EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/24/2011

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  ABA   


Two other wins for the Sol - by Gianni Pascucci
After defeating the SoCal Swish, 107-83 on Friday, January 21, led by newly acquired Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth), with 23 points and 5 rebounds, the San Diego Sol met again the SoCal Swish at Alliant University on Saturday 22, and they won again, this time 100-79. Glen Dandrige scored 30 points to lead again the Sol, Mezhron Evans (6'7''-F/C, college: Wisc.-Parkside) added 15 pts and Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) 11 at the winning side, Terrence Worthy (5'9''-G-88) scored 24 pts in losing effort for the Swish, and Matt Shaw (6'8''-F-88, college: UNLV) added 14 pts and 6 rebs.
The San Diego Sol record is now 8-3


Admirals defeat NWI Magical Stars - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals defeated 131-106 the North West Indiana Magic Stars on saturday night. The NWI team out of Merrillville, Indiana had replaced at last time the Gem City Hall O' Famers, who were not able to make the trip to Lake Michigan due to weather. The Admirals ted the score almost all game long, going into halftime 59-49 and ending the game 131-106. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) was the game leading scorer with 25 points and 22 points coming in the second half. Gordon 'Gus' Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) added 21 points, Zane Gay (6'5''-G-87, college: E.Michigan) 20 points, and Allen White (6'3''-G-84, college: Huntingdon) scored 19. Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) was the best at the losing side, with 24 points for the Stars.
The Admirals next game is against North West Indiana Magic Stars on Sunday at Bangor High School at 3:00pm.


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 5-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Shizuoka Gym. 0-0 
 6. Texas RR 0-1 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 16-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-3 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-4 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston Red S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 9-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 8-3 
 2. Bay Area M. 7-3 
 3. Sacramento H. 7-3 
 4. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 5. California SK 0-0 
 6. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 8-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 5-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-2 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 7-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 8-0 
 2. San Diego Sol 8-3 
 3. LA Slam 5-3 
 4. San Diego S. 5-3 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-3 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 8-0 
 2. St. Louis 2-1 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 6. Indiana Diesel 0-1 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 12-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 8-2 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida Makos 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. H.Prowl 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 10-4 
 2. Oklahoma 7-2 
 3. North Dallas 7-5 
 4. West Texas W. 4-4 
 5. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 6. N.Texas F. 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.3 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Zoric, KK.18.9 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.5 
 5. Edwards, Cedevita18.2 
 6. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.1 
 7. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.2 
 8. Car, Zadar17.2 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.4 
 10. Young, Crvena Z.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Zoric, KK.8.4 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.4 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 6. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.2 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.2 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 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, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.5 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.3.5 
 9. Chase, Igokea3.5 
 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. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 4. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 5. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 6. Car, Zadar1.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.7 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona1.6 
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. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 8. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 9. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 10. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 


Round 18: Union Olimpija loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Round 18 in Adriatic League means a new league leader. One of the most important games took place in Beograd where host Serbian Partizan (11-7) beat league's leader Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-7) 61-50 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Union Olimpija managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated on the defensive end, holding Union Olimpija to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Union Olimpija 44-19 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward James Gist (203-86) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was FYR Macedonian-Slovenian guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, agency: World Sport Agency) who recorded 16 points. Defending champion joined Union Olimpija and four others teams on top of Adriatic league standings. Union Olimpija will play next round against Hemofarm. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked KK Zagreb CO on the road.
Serbian Radnicki (9-9) survived in overtime against Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-7) by five points 97-92. It was a good game for American forward Michael Lee (207-86) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Steven Markovic contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) replied with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for KK Zagreb CO. Radnicki has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 9-9 record, which they share with Igokea. KK Zagreb CO at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Radnicki will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play against the league's leader Partizan (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
One of the most interesting games of round 18 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO won against host Cibona (8-10) 99-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cibona. Luka Zoric scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Bojan Bogdanovic with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Cibona's coach Drazen Anzulovic rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
The game in Aleksandrovac was quite interesting. 7th ranked Serbian Radnicki (9-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Bosnian Igokea (9-9). Igokea did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki. Cedomir Vitkovac notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Igokea has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Radnicki. Igokea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica and it may be quite challenging game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Zadar. Local Zadar (5-13) was outscored by thirteenth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (6-12) 83-60 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Jahmar Young who scored 22 points. Crvena Zvezda maintains thirteenth position with 6-12 record. Zadar lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face higher ranked Krka (#5) in Novo Mesto in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zadar will play on the road against Radnicki (#8) in Kragujevac.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
CEZ Nymburk was crushed by Krka in Novo Mesto 72-50. Hemofarm was beaten by Cedevita at home 76-81. Siroki TT was destroyed by Buducnost on the opponent's court 86-64.


Krka - CEZ Nymburk 72-50

There was no surprise in Novo Mesto where 11th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (8-10) was crushed by fifth ranked Slovenian Krka (11-7) 72-50 on Saturday. Krka forced 20 CEZ Nymburk turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jure Balazic (204-80) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) who recorded 14 points and power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) added 6 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. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Krka will face Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CEZ Nymburk will play at home against Cibona (#10) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krka: D.Djordjevic 16+2reb+2ast, S.Petrov 11+2reb+1ast, J.Balazic 11+8reb+1ast, S.Pavic 9+6reb, C.Booker 8+2reb+1ast, G.Ikonic 5+2reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 14+3reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 9+1reb, P.Benda 6+9reb, R.Necas 5+1reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 5+4reb+2ast, V.Stimac 4+3reb
gschID: 92562


Zadar - Crvena Zvezda 60-83

The game with biggest result difference took place in Zadar. Local Zadar (5-13) was outscored by thirteenth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (6-12) 83-60 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Crvena Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Zadar's 28. Crvena Zvezda forced 19 Zadar turnovers. Zadar was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Jahmar Young (196, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 22 points. The other American import forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) chipped in 17 points. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Marko Car (188-85) who recorded 15 points and American guard Chester Mason (192-81, college: Miami (OH), agency: N.E.T.) added 11 points respectively. Crvena Zvezda maintains thirteenth position with 6-12 record. Zadar lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face higher ranked Krka (#5) in Novo Mesto in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zadar will play on the road against Radnicki (#8) in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: J.Young 22+3reb+3ast, R.Marsh 17+4reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 12+2reb+1ast, V.Subotic 10+3reb+2ast, U.Nikolic 7+6reb, A.Myles 7+4reb
Zadar: M.Car 15+1reb+2ast, C.Mason 11+4reb+3ast, B.Brown 9+3reb, I.Batur 7+3reb, P.Marcinkovic 6+3reb+1ast, M.Bilan 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 92563


Igokea - Radnicki 77-60

The game in Aleksandrovac was quite interesting. 7th ranked Serbian Radnicki (9-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Bosnian Igokea (9-9). Igokea did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki. The game was mostly controlled by Igokea. Radnicki managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) supported him with 18 points and 5 assists. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Even 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Radnicki. Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) added 8 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Igokea has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Radnicki. Igokea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Igokea: C.Vitkovac 22+7reb+4ast, B.Chase 18+4reb+5ast, D.Harvey 12+10reb, M.Dozet 10+1reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 7+2reb+4ast, M.Djerasimovic 2+1reb+1ast
Radnicki: M.Spica 10+5reb, M.Lee 9+3reb+1ast, S.Markovic 8+2reb+6ast, A.Gaddefors 7+2reb, M.Cakarevic 6+6reb+5ast, D.Mijatovic 6
gschID: 92564


Hemofarm - Cedevita 76-81

No shocking result in a game in Vrsac where sixth ranked Croatian Cedevita (10-8) defeated 9th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (8-10) 81-76 on Friday. Hemofarm was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cedevita looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 24 points. Forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Boris Savovic (206-87) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and Jamaican center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Hemofarm players scored in double figures. Cedevita maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. Loser Hemofarm keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Cedevita will face Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round where they are favorite. Hemofarm will play on the road against the league's second-placed Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: C.Edwards 24+4reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 12+5reb+1ast, D.Draper 11+1reb+6ast, R.Troha 8+1reb+2ast, B.Wright 6+3reb+6ast, T.Plaisted 6+1reb+2ast
Hemofarm: B.Savovic 18+9reb+1ast, J.Jordan 13+6reb+1ast, M.Borisov 13+4reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 11+2reb+3ast, B.Krstovic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 92559


Partizan - Union Olimpija 61-50

Round 18 in Adriatic League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Beograd where host Serbian Partizan (11-7) beat league's leader Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-7) 61-50 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Union Olimpija managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Union Olimpija to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Union Olimpija 44-19 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward James Gist (203-86) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was FYR Macedonian-Slovenian guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, agency: World Sport Agency) who recorded 16 points and forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points respectively. Defending Serbian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Union Olimpija. Union Olimpija will play next round against Hemofarm trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked KK Zagreb CO on the road.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Gist 21+6reb+1ast, J.Vesely 9+8reb, C.Jerrells 9+3reb+4ast, N.Jawai 8+8reb+1ast, D.Kecman 5+5reb+3ast, R.Katic 3+6reb
Union Olimpija: V.Ilievski 16+1reb, K.Pinkney 10+2reb+1ast, G.Jagodnik 9+4reb+1ast, G.Shermadini 7+3reb, K.Gregory 6+1reb, D.Markota 2+6reb
gschID: 92560


Cibona - KK Zagreb CO 83-99

One of the most interesting games of round 18 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO won against host Cibona (8-10) 99-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cibona. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-83. KK Zagreb CO made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Mario Kasun (213-80) chipped in 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gordan Giricek (197-77) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cibona's coach Drazen Anzulovic rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. KK Zagreb CO (11-7) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KK Zagreb CO will meet at home league's leader Partizan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cibona will play against CEZ Nymburk (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 22+8reb+2ast, M.Kasun 19+3reb+1ast, D.Rancic 17+2reb+3ast, A.Renfroe 17+2reb+4ast, K.Simon 13+7reb+3ast, J.Heytvelt 7+3reb
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 14+6reb+3ast, G.Giricek 12+6reb+3ast, A.Krapic 12+7reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 11+1reb+2ast, M.Rozic 10+2ast, J.Lalic 7+1ast
gschID: 92561


Buducnost - Siroki TT 86-64

Very expected game in Podgorica where 9th ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (8-10) was rolled over by third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (11-7) 86-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Buducnost led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Buducnost outrebounded Siroki TT Kabeli 38-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. Siroki TT Kabeli was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) who recorded 16 points and Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) added 12 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. Defending Montenegrin champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Siroki TT Kabeli lost fifth consecutive game. Defending Bosnian champion keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Buducnost will face Igokea (#7) in Aleksandrovac in the next round where they are favorite. Siroki TT Kabeli will play on the road against Cedevita in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: V.Dragicevic 19+5reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+12reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 12+1reb+1ast, A.Popovic 11+7reb+3ast, N.Otasevic 10+1reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 8+5ast
Siroki TT: S.Spralja 16+2reb, S.Stemberger 12+3reb+2ast, V.Morovic 10+2reb+2ast, F.Pilepic 9+4reb, I.Grgat 8+2reb+2ast, D.Planinic 5+2reb
gschID: 92558


Round 14
Radnicki - KK Zagreb CO 97-92 OT

Serbian Radnicki (9-9) survived in overtime against Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-7) by five points 97-92. KK Zagreb CO was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of Radnicki, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-11. Radnicki made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. KK Zagreb CO was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Michael Lee (207-86) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) replied with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Radnicki has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 9-9 record, which they share with Igokea. KK Zagreb CO at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Radnicki will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play against the league's leader Partizan (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: M.Lee 22+5reb+3ast, S.Markovic 20+2reb+7ast, V.Vukosavljevic 14+5reb+1ast, M.Cakarevic 9+10reb+3ast, P.Miletic 9+3reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 8+3reb
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 30+6reb+4ast, M.Kasun 16+3reb+1ast, L.Zoric 10+6reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 10+5reb+8ast, J.Heytvelt 9+2reb, D.Mulaomerovic 8+4reb+7ast
gschID: 120054




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  ALGERIA   


No surprises - by Carlos Pereira
The recovery of the national championship basketball superdivision, truncated of three games, made Friday no changes in the overall standings, where the main contenders to the final coronation are logically imposed against opponents widely in scope.
GSP, which hosted the in Hydra the Batna, did not encounter any major difficulties to clinch the two points of the match and especially to keep their unbeaten. WA Boufarik, which faced the IRBB Arrridj the room Chiref-Moussa, continues to chase GSP for the success win by 92-65. The NB Staoueli was also imposed at home before the AB Skikda still vulnerable away from their bases. Final score: 96-70 for the Brahami Merouane men who continue to play leading roles.

RESULTS
TBB Blida USM Alger 77-64
GS Ptroliers O. Batna 80-64
NB Staouli AB Skikda 96-70
ASPTT Alger USMM Hadjout 60-70
WA Boufarik IRBB Arrridj 95-62
CRB Tmouchent NA Hussein-Dey (Delay)
OM Bel-Abbs - AU Annaba (Delay)
CSM Constantine CRB Dar-El-Beda not played

STANDING Pts G
1. GS Ptroliers 34 17
2 . WABoufarik 32 17
3 .NB Staouli 31 17
4 .TBB Blida 30 17
5 .CRB Dar Beda 28 16.
6. CSM Constantine 27 16
7. O. Batna 25 17
-. IRBB Arrridj 25 17
9. OM Bel-Abbs 23 16
10. NAH. Dey 22 16
-. USM Alger 22 17
12. AU Annaba 2 16
13. AB Skikda 21 17
14. CRB Tmouchent 20 16
15. USMM Hadjout 19 17
16. ASPTTAlger 18 17




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  ARGENTINA   


Gutierrez's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Obras and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Monte Hermoso (#10, 4-6) 82-71. Obras maintains the 3rd position in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Obras will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. Gutierrez turned to be Obras' top player in his first season with the team. Gutierrez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.5ppg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol. He is former international forward in his second season at Penarol. In the last game Leiva recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Penarol cruised to a 94-82 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Gimnasia CR (#9, 5-4). This victory allowed Penarol to move up to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Leiva is well-known at Penarol and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management) of Monte Hermoso (#10). Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Monte Hermoso lost 84-96 to slightly higher-ranked Quimsa (#8, 5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Monte Hermoso ranking at the top of Round 7, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Johnson could help Monte Hermoso to bring them higher in the standings. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (7th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Hernando Salles (188-G-79) of Monte Hermoso - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Hernando Salles (188-G-79) of Monte Hermoso - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) of Quimsa - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72) of Boca Jrs - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Lanus - 20 points and 5 rebounds

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


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


AirAsia Philippine Patriots beat Westports KL Dragons to gain 1-0 semis lead - by Ozell Wells
A heroic performance from Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), who scored 36 points with 11 rebounds, led the AirAsia Philippine Patriots to a gritty 88 -83 win over the Westports KL Dragons in the first game of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League playoffs semi-finals.
Both teams started the games playing very tight on defense with the Patriots early full court press giving the Patriots a head start with a 9 2 lead. The Dragons did not panic and steady play brought them back into the game with a 14 5 run bringing them their first lead of the game at 16 14. With the defensive pressure not relenting from either team, the quarter ended with both teams tied at 18 apiece.

Defense again took the prominence at the start of the 2nd quarter with the half court pressure from the Patriots clearing affecting the Dragons play, limiting them to only 4 points in the first 6 minutes. The Patriots took a commanding 10 point lead off a Paul Alcaraz (180-G-71) shot with 2:07 left in the half but once again, much like the first half, the Dragons clawed their way back into the game, coming within 6 at the end of the half off back to back 3 pointers from Justin Leith, who ended the half with 14 points.

The pressure defense from the Patriots had forced the Dragons to 9 turnovers and an abysmal 32% shooting in the first half. The Dragons were showing their defensive strengths as well, forcing the Patriots to 8 turnovers in the half.

The Dragons started the 3rd quarter with determined play, drawing within 41 - 40 behind a 3 pointer from Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) and basket from Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) The game proceeded to be very close as the Patriots and Dragons traded baskets with the lead never getting to more than 3 but with 1 minute remaining, Gabe Freeman scored 5 straight points allowing the Patriots to pull ahead at 64 59.

The Dragons came back at the start of the 4th quarter going on a 12 6 run behind 7 points from Rudy Lingganay. Sensing urgency, the Patriots would take control after that, retaking the lead for good as Freeman once again knocked down a jumper. The Dragons tried to keep in the game but suddenly Freeman caught fire, having a personal 7 0 run, pulling the Patriots ahead by 9 with 3:02 remaining in the game. Once last run by the Dragons came up short, as the Patriots held on, ending the game 88 83.

Clearly the man of the match, Freeman was asked what motivated him to his dominant performance Its Basketball instinct, when our team was down I just wanna go out be aggressive and help our team.

The Patriots dominated the boards against the Dragons, 41 22, behind a combined 24 rebounds from Freeman and Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.).

The combination of Nakiea Miller, Justin Leith and Rudy Ligganay combined for 64 of the Dragons 83 points as the rest of the team went 2 16 from the field.

The league leader in fouls per game, Freeman picked up his 3rd foul at the end of the half but was able to stay foul less till the end of the game.
courtesy of ASEAN basketball league


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 15: Adelaide 36ers beat Perth Wildcats by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 15 in the NBL took place in Findon. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Perth Wildcats (12-6) to seventh ranked Adelaide 36ers (7-10) 77-76 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Adelaide 36ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Ron Howard (196-82, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Perth Wildcats. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Blaze. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second position with six games lost. Adelaide 36ers is again looking forward to face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (10-6) against eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers (6-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Melbourne Tigers in a tough game in Melbourne 76-83. It was a great evening for Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Luke Nevill helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) with 32 points and 4 assists. Melbourne Tigers maintains eighth place with 6-11 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Melbourne Tigers will play against bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (10-6) against seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (7-10) on Wednesday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Gold Coast Blaze in a tough game in Broadbeach 85-90. It was an exceptional evening for Ira Clark who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Crosswhite came up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 36ers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the third position with six games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Perth Wildcats (12-6) which hosted in Perth 4th placed Townsville Crocodiles (10-8). Second ranked Perth Wildcats had an easy win 88-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. The best player for the winners was Shawn Redhage who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-6 record behind leader Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach.
Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of thirteen consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Wollongong Hawks in Sydney 81-71. It was a good game for Ben Madgen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kings' coach Ian Robilliard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kings maintains ninth place with 2-14 record. Wollongong Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Kings will face higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 36ers were beaten by Breakers on the road 91-77.



Tigers - Taipans 83-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (10-6) against eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers (6-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Melbourne Tigers in a tough game in Melbourne 76-83. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) with 32 points and 4 assists and center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers maintains eighth place with 6-11 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Melbourne Tigers will play against bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Tigers: L.Nevill 19+6reb+2ast, E.Devendorf 16+1reb, C.Williams 14+7reb+9ast, M.Burston 12+6reb+1ast, L.Walker 7+6reb, D.Corletto 7+1reb
Taipans: A.Ubaka 32+4ast, I.Crosswhite 14+10reb+3ast, R.Dorsey 12+1reb+1ast, P.Jones 7+5reb, D.Rychart 6+10reb+2ast, D.Dillon 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94603


36ers - Wildcats 77-76

The most exciting game of round 15 in the NBL took place in Findon. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Perth Wildcats (12-6) to seventh ranked Adelaide 36ers (7-10) 77-76 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Adelaide 36ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Ron Howard (196-82, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. International swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Perth Wildcats. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Blaze. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second position with six games lost. Adelaide 36ers is again looking forward to face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Ballinger 26+7reb+1ast, R.Howard 12+6reb+4ast, M.Creek 11+3reb+1ast, B.Hill 10+5reb+3ast, J.Holmes 7+7reb+7ast, E.Shannon 5+3reb+4ast
Wildcats: S.Weigh 17+9reb, C.Tovey 13+6reb+4ast, A.Brown 8+6reb, S.Redhage 8+4reb, K.Lisch 7+4reb+2ast, A.Majok 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94604


Breakers - 36ers 91-77

No shocking result in a game when first ranked New Zealand Breakers (13-3) beat 7th ranked Adelaide 36ers (7-10) in Auckland 91-77 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Adelaide 36ers managed to win fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) added 18 points in the effort for Adelaide 36ers. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. New Zealand Breakers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Loser Adelaide 36ers dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Cairns Taipans (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Adelaide 36ers will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.
Top scorers:
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 21+7reb, K.Penney 19+3reb+1ast, K.Braswell 11+4reb+3ast, M.Vukona 9+10reb+2ast, A.Pledger 9+7reb, C.Bruton 7+1reb+1ast
36ers: D.Johnson 18+4reb+1ast, A.Ballinger 16+8reb+3ast, B.Hill 9+4reb+1ast, J.Holmes 8+6reb+4ast, R.Howard 8+1reb+2ast, J.Dowdell 6+4reb
gschID: 94600


Sydney K. - Hawks 81-71

Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of thirteen consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Wollongong Hawks in Sydney 81-71. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kings outrebounded Wollongong Hawks 62-28 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Wollongong Hawks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Kings' coach Ian Robilliard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) added 22 points in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. Kings maintains ninth place with 2-14 record. Wollongong Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Kings will face higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: B.Madgen 19+12reb+1ast, P.Sanders 14+5reb+1ast, J.Khazzouh 11+15reb+1ast, G.Dann 11+9reb+1ast, M.Dickel 8+4reb+4ast, T.Gilder 8+9reb+2ast
Hawks: G.Ervin 22+2ast, O.Forman 14+11reb+1ast, D.Gruber 12+4reb, T.Coenraad 8+6reb, R.Martin 6+2reb+3ast, D.Jackson 3+1ast
gschID: 94601


Wildcats - Crocodiles 88-68

An interesting game for Perth Wildcats (12-6) which hosted in Perth 4th placed Townsville Crocodiles (10-8). Second ranked Perth Wildcats had an easy win 88-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. The game was mostly controlled by Perth Wildcats. Townsville Crocodiles managed to win third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Townsville Crocodiles turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Townsville Crocodiles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-6 record behind leader Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: S.Redhage 19+6reb+1ast, S.Weigh 16+4reb+1ast, B.Andre 14+8reb, K.Lisch 11+2reb+2ast, D.Martin 7+2reb+4ast, D.Williamson 7+3reb
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 25+10reb+1ast, R.Hinder 9+4reb+4ast, P.Crawford 9+3reb, W.Blalock 8+6reb+5ast, N.Crosswell 6+2reb+1ast, M.Cedar 5+2reb
gschID: 94602


Blaze - Taipans 90-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (10-6) against seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (7-10) on Wednesday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Gold Coast Blaze in a tough game in Broadbeach 85-90. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cairns Taipans won third quarter 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gold Coast Blaze had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Gold Coast Blaze especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gold Coast Blaze made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) accounted for 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) came up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) added 21 points respectively for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 36ers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the third position with six games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blaze: I.Clark 29+10reb+1ast, A.Gibson 19+5reb+10ast, C.Goulding 18+2reb+1ast, M.Worthington 10+11reb+2ast, S.Hoare 5+4reb+1ast, D.Hudson 5+2reb+1ast
Taipans: R.Dorsey 21+4reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 16+5reb+6ast, A.Ubaka 15+2reb+1ast, D.Dillon 14+2reb+2ast, D.Rychart 8+4reb, L.Tait 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 94599




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, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Worthington, Blaze17.9 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.5 
 6. Ubaka, Taipans16.4 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.1 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.9 
 9. Khazzouh, Sydney K.15.9 
 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. Nevill, Tigers7.6 
 4. Holmes, 36ers7.6 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.3 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 7. Vukona, Breakers7.1 
 8. Williams, Tigers7.1 
 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, 36ers5.1 
 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. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 6. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.3 
 9. Robbins, Wildcats1.3 
 10. Carter, 36ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.5 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.1 
 3. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.4 
 5. Gilder, Sydney K.1.3 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 7. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.1.0 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.9 


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


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 17-4 
 2. Arkadia 14-7 
 3. Furstenfeld 13-8 
 4. Kapfenberg 13-8 
 5. Klosterneub. 12-9 
 6. Oberwart 12-9 
 7. UBSC Graz 12-9 
 8. Wels 10-11 
 9. BC Vienna 8-13 
 10. Gussing 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, Arkadia21.1 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.1 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.7 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.5 
 10. Nagler, Klostern.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.8 
 3. Volcic, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.2 
 6. Vay, Arkadia8.1 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.5 
 8. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna7.2 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.8 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Danek, Arkadia6.6 
 4. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.5 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.5 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 7. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 10. Jandl, St.Polten1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.8 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. Carr, Furstenfeld0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 21: Kapfenberg Bulls are upset by BC Vienna - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the first stage in A Bundesliga.

The game between second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-8) and tenth ranked BC Vienna (8-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by BC Vienna in a tough game in Kapfenberg 67-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Kapfenberg Bulls won third period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American guard Markus Carr (185-79, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. BC Vienna moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Gussing. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. BC Vienna is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in Klagenfurt in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play on the road against the league's leader Gmunden Swans (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Gmunden Swans delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Gussing Knights (8-13) 87-60. It was a good game for international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Dan Oppland contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Gussing Knights. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans has a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with BC Vienna. Gmunden Swans will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Klosterneub. were defeated by Furstenfeld in a road game 77-63. Arkadia beat Oberwart at home 84-68. St.Polten won against Worthersee on the opponent's court 83-72. UBSC Graz managed to outperform Wels in a home game 83-73.
The best stats of 21th round was 30 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals by Anthony Shavies of Furstenfeld.


Gussing - Gmunden 60-87

Leader Gmunden Swans delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Gussing Knights (8-13) 87-60. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Gussing Knights managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gussing Knights' 28. It was a good game for international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sebastian Koch (201-88) added 15 points in the effort for Gussing Knights. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans has a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with BC Vienna. Gmunden Swans will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 21+7reb+1ast, M.Mayer 17+11reb+4ast, E.Murati 14+3reb+2ast, D.Mayes 13, R.Moschny 5+2reb, F.Schoeninger 5+2reb+1ast
Gussing: M.Heard 16+11reb, S.Koch 15+2reb, A.Djuric 8+7reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 6+2reb+1ast, A.Nunner 5+1reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 5
gschID: 93823


Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 77-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers and 5th ranked Xion Dukes had identical 12-8 record. This time Furstenfeld Panthers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Klosterneuburg 77-63. Xion Dukes were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 46-27 second half run of Furstenfeld Panthers. They also forced 20 Xion Dukes turnovers. Xion Dukes were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import forward Dennis Carr (201-81, college: Embry Riddle) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Xion Dukes. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Furstenfeld Panthers (13-8) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Oberwart and UBSC Graz. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against St.Polten (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xion Dukes will play against the league's second-placed Arkadia Lions (#2) in Traiskirchen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 30+10reb+7ast, D.Alexander 14+3reb+3ast, D.Carr 11+8reb+2ast, S.Ray 9+7reb+4ast, R.Hicks 6+5reb, R.Hampton 5+4reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 15+6reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 13+7reb+1ast, L.Sallomon 9+5reb+4ast, J.Chappell 8+4reb, A.Maresch 5+4reb+1ast, C.Nagler 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93820


Arkadia - Oberwart 84-68

No shocking result in a game in Traiskirchen where second ranked Arkadia Lions (14-7) defeated 6th ranked Oberwart Gunners (12-9) 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadia Lions. Oberwart Gunners managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadia Lions made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Arkadia Lions outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 42-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oberwart Gunners were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oberwart Gunners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadia Lions have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-7 record having just three points less than leader Gmunden. Oberwart Gunners at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Klosterneub. and UBSC Graz. Arkadia Lions will play against Xion Dukes (#5) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Oberwart Gunners will play at home against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 24+13reb+4ast, K.Houston 20+9reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 13+4reb+3ast, B.Danek 9+4reb+5ast, M.Bralovic 8+1reb+1ast, S.Balga 6+2reb
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 23+7reb+1ast, K.Parker 11+1reb+3ast, J.Johnson 8+9reb+1ast, T.Sally 8+3reb, H.Artner 5+1reb+2ast, B.Volcic 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 93821


Worthersee - St.Polten 72-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten's (1-20) home loss to eleventh ranked St.Polten (6-15) 72-83. The game was mostly controlled by St.Polten. Worthersee Piraten managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worthersee Piraten was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Nizar Kapic (188-92) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four St.Polten players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Worthersee Piraten. Worthersee Piraten's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. St.Polten maintains eleventh place with 6-15 record. Worthersee Piraten lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. St.Polten will play against higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Worthersee Piraten will play against BC Vienna (#9) in Wien to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: T.Gaspar 18+6reb, R.Poiger 17+5reb+1ast, N.Kapic 17+5reb+2ast, H.Opoku 14+3reb, M.Speiser 9+3reb+2ast, A.Worenz 7+4reb+1ast
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 18+5reb, E.Rhinehart 12+6reb, A.Kuttnig 11+2reb+2ast, S.Husanovic 8+4reb+4ast, M.Breithuber 6+1reb+4ast, E.Allesch 5
gschID: 93822


Kapfenberg - BC Vienna 67-72

The game between second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-8) and tenth ranked BC Vienna (8-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by BC Vienna in a tough game in Kapfenberg 67-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Kapfenberg Bulls won third quarter 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American guard Markus Carr (185-79, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) added 17 points respectively. BC Vienna moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Gussing. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. BC Vienna is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in Klagenfurt in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play on the road against the league's leader Gmunden Swans (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 30+10reb+2ast, M.Carr 16+3reb+9ast, A.Trepalovac 9+8reb, S.Pekovic 9+4reb+1ast, S.Rhynes 4+3reb+1ast, S.N'Diaye 2+1reb
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 22+14reb+2ast, D.Horace 17+4reb+1ast, A.Woschank 12+3reb+2ast, L.Jordan 8+8reb+3ast, M.Lanegger 5+3reb+8ast, S.Knabl 3
gschID: 93818


UBSC Graz - Wels 83-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked UBSC Graz's (12-9) home victory over 8th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-11) 83-73. Raiffeisen Wels were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of UBSC Graz, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (194-79) contributed with 22 points for the winners. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. UBSC Graz moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Oberwart. Raiffeisen Wels lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. UBSC Graz will play against Oberwart Gunners (#6) on the road in the next round. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: L.Graham 23+12reb+2ast, S.Grum 22+2reb+3ast, D.Miletic 20+2reb+5ast, M.Stegnjaic 9+4reb+1ast, M.Pesic 4+3reb+2ast, C.Knor 3+2reb+1ast
Wels: R.Brokenborough 19+5reb+2ast, T.Klette 16+8reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 12+6reb+2ast, R.Holcomb Faye 9+3reb+9ast, J.Francois 8+5reb, B.Fields 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93819




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  BAHRAIN   


Ahli and Hala get their wins - by Yousef Ahmed

AL AHLI and Al Hala posted respective wins over Isa Town and Muharraq last night in the main round of the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.
In the first match, Al Ahli defeated Isa Town 93-85 to keep the pressure on leaders Manama, while Al Hala notched up a significant 107-86 win over title holders Muharraq to revive their chances in the competition.
Both Muharraq and Manama are on six points from three games and with two matches remaining for each. They are being followed by Al Ahli who are now on five points.
Al Ahli, under their new Kuwaiti coach Faisal Buresli, headed into this game needing the full points to keep their chances of finishing in the top two and reach the best-of-three final. Jamal Holden of the US, playing his last game for Al Ahli who recently signed American import Mark One, guided Buresli's squad to their second win in three games.
Al Ahli were the stronger side yesterday, taking a 24-19 lead in the first quarter, before Isa Town reduced the deficit to 38-39 at half-time.
But Al Ahli, widely known as the 'yellow eagles', regained momentum in the third set by stretching their lead to 70-62.
Buresli's side continued to dominate show in the fourth and deciding quarter as they never looked back for an eight-point victory.
Also spearheading Al Ahli yesterday were some of Bahrain's top local players like Maytham Jameel, Mohammed Qurban, Hussain Shaker, Mahmood Abdulnabi and Sayed Hashim Habib. Isa Town, coached by Ahmed Salman, had big hopes on Boris Siakam of the US besides local talents Ebrahim Al Khabbaz, Jehad Ahmed, Aziz Qahiri, Mahmood Qaheri, Ahmed Janahi and Hadi Habib.

American import Patrick Simpson helped Al Hala upset Muharraq for their maiden win. Al Hala, playing their best game in the season, dominated most of the proceedings. They went ahead 17-14 in the first quarter, then stretched their lead to 52-31 at the break.Muharraq gradually came back and cut Al Hala's lead to 70-64 at the end of the third quarter, but Al Hala regained composure in the closing stages to secure victory.The victors, coached by Saleh Al Haddad, were also spearheaded by veteran Bahraini skipper Ahmed Malalla as well as Ahmed Ali, Hussain Murtada, Abbas Jawadi, Ahmed Hajji and Ali Abbas. Muharraq, under their Argentinean coach Guillermo Vecchio, were relying on former NBA veteran Lamond Murray who made the bulk of scoring.



Source GDN By RAMI HULAYYEL ,Posted on Sunday, January 23, 2011


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 16: Nevezis are defeated by Perlas - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius whereninth ranked Perlas won against visiting Nevezis (9-5) 82-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Perlas made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Nevezis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Perlas maintains ninth position in Elite with 6-10 record. Nevezis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kalev/Cramo. Perlas are looking forward to face higher ranked Siauliai (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nevezis will play against Rudupis in Prienai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fourth ranked Ventspils won against host Valmiera (1-16) 83-68. The winners were led by forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) who scored that evening 16 points and 7 rebounds and Arturs Berzins supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Valmiera. Valmiera's coach Gatis Melderis rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils (10-4) moved-up to third place in Elite. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Ventspils will play against Liepaja (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valmiera will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tartu. Second ranked Estonian host TU/Rock (11-5) smashed one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Rudupis (10-6) 86-62. It was a key game for the second position in Elite. Georgi Tsintsadze fired 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Povilas Butkevicius produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Defending Estonian champion maintains second position in Elite with 11-5 record behind leader VEF Riga. Rudupis at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rudupis will play against Nevezis (#6) in Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Baltic League top team - Latvian VEF Riga (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (3-13) 94-60. It was a very good performance for Dairis Bertans who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 12-2 record. TTU/Kalev lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 13 games lost. VEF Riga's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valmiera (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. TTU/Kalev will play against Ventspils.
Very significant was Lithuanian Techasas' (#3, 4-4) victory against their biggest opponent Latvian Zemgale (6-2) 83-69. Worth to mention a great performance of Marius Valukonis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Techasas will face league's second-placed Neptunas in Klaipeda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zemgale will play on the road against the league's leader Juventus in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 16
In Elite TTU/Kalev was destroyed by Siauliai on the opponent's court 84-63.


Challenge
Techasas - Zemgale 83-69

Very significant was Lithuanian Techasas' (#3, 4-4) victory against their biggest opponent Latvian Zemgale (6-2) 83-69. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-69. Techasas forced 22 Zemgale turnovers. Zemgale was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Techasas players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) responded with 24 points and power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Techasas will face league's second-placed Neptunas in Klaipeda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zemgale will play on the road against the league's leader Juventus in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Techasas: M.Valukonis 17+12reb, A.Aleksandrovas 16+5reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 13+7reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 12+4reb, V.Volkus 10+4reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 8+2reb+8ast
Zemgale: E.Krumins 24+1reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 11+11reb+2ast, A.Senkans 8+3reb+2ast, I.Bergmanis 7+3ast, S.Metra 5+7reb+3ast, J.Bambis 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120096


Elite
Perlas - Nevezis 82-71

The most interesting game of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius whereninth ranked Perlas won against visiting Nevezis (9-5) 82-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Perlas made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Nevezis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perlas maintains ninth position in Elite with 6-10 record. Nevezis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kalev/Cramo. Perlas are looking forward to face higher ranked Siauliai (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nevezis will play against Rudupis in Prienai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perlas: V.Dilys 18+7reb+2ast, L.Samenas 18+6reb+5ast, A.Siksnius 14+4reb+2ast, D.Redikas 14+4reb+4ast, E.Bendzius 7+2reb, A.Viskontas 6+2reb+6ast
Nevezis: E.Kalve 20+7reb, P.Belevicius 12+1reb+4ast, M.Simonavicius 11+2reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 10+11reb+1ast, L.Lukosevicius 8+1reb+2ast, B.Cresnar 6+3reb
gschID: 120708


Siauliai - TTU/Kalev 84-63

Very expected game when 11th ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (3-13) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (9-7) 84-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. TTU/Kalev managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to TTU/Kalev's 20 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. TTU/Kalev was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Samoan guard Rashaun Broadus (182-84, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists and Ukrainian center Roman Gumenyuk (221-87) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Raido Roos (185-84) scored 13 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. Siauliai has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position in Elite with 9-7 record. TTU/Kalev lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Siauliai will face Perlas (#9) in Vilnius in the next round. TTU/Kalev will play at home against Ventspils.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: R.Broadus 16+4reb+6ast, D.Weaver 14+5reb, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb, V.Sarakauskas 11+5reb+1ast, R.Gumenyuk 9+9reb+2ast, R.Harris 8+1reb+3ast
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 15+8reb+1ast, R.Roos 13+3reb+4ast, C.Archibald 12+3reb+2ast, M.Kurg 6+4reb, K.Makke 4+2reb, I.Pilk 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 117262


TU/Rock - Rudupis 86-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tartu. Second ranked Estonian host TU/Rock (11-5) smashed one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Rudupis (10-6) 86-62. It was a key game for the second position in Elite. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Rudupis managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Georgian guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) fired 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (201-87) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Defending Estonian champion maintains second position in Elite with 11-5 record behind leader VEF Riga. Rudupis at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rudupis will play against Nevezis (#6) in Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: G.Tsintsadze 18+4reb+2ast, A.Paade 14+3reb, C.Eziukwu 14+6reb+1ast, V.Allingu 9+6reb, S.Leppik 8+3reb+3ast, T.Eichfuss 8+1reb+1ast
Rudupis: P.Butkevicius 19+13reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 15+3reb+2ast, E.Dainys 11+1reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 7+6reb, G.Orelikas 4+3reb, P.Parachomikas 2+2reb
gschID: 117259


VEF Riga - TTU/Kalev 94-60

Baltic League top team - Latvian VEF Riga (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (3-13) 94-60. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. TTU/Kalev managed to win fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to TTU/Kalev's 40. VEF Riga forced 25 TTU/Kalev turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a very good performance for swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Russian center Ivans Nelyubov (207-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Erik Keedus (194-90) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 12-2 record. TTU/Kalev lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 13 games lost. VEF Riga's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valmiera (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. TTU/Kalev will play against Ventspils.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: I.Nelyubov 19+1reb+1ast, T.Hughes 13+2reb+3ast, D.Bertans 13+7reb+7ast, K.Berzins 13+6reb+1ast, T.Cain 12+3reb+1ast, S.Valters 10+3reb+4ast
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 17+9reb+3ast, E.Keedus 8+5reb+3ast, M.Klementsov 8+2reb+2ast, I.Pilk 8+4reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 7+5reb+1ast, A.Arnold 4+1ast
gschID: 117260


Valmiera - Ventspils 68-83

One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fourth ranked Ventspils won against host Valmiera (1-16) 83-68. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Valmiera managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valmiera was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) who scored that evening 16 points and 7 rebounds and center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Valmiera. Lithuanian forward Arturas Valeika (206-85, college: Midland CC) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valmiera's coach Gatis Melderis rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils (10-4) moved-up to third place in Elite. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Ventspils will play against Liepaja (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valmiera will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: A.Berzins 18+5reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 16+7reb+1ast, R.Anderson 16+5reb+3ast, J.Strelnieks 12+2reb+8ast, A.Strelnieks 9+6reb+2ast, I.Bankevics 6+1reb+1ast
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 18+11reb, J.Andzejevskis 13+3reb, A.Valeika 13+11reb, R.Gabrans 12+3reb+5ast, O.Virsis 6+3reb+5ast, E.Slesers 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117261




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Osby, TT.18.5 
 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: 11.4
 1. Osby, TT.11.4 
 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. Veselovs, Valmiera7.7 
 9. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.6 
 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. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 4. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 6. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Kriisa, TT.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. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 5. Anderson, Ventspils1.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 10. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
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. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 
 10. Volkus, Techasas1.0 


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 9-7 
 8. Norrkoping 6-8 
 9. Perlas 6-10 
 10. Liepaja 5-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 3-13 
 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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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 12-2 
 2. M.Hainaut 10-4 
 3. Charleroi 9-2 
 4. Antwerp 8-6 
 5. Oostende 7-8 
 6. Liege 5-8 
 7. Leuven 4-9 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 3-10 
 9. Gent 2-11 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Waters, Verviers.16.5 
 3. Copeland, Aalstar16.5 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi16.3 
 5. Miller, Leuven15.6 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.4 
 7. Freeman, Leuven14.9 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.9 
 9. Stipanovic, Liege14.7 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Randle, Gent8.6 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar8.1 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.6 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.7.1 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.0 
 6. Riddick, Charleroi6.9 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.9 
 8. Tofi, Leuven6.9 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.5 
 10. Thomas, Oostende6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.3 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.0 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.5 
 4. Miller, Leuven3.4 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi3.3 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven3.2 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 9. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 10. Gomis, Charleroi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Oostende2.4 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.2 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi1.9 
 7. McCauley, M.Hai.1.9 
 8. Greene, Charleroi1.8 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.8 
 10. Jackson, Verviers.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Santiago, Charleroi1.0 
 5. Randle, Gent1.0 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Faison, Oostende0.5 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.4 
 10. Ebong, Oostende0.4 


D1 Round 16: Top-ranked Okapi Aalstar wins another game - by Eurobasket News
D1 top team - Okapi Aalstar (12-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-10) 75-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But VOO Verviers-Pepinster won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar dominated on the defensive end, holding VOO Verviers-Pepinster to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 38-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Okapi Aalstar has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Leuven was quite interesting. Second ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Leuven Bears (4-9). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch power forward Peter Van Paassen (211-78, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and Ronell Taylor who added 21 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 22 points. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains second position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Aalstar. Leuven Bears lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Spirou Charleroi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked Optima Gent (2-11) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (8-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only two-point victory 56-54. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Timothy Black who scored that evening 16 points. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by Monwell Randle did not help to save the game for Optima Gent. Optima Gent's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants maintains fourth position with 8-6 record. Optima Gent lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet at home Leuven Bears (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-2) and 5th ranked Base Oostende (7-8) in Charleroi ended with biggest points difference. Spirou Charleroi outscored guests from Oostende 78-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. Demond Mallet fired 23 points for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-2 record having 3 victories less than leader Aalstar. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it will be for sure the game of the week.



Charleroi - Oostende 78-59

The game between third ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-2) and 5th ranked Base Oostende (7-8) in Charleroi ended with biggest points difference. Spirou Charleroi outscored guests from Oostende 78-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Spirou Charleroi's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-8 extending their advantage to 19 points. Spirou Charleroi forced 20 Base Oostende turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 23 points for the winners. The other American import swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) produced 13 points and international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, agency: Lanshire Group) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-2 record having 3 victories less than leader Aalstar. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 23+1reb+1ast, D.Broyles 17+6reb+1ast, J.Gomis 11+2reb+3ast, C.Beghin 9+6reb, C.Hill 8+3reb+2ast, B.Greene 7+1ast
Oostende: M.Lojeski 13+2reb+3ast, W.Thomas 11+3reb, C.Green 10+2reb, D.Katnic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Faison 8+6reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 98623


Leuven - M.Hainaut 81-86

The game in Leuven was quite interesting. Second ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (10-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Leuven Bears (4-9). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut made 20-of-21 charity shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch power forward Peter Van Paassen (211-78, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who added 21 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 22 points and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains second position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Aalstar. Leuven Bears lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Spirou Charleroi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 21+3reb+3ast, P.Van Paassen 20+9reb+2ast, M.Hatten 20+2reb+2ast, B.McCauley 10+7reb+2ast, S.Foster 9+3reb+1ast, J.Cage 4+1reb+1ast
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 22+1reb+3ast, B.Freeman 19+1reb, J.Tofi 12+7reb+2ast, D.Lowhorn 12+6reb, A.Dagunduro 8+4reb+6ast, N.Marnegrave 4+1reb
gschID: 98624


Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 69-75

D1 top team - Okapi Aalstar (12-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-10) 75-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But VOO Verviers-Pepinster won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar dominated on the defensive end, holding VOO Verviers-Pepinster to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 38-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Okapi Aalstar has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Young 22+10reb, C.Copeland 19+7reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 18+8reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 8+4reb+2ast, S.Burrell 3+1reb+1ast, P.Gonzales 3+4reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 15+10reb+1ast, D.Waters 15+2reb, B.Gay 13+5reb, R.Freeman 9+5reb+2ast, A.Agudio 8+2reb, D.Jorssen 4+1reb
gschID: 98625


Gent - Antwerp 54-56

Ninth-ranked Optima Gent (2-11) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (8-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only two-point victory 56-54. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 22-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants dominated on the defensive end, holding Optima Gent to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The winners were led by American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored that evening 16 points and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (214-86) supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Optima Gent. International guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Optima Gent's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants maintains fourth position with 8-6 record. Optima Gent lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet at home Leuven Bears (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 16+3reb+1ast, D.Wilson 12+3reb, S.Mejri 10+6reb, R.Moors 7+1reb+4ast, T.Strickland 5+4reb+1ast, J.Mwema 2+1reb
Gent: M.Randle 18+10reb, L.Bosco 16+5reb+2ast, W.Dobbelaere 5, D.Emerson 4+5reb, S.Geukens 4+3reb, M.Rose 4
gschID: 98622




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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 14-2 
 2. Borac Nektar 11-5 
 3. Capljina 11-5 
 4. Mladost 10-5 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 9-7 
 6. Sloboda Dita 8-7 
 7. Zrinjski HT 8-8 
 8. Hercegovac 7-7 
 9. Kakanj 6-9 
 10. Celik 6-10 
 11. Varda HE 5-10 
 12. Brotnjo 3-12 
 13. Slavija 2-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


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  CAPE VERDE   


Barefoot Coach Alex Nwora travels to Cape Verde - by Eurobasket
Coach Alex Nwora is not only the mens basketball coach at Erie Community College, he is also head coach for mens basketball in Cape Verde, Africa. On February 15th, he will coach the game at Erie CC in his bare feet to raise awareness and donations for Samaritans Feet.

Coach Nwora recently traveled to Cape Verde for a basketball camp. He also provided hundreds of children and young adults with shoes and t-shirts from Samaritans Feet. We asked Coach Nwora to share with our readers how he got involved with helping the underprivileged in Cape Verde, and his relationship with Samaritans Feet.

The camp in Cape Verde was called the Elite Basketball Camp. The camp was primarily sponsored by Cape Verde basketball Federation and a non-profit organization called Global Sports Advantage (globalsportsadvantage.org) that my wife and I founded in 2009. The purpose of this foundation was to give back to underprivileged children worldwide, helping them to understand the importance of athletics as a means to acquire education. To this end, Global Sports Advantage has held camps in Nigeria, the US, and Cape Verde to name a few. These camps are free of charge to children between the ages of 5 and 25.

The camp in Cape Verde came about in part because of my relationship with the National Basketball Federation for the country. As the Head Mens Basketball Coach for Cape Verde, I have had numerous opportunities to travel to the country and see, first hand, the needs of the children. To promote athletics and education, Global Sports Advantage arranged (with the help of the Cape Verde National Basketball Federation) to host this camp/clinic event over the holiday break. Initially, the camps were scheduled to occur on three islands in Cape Verde, but scheduling issues and holiday travel caused us to focus the camps on two islands.

Once the camps/clinics were in the planning stages, I had the opportunity to meet Manny and learn of Samaritans Feet. It seemed to be a natural fit to pair the two non-profit organizations for the benefit of the Cape Verde campers. Samaritans Feet generously donated 500 sneakers and t-shirts to be given out at the camps and orphanages.

The camps ran in two cities on two separate islands. The first camp was in Praia the capital city of Cape Verde, and ran from December 20-23. This was the larger of the 2 camps, hosting 150+ children, all from in and around the city. Many of the children came to the camp with no shoes at all or only simple flip-flops. They had never even owned a pair of sneakers before, and they were truly grateful. They also enjoyed the t-shirts, many indicating that they felt American.

The second camp ran in Mandela from December 27-30, and was comprised of children from the more rural island of San Vincent. Unbelievably, this group of campers (approximately 100) was even more impoverished than the first group. All were thrilled to receive t-shirts and shoes courtesy of Samaritans Feet. The entire experience of the camp was well received by all the campers and families.

Unfortunately due to shipping problems, not all the shoes that was donated by Samaritans Feet made it to the island in time for the camps. These shoes will be shipped and distributed to the children in orphanages in February by the Cape Verde Basketball Federation. We are also anticipating another series of camps in the summer, when Global Sports Advantage can complete shoe distributions with a representative from Samaritans Feet (hopefully).

Overall, the camps were a great success in terms of the experience and donations. Volunteers who travelled from the US for Global Sports Advantage were myself (Alex Nwora ), Lazare Adingono, Allison Slein (photographer), Amy Nwora, Jordan Nwora, and Ronni Nwora. We were assisted with arrangements and running of the camps by the Cape Verde National Basketball Federation.

Coach Alex

Courtesy of Samaritans Feet


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  CHINA   


Dongguan Drops Third Game to Fall Further Behind Xinjiang - by Arthur Volbert
Dongguan lost to Bayi today 93-77, falling to 15-3 and 2 1/2 games behind undefeated Xinjiang, which had a bye round. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) had 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead Bayi. Mo Ke had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Wang Lei had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Bo scored 10. Zhang Kai led Dongguan with 20 points and 11 rebounds though he fouled out in 29 minutes. Jackson Vroman had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Akognon scored 15. Sun Tonglin, listed as born in 1992, only scored 6 points but had 13 rebounds in 19 minutes showing his potential to be China's first great power forward.

Zhu Fangyu scored 29 points as Guangdong defeated the Zhejiang Lions 116-97 to remain in third place with a 13-5 record. Lester Hudson had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Marcus Haislip had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 19. Dong Hanlin had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Wang Zheng had 7 points and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Tre Kelley scored 26 for the Lions. Lin Chih-Chieh had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Peter John Ramos had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Young Sun Henan scored 15. Xue Yuyang had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Using no imports for the second game in a row, and missing veterans Li Xiaoxu and Yang Ming, Liaoning lost to Fujian 108-92 but showed enormous future potential. 7-1 300 Han Dejun (215-C-89) had 26 points and 9 rebounds. He Tian-ju (203-F-90) had 24 points and 9 rebounds. #21, a 6-8 forward listed as born in 1990, had 12 points. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Liu Shunan (198-F-90) had 9 points. Veteran Bian Qiang had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Import Andre Emmett had 29 points and 6 rebounds for Fujian. Import Dwayne Jones had 24 points and 16 rebounds. Gong Songlin had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guo Lei scored 11. Lu Xiaoming had 6 points and 8 assists.

Marcus Williams had 31 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists as Zhejiang edged Jiangsu 88-86. Ding Jinhui had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Boone had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jin Lipeng scored 13. Jerome Moiso had 27 points and 22 rebounds for Jiangsu. Liu Yahui scored 14. Tang Zhengdong had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Antoine Wright only scored 7, hitting 3 of 12 shots.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Tianjin 118-102. Leon Rogers had 34 points and 7 rebounds. Shawn Taggart had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Shang Ping scored 20. Zhang Biao had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists and at this stage of their careers appears to be a more valuable point guard than Stephon Marbury, whom he replaced. Lee Benson had 28 points and 13 rebounds for Tianjin. Herve Lamizana had 25 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 12 and Shen Tujun scored 10.

John Lucas had 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists and Shanghai defeated Foshan 102-93. Mike Harris had 24 points and 25 rebounds. Liu Wei had 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Ligang scored 13. Stephon Marbury put up big numbers for Foshan but big numbers mean little in a loss. Marbury had 43 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists but also 6 turnovers. Zhao Yonggang scored 15. Olumide Oyedeji had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 9 points and 2 rebounds.

Jilin beat Qingdao 92-81. Jameel Watkins had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Tim Pickett had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Lu Wei had 10 points and 4 assists. Yu Shulong had 9 points and 3 assists. Charles Gaines had 38 points and 22 rebounds for Qingdao. Cai Liang scored 15 before fouling out in 26 minutes. Chen Kai scored 13. Dee Brown did not play.

Rodney White had 37 points and 14 rebounds as Shandong defeated Beijing 99-97. Sun Jie, who is averaging 18.5 points per game and looking very much like a candidate for the national team, had 27 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Zhai Jinshuai had 14 points. Myron Allen had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Randolph Morris had 42 points and 9 rebounds for Beijing. Zaid Abbas had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin scored 10 and Xie Libin had 9. Joe Crawford played for only 34 seconds.


CBA Round 19: DongGuan Leopards lose to Bayi Fubang - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked DongGuan Leopards (15-3) and seventh ranked Bayi Fubang (10-8) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Bayi Fubang in Ningbo 77-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game was mostly controlled by Bayi Fubang. DongGuan Leopards managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 29 personal fouls committed by DongGuan Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Ke Mo (210-82) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for DongGuan Leopards. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayi Fubang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beijing. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Bayi Fubang is looking forward to face Zhejiang Cyclones (#12) in Hangzhou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DongGuan Leopards will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Hangzhou. Twelfth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (8-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Jiangsu Dragons (11-7) 88-86 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jinhui Ding helped adding 19 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 22 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Zhejiang G.L.. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against higher ranked Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Beijing between Shandong Bulls and Beijing Ducks. Tenth ranked Shandong Bulls (8-10) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Beijing Ducks (10-8). Shandong Bulls managed to escape with a 2-point win 99-97 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Rodney White who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Randolph Morris came up with 42 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Shandong Bulls moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Bayi. Shandong Bulls will meet league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beijing Ducks will play against Qingdao Double Star (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Liaoning Hunters (8-10) and Fujian SBS XunXin (4-14), which took place in Yingkou. Higher ranked Liaoning Hunters lost at home to sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin 92-108. Dwayne Jones fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach Casey Owens allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth place with 4-14 record. Liaoning Hunters lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#15) in Changchun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another upset was a game between Qingdao Double Star (8-10) and Jilin Tigers (6-12), which took place in Qingdao. Higher ranked Qingdao Double Star lost at home to fifteenth ranked Jilin Tigers 81-92 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for Jameel Watkins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Qingdao Double Star's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Loser Qingdao Double Star keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Jilin Tigers will face Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Zhejiang G.L. was smashed by Guandong on the road 116-97. Bottom-ranked TianJin R. lost to Shanxi Zh. on its own court 102-118. Shanghai managed to outperform Foshan in a road game 102-93.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 38 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds by Charles Gaines of Qingdao DS.


Guandong - Zhejiang G.L. 116-97

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Guandong Tigers (13-5) crushed 5th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (11-7) in Dongguan 116-97 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to win second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers forced 22 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guandong Tigers made 7 blocks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. International forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) contributed with 29 points for the winners. American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) answered with 26 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 16 points and 8 assists in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Four Guandong Tigers and five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers maintains third place with 13-5 record having three points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Liaoning Hunters (#8) in Yingkou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: K.Tre 26+3ast, L.Chih-Chieh 16+4reb+8ast, R.Peter John 16+10reb, C.Shouwei 15+3reb+2ast, X.YuYang 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Wei 6+1reb
Guandong: Z.FangYu 29+2reb, H.Lester 21+9reb+6ast, H.Marcus 21+6reb+1ast, Z.Peng 19+1reb+3ast, H.Dong 9+7reb, W.Zheng 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 118479


Liaoning - Fujian 92-108

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Liaoning Hunters (8-10) and Fujian SBS XunXin (4-14), which took place in Yingkou. Higher ranked Liaoning Hunters lost at home to sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin 92-108. Liaoning Hunters were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 65-44 second half run of Fujian SBS XunXin. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Liaoning Hunters' 44. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 49-34 including 21 on the offensive glass. American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach Casey Owens allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Dejun Han (215-89) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tian-ju He (203-90) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth place with 4-14 record. Liaoning Hunters lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#15) in Changchun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: H.Dejun 26+9reb+1ast, H.Tian-ju 24+9reb+1ast, B.Qiang 15+6reb+3ast, 12+3reb, L.Shunan 9+2reb+2ast, G.Ailun 6+5reb+10ast
Fujian: E.Andre 29+6reb+4ast, J.Dwayne 24+16reb, G.SongLin 18+6reb+3ast, G.Lei 11+3reb, B.ZhiChao 8+2reb, L.XiaoMing 6+2reb+8ast
gschID: 118480


Zhejiang C. - Jiangsu 88-86

Important game to mention about took place in Hangzhou. Twelfth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (8-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Jiangsu Dragons (11-7) 88-86 on Sunday evening. Jiangsu Dragons were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 29-25 charge of Zhejiang Cyclones, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. International center Jinhui Ding (204-90) helped adding 19 points and 13 rebounds. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. At the losing side French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 22 rebounds and the former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) scored 7 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Zhejiang G.L.. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against higher ranked Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: M.Jerome 27+22reb+3ast, L.Yahui 14+2reb, T.ZhengDong 10+4reb+2ast, Y.Li 8+5reb+1ast, M.Da 8+2reb+1ast, H.XueFeng 7+4reb+6ast
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 31+6reb+7ast, D.Jinhui 19+13reb+2ast, B.Josh 18+12reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 13+1reb+2ast, Z.Chunjun 4+5reb, C.Fei 2+1reb
gschID: 118476


Beijing - Shandong 97-99

A very close game took place in Beijing between Shandong Bulls and Beijing Ducks. Tenth ranked Shandong Bulls (8-10) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Beijing Ducks (10-8). Shandong Bulls managed to escape with a 2-point win 99-97 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-97. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Jie Sun (190-86) accounted for 27 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winning side. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) came up with 42 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) added 21 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Shandong Bulls moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Bayi. Shandong Bulls will meet league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beijing Ducks will play against Qingdao Double Star (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 42+9reb+3ast, A.Zaid 21+10reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 10+3reb+3ast, X.LiBin 9+2reb, C.Lei 8+2reb, S.Ming Ming 3+2reb
Shandong: W.Rodney 37+14reb+1ast, S.Jie 27+3reb+5ast, Z.Jinshuai 14+4reb+1ast, A.Myron 10+7reb+5ast, S.Ran 5+1reb, W.Ke 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118477


Bayi - DongGuan 93-77

The game between second ranked DongGuan Leopards (15-3) and seventh ranked Bayi Fubang (10-8) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Bayi Fubang in Ningbo 77-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game was mostly controlled by Bayi Fubang. DongGuan Leopards managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 29 personal fouls committed by DongGuan Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Ke Mo (210-82) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayi Fubang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beijing. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Bayi Fubang is looking forward to face Zhejiang Cyclones (#12) in Hangzhou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DongGuan Leopards will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: Z.Kai 20+11reb+1ast, V.Jackson 19+11reb+4ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 15+1ast, Q.Biao 9+3reb+2ast, S.TongLin 6+13reb+2ast, P.Duo 4+2reb+1ast
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 31+12reb+2ast, M.Ke 20+7reb+3ast, W.Lei 13+6reb+4ast, Z.Bo 10+1reb+3ast, D.Lehei 7+8reb+1ast, H.Shuo 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 118478


TianJin R. - Shanxi Zh. 102-118

Rather expected game when 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (3-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (6-11) in Tianjin 102-118 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists for the winners. American power forward Lee Benson (208-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) added 25 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TianJin Rongcheng. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to thirteenth place. TianJin Rongcheng lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Foshan (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: B.Lee 28+13reb+1ast, L.Herve 25+7reb+3ast, Z.Nan 12+4reb+2ast, 10+4ast, Z.Zhihan 9+1reb+3ast, X.Lei 8+7reb
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 34+7reb+3ast, T.Shawn 22+8reb+1ast, P.Shang 20+2reb+1ast, Z.Biao 13+5reb+1ast, D.Osama 11+9reb+16ast, Z.XueWen 7+4reb
gschID: 118473


Foshan - Shanghai 93-102

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Shanghai Sharks (8-10) won against on the road 13th ranked Foshan (6-12) 102-93 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Foshan won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks made 29-of-31 free shots (93.5 percent) during the game. Shanghai Sharks outrebounded Foshan 54-41 including 19 on the offensive glass. Foshan was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 25 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) contributed with 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 8 assists (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Foshan. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Foshan dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in Taiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Stephon 43+11reb+8ast, Z.Yong-gang 15+6reb+1ast, O.Olumide 11+10reb, Z.Zhun 9+2reb, H.Ben 7+4reb, Y.Wenbo 6+7reb
Shanghai: G.Devin 29+6reb+3ast, H.Mike 24+25reb+1ast, L.Wei 22+4reb+4ast, W.Ligang 13+5reb+1ast, P.Fei 6+5reb, L.Ziqui 4+3reb
gschID: 118474


Qingdao DS - Jilin 81-92

Another upset was a game between Qingdao Double Star (8-10) and Jilin Tigers (6-12), which took place in Qingdao. Higher ranked Qingdao Double Star lost at home to fifteenth ranked Jilin Tigers 81-92 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Jilin Tigers. Qingdao Double Star managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Qingdao Double Star was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds and forward Kai Chen (205-88) added 13 points in the effort for Qingdao Double Star. Qingdao Double Star's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Loser Qingdao Double Star keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Jilin Tigers will face Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 38+22reb+3ast, C.Liang 15+2reb, C.Kai 13+3reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 4+2reb+1ast, A.Zaid 4+4reb+1ast, L.Ke-ming 3
Jilin: W.Jameel 25+11reb, P.Tim 20+10reb+2ast, Z.Cheng 18+8reb+1ast, L.Wei 10+1reb+4ast, Y.Shulong 9+1reb+3ast, L.Tao 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118475




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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.2 
 2. Morris, Beijing29.1 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang28.5 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 5. Emmett, Fujian26.4 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan26.4 
 7. Lamizana, TianJ.26.3 
 8. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.26.1 
 9. Harris, Shanghai24.9 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS24.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Jones, Fujian17.3 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.8 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.7 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.1 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.8 
 6. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.3 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.9 
 9. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.0 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.5 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu6.2 
 4. Lu, Fujian5.4 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.2 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS4.9 
 7. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 8. Douby, Xinjiang4.6 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.6 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hu, Jiangsu3.9 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.5 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan3.2 
 4. Emmett, Fujian2.7 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.6 
 6. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 7. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.5 
 8. Smith, Liaoning2.5 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 10. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.4.0 
 2. Jones, Fujian2.2 
 3. Moiso, Jiangsu2.1 
 4. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan1.9 
 6. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 7. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 8. Benson, TianJin R.1.6 
 9. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 10. Morris, Beijing1.5 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan BAKOVIC
  Darda
  (197-G-81)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Bakovic, Darda19.5 
 2. Zitko, Trogir18.3 
 3. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 4. Sobin, KK Split17.3 
 5. Saric, Dubrava16.0 
 6. Helbich, Svjetlost15.5 
 7. Ridl, Darda15.4 
 8. Ceskovic, Trogir14.9 
 9. Kamaldin, Darda14.8 
 10. Krolo, Darda14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.9 
 4. Krolo, Darda8.8 
 5. Saric, Dubrava8.5 
 6. Sobin, KK Split7.4 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost6.7 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.4 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split6.3 
 10. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ozren MISIC
  Svjetlost
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Misic, Svjetlost4.5 
 2. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 3. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.2 
 4. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 5. Sarac, Svjetlost3.8 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.8 
 7. Primorac, Dubrava3.4 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 9. Katic, KK Split2.9 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ozren MISIC
  Svjetlost
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Misic, Svjetlost2.5 
 2. Petani, Borik2.4 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.3 
 4. Swift, Darda1.9 
 5. Skific, Borik1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda1.7 
 9. Saric, Dubrava1.7 
 10. Norac, Svjetlost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 5. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 6. Karac, Dubrovnik1.0 
 7. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 8. Krolo, Darda0.9 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.8 
 10. Rikic, Dubrava0.7 


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


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 9-4 
 2. APOEL 8-2 
 3. Apollon 8-4 
 4. Etha 8-4 
 5. Achilleas 7-6 
 6. AEK 5-8 
 7. AEL 4-7 
 8. ENAD 3-9 
 9. Omonia 2-10 


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, Etha15.0 
 9. Ewing, AEL14.6 
 10. Kent, ENAD14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. King, Etha10.6 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.1 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK8.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos6.8 
 6. McLain, Omonia6.7 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.5 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.3 
 9. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
 10. Buford, AEL5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stiggers, Apollon4.6 
 2. Berdiel, AEK4.1 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.9 
 4. Razis, ENAD3.8 
 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. Tiggs, AP.2.0 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.0 
 4. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 5. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 6. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 7. Price, ENAD1.7 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 9. Stiggers, Apollon1.6 
 10. Pantouris, Achilleas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.4 
 2. King, Etha2.0 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.5 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.3 
 6. Collins, AEK1.0 
 7. Fells, Keravnos0.9 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 9. Englicky, Apollon0.7 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic NBL round 18 best performance: David Machac - by Eurobasket News
Forward David Machac (204-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Kolin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Svitavy (#11, 1-15) with 31-point margin 94-63. BC Kolin maintains the 7th position in Czech Republic NBL. BC Kolin 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 8-9 record. Machac has many years of experience at BC Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. David Machac averages this season 11.8ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) of Svitavy. Horak had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Svitavy lost that game 63-94 to the higher-ranked BC Kolin (#7, 8-9). Svitavy is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Svitavy managed to get this year. Horak is a newcomer at Svitavy, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#4). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another BC Kolin's star - forward Stanislav Zuzak (206-F/C-80). Zuzak scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of BC Kolin, helping his team with a 94-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Svitavy (#11, 1-15). The chances of BC Kolin ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zuzak could help BC Kolin to bring them higher in the standings. Zuzak has a very solid season. In 17 games in Czech Republic he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, FGP: 55.0% and 3PT: 42.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Spagrud (203-F-85) of NH Ostrava - 12 points and 7 rebounds
5. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 16 points and 7 rebounds
6. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86) of BK Prostejov - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Pavel Frana (212-C-77) of Plzen - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Roman Marko (195-G-86) of BC Kolin - 12 points and 5 assists
9. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Branislav Brlit (205-C-85) of B&W Opava - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-1 
 2. Svendborg 16-2 
 3. Naestved 14-5 
 4. Horsholm 11-7 
 5. Horsens IC 11-9 
 6. Aabyhoj 8-11 
 7. Vaerlose 7-12 
 8. SISU 7-13 
 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. Dennis, SISU17.0 
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, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
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
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 2. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 3. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 7. Jakobsen, 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 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 19-7 
 2. Erie Bay H. 17-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 12-14 
 4. Dakota W. 7-20 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 3-19 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 20-6 
 2. Rio Grande 17-7 
 3. New Mexico 12-13 
 4. Texas L. 11-12 
 5. Austin T. 10-13 
 6. Maine RC 10-16 
West Division
 1. Bakersfield J. 16-10 
 2. Reno Bighorns 15-11 
 3. Utah F. 12-10 
 4. Idaho S. 9-16 
 5. Springfield A. 9-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.20.4 
 4. Johnson, Erie B.20.2 
 5. Dentmon, Texas L.20.0 
 6. Edwards, New M.19.4 
 7. Greene, Utah F.19.0 
 8. Tucker, New Mexico18.5 
 9. Stinson, Iowa E.18.0 
 10. Sims, Maine RC17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Sims, Iowa E.10.3 
 3. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.10.1 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.0 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.8 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 8. Davidson, Idaho S.9.6 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.6 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.8 
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.8.1 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.6 
 6. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.1 
 9. Bailey, Sioux F.5.8 
 10. Cooper, Dakota W.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Jackson, Idaho S.2.4 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Linhart, Erie B.2.2 
 7. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Hubbard, New M.2.1 
 10. Hamilton, Utah F.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.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.7 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 8. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 9. Adrien, Rio Grande1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Austin T. 113-80
If there is one play that sums up the night for the Utah Flash, it would have to be the one turned in by Utah's Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) early in the third quarter. Gaffney came up with a steal near the Toros' basket, made an outlet pass to Ronald Dupree, who then raced down court and tossed the ball back to Gaffney for an alley-oop dunk. Good defense leads to easy offense. It was a good combination for Utah on Saturday night as the Flash had an easy time beating the Austin Toros 113-80, in front of 6,923 fans. Utah got 21 points from Brandon Costner and 20 points off the bench from Brian Hamilton. The Flash had seven players score in double figures as they improved to 12-10 on the year. 'We had 22 fast-break points. With the team we've built here, we have a lot of athletes,' said Utah coach Kevin Young. 'If we can get stops and use our length defensively, it allows us to get out on transition and that's a fun brand of basketball. The guys get all juiced up, the crowd gets into it even more, and we can feed off that energy.' The key to the game was defense. Utah held Austin to just 13 first-quarter points. The Toros had to play catch up for the rest of the game, but didn't have enough offensive punch to make a comeback. At the half, Austin had just 33 points and shot just 34 percent from the field. Sensing they had the Toros on the ropes, the Flash finished them off with a third-quarter scoring burst. After Gaffney's steal and dunk, Gaffney slipped inside the paint for another dunk that put Utah up 61-39. Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) then knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:35 left in the quarter to give the Flash a 73-51 lead. Austin answered with a basket, but Andre Ingram came back with a 3-pointer for Utah to add to the lead. The Flash continued their run with a free throw from Hamilton and a steal from Hamilton followed by two Ingram free throws. Hamilton made one-of-two free throws to give Utah an 80-57 lead. The Toros got a basket from Carldell Johnson to close out the third quarter scoring and cut the lead to 80-60 heading into the fourth quarter, but Austin could get no closer. 'Our guys never took their took off the gas pedal,' Young said. 'If you're trying to come back when the team gives you a little life, then the team can feed off it; we didn't allow them to get any life. We kept our foot on the gas, really until the end there.' In addition to the production Utah got from Costner and Hamilton, Green scored 17 points, Gaffney had 13, Ingram finished with 12, Dupree and Pape Sy had 11 points each. Kevin Palmer led Austin with 22 points. Utah has now won three of its last four games. 'I think the biggest thing over the last two games and even into the last two practices is that the guys are buying into what we've been trying to get them to do in terms of attacking the basket,' Young said. 'We're running our offense with a lot more purpose. We're playing extremely unselfish. Guys are really attacking the basket. We have guys who can really put pressure on a team's defense by attacking and when we do that, we're making the extra pass that has really opened things up for us.' Utah will now head out on a three-game road trip beginning on Wednesday in Texas. The Flash will return home on Monday, Jan. 31 for a game against Fort Wayne. *Courtesy of http://m.heraldextra.com

Dakota W. - Rio Grande 101-114
In good years and bad, the Dakota Wizards have always been able to defend their home court. Not this season. For the second night in a row, the Wizards had the defending D-League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers down, but couldn't keep them there, falling 114-101 on Saturday night. It was the fourth straight home loss for the Wizards, who fell to 7-20. It also dropped their record at the Civic Center to 3-9, matching the franchise record for most home losses in a season. In their 16 seasons, the Wizards have never had a losing record at home. 'It's the mental mistakes that are killing us,' Wizards coach Rory White said. '... I've just got to keep coaching them. That's why I'm here. That's why I've got to just keep trying to get them to learn that when the game gets tough, you can't get nervous and you can't panic. 'I think sometimes we do that. We get a little nervous, we get a little gun-shy and we get hesitant.' Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) had a monster game for the Wizards, scoring a season-high 34 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He also had four blocks and four steals. Johnson, who was coming off a season-worst two-point performance on Friday, recorded his 13th double-double. He had seven dunks. Johnson came out breathing fire, slamming home three of Dakota's first four baskets. Before 10 minutes had elapsed Johnson already had five dunks, accounting for most of his 11 points, plus five rebounds and three blocks. He took a breather at that point, having led the Wizards to a 23-13 lead. That allowed White to give his bench some extra playing time, and the reserves help push the lead out to 46-32. 'I wanted to get him started (early),' White said. 'He struggled the last couple of games. ... I wanted to get some dunks for him to get him going.' The Vipers were without guard Mustafa Shakur, who was called up by the NBA's Washington Wizards, and it showed early. But eventually they found their rhythm behind Ish Smith, who is on assignment from the Houston Rockets. Smith finished with 11 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. 'You know what, Shakur getting called up, that's my worst nightmare,' White said. 'Because they've got Smith, and he pushes the ball right away. That's what he does. He keeps you on your heels. They just waited for us to miss a shot, then, bam! They're going to the other end.' The Vipers knocked down four 3-pointers in the latter stages of the first half, two of them from Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85), and managed to pull within 57-53 by intermission. Rio Grande Valley never led in the first half, but a layup by Smith put the Vipers on top 60-59 early in the third quarter. The teams swapped the lead seven times in the period and began the fourth with Rio Grande Valley clinging to an 81-79 advantage. The teams kept swapping the lead until midway through the fourth quarter, when Mouhammad Faye put the Vipers up 92-91 with a pair of free throws. That sparked a 9-2 run, and the Vipers never trailed again. Roby led the Vipers with 22 points. Terrel Harris and Jerel McNeal scored 20 each, while Jeff Adrien had 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Wizards got 23 points and eight assists from Maurice Baker, who was playing with bruised ribs. But the only other Dakota player to hit double figures was Anthony Goods, and he shot 2-for-14 from the floor. The Wizards are now 1-4 on their franchise record 10-game homestand. 'It sounds like a broken record, but we're in every game. We've got to find a way as a group, starting with me, to finish games.' *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com

Sioux Falls S. - New Mexico 115-128
The New Mexico Thunderbirds defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 128-115 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday night. Sioux Falls surrendered season-highs in points and free throws (34) to fall to 2-10 at home. New Mexico (12-13) had a 14-point lead (37-23) after the first quarter and led 66-54 at halftime. New Mexico converted 20-of-25 free throws in the opening half while Sioux Falls (3-19) was a perfect 8-of-8. Sioux Falls cut the deficit to nine points (96-87) early in the fourth quarter but that is as close as they would get as New Mexico pushed the lead back to as many as 18 points and cruised to victory to snap a four-game losing streak. Abdulai Jalloh (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU) scored a season-high 32 points including 12-of-14 free throws to lead the Thunderbirds. Jamine Peterson posted 27 points and 10 rebounds in only his second start of the season and Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul) added 22 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. David Bailey scored a season-high 30 points, 28 of those coming in the second half, to go along with eight assists to lead the Skyforce. Anthony Harris scored 23 points and Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman added 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. *Courtesy of The Skyforce

Iowa E. - Reno Bighorns 100-98
Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) and Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada) had double-doubles for Reno, but the Iowa Energy outlasted the Bighorns on Saturday night inside Wells Fargo Arena, 100-98. Reno (15-10) held a 46-41 halftime lead, but Iowa (18-7) would outscore Reno 30-23 in the third to take a two-point lead into the final period. Iowa led by as many as eight points in the fourth, but the Bighorns chipped away, cutting the lead to two with a chance to tie on their final possession. But Patrick Ewing, Jr. missed two shots in the game's final 10 seconds, giving Iowa the victory in the first game of this weekend back-to-back. Charlo had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Horns, while O'Bryant had 15 points and 12 boards in his first start of the season. Jeremy Lin fell just shy of a triple-double, notching 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Reno fell despite its bench outscoring Iowa's reserves by a 41-7 margin. Othyus Jeffers, Michael Haynes and Courtney Sims all recorded double-doubles for Iowa, leading the Energy to a 55-49 rebounding advantage. Energy guard Curtis Stinson played all 48 minutes, scoring 22 points and adding six rebounds, nine assists and five steals. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Bakersfield J. 101-118
It was the third quarter, and the Springfield Armor had jumped back from a seven-point deficit to draw even and pull a four-game winning streak within sight. But those hopes would soon vanish. Springfield's offense stagnated, and its defense allowed a parade of slam dunks. The longest win streak in Armor franchise history was snapped, and the Bakersfield Jam ran away with a 118-101 win Saturday afternoon at the MassMutual Center. 'Just blame our lack of discipline on the offensive and defensive ends,' said Armor coach Dee Brown. 'We haven't had this many lapses - and for the whole game. We just saw a bunch of holes pop back up. 'I told our guys, you have to have the same mindset when you win and the same mindset when you lose. Understand the positive things you did, and understand the negative things you can't keep doing over and over again. And that's what we did. This afternoon, we looked like a bad defensive team.' Springfield played without starters L.D. Williams (broken nose) and Chas McFarland (sprained ankle), but Brown wouldn't use their absence as an excuse. 'It was kind of a makeshift lineup, but that's how this league is. So you don't make excuses for that,' said Brown. 'We just have to do a better job of containing their offense off the dribble. That was one of our keys, and we didn't do that at all.' Poor defensive rotations allowed Bakersfield to find easy looks all game, and the Jam shot 55.3 percent for the game. The Armor expected Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.), Bakersfield's star and the D-League's leading scorer, to score buckets. And he did, pouring in 22 points with a complete offensive repertoire. But even when Johnson was kept in check, his teammates hurt Springfield. 'Trey had 38 points last night, so he had a down game today - he only had 22,' Brown said half-jokingly. 'It was (Marqus) Blakely that come off the bench and had three or four dunks, Jeremy Wise who got them into a flow early in the game. Our scheme was to take the ball out of Trey's hands and make other players make plays. But the rest of our team defense didn't step up.' Blakely finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Wise took advantage of numerous open looks to register 19 points. Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) led the Armor with 27 points and 14 rebounds, but shot only 2-for-11 from the field during a frustrating first half. His teammate Jerry Smith added 24 points off the bench, using open-court explosiveness to beat Bakersfield in transition. Scottie Reynolds scored 13 points on only three field goal attempts, and added nine assists. The Armor failed to execute on either end of the floor. But even the ugly loss couldn't take away all of Springfield's growing confidence. 'We'll work on it,' Smith said. 'We've won four of our last six games. We've got a good rhythm, and we just have to keep on working. I think we're right where we want to be.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 115-110
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was doing his thing again Saturday night. The star power forward scored 39 points in leading the Erie BayHawks to a 115-110 victory against Fort Wayne before a season-high 5,057 fans at Tullio Arena. 'I knew they were going to come out hard, so I had to match it,' Johnson said while taking part in team autograph signing for fans after the game. After putting up 29 points in Erie's 109-97 win Friday against Fort Wayne, Johnson said he enjoys back-to-back games. It sure looked like it Saturday. 'He's playing very well,' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. 'He needs to continue to do that.' The BayHawks (17-9) came back from a 16-point, first-half deficit to improve to 9-1 at home this season. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 112-96
Despite seeing a 29-point fourth-quarter lead sliced to 10, Tulsa held off the Texas Legends 112-96 Saturday night in NBA D-League action at the Tulsa Convention Center, extending the 66ers' winning streak to 12 games. The streak matches the third longest in D-League history. Columbus (Ga.) also won 12 in a row during the 2004-05 season. 'It's a credit to our guys working extremely hard every day,' Tulsa head coach Nate Tibbetts said about his squad winning for the 12th consecutive time. The victory was also the 100th D-League coaching win for Tibbetts, who is now 47-29 in his second year with Tulsa. Before joining the 66ers, he went 53-47 in two seasons at Sioux Falls (S.D.). Led by Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) 's game-high 22 points, West Division-leading Tulsa (20-6) had seven players finish in double figures. Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) finished with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Tulsa looked to have the game well in hand before the Legends (11-12) made things interesting in the final nine minutes. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




Energy sweep Reno with 107-102 win - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Reno Bighorns 107-102
Point guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 29 points and handed out 9 assists to lead the Iowa Energy to a 107-102 victory over the Reno Bighorns Sunday afternoon. The Energy victory didn't look promising early in the 2nd half as Reno used a 28-8 run to break open a tight game. The visitors went into the locker room at halftime trailing 48-45, but were red-hot after the break. During their run, which gave Reno a 73-56 lead, the Bighorns made 11 of their 14 field goal attempts. Down by 17, the Energy responded with a run of their own as they outscored Reno 17-4 to close the quarter and make the score 77-73 Reno. Iowa continued their run as they opened the 4th quarter with an 8-3 spurt, which included six points by Stinson, to take a 81-80 lead with 10:21 remaining. The Energy extended their lead to 95-87 on a Chris Lofton layup with 5:19 left in the game, but Reno some fight left. The Bighorns scored nine straight point, capped by a jump shot from Golden State Warriors assignee Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard), to claim a 96-95 lead with only 2:34 on the clock. On the ensuing possession, Stinson's jump shot was off its mark, but Othyus Jeffers grabbed the rebound. His follow up rattled around the rim, allowing Energy center Courtney Sims to dunk the ball through the hoop as it sat on the rim. On Reno's possession, Partrick O'Bryant hit one free throw to tie the game at 97-97. With the game tied, and Iowa in possession of the ball, the Energy found themselves unable to get a good look at the hoop. With the shot clock winding down, and the game clock at only 1:24, guard Chris Lofton drilled a tough fade-away jump shot put the home team up by two. After a defensive stop, Energy guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) scored to put Iowa up 101-97 with 54.6 seconds remaining. Reno's Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin), who finished with a game high 33 points, answered the Energy basket with a jump shot of his own to make the score 101-99 Iowa with 37.6 seconds remaining. After running the shot clock down, Stinson put the game in his own hands and scored on a driving layup to seal the victory for the Energy. The win moves Iowa to 19-7 on the year, and is the 126th straight game that the franchise has been in 1st place in their division. Jeffers finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Courtney Sims added 12 points and 17 rebounds. In addition to Landry's big night, Reno was led by Lin's 21 points and 11 rebounds. The loss drops Reno to 15-11 on the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Vilpas Vikings winning again - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 30: Just one contest today. Vilpas Vikings (Salo) defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 77-71 (33-35). Quarters: 12-19, 21-16, 20-20, 24-16. There were seven lead changes and five ties, but Vilpas (11-19) came strong at the end. The Vikings are 7-3 during the last 10 games. The newcomer Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) played nine minutes, but did not help much in the opener: 0points/1rebound/4fouls. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) instead scored his career best 18pts. Nick Okorie (185-G-88, college: Texas Tech) netted game high 21pts. Visitor Kouvot (15-15) got 19pts from Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina). B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) added 18pts.
Vilpas - Kouvot 77-71 (33-35). (Nick Okorie 21, Matti Nuutinen 18, Roope Ahonen 15 - Josh Gonner 19, B.A.Walker 18, Antto Nikkarinen 11).




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  FRANCE   


Schilb's 25 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked ES Chalon-Sur-Saone and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 25 points adding four rebounds and eight assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to beat ASVEL (#9, 7-8) 86-77. Chalon is placed at 2nd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Schilb had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Chalon and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Loyola University of Chicago graduate has very impressive stats this year. Schilb is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.7apg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) of Limoges CSP Elite. He is American forward in his first season at Limoges. In the last game Massie recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Limoges lost that game 73-87 to the higher-ranked Gravelines (#5, 10-5). This loss caused Limoges to drop to 15th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Massie is a newcomer at Limoges and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#1). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (#3). Akingbala scored 17 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Nancy, leading his team to a 89-81 win against the lower-ranked Vichy (#16, 3-12). Nancy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Akingbala has a great season in France. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John McCord (201-F-73) of Strasbourg - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) of Gravelines - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Juby Johnson (196-G-81) of Gravelines - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Thomas Larrouquis (197-G/F-85) of Vichy - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 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)


Mykal Riley claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Mykal Riley (198-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Nanterre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Nanterre in his team's victory, helping them to crush Lille (#10, 8-10) with 24-point margin 90-66. It allowed Nanterre to consolidate first place in the French ProB. Nanterre have a solid 15-3 record. It's Riley's second year at Nanterre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mykal Riley averages this season 14.9ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-F/G-83) of Chalons-Reims. Chathuant impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Chalons-Reims cruised to a 82-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Charleville (#18, 3-15). This victory allowed Chalons-Reims to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chathuant is a newcomer at Chalons-Reims and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Nanterre's star - American Nate Carter (199-F/C-83). Carter scored 27 points. He was another key player of Nanterre, helping his team with a 90-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Lille (#10, 8-10). Nanterre confirms their top position in the standings Carter has a great season in France. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Daniels (200-F-82) of Chalons-Reims - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Cheikhou Thioune (194-G/F-83) of Rouen - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of Dijon - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Mehdi Labeyrie (202-F-78) of Le Portel - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mohamed Hachad (194-G-83) of Fos Ouest - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. O'Darien Bassett (188-G-86) of Clermont - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Olivier Bardet (202-F-80) of Nantes - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.1 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim20.6 
 3. Shepherd, Osnab.20.5 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.5 
 5. Gause, Freiburg18.9 
 6. Gray, Crailsheim18.3 
 7. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.17.7 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.17.6 
 10. Watts, Dragons17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe9.6 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.8 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchheim8.7 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.6 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim8.1 
 8. Schoo, Heidelberg7.6 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 3. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.4 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz5.2 
 5. Barth, Heidelberg5.2 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 7. Wallace, B.Mue.4.3 
 8. Lowery, Braves4.2 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.2 
 10. Burnette, Osnab.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.4 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.6 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim2.3 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
 9. Mendez, Heidelberg1.9 
 10. Scott, Kirchheim1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.0 
 2. Williams, Karlsruhe2.0 
 3. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.8 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.8 
 5. Schoo, Heidelberg1.8 
 6. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.8 
 7. Hill, Jena1.3 
 8. Hansbro, Freiburg1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 


John Bynum (TBB Trier) I Am Just Happy That I Got A Chance To take Part Of This Allstar Day Experience - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 2011BEKO BBL Allstar game

John another BEKO BBL Allstar game came and went. If you had to estimate, how many familiar faces did you see in the crowd just from being able to play at home?

It was great to dunk in front of the home fans and I appericiate the receptiion that I got when I was announced and each time I dunked. It was a great experience and I will remember it for years to come.

What was your overall impression of the atmosphere of the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game?


The atmosphere was amazing. The crowd was very into it and it made me want to preform at a higher level especially with it being in front of my hometeam crowd. The fans were great and hopefully we werent too bad by missing a lot of dunks.


What slam dunking advice did TBB Trier coach henrik Rodel give you prior to the competition? I guess he was trying to motivate you by flashing a 10 before you dunked.


Coach was just doing what he is supposed to be doing... lol. He didnt really give me any advice but at the same time it was good seeing him on the judging pannel. I am sure I got a little favortism at times but it was great for the city of Trier.

How dissappointed were you with the outcome of the slam dunk contest?

Of course I was disspointed but at the same time I dont think anyone thought that I could even dunk because I heard it all before the contest started by people asking why am I even in it. I really wanted to try and bring the house down in the last round by the last dunk but I didnt have enough legs to do a dunk that last dunk between the legs. I really felt like I had nothing to lose but I shouldnt have missed 6 straight dunks.. lol


Even though you were the oldest of the dunkers, you were still able to get up. What went wrong in the final?


I just think I didnt have enough legs. I was rested but the first round when I missed the dunk that I normally make kept bouncing off the back of the rim it was fustrating. I was up high on all my dunks I was just trying to dunk the ball to hard but like I said nobody exepected me or even knew that I could dunk.


Salu Benjamin Tadi who won was the real deal. How impressed were you by his dunks?


Man he suprised all of us, and he is an amazing athlete. He deserved to win and showed a lot with his dunks. He was the best dunker of the night and deserved to win.


What was your favorite dunk of the competition?


My favorite dunk of the competition had to be when Salu jumped over 4 people or the one I did off the shot clock... lol



Your teammate Phillip Zwiener gave good promotion for his game. Where would you rate his overall play when comparing him to the likes of Benzing, Pleiss and Schwethelm?


Phil is a great player and showed why he is one of the best players in the BBL. He has a great feel for the game and will only get better but I'm glad that he got his chance to shine and prove that he belongs with the best of the best in the league.

What was your favorite play of the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game?


My favorite play had to be Torrel Martin catching the left handed ally oop in the 1st half.


What will be your most cherished memory from the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar day?


I think a lot of things stand out but I am just happy that I got a chance to take part of this experience. This will be something that will stand out forever especially with it being in Trier where I play at.

Thanks John for the chat.


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  GREECE   


Olympiacos still at the top after the 14th day of the Greek Championship - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos returned to victories and playing better in the second half of the game edged Aris 97-70, remaining at the top of A1 league with a 14-0 record . The Reds played magnificent defense and made good offensive choices, reaching an easy victory at the Leagues second round premiere, in front of hundreds of young children from the Mother, The world ark and Special Olympics institutions.
Olympiacos was led by Bourousis, Teodosic and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) leading even by 33 points (84-51).
Quarters: 17-15, 44-33, 75-47, 97-70.
lympiacos (Ivkovic): Papaloukas, Nesterovic 7, Spanoulis 9 (1), Panagiotis Vasilopoulos 11 (3), Bourousis 16 (1), Keselj 5 (1), Mavrokefalides 13, Halperin 2, Nielsen 7 (1), Papanikolaou 14 (2), Teodosic 13 (2), Katsivelis.
Aris (Drucker): Brown 16 (2), Tapoutos 14, Tucker 1, Tsairelis 10, Chatzivrettas 8, Charalampides 14, Koumpouras, Borovnjak 6, Chrysikopoulos 3 (1), Tomas.

DUSAN INKOVIC: 'My team won fairly. We should fix some mistakes. The last quarter against Fener had been something unexpected and unbelievable. The team was under pressure and not completely focused. We received some easy baskets in the first half, Olympiacos is a 16 players' team. Papaloukas, who did not score, was very good. We have an advantage at the 4 position and who ever thinks this is because Panagiotis Vasilopoulos scored 3/4 3-pointers today, is wrong. No team has won titles with shooting. Mavrokefalides is a great athlete and he should not be under pressure on whether he scores or not. That's what we told him before the game. We wanted a game where we would keep control for most of the 40 minutes. At half time, I told the guys to stop complaining to the referees and play basketball. I tried to help the refs as well, telling them to stay focused and play'.
LOUKAS MAVROKEFALIDES: 'We started stressed out. We balanced the game in the second quarter and we were very good. It's only logical that you lose it when you find rhythm and they manage to take you out of it'.
SARON DRUCKER: 'Olympiacos deserved to win. We made a very good first half, apart from some plays at the end of the half time. In the third quarter, the difference between the two teams was obvious. Olympiacos opened the rhythm and played better defense resulting getting ahead with a broad lead. As far as the quality of the two teams is concerned, this is the difference. Coaches live under pressure and that's part of the job. Our team has had some bad results, just like it happens with all the teams, all over Europe. We are in a route for the third place, which is the goal of the team, we are the in the Cup semi finals and we are making a good route in the Eurocup. All else are not in my hands'.
MICHALIS TSAIRELIS: 'We knew the game would be very difficult. We prepared well for it. We played well in the first half, but we could not continue the same way in the second and it was fair that we lost'.


A1 Round 14: Panathinaikos beat PAOK in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Thessaloniki. Second ranked Panathinaikos faced 4th ranked PAOK. Guests from Athens (13-1) smashed host PAOK (7-7) 84-61. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. PAOK managed to win third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 12 points and 8 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. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Another exciting game between Top Four teams was played this weekend, but in Athens. Top-ranked Olympiakos faced 4th ranked Aris. Host Olympiakos (14-0) smashed guests from Thessaloniki (7-7) 97-70. International center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Milos Teodosic contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Pierre Pierce (193-83, college: Iowa, agency: Lanshire Group) replied with 16 points and 4 assists for Aris. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Aris lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.
Bottom-ranked Ilysiakos managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Kavala in Athens 76-59. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Ilysiakos is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Athanasios Karydas scored 12 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Milton Palacio responded with 16 points and 4 assists. Ilysiakos (3-11) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Iraklis. Loser Kavala dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
The game in Athens was quite interesting. 5th ranked VAP Kolossos (7-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Peristeri GS (7-7). Peristeri GS managed to secure a 9-point victory 64-55. Julian Sensley notched 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Peristeri GS moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated VAP Kolossos. Peristeri GS's next round opponent will be Kavala (#9) on the road where they are favorite. VAP Kolossos will play against Marousi (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Panionios was defeated by Marousi in a road game 68-59. Ikaros beat AEK at home 83-68. Iraklis lost to Panellinios on the opponent's court 77-86. AEK unfortunately lost to Marousi in a home game 78-82.
The best stats of 14th round was 23 points and 6 rebounds by Prodromos Nikolaidis of AEK.


PAOK - Panathinaikos 61-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Thessaloniki. Second ranked Panathinaikos faced 4th ranked PAOK. Guests from Athens (13-1) smashed host PAOK (7-7) 84-61. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. PAOK managed to win third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively 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. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.Gechevski 12+8reb+1ast, L.Papadopoulos 11+6reb+3ast, G.Dedas 10+2reb+2ast, J.Gray 6+2reb, R.Marshall 5+2reb+1ast, M.Giannakidis 5+1reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: D.Nicholas 14+5reb+4ast, D.Diamantidis 14+5reb+10ast, R.Sato 12+1reb, I.Vougioukas 11+2reb, M.Batiste 11+2reb, S.Perperoglou 8+1reb
gschID: 103812


Ilysiakos - Kavala 76-59

Bottom-ranked Ilysiakos managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Kavala in Athens 76-59. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Ilysiakos is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Ilysiakos. Kavala managed to win third quarter 15-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Guard Athanasios Karydas (182-78) scored 12 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Five Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ilysiakos (3-11) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Iraklis. Loser Kavala dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: M.Palacio 16+2reb+4ast, S.Karapostolou 12+5reb+4ast, C.Simmons 11+11reb, S.Huff 6+3reb, 5+4reb+1ast, N.Angelopoulos 4
Ilysiakos: J.Baxter 13+4reb+2ast, 12+2reb+2ast, M.Todic 12+6reb, A.Karydas 12+4reb+7ast, A.Kiritsis 11+2reb, M.Koukoulas 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103813


Peristeri GS - VAP Kolossos 64-55

The game in Athens was quite interesting. 5th ranked VAP Kolossos (7-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Peristeri GS (7-7). Peristeri GS managed to secure a 9-point victory 64-55. VAP Kolossos was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 20-8 third quarter run of Peristeri GS. They also forced 20 VAP Kolossos turnovers. German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii, agency: Impact Basketball) notched 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Evangelos Mantzaris (190-90) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) did not help to save the game for VAP Kolossos. Guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) added 10 points for the guests. VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Peristeri GS moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated VAP Kolossos. Peristeri GS's next round opponent will be Kavala (#9) on the road where they are favorite. VAP Kolossos will play against Marousi (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: A.Tsamis 10+2reb+2ast, P.Kalathis 8+12reb+4ast, K.Charissis 7+3reb, S.Manolopoulos 6+1reb+1ast, S.Panos 5, J.Jordan 5+3reb+4ast
Peristeri GS: J.Sensley 18+7reb+4ast, E.Mantzaris 13+5reb+3ast, G.Tsiakos 9+6reb, M.King 7+2reb, J.Mocnik 6+1reb+2ast, E.Scott 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 103814


Marousi - Panionios 68-59

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Panionios (6-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked Marousi (9-5) 68-59. Panionios was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 41-29 second half run of Marousi. 33 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Marousi players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by guard Marios Batis (188-80) did not help to save the game for Panionios. American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Marousi has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-5 record having five points less than leader Olympiakos. Panionios at the other side keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Marousi's next round opponent will be VAP Kolossos (#6) in Rodou. Panionios will play at home against Ikaros (#8) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panionios: M.Batis 20+5reb+2ast, R.Covile 8+9reb+1ast, H.Giannopoulos 7+1reb, G.Tsiaras 7+4reb+2ast, 6+3ast, N.Barlos 5+4reb+1ast
Marousi: Y.Gagaloudis 13+3reb+1ast, D.Bagaric 12+7reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 11+12reb+1ast, D.Clemente 10+3reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 9+4reb+2ast, D.Huertas 5+1reb
gschID: 103808


Ikaros - AEK 83-68

No shocking result in a game in Kalitheas where ninth ranked Ikaros (7-7) defeated 11th ranked AEK (4-10) 83-68. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaros. AEK managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) supported him with 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Ikaros players scored in double figures. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis gave the chance to play for all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by the former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) did not help to save the game for AEK. Naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) added 13 points for the guests. Ikaros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. AEK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Ikaros' next round opponent will be Panionios (#10) in Athens where they are favorite. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Nikolaidis 13+3reb+1ast, D.Dikoudis 12+6reb+1ast, T.Castle 11+3reb+3ast, R.Mels 9+3reb+2ast, L.Mack 7+1reb+2ast, A.Kallinikidis 7+4reb
Ikaros: D.Thompson 16+3reb, L.Harris 16+12reb+2ast, B.Krasic 11+4reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 10+4reb+3ast, K.McAlarney 10+1reb+3ast, V.Karaboulas 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103809


Olympiakos - Aris 97-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Top-ranked Olympiakos faced 4th ranked Aris. Host Olympiakos (14-0) smashed guests from Thessaloniki (7-7) 97-70. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiakos. Aris managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aris 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Olympiakos players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. International center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Olympiakos players scored in double figures. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Pierre Pierce (193-83, college: Iowa, agency: Lanshire Group) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Aris. Olympiakos have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Aris lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.
Top scorers:
Aris: P.Pierce 16+2reb+4ast, K.Charalampidis 14+1reb+6ast, M.Tsairelis 10+3reb, S.Mourtos 8+2reb, N.Hatzivrettas 8+5reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 6+5reb+1ast
Olympiakos: I.Bourousis 16+14reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 14+4reb, M.Teodosic 13+3reb+6ast, L.Mavrokefalides 13+3reb, P.Vasilopoulos 11+1ast, V.Spanoulis 9+1reb+11ast
gschID: 103810


Panellinios - Iraklis 86-77

Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Panellinios and 12th ranked Iraklis had identical 3-10 record. This time Panellinios used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Thessaloniki 86-77. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 Iraklis' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Panellinios dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Iraklis' 32. They outrebounded Iraklis 36-20 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Iraklis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovenian guard Samo Udrih (195-79) supported him with 21 points. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) did not help to save the game for Iraklis. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points for the guests. Four Iraklis players scored in double figures. Iraklis' coach Giorgos Kalafatakis tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Panellinios (4-10) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AEK. Newly promoted Iraklis dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Panellinios' next round opponent will be higher ranked Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki and it may be quite challenging game. Iraklis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Thessaloniki PAOK.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: E.Jazvin 18+5reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 14+3reb+1ast, M.Bouldin 14+2reb+1ast, S.Iliadis 11+2reb, A.Eitutavicius 9+1reb+2ast, 5+1reb+4ast
Panellinios: S.Udrih 21+2reb+1ast, T.Francis 18+5reb+1ast, S.Smith 17+8reb+1ast, M.Bailey 9+8reb+3ast, D.Kompodietas 6+1reb+2ast, V.Sklavos 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103811


Round 12
AEK - Marousi 78-82

Very predictable result in Athens where third ranked Marousi (9-5) beat 11th ranked AEK (4-10) 82-78. AEK was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Marousi, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Yannis Gagaloudis (191-78) supported him with 17 points and 7 assists. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) did not help to save the game for AEK. The former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Marousi has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-5 record having five points less than leader Olympiakos. AEK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. Marousi's next round opponent will be VAP Kolossos (#6) in Rodou. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Nikolaidis 23+6reb+2ast, D.Dikoudis 14+6reb+1ast, L.Mack 12+4reb, T.Castle 12+3reb+4ast, A.Kallinikidis 7+4reb+5ast, P.Dorkofikis 5+2reb
Marousi: N.Kommatos 17+4reb+4ast, Y.Gagaloudis 17+3reb+7ast, D.Bagaric 16+11reb+2ast, D.Huertas 15+6reb+1ast, D.Haritopoulos 10+1reb, G.Vavatsikos 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120374




Margaritis' 23 points and 7 rebounds give him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-F/C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team KAOD and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for KAOD in his team's victory, helping them to edge out AGOR (#4, 8-4) 83-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed KAOD to consolidate first place in the Greek A2. KAOD has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Margaritis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vageli Margaritis averages this season 11.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of league's second-best Lavrio. He is a forward in his 5th season at Lavrio. In the last game Psileas recorded impressive 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Lavrio to another comfortable win 100-82 over the lower-ranked Koroivos (#15, 3-8) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Lavrio to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 8-3 record is not bad at all. Psileas is one of the most experienced players at Lavrio and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another KAOD's star - forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-F-83). Kitsoulis scored 29 points. He was another key player of KAOD, helping his team with a 83-82 win against #4 ranked AGOR in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count KAOD as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 10 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Kitsoulis has a very solid season. In 11 games in Greece he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Pagrati - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Koroivos - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Giannis Papachristos (194-F-80) of Periko/Arhelaos - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dimitris Papantoniou (190-G-83) of AEK/Argous - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Amyntas Dafnis - 32 points

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)


Iraklis got Smus Parker - by Giorgos Diploidis
Iraklis Thessaloniki today (23/01) agreed with Smush Parker (193-G-81, college: Fordham) to cover the place of their point guard. The two sides were very close last Wednesday but some details cancel the agreement only for some days as it was finally proved. The fact is that Parker will not take the place of Jerom Coleman who is also a point guard but the one of James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV), the power forward who was added also to the club not a lot time ago.

Parker this season was playing for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russia, while it has experience from Greece because on December of 2003 he came for Aris where in 10 games in Eurocup had 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 6.4apg.


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. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 9. Thompson, Ikaros13.9 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.13.7 
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. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS8.1 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.9 
 7. Bagaric, Marousi7.6 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.2 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.7 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.2 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 3. Jordan, VAP K.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.3 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.8 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.1 
 3. Marshall, PAOK2.1 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.1 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 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. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 7. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 8. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 9. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri GS0.6 


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


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 19-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 17-4 
 3. Eiffel Towers 16-5 
 4. Magixx 13-9 
 5. DeFriesland 10-11 
 6. BS Weert 10-12 
 7. ABC 9-13 
 8. Giants 7-15 
 9. Landstede 6-16 
 10. Rotterdam 1-21 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Stokes, BS Weert18.5 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants16.5 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 4. Borha, Landstede16.0 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.8 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.4 
 7. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.8 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 9. Blue, Giants14.6 
 10. Humphrey, Magixx14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra10.1 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.8 
 3. Sihota, Rotterdam9.5 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.5 
 5. de Randamie, ABC9.2 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.9 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.9 
 8. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.5 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.5 
 10. Koenis, Giants7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.0 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.7 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.3 
 10. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.3 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 8. Kimbrough, Giants2.1 
 9. McDowell, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.6 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.5 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 7. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 8. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 9. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 10. van der List, Eiffel T.0.7 


DBL Round 22: Top-ranked GasTerra wins another game - by Eurobasket News
DBL top team - GasTerra (19-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked BS Weert (10-12) 77-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But BS Weert won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BS Weert 53-30 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by BS Weert helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Matt Haryasz (210-84, college: Stanford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. GasTerra's coach Marco van den Berg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with 14 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for BS Weert. GasTerra has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-2 record. BS Weert lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. GasTerra are looking forward to face ABC (#7) in Amsterdam in the next round where they are favorite. BS Weert will play on the road against Giants in Bergen op Zoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Amsterdam was quite interesting. Second ranked ZZ Leiden (17-4) played at the court of 7th ranked ABC (9-13). ZZ Leiden managed to secure a 8-point victory 59-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABC. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Monta McGhee chipped in 10 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. At the losing side Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. ZZ Leiden maintains second position with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader GasTerra. ABC at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. ZZ Leiden will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABC will play at home against the league's leader GasTerra in Groningen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-21) and ninth ranked Landstede (6-16) in Rotterdam on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Zwolle outscored Rotterdam 83-63. Lawrence Borha notched 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by Patrick Hilliman did not help to save the game for Rotterdam. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Landstede maintains ninth position with 6-16 record. Rotterdam lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Landstede will meet league's second-placed ZZ Leiden on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rotterdam will play against Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen.

In the last game of round 22 Giants was beaten by Magixx on the road 84-75.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 21 points and 16 rebounds by Geoff McDermott of Magixx.



ABC - ZZ Leiden 51-59

The game in Amsterdam was quite interesting. Second ranked ZZ Leiden (17-4) played at the court of 7th ranked ABC (9-13). ZZ Leiden managed to secure a 8-point victory 59-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABC. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-8. But ABC won third quarter 19-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ZZ Leiden forced 30 ABC turnovers. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis) chipped in 10 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. At the losing side Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and international guard Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 10 points. ZZ Leiden maintains second position with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader GasTerra. ABC at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. ZZ Leiden will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABC will play at home against the league's leader GasTerra in Groningen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ABC: M.Kherrazi 13+1ast, S.de Randamie 10+14reb+1ast, J.Voorn 10+4reb+1ast, D.Van Der Horst 7+1reb+1ast, R.de Pagter 6+5reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 5+5reb
ZZ Leiden: R.Bekkering 18+10reb+1ast, T.Jackson 11+4reb+1ast, M.McGhee 10+2reb+5ast, J.Smith 7+6reb, T.Robinson 5+2reb, A.Slagter 4+6reb+6ast
gschID: 107145


BS Weert - GasTerra 70-77

DBL top team - GasTerra (19-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked BS Weert (10-12) 77-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But BS Weert won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BS Weert 53-30 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by BS Weert helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Matt Haryasz (210-84, college: Stanford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. GasTerra's coach Marco van den Berg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with 14 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BS Weert. Four BS Weert players scored in double figures. GasTerra has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-2 record. BS Weert lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. GasTerra are looking forward to face ABC (#7) in Amsterdam in the next round where they are favorite. BS Weert will play on the road against Giants in Bergen op Zoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BS Weert: D.Minter 14+2reb+1ast, G.Stokes 14+1reb+6ast, J.Hairston 12+6reb, L.Hamm 11+6reb, N.Vorenhout 8+3reb+1ast, K.van Kempen 6+4reb
GasTerra: M.Haryasz 18+12reb, R.Bostain 14+1reb+2ast, J.Dourisseau 12+7reb, J.Turek 8+10reb+3ast, M.Bauscher 7+3reb+4ast, H.Bekkering 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 107146


Magixx - Giants 84-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Magixx (13-9) beat 8th ranked Giants (7-15) in Nijmegen 84-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Magixx made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. Forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds by forward Brandon Griffin (202-82, college: SE Missouri St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Giants. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Magixx maintains fourth position with 13-9 record. Loser Giants keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Magixx will meet at home bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Giants will play against BS Weert and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giants: T.Blue 16+7reb+3ast, B.Griffin 16+12reb+1ast, J.Kimbrough 15+4reb+4ast, T.Tiedeman 12+2reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 5+1reb+1ast, A.Morgan 4+5reb+3ast
Magixx: G.McDermott 21+16reb+3ast, M.Humphrey 19+6reb+2ast, Z.Taylor 13+4reb+3ast, N.Oudendag 11+3reb+1ast, B.Laing 9+3reb+1ast, K.McCleery 6+1reb
gschID: 107147


Rotterdam - Landstede 63-83

The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-21) and ninth ranked Landstede (6-16) in Rotterdam on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Zwolle outscored Rotterdam 83-63. The game without a history. Landstede led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Lawrence Borha (191-84, college: Utah, agency: Limelight Hoops) notched 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Rein Van der Kamp (202-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 21 points. Five Landstede players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Rotterdam. Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 13 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Landstede maintains ninth position with 6-16 record. Rotterdam lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Landstede will meet league's second-placed ZZ Leiden on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rotterdam will play against Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: P.Hilliman 24+9reb, R.Sihota 13+12reb, S.Mladenovic 10+3reb+4ast, J.Ormskerk 8+1reb+2ast, O.Ivanovic 5+4ast, D.Jones 3+2reb
Landstede: R.Van der Kamp 21+4reb+3ast, L.Borha 20+5reb+4ast, M.Mullery 14+5reb+3ast, A.Bunnig 11+11reb+2ast, H.Marshall 10+4reb+3ast, H.Crawford 4+1reb
gschID: 107148




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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Bell, Kormend21.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.0 
 4. Doyne, Falco-Szova20.4 
 5. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.2 
 6. Townes, Soproni19.9 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.6 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu18.9 
 9. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.9 
 2. Townes, Soproni11.1 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari10.4 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 5. Bell, Kormend9.3 
 6. Jones, Albacomp9.2 
 7. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.1 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.7 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.8.5 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, ZTE K.6.9 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.5 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok6.0 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.9 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.4 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.8 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 5. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 6. Kaman, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.5 
 8. Williams, ZTE K.2.4 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
 10. Werner, Kaposvari2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.6 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.4 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.1.0 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.8 


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


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Icelandic Express L. round 14 best performance: Jon Olafur Jonsson - by Eurobasket News
Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Ungmennafelagio Snaefell, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Njardvik (#11, 4-10) 92-91. It allowed Snaefell to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Snaefell have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Jonsson had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Snaefell, through which he has constantly improved. Jon Olafur Jonsson averages this season 18.7ppg and 9.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Thomas Sanders (191-G-85, agency: Duran International) of Keflavik. Sanders had a very good evening with 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Keflavik cruised to a 102-92 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Stjarnan (#5, 7-7). Keflavik's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Sanders is one of the most experienced players at Keflavik and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brandon Springer (196-F) of Fjolnir (#9). Springer scored 29 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Fjolnir, leading his team to a 80-73 win against Hamar (5-9). The chances of Fjolnir not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Springer could try to bring Fjolnir's a little bit higher in the standings. Springer has a very solid season. In 3 games in Iceland he scored 23.0ppg. Springer attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) of IR - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) of Grindavik - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Njardvik - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Semaj Inge (193-G-87) of Haukar - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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UPL All India tourney for Savio Cup begins on 23rd Jan - by Anil Kumar
Mumbais basketball lovers are in for a feast of high quality basketball, as India's leading male and female hoopsters - along with a team from the United States of America 'Shooting for Success' - vying for top honours in the 6th Edition of the UPL All India Savio Cup-Don Bosco Basketball Tournament, held from 23rd January 2011 to 30th January 2011. The tournament will be held at Don Bosco High School (Matunga) and will be sponsored by United Phosphorous Ltd and Co-sponsored by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

The tournament, which has become one of the leading basketball competitions in the country, will feature six teams in the Mens and four teams in the Womens divisions.

This was announced by Father Bosco DMello, Principal of Don Bosco High School and Organizing Secretary , along with Father Crispino DSouza, the Vice organizing secretary of the tournament. Also present were S. Balasubramaniam, a senior executive from United Phosphorous Ltd., the title sponsors of the event, Mr. M. Venkatesh-Associate Secretary of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Jayant Lapsia, vice-chairman organizing committee.

United Phosphorous has been supporting basketball in Mumbai for the past 20 years and is proud to be associated with the Savio Cup, which features the best basketball talent from around the country. We are also fortunate to have among us a team from the United States. Basketball is a dynamic sport and Mumbai continues to produce a host of talented players. Basketball requires all the support it can get and we, at United Phosphorous, believe we have contributed to the growth of the sport in the city in a small way, said Jai Shroff, MD United Phosphorous Ltd.

Father Bosco DMello, Organizing Secretary of the tournament said, The 5th Savio Cup is a brilliant effort of teamwork. Diehard fans of the sport of basketball (both young and not so young) coming together to give a boost to the game of basketball, both to popularize it and take it to great heights by bringing together the best players both of Indian origin and overseas. You have got to be there to live the experience.'

Participating Teams

Men: Services, IOB Chennai, Indian Railways, Punjab, Maharashtra, Shooting for Success (USA).
Women: Southern Railway, South East Central Railway, Karnataka, Maharashtra.
Some of the star players featuring in the tournament will include Shambaji Kadam, Dilip Kumar, Vishesh Bruguvanshi, Talwinder Singh, Mihir Pandey, Jagdeep, Yadwinder Singh, Harish, Geetu Anna Jose, Anita Pauldurai, Bharati Netam, Anju Lakra, Shirin Limaye, Sneha Rajguru, Amrita Baskute, Seema Singh, and others.

A highlight of this years tournament is the special felicitation function planned for the Administrators, Referees, Players and Journalists of yesteryear who had made significant contributions to the game of Basketball. Besides, three Posthumous awards will be conferred on Late Mrs. Shubha Puthran, Late Mr. V.C. Narayan [Chellappa] and Late Dr. K. Muthukumar for their immense contributions to the game. These felicitations will be done at the hands of the Arjuna Awardees who are being specially invited for this occasion including Kushi Ram, Hanuman Singh, Ajmer Singh, Sajjan Singh, Abbas Montasir and others, besides high ranking officials from Basketball Federation of India viz. KPS Gill, Harish Sharma and others.

Tournament updates will be made available through Social Networking sites, Facebook & Twitter & spectators can also subscribe for SMS Updates.

The men and women will play a round robin league, with the top two teams going on to play the final. The mens winners stand to gain Rs. 1 lakh, while the runners-up teams will take home Rs. 50,000. The womens winners will take home Rs. 50,000 with the runner-up teams standing to gain Rs. 25,000. There will be prizes for every match as well as for individual brilliance.

Also planned are a dunking competition and a three-point shooting competition.

The matches will be played on the Terra Flex surface with the use of Electronic Scoreboards and 24-second devices, in specially erected stadium to seat approx. 2000 spectators.

Three matches are expected to be played every day and they will be officiated by International referees, from different states, including three from Maharashtra.




Courtesy - BFI








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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 10-2 
 2. UCD Marian 7-7 
 3. DCU Saints 6-7 
 4. Belfast Star 4-7 
 5. Ulster Elks 2-10 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 11-2 
 2. UCC Demons 8-3 
 3. Neptune 7-5 
 4. Moycullen 1-13 


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Courtney Fells joins Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
The Israeli champions brought in an import guard. Galil Gilboa have reached an agreement with Courtney Fells (198-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). The 24-year-old guard started the season in Cyprus. He played for Keravnos. Courtney Fells tallied 11.0 points, 2.5 boards and 1.5 steals per EuroChallenge apperance. In Cyprus his stats read 9.7 points, 4.5 boards and 1.7 assists per game. Last season Courtney Fells spent with AEL Limassol. The guard was among the top players at the North Carolina State University basketball programme. Courtney Fells made it into ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team. He also was ACC All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention twice.


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  ITALY   


SerieA Round 16: No surprise as #1 Montepaschi Siena defeats Vanoli-Braga - by Eurobasket News
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (15-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Vanoli-Braga (6-10) 70-62. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Montepaschi Siena forced 21 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 steals and Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) who added 13 points during the contest. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Vanoli-Braga lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Benetton TV and Dinamo Sassari. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#4) on the road in the next round. Vanoli-Braga will play against Bennet Cantu (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Fourth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Dinamo Sassari (6-10) 81-80 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The winners were led by Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and Allan Ray supported him with 20 points. Even 38 points (!!!) and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) by American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Sassari. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari keeps the twelfth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Benetton TV and Vanoli CR. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dinamo Sassari will play against Pepsi Caserta (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Pesaro between Scavolini Pesaro and Cimberio Varese. Seventh ranked Scavolini Pesaro (8-8) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Cimberio Varese (7-9). Scavolini Pesaro managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 on Sunday evening. Morris Almond fired 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Diego Fajardo produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Lottomatica and Angelico BI. Scavolini Pesaro will meet Lottomatica Roma (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Cimberio Varese will play against Air Avellino and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Biella. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Angelico Biella (7-9) to eighth ranked Pepsi Caserta (8-8) 83-81 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Ebi Ere who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. Pepsi Caserta has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Pepsi Caserta's next round opponent will be Dinamo Sassari (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Sixth ranked Air Avellino (8-8) crushed at home 14th ranked Benetton Treviso (6-10) by 24 points 77-53, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Omar Thomas who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Air Avellino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Benetton Treviso lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Air Avellino will face Cimberio Varese (#9) on the road in the next round. Benetton Treviso will play against the league's second-placed Armani Milano.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: bottom-ranked Banca Tercas lost to Armani MI on the opponent's court 74-87. Bennet Cantu managed to outperform CS Bologna in a home game 83-67. Lottomatica managed to beat Enel Brindisi on the road 84-80.



Scavolini PS - Cimberio VA 74-72

A very close game took place in Pesaro between Scavolini Pesaro and Cimberio Varese. Seventh ranked Scavolini Pesaro (8-8) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Cimberio Varese (7-9). Scavolini Pesaro managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 on Sunday evening. Cimberio Varese cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Scavolini Pesaro forced 23 Cimberio Varese turnovers. Strangely Cimberio Varese outrebounded Scavolini Pesaro 33-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. American forward Morris Almond (198-85, college: Rice) fired 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Lottomatica and Angelico BI. Scavolini Pesaro will meet Lottomatica Roma (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Cimberio Varese will play against Air Avellino and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 16+9reb, D.Ryan 11+5reb, P.Goss 11+4reb+6ast, K.Kangur 10+4reb, T.Rannikko 8+3reb+1ast, R.Slay 7+5reb
Scavolini PS: M.Almond 18+2reb+1ast, G.Diaz 15+4reb+2ast, D.Hackett 14+5reb, M.Cusin 6+4reb+1ast, A.Bartolucci 5+1reb, A.Traini 4+1reb
gschID: 96152


Montepaschi - Vanoli CR 70-62

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (15-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Vanoli-Braga (6-10) 70-62. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Montepaschi Siena forced 21 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 steals and Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) who added 13 points during the contest. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Vanoli-Braga lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Benetton TV and Dinamo Sassari. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#4) on the road in the next round. Vanoli-Braga will play against Bennet Cantu (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: J.Perkovic 11+2reb, M.Milic 11+7reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 10+11reb, A.Drozdov 9+4reb+1ast, E.Rowland 8+2reb+7ast, J.Foster 7+3reb+1ast
Montepaschi: N.Zisis 18+3reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 13+2reb+2ast, M.Hairston 8+6reb+1ast, A.Michelori 7+4reb+1ast, D.Moss 6+4reb+1ast, S.Stonerook 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 96153


Air AV - Benetton TV 77-53

Sixth ranked Air Avellino (8-8) crushed at home 14th ranked Benetton Treviso (6-10) by 24 points 77-53, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. Benetton Treviso managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Benetton Treviso to just 1 points in third quarter. Air Avellino made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Benetton Treviso turnovers. Benetton Treviso was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and American-Spanish guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Lanshire Group) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Massimo Bulleri (188-77) scored 10 points. Air Avellino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Benetton Treviso lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Air Avellino will face Cimberio Varese (#9) on the road in the next round. Benetton Treviso will play against the league's second-placed Armani Milano.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 19+10reb, M.Bulleri 10+2reb+1ast, J.Wojciechovski 5+2reb, H.Peric 5+2reb+2ast, D.Motiejunas 4+3reb, S.Markovic 4+4reb+3ast
Air AV: O.Thomas 24+6reb+3ast, T.Dean 16+5reb+4ast, C.Troutman 10+9reb, V.Spinelli 9+2reb+5ast, D.Lauwers 7+2reb, L.Johnson 4+8reb+3ast
gschID: 96150


Armani MI - Banca Tercas 87-74

Very expected game when 16th ranked Banca Tercas (4-12) were defeated on the road by second ranked Armani Milano (13-3) 87-74 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Armani Milano's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-18 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Armani Milano forced 20 Banca Tercas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds and Ukrainian center Oleksiy Pecherov (212-85) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Armani Milano and four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Armani Milano has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. Banca Tercas lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Armani Milano will face Benetton Treviso (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Banca Tercas will play against Angelico Biella.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 17+6reb+3ast, J.Davis 16+8reb+1ast, I.Zoroski 13+3reb+6ast, K.Fletcher 10+5reb, G.Boscagin 9+3reb+4ast, A.Polonara 4+3reb+1ast
Armani MI: I.Jaaber 15+3reb+1ast, L.Greer 14+1reb+2ast, O.Pecherov 13+8reb, S.Mancinelli 12+4reb+2ast, J.Maciulis 11+9reb+2ast, M.Mordente 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96151


Angelico BI - Pepsi Caserta 81-83

A very interesting game took place in Biella. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Angelico Biella (7-9) to eighth ranked Pepsi Caserta (8-8) 83-81 on Sunday evening. Angelico Biella was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-20 charge of Pepsi Caserta, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Angelico Biella. Five Pepsi Caserta and four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Pepsi Caserta has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Pepsi Caserta's next round opponent will be Dinamo Sassari (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Slaughter 21+3reb+1ast, G.Jurak 18+8reb+4ast, M.Soragna 16+5reb+5ast, J.Viggiano 12+3reb+1ast, G.Suton 6+4reb, M.Salyers 5+9reb+3ast
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 21+5reb+1ast, E.Williams 17+6reb+2ast, L.Garri 14+4reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 10+3reb+5ast, J.Jones 10+9reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 96146


Bennet Cantu - CS Bologna 83-67

Rather predictable result when third ranked Bennet Cantu (11-5) defeated at home 5th ranked CS Bologna (8-8) 83-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bennet Cantu. CS Bologna managed to win fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Bennet Cantu players scored in double figures. At the losing side Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (193-88) responded with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. CS Bologna's coach Lino Lardo rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bennet Cantu maintains third position with 11-5 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Loser CS Bologna keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Vanoli-Braga (#13) in Cremona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CS Bologna will play at home against Enel Brindisi (#15).
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: K.Winston 11+1ast, P.Koponen 9+5reb+4ast, J.Homan 8+4reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 8+7reb, G.Poeta 8+2reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 6+2reb
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 23+1reb+5ast, V.Micov 12+5reb+4ast, M.Leunen 12+9reb+4ast, M.Green 10+5reb+4ast, J.Tabu 10+4ast, B.Ortner 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 96147


Dinamo Sassari - Fabi Shoes 80-81

Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Fourth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Dinamo Sassari (6-10) 81-80 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Dinamo Sassari was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro, which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro outrebounded Dinamo Sassari 42-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Dinamo Sassari was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) supported him with 20 points. Even 38 points (!!!) and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) by American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Sassari. His fellow American import guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) added 15 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari keeps the twelfth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Benetton TV and Vanoli CR. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dinamo Sassari will play against Pepsi Caserta (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 38+2reb+4ast, T.Diener 15+3reb+5ast, O.Hunter 11+9reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 10+3reb+4ast, V.Plisnic 3+2reb, M.Pinton 3+3reb+2ast
Fabi Shoes: A.Ray 20+4reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 20+15reb, S.Ford 14+9reb, D.Cavaliero 11+1reb+2ast, B.Jones 9+7reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 96148


Enel Brindisi - Lottomatica 80-84

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Enel Brindisi (5-11) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (7-9) 84-80 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Lottomatica Roma especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Charles Smith (193-75, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) who added 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) responded with 23 points and his fellow American import power forward Kristoffer Lang (211-79, college: N.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Lottomatica Roma and four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Angelico BI. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Enel Brindisi will play against CS Bologna (#5).
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: A.Roberson 23+2reb+3ast, Y.Diawara 15+6reb+1ast, B.Dixon 15+3reb+2ast, K.Lang 13+11reb+1ast, H.Toure 7+3reb, G.Maresca 4+1reb
Lottomatica: C.Smith 23+4reb, L.Datome 15+2reb, N.Gordic 13+2reb+3ast, V.Dasic 11+6reb+2ast, D.Washington 10+5reb+3ast, A.Crosariol 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96149




Lega2 Round 17: Fastweb CM defeats Tuscany Pistoia in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (8-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Fastweb CM (13-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Casale managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Swedish-Nigerian power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (200-78, college: Marquette) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Fastweb CM have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Snaidero UD. Tuscany Pistoia lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Aget Imola. Fastweb CM is looking forward to face Fileni BPA (#12) in Jesi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tuscany Pistoia will play on the road against Sigma Barcellona (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Snaidero Udine (13-4) against sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (10-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Snaidero Udine was defeated by Sunrise Scafati in a tough game in Scafati 74-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Snaidero Udine. American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) nailed 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Nikola Radulovic accounted for 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) came up with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Snaidero Udine in the defeat. Sunrise Scafati maintains sixth place with 10-7 record. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM. Sunrise Scafati will play against Aget Imola (#8) on the road in the next round. Snaidero Udine will play against Prima Veroli (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Lega2 top team - Umana Venezia (14-3) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-13) in Forli 98-88. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Alvin Young who scored 29 points and 4 assists. Leemire Goldwire produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Umana Venezia maintains first place with 14-3 record. MarcoPoloShop.it lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Umana Venezia will meet at home Naturhouse Ferrara (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Immobiliare SR (#4) in Rimini and hope to secure a win.
Fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (11-6) crushed at home 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (3-14) by 33 points 90-57, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mazzeo San Severo. Joseph Crispin orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 assists. Sigma Barcellona's coach Cesare Pancotto felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Sigma Barcellona's next round opponent will be Tuscany Pistoia (#9) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Trenkwalder RE (#13) in Reggio Emilia.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Immobiliare SR won against N.Ferrara on the opponent's court 76-69. Prima Veroli managed to outperform Aget Imola in a home game 77-71. Tezenis Verona recorded a loss to Fileni BPA on the road 95-88. Assigeco defeated Trenkwalder on its own court 89-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 6 steals by Dusan Vukcevic of Immobiliare SR.



Forli - Umana Reyer 88-98

Lega2 top team - Umana Venezia (14-3) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-13) in Forli 98-88. Umana Venezia made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) who scored 29 points and 4 assists. Forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists and forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Umana Venezia maintains first place with 14-3 record. MarcoPoloShop.it lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Umana Venezia will meet at home Naturhouse Ferrara (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Immobiliare SR (#4) in Rimini and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: A.Young 29+4reb+4ast, T.Slay 25+8reb+2ast, K.Clark 19+2reb+4ast, M.Allegretti 8+10reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 6+2ast, G.Meini 5+1reb+3ast
Forli: L.Goldwire 25+3reb+11ast, L.Gordon 22+8reb+3ast, C.Toppert 18+1reb+1ast, S.Borsato 6+6reb+1ast, L.Campani 6+4reb, M.Poletti 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95913


Barcellona - San Severo 90-57

Fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (11-6) crushed at home 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (3-14) by 33 points 90-57, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mazzeo San Severo. The game without a history. Sigma Barcellona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sigma Barcellona forced 23 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Mazzeo San Severo's players. American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 assists. Scottish-Nigerian power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona's coach Cesare Pancotto felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Czech guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) answered with 20 points and American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Sigma Barcellona's next round opponent will be Tuscany Pistoia (#9) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Trenkwalder RE (#13) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: J.Crispin 18+1reb+7ast, K.Achara 15+4reb, R.Bucci 13+2reb+3ast, M.Cardinali 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mocavero 8+5reb+1ast, M.Hicks 8+3reb+1ast
San Severo: J.Kudlacek 20+2reb+2ast, F.Zanelli 13+3reb+1ast, K.Dickens 10+9reb+1ast, L.Ianes 8+3reb, A.Johnson 2+5reb, M.Ferri 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95914


N.Ferrara - Immobiliare SR 69-76

Very expected game when 10th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (7-10) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Immobiliare SR (11-6) 76-69. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 6 steals. American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) answered with 18 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Naturhouse Ferrara. Immobiliare SR maintains fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Barcellona. Naturhouse Ferrara at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli which should be an easy win for them. Naturhouse Ferrara will play on the road against the league's leader Umana Venezia (#1) and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 34+3reb, T.Roderick 18+11reb, Q.Lollis 12+6reb, D.Filloy 5+7reb+1ast, G.Tomassini 5+2reb+2ast, F.Francesco 2+3reb
N.Ferrara: J.Boyette 18+4reb, T.Kotti 16+5reb, K.Ndoja 15+6reb, V.Mazzola 9+6reb+2ast, R.Hoover 7+2reb+1ast, L.Lechthaler 2+3reb
gschID: 95910


Prima Veroli - Aget Imola 77-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Prima Veroli and 8th ranked Aget Imola had identical 8-8 record. This time Prima Veroli used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Imola 77-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aget Imola won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Prima Veroli forced 20 Aget Imola turnovers. The former international power forward Ivan Gatto (207-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) answered with 28 points and Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Aget Imola. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Prima Veroli. They maintain seventh place with 9-8 record. Aget Imola lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be higher ranked Snaidero Udine (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aget Imola will play against Sunrise Scafati (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 16+2reb+4ast, I.Gatto 16+8reb+2ast, D.Brkic 16+2reb, G.Rosselli 14+7reb+4ast, J.Penn 6+1reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+4reb
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 28+4reb+2ast, M.Ringstrom 18+6reb, N.Ebi 17+10reb, P.Prato 7+5reb+2ast, Y.Moreno 1+2reb+2ast, F.Masoni 0
gschID: 95911


Fileni BPA - Tezenis Verona 95-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Tezenis Verona's (5-12) road loss to thirteenth ranked Fileni BPA (7-10) 88-95. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Tezenis Verona won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fileni BPA made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fileni BPA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Tezenis Verona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tezenis Verona. Five Fileni BPA and four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Fileni BPA moved-up to tenth place, which they share with N.Ferrara and Assigeco. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Fileni BPA's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fastweb CM in Casale and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tezenis Verona will play at home against Assigeco BPL (#11) in Lodi.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: B.Elder 23+2reb+1ast, A.Pecile 18+3reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 15+10reb+1ast, M.Tusek 12+2reb, F.Migliori 10+1reb, M.Rossi 8+1reb+1ast
Tezenis Verona: A.Renzi 25+5reb, K.Waleskowski 16+5reb, M.Jurevicus 12+3reb+3ast, J.Trepagnier 12+2reb, A.Porta 8+1reb+3ast, F.Bellina 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95912


Tuscany PT - Fastweb CM 69-70

Eighth-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (8-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Fastweb CM (13-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Casale managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Swedish-Nigerian power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (200-78, college: Marquette) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Fastweb CM have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Snaidero UD. Tuscany Pistoia lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Aget Imola. Fastweb CM is looking forward to face Fileni BPA (#12) in Jesi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tuscany Pistoia will play on the road against Sigma Barcellona (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: O.Nnamaka 18+4reb+1ast, R.Hickman 12+6reb+3ast, D.Taylor 9+4reb+1ast, D.Chiotti 8+4reb, S.Pierich 8+7reb+3ast, T.Fantoni 7+6reb+2ast
Tuscany PT: A.Filloy 18+3reb+2ast, J.Forte 15+5reb+4ast, J.Varnado 12+13reb+1ast, G.Fucka 10+6reb, F.Toppo 7+4reb, J.Porzingis 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 95907


Assigeco - Trenkwalder 89-76

Everything could happen in Lodi at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Assigeco BPL and 13th ranked Trenkwalder RE had identical 6-10 record. This time Assigeco BPL used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Reggio Emilia 89-76. The game was mostly controlled by Assigeco BPL. Trenkwalder RE managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Assigeco BPL shot 60.4 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Assigeco BPL especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Trenkwalder RE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) contributed with 23 points and 6 steals for the winners. The former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-Latvian forward Troy Ostler (209-78, college: Hawaii, agency: SportsTalent) added 17 points in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Assigeco BPL (7-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with N.Ferrara and Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Assigeco BPL's next round opponent will be Tezenis Verona (#14) on the road. Trenkwalder RE will play against Mazzeo San Severo.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Marigney 25+7reb+5ast, B.Cerella 23+3reb+3ast, R.Boykin 18+10reb+1ast, P.Ezugwu 10+5reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 6+5ast, M.Venuto 3+2reb+1ast
Trenkwalder: R.Valenti 19+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 18+1reb+4ast, T.Ostler 17+4reb+2ast, D.Robinson 12+3reb+1ast, M.Frassineti 7+2reb+1ast, R.Fultz 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 95908


Sunrise Scafati - Snaidero UD 79-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Snaidero Udine (13-4) against sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (10-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Snaidero Udine was defeated by Sunrise Scafati in a tough game in Scafati 74-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Snaidero Udine. Snaidero Udine was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Sunrise Scafati made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Snaidero Udine turnovers. Snaidero Udine was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) nailed 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) accounted for 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) came up with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Snaidero Udine in the defeat. Four Snaidero Udine players scored in double figures. Sunrise Scafati maintains sixth place with 10-7 record. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM. Sunrise Scafati will play against Aget Imola (#8) on the road in the next round. Snaidero Udine will play against Prima Veroli (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: J.Hunter 29+6reb+2ast, P.Baldassarre 15+6reb, R.Davis 14+3reb, N.Radulovic 7+10reb+5ast, M.Levin 6+3reb+3ast, C.Cavallaro 5
Snaidero UD: C.Cotis Harrison 15+4reb+4ast, J.Williams 15+2reb+2ast, L.Dordei 10+5reb+1ast, D.Mathis 10+7reb+6ast, T.Rinaldi 7+3reb, R.Truccolo 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95909




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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari21.1 
 2. Winston, CS Bo.16.6 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.5 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.15.9 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA15.8 
 6. Thomas, Air AV15.8 
 7. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes15.7 
 8. Milic, Vanoli CR15.5 
 9. Dean, Air AV15.5 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.8 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.8 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.7 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.7 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.7 
 6. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.3 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Air AV6.5 
 2. Goss, Cimberio VA4.4 
 3. Collins, Scavolin.4.3 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.3 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.2 
 6. Diener, Dinamo S.4.1 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.8 
 2. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.8 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA2.8 
 4. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 5. Hackett, Scavolin.2.7 
 6. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 7. Foster, Vanoli CR2.6 
 8. Collins, Scavolin.2.5 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu2.5 
 10. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
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. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna1.0 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.3 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.5 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli21.3 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola20.8 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.6 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco18.7 
 7. Gordon, Forli18.6 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.6 
 9. Young, Umana Reyer17.2 
 10. Vukcevic, Immobi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.2 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.7 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.5 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.8.2 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.1 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD8.0 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.9 
 9. Dickens, San Severo7.9 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.1 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .5.0 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.1 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 6. Mathis, Snaidero.3.5 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 8. Childress, San S.3.4 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.3.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.3 
 2. Achara, Barcellona2.8 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola2.8 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.7 
 5. Farabello, N.Fer.2.7 
 6. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 7. Stefanov, San S.2.6 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.6 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.2.5 
 10. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Achara, Barcellona1.0 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.9 
 6. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 


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


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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 19-5 
 2. Toyota 17-7 
 3. Panasonic 16-8 
 4. Toshiba 12-12 
 5. Hitachi S. 9-15 
 6. Tochigi Brex 8-16 
 7. Mitsubishi 8-16 
 8. Hokkaido 7-17 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .18.5 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido17.0 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin17.0 
 4. Forehan-K., Aishin16.6 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.3 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin15.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.0 
 8. Smith, Hitachi S.14.5 
 9. Lett, Mitsubishi14.2 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.5 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.1 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin8.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.6 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi7.2 
 6. Violette, Toshiba6.9 
 7. Custis, Panasonic6.9 
 8. O''Bannon, Toshiba6.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota6.7 
 10. Maraker, Hokkaido6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hokkaido
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.9 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.9 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 4. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.8 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.3 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.2 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.1 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba3.0 
 10. Nishimura, Hitachi S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.4 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.3 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 6. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.1 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.1 
 8. Custis, Panasonic1.1 
 9. Hale, Mitsubishi1.1 
 10. Shonaka, Toyota1.0 
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, Panasonic0.8 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 7. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 8. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi0.5 


West overcame East in BJ League All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
West-East 110:109

West overcame East in BJ League All-Star Game. West grabbed 26-24 lead after the first period, but East erupted with 37-29 in the second quarter. The second half belonged to the West team that started to play better. At first they won the third frame 27-20 to trail 3 points after three quarters. In the last stanza West needed 30-26 for the final success. Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) was named MVP of the tournament.



JBL Round 24: Aishin Sea Horses beat Hitachi Sunrockers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Fifth-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-15) were very close to win a game against first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (19-5) in Kariya on Sunday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) contributed with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-5 record. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round where they are favorite. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Sixth-ranked Tochigi Brex (8-16) was very close to win a game against third ranked Panasonic Trians (16-8) in Osaka. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and Ace Custis who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panasonic Trians have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Tochigi Brex lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Mitsubishi. Panasonic Trians will play against Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in a game in Saporro versus Hokkaido (#8) 83-73. The winners were led by Jai Lewis who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Charles O'Bannon did not help to save the game for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hokkaido maintains eighth position with 7-17 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Hokkaido will meet higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toshiba Thunders will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Toyota Alvark (17-7) and 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-16) in Fuchu ended with biggest points difference. Toyota Alvark beat guests from Nagoya 74-61. The best player for the winners was Jeff Gibbs who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-7 record having just two points less than leader Aishin. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.



Panasonic - Tochigi Brex 79-78

Sixth-ranked Tochigi Brex (8-16) was very close to win a game against third ranked Panasonic Trians (16-8) in Osaka. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tochigi Brex won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Panasonic Trians won last quarter 21-22. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panasonic Trians have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Tochigi Brex lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Mitsubishi. Panasonic Trians will play against Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: F.Aono 17+6reb, A.Custis 12+5reb+2ast, K.Hirose 12+4reb+3ast, M.Nagayama 10+2reb+5ast, T.Onishi 10, H.Kinoshita 9+5reb+2ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 19+6reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 15+1reb, S.Merritt 11+9reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Machida 7+1reb, K.Takeda 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 119792


Hokkaido - Toshiba 83-73

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in a game in Saporro versus Hokkaido (#8) 83-73. Toshiba Thunders were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hokkaido made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) supported him with 20 points and 5 assists. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Toshiba Thunders. Swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) added 16 points. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hokkaido maintains eighth position with 7-17 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Hokkaido will meet higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toshiba Thunders will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido: J.Lewis 25+7reb+3ast, T.Orimo 20+1reb+5ast, R.Sakurai 12+4reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 10+3reb, H.Kashiwakura 7+6reb+3ast, D.Yamada 7+7reb+2ast
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 16+7reb+2ast, Y.Uda 16+2reb+3ast, C.Violette 10+7reb, Y.Miyanga 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 8+2reb+1ast, K.Sato 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 119789


Toyota - Mitsubishi 74-61

The game between second ranked Toyota Alvark (17-7) and 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-16) in Fuchu ended with biggest points difference. Toyota Alvark beat guests from Nagoya 74-61. It looked good early as Mitsubishi Dolphins took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toyota Alvark had a 21-11 second period charge getting the lead and Mitsubishi Dolphins were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-74. Toyota Alvark made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Mitsubishi Dolphins turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-7 record having just two points less than leader Aishin. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Toyota: Y.Okada 22, T.Watanabe 11+2reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 11+11reb+2ast, T.Ito 6+4reb+1ast, P.Ricci 6+5reb, M.Takahashi 5+4reb+2ast
Mitsubishi: K.Nakagawa 13+4ast, R.Hale 12+9reb+2ast, O.Lett 10+5reb, K.Igarashi 8+1reb+3ast, J.Uzawa 6+3reb, S.Utsumi 6+1reb
gschID: 119790


Aishin - Hitachi S. 85-83

Fifth-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-15) were very close to win a game against first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (19-5) in Kariya on Sunday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) contributed with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) added 24 points in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-5 record. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round where they are favorite. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 21+3reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 19+1reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 19+9reb+10ast, R.Frahm 11+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 8+4reb+1ast, S.Asayama 4
Hitachi S.: D.Kobayashi 24+1reb+1ast, T.Smith 14+3reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 12+1reb+3ast, J.Takeuchi 11+11reb+4ast, T.Iwaguma 9+1reb+5ast, K.Matsui 5+1reb
gschID: 119791




Best players of Japanese JBL round 23 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) had an amazing evening in the last round for Toshiba Brave Thunders and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 35-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Hokkaido (#8, 6-17) with 16-point margin 89-73. Toshiba maintains the 4th position in Japanese JBL. Toshiba 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 12-11 record. O'Bannon turned to be Toshiba's top player in his first season with the team. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. O'Bannon is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.8rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of second-ranked Toyota Alvark. Ricci impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Toyota to another comfortable win 83-68 over the lower-ranked Mitsubishi (#7, 8-15) being unquestionably team leader. Toyota's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-7 record is not bad at all. Ricci is a newcomer at Toyota 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 Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Tochigi Brex (#6). Merritt scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Merritt's great performance Tochigi Brex lost 77-88 to the higher-ranked Panasonic (#3, 15-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tochigi Brex not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Merritt could try to bring Tochigi Brex's a little bit higher in the standings. Merritt has a very solid season. In 22 games in Japan he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) of Panasonic - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi S. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) of Toyota - 15 points and 4 rebounds
9. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) of Aishin - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Michael Takahashi (198-F-74) of Toyota - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 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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  KOSOVO   


17-year old Beqe Kovaqi to sign for Switzerland's Neuchatel - by Onur Deqani
Beqe Kovaqi from KB Peja has now reached an agreement with Switzerland's Jump Union Neuchatel.
Kovaqi was the key-member of the KB Peja's Junior Team and also was selected to play for the Senior team this season. He's 17 years old at a height of 6'5. Last year he won the Junior League of Basketball with KB Peja and this season he had an average of 27.5 points.
Kovaqi who mostly plays as a Small Forward is going to sign for the club from the Switzerland in the next few days, where he will be playing for the senior team , but will also be available to play for the Junior Team .


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  LITHUANIA   


Harrison's double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mazeikiai and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 28.
He got a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists, while his team crushed Erelita (#14, 7-19) with 21-point margin 88-67. Mazeikiai maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mazeikiai will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Harrison had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Mazeikiai's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia College & State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrison is league's best passer with 6.9apg. Harrison is in league's top in and averages solid 3.1spg and 56.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tadas Sebeziovas (183-G-85) of Triobet Malsta. He is a guard in his 3rd season at Triobet Malsta. In the last game Sebeziovas recorded impressive 39 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Triobet Malsta lost that game 84-99 to the higher-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (#1, 25-1). Triobet Malsta managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Sebeziovas is one of the most experienced players at Triobet Malsta and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#6). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas Kaunas (#5). Vingelis got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of LKKA-Atletas, leading his team to a 78-63 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#7, 14-12). LKKA-Atletas 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. Vingelis has a great season in Lithuania. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tauras Jogela (200-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Darrick Leonard (188-G-84) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89) of Perlas-MRU - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Radviliskis - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Zilvinas Petraitis (194-G/F-88) of Delikatesas - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.7 
 2. Alijevas, Nevezis17.2 
 3. Ruikis, Neptunas17.0 
 4. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis16.3 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas16.1 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.7 
 8. Volkus, Techasas14.9 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.8 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.6 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.1 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.7 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis7.5 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.7.0 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 10. Silinskis, Techasas6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.6 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.4 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 9. Dainys, Rudupis4.0 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas1.9 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.8 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.8 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas1.8 
 10. Mazeika, Neptunas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.5 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.7 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.2 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.2 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas0.9 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.8 


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


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Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 12-4 
 2. Basket Esch 11-4 
 3. Etzella 11-5 
 4. Amicale 10-6 
 5. Sparta 8-7 
 6. Musel Pikes 8-8 
 7. Residence 7-10 
 8. Contern 7-10 
 9. Soleuvre 4-11 
 10. Black Star 2-15 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Kennedy, Residence26.1 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.23.0 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.22.2 
 5. Schumacher, T7121.6 
 6. Muller, T7121.2 
 7. Gary, Contern20.1 
 8. Smith, Sparta18.9 
 9. Delgado, Etzella18.2 
 10. Kalmes, Contern17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.1 
 2. Gary, Contern12.8 
 3. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.7 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 6. Stephens, T7111.1 
 7. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.4 
 9. Abercrombie, Spa.9.8 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.2 
 2. Schumacher, T714.6 
 3. Delgado, Etzella3.4 
 4. Rausch, Black Star3.4 
 5. Koster, Residence3.0 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.2.9 
 7. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.7 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale2.6 
 10. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jones, Amicale2.3 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Smith, Sparta1.9 
 4. Schartz, Amicale1.8 
 5. Birdsong, Amicale1.7 
 6. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 7. Kennedy, Residence1.6 
 8. Birenbaum, Amicale1.5 
 9. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 10. Gary, Contern1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Contern2.1 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.1.7 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.5 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 6. Stephens, T710.9 
 7. Weisen, Soleuvre0.8 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


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  MALAYSIA   


Gabe Freeman leads Philippine Patriots past KL Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - KL Dragons 88:83

Philippine Patriots opened ASEAN League semifinal series against KL Dragons with victory. Gabe Freemen erupted for 36 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to ensure the victory. The second game of the best-of-three series is scheduled for January 26 in Malaysia.
The first term was an evenly matched contest. Neither side dominated and the scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Allan Salangsang gave an 8-point lead for the hosts midway through the second term. Soon Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) stretched the margin to 12 points 39:27. But the Dragons managed to trim the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 35:41. Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) and Yeo Seng John Ng leveled things up at 47 midway through the third stanza. The teams traded baskets but the Patriots were able to pull in front 64:59 with ten minutes remaining. Lingganay and Guganeswaran put KL Dragons up by one 71:70 early in the fourth stanza but the hosts immediately answered with five points in a row to stay in charge. Gabe Freeman came up with timely five points to put the Patriots up by 9 points and they hung on to the win the battle.
Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 11 points and 13 boards for the Patriots. Benedict Fernandez added 10 points in the win. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for KL Dragons. Justin Leith had 26 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Philippine Patriots: Gabe Freeman 36+11 boards, Steve Thomas 11, Benedict Fernandez 10
KL Dragons: Justin Leith 26, Nakiea Miller 23



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  NBA   


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee B. - Memphis G. 81-94
Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) set a franchise record with his 10th straight double-double in the Memphis Grizzlies' 94-81 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Randolph finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Grizzlies continued their erratic ways after also beating Houston on Friday night. Memphis has eight winning streaks and seven losing streaks of at least two games this year. Reserve Earl Boykins scored 23 points for Milwaukee, but the Bucks failed to extend their winning streak after beating Washington and Cleveland. The Grizzlies seem their best when they keep attacking the paint. After a season-high 72 points in the paint against the Rockets, they had 56 against the short-handed Bucks. Andrew Bogut scored 14 points and Corey Maggette and rookie Larry Sanders had 12 apiece, but the lowest-scoring, worst-shooting team in the NBA failed to reach its already ugly benchmarks of 42.3 percent shooting or 91.5 points per game. *Courtesy of www.wisn.com

Portland TB - Indiana P. 97-92
Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) hit four straight 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-92 on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won five straight despite being beset by injuries. Batum, who hit five of eight 3-point attempts, had 23 points. Danny Granger scored 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost four straight. James Posey's 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left pulled Indiana within 95-92, but Wesley Matthews hit a pair of free throws to clinch it. It was Portland's fifth straight victory over Indiana. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Golde State W. 113-109
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute to cap a 30-point effort, tied a career high with 18 rebounds and established another with eight assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 113-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The Clippers won for the 12th time in 17 games and extended their home winning streak to seven - their longest since a seven-game stretch during the 2004-05 season. Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored 23 points, all of them before a bruised lower back temporarily forced him out of the game with 4:44 left in the third quarter and Los Angeles leading 77-67. Baron Davis had just seven points and six assists in 28 minutes against his former club after getting in early foul trouble. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Chicago B. - Cleveland C. 92-79
The Chicago Bulls have had a difficult time putting away lesser opponents lately, and the bad habit nearly jumped up and bit them again on Saturday. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 24 points, leading the Bulls to a 92-79 victory that extended the Cleveland Cavaliers' losing streak to 16 games. Cleveland (8-35) has also lost 20 straight on the road, one shy of the franchise record. The Cavs last won away from Quicken Loans Arena on Nov. 9, with a 93-91 victory over New Jersey. They haven't won anywhere since a home win over the Knicks on Dec. 18. *COurtesy of www.cbssports.com

Oklah.City T. - New York K. 101-98
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 30 points and hit the first game-winner of his career with a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-98 win against the New York Knicks tonight. Durant was tightly guarded by Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) but connected while leaning back in front of the Knicks bench to extend New York's losing streak to six games - matching their longest of the season. The Thunder hadn't led since the first 2 minutes of the second quarter, but erased a six-point deficit in the final 3 minutes to escape their first three-game losing streak of the season. Gallinari scored 23 points and Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Knicks. Courtesy www.nypost.com

Houston R. - Orlando M. 104-118
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) added 21 points and the Orlando Magic built a big first-half lead on their way to an easy 118-104 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Jason Richardson hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 for the Magic, who went 13 for 32 from 3-point range. Orlando came in leading the league in 3-pointers made and attempted. Chase Budinger scored 19 points and Kevin Martin added 18 to lead the Rockets, who shot 39 percent (37 of 95). The Magic pulled away in the second quarter, and led 68-51 at the break. Orlando shot 59 percent (26 of 44), went 8 for 17 from 3-point range and outrebounded the Rockets 27-18 in the first half. All five Orlando starters made more than half their shots and reached double figures. *Courtesy of www.wftv.com

Detroit P. - Phoenix Suns 75-74
For much of Saturday night's matchup with the Detroit Pistons, the Suns looked like a team that had flown in late the night before to play the second game of a back-to-back. That was because they had, but the Pistons had also done the same and looked it. It wasn't a pretty game by any means, but Detroit ultimately used a 22-4 fourth-quarter run to beat the Suns in dramatic fashion, 75-74. In a loss that snapped their five-game winning streak, the Suns led by as many as 15 points. But when crunch time rolled around, the Suns couldn't muster the offense to keep the Pistons at bay. The loss moved the Suns to 0-4 on the second night of back-to-backs on the road and kept them from reaching .500 for the first time since Dec. 19. After locking down on defense for the entire fourth quarter, the Pistons took the lead on an 18-foot jumper from Austin Daye with under a minute to play. *Courtesy of www.valleyofthesuns.com

Miami Heat - Toronto R. 120-103
Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) came into Saturday with exactly zero points at home this season. He now has 32. Getting his long-awaited Miami breakout game, Miller scored 22 points in the second quarter alone, helping the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 120-103 to snap a four-game slide. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which played without Dwyane Wade (migraine) and Chris Bosh (left ankle sprain). James Jones scored 15 and Eddie House added 13 for the Heat, who made 16 3-pointers. ''I got it going a little bit,'' Miller said. ''Which is fun. ... Obviously, I've shot a lot of basketballs in my day, and I always say confidence ain't going to be an issue. I'm going to miss. I'm going to make. But as long as you stick with it, you're getting opportunities. Guys found me in the second quarter, I got some opportunities, and I made them.'' The Heat led 32-17 after one quarter and 66-40 at the half, then held on after Toronto - which had big-time roster issues of its own - cut the lead to 10 with 10:13 remaining. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 and Andrea Bargnani added 28 for the Raptors, who wrapped an 0-5 road trip and dropped their seventh straight overall. Toronto had only nine players available for the game, but had more than enough to put a serious scare into the Heat. Jose Calderon had 14 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which also got 14 points from Amir Johnson. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Philadelph.76 - Utah Jazz 96-85
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 22 points, Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the slumping Utah Jazz 96-85 on Saturday. Elton Brand added 19 for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the 12th time in the past 15 games at home. Spencer Hawes grabbed 11 rebounds. Philadelphia also improved to 13-7 at home, eclipsing last season's 12-win total. Deron Williams had 20 points and 14 assists for the Jazz (27-17), who dropped their fourth in a row on their five-game road trip. It's their longest losing skid in slightly more than a year. *Courtesy of www.thesunnews.com

N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 96-72
This was supposed to be a brutal stretch of the schedule for the New Orleans Hornets. Instead, David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) and fellow starters have spent back-to-back nights kicking back on the bench in the fourth quarter, smiling as reserves close out double-digit routs of the playoff-contending Atlanta Hawks and the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs. West had 18 points and 10 rebounds in less than 30 minutes, and the Hornets earned their eighth consecutive victory while ending San Antonio's eight-game winning streak, 96-72 on Saturday night. 'I don't think we expected the games to be like this,' West said. 'But we've been having some good film sessions, having really good dialogue and talking amongst ourselves about what we're going to do and how we're going to defend teams.' One night after winning by 41 at Atlanta, the Hornets led by as many as 31 against a Spurs team that has the NBA's best record (37-7), but which has also lost twice to New Orleans (29-16). *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New Jersey N. - Dallas M. 86-87
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) hit a jumper in the lane with 6 seconds to play and the Dallas Mavericks continued their dominance over the New Jersey Nets with an 87-86 victory on Saturday night. The Nets messed up their chance at a game-winning attempt, and Jordan Farmar was forced to toss up an off-balance shot that didn't come close to going in at the buzzer. Nowitzki finished with 23 points on 7-of-24 shooting from the field. It didn't matter because his last shot was the only one that counted. Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) added 19 points for Dallas, which has won five in a row and 19 of 22 against New Jersey. Brook Lopez had 24 points for New Jersey, which lost its bid for a 13th win, which would have topped last season's total. *Courtesy of www.wfaa.com

Washington W. - Boston C. 85-83
John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) banked in a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down in the game's final minute, and the Washington Wizards rallied from a 16-point, first-quarter deficit to upset the Celtics 85-83 Saturday night. Wall's fast-break layup with 2:35 to play gave the Wizards their first lead, and after the Celtics tied it, Wall made his team's first and only 3-pointer of the game to put Washington ahead 84-81 with 58 seconds remaining. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) made a layup to pull Boston within one, and Rajon Rondo stole the ball from Wall to give Boston a chance to win it. But Paul Pierce missed an 18-footer in the final seconds, and the Celtics' five-game winning streak had ended. Wall finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Wizards, who improved to 13-9 at home to counter their 0-20 mark on the road. Rashard Lewis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and JaVale McGee added 16 points. Garnett had 17 points for the Celtics, who shot 68 percent in the first quarter but 33 percent for the rest of the game. They especially went cold in the fourth, shooting 5 for 23 and scoring only 11 points - their lowest total for any quarter this season. Ray Allen added 16 points, and Rondo had 13 points and nine assists for the Celtics. Boston played without Shaquille O'Neal, who didn't make the trip because of a sore right hip. *Courtesy of www.myfoxboston.com

Charlotte B. - Atlanta H. 87-103
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) saw the score of Atlanta's embarrassing loss and knew the athletic Hawks wouldn't repeat that miserable shooting performance a night later. Wallace just wasn't expecting that it would be he and teammate Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) who ended up missing several shots. Behind Joe Johnson's 32 points, the undermanned but energized Hawks bounced back from that humiliating 41-point defeat with a convincing 103-87 victory over the poor-shooting and distracted Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. Josh Smith added 16 points for Atlanta, which managed 59 points at home against New Orleans a night earlier. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


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Anthony leads Nuggets past Pacers, 121-107 - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - Indiana P. 121-107
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) gave the home crowd nothing to boo about Sunday night, scoring 36 points in the Denver Nuggets' 121-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who lost their fifth straight. Anthony had been subjected to jeers by the home crowd as trade talk intensified last week, but on this night, the Denver fans showed him plenty of love, especially when he was raining 3s from all over the court as he put on a spectacular 23-point show in the third quarter. Anthony's career-best six 3-pointers all came in the third period as the Nuggets turned a close game into a laugher - a reversal of their game in November when the Pacers made their first 20 shots of the third quarter and rolled to a 144-113 win in Indianapolis. Anthony's previous high was five 3-pointers back in 2003, his rookie season. Nene added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who led by 25 and improved to 20-5 at the Pepsi Center, where they haven't lost consecutive games all season. Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana, which trailed 59-51 at halftime. After a chaotic week in which the New Jersey Nets scuttled talks on a proposed blockbuster trade for Anthony, the weekend was quiet in Denver with no new reports, rumors or revelations in this Melo Drama that began last summer when the All-Star forward refused to sign a $65 million extension through 2014-15. Nuggets coach George Karl acknowledged over the weekend that the drama has weighed on his weary team. 'It's hard. I would say we all realize there's a little bit of heaviness to getting our jobs done. It doesn't mean we can't get it done,' Karl said. 'Actually, the performance has been pretty first class. The little things and the details of preparation and details of practice, I see a little heaviness to it.' Karl has dealt with the drama by keeping a sense of humor and harboring an amusing atmosphere when he can. 'I think most of the time, we've had some levity and some fun with it. When we've gotten hit in the head a couple of times, we seem like we've communicated through (it) and gotten into a better place,' Karl said. 'As I told Chauncey and a few of the guys today, 'This is going to be an important stretch. This is an important stretch to solidify to everybody that we're a playoff team and we're going to figure this out.' The Pepsi Center fans let Anthony have it while he was getting interviewed by the team's TV network following his 35-point performance against Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, hours after the Nets pulled out of their latest round of trade talks. That drew a rebuke from Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Before and after Los Angeles' win here Friday night, Bryant called the boo-birds idiots and suggested they were foolish because the fans' hostile reaction might just push Anthony out of town if he were at all waffling about wanting to play somewhere else. The Melo Drama hits the road for a five-game Eastern swing starting Tuesday night in Washington before stops in Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The game against the Nets on Jan. 31 will be the first meeting between the teams since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov called off talks on a blockbuster three-team trade that would have sent Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New Jersey for rookie Derrick Favors and a couple of first-round draft picks. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com




Brandon Roy hopes to return this year - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) says he hopes to return this season after having arthroscopic surgery on both knees.

Roy spoke Saturday night before the Blazers' game against the Indiana Pacers at the Rose Garden. The three-time All-Star had surgery on Monday, but said he had already done a little shooting on Friday.

Roy said that while he'd like to come back, he'll try to be patient and follow the advice of team doctors. The Blazers have not set a timetable for his return.

'Now is challenging because I want to start pushing the minute it feels good enough and the doctor is still saying 'Nah, we have to take it a little bit easier.' So it's tough,' he said.

Roy was averaging 16.6 points in 23 games, but his play was curtailed by soreness in both knees, which he says is caused by a lack of cartilage.

Roy was walking without crutches and sat on Portland's bench for the game. He was greeted with rousing applause when shown on the video scoreboard.

The former NBA Rookie of the Year said he already noticed an improvement.

'There's a slight difference with somethings that were going on that feel better right after the surgery. It's just a situation where he was able to go in there and kind of debris both the knees and clean up a little bit of some problems that I was feeling in the right knee,' he said. 'We're optimistic that that worked.'

Last season, Roy had arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee two days before the Blazers opened their first-round playoff series against Phoenix. He made a remarkable comeback and played in the fourth game of the series, which the Suns eventually won. Some have suggested that perhaps Roy returned too soon.

The Blazers have been hit hard by injuries this season.

Center Marcus Camby had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Thursday and will be sidelined at least three weeks. He was averaging 5.9 points and 11.3 rebounds in 39 games this season,

In November, the team announced that center Greg Oden, the No. 1 draft pick in 2007, would miss the season because of microfracture surgery on his left knee. Oden missed his rookie year because of microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Second-year forward Jeff Pendergraph injured his knee in the preseason and required season-ending surgery. And rookie guard Elliot Williams has undergone surgery this season on both knees.

Courtesy of ESPN


Pacers not satisfied with level of improvement - by Eurobasket News
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) acknowledges that the Indiana Pacers are in a much better position at this point in the season than they have been in recent years.

To the teams top scorer, it still doesnt feel much different.

The Pacers, who have missed the playoffs the past four years, got off to a strong start this season before stumbling to a 5-10 record in December. They head into Saturdays game at Portland with a 16-22 record, which would put them in the playoffs if the season ended today.

The Pacers expected more after trading for point guard Darren Collison in the offseason and seeing improvement from center Roy Hibbert during the summer and early this season.

'We still, at this point, thought we should be over .500 right now,' a perplexed Granger said recently. 'Were right there.'

In recent years, the Pacers were considered dangerous because of their scoring prowess. They showed potential in a 144-point outburst against Denver on Nov. 9 that included 20 for 21 shooting during a 54-point third quarter.

The Pacers, however, have hurt themselves with long stretches of poor shooting. Indiana ranks fourth in the league in field-goal percentage defense and 14th in scoring defense, but the offense ranks 28th in field-goal percentage and 19th in scoring. In December, the Pacers reached 100 points only three times.

'Our offense has been struggling in the last month or so,' Granger said. 'The games we did win was because of defense. Well rely on that as a better thing to hang our hats on.'

Its an interesting mentality for Granger to embrace because he has made his name by scoring in bunches. But after missing out on postseason play, hes adjusting.

'Offense can come and go, but defense is principles, effort and intensity,' he said. 'Those things, youre supposed to bring every night anyway, so as long as were locked in on defense and we know our rotations and the schemes we run, we should be fine.'

Granger is averaging 21.5 points per game, down from 24.1 last season and 25.8 in his All-Star season two years ago. Hes shooting nearly the same percentage as last year, but hes taking fewer shots because the team has slowed the pace.

The Pacers tend to rise and fall with Granger. He averages 24.2 points and shoots 50 percent in wins, and averages 19.5 points and shoots 38 percent in losses.

Hibbert got off to a strong start, but he has struggled lately and his minutes have been dramatically reduced. He averages 12.4 points and eight rebounds per game, but he has scored in single digits five straight games.

Collison is still adjusting to the Pacers system. The second-year player has started to show signs of being the star he was in New Orleans, where he filled in for the injured Chris Paul. He is averaging 17.4 points and 6.4 assists in January.

'I think guys playing together for a longer time, that helps,' Pacers backup point guard T.J. Ford said. 'I think everybody is buying into the system. Theyre just doing their best to make it work.'

The offense is starting to come around. The Pacers have scored more than 100 points in four of their past five games.

'I think were definitely moving in the positive direction because everybody is starting to click,' Granger said. 'Weve always been a pretty good defensive team, but now, were starting to get things going on the offensive end.'

Brandon Rush and Mike Dunleavy are both averaging 11.5 points while splitting shooting guard duties.

Second-year player Tyler Hansbrough has given the Pacers a spark since moving into the starting lineup. Hes averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds and is shooting 48 percent from the field in seven starts.

Coach Jim O'Brien has added rookie forward Paul George to the rotation, and he has produced as well.

'Youve got to give them a lot of credit,' Ford said. 'Those guys stayed patient. Thats one thing thats hard to do in this league is be patient, then produce when your name is called.'

The Pacers, though disappointed, feel that a postseason bid is within their grasp.

'Weve got teams right behind us, so every time we come out on the court, we know its an important game for us to be able to get into the playoffs,' Rush said. 'We take it really seriously.'

Courtesy of http://network.yardbarker.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.0 
 3. James, Miami Heat25.9 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.8 
 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.23.8 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.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.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.9 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.13.0 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.7 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 8. Calderon, Toron.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.6 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Evans, Sacramen.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 8. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 10. Brewer, Minnesot.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. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 33-10 
 2. New York K. 22-21 
 3. Philadelph.76 18-25 
 4. Toronto R. 13-31 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-32 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 30-14 
 2. Milwaukee B. 16-25 
 3. Indiana P. 16-25 
 4. Detroit P. 16-28 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-35 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 31-13 
 2. Orlando M. 29-15 
 3. Atlanta H. 29-16 
 4. Charlotte B. 17-25 
 5. Washington W. 13-29 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 28-15 
 2. Utah Jazz 27-17 
 3. Denver N. 25-18 
 4. Portland TB 25-20 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-33 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 32-13 
 2. Phoenix Suns 20-22 
 3. Golde State W. 19-24 
 4. LA Clippers 17-26 
 5. Sacramento K. 9-32 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 37-7 
 2. N.Orleans H. 29-16 
 3. Dallas M. 28-15 
 4. Memphis G. 21-23 
 5. Houston R. 20-25 


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 12-3 
 2. Tromso 11-3 
 3. Ulriken 10-4 
 4. Baerum 8-7 
 5. Froya 7-9 
 6. Gimle 4-10 
 7. Kristiansand 4-10 
 8. Ammerud 2-12 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.7 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.1 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 5. Kombat, Froya22.1 
 6. Diomande, Ammerud22.0 
 7. January, Tromso21.3 
 8. Bullock, Gimle21.2 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor MULLENAX
  Ulriken
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Mullenax, Ulriken11.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle11.9 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.1 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.6 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.9 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.8 
 8. January, Tromso8.1 
 9. Djerman, Gimle7.4 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.0 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso4.5 
 4. Bullock, Gimle4.5 
 5. Mahnin, Asker4.3 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken4.0 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.8 
 9. Timus, Tromso3.6 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.2 
 4. Eskeland, Ulriken2.2 
 5. Hinsch, Asker2.1 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 7. Russell, Kristiansand1.8 
 8. January, Tromso1.7 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Mahnin, Asker1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.6 
 3. Bullock, Gimle1.2 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 5. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 6. January, Tromso1.1 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 9. Nyborg, Asker0.7 
 10. Muren, Asker0.5 


Fivelstad number one in Norway for round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-G/F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ulriken Eagles, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Kristiansand (#7, 4-9) with 19-point margin 77-58. Ulriken maintains the 3rd position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ulriken will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Fivelstad turned to be Ulriken's top player in his first season with the team. Magne Fivelstad has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 58.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old former international swingman Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) of Froya Ambassadors. Elsafadi had a very good evening with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Froya to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Gimle (#6, 4-9) 85-63. Froya's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Elsafadi is a newcomer at Froya and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Samuel Diomande (191-G-88, agency: Promotex) of Ammerud Basket (#8). Diomande showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Diomande's great performance Ammerud lost 94-96 to the higher-ranked Froya (#5, 6-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ammerud can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Diomande he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Diomande has individually a great season in Norway. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (7th best). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 57.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miilah Kombat (200-F-88) of Froya - 19 points and 14 rebounds
5. Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) of Froya - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Gimle - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Reno Silavs (180-G-91) of Froya - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Taylor Mullenax (201-F-86) of Ulriken - 16 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Asker - 21 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ali Ouakkaha (185-G-90) of Ulriken - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 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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  PHILIPPINES   


Gabe Freeman leads Philippine Patriots past KL Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - KL Dragons 88:83

Philippine Patriots opened ASEAN League semifinal series against KL Dragons with victory. Gabe Freemen erupted for 36 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to ensure the victory. The second game of the best-of-three series is scheduled for January 26 in Malaysia.
The first term was an evenly matched contest. Neither side dominated and the scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Allan Salangsang gave an 8-point lead for the hosts midway through the second term. Soon Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) stretched the margin to 12 points 39:27. But the Dragons managed to trim the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 35:41. Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) and Yeo Seng John Ng leveled things up at 47 midway through the third stanza. The teams traded baskets but the Patriots were able to pull in front 64:59 with ten minutes remaining. Lingganay and Guganeswaran put KL Dragons up by one 71:70 early in the fourth stanza but the hosts immediately answered with five points in a row to stay in charge. Gabe Freeman came up with timely five points to put the Patriots up by 9 points and they hung on to the win the battle.
Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 11 points and 13 boards for the Patriots. Benedict Fernandez added 10 points in the win. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for KL Dragons. Justin Leith had 26 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Philippine Patriots: Gabe Freeman 36+11 boards, Steve Thomas 11, Benedict Fernandez 10
KL Dragons: Justin Leith 26, Nakiea Miller 23



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.0 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.17.3 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Washington, San M.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.4 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.9 
 3. Washington, San M.10.0 
 4. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.9.6 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.2 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.8 
 10. Baclao, Air218.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.6 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.3 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.5 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 8. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.3.8 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.2 
 7. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Buenafe, Air211.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.5 
 4. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.2 
 6. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 7. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 8. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 9. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 10. Quinahan, Air210.9 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.6 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .17.1 
 3. Jankowski, Polonia .17.0 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.16.8 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 6. Witos, GKS Tychy16.3 
 7. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.4 
 10. Pamula, Tempcold.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.1 
 2. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 3. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.6 
 4. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.8.4 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.4 
 6. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.7.9 
 8. Sterenga, Gornik7.8 
 9. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.4 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.1 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin4.9 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.8 
 7. Basinski, MMKS D.4.7 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.4 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.0 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znicz B.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.1 
 3. Michalak, Polonia .3.1 
 4. Szymanski, Znicz B.3.0 
 5. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.9 
 6. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 7. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 8. Koszuta, Spojnia2.2 
 9. Sterenga, Gornik2.2 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.8 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.7 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.7 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.2 
 7. Sudowski, AZS S.1.2 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Karwowski, Tempcold.0.9 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


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


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 13-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 13-2 
 3. SMS PZKosz 11-3 
 4. Norgips 11-4 
 5. Zuraw 11-5 
 6. Tur 8-7 
 7. Korsarz 6-8 
 8. KK Swiecie 6-9 
 9. Zyrardowianka 6-10 
 10. OSSM PZKosz 5-10 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 5-10 
 12. Trefl II 4-11 
 13. Basket Pila 4-12 
 14. MON-POL 2-12 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 16-2 
 2. Sudety 15-3 
 3. Stal Ostrow 13-5 
 4. GTK Gliwice 11-6 
 5. Nysa Klodzko 11-7 
 6. MKS Osemka 10-7 
 7. Obiekty 10-8 
 8. Alba 8-9 
 9. Ksiezak 8-10 
 10. AZS PO Opole 7-10 
 11. AZS PP Poznan 7-11 
 12. Pogon Prudnik 6-12 
 13. Slask Wroclaw 6-12 
 14. A-Bild Bytom 6-12 
 15. Pogon RS 4-14 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 4-14 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 18-0 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 15-2 
 3. Unia Tarnow 11-6 
 4. HK Zory 10-7 
 5. Polonia 10-7 
 6. AZS AWF K-ce 10-8 
 7. AZS PR Radom 9-8 
 8. MKS Limanowa 9-8 
 9. Staco 9-9 
 10. UMKS 8-9 
 11. Wisla Krakow 7-10 
 12. Novum Lublin 6-11 
 13. AZS Rzeszow 6-11 
 14. Mickiewicz 6-11 
 15. MCKiS 3-15 
 16. Cracovia 1-16 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.2 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.7 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin17.0 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.3 
 6. Bennerman, Energa C.15.9 
 7. Burgess, Zastal15.8 
 8. Goffney, Siarka15.7 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.15.4 
 10. Bogavac, AZS K.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Siarka
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Truscott, Siarka10.9 
 2. Harris, SKK K.10.9 
 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. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.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. Blassingame, Energa C.2.3 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.2 
 4. Ewing, Asseco P.2.0 
 5. Thomas, PGE Turow1.8 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.1.8 
 7. Harrington, Trefl S.1.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Polph.1.7 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszalin1.7 
 10. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.7 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.6 
 3. Harris, SKK K.1.6 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.4 
 5. Giddens, Asseco P.1.3 
 6. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.9 
 9. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.9 
 10. Frazier, AZS K.0.9 


1Liga Round 18: Leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska loses to Asecco Prokom 2 - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (14-3) recorded its third loss in Gdynia on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (11-5) 70-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AZS Politechnika Warszawska. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Asecco Prokom 2, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77, agency: Promotex) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) who recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Asecco Prokom 2 has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. AZS Politechnika Warszawska at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Asecco Prokom 2 are looking forward to face higher ranked Rosasport (#3) in Radom in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LKS Sphinx (#6) forced the game against ISS Sportino (#4) into an overtime, but lost by five points 78-83. The game took place in Lodz. But the guests from Inowroclaw were better at the end. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of LKS Sphinx. It was a good game for center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Lukasz Zytko contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. ISS Sportino's coach Aleksander Krutikov allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) replied with 17 points for LKS Sphinx. ISS Sportino maintains fourth position with 13-5 record. LKS Sphinx at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. ISS Sportino will play against AZS Szczecin (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. LKS Sphinx will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin managed to get the fifth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Astoria 72-63. Przemyslaw Luszczewski had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Dorian Szyttenholm with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Astoria's coach Jaroslaw Zawadka tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimp MKS Start Lublin (5-13) moved-up to twelfth place. Astoria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Polonia 2011. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will meet higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Astoria will play against SKK Siedlce (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked SKK Siedlce (6-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Rosasport (14-4). The visitors from Radom managed to secure only four-point victory 70-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Artur Donigiewicz notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Rosasport's coach Piotr Ignatowicz used entire bench in such tough game. Rosasport has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. SKK Siedlce lost fourth consecutive game. SKK Siedlce at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Rosasport's next round opponent will be Asecco Prokom 2 (#6) in Gdynia. SKK Siedlce will play on the road against Astoria (#15) in Bydgoszcz.
Important game to mention about took place in Szczecin. Eleventh ranked AZS Szczecin (6-11) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked MKS Znicz Basket (9-9) 87-86 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Stanislaw Prus who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AZS Szczecin moved-up to tenth place. Loser MKS Znicz Basket keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. AZS Szczecin will face higher ranked ISS Sportino (#4) in Inowroclaw in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
GKS Tychy was defeated by Spojnia in Stargard 78-65. Sokol Lancut smashed Gornik at home 87-55. MMKS DG won against Polonia 2011 on the opponent's court 75-73.


SKK Siedlce - Rosasport 66-70 OT

Eleventh-ranked SKK Siedlce (6-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Rosasport (14-4). The visitors from Radom managed to secure only four-point victory 70-66. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SKK Siedlce won third quarter 12-11. 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 SKK Siedlce used huge pressure winning it 21-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 3-7. Rosasport had a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Michal Przybylski (194-84) supported him with 6 points and 10 rebounds. Rosasport's coach Piotr Ignatowicz used entire bench in such tough game. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by guard Karol Chomka (191-87) did not help to save the game for SKK Siedlce. Guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four SKK Siedlce players scored in double figures. Rosasport has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. SKK Siedlce lost fourth consecutive game. SKK Siedlce at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Rosasport's next round opponent will be Asecco Prokom 2 (#6) in Gdynia. SKK Siedlce will play on the road against Astoria (#15) in Bydgoszcz.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: K.Chomka 17+6reb+1ast, D.Brek 11+7reb+4ast, R.Wojcicki 10+5reb+5ast, K.Sulima 10+7reb+3ast, M.Ustarbowski 9+5reb, K.Debski 8+9reb
Rosasport: A.Donigiewicz 17+6reb+3ast, P.Wiekiera 8+5reb, J.Zalewski 8+4reb+1ast, H.Radke 8+6reb+2ast, M.Przybylski 6+10reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 99188


Start Lublin - Astoria 72-63

Bottom-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Astoria 72-63. Astoria trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 18-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michal Sikora (182-80) chipped in 8 points, 6 assists and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Artur Gliszczynski (178-81) scored 11 points. Four Astoria players scored in double figures. Astoria's coach Jaroslaw Zawadka tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimp MKS Start Lublin (5-13) moved-up to twelfth place. Astoria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Polonia 2011. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will meet higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Astoria will play against SKK Siedlce (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Astoria: S.Laydych 13+2reb, D.Szyttenholm 12+6reb+1ast, A.Gliszczynski 11+2reb+3ast, M.Bierwagen 11+5reb, I.Trela 6+4reb, F.Czyznielewski 5+1reb
Start Lublin: P.Luszczewski 22+17reb+1ast, S.Szymanski 13+1reb+1ast, A.Mysliwiec 10+4reb+1ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 10+2reb+3ast, S.Prazmo 9+7reb+1ast, M.Sikora 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 99189


Spojnia - GKS Tychy 78-65

There was no surprise in Stargard where 12th ranked GKS Tychy (4-11) was defeated by ninth ranked Spojnia (9-9) 78-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Spojnia. GKS Tychy managed to win third quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded GKS Tychy 42-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Jerzy Koszuta (191-82) chipped in 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83, agency: Promotex) who recorded 22 points and 4 assists and guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) added 20 points respectively. Spojnia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Znicz Basket. Loser GKS Tychy dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Spojnia will have a break next round. GKS Tychy will play at home against Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa.
Top scorers:
GKS Tychy: D.Witos 22+4reb+4ast, J.Jarecki 20+4reb+2ast, L.Kwiatkowski 15+8reb+2ast, T.Bzdyra 5+7reb+2ast, P.Halas 3+3reb+5ast, A.Kuzdub 0
Spojnia: J.Koszuta 22+3reb+1ast, M.Stoklosa 18+6reb+8ast, A.Parzych 12+6reb+1ast, W.Grudzinski 10+10reb+2ast, T.Stepien 8+4reb+1ast, L.Bodych 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 99185


Sokol Lancut - Gornik 87-55

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Sokol Lancut (14-4) smashed at home 13th ranked Gornik (4-13) 87-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sokol Lancut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokol Lancut forced 19 Gornik turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Rafal Glapinski (183-82) who scored 14 points and 8 assists. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mateusz Nitsche (190-86) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) added 13 points respectively. Sokol Lancut has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Tempcold AZS, which they share with Rosasport. Loser Gornik dropped to the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. Sokol Lancut will face league's leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gornik will play at home against ISS Sportino (#4) in Inowroclaw and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Gornik: M.Nitsche 13+7reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 13+4reb, B.Jozefowicz 10+2reb+2ast, M.Kowalski 8+3reb+2ast, A.Stochmialek 6+3reb, D.Pieloch 3
Sokol Lancut: W.Pisarczyk 21+5reb, J.Szurlej 15+2reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 14+4reb+8ast, P.Ucinek 12+1reb+1ast, M.Wilczek 12+8reb, M.Klima 9+9reb+5ast
gschID: 99186


Asec.Prokom-2 - Tempcold AZS 70-64

Top ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (14-3) recorded its third loss in Gdynia on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (11-5) 70-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AZS Politechnika Warszawska. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Asecco Prokom 2, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward