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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Zoric, KK.18.7 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.5 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.4 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita18.2 
 7. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.2 
 8. Car, Zadar17.2 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.3 
 10. Young, Crvena Z.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Zoric, KK.8.5 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.7 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.2 
 6. Gist, Partizan6.2 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 8. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 9. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 10. Booker, Krka5.8 
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. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.3.5 
 9. Stipcevic, Cibona3.5 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.7 
 2. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.2 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 5. Car, Zadar1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.8 
 9. Renfroe, KK.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.1.0 
 4. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Booker, Krka0.7 
 8. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 


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  ANGOLA   


Supertaca Compal second edition in Lisbon, next February - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Supertaca Compal second edition will be held this year in Lisbon. The quadrangular tournament is played by the two best teams from Portugal and Angola.

After starting last year in Angola, with the final victory of Sport Lisboa Benfica, the second edition will now be held on Portuguese soil between 11 and 13 February, with Sport Lisboa Benfica in the front row to win again.

In 2011, with Sport Lisboa Benfica, Portuguese champions, well have FC Porto Ferpinta, Portuguese Cup winner , Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda, Angola champion and Cup holder, and Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo, finalists in Angola Cup.

For now, the competition remains confined to Portugal and Angola, but the objective of the Portuguese Federation President, Mario Saldanha, is to extend the competition to other countries, such as Mozambique and Cape Verde.


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 9: Lanus beat Quimsa by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 9 in the LigaA took place in Santiado Estero. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Quimsa (5-4) to second ranked Lanus (7-2) 70-69 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimsa. Quimsa was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-16 charge of Lanus, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) answered with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for Quimsa. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lanus has a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas. Quimsa at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Lanus is looking forward to face league's leader Atenas in Cordoba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will play at home against Boca Juniors (#11) in Buenos Aires and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
LigaA top team - Atenas (7-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Boca Juniors (4-6) in Cordoba 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Gregory Lewis chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) with 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Atenas has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record, which they share with Lanus. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. They share it with Monte Hermoso. Atenas will play against league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mar del Plata was quite interesting. 7th ranked Gimnasia CR (5-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Penarol (5-2). Penarol defeated Gimnasia CR 94-82 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gimnasia CR. Martin Leiva nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reggie Okosa came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Gimnasia CR in the defeat. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Loser Gimnasia CR dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Penarol will meet at home higher ranked Obras (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimnasia CR will play against Monte Hermoso and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifteenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (3-6) and 14th ranked Estudiantes (2-6) in Corrientes ended with biggest points difference. Regatas Corrientes outscored guests from Bahia Blanca 81-54. The best player for the winners was Javier Martinez who scored 21 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Estudiantes lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with six games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#6) in Junin and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Estudiantes will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Obras beat Monte Hermoso on the road 82-71. La Union destroyed Argentino on its own court 72-48. Olimpico LB unfortunately lost to Libertad S. in Sunchales 74-91. Regatas C. recorded a loss to Lanus at home 73-77. Monte Hermoso was defeated by Quimsa on the opponent's court 96-84.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by David Jackson of La Union.



Monte Hermoso - Obras 71-82

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Obras (6-3) beat on the road 10th ranked Monte Hermoso (4-6) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Monte Hermoso managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Obras players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Hernando Salles (188-79) who recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Obras has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 6-3 record behind leader Atenas, which they share with La Union. Monte Hermoso lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be Penarol (#5) in Mar del Plata. Monte Hermoso will play at home against Gimnasia CR (#9) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Pittman 19+1reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 17+2reb+4ast, J.Gutierrez 16+16reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 14+6reb, A.Alloatti 8+6reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 4+1reb
Monte Hermoso: H.Salles 22+9reb+5ast, B.Johnson 16+11reb+2ast, C.Robinson 12+1reb+1ast, F.Sahdi 7+4reb, A.White 6+7reb+2ast, C.Paredes 5+6reb
gschID: 117481


Quimsa - Lanus 69-70

The most exciting game of round 9 in the LigaA took place in Santiado Estero. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Quimsa (5-4) to second ranked Lanus (7-2) 70-69 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimsa. Quimsa was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-16 charge of Lanus, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) answered with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lanus has a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas. Quimsa at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Lanus is looking forward to face league's leader Atenas in Cordoba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will play at home against Boca Juniors (#11) in Buenos Aires and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lanus: T.Taylor 20+5reb+1ast, F.Malara 13+4reb+1ast, L.Victoriano 8+1reb+3ast, G.Fernandez 6+3reb, J.Levy 6+4reb+1ast, M.Byro 5+4reb+1ast
Quimsa: J.Mazzaro 21+3reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 12+2reb, J.Treise 11+2reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 9+9reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 6+5reb, C.Cadillac 5+2reb
gschID: 117482


Atenas - Boca Jrs 88-80

LigaA top team - Atenas (7-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Boca Juniors (4-6) in Cordoba 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) with 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Atenas has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record, which they share with Lanus. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. They share it with Monte Hermoso. Atenas will play against league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Lescano 24+4reb+2ast, G.Lewis 13+7reb, M.Gerlero 12+2reb, D.Gerbaudo 9+1reb+1ast, R.Gabini 9+2reb+3ast, B.Labaque 7+3reb+9ast
Boca Jrs: C.Moodie 21+3reb+2ast, D.Alston 20+6reb+2ast, R.Elliott 20+6reb+2ast, S.Vega 12+6reb+3ast, F.Titarelli 4+4ast, M.Fierro 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 117478


La Union - Argentino 72-48

Everything could happen in Formosa at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked La Union and 5th ranked Argentino had identical 5-3 record. This time La Union used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Junin 72-48. It looked good early as Argentino took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then La Union had a 21-4 second period charge getting the lead and Argentino was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 48-72. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Argentino to just 4 points in second quarter. La Union dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Argentino's 20. The best player for the winners was American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who scored 18 points. His fellow American import forward Damian Cantrell (200-76, college: USF) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) who recorded 16 points and 4 steals and American-Nigerian forward Ije Nwankwo (201-85, college: Cleveland St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. La Union (6-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with Obras. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. La Union's next round opponent will be Estudiantes (#15) in Bahia Blanca which should be another easy win for them. Argentino will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#13).
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 18+1reb, P.Barrios 10+3reb+2ast, A.Pau 9+4reb+1ast, A.Zago 8+3reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 8+4reb+1ast, D.Cantrell 7+8reb+2ast
Argentino: J.Bunn 16+4reb, I.Nwankwo 10+9reb, J.Cangelosi 10+3reb, E.Agostino 3+3reb+1ast, J.Sartorelli 3+4reb+2ast, W.Akeem 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 117480


Libertad S. - Olimpico LB 91-74

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Libertad Sunchales (5-4) won against at home 12th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-6) 91-74. The game without a history. Libertad Sunchales led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field. Libertad Sunchales shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Italian guard Matias Ibarra (183-81) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 19 points respectively. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales' next round opponent will be Club 9 (#12) in Rio Tercero which should be theoretically an easy game. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Sionista in Parana.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: M.Ibarra 17+2reb+3ast, A.Galindo 17+2reb, R.Battle 16+10reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 13, R.Wolkowyski 12+7reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 7+1ast
Olimpico LB: A.Laws 19+1reb+3ast, D.Kante 18+11reb, C.Romero 15+1reb, D.Cavaco 8+2reb+2ast, D.Guaita 7+4reb, L.Picarelli 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 117475


Regatas C. - Estudiantes 81-54

The game between fifteenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (3-6) and 14th ranked Estudiantes (2-6) in Corrientes ended with biggest points difference. Regatas Corrientes outscored guests from Bahia Blanca 81-54. Estudiantes was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 39-21 second half run of Regatas Corrientes. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Estudiantes' 30. They outrebounded Estudiantes 45-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Regatas Corrientes brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Federico Aguerre (200-88) who recorded 8 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Estudiantes lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with six games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#6) in Junin and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Estudiantes will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 21+4reb+4ast, R.Stanton 11+2reb+1ast, C.Edwards 11+3reb+1ast, N.Romano 10+8reb, R.Lopez 8+8reb+1ast, O.Legaria 8+2reb+1ast
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 11+2reb, A.Eslava 9+2reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 8+6reb+1ast, J.Espil 6+1ast, P.Gil 6+4reb, F.Giorgi 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 117476


Penarol - Gimnasia CR 94-82

The game in Mar del Plata was quite interesting. 7th ranked Gimnasia CR (5-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Penarol (5-2). Penarol defeated Gimnasia CR 94-82 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gimnasia CR. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Gimnasia CR managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Gimnasia CR in the defeat. Five Penarol and four Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Loser Gimnasia CR dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Penarol will meet at home higher ranked Obras (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimnasia CR will play against Monte Hermoso and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 21+6reb+1ast, M.Leiva 16+11reb+3ast, N.Lauria 14+7reb+1ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 12+1reb+3ast, F.Campazzo 10+3reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 7+3reb
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 18+5reb+2ast, H.Rollins 15+6reb+1ast, G.Brown 14+3reb+4ast, F.Funes 12+1reb+1ast, M.Franco 9+1reb+1ast, F.Mansilla 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117477


Round 2
Regatas C. - Lanus 73-77

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Regatas Corrientes (3-6) lost at home to second ranked Lanus (7-2) 77-73. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 25-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lanus dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Regatas Corrientes' 34. The best player for the winners was Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 16 points. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lanus has a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas. Regatas Corrientes lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with six games lost. Lanus' next round opponent will be league's leader Atenas in Cordoba and it will be for sure the game of the week. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Argentino (#6) in Junin.
Top scorers:
Lanus: T.Taylor 16+1reb+1ast, A.Boccia 13+2reb+2ast, M.Byro 10+2reb+1ast, J.Levy 10+6reb+2ast, D.Prego 8+2ast, N.Laprovittola 7+1reb+2ast
Regatas C.: R.Stanton 16+4reb+1ast, J.Martinez 14+5reb+7ast, E.Villares 11+2reb, C.Edwards 10+2reb+2ast, N.Romano 9+6reb, O.Legaria 6
gschID: 119960


Round 7
Quimsa - Monte Hermoso 96-84

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Quimsa (5-4) defeated 10th ranked Monte Hermoso (4-6) in Santiado Estero 96-84. The game without a history. Quimsa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) who scored 25 points. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Hernando Salles (188-79) added 14 points, 9 assists and 5 steals respectively. Four Quimsa and five Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. Quimsa maintains sixth place with 5-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Monte Hermoso lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#11) in Buenos Aires which should be theoretically an easy game. Monte Hermoso will play at home against Gimnasia CR in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Mazzaro 25+2reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 19+5reb, R.Gonzalez 12+3reb+3ast, J.Treise 12+4reb+4ast, D.Gomez Camargo 10+1reb+1ast, S.Villegas 6+1reb
Monte Hermoso: B.Johnson 19+11reb+1ast, C.Robinson 18+6reb+1ast, H.Salles 14+3reb+9ast, A.White 14+1reb, G.Sciutto 11+3reb+2ast, S.Cabello 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 120550




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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Alvear 9-4 
 2. Obera TC 9-4 
 3. Union Progr. 8-5 
 4. San Mart.C. 8-5 
 5. A.Italiana 7-5 
 6. A.Espanola 6-6 
 7. Tucuman BB 2-10 
 8. Adelante 1-11 
Zona Sur
 1. Firmat SF 9-4 
 2. Bragado 9-5 
 3. Ciclista 8-5 
 4. Union S. 7-6 
 5. Quilmes MP 7-6 
 6. Banda Norte 6-7 
 7. San Mart.MJ 3-10 
 8. Gimnasia VP 2-10 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jackson, La Union20.4 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.5 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.8 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 5. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.7 
 6. Taylor, Lanus16.4 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol15.9 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.15.7 
 9. Gutierrez, Obras15.5 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.2 
 2. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.6 
 3. Kante, Olimpico LB9.4 
 4. Williams, Atenas9.0 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.2 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.9 
 9. Martina, Boca Jrs7.9 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.2 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.6 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Ginobili, Libertad S.5.0 
 5. Cequeira, Obras5.0 
 6. Salles, Monte H.4.2 
 7. Sartorelli, Argentino3.8 
 8. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.8 
 3. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.6 
 4. Williams, Atenas2.5 
 5. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 6. Laws, Olimpico LB2.3 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Sciutto, Monte H.2.3 
 9. De los Santo., Olimpi.2.3 
 10. Salles, Monte H.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.5 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 6. Williams, Atenas1.0 
 7. Mofunanya, Lanus1.0 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.9 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Giorgi, Estudiantes0.8 


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ervin, Hawks22.6 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.6 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.6 
 4. Worthington, Blaze17.9 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.5 
 6. Ubaka, Taipans16.4 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.1 
 8. Khazzouh, Sydney K.15.9 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Wilkinson, Breakers15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.7 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.6 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.3 
 6. Vukona, Breakers7.1 
 7. Williams, Tigers7.1 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 9. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gibson, Blaze5.8 
 2. Shannon, 36ers5.3 
 3. Williams, Tigers5.1 
 4. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.7 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.6 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.2 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 3. Penney, Breakers1.5 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 6. Hill, 36ers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.3 
 9. Robbins, Wildcats1.2 
 10. Williams, Tigers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.1 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.4 
 4. Gilder, Sydney K.1.3 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 6. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 8. Sanders, Sydney K.1.0 
 9. Worthington, Blaze0.9 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 13-3 
 2. Wildcats 12-5 
 3. Taipans 10-6 
 4. Crocodiles 10-8 
 5. Hawks 9-8 
 6. Blaze 7-10 
 7. 36ers 6-10 
 8. Tigers 6-11 
 9. Sydney K. 2-14 


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 16-4 
 2. Arkadia 13-7 
 3. Kapfenberg 13-8 
 4. Furstenfeld 12-8 
 5. Klosterneub. 12-8 
 6. Oberwart 12-8 
 7. UBSC Graz 11-9 
 8. Wels 10-10 
 9. Gussing 8-12 
 10. BC Vienna 8-13 
 11. St.Polten 6-15 
 12. Worthersee 1-20 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.2 
 2. Vay, Arkadia21.0 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.1 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.4 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden18.0 
 8. Nagler, Klostern.17.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing17.6 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.7 
 3. Volcic, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 7. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.3 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.2 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.8 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 4. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.2 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.6 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.6 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 6. Artner, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 10. Vay, Arkadia1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.9 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Carr, Furstenfeld0.6 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.6 


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Dunigan's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old center Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T.) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kalev/Cramo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Rudupis (#3, 10-6) 71-63. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 6th position in Baltic League Elite. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kalev/Cramo will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. Dunigan turned to be Kalev/Cramo's top player in his first season with the team. Michael Dunigan averages this season 12.3ppg and 7.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) of Perlas. He is a forward in his first season at Perlas. In the last game Dilys recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Perlas was edged in overtime by Liepaja (5-10) 98-97. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Elite. Perlas keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Dilys is one of the most experienced players at Perlas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev Tallinn (#11). Osby scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Osby's great performance TTU/Kalev lost 68-73 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6, 9-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. TTU/Kalev can only dream about fighting for top spots in Elite. They have rather bad season and 3-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Osby he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Osby has individually a great season in Baltic League. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league). Osby attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ashton Mitchell (180-G-88) of Liepaja - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) of Siauliai - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) of Juventus - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Dunigan (208-C-89) of Kalev/Cramo - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86) of Perlas - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84) of Siauliai - 17 points and 6 assists

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Osby, TT.18.7 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.7 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale17.5 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja16.3 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas15.5 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Osby, TT.11.6 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.1 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.6 
 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. Veselovs, Valmiera7.7 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.2 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.5 
 3. Kriisa, TT.5.1 
 4. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 7. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 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. Dainys, Rudupis2.1 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 4. Anderson, Ventspils1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 6. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 9. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 10. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 5. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.2 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.1 
 9. Beard, Liepaja1.0 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 12-2 
 2. TU/Rock 11-5 
 3. Ventspils 10-4 
 4. Rudupis 10-6 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 9-5 
 6. Nevezis 9-5 
 7. Siauliai 8-7 
 8. Norrkoping 6-8 
 9. Perlas 6-10 
 10. Liepaja 5-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 3-12 
 12. Valmiera 1-16 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Zemgale 6-2 
 2. Neptunas 6-2 
 3. Alytus Alita 4-4 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-6 
 5. Naglis-Adakris 2-6 
Group B
 1. Juventus 6-2 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 5-3 
 3. Techasas 4-4 
 4. Sakalai 3-5 
 5. Rakvere 2-6 


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Antwerp Giants News - by Peter Buyse
No good news however for the Antwerp Giants who have added Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) to the injured list which already contains Jeff Van der Jonckheyd and Randy Oveneke.
Hopkins injured his knee in last tuesday's Euro game vs Karsiyaka and is to undergo surgery this coming monday. If the injury is only to his meniscus he could be out 4 weeks, if the ligaments however are also damaged it could be much longer.

Jeff VDJ is to undergo hip surgery on Feb 4th and will require 3 months of rehad before he can join the roster again.

Randy Oveneke could rejoin the team in early April after the knee surgery he underwent recently.

The team is considering adding a player to the roster.



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NBB Round 14: BRB/Brasilia defeats leader Araldite/Univille - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Araldite/Univille (9-4) in Joinville on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by BRB/Brasilia (10-3) 91-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Araldite/Univille. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-3 record before this meeting. BRB/Brasilia has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Araldite/Univille at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. BRB/Brasilia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Araldite/Univille will play at home against Unitri/Universo in Uberlandia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Rio de Janeiro. Fifth ranked Flamengo (7-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (6-5) 88-85 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. Flamengo maintains fifth position with 7-2 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Flamengo will play against Araraquara (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Unitri/Universo in Uberlandia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Assis Basket's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 12 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Vitoria (3-10) 92-86 on Friday. Assis Basket maintains fifteenth position with 1-12 record. It was Vitoria's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Assis Basket will meet at home higher ranked Vila Velha CETAF (#14) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vitoria will play against Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
The game between ninth ranked Itabom/Bauru (7-5) and 14th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (2-11) in Sao Paulo ended with biggest points difference. Itabom/Bauru outscored guests from Vila Velha 111-70. Itabom/Bauru moved-up to seventh place. Vila Velha CETAF at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Itabom/Bauru's next round opponent will be Winner/Limeira (#10) at home. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Flamengo (#5) in Rio de Janeiro.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Winner/Limeira beat Pitagoras/Minas on the road 73-67. Pinheiros/Sky won against Araraquara on its own court 84-66. Vivo/Franca managed to outperform Paulistano in Sao Paulo 80-74.



Araldite/Univille - BRB/Brasilia 81-91

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Araldite/Univille (9-4) in Joinville on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by BRB/Brasilia (10-3) 91-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Araldite/Univille. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-3 record before this meeting. BRB/Brasilia has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Araldite/Univille at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. BRB/Brasilia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Araldite/Univille will play at home against Unitri/Universo in Uberlandia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102726


Pitagoras/Minas - Winner/Limeira 67-73

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (5-4) beat 8th ranked Pitagoras/Minas (6-6) in Belo Horizonte 73-67. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth position with 5-4 record. Pitagoras/Minas at the other side dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. Winner/Limeira's next round opponent will be higher ranked Itabom/Bauru (#7) in Sao Paulo and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 102727


Flamengo - S.Jose/Vinac 88-85

Important game to mention about took place in Rio de Janeiro. Fifth ranked Flamengo (7-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (6-5) 88-85 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. Flamengo maintains fifth position with 7-2 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Flamengo will play against Araraquara (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Unitri/Universo in Uberlandia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102728


Pinheiros/Sky - Araraquara 84-66

Very expected game when 11th ranked Araraquara (4-8) lost to sixth ranked Pinheiros/Sky (7-3) in Sao Paolo 66-84. Pinheiros/Sky maintains sixth position with 7-3 record. Araraquara at the other side keeps the eleventh place with eight games lost. Pinheiros/Sky's next round opponent will be higher ranked Unitri/Universo (#4) in Uberlandia and it may be quite challenging game. Araraquara will play at home against Flamengo (#5) in Rio de Janeiro.
gschID: 102729


Paulistano - Vivo/Franca 74-80

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Vivo/Franca (8-3) won against 12th ranked Paulistano (4-8) in Sao Paolo 80-74. Vivo/Franca has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Unitri/Universo. Paulistano lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Vivo/Franca's next round opponent will be Pinheiros/Sky (#6) in Sao Paolo. Paulistano will play at home against Araraquara (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102730


Assis Basket - Vitoria 92-86

Assis Basket's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 12 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Vitoria (3-10) 92-86 on Friday. Assis Basket maintains fifteenth position with 1-12 record. It was Vitoria's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Assis Basket will meet at home higher ranked Vila Velha CETAF (#14) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vitoria will play against Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 102731


Itabom/Bauru - Vila Velha CETAF 111-70

The game between ninth ranked Itabom/Bauru (7-5) and 14th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (2-11) in Sao Paulo ended with biggest points difference. Itabom/Bauru outscored guests from Vila Velha 111-70. Itabom/Bauru moved-up to seventh place. Vila Velha CETAF at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Itabom/Bauru's next round opponent will be Winner/Limeira (#10) at home. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Flamengo (#5) in Rio de Janeiro.
gschID: 102732




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


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Victor scores 13 - by David Edole
LAKE WALES, Fla. The no. 5 Northwood University Seahawks were too much for the Warner University Royals in mens basketball action on Wednesday night in the Turner Athletic Center. The Seahawks made 15 three pointers in the game and never trailed the entire game enroute to an 82-64 victory over Warner. The Royals fall back to 9-9 (3-5 TSC) while Northwood improves to 17-2 (7-0 TSC).

The Royals missed their first four shots to open the game and the Seahawks came out hot opening the game on a 9-0 run. Mike Dotson put the Royals on the board at the 16:00 minute mark with layup cutting the Seahawks lead to 9-2. The Seahawks used nine first half three pointers to open the game up leading by as many as 21 points with 3:21 left before halftime. The Royals scored the final three points of the half to cut the lead to 18 and went into halftime trailing 47-29.

The Royals offense had to work for their opportunities in the first half, shooting 38.1% from the field in the half. Bryce Kachinski, Brennan Taylor and Ray Victor each had seven points in the first half for the Royals. Taylor and Victor went perfect from the charity stripe in the opening period.

Ray Victor opened the second half scoring with a three pointer as the Royals played a more aggressive style on offense and defense in the opening 10 minutes of the half; the Royals defense forced seven turnovers and the offense shot 46.4% from the field in the half. The Royals cut the Seahawk lead to 13 at four separate times but were never able to narrow the gap further. In the end the Seahawk offense was too much as they went away victorious 82-64.

Brennan Taylor scored 18 points and had five assists to lead the Royals offense. Ray Victor played a hard 28 minutes adding 13 points. Victor was also 3 for 4 from behind the arc. Bryce Kachinski also chipped in 14 points for the Royals.




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Kiril Raykov and Justin Neuhaus ink with Chernomorets - by Eurobasket News
Chernmorets has announced signing of two new players. Kiril Raykov (196-F-87) and Justin Neuhaus (211-C-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Colorado Christian) have agreed deal with the club. Raykov has recently left Balkan by mutual consent and he did not have to wait for the new club too long. The 211-cm tall Neuhaus started the season as member of Rilski Sportist. Both players are expected to make their debut in the next Round of NBL.
Kiril Raykov is a product of Balkan youth system. He made his professional debut during 2003-2004 season helping Balkan gain promotion from ProA-2 to ProA league. Following season, he averaged 2.3 points in 12 games. Raykov continued to feature for Balkan on regular basis as a rotation player. During 2008-2009 season he helped Balkan reach NBL League. Last season, he played in 26 games and has averaged 1.6 points per contest. He helped Balkan reach play-off semifinals which was the best result for Balkan. This year, Raykov averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12 NBL games. In BIBL, he averaged 3.6 points in 5 games played.
Justin Neuhaus played collegiate basketball with Colorado Christian Collge in NCAA Division II. He signed his first professional contract this season with German outfit Ludwigsburg. In September of 2010, he moved to Rilski Sportist where he averaged 3.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 10 games played.


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 15-0 
 2. Levski 13-2 
 3. Balkan 8-7 
 4. Rilski Sportist 7-8 
 5. Cherno More 6-9 
 6. Tundja 5-10 
 7. Chernomorets 3-12 
 8. Spartak 3-12 


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Mike Harris claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Mike Harris (198-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Shanghai and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat TianJin R. (#17, 3-14) 91-82. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Thanks to this victory Shanghai moved-up to the 11th position in the Chinese CBA. Shanghai is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-10 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shanghai's top player in his first season with the team. Rice University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 14.2rpg) and averages solid 58.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L.. Ramos impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Zhejiang G.L. to edge the lower-ranked Fujian (#16, 3-14) by 1 point 101-100. Zhejiang G.L.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ramos is a newcomer at Zhejiang G.L. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin (#15). Watkins scored 25 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jilin, leading his team to a 95-91 win against the higher-ranked Shandong (#10, 7-10). Jilin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Watkins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Watkins has individually a great season in China. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.0rpg (4th best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 54.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Singleton (203-F-81) of Xinjiang - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 28 points and 15 rebounds
6. Zhun Zheng (214-C-92) of Foshan - 33 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78) of Jiangsu - 20 points and 15 rebounds
8. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) of Beijing - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Rodney White (206-F-80) of Shandong - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 22 points, 7 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)


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Achilleas shocked Apollon - by Michael Aristidou
In a dramatic game Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou took a valuable win over Pizza Express Primetel Apollon last night. The game was closed and the two teams where near score all the time. Eventually Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou won 86-88. Last seconds where dramatic while the score was 83-88 for Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou and newcomer Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) score a triple 13 seconds before time. Pizza Express Primetel Apollon players manage to steal the ball but Corry Carr (192-G-75, college: Texas Tech) missed the shot!

Quarters: 17-19, 38-44, 65-67, 86-88

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon: Sims 29 (1), Corry Corry Carr (192-G-75, college: Texas Tech) 13 (3), Dials 6, Stiggers 2, Camacho 20 (2), Stailings, Platt 6, Zujovic 3, Willimas 7 (2), Englisky

Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou: Frasor Bobby 3 (1), Djikanovic Savo 12, Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80). 23 (2), Marmarinos 5, Yiannas 1, Johnson Anthony 17 (1), Pantouris 9, Biggs 15 (3), Theocharides 3 (1)




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.16.5 
 6. Radunovic, ENAD16.4 
 7. Hanavan, AP.16.0 
 8. King, Etha15.2 
 9. Kent, ENAD14.5 
 10. Djikanovic, Achilleas14.4 
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, Keravnos6.8 
 6. McLain, Omonia6.5 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.5 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.3 
 9. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
 10. Collins, ENAD5.7 
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. Stallings, Apollon3.5 
 6. Cummings, Keravnos3.5 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 8. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 9. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.0 
 10. Price, ENAD2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Berdiel, AEK2.2 
 3. Tiggs, AP.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Etha2.0 
 5. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 6. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 7. Price, ENAD1.7 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 9. Pantouris, Achilleas1.6 
 10. Stiggers, Apollon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.1 
 2. Collins, ENAD1.5 
 3. King, Etha1.5 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.3 
 6. Collins, AEK0.9 
 7. Fells, Keravnos0.9 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 9. Englicky, Apollon0.7 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


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


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Prostejov 14-2 
 2. BK Decin 13-4 
 3. Novy Jicin 12-4 
 4. BK Pardubice 12-4 
 5. NH Ostrava 11-6 
 6. B&W Opava 8-8 
 7. BC Kolin 8-9 
 8. Basketbol Brno 6-11 
 9. USK Praha 4-12 
 10. Plzen 1-15 
 11. Svitavy 1-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.5 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava16.1 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.16.0 
 4. Horak, Svitavy15.5 
 5. Houska, BK Decin15.2 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 7. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.5 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.4 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.13.9 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.5 
 3. Houska, BK Decin9.0 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.4 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy8.2 
 7. Spagrud, NH Ostrava7.2 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.9 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.8 
 10. Frana, Plzen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.7 
 2. Carnecky, B&W O.4.2 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.6 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.6 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.4 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.3.2 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava3.2 
 10. Macela, Svitavy3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.3 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 3. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.9 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 7. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.7 
 8. Vrubl, Plzen1.7 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 10. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.4 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Houska, BK Decin1.0 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.8 
 10. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.8 


NBL Round 18: B&W Opava defeats BK Pardubice in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 18 in the NBL took place in Opava. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best BK Pardubice (12-4) to sixth ranked B&W Opava (8-8) 83-82 on Saturday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 16 points to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Tomas Toth (195-84) with 15 points and 5 rebounds. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Novy Jicin. B&W Opava are looking forward to face league's leader BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Pardubice will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - BK Prostejov (14-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked USK Praha (4-12) 71-60. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) notched 14 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and Ladislav Toth supported him with 11 points. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by international forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) did not help to save the game for USK Praha. BK Prostejov have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. USK Praha at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. BK Prostejov will play against B&W Opava (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh ranked BC Kolin (8-9) crushed at home 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-15) by 31 points 94-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was David Machac who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Ladislav Horak who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Kolin maintains seventh position with 8-9 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Plzen. BC Kolin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against NH Ostrava (#5).

In the last two games of round 18 BK Decin destroyed Plzen on the opponent's court 74-54. NH Ostrava managed to outperform Basketbol Brno in a home game 84-73.



B&W Opava - BK Pardubice 83-82

The most exciting game of round 18 in the NBL took place in Opava. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best BK Pardubice (12-4) to sixth ranked B&W Opava (8-8) 83-82 on Saturday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 16 points to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Tomas Toth (195-84) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Novy Jicin. B&W Opava are looking forward to face league's leader BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Pardubice will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 16+4reb, J.Sirina 16+2reb+2ast, B.Brlit 15+3reb, O.Dygryn 12+3reb+3ast, J.Kratochvil 9+5reb+3ast, M.Carnecky 7+2reb+3ast
BK Pardubice: J.Cernosek 16+1reb, T.Toth 15+5reb, M.Hampton 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Pospisil 11+4reb+2ast, M.Arnold 9+2reb, M.Marek 6+4reb
gschID: 91958


USK Praha - BK Prostejov 60-71

NBL top team - BK Prostejov (14-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked USK Praha (4-12) 71-60. USK Praha was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 38-23 second half run of BK Prostejov. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) notched 14 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) supported him with 11 points. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by international forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) did not help to save the game for USK Praha. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) added 16 points and 6 rebounds. BK Prostejov have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. USK Praha at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. BK Prostejov will play against B&W Opava (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: E.Lawrence 14+2reb+6ast, L.Toth 11+2reb, K.Landry 10+1reb, R.Hyzy 9+3reb, D.Marek 7+3reb+2ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 6+6reb
USK Praha: M.Klimes 16+6reb, L.Kotas 9+10reb+4ast, L.Moravec 7+2reb+2ast, T.Vyoral 7+2reb+2ast, M.Bjegovic 6+6reb, M.Stastny 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 91959


Plzen - BK Decin 54-74

Very expected game when 10th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (1-15) was crushed at home by third ranked BK Decin (13-4) 74-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. Lokomotiva Plzen managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiva Plzen to just 4 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Lokomotiva Plzen 39-28 including 25 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami (OH), agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 8 points. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Pavel Frana (212-77) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Pavel Novak (199-83) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BK Decin moved-up to second place. Lokomotiva Plzen lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Svitavy. BK Decin will meet Basketbol Brno (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 16+7reb+1ast, R.Landa 9+2reb, W.Hatcher 8+4reb+3ast, M.Soukup 8+7reb, L.Sanders 8+5reb+1ast, L.Stria 6+2reb+2ast
Plzen: P.Frana 16+8reb+1ast, L.Pecka 8+5reb, P.Novak 7+6reb, J.Kovanda 7+2reb, V.Honomichl 5+1reb, S.Vrubl 4+9ast
gschID: 91955


NH Ostrava - Basketbol Brno 84-73

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked NH Ostrava (11-6) defeated at home 8th ranked Basketbol Brno (6-11) 84-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. NH Ostrava made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwight Burke (203-86, college: Marquette) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) who recorded 17 points and forward Stepan Reinberger (201-81) added 15 points respectively. Basketbol Brno's coach Josef Jelinek let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. NH Ostrava maintains fifth position with 11-6 record. Loser Basketbol Brno keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. NH Ostrava will meet bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Basketbol Brno will play against the league's second-placed BK Decin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: D.Burke 21+8reb, M.Stuchly 13, A.Spagrud 12+7reb, A.Ciz 11+2reb+2ast, A.Mason 10+1reb+1ast, L.Palyza 8+5reb+2ast
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 17+1reb, S.Reinberger 15+3reb, E.Holloway 12+1reb, S.Castleberry 9+4reb, D.Gajdosik 7+5reb, M.Norwa 4+3reb
gschID: 91956


BC Kolin - Svitavy 94-63

Seventh ranked BC Kolin (8-9) crushed at home 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-15) by 31 points 94-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. Basketbal Svitavy managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Kolin looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Basketbal Svitavy's players. The best player for the winners was forward David Machac (204-80) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Power forward Stanislav Zuzak (206-80, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds and center Radim Kramny (212-85) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Kolin maintains seventh position with 8-9 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Plzen. BC Kolin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against NH Ostrava (#5).
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Machac 24+7reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 14+10reb+2ast, R.Marko 12+1reb+5ast, R.Field 10+3reb+1ast, B.Jones 8+1reb+6ast, T.Smith 7+4reb+4ast
Svitavy: L.Horak 22+8reb+2ast, R.Kramny 10+10reb+1ast, J.Sedlak 6, P.Harcar 6+3reb, M.Leopold 5, T.Teply 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 91957




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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-1 
 2. Svendborg 15-2 
 3. Naestved 14-5 
 4. Horsholm 11-7 
 5. Horsens IC 11-9 
 6. Aabyhoj 8-11 
 7. Vaerlose 7-12 
 8. SISU 7-12 
 9. Amager BK 3-16 
 10. Aalborg 1-19 


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, Aabyhoj21.3 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.1 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.6 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.6 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC17.6 
 9. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.5 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.4 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose9.9 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.8 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.3 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Dalboge, Aabyhoj3.2 
 10. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 3. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.0 
 6. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 7. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. McFarlane, Vaerl.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.5 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.3 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Brown, SISU0.7 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


Colas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Bonell Colas (206-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vaerlose BBK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat SISU (#7, 7-12) 80-69. Vaerlose maintains the 8th position in Danish league. Vaerlose is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. Colas turned to be Vaerlose's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Colas is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.2ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.9rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 56.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Aalborg Vikings. He is American forward in his first season at Aalborg. In the last game Falkner recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Aalborg lost that game 75-87 to the higher-ranked Svendborg (#2, 15-2). Aalborg are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Aalborg managed to get this year. Falkner is a newcomer at Aalborg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) of Horsholm 79ers (#5). Gilling showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Horsholm, leading his team to a 73-68 win against the lower-ranked Aalborg (#10, 1-18). Horsholm needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Gilling has a very solid season. In 17 games in Denmark he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marquis Hall (183-G-87) of Aalborg - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) of Horsholm - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Pape Ba (205-F/C-81) of Vaerlose - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Bonell Colas (206-F-82) of Vaerlose - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marius Kasiulevicius (198-F/G-82) of Naestved - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80) of Svendborg - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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McHone to coach Skyforce for third time - by Eurobasket News
So much for the notion that it would be difficult to find someone to take over the worst team in the NBA D-League in the middle of the season.

The Skyforce landed the first candidate they called - Morris McHone, the franchise leader in victories - for a third stint on the bench. The move was announced Thursday, less than one week after second-year coach Tony Fritz was fired.

Actually, Sioux Falls reached out to McHone in advance of getting rid of Fritz, hoping that his advice on personnel might prevent it from having to make a change.

The 67-year-old even attended the D-League Showcase last week in South Padre Island, Texas, to get an up-close look. But the team went 0-2 in the event, losing both games by at least 20 points, sealing Fritz's fate. Then, interim coach Duane Ticknor expressed his desire to remain an assistant due to health concerns.

Enter McHone, who led Sioux Falls to a mark of 172-102 and one CBA championship from 1995-99 and 2006-07, ultimately resigning due to concerns about difficult travel. He spent the next two seasons as director of basketball development for another D-League team - the Austin Toros - before serving as a domestic scout for the Korean Basketball League.
Why come back now? The San Antonio resident said that he's missed coaching and hasn't liked to see the Skyforce struggle. They're just 2-18, the worst mark in their 22-year history, and have lost 13 in a row heading into weekend home games against New Mexico.

McHone won't arrive in Sioux Falls until after shootaround today and will merely observe tonight and tomorrow when the Skyforce play New Mexico, deferring to Ticknor.

'When I was at the Showcase, I had so many people come up to me and were like, 'It's a shame to see Sioux Falls with such a bad team because they've always been really good,'' McHone said. 'And, of course, they'd said, 'Are you going to go back and help them get it straightened out?' The more NBA people kept coming up to me, I said, 'Well, I'll do what I can.''
Frankly, he's not sure what's possible, noting that the player-acquisition rules in the D-League are far more restrictive than what they were in the old CBA. But there will be moves. He's already been working the phones talking to agents and the team holds the No. 1 spot in the personnel pool.

Then, there's the question of whether to make changes based on the short term or the long term given that even McHone's future is up on the air. Officially, he'll coach the rest of this season before making a decision about 2011-12 in conjunction with management.

'We don't have expectations for him to turn this thing around overnight and make the playoffs,' team president Mike Heineman said. 'Mo is a great motivator. That's always been one of the ways he has always succeeded is motivating guys. That's definitely what we need right now.'

It's certainly worked in the past.

In more than 40 years in the business, McHone has coached in the NBA, overseas, at the NCAA Division I level, in the minor leagues and with USA Basketball. He's missed that over the past three seasons, but wasn't going to give it another shot with just any franchise.
It's a good thing he said, yes, too. Heineman admitted Plan B was to conduct a traditional coaching search that likely would have proved difficult given the circumstances.

'When you're away from it, you wonder, 'Did I miss it more than I didn't like the travel?'' McHone said. 'That'll be one of the things that will determine if I come back. I know I'm an older guy, but I'm young at heart.'

Courtesy of www.argusleader.com


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Idaho S. 101-87
The Utah Flash (11-10) executed their game plan against the Idaho Stampede (8-16) in tonight's win (101-87). The Flash held maintained the lead only losing it once in the first quarter, with the largest lead being 30 points in the third quarter. The Flash outscored the Stampede 25-17 during the first quarter. The Flash were lead by Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) with six points in the first quarter. The Flash led 59-37 going into the second half, outscoring the Stampede once again 34-20. Although the Stampede outscored the Flash 27-22 in the third quarter, the Flash maintained a solid 17 point lead (81-64). The Flash cruised to a final score of 101-87. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU), Gaffney and Sy all led the Flash with 16 points apiece. Costner led in rebounds with 11. Wheeler was the Stampede's leading scorer with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sy, who is on assignment from the Atlanta Hawks, also had two rebounds and two steals. Nkem Ojougboh led the Flash with three blocks. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Maine RC 116-102
Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) stepped up for the winners almost registering triple-double. He had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for 39 minutes on the court. Alexander reached valuation 35. In the loosing squad, Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) collected 20 pts and 5 as.

Springfield A. - Bakersfield J. 125-114 OT
The game didn't go exactly as the Springfield Armor would have liked, but the end result was a victory. The Armor blew a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter as Bakersfield buried nine 3-pointers in the quarter to force overtime, but the Armor owned the three-minute overtime period by pitching a shutout and beating the Jam 125-114 before 2,343 at the MassMutual Center. It was the third straight win for the Armor, a season-high. The 125 points was also a season high, eclipsing the 124 points the Armor scored in an overtime loss to Fort Wayne. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Bakersfield (15-10), which looked like a team that was going to go down easily but it found the range from behind the arc in the fourth quarter to make a game of it. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Dakota W. - Rio Grande 100-102
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (16-7) rallied to defeat the Dakota Wizards (7-19) 102-100 at the Bismarck Civic Center Friday night. Jeff Adrien led the way for the Vipers recording his 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The Vipers jumped out to an early 10-5 lead in the first quarter getting seven early points from Jerel McNeal and then Dakota answered with a 19-4 run to lead by 10 with 3:37 left in the first quarter. Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) scored nine of his 27 points in the first and Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) would hit a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to give Dakota a 33-24 lead. Dakota extended the lead to 15 early in the second on a jumper by Darren Cooper and Rio Grande fought back to cut the lead to 60-53 at the break. The Wizards took a 67-61 on a lay-up by Mike Hall with 8:09 remaining in the third quarter and the Vipers would respond with an 8-0 run capped off by two free throws by Jerel McNeal to take their first lead of the quarter at 69-67. Dakota regained the lead and led 80-78 at the end of three. With the game tied at 98-98 in the fourth, Stanley Asumnu's lay-up would give the Vipers a 100-98 lead with 4:14 left in the game. Mike Anderson converted one of two free throws to cut the lead to one with 2:57 left and Darren Cooper would hit one of two and tie the game at 100 with 21.3 left in the game. Jerel McNeal hit a lay-up with 7.6 seconds left to give the Vipers a 102-100 lead. After a Wizards timeout, Anthony Goods missed a three-pointer and Mike Hall would miss the put back to end the game. Mike Hall led the way for Dakota (7-19) recording his third double-double in as many games with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Anthony Goods would finish with a season high 27 points Jerel McNeal would finish with 17 points and Mustafa Shakur contributed 18 to the Vipers victory. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - New Mexico 97-96
The New Mexico Thunderbirds (11-13) late rally came up just short as dropped the first game of a five-game road trip to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (3-18) by a score of 97-96 on Friday night. With the Thunderbirds trailing by eight points and two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, they went on a 10-2 run to tie up the game. Dar Tucker scored seven points during the run including a game tying three-pointer with 13.9 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession the Skyforce answered with a three-pointer from Sean Marshall to give them a three-point lead and eventually the victory. In the first quarter, the Skyforce's Dexter Pittman got off to a quick start scoring nine of the teams first 13 points to give them a 13-9 lead. The Thunderbirds would pull even and the teams were tied at 24-24 after one quarter. The Skyforce started the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 34-25 lead. Led by Edwards who had a game high 15 points at the half, the Thunderbirds outscored Sioux Falls 16-7 to close the half and tie up the game 41-41. The T-Birds shot just 35.4% in the first half, but were able to pull even at the break. In the third quarter, with the Thunderbirds leading 48-46, the Skyforce went on a 7-0 to open up a 53-48 lead. Tucker scored nine points in the quarter including two 3-pointers and helped the T-Birds close the gap to one-point heading into the final quarter. Sioux Falls opened the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run to take an 11 point lead and control of the game. Pittman, who had a game high 20 points, scored five points during the run for the Skyforce. Tucker and Edwards combined to score 55 of the T-Birds' 96 points. New Mexico also shot a season low 37.1%. The win was the first for the Sioux Falls Skyforce since Dec. 4, ending a 13 game losing streak. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 109-97
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) combined for 55 points to lead the Erie BayHawks to a 109-97 win against Fort Wayne before an announced crowd of 3,010 fans Friday night at Tullio Arena. Johnson had a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds while Ahearn had 26 points and a game-high 12 assists as Erie (16-9) ended a two-game losing skid. Now 8-1 in games at Tullio Arena this season, Erie faces Fort Wayne (12-13) Saturday at 7 p.m. at home. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com




Mustafa Shakur called up to Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News
Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona), a 6-foot-3 point guard, is expected to be called up from the NBA D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the Washington Wizards for a 10-day contract, according to a source close to the situation.

Shakur, in an interview with FanHouse on Friday night, said that he expected to be available to play in Washington's game Saturday night at home against the Boston Celtics.

'Hopefully, if everything goes right with my flights, I'll get there and get situated and then be ready to play against the Celtics,' Shakur told FanHouse.

Shakur (shown right with the Tulsa 66ers) learned of the call-up Friday night after scoring 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting for the Vipers in Bismarck, N.D., against the Dakota Wizards after his Vipers overcame a first half deficit to pick up a 102-100 victory, their ninth in a row.

'I think when you come to the D-League, you have to just focus on what you're doing, try to be professional and play to your strengths while helping your team,' Shakur said. 'You can't really think about the call-up aspect of it because if you think about that, then it's hard to focus on playing and performing every night.'

Shakur, a fourth-year pro out of Arizona, is averaging 18.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals this month while making 51 percent of his field goal attempts. In his 69 game D-League career, the consistent point guard is averaging 18.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals. His play last season in the D-League earned him an end of season call-up to the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as a training camp invite with the New Orleans Hornets this past preseason.

The Wizards have currently been playing with just two point guards, rookie John Wall and veteran Kirk Hinrich, since releasing Lester Hudson earlier this month.

'They were actually interested in me since last year but I ended up signing with Oklahoma City,' Shakur remembered. 'They've shown a lot of interest in me since then.'

Knowing Washington might have a need for a third point guard, Wizards Vice President of Basketball Administration Tommy Sheppard scouted last week's D-League Showcase where Shakur earned Second Team All-Showcase honors.

'They're bringing me in because they like me, I guess. We haven't really talked about what I'll focus on yet, but I'm excited to go,' Shakur said. 'As soon as I get there I'm going right to the gym so we'll probably go over plays and get right to it.'

Shakur is the third D-League call-up of the season, joining Larry Owens (San Antonio Spurs) and Zabian Dowdell (Phoenix Suns) in the NBA.

Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 17-7 
 2. Erie Bay H. 16-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 12-13 
 4. Dakota W. 7-19 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 3-18 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 19-6 
 2. Rio Grande 16-7 
 3. Texas L. 11-11 
 4. New Mexico 11-13 
 5. Austin T. 10-12 
 6. Maine RC 10-16 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 15-9 
 2. Bakersfield J. 15-10 
 3. Utah F. 11-10 
 4. Springfield A. 9-15 
 5. Idaho S. 9-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.1 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.0 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.20.6 
 4. Dentmon, Texas L.20.2 
 5. Johnson, Erie B.19.5 
 6. Edwards, New M.19.4 
 7. Greene, Utah F.19.1 
 8. Tucker, New Mexico18.4 
 9. Sims, Maine RC17.9 
 10. McNeal, Rio Grande17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.8 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.10.4 
 3. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.10.0 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.8 
 7. Davidson, Idaho S.9.6 
 8. Johnson, Dakota W.9.5 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.5 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.7 
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.8.4 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.6 
 6. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.7.3 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.3 
 9. Cooper, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Jackson, Idaho S.2.4 
 4. Hubbard, New M.2.3 
 5. Linhart, Erie B.2.2 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.9 
 4. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 5. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 8. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 9. Adrien, Rio Grande2.0 
 10. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.7 


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Rannar Raap claims Estonian EMKL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Parnu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 18-year old swingman had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Parnu in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Rakvere (#4, 11-10) 90-87. Parnu maintains the 8th position in Estonian EMKL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Parnu have already lost 14 games and recorded just five victories. Raap has many years of experience at Parnu, through which he has constantly improved. Raap has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.6ppg) and averages solid 53.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn. Arnold impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as TTU/Kalev II lost that game 68-74 to slightly higher-ranked Valga/CKE (#5, 8-12). This loss caused TTU/Kalev II to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Arnold is a newcomer at TTU/Kalev II 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 15.0ppg (#6). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Merlis Niklus (186-F-80) of Voru KK (#9). Niklus scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Niklus' great performance Voru KK lost 79-90 to the higher-ranked Rakvere (#4, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Voru KK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-19 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Niklus he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Niklus has a very solid season. In 20 games in Estonia he scored 8.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brett McGee (198-G/F-84) of Rakvere - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Matthew Hall (191-G-86) of Rakvere - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Andrais Thornton (203-C-85) of Voru KK - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) of Valga/CKE - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE - 12 points and 13 rebounds
9. Antti Vasar (195-F-79) of Valga/CKE - 14 points and 6 rebounds
10. Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) of Parnu - 24 points and 3 rebounds

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


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 18-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 17-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 13-5 
 4. Rakvere 11-10 
 5. Valga/CKE 8-12 
 6. Rapla 7-12 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 7-12 
 8. Parnu 5-14 
 9. Voru KK 1-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.8 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu17.6 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.3 
 5. Brown, Va.16.0 
 6. Arnold, TT.15.0 
 7. Raadik, Parnu14.8 
 8. Vares, Va.14.7 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.5 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.3 
 2. Brown, Va.12.2 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.0 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Kriisa, TT.3.4 
 4. Oja, Va.3.2 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.8 
 8. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 10. Pokla, Rakvere2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marek DORONIN
  TU/Rock
  (200-F/G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Doronin, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 5. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 6. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 8. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 9. Karner, Parnu1.8 
 10. Keedus, TT.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Osby, TT.1.5 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. McGee, Rakvere0.6 


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  EUROCUP   


Alba Berlin dismisses coach Pavicevic after three-and-a-half seasons - by Eurobasket News
Despite having finished the Eurocup regular season undefeated a month ago, Alba Berlin on Friday dismissed head coach Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) after three-and-a-half seasons together. The club said in a statement that the team's assistant coaches would direct the team until a replacement is named. Pavicevic led Alba to the Eurocup title game last season, which it lost to Power Electronics Valencia. Alba entered the Euroleague qualifying rounds at the start of this season, but couldn't win the third of them to reach the Euroleague. In the Eurocup regular season, Alba was one of two teams to go unefeated at 6-0. The other undefeated team, Benetton Bwin, defeated Alba 74-71 in the first game of the Last 16. Pavicevic joined Alba for the 2007-08 season and immediately led the club to its eighth German League title and a place in the Euroleague. In 2008-09, under Pavicevic, Alba reached the Euroleague's Top 16. Despite its inspired run to last season's Eurocup final, Alba has been unable to reclaim the German League title under Pavicevic and sits tied for third place with a 13-6 record this season. Prior to Alba, Pavicevic coached three teams in his native Serbia - OKK Belgrade, Atlas Belgrade and Hemofarm Vrsac - and Panionios of Greece.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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Finnish Korisliiga round 29 best performance: Walt Baxley - by Eurobasket News
American guard Walt Baxley (191-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Karhu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat KTP (#2, 22-7) 93-84. Karhu maintains the 9th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Karhu is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-17 record. In the team's last game Baxley had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Karhu, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Walt Baxley averages this season 20.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Roope Suonio (176-G-82) of Namika Lahti. Suonio had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Namika Lahti cruised to a 103-94 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Korihait (#4, 18-11). Namika Lahti's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Suonio is well-known at Namika Lahti and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Karhu's star - American guard Steffan Johnson (185-G-87). Johnson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and four assists. He was another key player of Karhu, helping his team with a 93-84 win against the higher-ranked KTP (#2, 22-7). The chances of Karhu ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Johnson could help Karhu to bring them higher in the standings. Johnson has a very solid season. In 8 games in Finland he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and 4.3apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of Korihait - 26 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ryan Ayers (201-G-86) of Namika Lahti - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Tarmo - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76) of ToPo - 20 points and 8 rebounds
8. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of Kataja - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 13 points, 15 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)


FINNISH CUP FINAL: ToPo - Kataja 88-95 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The season 2010-11 Finnish Cup winner is Kataja (Joensuu). Kataja defeated Torpan Pojat in Helsinki today 88-95 (51-43). Quarters: 21-19, 30-24, 17-24, 20-28. Kataja is winning The Cup second time. The first time was nine years ago in the year 2002. ToPo had a 13-point-lead during the first half, but Kataja was too strong during the second half. The Final MVP was Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) (Kataja), who scored game high 28 points and grabbed 13 rbs. Kataja won the rbs 32-43.
Torpan Pojat - Kataja 88-95 (51-43). (LeVill Blanchard 20, Hanno Mottola 19, Michael Pounds 17 - Jared Newson 28/13, Antti Kanervo 19, Darren Fells 17, Sami Lehtoranta 16).
In Korisliiga (Top League) there was one contest tonight. Honka (Espoo) lost at home vs Pyrinto (Tampere) 77-91 (43-49). Pyrinto (24-6) has won now 10 games in a row.
Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led Pyrinto with 31pts and 16rbs.
Honka - Pyrinto 77-91 (43-49). (John Williamson 21, Corey Belser 21, Tuomas Iisalo 12 - Damon Williams 31/16, Antwine Williams 23, Antti Nikkila 12).




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  FRANCE   


ProB Round 18: JDA Dijon beats higher ranked Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest difference of round 18 in ProB was guest JDA Dijon's (#8) easy road victory over higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-7) 95-62 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Aix-Maurienne managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-Maurienne's 40. They outrebounded Aix-Maurienne 34-21 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. JDA Dijon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Aix-Maurienne's players. The best player for the winners was American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who scored 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds. JDA Dijon maintains eighth position with 10-8 record, which they share with Le Portel. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Chalons-Reims and Fos Ouest. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against Lille Metropole (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader JSF Nanterre delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Lille Metropole (8-10) 90-66. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Nate Carter contributed with 27 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 21 points for Lille Metropole. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre maintains first position with 15-3 record. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Bourg and Boulogne. JSF Nanterre will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lille Metropole will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Fos was quite interesting. Third ranked SPO Rouen (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Fos Ouest (11-7). SPO Rouen defeated Fos Ouest 89-79 on Friday. Cheikhou Thioune scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Mohamed Hachad with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Fos Ouest's coach Remi Giutta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Evreux. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Maurienne. SPO Rouen will meet at home Boulazac Basket (#4) in the next round. Fos Ouest will play against Olympique Antibes and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nantes was defeated by Evreux in a road game 81-73. Bourg beat Boulogne at home 83-70. Clermont lost to Boulazac on the opponent's court 59-67. St Vallier managed to outperform Quimper in a home game 70-63. Antibes recorded a loss to Le Portel on the road 78-63. Bottom-ranked Charleville was defeated by Chalons-Reims on its own court 73-82.
The best stats of 18th round was 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Gary Chathuant of Chalons-Reims.



Evreux - Nantes 81-73

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Nantes (6-12) was defeated on the road by second ranked ALM Evreux (13-5) 81-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. ALM Evreux outrebounded Nantes 47-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Olivier Bardet (202-80) with 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux maintains second position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Nanterre, which they share with Rouen. Nantes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with St Vallier. ALM Evreux will meet Quimper UJAP (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nantes will play against JL Bourg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nantes: O.Bardet 25+5reb+2ast, K.Barber 17+9reb+2ast, T.Downey 10+2reb+3ast, N.Gayon 10+4ast, A.Cel 8+3reb, J.James 3+7reb+1ast
Evreux: C.Watson 17+5reb+3ast, D.Davis 16+11reb+5ast, L.Chelle 10+6reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 10+3reb, B.Toffin 9+8reb+1ast, K.Dahak 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100486


Maurienne - Dijon 62-95

The game with biggest difference of round 18 in ProB was guest JDA Dijon's (#8) easy road victory over higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-7) 95-62 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Aix-Maurienne managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-Maurienne's 40. They outrebounded Aix-Maurienne 34-21 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. JDA Dijon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Aix-Maurienne's players. The best player for the winners was American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who scored 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Christopher Dunn (191-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon maintains eighth position with 10-8 record, which they share with Le Portel. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Chalons-Reims and Fos Ouest. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against Lille Metropole (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: J.Mathis 16+6reb, M.Sonko 14+2reb, C.Dunn 13+1reb+4ast, T.Yvrande 10+3reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 7+1reb+3ast, J.Hoyaux 2+1reb
Dijon: E.Craven 25+3reb+5ast, D.Melody 14+3reb+4ast, S.Dia 14+9reb+1ast, E.Mendy 11+3reb+2ast, E.Bing 9+7reb+2ast, J.Leloup 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 100487


Bourg - Boulogne 83-70

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked JL Bourg (8-10) defeated at home 11th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (8-10) 83-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. SO Maritime Boulogne managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JL Bourg made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. JL Bourg outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 45-25 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kevin Corre (203-85) chipped in 6 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) scored 24 points. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Boulogne and Lille. JL Bourg will meet Nantes (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Stanley 24+3reb+3ast, D.Monroe 19+9reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 6+3reb, E.Plateau 6+3reb+2ast, L.Kante 6+2reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 4
Bourg: C.Ferchaud 22+2reb, A.Tsagarakis 15+1reb+4ast, D.Coleman 15+7reb+1ast, D.Monds 10+16reb+1ast, J.Delhomme 10+2reb+5ast, K.Corre 6+14reb+4ast
gschID: 100482


Boulazac - Clermont 67-59

Very expected game when 16th ranked Stade Clermont (5-13) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (12-6) 67-59 on Tuesday. Stade Clermont trailed 30-28 at halftime, rallying from a 23-4 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Boulazac Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Stade Clermont to just 4 points in first quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Thomas Dubiez (195-80) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) with 13 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) scored 12 points. Stade Clermont's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boulazac Basket has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Quimper. Boulazac Basket will meet higher ranked SPO Rouen (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against Saint Vallier (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Clermont: O.Bassett 13+4reb+6ast, D.Bouldin 12+4reb+1ast, S.Cisse 11+3reb+1ast, R.Wilson 9+1reb, K.Ouattara 6+5reb, M.Guichard 4+2reb+1ast
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 19+4reb+2ast, B.Jacobson 13+3ast, Y.Gaillou 12+3reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 10+4reb+5ast, M.Badiane 6+10reb+2ast, A.Kerckhof 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100483


St Vallier - Quimper 70-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier and 16th ranked Quimper UJAP had identical 5-12 record. This time Saint Vallier used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Quimper 70-63 on Saturday night. Quimper UJAP trailed by 19 points at halftime and as many as 26 after three quarters before a 28-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-70 at the end of the game. Saint Vallier forced 21 Quimper UJAP turnovers. American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) scored 14 points. Saint Vallier (6-12) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nantes. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Clermont. Saint Vallier will meet Stade Clermont (#16) on the road in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against the league's second-placed ALM Evreux where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Quimper: J.Volcy 16+10reb, A.Toto N'Kote 14+4reb+3ast, M.Runkaukas 7+3reb+2ast, F.Thibedore 7+1reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 7+1reb+1ast, W.Molas 4+4reb
St Vallier: C.Bronchard 16+2reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 15+8reb+7ast, B.Vounang 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Zonnet 8+1reb, K.Bichard 6+2reb+5ast, D.Denave 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100484


Nanterre - Lille 90-66

Leader JSF Nanterre delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Lille Metropole (8-10) 90-66. It looked good early as Lille Metropole took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then JSF Nanterre had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and Lille Metropole was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-90. JSF Nanterre shot 64.0 percent from the field and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre forced 20 Lille Metropole turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 27 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 21 points and power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre maintains first position with 15-3 record. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Bourg and Boulogne. JSF Nanterre will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lille Metropole will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Barnette 21+3reb+1ast, A.Harris 12+5reb+3ast, N.Taccoen 12+7reb, A.Defoe 9+1reb+1ast, R.Chery 6, B.Gillet 2+2reb+2ast
Nanterre: N.Carter 27+4reb+1ast, M.Riley 22+9reb+6ast, X.Corosine 17+1reb+2ast, W.Daniels 6+3reb+2ast, L.Akono 5+1ast, A.Gomis 4+1reb
gschID: 100485


Le Portel - Antibes 78-63

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-11) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Le Portel (10-8) 78-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Olympique Antibes managed to win fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Portel made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Le Portel outrebounded Olympique Antibes 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Frederic N'Kembe (192-75) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Steeve Ho You Fat (201-88) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Le Portel has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Le Portel will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against Fos Ouest (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Ho You Fat 14+5reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 11+3reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 10+3reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 8+1reb+2ast, S.Massot 6+6reb, M.Courby 5+3reb+1ast
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 21+7reb+4ast, C.Davis 19+2reb, F.N'Kembe 13+7reb+3ast, I.Sy 8, N.Wyatte 6+8reb+1ast, E.Choquet 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100479


Charleville - Chalons-Reims 73-82

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Chalons-Reims (11-7) won against on the road bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-15) 82-73 on Saturday. Chalons-Reims made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points and 16 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Todd Peterson (203-84, college: N.Illinois) scored 14 points. Charleville-Mezieres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maurienne and Fos Ouest. Charleville-Mezieres lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Chalons-Reims will meet at home Le Portel (#9) in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against JDA Dijon (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Rouse 20+6reb+1ast, T.Peterson 14+4reb+3ast, J.McClark 11+5reb+4ast, G.Florimont 9+6reb, K.Morlende 7+2reb+4ast, Y.Zachee 5+2reb+5ast
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 25+8reb+4ast, C.Daniels 17+16reb+2ast, N.Diakite 10+5reb+1ast, D.Wilson 10+3reb+1ast, B.Mullins 9+1reb+8ast, G.Radonjic 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100480


Fos Ouest - Rouen 79-89

The game in Fos was quite interesting. Third ranked SPO Rouen (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Fos Ouest (11-7). SPO Rouen defeated Fos Ouest 89-79 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Senegalese swingman Cheikhou Thioune (194-83) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian forward Patrick Okafor (203-79, college: Houston) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Philippe Haquet (199-86) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Fos Ouest's coach Remi Giutta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Evreux. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Maurienne. SPO Rouen will meet at home Boulazac Basket (#4) in the next round. Fos Ouest will play against Olympique Antibes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 23+5reb+6ast, P.Haquet 19+5reb+3ast, S.Gay 16+2reb, Z.Bah 5+5reb+4ast, L.Cummard 5+5reb+2ast, L.Labeyrie 4+1reb
Rouen: C.Thioune 21+8reb+1ast, J.Siggers 16+2reb+2ast, D.Williams 11+2reb+1ast, P.Okafor 11+9reb+2ast, S.Traore 9+6reb, P.Poupet 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100481




ProA Round 15: Poitiers beat Cholet by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
ProA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 15 in the ProA took place in Poitiers. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Cholet (11-4) to fifteenth ranked Poitiers (5-10) 67-65 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cholet. Cholet was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Poitiers, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-F-84) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke, agency: ZAG Advocates) answered with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Cholet. Poitiers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Limoges and Paris-Levallois. Defending champion Cholet keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Nancy and Chalon. Poitiers is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#13) on the road in the next round. Cholet will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
ProA top team - Chorale de Roanne (12-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Le Mans (6-9) 90-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a great evening for naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Dylan Page helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Thierry Rupert (200-77) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne maintains first place with 12-3 record. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Orleans. Chorale de Roanne will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
10th ranked STB Le Havre (6-9) fell to eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (7-8) in overtime by five points 77-82 on Saturday night. The game took place in Le Havre. But the guests from Strasbourg were better at the end. It was an exceptional evening for Ricardo Greer who led the winners and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach Frederic Sarre used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. John Cox came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for STB Le Havre in the defeat. Strasbourg IG moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and ASVEL. STB Le Havre lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Le Mans and Orleans. Strasbourg IG will meet at home ASVEL (#9) in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Villeurbanne was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked ASVEL (7-8). Chalon/Saor managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77. The best player for the winners was Blake Schilb who scored 25 points and 8 assists. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Cholet and Nancy. ASVEL at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL will play against Strasbourg IG (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between tenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-8) and 14th ranked Paris-Levallois (5-10) in Pau on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outscored guests from Levallois 103-70. It was a good game for Demetric Bennett who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ASVEL and Strasbourg. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Le Mans (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Poitiers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: Nancy beat Vichy on the road 89-81. Gravelines won against Limoges on its own court 87-73. Hyeres-Toulon managed to outperform Orleans in a road game 85-77.


Vichy - Nancy 81-89

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sluc Nancy (11-4) beat on the road bottom-ranked JA Vichy (3-12) 89-81 on Saturday. JA Vichy trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-89 at the end of the game. Sluc Nancy made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Sluc Nancy outrebounded JA Vichy 43-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Thomas Larrouquis (197-85) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for JA Vichy. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with Cholet and Chalon. Loser JA Vichy stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Sluc Nancy will face Entente Orleans 45 (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 21+6reb+3ast, J.Shuler 18+2reb+4ast, T.Thompson 14+1reb+4ast, T.Larrouquis 13+7reb+6ast, F.Elegar 10+8reb, A.Eito 3+2reb+1ast
Nancy: A.Akingbala 17+15reb+3ast, T.Darden 16+9reb+4ast, S.Brun 16+4reb+2ast, K.Grant 14+6reb+3ast, V.Samnick 13+5reb, J.Linehan 13+3reb+5ast
gschID: 100209


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Paris-Levallois 103-70

The game between tenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-8) and 14th ranked Paris-Levallois (5-10) in Pau on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outscored guests from Levallois 103-70. The game without a history. Pau-Lacq-Orthez led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 68.4 percent from the field. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Paris-Levallois 31-13 including a 24-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American guard Demetric Bennett (193-85) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado) added 15 points in the effort for Paris-Levallois. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ASVEL and Strasbourg. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Le Mans (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Poitiers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 16+4reb+1ast, M.Morandais 15+2ast, A.Albicy 14+1reb+1ast, W.Aka 9+3reb+2ast, J.Ball 6+6ast, M.Sommerville 4+4reb+6ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Bennett 26+6reb+3ast, A.Mendy 22+6reb+4ast, S.Rimac 13+3reb+3ast, M.Maravic 11+2reb+4ast, L.Sciarra 9+3reb+8ast, J.Morency 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100206


Poitierarleys - Cholet 67-65

The most exciting game of round 15 in the ProA took place in Poitiers. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Cholet (11-4) to fifteenth ranked Poitiers (5-10) 67-65 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cholet. Cholet was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Poitiers, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke, agency: ZAG Advocates) answered with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Cholet. Poitiers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Limoges and Paris-Levallois. Defending champion Cholet keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Nancy and Chalon. Poitiers is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#13) on the road in the next round. Cholet will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: D.Nelson 18+4reb+3ast, S.Mejia 12+6reb+1ast, R.Falker 10+9reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 10+1reb+1ast, A.Robinson 6+6reb+1ast, C.Leonard 5+7reb+3ast
Poitierarleys: P.Badiane 17+5reb+1ast, P.Guillard 17+9reb, R.Wright 7+1reb+1ast, E.Fournier 6+1reb+2ast, C.Ona-Embo 6+2reb+2ast, A.Grant 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100207


Roanne - Le Mans 90-76

ProA top team - Chorale de Roanne (12-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Le Mans (6-9) 90-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Le Mans managed to win fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a great evening for naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Thierry Rupert (200-77) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Benjamin Dewar (196-81, college: L.Superior) scored 13 points and 6 assists. Chorale de Roanne maintains first place with 12-3 record. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Orleans. Chorale de Roanne will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: B.Dewar 13+4reb+6ast, A.Diot 12+3ast, T.Rupert 12+11reb, M.Kakiouzis 12+5reb+2ast, A.Acker 9+4reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 8+6reb+1ast
Roanne: P.Amagou 21+5ast, A.Gordon 20+3reb+2ast, D.Page 14+11reb+1ast, P.Braud 12+2reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+9reb+3ast, A.Dunn 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100208


ASVEL - Chalon 77-86

The game in Villeurbanne was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked ASVEL (7-8). Chalon/Saor managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77. The guests were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-16 ASVEL's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 25 points and 8 assists. Guard Nicolas Lang (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Cholet and Nancy. ASVEL at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL will play against Strasbourg IG (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 24+9reb, C.Hammonds 13+2reb+3ast, K.Tillie 12+8reb, M.Walsh 9+7reb+4ast, P.Lacombe 7+1reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 6+3reb+2ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 25+4reb+8ast, N.Lang 14+2reb+3ast, M.Haynes 14+1reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 12+2reb+3ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+3reb+4ast, B.Smith 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100202


Gravelines - Limoges 87-73

Very expected game when 13th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-10) lost on the road to fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-5) 87-73 on Friday. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Limoges CSP Elite only scored six points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gravelines-Dunkerque made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami (OH)) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. The former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Limoges CSP Elite. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face higher ranked Cholet (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges CSP Elite will play against JA Vichy (#16).
Top scorers:
Limoges: C.Massie 19+13reb+1ast, Z.Wright 15+12reb+6ast, R.Desroses 10+3reb+1ast, R.Guinn 10+2reb+2ast, C.Banks 7+2reb+2ast, R.Biggs 5+2reb+3ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 24+4reb+3ast, Y.Bokolo 19+4reb+5ast, C.Akpomedah 12+4reb, R.Jomby 9+7reb, B.Woodside 9+4reb+6ast, M.Sene 8+7reb
gschID: 100203


Le Havre - Strasbourg 77-82 OT

10th ranked STB Le Havre (6-9) fell to eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (7-8) in overtime by five points 77-82 on Saturday night. The game took place in Le Havre. But the guests from Strasbourg were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Strasbourg IG made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Strasbourg IG's coach Frederic Sarre used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for STB Le Havre in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and ASVEL. STB Le Havre lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Le Mans and Orleans. Strasbourg IG will meet at home ASVEL (#9) in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: J.Cox 22+5reb+5ast, J.Jones 19+8reb, Y.Sangare 16+3reb+6ast, W.Wilkinson 12+10reb+2ast, G.Pitard 4+3reb, N.Pope 4+4reb+5ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 18+7reb+4ast, J.McCord 17+7reb+3ast, A.MBaye 14+2reb, P.Pasco 12+6reb, S.Giffa 6+2reb+2ast, A.Digbeu 5+2reb
gschID: 100204


Orleans - Hyeres-Toulon 77-85

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (8-7) won against on the road 9th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-9) 85-77 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 23-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon dominated on the defensive end, holding Entente Orleans 45 to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while Entente Orleans 45 only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 41-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international power forward Vincent Masingue (205-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 14 points and 4 assists and international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) added 18 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth place with 8-7 record. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face league's leader Chorale de Roanne at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Sluc Nancy (#3).
Top scorers:
Orleans: A.Moerman 18+3reb, J.Reynolds 14+4reb+4ast, T.Bell 13+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 8+5reb+3ast, A.Sy 8+5reb+4ast, A.Curti 7+3reb+2ast
Hyeres-Toulon: S.Fein 18+2reb+2ast, D.Krupalija 15+7reb+7ast, A.Dobbins 14+6reb+2ast, V.Masingue 13+14reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 11+5reb+1ast, K.Houston 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100205




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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Massie, Limoges17.8 
 2. Nichols, Vichy17.6 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines17.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.4 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.3 
 6. Mejia, Cholet17.3 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.15.9 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines15.1 
 10. Haynes, Chalon14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Art.Dragons
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.3 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.8 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.7 
 6. Jefferson, AS.8.1 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Elegar, Vichy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy6.4 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.4 
 3. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 4. King, Le Havre6.2 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines6.2 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.2 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Diabate, Roanne4.6 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.4 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.4 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Darden, Nancy2.1 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 6. Bennett, Pau-La.1.9 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.9 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.3 
 4. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 5. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 6. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 7. Sene, Gravelines1.2 
 8. Badiane, Poitiera.1.2 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 10. Falker, Cholet1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.3 
 2. Carter, Nanterre18.1 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest17.7 
 4. Siggers, Rouen17.7 
 5. Harris, Lille17.6 
 6. Labeyrie, Le Portel16.1 
 7. Ingram, Antibes16.0 
 8. Mathis, Maurienne15.9 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne15.8 
 10. Davis, Le Portel15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Barber, Nantes10.4 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne10.2 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.10.2 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne9.1 
 6. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville7.7 
 9. Sonko, Maurienne7.4 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.3 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.1 
 5. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 8. Akono, Nanterre4.8 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Morlende, Charleville4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.9 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.2.8 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.7 
 4. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.5 
 6. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.5 
 7. Stanley, Boulogne2.2 
 8. Craven, Dijon2.2 
 9. Darnauzan, Mauri.2.2 
 10. Harris, Lille2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.6 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.2 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.1 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 8. Davis, Evreux0.8 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 10. Giles, Rouen0.7 


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Derrick Allen claims German 1.Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for ALBA Berlin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 30-year old forward had the game-high 37 points adding five rebounds for ALBA as his team lost the game against Phoenix Hagen (#13, 8-12) 86-92. ALBA is placed at 3rd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-6 record. Allen turned to be ALBA's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allen is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.5ppg) and averages solid 65.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of second-ranked Dt.Bank SKY. Wood impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 12 assists. Of course Dt.Bank SKY cruised to a 74-67 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked ratiopharm (#12, 8-11). Dt.Bank SKY's second position in has not changed. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Wood is a newcomer at Dt.Bank SKY 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 17.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 5.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball) of Phoenix Hagen (#13). Bell showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Phoenix Hagen, leading his team to a 92-86 win against the higher-ranked ALBA (#3, 13-6). The chances of Phoenix Hagen ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bell could help Phoenix Hagen to bring them higher in the standings. Bell has a great season in Germany. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81) of ALBA - 24 points and 3 assists
5. Anton Gavel (189-G-84) of Brose Baskets - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dru Joyce (183-G-85) of TBB Trier - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of ALBA - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85) of Bremerhaven - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84) of NY Phantoms - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 10 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)


Michael Jordan moves to Giessen - by Eurobasket News
Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) changed the team. The 33-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract termination with MBC. Michael Jordan has already joined LTi Giessen. The guard appeared in 19 games for MBC this season. He averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Last season the player spent with Phoenix Hagen. His stats read 8.9 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds. Michael Jordan had stints in Spain, Venezuela, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Israel. Michael Jordan became 1Bundesliga champion back in 2006. He also made it into German Bundesliga All-Imports Team in 2004.


Team North win Beko BBL All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
North - South 114:104

Team North celebrated the victory in Beko BBL All-Star Game. They shot down South 114:104 in an exciting at the Arena Trier. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) was trumphed the game's MVP. He recorded 15 points and 4 rebounds for South.
Team North led by 5 points after the first quarter but South bounced back after the first break. They surged ahead in the second period and posted a 63:57 halftime advantage. North surged ahead in the third term. They erupted for 31 points limiting their opponents to just 10 to earn a 15-point buffer before the fourth quarter. South did not manage to erase the deficit as North rallied to the win at the end. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) notched 14 points, while Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) provided 13 points each for North. Philip Zwiener (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) answered with 15 points apiece for South. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) and Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points each in the loss.
The game was preceded by several other festive events. South held off North 64:59 in NBBL All-Star Game. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) stepped up with 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. He was named the MVP of the game.
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) clinched the Three-Point Shootout crown. He overcame Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side).
Salu Benjamin Tadi triumphed at the Slam Dunk Contest. An amateur player prevailed against his pro rivals Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

North: Torrell Martin 19, Darren Fenn 14, Derrick Allen 13, Marcus Goree 13
South: Kyle Hines 15, Philip Zwiener 15, Tibor Pleiss 13, Alex Harris 13



Michael Jordan Departs From The MBC Wolf Pack And Joins The Dragon Den Of Fabius With The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game had spectacular plays and the weekend also had some twists and turns with movement among the teams with personal as after Luka Pacvicevic had to pack his bags in Berlin, Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) said farewell to the MBC Wolves and hello to the Giessen 46ers. Jordan who has a knack for helping BEKO BBL teams come out of the cellar as he helped Phoenix Hagen remain in the league last season and now will try to do the same with Giessen who are currently in 16th place with a record of 5-15 and are riding on a 13 game losing streak. One should not forget that Jordan came during the season last year to Phoenix Hagen and prompt helped the team go on a three game winning streak. This season Jordan who is a 33 year old 183cm point guard from Philidelphia played for the MBC Wolves averaging 9,3ppg, 1,9rpg and 4,3apg. 'When we had the chance to get Jordan, we didnt hesitate to get him. We were looking for a leader and found him with Jordan. Michael is a leader and he has always shown time in and time out that he can play in Europe. He knows the league has a lot of expereince and the knowledge how to lead a team', stressed Giessen 46er coach Steven Key

Jordan started his basketball career at
Pennsylvania (NCAA) and in his senior year averaged 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.9apg.He started his basketball career in 2000-2001 for : Besancon (France-ProA): 1 game: 8pts, 2reb, in Oct.'00 went to Boston Celtics (NBA), in April '01 was signed by Trenton Shooting Stars (IBL). In 2002-2003 he joined TSV Quakenbruck (Germany-2Bundesliga) helping teh team move up to the BEKO BBL playing 30 games, 21.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.9 apg. In 2004-2005, he helped The Artland Dragons reach their first playoffsever as he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3%. In 2005-2006, he played for BK Ventspils (LBL, starting five): ULEB Cup: 5 games 9.4ppg 1.4rpg 5.2apg 1.4spg; Baltic League: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.4apg, 1.2spg, in Dec.'05 joined RheinEnergie Koln (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 52.2%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 63.6%, 3FGP: 40%, FT: 84%. In 2006-2007, he played for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA): 37 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1 (5.2apg), 2.0spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1): Belgian League: 15 games: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 90.0%; ULEB Cup: 6 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.7apg, in March '08 moved to PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 5 games: 7.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg. In 2008-2009, he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 10 games: 6.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 88.9%; Eurocup: 6 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.0apg, in Jan.'09 signed at Koeln 99ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 17 games: 10.5ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-1 (6.2apg), Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 85.4%. Last season, he played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 16 games: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 73.3%. Awards and achievements in his career have been 1st Team All-Ivy Conference -99, Ivy League Champion -00, Ivy Player of the Year -00, IBL Semifinals -01, German 2.Bundesliga Champion -03, German 1.Bundesliga All-Star Game -04, 05, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -04, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -06, German Bundesliga Champion -06, and Italian A1 All-Star Game -06.

Source: Giessen 46ers










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AEK lose Mack and Gekos in just one week - by George Fragkos
AEK Athens are having almost the biggest problems in their whole basketball history. The financial difficulties the club faces are a lot and this made Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) decide to leave for the USA and ask the club to set him free.

After the defeat against Ikaros Kallitheas, the head coach of the team, Minas Gekos , announced his decision to resign from his position, because of the whole situation, which as he said is something that does not let him do his job as he wants. The chairman of the board, Babis Karamanlis tried to persuade him to stay but Gekos was adamant about his departure and AEK Athens are now besides everything else looking for a new head coach.

This means that the team from Athens is officially in crisis, also considering that they are just one point above Ilysiakos Athens and Iraklis Thessaloniki, the teams which are currently in the drop-zone.
The only encouraging fact is that two new players, Sharaud Curry (178-G-87, college: Providence) and Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) have been added to the roster of the team, and Hart was even able to participate in the game against Ikaros.


A2 Round 11: KAOD beats AGOR by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 11 in the A2 took place in Rethymno. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked AGOR (8-4) to first ranked KAOD (10-1) 83-82 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AGOR. AGOR was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of KAOD, which allowed them to win the game. 31 personal fouls committed by AGOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-F/C-82) saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) contributed with 29 points for the winners. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) answered with 19 points for AGOR. KAOD have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. AGOR at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. KAOD are looking forward to face Arkadikos (#3) in Arkadia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. AGOR will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Patras. Fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (7-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Olimpiada (5-6) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpiada. It was a great evening for forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Kostas Totsios helped adding 19 points. Center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Ikaroi Serron maintains fifth place with 7-4 record, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Olimpiada at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. Ikaroi Serron will play against league's second-placed Lavrio at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpiada will play against Pagrati (#10) in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Panerythraikos managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Panerythraikos won against twelfth-ranked Periko/Arhelaos in New Eritrea 77-68. It was an exceptional evening for Andreas Sizopoulos who led the winners and scored 21 points. Giannis Papachristos came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Periko/Arhelaos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panerythraikos (4-7) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Periko/Arhelaos lost their sixth game in a row. Periko/Arhelaos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Panerythraikos will meet Apollon Patras (#12) on the road in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play against AEK/Argous and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Eleusina. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Pagrati (4-7) to sixth ranked Panelefsiniakos (7-4) 72-71 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Sokratis Manavopoulos who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Panelefsiniakos' next round opponent will be Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against Olimpiada in Patras.
Ninth-ranked Apollon Patras (4-7) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Arkadikos (8-3) in Arkadia on Saturday. Arkadikos managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. Dimitris Katiakos orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Arkadikos' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Arkadikos. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lavrio. Apollon Patras lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Arkadikos will face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Panerythraikos (#11) in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 11: Koroivos was beaten by Lavrio on the road 100-82. Ermis Lagkada won against Near East on its own court 71-64. Amyntas Dafnis managed to outperform AEK/Argous in Athens 76-71.


Lavrio - Koroivos 100-82

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Lavrio (8-3) beat at home 14th ranked Koroivos (3-8) 100-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Koroivos managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lavrio dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Koroivos' 38 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Lavrio forced 20 Koroivos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Koroivos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Dimitrios Apostolopoulos (188-78) added 11 points and 8 assists in the effort for Koroivos. Five Lavrio and four Koroivos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lavrio. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Arkadikos. Koroivos lost their fourth game in a row. Koroivos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifteenth position with eight games lost. Lavrio will face Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres in the next round. Koroivos will play at home against Near East (#16) in Kesariani and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 23+4reb+1ast, N.Psileas 21+5reb+5ast, S.Giannakopoulos 13+4reb+8ast, P.Karvounis 13+2reb+4ast, G.Bakas 10+4reb, C.Likogiannis 8+3reb+1ast
Koroivos: P.Kosanovic 19+9reb, S.Tsabis 14+1ast, D.Apostolopoulos 11+3reb+8ast, T.Dimitriadis 11+4reb+1ast, T.Ifantis 8+1reb, M.Pekovic 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98798


Ermis Lagkada - Near East 71-64

Very expected game when 15th ranked Near East (3-8) lost to tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (5-6) in Lagadas 64-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ermis Lagkada led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) contributed with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ermis Lagkada's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Nikos Tsoutsos (203-82) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Near East. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Olimpiada and AEK/Argous. Near East lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face higher ranked AGOR (#4) in Rethymno in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Near East will play on the road against Koroivos (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 25+5reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 16+10reb+4ast, N.Gamouras 6+9reb+1ast, D.Rallis 6+1reb+2ast, N.Papakonstantinou 5+1reb+2ast, S.Nisiotis 4+2reb+1ast
Near East: F.Moschovitis 18+1reb+4ast, N.Tsoutsos 17+9reb, E.Tomaras 16+3reb+1ast, A.Pappas 6+2ast, C.Gavanopoulos 5+12reb+3ast, N.Kapetzoglou 2+2reb
gschID: 98794


AEK/Argous - Amyntas Dafnis 71-76

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (4-7) won against on the road higher ranked AEK/Argous (5-6) 76-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points. Guard Babis Samothrakis (189-83) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Costas Sorotos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Dimitris Papantoniou (190-83) answered with 27 points and power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AEK/Argous. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted AEK/Argous dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 32+1reb, B.Samothrakis 15+1reb+3ast, L.Zoupas 9+1reb+7ast, F.Pagonis 6+7reb+3ast, K.Boutros 4+4reb+2ast, P.Papargiropoulos 4+9reb
AEK/Argous: D.Papantoniou 27+4reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 21+8reb, D.Lewis 10+8reb+2ast, G.Lappas 8+2ast, I.Kartelo 3+12reb+7ast, T.Kasabalis 2+3reb
gschID: 98795


Panelefsiniakos - Pagrati 72-71

A very interesting game took place in Eleusina. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Pagrati (4-7) to sixth ranked Panelefsiniakos (7-4) 72-71 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was forward Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-81) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Giorgos Trihopoulos (184-87) chipped in 8 points. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Panelefsiniakos' next round opponent will be Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against Olimpiada in Patras.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: S.Manavopoulos 16+5reb, N.Kaklamanos 10+1reb+2ast, G.Tirlas 8+3reb+1ast, G.Trihopoulos 8+3reb+3ast, T.Nikou 7+2reb+5ast, M.Theos 7+2reb
Pagrati: N.Michalos 23+7reb+4ast, K.Macheras 14+7reb+2ast, F.Vasilopoulos 13+3ast, T.Vardianos 5+3reb, I.Ploutetki 4+2reb, D.Lolas 4+8reb
gschID: 98796


Olimpiada - Ikaroi Serron 79-82

Important game to mention about took place in Patras. Fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (7-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Olimpiada (5-6) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpiada. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpiada won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) helped adding 19 points. Center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) scored 14 points. Five Ikaroi Serron and four Olimpiada players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron maintains fifth place with 7-4 record, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Olimpiada at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. Ikaroi Serron will play against league's second-placed Lavrio at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpiada will play against Pagrati (#10) in Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 19+4reb+2ast, F.Simeonidis 15+9reb+3ast, M.Pavlisevic 14+2reb+2ast, S.Kaberidis 11+4reb+1ast, C.Voiatopoulos 11+3reb, G.Koukas 6+1reb+2ast
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 18+7reb+2ast, D.Makris 17+2reb, K.Tsotsos 16+1reb+2ast, S.Veskoukis 14+4reb+1ast, M.Sakota 8+6reb+1ast, N.Makris 4+6ast
gschID: 98797


AGOR - KAOD 82-83

The most exciting game of round 11 in the A2 took place in Rethymno. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked AGOR (8-4) to first ranked KAOD (10-1) 83-82 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AGOR. AGOR was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of KAOD, which allowed them to win the game. 31 personal fouls committed by AGOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) contributed with 29 points for the winners. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) answered with 19 points and Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for AGOR. Five AGOR players scored in double figures. KAOD have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. AGOR at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. KAOD are looking forward to face Arkadikos (#3) in Arkadia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. AGOR will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
KAOD: V.Kitsoulis 29+2reb, V.Margaritis 23+7reb+3ast, L.Jovanovic 10+8reb+1ast, A.Tsamatos 8+7reb+4ast, G.Sourlis 7+6reb+3ast, I.Vukantinov 6+1reb+3ast
AGOR: G.Kiriakopoulos 19+1reb+3ast, G.Koumoulos 14+2reb+4ast, D.Latovic 12+7reb+3ast, T.Charismidis 12+4reb+2ast, S.Magounis 10+4reb, A.Tsochlas 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98793


Panerythraikos - Periko/Arhelaos 77-68

Bottom-ranked Panerythraikos managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Panerythraikos won against twelfth-ranked Periko/Arhelaos in New Eritrea 77-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Periko/Arhelaos won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panerythraikos made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Serbian center Nemania Tsouk (208-74) added 15 points respectively for Periko/Arhelaos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panerythraikos (4-7) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Periko/Arhelaos lost their sixth game in a row. Periko/Arhelaos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Panerythraikos will meet Apollon Patras (#12) on the road in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play against AEK/Argous and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 21+2reb+3ast, T.Straganiotis 16+1reb+4ast, G.Charalabakis 12+4reb, N.Pritsos 9+3reb, T.Kallianotis 9+7reb+3ast, P.Karavanas 7+4reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: N.Tsouk 15+4reb+1ast, G.Papachristos 13+10reb+5ast, P.Nanis 9+1ast, U.Igbavboa 8+4reb+1ast, A.Sivorotka 6+3reb, K.Behlivanis 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 98791


Arkadikos - Apollon Patras 70-68

Ninth-ranked Apollon Patras (4-7) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Arkadikos (8-3) in Arkadia on Saturday. Arkadikos managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. Apollon Patras was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-20 charge of Arkadikos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Apollon Patras was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Arkadikos' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) answered with 16 points and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Apollon Patras. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Arkadikos. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lavrio. Apollon Patras lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Arkadikos will face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Panerythraikos (#11) in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: D.Katiakos 20+4reb+1ast, S.Gizogiannis 13+9reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 12+3reb+2ast, M.Papadakis 8+3reb+5ast, G.Antoniadis 6+3reb, V.Giannoulakos 4+1reb
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 16+1reb+2ast, G.Psathas 12+3reb, A.Koronidis 10+1reb+4ast, G.Petropoulos 9+2reb, G.Lianos 7+4reb, Z.Milovic 7+3reb
gschID: 98792




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.2 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.9 
 3. Smith, Panellinios16.8 
 4. Marshall, PAOK15.4 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.3 
 9. Tucker, Aris14.1 
 10. Thompson, Ikaros13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios10.7 
 2. Simmons, Kavala9.4 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.1 
 4. Tucker, Aris8.3 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS8.1 
 7. Bagaric, Marousi7.7 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.2 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Jazvin, Iraklis6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.8 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 3. Jordan, VAP K.5.0 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.3 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.9 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 9. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK2.1 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.1 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.1 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.2.0 
 6. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.8 
 8. Pelekanos, Olympiakos1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 10. Mavrokefalid., Olympi.0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Giannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.8 
 2. Vardavas, Amynta.17.7 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati17.4 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.4 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.17.3 
 6. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.1 
 7. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati15.8 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Sizopoulos, Panery.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kartelo, AE.9.3 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.3 
 3. Amato, Near East8.2 
 4. Macheras, Pagrati8.2 
 5. Pantelic, Apollo.8.1 
 6. Jovanovic, KAOD7.8 
 7. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.5 
 8. Latovic, AGOR7.4 
 9. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.7.2 
 10. Papargiropou., Amynta.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.0 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.5 
 3. Katsares, KAOD4.3 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.3 
 5. Makris, Olimpiada4.1 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.1 
 7. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.0 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.9 
 9. Karvounis, Lavrio3.8 
 10. Sourlis, KAOD3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Michalos, Pagrati2.0 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada1.8 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.7 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.6 
 5. Koumoulos, AGOR1.5 
 6. Pettas, Koroivos1.5 
 7. Sourlis, KAOD1.5 
 8. Margaritis, KAOD1.4 
 9. Nikou, Panelefs.1.4 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.4 
 2. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Psathas, Apollon .1.0 
 6. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 7. Karavanas, Panery.0.8 
 8. Katiakos, Arkadikos0.7 
 9. Margaritis, KAOD0.7 
 10. Latovic, AGOR0.7 


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


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


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


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik25.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar22.7 
 3. Biedler, IR21.8 
 4. Smith, Njardvik21.8 
 5. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Robinson, Haukar20.9 
 8. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
 9. Sovic, IR20.7 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.0 
 2. Biedler, IR12.6 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR12.3 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.1 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik10.5 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.4 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Suljic, KFI9.5 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir9.0 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.9 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.3 
 6. Cunningham, Tinda.5.8 
 7. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.1 
 10. Schoen, KFI5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.6 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 3. Inge, Haukar3.0 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.8 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.2.4 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.4 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik1.7 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 7. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.4 
 8. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 
 9. Inge, Haukar1.1 
 10. Helgason, Stjarnan1.1 


A cold day in Iceland - by Inge Semaj
The past few days have not been all that bad in terms of weather conditions here in Iceland. But a few weeks ago, Iceland truly lived up to its name. Usually the natives are not concerned with the weather. I've asked as few people do they ever get cold here and there reply usually is 'I'm Icelandic, I don't get cold.' But on January 6, it was a totally different story.

On my way to the gym that morning, the thermostat in my car read -10 degrees Celsius. When I arrived to the gym I was greeted by one of my Icelandic teammates, and the first thing he said to me was 'man it's cold outside!' He went on to tell me that with the wind chill and the humidity being non existent that if felt like it was -32 degrees Celsius. That day Iceland truly lived up to its name!


Express L. Round 14: Snaefell defeats Njardvik in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Eleventh-ranked Njardvik (4-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Snaefell (12-2) in Stykkisholmur on Friday. Snaefell managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Njardvik was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 30-28 charge of Snaefell, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Njardvik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record, which they share with Grindavik. Njardvik lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. Snaefell is looking forward to face bottom-ranked KFI (#12) in Reykjavik in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Njardvik will play at home against Stjarnan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Hafnarfjordur supposed to be quite interesting. Fourth ranked KR (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Haukar (6-8). KR smashed Haukar 106-74. American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St.) notched 35 points (!!!) and 4 assists to lead the effort and Pavel Ermolinskij supported him with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Haukar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KR has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Keflavik. Newly promoted Haukar keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Tindastoll. KR will play against Fjolnir (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play against the league's second-placed Grindavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Stjarnan was quite interesting. Third ranked Keflavik (10-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Stjarnan (7-7). Keflavik defeated Stjarnan 102-92 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Thomas Sanders who scored 32 points. Keflavik's coach Gudjon Skulason used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Justin Shouse produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the hosts. Keflavik has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Snaefell, which they share with KR. Stjarnan at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Keflavik will meet at home Hamar (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stjarnan will play against Njardvik (#11) in Njardvik and hope to secure a win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Reykjavik: IR (#10) and KFI (#12). IR (5-9) won against visiting KFI (2-12) 92-82. Kelly Biedler orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). KFI's coach B.J. Aldridge let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. IR moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hamar and Fjolnir. KFI lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. IR's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur and it may be quite challenging game. KFI will play at home against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last two games of round 14 Tindastoll lost to Grindavik on the opponent's court 66-77. Hamar unfortunately lost to Fjolnir in a home game 73-80.



Haukar - KR 74-106

The game in Hafnarfjordur supposed to be quite interesting. Fourth ranked KR (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Haukar (6-8). KR smashed Haukar 106-74. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Haukar managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. KR forced 21 Haukar turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. KR brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St.) notched 35 points (!!!) and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) supported him with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four KR players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Haukar. Center Orn Siguraarson (202-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KR has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Keflavik. Newly promoted Haukar keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Tindastoll. KR will play against Fjolnir (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play against the league's second-placed Grindavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Walker 35+3reb+4ast, P.Ermolinskij 12+8reb+8ast, B.Bjoernsson 10+3reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 10+3reb+1ast, F.Magnusson 8+2reb, M.Agisson 8+3ast
Haukar: S.Inge 22+5reb+3ast, O.Siguraarson 13+5reb+1ast, H.Askarsson 10+3reb+4ast, P.Hermannsson 8+3reb+1ast, G.Robinson 7+9reb+2ast, S.Sveinsson 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 107864


Grindavik - Tindastoll 77-66

Very expected game when 6th ranked Tindastoll (6-8) was defeated on the road by second ranked Grindavik (12-2) 77-66. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Gualaugur Eyjolfsson (187-80) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tindastoll. Grindavik have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Snaefell. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#6) in Hafnarfjordur where they are favorite. Tindastoll will play at home against IR in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: P.Axel Vilbergsson 26+11reb+5ast, G.Eyjolfsson 15+3reb+6ast, A.Alafsson 13+4reb+3ast, R.Pettinella 8+9reb+2ast, A.Alafsson 8+4reb+2ast, A.Savarsson 4+6reb+1ast
Tindastoll: H.Fain 20+9reb+3ast, H.Viggosson 18+6reb+1ast, D.Kitanovic 15+2reb+1ast, S.Cunningham 6+8reb+5ast, S.Birgisson 4+1reb, F.Hreinsson 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 107861


Hamar - Fjolnir 73-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Fjolnir (5-9) defeated on the road 8th ranked Hamar (5-9) 80-73. Hamar was ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 48-30 second half run of Fjolnir. They also forced 22 Hamar turnovers. American forward Brandon Springer (196, college: Cumberland) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 18 rebounds. The former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Springer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Fjolnir's coach Tomas Holton allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Svavar Palsson (202-81) added 5 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hamar. Four Hamar players scored in double figures. Fjolnir moved-up to eighth place, which they share with IR and Hamar. Hamar lost sixth consecutive game. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be higher ranked KR (#4) in Reykjavik and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Springer 29+18reb, I.Hafsteinsson 21+6reb+3ast, A.Steinarsson 15+4reb+6ast, J.Sverrisson 6+5reb+4ast, T.Tomasson 3+3reb+1ast, S.Karason 2+1reb
Hamar: D.Hilmarsson 17+6reb+1ast, E.Arnarson 15+1reb+3ast, K.Karason 11+3reb+1ast, A.Dabney 10+4reb+2ast, N.Taraskus 9+1reb, S.Palsson 5+14reb+4ast
gschID: 107862


Snaefell - Njardvik 92-91

Eleventh-ranked Njardvik (4-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Snaefell (12-2) in Stykkisholmur on Friday. Snaefell managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Njardvik was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 30-28 charge of Snaefell, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Njardvik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. American forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Friarik Stefansson (204-76, college: Jacksonville) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record, which they share with Grindavik. Njardvik lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. Snaefell is looking forward to face bottom-ranked KFI (#12) in Reykjavik in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Njardvik will play at home against Stjarnan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 32+13reb+3ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 22+2reb+6ast, S.Burton 14+4reb+6ast, E.Johannsson 12+2reb+3ast, A.Hreinsson 6+5reb+2ast, S.Daviasson 6+12reb+3ast
Njardvik: C.Smith 30+7reb+2ast, F.Stefansson 14+7reb, H.Einarsson 12+3reb+1ast, E.Jonasson 11+2reb, J.Alafsson 7+10reb+3ast, P.Kristinsson 6+3reb
gschID: 107863


Stjarnan - Keflavik 92-102

The game in Stjarnan was quite interesting. Third ranked Keflavik (10-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Stjarnan (7-7). Keflavik defeated Stjarnan 102-92 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-92. Keflavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who scored 32 points. The former international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Keflavik's coach Gudjon Skulason used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) added 23 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Keflavik has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Snaefell, which they share with KR. Stjarnan at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Keflavik will meet at home Hamar (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stjarnan will play against Njardvik (#11) in Njardvik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: T.Sanders 32+4reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 26+1reb+2ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 16+9reb+7ast, G.Aorsteinsson 9+7reb+2ast, L.Johannsson 8+7reb+1ast, G.Einarsson 3+1reb+5ast
Stjarnan: J.Zdravevski 24+6reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 23+9reb+2ast, J.Shouse 22+5reb+12ast, K.Kjartansson 9+4reb+2ast, F.Helgason 8+7reb, M.Valdimarsson 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 107859


IR - KFI 92-82

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Reykjavik: IR (#10) and KFI (#12). IR (5-9) won against visiting KFI (2-12) 92-82. The game was mostly controlled by IR. KFI managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when IR won last quarter 27-19. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) contributed with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Darco Milosevic (196) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian-Slovenian forward Marko Milicevic (204-82, agency: SportsList Inc.) added 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for KFI. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KFI's coach B.J. Aldridge let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. IR moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hamar and Fjolnir. KFI lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. IR's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur and it may be quite challenging game. KFI will play at home against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
IR: N.Sovic 27+6reb+1ast, K.Biedler 16+15reb+5ast, J.Bartolotta 16+2reb+4ast, E.Onundarson 13+3reb+1ast, H.Friariksson 10, S.Claesson 6+1reb+3ast
KFI: C.Schoen 16+4reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 16+8reb+1ast, M.Milicevic 15+2reb+5ast, R.McNutt 13+7reb, N.Knezevic 12+5reb+3ast, A.Gylfason 6
gschID: 107860




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  ITALY   


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.0 
 2. Winston, CS Bo.17.0 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.7 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.1 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA16.1 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.9 
 7. Milic, Vanoli CR15.8 
 8. Thomas, Air AV15.8 
 9. Dean, Air AV15.5 
 10. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.9 
 2. Homan, CS Bologna9.0 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.7 
 4. Davis, Banca Tercas8.7 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 6. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 7. Suton, Angelico BI7.7 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 9. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.3 
 10. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Air AV6.5 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.4.5 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA4.3 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.1 
 6. Diener, Dinamo S.4.0 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 9. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.5 
 10. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Fabio DI BELLA
  Pepsi Caserta
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.9 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.2.8 
 3. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA2.8 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.7 
 6. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 7. Green, Bennet Cantu2.6 
 8. Milic, Vanoli CR2.6 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.6 
 10. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 4. Smith, Benetton TV1.2 
 5. Polonara, Banca T.1.1 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 7. Homan, CS Bologna1.1 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. White, Dinamo Sassari0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.8 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli21.7 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola21.1 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.7 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.4 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.3 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.6 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.16.9 
 10. Beck, Trenkwalder16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.0 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.9 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.4 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 6. Dordei, Snaidero UD8.2 
 7. Johnson, San Severo8.1 
 8. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.1 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.4 
 10. Chiacig, Sunris.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.9 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.3.9 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 6. Levin, Sunrise .3.6 
 7. Hoover, N.Ferrara3.6 
 8. Hickman, Fastw.3.4 
 9. Childress, San S.3.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.4 
 2. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola2.8 
 4. Davis, Sunrise .2.7 
 5. Farabello, N.Fer.2.7 
 6. Stefanov, San S.2.6 
 7. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 8. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 9. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.4 
 10. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.3 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Achara, Barcellona0.9 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 7. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 
 8. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.0.7 
 10. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.0.7 


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


Angelico Biella signs Gino Cuccarolo - by Eurobasket News
Angelico Biella announced signing of center Gino Cuccarolo (219-C-87). The 23-year-old Italian heads to his new team from Benetton Treviso. He played six games for Benetton in SerieA this season averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. In EuroCup, Cuccarolo added 1.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg in four games.
Gino Cuccarolo joined Benetton last summer from A dilettanti team Consum.IT Siena. For 28 games with Consum.IT he had 8.6 ppg and 7.4 rpg. He was their member also in 2008/09. A year before that, Cuccarolo played for Montecatini in LegaDue. Gino Cuccarolo is a product of Benetton where he started as a teenager and stayed until 2007. In the past, he played for the Italian U16, U18 and U20 National Team. He won the Bronze at the U18 EuroBasket 2005 and U20 EuroBasket 2007.


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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .18.4 
 2. Forehan-K., Aishin17.0 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin17.0 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido16.9 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.6 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin15.6 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.2 
 8. Smith, Hitachi S.14.5 
 9. Lett, Mitsubishi14.4 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.5 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.5 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin8.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.5 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi7.1 
 6. Custis, Panasonic7.0 
 7. Violette, Toshiba6.9 
 8. Ricci, Toyota6.8 
 9. O''Bannon, Toshiba6.8 
 10. Honeycutt, Panas.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hiroyuki KINOSHITA
  Panasonic
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.0 
 2. Kashiwakura, Hokka.4.0 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 4. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.9 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.5 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.3 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.2 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.2 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba3.0 
 10. Nishimura, Hitachi S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.5 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.3 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.2 
 7. Lett, Mitsubishi1.1 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.1 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota1.0 
 10. Nishimura, Hitachi S.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.3 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.0 
 4. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 5. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 6. Takahashi, Toyota0.7 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.6 
 8. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 9. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota0.5 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 18-5 
 2. Toyota 16-7 
 3. Panasonic 15-8 
 4. Toshiba 12-11 
 5. Hitachi S. 9-14 
 6. Tochigi Brex 8-15 
 7. Mitsubishi 8-15 
 8. Hokkaido 6-17 


JBL Round 23: Leader Aishin Sea Horses get another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Aishin Sea Horses delivered the eighteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-14) 78-63 in Kariya. The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 42-25 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses (18-5) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are again looking forward to face Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round.
The game in Saporro was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (12-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (6-17). Toshiba Thunders defeated Hokkaido 89-73. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Yuta Miyanga contributed with 7 points and 9 assists for the winners. Toshiba Thunders' coach Teruaki Tanaka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Hokkaido. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. Hokkaido at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hokkaido will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 23 Mitsubishi was defeated by Toyota in Fuchu 83-68. Panasonic beat Tochigi Brex at home 88-77.



Toyota - Mitsubishi 83-68

There was no surprise in Fuchu where 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-15) were defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (16-7) 83-68. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 28-17 including a 21-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Takeki Shonaka (180-84) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) added 14 points in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. They maintain second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Aishin. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Tochigi Brex. Toyota Alvark will again play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: O.Lett 15+7reb+1ast, R.Hale 14+4reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 12+1ast, K.Igarashi 11+2ast, K.Nakagawa 7+2reb+2ast, S.Kajimaya 5+1ast
Toyota: P.Ricci 21+9reb+1ast, Y.Okada 17+1reb, T.Shonaka 15+4reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 7+6reb+7ast, T.Watanabe 6+1reb+3ast, T.Kumagai 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 119786


Aishin - Hitachi S. 78-63

Leader Aishin Sea Horses delivered the eighteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-14) 78-63 in Kariya. The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 42-25 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses (18-5) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are again looking forward to face Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: T.Smith 15+7reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 12+5reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 11+2reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 6+2ast, S.Oya 5+1reb, T.Nakahama 4+2reb+1ast
Aishin: R.Forehan-Kelly 17+9reb, T.Amino 16+3reb, J.Sakuragi 12+11reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 11+13reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 8+3reb+2ast, R.Frahm 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119787


Panasonic - Tochigi Brex 88-77

No shocking result in a game in Osaka where third ranked Panasonic Trians (15-8) defeated 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (8-15) 88-77. It looked good early as Tochigi Brex took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Panasonic Trians had a 21-15 second period charge getting the lead and Tochigi Brex was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-88. International guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tochigi Brex. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Panasonic Trians. They maintain third place with 15-8 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Tochigi Brex lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Mitsubishi. Panasonic Trians will again play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 22+5reb+2ast, S.Merritt 22+11reb, M.Kataoka 11+2reb, S.Hinkley 8+1reb+1ast, K.Takeda 6+4reb+2ast, H.Omiya 5+4reb
Panasonic: A.Custis 18+6reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 17+5reb+3ast, J.Honeycutt 12+5reb, K.Hirose 11+2reb+3ast, F.Aono 10+7reb+2ast, M.Nagayama 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119788


Hokkaido - Toshiba 73-89

The game in Saporro was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (12-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (6-17). Toshiba Thunders defeated Hokkaido 89-73. It looked good early as Hokkaido took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toshiba Thunders had a 23-19 second period charge getting the lead and Hokkaido was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-89. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) contributed with 7 points and 9 assists for the winners. Toshiba Thunders' coach Teruaki Tanaka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hokkaido. Four Hokkaido players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. Hokkaido at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hokkaido will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 18, D.Noguchi 13+5reb, D.Yamada 12+7reb+4ast, R.Sakurai 12+2reb+3ast, J.Lewis 9+12reb+1ast, T.Abe 8+2reb+2ast
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 20+11reb+2ast, C.Violette 13+7reb, Y.Kuwahara 11+6reb+1ast, Y.Uda 10+1ast, T.Kurihara 8+3reb+1ast, H.Ono 7+1reb
gschID: 119785




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  KOSOVO   


Azemi moves to Macedonia - by Luan Morina
Best Kosovos basketball player for 2010 has moved abroad. He will play for the only Albanian team in Macedonian league, Liria from Skopje. He passed the medical tests on Wednesday and signed for a few months. Hes expected to return to his former club Sigal Prishtina for the playoff games as Macedonian League end sooner than Kosovos League. Azemi has played for most of his career at Sigal Prishtina and was their leader and captain.


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.


Three contenders to replace Kasapolli - by Luan Morina
Well known Bosnian basketball coach Vedran Bosnic, Croatian coach Vlado Vanjak, and Prishtinas current coach Arben Krasniqi are three candidates that could replace Kasapolli in the position of Kosovos National Team Coach. According to Bosnian newspapers and our collegaues from EuroBasket Bosnian team journalists, Vedran Bosnic is the nearest to the helmet of being Kosovos National Team Coach. However the final decision should be revealed next days or weeks from Kosovos Basketball Federation, FBK.

Mazreku returns to Prishtina - by Luan Morina
Blerim Mazreku, the 29 years old center has return to his ex-club Sigal Prishtina. He was playing in First Tunisian league with the club of EOG Kram. During his time there, the club promoted from the second division to first, but recent riots in that country suspended the basketball activities and he was forced to return to Kosovo. He signed with Sigal Prishtina until the end of this season. During his career in Kosovo Mazreku has played for teams like Bashkimi, Ylli, Mabetex, and Prishtina.


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  LATVIA   


Latvian LBL round 15 best performance: Gatis Jahovics - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for VEF Riga jrs, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Turiba (#7, 3-13) 82-71. VEF Riga jrs maintains the 3rd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. VEF Riga jrs will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. It's Jahovics' second year at VEF Riga jrs and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gatis Jahovics averages this season 10.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Mareks Mejeris (199-F-91) of league's second-best Liepajas Lauvas. Mejeris had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Liepaja to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Turiba (#7, 3-13) 93-69. Liepaja's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Mejeris is one of the most experienced players at Liepaja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) of league's top team Ventspils. Strelnieks scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ventspils, leading his team to a 77-59 easy win against #2 ranked Liepaja in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Ventspils as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Strelnieks has a great season in Latvia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 0.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Agnis Cavars (198-F-86) of Barons - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Arturas Valeika (206-F-85) of Valmiera - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. Derek Willjam (185-G-85) of Barons - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Turiba - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) of Liepaja - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-C-85) of Liepaja - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Krists Piternieks (202-G-87) of LU - 12 points, 11 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)


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Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 27 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for KK Akademija Vilnius and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 18-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and twenty rebounds, while his team beat Silute (#9, 10-15) 91-86. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Akademija maintains the 14th position in Lithuanian NKL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Akademija have already lost 18 games and recorded just seven victories. It's Mockevicius' second year at Akademija and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mockevicius has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 53.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-G/F-88) of Delikatesas Joniskis. Petraitis impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Delikatesas to another comfortable win 85-69 over the higher-ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5, 16-9) being unquestionably team leader. Delikatesas' 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Petraitis is a newcomer at Delikatesas 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 22.2ppg (#2). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jason Warren (201-F/G-84) of Mazeikiai (#4). Warren scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Mazeikiai, leading his team to a 79-57 easy win against #2 ranked Meresta in a game of the week. Mazeikiai needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Warren has a very solid season. In 4 games in Lithuania he scored 12.3ppg. Warren attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Gintautas Vileita (194-G-75) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 20 points and 4 assists
7. Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) of Nafta Universitetas - 26 points
8. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Vitalijus Stanevicius (199-F-83) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 10 points and 10 rebounds
10. Mantas Virbalas (204-F/C-88) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


NKL Round 28: Bottom-ranked Puntukas win against Delikatesas - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked Puntukas managed to get the seventh victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Puntukas won against eleventh-ranked Delikatesas in Joniskis 88-82. They outrebounded Delikatesas 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Puntukas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Tadas Rinkunas (196-91) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) replied with 27 points for Delikatesas. Puntukas (7-19) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Puntukas is looking forward to face higher ranked Meresta (#3) in Pakruojis in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Delikatesas will play on the road against Silute (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (25-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Triobet Malsta (10-16) in Pasvalys 99-84. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Darius Griskenas who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-1 record. Triobet Malsta at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Silute. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6) in Kaunas in the next round where they are favorite. Triobet Malsta will play at home against Mazeikiai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Klaipeda was quite interesting. Fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas (17-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (14-12). LKKA-Atletas defeated Nafta Universitetas 78-63 on Saturday. The winners were led by Sarunas Vingelis who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. LKKA-Atletas' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 22 points by Mindaugas Girdziunas did not help to save the game for Nafta Universitetas. LKKA-Atletas maintains fifth position with 17-9 record, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser Nafta Universitetas keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Erelita-KTU.
The game between eighth ranked Perlas-MRU (13-14) and 9th ranked Silute (10-16) in Vilnius ended with biggest points difference. Perlas-MRU outscored guests from Silute 91-66. Mantas Kazonas fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Silute's coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Perlas-MRU has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 13-14 record. Silute at the other side keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. Perlas-MRU will have a break next round. Silute will play at home against Delikatesas (#11) in Joniskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. ABRO-Univ. was beaten by Radviliskis on the road 70-65. Erelita was destroyed by Mazeikiai on its own court 67-88. Akademija unfortunately lost to Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas 79-86.


Radviliskis - ABRO-Univ. 70-65

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Radviliskis (18-8) beat at home 12th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-19) 70-65. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. ABRO-Universitetas was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 26-12 charge of Radviliskis, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Swingman Tomas Miezis (195-91) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Povilas Rasamavicius (195-87) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Radviliskis moved-up to second place, which they share with Meresta. ABRO-Universitetas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Akademija (#13) in Vilnius which should be an easy win for them. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 21+7reb, Z.Kuklierius 19+5reb+4ast, R.Rauktys 10+5reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 10+2reb+3ast, A.Oladimeji 5+6reb+2ast, M.Pukinskas 2+3reb+2ast
ABRO-Univ.: T.Miezis 23+5reb, P.Rasamavicius 14+3reb+1ast, E.Vaupsas 9+2reb+1ast, N.Mika 7+2reb, I.Ramasauskas 4+4reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 110147


Erelita - Mazeikiai 67-88

Very expected game when 13th ranked Erelita-KTU (7-19) was smashed by fourth ranked Mazeikiai (18-9) in Kaunas 88-67. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Erelita-KTU managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while Erelita-KTU only scored eight points from the stripe. Mazeikiai forced 21 Erelita-KTU turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. The other American import swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Guard Vygantas Metelica (190-88) produced 8 points and power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Erelita-KTU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Mazeikiai has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-9 record. Erelita-KTU at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 19 games lost. Mazeikiai's next round opponent will be Triobet Malsta (#10) in Jonava where they are favorite. Erelita-KTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena LKKA-Atletas.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: B.Harrison 20+5reb+10ast, J.Warren 17+8reb+4ast, M.Sidlauskas 15+2reb+4ast, D.Vaitelis 10+2reb+2ast, V.Luksa 7+6reb, V.Kazlauskas 6+1reb
Erelita: V.Pliauga 14, R.Cepanonis 11+3reb, V.Metelica 8+4reb+3ast, M.Jakstas 6+1reb, N.Barauskas 6+5reb, D.Baika 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 110141


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Triobet Malsta 99-84

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (25-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Triobet Malsta (10-16) in Pasvalys 99-84. Triobet Malsta was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Triobet Malsta 43-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Triobet Malsta was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) and guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (185-82) scored 10 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-1 record. Triobet Malsta at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Silute. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6) in Kaunas in the next round where they are favorite. Triobet Malsta will play at home against Mazeikiai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Leonard 23+5reb+6ast, N.Varnelis 20+4reb+2ast, G.Vileita 17+2reb+5ast, D.Griskenas 16+9reb+2ast, A.Kazlauskas 11+7reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 8+5reb+1ast
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 39+6reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 10+7reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 10+3reb+8ast, H.Vorotnikovas 8+5reb, R.Juknevicius 7+1reb, M.Bernatavicius 5+5reb
gschID: 110142


Delikatesas - Puntukas 82-88

Bottom-ranked Puntukas managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Puntukas won against eleventh-ranked Delikatesas in Joniskis 88-82. They outrebounded Delikatesas 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Puntukas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Tadas Rinkunas (196-91) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Puntukas players scored in double figures. Swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) replied with 27 points and forward Juotas Blazys (197-82) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Delikatesas. Puntukas (7-19) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Puntukas is looking forward to face higher ranked Meresta (#3) in Pakruojis in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Delikatesas will play on the road against Silute (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 20+6reb+3ast, M.Norkus 16+5reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 15+8reb+3ast, G.Marciukaitis 11+6reb+2ast, V.Volodko 10+6reb, R.Brencius 9+4reb+5ast
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 27+4reb+2ast, J.Blazys 17+6reb+4ast, L.Kutra 12+4reb+8ast, T.Mikalauskas 10+1reb, J.Jucikas 9+2reb+2ast, V.Pikalavicius 7+10reb+5ast
gschID: 110143


Nafta Universitetas - LKKA-Atletas 63-78

The game in Klaipeda was quite interesting. Fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas (17-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (14-12). LKKA-Atletas defeated Nafta Universitetas 78-63 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) supported him with 23 points and 7 rebounds. LKKA-Atletas' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 22 points by guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) did not help to save the game for Nafta Universitetas. Guard Haroldas Venskus (180-91) added 13 points and 6 assists for lost side. LKKA-Atletas maintains fifth position with 17-9 record, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser Nafta Universitetas keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Erelita-KTU.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 33+2reb+5ast, V.Sragauskis 23+7reb+3ast, D.Gricius 11+6reb+3ast, Z.Krupskis 4+3reb+1ast, E.Tviraga 3+3reb+1ast, P.Ceicys 2
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 22+4reb, H.Venskus 13+1reb+6ast, D.Anuzis 11+3reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 8+4reb, T.Klimas 5+5reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 110144


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Akademija 86-79

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (17-9) won against 14th ranked Akademija (7-19) in Kaunas 86-79. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 29-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris-Sabonio made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Akademija turnovers. Forward Tauras Jogela (200-93) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akademija's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to fifth place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas. Akademija at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's next round opponent will be league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be quite challenging game. Akademija will play on the road against the league's second-placed Radviliskis (#2).
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 22+7reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 17+8reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 14+7reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 13+5reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 9+1reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 7+3reb+5ast
Akademija: E.Mockevicius 21+13reb, T.Lekunas 20+2reb+3ast, K.Alekna 16+5reb+8ast, O.Olisevicius 10+7reb+4ast, L.Kirlys 7, T.Pipiras 2+2ast
gschID: 110145


Perlas-MRU - Silute 91-66

The game between eighth ranked Perlas-MRU (13-14) and 9th ranked Silute (10-16) in Vilnius ended with biggest points difference. Perlas-MRU outscored guests from Silute 91-66. It looked good early as Silute took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Perlas-MRU had a 17-10 second period charge getting the lead and Silute was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-91. Perlas-MRU dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Silute's 32. Perlas-MRU forced 22 Silute turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Silute's coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Perlas-MRU has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 13-14 record. Silute at the other side keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. Perlas-MRU will have a break next round. Silute will play at home against Delikatesas (#11) in Joniskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: L.Jacevicius 23+4reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 21+11reb+2ast, K.Brusokas 15+12reb+2ast, M.Gilys 12+3reb+1ast, G.Ramonas 8+1reb+4ast, P.Semaska 6+1reb+7ast
Silute: V.Nedzinskas 17+12reb+3ast, E.Kaupaitis 16+5reb+1ast, A.Vaitiekus 10+4reb, F.Eshon 9+3reb+5ast, J.Nausedas 6, E.Jurkus 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 110146




"Lietuvos Rytas" blasted "Naglis" - by Aurimas Rimselis
Lithuanian champion in LKL championship blasted bottom ranked 'Naglis' 102:69. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius began the match with great momentum, and quickly acquired a two-digit gap. At the end of the first quarter score was 34:13. At a half-time the score was 59:40, after third 85:51 and the fourth quarter was only formality. It was a first game in Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster to three players: D.J. Strawberry, K. Petrukonis and Z. Kelys. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius has 11 wins and 2 loses, and is on the second place, while Naglis has 5 wins and 8 loses is on the eight place.
'Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius': B.Newley 15pts; J. Valanciunas 15pts, 8rbs, 5 to;
'Naglis': L. Mikalauskas 14pts; M. Mockevicius 12 pts;


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 25-1 
 2. Radviliskis 18-8 
 3. Meresta 18-8 
 4. Mazeikiai 18-9 
 5. LKKA-Atletas 17-9 
 6. Zalgiris-Sabonio 17-9 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 14-12 
 8. Perlas-MRU 13-14 
 9. Silute 10-16 
 10. Triobet Malsta 10-16 
 11. Delikatesas 8-18 
 12. ABRO-Univ. 7-19 
 13. Akademija 7-19 
 14. Erelita 7-19 
 15. Puntukas 7-19 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.7 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.22.3 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.2 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.3 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.18.0 
 7. Vileita, Pieno Z.16.9 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.9 
 9. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 10. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Juventus
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.5 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.6 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute8.0 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 7. Keras, Delikatesas7.2 
 8. Pupinis, Erelita7.2 
 9. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.2 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.9 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.5 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita4.5 
 7. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.1 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.2.8 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 4. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.5 
 5. Metelica, Erelita2.5 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.4 
 7. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 8. Sapiega, Erelita2.1 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
 10. Jurkus, Silute2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Puntukas
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.2.0 
 4. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 5. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.7 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.4 
 7. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 9. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.2 
 10. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.0 


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  MALDIVES   


6th Dhiraagu National Basketball League 2011 - by Mohamed Rishan
Dhivehi Sifainge Club wins over Red Line Club 77 to 69 points in the opening game of the 6th Dhiraagu National Basketball League. The tournament will be commencing from 22nd January to 3rd February where all the four teams [ Dhivehi Sifainge Club, Red Line Club, T-Rex BC and Hurricane BC ] will play 2 rounds where all the teams are playing with foreign players.. T-Rex BC will play agaainst Hurricane BC on the 23rd January..

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  MONTENEGRO   


Vladimir Dasic with double-double in Euroleague Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) exploded in the first round of the Euroleague Top 16. The Montenegrin NT member collected 18 points and 11 rebounds for his Lottomatica Roma, who unfortunately lost to Union Olimpija in thriller 63-64. His teammate and former Buducnost Podgorica player, Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88), missed the potential game winning shot for Lottomatica.
Vladimir Dasic joined Lottomatica Roma in October last year from Real Madrid. He averages 8 points and 4.5 rebounds in Euroleague. In SerieA, Dasic has 9.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.


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  NBA   


Mustafa Shakur called up to Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News
Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona), a 6-foot-3 point guard, is expected to be called up from the NBA D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the Washington Wizards for a 10-day contract, according to a source close to the situation.

Shakur, in an interview with FanHouse on Friday night, said that he expected to be available to play in Washington's game Saturday night at home against the Boston Celtics.

'Hopefully, if everything goes right with my flights, I'll get there and get situated and then be ready to play against the Celtics,' Shakur told FanHouse.

Shakur (shown right with the Tulsa 66ers) learned of the call-up Friday night after scoring 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting for the Vipers in Bismarck, N.D., against the Dakota Wizards after his Vipers overcame a first half deficit to pick up a 102-100 victory, their ninth in a row.

'I think when you come to the D-League, you have to just focus on what you're doing, try to be professional and play to your strengths while helping your team,' Shakur said. 'You can't really think about the call-up aspect of it because if you think about that, then it's hard to focus on playing and performing every night.'

Shakur, a fourth-year pro out of Arizona, is averaging 18.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals this month while making 51 percent of his field goal attempts. In his 69 game D-League career, the consistent point guard is averaging 18.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals. His play last season in the D-League earned him an end of season call-up to the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as a training camp invite with the New Orleans Hornets this past preseason.

The Wizards have currently been playing with just two point guards, rookie John Wall and veteran Kirk Hinrich, since releasing Lester Hudson earlier this month.

'They were actually interested in me since last year but I ended up signing with Oklahoma City,' Shakur remembered. 'They've shown a lot of interest in me since then.'

Knowing Washington might have a need for a third point guard, Wizards Vice President of Basketball Administration Tommy Sheppard scouted last week's D-League Showcase where Shakur earned Second Team All-Showcase honors.

'They're bringing me in because they like me, I guess. We haven't really talked about what I'll focus on yet, but I'm excited to go,' Shakur said. 'As soon as I get there I'm going right to the gym so we'll probably go over plays and get right to it.'

Shakur is the third D-League call-up of the season, joining Larry Owens (San Antonio Spurs) and Zabian Dowdell (Phoenix Suns) in the NBA.

Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


Friday's games (10) review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - LA Lakers 97-107
The two-time defending NBA champion Lakers have opted to gloss over key details too often this season. They showed Friday night in beating the Denver Nuggets, 107-97, that they do remember the diligence it takes to win. Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) didn't go overboard with his challenge of defending Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse), and Artest produced 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 26 minutes, with Luke Walton doing much the same as Artest's fill-in. Anthony had 23 points on 10-0f-24 shooting, most of his contribution coming late. Andrew Bynum didn't let an 0-for-4 start trying to shoot with a new sleeve over his hyperextended right elbow stop him from conscientiously and carefully challenging shot after shot from Denver's drivers despite one early foul. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) took over in the third quarter with 14 points but also four assists, keeping his teammates involved while he was filling it up. Bryant also could be seen telling his team to stay focused on defensive execution midway through the fourth quarter. The Lakers built their lead to double digits, and unlike in so many games this season, they didn't relax. They were never threatened down the stretch and scored a rare road victory over a winning team. Despite their distractions from Anthony trade talk, the Nuggets came in at 24-17. Bynum (17 points), Bryant (18), Lamar Odom (18), Artest (19) and Pau Gasol (19) all had their moments in a game that reflected how the Lakers can prey on opponents with their size advantage. They outrebounded the Nuggets, 47-27. *Courtesy of http://lakers.ocregister.com

Golde State W. - Sacramento K. 119-112 OT
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 28 points, including a tying jumper in the final second of regulation, and the Golden State Warriors stunned the Sacramento Kings again in a 119-112 overtime victory Friday night. Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) had 34 points and David Lee finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors win four straight for the first time in three seasons. They also beat the Kings in overtime in their previous meeting. About the only damper on the night was when Ellis had to be helped off the floor late in overtime, clutching his left ankle. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. Tyreke Evans had a career-high 35 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 in the latest setback in a miserable season for the Kings. They have lost seven of eight and own the Western Conference's worst record at 9-32. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Washington W. - Phoenix Suns 91-109
Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) scored 25 points and led a third-quarter 3-pointer run Friday night and the Phoenix Suns won their season-high fifth straight, beating the Washington Wizards 109-91 to move within a game of .500. Frye made four of the Suns' six 3-pointers in a third quarter in which Phoenix outscored Washington 31-18. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) had six of his 14 assists in the period and also finished with 17 points and five turnovers, the wily veteran holding his own against up-and-comer John Wall. The Suns (20-21) improved to 3-0 on their five-game road trip and moved within a game of break-even for the first time since Dec. 20, when they were 13-14. Grant Hill, cooling down a bit after scoring 20-plus in each of his previous three games, scored 12 points. Marcin Gortat added 13 points and 14 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Memphis G. - Houston R. 115-110
The Memphis Grizzlies finally ended a long, lopsided slide against the Houston Rockets by riding the inside play of Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) down the stretch. Randolph had 29 points and 19 rebounds, Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) added 22 points, and the Grizzlies snapped a seven-game losing streak to Houston with a 115-110 victory over the Rockets on Friday night. Randolph tallied 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies outscored Houston 10-2 in the final 2:26 to snap the Rockets' three-game winning streak. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

San Antonio S. - New York K. 101-92
Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs took revenge on the slumping New York Knicks to win their eighth in a row, 101-92 on Friday night. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) added 21 points and 13 assists as the Spurs avenged one of just six losses this season. That was in New York earlier this month, when the Knicks wore out the NBA's top team and put up a season-high 128 points on them. New York sputtered in the rematch and tumbled to a fifth consecutive loss. Ronny Turiaf moved back into the starting lineup over Wilson Chandler, but the switch didn't instantly pay off like coach Mike D'Antoni wanted. Raymond Felton led the Knicks with 23 points. *Courtesy of www.nj.com

Orlando M. - Toronto R. 112-72
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) kept getting easy baskets, so the Orlando Magic kept feeding him the ball. It was just that simple against the lowly Toronto Raptors. Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds, helping the Magic rout the reeling Raptors 112-72 on Friday night. 'I try to do the best I can to get my teammates involved, so they try to get my involved,' Howard said. 'If I have it going on the inside, they continue to pound the ball inside.' Howard went 12 for 21 from the field and had nine offensive rebounds, almost as many as Toronto had as a team (14). He outrebounded the Raptors' starting five (19-18) and dunked almost at will, scoring off what seemed like an endless stream of lobs from the Magic guards. 'There wasn't a whole lot of balance tonight, the ball just kept going to Dwight,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'But, I mean, if they're going to give you layups at the basket, you're not really going to look for anything else.' Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) added 21 points for Orlando, which avenged a four-point home loss to the Raptors in November. J.J. Redick scored 12 points and Brandon Bass finished with 10. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 16 points. Andrea Bargnani scored all 11 of his points in the first half as Toronto picked up its sixth consecutive loss. *Courtesy of www.foxsportsflorida.com

Atlanta H. - N.Orleans H. 59-100
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 16 points and dished out eight assists in a laugher for the New Orleans Hornets, who took control late in the first half and held the Hawks to their lowest-scoring game in Atlanta history, a 100-59 rout Friday night. New Orleans cruised to its seventh straight win against a Hawks team that shot 29 percent and barely beat the franchise record for fewest points. As it was, the home team did eclipse the previous scoring low since moving to Atlanta 42 years ago, a 73-63 loss to Cleveland in 1996. Only Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) 's 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining kept Hawks from their worst offensive effort ever -- a 57-point game in 1955 when the team was in St. Louis. *Courtesy of www.wwltv.com

Boston C. - Utah Jazz 110-86
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 21 points, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) added 20 and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists on Friday night to lead the Boston Celtics to their fifth straight win, a 110-86 victory over the Utah Jazz. Deron Williams had a season-low five points for the Jazz, who have lost three in a row. Earl Watson scored 12 for Utah, while Paul Millsap, Gordon Hayward and Andrei Kirilenko had 11 apiece. Glen 'Big Baby' Davis scored 15 and Semih Erden had a career-high 14 points for Boston, which scored the last 11 points of the first half and never led by fewer than 17 in the second. Williams made just one basket - his fewest in almost 12 months - to end a string of 48 straight regular-season games of double-digit scoring. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - Milwaukee B. 88-102
The lowly Cavaliers got more lowly. On Friday night, they couldn't beat the worst shooting, lowest-scoring team in the NBA -- a squad missing its top two scorers -- and lost their 15th straight game. The Cavs are beyond bad, and their losing streak may grow some more. Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) scored 23 points, Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) added 20 and the Milwaukee Bucks took their turn beating up Cleveland with a 102-88 win Friday night over the horrible Cavaliers, who lost for the 25th time in 26 games and seem to be getting worse. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New Jersey N. - Detroit P. 89-74
Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85) scored all of the points during a key second-half run in his first game since mid-December to lead the New Jersey Nets to an 89-74 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The victory was the Nets' 12th, tying the total they had last season (12-70) when they were the NBA's worst team. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) had 15 points, Devin Harris added 12 and nine assists, and Kris Humphries had 11 points and 12 rebounds in helping New Jersey win its second straight game since owner Mikhail Prokhorov ordered the team to end its trade talks with Denver and Detroit on a megadeal that would have landed Carmelo Anthony in New Jersey. Tayshaun Prince had 16 points for Detroit, which was limited to 14 points in the final quarter. Morrow, who had been sidelined since pulling a hamstring against Philadelphia on Dec. 14, outscored Detroit 10-2 in the game-deciding run after he had looked very tentative in a little more than seven minutes of action in first half of the sluggish game. Detroit got within 64-60 on a free throw by Jason Maxiell with 22 seconds left in the third quarter before Morrow nailed a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left for his first points of the game. The shooting guard added two jumpers and another 3-pointer early in the fourth to push the lead to 74-62 with 10:16 left in the game. New Jersey hit six of its first seven shots in the fourth quarter and made all the little plays that proved the difference in winning for only the third time in 14 games. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




League holds up Mavs-Raptors trade - by Eurobasket News
With several rival front offices privately charging an illegal side deal had been arranged to get Torontos Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) to the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA has held up a trade to send Mavs forward Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) to the Raptors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday afternoon.

These cases are difficult to prove, and the league office is obligated to withhold approval of the trade until it presumably checks into the charges. Several sources expect the trade to likely go through, however, there was no clear indication of just how serious the NBA is considering vetoing the deal except that league officials had initially refused to rubber-stamp it.

When teams complain, the league checks it out, one front-office executive said.

The Raptors agreed to a contract buyout with Stojakovic on Thursday that would allow the veteran forward to sign as a free agent once he cleared waivers. To create a roster spot for Stojakovic who had almost immediately committed to the Mavericks Dallas agreed to send the Raptors the 7-foot Ajinca, a future second-round pick and cash to Toronto for the rights to Georgios Printezis.

When reached by email on Friday, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denied there had been an illegal prearranged deal.

Ajinca cleared the roster spot necessary for Stojakovic to sign with Dallas, but whats considered against NBA rules would be a previously arranged buyout and promise to sign with Dallas coupled with Ajincas trade. Several other West contenders also were interested in signing Stojakovic.

We did not protest it, but it was clearly a side-arranged deal which is not supposed to be allowed, one Western Conference executive told Yahoo! Sports.

Said one Eastern Conference executive: Im not surprised theyve held it up. They made it too obvious.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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.26.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.26.0 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.6 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.1 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.0 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.5 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.3 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.8 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.6 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.4 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Wall, Washington W.9.4 
 5. Williams, Utah Jazz9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Calderon, Toron.8.3 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Evans, Sacramen.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.1.9 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 10. Felton, New Y.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 7. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 33-9 
 2. New York K. 22-20 
 3. Philadelph.76 17-25 
 4. Toronto R. 13-30 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-31 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 29-14 
 2. Indiana P. 16-23 
 3. Milwaukee B. 16-24 
 4. Detroit P. 15-28 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-34 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 30-13 
 2. Orlando M. 28-15 
 3. Atlanta H. 28-16 
 4. Charlotte B. 17-24 
 5. Washington W. 12-29 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 27-15 
 2. Utah Jazz 27-16 
 3. Denver N. 24-18 
 4. Portland TB 24-20 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-33 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 32-13 
 2. Phoenix Suns 20-21 
 3. Golde State W. 19-23 
 4. LA Clippers 16-26 
 5. Sacramento K. 9-32 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 37-6 
 2. N.Orleans H. 28-16 
 3. Dallas M. 27-15 
 4. Memphis G. 20-23 
 5. Houston R. 20-24 


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BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.7 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.8 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker22.1 
 5. Kombat, Froya22.1 
 6. Bullock, Gimle21.8 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud21.5 
 8. January, Tromso20.8 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.4 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken11.9 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.4 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.6 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.9 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.1 
 8. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 9. January, Tromso7.7 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.0 
 2. Bullock, Gimle4.8 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.2 
 5. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 6. Ouakkaha, Ulriken4.0 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso3.9 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.8 
 9. Timus, Tromso3.5 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.8 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.2 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.2 
 5. Hinsch, Asker2.2 
 6. Mahnin, Asker1.8 
 7. Russell, Kristiansand1.8 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Timus, Tromso1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.6 
 3. January, Tromso1.1 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 7. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.8 
 9. Ross, Kristiansand0.5 
 10. Ndiaye, Gimle0.5 


BLNO Round 15: Tromso loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the BLNO leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tromso (10-3). They were crushed by second ranked Asker (11-3) 83-64 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tromso. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Asker. Tromso managed to win fourth quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 32-of-41 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game. Asker forced 21 Tromso turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Tromso helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Asker's coach Inge Kristiansen used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) with 22 points. Asker have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Tromso at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Ulriken. They were replaced at the leadership position by Asker. Tromso will play next round against Ammerud trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Asker will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Gimle in Bergen.
Important game to mention about took place in Ammerud. Fifth ranked Froya (6-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Ammerud (2-11) 96-94 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Latvian guard



Froya - Gimle 85-63

Fifth ranked Froya (6-9) crushed at home 6th ranked Gimle (4-9) by 22 points 85-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Froya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gimle's 42. Froya forced 24 Gimle turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Gimle's players. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Marco Elsafadi (193-76) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Froya players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and guard Stian Enge (190-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Froya. They maintain fifth place with 6-9 record. Gimle lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Kristiansand. Froya will meet Kristiansand (#7) on the road in the next round. Gimle will play against the league's leader Asker and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Froya: M.Elsafadi 26+7reb+3ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 14+3reb+5ast, M.Kombat 14+8reb+2ast, R.Silavs 12+5reb+7ast, N.Phillip 9+11reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 6+4reb+6ast
Gimle: P.Bullock 20+12reb+2ast, S.Enge 12+8reb+1ast, B.Ndiaye 10+3reb+4ast, F.Gnatt 6+3reb+1ast, S.Rakneberg 5+5reb, T.Hallen 3
gschID: 99009


Ulriken - Kristiansand 77-58

Rather expected game in Bergen where 6th ranked Kristiansand (4-9) was crushed by third ranked Ulriken (10-3) 77-58 on Sunday. The game without a history. Ulriken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kristiansand's 36. They outrebounded Kristiansand 47-27 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ulriken looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Kristiansand's players. The best player for the winners was swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ulriken's coach Geir Bangstad allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) who recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Brian Mariampillar (188-85) added 14 points respectively. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Ulriken. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Tromso. Kristiansand lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Gimle. Ulriken will meet Baerum (#4) in the next round. Kristiansand will play against Froya in Laksevag and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: M.Fivelstad 22+13reb+6ast, T.Mullenax 16+13reb+1ast, B.Morken 16+3reb+1ast, A.Ouakkaha 8+7reb+7ast, D.Hammer 6+2reb, C.Ndow 5+1reb
Kristiansand: B.Mariampillar 14+4reb+3ast, A.Russell 13+8reb+6ast, D.Sahinagic 9+1reb, R.Beqiri 8+4reb, K.Krasniqi 8+4reb, A.Danielsen 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 99006


Asker - Tromso 83-64

There was a change at the BLNO leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tromso (10-3). They were crushed by second ranked Asker (11-3) 83-64 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tromso. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Asker. Tromso managed to win fourth quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 32-of-41 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game. Asker forced 21 Tromso turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Tromso helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Asker players scored in double figures. Asker's coach Inge Kristiansen used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) with 22 points and the other American import forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Asker have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Tromso at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Ulriken. They were replaced at the leadership position by Asker. Tromso will play next round against Ammerud trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Asker will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Gimle in Bergen.
Top scorers:
Asker: R.Karlsen 21+11reb, M.Mahnin 16+7reb+5ast, F.Nyborg 13+7reb+1ast, M.Midtvedt 11+2reb+2ast, C.Hinsch 8+6reb+4ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 6+2reb
Tromso: R.Timus 22+4reb+1ast, G.January 14+10reb, I.Adahada 8, B.Myhrer 6+1reb, H.Issalhi 5+7reb+2ast, D.Christensen 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 99007


Ammerud - Froya 94-96

Important game to mention about took place in Ammerud. Fifth ranked Froya (6-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Ammerud (2-11) 96-94 on Sunday evening. Ammerud was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) accounted for 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) came up with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Ammerud in the defeat. Five Froya and four Ammerud players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Froya. They maintain fifth place with 6-9 record. Ammerud lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Froya will play against Kristiansand (#7) on the road in the next round. Ammerud will play against the league's second-placed Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Froya: E.Gabrans 23+5reb+7ast, M.Kombat 19+14reb+1ast, N.Phillip 17+3reb+1ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 12+4reb, R.Silavs 10+1reb+3ast, M.Elsafadi 5+6reb+2ast
Ammerud: S.Diomande 27+6reb+5ast, J.Hellerstrom 16+5reb, O.Okoroafor 13+4reb+5ast, T.Hagen 11+6reb, R.Nwachukwu 9+7reb+3ast, B.Aunan 8+2ast
gschID: 99008




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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. Kentucky S. 3-3 
 5. Saint John M.R. 2-3 
 6. Rochester R. 2-3 
 7. Vermont FH 2-4 
 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. Crouch, Rocheste.20.0 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.19.8 
 4. Jones, Kentucky S.19.0 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.18.6 
 6. Martin, Saint J.17.8 
 7. Mercer, Halifax R.17.2 
 8. Egerson, Saint J.16.8 
 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.7.8 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.7.8 
 9. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 10. Jones, Kentucky S.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Rice, Vermont FH8.2 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.6.8 
 3. Parran, Quebec K.5.6 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.2 
 5. Acker, Quebec K.5.0 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.5.0 
 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. Brown, Quebec K.2.8 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.2.8 
 4. Parran, Quebec K.2.6 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.0 
 6. Martin, Saint J.1.8 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Taylor, Kentucky S.1.6 
 9. Austin, Vermont FH1.6 
 10. Mercer, Halifax R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.6 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.6 
 3. Ocitti, Saint J.1.5 
 4. Daniels, Lawton F.1.3 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.1.2 
 6. George, Dayton A.1.2 
 7. DeMasi, Vermont FH1.0 
 8. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.0 
 9. Walton, Rocheste.0.8 
 10. Farley, Rocheste.0.8 


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Texters draw first blood in Philippine Cup Finals - by Eurobasket News
The series opener belonged to the team that fought tenaciously all night.

Talk n Text played tough throughout, outfighting San Miguel Beer in the crunch for a 91-82 win in Game One of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven showdown at the Victorias City Sports and Amusement Center here Saturday night.

All it means is a one-zero lead, said Talk n Text coach Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college: Cerritos JC), stressing the battle has just begun.

'It's far from over. We have to be ready to play as many games necessary', Reyes added.

Game Two is Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Saving its best for last, the Texters opened with a nine-to-nothing run in the payoff period and completed a stirring come-from-behind win in the series opener watched by a sellout crowd in the venue located in the heart of Negros.

Ryan Reyes churned out a remarkable game dedicated to young brother Allan Raymond who died in a car accident in the United States only last Wednesday.

Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd), meanwhile, suffered cramps in the second half and the Beermen crumbled down with their top forward on the bench.

The Tropang Texters played catch-up basketball most of the first three quarters before pouring all theyd got in the payoff period to gain the head start in the series.

It was a team effort, enabling Talk n Text to overcome two nine-point deficits in the second period.

Reyes, driven by a desire to put a good game for his departed brother, logged 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes of action.

We dont know what his plans are. But whatever it is, well support him, said Reyes, adding his player can rush to the US to pay his brother the last respect.

Jason Castro (173-G-86) and Harvey Carey (191-F-79, college: Sonoma St.) played well off the bench as theyve been doing all tournament long, putting in 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Jarred Dillinger, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag were also on top of their game as the Texters beat the Beermen in a game marred by hard fouls early on.

Players had to be restrained early with game officials summoning team skippers Olsen Racela and Alapag at center court midway through the second period.

A man on a mission, Washington worked so hard early that he appeared a spent force by the half.

Cramping, Washington was only able to play nine minutes in the second half.

He sat out the entire third period, being attended to by the SMB physical therapist on the bench.

Nonetheless, the do-it-all SMB forward led the team with 14 points.

Washington headed to the bench for good with still 1:38 left to play and his team down by eight at
80-88.

A passing error by Alex Cabagnot on Dondon Hontiveros on the ensuing play all but settled the outcome of the game.

San Miguel opened two nine-point spreads in the second quarter but Talk n Text came through with a 9-2 closing run to narrow the gap to two, 44-46, at halftime.

Castro made eight points in the first half, including a twisting layup off Washington at the buzzer.

Ali Peek had his own buzzer-beater to close the third period ending at 68-67 with SMB still on top.

As expected, the two teams engaged in bruising actions from the start.

It was a nip-and-tuck battle in the first 18 minutes with no team leading by more than four. (SB)



The scores:

Talk n Text 91
Castro 16, Reyes 13, Carey 12, Dillinger 10, Alapag 9, De Ocampo 9, Peek 7,
Williams 7, Fonacier 4, Aban 4.

San Miguel 82
Washington 14, Santos 13, Seigle 13, Hontiveros 9, Cabagnot 9, Ildefonso 6,
Artadi 6, Yeo 4, Miranda 4, Pennisi 2, Pena 2, Salvacion 0.

Quarterscores: 19-20, 44-46, 67-68, 91-82

Courtesy of www.pba.ph




Smart Gilas Philippines open an International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas Philippines open an International Tournament. Smart Gilas Philippines outscored Anibal Zahle of Lebanon 70:57 at the opening day of the 22nd Dubai Invitational basketball tournament. The winners started confident and rightfully deserved the first win. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 16 points and 18 rebounds and a couple of block shots. JV Casio (177-G-86) and Baracael followed him with 10 points each, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 9. Ramos posted 8 points and Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) had 7.
In the second game of the tournament Al Etihad Egypt handed Smart Gilas Philippines first 85:72 loss. The team from Egypt started with 23-18 in the first period and then increased to 43:23 at the halftime. In the third quarter Smart Gilas managed to reduce a bit to 53:70, but the finial result was 85:72 for the African team.
In Day 3 Smart Gilas Philippines will face Sharjah Club.




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  POLAND   


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.9 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.7 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin17.0 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.3 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.8 
 7. Goffney, Siarka15.7 
 8. Bennerman, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.15.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.9 
 2. Truscott, Siarka10.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal10.3 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.3 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.5 
 8. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 9. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
 10. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.3 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.1 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.5 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 5. Brown, Asseco P.4.3 
 6. Hodge, Zastal4.1 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.3.6 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.6 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.3.5 
 10. Thomas, Anwil3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.3 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.2 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.2 
 4. Ewing, Asseco P.2.0 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.1.8 
 6. Thomas, PGE Turow1.8 
 7. Harrington, Trefl S.1.7 
 8. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.7 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszalin1.7 
 10. Skibniewski, Polph.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.7 
 2. Harris, SKK K.1.7 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.6 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.4 
 5. Giddens, Asseco P.1.3 
 6. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 7. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.9 
 8. Davis, Energa C.0.9 
 9. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.9 
 10. Frazier, AZS K.0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


Proliga Federation Cup - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Sports Hall of Anadia will host the Proliga Federation Cup, where the four highest ranked teams in the first round of the leagues regular phase have part. Cv.Alianca Sangalhos, Galitos FC, Barcelos Hotel Terco and Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark and will discuss this weekend the second edition of the competition, whose winner, last season, was the CBP/Sentir Penafiel.

The semi-finals will begin on Saturday 21 at 4pm , with the the match between Barcelos Hotel Terco and Galitos FC. Two hours later, at 6 pm, will play Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark and Cv.Alianca Sangalhos. The final is on Sunday and will start at 3:30 pm.


Supertaca Compal second edition in Lisbon, next February - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Supertaca Compal second edition will be held this year in Lisbon. The quadrangular tournament is played by the two best teams from Portugal and Angola.

After starting last year in Angola, with the final victory of Sport Lisboa Benfica, the second edition will now be held on Portuguese soil between 11 and 13 February, with Sport Lisboa Benfica in the front row to win again.

In 2011, with Sport Lisboa Benfica, Portuguese champions, well have FC Porto Ferpinta, Portuguese Cup winner , Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda, Angola champion and Cup holder, and Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo, finalists in Angola Cup.

For now, the competition remains confined to Portugal and Angola, but the objective of the Portuguese Federation President, Mario Saldanha, is to extend the competition to other countries, such as Mozambique and Cape Verde.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 10-1 
 2. Benfica 9-3 
 3. Academica 8-4 
 4. Vitoria SC 7-4 
 5. Ovarense 7-5 
 6. Sampaense 6-6 
 7. Ginasio 6-6 
 8. CAB 5-7 
 9. Penafiel 4-8 
 10. Illiabum 4-8 
 11. Lusitania 3-8 
 12. Barreirense 1-10 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Austin, Vitoria SC21.7 
 2. Jackson, Sampaense21.0 
 3. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 4. Luettgerodt, Sampa.19.8 
 5. Curnell, Barreirense19.1 
 6. Webster, Ovarense18.9 
 7. Shaw, Academica18.5 
 8. Goode, Penafiel18.2 
 9. Brown, Vitoria SC17.4 
 10. Eddie, Academica17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.8 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Brown, Vitoria SC9.8 
 4. Wilson, Barreirense9.4 
 5. Terrell, Porto F.9.4 
 6. Eddie, Academica9.2 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense9.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum9.1 
 9. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 10. Shaw, Academica8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Joao REVELES
  Ginasio
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reveles, Ginasio6.3 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.0 
 3. Simoes, Academica5.3 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 5. Sing, Sampaense5.0 
 6. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 7. Minhava, Benfica4.4 
 8. Andrade, Porto F.4.0 
 9. Menefee, CAB3.7 
 10. Ogirri, Porto F.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Will HOLLAND
  Academica
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Holland, Academica3.8 
 2. Madison, CAB3.3 
 3. Goode, Penafiel3.3 
 4. Curnell, Barreirense3.2 
 5. Cortez, Ovarense2.8 
 6. Barroso, Ginasio2.4 
 7. Eddie, Academica2.4 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.2.3 
 9. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 10. Almeida, Penafiel2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Brown, Vitoria SC1.8 
 3. Gentry, CAB1.4 
 4. Austin, Vitoria SC1.3 
 5. Jackson, Sampaense1.3 
 6. Gray, Sampaense1.2 
 7. Harris, Illiabum1.2 
 8. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 9. Stempin, Porto F.1.1 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio1.0 


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U-Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca - CSU Atlassib Sibiu match preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The match between CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca and CSU Sibiu, also known as the Derby of Transylvania, is a match which is awaited by every basketball fan from Romania. The rivalry between these two teams lasts for many years, but, unfortunately for the fans, they didn't have the luck to see a final between these 2 teams, teams which have, accordingly to some, the most beautiful supporters in the country.
On Saturday, the 22nd of January, Cluj and Sibiu will meet again, this time in the 'Horia Demian' sports arena from Cluj. Despite the fact that Sibiu is not in a very good shape this season, having won only 7 of the 15 played matches, the team from the southern part of Transylvania showed signs of recovering in the match played against CSU Asesoft Ploiesti last round, a match theyve unfortunately lost 68-71. The situation isn't very bright at Cluj, but the team still managed to stay near the top, with a 12-4 record (.750).
The first meeting between these 2 teams, earlier this season, concluded with Cluj's victory, in the 'Transilvania' sports hall from Sibiu, 61-58, but after a match of a not so high quality as expected by the 3000 fans present in the arena. It is expected that all of the 3,500 seats in the 'Horia Demian' arena will be occupied, and a group of Sibiu supporters (around 75, according to the website of the 6th Player, the official Sibiu fan club) will be there to encourage their team.
According to statistics, Cluj has the better odds in winning this match, but as their guard Branko Cuic said, a match between Cluj and Sibiu makes all statistics and bad results disappear, and can lead to every result. Worth mentioning is the fact that at the last match played at Cluj, Sibiu won after two periods of extra-time were requested.
In the offense, Cluj looks better than Sibiu: in 16 matches, Cluj scored 1298 points, with an average of 81.1 ppg, while Sibiu only scored 1192 points in 15 matches that mean an average of 79.4 ppg. The player who constantly plays (more than 10 minutes per match) for Sibiu, with the highest percentage at the field goals is Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84, agency: Interperformances), 30.5 minutes per match and 68.3%, while the leader in this stat from Cluj is Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans), with 31.5 minutes per match and 61.0% percent field goals. The most dangerous sharpshooter from the Cluj team is Branko Cuic, who scored 44.4% of the 3-point attempts, while the most precise sharpshooter from Sibiu is LeVar Seals (194-G-82, college: De Paul), who made 40.5% of the shots from over 6.60 m. From Sibiu, 2 players made all of the free throws theyve benefit: Earl Brown (186-G-78, college: Loyola (IL)) and Andrei Dinu (192-G-81), while no player from Cluj has achieved this record, Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) having the best record (94.7%). Another important aspect which is important for the offense is the assists, a field where Cluj stays better than assists for Sibiu have been made by LeVar Seals, with 3.2 apg. As it appears, Cluj has the better odds in the offense, but like Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) said, the offense fills the arenas, while the defense brings titles.
It looks like Cluj stays better in the defense, too: in 15 matches, Sibiu got only 74.6 points against, while Cluj got only 67.6 points against. The player with the most blocks from Sibiu is Michael Harrison, 2.2 blocks per game, the leader nationwide in this statistic, while the most blocks for Cluj have been done by Kyndall Dykes, only 0.8 bpg, so this statistic is clearly in Sibius favor. The steals per match stat is pretty equilibrated: both teams have players with 2.4 steals per game: for Branko Cuic (196-G-78) Cuic and for Sibiu the same Michael Harrison leads the field.
As it seems, Cluj has the better odds, but it will for sure be an interesting match to watch.



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PBL Round 10: Unics Kazan loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the PBL leadership position after last games. Round 10 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Unics Kazan (7-3). They were edged by ninth ranked Dynamo Moscow (3-7) 70-68 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. Unics Kazan was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Dynamo Moscow, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Eugeny Voronov (192-86) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Unics Kazan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dynamo Moscow moved-up to seventh place, which they share with N.Novgorod and Krasnie Krilya. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with Lokomotiv. They were replaced at the leadership position by CSKA. Unics Kazan will play next round against Krasnie Krilya trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dynamo Moscow will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Khimky in Khimki.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked CSKA Moscow as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CSKA Moscow smashed 7th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod at home 85-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. American guard Trajan Langdon (192-76, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) notched 18 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Alexey Shved supported him with 11 points and 4 assists. Even 12 points and 5 rebounds by forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88) did not help to save the game for BC Nizhny Novgorod. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA Moscow (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Dynamo and Krasnie Krilya. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play next round against strong Lokomotiv trying to get back on the winning streak. CSKA Moscow will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home.
Spartak St.Petersburg (#4) forced the game against Lokomotiv (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 95-97 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak St.Petersburg. Lionel Chalmers fired 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. Henry Domercant produced 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lokomotiv (7-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Unics. Loser Spartak St.Petersburg keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Lokomotiv will meet BC Nizhny Novgorod (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Krasnie Krilya managed to get a third victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in Samara 79-54. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 25-point difference suggests that Krasnie Krilya is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Primoz Brezec who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. 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. Krasnie Krilya (3-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with N.Novgorod and Dynamo. Triumph Lyubertsy lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Krasnie Krilya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Unics Kazan on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#4).
The game in Khimki supposed to be quite interesting. 5th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Khimky (5-4). Khimky smashed Enisey Krasnoyarsk 102-69 on Saturday. Kresimir Loncar scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimky moved-up to fifth place. Loser Enisey Krasnoyarsk dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Khimky will face Dynamo Moscow (#8) at home in the next round. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against the league's leader CSKA Moscow.



Khimky - Enisey 102-69

The game in Khimki supposed to be quite interesting. 5th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Khimky (5-4). Khimky smashed Enisey Krasnoyarsk 102-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. Enisey Krasnoyarsk managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Khimky especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enisey Krasnoyarsk's players. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Khimky players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Aleksei Savkov (196-79, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimky moved-up to fifth place. Loser Enisey Krasnoyarsk dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Khimky will face Dynamo Moscow (#8) at home in the next round. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against the league's leader CSKA Moscow.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 16+2reb+5ast, K.Langford 16+3reb+4ast, T.Kelati 15+1reb+1ast, K.Loncar 14+7reb+4ast, A.Savrasenko 11+8reb, S.Monya 11+4reb+2ast
Enisey: D.Labovic 14+6reb, A.Savkov 11+4reb, M.Williams 10+2reb+2ast, L.Baxter 7+3reb, K.Babynin 6+3reb+4ast, S.Demeshkin 5+2reb
gschID: 103991


Dynamo - Unics 70-68

There was a change at the PBL leadership position after last games. Round 10 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Unics Kazan (7-3). They were edged by ninth ranked Dynamo Moscow (3-7) 70-68 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. Unics Kazan was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Dynamo Moscow, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Eugeny Voronov (192-86) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Dynamo Moscow players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Unics Kazan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dynamo Moscow moved-up to seventh place, which they share with N.Novgorod and Krasnie Krilya. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with Lokomotiv. They were replaced at the leadership position by CSKA. Unics Kazan will play next round against Krasnie Krilya trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dynamo Moscow will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Khimky in Khimki.
Top scorers:
Dynamo: A.Zhukanenko 18+7reb+1ast, E.Voronov 17+8reb+2ast, P.Gubanov 11+6reb+1ast, N.Shabalkin 10+1reb+1ast, D.Khvostov 5+2reb+7ast, A.Urazmanov 4+1reb+3ast
Unics: K.McCarty 17+5reb, Z.Pashutin 13+1reb+1ast, M.Lampe 11+8reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 7+3reb, T.Lyday 6+2reb+2ast, H.Rizvic 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 103992


Lokomotiv - Spartak SP 97-95 OT

Spartak St.Petersburg (#4) forced the game against Lokomotiv (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 95-97 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak St.Petersburg. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-23. But Spartak St.Petersburg won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Spartak St.Petersburg used huge pressure winning it 21-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 14-16. Lokomotiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Lionel Chalmers (183-80, college: Xavier) fired 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) produced 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals and the former international guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lokomotiv (7-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Unics. Loser Spartak St.Petersburg keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Lokomotiv will meet BC Nizhny Novgorod (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: L.Chalmers 22+3reb+7ast, M.Wilkinson 17+6reb+3ast, A.Surovtsev 14+9reb+2ast, J.Massey 12+7reb+3ast, A.Tucker 8, S.Toporov 7+1reb+1ast
Spartak SP: H.Domercant 35+2reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 17+5reb+8ast, M.Zupan 14+16reb, D.Thompson 10+2reb+1ast, V.Dyachok 7+5reb+1ast, A.Kotishevskiy 4
gschID: 103993


Krasnie Krilya - Triumph 79-54

Bottom-ranked Krasnie Krilya managed to get a third victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in Samara 79-54. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 25-point difference suggests that Krasnie Krilya is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Triumph Lyubertsy was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Krasnie Krilya made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Krasnie Krilya players scored in double figures. Forward Valery Likhodey (203-86) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Iliya Syrovatko (193-88) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Triumph Lyubertsy. 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. Krasnie Krilya (3-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with N.Novgorod and Dynamo. Triumph Lyubertsy lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Krasnie Krilya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Unics Kazan on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#4).
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: P.Brezec 19+8reb, B.Rush 17+5reb+4ast, K.Nesterov 12+2reb+2ast, V.Zvarykin 11+5reb+2ast, G.Green 10+7reb, A.Anisimov 5+1reb
Triumph: V.Likhodey 12+8reb, I.Syrovatko 11+5reb+4ast, A.Mateyunas 10+3ast, E.Valiev 6+6reb, S.Varlamov 4+4reb+2ast, E.Vyaltsev 4+1reb
gschID: 103994


CSKA - N.Novgorod 85-53

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked CSKA Moscow as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CSKA Moscow smashed 7th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod at home 85-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Nizhny Novgorod to just 7 points in second and third quarters. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BC Nizhny Novgorod's players. American guard Trajan Langdon (192-76, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) notched 18 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Alexey Shved (196-88, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 11 points and 4 assists. Even 12 points and 5 rebounds by forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88) did not help to save the game for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Serbian guard Ivan Paunic (194-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA Moscow (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Dynamo and Krasnie Krilya. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play next round against strong Lokomotiv trying to get back on the winning streak. CSKA Moscow will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home.
Top scorers:
CSKA: T.Langdon 18+4reb+7ast, R.Siskauskas 12+1ast, A.Shved 11+2reb+4ast, M.Smodis 11+3reb+1ast, A.Zabelin 7+5reb, J.Gordon 7+6reb+1ast
N.Novgorod: I.Paunic 13+7reb, A.Yakovenko 12+5reb+3ast, A.Pustahvar 8+2reb, S.Antonov 7+6reb+1ast, O.Baranov 6+1reb, I.Savelyev 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103995




Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Langford, Khimky19.3 
 2. Williams, Enisey18.6 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.6 
 4. Popovic, Unics15.6 
 5. Labovic, Enisey15.4 
 6. Lyday, Unics14.7 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.6 
 8. Lampe, Unics14.1 
 9. Paunic, N.Novgorod14.0 
 10. Baxter, Enisey13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv7.9 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 3. Monya, Khimky6.7 
 4. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.5 
 5. Labovic, Enisey6.2 
 6. Vorontsevich, CSKA6.1 
 7. Likhodey, Triumph6.0 
 8. Brezec, Krasnie .6.0 
 9. Lampe, Unics6.0 
 10. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anton PONKRASHOV
  Spartak SP
  (200-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ponkrashov, Spart.6.9 
 2. Williams, Enisey6.1 
 3. Khvostov, Dynamo4.8 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie .4.7 
 5. Planinic, Khimky4.5 
 6. Samoylenko, Unics4.2 
 7. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.3 
 9. Chalmers, Lokom.3.2 
 10. Holden, CSKA3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.7 
 3. McCarty, Unics1.7 
 4. Voronov, Dynamo1.7 
 5. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.6 
 6. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.5 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv1.5 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.4 
 10. Samoylenko, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.3 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 3. Vranes, Unics1.2 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 6. Antonov, N.Novgorod1.1 
 7. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 8. Zhukanenko, Dynamo1.0 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 


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


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 17-0 
 2. Beograd 13-4 
 3. Mega Vizura 10-6 
 4. Novi Sad 10-7 
 5. Metalac 9-7 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 8-8 
 7. Tamis 8-8 
 8. Napredak 8-9 
 9. Borac 7-9 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 7-9 
 11. Vojvodina 6-10 
 12. Sloga 6-10 
 13. Crnokosa 4-12 
 14. Superfund 1-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Nikola KOPRIVICA
  Iraklis
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Koprivica, Super.22.4 
 2. Milisavljevi., Mega V.19.9 
 3. Bunic, Novi Sad18.3 
 4. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.2 
 5. Sulovic, Napredak17.2 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga16.6 
 7. Micevic, Sloboda .16.4 
 8. Vasojevic, Borac16.3 
 9. Tresac, Borac16.1 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Markovic, FMP8.1 
 2. Jelovac, Mega V.7.2 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac6.9 
 4. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 5. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 6. Borovcanin, Sloga6.6 
 7. Dedijer, Borac6.5 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.2 
 10. Bozovic, Sloga6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Vlahovic, Sloga5.3 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.1 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.9 
 6. Covic, FMP4.8 
 7. Djoric, Superfund4.3 
 8. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 9. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.2 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vuksan GAGOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gagovic, Prolet.2.6 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.5 
 3. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.5 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.1 
 6. Bocka, Crnokosa2.0 
 7. Vujosevic, Novi Sad1.8 
 8. Tresac, Borac1.8 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.1.4 
 3. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 4. Buric, Tamis1.1 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.1 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.1 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Dedijer, Borac0.7 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


Alba Berlin dismisses coach Pavicevic after three-and-a-half seasons - by Eurobasket News
Despite having finished the Eurocup regular season undefeated a month ago, Alba Berlin on Friday dismissed head coach Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) after three-and-a-half seasons together. The club said in a statement that the team's assistant coaches would direct the team until a replacement is named. Pavicevic led Alba to the Eurocup title game last season, which it lost to Power Electronics Valencia. Alba entered the Euroleague qualifying rounds at the start of this season, but couldn't win the third of them to reach the Euroleague. In the Eurocup regular season, Alba was one of two teams to go unefeated at 6-0. The other undefeated team, Benetton Bwin, defeated Alba 74-71 in the first game of the Last 16. Pavicevic joined Alba for the 2007-08 season and immediately led the club to its eighth German League title and a place in the Euroleague. In 2008-09, under Pavicevic, Alba reached the Euroleague's Top 16. Despite its inspired run to last season's Eurocup final, Alba has been unable to reclaim the German League title under Pavicevic and sits tied for third place with a 13-6 record this season. Prior to Alba, Pavicevic coached three teams in his native Serbia - OKK Belgrade, Atlas Belgrade and Hemofarm Vrsac - and Panionios of Greece.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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Last Place is Awesome!! - by Flinder Boyd
Whats great about being in last place is you cant get any lower in the standings, youre already there, rock bottom. Its like being an ant larvae in the animal kingdom it doesnt get any worse than that. Your only chance, if youre an ant is to die as soon as soon as possible and hope to be reborn as something awesome like a Gorilla Bear or a flying Sabre-Tooth Tiger.
Its also great because it makes conversations about basketball easy, when people back home ask hows the season going, you just shrug and say 'last place'. No need really for a follow up question, you pretty much summed up the season in two words. Usually, thats comes with an awkward silence for a moment then the subject is changed to something a bit more uplifting, 'so.. ummm how bout them miners in Chile, huh?'

But being in last place also has its drawbacks. It seems like when youre in the bottom of the standings everyone becomes a coach/critique.
When you go to a bar, or restaurant, walk down the street or sometimes open your in-box someone is there to help you with their advice or mock you for your teams pathetic showing.
'Listen', they always start, 'your team needs.
....to play more zone...
....score more points!...
....to play some defense...
....eat more vegetables...
....drink more beer...
....why cant you beat the offside trap?... (A personal favorite)

Even some guy I didnt know wrote me an email, 'Maybe you should concentrate less on blogging and more on beating ______ on Saturday', he said.
To which I responded, 'The pen is mightier than the sword!' Which in retrospect made absolutely no sense in this context but he didnt email back so Im sure hes convinced I said something profound.

In last place, youre reminded almost on a daily basis of your shortcomings, especially by the management. Who, understandably so, are disappointed in the product on the court that theyve investment in. So they've decided to come up with new ways to 'motivate' us.
Including a month or so ago. We received a paper riddled with typos declaring we would lose 20% of our next salary (hugely illegal, someone call the EU!) if we didnt win the next 4 out of 6 games.

To their and our surprise their 'motivation' worked and we won 4 games in a row. However despite our good form, we were still fined 20% of our next paycheck. (I would imagine it was done as some updated Ponzi scheme, in which they illegally take our money, and then pay our next months salary with our money that they illegally took. Im speculating people, but you got to love Eastern Europe). So, of course, after every loss since then, the management threatens to take more money from us if we keep losing.

The ironic thing in all of the shenanigans is we are still only 1 game out of a playoff spot. Partly because of a recent good run of form, and partly because after one team went bankrupt there are only 10 teams in the league and 8 make the playoffs.

So, although we may never get our money back, with a few wins here or there, we might just be able to change this ant larvae of a season into that beautiful flying Sabre-Tooth Tiger called the postseason.


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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 10-1 
 2. Helios 9-3 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 8-3 
 4. Elektra 7-5 
 5. Polzela 6-5 
 6. Sentjur 6-6 
 7. Maribor Messer 3-9 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-9 
 9. Parklji 0-10 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.3 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.5 
 3. Bubnic, Helios16.8 
 4. Thondique, Polzela16.1 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur15.9 
 6. Miljkovic, Elektra14.7 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan14.4 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra14.3 
 9. Mali, Helios13.7 
 10. Krejic, Parklji13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thondique, Polzela11.8 
 2. Miljkovic, Elektra8.7 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur8.3 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 5. Zolotic, Maribor .6.5 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .6.1 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan5.9 
 8. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 9. Rucigaj, Sentjur5.8 
 10. Dimec, Zlatorog5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Zlatorog
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog5.4 
 2. Jersin, Elektra5.0 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.0 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 5. Pelko, Zlatorog3.4 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.3 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.1 
 8. Rupnik, Geoplin .3.0 
 9. Zadnik, Geoplin .2.5 
 10. Mezek, LTHcast .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.5 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.5 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Harmason, Sentjur1.7 
 5. Jovanovic, Maribo.1.6 
 6. Zagorc, Helios1.6 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 8. Mali, Helios1.5 
 9. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.2 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.4 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.3 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 5. Sebic, Sentjur0.7 
 6. Bubnic, Helios0.7 
 7. Atanackovic, Zlato.0.7 
 8. Pasalic, Helios0.6 
 9. Simovic, Sentjur0.6 
 10. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 


Bench players lead Slovan past Elektra - by Zeljko Zule
Geoplin Slovan opened the second half with 9 straight points to take a double digit lead, 53-40, and defeated Elektra 83-66 in the opening game of Round 13. Miha Fon came off the bench for 20 points, Dalibor Djapa had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Dejan Cigoja scored 10 points. Slovan's reserves outscored Elektra's bench players 44-12. Elektra was led by Milos Miljkovic with 14 points, Salih Nuhanovic added 13 and Djordje Lelic 10.

Maribor missed all 3-points attempts - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and Geoplin Slovan secured a League Play-Off spots.
Zlatorog-Maribor 78-71: The home team never trailed in the second-half. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) scored 27 points, Luka Lapornik had 14 points and 8 rebounds and Alen Omic grabbed 10 rebounds. Maribor missed all of its 13 3-point shots. Ilija Zolotic collected 25 points and 12 rebounds, but he made just 3-of-10 free throws including an airball at 71-76 with 0:33 remaining, Bojan Jovanovic posted 14 points and Jure Brolih 11.
Sentjur-Helios 77-85: Helios went on a 26-9 run spanning the first an second quarter to go ahead 29-19. Drazen Bubnic posted 23 points, Grega Mali 17, Vjeko Petrovic 12 and Andreas Person 10. Helios shot 10-of-16 behind the arc and its starters scored 71 points. For Sentjur, Dejan Hohler came off the bench for 21 points and 5 assists, Teo Simovic posted 17 points and Anze Pelc 10.
Parklji-Hopsi 83-87: Hopsi scored 11 straight points early in the third quarter to take a 56-47 lead and never looked back from there. Primoz Kobale finished with 20 points, Stanko Sebic added 19, Denis Vrsaljko 12, Matej Venta 11 and Gregg Thondique grabbed 11 rebounds. Parklj shot just 2-of-13 behind the 3-point line. Jure Erzen scored 21 points and Dario Krejic 20.




Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
 1. Radenska 12-0 
 2. Terme Olimia 11-2 
 3. Bistrica 9-3 
 4. Dravograd 8-3 
 5. Jezica 7-5 
 6. Posavlje Krsko 6-6 
 7. Lastovka 5-7 
 8. Vrani 5-7 
 9. Mavrica 5-8 
 10. Fenomeni 3-10 
 11. Nazarje 2-10 
 12. Union Olim. II 0-12 
West
 1. Ajdovscina 9-3 
 2. Jance 9-3 
 3. Plama Pur 8-4 
 4. Strazisce 8-4 
 5. Tolmin 8-4 
 6. Jesenice 6-6 
 7. Kos Koper 6-6 
 8. Krka II 6-6 
 9. Crnomelj 5-7 
 10. Pingvini S. 4-8 
 11. Ilirija 3-9 
 12. Globus 0-12 


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Best players of South Korean KBL round 33 - by Eurobasket News
American Jasper Johnson (201-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Sonic Boom KT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds for Sonic Boom KT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Elephants (#2, 23-11) 82-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sonic Boom KT to consolidate first place in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT has a very solid 25-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Sonic Boom KT and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jasper Johnson averages this season 17.1ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy. Yoon impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Dongbu Promy lost that game 66-72 to the lower-ranked LG Sakers (#6, 16-17). Dongbu Promy managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 22-13 record is not bad at all. Yoon is one of the most experienced players at Dongbu Promy and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Glen McGowan (206-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Daegu Orions (#10). McGowan got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite McGowan's great performance Daegu Orions lost 70-80 to slightly higher-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8, 13-21). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Daegu Orions can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 10-25 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for McGowan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McGowan has individually a great season in South Korea. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Mobis Phoebus - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jang-Hoon Seo (207-C-74) of Elephants - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Alexander (216-C-80) of LG Sakers - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dong-Geun Yang (182-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rod Benson (208-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Serkan Erdogan moves to Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) is back to Turkey. The experienced guard moved from Meridiano Alicante to Besiktas Istanbul, where he will stay for rest of the season. Erdogan played 14 games in ACB this season registering 11.3 ppg. He joined Alicante in March of 2010 from Turk Telekom. With the Turkish squad he had 9.8 ppg and 2.3 apg for 17 games in TBL. They also competed in EuroCup, where Ergodan added 7.3 ppg and 1.7 apg. He also played for Turk Telekom in 2008/09.
Before Turk Telekom, Serkan Erdogan spent one year with Efes Pilsen and two with Tau Ceramica. In the past, he spent several years with Ulker, Tofas and Tuborg. Erdogan was a member of the Turkish National Team from 1999 to 2001 and later from 2004 to 206. He played for them at the EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade and World Championship 2006 in Japan (15.4 ppg for 7 games).


LEB Silver Round 18: River Andorra is upset by Leyma Basquet - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Coruna between second ranked River Andorra (13-4) and fourteenth ranked Leyma Basquet (6-11) on Friday night. River Andorra was defeated by Leyma Basquet in a tough game on the road 66-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of River Andorra. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Kim Adams (203-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Strategic Sports) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The other American import swingman Kyle Ohman (193, college: Liberty) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Leyma Basquet's coach Antonio Perez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds. Leyma Basquet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Santurtzi and Lan Mobel ISB. River Andorra at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Mallorca. Leyma Basquet is looking forward to face higher ranked Prat Juventud (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. River Andorra will play against Santurtzi (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader CB Clavijo delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Santurtzi (6-11) 71-58. It was a good game for center David Mesa (200-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Enrique Suarez contributed with 19 points for the winners. CB Clavijo's coach Jesus Sala allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Mikel Uriz (180-89) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Santurtzi. CB Clavijo maintains first position with 14-3 record. Santurtzi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Lan Mobel ISB and Coruna. CB Clavijo will play against Fontedoso Carrefour (#8) in Avila in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santurtzi will play on the road against the league's second-placed River Andorra and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Avila was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Promobys Tijola (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (7-9). Promobys Tijola managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65 on Saturday. James Keefe had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Charles Ramsdell with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Promobys Tijola moved-up to fourth place. Loser Fontedoso Carrefour keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Promobys Tijola will meet at home ADT Tarragona (#5) in the next round. Fontedoso Carrefour will play against the league's leader CB Clavijo in Logrono and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Azpeitia. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 9th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (6-11) to eighth ranked Prat Juventud (8-9) 79-78 on Friday evening. Ferran Bassas notched 11 points and 7 assists to lead the effort. Prat Juventud moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Lan Mobel ISB dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Prat Juventud's next round opponent will be Leyma Basquet (#12) in Coruna where they are favorite. Lan Mobel ISB will play on the road against CB Illescas.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Illescas was defeated by Oviedo Feve in a road game 72-61. Regal FC II beat Guadalajara at home 58-54. Plasencia lost to Mallorca on the opponent's court 64-75.



Avila - Promobys 65-70

The game in Avila was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Promobys Tijola (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (7-9). Promobys Tijola managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 21-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward James Keefe (203-87, college: UCLA) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Promobys Tijola moved-up to fourth place. Loser Fontedoso Carrefour keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Promobys Tijola will meet at home ADT Tarragona (#5) in the next round. Fontedoso Carrefour will play against the league's leader CB Clavijo in Logrono and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Promobys: I.Matemalas 15+6reb, R.McDade 14+6reb, J.Keefe 14+12reb, L.Parejo 9, R.Rufian 7+2ast, N.Maglisceau 5+2reb+1ast
Avila: C.Ramsdell 24+14reb+2ast, K.Cipruss 8+8reb+1ast, D.Garcia 8+4reb+3ast, X.Lopez 6+4reb+1ast, C.Bart-Williams 6+5reb+1ast, G.Justo 5
gschID: 98475


Oviedo Feve - Illescas 72-61

There was no surprise when 15th ranked CB Illescas (4-13) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Feve Oviedo (7-10) 72-61. The game was mostly controlled by Feve Oviedo. CB Illescas managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Kevin Ratzsch (201-86, college: Northern St.) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Hector Macia (198-77) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Feve Oviedo players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by forward Alvaro Munoz (195-90) did not help to save the game for CB Illescas. Israeli center Alexey Chubrevich (212-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 10 points and 10 rebounds. CB Illescas' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Feve Oviedo moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Regal FC II. CB Illescas lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Feve Oviedo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Plasencia Extremadura (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CB Illescas will play against Lan Mobel ISB (#11) in Azpeitia.
Top scorers:
Oviedo Feve: K.Ratzsch 14+9reb+3ast, H.Macia 13+8reb+2ast, I.O'Leary 13+7reb, A.Gonzalez 11+2reb+1ast, T.Tate 11+2ast, A.Macia 7+3reb+1ast
Illescas: A.Munoz 16+4reb+2ast, H.Garcia 12+4reb+2ast, A.Chubrevich 10+10reb, A.Laso 9+6reb, G.JOSE MARIA 6+3reb, J.Simon 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98476


Regal FC II - Guadalajara 58-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Regal FC II's (7-10) home victory over 13th ranked CB Guadalajara (5-11) 58-54. CB Guadalajara was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 18-9 third quarter run of Regal FC II. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CB Guadalajara to just 7 points in first quarter. Regal FC II forced 25 CB Guadalajara turnovers. American forward Reginald Larry (201-86, college: Boise St.) notched 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Joan Creus (185-92) supported him with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Regal FC II's coach Borja Comenge allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 19 points by American swingman Deforrest Smith (198-84, college: Southern, agency: KMG Sports Management) did not help to save the game for CB Guadalajara. Naturalized Senegalese center Malick Fall (211-92, agency: Interperformances) added 7 points and 10 rebounds. Regal FC II moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Oviedo Feve. CB Guadalajara lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Regal FC II will have a break next round. CB Guadalajara will play at home against Basquet Mallorca (#3).
Top scorers:
Regal FC II: R.Larry 17+5reb, J.Perez 11+3reb+2ast, J.Creus 9+5reb+2ast, J.Marcos 7+2reb+2ast, C.Marzo 6+1reb+1ast, E.Jimenez 4+2reb
Guadalajara: D.Smith 19+3reb+2ast, R.Nunez 9+2ast, M.Van Schaik 9+8reb+1ast, M.Fall 7+10reb+1ast, R.Lazaro 4+4reb+1ast, R.Inigo 4+2reb
gschID: 98477


Santurtzi - Clavijo 58-71

Leader CB Clavijo delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Santurtzi (6-11) 71-58. The game without a history. CB Clavijo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for center David Mesa (200-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Enrique Suarez (185-83) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four CB Clavijo players scored in double figures. CB Clavijo's coach Jesus Sala allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Mikel Uriz (180-89) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Brazilian center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Santurtzi. CB Clavijo maintains first position with 14-3 record. Santurtzi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Lan Mobel ISB and Coruna. CB Clavijo will play against Fontedoso Carrefour (#8) in Avila in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santurtzi will play on the road against the league's second-placed River Andorra and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: E.Suarez 19+2reb+1ast, D.Mesa 13+10reb+1ast, A.Ott 11+6reb+1ast, S.De Santana 10+4reb, M.Witt 7+3reb+6ast, K.Swanston 6+3reb
Santurtzi: R.Leichtweis 13+8reb, M.Uriz 12+9reb+3ast, S.Sanchez 7+9reb+2ast, U.Calbarro 7+3reb+1ast, T.Hampl 7+7reb+1ast, D.Reichel 7+4reb
gschID: 98471


Coruna - Andorra 70-66

The most important game in the last round took place in Coruna between second ranked River Andorra (13-4) and fourteenth ranked Leyma Basquet (6-11) on Friday night. River Andorra was defeated by Leyma Basquet in a tough game on the road 66-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of River Andorra. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Kim Adams (203-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Strategic Sports) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The other American import swingman Kyle Ohman (193, college: Liberty) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Leyma Basquet's coach Antonio Perez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) added 19 points respectively. Five Leyma Basquet and four River Andorra players scored in double figures. Leyma Basquet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Santurtzi and Lan Mobel ISB. River Andorra at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Mallorca. Leyma Basquet is looking forward to face higher ranked Prat Juventud (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. River Andorra will play against Santurtzi (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Coruna: K.Ohman 16+4reb+1ast, K.Adams 14+9reb+2ast, V.Hidalgo 13+4reb+1ast, J.Ramon Esmoris 11+3reb, L.Lopez 10+1reb+5ast, A.Cruz 4+4reb+1ast
Andorra: A.Matali 19+2reb+1ast, R.Johnson 11+5reb, J.Howard 11+9reb+2ast, J.Holmes 10+2reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 5+7reb+2ast, N.Zamora 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98472


Lan Mobel ISB - Prat Juventud 78-79

A very interesting game took place in Azpeitia. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 9th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (6-11) to eighth ranked Prat Juventud (8-9) 79-78 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But Lan Mobel ISB won second period 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Lan Mobel ISB outrebounded Prat Juventud 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Ferran Bassas (185-92) notched 11 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Albert Ventura (196-92) supported him with 17 points. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) by American forward Anthony Paez (198-84, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: JEMsports) did not help to save the game for Lan Mobel ISB. American-Italian power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury) added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Prat Juventud moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Lan Mobel ISB dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Prat Juventud's next round opponent will be Leyma Basquet (#12) in Coruna where they are favorite. Lan Mobel ISB will play on the road against CB Illescas.
Top scorers:
Prat Juventud: A.Ventura 17+2reb+1ast, R.Vilanova 14+2reb+3ast, T.NOGUERA JOAN 11+3reb, F.Bassas 11+3reb+7ast, A.Barrera 10+2reb+2ast, J.Llorens 8+5reb+1ast
Lan Mobel ISB: A.Paez 23+8reb+2ast, C.Mortellaro 14+10reb, R.Bratton 14+4reb+2ast, B.Martinez 10+1reb+2ast, J.Ibargutxi 9+4reb+4ast, A.Martinez 4+5reb
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Mallorca - Plasencia 75-64

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Plasencia Extremadura (9-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked Basquet Mallorca (13-4) 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by Basquet Mallorca. Plasencia Extremadura managed to win third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) notched 16 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Antoni Jaume Vicens (202-90) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by guard Jonathan Barcelo (192-79) did not help to save the game for Plasencia Extremadura. Naturalized Brazilian center Guilherme Gitterer (205-85) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Basquet Mallorca has a solid three-game winning streak. Basquet Mallorca moved-up to second place, which they share with Andorra. Plasencia Extremadura at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Basquet M