EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/21/2011

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  ABA   


Tryout for the Carolina Jaguars - by Bruno Baltazar
If you believe in yourself and in your basketball skills then this is your tryout to be taken place in NC in Raleigh/Durham,this tryout will count with former NBA player Jeff Sanders and will bring also people from out of state!

You can read the article from Johnny Tyson
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You can contact Johnny Tyson also via his email johnnyltyson54@yahoo.com


Or Levonder Brinkley at levonder.brinkley@gmail.com or Mr. Stevenson at tommystevenson59@gmail.com

The registration fees are 125 but if its early is 100 dolllars for a chance to make it to a good league having minuts and numbers to produce to compete for a championship,moving your career further...



Dallas Impact roster Changes - by Gianni Pascucci
(courtesy of team GM Tyler Gatlin) Forward Ryan Randle (6'9''-F-81, college: Maryland) has left the team and is now playing in France. The Impact has added three new, talented players: Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist), T.J.Johnson and C.J. Carter (6'3''-G).

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  ACPBL   


Tri-City Suns join ACPBL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League has announced yesterday that, otherwise than previously announced, the Virginia Avengers won' t join the league this season, due to being unable to secure a venue on the short notice.
The new ACPBL team will be the Tri-City Suns professional basketball team. This team is a former American Basketball Association (ABA) playoff team from last season and will fuly replace the GreenHawks in league schedule.

In consequence:
**Everyone who was scheduled to play the Washington GreenHawks should now replace that opponent with the Tri-City Suns.
**This opponent change only effects the Hudson Valley Kingz, Tru Hope Trailblazers and Beltway Bombers.




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Draper, Cedevita18.9 
 4. Zoric, KK.18.7 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.4 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Car, Zadar17.3 
 8. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.3 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.3 
 10. Young, Crvena Z.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Zoric, KK.8.5 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.1 
 3. Harvey, Igokea7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Kasun, KK.6.7 
 6. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.6 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.3 
 8. Booker, Krka6.1 
 9. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 10. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.8 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.8 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.5 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.3 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 6. Nissim, CEZ N.3.9 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Stipcevic, Cibona3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.8 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.2 
 3. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 6. Car, Zadar1.9 
 7. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 8. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.8 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.1 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.0.9 
 4. Vesely, Partizan0.8 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 7. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.8 
 8. Jawai, Partizan0.7 
 9. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Sionista sneak past Capitanes - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes de Arecibo - Sionista 72:73

Sionista registered the first win at Liga Americas Group D. They upset hosting Capitanes de Arecibo on Day 2 of action. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record. Pedro Franco (187-G-81) led the Argentinean team with 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists.
The visitors set the tone early. Sionista outscored the home side 20:14 in the opening term. Capitanes failed to erase the deficit in the second quarter as they trailed by 8 points at halftime. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) dragged Capitanes de Arecibo closer in the third term but Sionista still led by three heading into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but a number of mistakes late in regulation cost Capitanes the game. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) fired 18 points for Sionista. Diego Osella (207-F/C-69) had 11 points for the winners. Daniel Santiago answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Larry Ayuso finished with 17 points in defeat.

Capitanes de Arecibo: Daniel Santiago 23, Larry Ayuso 17
Sionista: Pedro Franco 19, Cleotis Brown 18, Diego Osella 11



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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Ervin, Hawks22.7 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.7 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.6 
 4. Worthington, Blaze17.9 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.8 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.2 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans15.3 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.2 
 10. Wilkinson, Breakers14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.4 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.8 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.8 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.3 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 7. Williams, Tigers7.1 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.9 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gibson, Blaze5.8 
 2. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 3. Williams, Tigers4.7 
 4. Ervin, Hawks4.7 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.7 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.7 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Penney, Breakers1.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.4 
 6. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 10. Hill, 36ers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.2 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 3. Gilder, Sydney K.1.4 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.4 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.9 


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 11-2 
 2. Rudupis 10-4 
 3. TU/Rock 10-5 
 4. Nevezis 9-4 
 5. Ventspils 9-4 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 8-5 
 7. Siauliai 8-7 
 8. Norrkoping 6-8 
 9. Perlas 5-10 
 10. Liepaja 5-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 3-11 
 12. Valmiera 1-15 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Neptunas 7-3 
 2. Zemgale 6-3 
 3. Alytus Alita 4-6 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-6 
 5. Naglis-Adakris 2-6 
Group B
 1. Juventus 8-2 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-4 
 3. Techasas 5-4 
 4. Sakalai 3-5 
 5. Rakvere 2-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Osby, TT.18.9 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.7 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.7 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja16.3 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas15.5 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Osby, TT.11.8 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.1 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 4. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.3 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.2 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.8 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.6 
 2. Kriisa, TT.5.5 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.2 
 4. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 6. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.8 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Rakvere
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 4. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 6. Andzejevskis, Valmi.1.9 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 8. Pilk, TT.1.9 
 9. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.2 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.1 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.1 
 10. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 


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  BRAZIL   


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


Unitri/Universto trounce Flamengo - by Eurobasket News
Unitri/Universo scorched Flamengo 89:68 in the postponed game of Round 12 of NBB. The victory propelled the winners at 8-3 record in the third spot in the ladder. Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) knocked down 20 points, while Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) top-scored with 22 points to lead the winners. The game never looked like an easy jog for Unitri/Universo in the first half. Flamengo led by two points at halftime 35:33. But the hosts exploded with 37 points in the third term to run away for good. Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) finished with 14 points in the winning effort. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points for Flamengo as they slipped at 6-2 record.
Vivo/Franca rallied past Minas 100:80 in the postponed game of Round 2. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) stepped up with 23 points for Vivo/Franca. Ricardo Probst (200-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points in the win. Raul Neto (184-G-92) answered with 23 points for Minas. Vivo/Franca reached 7-3 record, while Minas slipped at 6-5.



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  BULGARIA   


Tsvetelin Ivanov moves to Balkan - by Eurobasket News
Balkan has continued with retooling of its roster. After letting several players go, the club has brought in a new face. According to the reports from Bulgarian media, the club has reached agreement with Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89). Ivanov started the season as member of Chernomorets where he was playing well. Now he is set to join his new teammates in the coming days and should make his debut in the next round of NBL.
Tsvetelin Ivanov is a product of Levski Sophia youth system and he played for Levski junior Team during 2005-2006 season. He made he made his senior debut, appearing in 32 games and averaging 1.8 points per game. In 2008, Ivanov played in 4 BIBL matches and has scored 4.0 points and grabbed 1.3 rebounds per game, while in Bulgarian League, he averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 boards in 9 games. He has also helped Levski win the National Cup that season. Last season, he moved to Romania where he agreed a deal with Cuadripol SCM Brasov. In 24 games played he averaged 13.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. This season he returned to Bulgaria where he signed for Chernomoretes. He posted averages of 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 14 games played. Ivanov has so far represented Bulgaria at U16 and U18 level. In 2007 he was a member of U18 Bulgaria National Team which played at the U18 European Championship in Spain. In 5 games, he averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. He also played at the U20 European Championships Division B in FYR Macedonia in 2009.


Division A Round 11: NSA loses to Rilski 2 in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News
Division A is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left.

The most shocking disappointment of round 11 in the Division A was a home defeat of 4th placed NSA (6-4) by seventh ranked Rilski 2 (5-5) who outscored them by 25 points 98-73. It ended the two-game winning streak of NSA. NSA was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rilski 2 made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Rilski 2 had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by NSA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Stanislav Vaklinov (206-F-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Lubomir Kirov (195-89) helped adding 29 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Rilski 2 moved-up to sixth place. NSA at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Balkan 2. Rilski 2 are looking forward to face higher ranked Academik Plovdiv (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NSA will play against Vidabasket and is hoping to win this game.
Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (10-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Sportist Svoge (2-8) 97-58. It was a quality performance for guard Christian Borisov (188-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals. Hristo Gospodinov accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitar Stanislavov (190-84) came up with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Sportist Svoge in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Dunav 2007 have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Sportist Svoge at the other side keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Dunav 2007 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sportist Svoge will play at home against Balkan 2 (#5) in Botevgrad and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Balkan 2 (6-4) 73-63 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Ivaylo Vuchkov who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Yavor Ivanov produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Academic Blagoevgrad's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan 2 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with NSA. Academic Blagoevgrad lost their tenth game in a row. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with ten games lost. Balkan 2 will meet Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Cherno More U18 in Varna and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 11 Vidabasket won against Chavdar on the opponent's court 101-91. Academik PL managed to outperform Cherno More U18 in a home game 80-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 21 rebounds by Martin Horozov of Academik PL.


Sportist Svoge - Dunav 2007 58-97

Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (10-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Sportist Svoge (2-8) 97-58. The game was mostly controlled by Dunav 2007. Sportist Svoge managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunav 2007 forced 36 Sportist Svoge turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Sportist Svoge's players. It was a quality performance for guard Christian Borisov (188-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. The former international guard Dimitar Stanislavov (190-84) came up with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Zlatko Zapryanov (199-87) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Sportist Svoge in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dunav 2007 have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Sportist Svoge at the other side keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Dunav 2007 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sportist Svoge will play at home against Balkan 2 (#5) in Botevgrad and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: M.Vassilev 10+3reb+2ast, D.Stanislavov 10+5reb+4ast, Z.Zapryanov 9+5reb+2ast, G.Kunov 8+7reb+1ast, I.Iliev 8, K.Grigorov 5+2reb+1ast
Dunav 2007: C.Borisov 22+5reb+11ast, H.Gospodinov 21+10reb+2ast, V.Nikolov 15+4reb+1ast, K.Kostov 10+2ast, N.Nikolov 10+5reb+3ast, L.Paskov 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 113095


Chavdar - Vidabasket 91-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Chavdar's (3-7) home loss to eighth ranked Vidabasket (4-5) 91-101 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 35-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vidabasket made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Simeon Vangelov (192-93) who scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Yanko Yankov (196-88) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Power forward Krassimir Koev (202-81) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and guard Peter Hristov (194-90) added 12 points and 9 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Chavdar's coach Perat Petrov rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Vidabasket. They moved-up to seventh place. Chavdar lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Vidabasket will meet higher ranked NSA (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chavdar will play against the league's second-placed Beroe (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: K.Koev 20+15reb+2ast, P.Lalev 15+3reb+2ast, V.Kukenski 14+3reb+1ast, P.Ignatovski 13+7reb+1ast, P.Hristov 12+4reb+9ast, V.Dimitrov 10+1ast
Vidabasket: S.Vangelov 31+6reb+5ast, Y.Yankov 19+4reb+5ast, T.Kirov 16+5reb+1ast, T.Kolev 15+2reb, J.Kolev 13+6reb+1ast, A.Mihailov 4+1reb
gschID: 113091


NSA - Rilski 2 73-98

The most shocking disappointment of round 11 in the Division A was a home defeat of 4th placed NSA (6-4) by seventh ranked Rilski 2 (5-5) who outscored them by 25 points 98-73. It ended the two-game winning streak of NSA. NSA was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rilski 2 made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Rilski 2 had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by NSA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Lubomir Kirov (195-89) helped adding 29 points and 8 rebounds. Four Rilski 2 players scored in double figures. Forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Plamen Hristov (197-91) scored 16 points. Rilski 2 moved-up to sixth place. NSA at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Balkan 2. Rilski 2 are looking forward to face higher ranked Academik Plovdiv (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NSA will play against Vidabasket and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
NSA: G.Tomov 24+7reb+2ast, P.Hristov 16+3reb, D.Klechkov 11+2reb+1ast, E.Petrov 6+7reb+1ast, L.Zhechev 6+8reb+2ast, D.Dikov 6+1reb+4ast
Rilski 2: L.Kirov 29+8reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 26+14reb+3ast, K.Georgiev 15+7reb+1ast, M.Dimitar 14+6reb+5ast, D.Ivanov 7+1reb+3ast, D.Vardarov 5+2ast
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Academik PL - Cherno More U18 80-71

Rather predictable result when third ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-3) defeated at home 6th ranked Cherno More U18 (4-6) 80-71 on Sunday. Cherno More U18 was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-11 charge of Academik Plovdiv, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Cherno More U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Academik Plovdiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Martin Horozov (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 21 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Anton Dikov (191-94) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Cherno More U18's coach Galin Stoyanov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 7-3 record having just three points less than leader Dunav 2007. Cherno More U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home Rilski 2 (#6) in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play against Academic Blagoevgrad and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: A.Dikov 23+6reb+2ast, N.Stoyanov 17+5reb+3ast, D.Vutev 14+5reb+1ast, A.Natskin 7+6reb+3ast, G.Yankov 6+2reb+4ast, D.Petrov 2+5reb+3ast
Academik PL: M.Horozov 30+21reb+1ast, V.Petleshkov 21+6reb, D.Horozov 18+8reb+5ast, N.Paskalev 5+1reb+1ast, M.Penev 2+5reb, J.Novachev 2+3reb
gschID: 113093


Academik BL - Balkan 2 63-73

Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Balkan 2 (6-4) 73-63 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Balkan 2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Rajko Dundalov (199-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Balkan 2 players scored in double figures. The former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Nikolay Manov (187-91) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Academic Blagoevgrad's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan 2 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with NSA. Academic Blagoevgrad lost their tenth game in a row. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with ten games lost. Balkan 2 will meet Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Cherno More U18 in Varna and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Academik BL: Y.Ivanov 20+6reb+2ast, N.Manov 15+7reb+2ast, B.Tenev 12+5reb+3ast, I.Kraikov 6+8reb+2ast, P.Todorov 6+2reb+1ast, L.Jordanov 2+2reb
Balkan 2: I.Vuchkov 19+7reb+4ast, N.Marinov 16+1reb+6ast, R.Dundalov 13+11reb, P.Donchev 13+3reb+1ast, P.Petkov 8+2reb+2ast, D.Hristov 4+1ast
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Devin Green will likely join Lukoil Academic - by Christomir Rackov
Lukoil Academic will make a new transfer. The champions of Bulgaria will sign American Green Devin (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton). Last he played for Shangai Sharks but was released from the club. The signing of Green means that most likely one of Brandon Bowman or Damjan Stojanovski will leave the club.

Green can play both shooting guard and small forward positions. So far in his career he has enjoyed spells in a lot of teams. In season 2005/2006 he was in LA Lakers and played 27 games there. Then he played for RheinEnergie in Germany, Teramo in Italy, Oostende in Belgium, Dnipro in Ukraine, Olimpia Larissa in Greece, Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rico and Guangdong and Shanghai most recently in China.

Green is expected to come in the next few days in order to help Lukoil Academic in its quest in FIBA EuroChallenge. Next game for the team is on Tuesday and it will be against Spartak St. Petersburg.



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The Canadians in the PBL - by Eurobasket News
Saint John Mill Rats
Current Record: 1-3 (last in the PBL's East Division)
This is the Mill Rats first year in Saint John after spending their first few seasons in Manchester, New Hampshire. As the first professional basketball franchise to play in Saint John, the team now plays in Harbour Station that has a seating capacity of 6,600, a step up from the facilities in Manchester. The team became the third Canadian franchise in the Premier Basketball League joining the Halifax Rainmen and Quebec Kebs as the other Canadian PBL franchises.

The Mill Rats have had a slow start to the 2011 PBL season, with just one win in their first four games. The Millrats recently lost to the top team in the PBL, a 117-94 loss to the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry. The Cavalry, who are the defending PBL champs, beat the Halifax Rainmen earlier in the week. The leading scorers for Saint John have been Marc Egerson (20.5 ppg) and forward, Terry Martin (17.75 ppg). Egerson, the former Georgetown Hoya, was drafted fourth overall in the 2010 PBL Draft.

Saint John is coached by Jaren Jackson, a former NBA Champion who played with the San Antonio Spurs, when they won a championship back in '99.

The Canadian Content on the Mill Rats
On this roster is University of New Brunswick alumni, 6-3 guard, Mike Anderson (201-F-86, college: Va Commonwealth). Anderson is averaging 3.25 ppg for the Mill Rats this season. Also, on Saint John is 6-11 Forward-Centre, Jeffrey Ferguson, out of Toronto, who is averaging 7.7 ppg.

Up Next
Saint John faces off against the Rochester Razorsharks this Friday and then will play their Maritime rival, the Halifax Rainmen, on January 29th.



Quebec Kebs
Current Record: 3-2 (2nd in the PBL's East Division)
The Kebs, who were 4-16 last season, look to be much improved this season. Under a new coach, Rob Spon, the Kebs have had three early wins in their first five games. Spon has previous PBL coaching experience with the Manchester Millrats and Maryland GreenHawks which included playoff experience with the Manchester Millrats.

With wins over Vermont, Dayton and Saint John, the Kebs' goal will be looking to secure a playoff seed in the East division. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) has been impressive for the Kebs as the leading scorer with 19.8 ppg to go along with his 7.8 rpg, 4.6 apg and 2.8 spg.

The Canadian Content on the Kebs
The Kebs have a few Canadian players on the squad with guys like Samuel Audet-Sow (198-F-80) (Laval), Cordell Jeanty (Toronto) and Kebs veteran, Jonas Pierre (Montreal).

Up Next
Quebec plays twice this week at home. First, against the expansion Dayton Air Strikers on Saturday and then they face off against the Rochester Razorsharks on Sunday.

Courtesy of http://northpolehoops.com




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Chinese CBA round 17 best performance: Leon Rodgers - by Eurobasket News
American forward Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shanxi Zh., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (43 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Shanghai (#10, 6-10) 126-124. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Shanxi Zh. maintains the 14th position in Chinese CBA. Shanxi Zh. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-11 record. In the team's last game Rodgers had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 16 attempts. He turned to be Shanxi Zh.'s top player in his first season with the team. Leon Rodgers averages this season 25.5ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS. Gaines had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Qingdao DS lost that game 86-121 to the lower-ranked Jilin (#15, 4-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Qingdao DS managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Gaines is a newcomer at Qingdao DS, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.1ppg (#1). He also registered 13.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai (#10). Harris scored 28 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Harris' great performance Shanghai lost 124-126 to the lower-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#14, 5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Shanghai not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could try to bring Shanghai's a little bit higher in the standings. Harris has individually a great season in China. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Shanghai - 39 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Shanxi Zh. - 29 points and 11 rebounds
7. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79) of Shanxi Zh. - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James Singleton (203-F-81) of Xinjiang - 26 points and 5 rebounds

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


Rafer Alston joins Zhejiang - by Eurobasket News
Zhejiang Guangsha brought in former NBA player. The Lions have agreed on terms of contract with Rafer Alston (188-G-76, college: Fresno St.). The 34-year-old guard will spend the reminder of the season with the Lions. Rafer Alston started the previous season in the New Jersey Nets. He tallied 9.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. Later the guard moved to the Miami Heat. His stats read 6.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. It is the first overseas contract for Rafer Alston. The experienced player is also known as a streetball legend under the nickname of Skip To My Lou. Rafer Alston helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals back in 2009.


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32.1
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.1 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang29.0 
 3. Morris, Beijing28.7 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 5. Wright, Jiangsu27.8 
 6. Lamizana, TianJ.27.4 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan27.1 
 8. Brown, Qingdao DS26.2 
 9. Emmett, Fujian26.2 
 10. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Jones, Fujian17.6 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.14.8 
 3. Harris, Shanghai14.1 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Oyedeji, Foshan13.8 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 7. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.6 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu12.3 
 10. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.12.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.6 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.1 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu6.1 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan5.2 
 5. Brown, Qingdao DS5.1 
 6. Green, Shanghai4.9 
 7. Lu, Fujian4.8 
 8. Douby, Xinjiang4.7 
 9. Jones, Guandong4.6 
 10. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Crittenton, Zhejia.3.6 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu3.4 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan3.2 
 5. Emmett, Fujian2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.7 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan2.7 
 8. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.6 
 9. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 10. Smith, Liaoning2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.4.1 
 2. Jones, Fujian2.4 
 3. Moiso, Jiangsu2.1 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.0 
 5. Watkins, Jilin2.0 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing1.7 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 9. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.6 


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A1 Round 11: Vrijednosnice OS defeats leader KK Split - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KK Split (8-3) in Darda on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (4-7) 82-64. The game was mostly controlled by Vrijednosnice OS. KK Split managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vrijednosnice OS shot 66.7 percent from the field. Vrijednosnice OS outrebounded KK Split 24-10 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) contributed with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ante Grgurevic (199-75, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for KK Split. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dubrava and Trogir. KK Split at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Vrijednosnice OS is looking forward to face Dubrava (#8) in Zagreb in the next round. KK Split will play at home against Zabok (#5) in Zabok and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Alkar Sinj (7-4) against seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-6) on Friday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Kvarner 2010 in a tough game in Rijeka 71-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Alkar Sinj. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Dubrovnik and Zabok. Alkar Sinj at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Borik. Kvarner 2010 will play against bottom-ranked Trogir (#10) in Trogir in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika (#2) in Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Zabok was quite interesting. 5th ranked Dubrovnik (5-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Zabok (5-6). Zabok defeated Dubrovnik 79-68 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Jure Lozancic who led the winners and scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ante Vranjes came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Dubrovnik in the defeat. Zabok moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010 and Dubrovnik. Zabok will meet league's leader KK Split on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will have a break next round.
The game between third ranked Borik Puntamika (7-4) and 8th ranked Dubrava (4-7) in Zadar ended with biggest points difference. Borik Puntamika outscored guests from Zagreb 101-75. The best player for the winners was Jurica Ruzic who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to second place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Dubrava at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Borik Puntamika's next round opponent will be Alkar Sinj (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Dubrava will play against Vrijednosnice OS (#9) in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 Trogir was beaten by Svjetlost on the road 68-63.


Kvarner 2010 - Alkar Sinj 75-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Alkar Sinj (7-4) against seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-6) on Friday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Kvarner 2010 in a tough game in Rijeka 71-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Alkar Sinj. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Dubrovnik and Zabok. Alkar Sinj at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Borik. Kvarner 2010 will play against bottom-ranked Trogir (#10) in Trogir in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika (#2) in Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Svjetlost - Trogir 68-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Svjetlost (6-5) beat bottom-ranked Trogir (4-7) in Slavonski Brod 68-63. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Svjetlost maintains fourth place with 6-5 record. Trogir at the other side dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Svjetlost's next round opponent will be Dubrava (#8) in Zagreb. Trogir will play at home against Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka.
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Zabok - Dubrovnik 79-68

The game in Zabok was quite interesting. 5th ranked Dubrovnik (5-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Zabok (5-6). Zabok defeated Dubrovnik 79-68 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) who led the winners and scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Robert Lez (200-79) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Ante Vranjes (204-75) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) added 19 points respectively for Dubrovnik in the defeat. Zabok moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010 and Dubrovnik. Zabok will meet league's leader KK Split on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zabok: R.Lez 13+1reb+1ast, I.Peklaric 10+1reb, F.Kraljevic 9+4reb, L.Pesut 9+1reb+1ast, I.Perincic 8+5reb, S.Jankovic 8+4reb+1ast
Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 19+4reb, A.Vranjes 16+10reb, A.Blesic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Lucic 9+6reb+2ast, V.Soko 5+2reb, M.Hajdic 3+1ast
gschID: 107745


Darda - KK Split 82-64

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KK Split (8-3) in Darda on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (4-7) 82-64. The game was mostly controlled by Vrijednosnice OS. KK Split managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vrijednosnice OS shot 66.7 percent from the field. Vrijednosnice OS outrebounded KK Split 24-10 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) contributed with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ante Grgurevic (199-75, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) added 16 points in the effort for KK Split. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dubrava and Trogir. KK Split at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Vrijednosnice OS is looking forward to face Dubrava (#8) in Zagreb in the next round. KK Split will play at home against Zabok (#5) in Zabok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Darda: Z.Ridl 25+6reb+5ast, I.Krolo 24+14reb, M.Mandic 10+1reb+2ast, I.Bakovic 9+4reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 7+3reb+2ast, F.Kordic 7+1ast
KK Split: R.Ciklic 16+3reb+2ast, A.Grgurevic 13+10reb+2ast, S.Rezic 11+4reb+2ast, F.Najev 10+3reb+1ast, L.Babic 7+4reb+3ast, B.Markulin 4+2reb
gschID: 107741


Borik - Dubrava 101-75

The game between third ranked Borik Puntamika (7-4) and 8th ranked Dubrava (4-7) in Zadar ended with biggest points difference. Borik Puntamika outscored guests from Zagreb 101-75. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Dubrava managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Dubrava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Jurica Ruzic (199-77) who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Borik Puntamika players scored in double figures. Swingman Mislav Brzoja (195-94) produced 13 points and the former international forward Nikola Garma (204-85, agency: Agency No 10) added 15 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to second place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Dubrava at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Borik Puntamika's next round opponent will be Alkar Sinj (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Dubrava will play against Vrijednosnice OS (#9) in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borik: P.Maric 18+1reb, J.Skific 17+3reb, J.Ruzic 12+8reb+6ast, M.Pesut 12+1reb, I.Mikulic 10+7reb+4ast, M.Jurjevic 10+3ast
Dubrava: N.Garma 15+1reb, N.Primorac 14+1ast, M.Brzoja 13+4reb+1ast, I.Cvjetkovic 8+4reb+3ast, R.Rikic 6+2reb, S.Cubric 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107742




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Cypriot Division A round 13 best performance: Joel Camacho - by Eurobasket News
American-Puerto Rican swingman Joel Camacho (196-G/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Pizza Express Primetel Apollon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat ENAD (#8, 3-9) 79-73. Apollon is placed at 2nd position in Cypriot Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Apollon will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Camacho had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Apollon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Sacramento State University star has very solid stats this year. Camacho is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.2ppg), rebounds (9th best: 6.3rpg) and averages impressive 63.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of InterCollege Etha Engomis. Redding had a very good evening with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Etha to another comfortable win 76-60 over slightly lower-ranked Achilleas (#5, 6-6) being unquestionably team leader. Etha's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-4 record is not bad at all. Redding is a newcomer at Etha, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Montenegrin forward Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (#8). Radunovic scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Radunovic's great performance ENAD lost 73-79 to the higher-ranked Apollon (#2, 8-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. ENAD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Radunovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Radunovic has individually a great season in Cyprus. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Etha - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81) of Keravnos - 27 points
6. Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86) of ENAD - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of AEK - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michalis Kounounis (194-F/G-81) of AEL - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dragoslav Papic (205-F-87) of AEL - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Corry Carr (192-G-75) of Apollon - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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)


Everything is going smooth in Cyprus - by Joel Camacho
Well here we are in 2011! Want to wish everyone a happy new year and may all your dreams become a reality. Everything is going smooth in Cyprus right now. We lost a tough game at home against a very talented team in Etha and have been really focused on finishing the season strong and preparing for the playoffs. By our team recently signing Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina), I can tell our management is really serious about taking the cup and the championship this year. It definitely will get exciting late March and the beginning of April. My team back in Puerto Rico started practice this Monday. The whole starting five are currently playing in Europe, Asia, and Australia at the moment. I believe the players that are there can make an impact and win games until the whole team gets together. I know a lot of those guys have a lot to prove and they have the desire to make a name for themselves and are proud to be playing for a franchise like Quebradillas. Season starts at the end of March out in Puerto Rico and I feel really good about it. I don't feel over trained at all. That happens to people that play in Europe and then jump right in to a season in Puerto Rico for another 5 to 6 months.
This Friday we play against Achilles at home and I feel like we prepared pretty good. I like the energy of this team because I haven't really seen any of the guys content when we win. We stay hungry and never get satisfied. You can learn a lot by being around quality veterans. Ever since I was 20 and I signed in Puerto Rico I was around guys like Jerome Mincy, Carmelo Travieso, Edgar Padilla and Daniel Santiago. You can actually observe how professional these guys were and never had excuses. A simple sit down with them would turn into a mini lecture of what to do and what not to do. Carmelo was real cool with me that year and urged me to stay in school and that the superior league was always going to be there. I find myself in his shoes now. Like I wrote in a previous blog, athletes have a strong influence on the youth and sometimes not just the youth. We can be an inspiration for people suffering from a terminal illness, accident, etc. I thank God he put me in a position to inspire and influence people to do better. Got to get some rest now so ill check back in with everybody soon. PEACE!



A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Panionios
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Aleksic, AEK17.8 
 2. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 3. Camacho, Apollon17.2 
 4. Diamantopoul., Achill.16.7 
 5. Davis, AP.16.6 
 6. Radunovic, ENAD16.4 
 7. Buford, AEL16.3 
 8. Hanavan, AP.15.6 
 9. King, Etha15.2 
 10. Kent, ENAD14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. King, Etha10.9 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.1 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK8.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos6.9 
 6. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.6 
 8. McLain, Omonia6.5 
 9. Camacho, Apollon6.3 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stiggers, Apollon4.6 
 2. Berdiel, AEK3.8 
 3. Razis, ENAD3.8 
 4. Kounounis, AEL3.7 
 5. Cummings, Keravnos3.6 
 6. Stallings, Apollon3.5 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 8. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 9. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.0 
 10. Tutt, Etha2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tony BOBBITT
  Huracanes
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.2 
 4. Johnson, Etha2.0 
 5. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 6. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 7. Price, ENAD1.7 
 8. Tzakopoulos, Achil.1.7 
 9. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 10. Pantouris, Achilleas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.1 
 2. King, Etha1.5 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.5 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Fells, Keravnos1.0 
 7. Collins, AEK0.9 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 9. Clark, AEL0.7 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.7 


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NH Ostrava Secures 84-73 Victory over Basketball Brno to Tip-Off Round 18 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Ostrava scored an impressive home victory tonight as they defeated visiting Brno 84-73. With the win Ostrava improves to 11-6 on the season, while Brno falls to 6-11. Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) was once again the man of the night for Ostrava finishing with game highs of 21 points and eight rebounds. Despite having an off night from the field (4-12), Burke was consistent at the line, going 11-12 on the night. After battling back and forth with a feisty Brno squad through the first two quarters, Ostrava was able to take a 60-57 lead into the final frame before extending and securing the 11 point victory. Brno was led by Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) who scored a team-high 17 points.
OSTRAVA: Dwight Burke (21pts+8reb), Marek Stuchly (13pts), Andrew Spagrud (12pts+7reb), Adam Ciz (11pts)
BRNO: Peter Sedmak (17pts), Stepan Reinberger (15pts), Emmanuel Holloway (12pts), Boris Meno (2pts+7reb)



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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-0 
 2. Svendborg 15-2 
 3. Naestved 13-5 
 4. Horsens IC 11-8 
 5. Horsholm 9-7 
 6. Aabyhoj 8-11 
 7. SISU 7-11 
 8. Vaerlose 5-12 
 9. Amager BK 3-15 
 10. Aalborg 1-18 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj21.4 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.8 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.6 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC17.8 
 9. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.3 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.6 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.9 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.1 
 6. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm3.8 
 8. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.5 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.4 
 10. Alili, Vaerlose3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.3 
 3. Roberts, Naestved2.2 
 4. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 5. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 6. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg1.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Albury W.B.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.3 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Brown, SISU0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


Svendborg Holds Off Tough Challenge from New Look Aalborg Team - by Eurobasket
Despite a valiant effort from the underdogs, the Svendborg Rabbits managed to hold off the Aalborg Vikings 87 75, to improve to 15 2 overall on the season, and pull to within 4 points of first place Bakken. Aalborg dropped to 1 18 on the year, remaining 4 points behind BK Amager.
With head coach Thomas Quaade out with the flu, the Vikings were playing under rookie coach John Staudt, who has been rumored to be on the short list of head coaching candidates for several teams next season. The team showed flashes of brilliance and looked far better than their 1 17 record throughout the game, with Staudt proving his worth as one of the youngest coaches in Europe. The Vikings were led by a combined 52 points from Barkley Falkner and newly signed point guard Marquis Hall.
Svendborg, on the other hand, had six scorers in double figures, including Matt Williams, who added 15 rebounds to his 10 point performance. Danish national player Nicolai Iversen, logged in 27 minutes, and recorded a team-high 19 points to go with his 7 rebounds.
The Rabbits are in action again this Sunday against SISU Copenhagen, while the Vikings head to Vaelrose on Saturday in an important battle at the bottom of the table.

By: Armen Rhodes




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Red Claws smacked with 44-point loss on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Maine RC 134-90
The Maine Red Claws suffered the second-worst loss in franchise history Wednesday night, a 134-90 drubbing by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a D-League game at State Farm Arena. The Vipers (15-7) have won eight straight stretching back to Dec. 31. The Red Claws (10-15) have lost four straight and 8 of 10. The Red Claws' worst loss came Dec. 10, 120-71 at Erie. For the second straight game the Red Claws found themselves in a deep hole. But unlike Tuesday night, when they rallied within one point in the fourth quarter against the Vipers, there were no late heroics. The Vipers opened a 10-1 lead in the first 2:45 and increased it to 24-6 with 4:33 left in the quarter. The Red Claws missed nine field goals, two free throws and committed two turnovers during the stretch. The Vipers made six 3-pointers in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 66-40 lead. The Red Claws tried to get back in by launching long-range field goals, but finished 1 of 20 from behind the arc. Maine missed seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) made the lone 3-pointer 3:01 into the second quarter. Maine was 36 of 97 (37.1 percent) from the field and trailed 55-44 in rebounds. Rio Grande Valley had seven players score in double figures led by Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) with 25. Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) scored 17. West scored 17 points, Kenny Hayes (6'2''-G-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Miami (OH)) added 15 and Jamar Smith had 14 for the Red Claws, who will close out their Texas swing with games against the Texas Legends on Friday and Monday.




Wizards acquire guard Lawrence Westbrook, waives Vernon Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced that they have acquired guard Lawrence Westbrook (6-0 185, Minnesota) via the Available Player Pool. Westbrook will practice with the team this week and will be in uniform this weekend as the Wizards play host to the defending NBA Development League Champion the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Friday and Saturday.

Westbrook, 23, was drafted in this year's NBA Development League Draft in the third round by the Maine Red Claws. He appeared in nine games with the Red Claws averaging 4.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. As a senior at Minnesota, Westbrook averaged 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists and shot 41% from behind the arc. Westbrook was a Big-10 honorable mention his junior and senior year at Minnesota.

To make room for Westbrook on the roster the Wizards waived guard Vernon Hamilton due to injury. The roster currently stands at 11 players.


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.0 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.20.5 
 4. Dentmon, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Greene, Utah F.19.4 
 6. Edwards, New M.19.3 
 7. Johnson, Erie B.19.1 
 8. Tucker, New Mexico17.8 
 9. McNeal, Rio Grande17.4 
 10. Sims, Iowa E.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.5 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.10.3 
 3. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.10.0 
 5. Williams, Texas L.10.0 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 7. Davidson, Idaho S.9.7 
 8. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.5 
 10. Wheeler, Idaho S.8.9 
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.7.8 
 6. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.8 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.1 
 9. Cooper, Dakota W.5.8 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Hubbard, New M.2.3 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 9. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
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. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande2.3 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 8. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 9. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.8 
 10. Patterson, Rio G.1.6 


Landry, Lin named D-League co-performers of week - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard) and Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) of the Reno Bighorns were named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played during the week of Jan. 10.

Lin and Landry led the Bighorns to a 4-0 record on the week and were both named to the All-NBA D-League Showcase First Team. Lin, a 6-3, 200-pound guard out of Harvard who is on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals. Landry, a 6-7, 225-pound forward out of Wisconsin who played for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks last season, averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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Scott's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Mike Scott (203-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Goettingen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds for Goettingen in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Le Mans (0-1) 75-71. Goettingen is sharing the top of the standing with Aris, which won the first game as well against Budivelnyk.

Second best performed player last round was Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports) of top-ranked Aris. He is American guard in his first season at Aris. In the last game Brown recorded impressive 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Aris to another comfortable win 85-69 over Budivelnyk (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won their first game. Brown is a newcomer at Aris and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of lKK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac. Jordan scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Hemofarm, leading his team to a 86-73 easy win against Cedevita in a game of the week. Hemofarm has a very good start of the Top 16. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jordan also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. Jordan has a very solid season. In 7 games in Eurocup he scored 7.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79) of Pepsi Caserta - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78) of Estudiantes - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) of Unics - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Greg Brunner (201-F-83) of Benetton TV - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of Panellinios - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) of Pepsi Caserta - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.16.5 
 5. Rakocevic, Efes P.15.9 
 6. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.3 
 8. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker14.2 
 10. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.4 
 2. Gist, Partizan7.4 
 3. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.9 
 4. Fischer, Real Madrid6.9 
 5. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.6 
 7. Barac, Caja Laboral6.4 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 10. Gregory, Union O.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.6 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Eidson, Maccabi .4.5 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.4 
 6. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 7. Blakney, Unicaja4.3 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 9. Cook, Valencia4.2 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.9 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.1 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.2.0 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.1.9 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 10. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.2 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.2 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia1.1 


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Panathinaikos 1-0 
 2. Caja Laboral 1-0 
 3. Unicaja 0-1 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 0-1 
Group F
 1. Union Olimpija 1-0 
 2. Regal Barca 1-0 
 3. Lottomatica 0-1 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-1 
Group G
 1. Real Madrid 1-0 
 2. Efes Pilsen 1-0 
 3. Partizan 0-1 
 4. Montepaschi 0-1 
Group H
 1. Fener.Ulker 1-0 
 2. Valencia 1-0 
 3. Olympiakos 0-1 
 4. Zalgiris 0-1 


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 23-6 
 2. KTP 22-6 
 3. Kataja 19-10 
 4. Korihait 18-11 
 5. Honka 17-11 
 6. Kouvot 15-14 
 7. ToPo 14-15 
 8. Namika Lahti 12-16 
 9. Karhu 11-17 
 10. Salon Vilpas 10-19 
 11. LrNMKY 7-22 
 12. Tarmo 4-25 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Nelson, Lapua23.6 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Hall, SayRi22.2 
 4. Manning, Huima21.8 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo21.6 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia21.3 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET20.4 
 8. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.3 
 9. Thomas, SayRi18.9 
 10. Valentine, Lapua18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  BC Nokia
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Bojang, BC Nokia15.6 
 2. Brown, Namika II14.8 
 3. Douglas, Huima14.6 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET13.9 
 5. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.6 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.9 
 8. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 9. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 10. Stamper, LoKoKo10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.3 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.6 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.5 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.0 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.5 
 7. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 8. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
 9. Pehkonen, TomPo II2.5 
 10. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.6 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.4 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 5. Ramey, Ura Basket2.0 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 7. Still, Lapua1.9 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo1.8 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.8 
 10. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.9 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.8 
 4. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 5. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 6. Mantymaa, Huima0.7 
 7. Alanen, Namika II0.7 
 8. Brown, Namika II0.6 
 9. Valentine, Lapua0.6 
 10. Nelson, Lapua0.6 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.6 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.3 
 5. Walker, Kouvot20.1 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo20.0 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo20.0 
 8. Wood, Karhu19.8 
 9. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 10. Williamson, Honka19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wood, Karhu14.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 5. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 8. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 9. Vinson, Kouvot9.8 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Moore, LrNM.4.4 
 4. Okorie, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.4 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Fields, KTP1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 7. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 8. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 9. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 10. Moore, Korihait1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.9 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.8 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.8 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 8. Wilson, Honka0.6 
 9. Belser, Honka0.6 
 10. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Damien Griffin claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Damien Griffin (203-C/F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had an amazing evening in the last round for Angers BC 49 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old had a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out St Chamond (#12, 8-10) 73-69. Angers BC 49 is placed at 3rd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Angers BC 49 will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. Griffin turned to be Angers BC 49's top player in his first season with the team. Mountain State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griffin is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 65.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues BC. Ocokoljic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Sorgues was edged by the higher-ranked Bordeaux (#1, 15-3) 76-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sorgues still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Ocokoljic is a newcomer at Sorgues 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 Lithuanian Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Etendard de Brest (#7). Pridotkas showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Pridotkas' great performance Brest lost 89-93 to slightly lower-ranked Denek (#8, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Brest needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Pridotkas has a great season in France. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Denek - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (201-F-83) of Denek - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81) of Denain - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Tony Ramphort (176-G-82) of Angers BC 49 - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. David Cilly (196-G/F-81) of Orchy - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Guillaume Sene (197-G/F-86) of Le Puy - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Michel Ipouck (199-F-86) of Le Puy - 17 points, 4 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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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.24.3 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Jeter, Lirija19.8 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.7 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.2 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.9 
 7. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.8 
 9. Morban, Lirija16.2 
 10. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Lirija
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Pavlovski, Lirija10.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.5 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 6. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki7.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.5 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.5 
 10. Neal, ABA Strumica7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.8 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.4.6 
 4. Morban, Lirija4.6 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.6 
 6. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Vukadinovic, Pelist.3.3 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.3 
 10. Radojcic, Kumanovo.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Jeter, Lirija2.3 
 3. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 6. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 7. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.5 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 9. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.4 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.6 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 3. Avramovski, MZT S.1.4 
 4. Krstevski, Torus S.1.4 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.2 
 6. Petric, Kumanovo.1.2 
 7. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Michael Jordan (MBC) Young Phil Will Win The Three Point Shooting Contest Because I Taught Him How To Shoot - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

33 year old Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is a 183cm guard from Philadelphia. He played at the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2000. His first two years found him jumping around leagues in France and Spain before he found a new home in Germany with TSV Quackenbruck. In the 2002-2003 season, he helped lead Quackenbruck into the BBL with exceptional stats in 30 games, 21.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.9 apg. He helped turn The Artland Dragons into a playoff team in the 2004-2005 season as they lost the BBL Quarterfinal playoff series to The Opel Skyliners in five games. That season he averaged in 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3%. The next season, he was released by The Artland Drgaons, but went to Rhein Energie Cologne and won the BBL championship in 2006 averaging in 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 52.2%. The next season, he went to Italy and played at Cantu where he eld the league in assists and averaged in 37 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1 (5.2apg), 2.0spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.0%. The next season, he played in Belgium for Charleroi averaging in15 games: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 90.0%;. He had injury problems and finished the season in Greece with PAOK. In 2008-2009 after a very short stay in Israel, he played a few months in Bamberg before going to the Cologne 99ers averaging 10,5ppg, 2,4rpg and leading the BBL in assists with 6,2apg. Last season, he played for Phoenix Hagen helping the team remain in the BEKO BBL. He played 16 games: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 73.3%. This season he is playing his first season with MBC. He spoke to eurobasket about the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game.


A tough 92-71 loss in Bremerhaven. It seemed like mBC was a step behind all game long. what was giivng MBC the biggest probelms?

They came out guns blazing and we didn't match their intensity. They pretty much just outworked us.

In the fourth quarter, MBC only mustered 5 points. How has Bremerhaven improved their defense this season since you saw them first?

They came out more aggressive but we just didn't execute. We cut the lead down to 7 @ one point and then we stopped playing as a team.

There are many top players in the BEKO BBL. How far away is a Torrell Martin from guys like Julius Jenkins, Derrick Allen and Immanuel Mcelroy?


You can't really compare any of those guys because each of them can do different things and it depends on the system/coaching style they play in. They are all pretty good players.

How sad were you that Vassill Evtimov went. What will Johnnie Gilbert bring to the table?

Big Vass was my man so I was definitely sad to see him go ecausec he was not only a good player but also a good dude. We all know this is a business so he had to do what was best for him and his family and MBC did what they thought was best for them. Johnnie will give us energy and another big body on the inside and some more toughness that we most definitely lack at this time.

What will MBC have to do better in the second half of the season?


We need to play harder, smarter, and more together. To be honest with you, we need to just PLAY BASKETBALL!!!!

Will new coach Steven Key and Mo Jeffers turn it around in Giessen?


Steve is a good coach and I think he will do a good job with those guys down there because they definitely have some talent with Brooks, Smith, Peacock, Ovcina and their Germans. Adding Jeffers to the mix will only make them better.


Who will win the BEKO BBL Allstar game? North or South?


Miles, I have the slightest idea who will win. We don't have a representative so I'm rooting for the other conference

Why will Phillip Schwethelm win the three point shooting contest?


Young Phil will win the 3pt contest because I taught him how to shoot and used to beat him everyday in shooting contests back in t He's ready!!!

Who will win the slam dunk contest and why?


Davon Roberts will win the Dunking contest!!!

What was your opinion about the pre game trash talking from the New York Jets to the New England Patriots?


Hey it's what Rex Ryan does. As long as you back the talk up no one can say anything. I'm glad they glad they beat them.

What sleeping pic would you die to have from a player in the BEKO BBL?lool


There isn't anyone in particular that I would want to get. It just happens when you you least expect it. That's the beauty of it.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


DVD:EclipseTwilight Saga

Thanks MJ for the chat.


Mark Dorris (Phoenix Hagen) I Hope That Tez Or I Can Bring That Slam Dunk Trophy Back Home To Cincinnati - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) is a 188 cm guard playing in Germany in the BEKO BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.For Cuxhaven, he played 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. He signed with BEKO BBL team Phoenix Hagen and currently is averaging 14,0ppg, 2,8rpg, 3,5apg and 1,5spg. He is taking part in the 2011 BEKO BBL slam dunk contest in Trier. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball.

How is the long storch from Hagen doing? That was my nickname for your teammate Bernd Kruel.


Oh opa (grandpa) is doing well.

Dont tell me you call Bernd Kruel opa?


Nah just sometimes.lol

Phoenix Hagen lost 108-78 against Alba Berlin. What happened?



Alba Berlin got their revenge. They are a lot tougher to play in their arena with all their fans supporting them. The O2 World arena reminded me a little of the arena where the Memphis Grizzlies play. I played there with Marshall in the NCAA.

Alba Berlin scored 34 points in the fourth quarter. It seemed like Phoenix Hagen had extreme difficulty to find any kind of rhythm on defense?


They poured it on at the end and the game got out of hand. We were scrambling around and couldnt get any stops and gave them many open shots.

Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen scored 59 points against Phoenix Hagen this season. He seemed to have your number thiss eason.


Allen is a terrific player, but he also has terrific teammates on the floor with him. Allen was the poison against us. lol

You had a hot start to the season and then were sick and now recently have not had the scoring games from the start. What has happened in your game?



I have hit some turmoil in my flight and I didnt think that there would be so much turmoil, but is a long season and I still have time. I dont lack any confidence and the off time rest will be nice and I will get my game back in the second half of the season.

You are taking part in the 2011 BEKO BBL slam dunk contest. how has your preparation come along?


I havent prepared yet. I was focusing on Berlin and my game, but will prepare this week. You cant really practice for it, because it is a natural thing and just have to do what I have to do and then add some show to my dunks.

How do you prepare for a slam dunk contest?


I have participated in some dunk contests, but none with such a big stage like this. I have the dunks I know I can make and then dunks where I have to be creative in combination of adding some flash.

Who are your favorite dunkers?



My favorite dunker from the NBA Allstar games was little Spud Webb. My favorite dunker from the NBA was the human highlight film Dominique Wilkins and my favorite dunker today in the NBA is Blake Griffin.

How excited are you to be dunking against your friend Quantez Robertson?


I am super excited. We grew up in Cincinnati and I remember that we both would check out each others dunks in high school. I hope that Tez or I will bring that slam dunk trophy back home to Cincinnati Torell Martin is a good dunker and I saw him make a nice one against MBC. It will be a good competition and the fans will see a lot of creativity.

Thanks Mark for the chat.





UBC Tigers Hannover Add Nicholas May - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The UBC Tigers Hannover have added young German talent Nicolas May (181-G-79). He is a 21 year old 203cm power forward, but that can also play center. Last season, he played for the Cuxhaven Bascats playing only 10 games and averaging only 1,6 minutes per game and 1,0ppg. His best scoring game was four points, two rebounds and one block against USC Heidelberg in four minutes. He started basketball very late at the age of 13 and played primarly on play ground courts. He started professional basketball in the 2008-2009 season for TUS Lichterfelde. Last season, he had a short stay in the United States playing college basketball, but came back to Germany and soon was signed by Cuxhaven. 'Nicholas convinced us in many practices of his ability. We are also convinced that with his huge talent and attitude, that he has huge potential to become agood player at a high level', stressed Hannover sport director Michael Goch .



Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Quantez Robertson And Pete Campbell Will Win The Dunk And 3 Point Shooting Contests - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game.


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are in 5th place with a record of 13-7. How happy are you with the first half of the season?



I am happy that we have a chance to qualify for the Top 4. With a four game losing streak early on and some other tough losses that we shouldnt have let slip away Im happy that we are in a position to control our own destiny.

What will The New Yorker Phantoms have to do better in the second half of the season?


We can do everything a little better. We have to grow as a team and remain consistent.


Which Phantom has been the most improved player in the first half of the season?


Its hard to say because everyone has stepped up. NIck Schneider just had an awesome game and seems to be getting better everyday.


Can Marcus Goree win the MVP award at the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game?


Definitely


What makes Goree still so strong for his age?


Aside from putting in work before practice Im not sure what his secret is but I hope he shares it with me so I can play that well when the time comes.


Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL Slam dunk contest? Quantez Robertson, Mark Dorris, Torrell Martin, John Bynum or Steven Wright and why?


Quantez Robertson. I saw him catch an alley oop the other night that was convincing enough for me.

Who will win the three point shooting contest? Casey Jacobsen, Pete Campbell, Mindaugas Lukauskis, Phillip Schwethelm, Darren Fenn orJacob Burtschi and why?


Pete Campbell. He went 8-11 from three against us off the dribble and off of screens so spotting up should be easy

Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game? The North or South and why?


North. They have a tough team and I have to represent my side lol

Which 2 teams will reach the Superbowl?


Jets-Packers


Thanks Brandon for the chat


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  GREECE   


Peristeri sign Zoran Vrkic - by Giorgos Diploidis
Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) has agreed to join DASH Peristeri GS Athens. The team of Athens was looking someone to replace Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Hawaii) and they found him. Vrkic will be available for coach Pedoulakis to use him in the next game against Kolossos in their home court.

The player has left Union Olimpija Ljubljana where he had 3.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg in six games. The period 2008-09 had much more games with KK Split where in Adriatic league had in 25 games 5.6ppg and 2.2rpg.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.3 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos17.2 
 3. Marshall, PAOK16.2 
 4. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.2 
 5. Dikoudis, AEK14.8 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris14.3 
 8. Kalathis, VAP K.14.2 
 9. Tucker, Aris14.1 
 10. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Smith, Panellinios11.2 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros9.6 
 3. Simmons, Kavala9.3 
 4. Tucker, Aris8.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS8.2 
 6. Kalathis, VAP K.8.0 
 7. Bagaric, Marousi7.7 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.3 
 9. Jazvin, Iraklis6.7 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.8 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.1 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.9 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.3.8 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK2.3 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.2.0 
 6. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.8 
 8. Pelekanos, Olympiakos1.7 
 9. Byars, Panellinios1.6 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.1 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.8 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.8 
 8. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 


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


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  HUNGARY   


Striving For Better!!!! - by Curtis Marshall
More than half the season has passed and we are currently sitting in the 7th position in the league. Only the top 8 teams go to the playoffs, so we are definitely striving to continue producing wins and make it to the playoffs this season. We had a few setbacks, losing two games to PVSK Pannonpower Pecs and MJUS-Fortress Kormend. We didnt play together as a team and it showed. The biggest setback was a 39 point loss at MJUS-Fortress Kormend. I tip my hat to all the MJUS-Fortress Kormend players, they came to play and the score showed it. We didnt let the two losses get to us; we stayed together as a team, went into the next two games and won them. With the two wins it moved us from 11th position to 7th position. Right now the plan is to focus on winning and staying in the top 8. I can't complain when it comes to my teammates. Everyone gets along with each other and there havent been any problems between any of them. I have to put this out there for all to know, I'm the reigning shooting champion so if anyone wants the title, Ill be in the gym waiting. This is for Bosko Stojakovic (196-G-84), Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), and anyone else who would like another shot, lol!!!!

My wife and I have recently started a business called Genesis Pure. All of Genesis Pure products promote good health and wellbeing. I have been taking GoYin which is designed to help the body achieve a harmonious balance. I also take Genesis Pure Energy, which contains six categories of energy boosting and health enhancing ingredients. Genesis Pure Energy provides instant and sustainable energy without the jitters and inevitable crash experience that other energy drinks on the market can cause. Since taking these products my performance and energy levels have increased. Feel free to check out our website if you are interested in Genesis Pure (www.genesispure.com/curtisambermarshall ). 'Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms' 1 Peter 4:10. Until the next time, Curtis Marshall signing off, God Bless!!!!



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  IBL   


Albany Legends re-sign Chris Grant - by Eurobasket News
The Albany Legends are pleased to announce that Christopher Grant (6'4''-G-82, agency: GOTathletes, college: Morgan St.), a reserve guard for the Albany Legends in 2010, will return for the 2011 season.

Christopher Grant, a 2 year starter at Morgan State, hails from Brooklyn,, NY, and started his career at Nassau CC on Long Island in 2001. At Morgan State, he was third in assists in the MEAC in his senior year (05). Chris continued his giving ways in the ABA in 2010 with the Strong Island Sound (All-star), and also produced 2 assists per game in 8 minutes per game in a reserve role with the IBL Legends last season.

'I hope to get Chris more involved this season, and help develop his game to the point where he is a needed commodity on an overseas team.' Head Coach Ben Smith said. 'He has the potential to become a good professional guard in many ways. His attitude, his athleticism, and his basketball I.Q. will only grow by being a part of the Legends this season. I intend to put players around him that will help him grow.'

Smith already has bolstered the guard corps for the season, Signing area veteran E.J. Gallup, and being close on a signing of Damone Morris, last years starting SG, and Lloyd Johnson, last years reserve PG, along with a couple of key names yet to be announced.

'I sincerely look forward to coming back for another season with the Legends,' Grant said in a phone interview. 'The staff is great, the people- the fans are great, the whole environment is positive. I look forward to bringing another championship back to Albany.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  ISRAEL   


Best players of Israeli National League round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Jamaican-American Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Elitzur Yavne (#3, 10-5) 97-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Hapoel T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli National League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Hapoel T-A still have not lost a single game, getting all 15 victories. Uter turned to be Hapoel T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Adrian Uter averages this season 17.9ppg and 8.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Megido/Yokneam. Clemente impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Megido/Yokneam cruised to a 83-75 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Hapoel Beeri (#13, 3-12). Megido/Yokneam's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clemente is a newcomer at Megido/Yokneam and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#6). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Maccabi Beer Yaakov (#5). Hall scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Hall's great performance Beer Yaakov lost 99-103 to the lower-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#8, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Beer Yaakov needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 6 lost games. Hall has a great season in Israel. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.2ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keena Young (198-F-85) of Elitzur Ramla - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Paul Delaney (188-G-86) of Maccabi HBK - 32 points and 5 rebounds
6. Albert Fisher (184-G-86) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Stacey Moragne (195-F-83) of Hapoel Beeri - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sani Ibrahim (207-C-82) of Kohav Yair - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Or Ron (181-G-88) of Hod Hasharon - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tomer Bar Even (196-F/G-92) of Megido/Yokneam - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 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)


Yavne will stay focused! - by Chad Timberlake
Our team suffered a tough loss this week to the first place team. We played hard and as a team we played well. The fact is, well doesn't cut it, against the number one team. We had opportunities to get back in the game but it seemed that we let every one of them pass by. We needed to take control of the game but we didn't. This team has beat two first division teams and we almost pulled it out ourselves. The good thing is that our season doesn't end on that note. We get to look at film see our mistakes and correct them. That process started today. We are correcting problems both on the offensive and defensive side. Like I said we played good as a team. Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) shined for us scoring 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench. I had 15 points and 3 rebounds. Next in line was the big fellow DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Next week we have another tough game. By us losing this game we dropped ourselves from second place to third and our next matchup is against the team that we switched places with so this week we have a more important game than last weeks. It's going to be exciting. This whole week leading up to the game is going to be exciting. This is why we play basketball. All us players overseas play basketball for moments like this. So I'm confident in our team bouncing back and being ready for this matchup. So Yavne will stay focused.

So outside of basketball my mother is ending her trip to Israel and going back home. She enjoyed her time here but for a country that never rains it rained almost every day. The past two days she got to experience somewhat nice weather and we got to explore Jaffa. This was a cool place to check out. I got her a digital camera for Christmas and she got to take some good pictures with it. That is after it took her two weeks to figure out how to use it. haha Since we were dealing with the rain I took her to the movies. We saw a movie and got VIP tickets. For those of you who don't know ,VIP ticket is a special ticket that you get to have access to food, snacks, drinks and dessert 30 minutes before your movie. We were able to enjoy a lot in that 30 minute time before our movie started. The other benefit of a VIP movie is that the seat is a reclining chair. Back home it's called a Lazy-boy. We got to watch the movie full and comfortable. We watched Little Fockers. It was very funny. We both had a good time watching this movie. After that we weren't tired and didn't want to deal with the rain so we watched another movie. Cough Cough Haha. The next movie we saw was The Tourist. Another good movie. My mother isn't an Angelina Jolie fan so I was shocked to hear her say that it was a good movie.

Yesterday our team was invited to a new restaurant. Hamburg. If you like burgers than this is the place to go. They have all types of burgers and almost every type of extra to add to your burger. This is a place that I will be frequenting a lot. The thing is that it's in Rehovot and I don't know how to get there alone just yet, maybe two more trips there and back and I'll get it. Come on. I'm from Brooklyn so if its not a city block then its the country to me. So winding roads through towns get me confused. Tomorrow night I'm going there with Devon and my mother so I'll pay extra attention. It's one of her last nights here and she loves a good burger so its perfect. My mother leaves on the 22nd but that same day my wife gets back. Like my teammate Saf says in coaches voice, 'SUB!!' Haha I'm excited to get my wife back here and looking forward to it. She's also bringing me back some of my snacks from home that I can't get out here. Life Saver Gummies!! She's also hooking me and my teammate up with Lawry's seasoning salt. This is a must for every American.

Alright I'm going to watch Maccabi play Barcelona in the Euroleague

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


Regal Barca outplays Maccabi Electra 81-71 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Maccabi T-A 81-71

Regal Barca was too strong for Maccabi Electra at the Palau Blaugrana tonight. The reigning Euroleague champion celebrated 81-71 victory for 1-0 score in Group F. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was unstoppable as he scored 24 points and handed out five assists to his teammates. Navarro made 5 of 10 attempts from behind the arc and he reached valuation 27. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) had 16 and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) nailed 12 points (6 rebs). Visitors got 13 points and 8 boards from Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara). Richard Hendrix (203-F-86, college: Alabama) had 13 points and 6 rebs.
Regal Barca took control on Maccabi from the beginning as they created plus 5 in the first quarter, 21-16. Visitors improved after that and managed to cut the margin to 4 pts until the HT. Third period was the crucial one in this game as Barca won it 22-16. It means that the hosts had 63-53 lead with 10:00 to go, what was too much for the Israeli powerhouse.
In the second round of Top 16, Regal Barca goes to Ljubljana. Maccabi will host Lottomatica Roma.

Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 24+5 as, Alan Anderson 16, Kosta Perovic 12+6 boards
Maccabi: Doron Perkins 13+8 boards, Richard Hendrix 13+6 boards


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.5 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov25.2 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.23.4 
 4. Gomez, Beer Yaakov22.8 
 5. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 6. Clemente, Megido.22.6 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair22.0 
 8. Delaney, Maccabi .21.3 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon20.7 
 10. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.5 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.2 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.8 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.2 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.7 
 6. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne9.5 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.0 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 10. Paris, Hapoel Beeri8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.5 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.7.0 
 3. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.4 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.3 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.5 
 6. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 7. Harush, Kohav Yair5.1 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.8 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 10. Hofman, Elitzur .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.2 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.9 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.4 
 4. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.3 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.2.3 
 6. Harush, Kohav Yair2.2 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 8. Delaney, Maccabi .2.2 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido.2.1 
 10. Young, Hod Hasharon2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodney WEBB
  Maccabi Haifa
  (200-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 2. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.9 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 5. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 6. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.5 
 7. Markson, Hapoel A.1.5 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.1.5 
 9. Johnson, Ironi N.1.4 
 10. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.2 


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Union Olimpija grabs 63-64 victory in Rome - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Union Olimpija 63-64

Union Olimpija grabbed 63-64 thriller win against Lottomatica tonight. Two free throws by Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) with 8 seconds to go were enough for Olimpija to escape with a win as Nemanja Gordic missed the last shot almost on the buzzer. Gregory had double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds for Olimpija. He was the MVP of this game with valuation 30. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) secured a great help adding 16 points and Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) added 9. For the home squad, Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated nice performance collecting 18 points and 11 boards. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) followed with 10 pts and 7 boards.
Union Olimpija started the game with quick 0-8 run, but the hosts replied with 13-5 soon after that. Lottomatica had 19-18 at the end of Q1 and 35-33 after twenty minutes of play. Thanks to Vladimir Dasic, Nihad Dedovic and Washington, the hosts jumped to 43-35 at the halfway of third period, but Olimpija answered with 1-8 run and Roma was forced to call a time out. Third period finished with 49-47 and there was 10:00 to go. Teams exchanged in lead and Roma had 63-62 with 40 seconds remaining. Washington tried to drive to the basket but clashed with the Olimpija defense. As mentioned above, Gregory made two FTs and Gordic drove to the rim but missed.
In the next round, Union Olimpija will host Regal Barca. Lottomatica will go to Tel-Aviv.

Lottomatica: Vladimir Dasic 18+11 boards, Nihad Dedovic 10+7 boards
Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 19+14 boards, Saso Ozbolt 16, Damir Markota 9


Benjamin Eze leaves Russia for Italy - by Eurobasket News
Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) leaves Khimky. The 29-year-old centre opted to continue his career in Italy. The Nigerian-Italian player accepted the offer from Armani Jeans. Benjamin Eze had a solid season with the Russian powerhouse. He tallied 8.1 points, 4.1 boards and 1.3 blocks per game in Euroleague. In VTB League his stats read 8.7 points, 4.3 boards and 1.4 blocks. In Russian PBL Benjamin Eze averaged 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per appearance. Previously Benjamin Eze spent six straight seasons with Montepaschi Siena. The centre also played for Reggio Calabria, Fortitudo Bologna in Italy and Geoplin Slovan in Slovenia. Benjamin Eze played for Nigerian NT in 1999-09 seasons.


Reggio Emilia and Romel Beck split - by Eurobasket News
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) is no longer a member of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. Two sides decided to part ways yesterday. Beck, who will be sidelined with injury for at least a month, played 14 games for the club this season averaging 16.6 points and 3.7 rebounds. He joined them last summer. Reggio Emilia last week announced the signing of Dawan Robinson.
Romel Beck spent last season in NBA D-League as a member of Dakota Wizards. He appeared 42 times registering 17.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.4 apg. Beck was invited to participate at the D-League All-Star Game. During the summer, he spent some time with Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara.
Romel Beck played for Cimberio Varese and Capo d'Orlando in the past. He had 17.5 ppg, 2.5 pg and 1.4 spg in SerieA with Capo d'Orlando.


Grundy won't play in Tezenis Verona - by Eurobasket News
Tezenis Verona announced that Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) will not join the team as he failed to pass the physical tests. Grundy supposed to sign a deal for rest of the season.
Anthony Grundy started this season in Greece as a member of AEK Athens. He appeared in 10 league games averaging 14.5 points and 3.1 assists. Grundy played in Italy two years ago and he was the second scorer of SerieA with 17.9 ppg. He was a member of Carife Ferrara at that time. From 2007 to 2009, Grundy played for Panellinios Athens and was the top scorer in Greek league in their first season together. He had 21.4 ppg for 26 games. In the past, Grundy also played for Teramo, Ramat Hasharon and Oldenburg. He is a product of the North Carolina State University.


San Severo get Jakub Kudlacek - by Eurobasket News
San Severo got Jakub Kudlacek (193-G-90) on loan from Trenkwalder. The 20-year-old guard appeared in four games for Trenkwalder this season. He averaged 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Last season the youngster tallied 6.4 points, 1.6 boards, 1.6 assists per appearance. Jakub Kudlacek played for Czech Republic NT at 2009 European Championship Qualification. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.0 board for the team.


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BJ League Round 27: Leader Osaka Evessa loses to Saitama Broncos - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Osaka Evessa (17-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of fourth ranked Saitama Broncos on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Saitama Broncos 79-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-77. Saitama Broncos dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 42. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who scored 31 points and 7 assists. Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Saitama Broncos (11-15) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Despite that victory Saitama Broncos went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Shimane. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Saitama Broncos is looking forward to face league's second-placed Shiga Lakestars on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Okinawa GK (15-11) survived in overtime against Sendai 89ers (15-9) by two points 98-96. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony McHenry contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK maintains fourth place with 15-11 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Okinawa GK will play against Akita Happinets (#6) on the road in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Shiga Lakestars (16-10) against fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Shiga Lakestars were crushed by Kyoto Hannaryz in Kyoto 105-84. It was a great evening for Wendell White who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. The best for the losing side was Mikey Marshall with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 13-13 record. Loser Shiga Lakestars keep the second position with ten games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will meet Takamatsu FA (#9) on the road in the next round. Shiga Lakestars will play against Saitama Broncos (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (7-19) 107-80 in Mikawa. It was a quality performance for Jermaine Dixon who led the winners and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain first place with 24-2 record. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Shimane Magic (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Takamatsu FA will play against Kyoto Hannaryz.
The game in Miyazaki was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Tokyo Apache (11-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (7-19). Tokyo Apache defeated Miyazaki Shining Suns 89-74 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Junpei Nakama who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to fourth place. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Tokyo Apache will face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Niigata Albirex (#3).

Other games of round 27 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Akita were crushed by Fukuoka Rizing in a road game 115-90. Tokyo Apache beat Takamatsu FA at home 85-72. Takamatsu FA won against Tokyo Apache on the opponent's court 78-76. Niigata Albirex managed to outperform Oita H.Devils in a home game 75-62. Toyama Grouses recorded a loss to Shimane on the road 84-75.



Fukuoka Rizing - Akita 115-90

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Akita Happinets (9-17) were crushed on the road by third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-12) 115-90 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Akita Happinets managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 46 and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Fukuoka Rizing looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who scored 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Brazilian center Thiago Cordeiro (208-85, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) added 27 points respectively. Five Fukuoka Rizing and four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third place with 16-12 record having six points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Akita Happinets keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Tokyo Apache (#4) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 40+7reb+4ast, T.Cordeiro 22+11reb+3ast, N.Murry 19+6reb+2ast, A.Takeno 11+1reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 11+5reb+4ast, J.Henderson 9+5reb
Akita: S.Henry 27+3reb+3ast, A.Akingbade 19+14reb+1ast, P.Butorac 15+8reb+3ast, A.Burks 11+3reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 9+3reb+2ast, K.Shoji 5
gschID: 105925


Miyazaki - Tokyo Apache 74-89

The game in Miyazaki was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Tokyo Apache (11-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (7-19). Tokyo Apache defeated Miyazaki Shining Suns 89-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tokyo Apache. Miyazaki Shining Suns managed to win fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tokyo Apache looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Junpei Nakama (193-83) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Tokyo Apache and four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to fourth place. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Tokyo Apache will face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Niigata Albirex (#3).
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: J.Nakama 20+5reb+5ast, B.Eaton 17+5reb+6ast, C.Aoki 15+1reb+5ast, R.Swift 14+5reb, M.Chappell 10+4reb+2ast, T.Kensuke 4+3reb+1ast
Miyazaki: E.Palmer 20+13reb+5ast, J.Manuel 16+9reb+3ast, B.Cole 16+8reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 11+3reb+4ast, T.Ito 9+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 2
gschID: 105926


Okinawa GK - Sendai 89ers 98-96 OT

Okinawa GK (15-11) survived in overtime against Sendai 89ers (15-9) by two points 98-96. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Okinawa GK, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-8. Sendai 89ers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) added 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Five Okinawa GK and four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK maintains fourth place with 15-11 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Okinawa GK will play against Akita Happinets (#6) on the road in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 18+9reb+4ast, C.Dixon 18+12reb+3ast, T.Yonamine 17+4ast, S.Kinjo 16+1reb, J.Newton 11+10reb+1ast, Y.Takushi 10+4reb
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 28+8reb+5ast, C.Holm 25+15reb+2ast, M.Bell 22+14reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 13+2ast, T.Woodyard 3+1reb, H.Kusaka 3+2reb
gschID: 105927


Tokyo Apache - Takamatsu FA 85-72

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Tokyo Apache (11-9) defeated at home 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (7-19) 85-72 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 41-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tokyo Apache dominated on the defensive end, holding Takamatsu FA to just 6 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tokyo Apache players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and guard Satoshi Takeda (185-80) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to fourth place. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Tokyo Apache will face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Takamatsu FA will play against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5).
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 23+6reb+4ast, K.Dartez 14+5reb, R.Swift 14+9reb, J.Nakama 14+4reb+2ast, C.Aoki 9+3ast, T.Kensuke 6+1reb
Takamatsu FA: T.Farley 20+7reb, S.Takeda 17+7reb, M.Kita 12+1ast, R.Sparks 7+5reb+9ast, J.Price 7+2reb+4ast, S.Takada 6+5reb
gschID: 105928


Tokyo Apache - Takamatsu FA 76-78

There was an upset when higher ranked Tokyo Apache (11-9) was edged at home by ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (7-19) 78-76 on Wednesday. Tokyo Apache cut a 17-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. Takamatsu FA forced 19 Tokyo Apache turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tokyo Apache's coach Bob Hill tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Takamatsu FA moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Miyazaki. Loser Tokyo Apache dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Takamatsu FA will face higher ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Apache will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: R.Sparks 18+7reb+6ast, T.Farley 16+12reb, M.Kita 16+3reb+4ast, J.Price 13+6reb+2ast, S.Takeda 8+2ast, S.Takada 7+3reb+3ast
Tokyo Apache: C.Aoki 18+4reb+1ast, K.Dartez 13+6reb+1ast, R.Swift 13+11reb+1ast, J.Nakama 10+6reb+4ast, B.Eaton 9+4reb+5ast, M.Chappell 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105929


Niigata Albirex - Oita H.Devils 75-62

Rather predictable result when third ranked Niigata Albirex (13-11) beat at home 6th ranked Oita Heat Devils (12-16) 75-62 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-62. Niigata Albirex dominated on the defensive end, holding Oita Heat Devils to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Taj Finger (203-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Rolando Howell (206-82, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain third place with 13-11 record having thirteen points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oita Heat Devils will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: Z.Andrews 18+20reb+1ast, J.Ashby 14+6reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 11+2reb+3ast, W.Veasley 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 9+1reb+1ast, I.Konare 5+8reb
Oita H.Devils: R.Howell 14+10reb, T.Finger 11+11reb+3ast, M.Lottich 11+8reb+2ast, K.Mitomo 7+1reb+2ast, K.Sato 6+2reb+4ast, D.Johnson 6+8reb
gschID: 105920


Saitama Bron. - Osaka Evessa 79-77

Top ranked Osaka Evessa (17-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of fourth ranked Saitama Broncos on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Saitama Broncos 79-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-77. Saitama Broncos dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 42. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who scored 31 points and 7 assists. Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) added 25 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Saitama Broncos (11-15) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Despite that victory Saitama Broncos went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Shimane. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Saitama Broncos is looking forward to face league's second-placed Shiga Lakestars on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 31+4reb+7ast, G.Klaiber 14+13reb, B.Brown 9+10reb+2ast, K.Hatano 8+8reb+4ast, D.Terashita 8+4reb+1ast, B.Nash 5+2reb
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 25+5reb+1ast, W.Knight 16+12reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 16+14reb+5ast, H.Katsumata 8+4reb+1ast, H.Takada 8+1reb+7ast, J.Klotz 4+3reb
gschID: 105921


Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA 107-80

Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (7-19) 107-80 in Mikawa. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 46. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 19 Takamatsu FA turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a quality performance for American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) accounted for 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Takamatsu FA in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain first place with 24-2 record. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Shimane Magic (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Takamatsu FA will play against Kyoto Hannaryz.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: D.Larkai 15+4reb+1ast, K.Ohta 15+3reb+1ast, R.Nixon 13+4reb+1ast, W.Arnold 13+8reb+4ast, J.Parmer 13+6reb+1ast, J.Dixon 11+5reb+9ast
Takamatsu FA: T.Farley 19+12reb, J.Price 18+11reb+1ast, S.Takeda 15+3reb+3ast, M.Kita 10+1reb, S.Takada 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Kurihara 5+2ast
gschID: 105922


Kyoto Hannaryz - Shiga Lakestars 105-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Shiga Lakestars (16-10) against fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Shiga Lakestars were crushed by Kyoto Hannaryz in Kyoto 105-84. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannaryz. Shiga Lakestars managed to win fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga Lakestars' 50. Kyoto Hannaryz looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) helped adding 21 points and 14 rebounds. Five Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Masashi Joho (183-82) scored 21 points. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 13-13 record. Loser Shiga Lakestars keep the second position with ten games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will meet Takamatsu FA (#9) on the road in the next round. Shiga Lakestars will play against Saitama Broncos (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 29+15reb+13ast, K.Trim 21+14reb+1ast, T.Murakami 17+1reb+6ast, N.Nakamura 16+3reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 12+3reb, K.Setoyama 6+6reb+2ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 24+7reb+1ast, M.Joho 21+4reb, L.Rice 13+8reb+4ast, Y.Okada 10+3reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 9+4reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 5+11reb+8ast
gschID: 105923


Shimane - Toyama Grouses 84-75

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (7-17) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Shimane Magic (11-15) 84-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Matthew Kyle (211-86, college: Yale) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the other American import swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Shimane Magic will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against Oita Heat Devils (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane: E.Yamamoto 15+5reb+3ast, J.Davis 14+9reb, R.Golson 13+5reb, T.Ishizaki 12+2reb+7ast, F.Fisher 10+1reb+1ast, T.Evans 7+6reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 17+7reb, M.Kyle 16+8reb+1ast, H.Johnson 15+4reb, J.Smith 13+9reb, J.Davis 7+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105924




Rera Kamuy in financial turmoil, Coach Bryant fired - by J.D. Greene
Via: The Japan Times (Friday, Jan. 21)

Head coach Joe Bryant of the cash-strapped Rera Kamuy Hokkaido has been fired, a Japan Basketball League official said on Thursday.

Rera Kamuy, whose management company Fantasia Entertainment Co. Ltd., has been expelled from the JBL due to outstanding debts incurred over the past few seasons, has handed the coaching reins to Kaneta Yoshinori , who had served as an assistant coach under Bryant, for this weekend's series against the Toshiba Brave Thunders, the source said in a telephone conversation. Bryant confirmed the news in an e-mail.

Rera Kamuy (6-16) has the worst record in the eight-team JBL.

According to published reports, the JBL-appointed JBO will manage Rera Kamuy for the remainder of the season. Player contracts will be handled by the league office, as all players' previous deals were terminated after the Sapporo-based team's management company was forced out of the picture by the JBL.

Bryant, a former NBA player, Italian League star and father of Los Angeles Lakers standout Kobe, coached the bj-league's Tokyo Apache from 2005-09, compiled a 92-84 regular-season record and led the club to two championship runnerup finishes.

Source: Japan Times

**Note: Kaneta Yoshinori has previous exprience as a head coach, as a former coach of the Tochigi Brex in their premiere season in the JBL2 in the 2007-08 season where they won the JBL2 chapmionship.




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 24-2 
 2. Sendai 89ers 15-9 
 3. Niigata Albirex 13-11 
 4. Tokyo Apache 11-9 
 5. Saitama Bron. 11-15 
 6. Akita 9-17 
 7. Toyama Grouses 7-17 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 17-9 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 16-10 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 16-12 
 4. Okinawa GK 15-11 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 13-13 
 6. Oita H.Devils 12-16 
 7. Shimane 11-15 
 8. Miyazaki 7-19 
 9. Takamatsu FA 7-19 


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  KOSOVO   


Kasapolli resigns - by Luan Morina
Agim Kasapolli has resigned from Kosovos national team coach position. He confirmed this after the FBK board meeting held with Professional Council, Superleagues teams directors and coaches. He also criticized FBK vice-president Artan Rugova, who according to Kasapolli didnt allow him to make a speech. Among other critics Kasapolli mentioned his success at the helm of mens national team, victories against Albania and UAE.


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.8 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.15.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja15.2 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.2 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.2 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.6 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.6 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.5 
 9. Rozitis, Zemgale6.5 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils7.8 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.5.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.4.1 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 7. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 8. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils2.6 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 3. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 4. Jahovics, VEF R.2.3 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja2.2 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 7. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 9. Slisans, LU2.0 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 5. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 6. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 7. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Selakovs, VEF R.0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 12-1 
 2. Liepaja 10-4 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 9-5 
 4. Barons 7-7 
 5. Zemgale 6-7 
 6. Valmiera 6-7 
 7. Turiba 3-12 
 8. LU 2-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Mavort
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Walker, Mavort27.0 
 2. Machado, Flamengo24.7 
 3. Giovannoni, BRB/B.23.7 
 4. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 5. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 6. Lo Grippo, Quimsa20.3 
 7. Ayuso, Capitanes19.5 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol19.0 
 9. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 10. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos14.5 
 2. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 3. Teichmann, Flame.11.7 
 4. Zilli, Sionista11.5 
 5. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 6. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 7. Henning, Toros9.3 
 8. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 9. Giovannoni, BRB/B.8.7 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.7.0 
 2. Garcia, BR.6.7 
 3. Franco, Sionista6.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 5. Rivera, Halc.Rojos5.5 
 6. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 7. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.5.0 
 8. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 9. Machado, Flamengo4.7 
 10. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Carlos RIVERA
  Halc.Rojos
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rivera, Halc.Rojos3.0 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 3. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 4. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 5. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 6. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.3 
 8. Garcia, BR.2.3 
 9. Morales, Dep.Espa.2.0 
 10. Lloreda, Halc.Rojos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeffrion AUBRY
  Capitanes
  (205-C-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aubry, Capitanes3.0 
 2. Henning, Toros3.0 
 3. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 5. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.0 
 6. Santos, Flamengo2.0 
 7. Teichmann, Flame.2.0 
 8. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 9. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 10. Gutierrez, Halc..1.5 


Liga-Americas Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group D
Halc.Rojos - Cocodrilos 83-76
Halcones Rojos stayed undefeated at the Liga Americas Group D action. They held off Cocodrilos de Caracas to improve at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) and Carlos Rivera (187-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) stepped up with 17 points each to lead the way for Rojos. Cocodrilos in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat. The Venezuelan team outscored their opponents in the first period. They grabbed a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. Cocodrilos maintained the advantage as they recorded a 44:34 halftime advantage. Halcones changed things drastically in the third term. They capped the term with seven unanswered points to post a 67:61 lead. Halcones Rojos stayed in charge in the fourth period and rolled to a confident win at the end. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) knocked down 14 points for the Mexican team. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 22 points, 16 boards and 5 assists for Cocodrilos. Juan Herrera (197-F-81) finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Sionista - Capitanes 73-72
Sionista registered the first win at Liga Americas Group D. They upset hosting Capitanes de Arecibo on Day 2 of action. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record. Pedro Franco (187-G-81) led the Argentinean team with 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. The visitors set the tone early. Sionista outscored the home side 20:14 in the opening term. Capitanes failed to erase the deficit in the second quarter as they trailed by 8 points at halftime. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) dragged Capitanes de Arecibo closer in the third term but Sionista still led by three heading into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but a number of mistakes late in regulation cost Capitanes the game. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) fired 18 points for Sionista. Diego Osella (207-F/C-69) had 11 points for the winners. Daniel Santiago answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Larry Ayuso finished with 17 points in defeat.




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Gecevicius is out for two weeks - by Aurimas Rimselis
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius is out for two weeks, after yesterday game with Panathinaikos, when he faced with Dimitris Diamantidis in defence at second quarter. It was thought that player got a serious injury, but today doctors dispelled the worst predictions. The player has a strong knee contusion and large hemorrhage. According to medical estimates, M. Gecevicius is out from 10 to 14 days. This means that Martynas Gecevicius will skip next week the 'Top 16' match against Vitoria 'Caja Laboral'. New purchase of Lietuvos Rytas D. J. Strawberry today arrived to Vilnius, and should join the team this evening in practice.

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Athleta stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Athleta recorded the sixth straight win in the Mens League. They held off the defending champions Siggiewi 78:64 on the road. Siggiewi who played without Peter Shoults managed to pull in front in the starting frame. The hosts built a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. However Athleta answered with a 24:6 run in the second term to leave Siggiewi far behind. Siggiewi did not surrender as they narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the final break but the visitors stayed dominant in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Steve Schembri (187-F-79) produced 17 points for Athleta. Omar Said (177-G-80) added 16 points in the win. Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) and Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) answered with 21 points each for Siggiewi.
Depiro registered the second win in the season as they toppled BUPA Luxol 63:51. Depiro used a 12:2 second quarter to take the lead for good in this one. Roderick Vella (85) unloaded 25 points to lead the effort. Daniel Bugeja and Andrew Aquilina (89) chipped in 10 points each in the victory. Nebojsa Vasovic replied with 19 points for Luxol.



Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 6-0 
 2. Siggiewi 3-2 
 3. Depiro 2-4 
 4. Bupa 2-4 
 5. Loyola 1-4 


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LNBP Quarterfinals: Angeles and Fuerza Regia grab their first wins (1-2) - by Eurobasket News
Angeles and Fuerza Regia are alive in the LNBP Quarterfinals. They managed to beat Pioneros and Toros coming to 1-2 in the series. Fourth games are scheduled for today.

Angeles - Pioneros 76-69 (1-2)
Regular season champion Pioneros was defeated on the road against Angeles 76-69. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Curtis Withers (203-84, college: Charlotte) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Angeles' coach Nelson Solorzano used a ten-player rotation in this meeting. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Horacio Llamas (212-73) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: H.Llamas 15+6reb+2ast, K.Young 14+8reb, G.Grays 13+2reb, R.Allen 11+12reb, S.Soriano 9+6reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 6+6reb
Angeles: A.Sucre 16+5reb+1ast, D.Guevara 16, C.Withers 14+16reb+3ast, J.Walker 12+4reb+1ast, G.Vargas 8+4reb+9ast, J.Gonzalez 5+3reb




Toros - Fuerza Regia 73-88 (2-1)
No.3 Fuerza Regia faced 4th placed Toros. Guests from Monterrey defeated host Toros 88-73. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 34. It was a good game for American guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Toros.
Top scorers:
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 19+8reb+1ast, E.Vasquez 15+1reb+1ast, A.Henning 14+5reb+4ast, A.Rougeau 9+9reb+1ast, A.Gomez 6+2reb+5ast, Q.Joseph 4+4reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Habel 19+10reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 15+11reb+6ast, J.Smith 13+6reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 12+1reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 11+4reb+1ast, M.Johnson 10+3reb+3ast


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Halcones Rojos earn second straight win in Arecibo - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos - Cocodrilos de Caracas 83:76

Halcones Rojos stayed undefeated at the Liga Americas Group D action. They held off Cocodrilos de Caracas to improve at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) and Carlos Rivera (187-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) stepped up with 17 points each to lead the way for Rojos. Cocodrilos in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat.
The Venezuelan team outscored their opponents in the first period. They grabbed a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. Cocodrilos maintained the advantage as they recorded a 44:34 halftime advantage. Halcones changed things drastically in the third term. They capped the term with seven unanswered points to post a 67:61 lead. Halcones Rojos stayed in charge in the fourth period and rolled to a confident win at the end. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) knocked down 14 points for the Mexican team. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 22 points, 16 boards and 5 assists for Cocodrilos. Juan Herrera (197-F-81) finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 17, Carlos Rivera 17, Paul Stoll 14
Cocodrilos: Jack Michael Martinez 22+16 boards, Juan Herrera 15



Reggio Emilia and Romel Beck split - by Eurobasket News
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) is no longer a member of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. Two sides decided to part ways yesterday. Beck, who will be sidelined with injury for at least a month, played 14 games for the club this season averaging 16.6 points and 3.7 rebounds. He joined them last summer. Reggio Emilia last week announced the signing of Dawan Robinson.
Romel Beck spent last season in NBA D-League as a member of Dakota Wizards. He appeared 42 times registering 17.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.4 apg. Beck was invited to participate at the D-League All-Star Game. During the summer, he spent some time with Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara.
Romel Beck played for Cimberio Varese and Capo d'Orlando in the past. He had 17.5 ppg, 2.5 pg and 1.4 spg in SerieA with Capo d'Orlando.


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Martin Methodist RedHawks Fight Down to the Wire for 68-66 Defeat of Lyon College - by Stephan Ditgens
PULASKI, Tenn. (1/15) In front of a thunderous home crowd, MMC mens basketball continued their perfect streak to 15-0, 3-0 TSAC despite trailing for almost the entire contest to the Scots. The 68-66 win at home improved Andy Sharpes record to 35-10 in the Christian Life Center during his stint at MMC, dating back to the 2007-08 season.



Four RedHawks entered double-figure scoring, as James Justice (Junior/Memphis, Tenn.) led the charge just one assist shy of a double-double. Justice turned in 14 points and nine assists, while Derrick Davis (Junior/Tacoma, Wash.) and Ree McCrory (Junior/Columbus, Ga.) each tallied 11. Chris Leggett (Senior/Meridian, Miss.) barely missed a double-double effort with 10 points and nine rebounds, also recording three blocks.



Lyon set the pace for the game, earning the first points of the night, pulling ahead by four in the first six minutes. The RedHawk offense then appeared to come alive as Justice dropped a shot from beyond the arc to take a 13-12 lead at the start of a seven point run. The Scots, however, then built back to tie at 17-17 with just under eight minutes to go. MMC controlled the remainder of the half, leading by as much as eight, and taking a 33-31 edge to the half.



The Scots fought back to start the second half, tying the game twice by the 15:15 mark at 35-35. As Lyon pulled ahead, carried by five points from Andy Lee, the RedHawks again knotted the score for the sixth tie of the game.



With just over 10 minutes ticking on the game clock, Lyon College looked to build an upset on the court of the No. 6 RedHawks. LC relentlessly edge MMC, answering every RedHawk comeback attempt with just enough to stay ahead. Facing a nine-point deficit with 2:40 to go, Justice took matters into his own hands and dropped a bucket to inch closer to the Scots. It was then that MMC and their hometown fans rattled Lyon, who failed to score again for the remainder of the game.



A near perfect RedHawk defense provided the stops that allowed MMC to continuously score on an 11-point final run. Chris Goodwin (Senior/Hendersonville, Tenn.) created his own shot, driving to the basket with 1:52 to go, as Justice found Leggett on the next basket to pull MMC within two. Justice then handed off to E.J. Kirby (Junior/Houston, Texas) for the tying basket.



With 50 seconds remaining, Quinn Cooper missed a field goal that was blocked and rebounded by Leggett, who won the eventual jump ball. Lyon looked to preserve their opportunity when McCrorys shot was blocked with 20 seconds left, but Leggett came up with his biggest board of the night and finished the second-chance shot for the eventual game-winner. MMC held the Scots for the final few seconds, pulling off the 68-66, and narrowly missing an upset.



The RedHawks hit the road for two conference competitions at Blue Mountain College and Freed-Hardeman University, then hosting Cumberland University at home on January 22.


source: goredhawks.com


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Kirilenko has Nets connections, prefers to stay with Jazz - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81) is on the radar should New Jersey Nets be unable to land Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) from the Denver Nuggets this season, The New York Daily News reported.

Kirilenko is friends with Nets owner and fellow Russian Mikhail Prokhorov, according to the report.

But Kirilenko, who is a free agent after this season, told The Salt Lake Tribune that he has not recently been in touch with Prokhorov, and that he prefers to stay in Utah.

'I've spent 10 years (with the Jazz),' Kirilenko said. 'That's worth a lot. We established so many connections. Not only basketball, but off the court.'

Courtesy of www.sportingnews.com


DeRozan to replace Jennings in NBA Dunk Contest - by Eurobasket News
Back in December, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) suffered a foot fracture that required surgery. So it was a bit of a surprise when, in early January, Jennings was named one of four participants in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, along with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee and Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday night that Jennings will be a scratch due to his injury and that he will be replaced by Toronto Raptors forward Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC).

The N.B.A. will add Demar DeRozan to the slam dunk competition, which will be held during All-Star weekend. He will assume the spot vacated by Brandon Jennings, who is returning from a fractured left foot. DeRozans selection is expected to be announced on Thursday.
When news of the Dunk Contest participants broke a few weeks ago, DeRozan tweeted, 'Dang! I'm not in the dunk contest this year?' Apparently, wishes really do come true sometimes.

DeRozan is your prototypical slam dunk contest participant, an explosive-leaping, high-flying, hard-finishing athletic wing. He finished second in the 2010 NBA dunk contest, losing to Nate Robinson, then of the New York Knicks and now of the Boston Celtics.

In the final round of last year's contest, DeRozan caught and finished an alleyoop one-handed while jumping over a teammate. He also took off from near the free throw line and threw down with two hands.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Injured PG Williams out at least a month for Cavs - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers starting point guard Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) will miss at least one month with a sprained left shoulder, a major blow to the Eastern Conference's top team.

An MRI revealed the sprain and the Cavs said that Williams, who has played in 124 of a possible 125 games since joining Cleveland before last season, is projected to be out for the 'next four to six weeks' - a timetable that could keep him out until the first week in March.

Williams is the club's second-leading scorer and top playmaker other than LeBron James. His loss figures to test the Cavs like nothing else so far this season.

'It's huge,' James said before Thursday's showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers. 'The last two years a lot of the reason for the success we've had as a team is because Mo has been our point guard. He has been the guy that has kept us under wraps and played in almost every single game. When you lose an All-Star point guard it hurts. It hurts a lot.

'Guys got to step up. Guys have no choice but to step up.'

Williams injured his shoulder in Tuesday night's win over Toronto when he reached for a steal in the third quarter and banged into a few Raptors players. He was taken to the locker room for an examination and treatment before returning to the floor and making a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland coach Mike Brown said it is his understanding that rest should take care of Williams' injury. It's not likely he will need surgery.

On Tuesday, the Cavs initially said Williams had sustained a strain, but changed the diagnosis to a sprain, which indicates there is a tear in the shoulder.

Williams, who was an All-Star last season - his first with Cleveland - scored a team-high 28 points in the Cavaliers' Christmas Day win over the Lakers.

Delonte West, who is more of a shooting guard, will start in place of Williams and Daniel Gibson will return to the rotation after having his minutes reduced in recent weeks. West will be making his first start this season.

'It's tough,' Brown said. 'But we feel like we have a deep team. It's unfortunate Mo got hurt because he was playing really well for us and was in a rhythm. We have to see if we can hold the fort down until he's able to come back.'

Losing Williams will hurt the Cavs in a variety of ways. He is one of the NBA's best three-throw (90 percent) and 3-point shooters (43 percent).

Cleveland (32-11) entered Thursday's game against the Lakers with a 3 1/2-game lead over Boston for the East's best record.

Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Boston C. - Detroit P. 86-82
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 22 points, and Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) hit a jumper with 25 seconds left to give the Boston Celtics their first lead of the second half and help them beat the Detroit Pistons 86-82 on Wednesday night. It was the fourth straight victory for the Celtics. The Pistons had their three-game winning streak snapped. Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 11 points and six boards in his second game back after missing nine with a leg injury. Rodney Stuckey scored 15 points and Greg Monroe had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who led by eight with 8 minutes left but did not score over the game's last 2:43. The Pistons had won three in a row after coach John Kuester shook up his lineup, benching Richard Hamilton and inserting rookie Monroe at center and Tracy McGrady at point guard. It was the longest winning streak of the season for Detroit, which opened with an 11-26 record. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

N.Orleans H. - Memphis G. 103-102 OT
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) broke up an inbounds pass with 14 seconds left in overtime and then finished a fast break with a reverse layup, lifting New Orleans to a 103-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night that extended the Hornets' winning streak to six. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 20 points and 12 assists, and corralled the critical loose ball that was tipped by both Thornton and Trevor Ariza. Paul then raced up court and passed to Emeka Okafor, who bounced a pass to Thornton under the hoop. Rudy Gay, who had 22 points, had one last shot to win it for Memphis, but his jumper near the top of the key bounced off the back rim. David West had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, while Okafor added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Thornton finished with 17 points. *Courtesy of www.fox8live.com

Milwaukee B. - Washington W. 100-87
Keyon Dooling (6'3''-G-80, college: Missouri) scored a season-high 23 points, Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) added 21, and the Milwaukee Bucks dropped the Washington Wizards to 0-20 on the road with a 100-87 victory on Wednesday night. The Wizards had ample opportunities to open a big lead against the short-handed Bucks early, but squandered a 12-point lead in a matter of 7 minutes in the first half as the Bucks began hitting shots despite missing starters Brandon Jennings (left foot), Carlos Delfino (concussion) and John Salmons (right hip). Milwaukee, which came in as the NBA's worst shooting team (41.9 percent), went 35 of 73 to finish at 48 percent from the field. No. 1 overall pick John Wall scored 10 points and had 10 of his 13 assists in the first half. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - Phoenix Suns 98-106
Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns skirted past the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-98. Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) finished with 18 points while Marcin Gortat chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns won their fourth straight and improved to 2-0 on a five-game road trip. Steve Nash notched 15 points and 15 assists in the win. Antawn Jamison posted 23 points and had six boards for the Cavaliers, who continued a season-high 14-game losing streak. Ramon Sessions ended with 19 points and eight assists, while J.J. Hickson and Daniel Gibson both scored 16 points in the losing effort. *Courtesy of www.wkyc.com

New Jersey N. - Utah Jazz 103-95
The 'Melo-drama' ended and so did the New Jersey Nets' losing streak. Hours after owner Mikhail Prokhorov halted the Nets' drawn-out pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and quelled fears that half the team would be traded, New Jersey matched its season high with seven players scoring in double figures in a 103-95 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. ''I'm relieved it's over,'' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. ''I'm relieved for our players, but I'm more relieved for (general manager) Billy (King). We can now just move on. We'll keep developing the players we have and keep improving. I liked what we did tonight. There was positive energy and no panic when they started to come back. For the first time in a long time, we closed a team out.'' Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) scored 11 of his 20 points in a big third quarter, Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) added 15 and Devin Harris had 14 points and eight assists to help New Jersey win for only the second time in 13 games. Travis Outlaw had 13 points and rookie forward Derrick Favors, the No. 3 pick in the draft who was mentioned prominently in the trade talks along with Harris, added 12 points and six rebounds. Harris said the game was the Nets' best in a long time. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Denver N. - Oklah.City T. 112-107
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) sees the New Jersey Nets' pullout of trade talks as a speed bump on his way out of the Mile High City and not necessarily a detour. The Denver Nuggets All-Star forward said Wednesday night that he still thinks he'll be traded by the Feb. 24 deadline and that he doesn't foresee himself going to a contender simply as a rent-a-player for the final two months of the season. He also demurred when asked after the Nuggets' 112-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder if he still felt staying in Denver long-term was a possibility. 'I'm not answering any more questions about an extension, about being traded,' he said. 'I'm focused on being here right now. Until anything happens, you guys will see me upstairs in practice, playing hard, doing what I got to do, focusing. 'And, then, when anything happens, all you guys will have a big story to write about.' Anthony scored 35 points, hours after Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced he would no longer pursue the All-Star forward in a megadeal that had been the buzz of the NBA for weeks. After the game, Anthony told the team's TV network while being both cheered and jeered: 'It was personal. ... In spite of everything that is going on, I'm still here. ... I'm still a Denver Nugget.' Despite his dominating performance, Anthony said there was no weight lifted from his shoulders in light of Prokhorov's pulling the plug. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Sacramento K. - Portland TB 90-94 OT
Even in a game where he admittedly struggled, LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) was a difference maker for the Portland Trail Blazers. Aldridge scored 23 points with a strong finish and Nicolas Batum had season-high 24 to lead the Blazers to a 94-90 overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Aldridge was coming a career-high 37 points in a Tuesday victory against Minnesota. But the skillful forward did little in the first three quarters when he was limited to eight points. Yet Aldridge delivered when the Blazers needed it most. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and five more in the overtime when Portland outscored the struggling Kings 9-5 to secure a rare road victory. ''I had to stick with it. I was not in a good rhythm - I was kind of tired,'' said Aldridge, who made 10 of 24 shots and added nine rebounds. ''I went out and tried to make plays in the fourth.'' It was the third straight win for the Blazers and eighth in a row against the Kings. And Portland did it without key injured players, Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Golde State W. - Indiana P. 110-108
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) hit a game winning jumper with just 0.6 seconds left in the game as the Golden State Warriors beat the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night. With 18.1 seconds left on the clock, Ellis took the inbound pass and held the ball until the clock was down to a few seconds remaining, started to drive to the right, crossed over left, and hit the game winning jumper from just to the left of the free throw line. Pacers still had a chance to tie or win the game. Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) threw the ball towards the basket, but the tip by Tyler Hansbrough came up short of the rim with good defense from Brandan Wright, and the Warriors escaped with their third consecutive victory. Ellis had his usual monster numbers game. He had 36 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. He shot well from the field, going 16-28 from the field, 2-3 from both the 3 point line and the free throw line. Ellis hit two big 3's at the end of the second quarter to bring the Warriors to within five at half time. David Lee and Dorell Wright each had 21 points. The bench was not a factor tonight, although Brandan Wright energized the Warriors on both ends of the floor with his fourth quarter play. He had 6 points, 4 rebounds (2 offensive), and 1 steal in the quarter. The Warriors bench was outscored in the game 32 to 13. Acie Law had the other 7 bench points. The bench was 5-16 from the field and did not score until 28.3 seconds left in the third quarter when Law hit 1 of 2 free throws. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

LA Clippers - Minnesota T. 126-111
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) 's streak of double-doubles ended at 27 games. More important to him, the Los Angeles Clippers keep on winning. Griffin had 29 points and eight rebounds, and the Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-111 on Wednesday night for their third victory in a row. 'You hear how much looser everyone is, how much fun it is,' Griffin said, nodding at his teammates' animated chatter. The Wolves' Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 26 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 29th consecutive double-double. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - New York K. 104-89
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 21 points, Chuck Hayes (6'6''-F-83, college: Kentucky) grabbed 12 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat New York 104-89 on Wednesday night, handing the Knicks their fourth straight loss. Kyle Lowry added 18 points, and Luis Scola and Chase Budinger scored 13 points apiece for the Rockets, who rode a hot shooting start to their sixth straight win over New York at the Toyota Center. Amare Stoudemire scored 25, but also gave away five turnovers for the Knicks, who've lost 14 of their last 16 games against the Rockets overall. The Knicks shot 42 percent (35 of 83), scored only 39 points after halftime and were held almost 19 points under their league-leading scoring average (107.5 per game). *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

San Antonio S. - Toronto R. 104-95
The San Antonio Spurs did just about everything wrong in the first half. DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) helped correct things after that. Blair had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Spurs rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and Tony Parker added 17 for the Spurs, who improved their NBA-best record to 36-6, their best ever after 42 games. DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points for the Raptors, who lost their fifth straight and ninth in the last 10 games. He was held to just eight points in the second half against an array of double-teams. *Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Dallas M. - LA Lakers 109-100
When his top players are healthy, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has the luxury of bringing off the bench Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) and Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV), a pair of longtime starters capable of scoring 20 points any night. Dallas, however, hasn't been anywhere near healthy the last few weeks. So Carlisle has been starting one, the other or both. And the Mavs were losing - badly. Terry and Marion returned to their roles as super subs on Wednesday night, each scoring 22 points to lift Dallas past the Los Angeles Lakers 109-100, ending an ugly six-game losing streak. Jason Kidd snapped out of an awful stretch of his own, scoring a season-high 21 points to help the Mavericks end their worst losing streak in a decade. On the other side, Pau Gasol scored 23 points, but took only four shots in the second half. Bryant had 21 points and 10 assists, and Lamar Odom had 20 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Orlando M. - Philadelph.76 99-98 OT
Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) converted a 4-point play with 17 seconds left, Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) scored 18 points before fouling out late in regulation and the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-98 in overtime Wednesday night. Reserve Ryan Anderson scored 20 to lead the Magic, who survived another slow start and spotty defense with some big baskets down the stretch. Lou Williams led Philadelphia with 19 points and Thaddeus Young had 17. At Wednesday morning's shoot around, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said playing better defense and getting off to a fast start were his team's focal points coming off a mediocre 2-3 road trip. *Courtesy of www.mcall.com


Rose, Westbrook earn NBA Player of the Week honors - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) were named players of the week for their respective conferences for games played between January 10-16.

Rose guided Chicago to a 3-1 record during the period and averaged 27.3 points, 6.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds to garner the Eastern Conference honor. He also missed just one of his 29 free throw attempts.

Westbrook got the Western Conference nod after nearly averaging a triple- double in wins over Houston and Orlando, logging 27.5 points, 13.0 assists and 9.0 rebounds in those two contests.

This is Rose's second award of the season, while Westbrook has won three of the 12 weeks thus far.

Other nominees for the weekly honors were Golden State's Monta Ellis, the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, Orlando's Dwight Howard and Washington's Nick Young.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Nets drop Carmelo Anthony deal - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have pulled out of the Melo-drama.

Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov delivered the bombshell to the media on Wednesday night as he made his opening statement after traveling to the United States for what he thought would be a chance to finish the deal to bring Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to the Nets from the Denver Nuggets.

'I'm not happy with the way ... this deal has gone until now,' Prokhorov said. 'It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job, but there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I'm instructing our team to walk away from the deal.'

The Nets have lost six straight, including all four on a just-completed West Coast road trip that ended in Oakland on Monday.

The decision to pull out of the talks was made Tuesday, said Prokhorov, who displayed a discernable level of frustration at the collapse of the deal the Nets had been working on for three months.

'It's my decision,' said Prokhorov, who said the Nets were given permission to speak with Anthony but never got a 'straightforward answer' on the specifics of that meeting.

Prokhorov said he never heard from Anthony.

'Maybe he sent me an e-mail, but I don't have a computer,' Prokhorov said. 'Maybe the carrier pigeon got lost.'

Denver general manager Masai Ujiri declined to answer questions about the Nets' decision, beyond saying the Nuggets have been in talks 'with plenty of teams' regarding Anthony and insisting he harbored no ill will toward the Nets for calling off talks.

Nuggets coach George Karl said he wasn't surprised that Prokhorov pulled the plug on this deal.

'I think I've been one of the guys who have been kind of hinting to you that this is a lot farther away from happening than you all think it's going to be,' Karl said. 'But we've got a fun game, a hell of a team to play against tonight ... and I'm more excited about that than my billionaire friend from Russia kind of throwing another curveball or knuckleball into the process.

'If it's true, it's true. If it isn't true, it isn't true,' Karl added. 'If it's a ploy in the negotiation, that's for the guys upstairs to figure out.'

Previously, New Jersey had offered to ship six players and at least two first-round draft picks to Denver in a deal that would have sent Anthony to the Nets along with former Pistons teammates Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton.

Derrick Favors, the 19-year-old rookie who was rumored to be the centerpiece in the multiple-player deal, was shocked upon hearing the news in the locker room before the game.

'I don't have to worry about it no more,' Favors said. 'It's over with. This is my first time hearing it. I'm excited.'

Asked if there was a tipping point in the withdrawal, Prokhorov would not be specific.

'It is my feeling of strategy, that is enough,' Prokhorov said.

'I am not ready to overpay,' Prokhorov said. 'As soon as you make a mistake, you can wait for the next chance for the next five or six years. That's why I prefer to be really patient.'

Nets GM Billy King, who was hired to replace Rod Thorn in the offseason, said the Nets and Nuggets never reached an agreement at any time during the negotiations.

'I am not disappointed at all,' King said. 'It's been a long process. In all my years, 16 years in the NBA, I have never seen anything like this.'

King said he came close to calling off the deal himself during the talks.

'There were times in my mind I wrestled with the same idea, because you get to a point where you say enough is enough,' said King, who said he was frustrated by 'everything' in the talks.

King called the seemingly never-ending talks on a Melo deal a perfect storm, with the Nuggets and Nets both dealing with new ownerships and managements.

'There is no blame for anyone,' he said. 'We all worked hard to get a deal done, we just couldn't get one.'

King added Nets will now move on. Forward Troy Murphy, who was part of of the proposed Nuggets-Pistons-Nets, will remain away from the team until the Nets can trade him.

'This is not like the Titanic, this happens and the ship sinks,' King said, adding the Nets' have five first-rounds picks in the next two years and plenty of cap space.

Courtesy of ESPN


Marcus Camby to undergo knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Blazers center Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee, the team says.

General Manager Rich Cho says a MRI revealed the tear Tuesday.

The surgery will be later this week and a time line for his return will be established afterward.

Camby is the fifth Trail Blazer in three months to have surgery.

Camby averages 5.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.87 blocks in 28.7 minutes.

He is the only player in the Western Conference who averages at least 11 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

Courtesy of www.kptv.com


Mavericks' Caron Butler targets playoff return - by Eurobasket News
Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) said he believes the Mavericks still have something special going on here, despite the current six-game losing streak.

And hes holding out hope that he might still be part of the ride come playoff time.

Butler, who ruptured a right knee tendon Jan. 2 and needed surgery, was a visitor to practice Tuesday. He was there to offer support to his teammates, who clearly are struggling after six consecutive losses.

Butler spoke to media members for the first time since his injury and said that if the Mavericks could make a deep playoff run, hes not ruling out playing again this season.

They say four months, four to five months, Butler said. Thats what I keep yelling. Give me four months, and Im good. Ive had this before when I was 15. I know exactly what to do. {ellipsis} I just need some time. Four months from his surgery would be the first week of May, which is usually when the second round of the playoffs start.

The 6-7 forward, who was averaging 15 points per game when he went out, said he plans to be on the bench with his teammates tonight when the Mavericks play the Los Angeles Lakers. When he is cleared to begin traveling in early February, he plans on being with the team on every road trip to offer as much moral support as he can.

We still do have something special, he said. Our relationships are second to none. I believe we have what it takes in this locker room. Thats why I crawled over here and support the squad.

Butler will be a free agent at the end of the season. There also is the possibility that the Mavericks could use his contract in a trade between now and the Feb. 24 deadline. None of that is his immediate focus.

You want to put that aside, he said. That will take care of itself. When I start rehabbing and everything, then Ill get ready for free agency. But right now, Im going to support my teammates.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


Rafer Alston to sign in China - by Eurobasket News
Streetball legend and former NBA player Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) has found a new job in basketball, and its taking him overseas.

Alstons longtime manager and close friend Eddie Lau told InsideHoops.com that the guard is traveling to China today where he will sign a contract to play for the Zhejiang Guangsha Basketball Club.

In other news, in addition to his other roles, Lau is now also Alstons agent.

Alston began his NBA career in 1999, playing for Milwaukee. He went on to play Toronto, Miami, Houston, Orlando and New Jersey, and had a career average of 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 spg.

Known in Rucker Park and other famous playgrounds as Skip to my Lou, Alston has great flair to his game. Over his years as a professional, he learned how to separate Alston the NBA player from Skip, the kid in the playground. Itll be interesting to see footage of how he performs overseas.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.2 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.25.9 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.6 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers23.8 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.0 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.3 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Calderon, Toron.8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Brewer, Minnesot.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 10. Wall, Washington W.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. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers2.0 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 32-9 
 2. New York K. 22-19 
 3. Philadelph.76 17-24 
 4. Toronto R. 13-29 
 5. New Jersey N. 11-31 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 28-14 
 2. Indiana P. 16-23 
 3. Milwaukee B. 15-24 
 4. Detroit P. 15-27 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-33 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 30-13 
 2. Atlanta H. 28-15 
 3. Orlando M. 27-15 
 4. Charlotte B. 16-24 
 5. Washington W. 12-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 27-15 
 2. Oklah.City T. 27-15 
 3. Denver N. 24-17 
 4. Portland TB 23-20 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-33 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 31-13 
 2. Phoenix Suns 19-21 
 3. Golde State W. 18-23 
 4. LA Clippers 16-25 
 5. Sacramento K. 9-31 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 36-6 
 2. Dallas M. 27-14 
 3. N.Orleans H. 27-16 
 4. Houston R. 20-23 
 5. Memphis G. 19-23 


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Paora Winitana returns to Hawke's Bay - by Eurobasket News
Paora Winitana (195-G-76) will play for the Bay Hawks in the upcoming season. The 34-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with his former team. Last two seasons the experienced guard played for the Christchurch Cougars. Last year Paora Winitana tallied 18.7 points, 4.4 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per NBL game. Winitana played for the Bay Hawks from 2003 through 2008 seasons. The guard was the member of Tall Blacks at 2002 and 2006 World Championships as well as 2004 Olympic Games.


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 11-3 
 2. Tromso 10-3 
 3. Ulriken 10-3 
 4. Baerum 7-7 
 5. Froya 6-9 
 6. Gimle 4-9 
 7. Kristiansand 4-9 
 8. Ammerud 2-11 


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  PBL   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Vermont FH
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.6 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.20.5 
 3. Crouch, Rocheste.20.0 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.19.8 
 5. Jones, Kentucky S.19.0 
 6. Martin, Saint J.17.8 
 7. Anderson, Saint J.17.3 
 8. Mercer, Halifax R.17.2 
 9. Miles, Dayton A.16.5 
 10. George, Dayton A.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.5 
 2. Jackson, Halifax R.11.0 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.3 
 4. DeMasi, Vermont FH9.0 
 5. Jones, Halifax R.8.8 
 6. Williams, Vermo.8.6 
 7. Ocitti, Saint J.8.0 
 8. Walton, Rocheste.8.0 
 9. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 10. Brown, Quebec K.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Rice, Vermont FH8.2 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.7.3 
 3. Parran, Quebec K.5.6 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.2 
 5. Acker, Quebec K.5.0 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.4.8 
 7. Brown, Quebec K.4.6 
 8. Bowden, Lawton F.4.5 
 9. Daniels, Lawton F.4.3 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Anderson, Saint J.2.8 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.2.8 
 4. Parran, Quebec K.2.6 
 5. Martin, Saint J.2.0 
 6. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.0 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Council, Rocheste.1.8 
 9. Mercer, Halifax R.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Kentucky S.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Carter, Rocheste.1.3 
 3. Daniels, Lawton F.1.3 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.1.2 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.2 
 6. Ocitti, Saint J.1.0 
 7. Farley, Rocheste.1.0 
 8. DeMasi, Vermont FH1.0 
 9. DeLuca, Saint J.1.0 
 10. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.0 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.6 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .17.1 
 3. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.17.1 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jankowski, Polonia .16.3 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 7. Witos, GKS Tychy15.8 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Pamula, Tempcold.15.7 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lancut15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.1 
 2. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.4 
 4. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.8.4 
 5. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 6. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.0 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.7.8 
 8. Sterenga, Gornik7.8 
 9. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.7 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.3 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.1 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin4.9 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.8 
 7. Basinski, MMKS D.4.7 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.4 
 9. Kardas, Rosasport4.1 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znicz B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Michal MICHALAK
  Polonia 2011
  (194-G-93)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Michalak, Polonia .3.2 
 2. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.3.1 
 4. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.1 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.1 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.9 
 7. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
 8. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.3 
 9. Koszuta, Spojnia2.2 
 10. Sterenga, Gornik2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.6 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Sudowski, AZS S.1.2 
 7. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.2 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Karwowski, Tempcold.0.9 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


AZS Koszalin add Grady Reynolds - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin strengthened their roster. They added Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's). The 30-year-old forward started the season in Hebraica in Uruguay. Grady Reynolds tallied 14.5 points, 9.4 boards, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 assists per game in LUB. Last season the forward tipped off in Spain. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 boards for Palencia. He finished the season in Boca Juniors in Argentina tallying 8.8 points, 5.3 boards and 1.5 blocks. Grady Reynolds played in Poland before. He spent 2006/07 season in Polonia Warsaw. In 2008/09 season the forward played for Znicz Jaroslaw.


1Liga Round 17: AZS Politechnika Warszawska beats SKK Siedlce by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Tenth-ranked SKK Siedlce (6-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (14-2) in Warszawa on Wednesday. AZS Politechnika Warszawska managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SKK Siedlce won fourth quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 10 points for the winners. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach Mladen Starcevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Rafal Wojcicki (193-82) answered with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for SKK Siedlce. AZS Politechnika Warszawska has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. SKK Siedlce lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska are looking forward to face Asecco Prokom 2 (#7) in Gdynia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SKK Siedlce will play at home against Rosasport in Radom and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Fourteenth-ranked Astoria (4-13) was very close to win a game against ninth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (9-8) in Pruszkow. MKS Znicz Basket managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Naturalized American guard Janavor Weatherspoon (186-80, college: Oklahoma St., agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Wojciech Fras chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Igor Trela (206-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Astoria keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Start Lublin and Polonia 2011. MKS Znicz Basket will play against AZS Szczecin (#11) on the road in the next round. Astoria will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked LKS Sphinx (11-6) and 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (5-11) in Lodz on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. LKS Sphinx outscored guests from Szczecin 97-60. Jakub Dluski nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Krzysztof Mielczarek came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for AZS Szczecin in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LKS Sphinx have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with MMKS DG. AZS Szczecin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. LKS Sphinx will meet at home higher ranked ISS Sportino (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Szczecin will play against MKS Znicz Basket (#8) in Pruszkow and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Polonia 2011 was smashed by ISS Sportino on the road 97-75. Gornik was destroyed by Asec.Prokom-2 on its own court 53-83. Sokol Lancut managed to outperform GKS Tychy in a road game 76-68. MMKS DG rolled over Spojnia at home 84-61. Bottom-ranked Start Lublin was defeated by Rosasport on the opponent's court 73-66.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 26 points and 8 rebounds by Marcel Wilczek of Sokol Lancut.



ISS Sportino - Polonia 2011 97-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked ISS Sportino (12-5) crushed 15th ranked Polonia 2011 (4-13) in Inowroclaw 97-75 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by ISS Sportino. Polonia 2011 managed to win fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ISS Sportino forced 21 Polonia 2011 turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 63.0 percentage. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Jacek Sulowski (192-79) accounted for 23 points. Four ISS Sportino players scored in double figures. Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sebastian Kowalczyk (188-93) added 16 points respectively for Polonia 2011 in the defeat. Polonia 2011's coach Arkadius Miloszewski gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ISS Sportino maintains fourth place with 12-5 record. Polonia 2011 at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Astoria and Start Lublin. ISS Sportino will meet LKS Sphinx (#6) in the next round. Polonia 2011 will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
ISS Sportino: J.Sulowski 23+1reb+2ast, L.Zytko 18+1reb+2ast, W.Kus 16+3reb+2ast, W.Zurawski 15+16reb+2ast, T.Piotrkiewicz 7+2reb+2ast, P.Mowlik 6+1reb
Polonia 2011: M.Michalak 19+6reb+4ast, S.Kowalczyk 16+1reb+2ast, M.Jankowski 13+4reb+2ast, W.Glabas 8+5reb+1ast, R.Szymanski 8+3reb, K.Lancucki 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 99180


LKS Lodz - AZS Szczecin 97-60

The game between sixth ranked LKS Sphinx (11-6) and 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (5-11) in Lodz on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. LKS Sphinx outscored guests from Szczecin 97-60. The game without a history. LKS Sphinx led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Szczecin's 32. Forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Piotr Trepka (182-80) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists. Swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) added 15 points respectively for AZS Szczecin in the defeat. Five LKS Sphinx and four AZS Szczecin players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LKS Sphinx have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with MMKS DG. AZS Szczecin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. LKS Sphinx will meet at home higher ranked ISS Sportino (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Szczecin will play against MKS Znicz Basket (#8) in Pruszkow and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: J.Dluski 16+8reb, D.Kalinowski 14+3reb+5ast, K.Morawiec 13+2reb+1ast, P.Trepka 13+3reb+6ast, B.Szczepaniak 12+3reb+2ast, M.Salamonik 10+6reb+3ast
AZS Szczecin: L.Pacocha 15+1reb+1ast, K.Pytys 12+3reb, K.Mielczarek 11+5reb+3ast, S.Prus 10+1reb+2ast, M.Zarzeczny 8+1reb, M.Dudek 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 99181


Tempcold AZS - SKK Siedlce 81-78

Tenth-ranked SKK Siedlce (6-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (14-2) in Warszawa on Wednesday. AZS Politechnika Warszawska managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SKK Siedlce won fourth quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 10 points for the winners. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach Mladen Starcevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Rafal Wojcicki (193-82) answered with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and swingman Karol Debski (198-84) added 20 points in the effort for SKK Siedlce. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AZS Politechnika Warszawska has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. SKK Siedlce lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska are looking forward to face Asecco Prokom 2 (#7) in Gdynia in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SKK Siedlce will play at home against Rosasport in Radom and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: P.Pamula 21+1ast, L.Karwowski 12+4reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 11+2reb, M.Ponitka 10+4reb+3ast, K.Pietras 8+2reb, M.Kolowca 6+7reb
SKK Siedlce: K.Debski 20+4reb+2ast, D.Brek 16+2reb, K.Sulima 15+6reb+2ast, M.Ustarbowski 10+5reb+2ast, R.Wojcicki 8+9reb+10ast, M.Nedzi 6+4reb
gschID: 99176


Gornik - Asec.Prokom-2 53-83

Very expected game when 13th ranked Gornik (4-12) was smashed by seventh ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (10-5) in Walbrzych 83-53 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Asecco Prokom 2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gornik to just 6 points in first quarter. Asecco Prokom 2 shot 60.3 percent from the field. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77, agency: Promotex) accounted for 10 points and 7 assists. Four Asecco Prokom 2 players scored in double figures. Forward Lukasz Muszynski (201-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Marcin Kowalski (182-82) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Gornik in the defeat. Gornik's coach Arkadiusz Chlebda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Asecco Prokom 2 maintains seventh place with 10-5 record. Gornik at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Asecco Prokom 2 will meet at home league's leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gornik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: T.Wojdyla 19+9reb+3ast, K.Krajniewski 13+4reb, P.Smigielski 11+2reb, P.Bach 11+7reb, G.Mordzak 10+3reb+7ast, M.Malczyk 9+3reb+2ast
Gornik: L.Muszynski 13+10reb+2ast, M.Kowalski 11+3reb+4ast, D.Pieloch 9+1ast, A.Stochmialek 8+7reb+1ast, M.Wrobel 8+3reb, M.Nitsche 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 99177


GKS Tychy - Sokol Lancut 68-76

Very predictable result when second ranked Sokol Lancut (13-4) won against on the road 12th ranked GKS Tychy (4-10) 76-68 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) nailed 26 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and center Maciej Klima (205-82) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Tomasz Bzdyra (196-83) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for GKS Tychy in the defeat. Four GKS Tychy players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokol Lancut. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Tempcold AZS, which they share with Rosasport. GKS Tychy at the other side keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 26+8reb, J.Balawender 15+1reb+1ast, M.Klima 12+9reb+1ast, P.Ucinek 7+6reb+3ast, W.Pisarczyk 7+4reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 6+10ast
GKS Tychy: J.Jacek 19+6reb+1ast, D.Witos 12+2reb+4ast, P.Halas 11+3reb+5ast, T.Bzdyra 10+9reb+5ast, M.Markowicz 9+4reb, K.Lukasz 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 99178


MMKS DG - Spojnia 84-61

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Spojnia (8-9) was outscored on the road by fifth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (11-6) 84-61 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-61. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Spojnia's 22. They outrebounded Spojnia 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) nailed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Five MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza players scored in double figures. Forward Jerzy Koszuta (191-82) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Tomasz Stepien (194-86) added 12 points respectively for Spojnia in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza maintains fifth place with 11-6 record, which they share with LKS Lodz. Spojnia at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will meet Polonia 2011 (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spojnia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: R.Basinski 13+5reb+7ast, P.Bogdanowicz 12+7reb, M.Piotrkowski 12+3reb+3ast, A.Lisewski 12+4reb+2ast, M.Piechowicz 11+6reb+3ast, L.Szczypka 10+2ast
Spojnia: M.Stoklosa 13+1reb+2ast, J.Koszuta 12+7reb+2ast, T.Stepien 12+4reb+2ast, L.Bodych 7+1reb+3ast, A.Soczewski 6+2reb, W.Grudzinski 6+4reb
gschID: 99179


Znicz Basket - Astoria 80-78

Fourteenth-ranked Astoria (4-13) was very close to win a game against ninth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (9-8) in Pruszkow. MKS Znicz Basket managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Astoria won fourth quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American guard Janavor Weatherspoon (186-80, college: Oklahoma St., agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Igor Trela (206-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four MKS Znicz Basket and five Astoria players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Astoria keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Start Lublin and Polonia 2011. MKS Znicz Basket will play against AZS Szczecin (#11) on the road in the next round. Astoria will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: J.Weatherspoon 14+6reb+3ast, D.Czubek 12+1reb+2ast, M.Sokolowski 11+6reb, W.Fras 11+8reb+2ast, A.Sulinski 11+1reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 7+5reb+6ast
Astoria: S.Laydych 15+6reb, M.Bierwagen 13+7reb+1ast, A.Gliszczynski 12+1reb+3ast, R.Plebanek 10+9reb+1ast, I.Trela 10+11reb+1ast, D.Szyttenholm 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 99174


Rosasport - Start Lublin 73-66

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Rosasport (13-4) defeated bottom-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (4-13) in Radom 73-66 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rosasport outrebounded Olimp MKS Start Lublin 41-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Rosasport players scored in double figures. Rosasport's coach Piotr Ignatowicz used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Sergiusz Prazmo (205-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Olimp MKS Start Lublin in the defeat. Rosasport moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Olimp MKS Start Lublin lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Astoria and Polonia 2011. Rosasport will meet SKK Siedlce (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against Astoria (#14) in Bydgoszcz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rosasport: P.Wiekiera 19+6reb+1ast, A.Donigiewicz 12+9reb+1ast, P.Kardas 11+1reb+7ast, M.Przybylski 10+6reb, H.Radke 8+3reb, M.Nikiel 6+8reb+1ast
Start Lublin: S.Prazmo 15+10reb+1ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 11+4reb+1ast, T.Prostak 9+1reb+2ast, P.Luszczewski 9+7reb+4ast, M.Sikora 8+2reb+8ast, S.Szymanski 7+2reb
gschID: 99175




Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 14-2 
 2. Sokol Lancut 13-4 
 3. Rosasport 13-4 
 4. ISS Sportino 12-5 
 5. MMKS DG 11-6 
 6. LKS Lodz 11-6 
 7. Asec.Prokom-2 10-5 
 8. Znicz Basket 9-8 
 9. Spojnia 8-9 
 10. SKK Siedlce 6-11 
 11. AZS Szczecin 5-11 
 12. GKS Tychy 4-10 
 13. Gornik 4-12 
 14. Astoria 4-13 
 15. Polonia 2011 4-13 
 16. Start Lublin 4-13 


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Sionista sneak past Capitanes - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes de Arecibo - Sionista 72:73

Sionista registered the first win at Liga Americas Group D. They upset hosting Capitanes de Arecibo on Day 2 of action. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record. Pedro Franco (187-G-81) led the Argentinean team with 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists.
The visitors set the tone early. Sionista outscored the home side 20:14 in the opening term. Capitanes failed to erase the deficit in the second quarter as they trailed by 8 points at halftime. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) dragged Capitanes de Arecibo closer in the third term but Sionista still led by three heading into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but a number of mistakes late in regulation cost Capitanes the game. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) fired 18 points for Sionista. Diego Osella (207-F/C-69) had 11 points for the winners. Daniel Santiago answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Larry Ayuso finished with 17 points in defeat.

Capitanes de Arecibo: Daniel Santiago 23, Larry Ayuso 17
Sionista: Pedro Franco 19, Cleotis Brown 18, Diego Osella 11



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Benjamin Eze leaves Russia for Italy - by Eurobasket News
Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) leaves Khimky. The 29-year-old centre opted to continue his career in Italy. The Nigerian-Italian player accepted the offer from Armani Jeans. Benjamin Eze had a solid season with the Russian powerhouse. He tallied 8.1 points, 4.1 boards and 1.3 blocks per game in Euroleague. In VTB League his stats read 8.7 points, 4.3 boards and 1.4 blocks. In Russian PBL Benjamin Eze averaged 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per appearance. Previously Benjamin Eze spent six straight seasons with Montepaschi Siena. The centre also played for Reggio Calabria, Fortitudo Bologna in Italy and Geoplin Slovan in Slovenia. Benjamin Eze played for Nigerian NT in 1999-09 seasons.


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Serbian National Cup draw - by Nenad Ilijev
Serbian National Cup tournament will change the host and will be held in Belgrade suburb Zeleznik instead of Nis which succesfully organized this event for last few years. First day of tournament will see games FMP Zeleznik - Hemofarm and Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki Basket. Day after will play Radnicki Kragujevac vs. OKK Beograd and Partizan mt:s - Mega Vizura. Semifinal pair will make winner of FMP Zeleznik - Hemofarm game vs. winner of Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki Basket contest. Another pair will make winner of Partizan - Mega Vizura game and Radnicki - OKK Beograd game winner.
Winner of Radivoj Korac Cup will earn 500.000 RSD (around 4.800 EUR) and points that will be calculated for Euroleague spot in the future. Partizan mt:s is a Cup holder. Serbian champions celebrated in this tournament last three years in row. FMP Zeleznik is known as excellent host of international tournaments in junior class so there is no doubt that organization will be on highest possible level. Cup will be held from February 9th to 12th.



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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 18-5 
 2. Nova Ves 15-7 
 3. Komarno 14-10 
 4. Handlova 13-11 
 5. Levice 11-13 
 6. Vahostav-Zilina 11-13 
 7. Svit 10-12 
 8. B.Bystrica 8-14 
 9. Inter Bratislava 8-15 
 10. Prievidza 7-15 


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Union Olimpija grabs 63-64 victory in Rome - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Union Olimpija 63-64

Union Olimpija grabbed 63-64 thriller win against Lottomatica tonight. Two free throws by Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) with 8 seconds to go were enough for Olimpija to escape with a win as Nemanja Gordic missed the last shot almost on the buzzer. Gregory had double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds for Olimpija. He was the MVP of this game with valuation 30. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) secured a great help adding 16 points and Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) added 9. For the home squad, Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated nice performance collecting 18 points and 11 boards. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) followed with 10 pts and 7 boards.
Union Olimpija started the game with quick 0-8 run, but the hosts replied with 13-5 soon after that. Lottomatica had 19-18 at the end of Q1 and 35-33 after twenty minutes of play. Thanks to Vladimir Dasic, Nihad Dedovic and Washington, the hosts jumped to 43-35 at the halfway of third period, but Olimpija answered with 1-8 run and Roma was forced to call a time out. Third period finished with 49-47 and there was 10:00 to go. Teams exchanged in lead and Roma had 63-62 with 40 seconds remaining. Washington tried to drive to the basket but clashed with the Olimpija defense. As mentioned above, Gregory made two FTs and Gordic drove to the rim but missed.
In the next round, Union Olimpija will host Regal Barca. Lottomatica will go to Tel-Aviv.

Lottomatica: Vladimir Dasic 18+11 boards, Nihad Dedovic 10+7 boards
Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 19+14 boards, Saso Ozbolt 16, Damir Markota 9


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 24-10 
 2. Elephants 23-10 
 3. Dongbu Promy 22-12 
 4. Samsung Th. 19-15 
 5. KCC Egis 18-16 
 6. LG Sakers 15-17 
 7. SK Knights 15-18 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 12-21 
 9. Daegu Orions 10-24 
 10. Anyang KGC 10-25 


KBL Round 32: #1 Sonic Boom KT is defeated by Samsung Thunders - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Sonic Boom KT (24-10) in Busan on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (19-15) 83-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The game without a history. Samsung Thunders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.3 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who added 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach Chang-Jin Jeon rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Samsung Thunders maintains fourth position with 19-15 record. Sonic Boom KT at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul SK Knights.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Dongbu Promy (22-12) against fifth ranked KCC Egis (18-16) on Tuesday night. Visiting Dongbu Promy was crushed by KCC Egis in Jeonju 86-67. The winners were led by American center Chris Daniels (211-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Tae-Poong Chon supported him with 16 points. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) did not help to save the game for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis maintains fifth position with 18-16 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. KCC Egis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against LG Sakers in Changwon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked ET Land Elephants (23-10) against eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-21) on Wednesday night. Visiting ET Land Elephants were defeated by Mobis Phoebus in a tough game in Ulsan 57-66. The best player for the winners was Dong-Geun Yang who scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Herbert Hill produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mobis Phoebus has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains eighth position with 12-21 record. Loser ET Land Elephants keep the second place with ten games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet Daegu Orions (#9) on the road in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Anyang KGC managed to get a tenth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against ninth-ranked Daegu Orions 75-57. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Anyang KGC is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. David Simon orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anyang KGC maintains tenth position with 10-25 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round.



Sonic Boom KT - Samsung Th. 68-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Sonic Boom KT (24-10) in Busan on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (19-15) 83-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The game without a history. Samsung Thunders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.3 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who added 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Sonic Boom KT's coach Chang-Jin Jeon rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Samsung Thunders maintains fourth position with 19-15 record. Sonic Boom KT at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul SK Knights.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 26+6reb+1ast, D.Cho 15+1reb, J.Johnson 10+3reb+4ast, S.Cho 6+6ast, S.Park 5+1reb+1ast, M.Pyo 4+3reb+2ast
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 24+5reb+1ast, A.Haynes 24+8reb+4ast, D.Kim 20+4reb+4ast, D.Nam Park 6+4reb+4ast, H.Kang 5+1reb+4ast, J.Cha 2+2reb
gschID: 114201


KCC Egis - Dongbu Promy 86-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Dongbu Promy (22-12) against fifth ranked KCC Egis (18-16) on Tuesday night. Visiting Dongbu Promy was crushed by KCC Egis in Jeonju 86-67. It looked good early as Dongbu Promy took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KCC Egis had a 19-10 second period charge getting the lead and Dongbu Promy was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-86. The winners were led by American center Chris Daniels (211-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Tae-Poong Chon (180-80) supported him with 16 points. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) did not help to save the game for Dongbu Promy. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) added 13 points and 4 steals for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis maintains fifth position with 18-16 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. KCC Egis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against LG Sakers in Changwon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 21+10reb, H.Yoon 13+3reb, V.Thomas 9+1reb, J.Hwang 7+4ast, C.Kwon 6, B.Kim 5+1reb
KCC Egis: C.Daniels 24+11reb+3ast, S.Choo 17+1reb+3ast, T.Chon 16+4reb+1ast, S.Ha 10+6reb+1ast, B.Kang 8+6reb+4ast, B.Yoo 6+2ast
gschID: 114202


Mobis Phoebus - Elephants 66-57

Very important is a road loss of second ranked ET Land Elephants (23-10) against eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-21) on Wednesday night. Visiting ET Land Elephants were defeated by Mobis Phoebus in a tough game in Ulsan 57-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-57. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) who scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: LSU) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mobis Phoebus has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains eighth position with 12-21 record. Loser ET Land Elephants keep the second place with ten games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet Daegu Orions (#9) on the road in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Elephants: H.Hill 16+10reb, J.Stevenson 12+5reb+4ast, J.Seo 11+8reb, Y.Jung 7+2ast, A.McCaskill 4+2reb+1ast, H.Lee 4+1reb+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 25+5reb+4ast, S.Hwa Hong 9+2reb, K.Gransberry 8+9reb+1ast, J.Park 7+3reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 7+9reb, D.Kim 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 114203


Daegu Orions - Anyang KGC 57-75

Bottom-ranked Anyang KGC managed to get a tenth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against ninth-ranked Daegu Orions 75-57. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Anyang KGC is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Anyang KGC. Daegu Orions managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Sung-Chul Kim (195-76) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) replied with 22 points and Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Daegu Orions. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anyang KGC maintains tenth position with 10-25 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: D.Jun Lee 22+4reb+3ast, O.George 11+9reb, I.Heo 8+3reb+1ast, G.McGowan 8+3reb, M.Park 2+1reb+3ast, J.Park 2+2reb
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 29+9reb+1ast, S.Kim 11+2reb+4ast, J.Lee 8+3reb+1ast, C.Park 8+6reb+2ast, S.Park 8+1reb+2ast, J.Varem 6+3reb
gschID: 114204




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  SPAIN   


Caja Laboral celebrates in Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Caja Laboral 71-76

Caja Laboral started the Top 16 phase in style. The reigning Spanish champion celebrated 71-76 victory in Malaga to join Panathinaikos with 1-0 record in Group E. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) stepped up for his team with 19 points (valuation 26). Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) and Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) (8 rebs) helped Caja Laboral with 14 and 13 points respectively. In Unicaja, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 16 points and 7 rebs. Carlos Jimenez (205-F-76) (7 rebs) and Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) netted 13 pts each.
Caja Laboral was slightly better at the beginning as they made tiny 19-21 in the first ten minutes. Marcelinho Huertas and his teammates continued in the same rhythm and they jumped to 35-41 at the halftime. Unicaja won Q3 with 18-17 and was still in the game. However, the home squad did not have enough power in the last ten minutes and they faced with 5-point home loss in the first game of Top 16 phase.
In the second round, Caja Laboral will host Lietuvos Rytas. Unicaja goes to Athens, where they will meet Panathinaikos.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 16+7 boards, Carlos Jimenez 13+7 boards, Roderick Blakney 13
Caja Laboral: Marcelinho Huertas 19, Fernando San Emeterio 14, Mirza Teletovic 13+8 boards


Regal Barca outplays Maccabi Electra 81-71 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Maccabi T-A 81-71

Regal Barca was too strong for Maccabi Electra at the Palau Blaugrana tonight. The reigning Euroleague champion celebrated 81-71 victory for 1-0 score in Group F. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was unstoppable as he scored 24 points and handed out five assists to his teammates. Navarro made 5 of 10 attempts from behind the arc and he reached valuation 27. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) had 16 and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) nailed 12 points (6 rebs). Visitors got 13 points and 8 boards from Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara). Richard Hendrix (203-F-86, college: Alabama) had 13 points and 6 rebs.
Regal Barca took control on Maccabi from the beginning as they created plus 5 in the first quarter, 21-16. Visitors improved after that and managed to cut the margin to 4 pts until the HT. Third period was the crucial one in this game as Barca won it 22-16. It means that the hosts had 63-53 lead with 10:00 to go, what was too much for the Israeli powerhouse.
In the second round of Top 16, Regal Barca goes to Ljubljana. Maccabi will host Lottomatica Roma.

Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 24+5 as, Alan Anderson 16, Kosta Perovic 12+6 boards
Maccabi: Doron Perkins 13+8 boards, Richard Hendrix 13+6 boards


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 17-5 
 2. LF Basket 16-7 
 3. Sodertalje 15-7 
 4. Norrkoping 13-6 
 5. Uppsala 12-9 
 6. Solna 11-11 
 7. Boras 8-15 
 8. Jamtland 7-15 
 9. 08 6-16 
 10. Eco Orebro 4-18 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Smith, Sodertalje21.1 
 2. Rush, Sundsvall21.0 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland20.0 
 4. Smith, Uppsala19.5 
 5. Gunnarsson, Solna19.4 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland17.8 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall17.7 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.1 
 10. Palm, Boras17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.2 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.3 
 3. Palm, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.8 
 7. Walker, Solna7.8 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.7.3 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.0 
 10. Akesson, LF Basket6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.3 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje4.3 
 8. Hargrove, Jamtland4.3 
 9. Smith, Uppsala4.2 
 10. McCoy, Boras4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.9 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.4 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.2 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall2.2 
 5. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.1 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland2.1 
 7. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 8. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 9. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 3. Palm, Boras1.7 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.5 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.3 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Akesson, LF Basket0.8 


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  SYRIA   


Chris Moore and Lavell Payne Joins in Ittihad for Dubai Tournement !!!!!!! - by Ahmad Madwar
After He finished his Job with Al Moutahed Tripoli in Lebanon with Good Numbers 17pts, 11reb in a game .. Lavell Payne (203-F-85, agency: ACMT, college: Cent.Florida) moves to Al Ittihad Aleppo to play with the team in Dubai Tournament ....
Lavell has expirience in Bulgaria , France and Czech Republic before He came to Lebanon ...
another player signs with Ittihad ... he is Kasyoun former player Christopher Moore (205-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Virginia Union) .... Chris joins with Ittihad to play in Dubai Tournament also...



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  TURKEY   


Aliaga Petkim inks NBA player Jarvis Hayes - by Eurobasket News
Aliaga Petkim came up with important signing. The Turkish outfit inked a deal with NBA player Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, college: Georgia). It will be the first season overseas for the 29-year-old American. Hayes played in the NBA since he graduated at the University of Georgia in 2003. The Washington Wizards selected him as tenth overall pick and he averaged 9.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg for them as rookie (70 games). He stayed with the Wizards until 2007, when he moved to Detroit. With the Pistons, Hayes had 7.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 81 games. In 2008, Hayes was on the move again signing a deal with the New Jersey Nets. In their first season together he averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds for 74 games. Last season, Hayes collected 7.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 45 games for the franchise.
Aliaga Petkim currently has 5-10 record in TBL.


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 4-1 
 2. Cleveland V. 4-2 
 3. Columbus C. 4-3 
 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. Columbus Crush 6-2 
 2. Dallas Star 4-7 
 3. Houston X. 0-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-4 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-6 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-11 


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.4 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.2 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.0 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.9 
 7. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.0 
 9. Morrison, Halyc.14.7 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alan WIGGINS
  Halychyna
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 2. Burns, Fe.8.5 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.4 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 6. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 7. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv6.4 
 10. DeGroat, BC Odessa6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.1 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 3. Millage, Khimik4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro4.7 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Burns, Fe.1.7 
 3. Love, Mykolaiv1.7 
 4. House, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Protic, Khimik1.6 
 6. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.5 
 7. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 9. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.4 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 4. Pettway, Dnipro1.6 
 5. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 6. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.1.3 
 9. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 10. Balashov, BC Odessa1.1 


Kimani Ffriend will not play for Khimik - by Xisco Carots
Captain of Jamaican NT Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) spent ten days in Yuzhny, but the club didn't offer him a contract to become a player of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Yuzhny). Despite the fact that the player was found in good shape and staff recognized the highest level of the player, coach Zoran Martic decided not to change the big man Edin Bavcic for a new player in the middle of the season. An additional argument in favor of Bavcic 'was the fact that the Bosnian already entered Slovenian coach system and had become familiar with the tactical schemes of Martic.

Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 20-5 
 2. BC Donetsk 20-5 
 3. Hoverla 16-9 
 4. Azovmash 15-10 
 5. Kryvbasbasket 15-10 
 6. Dnipro 14-11 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 12-14 
 8. BC Odessa 12-14 
 9. Mykolaiv 11-14 
 10. DniproAzot 10-15 
 11. Khimik 9-18 
 12. Halychyna 7-20 
 13. BC Kyiv 5-21 


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  URUGUAY   


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.8 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Taboada, Bigua23.4 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Hayes, Cordon22.2 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.6 
 10. Woodward, Defensor20.4 
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. Kanis, Trouville9.3 
 9. Wilborn, Bigua9.3 
 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. Cambon, Bigua5.5 
 4. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 5. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 6. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 7. Gonzalez, Defensor5.1 
 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. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
 8. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 9. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.1 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Wilborn, Bigua2.3 
 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 


Welcome and Gordon battle for last place in the quarter-finals - by Sergio Palay
With two rounds remaining in the second stage it just remains a place to be in the playoffs and candidates are Atletico Welcome (30.5) and Atletico Cordon (29.0).

Atletico Welcome, the team coached by Marcelo Capalbo, needs at least one win against Aguada or Trouville.

Atletico Cordon the other hand must win their two games against Bohemios and Bigu and wait defeats of the 'W'.

The qualifying team will face the regular season champion, which may be, Malvin (36.0), Defensor (35.5) or Bigua (35.0).



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  VENEZUELA   


Gigantes organization owe money to a imported player - by Jonathan Leon
Alfredo Rodriguez Gallad, Gigantes organization's president and his manager Argenis Martinez, both have been lying for more than 3 months to the professional basketball player Alvaro Calvo.
Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) went from Spain to Venezuela to be the imported player for Rojos de Cumana (Gigantes Organization) in the 2010 Venezuela National League, today more than 3 months after Alvaro Calvo flew back to Spain, the organization have not paid more than $4000 from what they owed him. Alvaro Calvo who was one of the best imported players of the 2010 Venezuela National League has been trying to get his money since the last day of the 2010 National League. FIBA apply penalties and suspensions to their basketball federation and its associated basketball team when they dont continue with their payments to the players, but it seems like this fact is not strong enough to have Gigante's president respecting Alvaro Calvo's contract. Martinez and Rodriguez have been blaming the CADIVI (Venezuela exchange rate system) for the debt against Alvaro Calvo, yet Gigantes had already announced their new imported players (Blake Walker, Percell Coles and Julian Murphy) for the upcoming 2011 Venezuela professional basketball league; a situation that is totally unfair for the former ACB Alvaro Calvo.


Alvaro Calvo's resent awards
Spanish Junior Semifinals -01
Spanish LEB1 Finalist -03
Spanish Prince Cup -03
Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention -2008
Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB Import Player of the Year -2010
Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 1st Team -2010




Halcones Rojos earn second straight win in Arecibo - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos - Cocodrilos de Caracas 83:76

Halcones Rojos stayed undefeated at the Liga Americas Group D action. They held off Cocodrilos de Caracas to improve at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) and Carlos Rivera (187-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) stepped up with 17 points each to lead the way for Rojos. Cocodrilos in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat.
The Venezuelan team outscored their opponents in the first period. They grabbed a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. Cocodrilos maintained the advantage as they recorded a 44:34 halftime advantage. Halcones changed things drastically in the third term. They capped the term with seven unanswered points to post a 67:61 lead. Halcones Rojos stayed in charge in the fourth period and rolled to a confident win at the end. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) knocked down 14 points for the Mexican team. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 22 points, 16 boards and 5 assists for Cocodrilos. Juan Herrera (197-F-81) finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 17, Carlos Rivera 17, Paul Stoll 14
Cocodrilos: Jack Michael Martinez 22+16 boards, Juan Herrera 15





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  BULGARIA - Women  


Zlatina Kaloferova out for the rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Beroe 2007 as they have lost one of its best players to injury. According to the reports from Bulgarian media, Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) is out for the rest of the season. Kaloferova got injured during Beore 07 game against Montana 2003. She suffered Achillies injury and after further tests it was determined that she is facing long time off the court. It remains to be seen if Beroe management will look for a replacement. They will have to act quick as Beore is playing its next league game this coming Saturday against Levski.
Zlatina Kaloferova made her debut during 2004-2005 season as member of Levski Spartak Sophia. She continued to improve her game season after season and in 2006 she simply exploded. In her 3rd season with the club, Kaloferova averaged 20.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in 17 games played. In 2007, she moved to Slavia Sophia where she played in 9 league games and has posted averages of 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. After short stint with BC Zeljeznicar, Kaloferova finished the season as member of Beroe 2007. There she averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in 14 games played. Kaloferova helped Beroe reach promotion during 2008-2009 season as she appeared in 25 matches, averaging 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds. Last season, she averaged 8.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 32 NBL games. This season, she played in 11 games and has scored 10.4 points and grabbed 6.8 boards per contest.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ward, Beroe 0723.8 
 2. Allen, Dunav19.1 
 3. Dimitrova, Levski18.7 
 4. Topalova-S., Levski18.1 
 5. Samburska, Lukoil18.0 
 6. Tisdale, Lukoil17.7 
 7. Doychinova, Montan.16.8 
 8. Gavriloska, Beroe 16.3 
 9. Stankova, Levski15.6 
 10. Erak, Lukoil15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Faye MULLER
  Lukoil
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Muller, Lukoil14.0 
 2. Gavriloska, Beroe 11.3 
 3. Doychinova, Montan.9.8 
 4. Topalova-S., Levski9.0 
 5. Erak, Lukoil7.9 
 6. Minkova, Dunav7.5 
 7. Ward, Beroe 077.0 
 8. Simeonova, Montana .7.0 
 9. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 10. Byears, Dunav6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ivelina VRANCHEVA
  Montana 2003
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Vrancheva, Montana .7.0 
 2. Kostova, Dunav4.6 
 3. Koleva, Lukoil3.8 
 4. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 5. Dzhambazka, Levski3.5 
 6. Simeonova, Montana .3.0 
 7. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
 8. Allen, Dunav2.6 
 9. Dimitrova, Levski2.5 
 10. Samburska, Lukoil2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Faye MULLER
  Lukoil
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Muller, Lukoil2.6 
 2. Topalova-S., Levski2.5 
 3. Naydenova, Slavia2.4 
 4. Dimitrova, Levski2.3 
 5. Allen, Dunav2.3 
 6. Vrancheva, Montana .2.1 
 7. Stankova, Levski2.0 
 8. Naneva, Beroe 072.0 
 9. Kostova, Dunav2.0 
 10. Kovacheva, Slavia1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Faye MULLER
  Lukoil
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Muller, Lukoil2.6 
 2. Ward, Beroe 071.0 
 3. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 4. Mihalkova, Montana .0.6 
 5. Todorova, Montana .0.6 
 6. Allen, Dunav0.5 
 7. Doychinova, Montan.0.5 
 8. Topalova-S., Levski0.5 
 9. Zagorova, Levski0.5 
 10. Samburska, Lukoil0.4 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Eurocup 1/8 Finals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo M. - Elitzur Ramla 57-60
Elitzur Ramla celebrated 57-60 victory in Moscow booking a spot for the EuroCup Quarterfinals, where they will meet Gran Canaria. Israeli squad celebrated in the first meeting as well. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) was the leading player tonight with double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. The hosts got 19 pts and 6 boards from Marina Kuzina (195-C-85).

Gorizont - Dynamo-GUVD 64-56
Gorizont celebrated 64-56 victory tonight, but it was not enough for the next stage as Dynamo-GUVD smashed them in Game One 83-66. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) came up with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) shined in loss with 16 pts and 12 boards. Her Dynamo-GUVD will meet Arras in the Quarterfinals.

Chevakata - Umana Reyer 73-64
Another win for Chevakata, who advanced to the Quarterfinals with 140-126 victory in two games against Umana Reyer. Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) exploded with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Umana Reyer got 14 pts from Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) and Ilisaine David. Chevakata will play against Nantes in the QFinals.

Dynamo K. - Mann Filter 59-69
Mann Filter had an easy job against Dynamo Kursk and just confirmed their place in the EuroCup Quarterfinals. The Spanish squad celebrated 77-59 victory in Game One. Their leading players today were Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88), Allison Feaster-Strong and Kiesha Brown, all with 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) had 18 pts and 5 rebounds. Mann Filter will meet defending champion Athinaikos at the next stage.

Athinaikos - Partizan 71-56
Athinaikos was down by six points after the first meeting, but they shined tonight at home and managed to beat Partizan 71-56. Of course, the defending champion advanced to Quarterfinals where they will meet Mann Filter. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) shined for the hosts with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Partizan got 19 pts from Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV).

Gran Canaria - Energa Torun 60-63
Energa Torun shined in Game Two of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals beating Gran Canaria on the road 60-63, but that was not enough for the Polish squad to secure the next stage. They lost in the first meeting at home 63-68 and Granca advanced to the Quarterfinals with aggregate score of 128-126. The Spanish team will meet Elitzur Ramla. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But Gran Canaria won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Energa Torun won last quarter 16-14. Guard Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American guard Nicole Michael responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rosaura Sanchez scored 19 points. Gran Canaria's coach Domingo Diaz tried various players' combinations and used eleven players in this game. Quarterfinals games are scheduled for February 3 and February 10.

Villeneuve - Arras 56-58
Arras once again was better than Villeneuve booking a spot for the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Visitors celebrated tiny 56-58 win, but they also had plus 10 from the first meeting. It means that Arras won this two-game series with 134-122 and will meet Dynamo-GUVD at the next stage. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) supported her with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by American power forward Carla Thomas did not help to save the game for Villeneuve D'Asco. Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Visitors forced Villeneuve to commit 18 turnovers in this game. On the other side, they had six less. EuroCup Quarterfinals are scheduled for February 3 and 10.

Nantes - SEAT Lami 74-58
Nantes Reze outplayed SEAT Lami in the second meeting of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals aggregating 144-126. Of course, the French outfit booked a spot for the next stage, while on the other side Seat Lami said goodbye to this season's EuroCup edition. Nantes demonstrated much better performance tonight. They trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-58. Nantes Reze dominated on the defensive end, holding SEAT Lami to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to SEAT Lami's 30. Nantes Reze forced 20 SEAT Lami turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Senegalese-French forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Joyce Cousseins-Smith contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Nantes Reze players scored in double figures. Nantes Reze's coach Laurent Buffard used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvian center Ieva Kublina replied with 16 points and American center Quanitra Hollingsworth 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for SEAT Lami. Nantes will meet Chevakata at the next stage.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Dabovic, Dy.21.3 
 2. Mosch, Dy.20.0 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.19.1 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve19.0 
 5. Willingham, Elitzu.19.0 
 6. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.17.5 
 8. Williams, Olivais17.4 
 9. Givens, Minsk-200617.2 
 10. Petrakova, Cheva.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Stone, Partizan11.0 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve10.8 
 4. Willingham, Elitzu.10.3 
 5. Whitehead, Craiova10.0 
 6. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 7. Myasoedova, Dynam.9.7 
 8. Sanni, Villeneuve9.4 
 9. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
 10. Henry, Mann Filter9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 3. Cherepanova, Cheva.5.3 
 4. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.2 
 5. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.4.9 
 7. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.8 
 8. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
 9. Milanovich, Spart.4.5 
 10. Tarta, Craiova4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Quianna CHANEY
  Hatis Yerevan
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 2. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.6 
 3. Gomis, Arras3.4 
 4. Moore, Chevakata3.3 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.3.0 
 7. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.8 
 8. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.8 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.2.8 
 10. Carpreaux, Villeneuve2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.5 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.0 
 4. Meesseman, Young C.1.9 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos1.8 
 6. Khomenchuk, Goriz.1.7 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 8. Davenport, Cheva.1.3 
 9. Hasper, Gorizont1.3 
 10. Mills, Alges1.3 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.22.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.2 
 4. Charles, Nadezhda.18.5 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.4 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.17.4 
 7. Torrens, Perfumer.17.4 
 8. Fowles, Galatasa.17.4 
 9. Jackson, Spartak .17.3 
 10. Douglas, Ros C.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.2 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.8 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.5 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.0 
 5. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli9.9 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.9.7 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.9.5 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.2 
 9. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.9.0 
 10. Bonner, Rivas E.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  Pecs 2010
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivanyi, Pecs 20105.4 
 2. Reid, Gospic5.3 
 3. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 4. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 5. Hammon, Nadezhda.4.6 
 6. Whalen, USK Praha4.5 
 7. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.2 
 8. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 9. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 3. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.3 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.2 
 6. Prince, Spartak .2.2 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.1 
 8. Hammon, Nadezhda.2.1 
 9. Brunson, Ros C.2.1 
 10. Wright, Lotos G.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.8 
 2. Stepanova, UMMC1.6 
 3. Jackson, Spartak .1.6 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 5. Ndongue, Bourges1.5 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.1.1 
 7. Kulichova, USK P.1.1 
 8. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.1 
 9. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.1 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.0 


Euroleague round 10 (Qualifying Round) best performance: Kathryn Douglas - by Eurobasket News
American-Greek swingman Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Ros Casares Valencia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Qualifying Round).
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, four rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Frisco Sika (#5, 2-8) with 49-point margin 98-49. It allowed Ros Casares to consolidate first place in the Euroleague group D. Ros Casares have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Douglas had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. She turned to be Ros Casares' top player in her first season with the team. Kathryn Douglas averages this season 17.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray Istanbul. Fowles had a very good evening with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Galatasaray cruised to a 81-69 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked USK Praha (#3, 5-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group C. Galatasaray consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Fowles is a newcomer at Galatasaray, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#8). She also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Maurita Reid (173-G-85) of Gospic Industrogradnja (#5). Reid showcased her all-around game by recording 15 points, eight rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. She was a key player of Gospic, leading her team to a 81-78 win against slightly higher-ranked MKB Eurol. (#4, 4-6). Gospic can only dream about fighting for top spots in group B. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Reid she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Reid has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (2nd best). She also has 3.8spg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Nadezhda Orenburg - 14 points and 15 rebounds
6. Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Pecs 2010 - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) of Gospic - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) of Fenerbahce - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Becky Hammon (168-G-77) of Nadezhda O. - 23 points and 5 assists
10. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) of VICI Kaunas - 28 points and 4 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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  FRANCE - Women  


Arras eliminates Villeneuve - by Eurobasket News
Villeneuve - Arras 56-58

Arras once again was better than Villeneuve booking a spot for the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Visitors celebrated tiny 56-58 win, but they also had plus 10 from the first meeting. It means that Arras won this two-game series with 134-122 and will meet Dynamo-GUVD at the next stage.
The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) Nsimbo notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. American guard Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) supported her with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by American power forward Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) did not help to save the game for Villeneuve D'Asco. Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts.
Visitors forced Villeneuve to commit 18 turnovers in this game. On the other side, they had six less. EuroCup Quarterfinals are scheduled for February 3 and 10.

Villeneuve: C.Thomas 17+13reb+3ast, O.Sanni 11+7reb, C.Paul 10+6reb, L.Datchy 7+3reb+1ast, J.Page 6+5reb, I.Tanqueray 3+2ast
Arras: P.Akonga Nsimbo 22+14reb+2ast, L.Mitchell 14+9reb, O.Malashenko 8+4reb, M.Amant 6+4reb+4ast, J.Gomis 6+1ast, K.Bade 2+3reb+3ast


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Osnabruck 11-1 
 2. Quakenbrueck 10-2 
 3. Rotenburg/Sch 9-3 
 4. Rist Scala 7-5 
 5. Opladen 6-6 
 6. Bielefeld 5-7 
 7. Neuss 4-7 
 8. Dorsten 4-8 
 9. Hagen Phoenix 3-8 
 10. Gruenberg 3-9 
 11. Jena 2-10 
South
 1. Viernheim 10-3 
 2. Speyer 9-4 
 3. Bamberg 8-5 
 4. Sandhausen 8-5 
 5. Leimen 8-5 
 6. Heidelberg 7-6 
 7. Germering 6-7 
 8. Wuerzburg 5-8 
 9. Herzogenaurach 5-8 
 10. Mainz 5-8 
 11. Ludwigsburg 5-8 
 12. Keltern 2-9 


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  GREECE - Women  


Athinaikos proceed to the quarter finals of the Eurocup - by George Fragkos
Sony Athinaikos are through to the quarter finals of the Eurocup after their 71:59 win against ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd in Athens. The players of Ktistakis achieved to win by more than six points, which was the gap that they lost in Belgrade (66-60) and they eliminated the Serbs gaining the opportunity to keep trying to retain the trophy they won last year.

The Greek club was lucky to have two very important players Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) and LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) on a very good day. The two of them scored totally 32 points and together with they led their team to the turnover of the tie. On the other hand, one of the most important players of ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd, Milica Dabovic, was held at just 2 points, which fact proved to be fatal for the Serbian side. Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) fought bravely but her 17 points were not enough to prevent the elimination of her team, as she did not get a lot of help from her teammates, except Bojana Jankovic (185-F-83) and Dajana Butulija (175-G-86).

Next opponent for the team from Athens is Mann Filter Zaragoza from Spain. The first leg will be played in Spain on February 3rd and the second eight days later in Greece.

Sony Athinaikos: Dimitra Kalentzou 17, LaToya Davis 15, Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) 10.
ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd: Sheena Moore 19, Bojana Jankovic 11, Dajana Butulija 9.



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  ITALY - Women  


Serie A1 All Star Game: foreign players selection - by Carlo Grilli
The OCME All Star Game will take place in Parma on Wednesday, February 16th between Italy NT and a selection of foreign players representing every A1 outfit.

Foreign players Team:

Point Guards: Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) (Officine Digitali Faenza), Liron Cohen (173-G-82) (Famila Wuber Schio).
Guards: Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) (Cras Taranto), Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84, college: Washington) (Pool Comense).
Forwards: Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) (Erg Priolo), Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) (Job Gate Napoli), Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Carolina) (Agos Ducato Lucca), Laura Summerton (191-C-83) (Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni)
Centers: Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) (Umana Venezia), Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) (GMA Pozzuoli), Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) (Lavezzini Parma), Tiffany Stansbury (191-F/C-83, college: N.Carolina St.) (Liomatic Umbertide).

Coach: Santino Coppa (Erg Priolo)
Ass. Coach: Mauro Procaccini (Lavezzini Parma)



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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 13-0 
 2. RTU-Merks 11-3 
 3. LU 11-3 
 4. TTT Kadetes 7-7 
 5. TTT Juniores 7-7 
 6. Daugavpils 4-10 
 7. Liepajas 2-13 
 8. Cesis 1-13 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Krastina, LU20.7 
 2. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 3. Jakobsone, Cesis17.1 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.16.5 
 5. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 6. Surkusa, TTT J.15.1 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 8. Karklina, TTT Riga13.5 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils13.4 
 10. Eibele, TTT Riga13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.11.3 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis9.7 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 6. Lagzdina, TTT J.9.4 
 7. Veidere, TTT K.8.8 
 8. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.2 
 9. Zarina, LU8.0 
 10. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.0 
 2. Zellous, TTT Riga4.7 
 3. Krastina, LU3.9 
 4. Jevsejeva, Dauga.3.8 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga3.5 
 6. Neimane, TTT J.3.0 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 8. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.9 
 9. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Krastina, LU4.1 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.2 
 3. Zellous, TTT Riga3.0 
 4. Eibele, TTT Riga3.0 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 6. Bridina, TTT K.2.6 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.6 
 8. Zeltina, Cesis2.5 
 9. Krumberga, TTT R.2.3 
 10. Briede, Cesis2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.2 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.1 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Zellous, TTT Riga1.3 
 6. Egle, Daugavpils1.0 
 7. Teilane, TTT J.1.0 
 8. Nimane, TTT Riga0.9 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils0.8 
 10. Lisnere, Cesis0.8 


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  MALTA - Women  


Standings - Women
Div.1 Standings
 1. Depiro 7-1 
 2. Luxol 7-1 
 3. Hibs Medsea 6-2 
 4. Loyola 5-3 
 5. Athleta 4-4 
 6. St.Andrews 2-6 
 7. Starlites 2-6 
 8. Guzelpinar 0-8 


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  POLAND - Women  


Gran Canaria survives against Energa Torun, goes to EuroCup Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Energa Torun 60-63

Energa Torun shined in Game Two of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals beating Gran Canaria on the road 60-63, but that was not enough for the Polish squad to secure the next stage. They lost in the first meeting at home 63-68 and Granca advanced to the Quarterfinals with aggregate score of 128-126. The Spanish team will meet Elitzur Ramla.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But Gran Canaria won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Energa Torun won last quarter 16-14. Guard Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American guard Nicole Michael (188-G-87, college: Syracuse) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rosaura Sanchez (176-G-74) scored 19 points. Gran Canaria's coach Domingo Diaz tried various players' combinations and used eleven players in this game.
Quarterfinals games are scheduled for February 3 and February 10.

Gran Canaria: R.Sanchez 19+4reb, N.Michael 17+13reb+1ast, P.Arguello 11+1reb+1ast, M.Staalvant 7+2ast, K.Ress 4+12reb, L.Romero 2+2reb+2ast
Energa Torun: M.Krawiec 17+7reb+1ast, H.Radunovic 10+4reb, A.Gladden 9+6reb+1ast, J.Maksimovic 8+12reb, L.Murphy 7+4reb, A.Gajda 6+1reb


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
A1 Group
 1. ICIM Arad 2-0 
 2. Craiova 2-0 
 3. Satu Mare 2-0 
 4. Rapid 1-1 
 5. Sf.Gheorghe 1-1 
 6. Alexandria 0-2 
 7. Timisoara 0-2 
 8. Olimpia 0-2 
A2 Group
 1. Alba Iulia 1-0 
 2. Cluj Napoca 1-0 
 3. Oradea 0-0 
 4. Sp.Studentesc 0-0 
 5. Brasov 0-1 
 6. Iasi 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Diacona, Rapid24.9 
 2. Stoenescu, Timis.19.1 
 3. Saponjic, Alexandria18.9 
 4. Walker, Iasi18.4 
 5. Rus, Alexandria16.2 
 6. Sipos, Craiova15.6 
 7. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe15.2 
 8. Burlakova, Rapid15.2 
 9. Klein, Satu Mare14.8 
 10. Cursaru, Olimpia14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Kane, Craiova14.2 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 3. Rus, Alexandria10.7 
 4. Saponjic, Alexandria10.5 
 5. Perta, Rapid9.5 
 6. Stanga, Sp.Stude.9.5 
 7. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe9.1 
 8. Ivan, Brasov9.1 
 9. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 10. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe4.7 
 2. Tarta, Craiova4.4 
 3. Diacona, Rapid4.3 
 4. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.3 
 5. Cutas, Iasi3.8 
 6. Sipos, Craiova3.3 
 7. Boriga, ICIM A.3.2 
 8. Bucica, Alexandria3.1 
 9. Budean, Timisoara3.0 
 10. Pavel, Rapid2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anca SIPOS
  Craiova
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sipos, Craiova4.2 
 2. Chivu, Alexandria4.0 
 3. Diacona, Rapid3.5 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.3.0 
 5. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.3.0 
 6. Budean, Timisoara2.9 
 7. Boriga, ICIM A.2.8 
 8. Walker, Iasi2.7 
 9. Tarta, Craiova2.5 
 10. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia TERGLAV-TRATSIAK
  Ararat
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 2. Kane, Craiova1.8 
 3. Craciun, Olimpia1.4 
 4. Chelariu, Olimpia1.1 
 5. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 6. Stanga, Sp.Stude.0.8 
 7. Chivu, Alexandria0.8 
 8. Rus, Alexandria0.8 
 9. Ionescu, Olimpia0.8 
 10. Whitehead, Craiova0.7 


D1 Round 2: ICIM Arad keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in D1.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ICIM Arad as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ICIM Arad smashed one of their biggest challengers Rapid at home 89-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rapid. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Rapid managed to win fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rapid's 34. They outrebounded Rapid 37-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Anita Meszaros (190-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Cherrise Graham (171-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. ICIM Arad's coach Stacey Nolan felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) replied with 24 points and 4 steals for Rapid. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Satu Mare and Craiova. Rapid at the other side keeps the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Sf.Gheorghe. Rapid will play next round against strong Craiova trying to get back on the winning streak. ICIM Arad will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Satu Mare on the road.
The game in Bucuresti supposed to be quite interesting. Top-ranked Satu Mare (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Olimpia (0-2). Satu Mare did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-55. American power forward Latoya Drake (188-86, college: Miami (FL)) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Amra Mehmedic chipped in 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Olimpia's coach Cristea Romela rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Satu Mare keeps a position of league leader, which they share with ICIM Arad and Craiova. Olimpia at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Alexandria and Timisoara. Satu Mare will play against league's leader ICIM Arad at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia will play against Alexandria (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 2 winless Timisoara lost to undefeated Craiova on the road 58-74. Sf.Gheorghe won against Alexandria on its own court 69-61.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 25 points and 6 rebounds by Danielle Walker of Politehnica National Iasi.


Group A1
Craiova - Timisoara 74-58

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Craiova (2-0) beat at home bottom-ranked Timisoara (0-2) 74-58. The game was mostly controlled by Craiova. Timisoara managed to win second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Timisoara 49-31 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Senegalese center Fatou Kane (198-85) scored 5 points, 24 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Tena Matthews (173-85, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Matthews is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international guard Ancuta Stoenescu (171-80, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Corina Morosan (190-83) scored 10 points. Craiova maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with ICIM Arad and Satu Mare. Timisoara at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Olimpia and Alexandria. Craiova will play against Rapid (#4) in Bucuresti in the next round. Timisoara will play at home against Sf.Gheorghe in Sfantu Gheorghe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: T.Matthews 18+7reb+3ast, A.Sipos 18+7reb+1ast, J.Simionca 17+1reb+3ast, R.Tarta 9+3reb+5ast, F.Kane 5+24reb+1ast, A.Stefan 4+2reb
Timisoara: A.Stoenescu 25+5reb+2ast, C.Morosan 10+4reb, A.Maria Meszaros 6+6reb, A.Vuksic 5+5reb, L.Budean 5+4reb+3ast, A.Haas 4+3reb
gschID: 119313


Olimpia - Satu Mare 55-75

The game in Bucuresti supposed to be quite interesting. Top-ranked Satu Mare (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Olimpia (0-2). Satu Mare did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-55. Satu Mare made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while Olimpia only scored three points from the stripe. American power forward Latoya Drake (188-86, college: Miami (FL)) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian guard Amra Mehmedic (175-81) chipped in 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Satu Mare players scored in double figures. Guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sonia Ursu (175-93) scored 14 points. Olimpia's coach Cristea Romela rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Satu Mare keeps a position of league leader, which they share with ICIM Arad and Craiova. Olimpia at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Alexandria and Timisoara. Satu Mare will play against league's leader ICIM Arad at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia will play against Alexandria (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: A.Mehmedic 18+4reb, L.Drake 15+5reb+4ast, L.Bjork 11+5reb+1ast, A.Teilane 10+10reb, A.Orosz 8+5reb+3ast, O.Baluta 8
Olimpia: G.Cursaru 19+6reb+2ast, S.Ursu 14+2reb+2ast, A.Ionescu 7+2reb+1ast, A.Craciun 6+5reb+1ast, R.Filip 4+1reb, A.Florea 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 119314


ICIM Arad - Rapid 89-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ICIM Arad as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ICIM Arad smashed one of their biggest challengers Rapid at home 89-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rapid. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Rapid managed to win fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rapid's 34. They outrebounded Rapid 37-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Anita Meszaros (190-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Cherrise Graham (171-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. ICIM Arad's coach Stacey Nolan felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) replied with 24 points and 4 steals and center Cristina Perta (187-78) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rapid. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Satu Mare and Craiova. Rapid at the other side keeps the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Sf.Gheorghe. Rapid will play next round against strong Craiova trying to get back on the winning streak. ICIM Arad will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Satu Mare on the road.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: C.Graham 17+2reb+1ast, A.Roberson 12+5reb+1ast, A.Meszaros 12+12reb, P.Cristina Ciocan 9+2reb+3ast, M.Boriga 9+1reb+4ast, L.Dragoescu 9+4reb+2ast
Rapid: F.Diacona 24+4reb+3ast, N.Burlakova 11+3reb+1ast, C.Ene 10+2reb+1ast, C.Perta 9+6reb, V.Pana 0, M.Geanta 0
gschID: 119315


Sf.Gheorghe - Alexandria 69-61

Everything could happen in Sfantu Gheorghe at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Sf.Gheorghe and bottom-ranked Alexandria had identical 0-1 record. This time Sf.Gheorghe used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Alexandria 69-61. Sf.Gheorghe (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with Rapid. Alexandria at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Olimpia and Timisoara. Sf.Gheorghe will play against Timisoara (#7) on the road in the next round. Alexandria will play against Olimpia in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 119312




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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


WKBL Round 23: Bichumi defeats Winnus in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Bichumi (16-6) which hosted in Yongin 3rd placed Winnus (11-12). Second ranked Bichumi had an easy win 68-49. Bichumi maintains second place with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader S-Birds. Winnus at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Bichumi are looking forward to face Cool Cats (#3) in Bucheon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Winnus will play on the road against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
WKBL top team - S-Birds (19-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Woori Hansae (3-19) in Anshan 82-68. S-Birds has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-3 record. Woori Hansae at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games. S-Birds will play against Winnus (#4) in Guri in the next round. Woori Hansae will play at home against KB Savers in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Seoul was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cool Cats (12-11) played at the court of 5th ranked KB Savers (6-16). Cool Cats managed to secure a 9-point victory 77-68 on Monday. Cool Cats moved-up to third place. Loser KB Savers keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Cool Cats will meet league's second-placed Bichumi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KB Savers will play against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



S-Birds - Woori Hansae 82-68

WKBL top team - S-Birds (19-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Woori Hansae (3-19) in Anshan 82-68. S-Birds has a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-3 record. Woori Hansae at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games. S-Birds will play against Winnus (#4) in Guri in the next round. Woori Hansae will play at home against KB Savers in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 115572


KB Savers - Cool Cats 68-77

The game in Seoul was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cool Cats (12-11) played at the court of 5th ranked KB Savers (6-16). Cool Cats managed to secure a 9-point victory 77-68 on Monday. Cool Cats moved-up to third place. Loser KB Savers keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Cool Cats will meet league's second-placed Bichumi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KB Savers will play against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 115573


Bichumi - Winnus 68-49

An interesting game for Bichumi (16-6) which hosted in Yongin 3rd placed Winnus (11-12). Second ranked Bichumi had an easy win 68-49. Bichumi maintains second place with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader S-Birds. Winnus at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Bichumi are looking forward to face Cool Cats (#3) in Bucheon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Winnus will play on the road against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 115574




Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 19-3 
 2. Bichumi 16-6 
 3. Cool Cats 12-11 
 4. Winnus 11-12 
 5. KB Savers 6-16 
 6. Woori Hansae 3-19 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Gran Canaria survives against Energa Torun, goes to EuroCup Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Energa Torun 60-63

Energa Torun shined in Game Two of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals beating Gran Canaria on the road 60-63, but that was not enough for the Polish squad to secure the next stage. They lost in the first meeting at home 63-68 and Granca advanced to the Quarterfinals with aggregate score of 128-126. The Spanish team will meet Elitzur Ramla.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But Gran Canaria won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Energa Torun won last quarter 16-14. Guard Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American guard Nicole Michael (188-G-87, college: Syracuse) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rosaura Sanchez (176-G-74) scored 19 points. Gran Canaria's coach Domingo Diaz tried various players' combinations and used eleven players in this game.
Quarterfinals games are scheduled for February 3 and February 10.

Gran Canaria: R.Sanchez 19+4reb, N.Michael 17+13reb+1ast, P.Arguello 11+1reb+1ast, M.Staalvant 7+2ast, K.Ress 4+12reb, L.Romero 2+2reb+2ast
Energa Torun: M.Krawiec 17+7reb+1ast, H.Radunovic 10+4reb, A.Gladden 9+6reb+1ast, J.Maksimovic 8+12reb, L.Murphy 7+4reb, A.Gajda 6+1reb


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Smart, Kvarnby24.5 
 2. Saunders, Visby21.3 
 3. Ferm, Eos19.7 
 4. Key, Marbo Basket18.6 
 5. Glaser, Kvarnby17.5 
 6. Zahui, Telge16.5 
 7. Frieson, Kvarnby15.9 
 8. Tattersdill, Sallen15.7 
 9. Abdi, 0815.4 
 10. Andersson, Solna V.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Zahui, Telge10.6 
 2. Tattersdill, Sallen10.1 
 3. Frieson, Kvarnby9.1 
 4. Brown, Visby9.0 
 5. Smart, Kvarnby8.4 
 6. Gustavsson, Brahe8.1 
 7. Bacon, Solna Vikings8.1 
 8. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.1 
 9. Fontaine, 087.4 
 10. Koponen, Umea7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Smart, Kvarnby4.1 
 2. Johansen, Sallen4.1 
 3. Kucukkaya, Telge4.0 
 4. Rivero, Kvarnby3.8 
 5. Persson, Brahe3.7 
 6. Kabengano, Telge3.6 
 7. Saunders, Visby3.5 
 8. Kjelsson, 083.3 
 9. Gultekin, Solna V.3.1 
 10. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  Sallen
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.6 
 3. Key, Marbo Basket2.8 
 4. Otamiri, Eos2.7 
 5. Nekmouche, Sallen2.6 
 6. Aili, Lulea BBK2.5 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.2.4 
 8. Bilibani, Brahe2.3 
 9. Maddox, Norrkoping2.2 
 10. Ausmann, Eos2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.3 
 2. Cesnaviciute, Visby1.8 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.5 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby1.3 
 5. Stjarnstroem, Norrko.1.1 
 6. Scott, Lulea BBK1.0 
 7. Smart, Kvarnby0.9 
 8. Persson, Brahe0.8 
 9. Glaser, Kvarnby0.8 
 10. Forsman-Goga, Tel.0.8 


Andersson number one in Sweden for round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Solna Vikings, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while her team edged out Telge (#3, 11-5) 68-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Solna Vikings to take over top position in the Swedish Damligan. Solna Vikings have a solid 14-2 record. Andersson has many years of experience at Solna Vikings, through which he has constantly improved. Katarina Andersson averages this season 15.1ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Pamela Rosanio (178-G/F-86) of Umea. Rosanio had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Umea cruised to a 71-63 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Kvarnby (#8, 7-9). This victory allowed Umea to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 11th position in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Umea managed to get this year. Rosanio is one of the most experienced players at Umea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Elin Soederstroem (180-F-83) of league's second-best Lulea BBK. Soederstroem scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. She was a key player of Lulea BBK, leading her team to a 91-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Marbo Basket (#6, 9-8). Lulea BBK is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 14-2 record is not that bad... Soederstroem has a very solid season. In 15 games in Sweden she scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vivian Frieson (183-F-88) of Kvarnby - 26 points and 12 rebounds
5. Jeannie Saunders (173-G-86) of Visby - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sofia Klackenberg (185-F-88) of Eos - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Alexandra Ferm (175-G-86) of Eos - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Malin Aasa (178-G/F-87) of Norrkoping - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ashley Key (180-G-85) of Marbo Basket - 21 points and 5 assists
10. Caroline Banner (181-F/C-89) of Brahe - 13 points, 12 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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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Fribourg strenghtens its roster - by Melanie Nussbaumer
Team BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket announced today the signature of Angelina Williams (183-F-83, college: Illinois) Agency 610sports Management. Graduated in Illinois, Angelina will be a great addition for the young team as she has a good experience baggage, as she played in WNBA for teams Phoenix Mercury, Detroit Shocks and Indiana Fevers as well as in Europe in Israel, Greece and Sweden. She is expected to be playing on Saturday with her new team in the semi final of Swisscup against team Riva.

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  TURKEY - Women  


Monique Currie out with ACL Injury - by Eurobasket News
Washington Mystics General Manager & Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced today that forward Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) will most likely miss the upcoming WNBA season following surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. Currie suffered the injury while playing in Turkey during the WNBA off-season. She returned to the States and consulted with team doctors and following a rehabilitation protocol, it was determined that surgery was the best course of action. Rehabilitation for ACL injuries are expected to take up to nine months. The surgery was performed by team doctor J.R. Rudzki at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

'It is unfortunate that we won't have Monique for the 2011 season, although she probably will not return to the court, her leadership and knowledge of the game will continue to benefit our team,' said Lacey. 'I am confident that our team will work hard and stay together to make the upcoming year the best possible.'

Currie was acquired by the Mystics in 2007 following a trade with the Chicago Sky. Last season, she averaged 14.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Currie also led the team in three point field goal percentage (.446).

'I am extremely grateful for and appreciate the support of the fans and look forward to returning to the court,' said Currie.

Courtesy of www.oursprotscentral.com


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  WNBA - Women  


Monique Currie out with ACL Injury - by Eurobasket News
Washington Mystics General Manager & Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced today that forward Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) will most likely miss the upcoming WNBA season following surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. Currie suffered the injury while playing in Turkey during the WNBA off-season. She returned to the States and consulted with team doctors and following a rehabilitation protocol, it was determined that surgery was the best course of action. Rehabilitation for ACL injuries are expected to take up to nine months. The surgery was performed by team doctor J.R. Rudzki at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

'It is unfortunate that we won't have Monique for the 2011 season, although she probably will not return to the court, her leadership and knowledge of the game will continue to benefit our team,' said Lacey. 'I am confident that our team will work hard and stay together to make the upcoming year the best possible.'

Currie was acquired by the Mystics in 2007 following a trade with the Chicago Sky. Last season, she averaged 14.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Currie also led the team in three point field goal percentage (.446).

'I am extremely grateful for and appreciate the support of the fans and look forward to returning to the court,' said Currie.

Courtesy of www.oursprotscentral.com