erdemir lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Besiktas will face Turk Telekom (#9) in Ankara in the next round. Erdemir will play at home against Galatasaray (#3) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: E.Veyseloglu 15+1reb+1ast, H.Demirel 13+2reb, A.Erol 12+3reb+1ast, A.Barbour 11+1reb+4ast, E.Beyaz 6+2reb, J.Thomas 4+16reb+2ast
Besiktas: M.Chatman 18+7reb+4ast, M.Ignerski 17+1reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 14+6reb, C.Ozer 12+6reb+1ast, M.Abi 3+3reb+3ast, I.Cevik 2+1reb
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Pepsi Caserta prevail against Galatasaray in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Galatasaray 81:76 (OT)

Pepsi Caserta defeated Galatasaray in Group K of EuroCup Last 16 round. The teams did not decide on the winner in regulation and had to play extra five minutes. The hosts eventually proved the strength posting the initial win in the group. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points to lead the home side.
Pepsi Caserta dominated in the first half. They limited Galatasaray to only 13 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead at the first break. The Italian team kept their opponents at bay in the second stanza. Galatasaray managed only 14 points in the second quarter and faced a 10-point halftime deficit. Galatasaray finally started to tune up offensively in the third term. The visitors unloaded 21 points to trim the distance at the final break. Led by Taylor Rocheste (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) the visitors outgunned Pepsi Caserta 21:12 in the fourth period to force overtime. But Pepsi Caserta pulled together in the extra frame and eked out a tough win at the end. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) provided 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79, college: Georgia) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds for Pepsi Caserta. Taylor Rocheste responded with 16 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for the Turkish team. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points in the loss.

Pepsi Caserta: Ebi Ere 19, Jumaine Jones 18+11 boards, Fabio Di Bella 17
Galatasaray: Taylor Rocheste 16, Luksa Andric 15



Pinar Karsiyaka won the overtime thriller over Antwerp Giants in one of the most interesting games of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-Pinar Karsiyaka 82:89 OT

Pinar Karsiyaka won the overtime thriller over Antwerp Giants in one of the most interesting games of Round 1 in EuroChallenge Sweet 16. The Turkish team grabbed 89:82 over the Belgium team on Tuesday night.
Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) brought the first points for the winners and Smith later scored for 15:8. The hosts managed to tie the game after 10 minutes and closed the period at 18:18. Only 1 point separated the teams in the second frame as Erdogan sent the teams to the lockers for 35:34. The third quarter however completely belonged to the guests that enjoyed 61:50 deficit after three quarters. It seemed they would win after 4 quarters, but Moors tied the game at 77:77 after 40 minutes. In overtime the Turkish side played better and reached the necessary win.
David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) poured in 24 points for the winners and Jovo Stanojevic added 20. Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) ended up with 17 points and Smith collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) chipped in 13. Trent Strickland (196-G-84, college: Wake Forest) delivered 12 and Brown notched 11.

Antwerp Giants: Darnell Wilson 23, Bryan Hopkins 13, Trent Strickland 12, Brown 11
Pinar Karsiyaka: David Holston 24, Jovo Stanojevic 20, Osiris Eldridge 17, Smith 16+10 rebs




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.20.6 
 2. Smith, Karsiyaka18.6 
 3. Scales, Mersin18.4 
 4. Smith, Bornova18.2 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Barbour, Erdemir18.0 
 8. Mays, Oyak Renault17.5 
 9. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 10. Holston, Karsiyaka17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.1 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.9 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault10.0 
 4. Samardjiski, Olin E.10.0 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.3 
 6. Wesson, Turk T.8.9 
 7. Smith, Bornova8.8 
 8. Karadeniz, Trabzons.8.4 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas8.1 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka8.0 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka6.0 
 2. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas4.9 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 5. Iverson, Besiktas4.7 
 6. Rowe, Tofas4.7 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.7 
 8. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.6 
 9. Tunceri, Efes Pilsen4.2 
 10. Fitch, Aliaga4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.5 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.5 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.4 
 5. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
 6. Fitch, Aliaga2.0 
 7. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 8. Grier, Mersin1.9 
 9. Scales, Mersin1.9 
 10. Rowe, Tofas1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.2.1 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.9 
 3. Simpsons, Turk T.1.5 
 4. Likholitov, Besiktas1.4 
 5. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.3 
 6. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.2 
 8. Mays, Oyak Renault1.2 
 9. Johnson, Erdemir1.2 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas1.1 


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


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Henley returns to Savannah Storm - by David Edole
The Savannah Storm defeated the Columbus Riverballers 134 to 122 Sunday afternoon at Savannah High School. The Riverballers played well considering they spent 4 hours traveling Sunday morning arriving in Savannah around noon for the 1pm tip off.

The Storm hot shooting in the first half gave them a 22 point lead at the end of the half. They shot 62.2% from the field and made 10 out of 15 from the 3 point range (66.7%).

Josh Walker led the team in scoring with 32 points. Dewitt Henley (186-G-86, college: Oakwood) added 23 points. Center Sherard Reddick had a double/double with 17 points and a game high 14 rebounds. Xavier Plain-Cruz scored 13 points and had a game high 11 assists.

The Riverballers were led in scoring by 5'-10' guard Anthony Jackson with 37 points. D.J. Hicks scored 25 points and Mike Davis added 21 points.

After the game, Storm head coach, Patricia Huisinga, made the following comments:'Our preimeter shooting was a key factor for our victory today against the Columbus Riverballers. Anytime your team shoots almost 60% from the field, it's going to be a good day.'

'Getting D.J. Henley back from injury was huge, as he was especially hot from behind the 3-point line, hitting 6-9 shots (7-11FG overall). He's an exciting player to watch and he adds even more intensity and confidence to our talented team'.

'All of our players are beginning to understand their roles in our lineup, which adds to our already unselfish play. By understanding their roles, it makes it possible to continuosly feed a guy when he is on fire and it makes it fun for everyone. On any given night, any one of our players can go off and have a big game'.

'I was very pleased with how our team handled adversity today. Whenever you're playing a talented team that is undefeated, you know they are capable of making a run at any time. I'm glad to see that we took their best shot, stayed focused, regrouped, and continued to play smart basketball.'


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Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 4-0 
 2. Cleveland V. 3-2 
 3. Columbus C. 3-2 
 4. Colonial F. 1-3 
 5. NE Air Soul 0-4 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 13-2 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 13-5 
 3. Georgia L. 7-6 
 4. Atlanta A. 6-8 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-5 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 6-0 
 2. DFW Warriors 6-3 
 3. Tennessee D. 6-7 
 4. Norman E. 4-2 
 5. Austin K. 2-2 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Dallas Star 4-7 
 2. Columbus Crush 2-2 
 3. Houston X. 0-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-4 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-6 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-11 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael SLOAN
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 2. Barnes, GIE M.25.5 
 3. Kearse, Dallas Star22.8 
 4. Hill, DFW Warriors22.6 
 5. Grismore, C.Tex.20.6 
 6. James, DFW W.19.7 
 7. Webb, Tennessee D.19.6 
 8. Stroud, GIE M.19.4 
 9. Joseph, St.Mount.19.3 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 2. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 3. Hill, DFW Warriors10.3 
 4. Stroud, GIE M.9.7 
 5. Davis, Dallas Star9.6 
 6. Anderson, DFW W.9.5 
 7. Moore, S.Generals9.0 
 8. Akpele, S.Generals9.0 
 9. Kelly, S.Generals9.0 
 10. Wilson, Tennesse.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Will DE LA CRUZ
  DOM
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 2. Beaulah, GIE M.8.3 
 3. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.7.7 
 5. Williams, GIE M.7.2 
 6. Douglas, DFW W.7.2 
 7. Brown, Norman E.6.5 
 8. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.5.4 
 10. Snell, Atlanta A.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kearse, Dallas Star3.5 
 2. Williams, GIE M.3.2 
 3. Williams, S.Generals3.1 
 4. Taylor, Tennesse.3.1 
 5. Brown, Norman E.2.5 
 6. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 7. Sloan, S.Generals2.3 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.3 
 9. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.0 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Hall, St.Mount.3.2 
 4. Davis, Dallas Star3.2 
 5. Wilson, Tennesse.2.6 
 6. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 7. Hill, DFW Warriors2.4 
 8. Stokes, Dallas Star2.4 
 9. Anderson, DFW W.2.0 
 10. Stroud, GIE M.1.7 


David Walls interview with UBA Star Jermaine Barnes - by UBA media
By DAVID WALLS, Sports Writer

Jan 18, 2011

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) was the 2009-2010 USBasket.com Player of the Year and is the reigning UBA Most Valuable Player. He currently leads the UBA in scoring (25.5ppg) and is on pace to compete for his MVP honors. Barnes has over 4 years of professional experience internationally (Japan, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay) and 2 in the UBA. He has recently been selected to pose in the May issue of Eastbay magazine and has even received several emails to attend private workout for the NBA. We took the time to get a up close and personal interview with Jermaine Barnes.



Q: Congratulations on being selected by Eastbay to pose in there May issue. How does it make you feel to be selected over other athletes?

A: It's an honor. I would just like to thank Shawn Lee from Eastbay for the offer. But I know I will have about 50 copies of the May issue.

Q: Sources tell me you have received several calls and emails from the Cleveland Cavaliers. How true is this?

A: It's true. Mr. Williams called first and the rest was history. I don't think I'm good enough to play on that level but it's an honor to speak to them as much as I have. If anything it will just be a private workout. Nothing like what people are making it. But it's pretty cool.

Q: Why are you playing in the UBA? Why not go back overseas?

A: Well last year I played in South America and I honestly got tired of being away from my daughter and my wife. I have a supportive wife but I grew tired of being away from them. I also got tired of all the work I had to put in just to be the best. The 2-A-days, 1500 made shoot a day etc. It's hard being good and I just needed a break. But I'm grateful to God everyday I received the opportunity to play overseas.

Q: I heard that you averaged 40ppg in the All-Japan Tournament and scored 60 points in the final game. How true is this story?

A: Japan was awesome. Jerone Dodd (6'9''-C-79, college: Morehouse) got me my first job overseas and the rest is history. To answer the question, yes, I averaged 40 plus in that playoff tournament and dropped 63 in the final game. When I look back on that situation I think God was really with me and I was very hungry. I can still remember the long gym days perfecting my jump shot. I respected the game so I worked at my craft.

Q: Many players dont know your story and everything you had to go through to make it overseas? If you could say anything to them, what would it be?

A: Well my story wasn't the best. I signed with Tennessee but didn't qualify academically. I finish at Atlanta Christian (NCAA3) and faced the challenge of making it out of a small school. I had to be perfect, so I worked on my game every minute of the day. I made 1500 shoots a day. I continued this even when I played overseas. Guys dont understand the pressure Americans face being on a overseas club. If I could say anything to the new guy I would say keep God first and work.

Q: So far what do think of the UBA?

A: The UBA is very competitive. I love playing all the guys in our league (C. Miller-Williams, W. De La Cruz etc). Hearing the trash talk from TX and the GA rivalries makes me think of the old NBA. This is great because I can play on a high level and also spend time with my family

Q: Who is the best player in the UBA? Why

A: Michael Sloan by far. I have had the honor of playing against Sloan my whole life. And we battle and I love it. I just think he wants it more now. Sloan has the size, shooting ability, explosion and heart to make it overseas next year. With me I think I have seen the level these guys want to make it to, so I want to help. If I can help our guys make it to the next level, thats just as good as JB making it. (But my heart won't allow me to let him win.)

Q: If you would go back overseas, where would you go?

A: If I could go back I would go to Al Ahli Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Many people don't understand but Im a loyal guy. There was a man named Ahamed Wahab who believed in me when I left Japan and took a chance on me. It was my first 1st Division job. I respect him for that. So If I could go back, I would go and help him win another championship. But I had the most fun in Japan with the Proline Kings.

Q: Guys don't understand the challenge of being overseas off the court. Who helped you make this transition?

A: Wow, great question. It's very hard to go to a strange land and live without family. I would have to say Derrick Stroud and Jerone Dodd. Stroud paid alot of money and spent alot of time just talking to me. When I would get home sick he would speak life into me. He understood because he was there. I'm very grateful for him. Dodd was more hard noise. He taught me the ropes in Japan and in business. I owe my success to both of them.

Q: Who was the best teammate overseas? And who was the best talent you faced?

A: Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) for both. Kearse was the best teammate ever. All about winning. When we were in Japan together he pushed me to be a great scorer and defender. We took a very poor team to the All-Japan finals, I'll never forget that year. As for the best player, Kearse was also my favorite. Alot of guys get excited about dunks, handle and bs that doesnt matter. Kearse had something special. He had heart, pride to match all of his talent. I can't say enough about that guy.

Q: Would you say it's hard night in and night out to play on a high level now that everyone is gunning for you and the Disciples?

A: Yes it's very hard.lol. I wish I could have the same drive I had when I was overseas, but I'm not 24 anyone.lol. But I love it. It's what makes basketball fun again. But to be honest I think I will have another ring by 2011. This Disciple team is very good. Not only do we have a great coach (Michael Davis ), but J. Dailey, Warren Beaulah and guys like Derrick Stroud make my job easy. So I think we will repeat.

Q: Will you be attending the Eurobasket Summer League in Houston?

A: Yes I will be there. Eurobasket is the best summer league in the world. This will be my first one. Mr. Reshaw has giving the UBA a chance to compete in the event. So I will be apart of Team UBA.

Q: In a interview you were quoted about Darryl Reshaw and how he has helped you as a business man and a player. Tell us about your relationship with him.

A: Well Darryl Reshaw is like a big brother to me. He was an awesome basketball players and a great mentor. What Marek Wojtera and Darrly have done with Eurobasket is amazing. But I learn something everyday from him. He is very wise and has alot to give to the game. I want to be like Darrly when I'm done playing this game.

Q: Who are some of your major influences and what words of advice can you give younger players who seek to play professional basketball?

A: Jesus gave me the ability to study the game and match it with ability. He is my influences. As for younger players I would say what Derrick Stroud told me along time ago,, 'Enjoy the ride'. I was lucky enough to have guys like Derrick Stroud and Jerone Dodd around me to improve my game as well as my mind. I want to be that same type of guy to the younger players.

Q: If you had to name the top players (in the UBA) by position who would they be? And why?

A:
PG- Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian): Because he has the ability to score and create. On top of that he's a winner. Alot of guys don't agree, but they just don't understand basketball. As any real player, people don't just give you respect for no reason.

SG- Michael Sloan
(6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.): Because he has all the tool to be great. Size, shooting, heart. I love his game.

SF- Chris Miller-Williams (6'5''-F-87, college: W.Georgia): He's everything a coach would want in a player. Chris has a very nice game. Super strong, can score and is a great rebounder.

PF- Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago): JD is a freak. This guy could be so good but like alot of young guy (They don't enjoy the ride). JD could be on a NBA roster right now. But I think he's the best PF right now. Great finisher, good rebounder and excellent defender.

C- Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85, college: Miles) and Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC): Mario is still growing as a player and is still trying to find himself. But when it clicks he's scary. He's a great shot blocker and can finish. Hill is just a freak. I like Tedric because he's fearless. He is a get finisher.

Q: There is alot of talented teams in the UBA (Southern Generals, Central Texas Cyclones, Tennessee etc), who do you think you guys will face in the finals if you make it?

A: The Southern Generals. But if I had it my way I would love to face Steve Dolan in the championship. That would be a great end to the 2011 season. Killing the Dragons.lol

Q: You have helped over 30 player make it overseas as a player and business man. Why?

A: Because it needs to be done. I feel God gives certain people gifts. I have a gift. I just want to use it to help. I know alot of international people, so why not help someone.

Q: Many people say Jermaine Barnes has a major influence on the UBA. What is your role in the league office?

A: Well I was one of the founders of the UBA concept. To say that I own it is way off. I just help develop ideas. Darryl Reshaw is the Commissioner of this league and the Trinity Group owns the UBA. I'm just grateful they give me the chance to help improve a league that's going to the next level. I would hope that when I'm done playing this great game I can continue to help younger guy achieve their dreams.




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Aris too good for Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Budivelnyk 85:69

Aris opened the win count at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They fired past Budivelnyk in Greece tonight. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) nailed 23 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the effort.
Bobby Brown led Aris in the opening frame. The hosts built a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Budivelnyk struggled in accuracy committing too many misses. Aris capitalized piling up a 41:30 lead at the interval. The visitors changed the pace in the third term. The Ukrainian team went on a run that put them behind by one 51:52. Aris did not allow Budivelnyk to step in front taking a 59:53 lead at the final intermission. The visitors tipped off the fourth quarter with five unanswered points but then Aris took over. They silenced Budivelnyk with a 26:5 outburst to seal the winning outcome at the end.
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) knocked down 15 points each for Aris. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) answered with 14 points apiece for Budivelnyk.

Aris: Bobby Brown 23, Konstantinos Sloukas 15, Christos Tapoutos 15
Budivelnyk: Zach Morley 14, Lamayne Wilson 14



Sergei Sabutskyy join Pulsar - by Alexei Revenko
24 years old Forward/ center Sergei Sabutskyy (208-C-86) join BC-93 Pulsar Rovno, which play in Higher league this season. Later Sergei played in different superleague teams. 2009-2010 he began play in Khimik-OPZ Yuzny, where scored 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds. After he join Gryfony Symferopil where played 13 games in the regular season and scored 8.4 points and added 3.3 rebounds. Later he also played in MBC Mykolaiv and BC Odessa.

BC Donetsk complete Superleague Cup Final Four picture - by Eurobasket News
Donetsk - Hoverla 70:66

Donetsk became the fourth participant of Superleague Cup Final Four. They held off Hoverla in the return leg of their matchup. Donetsk had to overcome some nervy moments in the first half before rolling to the victory after the big break.
Donetsk entered the game having a 7-point cushion after the first game. But Hoverla capitalized on a sloppy start from the hosts to rally in front. Hoverla capped the opening frame on an 8:0 run to take a 19:7 lead. The Ivano-Frankivsk team tipped off the second term with a 7:1 surge to boost the gap. Hoverla maintained the lead as they enjoyed a 41:26 advantage at the interval. Donetsk went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They went on a 6:0 run to trim the deficit. Hoverla reacted with a 7:2 run but Donetsk narrowed the gap to 5 points with ten minutes remaining. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) and Yuri Zozulia (189-G-81) cut the distance at just two-point mark early in the fourth quarter. Hoverla were still up by 6 points with under four minutes remaining however the hosts went on an 11:2 rally to surge ahead and drove to the win at the end.

Donetsk: J.K. Edwards 19, Jasmin Hukic, Branko Cvetkovic 15
Hoverla: Derrick Zimmerman 15, Jeremy Chappell 13



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  URUGUAY   


Hebraica Macabi beat the leader, Malvin - by Hector Lopez
Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 23 points and Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) added 17 when Hebarica Macabi beat Malvin, the LUB leaders, for the 7th round 2nd stage. Aguiar, who will be playing in Venezuela for Marinos Anzoategui after the LUB tournament, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 assists. Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) grabbed 13 rebounds and added 7 points. For Malvin, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) netted 19 and took 4 rebounds and Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) scored 15 with 3 rebounds. Defensor Sporting, the last LUB champions, defeated Aguada 94-84. For Defensor Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) scored 25 points, Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) 16 and added 8 rebolunds. For Aguada, Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) 20 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 14 points 8 rebounds.

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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Villegas, Olimpia28.3 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Taboada, Bigua23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Hayes, Cordon22.2 
 9. Woodward, Defensor20.4 
 10. Martinez, Malvin20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. Dilligard, Olimpia9.7 
 6. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 8. Wilborn, Bigua9.4 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.3 
 10. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Tornaria, Trouville5.9 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.9 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.3 
 5. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor5.1 
 7. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Muro, Aguada4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Rovira, Bigua2.2 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 8. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 9. Galeano, Olimpia2.0 
 10. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.0 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Wilborn, Bigua2.4 
 4. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 5. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 8. Bortz, Malvin1.9 
 9. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.8 


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  VENEZUELA   


Marinos de Anzoategui land Jeremis Smith - by Eurobasket News
As LPB 2011 season approaching the teams strengthen their rosters. Marinos de Anzoategui made a market move as they have agreed on terms of contract with Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech). The 24-year-old forward played for Fuerza Regia Monterrey in Mexico this season. Jeremis Smith averaged 17.6 points, 9.3 boards and 2.2 assists per game. Last season the forward started in Halcones Xalapa. In October 2009 he moved to Boca Juniors Capital Feder in Argentina. The forward finished the season with Lobos Mazatlan in Mexico. Jeremis Smith made it into Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 1st Team. The player was also named All-Mexican CIBACOPA Defensive Player of the Year.
LPB season is slated to tip off on February 25th.





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Ivankovic's 22 points and 7 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old center Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
She had the game-high 22 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Jolly in her team's victory, helping them to crush Vojvodina (#9, 4-10) with 19-point margin 74-55. Jolly maintains the 4th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Ivankovic has many years of experience at Jolly, through which he has constantly improved. Ivankovic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 62.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of top-ranked Gospic Industrogradnja. She is a guard in her first season at Gospic. In the last game Mandir recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course she lead Gospic to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Lupa Promot. (#8, 6-9) 98-65. Of course Gospic still keep the league's top spot. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 13-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Mandir is a newcomer at Gospic and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Natasa Popovic (190-C-82) of KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (#5). Popovic scored 11 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Jedinstvo BP, leading her team to a 67-58 win against slightly higher-ranked Merkur Celje (#3, 11-4). Jedinstvo BP needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Popovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (2nd best). She also has 3.3bpg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Britany Miller (193-C-87) of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb - 21 points and 8 rebounds
5. Martina Dover (177-G-86) of AJM Maribor - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Stanecia Graham (185-F-86) of Celik - 26 points and 6 rebounds
7. Gordana Bedalov (193-F-84) of Medvescak - 17 points and 14 rebounds
8. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of Partizan - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) of Merkur Celje - 18 points and 14 rebounds
10. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) of Gospic - 16 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Mangueira/Petrobras hold off Sao Caetano In LBF actions - by Mel Devonne
Mon Jan 17, 2011-
In a nationally televised LBF game Mangueira/Petrobras got a nice road win vs Sao Caetano 68-63
Mangueria/Petrobras got thier 3rd win of the season with great guard play.
Led by Guards Ivana and Camilia, Mangueira/Petrobras got great play as Sao Caetano tried a last quarter charge.
Sao Caetano was led by Izabela with 16 points.
The game was seen on SportTV2, who shows games once a week during the season.
Log on to www.esportesTV.net to view on line.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic ZBL round 13 best performance: Cheryl Ford - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Frisco Sika Brno, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 27 rebounds, while her team crushed USK Praha (12-1) with 23-point margin 80-57. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Frisco Sika to take over top position in the Czech Republic ZBL. Frisco Sika has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. Ford turned to be Frisco Sika's top player in her first season with the team. Former Louisiana Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Ford leads league in rebounds with 11.9rpg. Ford is in league's top in and averages impressive 54.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Lucie Kysilkova (161-G-82) of Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove. Kysilkova had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. Of course Hradec Kralove cruised to a 81-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Strakonice (#6, 6-7). Hradec Kralove's 8th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Kysilkova is well-known at Hradec Kralove and is a proven leader in her second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Frisco Sika Brno's star - Montenegrin guard Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80). Skerovic showcased her all-around game by recording 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of Frisco Sika, helping her team with a 80-57 easy win against #2 ranked USK Praha in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Frisco Sika as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Skerovic has a great season in Czech Republic. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (8th best) and assists with 5.4apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) of Hradec Kralove - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Zora Skrabalova (196-C-81) of Strakonice - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lenka Vetrovcova (187-C-84) of Karlovy Vary - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Petra Reisingerova (196-C-73) of Strakonice - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Katarina Hrabakova (177-F-86) of Karlovy Vary - 20 points and 2 rebounds
9. Hana Nezdarilova-Stankova (170-G-84) of Slovanka MB - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) of Valosun Brno - 18 points, 12 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)


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.20.5 
 2. Eldebrink, Frisco S.19.7 
 3. Milton-Jones, USK P.18.9 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .17.9 
 5. Halvarsson, Frisco S.17.4 
 6. Misurova, Trutnov16.8 
 7. Johnova, Strakonice16.3 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.6 
 9. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.15.3 
 10. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika11.9 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.5 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.4 
 4. Sipova, Slovanka.8.6 
 5. Krizova, Valosun .8.2 
 6. Kulichova, USK P.8.1 
 7. Horakova, Hradec K.7.6 
 8. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.6 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.5 
 10. Halvarsson, Frisco S.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.6.0 
 2. Uhrova, Strakonice5.5 
 3. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice3.6 
 5. Viteckova, USK P.3.3 
 6. Eldebrink, Frisco S.3.0 
 7. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.9 
 8. Brantlova, VS Praha2.8 
 9. Whalen, USK Praha2.7 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.7 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika3.1 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.8 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice2.5 
 5. Novotna, Slovanka.2.4 
 6. Kulichova, USK P.2.2 
 7. Johnova, Strakonice2.2 
 8. Quintana, Pardubice2.2 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.1.9 
 10. Milton-Jones, USK P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.7 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.4 
 3. Milton-Jones, USK P.1.2 
 4. Horakova, Hradec K.1.0 
 5. Ferancikova, USK P.0.8 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.8 
 7. Vecerova, Valosun .0.8 
 8. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 9. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 10. Vorlova, VS Praha0.6 


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Humphrey, Landes18.2 
 2. Bass-W., Challes18.0 
 3. Sharp, Mondeville16.5 
 4. Grima, Aix-en-P.16.4 
 5. Mann, Charleville15.6 
 6. Jones, Toulouse15.1 
 7. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.15.1 
 8. Covington, Union H.14.9 
 9. Dubljevic, Tarbes14.8 
 10. Sanni, Villeneuve13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville12.4 
 2. Diawara, Charleville11.3 
 3. Bass-W., Challes9.9 
 4. Neaves, Aix-en-P.9.9 
 5. Humphrey, Landes9.7 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve9.2 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.8 
 8. Bales, Union Hainaut8.7 
 9. Matic, Tarbes8.1 
 10. Sacko, Lattes M.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 2. Hurst, Aix-en-P.5.0 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes4.8 
 4. Manic, Landes4.5 
 5. Bar, Challes4.4 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.2 
 7. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 8. Mitchell, Arras3.7 
 9. Duvivier, Union H.3.6 
 10. Aubert, Toulouse3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Challes
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bar, Challes3.5 
 2. Gomis, Arras2.4 
 3. Bonnan, Mondeville2.1 
 4. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 5. Poto, Lattes M.2.1 
 6. Cibert, COB Calais2.1 
 7. Tanqueray, Villeneuve2.0 
 8. Sanni, Villeneuve1.9 
 9. Plagnard, Challes1.9 
 10. Skrela, Lattes M.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmeline NDONGUE
  Bourges
  (190-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ndongue, Bourges2.2 
 2. Bales, Union Hainaut2.1 
 3. Neaves, Aix-en-P.1.4 
 4. Dowdell, Toulouse1.0 
 5. Bass-W., Challes0.9 
 6. Amant, Arras0.9 
 7. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 8. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 9. Bar, Challes0.6 
 10. Raven, Lattes M.0.6 


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  GREECE - Women  


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. McLaren, Apollon18.0 
 2. Koch, Panionios17.9 
 3. Delva, DAS A.16.8 
 4. Henry, FEA Neas16.3 
 5. Kotsopoulos, DAS A.16.2 
 6. Marginean, Panath.16.0 
 7. Karadima, Apollon15.8 
 8. Milkova, Esperides15.4 
 9. Nkele, Apollon13.9 
 10. Green, PAOK13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. McLaren, Apollon13.3 
 2. Delva, DAS A.11.8 
 3. Tierny, Panionios10.2 
 4. Thompson, Olymp.9.4 
 5. Ellis-Milan, Proteas8.8 
 6. Skrba, Aris8.8 
 7. Henry, FEA Neas8.2 
 8. Gardner-C., Esper.8.1 
 9. Nkele, Apollon8.0 
 10. Green, PAOK7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.6.4 
 2. LeNoir, Aris4.7 
 3. Kalogirou, Esperides4.2 
 4. Lymoura, Athin.4.1 
 5. Fox, Proteas3.9 
 6. Green, PAOK3.5 
 7. Daly, FEA Neas3.5 
 8. Kalentzou, Athinaikos3.5 
 9. Stavridou, PAOK3.5 
 10. Axiopoulou, Esperides3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Roula KALOGIROU
  Esperides
  (172-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kalogirou, Esperides3.5 
 2. Derevjanik, Panath.2.8 
 3. Koch, Panionios2.5 
 4. Stamati, FEA Neas2.4 
 5. Green, PAOK2.4 
 6. Fox, Proteas2.3 
 7. Marginean, Panath.2.3 
 8. Nkele, Apollon2.3 
 9. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.2 
 10. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Diana DELVA
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (188-F/C-)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Delva, DAS A.1.5 
 2. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.1 
 3. Smirnaiou, DAS A.0.9 
 4. Skrba, Aris0.8 
 5. Rousou, Panionios0.8 
 6. McLaren, Apollon0.7 
 7. Nikolaidou, FEA N.0.7 
 8. Tierny, Panionios0.7 
 9. Sotiriou, Athinaikos0.6 
 10. Riley, Athinaikos0.5 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Elitzur Ramla 13-1 
 2. Electra Ramat 10-4 
 3. Ramat Hen 10-4 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 9-5 
 5. Raanana Her. 8-6 
 6. H.R. Le-Zion 8-6 
 7. Elitzur Netanya 6-8 
 8. Elitzur Holon 3-11 
 9. Elitzur R.Le-Zion 3-11 
 10. Hapoel T-A 0-14 


D1 Round 14: Electra Ramat loses to Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Rishon Le-Zion between second ranked Electra Ramat (10-4) and sixth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (8-6) on Monday night. Electra Ramat was defeated by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion on the road 57-69. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Electra Ramat managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion dominated on the defensive end, holding Electra Ramat to just 7 points in first quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Danielle McCray (180-87, college: Kansas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Khadijah Whittington (186-86, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 7 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Lindsey Wilson (176-81, college: Iowa St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Electra Ramat. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Raanana Her. Electra Ramat lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Ramat Hen. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion is looking forward to face Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9) on the road in the next round. Electra Ramat will play against Elitzur Holon (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
D1 top team - Elitzur Ramla (13-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Elitzur Netanya (6-8) 86-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Netanya. American players dominated also this game. Center Le'Coe Willingham (183-81, college: Auburn) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Kia Vaughn chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Elitzur Ramla's coach Adan Inbar felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Ashley Shields (178-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) responded with 20 points. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Elitzur Ramla will play against Raanana Hertzeliya (#5) at home in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-5) 93-55 on Monday evening. Orian Amsalem notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Rachel Jones did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Maccabi Ashdod maintains fourth position with 9-5 record. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet higher ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Elitzur Netanya (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 14 Ramat Hen smashed Elitzur R.Le-Zion on the road 88-68. Raanana Her. won against Elitzur Holon on its own court 86-72.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks by Jillian Robbins of Elitzur R.Le-Zion.


Elitzur Netanya - Elitzur Ramla 62-86

D1 top team - Elitzur Ramla (13-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Elitzur Netanya (6-8) 86-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Netanya. Elitzur Netanya was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Elitzur Ramla players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American players dominated also this game. Center Le'Coe Willingham (183-81, college: Auburn) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla's coach Adan Inbar felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Ashley Shields (178-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) responded with 20 points and guard Ashley Houts (168-87, college: Georgia) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Elitzur Ramla will play against Raanana Hertzeliya (#5) at home in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: T.Wright 19+5reb+1ast, K.Vaughn 16+7reb+3ast, L.Willingham 15+9reb+2ast, S.Doron 13+4reb+2ast, O.Shwartz 10+5reb, L.Selwyn 6+3reb+10ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Shields 20+3reb+1ast, L.Suez Karni 13+1reb+4ast, A.Houts 10+7reb+4ast, O.Oren 8+7reb+2ast, R.McCants 6+9reb+3ast, R.Ben Nun 3
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Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel T-A 93-55

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-5) 93-55 on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to win fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Tel-Aviv's 28. Maccabi Ashdod forced 21 Hapoel Tel-Aviv turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hapoel Tel-Aviv's players. Guard Orian Amsalem (178-92) notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Liran Buchris (167-85) supported her with 11 points and 6 assists. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Even 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by American guard Rachel Jones (170-87, college: St.Mary's (TX)) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Her fellow American import power forward Sara Rabinovitch (178, college: New York U.) added 12 points for the guests. Maccabi Ashdod maintains fourth position with 9-5 record. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet higher ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Elitzur Netanya (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: R.Montgomery 15+1reb+2ast, D.Yahalomi 13+2reb+1ast, A.Anderson 12+4reb+1ast, O.Amsalem 12+7reb+3ast, L.Buchris 11+3reb+6ast, K.Levitsky 11+5reb+3ast
Hapoel T-A: R.Jones 34+7reb+3ast, S.Rabinovitch 12+4reb+1ast, D.Dekel 6+5reb+2ast, B.Ben-Moshe 3+6reb, S.Alterman 0, D.Sanford 0+6reb+2ast
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Elitzur R.Le-Zion - Ramat Hen 68-88

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (10-4) crushed on the road 9th ranked Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (3-11) 88-68 on Monday. The game without a history. Maccabi Ramat Hen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ramat Hen forced 26 Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas, agency: 540 Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) supported her with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Five Maccabi Ramat Hen players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ramat Hen's coach Shiki Falah used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks by forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion. Guard Ashley Barlow (175-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: Merit Sports) added 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Maccabi Ramat Hen has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Electra Ramat. Newly promoted Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Elitzur Holon. Maccabi Ramat Hen will meet at home Maccabi Ashdod (#4) in the next round. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hen: I.Latta 22+3reb+6ast, A.Walker 20+8reb+1ast, T.Jackson 20+12reb+5ast, M.Epstain 11+3reb+5ast, S.Gigi 10+5reb+3ast, K.Agassi 3+1reb+1ast
Elitzur R.Le-Zion: A.Barlow 19+8reb+4ast, L.Williams 18+4reb+2ast, J.Robbins 18+18reb+4ast, E.Yaari 4+1ast, S.Shabtai 4+5reb+1ast, S.Menashe 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 112123


H.R. Le-Zion - Electra Ramat 69-57

The most important game in the last round took place in Rishon Le-Zion between second ranked Electra Ramat (10-4) and sixth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (8-6) on Monday night. Electra Ramat was defeated by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion on the road 57-69. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. Electra Ramat managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion dominated on the defensive end, holding Electra Ramat to just 7 points in first quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Danielle McCray (180-87, college: Kansas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Khadijah Whittington (186-86, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 7 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Lindsey Wilson (176-81, college: Iowa St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Electra Ramat. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Raanana Her. Electra Ramat lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Ramat Hen. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion is looking forward to face Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9) on the road in the next round. Electra Ramat will play against Elitzur Holon (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
H.R. Le-Zion: D.McCray 19+11reb+3ast, A.Clark 17+3reb+1ast, I.Mizrachi 15+1reb+4ast, K.Whittington 7+12reb+3ast, R.Ross 6+5reb+8ast, K.Nechama 3+1reb
Electra Ramat: C.Black 17+9reb, L.Wilson 12+10reb+6ast, C.Little 10+4reb+2ast, M.Dori 9+3reb+2ast, A.Cohen 6+1reb+1ast, N.Ganor 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 108052


Raanana Her. - Elitzur Holon 86-72

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Elitzur Holon (3-11) lost on the road to fifth ranked Raanana Hertzeliya (8-6) 86-72 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Raanana Hertzeliya dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Holon's 38. Raanana Hertzeliya looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Jene Morris (175-87, college: San Diego St.) notched 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Christi Thomas (191-82) supported her with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds by American forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Holon. International forward Bar Galinski (181-92) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Four Elitzur Holon players scored in double figures. Raanana Hertzeliya has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 8-6 record, which they share with H.R. Le-Zion. Elitzur Holon lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Elitzur R.Le-Zion. Raanana Hertzeliya will meet league's leader Elitzur Ramla on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Holon will play against the league's second-placed Electra Ramat (#2) in Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Raanana Her.: J.Morris 24+5reb+5ast, C.Thomas 22+9reb+1ast, B.January 14+5reb+10ast, S.Sharon 9+3reb+1ast, H.Izhar 9+1ast, S.Levi 6+4reb
Elitzur Holon: K.Gardin 19+19reb+3ast, S.Bobbitt 18+4ast, B.Galinski 16+10reb+1ast, S.Lynette Sam 13+9reb+3ast, C.Shtain 4+3reb, H.Segal 2
gschID: 108053




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Italian A1 round 12 best performance: Geraldine Robert - by Eurobasket News
Gabonese-French forward Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Umbertide, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while her team beat Umana Reyer (#7, 5-7) 65-54. Umbertide is placed at 2nd position in Italian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Umbertide will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Robert turned to be Umbertide's top player in her first season with the team. Geraldine Robert has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.5ppg), rebounds (5th best: 9.7rpg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 55.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) of Lucca. Willis had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Lucca cruised to a 54-45 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Comense (#6, 6-6). Lucca's 8th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Willis is a newcomer at Lucca, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.7ppg (#7). She also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75, agency: Merit Sports) of Pozzuoli (#12). Dixon scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Dixon's great performance Pozzuoli lost 55-67 to the higher-ranked Faenza (#5, 7-5). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Pozzuoli can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dixon she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Dixon has a very solid season. In 10 games in Italy she scored 13.1ppg. She also has 4.7rpg and 3.2spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) of Umbertide - 18 points and 4 assists
5. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80) of Bracco Geas - 10 points and 14 rebounds
6. Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83) of Familia Schio - 11 points and 10 rebounds
7. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85) of Faenza - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Shamela Hampton (191-C-87) of Lucca - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85) of Vomero NA - 10 points and 13 rebounds
10. Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) of Comense - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Best players of Latvian LSBL round 12 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for TTT Kadetes and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 16-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team beat Liepajas (#7, 2-12) in overtime 79-74. TTT Kadetes maintains the 5th position in Latvian LSBL. TTT Kadetes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. Veidere turned to be TTT Kadetes' top player in her first season with the team. Veidere has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 3.3bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86) of SK Cesis. Lisnere impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Cesis was edged by the higher-ranked LU (#3, 11-3) 75-73. Cesis are still at the very bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Cesis managed to get this year. Lisnere is a newcomer at Cesis and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Eva Pavlovska (176-G/F-89) of second-ranked RTU-Merks Riga. Pavlovska scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of RTU-Merks, leading her team to a 69-63 win against the lower-ranked Daugavpils (#6, 4-10). RTU-Merks needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Pavlovska has a great season in Latvia. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90) of TTT Riga - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) of TTT Riga - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of TTT Riga - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Laura Purina (171-G-90) of LU - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) of TTT Juniores - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kristina Egle (177-F-86) of Daugavpils - 21 points and 10 rebounds
10. Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) of TTT Juniores - 12 points and 10 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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Diekirch League Round 15: Leader Musel Pikes get another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Musel Pikes delivered the fourteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked AB Contern (7-8) 85-59 in Stadrbredimus. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. AB Contern managed to win fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Musel Pikes forced 22 AB Contern turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Christine Fisher (183-F-83) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Magaly Meynadier (170-91) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Musel Pikes' coach Erny Gruskovnjak felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Stephanie Geehan (191-88, college: Fairfield) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. AB Contern at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Musel Pikes are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Racing (#10) in Luxembourg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AB Contern will play at home against Amicale (#8) in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Heffingen was quite interesting. Second ranked T71 Dudelange (12-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Heffingen (4-11). T71 Dudelange defeated Heffingen 68-58. It was a good game for American forward Diane Barnes (188-88, college: Miami (FL)) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Wagener contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. T71 Dudelange's coach Jacques Sitz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Christine Spencer (185-87, college: UCSB) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for Heffingen. T71 Dudelange maintains second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Heffingen dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Amicale and Black Star. T71 Dudelange will play against Basket Esch (#4) on the road in the next round. Heffingen will play against Etzella in Ettelbruck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Steinsel was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Residence (9-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Amicale (4-11). Residence defeated Amicale 69-54 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Charlee Underwood who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. The best for the losing side was Mary Van Dyck with 11 points and 4 assists. Residence maintains fourth place with 9-6 record, which they share with Basket Esch. Loser Amicale keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Black Star and Heffingen. Residence will meet at home Black Star (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Amicale will play against AB Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Esch. Local Basket Esch (9-6) outscored 7th ranked Amicale (4-11) 94-58. It was a quality performance for Rachele Fitz who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 20 rebounds. Coach Jean-Francois Manti's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basket Esch has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Residence. Amicale at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be league's second-placed T71 Dudelange at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amicale will play against AB Contern (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 Black Star was crushed by Etzella in Ettelbruck 82-47. Bottom-ranked Racing was beaten by Basket Esch at home 70-83.


Heffingen - T71 Dudelange 58-68

The game in Heffingen was quite interesting. Second ranked T71 Dudelange (12-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Heffingen (4-11). T71 Dudelange defeated Heffingen 68-58. The game was mostly controlled by T71 Dudelange. Heffingen managed to win second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Diane Barnes (188-88, college: Miami (FL)) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Rachel Wagener (168-86) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. T71 Dudelange's coach Jacques Sitz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Christine Spencer (185-87, college: UCSB) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Lena Hetto (184-93) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Heffingen. T71 Dudelange maintains second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Heffingen dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Amicale and Black Star. T71 Dudelange will play against Basket Esch (#4) on the road in the next round. Heffingen will play against Etzella in Ettelbruck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Heffingen: C.Spencer 25+10reb, S.Giver 7, L.Hetto 7+7reb+1ast, V.Bettendorf 6+5reb+1ast, V.Greischer 5+3reb+1ast, J.Putz 5+5reb+1ast
T71 Dudelange: R.Wagener 19+3reb, D.Barnes 12+12reb, A.Kugener 10+9reb, C.Sitz 8+5reb, K.Bruck 6+1reb+1ast, P.Hut 6+2reb
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Musel Pikes - AB Contern 85-59

Leader Musel Pikes delivered the fourteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked AB Contern (7-8) 85-59 in Stadrbredimus. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. AB Contern managed to win fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Musel Pikes forced 22 AB Contern turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Christine Fisher (183-83) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Magaly Meynadier (170-91) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. Musel Pikes' coach Erny Gruskovnjak felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Stephanie Geehan (191-88, college: Fairfield) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds and guard Stephanie Hinger (167-82) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. AB Contern at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Musel Pikes are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Racing (#10) in Luxembourg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AB Contern will play at home against Amicale (#8) in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AB Contern: S.Geehan 27+17reb+1ast, S.Hinger 10+10reb+3ast, A.Ludivig 9+3reb+1ast, L.Kauffmann 8+2reb+2ast, S.Macri 4+3reb, L.Mathieu 1+1ast
Musel Pikes: C.Fisher 24+17reb+3ast, C.Cigrang 21+2reb+3ast, M.Meynadier 17+7reb+4ast, C.Schmit 11+2reb+4ast, I.Mazjoukhina 4+4reb, S.Bertrand 4+6reb
gschID: 103650


Amicale - Residence 54-69

The game in Steinsel was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Residence (9-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Amicale (4-11). Residence defeated Amicale 69-54 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-54. Residence dominated on the defensive end, holding Amicale to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Amicale's 32. Residence forced 26 Amicale turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. International guard Jill Bausch (176-87) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Residence players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Mary Van Dyck (172-85) with 11 points and 4 assists and American forward Joh-Teena Filipe (183-87, college: Fresno St.) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Residence maintains fourth place with 9-6 record, which they share with Basket Esch. Loser Amicale keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Black Star and Heffingen. Residence will meet at home Black Star (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Amicale will play against AB Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amicale: M.Van Dyck 11+4reb+4ast, C.Schuessler 9+1reb, T.Fehlen 8+5reb, K.Thill 7, R.Meintz 7+7reb+1ast, J.Filipe 7+10reb+1ast
Residence: C.Underwood 18+11reb+6ast, J.Bausch 13+7reb+5ast, J.Kremer 11+4reb+1ast, P.Scheuren 10+1reb+2ast, K.Claes 9+9reb+1ast, J.Fischbach 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 103651


Etzella - Black Star 82-47

There was no surprise in Ettelbruck where 7th ranked Black Star (4-11) was crushed by third ranked Etzella (11-4) 82-47. Etzella has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Musel Pikes. Black Star at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Etzella's next round opponent will be Heffingen (#7) on the road. Black Star will play against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 103652


Basket Esch - Amicale 94-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Esch. Local Basket Esch (9-6) outscored 7th ranked Amicale (4-11) 94-58. The game was mostly controlled by Basket Esch. Amicale managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basket Esch dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Amicale's 40. They outrebounded Amicale 51-32 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Basket Esch players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Amicale's players. It was a quality performance for American forward Rachele Fitz (183-87, college: Marist) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 20 rebounds. The former international guard Andrea Haris (169-78) accounted for 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Coach Jean-Francois Manti's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Joh-Teena Filipe (183-87, college: Fresno St.) came up with 8 points and 9 rebounds and forward Nadine Mangen (175-83) added 12 points respectively for Amicale in the defeat. Basket Esch has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Residence. Amicale at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be league's second-placed T71 Dudelange at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amicale will play against AB Contern (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amicale: N.Mangen 12+4reb+2ast, I.Flick 8+5reb, T.Fehlen 8+1ast, J.Filipe 8+9reb+2ast, N.Ney 6+2reb, R.Meintz 6+5reb+2ast
Basket Esch: R.Fitz 28+20reb+2ast, B.Schulte 17+2reb+1ast, A.Haris 13+7reb+6ast, A.Leonard 9+5reb+6ast, A.Szaboova 8+5reb, M.Wewer 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120559


Racing - Basket Esch 70-83

No shocking result in a game in Luxembourg where fifth ranked Basket Esch (9-6) defeated bottom-ranked Racing (1-14) 83-70. It looked good early as Racing took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Basket Esch had a 31-12 second period charge getting the lead and Racing was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-83. Basket Esch dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Racing's 48. Basket Esch had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Rachele Fitz (183-87, college: Marist) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field). The former international guard Andrea Haris (169-78) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Basket Esch's coach Jean-Francois Manti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American swingman Siarre Evans (178-88, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: LBM Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and center Diane Schaefers (185-83) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Racing in the defeat. Basket Esch has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Residence. Racing lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be league's second-placed T71 Dudelange at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Racing will play against the league's leader Musel Pikes (#1) in Stadrbredimus.
Top scorers:
Racing: S.Evans 30+15reb+5ast, F.Schaefers 14+4reb, D.Schaefers 11+8reb+6ast, P.Hublart 9+1reb+1ast, R.Sclisizzi 6+1reb+3ast, M.Brugnoni 0
Basket Esch: R.Fitz 36+15reb+1ast, A.Haris 12+5reb+7ast, J.Schulte 9+5reb+4ast, B.Schulte 9+3reb, M.Wewer 8+1reb, A.Leonard 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 103648




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  NORWAY - Women  


Wood's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old power forward Martina Wood (188-F/C) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Gimle BBK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
She had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Oslo (#7, 0-10) with 61-point margin 90-29. It allowed Gimle to take over top position in the Norwegian Kvinneligaen. Gimle has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. Wood turned to be Gimle's top player in her first season with the team. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wood is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.7ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Nanna Sand (181-F-77) of league's second-best Asker/BV. She is former international forward in her 7th season at Asker/BV. In the last game Sand recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Asker/BV was edged by slightly lower-ranked Ullern (#4, 4-5) 53-50. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Asker/BV still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Sand is one of the most experienced players at Asker/BV and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#8). Her other stats are also decent: 10.8rpg and 4.2apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Gimle BBK's star - guard Sigrun Eskeland (G-83). Eskeland scored 9 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was another key player of Gimle, helping her team with a 62-46 easy win against the lower-ranked Nordstrand (#6, 1-9). Many experts and fans count Gimle as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 10 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Eskeland has a great season in Norway. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (8th best). She also has 2.6spg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anne Flesland (174-G-82) of Gimle - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Hege Blikra (173-G-91) of Ullern - 8 points and 3 rebounds
6. Sigrun Eskeland (G-83) of Gimle - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jennifer Winther (170-G-93) of Gimle - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Oda Austheim (G-83) of Ullern - 6 points and 7 rebounds
9. Guro Nyquist (178-F-83) of Ullern - 20 points and 3 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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  SERBIA - Women  


A League Round 13: Leader Hemofarm Stada gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Hemofarm Stada delivered the eleventh consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Proleter (3-9) 82-50 in Zrenjanin. Hemofarm (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record. Proleter at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Hemofarm Stada are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Loznica (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Proleter will have a break next round.
The game in Kragujevac was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Spartak (7-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Radnicki KG (2-9). Spartak did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 97-80. Spartak maintains fourth place with 7-5 record. Radnicki KG at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Spartak will play against league's second-placed Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG will play on the road against Celarevo (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Crvena Zvezda (8-3) outscored 5th ranked Kovin (6-6) 114-81 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kovin. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. They maintain second place with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader Hemofarm. Loser Kovin keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Crvena Zvezda will meet Spartak (#4) in the next round. Kovin will play against Student Radnicki in Nis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Celarevo defeated Loznica in a road game 60-44.


Crvena Zvezda - Kovin 114-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Crvena Zvezda (8-3) outscored 5th ranked Kovin (6-6) 114-81 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kovin. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. They maintain second place with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader Hemofarm. Loser Kovin keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Crvena Zvezda will meet Spartak (#4) in the next round. Kovin will play against Student Radnicki in Nis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 110283


Radnicki KG - Spartak 80-97

The game in Kragujevac was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Spartak (7-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Radnicki KG (2-9). Spartak did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 97-80. Spartak maintains fourth place with 7-5 record. Radnicki KG at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Spartak will play against league's second-placed Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG will play on the road against Celarevo (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 110284


Loznica - Celarevo 44-60

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Loznica (2-10) was defeated at home by third ranked Celarevo (7-3) 60-44 on Saturday. Celarevo maintains third place with 7-3 record having five points less than leader Hemofarm. Loznica lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Celarevo will meet at home Radnicki KG (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Loznica will play against the league's leader Hemofarm Stada in Vrsac and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110285


Proleter - Hemofarm 50-82

Undefeated leader Hemofarm Stada delivered the eleventh consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Proleter (3-9) 82-50 in Zrenjanin. Hemofarm Stada (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Proleter at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Hemofarm Stada are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Loznica (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Proleter will have a break next round.
gschID: 110286




Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Hemofarm 11-0 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 8-3 
 3. Celarevo 7-3 
 4. Spartak 7-5 
 5. Kovin 6-6 
 6. Student 5-6 
 7. Proleter 3-9 
 8. Radnicki KG 2-9 
 9. Loznica 2-10 
Play in international cups:
 1. Partizan
 2. Radivoj Korac
 3. Vojvodina
 4. Vozdovac


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Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. Helios 13-0 
 2. Fribourg 10-3 
 3. Riva Basket 8-5 
 4. Pully 8-5 
 5. Basel 6-7 
 6. Highflyers 4-9 
 7. Nyon 2-11 
 8. Hope-GBA 1-12 


LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Greene, Pully32.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg29.2 
 3. Diouf, Pully26.8 
 4. Villarroel, Helios25.6 
 5. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 6. Edwards, Riva B.24.3 
 7. Sissoko, Helios24.0 
 8. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 9. Griffith, Highflyers19.1 
 10. Skouby, Basel18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Greene, Pully17.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg15.7 
 3. Sissoko, Helios12.8 
 4. Hamlin, Highflyers10.9 
 5. Klimowicz, Nyon10.7 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 7. Skouby, Basel10.2 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.10.0 
 9. Griffith, Highflyers9.6 
 10. Villarroel, Helios7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Diouf, Pully6.2 
 2. Villarroel, Helios5.0 
 3. Yanni, Basel3.6 
 4. Heckendorn, Basel3.6 
 5. Greene, Pully3.3 
 6. Dorestand, Highf.3.2 
 7. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 8. Annibale, Riva Basket2.9 
 9. Gavin, Pully2.6 
 10. Sakica, Highflyers2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Diouf, Pully4.7 
 2. Greene, Pully4.6 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.0 
 4. Gur, Nyon3.8 
 5. Kershaw, Helios3.3 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon3.3 
 7. Dorestand, Highf.3.2 
 8. Trahan, Fribourg3.1 
 9. Edwards, Riva B.3.1 
 10. Sissoko, Helios3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.2 
 2. Hamlin, Highflyers1.8 
 3. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.1.4 
 5. Skouby, Basel1.4 
 6. Favre, Nyon1.2 
 7. Trahan, Fribourg1.0 
 8. Yanni, Basel0.9 
 9. Greene, Pully0.9 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers0.8 


LNA Round 13: ranking respected - by Melanie Nussbaumer
SC Uni Basel - BC Elfic Fribourg 72-79 (38-33)
Fribourg grabbed their 10th win in Basel Saturday. Basel has not been able to find an answer to the impressive domination of Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City): she scored 40 points, with a perfect 8/8 at the free throw line and took 14 rebounds.
To note a good performance of Marisa Heckendorn (170-F-84) on Uni Basel side, with a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Campo (168-G-85, college: Toledo) added 21 points, Aminata-Imgrueth Yanni (183-F-82, college: Illinois) 11points, and best scorer Megan Skouby (193-C-86, college: Iowa) 22points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Riva Basket - Lu-Town Highflyers 82-74 (39-41)
Despite a good pourcentage behind the three point line 5/7 (71.4%), Lu-Town was not able to beat the third ranked team.
Best player and new comer in the league, Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa St.) finishes with 31points and 13 rebounds. Followed by Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 22points and 8 rebounds for Riva.
3 top players for the Highflyers are : Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) with 29points, 6 rebounds; JoAnn Hamlin (191-F/C-86, college: Iowa) 18points, 9 rebounds; and Vanessa Dorestand (169-G-92) 15points, 5 assists.

Sdent Helios - Esperance Pully 107-65 (61-30)
From the beginning, Helios put a great defensive pressure on their opponent and forced Pully to loose the ball 27 times during the game. Pully scored only 6points in the 1st quarter (all by Mariesa Greene (183-F, college: Barry)). Clear domination at the rebound with 47 rebounds for Helio against 21 for Pully. 4 players finishes with double digits for Helios: Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) 28 points and 13 rebounds; Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, agency: LBM Management, college: Oklahoma) 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists; Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) 17 points and Sarah Kershaw (180-F/C-85) 10 points, 9 rebounds.
For Pully, best scorers are Mariesa Greene (183-F, college: Barry) 29 points, 10 rebounds and Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) 27 points (with 4/6 behind the arc and 7/7 at the free throw line) and 5 assists.

Nyon Basket - Hope-GBA 57-48 (35-26)
Nyon takes its second win of the season against Hope-GBA.
Leading scorers for Nyon: Hillary Klimowicz (191-F/C-87, college: TCNJ) 27 points and Natacha Berrut-Marechaud (165-G-91) 11 points
For Hope-GBA: Anissa Toumi (182-C/F-92) 12 points and Dorothee Studer (168-G-92) 11 points.



LNA Round 13: Helios defeat Pully in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Helios (13-0) which hosted in Vetroz 3rd placed Pully (8-5). Leader Helios had an easy win 107-65. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pully. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pully to just 6 points in first quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Pully's 36 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Helios forced 27 Pully turnovers and outrebounded them 47-21 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) contributed with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for Pully. Undefeated Helios have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Pully at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Riva Basket. Helios are looking forward to face Highflyers (#6) in Luzern in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pully will play at home against Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Nyon managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Hope-GBA 57-48. American power forward Hillary Klimowicz (191-87, college: TCNJ) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and Natacha Berrut-Marechaud chipped in 11 points and 6 steals. At the losing side guard Dorothee Studer (168-92) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Hope-GBA's coach Billy Karageorgakis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nyon (2-11) moved-up to seventh place. Hope-GBA lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Nyon will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hope-GBA will play against Riva Basket (#3) in Riva San Vitale to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Basel was quite interesting. Second ranked Fribourg (10-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Basel (6-7). Fribourg managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Saturday. Celeste Trahan nailed a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) for the winning side. Megan Skouby came up with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Basel in the defeat. Fribourg maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Helios. Newly promoted Basel keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Fribourg will meet at home Nyon (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basel will play against Pully and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Highflyers was beaten by Riva Basket on the road 82-74.


Riva Basket - Highflyers 82-74

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Riva Basket (8-5) beat 6th ranked Highflyers (4-9) in Riva San Vitale 82-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Riva Basket made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Highflyers only scored eleven points from the stripe. American power forward Brittany Wilkins (191-83, college: Iowa St., agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and her fellow American import power forward Traci Edwards (188-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of her fourteen free throws !!!). Riva Basket's coach Piergiorgio Manfre used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) came up with 29 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward JoAnn Hamlin (191-86, college: Iowa) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Highflyers in the defeat. Four Highflyers players scored in double figures. Riva Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Pully. Newly promoted Highflyers keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Riva Basket will meet bottom-ranked Hope-GBA (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Highflyers will play against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Highflyers: J.Griffith 29+6reb+2ast, J.Hamlin 18+9reb+3ast, V.Dorestand 15+2reb+5ast, V.Sakica 10+4reb+6ast, G.Pedrazzini 2+7reb, S.Eisenring 0
Riva Basket: B.Wilkins 31+13reb+1ast, T.Edwards 22+8reb+3ast, J.Jakab 10+3reb+1ast, L.Bordoli 9+2ast, L.Travaini 7+2reb+2ast, F.Annibale 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107451


Helios - Pully 107-65

An interesting game for Helios (13-0) which hosted in Vetroz 3rd placed Pully (8-5). Leader Helios had an easy win 107-65. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pully. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pully to just 6 points in first quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Pully's 36 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Helios forced 27 Pully turnovers and outrebounded them 47-21 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) contributed with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Helios players scored in double figures. American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) added 27 points and 5 assists (made all of her seven free throws) in the effort for Pully. Helios have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Pully at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Riva Basket. Helios are looking forward to face Highflyers (#6) in Luzern in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pully will play at home against Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pully: M.Greene 29+10reb+1ast, D.Diouf 27+3reb+5ast, T.Zali 4+2reb+1ast, S.Pasche 3+2reb+1ast, V.Sindihebura 2, S.Monteiro 0+2ast
Helios: D.Sissoko 28+13reb, M.Villarroel 25+12reb+7ast, J.Michaux 17+2reb+4ast, S.Kershaw 10+9reb+2ast, C.Turin 8+2reb+1ast, L.Volpe 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107452


Nyon - Hope-GBA 57-48

Bottom-ranked Nyon managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Hope-GBA 57-48. The game without a history. Nyon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Hillary Klimowicz (191-87, college: TCNJ) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and guard Natacha Berrut-Marechaud (165-91) chipped in 11 points and 6 steals. At the losing side guard Dorothee Studer (168-92) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sarah Cavin (178-92) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Hope-GBA's coach Billy Karageorgakis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nyon (2-11) moved-up to seventh place. Hope-GBA lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Nyon will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hope-GBA will play against Riva Basket (#3) in Riva San Vitale to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hope-GBA: A.Toumi 12+3reb, D.Studer 11+7reb+2ast, S.Cavin 9+7reb+1ast, G.Thuerler 4+1reb+2ast, A.Rieder 4+4reb+1ast, M.Kolly 4+2reb
Nyon: H.Klimowicz 27+16reb+1ast, N.Berrut-Marechaud 11+4reb+2ast, G.Gur 9+4reb+1ast, M.Favre 8+5reb+1ast, J.Mullauer 2+2reb+3ast, L.Balmat 0
gschID: 107453


Basel - Fribourg 72-79

The game in Basel was quite interesting. Second ranked Fribourg (10-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Basel (6-7). Fribourg managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 29-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Fribourg forced 21 Basel turnovers. American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) for the winning side and guard Lara Thalmann (172-88) accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) came up with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Jessica Campo (168-85, college: Toledo) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Basel in the defeat. Four Basel players scored in double figures. Fribourg maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Helios. Newly promoted Basel keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Fribourg will meet at home Nyon (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basel will play against Pully and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basel: M.Skouby 22+8reb+5ast, J.Campo 21+5reb+1ast, M.Heckendorn 12+10reb+2ast, A.Yanni 11+6reb+2ast, N.Girod 4+2reb, E.Moldovanyi 2+3reb+2ast
Fribourg: C.Trahan 40+14reb+2ast, L.Thalmann 8+5reb+4ast, M.Sabo 8+3reb, D.Bozovic 7+6reb+3ast, L.Mazzocchi 6+3reb+1ast, P.Winkler 5+3reb
gschID: 107450




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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings - UBL - by Alexei Revenko
Higher League Standings
Group 1
 1. Regina 9-1 
 2. Tim-Scuf 7-1 
 3. Suzirja 6-4 
 4. Vinnytsia 2-8